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clay last won the day on June 23

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  1. Weird $tuff

    What's happening here is that Don is copying right from his web email. That's not really a possibility like it would be if he was downloading his email to his computer. He's only copying the links to the attached image. We can't see the images linked to because webmail would be insecure if everybody could see your email without signing in. For Don to make this work he needs to download the email image attachment and copy/paste the image from his computer - not from the webmail page. It depends on his email provider how he would download the attached image from the web page but the simplest solution would probably be to drag the image to his desktop. If that doesn't work right clicking on the image in his email and choosing "download" will probably do the trick.
  2. The 10 million acre Sagebrush chicken withdrawal is no more! The withdrawal has been withdrawn. BLM cancels 10 million acre Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal Proposal Read that and then go beeping. 10 million acres is gonna take you a few weekends to detect so get started early.
  3. Weird $tuff

    I felt left out Skip. Why do the other guys get Xs and I don't? I like green. Yeah I posted it intentionally. It looks like garimpo's Xs are copy/paste links from his email program. https//mail.uol.com.br/content_id?msg_id=MTUyNTQ0&cid=AOLP.4535070&folder=INBOX take out the red XX to see the image Not sure it was intentional on his part but sometimes stuff south of the equator swirls the other way.
  4. You can still hydraulic mine in California Chris. There never was a time when you couldn't. I don't know when that rumor got started but it seems one of those "every one knows" things that isn't true. Dredging in California is awaiting a permit system. I know a lot of people who won't wait for the State and have been dredging for years. There is basically no enforcement at this point unless you get very public. I'm not seeing any mining company getting serious in California for now. They don't want to hydraulic or dredge mine but California doesn't care what it costs the miners in time or money to get their permits. Not many miners today that are willing to wait years to begin mining. Better opportunities elsewhere, like Nevada or Arizona.
  5. Congrats Clay

    Ah this is so cool! I never win anything (well except for that wet Tshirt contest). I'm just down the street from you Bill, how about I stop by your shop later this week and save you the postage? I'd like to thank you in person.
  6. Then you have this......

    How do you ground balance that thing?
  7. It appears that Mica sheet is still being used in high temperature applications in electronics. And you can still buy the clear sheets for windows. From the USGS: Not mentioned is the production of Vermiculite from expanded mica minerals.
  8. I ain't a-skeered a no hurricane..

