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    panninghelpTVP was formed September 2001. Our purpose is to provide an environment for both members and visitors to become more knowledgeable about the ecologically safe recovery of gold and gems from our public lands that are open to mineral entry. Also to teach each other about equipment use and methods as well as keeping up with the ever changing mining and prospecting laws.




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General Announcement for April

The April 2015 meeting will be held at the Assistance League of Temecula Valley [ALTV], that is located at 28720 Via Montezuma on the first Saturday of every month, the meeting will be on April the 4th. Starting at 9:00am. until 12:00 pm. The directions are if you are going north on Jefferson Ave. turn left (west), if you are going south on Jefferson Ave. turn right (west) travel about ¼ mile + or _ to the parking lot on your right, everyone is welcome, even the children that will become miners some day, hope to see you at the meeting. All they ask is for the room to be left as we found it, CLEAN AND NEAT also any old items that you would like to donate to the ALTV would be appreciated; they can be dropped off at the TVP meeting or during any day of the week (Except Sunday). We want to thank the ALTV for letting us use their fantastic meeting facility to hold our TVP General Meetings in.

First all we want to thank all the board members and the volunteers that helped out at the Pomona and Mesa Gold and Treasure Shows, helping host the show was work and very good for the club, thanks again to all who volunteered.

Walt Wegner it now the newly elected President of the PLP and we welcome him, and look forward to the PLP continuing their fight for the right’s of all miner’s, and to get suction dredging back in California waters.

Don’t forget members are also welcome to attend the TVP Board Meeting which is held the Thursday before the general meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Tension Envelope Corp. located at 40750 County Center Dr. Temecula Ca. Thanks to Jack Gunderson for having a nice building to hold our Board Meetings, also Jack is retiring soon and we might have to find a new place so if any members know of a place where we can hold our board meetings please let the board know.  

The Board elected Phil Gellentien, Event Director. He will be looking into doing more club events in the area and getting more exposure in local newspapers, which will good for the club. The events that Phil has scheduled are as follows: March 26th-28th, Temecula Valley Family Fair.

  April 11th, Grand Opening of 3rd Grand History Contest.

  April 29th, Nicolas Valley Elementary School.

  May 11th Alamos Elementary School.

  May 17th 18th, Western Days.

  Aug 4th, Gold Panning at Historical Museum for Summer Explorers [Paid: We should have around 12 Students].

There will be sign-up sheets at each General Meeting for each up-coming event and for the membership to sign up and who can volunteer for which ever event they wish to, and have the time off to do so the club appreciates the help.

TVP’s, Web Master, is Phil Gellentien. Phil will be able to help answer any questions that arise with the website, and to help members who are having still having problems getting on the website, and if any member is still having a problem don’t be afraid to ask Phil for help. If He doesn’t have the answer, [I am sure He does], He will get it for you. Also we need your help to up-date our Website Photo Gallery, with any photo’s you have of any trips you may have been on Gold Prospecting, Metal Detecting, or Rock Hounding, please send in your photo’s to get posted on our website. Phil is also working TVP’s website to open on mobile devices, it is coming soon!

In the March Meeting Info. I had a mix-up of the guest speakers. in March was Betty Johnson, they talked about their mining camp outside of Nome Alaska if you missed it very interesting and in April it will be Bill from Mad Mining Supplies He will be talking on Dry washing and demonstrate a new dry washer he has and how it works, this also should be very interesting along with it you might pick up some tips on setting up a dry washer,

The price for the Raffle Tickets is 1 for $1, 6 for $5, and 13 for $10, HELP BY SUPPORTING OUR CLUB.

The Grand Prize was won by Sean Dupnak; He will be able to buy accessories for it, a handle, holster and a set of head phones, from Falcon. With the Falcon detector, it could save you a lot of backbreaking shovel work. I think the next Grand Prize will a Metal Detector.

Have you been out Metal Detecting or Gold Prospecting or Rock and Gem hunting this past month?, Find anything?, Then bring it to the meeting so Doug Balhorn can display them, so all the members can see. All entries will be voted on, and the top in each category will win some GOLD.

We have four Great Raffles each month {not counting the Grand Prize} in which you can participate while attending the meeting; it’s a lot of fun to be included, especially when you win! The best part is how your participation helps support the club.

Door Prize Raffle {Free}: Just by signing in, you are entered into the Door Prize Raffle; we normally have 1 to 4 prizes to give away at each meeting.

