Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Keep Calm and Check Acronyms!

Due to the vicious, vindictive vile venom we've seen sprayed all over the mainstream media over the last few days, I feel compelled to clarify something.  Although obvious to most, I feel the need to make sure that everybody who does not live in the rural western US understands the current acronym confusion a lot of people seem to be suffering from. I was perplexed by the sudden bile-filled tsunami of lib-tards and people of color losing their minds over situation in Malheur County, OR.  And then I kept seeing hash-tags with BLM attached, and rantings about 'white racist terrorists.'  So, just to make sure...

...the BLM that the Hammond Family supporters were protesting against this past weekend is the BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, and NOT the African-American protest movement BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Just in case anybody misunderstood.

It would be an epic fail of historical proportions for the next American Civil War to start over a misunderstood acronym.  It's almost like it was planned by some diabolical evil genius to divide and conquer us all, isn't it?

And I agree - Black Lives DO Matter.  And so does EVERYBODY else's too.  Because my empathy is for fellow human beings - whatever their race, color, creed, religion or personal philosophy may be.

United - we stand.

Divided - we fall.  All of us.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Harney County / Hammond Ranch Statement

We here at the Sugar Pine Mine have been made aware of the situation unfolding in Harney County, Oregon.

Although we fully support the Hammond family, we DO NOT support the splinter group currently occupying a Federal Government building to further their own agenda - whatever that may be. 

Whatever the reason, whatever the motives of this group, this is not the way to deal with the traitors inside the rogue government agency called BLM. 

The crimes of the BLM are so vast, so wide-ranging, that the Federal government will have to deal with the criminals who work for them. 

We still believe in the LAW. 

We still believe in JUSTICE. 

We still believe in the CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. 

We still believe there are good people, righteous people, who work IN government and FOR the people. 

We still believe that we can, and will, win in court. 

We hold these values and beliefs dear and we shall never surrender them.

We DO NOT and WILL NOT support any action that has been designed to inflame emotions or incite violence.  We DO NOT and WILL NOT support any action that will render a wife without a husband, nor children without a father.


Sincerely...
- The Sugar Pine Folks.



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Very Early History of the Sugar Pine Mine

The following is from an historical timeline of the Sugar Pine Mine by Kerby Jackson, Sugar Pine Archivist and Mining Historian.
 
Sometime between 1858 and 1860, the Sugar Pine Mine was discovered by P. Cassidy, J.E. White and B.F. Simms who sink a short shaft into an ore body on the top of Sugar Pine Butte. It is one of the earliest gold quartz discoveries in the State of Oregon and is the first in the Galice District, if not the first in the entire state. There is dispute as to whether the discovery took place in 1858 or 1860. In her book Along the Galice Trail,
 
Galice area historian, Claudette Morning Pruitt, lists the date of discovery as 1858, while most sources list the date as 1860. To date, Pruitt's research has not been verified, but our research indicates that many of the details she mentions can be corroborated through records. The 1860 Federal census lists a P. Cassidy (born, 1807 in Ireland) living in Galice precinct who is 53 years old, as well as Job White (birthplace unknown) of Briggs precinct who is 21 years old and B.F. Simms of Galice precinct who is 36 years old. Cassidy, White and Simms build an arrastre at an unknown location, but little mining is done.
 
Thomas Martin (born Ireland) of Galice precinct, who is 31 years old, buys out J.E. White's interest in Sugar Pine. Martin owned a saloon and boarding house called the “Eagle” on Skull Bar at the mouth of Galice Creek, as well as extensive water ditches. Martin was responsible for giving Applegate Gulch, a tributary of Galice Creek, its name. The conveyance dated June 20th, 1860 is found in Josephine County Mining Records, Volume 1, Page 274. It states that for a sum of $300, the transaction grants to Martin, an undivided one third interest in “a certain quartz lead situated on the Right Hand Fork of Galice Creek, now known as the Sugar Pine Lead (which) was discovered by White, Cassidy and Simms”. The transaction also grants a water right for mining purposes from Galice Creek.
 
