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Meanwhile, back at the Ranch… are you a laid-off Phelps-Dodge Morenci Miner?

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Sign in here, post announcements, schedules, events, suggestions, and
PLEDGES here and TEXT US TOO: 520-678-7712
Photo: The gentle slope at the base of the mountain in the foreground
is the site of the Mining Camp at Amethyst Ranch, Santa Cruz County,
Arizona. Join us, register your Campsite Reservation, and post your
Camp Shingle HERE. Meet new neighbors, fellow Campers, friends
networking to make the Camp a busy and fun place and the mines
operating and productive.
 Rustic, minimum impact camping required.

Recreation work-study programs, MENTORING in related sciences.
RESEARCH / GRANT OPPORTUNITY announced Feb. 12, 2009
Mineralogy,geochemistry, structural geology.
Proposed Title of Research Paper to be presented at the 2010 Pegmatite
Symposia hosted by the Pegmatite Interest Group.
"Paragenetic sequence of rutile, wulfenite, anatase, brookite,
molybdenite, chalcopyrite and amethyst associations in a pegmatite with
alpine-cleft and hydrothermal pockets associated with a multi-phased,
greisenized granodiorite at the Santo Nino Mine, Mt. Washington, Santa
Cruz County, Arizona."

David London
Stubbeman-Drace Presidential Professor and
Norman R. Gelphman Professor of Geology
and Director, Electron Microprobe Laboratory
School of Geology Geophysics
University of Oklahoma
100 East Boyd Street, Room 810 SEC
Norman, OK 73019
(ph): 405-325-7626
(fax): 405-325-3140
visit PEGMATOPIA, a web site about pegmatite research at OU, at: visit the Pegmatite Interest Group at:
"Get PIG-headed"

When the smoke clears

Grace be with you, and blessings abundantly within reach in the New Year!

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Its hard to believe that seventy days has passed between blogs. Our community made yet another attempt to produce a locally centered Independent film, but the money was not there for over a month, despite some sincere efforts and dedication, so much of the Tombstone acting and film-making enthusiasts were disappointed, and are now somewhat focused on getting more tangible results elsewhere, and something to pay the bills with. BUT…Some luck has been found by some of these true Old West characters, in that while seeking a location to film some actual gold panning, where there was, at least, a little color to be found in the pan, so they would not have to use props or fake gold or ‘salt’ the pan, WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT…they actually found some measureable gold in the placer, but wait!… Yes, they also located the LODE VEINS where the gold was weathering out from! Next step, Filing a Mining Claim?
If there was enough gold, and it were practical to mine enough ore veins to justify a prudent man his expedenditures of time and efforts and expenses with a reasonable expectation of profit…MAYBE…

At least it makes a good recreational gold prospecting destination nice and close to Tombstone, so our visitors and guests can get a personal experience of just what the historic prospectors had accomplished, what they had discovered, whe ‘rest of Arizona’ that you cant see in movies or onthe streets of Tombstone or other southern Arizona Mining Camps, where year-around, the mild climate allows for comfortable exploration and prospecting adventures.

Speaking of close to Tombstone, did you read the article in the local news about the discovery of an ancient HOHOKAM VILLAGE East of the San Pedro River? Well, I have EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of another very recent discovery of a HOHOKAM VILLAGE complete with more than five pottery types, irrigation ditches, agriculture (fruit orchards, walnuts, and gardens) and long occupancy! At least right up until the Tombstone City Charter, based on a fictional "mining Claim" snookered by legalese and obfuscation [see the City Charter, page three] from the local Apache residents of the Walnut Gulch Native American Community of "Goose Flats", a short hike from prospector Ed Scheiffelin’s camp. See the special telephoto portrait of Tombstone in True West Magazine’s Forum- and if you want, order the special edition touch-ed up version of the village photo, made to appear as it did in its’ best days of 1880 to 1882, direct from us. Just email me! We hope to have this on display with several Tombstone Merchants this week.

A short walk from Ed’s camp, on some vacant private land and on the BLM land accessed from the public roads and trails, much remains from those days, even some very fine mineral specimens of the silver ore veins and some of the fossil-bearing limestones which have been etched by eons of rain, exposing and displaying their fossil creatures quite well, ready to display as is. Pottery pieces and paleotools are scattered across the landscape in small spot camps which may have been hunters’ stations, away from the village with its firepits, mounds, and water diversions. As always, we take only pictures and leave only footsteps, but this site, and several wonderful and beautiful mineral collecting destinations are easy day trips from Tombstone. Snowbirds, and vistors to the Tucson Gem Shows, are encouraged  to book a space at the Tombstone RV Park, to avoid the booked-up and high-priced accomodations in Tucson for the remainder of January and the first few weeks of February- [we know its a jam!] but most of all, so you can Go On Expedition with us!
 We guide diggers to the best rare specie locations, to the best agate and gem fields in Southern Arizona, and to our own exclusive gem mining camp and mines! PLUS, we can produce a high-definition video documentary of the adventures! Your business can sponsor an expedition program or DVD!

Our recent visits to Amethyst Ranch have achieved one of our top goals, a mineralogical discovery of scientific significance. We will be writing a short field report for Mineralogical Record Magazine, in the "What’s New In Minerals" feature, and presenting a scientific paper at the Pegmatite Symposium in 2010. Our plan is to proceed with development and production, in part due to very favorable market conditions and our own prudent planning and positioning. We have permanent staff coming into the operations next month, with some temporary and resident Ranch help and a few contract miners camping for extended periods. Interested? Contact us immediately:

From Adversity to Advantage in one easy step- contact me!

