We are right to the left of the big burn in the center. Kinda busy. Still folks digging and opals coming out. The NWR is rounding up horses and mapping mining district boundries finally since 1975 act of congress. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20120810-westernus.html
The season is open again. Have not been around the digs to here what was found so far. There’s been many rainy days to dampen every ones spirit, but the diehards are out in their raingear walking tall. The big news for this year is that the Opal Queen Fee Dig Mine CLOSED to the public. The owners have gone back to private operations this year. The other Fee digs; the already open Peacock Opal Mine, the soon to be open Bonanza Opal Mine, and the last to open Rainbow Ridge Opal mine, will have basically the same hours and rates as last year. The Denio Jct has been seeing more traffic regardless of the cost of gas. Wish so many weren’t passing thru on hopes of greener fields when they arrive. The Diamond Inn Bar is open and going strong with live music nights and Birthday parties again. The Town BBQ is scheduled for June 4th this year. Again it will be a steak dinner with all the potluck fixin’s we can make and a raffle with many splendous prizes. (That a word? Guess not by my speller but it sound good so I’ll add it to my dictionary for them.) ‘Til next update…Remember we are all neurons in the great internet brain!!!!