TSS Newsletter: July 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.

July 2015

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Presidents Message: July 2015

And the news just keeps rolling in. We had an event at the Bates Nut Farm the first weekend in June. It went very good. All those TSS members who had extra prospecting gear or any other items they wanted to get rid of had the chance to sell them at the Valley Center Yard Sale. It was noted that those who participated not only sold their items, but also went out and purchased other items from other sellers. So maybe some went home with more than they brought….

Del Mar Fair is now going on. Those TSSD members who are also SPMA members have the chance to sign up and volunteer to help the SPMA at their booth. From the rumors, I think it would have helped the SPMA group if they would have asked for help from non SPMA members. It’s fun and you do get the free pass to be there all day even after your volunteer time.

We also had our beach metal detecting event at Bonita Cove and that went great. Not only did some new members get to learn how to hunt in the sand, but were helped in correctly setting up their detectors for wet, dry and heavily mineralized sand. Detecting contest was done, prizes were awarded, and camaraderie was fantastic. Couldn’t ask for a better time.

We had our annual event up at Julian. This is the Julian Gold Rush, in Wynola, just before you get to Julian. There will be many different old west events. The TSSD group is always asked to put up a booth. We have free gold panning and metal detecting events for the younger generation. We have the kids pan for fools gold that they get to keep and the other main event is the metal detecting event that goes on all day. Kids can’t seem to get enough of this. We salt an area given to us with many foreign coins. The kids get to use a supplied metal detector with assisted help from our TSSD volunteers. Even if we use U.S. coins, the kids want to keep the foreign coins. We will also have prospecting items for sale. Those who volunteered are great. We have as many as 12-14 each day. Many thanks go out to these members. We couldn’t do this without their help.

Our next big event is our annual TSSD picnic. I really want to encourage all those new members to come out. We will have a metal detecting hunt and gold panning contest with prizes to be given out. TSSD will supply the meats and you are encouraged to bring a side dish. This will be at the Dixon Lake park in Escondido. As you enter Dixon Lake, watch for the small park on the left. Saturday, July 11 and come early for all the camaraderie and fun. Our scheduled contest times will be posted when we figure that out.

Most of you have heard that Judge Ochoa denied the motion for injunction relief preventing the Dept. of Fish and Game from harassing suction dredgers in California. It’s was a sad day for us. It seems as if there is some favoritism on the side of the conservationists. None of them were at this final hearing as if they already knew what the verdict was going to be. Looks as if there will be no dredging for 2015.

Well, that’s it for now. See you at the meetings and events. Be good to your fellow TSSD members and let’s support any and all the outdoor clubs and associations to keep our public lands open for us to enjoy.

Sourdough Chet

TSS June 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, June 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: Lee Darling: He will be discussing dowsing and map dowsing.

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 (June 2015 Meeting):

Gold Cube

Gold Cube

 

Presidents Message: June 2015

We set up the display at the California Center for the Arts this past month. It went well. Didn’t stay to see how many visitors liked it but it looked great to me. There were a lot of vendors selling all kinds of gems and minerals too. Our display showed a lot about our organization. Metal detecting, gold prospecting, gem and mineral hunts and school demonstrations.

A bunch of us went to the claims in the Summit Mountains to re-stake our three claims out there. The BLM had requested that we redefine our location markers. We did so and took a lot of pictures to show where the markers are staked. We had a lot of fun, found some areas that we have not yet explored and spoke to individuals who may be prospecting on our claims. A big thanks goes out to all who helped in this project.

We couldn’t get enough volunteer help for the Oak Hill Elementary School demonstration, so we had to cancel that. These educational events are what allows us to keep our non-profit status. Without volunteers and educational demonstrations, we could easily lose our non-profit status. You are our members. You run our organization, you keep our status current.

We also cancelled our Vista Strawberry Festival because of lack of communication and lack of volunteers signing up. We put the sign-up sheets out there looking for volunteers. It takes a fair number of volunteers to make these events work. We could have made some funds to keep our organization going

We have the Julian Gold Rush Days coming up on June 27 and 28. Let’s hope we have enough volunteers to work that event. For the Julian Gold Rush, we will dress up in the western period and we will have free gold panning and metal detecting for the kids. We will also sell gold prospecting supplies to make some coins for our organization. We will definitely need six persons per day. Some to hold down the fort and some to help the kids. Lot of great other vendors there. Something for everyone and the town of Julian is just a short drive away. We will set up on Friday the 26th and we shouldn’t need help for this but Saturday and Sunday will be very busy. Please come out and help. Don’t let this event fall thru the cracks.

