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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 - Spring 2015
GeoEvents - The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders (9/29/15) 22nd IPEC (9/29/15)
DREGS October Meeting (9/29/15) CSM Museum Lecture (9/29/15)
Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series (9/29/15) October RMAG On The Rocks Field Trip (9/7/15)
Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge (9/7/15) CSU Geosciences Seminar Schedule (9/1/15)
Petroleum Refining 101 (8/23/15) 2015 Fall Symposium: Hot Plays (6/27/15)
NGWA Conference - Hydrology and Water Quality - Calls-for-abstracts (6/27/15) NGWA Groundwater Summit - Calls-for-abstracts (6/27/15)
Denver Mining Club Schedule (8/23/15) 60 Minutes Story About REEs (3/25/15)
Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper InPut (2/6/15) Task Force Comments - Hearings (12/17/14)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Wyoming - Geohazards Job (8/23/15) Water Rights & Water Resources Engineer (3/5/15)
Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey (12/17/14) Wisconsin Director and State Geologist (12/9/14)
Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities (12/01/14) Geoscientist National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands (11/23/14)
Field Technician, Moab (10/30/14) PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director (10/30/14)
S&H Job - TonaTec Exploration (10/30/14) Coal Mining Positions - Asia (10/16/14)
Job Opening with Geophysics Company (10/9/14) Chief Geochemist (10/9/14)
Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings (10/6/14) Maryland Geological Survey (9/25/14)
Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists (9/25/14) Jobs in Reno (9/25/14)
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 - AIPG Legislative Update


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

“The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders" Course
A video course on geology is being offered, to be shown at Mount Vernon Country Club (Golden, CO), beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“Nick Muller and I are going to facilitate a Great Courses, "The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders" course at Mt Vernon Country Club starting September 22nd. It comprises 36 lectures on DVDs. Nick and I took the course under OLLI West last fall, facilitated by our good friend Jack Reed (who tragically died a couple months ago) and Jim Elliot. We enjoyed it a lot, but we only saw about two thirds of the 36 lectures. I wanted to see all of the lectures, so I bought the DVDs for the course this spring. Then I decided to present it at Mount Vernon CC to anyone who wants to come.

“We will show (at the Grill at Mt. Vernon Country Club) three 30-minute lectures during each session on six Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 on September 22, 29, October 6, and November 3, 10. and 17. This covers half of the course. We plan to show the remaining 18 lectures in six sessions during January to March.

“The 6:30 start time provides time to grab something to eat (maybe at the Club Lounge). The 8:30 completion allows time to get kids to bed. Adults can stay over for a half hour or so, if they want to, and discuss the lectures. Since the lectures are about 30 minutes each, there is a little time (10 minutes) between them to discuss, go to the bathroom, etc.

The price for adults is $5 each session, to go towards the Club’s audio/visual setup charge for the Grill, but children are free.

Check out the website for more details, but here is a short description of the course.

The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites, by, Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 36 lectures, 30 minutes per lecture.

Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Mount Fuji, the Galapagos Islands. These natural wonders are on everyone’s list of must-see attractions that are both spectacular and geologically fascinating. But what of Ha Long Bay, the Columbia Glacier, Erta Ale lava lake, and the Great Blue Hole? They also belong on the list, along with more than 200 other sites, both famous and obscure, that are well worth a visit to see breathtaking vistas combined with the grandeur of geological forces in action.

Shaped by erosion, plate tectonics, volcanic eruptions, and other processes over the course of billions of years, Earth is a planet of immense variety. Impressive geological scenes are everywhere. But only a select few—whether astonishing valleys, mountains, waterfalls, or other formations—qualify as geological wonders that are not only memorable and worth a special trip, but that also tell us something profound about the way the world works.

The last sentence above is significant. This course is not a travelogue. It is a beginning course in geology. Continental drift, subduction of tectonic plates, rifts, erosion of the Grand Canyon in only 5 million years, how volcanoes work, receding glaciers, erupting geysers, the formation of limestone caves - these are things every educated person should want to know about and should want his children to know about.

To get more information, see
http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/the-world-s-greatest-geological-wonders-36-spectacular-sites.html .

