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Exciting Things Ahead

Posted by Delta Gold Diggers on June 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Well by now you've all heard that dredgeing has once again been put off for another year as the issues are still being mulled over in court..... But that dosn't mean mining has come to a halt! We are still seeing lots of people entering our fun Profession and finding Gold! Our Meetings are almost out growing our meeting place at the Eagles Hall. And thats good news! With all the new comers its giving us more resources to educate the populace and help preserve our rich mining heritage.

July is apon us and this month we have the Mother Lode Fair July 10th thru the 13th , We will have a 20 foot booth where we will teach people how to pan Real Gold and we will be educating the public on the trash that Miners recover from our Riparian Habitat and Water Ways Keeping our environment clean and usable and a safer place to be. Of cource we will also be promoteing our up coming Gold & Outdoor Festival August 23rd and 24th!   

Be sure to sign up to help if you can and make sure your family and freinds attend!

Well , I'll see you at the meeting!

 

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Delta Gold Diggers on December 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and I hope all is well in your household! It's been a fun year and all though it's drawing to an end, I've enjoyed every minute of it and am looking forward to the coming year ! Thank you Everyone for making this year Fantastic!

Next year will be even bigger, as we have a lot going on. First and foremost we are hosting the GPAA Gold Show this year August 23 & 24 2014 so we will need everyone on board, as it will be our biggest fund raiser yet and will help us maintain our existing claims and maybe even add a new one or two? There will be a lot of outings this coming year and many will be over nighters :) so I hope your ready!!

We have Elections coming up in March, so we need to start nominating our new leaders and stepping up if you'd like to participate in one of our biggest and funniest years yet~!

We also will need to step up to the challenges that face mining as we know it today and become an even bigger supporter of PLP and all those who are standing up and protecting Our Right to Mine! its very important that we continue to stand behind the people who are taking on those Legal Challenges that threaten mining today, They need all the help they can get to keep us in the water!

So Smile, Have Fun, And Find Some Gold! May this coming year be Your Best yet!

Moving through July!

Posted by Delta Gold Diggers on July 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who came out and visited us! From what I'm hearing, everyone had a good time and those who brought stuff to sell went home a little lighter then when they arrived But then some of us just went home with different equipment! All in All I think everyone had fun! We did make the TV as you can see here http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/9115328-gold-prospecting-swap-meet/ And the response has been terrific!

 

The Swap meet was a Success and we did a little more then break even! It's nice to make a little ( and I stress little) money and have some fun too! We will give a full report at next months meeting, But I think its worth making it an annual event. A few have suggested we have something similar at our Christmas Party so some can make a little extra cash and some could find those special gifts they are looking for? But its up to you! If its something that you want, Bring it up at the next meeting and if approved we'll get working on it!

 

So for now, We will see you next weekend for the outing! Be sure to check out the details online and while you are at it, check out the 20 some photos uploaded of the Miners Swap Meet!

 

Smile! Have Fun! And Find Some Gold!!!!!!!!8)

 

Can you believe it's the middle of June?

Posted by Delta Gold Diggers on June 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Well, we had a great outing at Nancys Gold, But man was it a steep hike! Paid off though as many found a good amount of Gold! Next outing will hopefully be a little flatter? But thats up to you!

Our July meeting has been changed to the 10th instead of the 3rd so it won't get in the way of people enjoying the holiday and maybe joining us at the 4th of July Parade in Modesto! Speaking of which, Jay is doing a fine job of getting things ready to start building the float and we will need some helping hands on June 29th at his shop to put things together and be ready to pull it on the 4th! We will also need helpers dressed as miners to be on the float as well as walking to pass out candy!

Lots of exciteing things going on so stay tuned into the calender and come out and find some Gold! Not just the gold in your pan, But the Gold in the People!

See Ya Out There!

 

Wow it's April

Posted by Delta Gold Diggers on April 13, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

April Showers are among us and this year is already starting to slip away! I've been counting the times I've been out this year and I can tell you It hasn't been enough! I did make it out to my claim a couple of week ends ago and did a little underwater gravel moving based on the new diagram going arround! felt good to get some bedrock cleaned off and find a nice hole to unearth. the gold we were finding was fine, but it was gold and it sure did look good in the pan! For those of you trying this new method of underwater extraction , just rember not to have a sluice or you will be violating the Dredgeing rules! Its a lot more work since you bacicly have to double work the material. But it sure does pay off! We can't wait to get back up and clean out the hole!

