4/25/2013 5:00:00 PM Gold miners start to file assessments
Jeanette Hyduke Palo Verde People
PALO VERDE - There are a number of mine owners who have gold claims south and west of Palo Verde. Although the assessment work does not have to be completed until August, many of the miners do the work on their mining claims while the weather is still cool. Usually the claim owners have worked on their claims during the year by trying to find the best places for the gold to be found.
As long as people are not disturbing the earth too badly, the Bureau of Land Management does not require a complete plan of operation, but when heavy equipment is required or a full-blown mining operation is required, the BLM is very strict.
Many of the small miners use their claims to work on them in leisure, trying to pan out gold from the washes while others work at the claims more diligently.
Those who wish to take up a claim should be very careful not to get on land that has already been claimed. When in doubt, contact the BLM office and they can look on their maps and pinpoint the land you may want to file a claim on.
Each 20-acre claim, either Lode or Placer, cost $189, however, each year after taking up this claim you have to do your assessments plus pay $200 per 20-acre claim. One good thing about these costs, claim owners do not pay taxes on claims in Imperial County.
At one time in history, a person could patent a mining claim thereby making that claim deeded land. Since 1949, this has no longer been possible. Many claim owners would like to purchase the claims from the government but that is not possible. Many claim owners can't figure out why the government won't sell claims or much of the desert land since the government is in much debt. This is good reasoning many felt, as there are thousands of acres that a developer could use but the government is not interested.
If the fees and the assessments are not filed with the BLM by Sept. 1 of each year, the claims are immediately lost.
The Rod and Gun Club held an outstanding dinner recently, which featured tri tips. Many attended and are still talking about the outstanding meat and the way it was cooked. Hats off to John Tootle, chef at the Palo Verde Bar and Grill. He spent a great amount of time making sure no one would forget the dinner.
Do not forget the first Saturday, May 4, is the outstanding $2 breakfast. Cooks arrive at the Rod and Gun clubhouse early to provide an outstanding breakfast. This is another way to make the Rod and Gun Club more visible and bring the town residents together.
Former resident Michelle Robinson was in town recently. She has been recovering from an operation but is feeling much better and will be able return to her job at Gold Fields Mining corporation south of Palo Verde. Gold Fields is one of the largest gold producers in California.
Many plans are being made by the clubs in Palo Verde, getting ready for the Memorial Day week end, May 24-27.
Fishing has been excellent this week. Joe and Maria Brown pulled in two large bass, both weighing over five pounds each. In addition, Maria caught a 9-pound catfish.
Several clubs are making plans for fishing tournaments during the Memorial Day weekend holiday and some organizations will be trying their luck in the backwaters.
For those of you with poor eyesight or are almost blind, there is great hope for those that still like to keep active. The Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage is available through their classes, studies and seminars to help those with low vision. For those of you who use the computer and your sight is getting worse, it may be wise to contact the Braille Institute and learn more about help available.
Dan Reynolds, Braille teacher, has classes that will instruct you with no eyes necessary to have a device called Eye Pad that can read to you, write for you and do most anything you would have your own computer do, including downloading music, books, etc.
It is no longer necessary for people with low vision to not do what people with sight can do. There is no charge for any of these services.
Braille is known for its outstanding teachers and their teaching abilities.
For those of you who have not been in to the Fort Gaston Historical Society Museum recently, make sure you do that as the museum will be closed after the Memorial Day holiday until the fall.
Town residents were saddened upon learning of the death of former resident Stephen Morris, who died at his home at Riverside after being ill for some time. He will be missed by many.