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  1. 3 points
    Very nicely stated Jim and very much on point. Often these public comment periods are used to vent or state a point of view. Sadly, although all comments are collated, only comments that rely on a point of law, right or administrative requirement will have the power to realign the agencies plans. Lucky for us we have perceptive and eloquent people like Jim to submit comments that hit on all three of the valid objections. I think Jim may have sent this one back to their drawing board. The same tactic shut down a similar TMP by the Forest Service in southern Arizona a few years back. Luckily the unmentioned option is always the fallback to the base option which amounts to "no change". I can go with that. Thanks again Jim, I wish there were more of you out there.
  2. 3 points
    Hi Gary, option C would eliminate one of two motorized route from our claims. We have a third that stops short of the claims and becomes a hiking trail already. The BLM closed the third route to motorized travel around 10 years ago without any notice or public input. I was able to get it re-opened by simply sticking to my guns and pointing out the same parts of the law as I did in my most recent letter, minus the recent ARS dealing with RS 2477. It took some time and effort, and they lied to me at every opportunity, from needing a notice of intent or plan of operation to maintain access to telling me they weren't the ones who placed the boulders in the road, but they did finally agree to move the boulders. Mike Rice and Roy Draper were the two I was dealing with back then. My suspicion is that these new BLM agents know little of theses laws and probably couldn't care less to know about them. I'm with the Roadrunners as well and we also gave input with over 300 members signatures. I read about the State GPAA and a few other groups rallying the troops as well. There are some off-road groups opposing the changes as well. Never count out the silent majority, The roadrunners and several other groups and citizens were able to stop the Agua Fria Nation monument from claiming all the land west of I17 all the way to the Prescott NF a few years back. They would have effectively taken all granted rights of way (and escape routes from the valley) and eliminated mining claims by attrition if they had succeeded. Later...Jim P.
  3. 3 points
    Here's my letter to the BLM. By the way, the postcard I received back in April has two different dates for the deadline for comments. One line says May 22(Tonight) and the other says May 8th. To whom it may concern, Instead of choosing between 5 options of how much of my right to ingress and egress I would like to give up, I'd like to point out a few items in the laws of the US and State of Arizona that should prevent the BLM from forcing anyone to choose. First I'd like to refer you to the Lode mining law of 1866, codified in the General mining law of 1872 in which a right to ingress and egress is to mineral deposits is granted to all US citizens. This right has been reaffirmed multiple times in state and federal courts up to and including the US Supreme Court. Second, I'd like to refer you to a portion of the law that gave the BLM it's authority as administrator of public lands but limits it's ability to control travel; specifically 43 U.S. Code § 1732 - Management of use, occupancy, and development of public lands "Except as provided in section 1744, section 1782, and subsection (f) of section 1781 of this title and in the last sentence of this paragraph, no provision of this section or any other section of this Act shall in any way amend the Mining Law of 1872 or impair the rights of any locators or claims under that Act, including, but not limited to, rights of ingress and egress" Third, is what's commonly referred to as RS2477, part of the Mining act of 1866, stating "The right of way for the construction of highways over public lands, not reserved for public uses, is hereby granted" Although this section was repealed by the FLPMA of 1976, any public right of was existing at the time was again protected. “Nothing in this Act or any amendment made by this Act, shall be construed as terminating any valid right-of-way or other land use right or authorization existing on the date of approval of this Act.” Finally, I'd like to direct you to Arizona's HB 2175, signed into law by Governor Ducey last year. HB 2175 confirms and asserts Arizona's right to control all rights of way existing prior to the passing of the FLPMA act of 1976. I'd like to conclude with a message to those of you who would limit my right to access in the name of protecting the environment, animals or aesthetics; Many of our forefathers fought and died for these lands, for their natural resources and strategic value to ensure our nations survival. I doubt any of them would have done so knowing that their heirs would be locking them up and throwing away the key to protect a supposedly endangered species of plant or animal or protect someones hiking trail or view. Without rights to access, your access becomes a privilege. Sincerely, Jim Pressley Peoria AZ.
  4. 2 points
    Sometimes information delivery is funny, odd, nut case, or..... Depending on the educator, Jeff is fun to listen too. This is good stuff from a graduate or the same college as my good friend Jim Straight and perhaps another member or two here....
