THE EDITOR: Daylight
Savings Time & April Fool's Day !! OK---now I
have an extra hour of daylight each day to
treasure hunt ! What a deal ! I've been out on
4 "excursions" in the past 2 weeks and really
enjoying the Utah scenery. Not getting RICH (
yet! )---but I'm closing in on it ! This month
TARA & I will take an 8-day "vacation" and use
our motor home to visit 3-4 more unique Utah
areas. My "PLAN" is to go out
"treasure-hunting" at least 12 days a month for
the next 7 months. Some of my "adventures" will
take me to other states---mainly in search of
KGC loot ! Enjoy this newsletter & I'll write
YOU again on the 15th ! Get those taxes DONE !
TODAY'S TREASURE TALE
Link submitted by NICK CURTIS
magazine has a great website and two of the
BEST features on their website are their
TODAY'S TREASURE TALE ( where, if you visit
their site every day---you can read a
different treasure tale )at:
THE WILD, WILD WEST !!!
Link submitted by Jeff Waltrip
THANK YOU !!
Of the following
20 LINKS---Randy Sumpter contributed about a
dozen of them and Herb Keister about 5 of
them. I dropped their files and the stuff
got all messed up ! So I can't remember who
contributed what ! Sorry guys !! But I
sure do appreciate your help on these
newsletters---and I'm sure that the 4,000
(+-) readers do ALSO !!
TREASURE HUNTING GOVERNMENT STYLE !
EAST TEXAS PIONEER
TREASURE FLEET SHIPWRECKS
IN SEARCH OF BLACKBEARD'S TREASURE
CIVIL WAR CEMETERIES
NORTHEAST GEORGIA'S CIVIL WAR SITES
CONFEDERATE GOLD IN CANADA
LOST GOLD OF KEEL MOUNTAIN
THE GOLDEN HORDE
1622 DISASTER IN THE DRY TORTUGAS
OREGON TREASURE RESEARCH CENTER
THE 1715 FLEET DISASTER
THINK YOU KNOW YOUR STATES ?
TREASURE IN THE ARBUCKLES
NORTH CAROLINA GOLD FESTIVAL
KEEPING GOOD RECORDS.....
This is a post on
TREASURE NET by their webmaster
Allan Poe or Mark Twain or ?? the REAL
author of the BEALE CODES ?
ARTICLE ON SS REPUBLIC
Link submitted by GRANT
Submitted by VICKI HUBER
California treasure clues have been
added ( 84, 85, 86 ):
THE KGC TEAM
I also had a LOT
of interest from people wanting to
join THE KGC TEAM !! Below is an email
I sent to interested people. If YOU are
interested---please contact me ! THANKS
On March 19th I
added two more articles to the KGC
website. One is titled: "WHERE ARE THE
KGC CACHES?" and the second article
is: "THE KGC--IN THE NEWS!!" You can
read these two articles at:
THE KGC TEAM
receiving this letter because, since March
1st, you have expressed an interest in
belonging to a team of experts that will
endeavor to recover KGC ( Knights Of The
Golden Circle ) caches in the upcoming
years. If you have changed your mind in the
past 3 weeks, please let me know so that I
may reserve a spot for someone else. THANKS
You may have
received this letter as a "reminder" or
"invitation" to join THE KGC TEAM.
KGC TEAM has about 40 interested "potential"
members. We believe that 50 to 100 people
can form a team (or teams) to make
recoveries in several ( or many ! )
states---sometimes simultaneously !
This is a NEW
concept in treasure hunting. It will be
based on TRUST ! If we can add all of the
efforts, ideas, equipment and knowledge of
100 people---can you imagine the STRENGTH
our KGC TEAM can possess ?
LOVE to have 1/100th of a major treasure
recovery--- versus dreaming of making a
large recovery by yourself---and realizing
that you most likely will never succeed on
just your own efforts ?
There are many
successful teams formed that make recoveries
from shipwrecks---why can't that effort be
duplicated for land-based recoveries?
KGC TEAM is in the very early stages of
development---it will be a slow process at
first---but it WILL pick up speed FAST !
co-captains are FLOYD MANN and RANDY SUMPTER.
We communicate with each other many times a
day in our efforts to make this concept a
VERY successful one. In the month of April
we will solidify and complete the final
confidentiality agreements between ALL
accepted KGC TEAM members. This is new to
us and we are moving slowly and carefully to
make sure we do it right !
that THE KGC TEAM can make our FIRST (of
MANY !) recoveries during May, 2004. Will
YOU be sharing in this recovery ?
a frequent contributor to the newsletter and
BOTH of the websites, my great friend, RANDY
SUMPTER, has been aiding me for over a year
in deciphering KGC clues and evaluating
potential treasure depositories. To date we
have narrowed our searches and interest to a
TOP 100 best potential sites that
might contain treasure for THE KGC TEAM.
YOU will benefit from OUR efforts ! Are you
getting a bit excited yet? Can you imagine
the "possibilities" ? Are you ready for an
ADVENTURE ? Let's DO IT !
you may have already sent me your name,
address, phone number and email
address---please confirm your intent and
interest in being a KGC TEAM member by
submitting that information to RANDY and
FLOYD---AGAIN ! THANKS !
If you have
not asked ( in the past 3 weeks ) to be
on THE KGC TEAM---NOW is the time to submit
your personal information and request ! The
fact that you have received this email tells
you that WE think that you might be a
valuable addition to THE KGC TEAM and that
is why we are extending this invitation to
In addition to
your basic personal information, please tell
us a little bit about yourself and what you
think YOU can contribute to THE KGC TEAM.
