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Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Attack on Rockhounding

December 9th, 2015

This is notice of a proposal to withdraw 10 million acres from public access to mineral resources.  Action is required by December 14th.  The alert was passed on by owners of the Dust Devil Sunstone Mine near Lakeview, Oregon.

From: Terry Clark [mailto:dustdevil_terry@hughes.net]
Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2015 12:35 PM
Subject: Land Withdrawal

This email is to inform you of an upcoming meeting on December 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time at the Interagency Office in Lakeview, Oregon. This meeting is about the withdrawal of 10 million acres of public and private land in seven western states. This includes potential mining claims and will have a major impact on existing claims.

Existing claims will be allowed to stay however they will be severely limited. Existing mines will be limited to one mine every square mile with the allowed disturbance of only 1% (6.4 acres) in every 640 acres.

This withdrawal will cripple the western states in their ability to access and use their mineral wealth. The withdrawal of these lands also directly impacts and severely limits grazing, recreational access, as well as renewable energy development.

It is very important that you contact your local and regional representatives regarding this withdrawal before the end of the comment period of January 15, 2016. Please send your comments to the Secretary of Interior, BLM, USFS, Fish and Game, your Senators and Congressmen as well as your local county commissioners and town councils.

This withdrawal will make a large difference in local and national economies so we ask that you please look at the attachments and if you would like a full copy of the attached documents please contact:

choppa@blm.gov
503-808-6268

Contacts:

Oregon

US Senator Jeff Merkley
404 Russell Building
Washington DC 20410-3704
Phone: 202-224-3753
Fax: 202-228-3997

Mining Map of Stevens County 1900

November 19th, 2015
Map of mining in Stevens County 1900

Map of mining in Stevens County 1900

I have a digital and a paper copy of a mining map of the North half of Stevens County in 1900.  There is a lot of historical information on it about what the names of claims are, where they are and who owned them at the time.  The downside is that the computer file is huge, 288 megs for the “small” version, and the paper copy is so much smaller than the original that you need a magnifying glass to read it.    It is too big to load on and off the website.  If you want a copy, contact me: Joe.Barreca@gmail.com

Trip scheduled to Jim Creek

October 30th, 2015

Here is word from Scot Jackson:

I and the Spokane rock rollers are going to Jim creek Sunday the 8th at 11:00. (Not the 15th as was posted earlier.)
I will meet our club at 9:45 at safeway to see if any body wants to car pool over or people can meet over at Ione at the railroad station at 11.
here is my new #  680-4896

Old Mining Book Online

July 16th, 2015
Cover of the book.

Cover of the book.

I have added a scanned copy of Mining in Eastern and Central Washington by L.K. Hodges, published in 1897 to this website.  Hodges travelled the mining camps of Eastern Washington at the request of the Seattle Times and sent back stories that were compiled in this book.  It includes diagrams of the workings of many mines, maps of their locations and descriptions of the mines.  WARNING:  This is a large file 100+ kb.  If you have a slow Internet Connection, you may want to avoid it.  I can print and bind a copy for you for $20.

New Field Trips

June 7th, 2015

June 8th
Kinross Gold Milling Facility
363 Fish Hatchery Road, Republic WA
Tour starts at 9:30 AM
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot in time to START by 7:45 AM

July 11
White Stone Calcium plant
At big smokestack south of Chewelah
Start 9:00 AM
Wear hard shoes, bring hard hat if you have one. If you have extra hard hats, please bring them for others.
Meet are the plant

July 24
Kinross Buckhorn Mine Tour
Mine entrance east of Curlew
(I will get directions at the June 8th tour)
Tour starts at 9:30 AM at mine administration building
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot to leave by 7:00 AM

Any questions, give me, Bob Bristow, a call on 945-4375.

Map to McDermitt

May 14th, 2015

There is a multi-day, multi-club field trip scheduled for June 20-24 to McDermitt Nevada and surrounding sites.  Mike Shaw has prepared a map for the expedition.  He writes: “Have people contact me by email so I can send them the following map and schedule: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z9fQPbYZJAUs.kLT_hmjI02Uw.”  This is a great map and there is an article about the proposed trip in the May, 2015 Newsletter.  You can email Mike at mikeshawmoose@yahoo.com.

Schedule:

6/20/2015 Saturday All Day Travel to McDermitt, NV
6/21/2015 Sunday 8am Meet at the Large Group Campground and collect on the McDermitt Loop
6/21/2015 Sunday 7:15am Meet at the Say When Casino in McDermitt and collect on the McDermitt Loop
6/22/2015 Monday until 2 pm Free time to return to your favorite areas on the Loop to collect more of your favorite materials
2 pm until dusk Explore and collect at the Cordero Open Pit Mine and the Orange Agate area
6/23/2015 Tuesday 8am at Camping area, or Thunderegg collecting north of McDermitt, And/or go to the Amethyst Sage Site ($3/lb)
8:30 at McDermitt Casino
6/24/2015 Wednesday 9am Camping area Head back for home, with a stop a Glass Butte for Fire Obsidian and others. A stop at Hampton
9:30 at McDermitt Casino
Hampton Butte for petrified wood is also possible that day. Camping is available free at both
locations.
McDermitt Loop material Gary Green Agate(AKA Larsonite), Fortification Agate, Purple Cow Agate, Carnival Agate, Pet. Wood
Cordero Mine Lots of beautiful Red Agate, other agates, wonderstone and jaspers of all descriptons.
There is a deposit of Orange Agate nearby, also