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Colorado Section Newsletter - Summer 2016
Government Relations - AIPG Legislative Update
2016 Proposed Colorado Legislative Bills
GeoEvents (5/26/16) Petroleum Refining 101 Short Course (6/04/16)
OILFIELDS 101 Short Course (6/04/16) Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute - 112th Annual Conference (6/04/16)
5th International EarthCache Event (5/17/16) Energy in the Southwest (5/17/16)
FANTASTIC BOOK SALE !!! (5/17/16) CERCLA Section 108(b) Proposed Rule for Hard Rock Mining (5/8/16)
WMMI Gem & Mineral Show (5/8/16) 2nd E. F. Foord Pegmatite Symposium (5/8/16)
Colorado Section AIPG Looking for Volunteers (5/1/16) DREGS Spring Field Trip (5/1/16)
A public petition about rezoning around Dinosaur Ridge (4/25/16) Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance (4/25/16)
Live Seminar: Natural Resource Damages (4/25/16) Denver Earth Resources Library - Premier Memberships (4/3/16)
Call For Papers - Oil and Gas Fields of the Four Corners (3/12/16) Denver Mining Club Schedule (6/4/16)
Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter - 2 Special Events (3/1/16) "Armadillos Can't Understand English", Publication (12/20/15)
How to make Gemstone cupcakes (10/16/15) Websites of interest for information and education (10/16/15)
Articles on Colorado Geology (10/16/15) Copper Compendium (10/8/15)
Colorado Mining Exhibit Railroads & Mining: Building the West (10/5/15) 60 Minutes Story About REEs (3/25/15)

Job Board

AIPG Headquarters Job Search
Seeking Senior Geophysicist (5/26/16) PAID GEOSCIENTIST OPPORTUNITIES ON PUBLIC LANDS (2/29/16)
DO YOU WANT TO WORK IN A NATIONAL PARK? (2/29/16) Several Job Openings - The Division of Minerals Evaluation (2/29/16)
Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS
MSHA and OSHA Training
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

Colorado Section Officers 1967-2015

2016 Proposed Colorado Legislative Bills

The following is a list of 17 proposed bills introduced, and updated as of February 22nd, to the 2016 Colorado Legislature that our Section’s lobbyist believes are of interest to our members.

HB16-1004 Measurable Goals Deadlines CO Climate Action Plan
Status:02/09/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

HB16-1005 Residential Precipitation Collection
Status:02/22/2016 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee

HB16-1010 Destructive Rodent Pest Release Auth Reqmnts
Status:01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

HB16-1019 Broadcast Burns Watershed Protection
Status:02/03/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

HB16-1035PUC Approval Of Securities Only For Gas & Electric
Status:02/22/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only

HB16-1044 Extend Repeal Dates Petroleum Storage Tank Fund
Status:02/17/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

HB16-1053 Retail Hydrogen Fuel Systems Regulation
Status:02/22/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

HB16-1173 Sunset Continue Water Vessel Registration
Status:02/01/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources

HB16-1181Local Government Fracking Ban Liable Royalties
Status:02/02/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

HB16-1182Sunset Commodity Metals Theft Task Force
Status:02/02/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor

HB16-1207 PERA Investments In Renewable Energy Companies
Status:02/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance

HB16-1255 Manage Forests To Improve Water Supply Conditions
Status:02/08/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources

HB16-1256South Platte Water Storage Study
Status:02/08/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources + Appropriations

SB16-061 Ratepayer Protection Carbon Dioxide Increased Cost
Status:01/19/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

SB16-097Use Mineral Severance Revenue For Local Govts
Status:01/29/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

SB16-117Limit State Agency Authority To Impose Fines
Status:02/01/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance

SB16-119 Landowner Hunting Preference Program
Status:02/10/2016 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely

To keep track of any bill’s status as it progresses through the legislative process, use the following link, and then click on the individual bill (i.e., HB16-1004). And, please keep in mind that new bills can be introduced at any time so visiting the following link on a regular basis may be advantageous:

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

Special exhibits in 2016:

You may be interested in joining the “Colorado Gems, Minerals, Fossils, & Rockhounding Meetup Group”, an online group that shares information about all types of “rockhounding” meetings, field trips, and events. There is no charge to belong to the group. See what is being posted to the group at: http://www.meetup.com/Denver-Rocks/ .

