TSS Newsletter: February 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.

February 2014

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Presidents Message: February 2014

We had a great outing this past month. David Rice took us on the Painted Gorge trip. It was a bit larger than David likes it but Hey! He does a great job and everybody knows it. 42 people from three different organizations. So what did they see? From fossils to petrified wood to gems and other minerals plus the explanation of geological events that happened thousands to millions of years ago.

This month Randy Oyler will be our guide to one of our claims on the Summit Range out in the Randsburg area. We will be on the Smokin’ Claim. If Conrad Eury goes too, I’m sure they both will help guide you to some of the good spots out there. If you are planning on taking a motorhome, maybe the best spot might be the Freedom Claim to camp.

John Howe is making up a new email mailing list for TSS. It’s getting too big with a lot of names of those who no longer attend the meetings. For those who have not attended 3 or more meetings, you might find out you are not getting that information on what is going on in our organization.

Another matter concerning your attendance and our Claims Guide. Updates to the Guide will not be given to you unless you have, on your person, a current membership card. Maintenance fees and other organizational costs come from your participation at our meetings. If you don’t attend it’s only fair that you are eliminated from the membership and the Claims Guide list.

P.S. If you are not a member, you cannot, legally, prospect or mine the Treasure Seekers’ claims.

We have two upcoming events. We have been asked to participate in the Julian Gold Rush Days and we are working on participating in the Vista Strawberry Festival. Julian will be a 2 day event. I don’t know about the Strawberry Festival. These are like the GPAA Gold Show, but on our local turf. We don’t have to travel for miles and miles and pay big hotel fees to participate. This will take man and women power to run. We will have a signup sheet to see if we have enough members to run this operation. The big snag is they will be on the 4th and 5th weekends of May. Two weekends in a row. Some can sign up for one and others sign up for the other. We can do it and have lots of fun.

Also, upcoming is the election of officers in April. We have the offices of President and Treasurer to refill. I know what you are thinkin’. You know it has to change sooner or later and this is the time to give it some thought. Somebody else has to start running this organization and it might as well be you. There are many facets
to running this Treasure Seekers; much of it can be delegated.

Last item here is PLP support. It’s costin’ big time to fight all the battles to keep our public lands open for us to enjoy, prospect and mine on. The dredging court battle is coming up again, I believe in April. They are even helping in the battle of Buckman Springs road closures. We gotta’ help them all we can. TSS is trying to do their
part, but you gotta’ do yours.

Sourdough Chet

Buckman Springs Road Closures

Dear Fellow Prospectors,

I am passing along this information about the Buckman Springs road closures.
This message is being sent to you at the request of SPMA & TSS member Jon Cunningham.

Jon would like to urge everyone to email the US Forest Service to request an extension of the public comment period for the pending closure of the roads to the SPMA Starlight and Long Valley claims near Pine Valley, 60 miles east of San Diego. The hope is that with more time we can mount a better defense.

Please send your e-mail to Russell Lajoie

email address should be  comments-cleveland@fs.fed.us

You can comment electronically. Coments may be in the following formats: plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Word (.doc, .docx), or portable document format (.pdf).

Please address comments to “Descanso Decommissioning 2014.”

Typical suggested e-mail copy:

Dear Mr. Lajoie,
In regards to your proposed plans to decommission the roads in the Buckman Springs area leading to the Starlight and Long Valley claims, please extend the public comment period past 1/6/14 for 30-60 days.
Thank you.
(give your name here)

Presidents Message: January 2014

Happy New Year. How many years have we been together? Some of us have been together since the late 1990’s. Others, of us, got together in 2000/03. Well, we are still organized and growing ever stronger. Now we are pretty much headstrong and independent. Our speakers, instructors, and those who educate us in the topics that we stand for, get better and better each year. And who can we thank? We thank those who have come forward and volunteered to make us the very best. At the meetings, look around the room and see those who take the time to fill those positions at the tables. In the Newsletter, check out who is recognized for their positions. On the back of the Newsletter, check those names of those who are Officers, Board Members, and Directors. There’s a bunch, isn’t there. That’s why we are what we are. We can’t thank them enough.

2014 is going to be just as great as last year. We are going to start the year off with David Rice as our speaker and our Outing Coordinator for January. We’re heading out to Plaster City for fossils and gemstones. It might be an overnight outing if there is enough signups for the second day. We have individuals who have come forward to speak on various subjects, but you can never have enough. You know who you are. Come on out and enhance our meetings and outings. Our Outings Calendar is out for 2014 and there is always a chance that there might be some changes and/or additions. Sue, Jim and Kristi of the American Prospector and Treasure Seekers, are always good for some great outings and events. If there are some places that you would like to go to, as a group, please let us know.