On July 3rd, 1860, John McGrath and William Crow relocate Sugar Pine or a claim on the same lead – the record is not 100% clear as to which is the case. Josephine County Mining Records, Volume 2, Page 273.
Writing in 1884, Joseph Gaston wrote that: “The quartz excitement of 1860 was felt in Galice creek to some extent, and a vein was found three miles above Witt and Arrington's store, on the right hand fork of the stream. Sims, Martin, Cassiday and Dinsmore possessed the best claim.
 
The last man mentioned by Gaston is probably George Dinsmore, which the 1860 Josephine County census states was born in Canada about 1832 and who was a resident of the Walker's Mill Precinct. This precinct was named after the Walker Brothers (Augustus L. and Wesley R. Walker) who settled 160 acres near what is now Merlin. The Walker Brothers were natives of Kentucky who arrived in the area in 1852. In the summer of 1855 they were mining at Galice and were participants in the Siege of Galice Creek in October of that year, later enlisting during the subsequent Rogue River War, which entitled them to Donation Land Claims.
 
The precinct named for them included two areas, one served by the Slate Creek Post Office near what is today Wonder, Oregon and the second which was served by the Leland Post Office (near Sunny Valley). About half of the twenty households in the portion which George Dinsmore lived in was populated by Chinese miners. As best as can be figured, this portion of Walker's Mill Precinct extended from the vicinity of Merlin to at least as far west as about Hellgate Canyon, most of the settlers living along Jump Off Joe Creek. As best as can be determined, George Dinsmore does not appear in any future census records in Oregon or California after 1860 and seems to have disappeared, possibly returning to Canada.
 
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

ALERT! - Con Man Absconds with Sugar Pine Legal Fund Donations

UPDATE : MORE KEVIN PREUSSE RIP OFF LINKS [7:03am 5/15/2015]

It is with great sadness and disappointment that we post the following info from Kerby's Facebook page...

I have something very important to say to the mining community at large, as well as all of you in the Patriot Movement who are reading this.
Recently, an individual by the name of Kevin Patrick Preusse (if this is his real name) has managed to inundate himself into our ranks under the guise of someone who is willing to stand up to fight for the rights of miners. His act was so effective that he wound up “assisting” with the collection of legal funds for the owners of the Sugar Pine Mine which is currently under threat by BLM. Strangely enough, a miner on Oregon Gold Hunters actually publicly called this into question, calling Kevin a scam artist. Several miners ridiculed that accuser on the grounds that Kevin had surrounded himself with numerous figures in the mining community that had earned him an air of respectability.
According to the accuser, Kevin's father had turned up at his place of business and then threatened him in front of his wife and children.
After weeks of the Sugar Pine Mine owners requesting that he transfer their legal funds (which they badly need), Kevin Preusse has since a absconded with their funds, leaving them in not only a financial hardship, but also placing the future of their case against the 1955 Surface Resources Act at stake. During those weeks, numerous excuses were made by Kevin that he was in and out of the hospital with cancer complications, which according to some published information on the web is part of his M.O. The true extent of how much donation money he has stolen is unknown since Kevin had control of the funds. The Sugar Pine owners have since filed a criminal complaint with FBI.
In the meantime, Kevin also “borrowed” a metal detector from a woman named Marion Kennedy. When she asked for its return and was ignored, Kevin responded by threatening to file over the top of her claim. In the meantime, as Marion reached out for aid, Kevin told persons (including myself) who asked him to make sure that the detector was returned, that Marion would not answer his texts or was putting off picking up the detector from him. He even showed transcripts of text messages from “Marion” to prove this. It has since come to light that forging text messages and e-mails, is also part of Kevin's M.O.
Galice Mining District has a considerable body of evidence that will be presented to the FBI regarding Kevin's theft of Sugar Pine legal funds, as well as his theft of Marion's metal detector.
In the meantime, it has become apparent that Kevin Preusse has also attempted to engage in attempts to Divide and Conquer the mining community. As one example, he has suggested to several people that Karen and David Darnell are plants for BLM who were inserted into the mining community to takeover the leadership of mining organizations in the NW part of Oregon. He also accused Marion Kennedy of the same.
Meanwhile, considerable information has come to light on the web that Kevin Preusse is a professional conman with a long history of running various scams that go back a period of seven or eight years. These are well documented on the web and you may review those links. I think they speak for themselves.
Over the last several months, a number of people have contacted me expressing their concern of Kevin making inroads into the mining community. Unfortunately, I took their concerns to result of some squabbling they had engaged in with Kevin in the past and I apologize to those people that I did not take their warnings seriously.
The above being said, I am calling upon all OathKeepers and III%ers to place Mr. Preusse under citizen's arrest and to deliver him into the custody of the nearest member of law enforcement or into the hands of the nearest magistrate should they encounter. Apparently, Mr. Preusse claims to be a member of organized crime and after being warned by the Sugar Pine owners that they would be in touch with the FBI, he threatened that “we have more firepower than OathKeepers”. Therefore, I believe he should be regarded as armed and dangerous by anyone who attempts to approach him. They should take whatever precautions they see fit in bringing Kevin Preusse to justice. Currently, he is known to frequent the following locations: Rocky Gulch and the North Fork Galice Creek in Josephine County, WhiteHorse Creek and the vicinity of Azalea in Douglas County. His current residence is believed to be Salem, Oregon.  
- Kerby Jackson, Sugar Pine Mine Spokesman, Archivist & Mining Historian.

