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  1. We don't find many nuggets anymore but Curtis Roach who is one of our group found a nice one this summer. The nugget weighs 9.9 penny weight which is as close to a half ounce as you can get. Spence and Jimmie are making plans now for next years ocean dredging and I'm making some big plans for working our inland claims.
  2. A short video of Jimmie's clean up for today. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1922346284684841&id=100007284640290
  3. Aquachigger (Beau Ouimette) spent three weeks with us in Nome this summer and he has started posting his great videos on YouTube. This one is at our inland camp. He will be posting many more over the next few weeks.
  4. We rarely say how much but a lot more than two ounces. More fun to let people guess. That clean up represents 40 hours underwater dredging.
  5. Report from Nome Spencer did another clean up at Nome River in our clean up box. This is his gold from the last two weeks dredging in the Bearing Sea. He goes home tomorrow and will come back in August. I will be going back inland in a few days to resupply Bruce. Jimmie fixed our red Ranger so both six wheelers are working now. Now that we do almost all of the repairs on our vehicles and everything up here is paid for the gold being found should be more than expenses this year. Last year Spence spent more than he received and found in gold. Most of the dredgers and dredges here in Nome have failed and the dredges are sitting around all over town and not working. We have had mostly good weather so far and hope that it continues so Jimmie can find good gold.
  6. Report from Nome We traveled 46 miles out Council road to East Fork Solomon River and unloaded vehicles. Left trucks and trailers and went up the river eight miles on four off-road vehicles. The water was a little too deep and we had several water related problems. After the Solomon we went up on the corduroy road made from cross ties from the old abandoned railroad and into the mucky tundra. This starts the hard part of the trip. Four miles through muck and the Casadepaga River to get to our Monument camp. We have 200 acres total located in three sites along creeks and rivers. At Monument the camp was in good shape with no animal damage and nothing was missing. The other guys went on up the river to check out where we wanted to set up the 5 inch dredge. We saw from the snow that we could not get to where our 6 inch dredge is so we were just able to use the 5 inch. While the were gone they sank the Yamaha ATV and got it back to camp. We drained and replaced the oil and removed all unwanted water and got it running again. By this time we were having problems with four of our four off-road vehicles. The red 6 wheel Ranger was getting water in the clutch. Spence had to patch a pretty big hole in the clutch cover to keep water out of the clutch. He found some inner tube material around camp and used silicon to make a patch. It worked. The other 6 wheel Ranger had broken a blade on the cooling fan and was shaking pretty bad. This happens because Polaris is stupid and didn't design the fan to prevent water from busting the brittle blades. If the blades were more flexible this would not happen. The red Ranger busted a fan blade a couple days later so we must replace the complete fan housing,fan motors and blades on both Rangers. $300.00 each.You cannot buy just the blades which is all we need. We do all our own repairs and we are a darn site better at repairing and getting it done than the repair shop up is. Spence and Jimmie set up the 5 inch dredge and started teaching Beau and Bruce about the dredge. By this time the other ATV had also been sunk and we had to remove and replace the oil in it. Next day we set up the 5 inch dredge in the river and Spence and Jimmie went back to Nome so they could continue dredging in the sea. Someone must make money to pay for all our repairs. Don and I stayed six days and trained Beau and Bruce about everything up there and showed them the sites we could get to. We set up two high bankers on good gold bearing ground for them to work. Before we returned the Yamaha that Bruce is using had a bad breakdown. The front right A-arm broke at a more remote location and had to be left. Bruce and Beau rode double back to camp. Don and I have been back in Nome for two days getting all the parts and tools that we need to repair the Yamaha. We hope. We will be heading back to Monument today. Don made friends with the local ground squirrels at Monument. He said this one is named Ralph. Water is down about eight inches in the rivers now so hopefully we will have less water problems getting back in.       
  7. That was 11 days dredging. Much less gold now than years ago. Spence and I have been coming 25 years.
  8. $2000 per month per person. We will also help with training on equipment and some transportation and support in Nome. What would be best is a club or group of people who would come for a week, two weeks, a month or whatever. For a group or club like this we would only charge $5000 and they could divide amongst themselves. We are spread too thin for us to be able to spend enough time ourselves at our inland operation. We spend most of our time dredging in the Bering Sea and live at our Nome property. We have four ocean dredges and two inland dredges and not enough people to use everything that we have.
