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    Posting Rules, Terms of Service, etc

    #1 Rule -- ADVERTISING IS NOT ALLOWED IN THIS FORUM and you will be BANNED ON YOUR FIRST OFFENSE. I don't think we can make this any clearer -- this is not the place to post advertisements. Welcome to our forum! We had a few glitches, but we seem to have most of the bugs worked out. Our goal is to provide a place for miners and prospectors of all skill levels to exchange information. Of course, we hope you will also discover that our monthly publication, ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal, is the other important piece of this information puzzle you can't live without. As most of you know, we have been serving the mining industry for a long time -- since 1931. It takes a long time to build a reputation for honesty and integrity, and we are seeking your help to remain an industry leader. We have an opportunity here with this forum to have some great exchanges of information. We have moderators, but it is impossible for them to monitor every message. We need your help to keep each forum on topic and to avoid posting derogatory or objectionable material. Off-topic posts will be deleted. Currently, your moderators are: Chris Ralph, Associate Editor, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal Chris has been writing for us since 2004, and he took on the role of Associate Editor in 2008. He has experience in small and large scale mining, in both surface and underground operations. Chris has a degree in Mining Engineering from Nevada's Mackay School of Mines. He is an individual prospector who has been prospecting in California, Nevada, Arizona and Alaska for many years, and recently made his first venture into Australia in search of gold. Chris contributes several articles each month, including our "Ask The Experts" column. (View the list of articles Chris has written for the Journal.) He is based in Reno, Nevada. Scott Harn, Editor/Publisher, ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal Scott is a third-generation Editor/Publisher for the Journal, following his father and grandfather. He took over as Editor/Publisher in 1999, though he has been involved with the Journal since the mid-1970s. Scott is a small-scale miner/dredger who has prospected in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana. He authors an article or two each month for the Journal, including the "Legislative and Regulatory Update" column. (View the list of articles Scott has written for the Journal.) Scott is based in Aptos, California. Steve Herschbach, Senior Writer Steve has been prospecting, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting for gold since the early 70s. He eventually acquired a large placer and hardrock property at Moore Creek, Alaska and has claims at other locations in the state. Lately his prospecting ventures have expanded to Nevada, California, the UK and Australia. His interests have expanded to include gold, copper, silver, platinum, and even meteorites. Steve co-founded a dealership in 1976 that became one of the largest multi-line suppliers of prospecting and metal detecting equipment in the country. He is a respected writer and teacher, and has authored several articles for the Journal. (View a list of articles Steve has written for the Journal.) Steve is based in Alaska. Dick Hammond (aka: chickenminer) Dick has been a year-round resident of the remote little town of Chicken, Alaska for over 40 years. His entry into mining started as a youngster pulling rocks down a sluicebox for his grandfather, a start that just naturally turned into a career as a commercial placer miner in Alaska's historic Fortymile Mining District. He has fabricated much of his own mining equipment including trommels and shaker plants. His interests are varied, including winter prospecting, rockhounding, lapidary and just about all aspects of the placer industry. 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  2. Chris Ralph and I were just discussing that last night. About a year ago we were having problems with people using the forum for spamming and advertising, and it was very difficult to keep a handle on it. We were going to let the forum die a slow death. But we have reconsidered. There's a lot of good people on here and some past info that many still read because it's "good stuff." And we think we have solved a few of the problems with spammers. The forum was recently overhauled/updated on January 11, 2017, and we seem to have the spammers from China and Russia blocked for good now. (We'll see if that lasts.) We will still have to manually delete the advertisements and block the accounts of users who fail to read the terms of service or can't resist posting promotional material. Chris is going to put the word out that we are back, and would appreciate your help doing the same. Thank you very much for your support and your comments! Scott
  3. We only do this every two years. It's going to be April 16-17 this time, with additional hands-on training classes on Friday April 15 & Monday April 18. Our underground class sold out in the first 48 hours, but there is still some room in the above ground placer class. Booth spaces are sold out for the vendor/lecture/exhibit portion on Saturday & Sunday. Lecture schedule is now set. More info: www.icmj.com/miningsummit.php
  4. Scott Harn - Editor

    2016 Gold Prospecting And Mining Summit In Placerville

    Sorry Dave, but we currently don't have the resources, staff, etc. to take this on. Might be something we consider for the future.
  5. Scott Harn - Editor

