YREKA, Calif. -- Thieves in Yreka, Calif., made off with $3 million in gold nuggets Wednesday after breaking into the Siskiyou County Courthouse and smashing a glass case that contained a display on the area's mining history, officials said.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Interior Department is moving forward with a plan to ban new mining claims on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, even as congressional Republicans try to block efforts to limit mining operations in an area known for high-grade uranium ore.
Last updated Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:55pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A group of Republican lawmakers is renewing an effort to open up 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon to new mining claims.
Legislation announced Wednesday would prevent the Interior Department from extending a temporary ban on the filing of new mining claims that expires in December. The group said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's intention to set aside the land for 20 years would eliminate hundreds of potential jobs, create a de facto wilderness area and unravel decades of responsible resource development.
BODIE, Calif. -- On a day when the price of gold soared above $1,700 an ounce, Jack Shipley drove past tourists strolling through this historic Eastern Sierra mining camp and up a rutted road to where a new breed of prospectors have set their sights.
ELKO, Nev. -- This far-flung capital of Nevada's Gold Belt is booming -- very, very reluctantly.
With the price of gold in the stratosphere, the mine-chiseled corner of northeastern Nevada is scrambling to fill thousands of jobs, while newcomers to the barren region beg for somewhere to sleep. The motels: sold out. The apartments: good luck. The RV parks: get in line.
DENVER -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says federal officials will refine a plan for speeding up solar energy development on public land in Utah and five other western states, after receiving roughly 80,000 public comments on the plan.