A new "Critical Materials” Exhibit in The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum is now open. The exhibit highlights critical materials and rare-earth elements - including the minerals the elements can be derived from - essential to the development of advanced technology and energy. The exhibit is a joint project of the Critical Materials Institute at the School of Mines and the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum. Mandi Hutchinson, graduate student at CSM, played a major role in planning and design of the exhibit. The exhibit focuses on the elements Li, Y, Te, Nd, Eu, Tb, Dy, their minerals, and their uses in technology. You’ll find the exhibit downstairs in the museum, near the Gift Shop.

The CU South Denver Campus Museum, Liniger Building, is now part of The Wildlife Experience, at 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, CO. “The Wildlife Experience”—now part of CU South Denver—is an art and natural history museum that is home to an impressive wildlife art collection and interactive, educational displays including Globeology, Science on a Sphere and special exhibits.” Open 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily; there is an admission charge. See http://southdenver.cu.edu/visit-the-museum/visitor-info/ .

Unearthed: Ancient Life in the Boulder Valley, at the at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (Henderson Building; in the Anthropology Hall), CU campus, Boulder, “This new exhibit features a collection of 80+ stone tools known as The Mahaffy Cache that was found in a Boulder backyard in 2007. The artifacts were studied by CU Boulder Professor of Archaeology Doug Bamforth, Ph.D. He dates the tools to 13,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. The discovery of stone tools from the late Pleistocene within the city limits of Boulder is a rare event in archaeology. This is the first time the tools will be on display for the public. The exhibit includes interactive elements and video, as well as replicas of the tools that visitors can pick up and hold.” Open daily, no admission charge.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs: a new temporary exhibit opened in February, “Cheyenne Mountain at 50: Military Icon, Engineering Marvel”. See http://www.wmmi.org/

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Petroleum Refining 101 Short Course

August 9-10, 2016
EUCI Offices
4601 DTC Blvd, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237

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.

To get more info or to register, go to http://www.euci.com/events/0816-refining-101/Register

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Denver Gold Group OILFIELDS 101 Short Course

August 2-3, 2016
EUCI Offices
4601 DTC Blvd, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237

This course will present an overview of oilfield operations, both subsurface (downhole) and surface. The downhole portion will present an overview, and then drill down into actual data from well files, and how the information in the files relates to the reality in the well. The facilities topics covered will include liquids and gas gathering and processing.

The intent is that participants will be able to apply the information learned the first day they return to their jobs. The information will be presented in terms of diagrams and photos of real equipment, and real example documents. The information will not be a gussied up "ideal" case, but will show the equipment or documentation as we actually experience it.

Lessons learned from the instructor's experience will be incorporated throughout.

To get more info or to register, go to http://www.euci.com/events/0816-oilfields-101/Register

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Denver Gold Group June Networking Luncheon

Monday, June 27, 2016
11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Ritz-Carlton Denver
1881 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202

"Gold and Key Market Update and Outlook for M&A Activity"

Presented by Mr. Tom Brady, Economist, Newmont Mining

Cost: $45.00

Register at http://www.denvergold.org/other-events/tom-brady-june-2016/

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Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute. 112th RMCMI Annual Conference

June 26-28, 2016
Steamboat Sheraton Resort
Steamboat Springs, CO

COAL: The Catalyst – Heat, Electricity, Life

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

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5th International EarthCache Event

Right Before GSA 2016
Sat., 24 Sept. 2016
Denver, Colo., USA

Dr. Lesli J. Wood, Colorado School of Mines Living Dangerously: Life on the Shelf and Shoreline of the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway, A Study of Shelf Processes and Deposits

EarthCaching gets people out in the field to learn about their planet first-hand. Participants learn about EarthCaching, interact with EarthCachers from around the globe, meet EarthCache developers and reviewers, find local EarthCaches, and have a rare opportunity to meet Signal the Frog, the official Geocaching mascot. The 2016 event will be held in conjunction with the GSA Annual Meeting. For details, go to the EarthCache home page (http://www.earthcache.org/) and follow the EarthCache Facebook page. Let the Earth be your teacher.

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Energy in the Southwest

August 11 & 12, 2016
Santa Fe, NM (Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe)
Webcast Available!

The 13th Annual "Energy in the Southwest" Conference provides critical updates on resource development, regulatory changes, and market operations.

