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    clay reacted to desertpilot in What are they hiding?   
    Looks like they are hiding some sweet cow water. You google earth pic isn’t blurred, it’s water in a cattle watering hole. 
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Dry-Washing for Gold!   
    A good friend and customer of ours sent over these photos of some amazing gold he recovered using a dry-washer. Even though all the gold was small, it quickly added up to over 2-ounces! It was found not far from Randsburg, CA and was taken in only two outings!...We always love seeing the yellow metal and I want to thank Daine (the lucky finder) for sharing these photos with us. Keep up the good work 

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    clay reacted to bado1 in Couple of Eagles Today   
    I found my first two Civil War Federal Eagle buttons today with the Nokta FoRes CoRe. The one with the "C" in the shield is a Calvary officers button. Rare finds in AZ. I have found a good number .56 caliber Spencer cases at this site as well.

    No real old coins...YET.
    Good luck!
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Happy Holidays from AZO   
    Happy Holidays from AZO!
    The Arizona Outback office will be closed from December 24th – 26th and will resume normal business hours on Thursday the 27th. I would like to wish all of our forum family a very joyous holiday season. May your Christmas be filled with fun, laughter and happiness! 

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    clay reacted to delnorter in There's always a few more!   
    Real nice hunt Chis, can’t be much betterthan finding gold in your T-shit.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Tesoro to close their doors?   
    I have just heard a rumor about Tesoro Electronics that I’m hoping isn’t true. It appears that after 36 years of manufacturing metal detectors, Tesoro may have decided to close their doors. They made some excellent products and were a family owned company. I always liked the Gifford’s and wish Vince the very best of luck on his future ventures.
    P.S. if the rumor is indeed true, Arizona Outback will no longer be selling the Tesoro line.

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    clay reacted to frank c in NORTHERN ARIZONA   
    Where are you at Dick ?
    I've been using an 18 R.
    I did pick up a 13x17 like we were talkn bout.
    The rains did a lil bit of moving surface here so far this season, I caught a nice deep one awhile back at 8+ grams. 
    Over a foot deep.
    And a 2.5 grmr. REAL deep.
    Haven't been swingin much this year so far.
    Hapy Huntn.

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    clay reacted to Hawkeye in County of Nevada California: declare exemption or $75 fee   
        I have claims in both Nevada County and Placer county.  Nevada County did not add the $75 fee to my filing fees but Placer county did. Neither county charged me property taxes. 
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    clay reacted to Hawkeye in County of Nevada California: declare exemption or $75 fee   
      We originally filed the claim last year, not sure if it was signed into law yet.  Nevada County allows you to use an exemption that you write on the filing form.  I forget the exact wording.   I had a claim in Nevada County back in the mid 90’s and they charged property taxes back then but not this time.
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    clay reacted to wes in County of Nevada California: declare exemption or $75 fee   
    Hey Mike, Ive always understood a mining claim is considered real property.  It would be nice for claim owners not to have to pay this though.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in Almost an Ounce!   
    A friend and customer of mine over in California sent over this photo. He bought a Minelab GPX-5000 and has already found some beautiful gold. This awesome ¾-oz nugget is just one of his most recent finds. He said it was over two feet deep and found right next to someone else’s old dig hole. The area had obviously been detected before, but this lovely chunk had been overlooked, most likely because of its depth. This is a great plug for the Minelab brand. They are definitely pricey, but they get results! Congratulations to the lucky finder and thank you again for sharing with us! Keep up the good work...

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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in 2018 Annual Claims filings   
    You cleared up my question as well; thanks again Clay!
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    clay reacted to chrisski in 2018 Annual Claims filings   
    Clay, as always I appreciate the research.
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    clay got a reaction from chrisski in 2018 Annual Claims filings   
    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? ?
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    clay got a reaction from chrisski in 2018 Annual Claims filings   
    All placer claims must have no more than 20 acres per claimant or they are void as to the portions without a claimant.
    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?
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in 2018 Annual Claims filings   
    Thank you Clay for the reminder!
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    clay got a reaction from LukeJ in Grab your detectors boys and girls   
    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.
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    clay got a reaction from Terry Soloman in Grab your detectors boys and girls   
    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.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in A Golden New Year!   
    I wanted to wish all of our forum family here a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2018 brings you health, happiness, and of course heavy pockets!
    I was able to get in some detecting over the weekend and so far the new year’s gold finds are off to a great start. I picked up these six nuggets for a total weight of about 7-grams. They all came from an area that had been dug and dry-washed by the old-timers. The diggings were riddled with junk, much of it deep, but fortunately the early miners left a few behind. The nuggets were found using the GPX 5000 with my all-time favorite coil; the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution…Enjoy the rest of the holiday everyone and be safe out there!

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    clay got a reaction from beatup in Miners Christmas   
    Wishing You a
    Happy Holiday
    From the folks at Land Matters
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    clay got a reaction from beatup in Critical Minerals Report & Map   
    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.
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    clay reacted to Reno Chris in Bob Dansie update - some more recent news   
    So on JP's recent thread, none of us had any real news about Bob (only old news), but I got hold just the other day of a friend I'd not seen in more than a year, and he has seen Bob much more recently. In fact he said he was out detecting with Bob as recently as last August. Bob had heart surgery of some type (dont know any details) but has rehabilitated, purchased or acquired detecting equipment and is out prospecting again. Don't know why he is still radio silent as far as the forums, but Bob is up and about prospecting again and my friend said he looked in good health when he was out there.
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    clay reacted to Chris Gholson in NEW BLM LR2000   
    Thank you Clay for always sharing your knowledge with us
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    clay got a reaction from RiverJohn in NEW BLM LR2000   
    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.
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    clay reacted to beatup in NEW BLM LR2000   
    thanks Clay
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