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The Power of Mining Districts: Restoring Access & Returning to Reasonable Regulation

September 1, 2017

by Scott Harn
ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal
I made this presentation at our 2016 Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit in Placerville, California in mid-April. Quite a few people have requested a copy, so I thought I would make it available here on our site.

Revised 9-1-2017.

Hand Panning Micro-Fine Gold

April 27, 2017

Improved method for hand panning micro-fine gold

2016 Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit

January 23, 2016

April 16 - 17: Vendors, exhibits, lectures; learn how to find more gold and get the equipment you need to be successful. At the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. $5 at the door. (Fairgrounds charges $5 for parking.)

April 15 & April 18: Hands-on training classes at private mining sites. We'll be teaching panning, high banking and metal detecting. Expert instructors will be available to assist you, and a full trommel operation will be set up for those who wish see how it's done. (Pre-registration required for these classes.)

Visit for complete details.

Minerals Make Life

January 23, 2016

We rely on minerals every day, but just how important are minerals to our daily life?

Potato Patch Mine, Part I

March 17, 2014

Washington State miners recover several nuggets, including one weighing in at over 16 ounces, at the Potato Patch Mine near Liberty, Washington. (Story was featured on our November 2013 cover.)

(Caution: strong language.)

Potato Patch Mine, Part II

March 17, 2014

...more gold nuggets are recovered, including a thirteen-ounce piece.

(Caution: strong language.)

Idaho House Resources Committee meeting on suction gold dredging, February 3, 2014.

February 6, 2014

The EPA recently declared that suction gold dredgers in Idaho are required to obtain a NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permit despite the numerous studies that have concluded suction gold dredging has a "less than significant" impact on the environment. 

The Idaho House Resource Committee invited several individuals to speak about suction dredge mining, and all of them were in favor of allowing suction gold dredging.

Joe Greene, US EPA research scientist, retired
Tom Kitchar, President, Waldo Mining District
Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings
Idaho County Commissioner Jim Chmelik

The video is approximately one hour long.

Our hats are off to the above mentioned presenters for their time and quality presentations.

Update (video) on California suction gold dredge lawsuits by PLP attorney David Young

January 23, 2014

Attorney David Young gives a status report on the lawsuits and the fight to restore the rights of suciton gold dredgers in California.

GoldNomics -- Cash or Gold Bullion?

July 7, 2011

"GoldNomics" is an excellent must see short video about gold. It shows how gold has retained value throughout history and is an attractive alternative to cash today. Legendary investors, central banks and the astute are buying gold today. 'GoldNomics' shows gold is an important safe haven asset and an essential investment and saving diversification in these uncertain times.

April 15, 2009

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams highlights  "The New Goldrush" caused by recession, umemployment and high gold prices. (Bonus: Includes an interview with Jim Bell at Pioneer-Motherlode Mining Supplies in Auburn.)

April 8, 2009

CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the new California gold rush on Squawk Box

March 25, 2009

NBCLA story on prospectors coming to California in search of gold. Prospectors Kevin Brown and David Perkins are interviewed on the San Gabriel River, along with John Gurney in Jamestown. Features an interview with Pat Keene of Keene Engineering.

March 25, 2009

A second NBCLA story on prospectors coming to California in search of gold, with extended interviews of John Gurney in Jamestown and David Perkins on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River.


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