Christmas Party

Event date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 5:30pm

Dinner starts at 6pm. Doors open 5pm.

Potluck dinner. Ham and Turkey provided. Bring your own plates/cutlery and drinks.

Optional participation in secret Santa. Bring a $20 value or more to participate. Bring a gift, get a gift.

December outing

Event date: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 12:00am to Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 11:30pm

This is another small outing. Right now Kevin Regli, Marshall Holman, Jon Kishi, Fred Dahl and myself plan on going. I believe we are all planning on being there Friday until Sunday. If there is anyone interested in attending please let me know so we can look out for you.

The road should be quite good and may even improve on Friday thanks to Marshall's road drag.


Valley Prospectors Rendezvous 2016

Valley Prospectors has invited WEPC members to their October outing.

Valley Prospectors of San Bernardino, Inc

Rendezvous 2016

October 21-23, 2016

Ord Mountain Camping Area


Barstow Road, Midway between Lucerne and Barstow
Dry Camping, plenty of room, (it's the desert)
Ord Turn off Cordinates - 34*40'51.63"N, 116*57'58.55"W

All events take place; Saturday, October 22

1/10 Oz Gold coin Raffle, Drawing right after "Potluck"

Metal Detecting Hunt by VP - $20.00
10 am till we stop, about an hour, more or less

Gold Panning Contest by FCM -$5.00
Arond 2pm, give or take

Night Stalker Hunt, by Bob and Friends -$5.00
When it gets dark

Chili Cook off, by Steve - Have it ready for tasting at 4:30
Have to be present to win, "Doug"
Potluck starts right after; 5ish

"sawtooth Campground', is about 1 mile west of Hwy 247, if you want an improved campground with toilets, fire rings and shade cover

Steve Schubert - 951-934-0535
Kent Bryant - 951-202-9616



PLP Letter from Pat Keene

To all PLP membership and friends of PLP,
I am shocked and saddened by the letter you may have received or read dated August 17, 2016 by the Rogue Board.
All of you are aware that, I am one of the Founders of Public Lands for the People (PLP) along with Barry Wetherby and Jerry Hobbs. I have also been one of the biggest supporters with my time, donations and direct funding. Many of you have seen me at the shows along with working with many of you.
I have considered all of the signers on that letter to be both friends, clients and professional competitors in the mining business for my entire career of 35 years. In the past they have given of their time, talent and in some cases their money in the support of miner's rights. We have all worked together. I thank them all for their service.
The letter that they signed neglects many important facts and long time friendships to accuse me and the other well meaning members of stealing from the organization that I started. I resent the implication and I'll fight the allegations.

California Supreme Court rules against Rinehart

California Supreme Court rules against Rinehart By Brad Jones

The Supreme Court of California has ruled against suction dredge mining in the People v. Rinehart case. The court opinion was handed down this morning at 10 a.m. “We conclude the state’s moratorium is not preempted. The federal laws Rinehart relies upon reflect a congressional intent to afford prospectors secure possession of, and in some instances title to, the places that they mine,” the court stated. “But while Congress sought to protect miners’ real property interests, it did not go further and guarantee them a right to mine immunized from the exercises of the states’ police powers. We reverse the Court of Appeal.” Mining groups, including Public Lands for the People and the American Mining Rights Association and the Western Mining Alliance, are disappointed with the court opinion released Monday, Aug. 22.


PLP Uncertainty

We have received this letter from the PLP. There has been a takeover of the Board of Directors that has led to uncertainty of the leadership. We suggest to refrain supporting either financially until this is resolved.

August 17, 2016

To all PLP members and supporters,

The Board of directors must inform you of the current situation we are experiencing. We were hoping to have solved this matter sooner. However, it appears this might take longer than we expected so we must inform you now of recent events. Here are that facts:

On July 14, 2016, this board received resignation letters from four of our board members:

  • Ray Kender, resigned Secretary
  • Barry Wetherby, resigned Director
  • Pat Keene, resigned Director
  • Duane Platz, resigned Recording Secretary.

On July 21, 2016, a meeting was held at Keene Engineering, unannounced to us and to you as PLP members, and an election was held that supposedly removed the current board members and supposedly placed Ray Kender as interim President. It appears all resigned board members were present.

On July 23, 2016 Ray Kender, without any knowledge or consent from PLP, executed various corporate documents purporting to be an authorized agent of PLP, including the filing of an updated statement of information with the California Secretary of State appointing himself as an officer, director and agent of service of process. Soon after, Mr. Kender under the self-assumed title of “President” presented falsified documentation to the bank that PLP banks with, usurping our corporate bank account. He also changed the locks on our mailbox withholding access of all PLP property from your current board of directors. Acts that this board sees as an improper exercise of corporate authority that Mr. Kender did not, and does not possess.


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