Washington Gold & Fish Update
July 2001 by Greg ChristensenWashington’s mineral prospecting regulations, adopted Jan. 1999, have indeed caused great chaos for those who enjoy the hobby and also those who were accustomed to making a living by operating larger (8”) dredges. The discussion within the miners’ network has not decreased; at best it is a slow simmer.
Modoc County, California, is the latest county to use emergency powers to declare a state of emergency in order to take control of roads and trails away from federal agencies.
In this proposed rule, BLM is seeking to amend regulations to respond to a recent law that continues to require claimants to pay location and maintenance fees on unpatented mining claims or sites and to provide annual maintenance fee waivers to small miners until September 30, 2001.
• Supreme Court muddies waterways
A farmer in northwestern Romania has dug up nearly 2,000 Polish, Hungarian and Turkish silver and gold coins dating back as far as the 15th century, an official said.
While most individual prospectors out there are searching for placer gold, there is a different type of prospecting being done by a handful of individuals—the search for commercially viable large-scale gold and silver deposits.
The Australian government confirmed it was notified that a Shanghai court will try the four Rio employees including an Australian national.
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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