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Colorado Section

Monthly luncheon meetings are held every third Tuesday, at the
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110
(Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
Lunch starts at 11:30 AM, Speaker 12:30 PM
Members/Non-Member/Visitors/Guests are all Welcome!

Price: Buffet lunch (approx. $10) must be purchased for entry to the Golden Corral.  An additional voluntary tip of $1/person is requested for the wait staff in the meeting room. Free parking. For more info: Contact Jim Burnell at (303) 866-3458 or dialjeemincolo@aol.com.

Colorado Section Newsletter - December 2013
GeoEvents (4/13/14) RMAG May Luncheon (3/26/14)
AIPG Social Lunch (4/13/14) SEG Course (4/13/14)
U.S. EPA National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters (4/2/14) SME Colorado Section April Luncheon (4/2/14)
Colorado Scientific Society Spring Field Trip 2014 (4/2/14) Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (3/30/14)
Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule (3/30/14) Colorado Mineral Processing Division 64th Annual Meeting (3/30/14)
University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule (3/30/14) Denver Gold Group April Networking Luncheon (3/26/14)
DWLS Spring Workshop (3/13/14) Scout Days Volunteers Needed at Dino Ridge (3/9/14)
NGWA Groundwater Summit (2/24/14) FOUR CORNERS OIL & GAS CONFERENCE (2/24/14)
New GSA Blog Series (2/24/14) Mining History Association, Annual (2/12/2014)
Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series (4/13/14) AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting (2/3/2014)
Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation Update (1/10/2014) USGS TopoView (05/13/13)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Economic Geology (3/13/14) Alaska State Geologist Recruitment (2/24/14)
GIS/Geologist Position Available (2/5/14) GLOBAL DIRECTOR - METALS (2/3/14)
Idaho Director / State Geologist Job Opening (12/20/13) Colorado State Geologist Advertisement (12/08/13)
Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)
MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)
101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground 1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log
Scholarship Fund Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship
Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002 Section President and Vice President Duties

Government Relations


(comp. by P. Modreski, USGS-Denver, pmodreski@usgs.gov

Sun., Apr. 13, 2-4 p.m., for mineral collectors interested in “micromounts”, the Rocky Mountain Micromineral Society meets usually on the 2nd Sunday of each month, normally in the conference room at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (their next meeting will be on May 18), to discuss and study minerals under the microscope. A talk at the April meeting will be on the Willis Micromount collection (of DMNS), by Marcus Lieberman. For more information and their schedule of meetings, field trips, etc., contact Joe Taggart, j-taggart@comcast.net .

Mon, Apr. 14 (+ Apr. 28, May 12), 6:30 p.m., FrackingSENSE, Greeley: A Community Discussion About Oil & Gas Development In Greeley, Colorado; panel discussion on three evenings, sponsored by Center of the American West; location varies. For full information see https://centerwest.org/events/frackingsense-greeley .

USGS Rocky Mountain Area Seminar Series

Seminar begins at 10:30 a.m., Building 25, Lecture Hall, Denver Federal Center, Lakewood CO (use the main Meetings, Lectures, and Courses 5 east side entrance E-14). For more information contact Pete Modreski - 303-202-4766 , pmodreski@usgs.gov .

April 15. Donna Whitney (U Minnesota) . “Mantle to surface dynamics during the transition from collision to escape tectonics.

April 29. Peter McMahon, (USGS Denver). “Groundwater age and mixing in Rocky Mountain energy basins: implications for monitoring.”

Thurs., Apr. 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m.,“The Development of the Sequence Stratigraphy Revolution”, Ron Steel, University of Texas. Van Tuyl lecture series, Colorado School of Mines, Berthoud Hall Room 241; all are welcome; refreshments

Thurs., Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m.; monthly meeting of the Colorado Scientific Society,
The Mid-Wisconsin Human Colonization of North America: a Call for Archaeological Investigations in Older Geological Deposits; by Steven R. Holen and Kathleen Holen, Center for American Paleolithic Research, Fort Collins, CO; Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO; all are welcome. “The Mammoth Steppe Hypothesis presented here suggests that humans entered North America from Siberia during the relatively warm mid- Wisconsin, 40,000 to 22,000 rcybp. The authors offer evidence of a mid-Wisconsin human presence in the North American mid-continent, including Colorado.” For a full abstract and more info, see http://www.coloscisoc.org/ .

Apr. 18-20, Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show (Ramada Plaza-Denver Central), 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 10-5 Sun.

Apr. 18-20, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Book & Garage Sale (rocks, etc.), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day

Sat., Apr. 19, 2:30 p.m., for mineral collectors interested in the fluorescent minerals, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Fluorescent Mineral Society will hold a meeting at the Ramada Plaza-Denver hotel, where the Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show is taking place. The meeting will be in Teddy’s Restaurant & Lounge, at the hotel. All interested persons are welcome to attend; for more info contact Conrad North, conrad@uvminerals.org .

Mon., Apr. 21, 5:00-7:30 p.m., a short day-before Earth Day Hike for the public, led by USGS geologist Pete Modreski. A walk on trails in the Ravines Open Space, Lakewood, to see exposures of the Denver Formation containing petrified logs. Meet at the intersection of W. Jewell Ave. and S. Wright St., Lakewood; suggested parking is on side streets along Wright St., south of Jewell. If planning to come contact pmodreski@usgs.gov , 303-202-4766.

Wed., Apr. 23, 4:00 p.m., CU-Boulder Geological Science Colloquium; “Why is Grand Canyon young and steep? (considering the action is upstream)”, Joel Pederson, Utah State University; Benson Earth Science Building, Room 180; all invited. See http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm .

Sun., Apr. 27, the Florissant Scientific Society will meet for an on-site talk about the Cresson (Cripple Creek & Victor) gold mine to be given by Tim Brown, geologist at the mine. Exact meeting place & time are TBD, but will probably involve the mine overlook near Victor. The FSS, an informal group for anyone interested in geology, meets ~monthly for either a lecture or field trip, usually NOT just in Florissant—meetings may be anywhere between there, Colorado Springs, Denver/Golden, Fairplay, and beyond. Their future plans include a talk in Leadville by former State Geologist Vince Matthews (May 30) and a field trip to Summitville, CO (July 19-20). For more info and to be put on their email list to hear about all coming meetings and trips, write to Beth Simmons, cloverknoll@comcast.net .