Links to the long list of Kevin Preusse scams and threats (and these are just what we've found so far; there may be many more and we suspect that there are) -

Rip Off Report #1 -
 

Rip Off Report #2 - 
 

Rip Off Report #3 - 
 
 
Rip Off Report #4 - 


Oregon Gold Hunters Forum - Member Threatened -
 

Ripped Of by Kevin Preusse -
 
 
Another blogger posts about his Kevin Preusse experience -
 

Kevin posting under fake ids and accusing Michael Crichton of copyright infringement -
 

Kevin posing as his own fan in the 'Celebrity' category -
 
 
Kevin Preusse Developing Earthquake Prediction Modality! - Has Funding! [ID: Scoops]
 
 
  
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

GoFundMe Legal Fund Campaign - NOW LIVE!

The Sugar Pine Mine Legal Fund to fight the illegal BLM land grab is now up and running!

Your donations are much needed and greatly appreciated - this is a costly fight and several thousand dollars have been spent already.  Rick and George REALLY need your support!

If you're not overly endowed with greenbacks right now - keep your money in your pocket!  But if you still want to help, post our website link on your blog, share the site or GoFundMe campaign on your Facebook or Twitter or talk about the case on forums you take part in.  Everything helps!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

BLM Logic Fail - Exhibit #1 - The Sugar Pine is Bigger than the McCove/Coy Mine

In our research into the endless shenanigans of the Bureau of Lawless Mobsters, we've come across some golden little nuggets. (Pardon the pun.)

This post is an example of the BLM's logic (or lack of it thereof,) and proof that they favor gigantic oil, gas and mineral extraction by international conglomerate corporations over the Mom & Pop type operations like the Sugar Pine.

Using BLM's logic, the Sugar Pine Mine with its 120 acres, 3' x 4' tunnel entrance and next-to-no surface disturbance is so utterly enormous that BLM have no plan of operations big enough to cover the humungousness of it, but the McCoy/Cove Mine in Nevada, a (then) 4018 acres of claims with an OPEN PIT is such a teensy-weensy little thing that the Environmental Impact Study found NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT on the Shoshone-Eureka Resource Area land it's on. The study was done for the additional 367 acres the company wanted to add to the mine in order to build 21 new ponds.