    Al, Skip. Go west young men. The heat might kill you but no caines here. Heck you can even get some gold if you want. Think of it as that vacation you've been deserving In any case stay safe. We need you guys.
  9. Mica was the prime electrical insulation material for high end electronics and switches prior to the 1960's. Large sheets of mica were the big moneymaker for mica. It was mined and paid for based on the purity and size of the mica sheet. Ordinary small sheet mica like you commonly find in metamorphic rocks had little value. Today we have many man made insulators that exceed the capabilities of mica. The market is gone. Many other minerals have gone in and out of favor over the years based on market demand. It's just one of the factors miners have to consider when determining the potential for a mineable deposit. In the 1970's and 80's a particular type of large fine grained pumice had a high market value because it made the best stone washed jeans. Now there is no market and the mining claims have been lost because there is no market to support their claim for valuable minerals. There are many other examples of minerals that have gained or lost their relative value over time. Mica is just one that has been forgotten by most to the extent that today it's common for miners to puzzle over why anyone would pay for such a common mineral. A good example is the lightning rod that was placed on the top of the Washington Monument upon it's completion in 1884. The cost of a gold plated bronze pyramid was quoted at $50 and Platinum plated was $75. Instead a rare and valuable metal was used at a cost of $225 unplated. That rare and valuable metal was aluminum.
  10. If you haven't done your annual BLM FLPMA filing yet your time has run out. Yesterday was the last chance. The BLM shows September 1 as the final date but that is a trap for people who rely on the BLM information rather than following the law. The BLM has a special treat for those who follow their instructions. Just ask Art Anderson (PDF). In Art Anderson, 181 IBLA 270, GFS(MIN) 14(2011), the IBLA found that a placer mining claim was forfeited when the claimant attempted to file a small miner waiver certification on September 1, rather than on or before August 31. On September 1, 2010, plaintiff tried to file a small miner waiver certification with BLM for the 2011 assessment year. BLM rejected the waiver certification because it lacked the signature of one of the claim owners. Id. at 272-73. Plaintiff appealed and on appeal, the IBLA stated that had plaintiff submitted a timely certificate, BLM’s rejection of the waiver certificate would have been in error. BLM should have accepted the certificate, notified the claimant of the defect, and given the claimant 60 days’ notice to cure. Id. at 273. However, the IBLA determined that plaintiff did not timely submit the certificate. Prior to 2007, the assessment year began at 12:00 p.m. on September 1 of each year. In 2007, Congress amended the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 to make the annual assessment year commence at 12:01 a.m. of each year. . Id. at 274. Claimants are required to submit a claim maintenance fee or waiver certificate before the commencement of the assess- ment year. Id.; 30 U.S.C. § 28f(b). BLM has not yet amended its regulations to reflect the change in the 2007 legislation and 43 C.F.R. § 3834.11 (a)(2) still provides that the annual maintenance fee is due on or before September 1 of each year. Nevertheless, the IBLA held that the statute is self-operative and that failure to timely pay the maintenance fee or submit the waiver certificate causes the claim to forfeit by operation of law. 181 IBLA at 275. BLM still hasn't corrected their regulations, websites or information handouts to reflect the changes to the law in 2007. As Art Anderson found out that doesn't prevent the BLM from closing claims that haven't had an annual required informational filing before September 1.
  11. The photo is a fake. The flightline was never flooded but access was limited. Southwest began flying stranded/ticketed passengers out of Houston Hobby 4 days ago. The military has been flying Hobby since Sunday as well. Both Hobby and Bush airports were reopened to the public today as of 4 p.m. local time. Here's the press release:
  12. Old Topo Maps

    The historical topos do have more information than the new topos. More than 300,000 historical topos and Shoreline Surveys are available for download directly from a map click. Go to the Topo Map Download page on Land Matters. Click on the map title "Topo Search Map" in the right menu. When the map opens up zoom to your area of interest click on the map layer "USGS All Topo Search" click on the i tool and click in the area you want to get the historical topos for. A window will pop up with all the different resolutions of topo available. Choose the 2400 one for your best resolution and click the link on that line. ALL the 2400 resolution historical topos for your clicked area will be listed along with their date and a download link. There is a lot more available on that map. Poke around and I'm sure you will find what you are looking for. Check out the Forest Service topo maps too they are different than the USGS topos. Modern multi layer PDF topos with aerial photos are available and anyone that does beach detecting should definitely look over the many high resolution Historical shoreline Survey maps. I'm pretty sure every topo map available for download is on that map. And they are all free.
  13. Well Its Finally Happened.....

    I use the LR2000 pretty frequently. Sometimes it works well and sometimes it doesn't work well at all. I have found if you do a search and the response page hangs up if you do the same search again right away it does load. Weird but it works most times. Then there are the times when the LR2000 just fails, not as often as it used to but several times a month it just kind of fades away for a few minutes to an hour or more. It is what it is. I'm lucky that I have a local copy of their entire database that I update twice a month so I'm always within a week or two of being current even when the LR2000 isn't responding well. It would be pretty frustrating if I had to work with the online version all the time. Chris - Maricopa County filings are free. Just ignore the "gimme a buck" button and click on the "number of pages" in the file description. That's in green and when you click on it a PDF will be linked to with a photocopy of the filing. I just right click and choose save in my browser when the PDF pops up. It's the same thing you get when you pay a buck without paying a buck.
  14. Minelab Gold Panning Kit Prize

    34.28 Almost Thanks Bill.