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American Institute of Professional Geologists
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 - March 2014
CO-AIPG 2014 Annual Picnic (07/07/14)
GeoEvents (7/16/14) RMAG August Luncheon (7/16/14)
EPA Hearing (7/16/14) Popular Geology Book Announcement(7/16/14)
2014 Critical Minerals Conference (7/7/14) RMAG August On-The-Rocks Field Trip (7/7/14)
Obituary for Ray Bisque (6/11/14) Rocky Mountain Section 2014 AAPG Annual Meeting (6/13/14)
ACE 2015 Explore the Summit of Petroleum Geosciences Abstract (6/5/14) Critical Minerals 2014 (6/5/14)
Denver Mining Club July Schedule (7/7/14) EUCI Short Courses (5/22/14)
Ore Mineralogy & Microscopy (5/22/14) U.S. EPA National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters (4/2/14)
AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting (2/3/2014) USGS TopoView (05/13/13)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
MSHA Safety Director (7/16/14) GIS Specialist (7/16/14)
USGS Uranium Geologist Positions (7/16/14) Senior Exploration Geologist-Colorado (6/24/14)
Senior Geologist/Engineer (6/24/14) GIS/Geologist Position Available (2/5/14)
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

CO-AIPG 2014 Annual Picnic

Susan Wager is hosting the Annual Colorado Section picnic at her house on Saturday, August 2 beginning at 4 PM. All members, prospective members, and guests are welcome!! The address is 2034 S. Garrison Street, Lakewood, CO 80227.

Please contact Susan at swager80228@yahoo.com or 303-726-6431 if you require driving directions.

The Section provides beer, soda, burgers (beef and veggie), brats, chicken, and buns. Please bring an hors d'oeuvre, vegetable dish, salad, or dessert to share.

RSVP to 303-726-6431 or swager80228@yahoo.com by July 28 so that we have a head count for when we purchase the drinks and food.

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

Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., Golden Gate Canyon to Central City: granite, garnets, tourmaline, magnetite, mining, and dinner for those who like at the Red Dolly Casino in Black Hawk.

Sat., July 26 “Rustic Relics Crystals, Antiques, and Collectibles will hold our Summer Sale, Saturday, July 26th, from 9am to 5pm, 2300 Kipling St., Lakewood, Colorado. We still have space available for outdoor vendors to participate.
Contact Linda Cronoble (720-338-6201) no later than Friday, July 25th.
The cost will be a $10.00 donation for each 6 feet of table space, and the proceeds will be donated directly to Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for educational outreach and the preservation of dinosaur tracks and bones at the world famous Dinosaur Ridge.
Festivities include: Dinosaur Ridge booth with free fossil sifting for the kids (or the young at heart); booths on the lawn by local artists, antiques, collectibles, and food vendors; FREE COFFEE, TEA or HOT CHOCOLATE for all who attend.
Please come and meet the geologists, paleontologists, and professional collectors at RUSTIC RELICS!”

Thursday, July 31, 6 p.m., Marshall Mesa, coal mines and coprolites.
Please contact Beth if you would like to join in one of these field trips; cloverknoll@comcast.net .

Sep. 5-7, San Juan Mountains Mineral Symposium, Ouray CO; lectures and field trips; sponsored by Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, and the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum.

You can see more info about it on the FM-Colorado Chapter website, http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/ , and a LOT more on the symposium's new facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ouray-Silverton-San-Juan-Mountains-Mineral-Symposium/224883727702374?hc_location=timeline

It will be held at the Elks Lodge in downtown Ouray; there will be an icebreaker reception and keynote talk there on Friday evening, Saturday lectures from a selected group of presenters who are very knowledgeable about San Juans geology, mining history, and minerals; a Saturday eve. dinner and talk (the two evening presentations will be of special "general interest", one on geologic history, one on mining history), and a choice of field trips on Sunday, plus directions for more self-guided field trips on Monday or whatever future time you may choose to do them. Registration cost will be about $60 (banquet will be extra). This will be a busy time of the year in Ouray so as soon as you decide to come, making lodging reservations well in advance is definitely recommended. We already have about 40 people who have expressed interest in attending the symposium (we're not quite yet taking formal reservations or payments), and we expect at least 100 to attend; the capacity of the meeting room is 150.

