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     Letter From Your President     a member who was raised there and worked the claim in 1956.   We found beautiful gold and new areas to prospect.      We would like to make a special mention and thanks to Jerry Crapo (Kraypo), for speaking at the GPOC general meeting on last minute notice on dredging around the world and his experiences with the different forms of prospecting world wide.        Our new member outing on Prospector 3 the 14th and 15th was extended through the 18th due to the reduction of water in the river. The water level went down 14 inches but not as previously planned because the victim that the recovery crews were looking for was recovered one day early.

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     Fellow Prospectors:
So here we are in the twilight of our dredging season, and there's much to talk about. Our outings this month were plentiful and fun; and the Gold Panning Championships were, to say the least, eventful and exciting.      On July 24th and 25th, the club participated in the wonderful event, Burro Days, at Fairplay with wonderful weather. Thank you to all who volunteered.   To those who made it to Beaver Creek that weekend we had an excellent camp out and we learned very interesting information on the historical aspects of the claim from

President’s Letter New Members Contacts Cleaning Gold Cleaning Gold, continued September Calendar Apprentice Papers Dredges Yearly Calendar Meeting Notes 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 7

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President’s letter, continued
     Speaking of Prospector 3,   the BLM has notified us that our claim to the mining rights there are null and void due to the Water Act of 1888. It is an official letter of denial not revocation so those who wish to protest need to call me, not the BLM so as not to destroy our relationship with them or the Department of the Interior, especially since we need to find a replacement claim. Speaking of claims, the President is calling upon the Claims Committee to please start researching geo-communicator and LR2000 on the computer and any one else who can help in this effort. Let's pull together like the good old days and work as a team. You can contact the Mining Claims Committee chair person Richard Stockton at 719-233-0098 or claims@gpoc.com, Any member in good standing can be on the mining claims committee.      ''TOGETHER WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL''       Aside from our mineral rights being withdrawn on this claim I'll be walking that stretch of river with officials to determine what reclamation needs to be done before September 15th.   I would appreciate help in filling the holes in the banks for reclamation purposes.   For those of you who have permits they will be honored subject to change without notice, but alterations will be available.   That land will be open to recreational prospecting and available for special dredging permits but we will not be responsible for that property anymore.        Questions regarding Prospector 3 are to be directly addressed to the President at 719-217-0923.        Thank you to Ron Yamiolkoski, President of CSMS, for a wonderful field trip to their peridot claim. We had a good showing and an exquisite experience. We hope to do more interacting with the CSMS club who so generously shared their claim with us.

     Reminder, on September 11th and 12th, we will have a New Member outing at Cache Creek. Everyone, members and nonmembers alike, are welcome. For anyone who is interested, we will have highbankers set up so that everyone will get a chance to run some buckets of gold bearing material, and experience a cleanup. You will need to put your concentrates in a bucket and take your gold home with you.        On September 17th, 18th, and  19th, the Denver Gem and Mineral Show will be held at the Denver Merchandise Mart at I-25 and 58th Ave. Volunteers are needed for setup, demonstrations, and break down.      September 25th is Public Lands Day, to be split between U.S. Forest Service and BLM, and we will need two volunteer work parties.          On October 16th and 17th the New member outing will be at Prospector 1 and 2 across the bridge in Howard, CO.   Sincerely,     Big Ben 

Welcome To New Members
Joe Aldredge William Barger Jeff Bendorf David Benedict Kendall & Helena Blue Mac & Isabel Brickey Earl Brinkmeyer Brian Butcher Mike Chesterson WB Hopmeier George Isaac Roger Iverson Richard & Barbara Lobberding John Maggard Gary Mazur Scott Moses Kevin & Mary Nierode William Rakocy Josh & Kelsey Reasoner James Ressler Paul & Bonnie Rochette Greg & Lynette Sabin Robert Sabin Dave Seaton Bryan Smity & Sue Lynn Dove Kelly Smith Michael & Melissa Smith Michael & Sharon Smith David Stuart Joe Thompson Mike Thompson Ken & Sharon Tiegs Donald Valley Oscar Warner Jeffrey Wasinger AR CO CO TX NM NM CO WI CO NM CO CO CO CO VA CO CO CO CO CO CO CO CO CO CO OR TX CO CO TX TX CO TX CO CO

