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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Bishop and Curtis seek to rein in Antiquities Act abuses
  • Lands bill signed by President Trump

How To File A Mining Claim


Filing claims is actually quite easy, though there are a number of pitfalls that you should watch out for. Over the years, I have made just about every mistake you can with a mining claim, and have learned a few things to watch out for along the way.

Persistence Leads to Over a Pound of Gold


I have figured out over the years that the winning combination is hard work, persistence, knowledge, and a little luck. This leads me to describe one of my best finds ever, a “honey hole” of placer gold, if you will.

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PLP Update


The changes we are seeking will most definitely help prospectors, small operations and dredgers. If you haven’t yet read our proposals, you’ll find a link to it at the end of the online version of this article.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Superbowl Nugget


My next strategy was to walk anywhere and everywhere that I had been inside this home and garage. I looked on the floor, in the bathroom, I checked the bathroom trash can, and I even pulled the shower curtain back and looked in the bathtub.

Revisiting The Old Mini Patch


Today, the greatest gold rushes occur due to technological advances capable of discovering gold where it once was extremely unlikely or difficult.

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Preserving the True History of the Ivanhoe


My partner had the contacts and it wasn’t long before we had an agreement in place and the company had a geologist on site. I recall a time when he was getting the lay of the land, so to speak, and he broke off a rock sample and inspected it with his magnifier.

Carr Fire Gold


After burning more than 350 square miles, the Carr Fire near Redding, California, was finally out. Luckily our home was spared, and I had the opportunity to go metal detecting in burned areas previously too overgrown to access.

Secrets of Successful Prospecting


Winter is the time for research, and if you haven’t already done some research to find new places to prospect, now is the time to cram in some last minute research before the good weather arrives.

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Melman on Gold & Silver


I believe this is a powder-keg waiting to explode down the road—with potentially devastating effects on society—but positive implications for gold and silver.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


The Bawl Mill


  • Imitation is the sincerest form of...theft
  • SF hands out more needles than report cards
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Massive 660-page lands bill passed in the Senate

Ask The Experts - Any references on gold formation?


Ask The Experts - Finalizing an agreement with a mining company


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The Basics of Exploration Leases and Contracts—Part II


This is the point where you might ask, “What do these types of contracts typically look like and how are they negotiated?” Well, that is the topic of this month’s article.

Pumping Water With Solar Power


Solar energy can be used for any size placer or hard rock mining operation. It is most practical for small and longer-term operations provided your mine is not located in a dense forest.

My Introduction To Gold Prospecting


At the end of the day, Jerry showed me how to clean out the sluice box and then how to pan out the concentrates. As we finished panning, there it was—a little tiny smile of gold...

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PLP Update


We had discovered during previous trips that some of the staff members had difficulty comprehending the specific issues related to mining, so prior to heading back to DC, we laid out the reasons for our proposed legislation...

Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine—Safety Is No Accident


Now it was time for the nerve-wracking part of the job: actually removing anything from the hanging wall we deemed to be in need of removal because it was either loose, could be loose, looked loose, or we felt it was just downright dangerous

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