We have our outing coming up next weekend and it should be a good one! For those of you wanting to camp and stay more then a day , Your more then welcome! Plenty of room and plenty of gold! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone! And of cource finding some gold! Check out the Calender for details!

The Gold and Treasure Show and the Gem and Mineral Show last month were both fantastic and we gained a few new members and fattened our kitty a little giving us a Great start to our New Season of Adventures! So, I'm looking forward to seeing you all out there, pan in hand and looking at a bottom covered with Gold!

They are trying to expand riparian easements Again

Posted by Delta Gold Diggers on April 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Fred; I do not have anyone but your email addy; Please forward this to someone who can post this on the EBP web site forum; Robert, please do the same for the DGD and Meetup; I can't do it as I am ill. From: Bob Sowdon To: Bob Sowdon Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:19 PM Subject: Fwd: (OLC) OCL SB401 SB838 Death of Mining in Oregon CG912Project Members and Friends, This is an issue that has been here in Lane County, remember when the County tried to expand the Riparian zone 150 feet, over four hundred citizens flooded the Commissioners meeting. This time our legislators are trying to do it again, having an Emergency Clause that will not allow us to refer this issue back to the people. Monday April 15th 3:00pm Room HRC Even if you can not attend in person, submit testimony for public record! Instructions are included. Also let your Representative and Senator know how you feel about these bills! Oregon Citizens Lobby Alert release April 09, 2013 Please share this alert! Your voice counts! The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions. -Abraham Lincoln Report from Oregon Citizens Lobby Economic Development and Land Use Contact for more information or to make comments: [email protected] NO SB401 Designates certain rivers and creeks as scenic waterways. The Riprian Zone on steroids! Ending Mining in Oregon, these are the most mineral rich water being removed. Please look at the pictures of what 1/4 mile will look like http://www.galicemining.com/mining-news/SB-401-SB-388-Infringes-Upon-Your-Property-Rights.html Establishing a "Scenic Easement" 1/4 mile from the bank of any river, is a taking of private property or lands managed by the Federal Government, for public use without first offering compensation under the Oregon Constitution (Article I Section 18). Mining in all of its forms are the intended use and rights of the citizens; it ?shall be free and open? to prospecting, exploring, locating and occupying and purchasing the valuable mineral deposit, which includes the surface in lands open to mineral entry and belonging to the Federal Government. (30 USC 22, 26 & 35) No SB838 A moratorium is imposed until January 2, 2018, on mining that uses any form of motorized equipment. This will kill mining in Oregon, every miner will have to remove any motorized equipment. "any form" of motorized equipment, is so broad that it would curtail any form of mining except panning. They can not determine how many are mining so they stop it..now there will be none! Lines 12-14 in the bill. ?...the agencies are unable to determine the actual amount of mining that is occurring in this state, the locations of the mining, whether best management practices are used...? OCL has analyzed SB401 and SB838 http://www.tracktheirvote.org TTV requires entering the bill number Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources There is a Public Hearing scheduled for April 15th 3:00pm Room HRC and a Work session April 17th 3:00pm Room HRC. How to prepare a testimony for public record http://www.leg.state.or.us/comm/ Submit your testimony to Beth Reiley at [email protected] Request your testimony be made a part of the public record and submit by noon the previous day. The testimony must be in PDF format, your word processor allows a document to be exported as pdf files, save and attach to your email. Members of the Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources Sen Jackie Dingfelder 503-986-1723 [email protected] Sen Alan Olson 503-986-1720 [email protected] Sen Alan Bates 503-986-1703 [email protected] Sen Bill Hansell 503-986-1729 [email protected] Sen Mark Hass 503-986-1714 [email protected] (copy and paste the email address below into your address line to send an email to all at once...it works) and copy to your Legislators! Not sure who your Legislators are? Click here to find out. [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] I have attached testimony from Joesph Greene retired EPA researcher and recreational suction dredge miner, the claims made of harm to the environment, fish and wildlife are false! This is an outright attempt to end mining in Oregon. There is no mining during fish spawning. Miners remove and clean up waterways of trash, lead weights and other materials, improving the river bed for fish. Many