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 G LD NUGGETS is a blog for and by GPOC members. Our intent is for Gold Nuggets tobecome an informational hub for members to keep up-to-date with GPOC news and events.We encourage you to email your news items and information to the webmaster atwww.gpoc.com. The webmaster, Stacey Smith, will ensure they get onto the blog. Join GPOC on FACEBOOK! You need your own Facebook account.Access GPOC on FACEBOOK through a link on the GPOC website.
2011
may
      q     u        i         l         l
THEPROSPECTOR’S
official publication of The Gold Prospectors of Colorado volume 38 no.5 
PO
 
Box 1593, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80901
 
inside
President’s Letter continued
22011 Club Activities
22011 Club Outings
2Contacts
2May Calendar 
3Activities
4Mining the Internet
4What’s Behind That Gold Price
5Asleep at the Wheel
6Asleep at the Wheel, continued
7Comparison of Spiral Wheels
8Gold Recovery Advertisement
9Claims Information
9Casual Use Definition
9GPOC Application
9
www.gpoc.com
Fellow Prospectors;
 
Do you see the price of gold? WOW!Now if my vial would fill as fast as theprice goes up life would be a
s fine asthe gold in our pans. Living at
 
the baseof
 
the Rocky Mountains, the fact isthat
 
Colorado is
 
a Load Gold State. Inother parts of the world gold runs inveins where gold is far and in betweenwith a few specs of fine flour gold.Here the gold is all fine and has alwaysbeen too much work for a get richquick operation, but, that is good for usas every one is discouraged easily andmoves to nugget hunting grounds andleft our more pure abundance of goldfor modern mechanized equipment.The gold here in Colorado hasendured a violent volcanic beginningbeing pushed up through the Earth
ʼ
scrust then weathered, eroded,fragmented,beaten, tumbled,eradicated and thoroughly pulverizedas it tumbled down the mountain intothe creeks, streams and rivers to travelturbulently, being ground further intoobscurity untill it is virtually powderedinto microscopic portions invisible tothe naked eye and very difficult torecover untill we came up with finegold recovery machines.
 
continued on page 
The “Claims Committee” resting after marking the GPOC
ʼ
s newest claim.
 
GPOC The Prospector’s Quill Vol. 38 No. 5 WE ARE ELECTRONIC atwww.gpoc.com
2
 
President
Ben Higleypresident@gpoc.com
 Vice President
Wayne Wittkoppvicepresident@gpoc.com
Secretary 
Elise Pearcesecretary@gpoc.com
Treasurer
Bill Smithtreasure@gpoc.com
Webmaster
Stacey Smithwebmaster@gpoc.com
Editor
Lin Smithquill@gpoc.com
Contact Infofor all club activities
Bob Hale(719)213-3383
Membership
membership@gpoc.com
Claims
Marty Witcher
claims@gpoc.com
TrusteesOne Year
Gary Beaderstadt
Two Year
Diane Anderson
Three Year
Jim Blakenship
GPOC
contacts
 
CLUB OUTINGS 
 
The club would like to put together outings for thisseason for the months of June, July and August. Theoutings can be prospecting on our claims on theArkansas, metal detecting or taking tours throughdifferent museums or mines.
 
The club would like togather a small group of people to help bring together ideas and plans for the outings. I will
 
speak
 
more aboutthis at
 
our May meeting. Please let me know if you
 
havean interest in helping with the outings..........The following list provides you with some ideas.We need dates as well as volunteers to set-upthe outings. 
This is our day folks and we now have the technology..............It's time toput it to work,
 
time to work smarter, not harder.
 
OK, let's every one pull the calendars down from the wall and startmaking some plans for the various shows where we do ourdemonstrations during the year. Our shows are always a wonderful wayto get involved and interact with the community, to educate public on howit was 150 years ago and how gold panning has been around for 5000years as
 
the Egyptians began washing gravels much the same way wedo to this day.
May 28
th
,29
th
,30
th
Territory Days, Old Colorado City,COJune 18
th
,19
th
Kingdom Days, Breckenridge, COJune 24
th
, 25
th
, 26
th
Rocky Mountain Gem & MineralShow, WMMI CS, COJuly 2
nd
,3
rd
,4
th
Founders Day, Frisco, COJuly 13
th
,14
th
,15
th
,16
th
Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, CS.COJuly 30
th
, 31
st
Burro Days, Fairplay, COAugust 5
th
,6
th
,7
th
Colorado State Gold PanningChampionships, WMMI, CS, COSept. 16
th
, 17
th
,18
th
Denver Gem & Mineral Show,Denver, CO
Thank you on behalf of the board to all those people who submitsubmissions to the Quill and web site, although they may be edited or notappropriate for our newsletter we thank you all for your contributions andstories/pictures.
 
