Category: Gold

2017 – A Fantastic Mining Season

They are already talking about it. Some were out during the epic floods this past winter watching the rivers, the streams and even the small creeks, dreaming, imagining, wondering what it will look like when it is all over. Intense high stream flows, not just once or twice, but several times and often for sustained periods. Bank-to-bank floods, scouring the bedrock, ripping out old stream-side vegetation, and eroding into virgin riverbanks like it has not done in decades. Muddy, bubbling, frothing turbulent waters, a vicious act of nature that causes jaw-dropping havoc and destruction,...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Gold Mining 2017

They are already talking about it. The murmer is growing and the consensus is building. People are tuning up their machines, gathering supplies, and scoping out new spots. This is going to be one of the best mining seasons in decades! Several things are working in favor of the miner, as it appears the winter storms have brought an end to the three-year long drought, a change in government regulations is on the horizon, the price of fuel and supplies remain low, and gold remains around $1,200 per ounce. All that points to a good year for gold mining. The miners can feel it. That tug on their...

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Exploring Our Local Winter Wonderland – Snowshoeing, Skiing, Sledding And More

By Mara Dobyns Photos by Jessica Compton- JCM Photography In this beautiful area of Northern California we are often spoiled with snow which means we have countless opportunities for fun in the outdoor world. In my opinion it would be pretty silly not to take advantage of it. Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or downhill skiing, sledding, or just exploring your local backcountry, we’ve got something for everyone. When I was a kid having my birthday in January always meant one thing, going to our favorite local hill for play, Stover, celebrating with snow and sledding until our...

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Exploring Ice Caves In Lassen County

Photos and Article by Mara Dobyns “Life is an adventure. It’s not about the destination we reach that’s most rewarding, it’s the journey along the way. So write it down! & treasure the memory forever…” – Barlena Morina While exploring in Lassen National Forest, take highway 36 to Wilson Lake Road 29 & 63, then make a right onto the 29 N 19 road. Next, find the E. Spur Road off of 29 N 19, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon a tree marked “Ice” in blue paint. From there just ahead you will find an opening with a couch carved out of a tree, a trailhead, and a mailbox...

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Autumn Gold

  It’s Autumn and leaves are turning that golden color again. The mountain valleys are coming alive with gold, yellow and orange–enough to cause pause and remember back to the old days when, along with the turning of the leaves, there were also sounds of picks and shovels and men were looking for that other golden color–the precious metal kind. But wait! Those times are not from yesteryear! They’re from just yesterday! People are once again flocking to the mountains in search of that elusive golden metal. With the price of gold hovering around $1,300-per-ounce, it makes perfect sense...

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New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots

New Map Points Out ‘Water Trails’ and Finds Kayaking & Shore Fishing Spots A new waterproof map is now for sale at local businesses and is available from Mountain Meadows Conservancy (MMC), the group that recently published the informative map. The map points out shoreline public access locations, great shoreline and kayak fishing spots on Almanor, Butt Lake, and Mountain Meadows Reservoir. Picture yourself on these three beautiful lakes whose combined surface area is nearly half the size of Sacramento, according to MMC. Kayaking and shore fishing around the waters of the Lake Almanor...

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Pro Golfer Visits Westwood

Pro Golfer Visits Westwood by E. Majors In the area with his dad, Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson visited Westwood recently. Phil Michelson, Sr. attended school in Westwood and graduated in Chester. When their family arrived at the museum, Sheri Binswanger immediately called Terry Ferguson, a fellow board member for the Westwood Museum. He went to school with Mickelson, Sr. and the two had fun sharing old times. The Mickelson family also visited Buffalo Chips Pizza, where he may have gone unnoticed. The staff that was on duty enjoyed his visit and his compliments so much, they made a point to...

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Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt

Sharing The Experience: Junior Duck Hunt By Molly Barber Photos By Jeff Barber & Ronnie Theobald I come from a family of people who truly love the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were multigenerational activities along with most other outdoor recreation. Hunting isn’t something I got into but growing up with a grandfather, father, uncle, and brother who loved it, I participated in my own way. I remember riding on quads or in trucks looking for deer, walking countless miles with them while they chucker hunted, and camping with them before opening days. I loved the Jr. Duck Hunt for many...

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Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar.

Ceanothus Silk Moth: A Beautiful Moth From A Color Changing Caterpillar. By Melissa Wynn Moth Photos by Jim Moore, Entomologist Caterpillar Photos Courtesy of WhatsThatBug.com On a warm Spring morning as I reached to unlock the door of our Westwood office I saw a big beautiful, fuzzy moth basking in a ray of sun on the wall beside the door. I was so intrigued by it’s fiery orange head and the Nike swish pattern on her wings that I just had to find out what she was. I carefully captured my incidental treasure in a large plastic storage container and rushed it to the home of our local...

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The Right to Mine

The Right to Mine By Charles Watson Chief Geologist, Advanced Geologic There’s considerable confusion about mining laws today, and even a question if people are still allowed to prospect for gold. The confusion is paramount in California and Oregon, yet is multi-state prolific across the western states. Many question come to mind for the average weekend warrior and miner. What can they do? Where can they go? When can they do it? How much will it cost? Do they need permits? Understandingly, mining tends to cause surface disturbance and with many concerns about environmental impacts, there is...

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