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December 15, 1998 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his salesman's zeal and postgraduate degree, Mike Sweeney hardly fits the part of old-time prospector. But like the crusty sourdoughs who prowled the Mother Lode 150 years ago, Sweeney sees gold in the Sierra foothills. It's not just ore he's after. Although his Sutter Gold Mining Co. hopes to eventually unearth as much as 60 tons of the precious metal from these historic hills, the firm also wants to mine another vintage California commodity--tourism.
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