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The Miner’s Switchback


Common thought is the switchback slows the velocity of the rushing water and gold drops out from the cut bank to a fill gravel bar within or below the switchback. I am not going to disregard that model; however, I hope to improve upon it.

Prepping For A New Season of Gold Hunting


This article will hopefully provide a few constructive hints on how to use your downtime during the cold winter and the wet spring to best prepare for the upcoming nugget-hunting season.

Melman on Gold & Silver


…we cannot ignore the fact that several of the most widely-followed and respected economic voices are now raising questions about the potential near-term development of a full-blown market panic.

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The Bawl Mill


  • “Pensions before Honesty. Great slogan.”
  • An untimely death…

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Proposed budget for EPA
  • California SB 1222
  • 640 million acres and counting
  • Gold and silver bullion
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Ask The Experts - Prospecting Around Graeagle


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Hunting Down Paystreaks


When I teach people about finding gold, I often explain that it is helpful to think of any river or stream that carries gold as being something like a sluice box.

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Deep Nuggets From The Strange Little Patch


I began detecting at the bottom of the gully and started making my way upstream. About mid-way there was a nice, flat stretch for about ten feet.

We’re Still Thinking About It


We have learned over the years, of course, that “previous development,” “roadless,” and “local support,” are in the mind of the beholder.

Springtime Sampling In The High Desert


As the ground thaws and dries out and the warmth of spring starts to settle in, it’s time to start afresh with a new prospecting season.

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How to Evaluate Mineral Claims—What to Know Before You Buy


Even though they have put down thousands of dollars, the buyers often stop paying on their claims part way through the process after they realize they’ve been duped, but the company just sells it again to another buyer.

Trip to “The Swamp” on Behalf of Small Miners


Besides the EPA issue, our major priority is to work on the proposed amendment to the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (S 145), a bill proposed in the Senate by US Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada).

Dredging Safety: Don't Ignore The Warning Signs


At first, I tried to shift things around, but then a hand with a rock would appear, so I would stop trying to adjust my gear and grab the rock to keep things moving.

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Russian Plane Spills 3 Tons of Gold on Runway


Residents believe doré bars landed in a snow-covered area as far as sixteen miles from the airport and some said they will be searching the area after the official recovery

Melman on Gold & Silver


One of the largest conundrums we would point out is the matter of rising interest rates starting to take place in several nations.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Change is coming at Interior
• Interior Department seeking public comment regarding minerals

The Bawl Mill


• Great at escaping, not so good at evading...
• Free firearms training classes...for teachers

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