The State

A treasure hunter from Orange County won permission from the state to continue his search for a shipload of silver that may have sunk in Owens Lake in Inyo County a century ago. Without debate, the State Lands Commission extended for a year the permit it granted in January, 1987, to Al Enderle of Tustin. For the last 11 years, he has made a hobby of trying to locate the silver from a barge that--according to local legend--sank in the 1870s. The lake on U.S. 395 has been dry most of the time since the 1920s after Los Angeles began using Owens River water.

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