CLICK HERE to see an image of the McCoy/Cove Mine.

EDIT : The McCoy/Cove mine is now 31,000 acres and has been significantly expanded since the filing of the documents we're working from for the purpose of this blog post. (Also see disclaimer at the end of this post for more info.)

The actual quote from Jim Whittington, BLM Medford District spokesman regarding the giganticness of the Sugar Pine was published in the The Daily Courier (April 15th) and is thus -

"There's a fairly big footprint to it. There is no plan of operation that would cover the level of work they are doing there. For something as intense are we're seeing out there, they're going to need a plan of operation."




So, which is it, Mr. Whittington?  Sugar Pine needs a plan of operation, or Sugar Pine is too big for any plan of operation you have? Make up your mind. Is there any depth you won't stoop to, any story you won't make up, in order to back-track on the BLM's monumental faux pas? Take our advice - there is no way the BLM can or will talk their way out of this one with more lies and distractions. There is no lie you can tell, no diversion you can misdirect people down, that will ever make you right, because you are simply WRONG. Nothing can change that.  Nothing.  No amount of lacky so-called journalists who chase non-existent phantoms and whip the uneducated into a frenzy will ever make you right either.  The facts are the facts are the facts, and there's no getting around them.  They will not go away.

Oh, and please answer our FOIAs!  It has been 3 months now.  Are there some records missing or something? 

Mr. Whittington, you and your employers should be thoroughly ashamed of the way you have continually lied to the public throughout this whole debacle of  the BLM's making.  You are a disgrace to your agency, and you are a disgrace to the country and the government you represent. All we asked for was that you do your job, abide by the law.

And by they way, BLM, Sugar Pine doesn't need a plan of operation - WE HAVE SURFACE RIGHTS. Remember when we tried to get you all to sit down and look at our conclusive proof and your refused, several times?  Remember that?

Which part of WE CONTROL THE SURFACE AND WE HAVE PROOF do you not understand?

The BLM is lying to the public about the Sugar Pine, and Jim Whittington's quote above is the perfect illustration of that fact. Disinfo will NOT win this case.

If you'd care to take a look at it, here's the PDF of the BLM document Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) relating to the infiltration system expansion of the McCoy/Cove mine.

DISCLAIMER : The FONSI document was picked at random from this page and is in no way is a condemnation of the mining company that owns the McCoy/Cove mine, nor a judgment of their operation. It is simply a random document for illustrative purposes. For the record, the operating company, Echo Bay Minerals Company, was bought by Kinross Gold Corporation in 2003, the 7th largest gold company in the world. [Sources :

SOURCE :
NBMG Mining District File Collection






The Burning Desires of BLM - Victim #1 : Punta Gorda Lighthouse

The Punta Gorda Lighthouse in Humboldt County, California, first lit the way for vessels at sea in 1912 along the desolate coastline.

The lighthouse's remoteness, tendency to become an island in the winter rains, and reputation for being the place to exile wayward Light House Service employees, became known as the Alcatraz of Lighthouses.

Village burned to the ground by BLM


Punta Gorda Lighthouse was deactivated and abandoned in 1951.

According to the Bureau of Land Management...

The light station consisted of three two-story frame dwellings, a frame fog signal house, blacksmith and carpenter shop, outbuildings, a reinforced concrete light building with iron tower and curved iron stairway, and a reinforced concrete oil and distillate storage house.  A small creek on the south side of the light station supplied the water for the station. 

The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 5, 1976. The Fresnel lens and the flag staff pole were removed many years ago to the Maritime Museum in Eureka, California and there are no outbuildings remaining to service the Station. 

What the BLM omitted to tell you there was that they burned everything to the ground, with the exception of the lighthouse tower and the oil house.

Why? You may well ask.

Because 'hippies' dared to move into it.

A group of people moved into the long-abandoned small village and made improvements to the numerous buildings and settled there for a while. They were evicted by local authorities and BLM burned the little village down, destroying the buildings the people had worked hard on and made their homes.