  5. 2 points
    Working on approving the final prototype covers for GM 1000 and Equinox before they go into production. I thought a Velcro® secured wrap around to secure the coil cord on the Gold Monster 1000 was better than having to force the cable cord into that plastic clip on the machine. I have a feeling that clip is going to cause shorts in the cable. Bill has already pre-ordered, even though I don't know the pricing as of yet. Dang things are labor intensive. Get on his list. Thanks! Doc
  6. 2 points
    Here's a few more. The first two pics are Yuba #21. Found this interesting info from the March 2003 article in the ICMJ: The last one is labeled "Trinity Dredge Co., Mary E. Smith Manager, 1912-1940." Found some info on historicalmarkerproject.com that states "The Trinity Dredge, operated by Mary E. Smith, was the richest, dredging over $2,700,000 in gold from areas now covered by Lewiston Lake."
  7. 2 points
    Research pays off if one has the time. Reading those old survey notes is like watching milk expire but one can get a lot of info from them on old house sites, etc. Used to do this a lot in Nebraska during the Winter.
  8. 2 points
    Yeah...I'm digging the horse and mule idea. That was a long walk. If we rent critters to pack us in there, we should probably rent a cowgirl to take care of the horses...cause I haven't got a clue about taking care of them properly. Anybody know any blind and mute cowgirls for hire?
  9. 2 points
    The dredge used in San Domingo was the Geraldine dryland dredge manufactured by Yuba Industries and delivered in 1961. She was named after the owner of United Placers Industries, the company who ordered the dredge from Yuba Industries. The Geraldine was also used on the lower LSD west of the highway after mining on the upper LSD. There is some evidence she might have been used on the Hanson placer (still being mined) and Malibu placer both just east of Hwy 60. The Geraldine was much bigger than the processing equipment shown in that picture. The picture doesn't show the actual dredge. If you have ever been on the lower LSD those 40 foot cliffs along the wash were a result of the Geraldine dredging. Obviously not something the pictured machine could have mined or processed. The Geraldine was BIG. Yuba industries is still manufacturing and rebuilding dredges when needed. Dredge 21 out of Marysville is retired now but Yuba Industries rebuilt Dredge 17 and is still actively dredging in California. About 7000 yards a day. They use it to test new mining equipment designs. I don't think there has been any point in California mining history when a dredge hasn't been operating on the major rivers since they were invented. Yuba Industries was the world leader in large dredge design and construction for nearly 100 years. The older dryland dragline dredges were moved either by powered or passive tracks. Newer dryland dredges are the "walking" design and and the "feet" are retracted while the dredge is mining. I've been trying to track down the Geraldine for years. Equipment of her size and quality doesn't just go away. I suspect a modified version of the original Geraldine is now working in White Oaks, New Mexico. The dragline/trommel they are using there looks big enough to be the Geraldine. It's hard to get a confirmation on that because private gold mining operations permitted as "sand and gravel" construction material mines aren't inclined to share their operating details with outsiders. If you have any doubt about that just try to get a statement from the Hanson "sand and gravel" operation at the mouth of San Domingo wash on Hwy 60. 😉
  10. 1 point
    Looks like most if not all of Arizona's National Forests are closed to all use as of today through Memorial Day and longer.... Trails, campgrounds, mining claims.... EVERYTHING Just saw that is is a FULL CLOSURE on news. https://ein.az.gov/emergency-information/emergency-bulletin/area-closures-tonto-national-forest-begin-wednesday-may-23
  11. 1 point
    Well it is getting mighty warm here in the desert so once again it is time to research promising areas for the coming cool weather. I actually enjoy hitting the books and maps and have a couple new areas that just finding a trail in is almost impossible. One such place Dave and I had to walk a 12 mile or so round trip a couple weeks ago and man that was a tiring and painful walk for this aging nugget shooter, but there are no passable roads into this area. Hopefully there will be an easier route to try later in the year after it cools off. Another spot I am actively studying is only 2 miles from an area I have found some amazing gold in the past and has no occurrences of placer gold ever recorded. A hunter told me about a small valley with every wash and several of the slopes covered in old drywash header piles with the fines piles long washed away and they had picked up a couple small nuggets off bedrock in one of the washes. Not being prospectors they never went back to detect or anything else... I was able to find this spot on Google Earth last night and look right at the worked valley and washes, problem is once again no access even by quad through the heavily dissected pediment gravels with sharp cut deep washes full of bedrock waterfall areas. Looks like allot of walking to get in with the closest trail of any kind a couple miles away Dang, may have to get a horse and mule Hit the books folks as the cooler weather will be here before you know it and it is nice to have a hit list made up.
