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Historic Ironworks Factory Creates Products that Protect in Face of Pandemic

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A third-generation, family-owned and operated ornamental iron and metal fabrication company, Fortin Ironworks, is stepping up to create new products driven by a surge in consumer safety. These American-made products are destined to be an integral part of the "new normal."

Manufacturing products designed to keep people safe is not a new concept for Fortin Ironworks. In fact, it's been doing it for nearly 75 years with specialized items such as decorative handrails, fencing and gates. But now with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, like so many other businesses, it's getting requests for new ways of doing things.

"Our historic old company has been asked to produce more consumer safety products," Robert Fortin, product developer, says. "Specifically, 'new norm' products that will soon be popping up everywhere."

Fortin Ironworks has now added foot pulls, touchless keys and mask brackets to its product lineup. The company is equipped with high-tech laser machines which can create beautifully engraved, custom pieces that not only look good, but can help businesses with branding and create that personal touch (or touchless) experience for individuals who enjoy artisan creations too.

These new foot pulls and touchless keys are designed to limit the number of items that people have to touch on a daily basis. Foot pulls are easy to install, touchless keys are easy to use and eye-catching face mask brackets ensure that people are not just another face in the crowd.

"We can engrave just about anything on these foot pulls, touchless keys and mask brackets from logos and names to school mascot images and many organizations are asking for that," Fortin says.

Foot pulls are ideal for hospitals, schools, restaurants and factories - basically anywhere there are high numbers of people.

"It's a new world out there and we plan to be part of it for years to come," Fortin says. "We want our consumers to move into the future with confidence and are committed to our mission to protect."

Learn more about custom metal fabrication: https://www.fortinironworks.com/metal-fabrication/

About Fortin Ironworks

Founded in 1946, Fortin Ironworks got its start as a small iron repair shop. Today, it designs and manufactures local installation of all commercial and residential ironwork needs. Its staff of 40 is comprised of highly-skilled craftsmen, artisans, estimators, salesmen and installers and products are manufactured in its 56,000 square-foot facility. There's a 5,600-square foot show room too.

For more information: https://www.fortinironworks.com/

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Gem Miner’s Holiday Show Expands Retail and Wholesale Areas

LEBANON, Pa. -- The Gem Miner's Holiday, the Mid-Atlantic's premium bead, mineral, gem and jewelry show, from the Mid-Atlantic Gem and Mineral Association (MAGMA), will be hosting its 12th annual Fall show at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center, Nov. 16 and 17, 2019, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon, PA 17042.

This Holiday event offers visitors the specimens and displays of a traditional gem and jewelry show, as well as specialty items perfect for holiday gift-giving such as textiles, honey, a regional winery, and arts and crafts products.

Visit http://www.gem-show.com for updates, admission discounts and additional information.

Friend us on Facebook and take advantage of our Groupon offering: https://www.facebook.com/gemminersshows

The expanded show areas include a Gem Mine experience for younger rockhounds: Bootlegger Bo's Gem Mine, run by our youngest ever exhibitor! Soldier Solutions will be selling patriotic hats, T-shirts, sunglasses, and even coffees and BBQ sauce in support of its Veteran run partners. The Gem Miners Shows are proud of Soldier Solutions Operation Companion helping pair Veterans around the country with trained service dogs. We hope to have a visit from a Companion!

The Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Club will also be a source of educational information and demonstrations.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Handicapped accessible and free parking. Admission is $5 and free for children under 12.

Gem Miner's Jubilee and Holiday Shows are a yearly exhibition and sale of some of the finest products & collectibles of Earth's treasures. The Holiday Gift Show in November and a three day show in August provide an opportunity to meet source dealers bringing the highest quality materials available.

More information: http://www.gem-show.com

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Thintri Report Highlights Market Opportunities in Titanium

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Thintri, Inc. (www.thintri.com) has announced a new market study that analyzes markets for metallic titanium. The report predicts expansion of titanium markets into new applications with corresponding growth in overall market volume.

