Teenager Finds Large Nugget
September 2008 by StaffFourteen-year-old Jacob Hopkins and his father Mike headed out like they do most weekends, to do a little fishing and hunt for gold.
Public Lands for the People (PLP) members Ron Lex and his mining partner Ken Waggener of Etna, California, were cited for occupying their mining claim in Klamath National Forest for more than 14 days. The section cited was Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 261.10(b). This CFR states that a special use authorization must be obtained for occupying a claim on National Forest land for more than 14 days. In some forests the time is 30 days.
He excitedly told me he was going mining and wanted to know where he should go, how to do it, and so on. After he calmed down, I got excited. “I need to go!” was my response.
Plodding in the footsteps of the forty-niners across the sun-baked Nevada desert, I feel the ghost of a man named Israel Lord tap me on the shoulder.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
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