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In researching, I have found several methods that claim to clean your gold. This information is given without express or implied usefulness, and it is the responsibility of the user to determine the reliability of any of the methods. If you wish more information on home chemistry methods, the “Basement Chemistry for Prospectors” website is a good place to start. http://webpages.charter.net/ williams00/beftp/front.htm. Now, to the recipes. O.K., has anyone ever used Polident? How about Alka-Seltzer? Vodka? What about the new tooth whitening products? I am not brave enough to try these out on my gold. Remember gold is soft. If your piece is large enough and you want it for a specimen, be careful. If you do not know its value, don’t clean it! Salt can be abrasive as well as any brushes or cloths you might use. A solution of Nitric acid containing chlorine will dissolve very fine gold. Oops! The Basement Chemist recommends you only use a nitric acid solution until you have found other methods. I find it difficult to clean my flour gold. I don’t know about you, but I hardly have enough time to prospect let alone having the time to clean my gold. It is really hard to hang onto those little pieces and use a toothbrush. I highly recommend that you use a glass container for your experimenting just in case the mixture you are using begins to dissolve plastic. This would also apply to the handles and bristles of any brushes you might use. And, do not do this in a sink-plumbers get more than $100/hour! Do not be too aggressive in your cleaning. The character of the piece may be destroyed, and if too polished it might resemble a manufactured nugget. Don’t experiment on your best gold. Don’t use abrasive cleaners such as Brasso. If you have quartz on your nugget that you want to keep do not shake your specimen in a containerjust let it soak. Tap water varies in the chemicals it contains. In using distilled water you can avoid spotting. The following are some warnings and basic ways to shine up your gold. I am not including complex methods with strong acids-I’ll leave those to the professionals. Additional methods are on www.gpoc.com. Do Not Mix Bleach and Ammonia. Do Not Mix Bleach and Acids. Be cautious with acids and water, “Do what you oughta, put the acid in the wata.” Acid goes into water, not water into acid. Sulfuric acid will react with water and can cause an immediate violent reaction. My Dad almost took out the Chem. lab at the University of Washington with chemicals and water. Bicarbonate of soda or soda in water can stop the acid process. Use a Micro fiber cloth to pat dry your gold. (remember that gold is soft and will scratch) Safety practices in place when using acids or chemicals. Ventilation (outside), a mask, gloves, and eye protection are a necessity. Wear long pants & long sleeves. Cotton will protect you better than synthetic. Keep all ingredients away from children and pets. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) http://www.osha.gov/ provides information on the handling, safety issues , etc., on chemicals. For a poison emergency in the U.S. & Colorado call 1-800-222-1222 1. Vinegar and Table Salt a. Fill a small bottle ¾ full of table salt, and fill with white vinegar. The salt will dissolve giving you a solution of 50/50 salt and vinegar. Place your gold in the mixture and place where you will see it every day, so that when you walk by it you can give it a good shake. (We have left ours on the kitchen window sill and have discovered that one of our cats gets a big kick out of knocking it off. This saves the time of shaking it, but you always have to check the garbage disposal before you turn it on! For the gold, not the cat!) The vinegar acts as a weak acid and the salt acts as a mild abrasive. You might need to change the solution if it becomes too dirty. After about a week your gold should be brighter. Or you will be brighter and won’t leave your gold where the cat can get to it. Remember to rinse, rinse, and rinse. Running distilled water would be best because it won’t leave any mineral deposits. Pat dry or use a hair dryer to avoid scratches (this method wouldn’t be so great with Colorado flour gold)! b. You can also use a glass bowl, adding white vinegar to cover the gold and 2 teaspoons of sea salt. Give it a good stir with a wooden skewer or stick, and leave it for ½ hour. Examine your gold, and if the iron oxide has not been removed leave it for another ½ hour. After 1 hour, rinse your gold and replace the vinegar and salt solution and repeat the same process. When done, rinse, rinse, rinse with distilled water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Hair Permanent Solution (Remember the Toni perm?) a. Buy the cheapest “acid balanced” permanent hair wave solution. Mix all the ingredients and then put your gold in it in a glass container. The perm solution is Ammonium thioglycolate, also known as perm salt. Make sure that you rinse, rinse, and rinse with running distilled water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Dish Soap and a Soft Bristle Toothbrush (liquid Dawn is great) a. Mix a few drops of Dawn with distilled water. Change your dish soap/water solution often. A dirty solution will deposit the dirt back onto your specimen. b. Remember to rinse, rinse, rinse, with distilled water - any residue left will dull your gold. c. You can place the gold into a small (metal) finishing pan, and heat it up (outside and down wind) until the gold takes on a deep, natural, shiny luster. It is important to make sure that all the soap has been rinsed away from the gold using clean distilled water before you dry the gold. d. After using the soap and toothbrush you can follow-up with the vinegar and salt method for better results. e. One individual uses glass-etching solution (Hobby Lobby) on his quartz specimens, and leaves them overnight. Remember to rinse, rinse, rinse in distilled water, and pat dry with a soft cloth. f. If there is a lot of rust he uses naval jelly overnight. Remember to rinse, rinse, rinse with distilled water. g. If you have a mineral specimen with quartz soak it in distilled water before cleaning. The mineral will absorb the water in cracks where you don’t want the soap solution. Foaming Ammonia a. Lightly shake in a bottle, then rinse, rinse, rinse, with distilled water and pat dry. Jewelers Ultrasonic Cleaner a. Warm water and about a teaspoon of Jewelry cleaner. I wonder if the Ultrasonic denture machines and denture cleaner might do the same thing? Some of us probably have one. Rinse well with distilled water and pat dry.



