Prospectors fight for rights in Black Hills

Prospectors fight for rights in Black Hills

Forest Service cites fairy slipper orchid as reason to ban new mining claims

The U.S. Forest Service proposed  nearly 18,000 acres of land in the Black Hills National Forest to be “withdrawn from mineral entry,” which means no new mining claims would be allowed. The proposal was recorded in the Federal Register on Sept. 24, 2015, but Sam Griner, a member of the Northern Hills Prospectors — a local chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America — said he wouldn’t have even known about the proposed withdrawal had he not scanned the Forest Service’s Schedule of Planned Action (SOPA) website.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: SARAH REIJONEN/Number of views (348)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0
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Of fairy slippers, toads and yellow-legged frogs

Of fairy slippers, toads and yellow-legged frogs

Agency rule-making continues to restrict land access, prospecting

Once upon a time, the U.S. Forest Service was a respected federal agency that served the interests of the American people, and not just the interests of radical environmentalist lobby groups. Those days seem like such a long, long time ago in a land far, far away. It is simply astounding how much things have changed in one generation when it comes to the federal policy on public lands. 

Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (207)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Miners hold out hope in Oregon dredging case

Miners hold out hope in Oregon dredging case

Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel supports fight

On top of the fundraiser being sponsored by Western Culture Conservancy, Oregon miners got another gift recently, this time in the form of two amicus curiae briefs: one filed by Mountain States Legal Foundation and one by the Pacific Legal Foundation.

Friday, September 16, 2016/Author: SARAH REIJONEN/Number of views (641)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

WMA claims state uses EIRs as weapons against suction dredgers

The following article by the Western Mining Alliance pinpoints the weaknesses in the scientific studies on which the California suction dredge mining ban was based. The original two-year moratorium, which has been dragged out in the courts to become a de facto ban, was imposed statewide in 2009 and continues to this day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016/Author: CRAIG LINDSAY/Number of views (1998)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5
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Monster 145-ounce gold nugget unearthed Down Under

Monster 145-ounce gold nugget unearthed Down Under

‘Friday’s Joy’ expected to fetch more than $190,000

A lucky Australian prospector near has unearthed an 145-ounce monster gold nugget, according to a report released by Minelab. The nugget was aptly named “Friday’s Joy” because it was found on a recent Friday morning in Central Victoria’s Golden Triangle.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (2821)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.1
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Summary of the findings in the California Supreme Court Ruling of People vs. Rinehart

Summary of the findings in the California Supreme Court Ruling of People vs. Rinehart

A summary of the history, the arguments, the facts and citations of the decision published by the California Supreme Court concerning suction dredge mining within the state by GPAA President - Brandon Johnson

Tuesday, August 23, 2016/Author: BRANDON JOHNSON/Number of views (8698)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8
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California Supreme Court rules against Rinehart - UPDATE

California Supreme Court rules against Rinehart - UPDATE

Miners eye Pacific Legal Foundation

The Supreme Court of California has ruled against suction dredge mining in the People v. Rinehart case. Mining groups, including Public Lands for the People, the American Mining Rights Association and the Western Mining Alliance, are disappointed with the court opinion released Monday, Aug. 22.

Monday, August 22, 2016/Author: Brad Jones/Number of views (8283)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.6
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Prospecting provides peace of mind

Prospecting provides peace of mind

Wounded vets enjoy golden escape into the desert

 A caravan of wounded military veterans and their families ventured out to the Arizona desert in the spring to learn the fine art of gold prospecting.

The Gold Prospectors Association of Phoenix, a local chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, hosted the April 9 outing in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016/Author: Karen Briggs/Number of views (938)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Dig begins for lost Nazi Treasure Train

Dig begins for lost Nazi Treasure Train

Does a treasure-laden Nazi train lie buried inside a secret, underground tunnel in Poland? No one knows for sure but signs point to “yes” and the dig for it began today. Last year, city authorities in Walbrzych  granted permission to two teams of fieldworkers attempting to locate the train, believed to have been carrying guns, gems, and gold, perhaps up to 300 tons of the precious metal.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016/Author: Priscilla Rhoades/Number of views (1500)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3
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Nugget Noggin Know-how

Nugget Noggin Know-how

FEATURED GOLD & TREASURE SHOW SPEAKER

Gold and treasure hunter Nugget Noggin, a.k.a. Michael Bennett, will head to Concord, N.C. in late October to speak at the GPAA Gold & Treasure Show. Since posting his first video online in January 2009, Bennett has become a YouTube sensation, boasting more than 500 videos with more than 32 million total views. The shows range from gold prospecting to coin, relic and treasure hunting. Many of his videos have gone viral with more than two million views per video. His channel, www.YouTube.Com/user/NuggetNoggin, has grown to more than 203,000 subscribers.

Thursday, August 11, 2016/Author: BRAD JONES/Number of views (1864)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.1
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