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Monday, July 11, 2011

California Suction Dredging News

Gold miners celebrate a line-item veto that Governor Brown made in the final State Budget today.
Suction dredge mining in California has been under a temporary moratorium since 2009, when the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) began conducting an Environmental Impact Report on the practice.
In February 2011 the draft report was released, which concludes that suction dredge mining is not deleterious to fish.
But the positive outcome was not anticipated by a handful of Indian tribes and environmental extremists who don't like suction dredging, so they concocted an erroneous $1.8m deficit in the suction dredge program and proposed to Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) that he carry the 'budget cutting' language to the State Budget in a trailer bill. The bill language was written in such a way that the DFG would have been prevented from ever publishing the EIR, thus ending suction dredge mining forever in California.
Miners got word of the last-minute attempt to kill the industry and began contacting Governor Brown and the Legislators who had been supplied with the erroneous information. In three party-line votes, all Democrats voted for the 'budget cut' and all Republicans voted against it. Because the Democrats have majority in both houses, the trailer bill passed and was sent to the Governor for his signature. Fortunately, the bill died there today.
With Governor Brown's veto, the DFG can now publish the EIR findings and resume updating the dredge mining regulations.
However, in a companion attack by the same anti-mining foes, amended moratorium language was inserted in yet another trailer budget bill AB120, which, if enacted, will add five more years to the soon-expiring moratorium which began in 2009.
"It is our hope that Governor Brown will allow the original moratorium to be solved with the EIR scientific findings," states Dunn, "rather than allowing anti-mining foes to keep inventing new criteria for the DFG to chase after, and wasting taxpayers' money while doing so."
If the Governor vetoes the trailer bill language, the nearly immediate consequences to California's economy would be positive: 4,000 miners will be back to work and 15,000 inter-related jobs will be protected, adding much needed revenues to the State's coffers.
The suction dredge gold mining industry generates $23 million annually in California, and supports jobs in more than 14 sectors, including restaurants, hardware stores, gas stations and camping outfitters. "These are real mom and pop businesses that rely on miners every season," says Dunn. They, along with the miners, are hoping for a quick and positive decision by the Governor on AB120.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

California is Considering an Additional 5-year Moratorium on Suction Dredging!

A trailer bill has been quietly approved by the two Budget Committees in the California legislature to impose an additional 5-year moratorium on suction dredging, which includes elimination of the last bit of funding to finish the ongoing (and nearly completed) review of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that supports our regulations. The budget has yet to be voted upon by the full legislature or governor. If passed into law, this would effectively put an end to suction dredging in California for the next 6 seasons or more.
Justification for the moratorium is based upon two arguments: The first is that the annual suction dredge permitting and enforcement program costs California more than the State receives in permit fees. But the Department of Fish & Game (DFG) recently testified in Alameda Superior Court that they take in more permit revenues from suction dredging than the cost of managing our program. So we know this is not true. And what about all of the economic activity that suction dredging generates in California? Recent estimates from DFG place that at $23 million per year before the first moratorium was imposed in 2009.
Besides, if this were really about funding, the State legislature is very experienced at increasing permit fees (this is not an encouragement). It only requires a single legislative session to accomplish that.
This is really about closing down a productive industry in California!

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Gold - the New Frontier - Is it the New Medium of Exchange

With the current economy looking as if it is, more and more, becoming unstable it appears that precious metals, particularly gold, is becoming the new medium of exchange, or at least that of a way to invest. Is gold the new money, and how long will this trend last. With the downward spiraling economy a new resurgence in gold fever has taken shape like the gold rush of 1848. People are flocking towards the finding, and purchasing of gold.
Everywhere you look you can see advertisements for gold, in all forms of media.
Gold, and silver, has quickly become one of the highest searched terms on the Internet.
With this resurgent interest in gold, more and more people are becoming interested in prospecting and metal detecting.
Gold was long popular as a medium of exchange and store of value because it was inert, was convenient to move due to even small amounts of gold having considerable value, had a constant value due to its special physical and chemical properties, and was cherished by men.I'd like to start with a brief history of gold, and it's importance to America. Although, the history of gold predates that of America, I am primarily concerned with it's history and use in America today; the 21st century.
Since the mid 1800's Gold has been a source of exchange. Although most people believe gold was discovered in California in 1848,they would be wrong. The truth is, in 1799, gold was discovered in North Carolina spurring a gold rush there, which led to speculation that there was probably gold in Georgia.
According to legend, a Yankee was bitten by a yellow-jacket when passing through Brindletown, North Carolina, and discovered gold in the walls of the mud-daubed cabin when he hit his hand against it. It started a gold rush in 1828, near Dahlonega, Georgia, preceding the California gold rush by 20 years. Dahlonega became a boom town in the Georgia Gold Rush.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

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7 Fascinating facts about gold – and why they matter

Before we get into why they matters, and actually influence gold prices globally, here are seven interesting facts about gold.