Among the updates and topics covered in our in-depth discussions will be:

  • The potential impacts of changes at the White House, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Congress and the Supreme Court
  • The ongoing litigation over EPA's Clean Power Plan and other environmental initiatives
  • Section 111(d) State Implementation Plans and regional emissions trading
  • The growing momentum to expand California's ISO into a broader Westwide regional transmission organization
  • Cybersecurity
  • PURPA reform
  • The latest developments in distributed generation, renewable energy and battery storage

To register or get more information, go to

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The Denver Earth Resources Library (DERL) is holding an incredibly fantastic used-book sale. Many of the volumes are in pristine condition and the selection of books includes:

  • AAPG: Memoirs, Studies in Geology series, Course Notes series, Reprint series
  • Guidebooks by RMAG and other Geological Associations and Societies (Billings GS, Montana GS, Four Corners GS, New Mexico GS, Nevada GS, Oklahoma GS, Utah GA, various Texas Societies, Wyoming GA, and more)
  • SEPM Publications
  • Treatise of Petroleum Geology - Atlas of Oil and Gas Fields series
  • Textbooks on practically every discipline of geology, including the classics
  • Atlases: The "Big Red Book," and the "Geological Atlas of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin"
  • And more...

The cost? $10 for one volume. If you purchase more than one volume, then each volume is only $5. Now, that's a bargain! The large Atlases are $50.
Come by while the supply lasts. DERL is located at 730 17th Street (basement), downtown Denver, and is open weekdays from 8 am until 4:30 pm.

If you would like to contact DERL, please call (303) 825-5614 or email us derlibrary@gmail.com.

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CERCLA Section 108(b) Proposed Rule for Hard Rock Mining

The EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery will present a webinar on the development of the proposed regulation for financial responsibility for certain hard rock mines and mineral processing facilities under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). EPA previously presented the CERCLA 108(b) proposed rule framework in a webinar held in September, 2015, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5Di3Ti6Oc&feature=youtu.be .

The upcoming webinar will provide an update on the Agency's progress in developing the rule, and describe the Agency's current thinking on the key aspects of the rule described in the framework. Stakeholders and other members of the public are invited to learn about the CERCLA 108(b) rulemaking and will have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar.

To register, go to https://clu-in.org/live/default.cfm#CERCLA_Section_108(b)_Proposed_Rule_for_Hard_Rock_Mining

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WMMI Gem & Mineral Show

July 15-17, 2016

Plus gold panning, gem & mineral vendors, and operating stamp mill & other engines at the
Western Museum of Mining & Industry
225 North Gate Road, Colorado Springs.
See the web site for more info: www.wmmi.org/events

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2nd E. F. Foord Pegmatite Symposium

July 15-19, 2016.

Lectures, field trips and reception.
Sponsored by Colorado Chapter Friends of Mineralogy, Friends of the CSM Geology Museum, and Denver Region Exploration Geologists Society.
Golden, CO.
For more information, see www.facebook.com/LikeCSMGeoMuseum/

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Colorado Section AIPG Looking for Volunteers

Change of Date to June 18

Colorado Section - AIPG will host a booth at the 2016 Boy Scout Day held at Dinosaur Ridge on May 14th. The event will be from 9 am 3 pm at the Visitors Center, which is located at 16831 W. Alameda Pkwy in Morrison, just east of the Hogback. Volunteers are needed to “man” the booth, and we are asking for two (2) volunteers for two hour intervals (9-11, 11-1, and 1-3). This event is an excellent opportunity for our Section to “show our stuff” (knowledge, specimens, and geological enjoyment). If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tom Van Arsdale at tomgvanarsdale@gmail.com.

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DREGS Spring Field Trip

Change of Date to June 18

DREGS' spring field excursion will be to Newmont's Cripple Creek gold operation on Saturday June 18, 2016. Our group will meet at 10 AM on that day at the Ajax Building 713 County Rd. 84 in Victor, CO. Driving directions to this building will be sent to field trip participants. A signup sheet will be available at our May DREGS Meeting on May 2, 2016. One Newmont-sanctioned company bus has been ordered for the mine tour with a capacity of 16 passengers. The bus requires $7.50 from each passenger, which is for the benefit of the city museum. We will have about two hours of geological presentation and core viewing at the Ajax Building core shed followed by the bus tour of the mine. We will be able to exit the bus in the pit, look at broken rock piles, and take samples. Please bring your own lunch, hard hat, and safety glasses, if you have them. Boots are a requirement but they do not have to be hard-toed. Each individual will sign a disclaimer at the start of the tour. For those wishing to eat in a restaurant after the tour, there are places to eat in Victor and plenty in Cripple Creek. Depending on time, other local geological features may be visited after the formal tour.

