Found by one of our members during a Club outing!
Great Nugget Shooting By Martian. Free Range, 1/4 ounce of Gold!
"Metal detected by a PCSC member in Sierra County."
Our very Martian's results of open Range nugget Shooting on Open BLM Land
President Obama's New National Monuments are not affecting our current claim areas.


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  • 28 Oct 2022 9:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hello All,

    PCSC November outing is scheduled for the Friday 11th though Sunday the13th, Veterans Day weekend at the Pilgrim campground. As usual on a donation basis, Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 7 to 8 am. Lunch noon Saturday. Bring your favorite dish for the Potluck, which is at 6 pm Saturday. 

    The Hunt to be held at 1 pm Saturday. No pulse detectors allowed during the hunt.  The bylaws stipulate participants of the Hunt be current members. 

    Contact me for a map. Call me if you have trouble finding the Pilgrim.


  • 22 Jun 2022 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello all, we received this information request from an outside person and am passing it along:


    My name is Christopher Nelson and I am a professional photographer working on a personal project dedicated to portraits of individuals with their metal detectors out in the field. I have always been fascinated by the folks on the beach searching the sand for little treasures and decided I would like to capture their portraits in the field. 

    I have attached a recent project dedicated to individuals and their overindulgences during covid and I have attached a couple recent images of two treasure hunters here in Santa Monica who were kind enough to let me photograph them.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated in coordinating individuals who would be happy to help in my endeavour. Also I could come to your next meeting to present if that would be more convenient for you.

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

    Kind regards. 

    Christopher Nelson





  • 13 Apr 2022 4:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hello All,

    April's Outing will be held on April 22nd. through 24th. This will be a chance to visit High Desert Gold Digger's Bull Frog and Hot Diggity claims.  Nuggets are being detected on Bull Frog. Drywashing of both claims is producing for those willing to do sampling first. So, bring water, pan, and your panning tub out to the claim.Your guests are welcome. They don't need to be a prospector. Anyone interested in the process are welcome.

    Breakfast of egges, sausage, pancakes, and coffee, will be offered Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am. Lunch of hot dogs, potato salad, chips, and coffee, on  Saturday 1:00 pm. Donations accepted to cover costs. Potluck Saturday 6:00 pm. with camp fire to following (a fire if  weather allows). Bring wood. Hunt is to be determined by the Board at Friday's meeting. 

    I expect weather to be in the 80's, but prepare by bringing plenty of hydration. Remember, electrolytes are part of being properly hydrated. A popup canopy for the diggers is recommended.

    Use the link to a map to find your way to the camping area. PLEASE NOTE:  The camping area is a quarter mile east of HWY 247 at the 63 mile marker.

    Access to camping area is easy.  For the claims, 4 wheel is recommended.  But, skillfull 2 wheelers can get access to claims. Caravan and rideshare from the camp site to the claims will be arranged. Cell coverage is spotty once leaving the camp.

    Call me with any questions or directions. Or if you have trouble accessing the link below for the map.

    Bull Frog Hotdiggity Loop.jpg



  • 07 Dec 2021 7:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Our Club President: I'll take the time now to announce our next prospecting outing: The January outing will be held on the weekend of the 14, 15 & 16th at the Blackjack Claim. Our staging area will be the 'general store'. Old man Schaffer closed the doors to this establishment in 1938, so don't expect to pick up any supplies, but it does make a nice flat camping spot. The foundation from the store is still intact and there is an old time arrastra nearby. It takes about an hour to get from 29 Palms to the claim, and maybe more. Due to the condition of the roads, 4-wheel drive is mandatory, especially with recent road conditions being unknown. Much of the land in this area is unclaimed, so there is plenty of opportunity to prospect off claim and discover a new patch (I know of two that were found this way in the last few years.) If you have never been there and would like to be guided in, Lucky Joe plans to leave the Circle K parking lot at the East end of 29 Palms at 8:00am on Saturday morning to go to the claim. If you are new to prospecting, there will be plenty of instruction and help available. I hope many of you can make it. If you have questions, please call Joe at 562-999-2428. 

  • 30 Sep 2021 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lots of giveaways/

    American Mining Rights Association

    We are just a little over two weeks from our huge event in Barstow at Slash X, our Oktoberfest event. A huge metal detecting hunt, one of our largest raffles ever, dinner and we are even playing our movie from the previous AMRA dinner (a must see). The generous owner of the Screamer Mine has agreed to donate some more of the specimen pieces (jewelry grade) from his mine for us to also give away!

    We had a chat with Pat Keene yesterday and he donated literally a truckload of stuff for us to give away in the raffle. Thank you Keene Engineering!

    Roaring Camp has donated trips to their patented, private gold camp, both a week trip and day trips. Wow, thank you for the years of support Roaring Camp!