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RMAG May Luncheon

May 7, 2014
Speaker: Richard J. Bottjer
Talk: Mississippian Heath Formation, a self-sourcing tight oil carbonate petroleum system, central Montana, USA

Location: Denver City Center Marriott
Check in: 11:30 am; Lunch: 12:00 pm; Talk: 12:20 pm

Lunch $30/ Walk-in without lunch $10
Please note online lunch registration closes Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4pm!

To register or for more info, go to http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=3

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AIPG Social Lunch

Date: 22 April (Tuesday)
Time: 11:30 (we'll start gathering at 11:30 and see how much space we need)
Place: Yard House Restaurant, 14500 W Colfax Ave., Unit 341, Lakewood, CO

We are going to hold some lunches simply for social interactions. Dave Abbott put together the first one two weeks ago for the downtown folks. We will have one on Tuesday, April 22nd, for the Westside folks.

This is located at the far east end of the Colorado Mills Mall, near the movie theatres.

If you know you're going to be there, please let Jim Burnell dialjeemincolo@aol.com know ahead of time, but that's not imperative.

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SEG Course

Key Practical Methods in Mineral Exploration

Date: May 12-17, 2014
Location: SEG Course Center | Littleton, CO, USA
Website: https://www.segweb.org/apps/activities/default.aspx?hkey=9ab042db-88ab-4e12-835d-09b68042e94e#14RPMETHOD
Early bird deadline: April 12, 2014

This comprehensive course will be of particular value to early-career exploration geologists, advanced students, and managers coordinating multidisciplinary exploration teams. Five days of lectures and class activities culminate in a field day at the Cripple Creek and Victor gold mine. Curriculum includes reviews of important mineral deposit models, exploration program design, geochemical exploration techniques, geophysical exploration methods, drilling and sample recovery, recognition and interpretation of rock alteration, QA/QC protocols, and integrated interpretation of complementary geotechnical data sets. Case studies with a focus on "best work practices" will be highlighted. Instructors have extensive worldwide experience.

Instructors: Odin Christensen (Coordinator), Craig Beasley, Graham Closs, Jeff Jaacks, Dave Johnson, Dave Maher, Denis Rousseau, Tommy Thompson, and Lori Wickert


  • Conceptual models of important mineral deposit types, with emphasis on features useful in exploration;
  • Geochemical exploration methods from collection through laboratory analysis to interpretation of results;
  • Selection, application, interpretation, and integration of various geophysical exploration techniques;
  • Q/C and Q/A methods required to verify the integrity of geotechnical data;
  • Drilling methods–why each is used; sample collection practices, environmental protection, and safety considerations;
  • Brief introduction to logging of drill core and cuttings: observing, recording, communicating;
  • Recognition and interpretation of rock alteration in mineral exploration;
  • Integrated interpretation of multiple geotechnical data sets to focus exploration; organizing exploration information for effective interpretation and communication;
  • Field trip to Cripple Creek and Victor gold mine, a giant epithermal gold deposit in an alkalic magmatic complex, with emphasis on practical skills used by exploration and mine geologists.

Early Registration (through April 12, 2014)
Member: US$1,950; Non-member: US$2,100; Student Member: US$950; Student Non-member: US$1,050

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U.S. EPA National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters

Deadline for Abstracts Extended Abstract submission deadline has been extended to April 11th

Announcing the Call for Abstracts for the National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters: Approaches for Characterization, Source Control and Treatment
August 12-14, 2014
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The conference will provide participants with an opportunity to examine and discuss current and emerging approaches related to characterization, source control and treatment of mining-influenced waters.

The conference goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information on current and emerging approaches to assessing characterization, monitoring, source control, treatment and/or remediation on mining-influenced waters.

The conference is aimed at mining remediation researchers and practitioners; federal, state, local and tribal decision makers; the mining industry; and others interested in the management, remediation and restoration of impacted hardrock mining areas.

Topics will include characterization, water treatment, source control/mine closure approaches, beneficial use, and prediction and modeling. Please see the Call for Abstracts flyer for a full list of conference topics.

The conference planning committee has decided to extend the abstract submission deadline for oral and poster presentations from March 28, 2014 to April 11, 2014. Abstracts should not exceed one page in length using 11 point, Times New Roman font. Abstracts should include the presentation title, authors' names and affiliations, email, mailing address, phone number, topic (from the provided list of potential topics), and preference of oral or poster presentation. Submissions will be accepted from all interested parties. Abstracts will be evaluated by the organizing committee who will also determine the final format - oral or poster presentation.
Abstracts must be submitted in electronic format by email.

Send to:
Alina Martin, Leidos; Phone: 571.244.1582; Email: martinali@leidos.com

There is no registration fee for this conference. Online registration will begin in mid-April 2014.

Please address technical inquiries to:
Douglas Grosse, EPA, 513.569.7844 or grosse.douglas@epa.gov
Diana Bless, EPA, 513.569.7674 or bless.diana@epa.gov

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SME Colorado Section April Luncheon

April 17th, 2014
Lunch at Maggianos DTC
7401 South Clinton St., Englewood, Colorado 80112

Doors open at 11:30 am, lunch will be served at noon.
Cost: $35 per person; Students welcome at $15 per person with reservation

Speaker: Chad Blattner of Stu Blattner Raise Boring will present on their unique drilling technology manufactured in Golden, Colorado.

Stu Blattner, Inc. is the largest Raise Bore Contractor in the United States and one of the largest in the world. The Company was incorporated in 1980 and still operates with its original owners, Stu and Bruce Blattner. Currently there are 19 raise bore machines in their fleet, operating in South America, North America and Australia.

RSVP by the close of business on Monday, April 14th. RSVP and payments, whether you are an SME member or not, will now be made through the SME Community Event page:
Or through the Colorado SME Community:

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Colorado Scientific Society Spring Field Trip 2014

Colorado Headwaters Basin Five mountain passes, cool rocks, and (maybe) moose!