“Please respond to kellerjb10@aol.com or 303 526 0867, if you would like to attend.“ .

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22nd International Petroleum Environmental Conference

Environmental Issues and Solutions in Exploration, Production, Refining & Distribution of Petroleum.

November 17-19, 2015


For program, more information, and to register, go to

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Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society October Meeting

Date: October 5, 2015
Social hour: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Berthoud Hall Room 241

The Peñasquito Mine is Mexico’s largest open pit gold-silver mine. Goldcorp estimates 2015 production will be on the order of 700,000 ounces gold, 25 million ounces silver and 270 thousand tonnes lead-zinc at a production rate of 130,000 t/d. Reserves are sufficient for a minimum of 15 years mine life, and there is potential to add additional open pit reserves and underground development. I worked at Peñasquito with Tom Patton for Western Silver, Inc. starting in 2001 and ending in 2006 when the project was purchased by Glamis Gold. During this five-year period, about 550 diamond core and RC holes were collared to explore the property. This talk is based on the results of our work and is a “snapshot” of what Peñasquito looked like during its discovery years.

The deposit is an intrusive-related gold-silver-lead-zinc mineral system located in the Concepciòn del Oro District in northern Zacatecas. The host stratigraphy consists of a Precambrian basement unconformably overlain by a one-kilometer section of Jurassic-Cretaceous limestone that is in turn overlain by a similar thickness of Cretaceous fine-bedded flysch, the Caracol Formation. Peñasquito sits within the Mazapil syncline which has a gently west plunging fold axis. The syncline’s keel is wide and flat-bottomed, causing bedding at Peñasquito to be nearly flat.

There are two quartz porphyry diatreme breccia pipes, Outcrop and Azul, which cut the Caracol Formation and that are believed to have erupted at their paleosurface. Both of the breccia pipes as well as all of the known mineralization are inside a 15-square kilometer hydrothermal alteration shell of predominantly phyllic alteration. There are two styles of sulfide mineralization: sulfide veinlet stockwork hosted in Caracol siltstone-sandstone, and disseminated-veinlet sulfide hosted in the breccia pipes. Mineralization is controlled by a complex set of faults-fractures with southeast, east and north strikes with steep dips.

Peñasquito also sits on the southwest margin of a north-northeast elongate magnetic high with two distinct lobes. The northern lobe underlies the Nochebuena District five kilometers north of Peñasquito where a magnetic propylitic-altered granodiorite is well exposed and is the source of the magnetic anomaly. A phyllic-altered quartz porphyry stock outcrops on the west flank of the granodiorite and hosts veinlet copper carbonates with skarn and narrow chimney mineralization in the adjacent limestone. The geology at Noche Buena is indicative that a similar intrusive porphyry stock underlies Peñasquito along the west flank of its magnetic high.

Peñasquito’s proven-probable reserves at the time of its acquisition in 2006 exceeded 564 million tonnes at 0.6 g/t gold, 33 g/t silver, 1.1% lead-zinc, containing 9.8 million ounces gold and 575 million ounces silver, 1.67 million tonnes lead and 3.62 million tonnes zinc. Additional drilling by Glamis Gold and Goldcorp has increased the reserves and at the end of 2014, after five years of production, the reserves are nearly the same at 546 million tonnes with similar grades.

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Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

Monthly informal lecture series on the first Thursday evening of each month.

All talks will be held in the conference room (201) directly across from the Geology Museum at 1310 Maple Street, Golden, CO 80401. For more information: 303-273-3815, geomuseum@mines.edu

October 1. Ed Raines, Curator of the CSM Geology Mu s e u m and Past President of the Mining H i s t o r y Association. “From the Comstock to Caribou– the Minerals and the Wa s h o e Process.”

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Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series

Schedule posted at:
http://geology.mines.edu/GE_Lecture-Series , or call 303-273-3800.
The Van Tuyl lectures are given every Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Berthoud Hall Room 241.

October 1. Russell Detwiler, University of California Irving. “Reactive Alteration of Reactive Rock: Can Fractured Caprock Self-heal?”

October 8. Dr. Thomas Oommen, Michigan Technology University. “Sustainable Geo-Technical Asset Management along the Transportation Infrastructure Environment Using Remote Sensing.”

