Black Opals: Where did you dig them?
Perfect question asked of Julie Squires at High Tech Automotive in Great Falls. She said she dug them in Nevada. Hmm...I want to do that. With a quick search of the internet there are sites there that have it set up so one can mine them yourself.
It's never too late to set your calendar for next year. A trip to northern Nevada would be perfect for Memorial Day weekend or Labor Day when there is a three day openness.
Her issue today was where to store them or what to do with them now. Organization of your rocks is a big issue with women who like rocks. Many are still in my car and kids entering it admire them. They are like scenes of mystery and interest. I bet this is a much better trip than hitting up Spencer, Idaho. Check out this website for further information. http://nevada-outback-gems.com/Rockhound/Nevada_opal_virgin.htm
Celebrate with Rocks
Bought a bag of rocks as a gift for two kids turning 7 & 8 today and it was a hot item at the birthday party. The cupcakes got ditched, the prizes to win, and the other gift openings were dashed. The two just wanted to check out their beautiful earth bounty and TRADE!! Rocks are a marketable means for kids to trade up and get something new and they know it. Rocks are show stoppers and party surprises.
But what about big boys who have enough toys and it's their birthday? Hmm..Top O Deep has some choices for you. Do you want a tub of nuggets and fine gold so it can be panned or do you want the nuggets in a container was asked. Shipment comes in just days, and you have real gold to give as a birthday gift for a grown man. Who doesn't want to find their own gold in their home? Check the details down below; you will be glad you did!!
Avoirdupois? What does that have to do with Troy?
We are talking how to weigh your precious metals such as gold or silver. The system was developed centuries ago and can be complicated due to the conversion from one system to the next. The importance of the troy ounce cannot be understated because it provides you with an extra factor for purchasing power. While the system may seem overly complicated, there is good reason for it. The troy ounce was implemented to ensure there were standards in place for certain goods, including Precious Metals. There are few examples where the avoirdupois system takes precedence over the troy ounce.
Would you like to know more about this system? Check out this website for expanding your knowledge base. It will help you when selling your gold. https://www.apmex.com/education/history/what-is-a-troy-ounce
If you think looking for rocks is a waste of time or not worth your time, think again.
Here is a pink diamond going on the chopping block for an estimated 50 million. OH, MY, just to have a tenth of that proceeds would be fabulous, but someone had to find this one in the ground and bring it up to the jeweler. You could have been the one; it takes determination and focus to go out and get those stones in the ground all over the world. Read about this one: https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/lifestyle/extremely-rare-pink-diamond-could-fetch-up-to-dollar50-million/vi-BBPCLpN
Mining Rights Turmoil: Expect to Fight for Your Mining Rights
In the newspapers across Montana was the article about Arnold Bakie who finally won his 10-year battle with big mining companies to the tune of $2.6 million dollar settlement, just to lose his battle with life 2 days later.
But some points in the articles about this story are things one learn after consulting for a time with mining rights activists in Montana. You learn very quickly there are conniving, deceitful behaviors when it comes to the minerals in the land. Big mining companies see the silver, copper or whatever as their right to access over the common man. But with determination, one can prevail, and in this case the family will benefit down the road.
The big mistake that is made is the fact that some organizations such as the USFS or mining companies, in this case, want to determine how far below the ground a claim can go. A prospecting claim goes all the way to China, if need be. It is owned by the prospector with the claim, channeling through it sideways doesn't make it legitimate.
In this case, it meant huge sums of money to Manatore and its various subsidiaries or connections. It was worth $8 billion to them in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness. The company wanted to tunnel through his claim, which they had no right to do and he won. He fought them and won!! He made mining history for us all. He set a precedence by fighting for his rights. I honor him and his family. The little guy can win because there are prospecting rights that go with governmental claims in forest land.
May Arnold get a spot in heaven to help shine down upon us prospectors who want to stand our ground. We need all the help we can get when it comes to greed and the heavy hand of mining interests especially from out of this country. Read more: https://apnews.com/a53bd8864e884b47920477ba88f32b2d
The Energy of Gold
Ever ask yourself, "Why is the search for gold to possess so compelling?" Outside of financial gain, might there be something to the attraction of this mineral to the human body? Maybe... there is a reason for the search, the lust, or the compunction.
