Dredging Update

Latest news from the American Mining Rights Association.

Another suction dredging update in California:
We had a chance last night to obtain more information on what is transpiring with the dredge case and wanted to update everyone.
No settlements were reached in the mandatory mediation and the just has stayed the case until September 4th.
It is pretty clear what is happening here folks. Judge Ochoa, a 40-something judge is looking out for his future political career. He is getting a lot of push back and being influenced by the radical left, enviro groups and even the politicians who passed the moratorium.
We believe he is trying to delay the case until after the Brandon Rinehart case is decided, then he can ride the coattails of that judge without hurting his career. Pitiful? Yes. Cowardly? Yes. Political? Absolutely.
Perhaps it is time Judge Ochoa heard from the hundred thousand or so small miners and business owners who are devastated by this moratorium and cannot make a living.
Stay tuned, we will be providing everyone with contact information and request you let Judge Ochoa hear YOUR voice.

Presidents Message: June 2014

Well, we had to cancel our May outing to the Freedom or Smokin’ claims. It was a bit hot but the most troublesome was the gusty winds of up to 40 mph. No use getting your autos san blasted or blowing spark embers into your tents. We’ve seen that before. Tents have broken their supports with less wind than what was reported to occur.

We did our California Gold Rush event at Oak hill School. A bit different this year. We put all five classes into the auditorium, told them about the gold rush of 1849 with all the events and players of that time and then had them assemble one class at a time to pan for gold. They liked it better and it made it easier for us.

The word is out on what is going on about the court hearing and how the judge is going to handle the case. A great article was written in the GPAA’s Pick and Shovel magazine. Over 120 California gold miners packed the courtroom in May and 50 came from our chartered bus to the hearing. The judge asked the lawyers from both sides to come back in two weeks and see if they could come to terms acceptable to both sides. I guess that didn’t work out so the Judge is going to have a closed court hearing on June 24. A really great article was written by Brad Jones for the Pick and Shovel. Read it to get the full scoop.

Our Julian Gold Rush event is going to be a blast. We have partnered up with the Julian Mining Company and we will have a lot of fun activities from our presentation and there will be a whole lot presented by the folks of the mining company. By the time you read this, we will have completed the event. Hope you all got to be there.

Del Mar Fair time is here and I haven’t heard from the Gem and Mineral Booth as to if we will be able to volunteer in their gem booth this year. We got free passes to the Fair for volunteering. If you want to volunteer to get a free pass, you might try and get in touch with the Southwestern Prospectors and Miners Association (SPMA). I hear they have a whole bunch of vacant slots for their booth.

Our June event is scheduled for the Warner Springs Gem Claim. A one day Saturday the 21st outing. I don’t know if there are any who would lead us to any possible gem hunts in that area, but, if not, we will hit the Indian Flats Campground. I wanted to camp overnight and cover the whole area by metal detecting.

Well, that’s it for now. See you at the meetings, see you at the outings.

Sourdough Chet

TSS June 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, June 4th 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: Mike Mahr will be speaking about dousing.

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 (June 2014 Meeting):

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Gold Magic

TSS Newsletter: June 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.

June 2014

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Court Hearing Information

Court ruling delayed
As the 90-minute open-court hearing concluded, Ochoa stated he would make a ruling “in a couple of weeks,” but that he wanted to meet with the plaintiffs and attorneys in his chambers. The closed-door session, which lasted about 45 minutes, ended with Ochoa instead ordering a Mandatory Settlement Conference set for June 24, with the understanding that the conference could last for several days.
June 24 conference closed to the public
The court-ordered Mandatory Settlement Conference is closed to the public, which means miners cannot attend, but only plaintiffs named in the lawsuits and their respective attorneys.
If the state, stage agencies, environmentalists and miners can’t arrive at a settlement, then Ochoa could either hand down a ruling or set another court hearing.
The ‘fully mitigate’ clause:
PLP President Jerry Hobbs said the most troubling requirement in the state legislation is a clause that requires the CDFW to “fully mitigate,” all significant disturbances from suction dredge mining, which even the California Environmental Quality Act does not address.
“It’s impossible to fully mitigate every significant impact from dredging or any other method of mining — whether it’s some turbidity in the stream, the sound of the engine or stepping on a twig or moving dirt,” Hobbs said “Even the California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have admitted they can’t ‘fully mitigate’ or comply with Senate Bill 1018.”
Hobbs alleges that the language was deliberately included in the bill to prevent dredgers from ever getting back in the water.
“And yet, the state continually argues it’s not a prohibition,” he said.

