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From the Editor’s Desk

This issue highlights the Spring AMA Convention and Alaska Mining Day celebrated on May 9th at several AMA branch meetings. Our coverage is of the event held in Anchorage.

Mining Day was actually on May 10th, a Saturday this year. On April 12, 2013, Governor Sean Parnell signed legislation establishing May 10th as Alaska Mining Day in perpetuity.

Do you know or remember the significance of May 10th? I am embarrassed to confess that I did not when I sent an email to Senator Geissel last year asking “Why May 10th?” It is the day that the General Mining Law of 1872 was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. That law and its contributions to our country and to our livelihoods is what we celebrate. J.P. Tangen presented a summary of how this law came into being at Mining Day. The transcript of his talk is included in this issue.

By all accounts the Alaska Miners Association 24th Biennial Mining Conference was a resounding success. At the 2012 Fairbanks convention it was clear that the conference had outgrown the hotel space it had used for many years. This year the conference moved to the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Over 600 people attended the conference and the new space also held a larger trade show that allowed the display of some larger equipment.

I was not able to attend the Fairbanks conference this year. While reading through the schedule and abstracts it was clear that I had missed something special. I was excited to think what I might have learned if I had been able to go. I hope that some of this excitement comes through in the convention coverage. Special thanks go to Andy Larson of Kinross Fort Knox who did the heavy lifting of putting the convention coverage together.

I hope you enjoy these stories and the rest of the features in this issue. Talk to you next month.

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