    Mine Lab will be there again with all the bells and whistles like two years ago. Thank you Debbie, we know you're going to rock this event like last time!

    AKAU is going to be there, and some day we plan on going to Alaska and staying with them.

    Route 66 is donating a huge nugget and is sponsoring the event, thank you very much for the support.

    And Proline Mining, who has provided prizes at every one of our events for over 8 years has stepped up yet again. Thanks Jeff.

    Sunday morning will start the walk 4 water rights where Jere and Shannon walk 325 miles from Barstow to Oakdale to unify the fight for water rights. We'd love everyone to cheer on this monumental walk when it begins.

    There is a link on the AMRA FB page under "events" to the Barstow event, we hope to see you there and once again, thank you to all the sponsors and those who've donated.

    See you there...........

  • 14 Mar 2020 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear PCSC Members,

    Kathy passed away of March 11. Services for Kathy will be on Wednesday,
    March 18 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church located at
    18400 Kinzie St., Northridge. Internment will follow immediately
    at San Fernando Mission Cemetery located at 11160 Stranwood Ave.,
    Mission Hills. Reception following services will be held at the Odyssey
    Restaurant, 15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills.


    In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Heart
    Association or the American Cancer Society.

    Thank you for informing other PCSC members.

  • 03 Nov 2019 7:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    November 23rd Coin Hunt Announced November 23, 2019 10:00am Ruth R. Caruthers Park 10500 Flora Vista St. Bellflower, CA 90706

  • 03 Nov 2019 7:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December 13-14-15 Prospecting Outing Announced PCSC President, Joe Chmiel, says:

    Who's ready to get some Christmas glitter? If you are caught up on your holiday shopping or if you just need a break from it, December 13, 14 and 15 will be the dates for our next outing. A return to the Placer Pete Claim is in order. Hobbled as I was last time with a sprained ankle, Jeffrey and I had some pretty good gold to show for the few hours of drywashing we put in. I intend to do more of the same and I hope many of you will join me. (Just not where I'm digging. You have to find your own spot.) This claim has a lot of potential and is also registered as a GPAA claim. This means there have been people moving some dirt since the last time we were there. This is always a good thing as it opens up new ground. The driving is easy and the parking is plentiful. Motels are not too far away in Barstow if you are so inclined. We will have our Saturday evening potluck early because of the deep state conspiracy that causes us to set our clocks back every Fall. Maybe around 5pm would be good. Martin will be hosting another nugget hunt and may switch things up a bit. I hear that since too many of his targets were found at the last event, he is bringing in better digging equipment to bury them deeper and employing electronic interference techniques to ensure everyone gets skunked. Ok, I jest. The event will be fun as usual and likely will be held early afternoon on Saturday (more details at November 15th Meeting). Bring a dish for the potluck, bring some firewood, and most importantly, bring yourself! Don't let lack of equipment or knowledge hold you back, there is plenty of both available with this club. Call Joe at 562-999-2428 if you have any questions.


  • 10 Sep 2019 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Valley Prospectors of San Bernardino presents Rendezvous 2019

    October 25, 26 & 27 2019 Ord Mountain Camping Area I 15 North – take Highway 247 (Barstow Road), Barstow – turn right and approximately 16- 19 miles down Highway 247 you’ll see a brown BLM route marker 6640 on the road. The road is on the East side. Take a left if you are coming from Barstow on this dirt road and you will see a large BLM Informational canopy sign posted for the area. Follow this dirt road up a small and easy grade. The camp area is on the left side of the road. it’s not hard to see and it’s easy to get to. GPS coordinates: N34 degrees 41.008, W116 degrees 57.398 All Events take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019!

    Jim Straight Memorial Metal Detector Hunt by Valley - $20 registration – 10 am Gold Panning Contest by FCM - $5 registration – 2 pm Chili Cook-off – Saturday Night – 4:00 pm Potluck starts after Chili tasting Nightstalker Hunt by Valley - $5 registration - Dark Bingo Free Kid’s Events

    Dry camping (primitive)* Friday 2 pm - Fun Begins Sunday 12 noon - Time to go Home

    Contacts: Lorraine Frost 760-868-6564 or Steve Schubert 951-943-0535

    Website: *Sawtooth Campground, ½ mile west of Hwy 247 (if you want an improved campground with toilets and tables)

    Valley Prospectors Rendezvous 2019 October 25-27, 2019 Ord Mountains Camping Area Time Friday Saturday Sunday 10/25/19 10/26/19 10/27/19 8:00 AM BREAKFAST by Valley 8-9 am BREAKFAST by Valley 8-9 am 8:30 AM 9:00 AM