The 50/50 Raffle:  This is the easiest raffle of them all…if you win: you split {50/50} all the money collected for the 50/50 raffle with the club. For Example, if $70.00 is collected, then you as the winner get $35 and the club keeps $35 which helps with expenses.

Gold Raffle:  One bag of gold concentrates to work on your panning skills and some nice gold nuggets to show your friends.                                                                               

Table Raffle:  You might think---what am I going to do with a table? But the Table Raffle is an array of items, setting on the table that the winners can choose from. There are typically 10-15 items ranging in value from a few dollars to over a hundred dollars on occasions. The nice thing about the table raffle is that you can see what is there before you purchase your tickets. With our new format, the member with the winning ticket will then reach inside a tub and grab a numbered chip that will correspond with a chip on the item and you have won that item with the corresponding chip by it. Good luck and support our club, and thanks to Don Starr for getting some nice table prizes.

The Table Raffle and other Raffles, also helps the club with their expenses, buying gold for the raffle table and gold for the gold bags used at the club events and for the bags that are for sale at the meetings and to purchase books for the Library. So please help out since there are no membership fees or monthly dues to pay, to be a member of the Temecula Valley Prospectors, all which is asked of you, is to help out and volunteer when you can.

Please do not forget to tell the GPAA when you renew your membership what chapter you belong to so we can get the points, it very IMPORTANT because we use the points to purchase gifts for the Christmas Party at the end of the year.

Be sure to come to the next meeting and ask questions if you have anything concerning the grand prizes. Also ask about the new TVP Claims Guide, and I. D. Cards.

Jack Gunderson is now the new equipment manager. TVP has an assortment of gold mining, and gold processing equipment that can be checked out by the members and tried out before they pay out before their money to buy that piece of equipment and find out they do not like the way it works, all that is asked is the equipment that is borrowed comes back in the same or better shape than when it went out.

Be sure to use the suggestion box, located at the sign-in table, if anyone has ideas to better the club, or different places they would like to go on outings, ideas for grand prizes, raffle table items, please make your suggestions be heard by writing them down and the board to look at and discuss them at the next board meeting.

In the “Suggestion Box” the clubs members can make suggestion of places to go on outings such as metal detecting outings, rock hounding, all of these different things are ?found on our “Finds of the Month” table almost every month and they might be a fun outing, so make some suggestions; these will make our club better.

We are still looking for a Wagon Master, but until we get a permanent Wagon Master, we will still have someone volunteer for each outing.

At our January General Meeting we had several members who volunteered to help out in different positions that need extra help, it was GREATLY appreciated by the club, and I didn’t have all the information until I read the “February Prez. Message” then it was to late to have their names mentioned in the “February Meeting Info.” that was posted on the website, but I will have it done for the “March Meeting Info.” that will be posted on the TVP website, their names are: Shaunde Romaine who is helping out Carol Fuller with Membership, Ray Bratton who is helping out as the claims assistant to Martin Trotter, and to help take care of all the paper works it takes for new and existing claims. Sean Dupnak, our new Sergeant at Arms [which we need at times], and Buffy Shaver who is helping out Phil Gellentien with the website and getting all the emails out to the TVP membership, Dan and Ekio Risch who is helping out Doug Balhorn with the Fines of the Month, which He also does the newsletter, that we have at the monthly General Meeting, thanks to all who volunteer, it makes for a great club. The winners for the fines of the month were Buffy Shaver – Rocks and Gems, Ekio Risch – Gold and Robert Fuller – Metal Detecting.

Be sure and check out the website for the upcoming outings. At the October Board Meeting we put together a list of outings for the next year, they will be posted on the website this month and there will a little bit of history of the outing and hopefully GPS coordinates.

Maybe someone who was on the outing in March to Hauser Geode Beds would like to talk a little bit on their experiences they had going on the outing.

Our next outing is APRIL 18th and 19th 2015  The Dale Mining District Tour.

The GPAA, Gold and Treasure Show, held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in April on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, if you plan to attend, and stay at South Point, and we need volunteers to man the booth, especially if we beside to go and help hoist the show with other clubs during the Gold Show on Sat. and Sun [the Pomona Show and the Mesa Show tuned out great for the club]. we will have sign-up sheets at the sign-in desk both March and April General Meetings. On Friday the 24th, before the Gold and Treasure Show the GPAA usually has a Summit Meeting, where all the Elected Officer’s of the Chapters and those wishing to become more involved with TVP can attend. See Mike Mahr for more info.

