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Italian Bar disaster update

ITALIAN BAR DISASTER UPDATE: Well folks, persistence pays off and after more than a year, we are finally going to clean up the disaster we’ve all been disgusted by down on Italian Bar along the Stanislaus river. The illegal occupiers are gone and man did they leave a mess. It is now time to return […]

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When do I need a PoO…Plan of Operations with the USFS?

As most of you know, we receive calls, emails and messages almost on a daily basis now from members and other small-scale miners about problems with the USFS (Forest Service). Most can be categorized in two columns: 1) USFS telling the miner a Plan of Opertions (PoO) is required to dig a hole. 2) Access […]

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What a weekend at Roaring Camp!

We sure had a great time down in Roaring Camp this year at the AMRA outing. Honestly, we don’t know of anyone else more generous and kind than the Lague’s who own Roaring Camp. Like a dumbass, I was camping in my little cargo trailer and low and behold I forgot my sleeping bag and […]

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Top filed mining claims

We are helping three different miners right now in three different states which have had people top file on their claims. This is a common call we receive and would like to provide some education on the subject. A “top file” is a label miners use when someone tries to claim over an existing and […]

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Pomona Gold Show this weekend!

We are all loaded up for the GPAA Pomona gold show this weekend.   They have an early sign up which saves you a 30% and this show is shaping up to be a pretty big one. We’ve got some fantastic prizes we are giving away Saturday and Sunday at the AMRA booth….   A […]

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About the West Virginia v EPA case and does it affect mining?

We’ve had a few of you reach out to discuss the recent ruling by SCOTUS on the West Virginia V EPA case where the court ruled the EPA over-stepped their authority to regulate the Clean Air Act.   Does this help mining? Our take is yes, it is likely. Over the years (many, many years) […]

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EPA case could help mining

We have been speaking about the EPA and their rampant desire to control everything from air to water for over a decade now. This case, about how the EPA is being challenged for making law and over-stepping their authority will have far reaching impacts on the Clean Water Act as well. We elect representatives to […]

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Update on Italian Bar disaster

Italian Bar disaster update: As you know now, we’ve been trying to get the Stanislaus NF to evict the illegal occupiers down on Italian Bar road for close to a year now. We’ve shot videos of the trash, sewage, dumped batteries, a vehicle which was in the river and provided evidence of how a mining […]

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What can the USFS do with mining claims?

We field tons of calls, emails and questions about the USFS and what they can, and cannot do as it relates to mining claims.   Here is the 2800 manual which is the bible for the USFS on precisely that.   We encourage you to read, open the PDF, print it and keep a copy […]

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Top 25 US Gold Districts

Truly fascinating. There are likely billions of dollars still in the ground in the tertiary placers which were never worked. Click on the link and prepare to be astounded. For the link, click HERE

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