    Clean up 9 – 10 am 9:30 AM 10:00 AM JS Metal Detector Hunt 10-11:30 am PACK UP TO LEAVE 10:30 AM Sponsored by 11:00 AM Valley Prospectors

    11:30 AM Kids Games 11:30-12:30 12:00 Head home - 12 Noon 12:30 PM Lunch – Provided by L. Frost 12:30 – 1:30 pm 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM Early arrivals Gold Panning Contest 2:00 - 4:00 pm 2:30 PM Sponsored by First Class Miners 3:00 PM

    3:30 PM 4:00 PM Trash Hunt Chili Cook-off Judging 4 pm 4:30 PM Potluck 4:30 – 6:00 pm 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM Bingo 6-7:30 pm Bingo - 6-8:00 pm 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM Night Stalker Hunt at Dark 8:30 PM Sponsored by Valley 9:00 PM Campfire 9 pm Campfire 9 pm ** Lady Luck drawings every hour on Saturday between 9 am and 4 pm All scheduled events are subject to change & cancellation due to lack of volunteers and/or participants

  • 24 May 2019 5:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As many of our members have seen the red signs closing different roads thru out our claim areas, all of us need to take a pro-active approach to keep and or get back access to those good prospecting areas.  We will be locked out for good if nothing is done. Martin has stepped up and taken this approach and has spent many hours of his time insuring that we all still have a place to prospect. Hear is his latest effort along those lines.

    Dear PCSC Members:

    I am sharing with you a copy of the BLM protest I authored and filed today in regard to BLM's proposed land use plan amendment (LUPA) and its final supplemental environmental impact statement (FSEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP).  The purpose of sharing this protest exemplar (attached to this email in PDF) is to help everyone understand a little better what is involved, the specialized language used and generally how the system works.  Due to the proliferation of lawsuits brought against governmental agencies and the anticipated generation of additional compulsory administrative land use plan amendments and environmental impact statements, it may prove helpful if some of you get familiar with bureaucratic administrative language and the structure of the dance we may have to do in order to preserve our access to some of the last remaining nugget rich areas of the California Desert.

    In regard to achieving immediate open access to our Desert Queen Bee claim, I'd say my chance of prevailing at this stage of the review process is slim to none.  But you never know...  Nonetheless, at least BLM will be compelled to read it and then come up with a response.  Depending on the response, further decisions will have to be made.

    Martin H. Milas P.O. Box 2290 Yucca Valley, CA 92286

    May 23, 2019

    BLM Director (210) Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210 P.O. Box 71383 Washington, DC 20024-1383

    Dear BLM Director:

    Adhering to BLM’s “Critical Item Checklist For Filing A Protest” I submit the following critical items:

    *The purpose of this letter is to protest BLM’s Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the West Mojave Route Network Project (WMRNP).

    *My name is Martin H. Milas.

    *My address is P.O. Box 2290, Yucca Valley, CA 92286.

    *My telephone number is 626-375-1609.

    *My interest in filing this protest is: Approval of the plan as currently drafted will adversely affect my access to an active mining claim (Desert Queen Bee; CAMC 309723) in which I possess a mineral interest.

    *The issues being protested consist of: 1. I protest the “closed route” proposed classification (contained in Appendix G) of Route WEMO ID 112700 as a Translinear Disturbance and the proposed designation Alternative 5 (contained in Appendix G) of Route WEMO ID 112700 as a Translinear Disturbance instead of a limited open route designation such as “Motorized, Authorized, Permitted”. Additionally, the proposed justification for the classification and designation of WEMO ID 112700 and two related routes (see #2 and #3 below) as translinear disturbances contained in


    Appendix G appear to be in conflict with several objectives of the plan (as will be discussed in more detail below). 2. I protest the “closed route” proposed classification (contained in Appendix G) of Route WEMO ID 112699 as a Translinear Disturbance and the proposed designation Alternative 5 (contained in Appendix G) of Route WEMO ID 112699 as a Translinear Disturbance instead of a limited open route designation such as a “Motorized, Authorized, Permitted”. Additionally, the proposed justification for the classification and designation of WEMO ID 112699 and two related routes (see #1 above and #3 below) as translinear disturbances contained in Appendix G appear to be in conflict with several objectives of the plan (as will be discussed in more detail below). 3. I protest the “closed route” proposed classification (contained in Appendix G) of Route WEMO ID 111721 as a Translinear Disturbance and the proposed designation Alternative 5 (contained in Appendix G) of Route WEMO ID 111721 as a Translinear Disturbance instead of a limited open route designation such as a “Motorized, Authorized, Permitted”. Additionally, the proposed justification for the classification and designation of WEMO ID 111721 and two related routes (see #1 and #2 above) as translinear disturbances contained in Appendix G appear to be in conflict with several objectives of the plan (as will be discussed in more detail below).

