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  1. Volunteer or nominate someone to be a voice for miners and prospectors in the Prescott National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD640442
  2. Here's your chance to be heard, or at least attempt to be heard by someone who makes the decisions. The BLM is accepting comments and holding meetings RE: the Black Canyon corridor travel plan. Speak up or forever hold your peace, and apply for your NOI and/or POO to exercise your right to access gold country. Later...Jim P. https://sharetrails....anagement-plan/
  3. Here's your chance to do something about it. Call your representatives, tell them to co-sponsor or at least support HR3440. See below. Later...Jim P. http://www.wmicentral.com/sports/recreation/congressman-flake-introduces-recreational-shooting-protection-act/article_ba43eb92-122a-11e1-957c-001cc4c002e0.html Congressman Flake Introduces Recreational Shooting Protection Act Administration Shouldn’t Be Able to Unilaterally Close Federal Lands to Shooting Sports Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 5:00 am | Updated: 7:55 am, Sat Nov 19, 2011. Congressman Flake Introduces Recreational Shooting Protection Act 9 comments Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, introduced H.R. 3440, the Recreational Shooting Protection Act Friday, Nov. 18. The bill would require congressional approval for any recreational shooting restrictions proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on BLM-managed national monument lands, like the 600,000 acres in southern Arizona the BLM is currently proposing to close to recreational shooting. In 2010, the BLM closed 400,000 acres of publicly-owned, national monument lands across three states to recreational shooting activities. The Recreational Shooting Protection Act also directs the BLM to manage national monument land in a manner that supports, promotes, and enhances recreational shooting opportunities. “Banning recreational shooting sports on public lands is yet another example of this Administration’s bureaucratic overreach,”said Flake. “The Recreational Shooting Protection Act will ensure that Congress exercises appropriate oversight over the BLM’s proposed closures.” The Recreational Shooting Protection Act is endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). “The shooting sports are an important part of our national heritage and must be protected now and for generations to come. We are grateful to Congressman Flake for his leadership on this critical issue. The NRA will continue to lead the fight to protect the interests of shooters and hunters, as we have for more than 140 years,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
  4. Hi all, some good news and some bad news: Good news, the "wildlands" initiative has been de-funded in the most recent version of the FY2011 budget. http://thewesterner.blogspot.com/2011/04/wild-lands-initiative-defunded-in-final.html I'm sure this is just a temporary setback for those wanting to lock the public out of public lands and the public domain, but it at least slows them down. The bad news, the budget still includes 205 million dollars for land acquisition by the various Federal land management agencies. Later...Jim P. H.R.1473 Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Introduced in House - IH) Sec. 1703. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Land Acquisition' shall be $22,000,000: Provided, That the proviso under such heading in division A of Public Law 111-88 shall not apply to funds appropriated by this division. Sec. 1706. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `Department of the Interior, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Land Acquisition' shall be $55,000,000. Sec. 1720. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Land Acquisition and State Assistance' shall be $95,000,000: Provided, That section 113 of division A of Public Law 111-88 shall not apply to funds appropriated by this division. Sec. 1745. Notwithstanding section 1101, the level for `Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Land Acquisition' shall be $33,000,000.
  5. Wow is right, I was afraid this was someones idea of a joke. RIP Stan. Later...Jim P.
  6. Finally, it appears we have a friend on the US House Natural Resources Committee; Doc Hastings, newly elected Republican Representative from Washington State. From what I've heard and read so far,he is truly a western conservative who understands the nature and importance of private property rights, the true value in our natural resources, and the destructiveness of our governments over regulation of both. I first learned of Doc on the Hugh Hewitt radio program back in January and liked what I heard. He says the things most of us are thinking and/or posting about the various Federal land management bureaucracies' regulations and practices. Recently I found this clip from a hearing he held on the Fed's "wild lands" order, showing the kind of no nonsense approach he will be taking in dealing with our out of control agencies. Let's hope he stays on top of them. I'll be writing him an email to let him know how I feel and I encourage you to do the same. Later...Jim P. http://naturalresources.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=226853 P.S Sorry if this is too political for the general forum, please don't hesitate to move or remove it.
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    Van Cowan

    Thanks for the update Driller, that's about the time I last heard from/of him. I'm hoping Potholes Bob will chime in also, if memory serves, RD, PHs and Van used to hunt together. Later...Jim P.
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    Van Cowan

