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chrisski last won the day on December 16 2017

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About chrisski

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    Desert Prospecting, Drywashing, Recirculating, Detecting

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  1. chrisski


    I appreciate this link. The one I posted to another forum no longer works: http://golddetecting.4umer.net/
  2. chrisski

    My Facebook account got hacked!

    You're saying someone is creating false accounts for the average Joe's account? Was common about seven years ago in the military to have senior leadership have a false profile on Facebook created by a scam artist. These profiles were complete with a picture and convincing data. These guys were one star generals, not the average person. This General had two fake accounts created. Troubling if they've moved on to us because we don't have a support staff to help with this stuff.
  3. chrisski

    Odd Places

    Thanks for the pics. Looks like an ancient bench and the gold actually looks pretty dark. Wonder what it's mixed with.
  4. chrisski

    Mine Fraud

    I was looking around and found this example, 30 years old, of a person convicted as a result of him "trying" to fund a mining operation that wasn't exactly there. Apparently, the state told him to shut it down, he ignored that and moved operations, which resulted in jail time. TO: EDITORS, NEWS DIRECTORS DATE: May 3, 1999 FOR: IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Perry Baker (602) 542-0844 PEORIA MAN SENTENCED TO 9 YEARS FOR SECURITIES FRAUD James Ashpole, 59, of Peoria, Arizona, was sentenced this morning in Superior Court to 9 years in prison after convictions on 39 counts of fraud schemes, theft, sale of unregistered securities and conducting an illegal enterprise. The convictions stem from Ashpole's sales of stock in his company, Black Diamond Mining Corporation. The Attorney General's office, in conjunction with the Arizona Corporation Commission, prosecuted the case. Commission Chairman, Jim Irvin, applauded the sentence as "upholding the Commission's strong stand against those who would commit securities fraud in Arizona". Ashpole told at least 35 investors that Black Diamond would be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange within a few months, as the company owned a gold mine east of Prescott worth over $250,000,000. The state produced evidence that Black Diamond had lost money in 1996 in a failed attempt to work the mine, with assays showing no viable precious metals. After the failure, Ashpole began his stock sales through a telemarketing office in north Phoenix. Investors lost over $150,000 before the Arizona Corporation Commission shut down the boiler-room in September1997 after a few months of operation. However, Ashpole moved his operations, continuing to telemarket stock from Texas and Florida. The Arizona state grand jury indicted him in February 1998. While out on bond following the indictment, Ashpole was arrested in September 1998 for making more stock sales back in Arizona. Since that time, Ashpole was jailed until his March 1999 trial, where jurors convicted him on all counts. At trial the state produced evidence that Black Diamond did not qualify to be listed on NASDAQ, nor did Black Diamond own full rights to the mining property. Investors had not been told about Black Diamond's earlier failure to produce any economically viable quantities of gold. A state's accountant testified that Ashpole used most of the investor money for personal expenses, and to operate the boiler-room in north Phoenix to sell the stock. The nine-year sentence imposed by judge David Cole will be followed by seven years probation along with 150 hours of community service. Commissioner Tony West said, "This sentence is the kind of response necessary for a con artist who ignored the clear order of the Commission to cease and desist his activities, and went on to commit further crimes. Arizona will continue to protect its reputation as a good place to invest in business, by sending out a strong message to those criminals who would exploit its resources and its citizens."
  5. chrisski


    Lots Quarters, $89.
  6. You can call pawn shops and perhaps they will put it under a machine to tell you the elemental makeup. A small charge would be reasonable. I think the pawn shops use XRF analysis. There's one near me that examines their jewelry this way. I had rock samples from a tailings pile I wanted to bring there, never did. I think at best you'll get what elements are in the rock. On the university websites, they say they no longer accept samples for analysis. Since it was their life's work and very few meteor hunter's were out there, they used to examine the rocks, but thanks to shows like meteor hunter and forums like this, far too many people doing it now. The ASU website says something similar to that. I really don't think there's a place that will officially ID a meteorite for a fee, although for a fee I will print a certificate of authenticity off on my computer, send it to you, and you can fill in the blanks ID what the object is, and sign it as the expert. Also think there's many orders of magnitude more than billions of magnetic rocks in AZ. To me it looks like any of the black rocks littering the tops of many places in AZ, like the mountains by Deer Valley or many other places along I 10 or I 8.
  7. chrisski

