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  1. That's a stock Army general service button. They were made from 1902 until the present. It probably says "SCOVILL MANUFACTURING CO" on the back. If it doesn't it's probably made between 1960 and the present. You can probably narrow down the date a bit by studying here: https://inkspotantiques.com/?main_page=page&id=10
  2. The BLM just raised mining claim location fees to $40. They also raised the annual maintenance fees to $165. That $165 applies to every 20 acres on a placer claim. These new fees take effect on September 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. If you have already paid your maintenance fees for the upcoming mining year you will still need to pony up the extra $10 per claim/20 acres. The BLM is saying they will send you a notice if you owe more than you have already paid. If they don't you still need to pay so I wouldn't be waiting around for that letter in the mail, just be prepared to pay up before September 1. This will give you an idea of how much the annual base maintenance fees per claim/size will be now. 0-20 acre placer millsite, tunnel site or lode claim = $165 20-40 acre placer claim = $330 40-60 acre placer claim = $495 60-80 acre placer claim = $660 80-100 acre placer claim = $825 100-120 acre placer claim = $990 120-140 acre placer claim = $1155 140-160 acre placer claim = $1320 If you have 10 or fewer claims you may be eligible for the small miner's waiver. The fees are the same for the annual small miner filing $15 per claim no matter what size it is as long as you complete $100 worth of work on each claim. You can read the notice announcing these new fees in today's Federal Register.
  3. Thanks for the info Hawkeye. Very few counties in the United States charge taxes on mining claims. I only know of 3 and none of those are Nevada or Placer County. Nevada County Recorder does list the $75 fee on their fee schedule. I couldn't tell you why they didn't charge you. Did you record before the fee went into effect?
  4. Not much is fun in this weather but a cool drink in the shade. The gold is still there no matter what temperature it is. Run out and grab you some when you encounter a cool morning. You won't have much competition.
  5. We already got it all Dick! Hows the prospecting out your way?
  6. This isn't a tax Hawkeye. it's a State mandated fee addition. Placer County is charging the fee like all other Counties in California. Placer County Recording fees.
  7. It's a State law. All County Recorders have to charge the additional $75 and send it to the State. County Recorders don't have the option to not charge the fee.
  8. I'd be careful there Mike. Mining claims are real property and the list of examples included with the law do mention mining claims. The risk is that your recording could be rejected and you would miss the recording deadline. I think California is the end of October? I suggest you read the law and decide for yourself whether the $75 applies. It would be a shame to lose a good claim over $75.
  9. All placer claims must have no more than 20 acres per claimant or they are void as to the portions without a claimant. EXCEPT... When the claim owner has proof of a discovery of a valuable mineral deposit. The key word is "deposit" because even though you may have gotten good gold or minerals from the claim that gold is only proof there was once gold on the claim. To prove a valuable mineral deposit you need to establish by means of facts how much valuable mineral is likely still in the ground AND that it is likely you can mine those minerals at a profit. With proof of discovery one person can own a placer mining claim of more than 20 acres. I know this sounds like a high bar to hurdle but you need to realize it's done every day. A mining company's first goal once acquiring claims is to prove the discovery. They can't get investors for their projects until they have a proven deposit. This phase is called exploration and although it can be expensive for the small miner to do their exploration like mining companies do it's also possible to prove a deposit with a pick and shovel. It doesn't have to be any more high tech than what a miner in the 1870's did to prove their deposit. ? The real key whether you are a big mining company or a little miner with hand tools is to follow accepted practice and keep really good records. There is a huge advantage to proving discovery besides the number of claimants needed. With proof of discovery you have established a market value for your discovery. Any government entity wanting to take your claim or restrict your mining/access will have to pay you the value of the minerals minus the cost to mine and market your deposit. As you can imagine governments don't like paying for minerals that are still sitting in the ground. When you have proven your discovery government tends to tiptoe around you rather than threatening you. Proof of discovery is a critical concept in mining law. Until you can prove the claim you are buying has a valuable mineral deposit you are stuck with the one person per 20 acre placer rule. ????????? I love those little things - what the heck are they?
  10. That depends on the circumstance Chris. There is no requirement that you file a Notice of Intent to Hold just because you bought a claim so the general answer is "no". In every case it is necessary to follow both State and Federal requirements. What this means in effect is you need to make a County Record of your claim status each year AND you need to make an informational filing and pay fees to the BLM each year. That doesn't change just because the claim changed ownership. Whoever owns the claim when the work or filings come due is responsible no matter what the previous owner did. If you are paying the maintenance fee your August 31 claim declaration and fee submission counts as your Federal filing requirement. You should then make a record of your fee payment and titling that as a "notice of Intent to Hold - Mining Claim" would fulfill your requirement for an annual public record. If you acquire a claim that has a small miner's waiver and you qualify for the waiver completing the assessment work and filing a copy of your Work Affidavit counts as your Federal filing requirement for the year in which you bought the claim. The recording of the required Affadavit of Labor will fulfill the State requirement. Claims are transferred by a quitclaim recorded at the County Recorder's. The BLM requires you notify them of the claim transfer by filing a copy of the quitclaim as a notice of transfer. That notice does not fulfill your annual filing requirement nor does a submission of a 3830-2 "Maintenance Fee Payment Waiver Certification" does not meet the requirement for an annual informational notice either. There are exceptions to the rules but if you aren't a soldier on active combat duty in a war zone or you haven't been physically prevented from entering your claim the Flow Chart above will cover just about any situation. Clear as mud? ?
