I'm in the process of formatting the TOPO's and data for the claim maps. I'm making them fully interactive, so check out the claim sections. Buckshot is started but I have some more changes to do. After they are done I'll put together a tutorial to use them.
If you have any suggestions to improve the maps let me know.
I will be adding a highlighted road layer to the overlays for each claim, so don't suggest this.
California gold miners score another win over state
Capitol alert, Dan Walters, 1/14/2015
California’s 21st century gold miners have scored a second major victory over state efforts to restrict – or ban – them from searching for the precious metal in rivers and streams on federally owned land, such as national forests.
On Monday, San Bernardino County Judge Gilbert Ochoa, building on a previous decision by a state appellate court, declared that the state’s moratorium on using suction dredges to sift through gravel had become a de facto ban and thus violated federal mining law, which encourages mining on federal lands.
All current members should now have a wepcgold.com account if they previously have provided an email address. Account details were emailed out to current members earlier in January.
If you did not receive the "New Account" email:
- Try to reset your password by following the "Request new password" on the front page in the "User login" box. This will send you a temporary password using the email address we have on record for you.
- If you are unable to claim your account using the first technique or have never provided an email address or have changed your email address, please fill out the form "Account Reset or Claim" under "Contact" in the main menu.
The "Member's Mining Location Report" form is now available to members.
Included in the "Members Section" is an online form that can be submitted by members and a downloadable pdf of the original "Mail in" form. To access these forms you are required to login with your site account.
Fun for the Whole Family
Whether young, old, or somewhere in the middle, the excitement of unearthing your first spec of gold is something that you're not soon to forget. The Gold and Treasure expos are great opportunities to experience that level of excitement first hand. Spread out amongst the vendors are panning troughs for both kids and adults where you can learn skills and techniques used by the best in the business to uncover a healthy amount of gold.
I was out in the Pacific Mining District in the Chuckwalla Mountain Range out interstate 10 past Indio about 35 miles. Did some nugget shooting and dry washing in a dry river bed. I found some old bullets one is a .50 cal that's a lot of lead I brought home. I didn't find any nuggets got very little fine powder gold in the dry washer. I didn't spend as much time as I would have liked digging.
Mining Legend leaves Legacy of Hope
PLP President Jerry Hobbs dead at 71
GPAA, Brad Jones, 12/31/2014
Public Lands for the People President Jerry Hobbs has died. He passed away Dec. 28, after a long battle with kidney and heart disease. He was 71.
Gerald Hobbs, better known as Jerry, was a legend in the mining community, and the founder of PLP, a land rights advocacy group. The membership-based, non-profit organization was established in 1990 and has been fighting to keep public lands open for multiple uses, including prospecting and mining, ever since.
MINING RIGHTS: Court battle hinges on Supremacy Clause
GPAA, Brad Jones, 12/15/2014
Ochoa clears legal hurdles, set to rule in California dredging case
Miners and their opponents squared off again in California Superior Court Dec. 12 to make their cases for and against suction dredging mining in California.