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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 2015

May 16, 2015 - Colorado Section Field Trip Announcement
Consequences of Living with Geology Field Trip

GeoEvents (3/10/15) RMAG May Luncheon (4/11/15)
SME COLORADO SECTION (4/11/15) Earth Day Hike on South Table Mountain (4/11/15)
May RMAG On the Rocks Field Trip (4/11/15) FCGS April Dinner Meeting (4/11/15)
Volunteers Needed at Dinosaur Ridge’s Boy Scout Day (3/25/15) INLAND SPILL PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE (3/25/15)
60 Minutes Story About REEs (3/25/15) Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation All About Mining Course (3/10/15)
Denver Well Logging Society 2015 Spring Workshop (3/9/15) Seismic Interpretation for Explorationists Short Course (3/9/15)
Hedging Fundamentals in an Uncertain Oil Economy (2/26/15) 5th Annual American Mining Summit (2/6/15)
Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper InPut (2/6/15) Global Mining Water Management 2015 Congress (1/21/15)
NEW MEXICO GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SPRING MEETING (1/8/15) Denver Mining Club Schedule (2/27/15)
Task Force Comments - Hearings (12/17/14) RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project (9/17/14)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Entry-level Geologist Vacancy in Utah (3/25/15) Water Rights & Water Resources Engineer (3/5/15)
Job Opening for Mining Engineer/Geologist (1/23/15) Mountaineer Keystone - Job Openings (1/6/15)
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)

Special exhibits continuing in 2015:
Steps in Stone: Walking Through Time, at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, CU campus, Boulder. “A new exhibition that features real fossil tracks and trackways from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History collections”. Open 9-5 weekdays, 9-4 Saturdays, 10-4 Sundays; closed on university holidays. Exhibit runs through December 2015; see http://cumuseum.colorado.edu/ .

Please note! The annual book and map sale at the Colorado School of Mines Library normally held during Presidents’ Day week in February will NOT be held this year. The sale will return next year. However, there will be a sale of books and minerals at the CSM Geology Museum, the weekend of April 25-26.

Thurs., Apr. 16, about 7 p.m., the Colorado Scientific Society 2015 Emmons Lecture will take place at the American Mountaineering Center auditorium, 710 10th St., Golden. The speaker will be Dr. Tom Barclay, NASA Ames Research Center and the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute; his topic will be “The Search for Earth-like Planets”. Tom was recently named Director of the Kepler K2 mission, to continue the search for exoplanets using the Kepler spacecraft. No charge, and all are welcome. See http://www.coloscisoc.org/ for more information as the date approaches.

Fri.-Sun., Apr. 24-26, Spring Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show, at Ramada Plaza Inn, Denver Central, 4849 Bannock St. (frontage road on west side of I-25).

Sat.-Sun., Apr. 25-26, Book and Mineral Sale at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

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RMAG May Luncheon

May 6, 2015
Luncheon Venue: Maggiano's Little Italy
500 16th Street Mall #150
Denver, CO 80202

Speaker: Daniel A. Krygowski and Robert M. Cluff, The Discovery Group, Denver, CO
Talk: Pattern Recognition in a Digital Age: A Gameboard Approach to Determining Petrophysical Parameters

Graphical pattern recognition interpretive techniques have been part of petrophysics since quantitative interpretation began, as a way to quickly determine properties of interest with a minimum of calculations. When calculators and computers were introduced to petrophysics, the focus of the techniques changed from determining the quantities themselves to determining the parameters needed to calculate those quantities. As an example, Hingle plots (1959) and Pickett plots (1966, 1973), first used to quickly determine water saturation for a few points in a reservoir, can now instead be used to determine the parameters needed in Archie’s water saturation equation(1942), so that the parameters and associated well log data can be used to calculate water saturation in much more detail and with more precision than before.

An extension of those graphical techniques is shown here, where Hingle, Pickett, and Buckles (1965) plots (Morris and Biggs, 1967) are displayed simultaneously. In this “gameboard” display in Excel (©Microsoft), data is displayed on all the plots. The selection and modification of computational parameters is immediately reflected all plots, leading to a more coherent prediction of those parameters than from the same plots used independently.

The Pickett plot, with bulk volume water lines added as suggested by Greengold (1986), Hingle plots with additional bulk volume water lines, and Buckles plots (both linear and logarithmic scales) can predict in a common environment the following parameters: Matrix parameters to derive porosity from density or sonic logs, Archie porosity (cementation) exponent, m, saturation exponent, n, and water resistivity,Rw, and irreducible bulk volume water, BVWirr.