According to the report, "The Titanium Age: Markets, Opportunities and New Processes," an update of Thintri's earlier 2016 study, the industry has gone a long way to resolve the price and supply instabilities of the past. Those instabilities acted to prevent the expansion of titanium into new, promising markets. The automotive sector, for example, is one where titanium could bring about significant performance and efficiency increases, but high prices and frequent fluctuations in price and supply presented too much uncertainty to allow for adoption in many large industrial markets.

Titanium is an abundant resource, with the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metal, is essentially nonmagnetic, and is highly resistant to corrosion, even in hostile environments like salt water. Furthermore, it is highly biocompatible, making it useful in medicine, as in hip and other joint replacements, and surgical instruments. Titanium is a critical material in aerospace and has become well established in trucks and heavy vehicles, marine structures and ships, chemical processing and general industry. A significant share of the available titanium supply today is used to form steel alloys.

Titanium has enormous potential in a large number of markets, many of them new, but market growth has been hobbled by high costs, volatile prices, processing difficulties, supply issues and industry-wide inefficiencies. Much of the constricting of supply has been attributable to cycles in aerospace demand as well as titanium's use in steel production, both of which are huge sources of titanium demand which are also subject to general economic conditions.

These cycles have often led to extraordinary runups in prices, where some more than doubled in a single year, and some users were simply unable to obtain the titanium they needed. The volatility dampened enthusiasm for titanium in new applications and the instability made it impossible to cultivate new markets.

Today, after several years of sluggish demand for many commodities, titanium is rebounding. As the aerospace sector has worked through its stockpiled titanium, demand has returned to reasonably healthy levels as capacity for most products has levelled off. More importantly, industry consolidation has led to greatly improved efficiency in manufacturing, which promises to restore some stability in price and supply. As a result, emerging markets, particularly medical, in many cases are now even outpacing traditional markets.

At the same time, this apparent stability is threatened by the new international trade picture. Russia and China, both important sources of titanium, are also potential subjects of tariffs and/or sanctions that could upend the global titanium industry. How, and whether, these issues are worked out will have a significant impact on titanium markets.

Throughout all this, a number of low cost processing and manufacturing technologies have continued development that promise to produce titanium (commercially pure and alloyed), potentially at greatly reduced cost. These processes, some of which are already commercialized, will significantly reduce costs in extraction, machining, welding and manufacture of titanium, and help the industry maintain more stable supplies.

The promise of supply stability and lower prices can be expected to lead to the capture of new markets, bringing titanium to a broad range of new applications. Low cost production processes may also provide a substantial investment opportunity.

Thintri's report, "The Titanium Age: Markets, Opportunities and New Processes" analyzes current markets for titanium and the present industry landscape, and projects market activity through 2024. Latent demand, i.e., demand that will be created by newer forms of low-cost titanium in established and new applications, is also calculated and projected through 2024. More information can be found at http://www.thintri.com/.

About Thintri, Inc.:

Founded in 1996, Thintri, Inc. (www.thintri.com), is a full-service consulting firm, based in New York and directed by J. Scott Moore, Ph.D. Thintri's services include business intelligence, market research, technology transfer and technology assessment, and in-depth, off-the-shelf market studies on promising emerging technologies.

Topics of focus have included communications, aerospace, medical and industrial imaging, photonics, materials and coatings, semiconductor devices, manufacturing, industrial logistics, security, thermal management, energy, and a host of others.

For more information, visit http://www.thintri.com or call Dr. Moore at 914-242-4615.

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Minor Metals Rebound, with Growing Opportunities

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A new market study by Thintri, Inc., shows how minor metals, having endured a period of slack demand for many commodities, are now facing a brighter future with improving markets. In some cases the metals face rapid growth in demand in some of today's hottest markets while others will track the overall economy, and a few will see declining demand.

"Minor" metals are anything but. Many are critical materials in aerospace, defense, electronics, photonics and telecommunications, medicine and general industry. Like any large, diverse group of materials, their properties, applications and market opportunities vary widely.