false claims are made in the relating to mining, there is no scientific evidence of harm to fish or wildlife, contrary there many studies show the opposite! Another claim is there are too many miners, with only about 2000 miners, and the number of miles of waterway by the width, that there would be very little impact if any at all! The impact to Citizens property during the moratorium is not being compensated, any business in Oregon that is involved with mining will not survive, creating a loss in State revenue. This is the State imposing its will on the citizens, not allowing its citizens to respond by declaring an emergency when there is none present! Article IV section 28 of the Oregon Constitution This will affect the local towns and communities as Recreational Miners will not be working their claims, along with the business related to mining in Oregon, nor will Gold be added as income to the recreational miners... this is a ripple effect that will be felt across the State. WOULD DESTROY THOUSANDS OF OREGON JOBS (full and part-time), further decimating the economy of rural Oregon. If you think that this is not in your backyard and you do not need to react and respond to this THINK AGAIN http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/sb0400.dir/sb0401.intro.pdf NOTE: Matter in boldfaced type in an amended section is new; matter [italic and bracketed] is existing law to be omitted. What is not in bold has already been taken without compensation! SECTION 2. ORS 390.826 is amended to read: 390.826. The following lakes, creeks and rivers, or segments of rivers, and related adjacent land are designated as scenic waterways: (1) The Metolius Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The Metolius River from Metolius Springs downstream to its confluence with Candle Creek[.]; and (b) The Metolius River from its confluence with Candle Creek downstream to Lake Billy Chinook. (2) The Klamath Scenic Waterway, which includes the Klamath River from the John Boyle Dam powerhouse downstream to the Oregon-California border. (3) The Clackamas Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The segments of the Clackamas River from the boundary of the Olallie Lake Scenic Area, as constituted on December 8, 1988, downstream to the North Fork Reservoir, and from immediately below the River Mill Dam downstream to the bridge at Carver; (b) The South Fork Clackamas River from its confluence with an unnamed tributary near the western boundary of section 7, township 5 south, range 5 east, Willamette Meridian, downstream to the confluence of the South Fork Clackamas River with the Clackamas River; and (c) The North Fork Clackamas River from its source downstream to the North Fork Reservoir. (4) The McKenzie Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The segments of the McKenzie River from Clear Lake downstream to Carmen Reservoir, from Tamolitch Falls downstream to Trail Bridge Reservoir and from Trail Bridge Dam downstream to Paradise Campground; [and] (b) The segments of the South Fork McKenzie River from the boundary of the Three Sisters Wilderness, as constituted on December 8, 1988, downstream to Cougar Reservoir, and from immediately below Cougar Dam downstream to its confluence with the McKenzie River[.]; and (c) The McKenzie River from Paradise Campground downstream to the Cone Creek confluence. (5) The Deschutes Scenic Waterway, which includes the segments of the Deschutes River from Little Lava Lake downstream to Crane Prairie Reservoir, from the gaging station immediately below Wickiup Dam downstream to General Patch Bridge, from Harper Bridge downstream to the Central Oregon Irrigation District?s diversion structure (near river mile 171), from Robert Sawyer Park downstream to Tumalo State Park, from Deschutes Market Road Bridge downstream to Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir (excluding the Cline Falls hydroelectric facility near river mile 145), and from immediately below the existing Pelton reregulating dam downstream to the confluence of the Deschutes River with the Columbia River, excluding the City of Maupin as its boundaries are constituted on October 4, 1977. (6) The Santiam Scenic Waterway, which includes the Little North Fork of the Santiam River from the confluence of Battle Ax Creek and Opal Creek downstream to the boundary of the Willamette National Forest, as constituted on September 20, 1985. (7) The John Day Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The Jo-- Forwarded message ---------- From: Oregon Liberty Coalition Date: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM Subject: (OLC) OCL SB401 SB838 Death of Mining in Oregon To: OLC Google hn Day River from its confluence with Parrish Creek downstream to Tumwater Falls; (b) The North Fork John Day River from the boundary of the North Fork John Day Wilderness (near river mile 76), as constituted on December 8, 1988, downstream to the northern boundary of the south one-half of section 20, township 8 south, range 28 east, Willamette Meridian; (c) The Middle Fork John Day River from its