Leaders: Jim Cole and Marieke Dechesne, USGS
Date: Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1, 2014
Departing from Federal Center Park and Ride (and Boulder too)

The cost for transportation and drinks provided will most likely be between $20-30.
This trip is limited to 30 attendees, so please go ahead and reserve your spot by contacting Cal Ruleman - cruleman@usgs.gov or call: (303) 236-7804

This two-day trip will showcase new insights into the Cenozoic geologic history of the western flank of the Front Range in Grand and Jackson Counties, north-central Colorado. Well show evidence for widespread major uplift that occurred about 67-61 million years ago, in contrast to contemporaneous subsidence in the Denver Basin and South Park areas. Once the Colorado Headwaters Basin began to downwarp (approximately 61 Ma), subsidence was rapid and deep, and spectacular cannonball gravels were deposited in places. Distinctive volcanic porphyry cobbles are traced to source rocks in south-central Colorado, with intriguing implications for paleodrainage. Well show evidence for faulting before and during basin filling, and show that many of the big folds and reverse faults in the area are mostly younger than the Paleogene sediments.

The middle Tertiary Period here is marked by diverse volcanic/intrusive rocks in the Rabbit Ears and Never Summer Ranges, and by high-energy stream deposits of boulder gravel and coarse sand eroded from volcanoes and mountain uplifts. The most recent 5 mil-lion years history shows evidence of renewed mountain uplift, drainage adjustments and integration, and landscape incision.

Saturday night lodging will be in Hot Sulphur Springs with an optional visit to the hot springs spa. Attendees must call and make their own reservations for Saturday nights lodging. Plan on providing your own breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.

Lodging options:
The Canyon Motel (970) 725-3395
Hot Sulpher Springs Resort (970) 725-3306 Ute Trail Motel (970) 725-0123

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Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute

2014 RMCMI Annual Conference
June 29-July 1, 2014
Keystone Resort, CO

Contact: RMCMI, 303-948-3300, or visit the web site: www.rmcmi.org .

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Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geo-news-and-events/department-seminars .

April 21. Dr. Gregory Ojakangas, Assoc. Professor of Physics, Drury University. “Do Precambrian stromatolites hold clues to continent orientation and the dynamics of the ancient earth-moon system? Modeling and measuring the morphology of fossil algal structures.”

April 28. Po Chen, University of Wyoming. TBA.

May 5. Dr. Wendy Harrison, Colorado School of Mines. TBA.

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Colorado Mineral Processing Division 64th Annual Meeting

April 24 - 26, 2014
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO
Meeting Theme: "Enhancing Plant Performance"

For more information, contact Gill Porter at 303-674-4756 or gill4mpd@hotmail.com , or Jenny Pergola, 303-451-7677 or jenny@pumpsplusinc.com .

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University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm . All talks are held in the Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (180) every Wednesday at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted. **Refreshments are served at 3:30 on the 3rd floor**

April 16. Kerry Key, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “Marine electromagnetic imaging of the Middle America Trench offshore Nicaragua.”

April 23. Joel Pederson, Utah State University. “Why is Grand Canyon young and steep?” (considering the action is upstream).

April 30. Masakazu Niwa, Japan Atomic Energy Agency. “Groundwater pressure changes in Central Japan induced by the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake, and their relationship with faults.”

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Denver Gold Group April Networking Luncheon

“Stakeholder Relations and the Pursuit of Social License to Operate”
featuring Maureen Upton, President, Resource Initiatives

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, 1111 14th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202

To register, go to https://www.cvent.com/events/dgg14-lunch-april-denver/registration-336b66d646bb404c81880f669308e5cc.aspx?i=e4f6b3ab-4e83-424a-acb1-98a724d323de
by Friday, April 11, 2014
COST: $40

In pursuit of the social license to operate, mining companies are making record expenditures on activities spanning social investment, environmental stewardship and governance. Precious metals miners and their investors have seen an increasing share of their cost per ounce represented by these programs. However, it is not clear that this coveted social license is being granted. the question as to whether the sustainability programs put in place are the right ones is tackled continuously by multilateral organizations such as IFC and industry groups like ICMM. Instead, we will take a look at both the content of the dialogue between mining companies and their stakeholders and the venues of this dialogue. Today these venues are increasingly digital - video is the most watched medium and a variety of social media networks are the dominant distribution channels.

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DWLS Spring Workshop

The Denver Well Logging Society would like to announce our 2014 spring workshop on Pore Systems, Conductivity, Saturation and Permeability.

Date: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Where: Colorado School of Mines
When: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Only $300
Deadline: R.S.V.P no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, April 1st.
Reservations: Reservations must be made online with full payment via PayPal.
Cancellations: Cancellations must be made no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, October 1st. No refunds will be given after that date! Email reservations/cancellations to Jennifer Bartell, or call 720-587-2409.

Course Abstract:
Pore Systems, Conductivity, Saturation and Permeability is designed for petrophysicists, reservoir engineers, geologists, research scientists and others wanting a deeper understanding of the nature of resistivity and permeability, enabling them to do a superior job of data interpretation. The basic premise of this course is that a fundamental understanding of resistivity and permeability will significantly enhance the attendee's ability to evaluate pay, and to predict permeability. The goal of this course is to provide that understanding.

The highly interactive presentation provides new insight into the meaning and interpretation of resistivity data from both logs and cores. Using the concepts developed in the course, geoscientists will be able to perform more informed and effective log and core data interpretation, saturation evaluation and pay determination. In addition, the understanding and interpretation of fluid flow and permeability naturally follows from the theoretical concepts developed for resistivity interpretation.

The course begins with a discussion of electrical conduction by solutions, laboratory measurement of resistivity, and the effects of concentration, composition and temperature. Conduction by rocks is described using a physics-based pore-geometric theory and the concept of a pore-geometric factor is introduced. The effects of pore geometry are discussed in detail and a method for calculating water saturation is developed.

Archie's equation is the basis for virtually all saturation equations used in the industry. The conventional interpretation of resistivity data - log or core - based on Archie's equation has only an empirical foundation. The origin, meaning and implications of Archie's equation are presented as well as how the equation's parameters are obtained from laboratory measurements.

An approach is developed to the interpretation of resistivity for hydrocarbon saturation and pay evaluation that is independent of Archie's equation and can be tied directly to pore geometry. Making this connection gives the interpreter analytical and predictive power not possible with more traditional methods. The pore geometric factor approach is used to analyze Archie's equation and to understand the difficulty encountered when trying to relate the Archie parameters m and n to rock properties.

The electrical properties and responses of various other rock-types, including vuggy-carbonates, are discussed as well as the methodology needed for interpreting them. The effects of clay in rocks (shaly sands) are examined and a general shaly sand saturation equation is developed. Commonly used shaly sand equations are evaluated and the underlying assumptions, advantages and disadvantages are discussed.