    *The parts of the plan being protested are the proposed route designations and proposed justifications of WEMO ID 112700, WEMO ID 112699 and WEMO ID 111721 contained in Appendix G of the PLAN and Final SEIS (see WMRNP_LUPA_Final SEIS_Appendix G_TMA5_RouteTable_508.pdf).

    *Copies of documents addressing the issues that were submitted during the planning process by the protesting party: See Attachment A.

    *A concise statement explaining why the decision is believed to be wrong:

    “Land uses…which require transportation access include…mining…” (See Chapter 3 at page 3-2). My timely route specific digital comment included a specific reference to an active mining claim, the Desert Queen Bee (CAMC 309723), that is located on Route WEMO ID 112700 of the BLM MAP. BLM acknowledged receipt of this comment as being submitted on 2018-06-05 11:21:48 MST bearing Comment ID 20180605.172047.960000. (See Attachment A) Yet no reference at all is made to this important fact in the “Designation Decision Justification And Impact Minimization” in Appendix G for the proposed designation Alternative 5 of translinear disturbance for the route in question.


    Additionally in my comment I referenced other route segments that should remain open for motorized vehicles. These segments include WEMO ID 112699 and WEMO ID 111721 because WEMO ID 112700 (generically referenced as “Dobson Road”), in order itself to be accessed needs to be connected either to open route WEMO ID 78.794 (AKA Open Route CG 7253 or generically referenced as “Williams Well Road”) or to open route WEMO ID 112916 (AKA Open Route CG 7277). See Attachment B which is a screen shot from BLM’s master MAP for the PLAN of the immediate area at issue and discussed in further detail below. As can be seen in Attachment B, the currently proposed route system is DEVOID of any east-west open connector route between the only two primary north-south open routes in the immediate vicinity. This is an important departure from one of the objectives of the PLAN which is to insure connectivity with adjacent route networks to insure access to public land holdings and authorized users. Nonetheless, a proposed closed route designation of LINEAR DISTURBANCE is made in contradiction to the Executive Summary of Alternative 5 of the PLAN which states, “However, this alternative has been designed to incorporate specific comments received during the DSEIS public comment period regarding access to specific locations and uses.” (See page ES-18 of the Executive Summary). In fact, BLM failed to incorporate my specific comments contained in Appendix B or to even discuss them despite a specific request to do so (see WMRNP_LUPA_Final SEIS_Appendix I_Responses to comments_508.pdf which does not contain any reference to my name or my comments). There are additional deviations from other PLAN objectives by not having a reasonable east-west open route corridor that connects the two referenced major north-south open routes in the vicinity, i.e., CG 7253 and CG 7277. This is so because certain public travelers in TMA 5, instead of having a relatively short eastwest connectivity drive of .85 miles (see Attachment B) will be forced to drive approximately four to five miles south and then four to five more miles north to access the adjacent route corridor, i.e., by means of the nearest remaining open routes that connect the two north-south corridors (note, there are no east-west connectors further to the north as both referenced open routes climb into higher elevations and diverge from each other with zero open connectors). The result of all this unnecessary extra mileage will contribute MORE not less fugitive dust emissions. Additionally the extra mileage will add to harassment of wildlife, not minimize it (see Chapter 1 of the PLAN at page 1-6). The PLAN includes protection for the Desert Tortoise and Mojave Fringe Toed Lizard, specifically to minimize losses of tortoises to crushing (see Chapter 4 at pages 4-94 to 4-98). Do the math. Ten extra miles of driving as opposed to .85 miles raises a tenfold higher risk of crushing. Also, note that the court ordered


    BLM to “(1) Prepare a…network that complies with minimization criteria.” (page 1-10). The BLM justifications to close Routes WEMO ID 112700, WEMO ID 112699 and WEMO ID 111721 by designating them translinear disturbances do not minimize the above discussed criteria as effectively as a designation of MOTORIZED, AUTHORIZED, PERMITTED would. CONCLUSION: By modifying the proposed route designations for routes WEMO ID 112700, 112699 and 111721 (which all existed prior to 1980 as discussed in Attachment A) from Linear Disturbance to MOTORIZED, AUTHORIZED, PERMITTED, BLM will insure continuing lawful access to an active mining claim by a limited number of authorized permittees (who, as discussed in Attachment A, almost exclusively utilize extremely low impact, nonmechanized metal detecting as the primary recovery methodology) and will better achieve other PLAN objectives such as minimizing environmental concerns as discussed above.

    I declare under penalty of perjury pursuant to the laws of California that the above statements are true and correct. Executed by ______________________________ on May 23, 2019 at Yucca Valley, California.

    Thank you for reviewing this protest.

    Respectfully yours,

    Martin H. Milas




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