This website has some interesting facts, figures, and ideas as to just why and how we as a culture developed this connection. Educating ourselves about the impact minerals have beyond the money might be a profitable endeavor.
Learn more here and develop your knowledge about gold: http://www.goldgold.com/gold-and-how-it-affects-the-body.html
Rocks Heal the Weary
In Great Falls there is a rock shop called Stix N' Stones that is open on First Friday Art Walks at the Columbus Center. Mark Amundson, the owner travels all over the US in search of rocks and has done so for many decades.
He has a huge supply of all kinds of stones freshly tumbled too. These are agates right from the center of a tree limb. He can tell you lots of history of the rocks and make you jewelry out of his dandy finds. His search of rocks has helped him recover from PTSD from Vietnam. November 2nd from 5-9 see his collection and creations from rocks.
Gold in Quartz: The Saga of Hot Metal Rushing Through the Cracks
Now, just how are you going to get that gold off of that piece of quartz? And furthermore, where might you find such a dandy collector piece? I wouldn't want to think of destroying this natural beauty because it is such a one of a kind. Lust for the shiny isn't always the best if you need to bypass the creations of the divine.
Collectors might find this combination of metals and rocks interesting as to how it was formed. But I would imagine that crushing would be one of the first techniques used. How all our earth rolled around as it was forming and cooling.
What's this Rock?
Asked a gal at a garage sale, "Do you have any rocks for sale?" She toured me around her yard and showed me what her husband, Fred Burrows, had bought at an auction and brought home.
First, she showed off this red heap and said, "Do you think is slag?" Hmmm.... What's up with the additional white pieces embedded?
Around the corner she showed me a "duck head" which was certainly aptly called, but when I turned it over, I asked, "Are you sure this isn't a dinosaur bone? I would have it examined because it just might be. I would take it to the Dinosaur Museum in Bynum, Montana and they could tell you for sure." People have common rocks that are key curious items. More always to know. Paxton Tutor was sure Mr. Red was slag and explained, but looked like obsidian gone red.
Rock Hounding on the City Streets
While on a lunch break from the Woodcarvers Finishing Party we decided to hit a garage sale in Great Falls. While shopping Paxton Tutor gazed down in the yard among all the items for sale and spotted this dandy choked full of crystals. It was better than anything she had in her sale.
Soon more rocks were discovered and the home owner knew where each and everyone came from. Mine is from Pioneer Mountains near Crystal Park. But this is true, rock-hounders pack their rocks home, put them in their yard just like the guy in Billings, and they are there for their beauty or to buy when they are making a mad dash out of town.
One of the hottest and best places to search for fossilized fish, even those fossilized while eating another, means a trek to Kemmerer, Wyoming. It is only so long you can hear about digging these thin slabs of rock with history embedded in it without making a time to go do it yourself.
Given enough time to put it on your calendar for next year, one can be sure to hit up the quarries that have a variety of arrangements for digging.
Even though it might be easy to just go buy one, it is not the same as getting your own. Consider the search for fossilized fish on your outing for next year. Just too cool.
The Source of Our Money in Fort Knox
Lots of descriptions of how gold is formed were presented in Butte. The graphics, which some presenter called "cartoons" (oh no you don't!!) means you have a description of the changing of the earth's crust forming pockets where that shiny stuff breeds (pardon the description).
That yellow stuff rushes into peculiar places as the earth cools and a University of Montana geologist describes it perfectly here: http://www.umt.edu/this-is-montana/columns/stories/montana-gold.php
Did you know that Montana has a volcano and we are sitting on it? That's one thing learned at the symposium in Butte, Montana recently. The descriptions of it is provided with this statement The last time the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted was 640,000+ years ago. The Yellowstone eruption area collapsed upon itself, creating a sunken giant crater or caldera 1,500 square miles in area. The magmatic heat powering that eruption (and two others, dating back 2.1 million years) still powers the park’s famous geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pots.
