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El Dorado

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  1. Congrats on finding the Holy Grail

    My one and only gold coin was one recovered from a nicely gold embedded crevice while dredging. It was an 1852 California Gold Half Dollar. It was nice to make the connection with that miner in 1852 that first cleaned out the crack.

  2. While I agree that the term is a bit incorrect, it is in common use, maybe considered slang but nevertheless, everyone seems to understand the term........many seem to use the term to differentiate a solid nugget from a nugget with matrix still attached. Gold and Quartz or Picture Gold have been used also, the latter was used during the gold rush.

  3. Johnson Valley Update

    Preserving OHV recreation as we know it in Johnson Valley received a setback when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee reported out legislation that embraced the Marine Corps preferred approach (Alternative 6) for expanding into the Johnson Valley Recreation Area in California. The Chairman of the full committee, Senator Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.) referred to the legislation as “non-controversial” (yes, you read this correctly). And the Marine Corps even made the claim to the Senate that it had sufficiently addressed OHV concerns in its proposal, though we all know better.

    The legislation passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be merged into the DOD reauthorization legislation now pending on the Senate floor. Once the Senate completes action on this legislation sometime the week of December 9th, the Johnson Valley issue will be fought out in a conference committee between the House and the Senate. At this juncture, it is impossible to predict the outcome, though we can tell you that OHV enthusiasts in California, along with ARRA and other OHV organizations, are aggressively working this issue and the principal sponsor of the House passed compromise language, Rep. Paul Cook, R-CA, is standing firm in his commitment to protect OHV interests.

  4. Decided to do a bit of studio prospecting and cleaned out my slab saw. I was hard up for a good pan smile and got a better one than I expected. 1.5 grams of ultra fine gold!


  5. Have you guys ever had a problem with static electricity in your tumbler? The media sticks to the sides of the tumbler when I dump it out and sticks to everything else, any ideas.

    I quit using a tumbler and now use Hornady One Shot case cleaner in an ultrasonic cleaner. It's faster, quiet , leaves zero residue and cleans better than a tumbler.

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