Monday, March 12, 2018


We had a great time at our February meeting and got to know our new directors a little better.  They told s about the year's events and showed a panning video that gave a lot of good ideas on improving panning skills.

Our next general meeting will be held on March 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Be sure to add that date to your calendar and come to enjoy the meeting and your prospecting friends!

Members are asked to sign up to help with the Gemstone Junction (rock show) table to be held on  April  13, 14, 15 at the Golden Spike Exhibition Building.  Any time you can spare will be greatly appreciated.  It's also a fun time to meet adults and kids and tell them about prospecting as a hobby.  You can also wander around the rock show and see what you can't live without!

Just a note:  The California ban on suction dredging will continue.  In January 2018 the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to it indicating that the Federal Government has largely sided with states on environmental isssues.  Therefore, if California feels suction dredging is harmful to its environment, they can regulate against it.  Other lawsuits are still pending.  

Saturday, January 27, 2018


FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Our February meeting should be a good one if January's meeting was a barometer for it.  Doug Smuin, our new president, took charge and did a great job. He brings natural-born leadership and a wealth of prospecting knowledge to the job. 
Here, once again, are the club directors:

Doug Smuin - President
Tami Matthews - Vice President
Bruce Smith - Second Vice President
Susan Smuin - Secretary
Frank Kuba - Treasurer
Newsletter Editor - Carol Wielkiewicz

Some of the items Doug touched upon were the coming events for the year:  
Here are some of them with tentative dates:

April 11, 12, 13 - 67th Gemstone Junction Rock, Gem and Mineral Show to be held at the Golden Spike Event Center.

April 27, 28, 29 - Crescent Creek Outing in Southern Utah (Near Hanksville).

May 5 - Road Cleanup near Peter Skene Ogden Monument in Pleasantview, UT

May 10, 11, 12, - Show and Sale - Cache Rock and Gem Club

May 25, 26, 27 - Osceola, NV Outing

June 16 - Spring Fling Fort Buenaventura

July 12, 13, 14 - NUPA 5

July 25 - Ice Cream Social - Eagles Lodge

August 10, 11, 12 - Kaymack Queen and King (need permission to access from Forest Service for access due to fire remediation.

August 25 - Road Cleanup - Pleasantview near Peter Skene Ogden Monument

September 15 - Willard Peak Outing and Picnic

November 24 - Turkey Shoot

December 15 - Christmas Party

He discussed the need for speakers for the meetings, a needed update to the claims guide to remove the Wishful Claim from our holdings, and a possible change to our meeting room from the large room at the back to the small room nearer the front.

We also give a big thank you to Carol Wielkiewicz for volunteering to be our new Newsletter editor.  

Since last month it was brought to our attention that another of our members has passed on.  Larry Olsen, a good friend to the club, died on December 27, 2017.  Larry had suffered a lot of medical problems in his life but always was cheerful and friendly despite it.  We send his family our condolences.

Put February 28th at 7:00 (6:00 Director's Meeting) on your calendar and plan on coming to the February meeting.  You'll be glad you did.  (975 Wall Avenue, Eagles Lodge across from Home Depot).  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Sending Best Wishes for a wonderful 2018!  NUPA has elected new officers for the coming year.  They are Doug Smuin, President; Tammy Matthews, Vice President; Secretary, Susan Smuin; Treasurer, Frank Kuba.  We know they will carry on the 20+ year traditions that have propelled the success of the Northern Utah Prospecting Association.  

Our first meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 the Eagles Lodge located at 975 Wall Avenue Ogden, UT.  We hope to see you there to listen to and thank the prior year's officers and to meet and new officers and hear their plans for the club.

On a sad note, one of our long-time members has passed on.  Franklin (Frank) Hopkins passed away on December 16, 2017.  No services were held.  He will be missed a great deal.  If you get a chance, please drop by or send condolences to his wife Sheila and their family.  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


As of August 14, 2017 the Forest Service has closed the area around at least two of our propecting claims (Kaymack King and Kaymack Queen).  They have done this due to what they are calling the Pioneer Wildfire Recovery Project.  The Forest Service has contracted with logging companies to come into the area and cut down/remove some of the more dangerous burned out trees that have resulted from the fire of 2016.  Their closure memorandum indicates the area and camping will be close UNTIL December 31, 2018.

A miner can access our claims only after getting permission from the Idaho City Ranger Station.  To get an authorization, prior to traveling to the claims, send an email to MELISSA SWAIN telling her your plans.  She wants to know where you are going, when you are going, how long you will be there, how many persons will be with you and any other important details that will help her decide on giving an authorization.  She needs this in advance so she can coordinate with the "Timber Sale Administrator."  He will decide on whether there is a safety concern that will prevent authorization.

Her phone number is 208-392-3719 

Her email address is:

 Below is the NOTICE OF CLOSURE:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


We had a good time at the Kaymack Queen and King Outing last weekend (August 11-13)  It's a long drive up there (about six hours) and so not many club members could make it.  Those who did had a really good time.  The weather wasn't too hot or wet (although a little cold at night).  The greatest thing was all who went got some good gold and that, after all, is what they went up there for. 

 Thanks to Frank and Sheila Hopkins, Hal and Lynda Berry, Tom and Bobbie Garfield, and Lonnie Faucett for making that long journey.  For those who couldn't attend, plan on it for next year.  It is a long way to go, but well worth it.  Even though the landscape is a little sparse due to the fires (wildfires if you're the media), the flowers were out in all their splender and the place was very pleasant to look at.  

Friday, February 19, 2016


Suction Dredge Permits

Page updated March 12, 2018

In January 2018, in one legal challenge to California's ban on suction dredging, the Supreme Court of the United States sided with California.  Their argument was that the Federal Government had largely sided with states when it came to regulating functions thought to be damaging to the environment.  Other legal challenges continue.

Current Status
The use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment, otherwise known as suction dredging, is currently prohibited and unlawful throughout California.
Under new state law effective January 1, 2016, the use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment is defined to mean the use of a mechanized or motorized system for removing or assisting in the removal of, or the processing of, material from the bed, bank, or channel of a river, stream, or lake in order to recover minerals.
Under existing state law the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is also currently prohibited from issuing any permits for suction dredging in California under the Fish and Game Code.
With state law in effect, the use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment, otherwise known as suction dredging, is unlawful in California rivers, streams, and lakes, and any such activity is subject to enforcement and prosecution as a criminal misdemeanor.
(See generally Fish & G. Code, §§ 5653, 5653.1, 12000, subd. (a).)

New State Law Governing Suction Dredging in California Effective January 1, 2016

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Monday, July 14, 2014


Check out some new photos of the Kirtley Creek Outing at Salmon, ID. 

Our club has a new Facebook page! Click on the link below to take a look.  It's newly constructed so be patient.

All you need to do is sign up for a Facebook account and you can search for our club's page. (Just look for the magnifying glass to begin your search.) 

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If you already have a Facebook account, just hit the "LIKE" button and you will become a "FRIEND."  If you are a friend already, then invite others you know to become a friend as well!

When this page gets to be more popular, we can post prospecting stories, information about prospecting/mining subjects, information on club outings, and anything else that is club related. 

Please become a Friend now!