To all members who wear a shirt or hat with the club logo on it to the next general meeting, they will be awarded an extra ticket of there choice for the raffles [badges do not count].

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE APRIL MEETING!!!

TVP’s Vice President:

Newell Frayne

Event Schedule

March 27-29 Temecula Valley Family Fair - Need Volunteers
April 11 3rd Grade History Contest - Temecula History Museum
April 25-26 Las Vegas GPAA Gold Show - Need Volunteers
April 29 Nicolas Valley Elementary School
May 16 & 17 Old Town Temecula Western Days - Need Volunteers
August 4 Temecula History Museum - Explorers Gold Panning
September 12 Annual TVP Pond Party
October Corn Maze-Big Horse Ranch-Every Weekend
November Fallback Festival San Diego
 

CHAPTER SUPPORT

Help to keep the, "TEMECULA VALLEY PROSPECTORS" a strong chapter, we ask of you since there are no dues to be a member of Temecula Valley Prospectors, we ask for your help by supporting your club with the purchasing of some raffle tickets, this gives you a chance at winning some nice prizes, and now when you spend $20.00 dollars you will get an extra ticket for a special drawing.
 
We also have a selection of prospecting equipment that can be checked out and used by the members at no charge, rather than spending the money and then finding out it's not what you really wanted.
 
Jeff and Reb Baraglia as Librarians, replacing the Gundersons will be able to help with checking the books out and help finding that special book you are looking for. There are books on Metal Detecting, Rock and Gem hunting and collecting, maps with old ghost town and old gold mines to explore, there are also VHS and CD's on mining tips, and How to Advice, also some of the books show you how to build your own equipment, all you have to do is fill out the card and return the books at the next meeting. So enjoy your TVP library.
 
The money from the purchase of raffle tickets help with the purchase and maintaince of the new claims, our storage facility, purchase of new equipment, insurance for the club, buying books for the library, to maintain our website, buying prizes for the monthly raffles, donations for the refreshments help pay for the next meeting refreshments, also for paying the rent for the building we meet in, and the annual fees we have to pay for our claims.
These are some of the ways to support your club, and to keep it as successful as we can.
 
Buy Raffle Tickets
And
Volunteer

February Club Meeting

The next TVP meeting is February 7th at 9 am at the Assistance League located at 28720 Via Montezuma, Temecula, Ca. Parking is directly in front of the meeting room.

March 21-22
April 18-19

Hauser Geode Beds
Tour Dale Mining District

June Date open(Trinity River Private Claim)
August Big Bear TVP Claim Gold Mountain
October Date open/TVP Claim Big & Little Ken
December 26-30 Quartzite GPAA Flatfoot Claim

THE DRYWASHER

This was put together from reading several articles on dry washing and coming up with
this article on dry washing, hope it is helpful, and good luck.
Some good spots to try dry washing are, where new roads have been cut: you will able
to see the different layers and sample the layers to which might be the best place to dig,
dry washes: are also a good spot to check out because the heavy rains could have moved
a lot of placer gold during the flooding and to drop out in the bends of the wash and even
down to bed rock, old mine dumps: the equipment used was primarily getting the larger
pieces and there could be smaller gold left behind that the dry washer would get, tailing
piles: the same holds true just like mine dumps, gravel deposits: always check them out
they can be a good source of gold, mountain tops: in ancient times these could have been
river beds, slopes: the alluvial fan deposits could be good source of gold, dry lake beds
and buried stream beds: both of these are a good source of gold, where once the streams
carried gold into the lakes before they dried up.
In the early years the prospectors used a method called "winnowing", this was done by
putting the material on a blanket and bouncing it up and down, this would let the light
material blow off and the fine flower gold would get trapped in the blanket fibers. The
dry washers used today there are two types one is the bellows or puffer, or constant air
and the other is electrostatic.
When looking for a good spot to set up your dry washer, it helps to do some sampling
instead of digging in an area that might not produce gold, you can dry pan, classify
material to 1/8 minus use the same technique as wet panning, shake pan back and forth
to settle the heavy's, pick out large rocks [inspect them before discarding, might have
gold], bounce the material down to one side and lightly blow off the light material. If you
do a lot of sampling it is good idea to bag samples and mark location for a return trip.
Take the samples back to camp and wet pan them out. Use a metal detector to help locate
a possible good area to dig, or even a pair of dowsing rods the more help you have the
better the gold could be.
But there is one important thing to do before running the material and that is to check the
moisture of the material, if you can take a handful of material and squeeze it and it pack
into a clump, it is a good idea to be dried out before running thru the dry washer, spread
material on a trap and keep moving it around to let the sun dry it. There is a formula you
can use to find the moisture content, but the trap method is easier.
After you have determined where the mother load is, the material you plan to run works
better if classified down to 1/4 minus this will keep large rocks from possibly knocking
out gold, when running the material check the riffles to see if there is a lot of black sand
building up and clogging up the dead air space behind the riffles.
There are also hazards that come with dry washing in the desert areas, abandon mine
shafts and drift tunnels, heat in the summer months. Dry washing can be exhausting work
so pace yourself stay hydrated, use dust masks to prevent breathing silica dust, try to set
up your dry washer so wind blows the dust away from you, have spare parts for your dry
washer, your vehicle should be in good running order, plenty of gas, water, oil, tools you
may need if there is a problem, if staying overnight all your camping equipment, food,
water, first aid kit, if you have GPS that can help from possibly getting lost in the desert,
maps, the list could go on and on, just be prepared.
When dry washing in desert areas you may run into a material called "caliche" it is hard
packed clay or gravel sometimes called "false bed rock" sometimes the gold can settle
on top of it, sometimes the gold can be trapped below in the bed rock, or on other caliche
layers based on the amount of erosion of the base material over the years of running
water and rain in the area, you can also look for rounded rocks on a hillside, this could
have been the water level of ancient rivers. Beaches on the west coast with a lot of heavy
black sand deposits could mean there is gold below, like in CA. OR., WA, and AK.
Where ever you go I hope you have good luck in finding gold dry washing.
 



