I am Chad Stanford and my father, Bill Stanford, is the man who got me interested into mining. I will give some history and TRY to be brief. But, I have a lot of ISSUES with the government controlling access to our mining claim, and using intimidation to TRY to kick me off our mining claims. They have been unsuccessful thus far. THANK GOD FOR JERRY HOBBS AND PLP!!!!!!
We have had a claim for 20 years now, I was young, dumb, and full of ..... and in my teenage years I REALLY screwed up and didn't realize the opportunity available to all AMERICAN CITIZENS. I am now pulling my head out of my ***. (It is too bad I didn't get to know more of my elders while I was younger)
I have been back involved and interested in our mining rights since 2004 while trying to help my dad who was a submariner and now a disabled vet.
After graduating with my Associates in Computer Networking I took a break and lived and worked on my mining claim for a full year. Especially since my dad told me I "couldn't learn how to be a miner until I learn how to pick sh*t with the chickens."
While working our claim I didn't submit a NOI, so the Forest Service sent me a letter threating to impound all my equipment, belongings, and water line. FORTUNATELY I met Mr. Lex & Mr. Wagner who introduced me to Jerry Hobbs and Mr. Hobbs informed me of the law and my rights. Knowing my rights, I continued to stay on my claim until I enrolled at CSU Stanislaus for my B.S. in Geology. Now I'm in my second year.
We have a log stringer bridge on the original Salmon River road that runs through our claim. We were required by previous rangers to put a gate to prevent public access due to public safety issues regarding the bridge. Early 2007 the new regime issued an emergency closure (during the fire season closures), and brought a lowboy & backhoe out to block the bridge with rocks. Upon our arrival in the 2008 dredge season the rocks had been moved. ***You never know what Salmon River locals might do, they are admittingly Cantankerouss *** So, we used the bridge only by foot. No vehicles.
Now, I recently discovered after my 2008 mining season the new regime came in and TORE out all the logs and left them looking like a mess. The logs were SCATTERED in the road, are completely in the way of access and occupying the space I would use to setup my camp. They sent me no notice of doing so.
I am posting this to give you a rundown on my situation as I plan on being A LOT more active in standing up for one of our last TRUE AMERICAN RIGHTS; making a living off the land via mining. "Get our worth from the Earth and not our fellow man."
As the title says, I am finishing my finals in school and now prepping to head to Salmon River country to work my claim for the summer until school starts back up. We will see what our regulating agencies will try to do. I will do my best to keep things updated and keep you posted.
May God Bless America,