Archive for August, 2008

Historic Jicarilla Mining District

August 9, 2008

Historic Jicarilla Mining District
News Letter

Hello Everyone
Well it has been an interesting year, and there is a lot to report !
So this may be in three parts.

First off, as you all know the DEADLINE DATE to file your small miners waiver form is near.
The DEADLINE is September 1st. at noon, this form must be received by BLM office NO LATER than NOON, or Postmarked prior to the deadline.
If you do not have the proper form please contact me and I will e-mail one to you.

Also the deadline for filing your Assessment Work Form is December 31 2008.
I also have these forms if you need them.

The BLM has always been wonderful people to work with, but if you miss the deadlines then you will have no choice but to re-file your claims or lose them.

Now to a lighter side.
Sue and I have been very busy the last two weeks, and it has proven to be very productive.
We just returned last night from a two week trip where we visited Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and parts of New Mexico. We had meetings with several miners and many who were not miners but were very interested.
We also had meetings with numerous officials of the Bureau of land Management and U.S. Forest Service. Our thanks go out to all of these people for being so receptive to our meeting.
We also had the opportunity to be on a local radio talk show and I must say the people were very receptive to our needs. We also plan to talk to them again via telephone on occasion.

The weather here and in Jicarilla has been blessed with a good amount of rain.
So the placer mining should be really good this year.
Gold has dropped some but as I have predicted before it will rise again.
As soon as I get some much needed rest I will send out other reports.


Jerry Fennell
Jicarilla Mining District



Historic Jicarilla Mining District
News Letter
Hello again
To continue the updates of our trip I am in hopes that it will not be too boring, or offensive to anyone.
But as always I have a habit of telling things as I see them, this does not mean that I am always right, for many times I am not. But I am always willing to stand corrected.

Sometimes we as people are caught up in our own little world, as I have been for the last 30 years or so.
This trip has brought to light for me many things, and I hope to share them with you here.


I had been looking forward to this trip for quite sometime as I had not really been anywhere more than two hundred miles away from Jicarilla, N.M. in many years.
The trip was pretty dull for me until we got passed Santa Fe, then I began seeing country that I had never seen before.

We spent the first night in Espanola N.M. and the next day we visited several people who lived there. And talked to them about mining and the environment.
Here I must say that we met some of the most wonderful people, as we did throughout the entire trip.

As we headed North by North West we decided to take the back roads as this is where you can see the real America.
We traveled through many small towns dotted with farm land, hay crops, corn, grain, and dotted with horses and cattle. To me it was a true feeling of what America stands for, and what really makes up this great country we know as America.
We stopped many times along the way and talked to many of the people of these rural towns, and communities.
All of which were hard working people, as it was plain to see, by their callused hands, but warm hearts.
It was not long before I discovered that this trip was a history lesson in the making.

The second night we stopped in a small town called Saguache Colorado, where we were invited to park our fifth-wheel in the local Catholic Church parking lot.
The next morning we discovered we had a bad tire on the camper. But this little Town had no repair shop. The lady at the connivance store got on the phone and called everyone in Town until she found a man who kept the local school busses in repair. And he was willing to change the tires for us. As he had an air compressor to break the lugs loose, which had been put on way to tight.
I  for one would like to revisit this little Town if ever I get the chance.

On our way we traveled through the Rio Grande National Forest, La Garita Mts. through North pass 10,149 ft. and the Gunnison National Forest, the San Juan National Forest and many others. For a time we made our home base in Montrose Colorado.
From here we could make most of our meetings within a few hours drive.

I will make an attempt tomorrow to complete the rest of the story.


Jerry Fennell
Jicarilla Mining District

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Historic Jicarilla Mining District
News Letter
Part 3
Hello Again
As I stated in part 2 of the news letter, this trip has been a history 
lesson and very productive learning experience. Not only for myself but 
for many.
I hope to explain this statement within this letter.

I had the pleasurable experience of visiting many of the old, so called 
ghost towns and mining camps. I found that although many of these Towns 
were just quaint little Towns nestled in the remote back country. Others 
are flourishing boom Towns again.
But they all have the same thing in common “ Valuable Minerals “ which 
are still being mined today. Most are mined by the small miner, pick and 
shovel type operations.
Whether it is called “ Casual Use “ “ Recreational “ or other terms, it

means the same. It means freedom! Freedom to pursue your rights granted 
by Congress. Freedom in the pursuit of happiness ! “ FREEDOM “ is this 
not what America stands for?

I could not help but notice throughout my trip that these other States 
have erected stone and brass plaques monuments dedicated to the memory 
of the men and woman who were brave enough to settle the Western United 
States, also to the mines and miners who endured many hardships to make 
this country rich and great.
Being a miner myself it gave me a good feeling to see that miners were 
at least at one time appreciated for what they contributed to this great 

In my meetings with many of the top officials in the US Forest Service 
and Bureau of Land Management I found an overwhelming interest in the 
fact that they all had a great attitude concerning the rights of the 
miners and prospecting.

First let me say, I have studied the Mining Laws, BLM Manuals and US 
Forest Service Regulations for many years, and know most of them by heart.
And I was very impressed while in one of our meetings there was a man 
who was not happy with someone who had filed a mining claim close to his 
I sat and listened to one of the Geologist, as he calmly explained the 
mining laws and regulations to the man. For about half an hour the 
Geologist answered the mans questions in accordance with the laws. 
Needless to say the man was not really all that happy, but did 
understand that the miner did have a right to file the claim, and did 
have the right to work the claim, just as he would have the same right 
if he himself had filed the claim.

Once I knew that I was in a meeting with people who not only knew their 
jobs, but also knew the mining laws, it became an enjoyable experience.
I would like to thank all of them for taking time for our meetings it 
was very educational for me and a great experience.

I would also like to express my thanks to the State of Colorado BLM and 
US Forest Service for their work on the Forest in that State. The Forest 
were clean, the rivers were clean, the roads were clean, we saw little 
to no trash anywhere within the State of Colorado where we traveled. 

I may write more later, but for now I have a lot to do.
Thanks to all and remember, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!


Thank You
Jerry Fennell
Jicarilla Mining District