The display uses three common plots (Hingle, Pickett, and Buckles) not commonly displayed simultaneously, adds bulk volume water lines to the Hingle plot, and has the plots linked so that changes made to the parameters displayed in one plot are reflected in the other plots and the computations derived from those plots.

By being able to change the values of any of the parameters while seeing how those changes impact the other parameters and the calculated porosity, water saturation, and bulk volume water, the user can quickly try different interpretive scenarios and determine which results best honor all the data at hand.

Check in: 11:15 am; Lunch: 12:00 pm
Talk: 12:20 pm.
Note: The first 25 guests to show up after 11:15 AM on the day of the luncheon will receive 1 drink ticket each.

Member Lunch $30; Non-Member Lunch $35; Walk-in without lunch $10
Go to https://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=3 to register.

Please note online registration closes Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4 pm!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Table Mountain Inn, Kokopelli Room
1310 Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80401

5:30 - Cocktails; 6:00 - Dinner; 6:30 - Speaker

Our guest presenter will be Mr. Mike Sheahan, President and CEO of Front Range Aggregates.

Mr. Sheahan’s presentation will provide a summary of the aggregate industry.
The intent is to afford the audience an increased understanding of the aggregate industry and some justification for its existence. It will include a brief history of construction materials, the current demand for aggregate, a look at mining, production, and mine reclamation.

Working in the construction materials industry since 1978, Michael started his career driving a truck for a family owned aggregate, asphalt, concrete and construction company in northern Colorado. From truck driver to company president/CEO, Michael has served in a multitude of positions and responsibilities in sales, operations, technical and senior management.
Currently Michael is the President/CEO of a young, privately held company, Front Range Aggregates. Purchased in 2003, Front Range Aggregates is the only company in Colorado currently shipping the majority of its product by rail. In tandem with its sister company Rock and Rail Railroad, Front Range Aggregates ships from its rail served quarry just west of Canon City to locations along the Colorado Front Range as well as destinations in Kansas and points east.

Michael is a Foundation Board member of the Society of Metallurgical Mining and Exploration. He also serves on the Board of the Colorado Stone Sand and Gravel Association. Michael previously served as Chairman of the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association’s Operation Division, Foundation Board member of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Chair of the Society of Mining, Minerals and Exploration (SME) Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)

Cost: $50 per person. Students welcome at $20 per person with reservation.

RSVP and payments, whether you are an SME member or not, will now be made through the SME Community Event page:
Go to http://community.smenet.org/SMENET/Events/
Or through the Colorado SME Community:

If you prefer to pay by check or cash at the event, select the option at check out to generate an invoice. This will put you down as attending on our RSVP list, payment due at the event. Walk-ins will not be permitted. RSVP must be made by close of business Monday, April 13th.

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Earth Day hike on South Table Mountain

I just wanted to share this announcement about an upcoming "Earth Day" (the day before, actually) short hike I will lead, to which all are welcome:

*Tues., Apr. 21*, 4:00-7:00 p.m.,
*Day-before-Earth-Day Geology & Nature Hike on South Table Mountain,
* Golden, CO, to the top of the “Castle Rock” overlook.

Led by USGS geologist Dr. Pete Modreski. Meet at 4:00 p.m. at the trailhead near the intersection of 18th St. and Belvedere St. in Golden (follow 19th St. east until it ends at the base of South Table Mountain). The easy-paced loop hike will follow a good but steep trail to the top, about 2 miles round trip and about 500 feet elevation gain. We'll view and discuss the lava flows that cap the mesa, the sedimentary rocks beneath them, how the present landscape developed, and plant communities on the mesa. All are welcome; contact pmodreski@usgs.gov , office 303-202-4766 or cell 720-205-2553 with any questions or in case of inclement weather.

Pete Modreski

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May RMAG On the Rocks Field Trip

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rockfalls and Landslides Along CO State Hwy 133, West Central Colorado:
High-Tech Monitoring & Extensive Mitigation Along the McClure Pass - Paonia Reservoir Corridor
Leader: Christopher Russell, Colorado Department of Transportation

Launch your summer outdoors in beautiful Colorado by attending the first field trip of the 2015 season! Our state is home to many troublesome highways, and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) geotechnical professionals work to anticipate and correct hazards presented by mass-wasting processes.