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RMAG August Luncheon

Speaker: Ron Broadhead
Talk: Overview of selected shale plays in New Mexico
Date: 8/6/2014
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 on-line registration closes Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 4pm!

To register or get more information, see http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=3

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EPA Hearing

EPA is holding its regional hearing on the proposed “clean power” regulations on July 29-30 in Denver at EPA headquarters. Information on attending the hearing or signing up to speak can be found on the EPA website, although the speaking slots are rapidly filling up:

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Popular Geology Book Announcement

Golden Publishers is pleased to announce the publication of their latest book, Geology of Colorados Parks & Monuments, by Dr. John Lufkin, Golden, CO. The book is written in a style that non-geologists and geologists alike can understand and appreciate.

Features of the book include:

  • 129 pages in large format, 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Descriptions of 16 sites in Colorado, including all nine of the National Parks & Monuments, and seven other parks and protected areas
  • 218 color illustrations and photographs
  • Eight geologic maps redone in Adobe Illustrator
  • 127 terms defined in the Glossary
  • 86 References

For a limited time only, the books will be sold direct from the publishers at the wholesale price of $25.00 plus shipping and handling. In ordering a book, please fill out the information on the Order Form, and send to Golden Publishers. If you are unable to print out the Order Form, then simply send me a check or money order for the book that you want. For further information, please contact Dr. Lufkin at lufk3@comcast.net .

Table of Contents

1.0 INTRODUCTION       1
4.1 Rocky Mountain National Park      11
4.2 Red Rocks Park       20
4.3 Dinosaur Park       24
4.4 Roxborough State Park       27
4.5 Garden of the Gods       30
4.6 Picket Wire Canyonlands, Comanche Grassland       32
4.7 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument       38
4.8 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve       50
4.9 Wheeler Geologic Area       58
5.0 Mesa Verde National Park       62
5.1 Canyons of the Ancients National Monument       72
5.2 Chimney Rock National Monument       81
5.3 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park       85
5.4 Colorado National Monument       92
5.5 Dinosaur National Monument       97
5.6 Trinidad State Park       109
REFERENCES       114
GLOSSARY       120

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2014 Critical Minerals Conference

Join us for Critical Minerals 2014, a conference hosted by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) in partnership with AusIMM, August 3-5, 2014, in Denver, Colorado, USA. This conference follows the successful Critical Minerals 2013 in Perth, Western Australia.

Are your Critical Minerals “Critical?”
According to the USGS: “Broadly speaking, if a vital sector of the economy requires a mineral in order to function, that mineral would likely be deemed “critical.” On the other hand, when viewed from a national perspective, a strategic mineral may be defined as one that is important to the Nation’s economy, particularly for defense issues; doesn’t have many replacements; and primarily comes from foreign countries.”

Governments around the world are addressing the issue of managing and regulating critical and strategic minerals in their countries. These issues can have a direct impact on your company’s ability to thrive or be over-regulated.

The Critical Minerals Conference is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 3-5, 2014 and presents a unique opportunity to hear the first-hand experiences of a dynamic industry that is changing the global perception of sustainable supply from mine to showroom.

Who should attend?
Topics will appeal to geologists, engineers, technologists, project developers and financiers from all companies that have interest in the growth of mining around the world. The content of this event is focused, timely and essential for companies in the mining of these minerals.

The meeting will be held at the Westin Downtown Denver hotel and reservations can be made today. Speakers include experts from Avalon Rare Metals, General Electric, Umicore and more will offer their insights, and experience on the most recent developments in critical minerals. There will be plenty of opportunities to network throughout the event, all while enjoying the Downtown Denver accommodations.

