Sunday, December 30, 2012

Prospecting for Gold in Larimer County, Colorado Decided

Christmas is over and New Year's Eve is looming.  In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, we have been awaiting news on the proposed closing of Larimer County in Colorado to gold prospecting.  I have recently received a link to a news page that tells about the proposal and how it was defeated.  You can read about it at. .
Thanks to Lin Smith for the information link.

Thankfully, we will still be able to find gold in Colorado in Larimer County.  Thanks to all those prospectors out there who took time to attend this meeting and to speak their minds.  We will need to continue to be diligent in speaking out about our rights and wishes to continue prospecting for gold in all areas where we should be allowed to do so on public lands.

Gold closed down again this week at $1656.30. Maybe we will see it to the upside tomorrow for a nice rise before the New Year.

As promised, I will tell you a little bit about the group who put the gold summit on in October.  Their name is Gold-Unlimited and you can find them at . Their focus is bringing our prospecting heritage to children and to preserve our rights to prospect.  Check them out.  They have their heads in the right place.

2013 is almost here!  Hooked on Gold would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you and yours a Happy New Year!  Ours looks to be very good.  We hope yours will be filled with joy, prosperity, good times and good friends.  Take care, all of you, and make sure where you are before you dig, and don't dig in the banks.  That's river banks, of course.  LOL!

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau,

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Colorado Gold Summit part 5

Gold has taken a drop in the past couple of weeks and was down, at the close yesterday, to around $1696. Christmas is around the corner and I hope you all are well on your way to having your shopping finished. We have a houseful of family coming for about 4 days, so we are doing our best to get everything ready for them.  

I am posting, for you, my last installment of the Gold Summit.  It was presented by
Dave Winters, U.S. Forest Service Stream Biologist on responsible stream prospecting for gold and preserving stream integrity.

Most gold prospectors are aware that we share the rivers with fishermen as well as many others. Most of us are, also, fishermen and women.  My Grandmother fished all her life, as did my Dad and other family members, so I grew up with a healthy respect for fishing and the out of doors.  As such, I was most interested in what Dave Winters, U.S. Forest Service Stream Biologist, had to tell us. 

According to Dr. Winters, (No one ever did say he was a Dr., but I would think that he has that degree) streams are classified as to gradients of fall.  Those that are in 4%-2% (or above) pass sediments easily and quickly.  Gradients of 2% and below are multi use and shared by prospectors, cattle ranchers, fishermen, have few boulders and meander from bank to bank.  These parts of the rivers are much slower and pass sediments much slower, depending on the gradient percentage of fall.  These are the areas that are of the most concern and happen regularly along the Front Range and east in Colorado.  Because of this lessening of gradient fall, all must be watchful of the damage we can do to the banks of the rivers.  A cut into the bank will cause the rivers, at flood or in run off, to erode the banks even further, degrading the slope and changing the course of the river as a consequence.  (I know, you think only you are digging in the bank and it should be OK, but you aren’t and it isn’t)

This erosion in especially harmful to multi users.  The preservation of the river bank integrity is most important in slower parts of the streams and rivers.  Bank degradation widens the stream and/or river making the flow of water even slower, inhibiting the waterway’s ability to pass sediments, as well as harms fish habitat and can make for dangerous situations when getting down the bank for animals and humans.  How this pertains to gold prospectors is simple.  Don’t dig in the banks.  Stay in the streambed.

Anybody know what a Virtual River is?  There is a book written about it called ‘Virtual Rivers’ that has some interesting thing s to say about pristine versus Virtual Rivers.   (Sorry, he went through this too fast for me to catch the author).  We probably have no rivers in Colorado that anyone can call ‘pristine’.  They have pretty much been disturbed, moved, crowded, dammed up, and diverted.

Some, like Clear Creek, are no longer able to meander across their valleys.  I-70 and the railroad bed up highway 6 pretty much makes that impossible, trapping it in a narrow strip that grinds the bedrock all the time. The South Platte has some 5 reservoirs on it as well as numerous rail road beds and the debris from their construction.  The North Fork has a massive water diversion ditch that scours it most of the year.  Historic mining, cattle ranching, dredging and hydraulicking all took their toll on the rivers, as one would assume. 

