Brad Jones


Brad Jones is a freelance writer based in Southern California.

Most Recent Articles by Brad Jones:

Supreme Court rejects California gold mining case

Jan 11, 2018 — Brad Jones

A typical suction dredge mining operation
California gold miners are reeling from a Supreme Court of the United States refusal to hear a high-profile case concerning a statewide suction dredge mining ban.

The top court denied gold miner Brandon Rinehart’s petition for his day in court Jan. 8.


Mining rights group fights BLM road closure in California

Dec 11, 2017 — Brad Jones

Mining rights group fights BLM road closure in California
The fight for mining rights on public lands in the western Mojave Desert is heating up once again.

In an alleged attempt to illegally block small-scale gold miners from accessing their mining claims, the Bureau of Land Management has erected “ROUTE CLOSED” signs near Barstow, Calif.

Two Southern California gold prospecting clubs, the Route 66 Gold Miners and the Temecula Valley Prospectors began planning an outing on two Route 66 mining claims near Barstow last June. The event was announced at the end of August and set for mid-October.

But near the end of September, the American Mining Rights Association received word that the Bureau of Land Management had posted signs blocking access to the mining claims.


Trump orders review of Obama-era land grabs

Apr 28, 2017 — Brad Jones

After eight years of oppressive restrictions on every facet of the mining industry from coal to gold, miners are finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

President Donald Trump today signed an executive order to review national monument designations made under the Antiquities Act by former President Barack Obama.