    I knew I could count on you Chris, I'll western union you the money right away, just post all your vital statistics and bank account/routing info and it'll be on the way Later...Jim P.
  9. Hi all, I recieved what I believe is one of those scam email today from Van Cowan, "Apologies for having to reach out to you like this, but I made a trip early this week to London, UK and had my bags stolen from me with my passport and credit cards in it. The embassy is willing to help by letting me fly without my passport, I just have to pay for a ticket and settle Hotel bills. Unfortunately for me, I can't have access to funds without my credit card, I've made contact with my bank but they need more time to come up with a new one. I was thinking of asking you to lend me some quick funds that I can give back as soon as I get in. I really need to be on the next available flight. I can forward you details on how you can get the funds to me. You can reach me via email or May field hotel's desk phone, the numbers are, 011447024065511 or 011447024064567 or on my blackberry at vcowan1@ymail.com. I will be waiting for your urgent response... Van" Anyone else get one? I haven't heard from him in years, but am curious as to what happened to him. Anyone know? Later...Jim P.
  10. Hi all, here's our chance to make our voices heard before we loose more rights and more mineral lands. The National Forest service is requesting public input on collecting public input regarding "specific forest landscapes", and "special places"; in other words, pick any place you don't want loggers, miners, ranchers, hunters, off roaders Etc, and we'll block them for you. Keep in mind, they are asking for comments on if and how to collect public comments, not actual comments related to those areas mentioned above (confusing I know, but that's our Government at it's best) One idea that comes to mind is requiring the Forest service to notify any claim holder or other party with in-holdings or other rights, of any proposals, comment request Etc. Here's the link Forest Landscape Value and Special Place Please repost this anywhere you haven't seen it, email it to your friends, or whatever you can do to get the word out. Maybe for once, we can prevent something before it happens, instead of complaining about it after it's too late. Later...Jim P.
  11. Hi Chris, like Bob posted, not much info on nuggets specifically. This site might help: USGS mineral data Just search Argentina and gold; there are more than one hundred recorded deposits for gold. Click on the record number on the left for more detailed info. Good luck and let us know how it goes. Later...Jim P.
  12. Hi Mike,any updates? I sent a letter to my Senator and both Reps along with Senator Sylvia Allen, As usual, Senator allen was the only one to respond, and she's not even my Senator. I first met Sylvia through the "People For The West", She's always on the side of public use, private property owners, Miners and ranchers. Here's a copy of the letter; if anyone cares to use part or all of it feel free. Senator Burns, I was saddened to discover that the Governor has announced the end of the Mine and Mineral Museum. I can't begin to describe how strongly I feel that this is a mistake and a disservice to all of us in Arizona, not to mention the forty thousand plus visitors each year, over half of which are school children. I also consider it an insult to the miners who who helped build this State. This museum is one of the last opportunities for modern people to make contact with the reality of their past, present and future. Everything in our life comes from the ground in one way or another, everything. Please don't allow them to "transform" the Arizona Mine and Mineral Museum. There are at least two other museums already operated by the Historical Society, right here in the valley. Why not use those properties? Why destroy over a half century of hard work and dedication, not only from the state employees but hundreds of volunteers that have created one of the most educational and exciting museums in the southwest. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to you support, and offer mine if there is anything further I can do. Sincerely, Jim P. Peoria, AZ Here's anotheer place to post a comment. KTAR comment Later...Jim P.
  13. Did anyone attend any of the Coronado NF planning meetings???? Wednesday the 3rd was the important one for Greaterville, but there are few left if you missed the first ones. Coronado NF planning meetings Here's a link to the plan draft; http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/plan-revision/documents/DraftForestPlan/Coronado_WorkingDraftForestPlan_March2010-Black&WhiteMaps.pdf Notice how far down the contents list you have to go to get to anything related to multi Use, probably not a mistake. Later...Jim P.
  14. Hi John, try these on for size. Taken directly from Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property Subpart 228.4 section 1 Current as of 25 Feb 2010. Here's a link to the full text: Title 36 (1) A notice of intent to operate is not required for: (i) Operations which will be limited to the use of vehicles on existing public roads or roads used and maintained for National Forest System purposes; (ii) Prospecting and sampling which will not cause significant surface resource disturbance and will not involve removal of more than a reasonable amount of mineral deposit for analysis and study which generally might include searching for and occasionally removing small mineral samples or specimens, gold panning, metal detecting, non-motorized hand sluicing, using battery operated dry washers, and collecting of mineral specimens using hand tools; (iii) Marking and monumenting a mining claim; (iv) Underground operations which will not cause significant surface resource disturbance; (v) Operations, which in their totality, will not cause surface resource disturbance which is substantially different than that caused by other users of the National Forest System who are not required to obtain a Forest Service special use authorization, contract, or other written authorization; (vi) Operations which will not involve the use of mechanized earthmoving equipment, such as bulldozers or backhoes, or the cutting of trees, unless those operations otherwise might cause a significant disturbance of surface resources; or (vii) Operations for which a proposed plan of operations is submitted for approval; Here's a link to a planning meeting yo might want to attend. I sent this to your email a while back, did you get it? http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/plan-revision/index.shtml Go Get em' Later...Jim P.
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    NuggetHunting Forum

    Hi Jonathan, long time no see. Try this link to the forum directly. http://www.nuggethunting.com/forums/index.php or Email; auplacers@yahoo.com Rob is busy with other things at the moment but will have the website back up soon. Later...Jim P.