Here's an interesting site that says more: https://www.yellowstonepark.com/things-to-do/yellowstone-supervolcano
At the gathering of rock and mineral hounds, there was an Idaho rock trader who had gone to the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show 46 times in his life. With such jaunts, one begins to know the vendors and their benefits.
One of those vendors offered to take a group of 8 people to Morocco, take a list of rocks sought after and make sure there would be trips to dig for those stones in the 10 days for $1000 out of Arizona. Sounds like a deal; more to come.
4th Annual Montana Bureau of Mining and Geology Symposium...So Worth It!!
Even though Saturday morning's mine tour got ditched due to the heavy snowfall, the three days prior made the trek so valuable and the outpouring of the conglemerate of information so all consuming for the geological brain.
Stimulating talks and presentations with brushing shoulders with people coming from all points of interests filled the mining bill of learning and growing by association.
Never knew there were so many mines in the state of Montana; got some put on the list for exploration next season. Just gotta wanna get out and see them.
But the history of how Montana was formed with the volcanic eruptions were at the basis of all the studies and examinations of the terrain often time with much done via drilling and core samples as one couldn't see much from up above or topical. Explanations of how the land was formed was full of supposition and possibilities.
Got ideas for some presentations for next year to pique the curious and intellectual mind.
Know Your Rocks!!
Don't be like a family in Michigan and use a 100K meteorite as a door stop! Explore, learn, and hear about the value of rocks by attending a symposium in Butte, Montana October 10-13 and learn about rocks everywhere. So, now that it is over, you can still search out the dandies at the Montana Bureau of Mining and Geology Museum. Lots to see.
You will not only see rocks from around these parts, but there are. African rocks that are gorgeous and unique. On display is the huge gold nugget taken right out of the ground in Butte. Check out what the news is on the meteorite, however, right here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-rock-used-as-a-doorstop-for-the-past-30-years-turns-out-to-be-a-meteorite-valued-at-dollar100k/ar-BBNXE3R?li=BBnb7Kz
Prospectors Take Another Giant Step in Montana!!
We just have the best governor ever!! He is always on the outlook for the needs of a wide variety of people and interests. He recently formed a stewardship of forest lands which is a key statesman step towards protecting the interests of as many as possible for use of our forests in Montana. You couldn't ask for a more insightful man with solid leadership qualities than Governor Steve Bullock.
What this means to the prospector is there will be a statewide governmental format that our voices of needs for mineral search and responsible opportunity will be heard. With all that governmental contact we had with the Governor's office this year representing the prospector did something to the psyche of governmental views. When the Governor's policy advisor, Patrick Holmes was addresses with, "Certainly the State of Montana has some management over their forests and influence with the USFS!" It's true! With this forum the Governor is not just leaving the management of Montana's forests and their use up to the federal government he is taking steps to ensure there is a cooperative approach, not just a power play dominant, intimidating role with the citizens of Montana like that which exists with the USFS administration regarding the prospector. Cudos to the Governor of Montana!! He makes opportunity happen. We are not like Kentucky where prospectors can't even prospect on USFS land, thank heaven!
Seven Rivers in Montana that are Full of Gold
If and when you get the itch to ditch a prospecting club and strike out on your own, to make a plan of an independent venture, look no further than government land on any of the seven rivers listed on this web site. You can set up shop, go to work with your sluice or gold pan, and/or bring home gravel to work; either way, the possibilities is unlimited because "gold is always being unearthed every day in the world." Is the lucky number 7? http://raregoldnuggets.com/?p=4564
Hear or See Where People are Finding Gold; Want to Know More So You Can Stake a Claim Nearby....
Here's how you do it. Call up Peggy Delaney at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. She looks up on her computer all the details of the area that you think might have gold on the land. She gives you the exact location with the township, range and section so you can find it physically.
Then you can go to the Montana Cadastral and look up two views of the land so you know what you are looking at in several different directions. You can get the entire details on any site or claim if you want to. She ID's whether the nearby land is USFS or BLM so you know who to go to for more information. Peggy is such a great resource of all information about claims and mining site and more. The best!! She is the Program Leader in the Mining Archives and her email is MDelaney@mtech.edu or find her on www.mbmg.mtech.edu Public information is handy!!
