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The Lovitt Mine

Excerpts from Northwest Underground Explorations' soon-to-be published "Discovering Washington's Historic Mines, Volume 2—Mines of East Central Washington State."

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Comment period reopened for pygmy owl critical habitat in Arizona
• Limits on wilderness study areas finalized in Utah
• IBLA rules miner cannot set up store processing equipment on claim when no mining is taking place
• New law to protect claims and equipment in Washington State

Are There Any Good Prospects Left?


This type of thinking will get you discouraged pretty fast, and soon all of your mining equipment will be found gathering dust in your garage.

Gold Mining Boom in the Carolinas


Not too far from the pine-filled mountains, a young boy was exploring along Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, one fine day in 1799. He discovered a beautiful rock that he took home and put to good use as a doorstop. Shortly thereafter, a jeweler stopped by to visit his folks, and as it turned out, the new doorstop was actually a 17-pound gold nugget. That nugget truly did open a door as it marked the beginning of the first gold rush in America.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Important court decisions that affect miners
• Move to repeal I-137
• Comments needed tin southern California

Bum Luck


Every prospector has streaks of bum luck—times when you can’t seem to find much, if anything. This is less true for folks who dry wash or dredge, but electronic prospecting and detecting is especially prone to dry streaks. It’s just the nature of the beast.

Picks & Pans: A Pay Streak in Slate


I stared out across the Yukon River. I estimated the river at this point to be a mile wide. An occasional log floated by in the tan-colored water.

Nevada Looks to Tourism to Fill Mining's Gap


Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and the Nevada Commission on Tourism have agreed to seek an unspecified amount of marketing funds to boost tourism in the Ely, Nevada area in the wake of a mine closing.

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