TIME has a way of confirming good choices or generating regrets. We have NO REGRETS about breaking away from the juvenile, the puerile, the ignorant, the drunken & corrupt, the selfish & self-centered, the arrogant & judgmental, whose every whim seems to revolve around the negative, conflict, challenge, competition or domination, control or subjugation, rule and influence, FEAR: false evidence appearing real.
As the daily rush to extremism and radicalism out-doing "the other side" continues- while pretending there was no coup in 1963 by the Texas Cabal, that there was no Inside Job on 911, that there are WMD’s yet to be found somewhere in Idaho;  -one can only say its getting crazier and more intensely unstable every day. As people discover that most of the charges of rigged elections, betrayals at the border, and levels of corruption undreamed of by Mafioso- are ABSOLUTELY TRUE- they will be focused on these people who were ‘leaders’ and know these are the REAL TRAITORS!. The evidence is obvious though still denied by many, that there is no legitimate government, no legitimate election, no plausible correction or reaction other than that of the shocked and awakened "sleeping pit bull" who is MAD AS HELL, let loose upon the political sell-outs in waves of retribution, anger, and violence that no tower in Dubai will save them from. Day by day, it will accellerate, and it will be a wonder if election day arrives without a total collapse of civility- the RUSH toward what now can only be described as "Pell Mell". The old USA has but a few more days before it comes to its now evidently inglorious end, in a tsunami of shame, guilt, and regrets- and defeat that it righteously deserves.

No Regrets, either, for the prudent preparations my wife and I have made, knowing full well these days would come. THEY ARE UPON US now.
 "Back at the Ranch" our discovery has become a Strike, and the strike has become a boom, which economic predictions say will soon become a bonanza. While currency still works, we would like to invite someone with an abundance of it to consider investing now in accelleration of our expansion plans developing our MINING PROPERTIES. We are confident we will be doing well, but with current news, it would be advantageous to move into commercial production on a larger scale as soon as possible. Cautionary Notice: This news release contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and United States securities laws. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects", or "does not expect", "is expected",
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estimates of management at the date the information is made, and is based on a number of assumptions and subject to a
variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from
those projected in the forward looking information. Many of these assumptions are based on factors and events that are
not within the control of the Company and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct. Factors that could cause
actual results to vary materially from results anticipated by such forward looking information include risk factors. Although
 the "Company" has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions,
events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors
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forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from
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The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.
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While others are worried, we are working hard to exploit these advantageous circumstances. If unafraid of ‘friendly risk’ investment,or ambitiously want to apply your existing advantages into a less jeopardized commodity producing project with a long-term solvency and profit advantage to be secured and expanded, you can readily fact-check our natural raw materials properties, the market, and our low cost-to-benefit ratio business plan of operations. We welcome inquiries by serious and adequately capitalized individuals or companies. MAKE YOUR MOVE SOON, as we have already restricted access to our property and effectively placed restraints upon nearby National Forest use.
This unusual and rare opportunity requires IMMEDIATE ACTION.

World-class Hard-rock Mineral Mine acquisition! Invest!

Our Amethyst Ranch mining camp and prospecting recreational activities are set to begin. While planning the camp, I found an important mining property abutting our lease is now available. It has one of the Best specialty mineral sources in the US on the property, a famous mine, and a huge deposit of metals and other mineral specimens far in excess of the price being asked. We  have decided, due to familiarity with this locality and its mineral deposit, that we should acquire this private property adjacent to our leased land and the mining claims, making a completely wonderful destination for expeditions as well as being a commercially viable producer with abundant and prolific crystals and ore. Our acquisition of this 4o acres alone would justify a fund-raising, but with the Amethyst Ranch Mining Campground, the Santo Nino Mine, the Ultraviolent Mine, The Tesla Mine, the Tesla Camp, the miles of roads & trails, the plentiful minerals, the beautiful landscapes with great views, the abundant ores, crystals, and springs, wood, and a cool shady forest at altitudes up to 7200 ft, it is a distinct privilege to be in this position to offer a Joint Venture Partnership in Amethyst Ranch Recreational & Commercial Mining Enterprises.
Interested participating investors should contact me IMMEDIATELY as our goal is to negotiate the purchase of this new 40 acre mine property and INITIATE TURNKEY OPERATIONS IMMEDIATELY, putting all the mines INTO PRODUCTION and to broker production within 90 days for an initial share payout target of 120 days.
We plan to use a total of $125,000. for complete operational costs, including establishing a permanent presence & occupation of both properties, promotion and conduct of guide services, campground, recreational uses, mine production, and other income generating activities as currently permitted. Email me : FIRST Earnest tendered offers get disclosures and prospectus, First Earnest Monies deposited in escrow get personal guided tour {my expenses deducted from the escrow account}, Grants accepted, investment collateral is Amethyst Ranch stock in trade, (mineral collection, lapidary stock, gems, mineral rights, operating permits, production share, sublease of prospects, contract mining leases, Expedition & video documentary service fees, publication sales, rock-hound & camper fees etc.).
Sincerely, with great enthusiasm & excitement,
Frank Lavoie
Barbara Turner
Amethyst Ranch
Old Tombstone Studio