October 15. Rauchel Lauer, University of Calgary. “Submarine Hydrology: Subduction Zones and Seamounts.”

October 29. Daniel Jarvie, Worldwide Geochemistry. “Utilizing Geochemical Properties to Assess Unconventional and Conventional Petroleum Reserves.”

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October RMAG On The Rocks Field Trip

Laramide Basin Evolution and Drilling Activity in the North Park – Middle Park Basin, Colorado
Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25, 2015

Trip Geologists: Marieke Dechesne, Jim Cole (USGS, Denver, Colorado), and Chris Martin (Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., Denver, Colorado)

Lodging Information: North Park Inn & Suites, 625 Main Street, Walden, CO, 80480

This two-day field trip will review the geologic history in context with the past and present petroleum exploration in the North Park-Middle Park Basin (or Colorado Headwaters Basin, CHB) in north-central Colorado. The first oil and gas well, Continental Oil's Sherman A-1, was drilled in 1925 in the northeast part of the basin, and produced mostly CO2 from the Dakota Sandstone. Later wells were more successful in finding oil and/or gas and exploration and production in the area is ongoing, most notably in the unconventional Niobrara play. The basin has a complex geologic history that is critical to understanding these oil and gas plays. Geologic discussions will include the Mesozoic sedimentary deposits that contain hydrocarbons including the Dakota Sandstone and Niobrara Formation, the subsequent basin formation and fill during the Laramide orogeny (Coalmont and Middle Park formations), and also highlight some of the late-Laramide deformation in the area. The Paleocene-Eocene strata reveal a complex and episodic evolution of the CHB. Deposits range from coarse-grained fluvial to paludal and lacustrine. Paleocurrent trends and distinctive volcanic-porphyry cobbles indicate significant sediment transport northward from central Colorado sources (unexpected implications for paleodrainage). Rapid subsidence is indicated by great sediment thickness (>2.5 km) within a short timeframe.

Stops will also present evidence for (1) widespread uplift and erosion in early Paleocene time; (2) broad tilting and local folding before onset of subsidence/deposition in middle Paleocene time; (3) faulting and local intra-basin uplift during sedimentation; and (4) post-middle(?) Eocene contraction and even younger deformation. The present shape of the CHB reflects the geometry of (largely) post-depositional faults and folds that are (in many cases) different from the structures of the original depositional basin.

Professionals: $70. Students and Educators: $55 (Copy of school id is required. Send to staff@rmag.org). Registration includes lodging.
Educators and students MUST email or fax a copy of a valid student ID or valid teaching ID to RMAG by 4 pm on the Wednesday before the field trip.
Failure to do so will result in your spot going to another participant.

Register or get more info at http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=20

The deadline for registering for this trip is Wednesday, 9/22/15 at 4 pm.

All participants must fill out and return the release and indemnity agreement to RMAG by 4 pm on 9/22/15. Failure to return your Release and Indemnity Agreement to RMAG will result in your spot going to another participant.

Download release and indemnity agreement at http://www.rmag.org/files/OTR/2015%20OTR/AAPG%20Release%20%26%20Indemnity%20Agreement.pdf.

Go to
http://www.rmag.org/files/OTR/2015%20OTR/2015%20OTR%20FR%20Transect%20Accident%20and%20Emergency%20Plan.doc to access the Field Trip Accident and Emergency Plan

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Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

Sure enough, autumn is right around the corner, and that can mean only one thing…it is time to prepare for Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge.

The event will be held at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center located at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway on Saturday, October 10th, from 9:30 am 3:00 pm. Girl Scout Day is not only an educational event, it is a fun outing so come on out to see the attractions, and meet these motivated kids.

The Colorado Section-AIPG will have a booth at the event, and will need a few volunteers to help staff the booth (9-11 am, 11 am-1 pm, and 1-3 pm).

These time intervals are extremely flexible. Tom Van Arsdale will coordinate the volunteer schedule, so please contact him at tomgvanarsdale@gmail.com .

Also, as always, bring a rock, mineral or fossil specimen(s) that you would like to share with all the day’s visitors.

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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 .