confluence with Crawford Creek (near river mile 71) downstream to the confluence of the Middle Fork John Day River with the North Fork John Day River; and (d) The South Fork John Day River from the Post-Paulina road crossing (near river mile 35) downstream to the northern boundary of the Murderer?s Creek Wildlife Area, as constituted on December 8, 1988 (near river mile 6). (8) The Illinois Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The Illinois River from its confluence with Deer Creek downstream to its confluence with the Rogue River[.]; (b) The Illinois River from the boundary of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in section 29, township 38 south, range 8 west, downstream to its confluence with Deer Creek; (c) The East Fork Illinois River from the Oregon border with California downstream to its confluence with the Illinois River; and (d) The West Fork Illinois River from the Oregon border with California downstream to its confluence with Rough and Ready Creek. (9) The Rogue Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The segments of the Rogue River from the boundary of Crater Lake National Park, as constituted on December 8, 1988, downstream to the boundary of the Rogue River National Forest, as constituted on December 8, 1988 (near river mile 173), and from the confluence of the Rogue River with the Applegate River downstream to Lobster Creek Bridge[.]; and (b) The Rogue River from its confluence with Bear Creek downstream to the confluence of Bear Creek with Applegate River. (10) The Umpqua Scenic Waterway, which includes the segments of the North Umpqua River from the boundary of the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness, as constituted on December 8, 1988, downstream to Lemolo Reservoir, and from the Soda Springs Dam powerhouse downstream to its confluence with Rock Creek (near Idleyld Park). (11) The Nestucca Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The Nestucca River from immediately below the McGuire Dam downstream to its confluence with East Creek (near Blaine); and (b) Walker Creek from its source downstream to its confluence with the Nestucca River. (12) The Wallowa-Grande Ronde Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The Grande Ronde River from its confluence with the Wallowa River downstream to the Oregon-Washington border; [and] (b) The Wallowa River from its confluence with the Minam River downstream to the confluence of the Wallowa River with the Grande Ronde River[.]; and (c) The Grande Ronde River from its headwaters to the boundary of the WallowaWhitman National Forest in section 15, township 4 south, range 35 east. (13) The Minam Scenic Waterway, which includes the Minam River from Minam Lake downstream to its confluence with the Wallowa River. (14) The Elk Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The Elk River from the confluence of the North Fork Elk River and South Fork Elk River downstream to the Elk River fish hatchery; (b) The North Fork Elk River from its source downstream to its confluence with the South Fork Elk River; and (c) The South Fork Elk River from its source downstream to its confluence with the North Fork Elk River. (15) The Owyhee Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The South Fork Owyhee River from the Oregon-Idaho border downstream to Three Forks; and (b) The Owyhee River from Crooked Creek (near river mile 118) downstream to the mouth of Birch Creek (near river mile 76). (16) The North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River from Waldo Lake downstream to a point one mile upstream from the railroad bridge near the town of Westfir[.]; and (b) The Middle Fork Willamette River from Timpanogas Lake downstream to Hills Creek Lake. (17) The Waldo Lake Scenic Waterway, which includes Waldo Lake in Lane County. (18) The Brice Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Brice Creek from its headwaters to Row River. (19) The Briggs Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Briggs Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Illinois River. (20) The Cedar Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Cedar Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Little North Fork Santiam River. (21) The Chetco Scenic Waterway, which includes the segment of the Chetco River from the Kalmiopsis Wilderness boundary in section 5, township 38 south, range 11 west, downstream to the United States Forest Service boundary below Wilson Creek. (22) The Cow Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Cow Creek from Tunnel Creek downstream to its confluence with the South Umpqua River. (23) The Eagle Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Eagle Creek from its headwaters in the Eagle Cap Wilderness downstream to the United States Forest Service boundary in section 7, township 8 south, range 45 east. (24) The Elk Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Elk Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the South Umpqua River. (25) The Grave Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Grave Creek