    Getting Started On The Forum

    Existing Accounts Use your email address and password to log in like you would normally. If you have forgotten your password, just click on the "Forgot your password?" link on this page: http://www.icmj.com/login.php Follow the instructions and our system will send you an email. If you have a print subscription with us but we don't have an email on file for you, the system obviously won't find a match when your using the "Forgot my password?" method. Give us a call or send me an email and we will add your email address to your subscription account, then you can view your subscription information and expiration date, change your mailing address, renew your subscription, or use the forum all with the same account. Creating a New User Account You may want to start by clicking on the "Forgot your password?" link on this page: http://www.icmj.com/login.php and entering your email address. If you placed an online order or had a subscription in the past, your email and account information may already be in our system. The system will tell you if your email is already on file and send you your password. Then you can log in and update your information without having to use another email address. If you are not in the system, then you'll need to create a new account. Don't be confused when it requires you to enter a billing address and mailing address -- our forum is free and you won't be receiving a bill for using it! It was much easier for us to utilize one, integrated database for our magazine subscribers and forum users. And, if you try the forum and then decide you would like to subscribe to the Prospecting and Mining Journal, you won't have to create another account or re-enter all that information. Click on the "Create Account" link in the very top right corner to create a new user account. Enter the required information, including the security code at the bottom, and click "Submit." Possible Error Messages Error Message: "That email address already exists" If the system says "That email address already exists" it means you already have an account on file with us. (It may be from a past subscription or online order.) Go to http://www.icmj.com/login.php and click on the "Forgot your password?" link. Follow the instructions and our system will send you an email. Error Message: "That user name already exists" User names must be unique. This is the name that will appear when you post messages. If you receive this message, try a different name or simply alter it by adding a number, etc. Need Some Help? We are here in the office from 8am - 5pm Pacific Time, Monday - Friday; 831 479-1500. Please call and ask for me -- Scott Harn. I will be posting some more tips here shortly.
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    Reno Man Finds 6.5 Oz Gold Nugget (And Then Some)

    Responses in this thread were deleted -- sounded like someone was trying to pick a fight and we're not going to tolerate that. Thanks. Scott Harn Editor/Publisher
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    Phishing On The Forum

    If you are getting spammed with personal messages, please leave me a message and I will block their account.
  8. Suction Gold Dredge Miners WIN on Federal Preemption ...full story Judge Ochoa went so far as to call the California permit scheme "unenforceable"
  9. Please read the update on our website summarizing the December 12, 2014 court hearing: Significant progress made in court for California suction gold dredgers; still more work to be done Scott Harn Editor/Publisher ICMJ's Prospecting and Mining Journal
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    Which Judges Should I Vote For?

    FYI -- Two of the three Third Court of Appeals judges who recently ruled in favor of suction gold dredger Brandon Rinehart will be on the ballot for some of you in northern California. The two judges are Ronald B. Robie and Andrea Lynn Hoch. Robie and Hoch ruled that the lower court erred and should have allowed Rinehart to provide evidence that federal mining law preempts state mining law. Robie received a score of "7" on Huey's Judicial Index and a "9" for qualifications. Hoch received a score of "7" on Huey's Judicial Index and a "7" for qualifications. I would vote "Yes" for both of these Appeals Court judges if they were in my county. They cover "District 3" and should be on the ballot in the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba. My home county -- Santa Cruz -- is in District 6 for the California Court of Appeals. Huey and I agree on these and I will be voting as follows: NO! - Marquez (activist judge) NO! - Grover (activist judge) YES!!! - Bamattre-Manoukian (Enthusiastic yes -- I'd vote for her multiple times if I could!) YES - Elia YES - Premo
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    Which Judges Should I Vote For?

    David, one of our readers from northern California, emailed me a very appropriate question today: Which judges should we be voting for? Here is my "two cents." First off, there's no way we have time to do background checks here at the Mining Journal on judges. It's beyond our resources. In my eyes, I want to eliminate "activist" judges who act based on their own agenda or set of beliefs. I want someone who upholds the US Constitution and values a free economy, family values and religious freedom. I know -- they are difficult to find sometimes in my home state of California. Fortunately, there is a gentleman by the name of Craig Huey who shares my views on this issue. He has taken the time and made the effort to research every judge on the ballot in California. He was kind enough to come up with a rating system that takes into account experience and judicial activism. He gives each candidate up to ten points for qualifications and up to another ten points based on their "Judicial Index" which consists of positions, rulings, statements, etc. The average of the two is their "score." If the candidate receives a "7" for qualifications but is an extreme activist and only gets a "1" for what Huey calls their "Judicial Index," the average of the two would be a score of "4." The higher the score, the better the candidate. I don't agree with all of his recommendations, but I do agree with the majority of them. I tend to frown more heavily than Huey does on those judges who "legislate from the bench" instead of strictly adhering to law. One recommendation of his in particular I don't agree with is a "Yes" vote for Kathryn Mickle Werdegar for the California Supreme Court. She received a score of "9" for her qualifications, but could only muster a "4" in the Judicial Index category. In other words, according to Huey, she is more likely to follow her own agenda and beliefs than adhere to the law. You could have a perfect "10" in terms of qualifications, but I'm not going to vote for you if you don't follow the Constitution and the rule of law. I will be voting "no" for each of the California Supreme Court judges on the ballot this November 4. Superior Court judges run against each other and you can glean some decent information from their statements and endorsements. Dig around and learn their backgrounds before you vote. Appeals Court judges and Supreme Court judges win or retain their seats if more than 50% say "Yes" on their voter cards and it's a little tougher to gather quality information. Huey does a fairly thorough job and provides ratings for every Superior Court, Appeals Court and Supreme Court judge in California seeking a seat at the bench. Huey's website is a good place to start: www.judgevoterguide.com If you have a similar or useful source for evaluating judges in your home state, please chime in and share that information with us. Thanks, Scott Scott Harn, Editor/Publisher
  12. There was a monster nugget found in Butte County back in July. Story/video
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    Larger Photos Can Be Posted Now

