October Minutes

October 15, 2009

The meeting was called to order by Vice Pres. Bill Dunlevy at 7:00 at the Alaska Industrial Hardware Offices.  34 members attended, 1 is new. Minutes and Tres. Reports were read and approved.

Old Business – Suction Dredging in California – The California Mining Journal reports that the ban on dredging is being challenged in court.  Another environmental study is required.  Public Lands for People has collected $20,000 from the public, $7,000 from GPAA and $10,000 from Keene.  High banking has been approved by the Forest Service if a settling pond is used.  Motion to donate $500.00 to the fund was made by Rick Parks and 2nd by Brady Greene.  Motion Passed.  A national Gold Show in Alaska was not listed in the GPAA magazine. Membership wants us to renew our Crow Creek outings next year. The annual Alaska Mining Assoc. convention is Nov. 6-8 at the Sheraton Hotel.  The Chugach Gem and Mineral Society will have a rock show.  Craig Casner reported that Steve Herschback will present on metal detecting. Bill Dunlevy will try to learn how to operate the audio-visual equipment and use this during future meetings.

Announcements - Claim paperwork is due by Dec. 30th.  Bill Dunlevy said that plans of operation are finally being approved.

Ralph Henderson – Kenai Borough suggested to ban all mining and sent Troopers to stop people who were mining on recreational sites.  State and Federal permits apply to recreational mining areas.  These are State reserved claims.  Agencies are cooperating more with small scale miners.  The AMA has supported this with a special committee.

Bobby Little questioned the benefit of renewing GPAA membership.  A discussion followed about acquiring claims for our group.  We will continue to arrange outings.

Bill Bear will produce a draft brochure about our Chapter. Ted Garcia brought pictures from a friend’s visit to Chicken.  They got 1 oz. of gold at the troughs.

Meeting was adjourned. Respectfully submitted by Bonnie Tisler, Sec. Tres.

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