Presidents Message: October 2015

The Himalaya Dig!!! Well, we did it. Some got some great specimens and some got a few specimens… We did have a large crowd. The event wasn’t as great as it was said to be. Maybe I wasn’t trying hard enough. Anyway, we did it and we will look for other places to dig for precious stones. Maybe there is someone in our group that can come up with some suggestions.

The GPAA/LDMA folks are having an outing in the Dusienburg area soon. I would like to go just to make sure all their folks remain on the LDMA claims out there. And the Sleepy Bear Octoberfest is going from October 9 through October 12. Then we have our TSSD outing to the Little Bit claim on the weekend of October 17. We really need to get out there just to see, with all the traffic, if there is any “Little Bit” left of our claims… SPMA has also acquired some new area out in the Red Mountain area so us SPMA members also have some new areas to dig in. Also Johanesburg Jordan has invited us to come join him to sample some of his grounds.

We have only one GPAA Membership with the kit left for that lower price for the TSSD members left. After that, expect to pay the full price for GPAA membership. We also have those three gallon food grade buckets. You don’t need to just fill with dirt. Fill them with biscuits and gravy then store it for the winter. Or chili or even spaghetti.

Before you know it, the Julian Rendezvous will be here too. That’s something you won’t want to miss. Gold panning contest with prizes. Metal detecting contest with prizes. And also a relic hunt on some property that was once inhabited by the old Julian miners and prospectors. The Julian Mine Company also has a store filled with unbelievably old items for sale too.

So, now that the weather MAY!!! Be cooling down, let’s get out there and do some prospecting. Let’s get out in that desert and breath some good air but wear your dust masks while drywashing. Let’s watch those desert sunrises and sunsets. Let’s have those bonfires where we circle around and tell those stories of the big nuggets and gemstones. Let’s get to know one another again and again…. See you at the meetings, events and the digs.

Sourdough Chet

TSS Newsletter: October 2015

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 2015. 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 2015

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Presidents Message: September 2015

I don’t know about you all but it has been pretty darn hot out there to do any serious prospecting. And you would be crazy to go to the desert to do it. The best bet for this summer weather is going metal detecting either in the parks or on the beach. I’ve been doing a bit of both. It’s also a good way to meet new friends, tell them what I’m doing and about our organization. If they are new to metal detecting, we have many in our organization that would love to show them how to enjoy this hobby. I’ve been noticing that many of our members and others have been getting up pretty early to beach hunt. That puts me at a disadvantage. You know why. I don’t do early… Anyway, the parks and beaches are somewhat profitable. Maybe not enough to pay for gas to get there, but the fun is in the hunt. John Howe took a bunch to La Jolla Shores on the 9th and Frank Trutta took a bunch to Pacific Beach on the 23rd .of August.

SPMA had their annual swap meet for their meeting. Lots of fun and you get to people watch and have conversations with all kinds of people wanting to get into the prospecting hobby or even those who know it all. All in all, it was a lot of fun and we all sold a few items of whatever. Not a lot of new fangled things, but a lot of older stuff people wanted to get rid of. I sold a few items but had to bring some back with me.

Hey! We are going to the famous Himalaya Mine September 20. This is the World Famous Himalaya Tourmaline Mine. Fun for the whole family. All tools are provided at no extra cost. Regular price is $75.00 but we will be getting a discount so the price will be $50.00. We will get all the information as to time and place to meet at our next meeting. For an advance peek, their address is 26439 Hwy 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 and their website is www.highdesertgemsandminerals.com.

It appears as if our claims papers are passing muster with both the county offices and the BLM. Don’t wanna jinx myself so I’ll leave it there… Hoping to get out in the Summit Claims at our October outing. It should be cool enough by then.

Don’t forget our great deal on those 3 gallon buckets. They are moving quite rapidly. We only got 1,000. I thought the original count was 3,000 so get them while they last. They are food grade buckets too so pack your lunch in one…

So, get out to our meeting. You know you’re going to have fun.

Sourdough Chet

TSS September 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd 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 Speakers: TBA

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
    • 4 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, & $100

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 2015 Meeting):

A Mercury Gold Retort Sluice Box And Pin Pointer

 

 

TSS Newsletter: September 2015

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 2015. 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.

September 2015

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Presidents Message: August 2015

We had a great picnic again this year. The metal detecting contest had a turnout of approximately 40 members. Total turnout was around 60 or more. Still the gold panning contest doesn’t draw that many who try. The winners of both contests are posted at our website. Thank you all for coming, providing the food and camaraderie and glad you all had fun. Those who still do not come, miss a great event.

By the time you read this, SPMA prospecting group will have had their annual picnic and I will be there to have some more fun. They hold theirs at the beach and they also have a gold panning and beach metal detecting contests. While mentioning SPMA, they are having their annual SPMA yard sale, at their meeting place parking lot, on the 18th of August. Be there early, around 5:00pm, to set up. Bring your prospecting gear that you no longer need.

Jerry is working on something new for our table again. Not only does he give away all those great gold nuggets at the drawing, but now he is planning on having a good one on the table drawing too. Come and check it out.

I want to talk to the whole membership about the GPAA, their claims guide and how claims get into the claims guide. The GPAA has asked me if we have any claims available to use in the claims guide. They are looking for some claims in the Imperial Valley area. We have some great claims and they have a great way of compensating claim owners… Further discussion on what claims will be discussed with the claims committee.

Speaking of claims, the prospecting is so good out at the Summit Claims; we have some problems with other individuals over claiming on our claims. We are working diligently to get this mess cleaned up. It may take the rest of this year to do this, but that is what happens when you have good claims on the books. Come to the claims meeting and get the full details.

