These should be boom times for the mining business in California and Nevada. Gold prices are hitting hitting record highs. But 2011 isn't 1849. This isn't the Wild West. It's the environmentally conscious left coast. There is no "rush" in the new gold rush.
"In California it's pretty modest to what's going on in other places, particularly outside the U.S.," says Jim Hesketh, CEO of Atna Resources , which owns the Briggs Mine in California's Death Valley.