Over the past couple of years a number of events have conspired to make the operation of a small-scale mine in Northern England much more difficult and expensive. Many are bureaucratic in nature, which seems to be the way of the world these days. We could bore you with the details, but perhaps that's best done over a beer somewhere else. Suffice it to say that we've decided to call it a day and close up shop. Thanks to all of you who have supported us over the years. And to borrow a phrase from someone else, "what a long, strange trip it's been."

All is not doom and gloom, however. We are currently in discussion with some local friends who have specimen mining experience about taking over the day-to-day operation of the mine. Please stay tuned for more...

In the mean time, we will be at our usual spot for one more time at the upcoming 2017 edition of "The Tucson Show," Hotel Tucson City Center (InnSuites), room 144. We hope to open the doors on Friday, January 27. Cheers!

Contact: cal@calgraeber.com