    Lead mining

    I've been thinking about making these castings to be miniature figures. It's on my to do list, but more for a retirement project. I played with leaded figures growing up and they were harmless. Today the kids don't play with leaded figures.....
  8. Jim, IMO there's enough organizations out there already, part of it would be getting them involved. If these already existing organizations can't take on this task, our access will go away. I consider the preventative fire closures in AZ a type of land grab. I also believe the BLM public comments page falls on deaf ears if done by individuals, but if done by a group has a chance. I may contact Public Lands for the People. By title alone, this should be there main issue. When I look at that AZ BLM TMP plan, the BLM plans to seriously restrict motorized access to most of their land. I can only imagine they will do this in all the other states. Rather sad. I remember riding a dirt bike along unrestricted trails along public lands. Seeing the restrictions done to the Hassunyumpa TMP is worrisome. I'm getting a bit old for those rough adventures, but I believe strongly that my kids and others in their generation deserve the opportunity. Nothing in the long run is being ruined by motorized trail access. I do think the pool of people able to join an organization like "Allow Access to our BLM lands," is too small to support another organization. I see how little funding some of our non-profits have, and I don't want to take away from them with yet another hat to put the limited donations in. Without access to thousands of dollars to lobby and fund court cases, makes the change difficult, but the time is best for it with our environment. Raising awareness is a first step, but Pro-Bona volunteer law work will only go so far.
  9. chrisski

    Lead mining

    One of these boring days I'm going to figure out sand casting and make some molds for this lead.
  10. chrisski

    Prescott National Forest closures June 1st 2018

    Thanks for posting Bill. Wil keep my plans away from there. Those are huge chunks of land shut down. That's rather disheartening. It has been a dry year, but in all honestly most of Arizona is dry within a few days of a rain. Even after the Monsoon rains, with the heat, the soil is dry enough to dry wash within a few days. It's a slippery slope to me where we could get to something like, unless it's rained within so many days, we can't access out public lands.
  11. chrisski

    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    I think for deeper areas, along some of the LSD, another dry wash dredge would not be impossible, difficult yes, but impossible, no. I think most of the original gold is still buried under 10 to 20 feet of dirt. No other way to get to it except that.
  12. chrisski

    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    I'd love to have something like that going across the state trust land parcels. Section 2 and 16 tend to be state trust land, and off limit to BLM claims and the county.
  13. chrisski


    Where do you find these official restrictions for BLM land? I would be willing to check for example the Hassunyumpa area prior to driving out, but right now as far as I know, the BLM posts nothing about road closures. Forest service does a good job at posting their closings, although it is a bit difficult to find, but available by visiting each national forest official website and looking for road closures in each one. If you were going to two national forests in AZ, you'd need to go to two websites, but they will post closures. I learned this after driving out finding a closed road where I wanted to go, but at least I know now where to look prior.
  14. I am still struggling with the route to take to contact these guys. The AMRA seems to be devoting its efforts to fighting the dredging ban in California, but not in spending effort into fighting barring driving on wide open, empty federal lands. I do believe it NEEDS to be brought to the BLM / DOI attention with more than just an E-Mail form an individual, but environmentalist groups are well organized and funded, we're not. I'm willing to take any ideas. I've got time and energy for this. I would think this would be more of a fight for the four wheeler ATV / UTV crowd, but I get those are more get together clubs to go riding, and not organized in a way to protect access to those trails.
  15. So what does this mean for the trails already closed? Arizona won't mind if you drive on the roads, but the BLM will? When you're in the middle of nowhere and you see the brown and white or black and white BLM sign, you've all seen them, that say road closed to motorized traffic, we are OK to drive over this? I don't think so. I could probably go my whole life and never see anyone to ticket me for breaking the rules, but I don't think so. I don't even trust this supposed protection for the AZ law so much that in the remote off chance of an encounter that the very, very few ticketing officers our "Off ROad" stickers pay for, will avoid ticketing one for being on a BLM closed road even though this state of AZ law says its OK. You may think that the federal government is "giving the middle finger" to the states, but the federal government has primacy, making it the top court in the land. As a matter of principle, I can't be WITH the federal government on the anit-sanctuary cities and AGAINST federal government on TMPs. I will say that Ryan Zinke is the Department of the Interior Secretary and is a former Navy Seal. I believe he would put an end to these TMPs. These TMPs are just one of many items put into effect by the previous administration that have a lot of inertia, but are not possible to stop. Saving Health Care is more of a priority, understandably, than keeping a few remote roads open, but I'm sure they'll put an end to these meaningless closures, especially if people like Secretary Zinke find out, but it can not just be a message from Citizen Joe Blow, it will have to a voice of a much larger group that rivals those that are trying to shut these roads down. For more hope, Brian Steed is in charge of the BLM now. He was a member of the Utah Senate when they passed RS2477. With Trump, Zinke, and Steed, we have a unique opportunity to stop this travel management plan craziness. If we wait a couple of more years, this chance may have gone by. You can't possibly think that this will hold up in court, prevent any fines, etc? If you never run into an agent, which if you are small time, you never will, this may work, because you will never be challenged, but if you find the "Mother Lode," and decide to go big time, which we all do, this sort of thinking will get you shut down big time and quickly.