Seminars are located in Room 320, Warner College of Natural Resources (NR) Building on Thursday afternoons, and will begin at 12:30 p.m. (alternative dates/times/locations may occasionally be noted). Questions? Please call (970) 491-5661.

October 8. Ed Harvey, Chief of the Water Resources Division at the National Park Service. TBA.

October 15. Dan McGrath, Research Geophysicist, USGS, CSU Geosciences Instructor. “Hypsometric Control on Glacier Mass Balance Sensitivity in Alaska.”

October 15. Cliff Voss, USGS, Geological Society of America Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer. “Informing Management of the World’s Largest Groundwater Systems with Simply-Structured Model Analysis.”


October 29. Leah Morgan, USGS-Denver. “Variability in Stable Potassium Isotopes (41K/39K) in Geological and Biological Systems.”

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Petroleum Refining 101

October 22-23, 2015
Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel
7007 S. Clinton Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80112

The abundance of heavier crude oil has led to the evolution of flexible refining operations capable of producing more valuable finished products from a variety of feedstocks.

This course will present an overview of modern, sophisticated petroleum refining. Each refining process will be presented in detail. Participants will gain an understanding of the properties of crude oil and refined products. They will learn about gasoline production, hydrocarbon processing, and catalysts in refining. Over the course of two days, attendees will develop knowledge of sulfur recovery, corrosion in refineries, and refinery cost estimation. They will leave with an understanding of how to evaluate investments in the refining industry. The instructor, who has decades of "boots on the ground" experience will utilize case studies from his career as a refinery manager, for some of the largest refining companies in the United States.

For more info or to register, go to

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2015 Fall Symposium: Hot Plays

Denver City Center Marriott
October 8, 2015

Kick off Speakers: Mark Sonnenfeld & Lyn Canter

Go to http://www.rmag.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3521 for more information.

With all the unconventional activity occurring across the globe, it is time to review what is driving the technical quality of the “Hot Plays” in the greater Rocky Mountain region. Please mark your calendars for what is sure to be the “HOTTEST” event of the Fall 2015 Technical Season. Geological, Geophysical, Geochemical, Petrophysical, and Structural technical drivers will be presented, describing what the RMAG membership has determined to be the Hottest Plays in the Rocky Mountains.

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NGWA Conference on Hydrology and Water Quality - Calls-for-abstracts open

In the Southwest
February 23-24, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico

This conference is being designed to explore the water resource challenges — and potential solutions — that states in the American Southwest are facing.

In much of this region — Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah — water is scarce and recharge rates are low, and population growth, droughts, agriculture, mining, and oil and gas development are intensifying interest in groundwater availability and quality. Abstracts are being sought on topics such as the following to name but a few:

Drought resilience/water availability/scarcity, particularly considering climate change Emerging contaminants Exempt well issues Managed aquifer recharge.

Abstracts due by August 30, 2015.

See http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/conferences/Pages/5034feb16.aspx for more information.

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NGWA Groundwater Summit - Calls-for-abstracts open

April 24-27, 2016
Denver, Colorado

As the industry’s preeminent technical conference, the NGWA Groundwater Summit — focusing in 2016 on “Solving Groundwater Challenges Through Research and Practice” — provides you with unparalleled opportunities to share your research, learn from leading experts, and collaborate with hundreds of your peers. Abstracts are being sought on topics such as the following, to name just a few:

  • Climate change and groundwater
  • Combined remedies
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Groundwater remediation
  • Mining hydrology

Special note to students: If your abstract is accepted/presented, you will also have the chance to receive one of four $1,000 Farvolden Awards.

Abstracts due by September 13, 2015.

See http://www.groundwatersummit.org/ for more information.

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Denver Mining Club 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. (+/-)

Other Events

All About Mining! A Total Concept of the Mining Industry. The Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation and Colorado School of Mines present this new digital lecture and on-site refresher and field course for K-12 educators. For more information, see the web site: www.ALLABOUTMINING.org .
Tell your child’s or grandchild’s teacher about this exciting new opportunity.