The theory developed for interpreting resistivity data is equally applicable to understanding fluid flow and permeability and is used to develop the background and understanding required for the effective use and prediction of permeability. Using this approach, attendees will be able to increase their capability for predicting permeability.

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Scout Days Volunteers Needed at Dino Ridge

Call for Volunteers! Dinosaur Ridge will be hosting 2 scout days this year, Boy Scout Day on Saturday, May 10, 9 am-3 pm and Girl Scout Day on Saturday, October 11, 9:30 am-3 pm. Help will be needed at the various geologic and fossil sites on Dinosaur Ridge as well as with hands-on geology and fossil activities at the Visitor Center. If you can help out for a few hours or all day, please contact Amber Cain at amber_cain@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 107. Prior knowledge not needed, will train on-site the day of. Lunch is provided for all volunteers.

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Denver, CO - July 20-22, 2014

Cracking the Source

Info at http://www.aapgrms.org/2014 . Hosted by RMAG.

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Denver, CO - May 4-7, 2014

2014 NGWA Groundwater Summit - 10 Years of Moving Research to Solutions

Info at http://groundwatersummit.org

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Farmington, NM - May 7-8, 2014


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New Blog Series

2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecturer

Geological Society of America is proud to announce the 2014 International
Lecturer: Marjorie A. Chan. Chan is professor of geology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In the coming months, "Speaking of Geoscience" will feature a series of dispatches from Chan as she travels to India, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, and Korea.

Blog is available at http://geosociety.wordpress.com/

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Mining History Association, Annual Conference

June 11-15, 2014
Trinidad, Colorado

Theme: "Raton Basin Coalfield. In 1947, Colorado coal reserves were estimated at 15% of U.S. reserves and its anthracite reserves ranked 4th among all states. In 2004, Colorado ranked 6th in coal production. This conference, hosted at the Holiday Inn and Trinidad State Junior College, will touch on many themes of geology, mining, and social history in addition to the Raton Basin Coalfield. Field trip will include the Purgatoire Dinosaur Trackway, the K-T boundary in the Raton Basin, and others, in addition to social events in town. Attendees are an eclectic mix of geologists, engineers, miners, and academic historians, all bent on enjoying their forays into mining history.

The roster of technical presentations will be posted soon on the MHA website at www.mininghistoryassociation.org/TrinidadConference.htm .

For additional information, contact Fred Barnard.

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Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series

Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Colorado School of Mines,
Berthoud Hall Room 241
all are welcome; refreshments
Schedule posted at: http://inside.mines.edu/GE_Lecture-Series , or call 303-273-3800.

April 17. Ron Steel, University of Texas:
“The Development of the Sequence Stratigraphy Revolution”,

April 24. TBA.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
July 20-22, 2014

Call for Papers!
To submit an abstract for poster or oral presentations, go to www.aapgrms.org/2014/conference/technical-program

NEW deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2014 Technical Program themes

  • Source Rocks and Petroleum Systems: Have we deciphered the codes?
  • Technology: Paradigm shifts
  • Exploration/Exploitation: Looking back; Looking ahead
  • Legendary Playmakers of the Rockies: A hotbed of notable people
  • Structure and Tectonics: Nothing less than world-class
  • Sedimentary Geology: Where the world comes to study

Exhibit space is rented, on a first come first served basis, for 100 square foot (10' X 10') booths at the rate of $1200.00 per booth for commercial exhibitors, and $600.00 per booth for not-for-profit exhibitors.

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Denver Mining Club April Schedule


Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110
(Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
(Purchase of buffet lunch required)
Every Monday, except when noted
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (+/-)

April 21.¬Rael Lipson, RDLGEO Consulting. The Tarkwa Paleoplacer Deposit, Ghana. (tentative)

April 28.--Dennis Gertenbach, Senior VP, Hazen Research, Inc. Modern Gold Recovery.

Dick Beach, Secretary, (303) 986-6535. See past and future DMC talks at the web site: www.denverminingclub.org .

The Denver Mining Club is a public forum for the many facets of the mineral industry. Volunteer to give a talk if you have an interesting story to share about your specialty; we'll buy your lunch! Phone Dick Beach, 303-986-6535.

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Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation Update

The Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation of Lakewood (2007 MMSA President’s Citation and 2008 Prazen Award winner) has sponsored and set up a second Teachers Corner exhibit at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. The first Teachers Corner was at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum in Leadville. The project is an example of how mineral industry outreach groups can cooperate to maximize impact on target audiences.

The Foundation provided the 9 ft. x 9 ft. space frame, Velcro exhibit and graphic material promoting the CMA/CSM summer teachers course and the SME/MEC public education web site, www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org. The function of the display is to answer the question: Now that I have learned about mining in the past, where can I get impartial information on modern mining, reclamation and safety?

CMEF is always working to expand partnerships with mineral industry groups such as NMA, MMSA, SME, CMA and science teacher organizations such as NSTA.

If you would like to help with funds, displays, large mineral samples, and/or volunteer time, contact Guy Johnson, Exhibit Coordinator, Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation, 568 South Carr Street, Lakewood, CO 80226, (303) 969-0365 or GPJ222@aol.com

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USGS TopoView

Speaking on behalf of all NGMDB project colleagues, it's a distinct honor to invite you to the new "TopoView" site. Why is it an honor? Because TopoView highlights what many consider to be the USGS's flagship product, the topographic map.

TopoView is intended to serve the immediate need for the older, conventionally printed topographic maps to become easily searched, viewed, and downloaded. The ~163,000 maps available through this interface were scanned by the USGS Historical Topographic Mapping Collection (HTMC) project.

In terms of design, TopoView is an outgrowth of the NGMDB's MapView application. It was developed with guidance and support of the HTMC project, and the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), and we're grateful for their cooperation and support.

TopoView was developed relatively quickly and may continue to evolve in cooperation with the NGP. We're not yet sure where it's headed, but here are some possible directions it might take:
• extending TopoView to also show current (and superseded) maps that are produced by the US TOPO project
• providing links to downloadable geoTIFFs, and map sales
• replacing bounding boxes with historical quadrangle map images
• providing access to any paper topographic maps missing from this collection that may, in the future, be found and scanned.