Treasure Seekers Weekend Event

Treasure Seekers Weekend Event
The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County are partnering up with the Julian Mining Company for a great event this weekend, May 31 and June 1, to present the Julian Gold Rush Days. Event hours are from
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Tracy Turner, vice president of the Julian Chamber of Commerce, stated that the Julian Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to turn back the clock and give visitors an idea of what Julian was like in the early days”.
In the winter of 1869, a former slave Fred Coleman discovered gold in a creek just outside of Julian. It set off a frenzy of gold seekers. Over 800 prospectors from all over headed to Julian to search for gold. The first producing gold mine was the Washington Mine in 1870. Within days, over 40 other claims were registered. Gold can be found in and around Julian and also on the back side called Banner Grade. Some of us have claims there and still enjoy the search and find.
The event will take place in Wynola, just before Julian. if you come by the way of Ramona. If this is your route, don’t forget the egg ranch for jumbo eggs, and Dudley’s Bakery for your fresh baked breads and other souvenir items.
Plenty of parking and free admission too. Events planned are tomahawk throwing, gold panning, candle dipping, gold mine tours, special train ride, gold tours at Smith Ranch, performances by the Julian Doves & Desperadoes, and fun for the whole family.
We will be presenting free gold panning for kids, and a metal detecting hunt which is also free for the kids. They will be able to keep all the finds from both hunts. We will also have gold panning items for sale.
There will be plenty of arts and crafts, markets with food and drinks. We will be there also to promote our organization as well as the Gold Prospectors Association of America and have will promote GPAA memberships at a fantastic discount.
Sourdough Chet

TSS May 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 7th 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: 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
    • 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 (June 2014 Meeting):

Gold Magic Logo

Gold Magic

TSS Newsletter: May 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.

May 2014

Previous Months:

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014


2013 Newsletters


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Presidents Message: May 2014

Another full month of events in April. We went to the Bautista Claim and, at least, explored area within the dry stream bed where gold may have settled when there was water present. Equipment used and demonstrated ranged from a 151 and puffer drywashers, spiral wheel, recirculator and two types of vacuums. Not much gold found but we all enjoyed each other’s company and technique experience.

The court hearing was held this past month. What a great turnout of prospectors and miners. TSSD chartered a bus to go there and what an awesome trip. Three prospecting organizations participated in the bus ride. The Temecula Valley Prospectors, the Southwestern Prospectors and us the Treasure Seekers. We held a raffle on the bus trip and raised enough to cover bus seats not sold and additional funds to donate to the PLP. Thank you Michele, Brian, Jerry and all who made the raffle a success. As for the hearing, somewhere around 90-100 packed the courtroom in favor to resume dredging. Over 40 percent were from our bus trip. The lawyers from the California Fish and Wildlife acted as if all they wanted to do is prolong the stonewalling events even longer than the 2005 start of the dredging ban. The lawyers for PLP and the New 49’ers had ‘all their ducks in a row’ and had their game face on. They came with specific reasons why dredging should resume. The judge appeared to give more positive statements to the mining lawyers. The judge said that he would give a decision within two weeks. Thanks goes to the Klapka father and son, the organizations presidents and all those who helped to make the court presence a success. We all vowed to do it again if needed we have become a voice and banding together, we will be heard.

So many other events going on and coming up that you will just have to come the meetings to find out what’s up.

Sourdough Chet

Dredge Court Hearing

Court Hearing

Countdown to the court hearing on dredging. It will be at the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga District Court 8303 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730. This case is about much more than suction dredging for gold. This case is about all methods used by miners to recover minerals.
This hearing will be held on May 1st 2014 and we can expect a decision by the end of May.
1st location: Escondido Transit Center and Park n Ride
700 W Valley Parkway–Escondido, CA 92025
PARKING IS FREE;
*DEPARTURE TIME IS 5:30 AM (BUS LEAVES AT 5: 30)*

2nd location: Temecula Park n Ride/ Mountain View Community Church
26201 Ynez Road–Temecula 92591
PARKING IS FREE;
*DEPARTURE TIME IS 6:15 AM* *(BUS LEAVES AT6:15)*

Destination: Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga District Court
8303 Haven Avenue–Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730
Arrival time 7:15-7:30 (without bad traffic delays)

Return Trip: The charter cost is figured with us leaving at or before 2:00 pm. Once the hearing is over we should all meet outside the courthouse and then prepare to get on the bus for the return trip. The bus and driver will be onsite while we are in the court and we will take a roll call before leaving.

The charter bus is a “luxury” school bus probably with bench style seats. *There is no bathroom on the bus.*

The general plan is for our bus load of people to arrive, get into the courthouse and get a seat in the correct courtroom. This way the judge will see we support the rights of miners and mining in California and the United States of America. We may only be able to stand outside the courtroom or in the halls of the courthouse.
Email (ut234@dslextreme.com) or give me a call, Aaron Klapka 760-484-7803 or Contact Chester Nowicki 760-747-1165 (TSSD) please.
Tell a friend and get the word out however you can. Thanks very much.