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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60 Minutes Story About REEs

Sunday night’s 60 Minutes broadcast,"Modern life's devices under China's grip?" hits the highlights and challenges of REEs. The re-broadcast can be viewed at

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Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper


USFWS Pacific Southwest Region Director Ren Lohoefener has stated the USFWS position that sagebrush ecosystems/sage-grouse habitat cannot be restored or created; or that if it can be restored/created, there is uncertainty that it will be used by sage-grouse. As a result of this position, USFWS is implying, and in some cases expressly stating, that priority habitat must be preserved by “avoiding” because of the inability/uncertainty of habitat restoration/creation through reclamation and other techniques. An avoidance strategy as opposed to the avoid, minimize, mitigate strategy could lead to mineral withdrawal recommendations in priority habitat. We understand that discussions along those lines are taking place at high levels within DOI.

We believe the USFWS position is contrary to the best available science and the on-the-ground experience of our members and others. In fact, BLM State Director Amy Lueders showed slides at the Boise Sage-grouse/Fire conference in November of sage-grouse returning to reclaimed areas within 3 years and within 24 hours where there was invasive species (pinion juniper) removal.

Thus, we have asked our consulting biologist Megan Maxwell to prepare a White Paper demonstrating with examples that sage-brush habitat can be restored/created through reclamation and other land use techniques and we need your help. Specifically, what Megan is looking for are examples of either use by Greater Sage-grouse post reclamation, or reclamation sites where sagebrush has been restored or is actively being restored/monitored. Also, examples of reclamation plans with specific sagebrush density targets would be helpful to her.

Please contact Megan directly at megan_maxwell@outlook.com or 720-290-1424.

Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition

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Task Force Comments - Hearings

A comment is all it takes

The Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force is hosting a series of hearings to develop energy policy recommendations to provide the state legislature. It’s critical that the Task Force develop balanced, sensible recommendations based on a solid understanding of Colorado energy development, its track record of safety, and its positive economic impact on our state.

This is where you can help! Coloradans are invited to submit comments for Task Force members to consider as they develop energy policy recommendations.

It’s easy to send your comments (http://energycitizens.org/ec/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=3796 )
straight from the Energy Citizens Action Center.

Colorado energy development is already tightly regulated. Please share your views with the Task Force. They need to hear from Coloradans like you how energy development is helping our state.

Thank you for taking a stand!
Colorado Energy Citizens Coordinator

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Job Board

Wyoming - Geohazards Job

Job #: 03459
Job Title: ENGE10-03459-Geohazards Geologist-Laramie
Opening Date/Time: Wed. 08/12/15 12:00 AM Mountain Time
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $4,506.00 - $5,322.00 Monthly
Agency#-Div-Sec: 042-Geological Survey, Wyoming State
Job Type: Full Timez
Location: Laramie, Wyoming


The Wyoming Geologic Survey is seeking a geologist with a background in geologic hazards, surficial processes, core geology, and remote sensing who is interested in having a satisfying and challenging career with the State of Wyoming. The person who holds this position will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to a state agency whose focus is to promote the beneficial and environmentally sound use of Wyoming’s vast geologic resources and identify and characterize geologic hazards. In this position you will work in a team environment within established federal, state, and agency best practices, rules, regulations and guidelines. You will use your knowledge and expertise to conduct specialized geotechnicaloming and program-related activities. If you are a geologist who is interested in a satisfying and challenging career with the State of Wyoming we encourage you to apply for this position.

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Water Rights & Water Resources Engineer

Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc. (BBA) is a consulting firm specializing in water rights, water resources and ground water hydrology. Located in Englewood, CO, BBA provides services to clients in the Western United States, mostly within the State of Colorado. BBA’s clients include a variety of public and private entities including municipalities, ranchers, local and federal government, and others. BBA celebrates 35 years in business in 2015.

We are seeking applications for a position as an entry level water rights and water resources engineer from applicants with the following skills and qualifications.

  • BS or MS in water resources, civil or agricultural engineering, hydrology, hydrogeology or related field.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with database and spreadsheet software; GIS experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge about and experience with Colorado water rights and water law.
  • Registration as an EIT, or plans to pursue licensure as an engineer, hydrologist or geologist.
  • Seeking to fill position immediately but will also consider May 2015 graduates.

