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Jim_Alaska

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  1. I know you said; "You only need to do this if you have never posted on this website before." I have posted previously, but want to make sure I don't get deleted. I visit several times per day.
  2. This is true, it is waterboards. They have been under orders to implement a plan for permitting for all of this time, they just don't do it. It is also true that Federal law, in the form of the 1866 mining law should supersede the state's ban, but the state simply ignores it. We fought this at the legislative level and even in court. It went all the way to the Supreme Court, but they refused to hear it. These are public facts, not a personal rant. I hope this post is not seen as a political rant, which Steve doesn't want done; if it is seen as one Steve, feel free to delete.
  3. Steve, I, like you, stay logged in permanently. I have never had a problem doing this and do it on most sites I visit frequently.
  4. Steve is right, as usual. We have been under a ban of one sort or another since 2009. GM, you were fortunate that you were allowed to operate. Suction dredging was banned in 2009 by the California legislature, followed closely by a ban on using ANY mechanical means to extract precious minerals within 100 yards of an active waterway.
  5. "silence is golden." Until someone comes along, finds gold and claims it out from under you. I had this happen in a remote location when I lived in Alaska.
  6. I live quite remote from any services. But when I do go to town, I like to get a breakfast there. Twice I have left home, got halfway there and realized my teeth were still at home. Nothing left but to turn back and get them. I live an hour from town, so it adds another hour to my trip. It's hard to think of anything good about getting old other than you are still breathing.
  7. Since the time that rules and permits were put into place for high banking; the state of California has banned ALL mining within 300 feet of a waterway, using ANY mechanical devices. Panning is OK, sluicing is OK, but you can't use a pump to sluice, it is mechanical. So, the question in the original post is irrelevant because since they required a permit, they have virtually banned mining by any practical means.
  8. When you see that happen, and more than just a few posts; it is usually the owner trying to liven up the posts and save the forum.
  9. Message forums come and go, this is the way it always has been. It usually starts when the members begin to come just to read and pretty much stop posting. When that starts to happen it makes for less interesting material to read, which causes even the readers to stop visiting. One poster here mentioned about there being millions to be made with forums. I have no idea where that information comes from. It has not been my experience that there are millions to be made. Once a forum owner tries to implement any kind of fee, the forums dies. Even trying to get advertising income from manufacturers or others is virtually impossible. The only way to keep any forum alive is for the members to participate, especially with posting frequently. Notice that these forums seem to flourish, it is because of new content being posted and active participation from its members. Once that starts to diminish, these forums will go the way of the others.
  10. Archeologists have been pushing for this kind of restriction of anyone that is not an Archeologist, or working with Archeologists since I was a kid. It's all political nonsense that only benefits the Archeologists. It must be nice to have a monopoly like that.
  11. I agree; you can also see this effect in a pan of unclassified material. The larger rocks move to the top when you first start panning.
  12. but then again, once it is empty you don't need a weight belt.
  13. Good idea, and once the tank is empty it can serve as a weight belt.
  14. I refuse to watch these shows; they cast miners and mining in a bad light and give fuel to the anti-mining nuts.
  15. Good advice Chuck, you never know when things will change for the worse. I'm not far behind you in age, will be 80 in December. I always thought that once I was too old or incapacitated to do regular mining, I could always nugget shoot; big mistake. I didn't count on something like the peripheral neuropathy that I have, that makes just simple walking difficult and dong it on uneven ground just about impossible. Using a cane and trying to swing a detector work against each other. then there is the getting down to dig, but not being able to get up again makes nugget shooting a thing of the past. So, folks, do get out there and do what you can, while you can, age and infirmities are not "user friendly".
  16. Good, I was wondering why there were so many posts from you with no content or text.
  17. You are too kind Lanny. When I was in Alaska and first found mining forums, you were already there. I well remember reading about you finding gold just about everywhere you went. I have learned a lot from your posts and stories over those years.
  18. Rats!!! If Steve's generation is fading from the screen, mine must be gone. He was just a kid when I lived in Alaska.
  19. Those boots and hand bags probably keep many people from beach hunting there. I don't mind carrying a lunch, but don't really like the idea of being a lunch.
  20. I don't know what kind of shotgun shells are available where you are. But many years ago, here in the US, lead shotgun pellets were banned and we had to only use steel pellets. Then of course, you could no longer buy new shells with lead pellets. This was all done to to protect wildfowl from ingesting them and die of lead poisoning.
  21. Or, you could just live vicariously as I do over here in Northern California. I admit, it's not as much fun and no gold. I love stories like this, especially without the discomfort.
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