Minor metals are generally defined as those metals that are not sourced directly but rather occur as byproducts of sourcing base metals.

The Thintri study covers the minor metals excluding rare earths, precious metals and platinum group metals:
* Antimony
* Arsenic
* Beryllium
* Bismuth
* Cadmium
* Chromium
* Cobalt
* Gallium
* Germanium
* Hafnium
* Indium
* Lithium
* Magnesium
* Manganese
* Mercury
* Molybdenum
* Niobium
* Selenium
* Silicon
* Tantalum
* Tellurium
* Titanium
* Tungsten
* Vanadium
* Zirconium

Some minor metals, such as chromium, magnesium, titanium and tungsten, are critical constituents in heavy industry, while others, such as indium and cobalt, are fueling today's hottest markets. A few, including mercury and arsenic, face steadily declining markets and increased legislative restriction due to their toxicity.

For each minor metal, the Thintri study discusses sourcing and production; health, safety and nutrition issues; applications; and market analysis, including market volume and pricing forecasts going out to 2024.

About Thintri, Inc.:
Founded in 1996, Thintri, Inc. (www.thintri.com), is a full-service consulting firm, based in New York and directed by J. Scott Moore, Ph.D.

Thintri's services include business intelligence, market research, technology transfer and technology assessment, and in-depth, off-the-shelf market studies on promising emerging technologies. Topics of focus have included medical and industrial imaging, optical networks, materials and coatings, semiconductor devices, manufacturing, industrial logistics, security, thermal management, energy, and a host of others.

For more information, visit http://www.thintri.com or call 914-242-4615.

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Platinum Group Metals Face Rising Prices, Tightening Supplies and Uncertain Markets

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Platinum group metals (PGMs), namely, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium, are undergoing a period of market flux and in some cases, steep and rising prices, according to a new report published by Thintri, Inc. (www.thintri.com).

The same materials are threatened in the longer term by competing materials and alternative technologies in some of their largest markets.

The report, "Platinum Group Metals: Issues and Opportunities," is a 2018 update of an earlier Thintri study. The report discusses the sourcing, production, applications and markets for PGM and opportunities in improved recycling and recovery as well as emerging alternative materials.

PGMs are critical components in the catalytic converters in motor vehicles, in disc drives, oil refineries, glass manufacturing, medical devices and implants such as pacemakers and dental crowns, and a host of other applications. Some are also highly valued in jewelry and investment. PGMs are rare and generally quite costly.

Growing worldwide demand is fueled by a range of factors including accelerating motor vehicle sales in the developing world, a rising industrial sector in many regions and a growing consumer preference for white metals in jewelry. As demand exceeds available supplies, prices have risen accordingly. Furthermore, complex market forces have produced fluctuations in PGM prices, creating market confusion. For example, recently, palladium prices have occasionally exceeded that of platinum, an unusual situation for a metal that has traditionally been seen as a cheaper alternative to platinum.

Industry analyses indicate that known PGM reserves are probably sufficient for more than another 100 years at present rates of production and consumption. However, that figure drops to 10 - 15 years if rising demand, particularly from growing industrialization and automobile sales in emerging economies, is taken into account. Before PGM reserves are fully depleted, however, prices will rise dramatically as extraction becomes more difficult.

PGMs are subject to competing pressures, which will play out over the coming years. Platinum, palladium and rhodium are used in the catalytic converters found in virtually every internal combustion-based automobile. The rapid growth of auto purchases in emerging economies, Asia in particular, is placing pressure on PGM supplies and prices. On the other hand, the rapid emergence of fully-electric cars and a growing commitment by some nations and auto makers to establish electric car markets will have a serious long term negative effect on demand for the relevant PGMs. The continuing slump in the oil sector will also impede the major PGM markets, while at the same time, demand from industrial catalysts and the jewelry sector will track economic growth. The lesser PGMs, like osmium and ruthenium, will continue to occupy niche markets.

Things are further complicated by new technologies already on the market, and some approaching commercialization, that will alter the picture just as dramatically through cheaper alternative materials and improved recovery.

