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The Bawl Mill


  • It’s time to trim the fat…
  • Springfield dog owners better watch their step…

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

Ask The Experts - Seeking advice on setting up an operation and the agreement with the landowner


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Montana Gold and Sapphires Revisited


I had a chance to visit the operation in person and talk with Neal. I was very impressed and I think our readers could learn a lot about building up a commercial placer operation from scratch…

Crumb Hunting With A VLF Detector


Chris got a nice target signal on the edge of rising bedrock, but still in a low, but washed area. After breaking up the bedrock, he recovered several pieces of gold amounting to almost three pennyweight.

A Third Generation Small-Scale Hardrock Revival


One of his friends had 700 feet of small-gauge mine track and a hundred-year-old track bender laying out in his back 40; plus he also wanted to join the team. Perfect.

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On private land. Ore shoot proved to 1000 ft!

PLP Update


The miner was drywashing using a small, gas-powered drywasher for a short period of time—maybe an hour—when he was asked by a ranger to see his permit, which is not required to prospect at this small of a scale.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Respect the Angle of Repose


If you have done any hiking in rough terrain you are well aware that going down a slope is much more difficult and dangerous than climbing it.

The Summer of ‘81


When it was all setup and running, you had everything coming off the dredge riffles into the boil box. At the hole section, some of the water got sucked down and pulled a lot of black sand and over heavies…

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The “Chuck It Out” Nugget


This was no ordinary nugget. It had not traveled very far from its nearby source, and that did mean a lot, as we were searching for the source of several such nuggets found during a gold rush that occurred in 1859.

High Sulfidation Epithermal Deposits


They tend to be big, coming in large to extremely large sizes. They can also be amazingly rich and produce huge amounts of very high-grade ore.

Gold and Silver Deposits of Bodie, California


Bodie, California, in its heyday, was once rumored to be one of the roughest and most lawless towns in the American West.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


…there is now concrete evidence that growing numbers of investors and other concerned observers are now turning to gold as a storehouse of value in these potentially troubling times.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


  • Public records advocate job was too good to be true...
  • "Selfies" might make you happy, but this report won't...
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • WOTUS rule finalized
  • Reminder on new claim fees

Ask The Experts - Do you have more info on Silver Peak?


Ask The Experts - Forest Service blocking claim access


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Green Valley's Fine Gold Patch


Once across, I panned a couple of spots around some old grass roots and the fine gold was amazingly heavy. Every pan I ran after that had lots of color.

Hard Rock and Placer Gold of Manhattan, Nevada


He found 5 to 7 feet of gravel containing half an ounce per yard. This started a rush of placer activity and several other shafts were sunk, with some large multi-ounce nuggets being found.

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