BBA offers competitive salaries, provides a complete benefits package, supports professional development and offers a comfortable and flexible work environment. If you are looking to build a future with a firm that embraces a culture of stability, a career with BBA is a solid choice. Our staff average more than 10-years of commitment to the firm because we are dedicated to service excellence, professional development and a cohesive work environment.

Applicants should provide a letter of interest and resume to bba@bbawater.com.
For more information, please see our web site at www.bbawater.com .

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Field Technician, Moab

We are looking for a part-time Field Technician to support a variety of construction and environmental compliance activities related to an exploration drilling program in the Moab area. Responsibilities will include direction, oversight, and verification of construction for access roads, drill pads, and storm-water pollution prevention measures; assistance with cost-tracking and reporting; and coordination with suppliers and contractors.

We anticipate an average workload of 20-30 hours per week, though this will vary depending upon actual construction activity. Technician will report to, and coordinate responsibilities and schedule with on-site Owners Representative.

Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have at least two years of construction-related experience, including work with excavation, grading, and reclamation. We are looking for someone who is dependable, who takes pride in their work, and who works well as part of a team. Candidates must have strong communication skills (verbal and written), good organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. College degree preferred.

The Field Technician must have a clean driving record, reliable transportation with the ability to drive on dirt/gravel/muddy roads, a cellular phone, and safety boots. Technician will be reimbursed for mileage, use of personal cell phone, and other approved project-related expenses. Forsgren will provide safety equipment and training (as required), a work space, and access to a computer, as needed.

About Forsgren
Forsgren Associates is a full-service Civil Engineering and Environmental Consulting firm. We provide planning, permitting, engineering, and construction services for industry, utilities, and municipalities in the development of infrastructure for natural resources, water, wastewater, transportation, and development projects. We serve clients across the western U.S. with 140 employees in 12 offices.

We offer competitive pay, rewarding work, and opportunities for professional growth. We respect the personal needs of our employees, and actively promote a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life. We empower our people to succeed, and reward them for their success. To learn more about Forsgren, please visit our web page: www.forsgren.com

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please send an email with “Field Technician, Moab” as the subject, and including a letter of introduction and resume to: succeed@forsgren.com

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PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director

Director, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

Full-time, senior management service position serving as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvanias State Geologist responsible for directing DCNRs statewide program of collecting, preserving and disseminating impartial information on the Commonwealths geology, geologic resources, and topography in order to contribute to the understanding and conservation of its land and its associated resources. This position will actively engage with both internal DCNR staff and external entities, such as other Commonwealth agencies to encourage, foster, and develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders in state, federal, and international agencies, academic institutions, private industry and the public. This position will also collaborate with other State Geologists in the formulation of national earth science policies, programs and related issues and will develop DCNR and statewide earth science policies and programs.

Salary range is $76,519 to $116,265 with an attractive benefits package.

A Master's degree in geology, hydrogeology, or a related geologic specialty field; and nine years of professional experience in the geologic research field. Four of the nine years of required experience must have included managerial and second-level supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which affords the applicant the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and includes a minimum of four years of managerial and second-level supervisory experience. A necessary special requirement of this position is licensure as a Professional Geologist by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or a reciprocal jurisdiction, where there can be no exemption from such licensure as defined in Section 5, Exemption from Licensure, of the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law (as amended).

The position’s official headquarters are Middletown, PA.
However, the work location of this position will either be in Middletown, PA or Pittsburgh, PA depending on the operational need and geographical location of the selected candidate. If headquartered in Pittsburgh, occasional travel to Middletown will be required.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest with a detailed resume postmarked by COB Tuesday, November 11, 2014, to:

Debbie Gray
The Bureau of Human Resources, Organization Management and Staffing Services Division
PO Box 8768
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8768

Questions can be directed to (717) 705-1082

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TonaTec Exploration - Safety and Health Coordinator

TonaTec Exploration is seeking an experienced Safety and Health coordinator to lead and execute safety initiatives in health, safety, injury prevention and risk mitigation.

Responsibilities include

  • Building of relationships with field crews.
  • Client required interactions, and follow through.
  • Policy development and improvement.
  • Accident investigation, and follow up.
  • Safety training.
  • Safety inspections.
  • Documentation.