SLUICE BOXES AND THEIR SETUP

In the Gold Rush of 49, the "long- tom" and sluice combination was used by the miners and was the predecessor to the modern day sluice box, at first the "long- tom" and sluice was used to process the slurry from the use of the hydraulic monitor; the monitor was supplied by water brought to it through a flume, which was built far above the area where the miners were going to work, it was no more than a 3 sided trough made of wooden planks that carried the water down to a canvas hose, which later they used a crinoline covered canvas which reinforced the canvas, and later on it changed to a pipe which decreased in size along it's run to the monitor, this produce more pressure at the monitor nozzle, which could up to 200 lbs per square inch, the water at high pressure was used to erode the hills side bench gravels away, and run the gravel slurry down the "long-tom" to the sluice boxes at the end, at the end of the "long-tom" there was a perforated plate that would catch the large material and it was removed by the miners, and the fine material went to the sluice box's, the early sluice box's used poles that either ran vertical with the run of the sluice or horizontal across the sluice, or zig-zag blocks were used in the sluice and even a bed of stones to catch the gold, like it would in the river bottom, they also used a rocker box this was a two man operation, the hydraulic type of mining was soon banned around 1884, the farmers and ranchers went to the government in Sacramento, for help to stop the flooding and all the sediment from the use of the monitors coming down the stream, which ruined the farm land and pastures, later this was overturned, if the miners were to build structures which would catch the sediment and stop the flooding, but this didn't work so the ban stayed in effect.
 
The set up the sluice is important, you have to have enough drop from inlet to outlet of the sluice to move the material through it usually 1 inch per 1 foot of length, and level from side to side. Do some sampling of the area before choose a spot you want to set up your sluice, and an area you want to dig in, preferable close to the stream; it's nice not to have to carry material too far, the stream you set up in may not have enough water flow, you can increase this by directing the water to the sluice, by using a wig dam [rocks that are directed towards the sluice in a V pattern from the inlet end] , or pile rocks upstream to dam the water up to help the flow of water directed towards the sluice, also sometimes called an elevator / dam. When you think you have got every thing set up try a few rocks ¾ to 1 inch placed in the inlet of the sluice and see if they wash through, if they do you are probably ok to run your material, you can also try a few small pieces of lead shot to see where most of them get trapped in the riffles. It is also a good idea to anchor your sluice, using a flat rock on top of it to keep it from floating down stream, since most of the new ones today are made of aluminum, or some other light weight material. When running material through the sluice there are two thoughts on it, 1st is to classify the material down to ¼ inch minus, this will eliminate any larger material going through your sluice and knocking the gold out of the riffles, shovel enough fine material in and have it wash through and wash all the light material off, before the next shovel, so as not to clog up the riffles or have the gold wash out past the riffles and not being caught behind them. The second is to use a perforated plate insert above the riffles which will let the fine material drop through it and the larger material will go on through, either way is ok it just depends how much material you want to run or how quick you want to run it, slower is some times better, After running your sluice for awhile check the outlet end and see if there is a build up of material, if there is clear it away this could effect the flow through your sluice, also check the riffles to see if is a lot of material behind them, this is called "packed up", you could be losing gold, if there is you may need to increase the flow, the material should be in a swirling motion behind the riffle, and the heavy gold will drop in behind the riffle, if there is no material behind the riffles, you may need to decrease the flow of water through the sluice, this is called "boiling", if material builds up on one side and not the other, you may need to level your sluice from side to side, at the end of your run time it's time to clean up, pick the sluice straight up level and slow as not to let the water rush out the end you could lose some gold, clean everything up into a 5 gal. bucket, and pan your concentrate, and hope you have a lot of gold in your pan.
 