Colorado State Highway 133 (SH 133) connects the communities of Carbondale and Hotchkiss, cutting across the northwest corner of Gunnison County. As it climbs over McClure Pass, the eastern side offers stunning vistas of the Elk Mountains above Marble, but one's eyes are also drawn to extensive netting on the road cuts to catch rockfalls. Descending the pass on the west, landslide terrain is everywhere and, at one point, cars are required to slow to 20 mph to skirt a particularly insidious slide. Continuing west, one encounters one of the largest landslides in the state; it necessitated a realignment of the highway to the other side of Muddy Creek. Watch out for rocks in the road as you cruise along the edge of Paonia Reservoir.

Trip Logistics
The trip will begin at noon, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Paonia State Park, Anthracite Area picnic tables, below the Paonia Reservoir dam. Bring a lunch and meet fellow field trippers and the CDOT leaders. Hardhats and safety vests will be issued, and carpools will be formed. The trip will make several stops, traveling eastward, and end about 5 pm at MP 46, the turn-off to Marble. To complete your adventure, consider a dip in Penny Hot Springs (near MP 55), an undeveloped hot springs on the Crystal River with free public access.

Paonia is approximately 4 hours from the Denver Metro area, so it would be possible to attend the field trip for the day. However, the area is spectacularly beautiful, and it is highly recommended that participants plan to spend Saturday night camping or enjoying local lodging and restaurants.

Space is limited to 8 vehicles, and 30 people so register early. Please contact Sandra Mark for logistical questions: sandra@themarkfarm.com or 303.810.7827.

Professionals: $15 Students and Educators: Free (Copy of school id required. Send to staff@rmag.org)
Register at http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=20
The deadline for registering for this trip is Wednesday, 5/13/15 at 4pm. All participants must fill out and return the release and indemnity agreement to RMAG by 4pm on 5/13/15. Download release and indemnity agreement at http://www.rmag.org/files/OTR/2015%20OTR/AAPG%20Release%20%26%20Indemnity%20Agreement.pdf. .

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FCGS April Dinner Meeting

Thursday, April 30th. Social starts at 5:30 am, dinner at 6:00pm, speaker at 7:00pm.

Fort Lewis College, Student Union Building, Vallecito Room

$20.00/person w/dinner (Students Free); $2/person talk only.

By noon on Monday, April 27, to Gary Gianniny preferably via e-mail (gianniny_g@fortlewis.edu ) or by phone (970) 247-7254.
You can now RSVP, register and pay for your dinner by using our website at www.fourcornersgeologicalsociety.org if you prefer.

The next FCGS meeting will feature 4 Fort Lewis College Geosciences seniors presenting their thesis research. This is always a fun and very popular meeting that generally includes lively discussions of the geology of the Four Corners area.

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Volunteers Needed at Dinosaur Ridge’s Boy Scout Day

Dinosaur Ridge will be holding its largest event of the year when it hosts Boy Scout Day on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and CO-AIPG will be there. If last year’s event is any indication, the volunteers will interact with approximately 120 Scouts, and 500 Webelos and Cub Scouts. The event, and our booth, will be open from 9 am - 3 pm, and we will need 3 volunteers at the booth during that time span.

The CO-AIPG coordinator, Tom Van Arsdale, is asking for nine volunteers to commit to a selected 2 hour time slot, and more volunteers are always welcome. Keep in mind, this is an educational effort and the volunteers will be asked some detailed geological questions…Tom admits he will have to “bone-up” on some of the expected areas of inquiry. Please review the requirements expected of the Cub Scouts, Webelos, and especially, the Boy Scouts. The booth will be located near the visitor center at 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, on the east side of the hogback. Parking will be interesting so expect a short hike to the visitor center.

To volunteer for a fun day with these dynamic and motivated kids, please contact Tom at tomgvanarsdale@gmail.com . And, feel free to bring along a mineral, rock or fossil specimen.

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May 12-13, 2015
Denver, CO

This course will address inland oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response management for regulated inland facilities and operations. Attendees will gain an understanding of the statutes and regulations pertaining to the transportation of oil via pipelines, bulk rail, storage and transfer facilities, loading terminals, refineries, and all other exploration, storage and production facilities in order to minimize onshore spills and avoid penalty. The course will assess other essential elements of spill prevention and preparedness: engineering controls, personnel training and awareness, facility and equipment inspection, risk and hazard assessment, and oil spill response plan development.

