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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
  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 disc
  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.
  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
  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
  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 shu
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