To excel in this role you will need

  • Need to be familiar with safety and health in Mining or Drilling industry.
  • Professional communication skills.
  • Knowledge of health and safety statutory requirements, MSHA and OSHA regulations, codes of practice and guidelines, and the ability to apply these to a work environment.
  • Energy, enthusiasm and passion to work as part of a team.
  • To travel regularly to projects throughout the western states.

TonaTec offers competitive pay and benefits.

If you feel you are interested in this position please send a resume to Steve Bills at steve@tonatec.com .

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Two Senior Level Coal Mining Positions - Asia

FIRST POSITION - COO, Large Coal Mining Operation in Asia We are currently working on an overseas position to recruit an accomplished Senior Mining Operations Executive that can manage the commissioning & operations of multiple coal mines. These are large coal mines that will have throughputs anywhere from 10 – 20 million tons annually in multiple locations. Candidate must have held a similar role to qualify for the position.

SECOND POSITION - VP of Coal Mining Operations, Asia We are currently looking for a person with strong Mine Managerial experience for an operating coal mine that produces 15 million tons annually. Candidates must have held a Mine Manager or a Production Manager’s position in a large mine to qualify for this position.

Both positions with a very large conglomerate with global business in the energy & infrastructure including ports totaling over $10 billion in revenues and a market capitalization in excess of $20 billion. The positions are an EXPAT position based in Asia. Excellent COMPENSATION + BONUSES + EXPAT BENEFITS.

Ravi Krishnan
Krishnan & Associates
1516 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06905 www.krishnaninc.com
Tel: 203.921.1800; Cell: 203.257.9232
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ravikrishnan2
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Krishnan

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Wisconsin Director and State Geologist

We’re seeking a talented individual to lead the Survey. Responsibilities include providing scientific leadership, establishing and implementing programs, identifying sources of extramural funding, and interacting with our stakeholders.

E-mail Bob Zilinski at rezilin@aol.com or call at 303-885-0615 before noon on Dec. 10th, 2014 if you would like to make a reservation.

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Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey

The Idaho Geological Survey has a new job opening for a Senior Geologist position at the Moscow office located on the campus of the University of Idaho. Annual salary range for the position is from $44,491.20 - $53,393.60 (depending on experience) and a full benefits package is available to the successful candidate. A complete job description for the position and instructions of how to apply are listed in the link shown below. Minimum qualifications include, but are not limited to a MS in Geology and five years of post-graduate applied geologic work experience. Please pass the information along to qualified geology candidates that may be seeking employment.

https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/7216 .

Thank your for your time and consideration for this announcement.

GMichael "Ed" Ratchford, Ph.D.
State Geologist & Director
Idaho Geological Survey
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3014
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3014
Main: 208-885-7991
Direct: 208-885-7993
Email: edratchford@uidaho.edu

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Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities

GKlondex Mines is currently recruiting for a Chief Geologist and two Senior/Project Geologists for our Nevada Underground Operations – Midas and Fire Creek. Below is a summary of the positions:

Chief Geologist – Leads and directs all underground and surface geology activities. Supervises and mentors personnel involved in the design and execution of the exploration, development and mine geology programs. Bachelor Degree in Geology or Geological Engineering and a minimum of 10 years of experience in the mining industry required.

Geologist - Proficient in all aspects of the mine geology work required to safely and efficiently mine, narrow, fissure vein, gold and silver deposits.
Responsibilities include daily underground ore control, geologic and geo-technical core logging, design and execution of underground drilling programs, and geologic mapping and modeling in Vulcan. Bachelor Degree in Geology or related field and a minimum of 3 years of experience in underground mining required.

Interested geologists can send their resumes to careers@klondexmines.com or kkranovich@klondexmines.com .

Kellie Kranovich
HR Manager
3300 Traders Way, Suite C, Winnemucca, NV 89445

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Paid Geoscientist Opportunities on National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands

GeoCorps America is a program of the Geological Society of America , in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service. The program offers paid short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world.
GeoCorps project areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geo-hazards, karst, education, interpretation, and more.

