TSS Newsletter: August 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.

August 2014

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Presidents Message: August 2014

Well if anyone has been doing any outdoor activities other than barbequing, it’s probably been beach metal detecting. Much too hot for anything else. We did have a great picnic again this year. We had twice as many in the metal detecting hunt. Jerry Goldstein set up a larger area and tossed a lot of coins in the tall grass. Thanks you Jerry for doing a great job as you always do. Also, thanks goes to Ron G., Sue C., and Ray W. for securing our better area and cooking a great barbeque. Next year, remember to bring your own headphones and you have to pick up your own coins.

This month we have scheduled a one day event for beach metal detecting. It will be on August 17 and probably at Bonita Cove. Lots of possibilities with that. Maybe come early and barbeque, maybe a coin hunt or two. Who knows? Bring some ideas to the general meeting.

American Prospectors and Treasure Seekers have some great outings scheduled in August. On the 13th, they’ll be sluicing on the San Gabriel River. The 17, they will be metal detecting at Brindal Terrace Park in Vista, and on the 27th, they’ll be drywashing in Big Bear. If you can do all those events and ours, you are more active that I can hang with. You can find all the other important information on their website www.aptsgold.com.

September could be two outings. One day each. I have asked Dain if we could go up on his claim in the Julian, Banner Grade area. It may be too overgrown with vegetation. The other outing is for a one day gem and mineral hunt at the Stewart Mine, Gems of Pala. Jerry, Robert and I have already talked to Blue Sheppard and set up possible days and times. What we have set down so far is Sundays, September 7, 14, or 21. He normally opens at 10:00 AM. We have asked if we could come at 9:00 AM and beat the crowd. This is OK with him. The price per 3 gallon bucket is $20.00 and you can either work it there or take home or both. Bring a chair and lunch and have fun.

Don’t forget the PLP Oktoberfest coming up October 18-19. Saturday night barbeque included. Bring firewood and a side dish. Bring a tent or RV or motel camp in Ridgecrest. All your friends will be there so you might as well be there too.

I know I forgot a lot of stuff, so remind me at our meeting. See you there.

Sourdough Chet

TSS July 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, July 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 Speaker: Gary Eckert – topic to be announced

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):

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TSS Newsletter: July 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.

July 2014

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Presidents Message: July 2014

Lots of things to say, lots of things going through my mind. I go to board and general meetings at a lot of different “clubs”. Maybe the best thing to say here is that I really like our organization and those who make it run so great. Great meaning that it is not perfect but there are a whole lot of members here that really try to make this one the best. We are all volunteers, so don’t criticize us without giving us a chance to make it right. Like the old saying goes, there is ten percent that does ninety percent of the jobs. All I can say is we got the best damn ten percent considering those other clubs I mentioned.

A lot went on this past month. Some of us were in the streams of the East Fork, some were up in the mountains, and some were in the desert. I got to help at the SPMA booth at the Del Mar Fair. That is always a lot of fun. The SPMA does a great job of panning instruction and club information giving. I’m looking forward to these types of events for us. I believe our next event will be the Oktoberfest at Bates Nut Farm. There must be some other events out there that you can think of and let us know about. There is where you become part of the ten percent. We went to the Warner Springs Claim. The one that has the Cryo-Genie mine on it. Large portions of Tourmaline there. Maybe other gems as well. Had twenty on the list that showed up. A special thanks goes out to Marvin Foster and Bruce Quinn for leading the group to gem croppings. Me and some others stayed in the campground area to metal detect. All in all, it was so much fun that it should be deemed illegal.

We have our picnic this month. Always a lot of fun. You have to participate to have this fun. We will have our metal detecting contest with a twist. We will have our gold panning contest too. I’ve got a contest for the kids this time. Some may want to bring some of their equipment to demonstrate or even sell. This is your time to have fun and find friends. Starts around nine am and finishes when you get tired. Bring a side dish as usual. I like chocolate items and fruit salad…. Baked beans too…. We want you to show up if you sign up. The TSS puts out a lot of food for the no-shows. Well, you have a copy of the calendar so you know what is going on. Hope to see you at the meetings and hope to see you at the outings. Speaking of outings, if you have some favorites that we have not gone to, then become one of our ten percent and share your suggestions.

Sourdough Chet

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):

Gold Magic Logo

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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May 2014

April 2014

March 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.