  11. It's that time again. The August 31 deadline to make your required annual mining claims filings is only a month away. As she does every year Ruby has compiled general guidelines and a graphic flow chart to help claim owners understand their annual obligations. If you are confused about the process or just want a refresher review these could help make the process clearer. These are a free download. Feel free to share, distribute or print these out as long as you retain the attribution. General Guidelines Flow Chart Whatever you do don't be late. You will lose your claim if your filings aren't on time. Feel free to ask questions.
  12. Jet fuel is just Kerosene. Minimum flash point of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Ignition temperature of over 400 degrees. Safe as baby oil at regular temperatures. Good for washing parts and as a thin lubricant. Jet fuel can be used in place of diesel for vehicles but parts tend to wear out sooner because diesel has more lubricants than jet fuel.
  13. Wishing You a Happy Holiday From the folks at Land Matters
  14. The USGS just released their latest Professional Paper 1802 Critical mineral resources of the United States–Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply. This thing is a monster! 862 pages and a 170 Mb download. That is a big download for a lot of people so we shrunk their bloated PDF down to 30 Mb. It's got all the stuff the bigger one does but the graphics are scaled down to web user size. You can download the full 862 page report directly from Land Matters. This huge report is fine in itself but to really understand what's in it we figured a map of all the locations would help. You can load up the Critical Minerals interactive Map right in your browser and study it along with your book. We've added the mines of the world as well as some basic base layers so you can compare the report locations to known historical and current mines. We'll be adding more features to that map soon. If you need to print out the book in it's original high resolution form you can find it at the USGS Publications Warehouse.
  15. A review Anyone who uses the BLM LR2000 search function knows it can be a challenge to get meaningful results. Often the service is down but you aren't notified of a problem with the system until you go through the whole complex search process to discover there was an "error". Frustrating at times. Well it appears the BLM decided it was time to change the look and feel of the LR2000 search function. They notified users months ago that they were working on an improved version but they caught a lot of people by surprise when they introduced the NEW! IMPROVED! LR2000 on November 1 and shut down the functions of the OLD! BAD! LR2000 at the same time. Problem was they didn't tell anyone. The old LR2000 still appears to be there and will allow you to do a search. That search returns an error, as mentioned earlier that's not unexpected or uncommon when using the LR2000. I use the LR2000 a lot when I need the most recent information on a land or claim case file. It took me nearly 24 hours after the changeover to get fed up enough with the old LR2000 not working to try the new LR2000 which has been available but not working for the last nine months. I'm hoping the BLM will set up that old LR2000 web address to redirect to the new LR2000 page so others won't have to waste their time beating a dead search system like I did. The old LR2000 was clunky. It reminded me of an old unfamiliar broken down right hand drive truck with a Japanese language repair manual. It was really that awkward and counter intuitive. There were many blogs, manuals and videos devoted to explaining the esoteric mysteries of the BLM's version of public access to public records, I even helped write a few myself. I made good use of the old LR2000 on the days it was working and I was glad to have it when I could get results but it needed fixing. The new LR2000 has a cleaner less intimidating interface with a slightly simpler set of options. I really don't like the "black topo" background the BLM now puts on all their web pages. If you like the black topo theme you are probably going to like the look of these new search pages better than the old ones. The behind the scenes search function has changed a lot from the old LR2000. I tried it on several browsers and three operating systems. I had problems on every browser and system. The Search seems to hang in some circumstances, in others it returns results as quickly as the old LR2000. The actual search itself seems to be slower sometimes. Every browser I tried had problems when it had run a few searches. The searches would eventually hang and several loops would keep the browser so busy it would lock up. That's not something I'm used to experiencing. This is a new system so I'm hoping the BLM will get these glitches out soon. The results of each search now displays in a new interface. Essentially there will be a window frame on the results page with the document displayed inside the frame as a PDF. Like the old LR2000 there are options to download the document in several formats including Excel, PDF and HTML. You can now modify or start a new search from the results page. Land Matters has made an effort to bypass the clunky old LR2000 interface and allow you to directly access any claims BLM serial register page directly with a few clicks on a map. This turned out to be a lot quicker way to get information on claims in a specific area without having to pound through the old LR2000. Being a direct live link to the BLM the information is as current as possible unlike other mapping programs that present static information updated every month or so. When the unannounced changeover in LR2000 search systems happened it broke Land Matters system of direct access. With more than 380,000 mining claims being actively tracked Land Matters had a problem. Claims Advantage Members also get several reports a month. In the last two days Land Matters had released two reports with a combined total of more than 20,000 maps and direct links to a broken LR2000. That's 400,000 missing documents. Sometimes life can be.... interesting. Needless to say I have been busy. It took 24 hours but I deciphered the new LR2000 system fixed the links to the serial register pages and corrected, compiled and uploaded new member reports. The mining claim serial register pages linked to on the maps load more quickly than the old ones did. If you have any problems with those maps or the Member Reports please let me know. Please try out the new LR2000 and share your experiences here. Try the Mining Claims Maps at Land Matters and marvel at the new search results. If you like the way the map link system works we can add the feature for a lot more types of research.