We look forward to a lot of fun filled events and club outings this year,please take a moment and pay special attention to the clubs outing list byJim Blankenship and we hope to hear a lot of positive feed back on thisarticle.
 
Good Prospecting and may the good Lord bless your path
 
with yellowrocks...........really heavy ones.
 
Sincerely, your President Big Ben
 
The Prospector’s Quill is the official newsletter of theGold Prospectors of Colorado. The opinions are those ofthe authors and do not necessarily reflect those of theclub or its members. The editor, club, officers, andcontributors do not assume any liability for damagesresulting from use of information in the Prospector’sQuill. Articles of interest are welcomed. All articlessubmitted for publication are subject to editing.Submission of articles must be received before the 20thof the month. Unless noted, non-profits may reprint orquote from articles, provided
credit is given to theauthor’s and publication
and a copy of the newsletterthe article appears in is sent to the editor of TheProspector
ʼ
s Quill at PO Box 1593, CS CO 80913. Allpictures are the property of the photographer and arenot to be copied or reproduced.
quill@gpoc.com
 Lin 
The information provided in the Quill is as accurate aspossible. However, it is YOUR responsibility to researchresources and make sure that you are in compliance with alllaws and regulations, as well as following the GPOC CODEof ETHICS.
Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society 
“Colorado
ʼ
s Mining Heritage” Rocky Mountain Federation ofMineralogical Societies Convention Academy Hotel 8110 NAcademy Blvd.
June 24, 25, 26 At the WMMI 225 North Gate Blvd. CS, Colorado
Join us for the third annual Rock Fair and the Rocky MountainFederation annual show at WMMI. Come see vendor displays,demonstrations, dealers, rock-talks, and much more. This is theonly time of year we run the Yellow Jacket Stamp Mill - a site to seein itself! Don't miss this family friendly event with activities for allages. Sponsored by Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society.
 June
Prospector 1 and 2 Long Tom’s July
Beaver CreekAugust
Outing at GPOC 1 claimSeptember 24
Cache Creek Public Lands Day
Jim Blankenship jvbship@comcast.net
 
GPOC The Prospector’s Quill Vol. 38 No. 5 WE ARE ELECTRONIC atwww.gpoc.com
3
 
May
 
meetings meetings events eventsca en ar 
Colorado HistoricPreservation Month
The theme for this year is“Participate in Preservation”
For further informationcontact:
Bob Hale(719) 213-3383www.gpoc.com
Please refer to the information below for further events as well 
5th
Board Meeting
Gold Hill PoliceStation7:00 PM955 MorenoAvenue, CS, CO
president@gpoc.com
28th
ClaimsCommitteeMeeting
10 AM - 1 PMWestern Museumof Mining &Industry225 N. Gate Blvd.CS, CORichard Stockton(719)-233-0098
7th-8th
“Lets Go GoldPanning”
GPOC Woody
ʼ
sClaimsa special invite toGPOC membersand other clubssee info below
28th
Victor Mine Tour
9:30 a.m
Victor LowellThomas Museum
Third & VictorAvenueVictor, COsee info on pg. 4
 
11th
GeneralMembershipMeetingMetal Detectingby Larry Weilnau
7:00 PM3400 N.NevadaCS, CO
14th-15th
Building Troughs
9:00 AMExit 163 W. 1stproperty past theChurch to
 