While some PGM applications, such as jewelry, investment and electronics, are relatively immune from substitution at this time, most PGM applications are vulnerable to replacement by nanotechnology-based solutions available at a fraction of the cost. Such alternatives will partly or completely replace the PGM content in critical applications like catalysts in the automotive, energy and industrial sectors.

Other new methods will eventually, in effect, bring new supplies to market through improved recovery. New techniques for recycling catalytic converters and similar products are able to recover far more PGM content than was possible earlier. In addition, once-inaccessible PGM content in copper and nickel mine waste and slag can now be exploited. The availability of literally mountains of mine waste and slag throughout western North America and other parts of the world will soon set off a "gold rush" to exploit those resources.

Today, platinum group metals are at an extraordinary intersection of market forces that will likely create a period of extraordinary volatility before things stabilize.

The Thintri market study, "Platinum Group Metals: Issues and Opportunities," analyzes PGM markets and provides forecasts out to 2022.

About Thintri, Inc.:

Founded in 1996, Thintri, Inc. (www.thintri.com), is a full-service consulting firm, based in New York and directed by J. Scott Moore, Ph.D.

Thintri's services include business intelligence, market research, technology transfer and technology assessment, and in-depth, off-the-shelf market studies on promising emerging technologies. Topics of focus have included medical and industrial imaging, optical networks, materials and coatings, semiconductor devices, manufacturing, industrial logistics, security, thermal management, energy, and a host of others.

For more information, visit http://www.thintri.com or call 914-242-4615.

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California Budget Deficit: Trailer Bills are Loophole Goldmine for Legislators Pet Projects

Author: Gold Pan California
Dateline: Concord, California (CONCORD, Calif.)  | Thu, 21 Jun 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Gold Pan California, a gold prospecting supply shop located in the Bay Area, is shining light on a California State Budget loophole which is being exploited by Legislators to enact last minute laws on pet projects and further increase California's budget deficit.”



A R T I C L E:

Gold Pan California, a gold prospecting supply shop located in the Bay Area, is shining light on a California State Budget loophole which is being exploited by Legislators to enact last minute laws on pet projects and further increase California's budget deficit.

"Californian's have no idea how much their local Legislators are really costing the State," says Mike Dunn, owner of Gold Pan California. "Through secret use of budget trailer bills, Legislators are feverishly creating last minute laws with no bill numbers and no accountability or fiscal responsibility for these new laws."

In this instance, Jared Huffman (D) San Rafael is in the glare of Dunn's spotlight.

Budget Trailer Bills are intended for the implementation of fiscal decisions, and statutory changes to implement those decisions are constitutionally due to the Legislature by February 1, five months before the budget deadline of June 15th.

Yet, three weeks ago Huffman inserted four paragraphs of new "language" i.e., statutory changes, into a 100-page resources folder, which will be given a trailer bill number and presented to the Governor shortly. Governor Brown does not have line-item veto authority in this scenario.

This last minute legislation-by-default totally circumvents participation by the public. Equally wrong, it absolves the Legislator from any financial consequences or accountability for the legislation, since his name isn't on it. Numerous calls to Huffman's office have gone unanswered this week.

The practice of stuffing trailer bills is familiar among gold prospectors. Huffman also used the tactic during the 2011 budget countdown.

Modern day gold prospecting is conducted by suction dredging underwater. Huffman's 2011 trailer bill legislation caused a temporary moratorium on suction dredging for gold until 2016. His current trailer bill language would essentially ban the practice forever.

Suction dredging for gold is touted as being environmentally harmful by the Karuk tribe and environmentalists. Curiously, the same anti-mining foes are seeking $9 million from California taxpayers to dredge for mercury in the State waterways. Dredging is legal in virtually every waterway, year round for numerous purposes - unless, that is, you're dredging for gold. That's outlawed in the Golden State.

The news gets worse for California taxpayers if the new language becomes law. The State is involved in seven lawsuits between gold prospectors and anti-mining foes. Those lawsuits have been active since 2005, and if Huffman's trailer bill language is schlepped over to the Governor, the State will be committed to spending untold amounts on future litigation, before the current multi-million dollar lawsuits are settled.

