Gold panning on the rise in California

FRESNO, Calif.

The owner of Auburn's Pioneer Mining Supply Store says the gold price is hovering near $1,700 an ounce, and is a big reason for the increased numbers. Another reason -- the dry weather.

Gold panning experts say the far drier than normal winter is exposing potential pockets of gold. Given that fact, if the river conditions continue to get drier, gold panners say the mini gold panning rush will only get bigger.

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