Research ? Equipment expertise ? Valuable
clues ? A strong back and a shovel ? A
STRONG belief that WE can accomplish
ANYTHING with 100 dedicated individuals
working TOGETHER---rather than each person
doing his own thing ? You might be
physically handicapped, or not even own a
metal detector, BUT: what CAN you offer ?
telling RANDY & FLOYD what you can
contribute to the KGC TEAM's success---we
also want to hear YOUR ideas on how to go
about putting together this organization.
We want to hear ideas on what to put in the
agreement EACH member will be required to
sign. We ALSO want you to think of someone
else you think might be a valuable addition
to this KGC TEAM---then: forward them this
email, and if THEY are interested---it will
be up to THEM to apply.
By mid-April we
will CLOSE the application process and start
contacting each accepted member. Between
now and that time: Please research and
study the KGC ( Knights Of The Golden Circle
) website and ALL of the links. Gather
clues about KGC, Confederate and Outlaw treasure
stories for YOUR state and for OTHER
Feel free to
tell us ANYTHING that you believe might be
helpful to our new group: THE KGC TEAM .
ALWAYS---please feel free to contact me (
FLOYD MANN ) with any questions or comments:
West Valley City,
ASSOCIATION OF TREASURE SEEKERS
Vice-President of this world-wide
association I am PROUD to be able to donate
space in this OFFICIAL newsletter of WWATS
! Here is where I can keep you informed of
the events and news that affects our
hobbies---and for some people: their
professions and businesses ! As the
readership of this newsletter approaches
4,000 WE can be a FORCE in making our voices
heard by our legislators. WE can help shape
future laws that affect land rights and
other related issues.
six articles were submitted by WWATS
President Keith Wills and WWATS Board Member
IN LAS VEGAS, LOOTING RING UNRAVELS
FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
TRADITIONAL CULTURAL PROPERTIES ON THE SAN
JUAN NATIONAL FOREST
TIFFANY'S: MINING INDUSTRY IS NO JEWEL
NATIONAL PARKS....EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS
This should make you mad and you notice
nothing is mention about these folks paying back
these monies use, our tax dollars! Such a
question as to how the Parks Service is spending
our tax dollars, should be put out to the
associated press across the country, where
everyone demands an answer. Keith Wills
By Audrey Hudson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The National Park Service wants to cut park
hours and visitor services to save scarce
funding, yet has spent nearly $100 million on
travel, including foreign junkets to China,
Japan, Africa, France and Russia since 2002.
Globe-trotting employees held meetings, attended
conferences and gave presentations during their
trips, but the practice has angered lawmakers,
who say they are pulling the plug on the
agency's travel program.
Rep. Charles H. Taylor, North Carolina
Republican and chairman of the House
Appropriations subcommittee on the interior, and
Rep. Norm Dicks, Washington Democrat and ranking
minority member of the subcommittee, told Park
Service Director Fran Mainella to cancel all
foreign trips and significantly cut domestic
"In this technology age, the service should be
using teleconferencing and other means of
automated communications in lieu of costly
travel," the lawmakers told Mrs. Mainella in a
letter released yesterday.
The lawmakers said next year's budget will
require employees to obtain congressional
approval for travel abroad.
Park Service employees spent $44 million on
travel, including 215 foreign trips, in 2003 and
the first quarter of 2004. Foreign and domestic
travel in 2002 topped $50 million and included
470 foreign junkets, according to the General
Accounting Office and Interior Department
Records show one employee went to Russia and the
Congo at a cost of $13,200, and another went to
China, South Africa and twice to France for
$19,200. An employee in the director's office
took two trips to France for a total $6,300, and
another employee went to Canada and South Africa
for $10,000. One trip to Finland cost $5,600;
another China trip cost $6,900.
An employee whose office was listed as "unknown"
took a $4,500 trip to Mexico, and other
"unknowns" took a $4,000 trip to France and a
$3,000 trip to Argentina.
David Barna, spokesman for the Park Service,
said it is policy not to comment on
communications between Congress and the director
and that a written response will be sent to the
Mr. Barna said not all travel is paid for by
taxpayers, and that some is funded by third
parties such as the World Bank to assist other
countries with park-management plans.
The inspector general report released late
yesterday shows less than 1 percent of travel is
made to provide technical assistance to other
Meanwhile, the Park Service says it is starved
for money and is threatening to slash services.
A memo from the Park Service's Northwest region
last week suggests eliminating life guards at a
public beach, closing entire parks on Sundays
and Mondays and visitor centers on federal
holidays, and shutting down completely November
Despite limited funding for current projects,
renegade employees secretly planned and designed
four new major construction projects with a
$243 million price tag, plus tens of millions
for yearly operational expenses, the lawmakers
"Diverting funds from critical backlog
maintenance is unacceptable,"
they said in the letter.
Park employees sidestepped a law that requires
congressional approval of all construction
projects costing more than $5 million by having
outside "partners" develop the plans.
The recently discovered projects include a $100
million complex under construction at Valley
Forge National Historical Park that will
showcase a private collection of memorabilia, a
$95 million visitor center at Gettysburg
National Military Park and a $26 million center
at Yellowstone National Park.
Lawmakers didn't learn about a $22 million
visitor center at Grand Teton National Park
until the developer came to Capitol Hill last
week asking for funding he said the Park Service
had committed to him.
"Common sense dictates that before you embark on
an expensive new project, you should first
consult with the people who are paying the
bills," said John Scofield, spokesman for the
House Appropriations Committee. "And the Park
Service has not vetted these projects with the
bill payer, which is Congress."
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