from its headwaters downstream to its confluence with the Rogue River. (26) The Silver Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) Silver Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Illinois River; (b) The North Fork Silver Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with Silver Creek; and (c) The South Fork Silver Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with Silver Creek. (27) The Josephine Creek Scenic Waterway, which includes Josephine Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the Illinois River. (28) The Little Applegate Scenic Waterway, which includes the Little Applegate River from its headwaters to its confluence with the Applegate River. (29) The Molalla River Scenic Waterway, which includes the Molalla River from the Bureau of Land Management boundary in section 19, township 7 south, range 4 east, downstream to the Bureau of Land Management boundary in section 7, township 6 south, range 3 east. (30) The North Fork Burnt River Scenic Waterway, which includes the North Fork Burnt River from its headwaters downstream to the United States Forest Service boundary next to Unity Reservoir. (31) The Quartzville Scenic Waterway, which includes Quartzville Creek from its headwaters to Green Peter Lake. (32) The Rough and Ready Scenic Waterway, which includes: (a) The Rough and Ready Creek from the confluence at the north and south forks of Rough and Ready Creek downstream to its confluence with the West Fork Illinois River; (b) The North Fork Rough and Ready Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the South Fork Rough and Ready Creek; and (c) The South Fork Rough and Ready Creek from its headwaters downstream to its confluence with the North Fork Rough and Ready Creek. (33) The Sandy Scenic Waterway, which includes the Sandy River from the Mount Hood Wilderness boundary downstream to its confluence with the Bull Run River. (34) The South Fork Alsea Scenic Waterway, which includes the South Fork Alsea River from its headwaters to its confluence with the North Fork Alsea River. (35) The South Umpqua Scenic Waterway, which includes the South Umpqua River from Castle Rock Fork downstream to the Highway 42 bridge. (36) The Sucker Scenic Waterway, which includes Sucker Creek from its headwaters to its confluence with the East Fork Illinois River. (37) The Yachats Scenic Waterway, which includes the Yachats River from its headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. (38) The Applegate Scenic Waterway, which includes the Applegate River from immediately below Applegate Lake to the confluence with Forest Creek. Regards, Rick Hoffine OCL Communications "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."--Thomas Jefferson -- OregonLiberty Coalition (OLC) is a statewide Coalition of local,autonomous, non-partisan patriot groups established to advance and strengthen the Founding principles and God-given rights predicated in the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate citizen participation in the political process and empowerall citizens with a voice and influence in demanding Constitutional governance. OLC will help local, independent groups grow in numbers and influence and nurture communication and collaboration among patriot and freedom supporting groups. Information send email to [email protected] -- Congressional District 4 Calendar: http://bit.ly/Oregon-CD4LibertyCalendar Statewide Calendar of Events - http://bit.ly/OregonLibertyCalendar Bob Sowdon Issues Committee CG912Project.org Tweet @CG912Project FaceBook Cottage Grove 912 Project Get Connected: http://connect.freedomworks.org/

Wellcome Aboard

Posted by Delta Gold Diggers on March 24, 2011 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (5)

   Can You believe it's March Already? And it's getting busier! This month brings us Two shows , first the Gem and mineral show put on by the Motherlode Gem and Mineral Society ! This is always a good show and one of our busiest and we still need more helpers! next is The GPAA Gold and Treasure Show, Did I mention we still need more helpers? Sign up now!!!!!!!!

Elections are to be held in just a few days so be ready to Vote at this meeting! March 6th.

 Congress, Arizona was fantastic this year and centered on Metal Detecting as well as other means of Gold recovery and how we can better organize our chapters outtings and meetings! A old but new organization was introduced at the Rondavue this year WWATS ( Wourld Wide Association of Treasure Seekers) Co sponsered the outting, The Rondavue was very informative and I recomend that anyone able to go next year see me about getting signed up!

Speaking of trainings, Something to put on your calender for April, is the GPAA Chapter Summit held in Las Vegas, NV ! For those of you that hold office or might think of holding office, This is a good and informative training to go to!

Well , We have a busy year ahead of us and lots of Gold to find! So I'll see you at the meetings and the outings with a Gold Pan and A Smile!

Robert


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