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The BLM has notified us that our claim to the mining rights on Prospector 3 are null and void due to the Water Act of 1888. It 3 is an official letter of denial not revocation. IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS express them to Big Ben, not the BLM. We do tor not want to destroy our relationship with the BLM or the Department of the Interior. Big Ben will be walking that stretch of c pe river with officials to determine what reclamation needs to be done before September 15th. Ben would appreciate help in filling ros GPOC the holes in the banks for reclamation purposes.  For those of you who have permits they will be honored subject to change P M AI without notice, but alterations will be available.  The land will be open to recreational prospecting and available for special CL dredging permits but the GPOC will not be responsible for Prospector 3.  Yes, this is repetitious but we want you to be informed!

Cleaning Your Gold, continued
6. Rock Tumbler-Barrel Burnishing This method seems to be a little aggressive to me – you may over do it. a. Barrel burnishing is a type of barreling (tumbling) where no cutting action is wanted. The goal is to brighten your gold. b. Fill the rock tumbler with 2 kg steel shot, (if you use stainless steel it won’t rust) and add your nuggets, 1 teaspoon of burnishing compound and water to just below the shot level. (1 pounds of shot in a 3 lb. barrel). About $20.00 per pound. It comes in irregular shapes in order to get into the nooks and crannies) If the mixture is correct it will be of a slight creamy consistency. The burnishing compound allows the shot to roll smoothly and polishes your nuggets. (Refer to d. and Dawn dish soap) c. Periodically check to see if the nuggets are polished, and add more water if the solution has thickened. There is no given time; it will depend on the nuggets and your own desires. d. The tumbler should be filled half way. You can use dish soap instead of the burnishing compound. Add a couple of small squirts of Dawn dish soap. Detergents have varying chemical make ups - make sure you are not adding bleach or another caustic substance which may damage your barrel. e. Rinse, rinse, rinse, in a sieve over a plastic gold pan. Spread the mixture out on absorbent material and retrieve your nuggets. The shot can be dried in an electric frying pan to prevent rust. f. Over time the shot may need to be rejuvenated by running it through your rock tumbler with water and tin oxide or a flat cola. g. If you don’t have a tumbler try a coffee can and give it to the kids to roll back and forth, (this is also a fun way to make ice cream). Water, Dish Soap, Ammonia a. Film canister with water, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and 10 drops of ammonia. (Or, your snuffer bottle or pill bottles) b. You could add sand to act as a mild abrasive. c. Shake for ½ hour. Pour into glass bowl and rinse, rinse, rinse with running distilled water, and pat dry with a soft cloth. d. Another recipe is 1 teaspoon of ammonia, 1 teaspoon of dish liquid, and 1 cup of warm water. Soak, rinse, rinse, rinse in distilled water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Food Grade Citric Acid or lemon juice concentrate a. Mix well in glass container and soak for about 24 hours. Red wine a. The acid in the wine will help remove deposits. Try