Rock and a Hard Place — Independent gold miners fear extinction as a new wave hits the hills 

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Bill Stanford (left) and his son Chad show off their suction dredge. Photo by Heidi Walters
Richard Cormier stands in the remains of his outdoor “miner’s bed” at his former claim on the salmon river. Photo by Heidi Walters
Rex Russell (foreground) and Richard Cormier at the Beer Tree. Photo by Heidi Walters
Bill Stanford at his claim. Photo by Heidi Walters
Spring run Chinook salmon. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Bill and Chad Stanford relaxing in camp at their North Fork Salmon River claim. Photo by Heidi Walters
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Bill Stanford at his claim. Photo by Heidi Walters

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