  12. 1 point
    Thinking seriously of giving this almost half ounce nugget a Hydroflouric Acid bath, I have tried to clean it, but is dirty looking as the day I got it and thinking it may look real purdy with the whits acid bleached Quartz instead of the dull yellowish color nature bestowed upon it. It is actually mostly gold with the matrix on the outer sides.... I have tried every other method and it just stays sort of ugly ducklingish
  13. 1 point
    We need to get to the root of the problem Is there anyway to vote these idiots out of a jobTrumps trying undo everything the last idiots did while their still trying to close more land-where does it end Thanks Jim Mike C...
  14. 1 point
    Ain't that the truth..... But I think we need to clean up the mess of emoticons they laid on us lol.....
  15. 1 point
    Kyle, Interesting indeed but terrestrial man-made or natural as Mike suggested. Meteorites are addicting and the fun of the hunt is key. Don't get discouraged but keep looking. Also, a very good publication, if you don't have it is Richard' Norton's, Rocks From Space. Plus, there are a hundred and one sites on the I-net as well for learning about the different kinds of meteorites, characteristics, tell-tale signs, etc. That piece has vesicles in it, meaning some sore of gas being produced. Meteorites don't have those. The color is close, I call it "poop" brown. Also, look up the streak test for meteorites, and that can help to ID them as well, but it is only a small part of ID'ing them. Keep looking down, Jason
  16. 1 point
    These upgrades are sorta like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates.....you never know what you're going to get!!
  17. 1 point
    Took the Equinox 800 out for it's and mine fist real world hunt this morning. Went to a local freshwater beach. Was already 4 other hunters there when I got there. They all left so it was me and the folks fishing. I read and re-read all the instructions and off I went . It is going to take some learning on my part. Not like my MXT or MX Sport....all and all I got a nickel , 7 pennies , 2 lead sinkers and we will not count the bottle caps or pull tabs....I dug all so I could make sure what it was telling me..... Going to do it again soon I hope.
  18. 1 point
    Bob you are a source of History and like it or not a legend in the nugget shooting world, why some of your escapades over the years have been a source of education as well as side busting laughter. Thanks for your input here my friend.
  19. 1 point
    Terry this thread does go all over the place. sometimes a little off track. But it wouldn't have lasted all these years without all the viewers and contributors. so here is a toast to them. AzNuggetBob
  20. 1 point
    Great photo's guys. Clay I worked for a private"sand and gravel" plant that provided sand for the Az. C.A.P. project. a lot of the work was contracted out. I was operating heavy equipment for them feeding the plant or loading trucks. It was very successful operation but a lot of hard work getting permits and picking up and moving the whole plant from wash to wash as the project progressed toward phoenix. It was a pretty smooth operation except for those pesky nuggets that kept clogging up our power screens. just kidding about the nuggets, but there was a lot of byproduct in that sand and gravel. Im not saying the plant would be profitable as a stand alone operation for byproduct only but the sale of the sand and gravel more than covered the cost of the whole operation and we were loading trucks as fast as we could crank out the processed sand. AzNuggetBob
  21. 1 point
    Thanks for that info Clay, I didn't have any details on that piece aside from what I already mentioned. Here's a few more... I like the old Willy's pickup in the background of the last pic.
  22. 1 point
    Here is my trommel plate from the dredge in Snelling, CA. I have it set up for some ore, rocks and items found around our claim. Some interesting chisels are in the collection.
  23. 1 point
    A couple of pics that I took in Alaska
  24. 1 point
    Diamonds, sapphires and many other precious stone or caught on a "greased" slick plate/table in which they readily stick to, diamond, etc. are hydrophobic, meaning they resist being wetted, and as such stick to a greased surface easily.
  25. 1 point
    Nobium is not that heavy, but tantalum and uranium are both pretty heavy, both much heaiver than lead and it can be caught pretty easy in a dredge, tantalum's specfic gravity is around 16.6, uranium is around 18.7, most anything with a specfic gravity of over 10 or 11 can be caught in a dredge pretty easy.