    We had out IT folks make a few adjustments. You should be able to post photos up to 760 pixels now. Anything over that will be reduced to a thumbnail. Scott
  14. Scott Harn - Editor

    Hydraulic Giant Article

    I talked with one of John's daughters and we'll have a similar article in the October issue. John was a subscriber of ours for decades and he will certainly be missed.
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    Online Flip Version Of Mining Journal For Ipad & Android

    ...or you can look at the article at www.icmj.com and click on the "print" link at the top right of each article page for a clean copy if you are an online subscriber. Here's the page, and you'll see the print link to the right of the title. (You have to log in to see it, so those of you who don't have an online subscription won't see it.) Also, in case you didn't know it, you can click on "About Us" then "Writers" and look up all the articles we've published by a particular writer for the past 15 years. Scott
  16. After nearly a year in the works, we are releasing an online flip version of ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal. The new version is compatible with a PC, Mac, iPad or Android device. Our goal is to reach out to the next generation of prospectors and miners who might prefer reading our monthly issues on a desktop computer or portable device. Before you start worrying, we have no plans whatsoever to discontinue the printed version of our publication! We are striving to get all the bugs worked out in time to add this new version for our upcoming July 2014 issue, but it may be a few weeks into August to get it done. Those subscribers who have an online subscription (or online access added to their print subscription) will receive an email when the new flip version is released. One very nice benefit is that all website and email address links in the flip version are "live." If you click on a website link in the text or on an advertisement, you will be taken to that website. The same is true for email addresses. If you would like to check it out, here is a link to a sample copy (April 2014 issue). Additional features will included in the final version, including jumping from the Table of Contents to specific articles. Give it a try, and feel free to post comments/suggestions below. Scott Harn Editor/Publisher ICMJs Prospecting and Mining Journal
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    Brandon Rinehart Wins Against California

    If you haven't read it already, here is our summary of the Brandon Rinehart case and an update on the suction gold dredging cases in California. Scott
  18. "The State of California and environmental extremists want dredgers out of the water, but miners are not about to give up their rights." California suction gold dredge settlement hearings concluded for now full story...
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    Update: California Suction Dredging Settlement Hearings

    Sorry -- that was by me. I was in a hurry to get in finished and didn't include the byline.
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    Online Flip Version Of Mining Journal For Ipad & Android

    Thanks JR. I did a little online advertising in a few other countries to test out the interest. The online version is obviously much cheaper for us (and for foreign readers) when we don't have to mail a copy overseas. In just a few hours, we had 5,543 downloads in places like Peru, Ghana, Guyana, Brazil, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Burkino Faso... We are obviously excited about this opportunity to further expand our readership and many of our advertisers will certainly like the results.
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    Dry Washing: The Only Option In The Desert!

    Let's see... you can write and you're heading out drywashing in Arizona. Sounds to me like you need to snap a few photos while you're out there and send in an article on how you go about it.
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    Drywashing Forum Section.

    I agree. Drywashing topic has been added. (It's at the bottom.) As far as the DIY topic, I'd rather see those projects listed in the main topic. For example, if you are building your own dredge, I'd like to see it under dredging. That's my "two cents."
  23. Long time friend and advertiser Gordon Burton of Golden Caribou Mining passed away on March 20, 2013, after a battle with cancer. Gordon ran Golden Caribou Mining, a prospecting and mining club, on the Feather River near Belden, California. His son Barry had been handling most of the duties at Golden Caribou while his father was ill and will continue to do so. I spoke with Gordon's daughter this morning, and she mentioned that friends and family will be gathering at Golden Caribou Mining on April 13 at 2:00pm to remember Gordon. Hope to see you there.
  24. Glad you made it out Mark and that it was worthwhile for you!
  25. Sorry, but we had many instructors going over numerous detecting brands simultaneously at the hands-on training site so it just wasn't feasible. We split them up by brand, then down to model within the brand when possible.
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