Reno Chris

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  1. That sounds great. Sorry for getting off on the tangent of claim sellers. Just a personal thing with me. Ask the BLM folks at the claim office in Phoenix about fees. If the claim is not already in your Aunt's name, you may need some sort of documentation to show your uncle passed and the claim now belongs to your Aunt. Otherwise they may not accept a quitclaim from her. There is a fee for quitclaims. Best of luck to you and if you have any questions at all about things related to the claim, feel free to ask. I'll ask one - is it a hard rock claim or a placer claim?
  2. Are you staking a claim or buying a claim from someone? You originally said "staking a claim of our own", but now say you are "receiving" a claim. If you are buying not staking, I have a warning for you. There are vendors who go out and stake abandoned claims that no one has bothered with and then promote them as if they are something great and sell them on ebay or through other channels. Normally the claims have few if any values left, but the sellers make a lot of money doing this because its a dream that a lot of folks identify with. Often what they are selling is a just a pipe dream - not something that is commercially valuable. I have to say I am highly dubious of these claim sellers and the methods they use. Often the claim buyers end up contacting me because once they have your money, you are on your own. If you are thinking of buying a claim, take as step back and re-think what you are doing and why you are doing this. Consider learning more and eventually staking a claim of your own when you find something worthwhile. Federal mining law is 90% of claim law and it is the same all across the USA. Many of the Nevada claim laws are the same as elsewhere, so the difference between Nevada and AZ is small. The county recorder is involved every year just as the BLM office is, and you must file paper and pay fees.
  3. Yes, the claim needs to be filed with the local county recorder. The county recorders have their own set of fees - some big and some small, and some counties even charge property taxes, and you need to pay them in addition to the BLM fees. I'm not really sure what you mean by "when the claim is first registered or re-opened". There are a number of laws and specific requirements for staking a claim. If you dont follow them, no one will tell you, but your claim will be invalid and worthless. It not impossibly hard, but you need to know what you are doing. You need to know what you are doing before you go out to stake or you are just wasting your money. Before you stake the claim or file any paperwork read these two documents carefully. (note: most of the Nevada state rules apply everywhere, so its not just a Nevada thing) https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/MiningClaims.pdf and http://data.nbmg.unr.edu/public/freedownloads/sp/sp006.zip
  4. What is the goal in rebuilding - to use them for milling or to display as a museum? Do you mean "functions" in as it spins around a few times to show tourists or actually works day to day for hours so you can process ore in one? The term "for display" implies to me that you are just wanting to display for tourists. If you want a small mill to process a few hundred pounds here and there buy a small jaw, a chain or roller mill and a shaker table - it will be worlds cheaper than hiring a custom fabricator to create the parts you need. Nearly all stamp mills used copper tables covered in mercury to capture the gold, and you probably dont want the headaches of permitting a mercury based operation. I dont recommend it. You can download an old text book on how to build and operate stamp mills here: https://archive.org/details/stampmillingatr01margoog
  5. What is the goal in rebuilding - to use them for milling or to display as a museum? The modern technology of ball mills is markedly superior to stamps, and the cost to rebuild something like a stamp mill where all repair parts will need to be all custom fabricated will likely exceed the cost of new equipment. To be honest, I have never heard of anyone who rebuilt stamps for serious use in rock milling. All examples I have heard of were for museum display and to show tourists, so the re-build is not to full operational specs.
  6. Check any exposed bedrock between the piles closely.
  7. Part of the problem here is the need for capital - and thats a problem for miners everywhere. You can't get into serious scale mining for cheap. Many small miners are undercapitalized.
  8. The ends of the ditches were near the workings - I'd look for workings if this is a historic placer areas. Usually workings are pretty easy to see. The gold size you mention are detectable with a metal detector, just not at any great depth.
  9. Rick - that's some nice gold! Yep, we are small scale miners.
  10. Sounds good, best of luck to you.
  11. Ditches were dug for a lot of reasons other than mining. Ranching, agriculture, even just homes with a few fruit trees and maybe a little garden might have a ditch to supply them. Without a lot more info, its just real hard to look at an areal photo and say, oh, dig there! Plus ditches and old, unused road ways look a lot the same on air photos and Google Earth. Often the most easily seen things on photos like this are the workings themselves.
  12. No special insight - its a deposit best developed by underground mining, a series of fairly flat bedded epithermal deposits laid down by hot springs. The average grade is about 5 grams of gold per ton.
  13. I am no lawyer, so don't take my comments as legal advice, but I interpret this as prohibiting dredging equipment, which is described as being of the vacuum or suction type. I do not see how it addresses dry vac type suction units working dry tributary runoff beds where there is no water. To make this apply, the dry vac would have to fit into the definition of a dredge, which includes a sluice or some other processing device, not just a bucket as most dry vacs have. Again, I am not a lawyer and this is my personal opinion, not legal advice. Just as an aside, there are hardly any tributary gulches that are dry in the Sierra these days! (though they will dry out this summer I am sure).
  14. There is more than one way to make money prospecting. Leasing out prospective claims to mining companies is a subject I have written about in the ICMJ and also in my book on prospecting. People have made big money doing this - a lot more than this check. Its a serious effort. I am publishing this check with critical areas blanked out for security reasons. I also altered the colors of the check, the company who issued it is out of business and I am guessing there is no significant money that is left in their account. So all things considered, I figure its safe to show. As one can see from the date, the issue was two years ago in 2015. I'll get my 2017 payment in a few weeks from a different company.
  15. Do keep us updated if anything happens toward turning this property into a producer.