As such, why are we even talking about restrictions on small scale mining, if the rivers have been already been so beaten up?  First, let's remember we share these public areas with so many other users.  Our concerns for gold prospecting cannot be the only ones considered.  Second, let’s call it personal responsibility by a public that is better educated and can see the damage that can still be done by these activities, if not conducted responsibly.  There are a lot of us out there during the season, after all, and our places to dig are not that numerous.  So we get concentrated in areas and we need to be careful we don’t overuse them.  We need to educate others and police ourselves, be respectful of the environment, clean up and restore our public use sites.  An interesting thing that was suggested is for all of you to cut willow sticks and plunge them into the river banks, where they are lacking, down to water level so that they will root and help stabilize the banks. Also, be an advocate for invasive species.  Remove them or tell authorities where they can find them.

 OK, so we do these things already, or should, what about officials we have to deal with that have preconceived perceptions about these activities.  You have probably run into them or talked with them.  Mr. Winters says that they should take a step back and not be controlled by their perceptions, and remember these are Virtual Rivers, not pristine.  They should be used by everyone who wants to use them in a responsible manner.  Work with prospectors to identify appropriate areas and regulations for these activities.  Get prospectors involved with the process and use the volunteer help they have with them to resolve problems or clean up areas to keep them open. However, prospectors need to be respectful of all officials and calmly educate them or ask them to research responsible information of our activities with responsible groups who are in the know.

In closing, Dr. Winters charged us to think like a stream, while we are working in and around them, and work together to make the situation better.  Oh, and Plant Willows!

I hope this series has brought to light some of the expectations of officials, defined some confusing terms we all use while we are prospecting for gold in Colorado. I will close this series in the next few days with some information about Gold Unlimited.  I did not begin with them as I felt their place should be last so you will go back and look them up.  As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Mile High Gold Summit Part 4

Gold closed Friday at just a bit over $1715, and Thanksgiving has been over for more than a week, now.  Hope all of you had a good one and are long on your way to a Merry Christmas.  We continue to unpack (probably will for another 6 moths), add storage to the new house, get the new shed ready for winter and work on the old place to make it more saleable.  You would think we had done enough, but apparently not. 

I am getting back to the Gold Summit with installment number 4.  I hope all of this has been of use to you.  I found several parts of it very informative.

Anyone from the Front Range and beyond, who prospects for gold in Colorado, should be familiar with Al Mosche of the Phoenix Mine. Al’s family has been mining in Colorado for over a hundred years, and he gave us an interesting look back at those periods in time.  He entertained us with several stories, as only Al can, and gave us a peek at what mining was like from the 1880’s until now.  Anyone who is curious should take a tour of the Phoenix mine, located west of Idaho Springs.

Fred Dodge was on hand to sign autographs for people who were familiar with his present consulting job with the Discovery Channels hit show Gold Rush.  He didn’t give away any upcoming events with the Hoffman’s, but told us that he mines gold for a living.  However, he didn’t go into much detail about anything.  Anyone familiar with the Dodge’s knows that parts of his family own and occasionally operate one of the mines on Pennsylvania Mountain in South Park near Fairplay.

Which brings me to Christie Wright, who is with Park County Historical Society and Secretary of the Park County Mining Association.  She gave us some history on her two areas of expertise in the area; Buckskin Gultch and Hall Valley.  We have been around much of Buckskin Gultch, but never Hall Valley.  I think a road trip is in order next summer, just so we can say we have been there.  You get there by going west up PCR 60, near Jefferson.  She also told a brief history of the beginnings of the area.  Park County was established is 1861 and is 45 miles by 60 miles, or 2200 sq. miles. Yes, you can get lost in there for days and put hundreds of miles on your vehicle.  I know.  We have.  The rest you can google .

Denver Parks and Recreation sent over one of their Rangers, Jake Wells, to talk with us about what Denver is doing in respects to prospecting in public areas.  This is new to them, and they are in their beginning stages of coming up with regulations to cover prospecting for gold in the City of Denver.  After they have their outlines, they will be meeting with local prospectors for input into what they need and to make sure terminology is correct.  They will also be working with Jefferson County, since they already have a plan in place.  Right now, they are allowing hand equipment. No motorized equipment at all, not even battery operated.  Again, there is the issue of the size of the holes, but Denver is, also, concerned with the added noise.

That’s it for today.  I have saved the Stream Biologist, Dave Winters, for last.  His talk was lengthy and had some very good information for you to consider.  You will be surprised that he is not against your activities.  Only WHERE you do them in relationship to the stream.   As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How did it get to be Tuesday!?!?  Yes, I know I'm behind in getting information to you, so here it is.  Gold is sitting at $1726.10 right now, in case anyone cares.

Mile High Gold Summit Part 3

Jefferson County Open Space was and remains very opened minded concerning prospecting for gold in Clear Creek Canyons Park Open Space.  The area runs from 58th to the junction of Highway 119, except for about a mile above tunnel 3 where a grandfathered in claim is.  As those of you who are from this area know, the canyon has been heavily used by the public for a very long time, and the Open Space committee has their hands full with balancing all the users in the canyon.  They will, also, be constructing a bicycle/walking trail through it beginning now, and have three years to complete the project with grant money to do so.

Their representative, that day, was Colleen Gad who has been working with prospectors for many years.  In general, they are pleased with most prospectors.  However, this past year they have had increasing problems with people digging way into the banks.  Here, I MUST remind all of you…this is OPEN SPACE.  Their rules DO NOT include removal of ANYTHING.  Jefferson County Open Space is the ONLY open space group I know of that even CONSIDERS allowing prospecting of any kind on their managed land, much less MOTORIZED use.  

Here, again, HIGH WATER MARK MEANS AS FAR ALONG THE STREAMBED AS THE WATER WILL GO TO THE BANK, AND NOT UP THE BANK.  So, what does this mean?  NO DIGGING IN THE BANKS!!!!  It DOES mean you can dig up the streambed anywhere high water would cover it.  AND it means you can use a highbanker to do that in an area that allows MOTORIZED equipment to dig up the STREAMBED where the high water would cover it, in the Clear Creek Canyons Park Open Space.  Off course, that does NOT  mean you can do it on private property or someone’s claim that is not included in this park. (DEEP BREATH!)  It is YOUR responsibility to know where you are, AND watch the parking situation.  They WILL ticket you for parking violations.  Any questions on this you can email me.

FILL IN YOUR HOLES!!!!!  I am sick of repeating this, you lazy b*********s! You know who I’m talking to.  I am more than sick of doing your work for you.  YES! I fill in your holes with a pick and a #2 shovel, and I’m an OLD WOMAN.

Bucketing of material off the high benches is NOT ALLOWED.  You, also, cannot fill buckets with material, put them in the truck, and take them home or anywhere else with you.  This is Open Space!  You cannot take anything out with you but the cons.  ALL material must be worked where you are.  If you see anyone violating the rules and regs, get a picture of the vehicle, person and license plate and turn it in to police.  Ms. Gad gave us a hand out on the rules for this area.  Rather than put them all in this blog post, I will post them on the website in the next few weeks.

A question was asked about the rock piles along Clear Creek in the Open Space Park, and whether you can work them or not  The answer was NO as the Prebble Mouse was found living in the piles. 

We also had a discussion about the use of the Arapahoe City area, just east of the Coors Brewery property.  Right now, prospectors are being allowed to work here, but it is under the City of Wheatridge’s management, even though it is Jefferson County property.  It is a confusing situation, and Wheatridge is working with gold prospectors right now, however some issues are cropping up that may shut this area down.

First and foremost is the issue of working into the banks.  AGAIN, work in the streambed as far as the water will cover it when there is high water, not the banks.  Recently, there was a hole opened up in the bank that cut straight through it.  This will erode the bank at run off.  Volunteers are being asked to help with closing this hole.  If this sort of thing continues, it is most certain Wheatridge will take action to prevent it.  REMEMBER to work AWAY from the bike path.  Undercut that, and no one will be allowed to work in this area.

That’s all I have right now on Clear Creek.  I will be updating the website with this information in the next month or so.  Sometime between unpacking and Christmas.  LOL!  I do hope your gold prospecting season was a good one.  We had a lot of fun for the short time we had in the mountains this year.  Not sure who I will be reporting on next, but I have all day to decide.  As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau,

Friday, November 09, 2012

Mile High Gold Prospecting Summit Part 2

TGIF! That means more work for us, but it is work we choose to do.  Gold closed this after noon at $1730.80. Stock market stopped its sharp decline, too.  

Today, I am posting information about Clear Creek where it flows through Golden.  There has been some controversy over what the regulations mean here, although most of them should not be questioned like mining around the kayak runs and the new fishing improvements.  However, we got some very good explanations that clarify what exactly is meant by 'high water mark'. 

Mile High Gold Prospecting Summit Part 2

Now, let’s see…..I left you hanging wondering how I would go about organizing the information.  I think I will begin with the two speakers who were there about Clear Creek running through Golden, and Clear Creek Canyon. 

Clear Creek presents some unusual circumstances that you do not normally see. We have several counties that it runs through, as well as cities, and also includes a stretch of open space.  Our speakers addressed the part that runs through Jefferson County, and they were very informative about what is expected through this stretch. 

Ann Beierle, with the city of Golden, addressed the general regulations on Clear Creek through Golden.  She has worked in the past with several of the bigger mines in Colorado, and so is very versed in mining and knows the mining community well. 

Prospecting for gold in Golden means no mechanized equipment of any kind, including battery powered equipment. 

Stick to the stream bed and don’t dig deep holes.  It is a safety issue for everyone who uses Clear Creek in the summer for recreation.  No one wants a 5 year old accidentally stumbling into a 5 foot hole in the creek bed. 

NO DIGGING in the banks.  HIGH WATER mark means the high water covering the STREAMBED, not how high it goes up the bank.  Digging in the banks erodes the banks on a huge scale and undermines trails, roadways and deteriorates the integrity of the creek.

FILL IN ALL HOLES, even if you will be returning the next day.  Clear Creek is overused by everyone in the summer and it is a safety issue.  Just because most people are gone at sun down, doesn’t mean no one uses the creek in the evening or at night.  You must consider other users in this creek.

You may NOT prospect in the Kayak runs or where the new fishing habitat has been provided upstream from the Kayak runs to the 6th Ave. Bridge.  Millions of dollars have been spent to make these areas user specific.  If you want to use certain areas specific to prospecting, get your groups together and spend the money to do so.  (That isn’t the cities comment, boys.  It’s MINE!  Put your money where your mouths are like all other special interest groups do.)

Avoid, do not interfere with others on the creek. It is a privilege to use the creek in Golden for prospecting, not a right and you can lose it if you abuse it.  Be respectful of the work done on the Golden Mile Stream Restoration and Fishing areas.  Follow established rules and do not damage stream improvements.  You have no right to dig around the structures built to keep the Kayak runs in place, nor to move the boulders that keep the creek in place through Golden. 

Improved area runs from approximately 4th to the 6th Ave Bridge. 

WOW! I thought I could get through both of these speakers today, but this is long enough now.  See you again soon.

As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Mile High Gold Prospecting Summit

1st Annual- presented by Gold-Unlimited.  Saturday, November 3, 2012.  

Gold is at $1714.90 this morning.  As promised, I am bringing you the first installment of the events that took place last Saturday.

Amidst all the problems and work associated with buying a new home, moving and selling the old home, we decided to take last Saturday afternoon off to attend a ‘gold summit’ put on by Gold Unlimited whose purpose was to get some information out to prospectors in the Colorado area about local regulations and what local entities are expecting from gold prospectors.
The 5 hour speaker lineup was informative and spanned general prospecting to hard rock, and even had one local celebrity from the Gold Rush show.  Pizza was brought in for participants who knew lunch was being served.  The venue was cold….I mean there was no heat in the room and the door was open the entire afternoon. It was sunny and 60 degrees outside, but for those who were inside sitting on metal chairs for hours, it was cold.  Thankfully, one of the speakers needed a bit of preparation time, or we would not have had a break at all.  Of course, you could leave at any time and miss part of what was being said.  Not an option for someone who needed to get the information down and written about in a blog.  I was chilled to the bone and shivering by the time it was over.

That being said, the rest of the afternoon was worth our time to listen to what was said.  If it hadn’t been, I certainly would not have stayed and froze all afternoon.  LOL!  Since there was so much that was gone over, I will post for several days so you can digest it in pieces.   Speakers were from Gold-Unlimited, Christie Wright from South Park Historical Society and Park County Mining Association, Al Mosche who owns and operates the Phoenix Mine outside Idaho Springs, Fred Dodge representing the for profit gold miners, Ann Beierle who discussed regulations pertaining to Clear Creek in Golden, Dave Winters National Forest Service Stream Biologist, Colleen Gad with Jefferson County Open Space, and Jake Wells with Denver Parks and Recreation. We also were given some information about Gold Unlimited and heard a history of Arapahoe City.

Everyone had a specific time slot to fill and the meeting moved along very nicely.  We were finished by around 5:00 p.m., in time for a nice dinner before heading home to turn all our clocks back one hour to end daylight savings time.   

Since this start is getting so long, I will stop it here and tomorrow I will start catching you up on the information that the speakers gave out.  You will find you know much of it, but there was much clarification on some of the terms used.  As usual, your interpretation and theirs is not the same, and I did ask for clarification so I understood it myself. 

As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Miss Me? Lots of Information Coming Your Way

Gold is closing today at around $1716.  Up a bit from the summer, but still not close to the highs that were predicted for it.  However, the election results later today, and the end of the year could prove interesting.  

So, what have I been up to since August?  Buying another home, finding out that we no longer qualify for a conventional 30 year loan, moving, and now trying to sell the other house.  

How did we make the purchase? A 5 year adjustable.  It was the only loan we got offered that didn't make us put all our savings into a money market and withdraw it on a monthly basis until it was all gone. Anyone with an IRA knows you keep it invested so you can make money from it to make it last longer.  

On top of this, they would not even consider the part time job as income.  A REAL eye opener.  So, we are looking at an exit strategy in 4 years.  Yup, we will probably be selling this one and moving in 4 years.

Why bother?  My Mother could no longer navigate the stairs at the old home.  AND a good time to buy a house before they go back up.  Hopefully, we can exit before the whole money mess blows up.  Did I say that?  Oopps.  Sorry, I mean before our ARM gets adjusted.  LOL!

My real purpose here today is to tell you that I have a series of posts to bring to you about a gold summit that was held in South Denver to get some information out to folks about the Denver and Golden areas that I want to pass on to you.  The posts are already written, so I will blog every couple of days as I have time.  (Yes, I am still unpacking boxes.)  I wrote them while I was waiting for carpet to be put down at the Townhouse, btw.  Took me 3 hours! 

I will also be putting some of the information on the website so you can find it again.  Check back this week to read about the summit and the group that put it on.  As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Summer Gold Prospecting in Colorado

Happy end of summer to you all! It has been a long summer for us in many ways, and yet it has gone by quickly at the same time.  I am trying out a new format for the blog that seems to be working out well.  I have made several posts to it and it is easier to use than blogger, so I will be working on embedding it into the site later this Fall.  

Gold closed yesterday at $1615.80, which is up a bit since the beginning of summer.  Predictions are that it could go to $2500, but I think that is too optimistic before the elections.  December....well, I will have to wait and see.

We have been very busy with helping a parent with health issues this Spring and half the Summer.  A back surgery and kidney issues, as well as other family obligations, has kept me away from the blog for too long.  I even wrote one and then did not have the time to post it!

We have made connections with an old friend, Phil Martinez, who runs Vista Mining Adventures, and has started providing a pay for use area on his claims on the Arkansas River.  We have enjoyed our time there this summer dredging and pulling the fine gold we find there out of the river.  It is a peaceful place where you wave at, talk to and enjoy the rafters and fishermen in the area.  

We have also spent a few days in the Cache Creek area.  While there are some ongoing problems, the BLM, Forest Service and Camp Hosts are doing a good job of keeping things under control and the riff raff out.  We heard of a coordinated effort recently to clean up the area of a group who had come in, mined at night, dug out the banks, overstayed their time in the camping areas, and in general left a mess.  They were fined, run out, and were made to clean up the camps.  I hear they were even raked!  We had to head home right after this report, but we will check it out as soon as were are back at camp.

The miners on Antero have had a rash of claim jumpers with pistols and big threats.  One woman who owns a claim there, was run off her claim by a guy with a gun and a threat that someone was on the ridge with her in his sites, and that she was to vacate the area before she got hurt.  I heard a similar story last year.  Most probably the same guy.

Well, that's all for now.  Hope your gold prospecting summer has been a good one.  I have a report of snow on Mt Bross a day or so ago, so Fall is descending on the high country.  Still plenty of time to find gold in Colorado, but we are reminded that our play time there is coming to an end.  As Always,

Good Prospecting to You,

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Finding Gold in Colorado Update

June 1st is looming, and with it all of the summer fun we prospectors look forward to.  I am hearing that many are already in the water finding gold in Colorado, and run off looks to be a mild one this year for most of the state.

With my Mom on the mend, we are looking forward to our first weekend in the mountains in a few days. It will be a few more weeks before we can be there for the rest of the summer, however.  I am already missing the mountains stay and am beginning to feel trapped in the city.  

There are several changes in the areas open this year for prospecting for gold in Colorado.  Tin Pan Prospecting, in Fairplay/Alma, will be open on a very limited basis, only for dredging, and you will need to contact Chad directly for more information.

Vista Mining Adventures, on the Arkansas River, is once again open for all gold prospecting, except highbanking.  You can contact Phil Martinez, Sr., from their website for more information and pricing.

I see gold is up slightly this morning at $1568.60. Would love to see it at $2500, but that could be a stretch for this year.  This year could be interesting for the price of gold, though.  If it only increases as its' previous rate, it should top out about $2200.  Time will tell if it can rise to that level this year, however, there are predictions to the $2500 level, so watch the price if you are looking to sell gold this year.  An investment in GLD might be a good move right now, too, but consult your own brokers on that, and do your diligent homework on it if you have a mind to dabble in the stock market.  It is set up for you to lose.

Here is to a good prospecting season and good prospecting buddies.  May you have a great time this summer, and that you stay safe.  As always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Saturday, April 28, 2012

More Information on Cache Creek

I have a short post for you today concerning Cache Creek regulations.  I am in the process of helping my Mother with some major medical problems that have kept me hopping since we returned from Arizona, and, also, from blogging.  Soon, that will be over and I will be able to share with you more often.

According to the BLM office in Canyon City, in addition to the ban on motorized equipment, no mechanized equipment of any kind will be allowed.  This will include anything with wheels, such as hand trucks, wagons, wheel barrows, zip lines, or anything that is not brought in or out by hand, nor can you use anything mechanized to assist you with extraction or processing of placer gravels. This may include anything battery operated, but I have not asked that question, specifically.  If you wish to use battery operated equipment, you will need to make sure you will be allowed to do that by contacting the BLM Canyon City office.

A call to the Salida Arkansas Headwaters office produced a different response, but that office is not authorized to do anything for the BLM but issue Arkansas River bonds for pumping water.  For any information on the Cache Creek area, you will need to contact the BLM Canyon City office directly, as the Salida office does not, and will not, have current information on the area.