Attendees will become better prepared to set strategic objectives in order to mitigate damage in the event of a spill. This course will provide an overview of response management, including the latest assessment, containment, recovery, and monitoring techniques. The course will conclude with a facilited tabletop response exercise, followed by a workshop that will offer attendees the opportunity to gain hands-on experience designing, conducting and then evaluating an oil spill response management plan for inland spills.

For more info or to register, go to

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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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Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation All About Mining Course

The Colorado Mining Association Education Foundation and the Colorado School of Mines announces the All About Mining A Total Concept of the Mining Industry course going digital. The course consists of forty-seven short internet lectures, a three day orientation and material review, and a one week of field trips to underground and surface mines. The Colorado School of Mines grants six credit hours of graduate level recertification credit to course graduates. This is an exciting, fun and beneficial learning experience given by experts in their respective fields focused for all educators of youth today. The digital lectures are free to review by all.

Upon completion of the digital portion of the course a $300 fee with be required to participate in the refresher course, the five day field trip and receive the six hour of recertification from CSM. The refresher course and field trip portion will be conducted in the mid-summer of each year.

For more information go to http://www.allaboutmining.com , call 303-575-9199, contact course coordinator, Shannon Mann, coordinator@allaboutmining.org

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Denver Well Logging Society 2015 Spring Workshop
Integrated Disciplines Using Petrophysics for Completions, Productions & Optimizations.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Colorado School of Mines
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Cost:Only $300
Deadline:R.S.V.P no later than 5 PM on Friday, March 27th.
Reservations must be made online with full payment via PayPal.
Cancellations must be made no later than 5 PM on Friday, March 27th. No refunds will be given after that date!
E-mail reservation cancellations to Kim Mosberger, or call 303-770-4235.

Overview: Operators, consultants and service companies come together at this workshop to demonstrate the positive effect and advantage of bringing disciplines together.

Registration and abstracts are available on the web site at

Barbara Luneau, SLB - Play-scale 3D Modeling and Novel Risk Ranking Concepts for Developing Unconventional Assets
R.D. Barree, Barree & Associates - Multidisciplinary Data Integration for Effective Hydraulic Fracture Design
Bob Cluff, Discovery Group - What is Net Pay? Reassessing the Productive Potential of Tight Carbonate Reservoirs in the Illinois Basin
Gary Simpson, Hess Corporation - Pitfalls in Comparing Core to Log Data in Unconventional Tight Oil Reservoirs
Jack Wiener, Halliburton - Integrated Petrophysics for Horizontal Drilling and Completion Optimization
Marisela Sanchez-Nagel, OilField Geomechanics LLC - Petrophyiscs and Geomechanics for Completion Optimization

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Seismic Interpretation for Explorationists, A One Day Short Course

presented by RMAG & PTTC
April 16, 2015, 8 AM to 4 PM
Newfield Exploration
1001 17th Street #2000
Denver, CO 80202

Instructor: Bruce Trudgill, Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines.

This course is aimed at petroleum geologists and engineers seeking an introduction to the interpretation of seismic reflection data. The basic concepts of the seismic reflection method will be addressed, but the course will focus on the practical geological interpretation of seismic reflection data, applying structural and stratigraphic concepts to a number of seismic interpretation exercises.

Outline of Topics covered

  • The seismic reflection method: Advantages and Pitfalls
  • Key geophysical concepts for seismic interpretation
  • A geological approach to seismic interpretation
  • Methodologies for interpreting faults in seismic data
  • Rift systems: Seismic packages and evolution
  • Salt Systems: Key concepts and strategies
  • Fold and Thrust Systems and Foreland Basin: interpretation strategies in structurally complex regions
  • Inverted Basins: rifting followed by shortening
  • Passive margins: large-scale evolution of linked systems

Registration Closes April 9th at 4:30 PM.
Member: $175; Non-Member: $225
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Stephanie Brown
Registrar Office Assistant | Education Department American Association of Petroleum Geologists
918.560.9430 phone; 918.560.2678 fax
Twitter @aapgeducation
Learn! Blog http://blog.aapg.org/learn

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Hedging Fundamentals in an Uncertain Oil Economy

April 30 - May 1, 2015
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse St.
Denver, CO 80237

With the recent volatility of oil prices, hedging has become an increasingly important tool in oil and gas companies' treasury arsenal. While hedging using derivatives can dampen the impact of price movement on earnings, used incorrectly derivatives can multiply losses. This course will provide comprehensive understanding for those in the oil and gas industry who are involved in the decision making of how production is priced and managed through financial derivatives.