 

METAL DETECTING

Right outside your front door and in your community is a source of wealth and money. Our local Parks
are close to you and will give up their treasures with a little bit of work and persistence. All that is
required is a Metal Detector, a trowel, and maybe a pin pointer, which does not have to be expensive to
do the job. The metal detector price ranges from $100.to $1,500. And all will work to find treasures in
the parks.
 
On most occasions we use $100. Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors and found many coins to include
pennies, dimes, and quarters. When detecting, go around fire pits, benches and especially on sides of
slopes between the trees. Most coins are found at 2 to 4 inch depth and will require some digging to
locate. Always check again because we find 2 or more coins together in a lot of locations. We used
pin pointers to locate the targets faster which gave us more time to search for more items like jewelry,
kids toys, along with dangerous items that can hurt lids, like pins and razor blades. Keep parks clean
by picking up after those who are lazy and litter our parks. Talk to parents while you are at the parks
and inform them of the dangers that you find. This will give you a good name with them and will be
appreciated. Once you have found a new Park and find coins at the 3 to 4 inch levels go to a new park
and search it. This Park will be there when you run out of places to go in the future.
 
Remember, the Park does not have to be large to find treasures and do not forget the slopes where
people sit to watch sports games as they are full of targets that have fallen out of pocket
 

 

Metal Detecting Stories-1

My best finds are in the small parks that are Not centrally located in the cities. There is always
a lot of pressure at the larger parks because the average treasure hunter thinks there is more
lost items in these parks because of the crowds of people. Younger children are our best
supplier of pennies, nickels, dimes, & quarters along with small chains and rings. Items fall out
of pockets and other items break off while playing hard on the park equipment. Mom is our
next best supplier by losing coins out of the pocket, while reaching for a Kleenex for the child.
Look on grass mounds and ledges where people might sit. Remember if you locate a target 2
inches from a concrete ledge (at 6 to 8 inches down) leave it as the target is usually a rebar.
 
I set my detector for 2 to 6 inches as anything deeper is not worth spending your time on and
deeper is not worth spending your extra time on. The metal detector will let you know not to
dig up the pull tab you just got a beep from if it is set for shallow depth.
 
When selecting a park, try to find the most children's equipment park and sports parks are
great places to search. Spend your time on where people would sit and not on the fields as
most people wear uniforms with nothing in their pockets and the grass is cut short so if they
lose a ring or chain it can usually be found quickly. Check the areas with thicker grass.
 
Try not to go out to parks to detect in a group. The park service personnel will usually leave
you and your spouse alone where 4 or 5 people will draw attention and you may be asked to
leave. Always report dangerous items you find the authorities. I take a camera with me to
take pictures of where I found dangerous items. When I find pennies that are around 3 inches
deep, all encrusted with Black corrosion, I have found the "Mother Lode" as this means no one
has been there detecting before me, so I make several trips back to that same park, and it has
never let me down.
 
In my future Metal Detecting stories, I will address looking for Cache's and exploring trails in
Southern California, then Beaches which are near and dear to our hearts. Good luck and bring
home the Gold & Silver.
 

 

Metal Detecting Stories-2

I like to combine trips when Metal Detecting In California, because of the versatile amount of
things to do in the State. My wife and I will spend the morning panning for Gold and spend
the afternoon searching trails and along streams for items the old miners lost and even the
current miners also have lost. You will not believe what people lose out in the desert and in the
Mountains.
 