GeoCorps positions are divided into three major categories: Standard "GeoCorps America" positions, "GeoCorps Guest Scientist" positions, and "GeoCorps Diversity Internships" (which include the "GeoCorps American Indian Internships" sub-category). Further information, including links to applications, can be found at http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/aboutGC.htm#guestscientistoverview .

GeoCorps Summer 2015 positions will be posted and opened for applications by December 1, 2014. The application deadline will be NOON (Mountain Time) on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Job Opening with Geophysics Company

THG Geophysics, Ltd,, an international near-surface geophysical consulting company, is currently seeking a geologist to join its team. The full-time position entails geologic and geophysical field investigations of near-surface phenomenon and includes extensive overnight travel locally and throughout the US. Requirements include a B.S. in geology (with a course in geophysics a plus) and 0-5 years of geologic experience.

Please send a resume to Maggie Beird at gmhb@geo-image.com .

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Alamos Gold Inc. - Chief Geochemist

Alamos Gold Inc.
Position: Chief Geochemist
Reports to: Director, Exploration

Alamos Gold is an established Canadian-based gold producer that owns and operates the Mulatos Mine in Mexico, and has exploration and development activities in Mexico and Turkey. The Company employs more than 600 people in Mexico, Turkey and Canada and is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighboring communities. Alamos shares are traded on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol AGI.

Role Overview: Working under the supervision of the Director, Exploration, the Chief Geochemist is to ensure the application of industry best practices from the collection of samples in the field through all steps including regular, ongoing QAQC procedures and protocols until the final geochemical and assay data can be presented and reported where and when required; such as in formal corporate reporting and the disclosure of mineral resources and reserves for the company.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Alamos Gold Inc. 130 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 3P5; Fax: 416.368.2934; http://www.alamosgold.com

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Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings

The Geology department at Humboldt State Univ. would like to ask that you share the following job postings with anyone you think would be interested in applying:

Job #7608
Geology: Geomorphology, Surficial Processes, Neotectonics, and/or Quaternary Geoscience First Review of Applications: November 3, 2014

Job #7619
Geology: Petrology
First Review of Applications: November 3, 2014

Both tenure-track postings may be accessed by going to http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/employment/tenure.html

Laurie Marx
Department of Geology, Humboldt State Univ, 707-826-3931, Founders Hall, Room 7
1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521
Fax: 707-826-5241
lm1713@humboldt.edu , or geology@humboldt.edu

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Maryland Geological Survey is recruiting for a Field Geologist.

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please forward this advertisement and the link below to the interested person. Application deadline is Sept. 30.


Richard A. Ortt, Jr.
Maryland Geological Survey
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 2300 St. Paul Street; Baltimore, MD 21218
richard.ortt@maryland.gov http://www.mgs.md.gov

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Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists

American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.

Responsibilities will include field inspection, analysis and report preparation under the direction of senior engineers and geologists.

Must be well organized, eager to learn, hardworking, and willing to take on a wide variety of field and reporting task. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the geology of Pennsylvania.

Willingness to travel and stay overnight at job locations. We anticipate that this position will require possible 75 percent travel sometimes for extended periods – mostly within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

PennDOT certified Drill inspection experience a plus. You will need a BS minimum with 0-5 years experience.

To contact us:
Phone: (724) 916-0300
Fax: (724) 916-0315
Email: Info@agesinc.com for information and Jobs@agesinc.com for job opportunities

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Jobs in Reno

M2 Technical Services Inc. of Spokane Washington has just opened an office in Reno Nevada, and is accepting resumes for Geologists and others who are involved in mineral exploration. M2 was founded in 2005, and focuses on providing services for mineral exploration in the US and in other countries.

All candidates should provide the following information in their cover letter: level of education, years of industry experience, areas of high competence (project management, core logging, ARC-GIS, modeling, claim staking, etc), countries/states worked in, and fluency of foreign languages.

Resumes can be hand delivered on Friday 8:00am - 4:00 pm to our office at 5450 Riggins Court, Suite 2 in Reno, or e-mailed to adminassistant@m2tsi.com .

M2 will consider options of full-time employment, part-time employment, or contractors (must have business license).

Todd Mears
President, M2 Technical Services, Inc.

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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.