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  1. I find it very common that where a single drainage forks for the last time there are diggings where they converge. Basically the gold is in the bottom of the Y. Is there a name for this and has anybody ran across a good sketch that explains why the drainages are formed (eroded) this way?
  2. I'm almost tempted to try and get the grand jury to investigate to see what's left and what is being done with it.
  3. I'm working on my display, inspired by that collection. Amazing I can now recognize where alot of the gold came from just from appearance. Bastards..can I say that?
  4. If you use Whinks rust remover, be very careful. It's active ingredient is really bad stuff if you get it on your skin. It works very well, but after some research, I decided to use it as last resort. I would start with something less aggressive. How about a little vinegar and a tooth brush or jewelry cleaner? The manganese dissolves fairly easily. Nice looking gold.
  5. When asked about access to mining claims our USFS representative stated that we would be granted access via. our permit. We explained that permits are not required for mining claims, which resulted in blank stares. They promised to publish and respond to ALL comments. After some pressure, they did publish the comments, but never responded to them. My family has several claims with no vehicular access now. Problem is, they do not have to answer to anybody, the more they regulate, the more they are needed.
  6. It appears you are making progress. Congratulations. Theses travel management plans are being enacted all around the country. Ours has been finalized. Most of the groups that have spent considerable effort, feel that they have made a difference... All of the forest was closed to motorized travel off of designated routes. The ATV riders got 2 riding areas. The horse people got horse camps. The PCT hikers got roads closed. Everyone else got screwed if they didnt take the time to pursue specific roads. Problem is, without lawsuits, the USFS settles each of the issues locally. Your forest may recognize access to unpatented mining claims, while the adjacent forest does not. I firmly believe that it will take a class action lawsuit to provide relief to all Americans that have been discriminated against. If your not considered a stake holder, good luck. In my forest, they required that you must first prove a purpose and interest in keeping specific roads open. If you succeed, you might get a portion of YOUR favorite road to remain open. If nobody showed up to protest the closure of an off -system road, it was closed. The result is one road leading to a buck camp is open and 100' away, a road similiar in appearance is closed without any explanation. They have literally assigned road numbers and installed road signs at turn outs that stray 40' from the main road. I participated in the process, Hundreds of good people got their 2 minutes and felt better having had a say. When I noticed nobody from the USFS was taking notes during the public comment period, yet half the public was, I knew how it was going to go. Keep up the fight, but remember this has to be resolved at a national level.
  7. My county courthouse had the largest gold display in the lower 48. Half of it was stolen. They were caught, but no gold or money was recovered. Insurance company paid the claim. County refuses to display the remaining gold, who knows if it still exists. There is talk among some of the department heads of using the insurance money to pay for un-necessary and wasteful building remodels. Hmm...
  8. Thanks for sharing. Is it possible to write up a short story describing what caught your eye (ear) and what kept you going? I really like to read that kind of stuff because it is what leads to an actually legitimate handful of gold. Change the names and terrain if need be.
  9. Imaudigger

    Hot skunk today

    Good for you - getting to go out hunting with your dad. Those miners were everywhere the gold was..if your lucky that is everywhere.
  10. Ok seems someone found a weakness in the YouTube site. Search for 8iNKZUilVN0 In YouTube and you will get the video. Looks like my kind of town in more ways than one. I've never been there, but it reminds me a little of my hometown. May have to do some research and take a weekend road trip.
  11. You got my curiosity, but your link is to some sort of spam site. Do you have a search term I can use to search YouTube?
  12. Well I think that those old timers actually thought about gold differently than most do these days. It was all of it was sold to feed the famiiy and pay the bills. The only piece left to prove what they once had are the couple lunkers they saved. They were not building collections , they were just working for a living like everyone else.
  13. I've heard more than 1 story about old timer miners carrying their largest nugget around in their pockets every day for 30 years like a pocket knife. I would guess it was so they could enjoy it and share it with other people.
  14. Don't know if things go political around here... Sounds like there has been some good news in the San Diego area for those of you wanting to carry concealed firearms (or and firearms for that matter since open carry is illegal). For those interested, I think my signature quote at the bottom of this message says it all. View this email in your browser Major Victory for CRPA, California and the Second Amendment According to the Washington Times and Author David Sherfinski Federal Court deals gun-grabbers a blow in San Diego- Read more details here! Federal court deals gun-grabbers a blow in San Diego concealed carry ruling In a major victory for gun rights activists, a federal appeals panel in California has rejected a law in San Diego County that requires applicants for concealed carry permits to demonstrate good cause as to why they need a gun for personal safety. A three-judge panel on Thursday rejected a district courts ruling in favor of the county after plaintiffs appealed. The plaintiffs argued that by defining good cause in San Diego Countys permitting scheme to exclude a general desire to carry for self-defense, the County impermissibly burdens their Second Amendment right to bear arms. PHOTOS: Top 10 handguns in the U.S. The district court erred because San Diego Countys good cause permitting requirement impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense, wrote Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs who were denied concealed carry licenses because they could not establish good cause, as well as plaintiffs who anticipated they would be denied. The California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) was an additional plaintiff in the case, and no plaintiff is otherwise banned from possessing a gun. The case was appealed from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The 77-page majority opinion drew upon rulings on handgun bans in the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago, particularly the landmark 2008 District v. Heller ruling that struck down D.C.s longtime ban on handguns. Judge O'Scannlain wrote that neither case speaks explicitly or precisely to the scope of the Second Amendment right outside the home or what it takes to infringe it. Speakers of the English language will all agree: bearing a weapon inside the home does not exhaust this definition of carry, he wrote. For one thing, the very risk occasioning such carriage, confrontation, is not limited to the home. One neednt point to statistics to recognize that the prospect of conflict at least, the sort of conflict for which one would wish to be armed and ready is just as menacing (and likely more so) beyond the front porch as it is in the living room, he continued. To be sure, the idea of carrying a gun in the clothing or in a pocket, for the purpose of being armed and ready, does not exactly conjure up images of father stuffing a six-shooter in his pajamas pocket before heading downstairs to start the mornings coffee, or mother concealing a handgun in her coat before stepping outside to retrieve the mail. Instead, it brings to mind scenes such as a woman toting a small handgun in her purse as she walks through a dangerous neighborhood, or a night-shift worker carrying a handgun in his coat as he travels to and from his job site. In a a 48-page dissenting opinion, Judge Sidney R. Thomas wrote that in addition to striking down San Diego Countys concealed carry policy, the majority ruling upends the entire California firearm regulatory scheme. In dealing a needless, sweeping judicial blow to the public safety discretion invested in local law enforcement officers and to Californias carefully constructed firearm regulatory scheme, the majority opinion conflicts with Supreme Court authority, the decisions of our sister circuits, and our own circuit precedent, he wrote. The state generally prohibits the open or concealed carry of a handgun in public, but delegates authority to localities to craft their own policies for obtaining concealed carry licenses. The good cause requirement has been in place in San Diego since 1999. Concern for ones personal safety alone is not considered good cause, rather, the policy requires [a] set of circumstances that distinguish the applicant from the mainstream and causes him or her to be placed in harms way. Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter Copyright © 2014 California Rifle & Pistol Association, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email bacause you opted in at our website: Our mailing address is: California Rifle & Pistol Association 271 Imperial Highway, Suite 620Fullerton, CA 92835 Add us to your address book unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences