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Friday, October 26, 2012

"Gold Rush" & "Jungle Gold" take center stage on Discovery channel



Gold Fever and gold prospecting take center stage again tonight, 10/26/12 on Discovery channel.  

Friday nights will again be must see TV for those already infected with Gold Fever and is sure to convert a ton more of those just curious about prospecting as a hobby.


Tonight 10/26/12 brings the return of the ever popular Gold Rush series (this is season #3) as well as the introduction of “Jungle Gold” which follows the adventures of 2 brave/desperate Americans trying to mine for gold far away from home in Ghana, Africa.

We expect there to be something for everyone in these two shows – high drama, fortunes being made or lost, battling ego’s and/or teamwork, and of course the seemingly ever present danger at every turn.



The staff of Gold Fever Prospecting wishes each crew well in their adventures.  
Be safe, have fun and may you strike it rich.


As always, if you get the itch to do some of your own gold-prospecting give us a holler or visit our site at 


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Series ‘Jungle Gold’ to Premiere Friday, October 26 on Discovery

New Series ‘Jungle Gold’ to Premiere Friday, October 26 on Discovery 


TWO AMERICAN ROOKIE GOLD MINERS PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE IN HOPES OF STRIKING IT RICH IN GHANA IN DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S ALL-NEW SERIES “JUNGLE GOLD”

With their futures on the line, they make a bold decision to risk it all to mine for gold in the West African jungles of Ghana, a region with vast reserves of gold-rich ground that could ensure even these rookies with aging machinery can strike it rich.

Armed neighbors, miles of broken roads, roadblocks manned by Ghanaian gangs, and shady and ruthless gold buyers are among the daily hurdles they must face and overcome to succeed in their plan to safely escape Ghana with enough gold to secure their families' futures.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' review - SFGate

'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' review - SFGate: "'Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice' review"


“The American Dream is very much alive, though, as you can see on Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, people are finding it in the most unlikely and challenging places,” Nancy Daniels, Executive Vice President, Production and Development for Discovery Channel, said in a press release.  ”Cutting a hole through four feet thick ice and diving to the bottom of the Bering Sea, these modern-day gold miners show their determination and grit, and the depths they will go to earn a living.”

...."Unlike a lot of reality shows, "Under the Ice" is convincingly frightening. Even the smallest equipment failure can mean the difference between life and death, and as a viewer, you feel it. Imagine descending through a small opening in the ice into below-freezing water with limited visibility. If your miner's light fails, you can see nothing. The farther you wander from the hole in the ice, the more you put yourself in danger, not just because if something happens, you have only one way out and it's 50 feet away, but also because you are dependent on hot water being pumped from home base into your wet suit to prevent hypothermia. The farther the water has to travel, the more it will be cooled by the ocean before it reaches you...."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/tv/article/Bering-Sea-Gold-Under-the-Ice-review-3810378.php#ixzz24PmRdDOD


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gold Fever, Reignited: Nome Experiences Second Gold Rush - ktuu.com

Gold Fever, Reignited: Nome Experiences Second Gold Rush - ktuu.com:

With the price of gold increasing worldwide, hundreds are flocking to the shores of Nome for what's amounting to a second gold rush.

video:   Gold Fever in Nome Alaska



A welcome sign in Nome, Alaska shows the history behind the town's first gold rush in the 1890s, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Hundreds of hopefuls have arrived in Nome for a chance to strike it rich while dredging for gold, some calling it a second gold rush.

 
Fine gold form the beaches of Nome, AK.  The gold in Nome is very fine and found in super heavy black sand making it a chore to remove for most prospectors.


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Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunken gold rush ship to be salvaged in AK

Sunken gold rush ship to be salvaged | World | News | London Free Press:


"Sunken gold rush ship to be salvaged"

6 TONS OF GOLD BELIEVED TO BE ABOARD


A U.S. federal court has approved a Washington state company's plan to recover cargo, including any gold, on a Klondike gold rush-era ship that sank en route from Alaska to Vancouver in 1901.
The SS Islander, owned by the Canadian Pacific Steam Navigation Company, plunged to the ocean floor Aug. 15 near Juneau, Ala., after hitting an iceberg.
The luxurious 240-foot vessel could have had up to 480,000 ounces of gold aboard (worth about $720 million) — some owned by the Canadian Bank of Commerce, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports.
Seattle-based recovery company Ocean Mar, owned by Theodore Jaynes, 72, has been in a decades-long legal battle to obtain the rights to the cargo.
Controversy erupted when rival outfit Yukon Recovery filed a restraining order against Ocean Mar in the 1990s, however in April, U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland sided with Ocean Mar because it was determined to have located the ill-fated vessel first.
"One way or the other, we're going to know the answer to the SS Islander story," Jaynes' Seattle-based lawyer, Jed Powell, told the Journal in May.
It remains a mystery if there's gold on board.
"Some people say none, some say a lot. Sworn affidavits from 1902, from people on the docks in Skagway (Alaska) — some of them said there were tons of gold, others saw there were boxes of gold," Powell said.
It's not the first time treasure hunters have attempted to salvage the contents of the steamliner. In 1934, a company raised about two-thirds of the hull, but the front half — where the gold is believed to be — broke off and remains on the ocean floor.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nome, Alaska Braces For Start of Gold Rush Part Deux | Alaska Dispatch

Nome, Alaska Braces For Start of Gold Rush Part Deux | Alaska Dispatch:

"Gold Rush Part Deux unfolding in Nome - Craig Medred | May 22, 2012

The news coming out of Nome, Alaska reads like something from 100 years ago: "Five hundred tons of mining equipment is on the way to Nome with Northland Service’s first barge,'' the Nome Nugget reported this week.

This could be the early days of the Alaska Gold Rush, but it's not. This is Gold Rush Part Deux.

Thank the skyrocketing price of the yellow metal and television. There has always been gold in the beaches of the fabled City of the Golden Sands. Mining in Nome waned after the early Gold Rush but never stopped. There were always people pulling money out of the ground, which is what drew the Discovery Channel north to start filming the reality show "Bering Sea Gold."

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Monday, May 14, 2012

State Park Closure: CALIFORNIA STATE MINERAL AND MINING MUSEUM: Trip #40 of 70

State Park Closures Trip: CALIFORNIA STATE MINERAL AND MINING MUSEUM: Trip #40 of 70: "CALIFORNIA STATE MINERAL AND MINING MUSEUM"

The Fricot Nugget (pictured ) weighs thirteen pounds and is one of the finest and largest examples of crystal-lized native gold in the world. It is the largest surviving specimen from California’s Gold Rush era and can be seen in the vault at theCalifornia State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa. 

It was discovered in 1865 near Georgetown



Sadly, the Fricot Nugget is once again getting ready to do a disappearing act.  visit on May 10 found the museum already packing their contents for shipment to a warehouse in Sacramento, in preparation for the July 1 closure. Artifacts will be stored there until money is once again available for the parks to re-open. In other words, maybe never.    ...read more

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

California - Sounds of the Gold Rush

California Gold Rush Glimpses Video: "DEJA VU—Sounds of the Gold Rush



Standing alone on a hillside, gazing down at what’s left of a Sierra mining camp, you hear the wind sigh through the pines as you glance at a crumbling stone wall, stubbornly defying time, as long as it can.

It is part of the nostalgic spirit, clinging to the once bustling diggings, where water still gushes over and around the stream’s rocks, just like it did back then. You wonder about the rush of hopeful miners, scrambling after their share of riches, working in icy water from sunup to sunset. “Wonder what it sounded like?” you think as your mind drifts away."   read more....  http://www.goldrushglimpses.com/sounds.html


Gold Rush Glimpses III, part of a popular series of books from author Craig MacDonald, has been featured in numerous media outlets.



Before dawn, a miner’s snoring like a trombone inside his tent, while a rooster crows outside. But it’s not long before the dozens of eager prospectors take their spots by the river and begin feverishly searching for their fortunes. You can hear the clinking of pickaxes, the grating of shovels, the rattle of gold pans, the rocking of cradles and the splashing of water all around.
When a lucky miner finds some gold, he may let out a triumphant shriek or say nothing at all, in hopes of finding more before his secret isn’t......    read more....


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Stolen rare mining museum artifact recovered | TheUnion.com



Stolen rare mining museum artifact recovered | TheUnion.com: "Stolen rare mining museum artifact recovered"

A rare wooden mining ore cart was recovered along the side of a road just outside Nevada City Monday morning, less than a week after it was stolen from the North Star Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum in Grass Valley, according to the Grass Valley Police Department.

As reported in Monday's edition of The Union, the museum officials had offered a $200 reward for the 75-year-old stolen wooden cart after they noticed the artifact missing from a line of seven more-common metal ore carts in the museum's outdoor yard on Allison Ranch Road five days ago.

“We just don't know how to say it,” said museum Director Robert Shoemaker about the cart's return.

“It's just wonderful.”

The wood cart was a rare piece of the area's rich mining history. With more than $440,000,000 worth of gold extracted from 1848-1965, Nevada County was the most gold-producing county in California, according to California Division of Mines and Geology estimates.

With hundreds of operations that dug thousands of mining miles beneath the county, sturdy ore carts were critical, Shoemaker told The Union Sunday.

By the 1920s, most of those operations had switched over to metal ore carts because the wood carts were far less durable, which is why few remain, Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker estimated the stolen mine cart would fetch more than $1,500 if sold to a collector.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

GPAA: Gold & Treasure Show Headed to Red Bluff, California

GPAA: Gold & Treasure Show Headed to Red Bluff, California: "GPAA: Gold & Treasure Show Headed to Red Bluff, California
Gold Prospectors Association of America: Catch the fever at the GPAA Gold & Treasure Show March 10-11 in Red Bluff, California."

The Gold Prospectors Association of America will hold its Gold & Treasure Show March 10-11 in Red Bluff, California. The show will feature mucking and gold-panning contests as well as seminars led by Tom Massie, host of “Gold Fever” on the Outdoor Channel, or guest speakers.

With the price of gold spiking to record highs in 2011, GPAA President Brandon Johnson said gold fever is definitely rising and memberships to the organization have shown substantial growth over the last year.

“Spiking gold prices are sometimes the deciding factor to turn off the TV and actually go gold prospecting to experience it for yourself. A quarter-ounce or pennyweight of gold is worth a lot more now than it used to be,” Johnson said.

“Prospecting isn’t necessarily all about having the gold. It’s as much about finding it,” he said, adding that for many members the thrill is enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

The Gold & Treasure Show in Red Bluff will feature vendors and displays of gold nuggets, jewelry and prospecting equipment such as metal detectors, drywashers, spiral gold pans, dredges and highbankers.

Showgoers over 18 years of age will get a chance to win a two-week Alaska Gold Expedition trip to GPAA’s famous Cripple River gold prospecting camp near Nome, Alaska. The event will run Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tehama District Fair, 650 Antelope Blvd., Red Bluff, CA 96080, Tyler-Jelly Building.

Admission is $5.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Limits planned for suction dredging; gold miners upset » Redding Record Searchlight

Limits planned for suction dredging; gold miners upset » Redding Record Searchlight: "Limits planned for suction dredging; gold miners upset"

Under a new set of rules proposed by the state Department of Fish and Game, the agency would reduce the number of gold miners' suction dredging permits it issues annually statewide from 4,000 to 1,500 and prohibit dredging on more than 20 north state streams.

The regulation is one of many proposed changes to statewide regulations that the DFG has proposed to comply with court orders and recent state laws.