For TopoView's development, I gladly acknowledge the fine work from NGMDB colleagues, principally Chris Garrity, with assistance by Rob Wardwell and Nancy Stamm. And of course, a sincere thanks to Greg Allord, for developing and executing the HTMC project.

We hope you find TopoView useful, and look forward to comments that will improve it.
Please see: http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/TopoView/

David R. Soller

Editor’s Comment: Have patience with the site. It is in beta mode and a little slow at least when I tried it. Also, you MUST allow pop-ups on your browser to be able to even see the backgound search map!.

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The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position focused on hydrothermal mineral deposits. NBMG is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the state geological survey.
Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members. Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to do research in the geosciences and the best in the U.S. for the study of hydrothermal mineral deposits.

Interested applicants must have

  • A doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire.
  • Demonstrated record of research on topics related to hydrothermal mineral deposits as indicated by dissertation research or peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials.
  • Commitment to public service.
  • Potential for, or established record of publications.
  • Ability to attract funding are essential.
  • Doctoral research must include one or more of the following disciplines: economic geology, structural geology, igneous petrology, and geochemistry.

Additional preferred qualifications include

  • Industrial or academic experience in hydrothermal minerals deposits, particularly in field-based studies in a variety of geological settings.
  • Expertise in structural geology, geologic mapping, and active hydrothermal systems (geothermal activity).
  • Research productivity with publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in economic geology and geothermal energy, as described in the applicants letter of interest.
  • Both an understanding of and interest in contributing to the role of a state geological survey on issues related to mineral deposits and other resources, beyond basic scientific research.

Position responsibilities and expectations include:

  • Working independently as well as collaborating with NBMG faculty-staff, faculty in other geoscience units at UNR and UNLV, and others in industry and government in developing funded projects and conducting research.
  • Contributing to the development of datasets and reports on Nevadas mineral and energy resources, including resource assessments.
  • Communicating effectively with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral and energy resources.
  • Focusing research on mineral deposits in Nevada.
  • Supervising graduate students and teaching undergraduate and graduate classes.

The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment with an academic-year base salary that is competitive with other research universities. Starting date will be July 1, 2014 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate

To apply, please visit: https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/13967 . Please complete the online application and upload a letter expressing your interest in the position and research plans; a complete vita; contact information (names, e-mail and postal addresses, and telephone numbers) for at least three references; and electronic copies of up to three of your publications.

Additionally, applicants must submit examples of geologic mapping related to mineral deposits that they have conducted with their application materials.

To ensure full consideration, all information must be submitted by March 24, 2014. For further information about NBMG, please consult our website http://www.nbmg.unr.edu .

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Alaska State Geologist Recruitment

Chief Geologist / State Geologist

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources seeks to fill the vacant full-time exempt Chief Geologist position within the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS). This position serves as the State Geologist in Fairbanks, Alaska and oversees the operations of the Division. The successful candidate will manage the Divisions overall program of research, analysis, and information distribution and will provide strategic advice and support to the Commissioner of the Department consistent with the mission of the Division and the best interests of the State of Alaska as a whole.

Duties will include supervising the Divisions permanent staff, including geologists, contract geologists, administrative personnel, and student interns as well as coordinating communication with other divisions and departments of state government. Required capabilities include

  • strong team-building
  • leadership
  • communication skills
  • ability to design and implement complex, multidisciplinary geologic programs

Required experience includes professional application of an advanced degree in the geological sciences and managerial experience overseeing teams of geologists and field geologists with diverse academic backgrounds. Further information regarding the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys programs can be found on the web at: http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/ .

Detailed qualifications material is available upon request by contacting the Commissioners Office via e-mail at dnr.commissioner@alaska.gov . Inquiries about the duties, requirements, and compensation associated with the position should be directed to this e-mail address or via telephone to John Crowther at (907) 269-8431.

Applications must be postmarked on or before February 28, 2014, and include an appropriate cover letter, description of experience, résumé, and publication bibliography. Initial compensation will be based on experience and within a competitive salary range, plus state retirement and insurance benefits. All interested parties should submit their application packet to:

Joseph R. Balash
Attn: Chief Geologist Recruitment
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1400
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Or electronically to: dnr.commissioner@alaska.gov .

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Entry Level GIS/Geologist Position Available

Jehn Water Consultants, Inc., is an independent water resource consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Since 1991, Jehn Water Consultants has provided its clients cost-effective and technically innovative solutions to a wide variety of complex water resource, water supply and development, and water rights problems. For more information please visit our website at:

The Entry Level GIS/Geologist Position combines GIS analyses, field work and other geologic/water resources related office work. The position is responsible for all required mapping and analysis tasks in support of projects.

  • Tasks include digitizing,
  • georeferencing imagery and maps,
  • editing data,
  • updating data,
  • map production,
  • and performing other duties as required.

The position also requires field work throughout Colorado,

  • which includes collection of water level data,
  • water quality sampling,
  • drilling supervision,
  • site inspections,
  • stream flow measurements,
  • data collection in mines,
  • soil sampling,
  • GPS measurements,
  • and other field duties that may be required.

Please do not apply if you do not want to do field work as you will be in the field one day per week on average.

The following are the minimum computer software proficiency:

  • ArcGIS 10.x
  • Familiarity with aerial imagery and USGS topo maps Microsoft Office suite of products

Competitive and commensurate with experience

Please forward your resume with a cover letter to: gburke@jehnwater.com with subject line heading "Entry Level Position"

Position is available immediately

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John T. Boyd Company (BOYD) - Professional Mining and Geological Consultants is among the largest independent mining consultancies in the world, exclusively serving the domestic and international coal, mineral, and natural gas industries. BOYD has continually diversified over the past 70 years, both in geographical scope (60+ countries) as well as industries serviced and is actively seeking a Global Director - Metals. We intend to base this individual in our Denver, Colorado, USA, office.