Ever go out looking for rocks in the riverbed or on the shore somewhere? A guy did that with an ultraviolet light at night and discovered a whole new kind of glowing rock in Michigan. Now the scientists want to study them. The one who discovered them first had to make up a name for the rocks, and then he started selling them on the internet.
Just think of what you might find with such discoveries in Montana? Lots of things always to be found in our land with totally new ideas. Rocks are just the best. But he started out in the dark to search for rocks. Would you? Good idea.
Check out the new discovery details. Totally interesting. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/man-discovers-glowing-rocks-called-yooperlite/ar-BBN1vAN?li=BBnbcA1
Get Gold Without Leaving Town
Want to sit at home, make a call, and order your gold without leaving town? You can do that right here in the state of Montana by making a call to Top O Deep, a company out of Ronana that sells their gold from their claim in the Garnet Mountains or from miners in Washington or Alaska.
Either way you look at it, you can get a $15 dollar bag of pay dirt with plenty of gold in it, have Ralph put in a $25 gold nugget and voila, you have a great birthday, anniversary, or holiday gift of the perfect nature. Just call 1-406-676-3503 and have him send you some for your stash of finds. They are at 37185 Little Marten Rd, in Ronan, Mt 59864. You will be happy to hold your gold in your hand.
Bannack, Montana Brings in the Crowds
Our state park devoted to how it was "way back when" is a draw for family and friends to get a load of history. Bannack State Park rings in the votes for recreation of time gone by with storytelling, examples, historical vignettes, and questioning techniques along with gold panning in the streets from pay dirt provided by local mining groups.
One question was, "Just what did they do with the bodies of guys the vigilantes hung?" The speculation was curious from the crowds of tourists, but the use of scare tactics abounded.
Self-guided tours worked along with guided, on the clock ones did too. But the opportunity by the US Forest Service personnel of family gold panning along with the stories of electrical dredging in the creek when no one else had electricity was astounding. Such a worthy mid-day, mid-holiday experience for many. Put it on your list. This web page is full of information from here and the trip; almost on every page eventually.
Smokey the Bear: Hear This!!
The first line of your letter says you are a dirty BOOGER!!! No if's, and's or BUTTs about it.
Here's why: It's your job to provide access to prospector's claims in the forest. You were told that when the government couldn't afford roads into the woods and the country needed development. So prospectors built them long before you were born and when you came around you played King of the Hill and close roads and play games of the claim holders. Bad boys.
Here's just some of your many unsavory tactics: You make the prospecting club build their own culvert and bridge which is your job. Then you dictate who is at the meeting, excluding women. Then say you are going to deliver a POO Plan 2 1/2 years later, not following your rules of 15 day return notice, keep a reclamation bond for years and stopped mining operations for that long, use your position to negotiate your job to be done by someone else and various, other unsavory lies and mismanagement. Why are you allowed to do this? Stomping on prospecting rights of access all over the place is not in your job description, but you do it anyhow, because of power hungry tactics. Redirection is overdue!!
The Forest Service Shuffle: Let's Dance
Isn't there a term for heads rollin? Start documenting the power hungry levels or inefficient bureaucratic bs and all of sudden things happen. Last year the United States Forest Service was dictating, "We're taking away your access to your claim (and we don't have to follow any rules!)
Oops this year, with meetings with state level and national level advisors we have our access back, a 3 year stall on a Plan of Operation signed (too late for this season, due 3 years ago) but the USFS gets: a "Men's Club", the ability to write their supervisor's letters, distribution of lies and promises, the opportunity to kick the woman under the bus, and make the prospectors provide the Forest Service's job of putting in access, all so they can negotiate instead of dictate.
Now the supervisor Bill Avey is moved out of the district, a woman is brought in temporarily, and change happens. Trouble is the perpetrator is still there. The prospecting claim holders made some movement up the food chain; it matters not who is eaten in the process by the Forest Service.