Chip Hess, who owns the Miner's Cache in Redding, said the regulations are hurting businesses and families.

"We have hundreds of families in the north state that make a living or supplement their incomes from mining," Hess said.

"First they shut the lumber industry down. Now they're basically shutting the mining industry down," he said.

The DFG took public comments on a first round of proposed regulations last year. Based on those comments, the agency made further changes in the proposed suction dredging regulations. It is taking public comment on the newest proposals until March 5.

Other new regulations include a provision that after a suction dredge is removed from a stream, it would have to be either decontaminated or kept out of the water for two weeks before putting it back in another stream. Two dredges could not be operated within 500 feet of each other on a stream. And dredging could only occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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DreamWeaver writes4

The SEIR was based on flawed science, and Mark Stopher knows this yet still wants to quote it? An unmodified gold suction dredge is the MOST EFFICIENT device known for REMOVING mercury, gold, and other heavy metals from the streams. As measured in several State and Federal test it was found to be 98% efficient in removing mercury from the streams and rivers. This compares to 93% efficiency using the centrifugal dredge the environmentalist want to use. Keeping the gold dredges out of the water, will leave the mercury, which can then be carried downstream to warmer water, where it may methylate and then ACTUALLY harm the fish. And as flytyr correctly pointed out, mercury and lead occur naturally here. There are places here in Shasta County where on a hot summer day you can see it "bleeding" out of the rock and flowing down to the stream below. But let's take the dredges that would remove it out of the water. Makes no sense.

Todays modern gold extraction techniques, including suction dredges do more to clean the environment in a single weekend than most other "environmentalists" do in a year. Anyone who would like to join us and help fight this bureaucratic nonsense should contact PLP (Public Lands for the People), WMA (Western Mining Alliance), or locally for more information drop an email to shasta_miners@yahoo.com


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Nome Nugget - Alaska's Oldest Newspaper

The Nome Nugget - Alaska's Oldest Newspaper: "The Bering Sea gold rush is on its way

Is Nome ready for those who have been bitten by the gold bug?

BY DIANA HAECKER

Just after the premiere of the Discovery Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold” TV reality show starring Nome gold dredge miners aired on January 27, Nome’s city offices and other businesses and organizations have been inundated with phone calls that inquired: What permits do we need to dredge for gold up there? Is there a mining camp? Can I buy a dredge up there? Can just anybody go and mine the beaches of Nome?
The city, the office of the harbormaster, the Nome Visitor and Convention Center, the Nome Nugget newspaper and land owners like Bering Straits Native Corporation and Nome Gold Alaska Corp. have been receiving inquiries as to what it takes to come up to Nome and rake in the gold.
City manager Josie Bahnke said that the volume of calls from Lower 48 prospectors have been overwhelming. Kerwin Krause with the Alaska " READ MORE

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Suction Dredge Permitting Program - California Department of Fish and Game

Suction Dredge Permitting Program - California Department of Fish and Game: "Proposed Suction Dredge Regulations for Public Review

On February 17, 2012 the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) released proposed regulations for suction dredge mining in California. DFG released an earlier draft of these regulations for public review in February 2011. Two versions of the currently proposed regulations are available. The first version is a plain text presentation of the currently proposed regulations. The second version includes all changes, using underline/strikeout formatting, based on the regulations originally adopted in 1994, the modifications proposed in February 2011 and the additional modifications currently proposed. These documents are available at the following links:

Plain text version of 02/17/2012 regulations
Edited version of 02/17/2012 regulations"

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Eureka: hackers hit the jackpot, robbing a gold town of its heritage

Eureka: Thieves hit the jackpot, robbing a gold town of its heritage: "A heritage lost... residents of a Californian mining community are left shocked after thieves steal a historical gold display. "

YREKA, California: The last time so much gold was pulled out of this town, the place was known as ''the richest square mile on earth'', an 1850s gold rush jewel just north of California's Mother Lode.