Reporting to BOYD's senior management, this is a key leadership position that will be responsible for coordinating and expanding all metals-focused consulting services internationally. Our full range of professional services includes:

  • Independent technical reports (ITR,QPR,CPR)
  • Geologic, reserve and mine plan modeling
  • Exploration design and supervision
  • Reserve and geotechnical studies
  • Economic feasibility studies and valuations
  • Due diligence of mining operations
  • Assessment of existing operations
  • Permitting and environmental analysis
  • Market and transport analyses
  • Material handling and processing
  • Strategic business planning
  • Financial analysis
  • Asset appraisals
  • Monitoring of operating companies
  • Minerals industry restructuring
  • Privatization studies

General Requirements:

  • We prefer any candidate has at minimum, a degree in Mining --Engineering (with a Professional Engineer certification), although other engineering or business disciplines will be considered depending on employment experience.
  • Competent / Qualified Person status by JORC and NI 43-101 standards for international financing purposes and for stock exchange filings.
  • Previous domestic and international consulting and business development experience as the position will be directly responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies.
  • Broad industry experience preferred (multiple metals, deposit types, mining methods, processing).
  • Minimum of 10 years of related industry experience, including direct work history at a technical services or direct operations management level.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct and manage multiple projects.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally on a project-by-project basis.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in geologic and resource modeling and/or mine planning software packages.

View our website at www.jtboyd.com/ .
Interested applicants should submit their resume to: vjtboydp@jtboyd.com

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Idaho Director / State Geologist Job Opening

Director / State Geologist
Idaho Geological Survey

The Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) is a non]regulatory agency for the collection, interpretation, and dissemination of geologic and mineral data for Idaho. The agency has served the state since 1919. The Idaho Geological Survey is staffed by 9 state-funded FTEs and 15-20 externally funded temporary and part]time employees. Approximately 50% of the Survey’s funding comes from a state of Idaho line item appropriation, and the remainder primarily from grants and contracts. The Survey is administered as a special program at the University of Idaho with the main office at the Moscow campus and satellite offices in Boise and Pocatello. An Advisory Board comprised of geoscience professionals, industry leaders and state agency representatives aids the Survey’s research]based programs.

Role and Responsibilities
The Director of the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) serves as chief operating officer and lead scientist for the Survey, responsible for furthering the role of the Survey across the State in accordance with the statutes that established it and govern its activities. The Director is responsible for fostering distinguished records of scholarship and service in the Survey’s three locations; providing sound administrative and fiscal leadership; engaging with other state agencies, geologic surveys and the public at large and represent the Survey through professional affiliations such as the Association of American State Geologists. The Director is expected to collaborate with other State Geologists in the formation of national policies and programs regarding earth sciences and related issues, and is responsible for promoting and sustaining relationships between the Survey and the University community and its stakeholders; overseeing the allocation and use of resources and facilities assigned to the Survey; and securing extramural funds for the advancement of Survey programs and resources. The Director reports to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The appointment will be full-time, twelve month, research faculty position without tenure, and is expected to begin no later than July 1, 2014

Minimum Qualifications

  • Eligible to meet the criteria for professorship at the University of Idaho in Geological Sciences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research and experience in collaborative research programs associated with the geosciences.
  • Proven leadership demonstrated by success in significant administrative positions at a research/teaching university or in an equivalent leadership position in geoscience oriented industry.
  • Adept at managing employees, conducting administrative tasks, and collaborating with Survey staff, external agencies, academia and industry.
  • Outstanding communication skills and demonstrated experience to interact successfully with faculty and staff, business, community and legislative leaders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of a geological survey, and to excellence in research, outreach, and service.
  • Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address the challenges facing economic, science and energy issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to affirmative action and diversity, and a high level of professional credibility and personal integrity.
  • Proven ability in planning, program development, personnel management, team building, budget development, and working with professional organizations and industries.
  • Meet qualifications to be a registered professional geologist in the State of Idaho.
  • Experience working at or with a state geological survey or equivalent.
  • **Applicants who are selected as possible finalists for the position must be able to pass a criminal background check**

Application Process and Search Timeline To apply, applicants must complete the online application available at the University of Idaho’s Human Resources site:http://www.uidaho.edu/human-resources/jobs . References will be contacted after finalists are notified of their applicant status. Review of applications will begin after January 8, 2014. The position will remain open, and applications will be accepted, until a suitable candidate is appointed. The committee anticipates interviewing final candidates in February 2014.

Questions regarding the position, search process, or candidate nominations may be directed to the search committee chair, Vice President Jack McIver, vpresearch@uidaho.edu or the search coordinator, Lodi Price, lodi@uidaho.edu, 208-885-6689. To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Colorado State Geologist Advertisement

Colorado is looking for a new State Geologist and the Colorado Geological Survey is now part of the Colorado School of Mines.


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O&G Job Opening

I am looking for a Lead Geologist.

It will be working for an International Gas Exploration, Production, Marketing and Distribution conglomerate that is in 27 countries. They are aggressively involved in developing gas resources in the U.S. and have entered into some major joint ventures developing shale gas here in the U.S.

Persons hired will receive an attractive compensation plan with excellent bonus, and benefits. So, please review and pass along to anyone qualified and interested. And feel free to call or email if you have any questions. Additionally, interested applicants should forward a resume for further consideration. All inquiries are considered confidential.

This is working for an industry leader that is an integrated international Gas Marketing and Production company that is aggressively developing Shale assets in the US including Marcellus and Haynesville plays. They are involved in a 3 billion dollar JV and need a Lead Geologist.

This position will be for their Houston Downtown Office.

Position Summary
This position is to provide geologic support and interpretation for exploration of unconventional targets in North American basins.
Unconventional targets can include shale reservoirs, tight sandstones, or tight carbonates.

Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for screening and evaluating US basins for grass roots exploration or farm-in opportunities while adhering to appropriate Subsurface Policies and Standards (PERA).
  • Responsible for attending data rooms, analyzing the opportunity, and bringing any relevant opportunity before Subsurface Assurance.
  • Responsible for leading other technical staff, making sure company standards are adhered to and that all subsurface procedures involving subsurface assurance and company excellence are followed. This will include mentoring and developing graduates and less experienced staff.
  • Lead cross discipline integration for unconventional opportunities. This will require integrating the Reservoir Engineering, Operations, and Land teams into any opportunity or advanced analysis of a play. This may also require coordinating with other functions in the UK and Houston.
  • Provide support to the US Lower 48 asset for mapping issues. This includes assisting with, and overseeing, the reserves mapping process every quarter and annual analysis of PRI for the US Lower 48 asset.
  • Ensure own evaluations are documented and that related geological data (both petrotechnical and physical) is handled in accordance with company's Data Management Standards.
  • Presents own project results and recommendations for peer and management review internally.
  • May present Technical Papers at internal and external conferences.
  • Contributes to "Basin & Reservoir" and participates in relevant communities.
  • Attends TCMs and interacts with joint venturer and government geological representatives as instructed.

