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Steel Pan last won the day on April 28 2016

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  1. Theoretically, a bond would cover corrections for any unapproved or inappropriate construction activities that don't follow county, state, or fed codes. According to "guidelines", there is only one way to skin a cat, and don't you dare change any part of the process, even if you still get the critter skinned. So far, all advice outside this site recommend getting an attorney in order to lay the groundwork. Well, that ain't happenin', $$$$$$$$$$ I just don't have.
  2. 5 miles to the start of the road closure, which I would have to keep open since FS does not maintain that 5 miles. 1 mile up closed road to S end of claim, absolutely NO vehicle access from closure point to claim boundary. By legal access, I mean using authorized access rather than just boony stompin' my way in where ever I find a path .Not only can I not afford a horse/ mule, I have no place to board it on my own, I'd have to rent board. ( if you note, in my original post I said "piss fir", that's Forest Service to you laymen. ) As I mentioned, I can have access as long as I post a bond and cover cost for construction and maintenance. Too bad my last name isn't Clinton, I could do what the H*** I want, and get the gooberment to pay for it.
  3. Well, I always thought I had the right to access to my claim. Guess what, not all that simple. The Piss Firs just let me know that they are closing my access road. When I asked about my legal right to access I was told, "sure, you can have access, you just need to post a bond and maintain the road". I've been clearing the road of debris for the last 7 yrs, only now I would have to post a bond of several thousand dollars, AND install culverts, AND re-construct the road to width and surface requirements. (and they would get a FREE upgraded road) I hate to admit defeat, but I'm done, there isn't any way I can meet their demands. I am currently in the process of removing ALL the "stuff" I have on the claim or face exuberant fines and fees. Since I no longer have legal access, as of Sept. 1, 2016, and can not afford to hold a claim I can't access, I have to let the claim go.
  4. I haven't yet received my claim paperwork for the coming year. Does anyone know of changes to the "small miners' waiver"? I heard a rumor that the waiver no longer exists and that there are several other changes to rules and regulations.
  5. Glad to hear you're O.K., thanks for sharin' the pics. From logging in the area I know there is some pretty steep ground. Fire fighters have their job cut out for 'em.
  6. Hey Steve, I left a question for you in the lounge. Are you being effected by the fire in your area?

    I logged an area east of Forest Hill several years ago and was wondering about the fire effecting y'all.

    1. El Dorado

      El Dorado

      Sorry I did not see this until today.

       The fire came darn close this time, but the firefighters did an amazing job protecting my small community of Todd Valley.... the lower part of Todd Valley was evacuated but my street was voluntary evac.... We were ready to bug out on a moments notice for ten days......The sky was like a constant airshow.......al is good now and almost back to normal.  I only wish the rest of the country was the same

  7. Are you staying out of the smoke and flames? Heard there are evacuations around Forest Hill.
  8. Very cool, I'm working on a similar idea, a two stage that will work with my 2" and 3" nozzles.
  9. One "left" excuse I heard was if you didn't put yourself in danger you wouldn't need to carry a gun. Crap, now days just leavin' your house puts you in danger. Let's hope for a better change in Nov. Still gotta deal with Calif. lib laws. That ain't 'bout to change soon.
  10. Claim is one 20 acre parcel now. Two co-claimants, my wife and I. Actually abandoned original claim and refiled as a new claim. Size reduction became an issue with BLM. (not Black Lives Matter) I couldn't work the whole 20 acres in several lifetimes. I'll never bring in mechanized equipment like hoes and such, my dredge works just fine. Everything has been worth the peace of mind I now have.
  11. Roughly 400' @ 3" then necked down to 2" for about 150' and neck down to 1.5" for the last 50 feet or so. I can use a 1,5" line on the manifold to run my 3" nozzle or the 1" outlet on the manifold to run the 2" nozzle.
  12. First thought when I saw your pic was, "I'd sure like to check out the material at the bottom of that waterfall.". Nice bedrock!
  13. Prob is, I can't get pzzzzed off 'cause I don't have anything to return.
  14. Their dogs wouldn't be able to tell them apart.
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