1. There are only 165,000 metric tonnes of gold in existence above ground.
Gold is rare. If every single ounce of this gold were placed next to each other, the resulting cube of pure gold would only measure 20 metres in each direction. This includes all the gold in museums, all the gold in central bank vaults, all the gold jewelry in the world…and every other scrap of gold in existence.
2. The world’s first international gold currency was created in 564 BC.
King Croesus is credited with the issuing the first true gold coins Their uniform gold content allowed ‘Croesids’ to become widely recognised and traded. That said, they were made of electrum, a naturally occurring pale yellow alloy of gold and silver.
But the point here not their purity, but the fact that he took gold and turned it into money. And it has been money ever since.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

5 Reasons Why Gold Will Rise

1. Economy

How many times have you heard the phrase “not since the Great Depression” applied to today's economic climate?
It's fitting, given that the United States has endured the deepest and longest economic correction since the 1930s.
The U.S. manufacturing base has been shipped overseas. The few jobs being created are in the service industry or government sector.
The official unemployment rate hovers near 10%, and 1 out of every 8 Americans is on food stamps. Volatility plagues the stock market.
The 2008 economic implosion gutted real-estate values, sent foreclosures skyrocketing and required a nearly $1 trillion bailout of the
“too big to fail” investment banks. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are under U.S. conservatorship, along with General Motors.
The U.S. government has fallen into a mammoth gulch of multi-trillion-dollar deficits and unfunded liabilities, and it's not going to
emerge from that hole without higher taxes and painful austerity measures. Meanwhile, debt time bombs already are exploding in some of
our biggest cities and states.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

The Coming Depression: Barney Frank: U.S. Government Default Likely

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Buried Treasure......Where To Look

Buried treasure isn't just a pipe dream of treasure hunters........
People bury things every day and forget about them or die. Here are some of the places to start looking: An example of buried treasure?
As a young man I buried 100 ounces of silver under my parents house. There was a crawl space that could be accessed from the basement.
I pulled the plastic back that covered the dirt, and roughly five feet out from the west and south walls dug a hole.
I put my plastic container with it's ten ten-ounce bars of silver into it, covered it up and left it there for years.
Did I tell anyone where it was, or even that I had buried it? Of course not! The point of hiding things is so nobody knows where they are, right? By the way,
I have long since dug the silver up and sold it, and keep my money in the bank now instead of the ground.

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However, what if I had died while I still had this buried treasure under my parents house?
My guess is that it would be at least a couple hundred years before anyone found the silver. there was no reason for anyone to be digging under that part of the house.
There was also no way for anyone to know they should be looking. The obvious question arises: How many people have died and how many die every year without ever telling a soul about their hidden money or buried treasures?  Many. The treasury department estimates that billions in currency alone has "disappeared" in recent years. Where is it all? Here are some of the places to start looking. Places To Find Buried Treasure - Under rocks in highway rest areas. There are many reports of criminals and drug dealers to burying large amounts of cash under rocks in the woods at highway rest areas. Hide the evidence, get sent to jail, and what if he never comes out? Treasure hunting time! - Under the edge of cement slabs. Look for sagging or cracked cement where the ground might have been loosened up. - In old pump houses. People used to hide things in the pump houses, in the ground underneath, and even inside of pipes that connect to nothing. - Caches buried near signs. The point was to have a way to remember where the treasure was buried. - In hotel rooms. Hotel owners report that cheating spouses on business trips hide their rings before going out for the evening, and then forget them. Look under mattresses, on top of light fixtures, and behind pictures. - In rivers, especially next to bridges. Criminals and kids throw things off bridges to hide them quickly. I have seen several bicycles laying in the bottoms of rivers, and I hear that guns are a common find. - Inside old books. This has been a common place to hide money for years. - Inside walls, usually by outlet covers. An outlet cover usually has just one screw to remove, and you might se something by shining a flashlight inside the wall. - Buried under rocks in backyards. The rock is for remembering where the buried treasure is, and backyards are more common because the person is less likely to be seen burying something here. Have you ever hidden anything? Do you have anything hidden now? If you wanted to hide money or other valuables, where would you put it? You can understand how things get buried and forgotten. Now start to think like the person who hides things, and you're ready to search for buried treasure. Article written by Steve Gillman - Posted at www.articlesfactory.com Invest In APMEX Gold Bars Now

6 Good reasons to own gold coins or gold bars

1. Gold is a real, physical asset that you own.
We all like to own assets. Some, like cars, depreciate as soon as we buy them. Others, like property and land generally rise in price although, as we all know, there are downturns in property values from time to time.
But the attraction of any physical asset is that it is real and in your ownership. It is yours and you can touch it.
It’s the same with gold. When you buy a gold coin it is yours and in your possession. It is a physical asset. This physical ownership of gold becomes particularly important in times of dramatic economic reversals.
As an asset, gold is independent of countries, governments, currencies or credit worthiness.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Guide To Successful Gold Hunting / Prospecting Tips

Guide to successful gold hunting, some tips to help gold prospectors find more gold in the field.  Use these commonsense tips and guidance notes to deliver for you, more results when outprospecting.  Preparation is the key.  If you prepare well and keep a positive mental attitude, you are much more likely to become much more successful whilst gold hunting and/or prospecting for gold.  Please read on to find out more.

Friday, May 13, 2011

How To Dig For Fossils and Gemstones

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How to Dig for Fossils and Gemstones

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Digging for your own fossils, gemstones, or other artifacts is fun, educational, and good exercise.


  1. Know where to go to dig for treasure. The United States, for example, is rich in natural resources, but you need to find a place where its permissible to dig.
  2. Contact your area's department of parks, outdoors, nature or recreation. (It should be called something like this. Try a Google search.) They may be able to point you to resources.
  3. Get a permit to dig, but understand you will need to pay for it. In other cases, you may need to pay for what you take (charge is usually by the pound, but it's much cheaper than buying the same stones in a shop!).