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Judge Rules Against Dredger in Idaho Civil Case


The path to winning this case should have been to make the plaintiffs prove that a foreign substance was introduced and then discharged, which is the “trigger” for regulations under the Clean Water Act.

A Golden Past


My mining partner Keith McBride and I spent a week in May working on a twenty-nine man crew split up into six teams at a couple of “pay to mine” mining camps.

Fire Assay Finish by Silver Nitrate Fusion for PGMs


…my intent is to distribute this information in layman’s language so that even the “backyard/shade tree/mom & pop” fire assayers can benefit.

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Do Gold Nuggets Come Out At Night?


There were many small gold placers found and worked in the deserts in the old days, which had then been pretty much forgotten about. We all tried to be the first to re-discover these spots.

PLP Update


PLP has developed a plan to get dredgers back in the water by embracing the fact that suction gold dredgers can provide a valuable service by reclaiming waterways.

Melman on Gold & Silver


All in all, these spending proposals, combined with those already approved, could bring total spending for the current budget year to around $8 trillion—by far the highest level ever recorded in America’s history.

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Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


• This was not on the itinerary…
• Zoom meeting becomes “vroom” meeting

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Biden administration considers ban on new mining
• 30 x 30 Termination Act

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Tracing Gold To Its Source


In this article I am going to talk about the different sources of gold and the clues a prospector can follow to find the source.

Tips & Tricks: How to Revive a Dredge Engine That’s Been Submerged


It rained over four inches that night and the creek flooded both my backyard and my workshop. When I opened the door to my workshop Christmas morning, an unwelcome sight greeted me.

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Quit While You’re Goin’ Good


Then I came to a section of recently exposed gravel that looked unworked. Water seeped out all around, making the ground beneath a sea of slick mud.

The Historic Gold Rush Town of Quincy


…we focused on various layers of hard-packed flood material out of the creek, and we also obtained some material up quite a ways from the creek itself on bedrock.

PLP Update


Things became a bit challenging when the hot, dry weather was interrupted by 30mph winds with occasional gusts nearing 50 mph.

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Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Add This to Your Bucket (Check) List


Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.

Finding Gold Beyond Your Detector


The lesson of keeping one’s eyes open to other possibilities is one of the great secrets of successful prospecting. Prospectors need to always be on the lookout for opportunities.

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