TSS November 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, November 5th at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Ray and Aaron Klapka on their battery operated recirculating highbanker.

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 3 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, & $50
    • The $25 & $50 bags have pickers in them.

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (December 2014 Meeting):

3 Beautiful Gold Nuggets weighing 96.5 Grains or 6.22 Gram

Gold Nuggets

TSS Newsletter: November 2014

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2014. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

November 2014

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October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014


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Presidents Message: November 2014

I read a new pamphlet from the BLM today. I didn’t see the copyright date on it so I don’t know when it was introduced to the public. It’s called “Casual Use Mining Guidelines in the Barstow Resource Area. Not San Bernardino, not Riverside, Imperial or San Diego areas. Just Barstow. Right away, I got a negative vibe that all other counties with BLM, can define mining any which way they want to. They define “casual use” as “activities resulting in only negligible disturbance of the Federal Lands and resources.” Now they mention the Federal Government. Some of the information reads like information we have been emphasizing all these years like filling your holes at the end of your stay. Of ramping holes in case animals fall into it. They do say that “casual use does not include mechanized earth movers or explosives or use of motorized vehicles going into areas closed to off-road vehicles. I do take offence to the BLM saying that we are casual use, recreational miners. You may not agree with everything, but a copy in your pocket may be arguing factor if met with a ranger or BLM official.

It looked like everything was going good in the Rinehart case. Looked like we were a step closer to dredging soon. The court ruled in favor of Brandon Rinehart and the opinion is to be published. But wait… The Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the Third Court of Appeal on October 17, to modify their opinion. The CBD claim that this river is a navigable waterway and these waters belong to the state and not the fed. gov. therefore, preemption should not apply. The drama goes on and can be fully read and understood if you read the article in the California Mining Journal. The CBD states that this has not been argued before. Rinehart’s attorney reminded them that this point was brought up in the beginning and this “navigable waterway” is not more than a tiny stream cluttered with enormous boulders.

There is a Bill introduced to repeal the 1872 mining laws. I’m just reading it, but a bill was introduced in July to change the wording on a law that was passed by Ulysses Grant. Originally intended to spur the nation’s westward expansion. The new Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act would:
1. Charge a royalty on minerals extracted from public lands.
2. Allow mining to be balanced with other uses of public lands.
3. Protect our clean water by prohibiting mines that generate water pollution.
4. End public land giveaways.
Keep your eyes and ears open to see where this Bill goes.

You know that there was a PLP fundraiser this past month. The Sleepy Bear Mining association and the American Prospector and Treasure Seekers put on a big event. I haven’t heard or read any of the results yet but I have seen a lot of pictures that came from the event. At the same time, we had an outing at the Hall of Fame claim. No pictures but I did hear that there was 17 who attended, road is not bad and gold was found.

Two of our members were involved in an accident this past month. It was a rollover with serious injuries to Virginia West. If you are prone to, please send good thoughts and prayers to Virginia and Don.

I went to the GPAA office to talk to them about us and the Temecula Valley Prospectors hosting a GPAA Gold Show in Pomona. Evidently, the “hosting chapter” can make some serious dough for their chapter. It was said by GPAA that no longer would there be only one chapter involved in the hosting. I found out that most of the local SOCAL chapters have all ready hosted. It’s time for TSS and TVP to have a try. Anyway, I didn’t come from the meeting with a “warm fuzzy” but we won’t do it unless it is in our favor.

Did you read about the monster gold nugget, also called the Butte Nugget found? Weighed in at 6.07 pounds or 75 troy ounces. It was found in July of this year in the mountains of Butte County, CA. It was reported that it was found on public land too. The news that I got was that the finder wants to remain anonymous and that the nugget was already sold for around $400,000.00. Lot of zeros, isn’t it…

OK, that’s it. I have probably forgot a lot of things to talk about but I know you will remind me at the meetings. We have a great speaker(s) this month. We have the November outing at the Cargos and the Christmas party close by and then the year is gone again.

Please stay safe and have lots of fun in the outdoors. Use it before we lose it….

Sourdough Chet

TSS October 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, October 1st at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Patrick Ball, Director of Education Training for Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

Gemological Institute of America
5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA.
www.gia.edu/gia-about

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 3 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, & $50
    • The $25 & $50 bags have pickers in them.