Every individual has a duty to both themselves and those around them to ensure that safe practice is adhered to at all times. In addition to any specific accountabilities for HSSE, all employees are accountable for ensuring.

Unique Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Attribute Experience Needed:

  • Experience in an exploration program, including navigating projects through the company "gateways," including Subsurface Assurance and Readiness Reviews.
  • Experience in petroleum systems, including understanding the data types collected, interpretation, and integration into well performance.
  • Must have experience working in different geological settings; clastics, carbonates, passive margins, thrust belts, etc.
  • Experience using software Petra, GeoX, Kingdom Suite (SMT), and Petrel is preferred.
  • Operational experience, including well site operations, understanding of drilling operations, and a basic understanding of completion practices in unconventional reservoirs, is preferred.
  • Experience interpreting 2D & 3D seismic a plus.
  • Experience of building effective networks with contractors, academia and external R&D bodies.

Specialist Knowledge/Languages:

  • Candidates must be proficient in well log correlation, minor petrophysics, and have an understanding of geochemistry concepts.
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to write clear and convincing reports.
  • Must be comfortable working across disciplines, including geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers, and land managers.
  • Must be comfortable mentoring graduates and less experienced geologists.
  • Candidate must be willing to attend conferences related to unconventionals and interact with academia and other industry workers.
  • Cultural awareness with an ability to work with potential partners globally.
  • Candidate must be comfortable leading and making decisions within a technical business unit.

Mark Dremely
Managing Partner
24 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1304
Houston, Texas 77046
Toll Free: 800-364-7979 Ext. 7245
Direct Line: 713-358-7245
Fax: 713-623-2740

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Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has published: “Century-scale perspective on water quality in selected river basins of the conterminous United States." The report provides an overview of water quality and anthropogenic changes in selected river basins over the past 100 years. River basins situated within and near Pennsylvania that are included in the report include: the Delaware, Schuylkill, Potomac, and Ohio River basins. An electronic copy of the report can be downloaded at the following link:

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Beneath the Living Room Couch (09/19/12)

An informed homeowner needs to know geology. Now, thanks to Google Earth, some property owners can see the trace of the San Andreas Fault as it cuts across their neighborhood, their property or even their living room. Check it out at http://www.thulescientific.com/san-andreas-fault-map.html.

Armed with this information, does it add or detract from the value of one’s home? Home ownership for most is a big investment that needs to be protected from both man-made and geohazards. If you think your homeowner’s insurance policy covers geohazards you may be in for a surprise. To learn more, click the link below to learn why it’s important for a homeowner to know geology:  http://geology.com/articles/homeowners-insurance.shtml

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MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)

We have now put our latest schedule on our website. Just go to www.aandmsafetyandenvironment.com and click on the schedule tab. If you would like to schedule for any of the classes, you can either call us or click on the contact us tab on the web site.

A&M Safety & Environment, LLC
5815 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 2PB, Lakewood, CO 80214
303-238-5335; 303-238-5337

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Geothermal Energy Website (11/16/10)

For those interested in geothermal energy in Colorado, here is a website of interest:


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101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground (09/09/09)

101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground is an introduction to the incredible range of activities that transform old mines into new futures. Color photographs and brief descriptions take the reader on a world tour of heritage and tourism attractions, wildlife habitats, educational, sport and leisure facilities and dozens of industrial uses - demonstrating that the impacts of mining can be converted from liability to opportunity and benefit for local communities. Produced by the Post-Mining Alliance of the Eden Project, Cornwall UK, this book is an example of how this group promotes good practice in post-mining regeneration by becoming a centre of excellence and repository of knowledge on post-mining regeneration projects.

Copies of this book are available from their online shop www.edenproject.com/shop/101. The price is £9.99 plus a delivery charge of £5. For multiple orders the delivery charge is £15 to anywhere in the world.

For further information on the Post Mining Alliance go to: www.postmining.org. The Post-Mining Alliance plan to continue to collate good examples of post mining land uses, the highlights of which will be posted on their website so if you know of any others, please contact:

Georgina Pearman
Post-Mining Alliance
Eden Project
PL24 2SG

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On-Line Ethics Course (07/08/09)

The Division of Professional Affairs of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists is pleased to announce the release of its first online ethics course. Many of you may be subject to mandatory continuing education via a state board of licensure/registration (for example, the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists) or the DPA's "Board Certified" level of professional certification that requires 1.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) annually in ethics. As a matter of personal professional development goals others of you continue to further educate yourselves by attending seminars, workshops, presentations, etc. to further that end. With that said, the course that the DPA now has online should satisfy most state and DPA "Board Certified" ethics requirements, as well as your own personal, professional development goals.

The course is free to all DPA members, $25.00 for AAPG members, and since ethics has no ties to any one profession, it is also available to non-AAPG members for $35.00. It is comprised of a video presentation lasting approximately 40 minutes followed by a 15-question examination. Once you have successfully passed the examination a certificate of completion will be generated signifying the 1.0 PDH that you have earned and the date on which it was awarded.

Go to the Division of Professional Affairs home page (https://www.aapg.org/dpa/video/video.aspx) to review the video.

The DPA hopes that you will take advantage of this offering. The Division has several additional ethics courses in various stages of completion and will be making those available as they are completed.

Rick L. Ericksen
DPA Past-President

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Reminder on E-Mail Addresses

Please, if your e-mail address is about to change, or if it changes in the future, let me (Doug Peters) know about it as well as sending the update to AIPG Headquarters (aipg@aipg.org). This will ensure that you stay on our e-mail list and receive all notices in a timely fashion as well as additional information from AIPG Headquarters.

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American Institute of Professional Geologists
Colorado Section

2013-14 Scholarship Awards
Rex Monahan Scholarship Fund
April 12, 2013

Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students


The Colorado Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (CO-AIPG) is pleased to announce a scholarship program to support and encourage undergraduate and graduate students in the geological sciences. An award will be made for the 2013-14 academic year through the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship.


The principal aim of this scholarship program is to offer financial support to undergraduate and graduate geology students and to encourage serious and deserving students to continue their studies in the geological sciences.