We are enjoying a beautiful, warm Spring here in Colorado.  I hope you are finding gold where you are looking and we are looking forward to finding gold and prospecting for gold in Colorado.  Our time in Arizona was special and lots of fun.  I am considering starting a facebook page for Hooked on Gold to share more pictures and make commenting easier for those of  you who visit here.  I am thinking it might be a better way to restart the forum.  Let me know what you think, and as always,

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gold Prospectors: Casting call for Major Cable Network

Calling all prospectors!  I have information about a casting call from Metal Flowers Media out of California, looking for men and women between the ages of 28 – 52 “with legitimate experience in trucking, logging, construction, mining and shipping.”  Below you can see the email sent to me from Alisa.  Get in touch with her if you think you qualify for this new major network project called “Boomtown Greenland”  We can’t…we’re ‘too old’. But, if you do, tell her you saw it here.

 My name is Alisa, and I'm casting a major cable network that is seeking the most experienced miners, loggers, truckers, contractors, and shippers from across the country to star in “Boomtown Greenland”, a new major network project. The series will follow these hard-nosed, brash team members as they risk it all in some of the most harrowing weather and topographical conditions known to man at an attempt for fortune in precious metals and jewels. Both individuals and teams are being considered.

Men and women between the ages of 28 – 52 with legitimate experience in trucking, logging, construction, mining, and shipping are encouraged to apply. Looking for both existing teams and individuals. This is the chance of a lifetime for the right individual.

If you are interested or know anyone good for this and can help spread the word, I would really appreciate it. Looking forward to speaking with you further. Thanks for your time. 

All the best, 

Alisa Walters
Casting Assistant
Metal Flowers Media
Boomtown Greenland

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

No Motorized Equipment at Cache Creek in 2012

Shooting out a fast, short post on important information to those of you who look for gold at Cache Creek in Colorado.

BLM posted this page today concerning requirements for prospecting for gold in Colorado at Cache Creek:

Looks like they have had enough with the problems, fighting, and general complaints about highbanking at Cache Creek, and have decided not to allow highbanking there beginning this year (2012). 

While motorized equipment will not be allowed in the area, casual use/hand equipment will still be allowed.  What the requirements for that will be is not yet known, so watch the BLM site for updates.  I will post what I know when I know it.

Good Prospecting to You,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Escaping the Cold of the Colorado Winter to Arizona Gold

The stock market is making a move into positive territory again, so that probably means it will take a dive as profits get taken out of it.  Gold is not following it, however, but is still at a healthy $1755.00 this morning    .
We have escaped the Colorado winter for a few weeks by traveling to Arizona where temperatures are warmer, however, this year is quite a bit cooler than last year.  It is very dry here, and they did not get the rain they need in January, so the plants are suffering.

Even so, we are traveling around to a few old haunts and some new ones, as well.  Of interest to many of you will be the Tucson Show, Rose Creek, Cave Creek, Wickenburg Gold Show, and the Bisbee area.  I will take these one at a time so I can go into more detail.
Our first trip out was to Rose Creek, an old favorite, and there are many changes there even though the area looks pretty much the same.  The prospecting is still good with a few gold nuggets being found here and there.  The creek redeposits gold all along its' course with each gulley washing rain. 

It was about 38 degrees that day, so we did not stay too long.  However, we did get a look at the creek and diggings have taken the banks back about another 3 feet or so.  We did find a little gold dust, but did not try panning in our usual spot upstream a ways.  This area is open only to hand equipment and we will give it another shot on a warmer day before we head back to Colorado.

We were surprised by the number of people parked along the side of the road to access the area…and on a Tuesday!  I can only imagine what this looks like on the weekend.  We talked with several prospectors there, and they were from all over as well as locally. 

For those of you who will visit the snow bound mountains this summer, I do hope you are getting your equipment into shape now.  If you haven’t gone through your cons from last year, do it before Spring gets here or they could wait for another year for you to find out what is in them.  LOL!  I’ll give you a look at the Tucson show next as I have a lot of pictures to resize for it. 

Good Prospecting to You,

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Suction Dredging Ban NOT Overturned in California

Thanks to readers Rick Solinsky and Jerry Hobbs who were kind enough to let me know of an error in the last post, I am sharing some more information on the California dredging ban.  I am posting what they sent me here:  

We got rid of the injunction to stop issuing permits, but now have the 2 laws, SB670 & AB120 to get rid of. There is a hearing on the 2 bills feb. 22, 2012.

