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Ask The Experts - Do I need something other than a fire assay for PGMs?


Ask The Experts - This low-grade ore is not worth processing


Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners petition US Supreme Court in Bohmker v. Oregon
  • Wheeler receives hearing as EPA administrator
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Placer Gold Deposits of New Mexico


While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.

The Hunch


The mysteries of this spot were only just starting to develop. There is nothing but very bland granite-type rocks here,  meaning no bold, favorable indicators.

PLP Update


We now have supporters who are well known and connected in Washington, DC, and who state they will assist us in bypassing lower level staffers and getting us face-to-face meetings with Senators.

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Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine—A Series of Small Victories


…we cheered and high-fived each other as the ore cart slowly crested the top of the headframe, then picked up a bit of speed on the short downhill section and came to an abrupt halt, ejecting its contents of ore…

The Basics of Exploration Leases and Contracts—Part I


Let’s take a look at these important property aspects individually, because they all affect the value of a property and how much mining companies might or might not be interested acquiring it.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: A Long Hike


Making matters worse, we could feel the truck moving very slowly down the mountain along with the trees and mud. It was an uncomfortable sinking feeling, as you might guess.

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Mutiny on The Mason


We decided to check some spots that were pretty good to us on previous trips. The detector was deceptively simple with few buttons and auto-ground balance.

Who Jumped Whose Claim First?


At this point, stress raised my blood pressure and I was figuring out escape routes through the brush, but thought it best to continue the conversation.

The Value of Evidence


That prospecting effort you are about to spend your time on...is it worth your effort? If you are going to devote your time to it, you will need all the facts you can get.

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Over The Divide: Charles "Chuck" Cushman


Melman on Gold & Silver


One last subject is the performance of gold and silver themselves—which has been positive for more than two months—and to explain the reasoning behind these rallies.

Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices


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The Bawl Mill


  • Wanted: real, live workers
  • Always vote for yourself
  • OMG! :(

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Zinke leaving office
  • Property rights triumph over critical habitat says Supreme Court
  • Water of the United States

Ask The Experts - Need advice on melting gold


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Ask The Experts - Can gold be found with sugary, crystalline quartz?


Making A Big Discovery


We sent them a lot of information, including my presentation about the area and its potential. We were excited to learn a couple weeks later that the company was interested in the property.

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