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News and Rumors from the Bush
For our June 2004 exploration issue, we thought it would be fun to revisit Ben Dickerson’s animated

“News and Rumors from the Bush” column. Ben wrote the column for Skillings from 1976 to 1987.

Ben Dickerson passed away on Jan. 9, 1987.


JUNE 11, 1977—Oxymin is reported to have made a deal for the copper prospects in Sultan Basin 50 miles east of Everett, Wash. Some geophysical work has been done. When will copper be $1.10 a pound, Paul?

Homestake’s faith in the current price of gold is being evidenced by its current rush (via a Reno consultant) to reexamine those Nevada filing cabinet prospects held for better days.

Some small, but noisy, Canadian group is running around a copper-moly show near Whiskey Flat, south of Hawthorne, Nev. A vast “leached cap” is reported. How did Cominco miss this?

Cominco and George Koehler are reported to be active in an area “not too far north of White Sulfur Springs, Mont.” This wouldn’t be very far from Niehart, where the sleeping molybdenum giant, Big Ben, is waiting for Bill Shepard (Amax) to wave his magic wand.

In the effete east, Phelps Dodge has apparently decided to “hang in” since Bruce Bouley is reported to be looking for office space in Bangor. (Ludden must like those lobsters at the Red Lion).

Phelps is also reported to be punching more holes in the Hughes copper prospects near Fork Union, Va. There should be at least 100 t.p.d. orebody here!

Geopersons in the north central states are joining the leaders. Ed Maye of Great Lakes Exploration (Kennecott) has cashed in his pension chips and has joined Exxon at Crandon—why not, it’s a lifetime job, isn’t it, Larry Hayes?

Homestake, after abandoning the Keweenaw copper at the Centennial mine in the upper peninsula of Michigan, continues to do a little poking around the new (?) chalcocite copper shows found in the general area.

UOP, in the form of mysterious Randall Weege, is rumored to be haunting some greenstone beds near Iron Mountain, Mich. Its CIA type security raises more interest in its activities than it would otherwise.

Quote of the week:

“Remember, no amount of brains will ever replace dumb luck, especially in the mineral exploration business!”

Deep enough!!

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At this time, our online back issues date back to November of 2001. All other articles are available in hard copy format.

 
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