There are 56,000 gold claims in California, with just 6 being in Huffman's district. The title of Huffman's four paragraphs is "Suction dredge cleanup language."

"If I were one of his local constituents," states Dunn, "I would be quite interested in seeing what else was being crammed in un-named envelopes during the late-night budget negotiations."

With seven lawsuits already underway and deep budget cuts on the imminent horizon, hopefully Huffman will pull his four paragraphs out of the budget trailer bill to save the few million dollars for badly needed social services or education.

http://www.dof.ca.gov/fisa/bag/process.htm .

http://www.dof.ca.gov/budgeting/trailer_bill_language/natural_resources_and_capital_outlay/documents/ .

About Gold Pan California:

The company was founded in 2008 by Mike Dunn, an international gold mining specialist who has been suction dredge gold mining for 34 years.

More information: http://www.goldpancalifornia.com/ .

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Platinum Group Metals Heading Toward Tight Supplies, Soaring Prices and Competition from Cheaper Alternatives

Author: Thintri, Inc.
Dateline: New York, New York (NEW YORK, N.Y.)  | Mon, 19 Mar 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Platinum group metals (PGMs), namely, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium, are heading toward a period of exceptional volatility with supply constraints and dramatic fluctuations in price, according to a new report published by Thintri, Inc. The same materials are threatened in the longer term by competing materials in some of their largest markets.”



A R T I C L E:

Platinum group metals (PGMs), namely, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium, are heading toward a period of exceptional volatility with supply constraints and dramatic fluctuations in price, according to a new report published by Thintri, Inc. The same materials are threatened in the longer term by competing materials in some of their largest markets.

PGMs are universally present in the catalytic converters in motor vehicles, in disc drives, oil refineries, glass manufacturing, medical devices and implants such as pacemakers and dental crowns, and a host of other applications. Some are also highly valued in jewelry and investment. PGMs are also rare, and quite costly.

Like most natural resources, PGM supplies are inherently limited, but to a greater degree than other important minerals. PGMs are produced in just a few countries; the U.S. imports 95 percent of the PGMs it consumes.

The limits of those supplies are now becoming clear. Already, Russia, the largest palladium producer, has announced that its palladium supplies are dwindling.

Industry analyses indicate that known PGM reserves are sufficient for another 360 years at present rates of production and consumption. However, that figure drops to 15 years if rising demand, particularly from growing industrialization and automobile sales in emerging economies, is taken into account.

Growing demand is fueled by a range of factors including accelerating motor vehicle sales around the world, a rising industrial sector in many regions and a growing consumer preference for white metals in jewelry. As demand exceeds available supplies, prices will rise significantly.

In the recent past, limited supply in the face of changing demand has produced extreme volatility. Rhodium, for example, went from over $6,000 per ounce in mid-2007 to $10,000 per ounce in mid-2008 and dropped to a little above $1,000 before the end of that year.

On the other hand there are technologies already on the market, and some near commercialization, that will alter the picture just as dramatically in the other direction, by replacing PGMs at much lower cost, and by relieving supply and price pressure through improved recovery.

While some PGM applications, such as jewelry, investment and electronics, are relatively immune from substitution at this time, most PGM applications are vulnerable to replacement by nanotechnology-based solutions available at a fraction of the cost. Such alternatives can partly or completely replace the PGM content in critical applications like catalysts in the automotive, energy and industrial markets.

Other new methods will eventually, in effect, bring new supplies to market through improved recovery. New techniques for recycling catalytic converters and similar products are able to recover far more PGM content than was possible earlier. In addition, once-inaccessible PGM content in copper and nickel mine waste and slag can now be exploited. The availability of literally mountains of mine waste and slag throughout western North America and other parts of the world, will soon set off a "gold rush" to exploit those resources.

Today, platinum group metals are at an extraordinary intersection of market forces. The confluence of growing demand, limited and/or dwindling supplies, and growing availability of alternatives and new supplies, will likely create a period of extraordinary volatility before things stabilize.