using sodium-free seltzer water or club soda. Fizzy drinks (carbonate) and Vodka have also been suggested. Bar Keepers Friend. a. Making a paste, rub it on your gold, rinse and dry. This is even harder to do than using a toothbrush and detergent on your Colorado flour gold! Tooth Paste and tooth brush. The gels are less abrasive. Apple Cider Vinegar a. Submerge in 1 cup of apple cider vinegar for about 15 minutes and then rinse, rinse, rinse in distilled water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Baking soda and turmeric powder. a. Boil your gold in distilled water with a pinch of baking soda and a pinch of turmeric powder. Boil for 5-6 minutes. Rinse, rinse, rinse, with distilled water and pat dry. Used on jewelry so should work on nuggets. Hydrogen Peroxide a. Is a greener alternative to chlorine bleach. Use 3% hydrogen peroxide from drug stores -higher than this and you could get into trouble Is my gold cleaner? I don’t really know, but my teeth and clothes are whiter, my windows are brighter, my hair is curlier, Bill really enjoyed the lemon pie, and after finishing off the Vodka-I don’t care!

Tom Jent “Mud Master”
Tom has worked tirelessly for years behind the scenes of The Gold Championships preparing all the buckets used by the competitors. A tremendous applause is given for his contributions.


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General Membership Meeting

New Member Outing Cache Creek Highbanking

Public Lands Day
2 work parties needed for BLM & Forest Service volunteers needed
Bob Hale (719) 213-3383

Nominations for Board positions are this month.

7:00 PM 3400 N.Nevada CS, CO


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The Apprentice Papers
by Lauri Gephart
Everybody has a part to play. At least that’s my observation/theory. The newcomer outing this month at Prospector 3 - just north of Buena Vista - was a big hit! Many people, new and old, came to share the warm summer weekend on the river. Some came for one day, some two - and some of us showed up early and stayed late! The canyon was magnificent, which was not a surprise. The air was clean and pure. There was a sliver of the moon shining in the night. And to top it off, an excellent campfire was built by our next generation (and monitored by everyone else). As the sun was setting and Benjamin finished filling us up on his soon-to-be-famous campground spaghetti, we marveled at the shapes on the canyon walls. Most have a name to keep the imaginations strong but I would suggest bringing along an interpreter to point out the less obvious ones. We talked about our day and those to come. By Photo by Lauri Gephart the time this month’s Quill comes out, the body of the young female rafting guide will have been recovered and life on the river will slowly return to normal. But on these two days we remembered her presence, talked about our loss, and keep hoping that there will not be a repeat of the accident for the remainder of our days. When I started this article, I wanted to make the case for every member, old and new, to participate to the fullest in each of the activities that our club sets up. Our leaders are spending a huge amount of their personal time and resources making sure that we all have a great time while we were out there (and they’re succeeding - thank you!!). I think almost all of us are learning something new each time we’re together -