For more information or to register:

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RMAG August On-The-Rocks Field Trip

What hazards lurk in beautiful Vail Valley?

Join us on Saturday, August 9, as Dr. Vince Matthews leads us on a trip to view landslides, rockfalls, debris flows, sinkholes and avalanche hazards as well as some of the mitigation efforts that have been made to reduce risks from these hazards.

Vail Valley is located in the physiographic center of the Southern Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. The town of Vail is a mountainous community nestled between the Gore Range and the Sawatch Ranges. The ground elevation along the field trip route is highest at 10,549 feet on Vail Pass, the elevation at the base of the ski resort is 8,200 feet, and the lowest elevation at the confluence of the Gore Creek and Eagle River is at 7,727 feet. There will be little walking on the trip. The valley has a variety of geological hazards that are typical of mountainous terrain. The risk of adverse impacts from landslides, rockfalls, debris flows, and avalanche hazards controls the development within Vail Valley along Gore Creek. The Town of Vail has adopted official geologic hazard maps for planning purposes. Several excellent examples of the consequences of following recommended mitigations, as well as examples of the consequences of ignoring recommended mitigations, will be pointed out on this trip. The field trip will begin on August 9 at the Vail Pass Rest Area at milepost 190 on I-70.
We will begin gathering at 8:30 a.m. and the field trip will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the rest area where we will discuss the general geology of the area and the challenges of building the highway.

From there we will go to the west end of Avon where we will view the massive Whiskey Creek landslide and talk about evaporite sinkholes in Colorado, stopping at some of the landslide mitigation on the way down from Vail Pass.

Dowds Junction is at the intersection of I-70 and Highway 24 (at exit 171 on I-70) where we will view landslides and rockfalls; these hazards have impacted I-70 and the interchange structures at Dowds Junction since the highway was constructed in the late 1960s. A huge landslide mass and rockfall near Dowds Junction threaten the town of Minturn.

From there we will backtrack to East Vail where avalanche paths that outlet onto alluvial fans are a significant hazard on the south side of I-70 and a sizeable landslide north of the road continually cause problems on I-70. Our next stop will at Booth Creek where erosion of steep cliffs capped by glacial till have caused rockfalls that have damaged several homes. We will get a good display of the effects of mitigation where utilized and the contrasting effects of ignoring the hazard.

Our last stop is to observe cantilevering mitigation for landslides that was instituted during construction of the Interstate. And we will also discuss hazards and mitigation in East Vail.

We will carpool from the Vail Pass rest area and return there at the end of the trip, hopefully more aware of Mother Nature’s power.
Bring a lunch, water and sunscreen. Sign up at http://www.rmag.org under Events, On the Rocks Field Trips.
Cost of the trip is $10 for professionals; free for students and educators.

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Obituary for Ray Bisque

Ray Bisque was a long-time member and CPG of AIPG and the Colorado Section.

Dr. Ramon Edward Bisque (Ray), 82, passed away in Golden, Colorado on Monday, June 9, 2014 of natural causes. Ray lived every moment to the fullest, up to his very last. Ray grew up in Iron River, a small mining town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree at St. Norbert College, and advanced degrees from Iowa State University, where he met his wife, Marie Livingston Young. After marrying in Algona, Iowa, Ray and Marie re-located to Colorado in 1959. A father first, he became a professor at Colorado School of Mines, an entrepreneur, an innovator, and a writer. Early in his career, he was the director of a curriculum project which involved contributors in what was arguably the most interdisciplinary gathering of geoscientists ever convened in the United States. Activities from his home base at the Colorado School of Mines earned him recognition as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Distinguished Lecturer, and a feted Native Son in his home town. Ramon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marie, his six children:
Camille Ford (Edward), Stephen Bisque (Colleen), Laura Tracy (Scott), Thomas Bisque, Daniel Bisque (Brenda), Matthew Bisque (Merrilee), fifteen grandchildren: Jenae, Daniel and Evan Ford, Sarah, Rebecca, Madalyn and Emily Bisque, Lorae and Stephen Tracy, William, Anna, Megan and Jonathan Bisque, Joseph and Charlotte Bisque, and his eight-month-old yellow lab, Ellie, who all reside in Denver, Colorado. He is predeceased by his father and mother, Edward and Camilla Bisque, and his sister, Dorothy "Babe" Bisque. For information about the Memorial Service please call 303-642-3111.