Attendees will not only learn the basic contract structure of common hedging derivatives for natural gas, crude, and liquids, but will get hands-on experience producing various hedge strategies for desired cash flow outcomes. Specifically, the course will conclude with a workshop where attendees will simulate the process of formulating a comprehensive hedge plan for an oil and gas company, guided by a course instructor with extensive experience in all aspects of the formation and operation of risk management tools and execution of financial derivatives for cash flow management and profit maximization.

To register or for more info, go to

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5th Annual American Mining Summit

Call for Presentations
8th-9th June, 2015
Denver, CO, USA

The Summit is the perfect opportunity to highlight your work and present on key issues alongside some of the biggest names and companies in the business.

In its 5th year, this meeting allows fellow industry innovators to connect, create and innovate together over two days in one of the world's Mining hubs. This year, your peers are looking for insight into their problems around…

  • Emerging market regulations
  • Permitting & environmental challenges
  • Process & performance advances
  • Operational integration, maintenance excellence & best practices emerging from North America's top mining projects
  • Achieving sustainable cost reduction
  • Engaging the investment community
  • Aligning exploration & mining strategies and how to best work together
  • Life cycle management & sustainable development

Also attend specialized solution spotlights on:

  • Safety advancements, solutions & strategies on: water treatment, waste management, noise safety, air quality & ventilation
  • Latest innovative technologies on: data analytics management, tracking systems; wireless communications; automation controls, vehicles and robotic solutions; heap leach product design & operations; structures & logistics; haulage equipment & systems
  • Talent management & succession planning
  • Asset management

Plus meet the:

  • Regulators at the “Unconferenced Regulators Corner”: meet & hear from USA & Canada regulators; don't miss on opportunities emerging from the featured US States & Canadian provinces & territories
  • Consultants at the “The Consultant's Clinic”: hear about restructuring strategies towards growth & improved performance
  • EPCs at the “EPCs Zone”: meet the engineering, procurement & construction companies working on top mine planning & engineering projects
  • Investors at the “Investors’ Corner”: meet countries' investment bureaus at the “Invest in - Global Zone” and find out where the next big investment opportunities lie; and meet investors looking for the next big investment opportunity at the “Investors’ Zone”

See who you will be joining the likes of in previous years and have a look at our 2014 speaker panel (http://www.miningamericas.com/speakers/?utm_campaign=Call%20for%20papers&hear=email&utm_source=EM003&utm_medium=email&bc=&promo=&mc=EM003 ).

Don't miss this opportunity to share a dazzling success story, breakthrough case study, state-of-the-art technique or eye-opening approach - contact me at elsa.costa@wtgevents.com or call me on +44 20 7202 7686.

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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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Global Mining Water Management 2015 Congress

April 29-30
Denver, Colorado

This senior-level forum is the most comprehensive congress focusing on all operational challenges of mining water management.

The 2 day congress will be packed with practical case studies delivering on how to successfully meet and overcome the greatest challenges in the regulatory environment, mine pre-development, long-term mine planning, and cutting edge technology.

Topics Covered At The Congress Will Include:

  • OPERATING IN WATER SCARCE AREAS: Designing Effective Water Sourcing And Use And Re-Use Management Practices To Cope With Storage, Conservation And Recycling Needs In Water-Deprived Areas
  • WATER STORAGE: Keeping Abreast With The Latest Improvements In Storing Sites Conditions To Maintain Water Quality And Availability For Longer Period Of Times
  • MID-LIFE MINE MANAGEMENT: Implementing Long-Term Care Operations And Maintenance Strategies To Enable Active Mine Site Operations Whilst Coping With Funding Issues And Costs
  • POST-CLOSURE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES: Reclamation And Optimal Post-Closure Management Strategies For Post Mine Drainage: Caring For Water Pollution
  • LONG-TERM PLANNING: Determining The Importance Of Water Management At All Stages Of Operations And Planning Essential Engineering Long-Term Maintenance For Tailings Facilities And Post-Closure Site Management
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT: Identifying Successful Ways To Handle The Ever-Changing And More Stringent Regulatory Protocols And Their Impact On Costs And Profitability Of Mining Sites
  • WATER CHEMISTRY: Perfecting Water Chemistry Practices When Working With Managed Water To Avoid Unforeseen And Unwanted Environmental And Financial Consequences
  • CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGIES: Capitalizing On Cutting Edge Technologies To Save On Water Usage And Optimize Water Management Capabilities: Pumps Action Challenges

