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May 2004 (Vol. 73, No. 9) $3.25

  • The Bawl Mill

    • National "Perk" Service
    • Can't see the forest through the trees
    • Outsourcing the sauce
    • I'll be there in "spirit"
  • Economic Analysis on Critical Habitat for Bull Trout

    The US Fish & Wildlife Service has released the economic analysis and reopened the comment period for their proposal to designate critical habitat for the bull trout in 18,469 river miles and 532,721 acres of lake and reservoir habitat across the Western states.
  • Prospecting for Copper

    This article deals with copper exploration, but it is relevant to exploration for other minerals. I will use the geology of the Copper Creek area in Pinal County, Arizona, as an example.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Update

    • Comments needed for Washington's Buckhorn Mountain
    • Rep. Gibbons goes to bat for Nevada
    • More land acquisition on the way?
    • IBLA rules in favor of miner
    • Comment on critical habitat proposed in the Mojave Desert
  • US Mining Industry Outlook Brighter

    Smaller exploration and development companies, many of which were international, were driven out of the US during the Clinton era and are now looking for signs that it’s safe to come back. Policy changes, rising metal prices, a weakened dollar and a more positive hiring forecast may be the most attractive set of signs the industry has seen in years.
  • Gold in the Chinle Formation

    The Chinle Formation, of Triassic age, underlies about 100,000 square miles in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. It adds to the scenic grandeur of the great Colorado Plateau province, noted for its high cliffs and deep canyons.
  • Gold Dredgers Rescue Threatened Fish

    Gold dredgers were enlisted in an effort to salvage a rare stretch of chum salmon spawning grounds along the Columbia River between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
  • Gold Mine Plans Upheld in Lawsuit

    Officials for the largest gold producing company in the world claimed a significant legal victory over environmentalists who they accused of abusing the appeals process to thwart mining in Nevada.
  • DOI Computers Back Online

    You may have noticed that the Department of Interior’s (DOI) computers were disconnected for about 10 days during mid-March. The disconnected Internet service prevented miners and prospectors from accessing numerous online files, including all Bureau of Land Management websites and mining claim systems.
  • Picks & Pans: Nuggets by the Dozen in Alaska

    Jeff Reed may be Alaska’s top nugget hunter, or maybe he’s one of many. He doesn’t get skunked too often. In the past two years, he’s estimated he’s found about 3,000 gold nuggets primarily at the...
  • Historical Mining Methods

    The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 started the great gold rush to California. The account that drew national and worldwide notice was a small, two-inch item at the bottom of the front page of the March 15, 1848 issue of the “Californian,” published in San Francisco. The article was attributed to B.R. Buckelew, and mentioned quantities of gold just being “gathered.”
  • The Elusive Mother Lode

    With history so often repeating itself, you can’t go wrong searching for gold using modern exploration techniques and exploration theories in regions of historic gold activity.
  • Clarence King, Geologist

    Clarence King was born in Rhode Island in 1842, the son of a businessman. His father died when he was 6, so he was raised by his mother. She wanted to have Clarence attend the very best schools, and even moved in order to have him in the best district. She gave him a magnifying glass on his 7th birthday, and this led to his discovery of fossil ferns in neighborhood rocks.
  • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices

  • Melman on Gold & Silver

    A very famous quote that appears particularly relevant to the past month is one attributed to former British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. When asked what could most easily derail a government, he replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” We certainly had events in abundance this past month.

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