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chickenminer

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  1. For those Alaskans unaware, DNR has been trying to revise certain sections of the Alaska mining statutes. Our Alaska legislature is no better than the DC circus! DNR said the hell with them (my words) and has switched gears toward regulation change. I just received this notice. "Dear Recipient, The Department of Natural Resources proposes to change regulations on mining. The Department of Natural Resources proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 11 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with mining, including the following: (1) 11 AAC 86.215 i
  2. Bob, Nothing as nice as your piece of jasper but Tolovana river has some nice smaller pieces. All buried in snow or I'd take a couple pics for you. You nailed it on the conglomerate. Man there was some massive boulders of it though!
  3. Bob, that bottom slab of chert looks familiar ! Love the jasper slab .... from Alaska? We picked up some nice jasper from a trip up on the haul road this summer. Some of those creeks have some wild conglomerate boulders !
  4. Wow... I'm impressed you guys! Thanks for pointing out this USB camera. Did you have to add any external lighting or is that with just the built in LED lighting?
  5. Steve, Thanks for info. No wonder I kept getting an error message ! That is a shame.
  6. Should of used a Hitachi ! Leave the kitty in the litterbox
  7. Worked great on my win 7 laptop with IE and Chrome. Even with our horrible Hughes Net satellite system! Pretty cool !
  8. Sweet ! Good luck with the mineral prospecting in 2017.
  9. Wow... I'm jealous! Not even any oil leaks on those hydraulic cylinders! Find of a lifetime!
  10. Well, I am not a big metal detector user but I visit the forum because there are folks on here whose opinions I value. So any additional forum outside the area of metal detecting would be nice. I like the rocks, minerals, geology idea !
  11. Boy I hope so Barry. I can not stress enough how important this is for the small claim owner with unpatented claims. Once this designation happens you are forever after in the "withdrawn" status. When the Feds slapped a Wild & Scenic River designation over our historic mining district, they not only included the river but many of the side streams that had historic active mining claims! Very offensive to those of us that were here. Countless meetings and always we were told " don't worry, you have valid existing rights". We were assured this would not impact our existing claims or op
  12. For all the current claim owners within that area of withdrawal holding unpatented claims, I can not stress enough you must fight this with all your resources!! Do not listen when BLM tells you "don't worry, you have valid existing rights" ! The moment your claims become entwined in a Withdrawn Area you will forever be fighting over what "valid" means. The nightmare will begin!!
  13. On that note. After a meeting with BLM Assistant Secretary, Ms. Janice Schneider, in Chicken, AK last May we Alaskans can now file an appeal electronically !
  14. Now that was a hoot of a letter !! Thanks for posting Scott. It may have been meant tongue-in-cheek but boy is it apropos to dealing with government agencies these days !
  15. Me too.... would love to see what it looks like after you cut and polish.
  16. If there was a federal law that said all mining claims had to be economically viable, the BLM would not issue a single Plan of Operations without a validity exam having been performed. This has gone to court. Nothing in law says BLM must do a validity exam before approving a Plan (exception is for Withdrawn lands). The Prudent Man test and marketability only come into play if you are applying to patent or the government contests your claims, for some reason. Or, as above, your claims are on withdrawn lands.
  17. Brett, Here is a sample pan out of a drill hole from some drilling I am doing up on a bench. Notice how different the stringer of gold in the left side of the pan looks from your "gold".
  18. Hmmm, I can understand asking for folks to back up their opinion, but to request NO opinion on a public forum ? Leaves me out If you want to read mining people's complaints against government agency actions, backed by their 'statement of reasoning', I'd suggest you read past IBLA decisions. That'll keep you busy for awhile!
  19. The courtroom fighting begins... http://www.adn.com/article/20160113/can-drones-just-hover-over-your-home
  20. As a federal claim owner that has been under "withdrawn" status since PLO 5250 in the 70's. Be very weary of our beloved Federal government and it's managing agencies during public meetings when they tell you "oh, don't worry. You have valid prior existing rights". Boys, let me tell you every single day of your life after the passage of any action putting you under "withdrawn" status will be spent fighting tooth and nail for those " valid existing rights" !!
  21. Excellent information Steve ! Shame on me, I always thought changing an original file would strip the EXIF data. I just learned an important lesson! THANKS
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