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Why Do We Do The Things We Do?

For years I had studied the tempting bench high above the East Fork of the San Gabriel River. A beautiful 20-foot vertical wall of encrusted boulders, cobbles and gravels beckoned to me 100 to 150 yards up a steep slope from the river bed. They were all very promising material. The kind of rounded curves that can charm so well, and tease a grown man into risking life and limb. So, on that nearly fatal day in May, I packed a spiral wheel...

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners to petition for US Supreme Court review
  • Two executive orders to reign in federal agencies
  • Petition for Joshua tree as a threatened species

5th Circuit Ruling May Benefit Miners


This ruling comes at an opportune time, just as suction dredge miners are dealing with new proposed regulations in several western states. Be sure to cite this case when you provide comments on the regulations!

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• Regarding US vs. Steve Hicks
• More on the Ortiz Mountains of New Mexico

VLF Detector Operating Modes


It is important to note that discrimination is a type of electronic filtering. The signal is analyzed, and depending on the discrimination setting, identified as either a target to be dug or a target to be ignored.

Family Sues US Mint for Return of Rare Gold Coins


In a federal lawsuit, a family claims the US Mint illegally seized 10 gold coins that the family had found among a dead relative’s possessions.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Dredging bill needs your attention
• Miners take the offensive
• Cap-and-trade legislation

Mining Trade Group Sues Nevada Over Tax Initiative


The Nevada Mining Association has filed a lawsuit to block a petition asking state voters to raise taxes on mining.

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