maybe through osmosis, but mostly because of the leadership’s dedication to partner us up with others who like to share their knowledge (thanks Trish from Bertie and I - we had a great time in the water with you)!. Knowledge alone doesn’t run the show though. I’ve been watching our club’s leaders and dedicated membership too. It seems to me that everyone is bringing every piece of equipment with them to our outings and making them available so that our experience (in my case anyway) far exceeds our expectations for the day. Marty even pulled up Photo by Kelly Smith with a trailer full of his equipment on Saturday, and Big Ben and Benjamin had their camper loaded to the gills with dredging equipment. Not the whole story though, as they still had to move it all down to the water and set it up, teach us how to operate it, point us to a good location and cheer us on while we played to our heart’s content. Not done yet - they also packed it all back up and took it back to wherever it came from in the first place! Thanks all! I did manage to find my niche though all of this. I found out that I can cook (or burn) anything I want to for breakfast and it will be eaten! Being domestically challenged at camp doesn’t count against me - Yeah! Plus as a bonus, I got to feel like the welcoming committee for those folks just arriving, as the smell of bacon burning apparently travels far and wide in the canyon… My new friend Bertie from Divide brought her grill out for lunch and burnt us up some really good (and fatter than I’ve ever seen) hotdogs for lunch too - a woman after all of our hearts! I had a great time - I hope to run into you all again soon, and to meet more New-bees in the future!

Characteristics of Various Suction Dredges (Jet Pump)

Dredge Size & Type Dredge Pros 0.7-2.9 45 8 feet
Manageable to pack in and out of inaccessible areas. Good for prospecting and sampling. Can be used with suction nozzle in shallow water. Good for a beginner. Requires less water to operate. Less initial investment, less gas to carry. Requires less water to operate than larger dredges. Portability is still adequate for remote places. Less weight in gas to carry.

Nozzle Cubic Size Engine Size Yards inches per Horsepower inside Hour diameter Tons per Hour Dredge Cons 2.5 0.5-2

Location, size of gravels, altitude, amount of rock that must be moved by hand, depth one is working at, size of motor & pump combination, additional equipment (such as compressor size) & accessories, are the pumps belt driven or shaft mounted, are the pumps “free standing” or “centrifugal” jetting pumps, Weight Depth manufactures intended design, temperature of the area, clogs, & mechanical breakdowns, operators skill, pounds capability knowledge and stamina, accessibility, density, soil conditions, geology, amount of water, cost of replacement parts and reliability, all can influence performance.

Backpack dredge (Recreational)


Small capacity, not good for production. Cheapest unit, but still requires an investment. Usually comes with only a single sluice box to cut down of weight, you might experience loss of gold if the material and flow are not separated, which requires a lower speed to trap the finer gold. You may quickly outgrow the capabilities of this size dredge. Time commitment, in order to process enough material to be profitable. Logistics and transportation of material from remote areas could be a hinderance. Production limited as to amount of material that can be processed. Usually comes with only a single sluice box to cut down on weight. You might experience loss of gold if the material and flow are not separated which requires a lower speed to trap the finer gold. You may quickly outgrown the capabilities of this size dredge. Time commitment. Heavier and more work to put together and take apart. Fairly mobile still making it good for more remote sites. Requires larger amounts of water in order to operate. Requires a substantial investment. Need good working knowledge of mechanics. Time commitment. How are you going to transport a larger dredge-can your vehicle hold it? Will have to move more rocks by hand because can’t be sucked up. Heavier to disassemble and move around. May have multiple or larger engines. Dredges with an intake larger than 4 inches are considered a commercial dredge on Federal lands. Larger horsepower engines may be restricted on State & Federal land. Requires a substantial investment. Need good working knowledge of mechanics. Time commitment. How are you going to transport a larger dredge-can you vehicle hold it? (Let’s see, cost of dredge + cost of larger vehicle = expensive!) May not be able to access remote areas. Need a two-member team to operate. Time investment in having to move many rocks by hand. Stamina & physical strength

Sampling dredge (Recreational) 5 1-3 1.5-4.5 140 15 feet


Sampling/small scale production dredge (Recreational) 6.5 1-5 1.5-7.4 270 20 feet
The smallest of the production dredges but still good at sampling for pay-streaks. Can have a triple sluice box or three stage sluice which separates the material by size giving a higher percentage of gold recovery. Good for larger operations. Still good for sampling, but on a larger scale. Hose is flexible and can be operated by a single dredger. Can have a triple sluice box or three stage sluice classifying the material giving a higher percentage of gold recovery.