We also had to postpone our monthly outing to Cajon Creek for a little sluicing and gold panning. Rain and probably a bit of high water would have made it difficult for some family and kids. Some of you die-hards may have liked the weather conditions, but we were not going to put families and kids into some adverse weather conditions.

We have our Valley Center Garage Sale event coming up at the Bates Nut Farm on Saturday the 6th of June. We will be setting up on Friday the 5th at about noon. We probably don’t need help to just set up the easy-up and tables. We will have a ten by ten easy-up booth for our members to help and bring their own items to sell. I will also bring some gold prospecting equipment to sell. If you have some prospecting items you no longer need, bring them up. Or whatever else you might want to sell. The only stipulation is that you have to help run the booth. It will probably start early so be there early. I don’t think I would bring a lot of items up Friday though.

The Del Mar Fair starts this month. If you are a member of the SPMA organization, you know that there is a sign-up sheet being filled up with volunteers. Get your name on the list as a volunteer and you get a free pass to the Fair. The shifts are only a couple of hours long or you can sign up for all the day or as many days as you want.

Our outing for this month is the Bonita Cove metal detecting contest/hunt and bring your own lunch for the get together. Come early to get the parking spaces and gossip with other members. Maybe get into some detecting before the hunt too. This is on Saturday the 20th at Bonita Cove. We will also have some great prizes too for the contest. It’s just no fair knocking me down to get the coin I just rung up on my detector this time……….

Also get ready for the July picnic at Dixon Lake. That will be on the 11th of July. Sign-up sheets available for all our events. For the picnic, we will have a coin hunt, gold panning contest and anything else we can think of to have some fun. Bring a dish (with food in it) to serve eight, chairs and small tables and let’s have some more fun. That’s it for now. See you at the meetings and events.

Sourdough Chet

TSS Newsletter: June 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.

June 2015

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May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


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TSS May 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 6th 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: Sam Radding: He is the author of two books on how to build your own prospecting tools.

Sam Radding's Book of PlansVolume 1: If you are handy with your hands or know someone who is then you can save hundreds or even thousands by building your own mining equipment. This Volume will show you how to construct several types of Drywashers, Rocker Boxes, Concentrator, sluice and converyor belt. Plan 1 – Port a Sluice Plan 2 – Rocker Box Plan 3 – Small Rocker Plan 4 – Wooden Concentrator Plan 4 – Rocker Concentrator Plan 5 – Aluminum Concentrator Plan 6 – Bellows Drywasher Plan 7 – Conveyor Belt

 

Sam Radding's Book of PlansVolume 2: How to build Drywashers, View Scopes, Suction Sticks, Sniping Tools, Gold Screens and more If you are handy then you can save hundreds or even thousands by constructing you own mining equipment. Volume II includes plans for Drywashers, View Scopes, Suction Sticks, Gold screens etc. 88 pages with detailed instructions. Includes: View Scopes Sniping Tools Snuffer Bulb Crack Hook Fanning Board Suction Stick Vibrobasic Drywasher Mini – Magic Drywasher Gold Classifying Screens

 

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 (June 2015 Meeting):

Gold Cube

Gold Cube

 

TSS Newsletter: May 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.

May 2015

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April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


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2013 Newsletters


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Presidents Message: May 2015

Still a fast pace for the Treasure Seekers. Got a request from the Palomar Gem and Mineral club to put up a display at the Escondido Center for the Arts. We did this some years ago for our Senior Center and also at the Vista Gas and Steam Engine organization. We set up on May 8 for the display on May 9 and 10. We have also been asked to set up a booth at the Grape Day Festival in Escondido’s Grape Day Park in September. Isn’t it nice that organizations like to see us?

We had our monthly outing at the Freedom Claim. I got numerous calls from members who attended this outing and most were negative. It was said that many of our signs and posts are being painted over and other claims names painted on. Also that some were being told that they were on some other adjacent claim. We know of some of these claims and they were filed after our initial filing. We were also told by the BLM to redefine our claim boundaries and submit changes. Our claims committee is working on these items and are saying that they are taking care of these problems.

We have a great item for our quarterly drawing in June. We got the four stacker Gold Cube this time. It comes with a pump and you can just set in the water and feed it… And as Jerry is in charge of the drawings, he always has great table drawings. That’s the only way we are able to keep our organization going is by our drawings. Wish yourself luck and win the great prizes.

