Jim Thurber is a hard-working and dependable guy who wears his heart on his sleeve. He's known Todd for more than 15 years, and has been through thick and thin with him. Six years ago Thurber left a steady job as a sheet metal worker and was the first to join the Hoffman crew mining for gold in Alaska.
As the camp safety officer, Thurber was responsible for making sure that no one gets hurt working in one of the most dangerous workplaces imaginable -- an active mine site, patrolled by grizzly bears. Thurber didn't know a thing about gold at the start, but over six seasons, he's become an essential part of a successful mining team; that is until they failed to find gold in Guyana, when the Hoffman's pulled in just 2oz of gold.
Since the jungle Jim has followed Todd to success in the Klondike, last year helping him achieve their highest gold total ever. This season he's hoping for even more gold from the Hoffman's new claims in the hills of eastern Oregon.
Gold Rush Jim to send his son Nathan and daughter Breanna to college. Nathan graduated with a degree in Business Information Systems from Oregon State University and Breanna graduated from Pioneer Pacific with an Associates in Medical Assisting. Jim feels blessed to be able to give his kids this opportunity to be successful in their future.
When he's not mining Jim volunteers with a veteran's organization called Home with Heroes which gives Veterans the opportunity to hunt and fish. Jim says it is very humbling and rewarding.
Thurber was a successful motocross racer in the 70s and early 80s, racing 125 and 250 class and gaining local sponsorship. He just enjoys riding today and is teaching his daughter how to ride.