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May 2003 (Vol. 72, No. 9) $3.25

  • The Ball Mill

    This wasn't the UN makeover we were expecting
    Do you have more money than you really need?
    British tabloids "French roast" Chirac
    Reporter comes out of the closet
  • Our Readers Say

    "...writing from Kuwait..."
    "...invaluable tools..."
    "Longtime prospector."
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update

    • DOI limits Wilderness
    • Current California administration solidifies anti-mining stance
    • Juneau welcomes miners
    • Bill would restrict public land purchases
    • Barrick wins suit against EPA reporting requirements
    • Utah obtains rights-of-way on federal lands
  • BLM Runs Check on Assay Services

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently conducted a multi-year study of sixty-five assay laboratories to determine the accuracy of their testing procedures. The laboratories, all located in North America, were provided with ore samples of known concentrations without benefit of identifying the source as BLM. Payment was rendered for the service provided.
  • WMD Raffle Raises Funds for Lawsuit

    On February 6, 2003, the environmental group Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) filed suit in US District Court in Medford, Oregon, against the Siskiyou National Forest (SNF), in a third attempt to ban all suction dredging in the SNF.
  • Gold in Alabama

    Alabama, 52,423 square miles in area, lies at the southwestern end of the Appalachian Mountains. The highest point in the state is only 2,407 feet above sea level. Summers are long and humid, whereas winters are mild.
  • From the Editor

    An article entitled “BLM Swindles War Hero Out of Gold Mine,” authored by Robert Boatman, appeared in our September 2002 issue. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was unable to provide comment on the article at the time.
  • Yukon Placer Miners Fighting Extreme Discharge Limits

    Hold up a glass of tap water and take a look at it. It’s about as clear as the new Yukon water regulations require the water returning to rivers to be after being used by placer miners. The new limit of 25 parts per million (ppm) sediment does not leave a lot of maneuvering room in terms of discharge.
  • Picks & Pans: Red Beryl Mining—Beaver County, Utah

    The Ruby Violet Mine is a rare red beryl locality that produces the only gem quality material of this type in the world. The mine is located in a topaz rhyolite within a rhyolite flow in the Wah Wah Mountains in Beaver, County, Utah.
  • The Investigation

    Six sticks of dynamite had been found in the glove compartment of an abandoned car back in 1972. This started an investigation by every level of law enforcement, including the federal government, in the Silver City, New Mexico area.
  • A Gold Detector Sitting in a Closet Only Finds Dust—A Potpourri of Detector Tips

    Over the past twenty-five years I have used specialized examples of the various units mentioned in the following article. They all can find gold. Using an expensive “high-end” gold machine does not guarantee success. Your choice should depend upon...
  • Central Coast Ranges

    A series of coastal ranges, separated by narrow valleys, characterize coastal California south of Monterey. The mountains rise to 5,800 feet in elevation, with annual rainfall varying from 12 to 64 inches, depending on elevation and exposure.
  • Poll: Montana in Favor of Repealing Anti-Mining Initiative

    Canyon Resources Corporation announced results of a recent Montana poll and events in the Montana Legislative session related to citizen efforts to modify or overturn the anti-mining initiative (I-137) passed in 1998 that bans the use of cyanide in open-pit gold and silver mining.
  • Platinum in Laccoliths

    Laccoliths are unusual igneous features that seem to occur in the stable interior parts of continents. They are concordant igneous intrusions that have domed the overlying rocks and are circular in plan, and less than 10 miles in diameter. This article deals with some of the laccoliths found in the scenic Colorado Plateau province of Utah, Colorado, and Arizona...
  • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

  • Looking Back

    Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
  • Melman on Gold & Silver

    Strange, isn’t it, how our vocabulary has been expanding of late. Up until late 2001, the term “Twin Towers” meant either the combination of the Federal Budgetary Deficit and the National Debt or the two outstanding forwards of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Suddenly, the only relevant meaning was the two destroyed buildings in New York City. By mid-2002, most of us who hadn’t given Afghanistan a second thought became familiar with names of towns and regions in that country.

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