Published in Denver Post on June 12, 2014 See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?n=ramon-e-bisque&pid=171303620#sthash.AHrsYFVA.dpuf

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Submit your abstract for ACE 2015 in Denver Explore the Summit of Petroleum Geosciences

Earn recognition and maximize the visibility of your ideas, theories and innovative concepts by submitting an abstract for the AAPG 2015 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) to be held 31 May–3 June 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center.

ACE serves as an important vehicle for participants to strengthen their roles through learning, sharing and networking with professionals throughout the many facets of petroleum geology. Be a part of this endeavor and submit your abstract today!

Industry professionals and students are invited to submit abstracts that relate to any of the topics listed below. You can view all themes and subcategories on our website. Abstract submission deadline is 2 October 2014.

  • Theme 1: Unconventional Resources
  • Theme 2: Developments and Discoveries: From Known to Re-Emergent
  • Theme 3: Carbonates and Evaporites
  • Theme 4: Siliciclastics
  • Theme 5: Structure, Tectonics and Geomechanics
  • Theme 6: Energy and the Environment
  • Theme 7: Geochemistry, Basin Modeling and Petroleum Systems
  • Theme 8: Geophysics: Integration, Inversion and Illumination
  • Theme 9: The Other Unconventionals: The Expanding World of Energy Minerals
  • Theme 10: Core — The Ultimate Source of Underground Truth
  • Theme 11: The Past Is the Key to the Present! History of Facets of Petroleum Geology
  • Theme 12: SEPM Research Symposium — Channels From Geomorphic Expression to Stratigraphic Record
  • Theme 13: AAPG and SEPM Student Poster Sessions

For more information on he meeting or to submit an abstract, go to http://ace.aapg.org/2015/technical-information/technical-program .

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Critical Minerals 2014

Aug. 3 - 5, 2014. Conference hosted by SME and AusIMM.
Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO.
Theme: Rare Earths and Beyond: Mines, Markets, and Manufacturing.

For more information, contact SME, www.smenet.org .

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Denver Mining Club July 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. (+/-)

July 21. ­ Jonathan A. Marts, Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Colorado School of Mines. Hazard Assessment and Mitigation of Explosive Methane Mixtures Using Numerical Models.

July 28. ­ Speaker and title to be announced.

Other coming event:
60th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. July 17-19, 2014. Vail, CO. Contact RMMLF, phone: 303-321-8100, or the web site: www.rmmlf.org , for more info or to register.

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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EUCI Short Courses

Reclamation 101 for Oil & Gas
August 21-22, 2014
Denver, CO
For more information, go to http://www.euci.com/events/index.php?ci=2345&p=7064#19174c563262Sm01091

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Rocky Mountain Section 2014 AAPG Annual Meeting

Cracking the Source

July 20-22
Denver, Colorado
Convention Center

Early Bird Registration deadline extended to June 15

Register now for $325 and save $100.

  • 2 days of technical presentations
  • 2 unconventional core sessions
  • 3 short courses
  • 4 fantastic field trips
  • Night at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science!

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Ore Mineralogy & Microscopy

August 11-15, 2014
Instructor: Dr. John L. Lufkin

Course Format : Course will meet every day, from 8:30 to 5 pm, with 1 hour for lunch. The facility is located in Rm 301 of the Natural Resources Building (Warner College of Natural Resources) on the Colorado State University Campus.