May 13 is our Gold Rush school event at Oak Hill Elementary School. We need volunteers for that. We will have all five classes in the auditorium and then individual classes in the school yard. Good time to volunteer and see how we do this. We also have the Vista Strawberry Festival on Sunday May 24. Probably set up on the 23rd. Come on out and help by volunteering. Very little work but a whole lot of fun.

There is a lot of talk about the BLM closing many of the access roads leading in and around some of our claims and also roads that off-roaders, hikers and horse riders use. I’ve been going around to other clubs and talking about these closures and what we must do to keep this from happening. We have to band together with all these organizations. We have to get letters written by individuals. I need help in suggestions on how to put together form letters that can be generalized and then sent in by every individual before we don’t have any access to any public land. Some clubs think they can do it alone but find that they are losing the battle. Wars are best fought with help from our allies. We also have to support our organizations like the PLP, AMRA, GPAA, MMAC and Sleepy Bear Mining.

OK, that’s it for now. Wishing you good hunting whether it be for gems, gold, metal detecting or just getting yourself outdoors and soaking up some sunshine.

Sourdough Chet

CALL TO ACTION CLEAN WATER ACT SB637

IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION IN CALIFORNIA ON SB637:

We just learned minutes ago that the public only has until tomorrow to have a letter in opposition to SB637 in the hands of the next committee, the Environmental Quality Committee.
Here is a sample letter from WMA and while we love their letter, you should not copy and paste this letter, but write your own. Your letter of opposition should include the following:

1) there is no scientific studies which show increased levels of mercury anywhere in CA from suction dredging.

2) The Sierra Fund Lake Combie project receives tax payer money to dredge, while permit dredgers are denied.

3) Suction dredgers create revenue in the permitting process for CA.

4) This bill adversely affects the poor and middle class of CA. Literally tens of millions of dollars are lost to the rural communities with the money they would have spent going to their claims, purchasing gas, food, hardware and equipment.

I strongly oppose this bill as written.

Sincerely,

Mr. Shannon Poe
American Mining Rights Association.

These letters must be faxed in to:

California Senate
Committee on Environmental Quality
Attn: Rachel Machi Wagoner
State Capitol, Room 2205
Sacramento, CA 9581
FAX (916) 322-3519

It is sad that the process now to have our voices heard is so convoluted that most are silenced. Please send your letter today. Here is a little more information about SB637 from our friends at WMA:

http://westernminingalliance.org/…/uploads/2012/10/SB-637-A…
Senator Allen, D-26th District (Redondo Beach) introduced SB 637 on 27 February 2015.
This bill requires the California Water Quality Board to regulate suction dredging
through water quality permits.
He represents one of the wealthiest districts in the country, which includes Beverly Hills,
Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Palos Verdes Estates and Santa Monica. Yet, he has
introduced legislation which is specifically targeted at the poor and working class by
imposing yet more fees and permitting requirements which we believe will be impossible
to meet by the majority of suction dredgers.
This bill would be enormously harmful to dredging, it requires:
(1) By July 1st, 2017 the Water Board to establish a permitting process for suction
dredging and “related mining activities.” (The words related mining activities indicates
this bill could/would cover panning, sluicing, highbanking and even camping along the
rivers)
(2) The language indicates that prior to receiving a permit, each dredger would have to
submit a report to the regional Water Board which would provide the details of the
specific “wastes” to be discharged.
(3) Authorizes the Water Board to prohibit suction dredge mining “consistent with
Federal law). (This indicates to us the Water Board is being given the authority to
prohibit dredging on State and private lands).
(4) The bill specifically requires the Water Board to study mercury, and the effects of
mercury from suction dredging. (This indicates to us they will prepare yet another biased environmental impact report, find we discharge mercury and prohibit).
This is a bad bill for dredgers (and all miners). Please call Senator Allen, and your local
state representative and tell them this bill doesn’t help water quality and is specifically
targeted to impact the poor. It’s ironic a bill introduced by the wealthiest district in
California, is targeted to harm the poorest districts of California.

Please call the capitol office, and the district office. Tell them the truth about suction
dredging, it takes nothing from the water, and adds nothing to the water. Two Supreme
Court cases have already decided the act of taking the water, adding nothing to the water,and returning the water is not a discharge of a pollutant. We will sue again, and we will win again.

Senator Ben Allen
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 651-4026

Senator Ben Allen
2512 Artesia Blvd, #320
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 318-6994

TSS Newsletter: April 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.

April 2015

Previous Months:

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


Prior Years:

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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