Be the first to receive the congress brochure, contact jamie.burton@american-business-conferences.com

Early Discount Offer: Save $400
3 Delegates: *10% OFF (Discount code: GROUP3)
4 Delegates: *15% OFF (Discount code: GROUP4)
5+ Delegates: *20% OFF (Discount code: GROUP5)

For further information on the congress or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
(1) 800 721 3915 or

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Macey Center,
NM Tech Campus,
Socorro, NM.
April 24th.

Theme: Paleoclimate: Is the Past a Key to the Future?.

Abstract deadline April 19th.
More information at https://nmgs.nmt.edu/meeting/home.cfm .

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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. (+/-)

Colorado Mineral Processing Division 65th Annual Meeting. April 23 - 25, 2015, Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO. For more information, see the web site: www.coloradompd.com .

CSM Geology Museum Book & Garage Sale. April 25-26, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Specimens, books, maps, etc. 1310 Maple St., Golden, CO. For more information, call the museum at 303-273-3815.

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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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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RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project

The Colorado State Land Board and Aurora Water have released a joint solicitation to request proposals from operators for a placer gold mining project in Lake County, Colorado.

Please see the following website for details on this offering: http://trustlands.state.co.us/NewsandMedia/Documents/Solicitation%20of%20Offers%20(SOO)%20-%20Box%20Creek%20Placer%20Gold%20Lease.pdf

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Job Board

Entry-level Geologist Vacancy in Utah

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has posted an entry-level geologist position for recent graduates through the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. This full-time position is based in Salt Lake City, UT. Please view additional details of the position, required qualifications and application details for job announcement number NRCS-15-0656-PW-MW here:


Please circulate to all interested candidates. Please note, this vacancy announcement closes this Friday, March 27. All application materials must be received by the application date.

Please feel free to e-mail with any questions about working as a geologist with NRCS.

Daniel A. Vellone, PG,
Northeast Regional State Geologist
Geological Services Unit, New England & New York
Natural Resources Conservation Service United States Department of Agriculture
52 Boyden Rd, Suite 100
Holden, MA 01520-2587
(508) 829.4477 · Extension 115

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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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Job Opening for Mining Engineer/Geologist

The Arizona State Office, Division of Lands & Minerals, is recruiting for a Mining Engineer/Geologist, GS-0880-/1350-12. If interested, please view the Vacancy Announcements at the following links.

Status Candidates

Open to the Public

Hello from Phoenix, where BLM in Arizona is seeking to fill a job vacancy.
It's listed for either a Mining Engineer or a Geologist. This is a mid-level job, and it assumes that the applicant will have some combination of experience, education that's past baccalaureate, and some specialized experience that is analogous to the work that a BLMer does in what we call "solid minerals." To review the job, the job requirements and the benefits, persons should click on the link that relates to "Open to the Public," unless the person has reinstatement status or is currently a federal employee. The job announcement states that relocation expenses will be paid.
Hiring "off the street" normally does not include those. It would be a good idea to contact the Human Resource Specialist to confirm that is not a typographical error.

Applying for the job requires setting up an account on USA-Jobs and then using that program. You'll need to devote some time to setting up your account, uploading your resume and other documents as requested, and then answering any online interview questions as thoroughly and succinctly as you can. I recognize that answering questions "thoroughly and succinctly" seems to be contradictory. It's possible that applications may be electronically filtered to ensure that certain qualification words appear. That seems to require a degree of verbosity found in English majors, but rarely in scientists. We've found that sometimes, USA-Jobs seems to filter out the best candidates before we get a list to select from, but that may be my experience, only. If you have questions about this, call me.

Please forward (and post) this announcement far and wide. The BLM Minerals group in Phoenix is great to work with.

Matt Shumaker
Chief Mineral Examiner
Bureau of Land Management, Washington Office, Division of Solid Minerals --Office At--
9828 North 31st Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85051
602.906.5526 desk; 602.906.5656 telefax

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Job Openings - Mountaineer Keystone

Mountaineer Keystone in Western Penssylvania is looking to fill two positions. Below are links to the posted positions:

Operations Geologist I :

GIS Analyst :

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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.