The Office of Civil Rights in Washington DC is very helpful. They ask questions, give you answers, send you forms to fill out for violations of your civil rights and want to know details. Then they explain the process of how they handle the reports with each step. The Lincoln Forest Ranger didn't sound too good to them. Using his office to discriminate against women. That's a NO No. Had a 120 days to report it; did it in one. A comment given: with all the jockeying of employees, it almost sounds like ADMISSION OF GUILT!
Harassment of the Prospector
Memorial Day in Zortman, Montana, the Yellowstone Prospecting Group can dig up the creekbed and make giant piles of rock and gravel in the middle of the road blocking it and BLM accepts, "We are working as fast as we can!"
The Libby prospectors can dig out the hillside, work and block long areas with multiple trommels and water hoses everywhere with USFS approval.
But the Lincoln District Forest Service will not allow the Blackfoot River Chapter of GPAA to do their simple plan of digging a hole for gravel for club members for two years now without any repreive in sight. The giant disparity is excruciatingly horrendous proving there are no limits to the extent of power the giant bullying by the USFS goes. We have to suffer at the hands of a federal agency that has been allowed to go too far and too long with the citizens of Montana who are stakeholders here. Where is the balance, leadership, and fairness for the prospector? Then they keep your bond money for years after the reclamation is completed satisfactorily and won't return it to the club, but rather put stipulations to it about going to an individual, not a group? Logic gone, only power remains. More to add: The USFS told our prospecting group point blank they didn't have to follow the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act. Here's a quote right from their prospecting handout that states otherwise: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. I think I will write a complaint about the Ranger in Lincoln District Michael Stansberry for what he said.
Another note to add to the complaint to the Office of Civil Rights: Apparently Michael Stansberry, the ranger out of Lincoln, Montana thinks he is above the law AGAIN!!!! He stipulated he would only meet with the men of the club, exclude the representative woman, and thinks that is appropriate. Get this Michael Stansberry: That is discrimination and your terms of employment prohibit that. Apparently you don't know what you are doing and think you are above the law!! This dude needs to lose his job or get some serious training exercises. I know: he's been in the woods too long. He's got that Lincoln, Cabin Fever!! He needs a change.
Respecting the Rights of the Prospector
The Helena District of the USFS is conducting public meetings about the proposed use of the forest land all over. It appears that their intent is to use a majority of votes for the use of land with designation of various levels of use without the inclusion of the rights of claim holders in the areas. Each claim has the mineral rights to all the land below the surface.
Last year at the annual symposium in Butte the Montana Bureau of Mining and Geology had presentations of a two year process where the staff had visited all 8000 claims and determined if they were active or viable. They have current records of all across our state. If the USFS doesn't include the information from this Bureau developed in 1910. they are excluding the rights of the prospector of accessing their claims. This means the government agency is above the law and thinks they don't have to follow it. Closing off roads, and wilderness areas with active claims is illegal because the prospector has a right to access their claims whether the USFS thinks they have a territorial determination or not. Without the knowledge of what is recorded in the Bureau, proceedings are not being conducted properly. Viable information is being excluded. And decisions are being made without complete knowledge of ownership of what.
Gemstones Found on this Website:
Two years of traveling around the state of Montana exploring places to prospect for gems, fossils, specialty rocks, and gold then returning to write up the experience for you to see and learn from is an invaluable assest for you to access from your computer at home.
If you click on Treasure Hunting Year 1 Treasure Hunting Year 1 and Treasure Hunting Year 2 Treasure Hunting Year 2, click on the gold button, it will open you up to descriptions of what you might find on each site. This "trippin'" occured from the middle of May through the end of September for both years. That is a wealth of information with many excursions for your perusal. The array is far better than you can find in a book, because it is provable, true and direct. Check these links to make your summer time plans. With preplanning and exposure to your potential sites, better experiences are gained.
If the USFS decides they are going to close the road to your claim, one point to make in your rebuttal to their demands is that access has been there for a long time and the club or claim owner expect that access to continue, especially if there is no inclusion in the decision. Notification is key.
If the USFS claims ownership of any of your mining claim such as moving your tailings or making changes to your claim, know that if there has been meetings with the fire district or for water issues, if they haven't notified the mining interest in their decisions, they are in violation of procedures of fairness in operations.
Just click the orange links to learn more about all these sites.
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