One occasion we spent the morning looking for that elusive gold that we know is in the ground
but just can't seem to locate. I will admit, I have found sand size gold nearly every time we go
out, but I am always thinking about what I might be missing out on by not passing that magic
wand (Metal Detector) over the grounds and in water in the streams. I have found many
unique items along the stream banks in 3 inches of water. Old pocket knives, old tin cups, and
old spoons. Nearly all Metal Detectors now days have water proof coils. Just remember, you
have to adjust the discriminator and my trick is drill a small hole in a penny and tie a wire to
it and strap it to the lace on your boot or shoe. With your feet in the water, pass the metal
detector 3 inches above it and adjust the detector to beep at the proper level. When you are
finished and out of the water, wipe off the coil and pass the metal detector over the coin again
and adjust for out of the water. This coin keeps me from having to bend over all the time and
pick up the coins. We finished off the afternoon walking up a trail that was once a stage line.
There are many old trails in California that pack trains and stage coaches used to transport
supplies and equipment to the miners. I found the public library has old books on these trails
in your area. Because they are in old books, you can not check them out but they have a copy
machine to make copies of these map locations without taking the book out of the library.
 
Sue started down the two lane trail and found pieces of Iron springs from early stage coaches
and old nuts and bolts. They are neat to find because they were made different from today's
type. We also found old coins around the horse trough at rest stop stations. There were a lot
of large old trees and rocks around the water well so we made extra passes around these areas
and just like in the treasure books, we found a cache. It had money and survival supplies in
it. The excitement of finding a box under a special large tree and in front of a boulder always
comes back when telling friends and others about your find.
 
Most stage coach trails have bullet casings on them and once you find spent brass you will
find lead around the fallen trees, so expect to hear that distinctive beep. Pick up and carry out
any brass so people who come after don't encounter the same disappointment. Look for odd
shaped trees and try to picture what they would have looked like 40 or more years ago and
spend a little more time around them with your search coil. I am a believer in having 2 size
coils. A smaller coil for desert, mountains, and streams, and a larger one for Beaches, lots, and
parks. You can buy extra used and new coils from e-bay, or your local dealers or ask members
of your local Prospector Association, they are always willing to help you out.
 
Remember, it is easier to go Metal Detecting during week days as there are less people in the
field and easier parking. Sunday afternoon and Monday Holiday afternoons are good times to
get out. Good luck and bring home the Gold & Silver.
 

 

To all members and guests Temecula Valley Prospectors will be serving a Pancake and Bacon breakfast at the April 4th meeting at our new location the Assistance league located at 28720 Via Montezuma Temecula. If anyone is interested in helping please contact Mike at 760-473-8456. I’m sure our refreshment chairperson Linda H. can always find a job for you.

Upon leaving Mesa, AZ And the GPAA Gold Show, Rosalie and I traveled to Prescott, AZ and met up with several friends, one in particular, Wes Devore a long time friend of mine from the early 60’s, was and still is a gold prospector. Wes built his own dredges, hovercraft for Chicken Alaska and now built and owns a huge dredge in Nome. I have a video he gave me on his adventure in dredging in Alaska that I will share with the club as soon as we have an open month with no guest speaker.

I want to thank David Lees for the fantastic Geode outing at the Houser beds on the 21st-22nd. I hope all 32 who made the trip enjoyed the hunt, the food and comrade. I was able to stay over night and work on Sunday and with the help of Sean D. we found the largest geode along with several small ones, They will be on display at the meeting.

Well the BLM is at it again, trying to take away our rights to use PUBLIC lands this time the Cleveland National forest. They want to deny us access to lands that we pay taxes to maintain and pay the salaries of the USFS. I have sent a letter and requested several others to do the same. Hopefully this will have some effect? If any member has the time and inclination to become involved with the issues regarding our mining and public land rights and report to the club PLEASE step forward, Marti and I can use the help.

Don’t forget we are going to the Dale Mining District for a guided tour of the area on April the 18th.  Take Interstate 10 to Hwy 62 turn off (just before Palm Springs) continue to 29 Palms, when you arrive at the stop light (Hwy 62 & Adobe Ave) continue East for 1.1 mile to North Star Ave and turn Right. We will meet at the 1st house on your left 6591 North Star. Maps and directions will be handed out at the meeting on the 4th of April. (Bring water and food)

Temecula Valley Prospectors will be at the Temecula Valley Family Fair at Lake Skinner on the 27th-29th stop by the booth. Our guest speaker this month is Bill Samarin from Mad Mining.

See You All at the Meeting,

Mike

TVP President

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