Size Distribution from the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship Fund for the year 2013-14 will consist of one award of $500 given to one student.

Use of Scholarships

Scholarship awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, field activities, or other costs related to undergraduate or graduate study.

Use Fields of Interest

Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a geological science at an accredited college or university in the State of Colorado are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Basis of Award

The Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of officers and members of the CO-AIPG, will make the final selection of students to receive a scholarship. The selection will be based on a review of the application form and two letters, one from the student and one from a department faculty member or advisor.

How to Apply

The Scholarship Committee requests an application form and two letters. The first letter, from the applicant, should discuss three evaluation criteria: qualifications, career goals, and financial need. The letter from a faculty member should include a brief summery of the student’s qualifications and accomplishments, and reasons for selecting the candidate.

The application form and both letters should be submitted to the Rex Monahan Scholarship Committee
12000 Washington St., Suite 285
Westminster, Colorado 80241.


Colorado Section Student Application (pdf) - 4/13


Rex Monahan, CPG 424
2005 Recipient - AIPG Honorary Membership Award

Rex started his career in the petroleum industry in 1950, after having served as an infantry officer in Europe in World War II. Upon graduating from college, he moved to Sidney, Nebraska, to work in the oil field as a roughneck for Loffland Brothers Drilling Company. After about a year as a roughneck, his independent oil business began where he developed geologic prospects and raised money to drill wells. Rex has drilled, or been a party to drilling, approximately 200 exploratory wells in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Arkansas. This drilling resulted in 40 discoveries, most of which were commercial. He currently operates producing wells in Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas.

He is a founding Trustee Associate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a senior member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), past Chairman of the Colorado-Nebraska Sub-Section of SPE, a Certified Petroleum Geologist, #58, through AAPG, a Certified Professional Geologist, #424, through the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado. He has also authored and co-authored articles which have appeared in the Oil and Gas Journal.

The benefits of geology and the oil industry have provided financing for Rex's lifetime goal, "to better the human condition," and he has pursued this goal chiefly in the field of education. Since a large part of his endeavors have been in education, he began at home in Sterling Colorado, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Northeastern Junior College of Sterling for the past 22 years. For thirteen of these years he also has served as Chairman.

At Northeastern Junior College, Rex sponsored and financed many students for General Equivalency Diplomas under what he called the Monahan Second- Chance Program. In addition he has financed individual junior college scholarships for single parents. Over 1300 individuals have benefited from these scholarships to date. Rex assisted Regis University in a project to offer a Master of Business Administration Degree through Northeastern Junior College. Twenty students received this degree after the first year, and Rex was among the group, having earned his MBA at the age of 65.

Rex Monahan’s current enterprise, the Monahan Second-Chance Academy, begun in 2001, involves financing scholarships for an Associate in Arts Degree in General Studies for prisoners at the Colorado Department of Corrections facility at Sterling. This was not a new idea for him. From 1969 to 1979 he provided funding for 300 inmates at Colorado State Prison at Canon City to obtain GED diplomas. Since GED study is now state-sponsored, Rex has progressed with the present program to offer the opportunity for an advanced degree. Actually the concept of post-graduate education for offenders is believed to be an innovation in the state of Colorado.

Monahan's previous experience left him with the belief that education is an important factor in rehabilitation, and this is supported by studies which have shown that recidivism decreased markedly with prisoners who have participated in college level courses. With the enthusiastic cooperation of Northeastern Junior College and Sterling Correctional Facility, the program is in place, and the number of students is increasing. In accord with his goals he was one of the founders and serves on the Board of Directors of the Logan County Literacy Coalition, an organization designed to train tutors for literacy improvement among individuals with limited reading skills.

Away from his home turf, as a tireless champion of education, Rex has contributed countless hours of his time, encouragement and financial support to various colleges, the University of Nebraska--his alma mater, Regis University, Morgan Community College, Trinidad State Junior College and the Colorado School of Mines. He takes an active interest in--as well as contributing to--the Friends of Nursing organization of Denver, focusing specifically on scholarships for single parents.

As well as academic education, he has served the community on the Board of Directors of the High Plains Easter Seal Society for twenty-two years, where the chief service was rehabilitation for handicapped, and was on of the founding members of the Rundus Foundation to provide organ and vocal music training.

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Scholarship Fund

Consider contributing to the Scholarship Fund. Why? the Colorado Section's Scholarship Fund is new and growing slowly with other members' contributions. The Scholarship Fund was established to support one or more undergraduate and/or graduate students in Colorado as they pursue geological degrees. The Section has not yet made an award from this fund because we are working to build the fund to a point where it can provide funding for a least one award to one student and eventually sustain itself at the same time. From one award, we expect to expand the fund and award more students.

Please support the students who are the future of the geologic profession.


YES! I wish to support the Scholarship Fund in providing assistance towards tuition or travel to field camps, research and thesis preparation, travel to present the results of thesis work, and recognizing excellence in scholarship and leadership.

Here's my check made out to AIPG-Colorado Section, and sent to:


James A. Russell
1909 Sage Circle
Golden, CO 80401

In the amount of: ___ $25 ___ $50 ___ $100 ___ $500 ___ other

The Scholarship Fund and Future Geologists
Thank You!

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To aid communication between our Colorado Section members and the current Section Board, below are the addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses for our Board members. Note that the Vice-President also serves as chairman for the monthly luncheon program committee.

2014 Colorado Section Board

David Abbott
2266 Forest St.
Denver, CO 80207
Work: (303) 394-0321

President Elect
David Glater
CTL/Thompson, Inc.
2598 S. Xenophon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 825-0777

Vice President

Susan Wager
PO Box 260965
Lakewood, CO 80226
Work: (303) 726-6431

Dick Nielsen
13741 Braun Dr.
Golden, CO 80401
Work: (303) 279-3118

Doug Peters
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540

Advisory Board Representative

Logan MacMillan
5733 W Hoover Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Work: (303) 241-2572

Tom Van Arsdale
1436 Jasmine Street
Denver, CO 80220
(901) 268-3323

Jack Denman
1842 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Work: (303) 830-1188

Reg. & Leg. Committee
Larry Cerillo
12640 W. Cedar Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 674-6484

Doug Peters
825 Raptor Point Road
Golden, CO 80403
Work: (303) 278-1540

Government Relations
Betsy Murray
(303) 478-1207

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The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.