Was this really necessary? Was it? It had been abandoned for nearly twenty years. People moved into it and improved it and made the place their homes when nobody else cared for it nor wanted it. It was (and is) a remote, difficult to access, sometimes inaccessible place that no one else had the slightest interest in.

And along came the BLM jack-booted fire-bugs with a big box of matches.

Burn, baby, burn.

Even although BLM claims that they have NEVER burned down anything, that it has not happened and it will not happen, it would seem to be common knowledge to all and sundry BUT the BLM.  How can so many people know that BLM burn down homes and properties on a regular basis and the BLM are still publicly denying they do any such thing?  Is there really a need for the BLM to lie about this anymore? Is it not glaringly obvious by now that this agency seems to have gone completely rogue, nearing the point of sedition and treason?  They have no regard whatsoever for the Constitution. They have no use for property rights, unless it is their own right to take what they chose, with impunity.

Take a look at these websites, blog posts and forum threads, regarding the burning, demolishing or seizure of people's homes,  properties and mining claims...

Alaska State Legislature - SB 391 - DALTON HIGHWAY TRAPLINE ACCESS Minutes

IRS and BLM Illegal Activity Exposed!

Alaska Gold Forum - Building a Trapping Cabin?

Your Web Apps Forum - Personal Experience w/BLM

Gold Rush Expeditions - Destruction of Historic Buildings in Death Canyon in the Simpson Mountain Range (fourth sub-heading)

DeathValley.com Forum - Backcountry Hassel [sic]


The list goes on and on. We suspect we've not yet even scratched the surface.  These are just a few examples illustrate the point that although none of those links constitutes hard evidence that the BLM have burned down cabins and seized property, but either they have and do, or there is a massive internet conspiracy against them in random and disparate demographics.

Still want to claim you don't burn people out, BLM?  Hmmm?



SOURCES :
BLM.gov - The Alcatraz of Lighthouses
Wikipedia.org - Punta Gorda Light
Punta Gorda Lighthouse Photograph - United States Coast Guard Photography


 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BLM Employee Emails, Destroying Records, Lies, Withholding FOIAs

Yes, just another day at the office for BLM!  Destroying records, lying and withholding public information is all in a days work for BLM.

Today, below is a PDF of documentation regarding the BLM stonewalling of our FOIA requests and the destruction of public records.


PDF of EVIDENCE - BLM Employee Emails, affidavits, etc...


An email from a BLM archaeologist (from the Medford District office,) states his suspicion that records have been destroyed. We've always considered him one of the very few 'good guys' who work for BLM. He is passionate about his job and was willing to share information and research.

An additional email, from NARA (National Archives & Records Administration) states that they have very little records from BLM and what they have procured had been poorly managed. The email correspondence was in response to Sugar Pine Archivist, Kerby Jackson's request for records from NARA, relating to the Sugar Pine, in 2013.

In addition, affidavits have surfaced from another miner, regarding his own difficulty in gaining access to records for his mine. 

Tina Siebert, Land Law Examiner at the BLM State Office in Portland, declared to the mine owner that the records for his claim had been destroyed in the 1980s, and was given nothing.  Returning later to the same office, the miner was given a small amount of records for his claim by a clerk, without comment or problem.Tina Seibert is also the BLM employee who gave the Sugar Pine documentation to a third party without any questions, whilst we're still waiting for many of our FOIAs to be answered, three months later.

A second affidavit by the same miner documents his request for the FBI to investigate the destruction of the public records, which was met with contempt and disinterest from the agent.

It would seem that some BLM employees do their jobs, and others have a clear agenda to conceal public information. Apparently, they also lie about documents having been destroyed in order to avoid handing them over, since we know at least some paperwork remained.

BLM, this isn't getting any better for you guys, is it? Right now, you look like the most deceitful, spiteful, malicious agency this country has ever known.  And we haven't even started yet.