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July 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 11) $3.25

  • The Bawl Mill

    • Don't go near the water...
    • Accused drug smuggler can sue the US government
    • This won't look good on a resume...
    • Nature Conservancy caught with hand in the cookie jar
  • Our Readers Say

    "...absolutely incorrect."
    "...stories by Bob Schlosser are something else."
  • PLP Members Win Occupancy Case—Appeals Continue

    Public Lands for the People (PLP) members Ron Lex and his mining partner Ken Waggener of Etna, California, were cited for occupying their mining claim in Klamath National Forest for more than 14 days. The section cited was Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 261.10(b). This CFR states that a special use authorization must be obtained for occupying a claim on National Forest land for more than 14 days. In some forests the time is 30 days.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update

    • USFS Draft Reclamation Bond Guide needs your comments
    • Colorado seeks ownership of rights of way
    • Comments needed for Sierra Nevada EIS
    • Roadless rule to stand, with a few changes
  • Prospecting for Iron in Alaska

    The solo prospector in his canvas field clothes and skin-thick skiff is still king of the rain forest in southeastern Alaska. Even with all the highly trained field people and their helicopters, it is he who ventures forth across ocean water and in the bush to search for new wealth hidden beneath the green carpet of the vast Tongass Forest.
  • Gold Deposits in Skarn

    Skarn consists of coarse-grained calcium, magnesium, iron, and aluminum silicates formed by hydrothermal solutions, which replace limestone or dolomite near the contact with an igneous intrusion. The contact metamorphism is usually caused by an intrusion such as quartz monzonite, granodiorite, or similar rock type, which may or may not be mineralized.
  • Picks & Pans: Highbanking on the American River

    Steve and I decided to try our luck on the North Fork doing a little highbanking, or motor sluicing as the liberals would call it. 
  • Platinum Firm, Palladium to Remain Weak

    Platinum and palladium demand and prices continued to move in opposite directions in 2002, according to Johnson Matthey (JM) in Platinum 2003.
  • Spencer Opal Deposits, Idaho

    In order to give the reader a better appreciation of some alternative valuable minerals that can be found by the average prospector, we visited Bob Thompson’s Opal Mountain Mine located in Spencer, Idaho.
  • Company Notes

    • Sterling Mining Co.
    • Wolfden Resources Inc.
    • Campbell Resources Inc.
    • Teryl Resources Corp.
    • Kinross Gold Corp.
    • Ashanti Goldfields
    • AngloGold Ltd.
  • Hillside Placers

    Hills and mountains that contain gold deposits will weather and erode over a long period of time, and the eroded material will move slowly downhill. Frost wedging and roots are two of several agents that can cause bedrock to be fractured and...
  • Elko Mining Expo a Success

    Several thousand miners and their families made it a successful show.  Local mining companies gave employees time off to attend the Thursday and Friday exhibits and events.
  • Gold Prospecting in Alberta

    Rumors, myths, legends, folklore and oral histories—all of these are part of the framework that make up the core belief systems of the elements of society that persist to this day to go in pursuit of illustrious gold.
  • National Mining Hall of Fame to Induct Six

    Ceremonies for the induction of six pioneers of the American mining industry into the National Mining Hall of Fame will be held on Saturday, September 13, at the Museum Convention Center in Leadville.
  • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

  • Melman on Gold & Silver

    One of the most interesting sayings I learned during my early years of observing markets was “Watch what I do, not what I say.” This thought came to mind recently regarding the comments of Fed Chairman Greenspan...
  • Looking Back

    Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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