Now Yreka is feeling violated by an audacious heist.

Two hooded men with socks for gloves and a crowbar apparently slithered through the window of a men's toilet at the Siskiyou County courthouse and reached a fortified lobby display containing one of California's most revered gold collections.

An alarm failed to activate at about 1am on February 1 as the thieves hacked away at inch-thick bulletproof glass. They punched a hole big enough to grab as much as $US1 million ($931,000) in nuggets, including a treasured, 28-ounce find, discovered in 1913, known as ''the shoe'', then stuffed the riches into a backpack. The theft was discovered at 7am.

Yreka, population 7500, is one of a handful of California mining communities that has proudly kept precious trophies of its golden heritage on public display, even as gold prices have topped $US1750 an ounce.

''People are incredulous,'' said Siskiyou County Museum director Michael Hendryx, who had helped arrange the exhibit. ''They say, 'Why didn't they rob a bank?' You can replace money. You can't replace a heritage.''



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/eureka-hackers-hit-the-jackpot-robbing-a-gold-town-of-its-heritage-20120213-1t23p.html#ixzz1mJRhv315


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gold & Treasure Show headed to Pomona, Calif. - Press Release - Digital Journal

GPAA Gold & Treasure Show headed to Pomona, Calif.

Pomona, California (PRWEB) January 03, 2012

The Gold Prospectors Association of America will hold its Gold & Treasure Show in Pomona, Calif. Jan. 21-22. The show will feature seminars led by Tom Massie, host of “Gold Fever” on the Outdoor Channel, or guest speakers and a gold-panning contest.

With the price of gold spiking to record highs in 2011, GPAA President Brandon Johnson said gold fever is definitely rising and memberships to the GPAA have shown substantial growth over the last year.

“Spiking gold prices are sometimes the deciding factor to turn off the TV and actually go gold prospecting to experience it for yourself. A quarter-ounce or pennyweight of gold is worth a lot more now than it used to be,” Johnson said.

“Prospecting isn’t necessarily all about having the gold. It’s as much about finding it,” he said, adding that for many members the thrill is enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

The Gold & Treasure show in Pomona will feature vendors and displays of gold nuggets, jewelry and prospecting equipment such as metal detectors, drywashers, spiral gold pans, dredges and highbankers.

Showgoers over 18 years of age will get a chance to win a two-week Alaska Gold Expedition trip to GPAA’s famous Cripple River gold prospecting camp near Nome, Alaska. The event will run Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairplex Pomona, Building 6, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA, 91768.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and under admitted free. The first 100 paid attendees will receive a free vial of placer gold. Tickets are available at the door. To pre-register online and get in free, go to http://www.goldandtreasureshows.com.


The Gold Prospectors Association of America has already announced 12 shows for the Spring circuit, more than doubling the number of Gold & Treasure Shows on its nationwide tour from nine in 2011 to 20 shows in 2012:

SPRING CIRCUIT
Pomona, CA January 21 – 22, 2012
Mesa, AZ February 11 – 12, 2012
Albuquerque, NM February 18 – 19, 2012
Red Bluff, CA March 10 – 11, 2012
Puyallup, WA March 17 – 18, 2012
Salem, OR March 24 – 25, 2012
Fresno, CA March 31 – April 1, 2012
Las Vegas, NV April 21 – 22, 2012
Spokane, WA April 28 – 29, 2012
Boise, ID May 5 – 6, 2012
Salt Lake City, UT May 12 – 13, 2012
Reno/Sparks, NV May 19 – 20, 2012

FALL CIRCUIT
Rapid City, SD August 25 – 26, 2012
Casper, WY September 8 – 9, 2012
Butte, MT September 15 – 16, 2012
Denver, CO September 22 – 23, 2012
Mesa, AZ September 29 – 30, 2012
St. Joseph, MO October 13 – 14, 2012
Dayton, OH October 20 – 21, 2012
Spartanburg, SC October 27 – 28, 2012