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (December 2014 Meeting):

3 Beautiful Gold Nuggets weighing 96.5 Grains or 6.22 Gram

Gold Nuggets

Presidents Message: October 2014

Members going all over the place this past month. Some up on the East Fork, some at the beaches, some at Lytle Creek and some at the Stewart Mine. The Treasure Seekers are a great bunch of members enjoying the camaraderie of each other and doing their part in teaching us all how to metal detect, prospect and to identify various gems and minerals.

Our outing to the Sheppard Mine was a hit. Over 30 members showed up to hunt for gemstones. Blue Sheppard gave us a talk about the mine and minerals located within the valley and adjacent areas. Most everyone found some interesting specimens. Some may end up in the Finds of the Month trays at our next meeting.

Our event at the Meninigi Winery was more than just a visit to various wine vendors and booths hawking jewelry. Families also came with their children. Many of the families thanked us for having something for their kids to enjoy. We were the main attraction for kids. This also got us visibility as to a family organization focusing on education of adults and children. We had plenty of volunteers which was a blessing because there were plenty of kids who wanted to pan and metal detect. We even had one child who came back again and again to help with the younger kids. Ernie and Steve came up from the Imperial Valley to help. Thank you all for making this another success. And to top it off, we had the pleasure of showing children how to pan for gold and metal detect for coins and other hidden treasures.
There are many other events up in Julian that the Julian Chamber of Commerce would like us to participate in, but this is a bit far for two day events. Setting up on a Friday makes it three days. Does anyone have any suggestions on where we may stay overnight so as to save on transportation costs???

Well, we got a lot going on in October too. Some will be up on the East Fork, some will be at Big Bear, and some will be at the Sleepy Bear Octoberfest. Our Treasure Seekers outing to the Hall Of Fame is still on too. There was some commotion about us having our outing on the same time that Sleepy Bear was having theirs. Not everyone is going to Sleepy Bear and there are some who want to go to the Hall Of Fame.

The way things are going with the Treasure Seekers, we could hold an educational outing or event every weekend and we would get many of our members wanting to participate. That’s what we are. An educational, family friendly bunch of people interested helping and playing with one another.

We also got the Bates Nut Farm event the last weekend of September. Won’t be able to let you in on the success of this until next month. Lots of shade, plenty room to spread out and lots of families to spread the cheer to and let them know how great is the organization called the Treasure Seekers of San Diego County.

Well, that’s it for now. Enjoy every day, be happy and may your pan be filled with gold, your tray be filled with beautiful gemstones, or your scoop filled with coins and other jewelry. And may your health be so that you can get up and enjoy these events.

Sourdough Chet

TSS Newsletter: October 2014

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2014. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

October 2014

Previous Months:

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014


2013 Newsletters


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TSS July 2014 Picnic

A great time was had by all who attended our annual TSS Picnic on July 19, 2014. There was great food, fun activities including Metal Detecting & Gold Panning contests, and best of all was just being together! If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to make it in 2015.

 Winners Of Our General Raffle

Gold Panning Contest

Metal Detecting Contest

General Pictures

 

TSS September 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, September 3rd at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Charlie “Big C” Freeman will be the guest speaker for September. He will give you the low down on the Hall of Fame claim.

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 3 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, & $50
    • The $25 & $50 bags have pickers in them.

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (September 2014 Meeting):

Keen Super Concentrator
Keen Super Concentrator

The new Super Concentrator is finally available after 3 years of development and over 25 prototypes, Keene Engineering has developed the perfect concentrator riffle. Experience fine gold recovery never before achieved with a sluice box.

This is a professional clean up tool, everything is constructed of quality parts and built to last. The first Hungarian riffle (Miracle Mat) molded into a rubber mat and built into a portable concentrator sluice measuring 44 inches long by 8 inches wide with built in header box, plumbed with an adjustable flow valve to meter water flow and separate spray nozzle for clean up.

Equipped with adjustable brackets, two 5 gallon buckets and a 12 volt 1100 GPH pump.

Operates for 8 hours on a typical automobile battery. Battery not included. Capacity 100 lbs. per hour