Early in 2006, two prospectors, joint owners of unpermitted mining claims in San Bernardino County, California, were confronted by the County Tax Collector with stiff taxes amounting to hundreds of dollars for the “possessory right” to own mining claims in that county.
The owners of many prospecting, dredging and mining operations may be missing a number of newly extended and expanded tax breaks under the false impressions that they expired. Other tax breaks that may have been overlooked in the past have now been clarified thanks to the last-minute passage of a new tax law.
Upon first entering this district in the early 70s, the trip into the Petersville area by vehicle was risky at best, especially during rainy periods in summer. The road has been improved somewhat since then, but not much.
Charles “Doc” Livingston was born September 28, 1920, in Veve, Indiana. At the ripe old age of 13, he moved to a bustling mining town called Iowa Hill, in Placer County, California. For the next 64 years he worked in, around, or out of the historic mining town.
Every prospector has streaks of bum luck—times when you can’t seem to find much, if anything. This is less true for folks who dry wash or dredge, but electronic prospecting and detecting is especially prone to dry streaks. It’s just the nature of the beast.
Situated in northwest Western Australia, Australia’s Pilbara is one of the most isolated and scenic places on earth. The tiny town of Marble Bar, Australia’s hottest town, sits amongst the ancient ranges and is a Mecca for tourists—and gold...
America has lost another ex-president with the passing last month of Gerald Ford, the only non-elected president in history. It is worth remembering, however, that he came into the office under incredibly difficult circumstances and acquitted himself well. He will be fondly remembered.