Much of this decade will witness a transition of PGM markets to adjust to a new reality of price volatility and tightened supplies, while others move to take advantage of the new opportunities presented in PGM recovery and replacement.

About Thintri, Inc.:

Founded in 1996, Thintri, Inc. (www.thintri.com), is a full-service consulting firm, based in New York and directed by J. Scott Moore, Ph.D.

Thintri's services include business intelligence, market research, technology transfer and technology assessment, and in-depth, off-the-shelf market studies on promising emerging technologies. Topics of focus have included medical and industrial imaging, optical networks, materials and coatings, semiconductor devices, manufacturing, industrial logistics, security, thermal management, energy, and a host of others.

For more information, visit http://www.thintri.com or call 914-242-4615.

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Smith McKenna Reports that 2012 Marks Time to Invest in Silver

Author: Smith McKenna, LLC
Dateline: Hollywood, Florida (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.)  | Thu, 05 Jan 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Smith McKenna, LLC announced this week that 2012 is the time to invest in silver. Stephen M. Smith, managing member Smith McKenna, has 20 plus years of experience in commodity-market analysis and advises that silver will emerge as king.”



A R T I C L E:

Smith McKenna, LLC announced this week that 2012 is the time to invest in silver. Stephen M. Smith, managing member Smith McKenna, has 20 plus years of experience in commodity-market analysis and advises that silver will emerge as king.

"It's the only place to be," says Smith. "Silver will dominate the commodity market in 2012."

Smith strongly believes that political and economic changes have a dynamic impact on prices and in this time of global economic advancements there will be a mega shift in the metal market. Silver will dictate market direction.

"As the global manufacturing machine gets into high gear it will sift through silver inventories at a rate never seen before," adds Smith.

According to the Silver Institute, silver is indispensable. From industrial use to its role in decoration, technology, photography and medicine, its unique properties of strength, malleability, reflectivity and conductivity make it an irreplaceable force in the global market.

Smith adds that it is advisable to diversify risk by investing in precious metals and Smith McKenna offers some of the lowest spreads in the commodities investing market.

Smith is scheduled to appear on Global Talk Radio, the world news and talk superstation, where he will address issues such as the explosion in the demand for metals; investing in metals in 2012; China's economic growth explosion; and more.

About Smith McKenna, LLC:

Smith McKenna is a broker/dealer of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and copper bullion. It provides market analysis and commodities investing advice in the area of precious metals. Client advice is based on research, current events, and technical and market psychology trends.

For more information, visit: www.Smithmckenna.com .

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Governor Brown Vetoes Attack on Suction Dredge Gold Miners, says Gold Pan California – Directs Secretary of Resources to Publish EIR

Author: Gold Pan California
Dateline: Concord, California (CONCORD, Calif.)  | Fri, 01 Jul 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, is full of suction dredge gold miners celebrating a line-item veto that Governor Brown made in the final State Budget today. 'This is the vindication we've been waiting for,' says owner Mike Dunn.”



A R T I C L E:

Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, is full of suction dredge gold miners celebrating a line-item veto that Governor Brown made in the final State Budget today. "This is the vindication we've been waiting for," says owner Mike Dunn.

Suction dredge mining in California has been under a temporary moratorium since 2009, when the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) began conducting an Environmental Impact Report on the practice. In February 2011 the draft report was released, which concludes that suction dredge mining is not deleterious to fish.

But the positive outcome was not anticipated by a handful of Indian tribes and environmental extremists who don't like suction dredging, so they concocted an erroneous $1.8M deficit in the suction dredge program and proposed to Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) that he carry the 'budget cutting' language to the State Budget in a trailer bill. The bill language was written in such a way that the DFG would have been prevented from ever publishing the EIR, thus ending suction dredge mining forever in California.