We will review the identification of fifty common ore minerals in hand specimen, followed by discussions of qualitative methods of mineral identification in reflected light, using power point presentations; ore textures and their interpretation; paragenesis and zoning; descriptive ore mineralogy; discussion of selected ore deposits, and beneficiation of ores.

Registration: Course registration is $550 for students, all others, $900.
Registration, to be paid to Dr. Lufkin, includes course textbook valued at $75, snacks and soft drinks all day, and Certificate of Completion. The course is limited to 10 participants.

An extensive collection of ores and polished thin sections will be available for study, including material from Bingham Canyon, Coeur dAlene, ID; Butte, MT; several Arizona porphyry systems; Stillwater chromite; Cu-Ni-PGE, Duluth Complex; Eagle, MI Cu-Ni; Iron Springs, UT magnetite; Mississippi Valley Pb-Zn ores; Climax and Henderson, CO porphyry moly deposits; Cripple Creek, CO gold; Bear Lodge, WY REE deposit; IOCG deposits (Olympic Dam, Solobo, Brazil); Lisheen Pb-Zn, Ireland; Red Dog, AK; Black Range, NM tin occurrences; Kidd Creek, ONT., Lake Superior Banded Iron Formation, and several others.

Accomodations: If there is sufficient demand, group accommodation will be organized in Fort Collins. For further information, contact Dr. Lufkin at (303) 720-524-7600 or lufk3@comcast.net .

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

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.

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

Cracking the Source

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.

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

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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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Job Board

MSHA Safety Director

Part time to Full Time position
Western Lithium Corporation

Western Lithium Corporation (WLC) is seeking to hire an MSHA Safety Director for the WLC Kings Valley Clay Mine site located near Orovada, Nevada. This is a relatively small start-up industrial minerals operation. Planned start-up is within two months. This would be a full time position during start-up for the first few months. The Safety Director position could turn into a part time position after initial start-up or, depending on interest and company needs, could turn into a permanent position and involve other duties including OSHA safety at a new clay plant currently under construction in Fernley, Nevada.

The MSHA Safety Director would be responsible for site wide health and safety concerns, implementation of the companys safety policies, evaluation of safe work procedures and ensuring compliance with MSHA regulations, including the preparation of MSHA report forms as required and responding to on-site inspections, etc. The position would also maintain accurate records of employee training, employee health monitoring, MSHA reporting, and be responsible for enforcing the drug and alcohol policy. In addition, the position would also be responsible for updating the companys Product Safety Data Sheets and product warning labels; controlling employee exposure to hazardous waste and chemicals; and responsible for the proper disposal of regulated and hazardous waste which may be generated by the company. Additional duties may include implementing EPAs Toxic Release Inventory reporting, State Air Quality permit compliance reporting, and performing other related duties as assigned.

The position will be based in WLCs Reno, Nevada Office. Travel to the mine site would be required.

Qualified candidates need to show expertise in the safety field. Must have 5 years minimum experience, the ability to conduct on site audits and be able to identify and correct hazardous workplace conditions. Certification as an MSHA instructor is beneficial or must be willing to work towards becoming an MSHA instructor. Additional requirements include strong communication skills, presentation and writing skills, ability to perform work independently and without supervision. Candidates must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Programs. Candidates must be able to push/pull/lift 50 pounds on a limited basis, stand for up to 8 hours, hold a current valid Nevada drivers license, and be able to drive a vehicle for up to 5 hours in one period. Position requires employees to successfully complete a pre-employment reference check, background check, and pre-employment physical.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and detailed resume to:

Jessica Maples, Office Manager
Western Lithium Corporation
3685 Lakeside Drive, Reno, Nevada 89509

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GIS Specialist — Reno, Nevada

Enviroscientists, Inc.

