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  1. Hi All Fellow Miners (United States and Canada)... This is just a notice of theft of my 2006 Wells Cargo, V-Nosed, 5' x 8', white, single axle, trailer and a lot of new Prospecting/Mining Equipment from a fenced storage lot new Seattle Washington during the Week of April 4, 2016 (approximate). I've attached some pics which also have the trailer serial number and WA license number (7084-ZG). Wells Cargo - 5'x8' - V-nosed Enclosed Trailer New Keene Model 1753H, 3" Dredge/Highbanker Combo (no floats) New Honda 6HP Pump for Keene Dredge New Summit Mining Zig Zag High Banker 2 Pacific Northstar 2" Water Pumps and lots of Custom Hose Earthquake Power Auger and (2) 4' Drill Bits The trailer was full of a lot of other gear... but, this is the major mining equipment. The Police Report is #16-9380 and it is filed with the Bothell, Washington Police Department - 425-487-5550. Please let me know if you see this trailer or someone showing up on a mining claim with exactly this new equipment... I really appreciate your support. Thanks! Jim Karl - jkarl@tumblingdice.biz 425-466-0687 ‚Äč Jim Karl - Stolen Trailer and Mining Equipment 4-18-2016.pdf
  2. Hi Ron, thanks for the tip on the Book... I just ordered it and can't wait to read it before my next outing... much appreciated! Jim .
  3. I'm new to the forum this week... found the Mining Journal through my GPAA membership. Hi everyone! I have acquired a placer gold mine claim in Northern Idaho near the Clearwater River. It is a 10 acre claim on a fast running creek that is about 30 - 50 feet wide up in the mountains. What is the best way for me to get started on a new claim? I'm a beginner and gold prospecting is a new hobby for my wife and I. It's great getting out of town were we can spend some quality time together outside and away from the office. We have a Fisher Gold Bug-2 metal detector, a 3' sluice, a bunch of classifiers, 5 gallon buckets, shovels, a big Apex pick and of course a bunch of gold mining pans. I also recently picked up a Pro-Gold Prospecting Fine Gold Mini Sluice from my local gold prospecting supply store. Should we be digging sampling holes along the shoreline and running concentrate through the sluice to scan over the whole claim first or just start in digging in the stream bed like we have seen on lots of you-tube videos? Also, I've read that placer gold can be found up the ancient hillsides on either side of the creek up to 500' above the current stream level and that we should look there, too. The hillsides are very steep along side the stream on our claim - does it make sense to spend time digging sampling holes up there too? I've learned the value of trying to dig down to bedrock as the gold will setting there and concentrate. How do you know when you have hit bedrock when digging down along the stream-bed? I've been told that bedrock is down about 2 feet and that it is not hard rock... that you can punch a shovel through it pretty easily. Also... I've found that there is a ton of pyrite in the stream... thought it was gold at first - yikes! Is there an easy way other than just panning to try to separate any existing gold from pyrite flakes? Thanks for any tips from you guys with experience - much appreciated and I hope to be able to post lots of our lucky findings here on the forum soon, too! Jim