Miners got word of the last-minute attempt to kill the industry and began contacting Governor Brown and the Legislators who had been supplied with the erroneous information. In three party-line votes, all Democrats voted for the 'budget cut' and all Republicans voted against it. Because the Democrats have majority in both houses, the trailer bill passed and was sent to the Governor for his signature. Fortunately, the bill died there today.

With Governor Brown's veto, the DFG can now publish the EIR findings and resume updating the dredge mining regulations.

However, in a companion attack by the same anti-mining foes, amended moratorium language was inserted in yet another trailer budget bill AB120, which, if enacted, will add five more years to the soon-expiring moratorium which began in 2009.

"It is our hope that Governor Brown will allow the original moratorium to be solved with the EIR scientific findings," states Dunn, "rather than allowing anti-mining foes to keep inventing new criteria for the DFG to chase after, and wasting taxpayers money while doing so."

If the Governor vetoes the trailer bill language, the nearly immediate consequences to California's economy would be positive: 4,000 miners will be back to work and 15,000 inter-related jobs will be protected, adding much needed revenues to the State's coffers.

The suction dredge gold mining industry generates $23 million annually in California, and supports jobs in more than 14 sectors, including restaurants, hardware stores, gas stations and camping outfitters. "These are real mom and pop businesses that rely on miners every season," says Dunn. They, along with the miners, are hoping for a quick and positive decision by the Governor on AB120.

About Gold Pan California:

The company was founded in 2008 by Mike Dunn, an international gold mining specialist who has been suction gold dredge mining for 33 years.

For more information visit http://www.goldpancalifornia.com .

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Mining and Metals

Attorney General Jerry Brown: California Gold Mining Program Solvent – Legislature on Eve of Killing Industry over $1.8M Math Mistake

Author: Gold Pan California
Dateline: Concord, California (CONCORD, Calif.)  | Thu, 09 Jun 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, is bustling with suction dredge gold miners who are anxiously trying to get information about what is going on in Sacramento. 'This is a new financial disaster headed straight to the heart of the Golden State,' says GPC owner Mike Dunn.”



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Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, is bustling with suction dredge gold miners who are anxiously trying to get information about what is going on in Sacramento. "This is a new financial disaster headed straight to the heart of the Golden State," says GPC owner Mike Dunn. Pointing to legal documents from then-Attorney General Jerry Brown, Dunn says adamantly "The question of solvency was explicitly confirmed by the DOJ."

What the gold miners and Dunn are in upheaval about is an inaccurate $1.8 million budget deficit in the suction dredging gold mining program, which the Department of Fish and Game administers. If the Legislature rules in favor of the trailer budget bill language to "cut" the erroneous $1.8 million deficit, the consequences would be sweeping: the entire California suction dredge gold mining industry will be killed, putting 4,000 miners out of work permanently and affecting another 15,000 inter-related jobs their industry supports.

Because the budget cutting language was inserted just 3 weeks ago, no miners were allowed to publicly comment on the mistake. Now, Dunn is trying to call on every Legislator to alert them to the obvious but disaster-provoking mistake. "I'm bringing the proof with me in hard copy. Everyone can agree with the very deliberate wording by the DOJ. The program pays for itself, period."

Indeed, just yesterday the first Federal lawsuit against the State was filed in Sacramento by a miner who knows he's standing on firm ground.

The suction dredge gold mining industry generates $23 million in California, and affects more than 14 sectors including restaurants, hardware stores, gas stations and camping outfitters. "These are real mom and pop businesses that rely on us miners every season," says Dunn. "We're trying to give the Legislature buckets of water to put out the fire before it gets to them."

There will never be a time when it doesn't make sense for a man to prospect for gold, and hopefully former Attorney General Jerry Brown's golden words will get to the Legislators in time to avert a disastrous end to the industry that put California on the map.

About Gold Pan California:

The company was founded in 2008 by Mike Dunn, an international gold mining specialist who has been suction gold dredge mining for 33 years.

For more information visit http://www.goldpancalifornia.com .

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Story Title: Attorney General Jerry Brown: California Gold Mining Program Solvent - Legislature on Eve of Killing Industry over $1.8M Math Mistake
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