I misinterpreted the original post and so did quite a few other people.  Please note that the original link below is about the injunction to stop issuing PERMITS, and not lifting the dredging ban.!!!-injunction-overturned-Suction-Dredging-permits

Thanks again for the clarification.  I received the last link from GPOC whom I must now inform of their own error. (I thought this was too good to be true)!  I will go and add a comment on the other post as well.  Rick, and Jerry, submit one too so we get the story straight.

I have deleted the other post the original post to help with the confusion.
Good Prospecting to You,

Friday, January 20, 2012

Looking forward to Summer's Golden Sunsets

                                    Sunset at CORA, near Fairplay last summer

 Sheesh! Every time I log into Blogger the format is different.  LOL!  

Gold price closed at $1667.00 for the weekend.  Everyone is wondering what it will do in the coming weeks, too.  Half of what I read says up and the other half says down.  The Federal Open Market Committee meets next Wednesday and what they decide could make a difference....but maybe not.  I think everyone agrees gold will go up some time this year, and possibly to $2000.00 an ounce.  Not too far off its' annual average march of 10% a year for the past 10 years, so that is a safe bet.

Did you know that the average age of vehicles on the road went up this year?  Yup, 10.8 years old.  Now, if all of you who have cars on the road out there that are as old as mine, went out and bought a new car, the price of metals (especially palladium) might go up.....or not.  However, Russia's stockpile of the metal becoming depleted and its' largest miner of nickel and palladium cutting production next year, might.

On the website, you should be seeing the menu being changed, and, hopefully, I found all the page links that needed severing.  I saw that part of the menu buttons were still going to pages that I should have cut off last year.   I don't know about you, but last year was a STRANGE year around here.  Well, some years are just like that.  The site should be tightened up and some information has been updated as well.  I will get back to other pages and look at them for updates this next week.

On a personal note, we are making our plans for some time in Arizona in February.  It is still up in the air as to whether we will make the 2012 Tucson Show, but we WILL be headed south some time in February.

I saw while I was doing updates, that Hooked on Gold has been online for 7  years!  Lots of things have happened since then, too.  Hope your week is a golden one and make sure you are out there finding gold or at least making plans to.  I am looking forward to spending more time on what I started this website and blog for and less on the things that are just busy work.  

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy Gold Prospecting New Year!

                                                         Happy New Year to All! 

Blogger has made many changes since I was last here. However, I see the default font is still unacceptable and I can't seem to change it until the post is completed. (sigh) Always something, eh?

You will find updates going on on the site, so please bear with me as I change the menu, etc.  The store is going away...just not enough activity to warrant keeping it going, and the price of gold is getting high enough I cannot keep up with gold nuggets any longer.  Rest assured, however, I plan to keep up with the website.  Hopefully, with less going on, I can blog more this year and worry about selling a whole lot less.  I, also, am still getting form requests I assume for the Bucket Classifier.  That page should have been gone years ago and I cannot find links to it anywhere.  If you find one, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE IT IS!  If you have asked for it and not gotten it, it is because the page should be gone and what you are sending does not tell me what it was for.  I also had forms for panning instructions at one time.

I DO hope all of you have had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season.  Mine starts at Thanksgiving and ends with New Years, so the season encompasses many weeks.

December was cold and we had 16 inches of snow in Denver, half our snow for the winter.  We are enjoying very mild temps the first of January, and I hope this doesn't mean February will be -40 degrees!
We are planning on a trip to Arizona for the Tucson show and to spend some time with friends there.  I am looking over last year's calendar and am picking which stories to share with you this winter about our gold prospecting adventures here in Colorado.  Finding gold in Colorado is becoming very challenging, although several areas still are producing enough to keep everyone happy.

Hope the beginning of your year is pleasant, and you find time to get your prospecting equipment in tip top shape for the coming season.  Be vigilant out there and watch what is happening with the laws.  Contact your representatives and make sure your voice is heard. 

Good Prospecting to You,
Shirley Weilnau