The BBC is reporting that due to the dire state of the Californian economy, many are turning to prospecting to make a living. While most of the new prospectors still only mine on weekends and through social clubs, more and more are taking it up full time. Kevin Brown had been an animator in Hollywood before being laid off. He now pitches a tent at the riverside and prospects full time. The BBC also highlights one miner, “Bernie” who seems to have begun in 1848 and never left. It still remains unclear whether Gus Chiggins, fictional prospector will participate in this new Gold Rush.