GPOCyellow truck. 2235County Line Rd.,MonumentRSVP
vicepresident@gpoc.comsee info below
21st
Fossil Collecting inthe NIOBRARA9:00 AM
http://www.csms.us/ events/ eventsindex.htmlsee info below
28-29-30th
Territorial Days
Old Colorado CityColoradoVolunteers needed
see info below
“Let 
ʼ  
s Go Gold Panning Days” May 7th and 8th 
This traditional GPOC event brings prospectors of all levels together toshare their expertise, learn new methods, and use and observe differenttypes of equipment. The GPOC will provide a main dish for a Saturday nightpotluck. Please bring a side dish or desert, as well as your uniqueequipment. To be held at Woody 1 & 2. If camping please pay attention toany fire bans.Sunday you can learn about the geology of the area from a “Walk With aGeologist”, and you can continue to play, learn and share.
Fossil Collecting in the NIOBRARA Formation 
e will meet our hosts Kathryn Osborn and Diane Anderson of GPOCat the State of Colorado Trinidad Rest Area just north of Trinidad
.
This Field Trip is limited to 15 Vehicles (Approx. 30 people) (Junior members and anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied byan adult - not recommended for children). NOTE: SIGNUP FOR THISFIELD TRIP WILL BE CLOSED AT 12:00 NOON ON FRIDAY MAY13TH. $10 per person. Further information at: http://www.csms.us/events/eventsindex.html
 
GOLD TROUGHS May 13th-14th 9:00 AM 
The metal liners are done and we are looking for volunteers to help build thewood frames and stands for the troughs that are used at the GPOC golddemonstrations.
RSVP
Please contact Wayne Wittkopp atvicepresident@gpoc.com for further information and car pooling. See  calendar for directions.
USGS Free GPS Map, and Compass Classes 
The
second Friday
of each month. The sessions are held in Building 810 atthe Denver Federal Center, Lakewood; Map and Compass sessions are inthe morning, 9-11 a.m., and "Using GPS with Topo Maps" in the afternoon,12-4 p.m. You may sign up for either or both classes. Call for reservations:(303) 202-4689 or send an e-mail togpsworkshops@usgs.gov.
Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department Earth Science Field Classes 
All of the classes are outdoor-based adventure type classes designed for people of all ages and interest levels, led by Steven W. Veatch.These field classes do carry Colorado School of Mines credit for a small fee, but that is entirely optional. The fees have been kept very low due to the poor economy.
These classes are for
everyone
interested in rocks, minerals, fossils, andgeology. For teachers or others needing college credit, each field classcarries 0.50 semester hours of Colorado School of Mines graduate levelcredit. If you desire college credit, you may register with the instructor duringthe start of the class and pay a small Colorado School of Mines tuition fee. Ifyou don
ʼ
t need the college credit, come and spend a fun day out in the field.Register today with the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department
(719/689-3514)
as these classes are very popular and fill up fast.
Field Studies in Geology: The Greater Alma Mining District (K-12)
Credit0.50 semester credit hours
Date July 10
Time: 8:00am-5:45pm Instructor: Steven Veatch Tuition Fee: (payable duringworkshop for Colorado School of Mines credit—entirely optional): $ 35.00.Registration Fee (payable to Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Dept., canpay by VISA via phone):
$ 49.00.
Registration Contact: Cripple Creek Parksand Recreation,
719/689-3514
. Registration fee includes field guide andsnacks.Explore the history of the Greater Alma mining district -- how it acceleratedthe settlement of the West, and the contributions the district made to theeconomic growth of Colorado. Life in frontier mining camps, earlyprospecting methods, and lode mining adapted to high elevations will bepresented. Area geology will be reviewed, including recentmineralexploration and production. Transportation from Cripple Creek to Alma and afield guide will be included.
Territory Days
May 28, 29 & 30, 2011
This will be the GPOC
ʼ
s fist major event of the year. Volunteers are neededfor set-up, demonstrations, the Prospector
ʼ
s store and breaking down. Youwill earn volunteer hours and points for discounts in the club store. Pleasearrive at our booth and sign-up to participate.Territory Days to commemorates Old Colorado City as the first capitol of theColorado Territory in 1861.
Opens each day at 10 a.m. Closes at 7 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday. OnMonday, we close at 6 p.m.
Larry Weilnau, former Nationaland many timeColorado Stateand GPAAGold PanningChampion, willdo apresentationon MetalDetecting atthis month’sGeneralMembershipmeeting.

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