  9. No job. This is an Alaska adventure. Pay your own way and keep your gold. We furnish the camp, the claims and equipment. All other expenses such as food,gas and ATV rental are not included. Call for more information 205-672-9310.
  10. Most of the video clips were last summer but some were from 2015. I just assembled them to show some of what is around. The dredging was this past summer. The jar of gold is one of mine. I've been mining in Nome for 25 years.
  11. I finally got around to making a not very good video of our inland operation about 60 miles from Nome. We spend most of our time working our sea dredging operation and we need to have people who want to operate the inland operation. This would really be good for a gold club or group of people. Call me Steve Phillips 205-672-9310
  12. This year was a little better than break even. We needed more people. Not everyone is cut out for Nome ocean dredging. Nome already has enough drunks, druggies and broke lazy people. We are making plans now for next year and want people for both our inland and ocean operations. Steve 205-672-9310
  13. The nugget was found dredging in a creek near Nome. I was told that it is the 22nd largest nugget found in Alaska. Tom Massie and Kia still have the Gold Fever Show on Outdoor Channel.
  14. Spencer and I just returned from four months in Nome this year. This was our 24th summer up there. We had our red cabin moved to the property we bought and expanded our camp and now have four 20 ft containers to hold some of our stuff. We didn't have enough people at our ocean dredging camp or our inland camp. Of our four ocean dredges we only operated three and most of the summer only one was being used. Gold produced was only 70 ounces. We need more people. The photos show a 41 ounce nugget my friend found up there a few years ago. Tom and Kia Massie filmed a show on our dredge that will be on Gold Fever tv show. Jimmie and Spence with two of our dredges. Steve Phillips 205-672-9310
  15. My nephew does the webpage and doesn't charge me so we do it his way. I do agree with you. If you want a book, send me a check for $50 and I will mail one. Steve Phillips 22060 hwy 55 Sterrett, Al. 35147
  16. I am now able to put our Nome 2015 trip on our webpage . The articles were published in American Digger magazine and I waited to put on our webpage until the magazines had been published. Spence, Jimmie and I will be going up in May and will come home about the first of October . We have space for a few good men. 205-672 9310 Steve Phillips Check out here http://www.ssdsupply.com/alaska_2015.htm
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  18. The beach was not trashy. The only person mining with an excavator was the Martinsons for a few days on beach that is in front of their private land. I think they must think that the beach belongs to them. The beach is also considered and on maps as a road. Just because some of the self interest groups claim to own the public beach does not mean it is true. The beach is now and has always been public. This is the Poor Mans Diggings beach and unless the 20,000 miners were all trespassing it is a public beach. Nome has always been considered the most corrupt gold mining town and it still is.
  19. Actually 65% Russian owned and 35% Canadian owned I have been told. The gold company is up for sale again and has already changed hands several times over the last 23 years I have gone to Nome. My main issue with the gold company, the city and the Eskimo corporations is the beach that they claim is owned by them. It is really a public beach like in all states I know of. This is the same beach that had 20,000 miners in 1904. How could this beach have ever become private since beach miners have continuously used it since then. By the way I am not a beach miner, I just don't like to see people mistreated.
  20. The Russian owned gold company ran off with the city's help, all the beach miners and bulldozed and burned the miners cabins on the beach. The beach has always been public and miners have shoveled gold there continuously for over 100 years but this year the gold company hired Pinkerton Detective agents to run off and intimidate the miners. The state did nothing to stop them. I think what they did is illegal but in Nome an individual can not hire a lawyer to sue the gold company, the city or the Eskimo corporations. There is only one law firm and and it has two lawyers. This law firm represents the three mentioned parties and will not sue them. If you hire an outside law firm you will lose in Nome.
  21. The problems this year came from the city of Nome, the Eskimo corporation, the russian owned gold company and the various state and federal agencies. I think they all are part of the Department of HHHP which stands for Hurt, Hinder and Harrass the Public.
  22. AU Seeker call me and I'll tell about Nome. 205-672-9310
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