Large scale sampling/production dredge 2-10 2.9-14.9 385 30 feet


9-13 or 2 x 6.5

Small commercial production dredge 6-17 8.9-25.2 1,050


13-32 or may have 2 engines

60 feet

Functional size for someone who has found a sizable pay-streak and wants to obtain all the gold. Can move rocks, gravel, and sand up to about 5 inches across without a plug-up of the hose or jet. Can have a triple sluice box or three stage sluice classifying the material giving a higher percentage of gold recovery.

Heavier unit. Large nozzle makes it harder to sample with, although you still can sample larger rivers to locate gold in more extensive areas. The hose isn’t as flexible as on a smaller dredge, although one person can handle it. Two-member teams are an advantage because rocks are quickly uncovered by a 6”. For safety you should always have two people. Dredges with an intake larger than 4 inches are considered a commercial dredge on Federal lands. Larger horsepower engines may be restricted on State & Federal land. Weight makes it difficult to manage, assemble and disassemble and use in remote areas. Requires a substantial investment. Need not allowed on State or Federal lands.good working knowledge of mechanics. Time commitment. Stamina & physical strength needed in order to operate. Sources: Keene Engineering,, California Fish and Game Department, Dorado Vista, Inc. N.D.

GOLD PROSPECTORS OF COLORADO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES 11 AUG 2010 7:07 p.m. 7:09 p.m. 7:14 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:17 p.m. 7:18 p.m. Meeting called to order by President Ben Higley with the Pledge of Allegiance. President Ben Higley welcomed all new members, and asked that they introduce themselves. 9 new members welcomed to the club. Gold closing price for today was $1,198.00 per oz. President Ben Higley thanked all the volunteers that participated at Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Burro Days, and the Colorado State Gold Panning Championships. President Ben Higley reported that one of the original members in GPOC, Mr. Horace Ledbetter had recently passed away. Condolences go out to his family. President Ben Higley discussed upcoming events: New Member’s outing at Colorado Prospector #3 on Aug 14-15, 2010. Joint GPOC & CSMS (Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society) outing at CSMS “Peridot” claim on Aug 21, 2010. Denver Gem & Mineral Show on Sep 17-19, 2010 Trustee Gary Beaderstadt handed out the following volunteer badges: 25 days – Connie Beattie, Ken Mull, Wayne Wittkopp, Lin Smith, Trish Barr. 35 days – Elise Pearce, Ben Higley, Bob Hale, Stacey Smith, Don Bray. 55 days – Bill Smith. 65 days – Tim Bundrick 110 days – Harry Dove, Phil Vigil, Meg Vigil. 140 days: Ted Westcott Gold Nugget winners for volunteering: Frisco – Trish Barr & Tom Jent Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo – Don Bray, Wayne Wittkopp, Gary Beaderstadt, Ben Higley Burro Days – Shirley Weilnau, Meg Vigil Championships – Larry Weilnau, Glenn Ohrns, Linda Jent Webmaster Stacey Smith talked about upcoming elections at the October General meeting. Break for 15 minutes. Bill Smith conducted door prize drawing. President Ben Higley introduced the guest speaker for the meeting. Mr. Jerry Crapo. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule and on such short notice. Meeting closed.

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Peridot Field Trip

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Peridot is the best known gem variety of olivine, a species name for a series of magnesium-iron rich silicate minerals. USGS: An Overview of Production of Specific US Gemstones http:// minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/commodity/ gemstones/sp14-95/peridot.html

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