We have come into the possession of some three gallon buckets. The price was right so we are going to offer them to the membership for a ridiculously low price to make some funds for our association. Come to the meeting and buy a bunch.

We are supposed to have an outing and metal detecting contest at our outing on the 15th of this month. I don’t have all the details here but it is supposed to be at the beach. Hope we get this settled at the general meeting. Then in September, we are planning an outing at the Himalaya Mine for a gem dig.

OK, it’s time for me to give up on this message. Come have fun with us, or call us so we can come have fun with you.

Sourdough Chet

TSS August 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, August 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 Speakers: Earl Sterrett on finding and filing for gold claims.

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
    • 4 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, & $100

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 2015 Meeting):

A Mercury Gold Retort Sluice Box And Pin Pointer

 

 

TSS Newsletter: August 2015

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 2015. 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.

August2015

Previous Months:

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


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TSS July 2015 Picnic

A great time was had by all who attended our annual TSS Picnic on July 11, 2015. 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 2016.

 Winners Of Gold Nugget Raffle

Gold Panning Contest

Metal Detecting Contest

General Pictures

 

URGENT: SB637 Publicity Help Needed

California SB637 – More Red Tape & More Fees

California’s SB637 is another regulatory attack on small scale miners.  Learn more about it here: http://www.stopsb637.org/ We all need to get fired up and act against legislation like this.  Even if you aren’t a miner or don’t plan to be ….YES, we need your help.

Three ways you can help right now:

1) Sign the online petition opposing SB637.  Click Here:

2) We MUST unite against this horrid bill and stand together in opposition.  Don’t just complain………WRITE A LETTER.

We are asking each of you write or fax a letter to the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee in the CA State Senate. The letter you write does not have to be as detailed as ours but it needs to contain the following, that you OPPOSE SB637 for the reasons you decide to list. It can be as simple as “I oppose this bill’ because: The devastating economic impacts of this bill to the poor and rural communities of CA. The science is flawed on suction dredging. Suction dredging is NOT harmful to fish or fish habitat. There already is significant regulation concerning suction dredging. or any other reasons you care to list.

Here is the contact information on each member and the Chair:  We also urge you to look this list over and determine if your individual Assembly member is listed below, if they are, write a separate letter to them as well.  This is highly important folks, this bill is horrible and is yet another scheme to ban mining.

Assembly member Marc Levine 1020 N Street, Suite 160 Sacramento, CA 95814 P.O. Box 94249 Sacramento, CA 94249-00119 Office: (916) 319-2096 Fax: (916) 319-2196

Committee Member List:

Committee Members       District        Office & Contact Information
Marc Levine (Chair) Dem — 10       Contact Assembly Member Marc Levine Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2141, Sacramento, CA 94249-0010; (916) 319-2010

Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair) Rep — 05       Contact Assembly Member Frank Bigelow Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 6027, Sacramento, CA 94249-0005; (916) 319-2005

Matthew Dababneh Dem — 45       Contact Assembly Member Matthew Dababneh Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 4112, Sacramento, CA 94249-0045; (916) 319-2045

Brian Dahle Rep — 01       Contact Assembly Member Brian Dahle Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001; (916) 319-2001

Bill Dodd Dem — 04       Contact Assembly Member Bill Dodd Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2137, Sacramento, CA 94249-0004; (916) 319-2004

Beth Gaines Rep — 06       Contact Assembly Member Beth Gaines Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2130, Sacramento, CA 94249-0006; (916) 319-2006

Cristina Garcia Dem — 58       Contact Assembly Member Cristina Garcia Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2013, Sacramento, CA 94249-0058; (916) 319-2058

Jimmy Gomez Dem — 51       Contact Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2114, Sacramento, CA 94249-0051; (916) 319-2051

Matthew Harper Rep — 74       Contact Assembly Member Matthew Harper Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2002, Sacramento, CA 94249-0074; (916) 319-2074

Patty Lopez Dem — 39       Contact Assembly Member Patty Lopez Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0039; (916) 319-2039

Devon J. Mathis Rep — 26       Contact Assembly Member Devon J. Mathis Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0026; (916) 319-2026

Jose Medina Dem — 61       Contact Assembly Member Jose Medina Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5135, Sacramento, CA 94249-0061; (916) 319-2061

Anthony Rendon Dem — 63       Contact Assembly Member Anthony Rendon Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5136, Sacramento, CA 94249-0063; (916) 319-2063

Rudy Salas, Jr. Dem — 32       Contact Assembly Member Rudy Salas, Jr. Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2188, Sacramento, CA 94249-0032; (916) 319-2032

Das Williams Dem — 37       Contact Assembly Member Das Williams Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 4005, Sacramento, CA 94249-0037; (916) 319-2037

3) Lastly, you can help by passing this information to all your friends and family members.

Tell them about it and ask them to sign the petition, and write or fax their letter.  You may need to help them follow through.  You can spread the word and inspire those who know and trust you to help.  But if you do nothing…nothing will change and things will only get worse.  This type of bill is only a symptom of the real problem which is that the politicians only represent their careers, the special interests, and the government.  They do not represent working American people who work for, start, build, or own small businesses, or those who may like to in 5, 10, or 50 years!  They do not strengthen our people or local economies.  This email was inspired by AMRA, American Mining Rights Association.  Please visit them and lend financial and word of mouth support.  They are fighting for us and need your support.  http://americanminingrights.com/

My gratitude to those who are already involved and to those of you who get inspired to get actively involved.  United We Stand!

Aaron Klapka, Treasure Seekers of San Diego Member, American