I can’t leave this message without reminding all of you that we need support from everyone to help us keep our public lands open for all of us to recreate on. Public Lands For The People can’t do it alone. Each individual organization (club) can’t do it alone. Since this new federal government administration has taken over, i.e. lawmakers, both the federal and state lawmakers have banded together with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and with environmental groups to lock us out and fence us off of public lands that we as taxpayers own. The most recent example is the USFS report that they are going to gate and fence off areas in the Buckman Springs area. Some area is around undesignated roads but some are access areas to presently occupied claims out there. The USFS gave a 30 day notice right through the holidays. January 6 is the last day to file a response letter. What kind of fair play is that?

Let’s leave it there, but also make a New Year Resolution that we will make this organization even better and we will all stay informed of these road and land closures and we will do something about fighting harder in 2014.

Sourdough Chet

TSS January 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, January 8th 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: January’s speaker will be David Rice and he will be discussing Desert Geology.

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 - $12.00 per bag
    • One in every 10 bags will have a ‘little’ something extra!
    • One in 50 has a picker!

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 (March 2014 Meeting):

  • To be announced

 

TSS Newsletter: January 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.

January 2014

Previous Months:


2013 Newsletters


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Message from a fellow miner

Road closures. The Cleveland National Forest Service sent out a legal notice that was published in the Union Tribune on Thursday, 12/5/2013. Comments are due by Monday, 1/6/2014. The link that was previously provided has been disabled. The notice sent out concerns decommissioning the roads. The Forest Service plans to close all roads that are considered illegal. Any road not recognized on the forest land as being a system road will be closed. Of our six roads stated to be closed in the Buckman Springs area, one, the UND509 blocks access to our SPMA Long Valley Federal Mining Claim. The Forest Service has been closing our public lands for many years and continues to do so now. Today it affects our public mining claims. Today or tomorrow, it will affect your Jeep group, off road motorcycle group, gem and mineral group, nature lovers group, or anyone who enjoys going to our public lands to enjoy nature and get away from the cities for a while. Michael Torko is airing a piece on KUSI News Station on Monday, 12/23/2013 at 10 p.m. in support of our effort of our public lands roads open for our personal use, not just our government employees. Watch the “Torko Files” on News Station KUSI at 10 p.m. and make your own decision. These actions are being taken place in San Diego county, and KUSI is a News Station located in San Diego, California.

If you would like to write or send an E-mail, see the following: Cleveland National Forest Service
Attn: Descanso Decommissioning 2014.
3348 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901.
E-mail: comments-Clevenland@fs.fed.us

The contact person is:
Russell Lajoie
Descanso Ranger District
Address: same as above.
Email: rlajoie@fs.fed.us
Phone: 619-445-6235

Please call to make sure they received your comment. Once the comment period closes, FS will have a closed meeting to the public to decide the road closure options. In 2014, the roads will be boarded off with steel barriers and the roads will be dug up with a track hoe.

TV NEWS ON PUBLIC ROAD CLOSURES

There is another outdoor prospecting organization that is suffering from some road closure issues. It’s the same old excuse where there may be some undocumented roads in the area and what better way to solve the whole problem by closing ALL of the road areas including the documented roads. This is their excuse to close the whole area down and not let any public enjoy our public lands. The real distressing part of this event is that there is only 30 days for public response and it’s happening over the Christmas holidays. It’s happening all over our public lands folks. I’ve heard some members of various organizations say “We don’t bother with the politics so much, we just like to get out there and enjoy our claims properties”. Well you all, if you don’t get out there and help fight these politicians, lawmakers, BLM and Forest Service organizations that are trying to close off all our public lands from us, the public, we won’t have any lands left to recreate on.
This organization that has a claim in the Buckman Springs area is taking the fight to the TV public. GPAA used to have a claim in close to the same area. Watch TURKO FILES ON KUSI NEWS at 10:00 PM Monday, 12-23-13. Michael in interviewing some members on his segment of this news. You think it won’t happen in your area; well just wait and do nothing to help these folks. You’re next.

PLP Event and Support

Hello Fellow Prospectors & Treasure Hunters!

We want to remind you that this Saturday, December 21st from 10am – 4pm will be the PLP Membership Drive & Michael Greyshock’s book signing here at the America Prospector Treasure Seeker Store. Please, if you haven’t already, post it to your Facebook, send the info to your email contacts, text your prospecting friends – the PLP needs our support and this is a big opportunity to help them out. T-shirts & raffle tickets will also be available. Additionally, a representative from the PLP will be here to answer questions and leaving discussion topics up to you.

Please feel free to call: 951-676-2555 or email with any questions, please come in support of the PLP – we hope to see you there! …