Skills required:
Skills required:
Proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS
Understanding of coordinate systems, projections, datum Cartography (map making, layouts, etc)

What we do:
Receive/process data (from clients, agencies, subcontractors, Enviroscientists’ field personnel).
Create/edit GIS data. May require digitizing from paper products or ungeoreferenced digital products.
Organize/manage GIS data.
Create/edit metadata for GIS data.
Convert between digital data formats (ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo, AutoCAD, GPS (Garmin, Trimble)).
GIS analysis of data (measurements, buffers, intersections, slopes, viewsheds, etc.)
Create maps/illustrations for project documents, proposals, etc.
Convert data from one coordinate system and datum to another, as necessary.
Compile GIS data and send to clients, agencies, and subcontractors.

Anyone interested should contact Gail Liebler in Reno at (775) 826-8822 and/or send a resume to info@enviroincus.com .

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USGS Uranium Geologist Positions

USGS just listed two uranium geologist positions located in Denver. Please forward to anyone you might think of who would be interested in applying.

PAC-2014-0514 (GS-09): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/374840400
PAC-2014-0573 (GS-12/13 MP): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/374840800
PAC-2014-0574 (GS-12/13 DEU): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/374840900

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Senior Exploration Geologist-Colorado

Position Location: Denver, CO

This position assists the Exploration Manager of Business Development in the geological interpretation and evaluation of major proposals for the acquisition, divestment and large-scale changes to the operations of the Company in developing optimal crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids marketing opportunities and strategies.

As a Senior Exploration Geologist you will be responsible for the following:

  • Provide innovative geological expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team to identify, evaluate and develop acquisition opportunities
  • Perform detailed geological mapping of assets leading to optimal development projects
  • Generate exploitation and exploration investment opportunities incorporating log, core, petrophysical, regional analysis, production, and other data to assess play potential
  • Assist in generating prospects, screen and review submittals, and invitations to bid
  • Coordinate with other Company departments to evaluate prospects
  • Make recommendations for approval to bid
  • Frequently required to direct the necessary analysis on projects and involve others as needed
  • May serve as project leader on assignments requiring a broad knowledge of exploration and exploitation geology
  • Communicate key geological concepts to team members and senior management
  • Provide input for areas of future technical geologic assessment/development
  • Provide technical review and leadership in land strategy discussions

Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum ten years industry experience including actively working in the role of exploration geologist
  • Must have a Master’s Degree in Geoscience
  • Must provide a proven track record as a successful oil finder
  • Must have extensive experience pertaining to the exploration of the oil phase of the hydrocarbon system
  • Must be able to apply geological and geophysical concepts in the assessment of both conventional and unconventional petroleum systems and demonstrate adaptability to work any basin as expected within an explorationist’s skill set
  • Must have strong petrophysical and core analysis experience and be able to develop appropriate coring and logging programs for exploration projects
  • Must have experience assessing play potential incorporating multiple data types such as outcrop, log, core, seismic, production, etc., to generate exploitation and exploration investment opportunities
  • Experience working the Denver-Julesburg Basin is also desirable but not mandatory
  • Must be meticulous and relied upon to provide thoroughly vetted results
  • Must have experience working in a multi-disciplinary team and have strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong ability to work in a consultative manner with every level of internal/external staff/contacts
  • Must have extensive proficiency with Petra and some form of petrophysical software such as Interactive Petrophysics as well as Spotfire

We pride ourselves in our strong employee base. We are committed to hiring candidates that value a strong work ethic, have a great attitude, and are flexible team players. We offer a great company culture as well as industry competitive pay and benefits. If you hold these qualities and experience, we encourage you to apply today.

For more information or to apply, see

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Career Opportunity - Senior Geologist/Engineer

Excellent career opportunity for motivated senior geologist/engineer with good technical and people skills to take over successful mining/exploration consulting firm in SW Montana. The company conducts industrial minerals and metals exploration, evaluations and mine geology. The company has a sound client base, competent employees, and efficient office facilities.

Founder/owner is retiring but will be available for transition. If interested please call (406) 223-1139.

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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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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.