The only cost of the trip will be the $7.50 bus fee. If there are significantly more individuals interested in the tour than the 16 person bus limit, it may be possible to order a second bus. That has to be arranged well in advance, so please be sure of your commitment when you sign up for the tour on May 2.

Steve Zahony DREGS Field Trip Chairman E-mail: szahony@comcast.net Cell Telephone: (303) 903-4078

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FYI: A public petition about rezoning around Dinosaur Ridge has been prepared by a citizens' group

Is being circulated online to be presented to the Jefferson County Commissioners, requesting them to preserve the natural character of the Rooney Valley area between C-470 and the Dakota Hogback (Dinosaur Ridge) by denying a rezoning request that would allow car and motorcycle dealerships to be built on the private land surrounding the Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center. The situation is rather complicated. The Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center is on County land administered by Jefferson County Open Space, but the lease under which the Visitors Center exists and operates expires next year, and thus is up for possible renewal, renegotiation, or non-renewal. The property that surrounds the Visitors Center on three sides, formerly part of the Rooney Ranch but now owned by a consortium of developers, is zoned commercial, but they are seeking a rezoning which would increase the kinds of commercial uses that would be allowed on that property; specifically, to allow motor vehicle dealerships.

I encourage you to read the petition, which was created by a local area residents' group: https://www.change.org/p/petition-for-preservation-of-dinosaur-ridge-and-surrounding-open-spaces-and-park-land?recruiter=451415358&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

You might also like to read this Feb. 13, 2016 column in the Denver Post by Dr. Martin Lockley: http://www.denverpost.com/perspective/ci_29510425/disappearance-dinosaur-ridge

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Endangered Species Act, Wetlands, Stormwater & Floodplain Regulatory Compliance for Utilities

July 18-19, 2016
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 E. Tufts Ave.
Denver, CO 80237

OVERVIEW: Environmental permitting affects many utility projects in the United States. Often, these processes impose delays, constraints and additional costs that are not anticipated by the project team. The goal of this course is to provide attendees with a broad understanding of many of the commonly encountered permitting processes associated with construction, maintenance and operational activities.

This course will strive to inform attendees of when permitting may be necessary and to provide an understanding of the process for navigating these permitting processes. Relying on experience working on hundreds of previous projects on these subjects, course instructors will provide case studies to highlight lessons learned and successful approaches. An additional goal of this course will be to provide attendees with tools to make environmental permitting a more efficient component of their organization's project management.

As practical application of information learned, attendees will participate in a field site visit to Denver area wetland sites.

For more information, go to

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Live Seminar: Natural Resource Damages

July 14 & 15, 2016
The Westin Denver Downtown
Santa Fe, NM (La Fonda Santa Fe Hotel)
Webcast Available!

Law Seminars International announces the 10th Annual "Natural Resource Damages" Conference in Santa Fe.

This Conference is one of the leading NRD conferences in the nation with an incredible faculty and program for 2016. Headlining this year's conference are Lisa P. Jackson, Vice President, Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple and former Administrator of the US EPA, John Cruden, Assistant Attorney General for the US DOJ Environment & Natural Resource Division, the Hon. Ethel Branch, Attorney General of the Navajo Nation, and the Hon. Ryan Flynn, New Mexico's Secretary, Environment Department and Natural Resources Trustee, together with a faculty of nationally renowned scientists, economists, and legal counsel from leadership positions in academia, government, and the private sector.

The politics and policy behind our natural resources are evolving globally, while the law of natural resources damages continues to expand in scope and importance.Today, the stakes for NRD litigation in the US have grown to staggering proportions.As the Chairs of this Conference, we are proud to bring the leaders in natural resources policy and litigation together to tackle many of the most pressing and difficult matters existing today, including:

—The final Deepwater Horizon NRD settlement, the largest NRD settlement in history
—Climate Change, the Paris Accords, Carbon and Air Emissions, and air as a natural resource damage
—The enormous remediation and NRD consequences of mining sites across the Mountain West
—NRD litigation updates and strategies impacting the quantification of economic impacts and damages, the admissibility of expert testimony, and for taking an NRD case to trial
— Creative approaches to addressing natural resource impacts and NRD from cradle to grave.

Registration: Register at
https://www.lawseminars.com/register.php?SeminarCode=16NRDNM&utm_source=OpenEMM&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=16nrdnm or call us at (206) 567-4490.

Webcast Option: Can't physically attend? Our webcast option is the next best thing to being there. And, it qualifies for live credits in most states.

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Premier Memberships Now Being Offered at the Denver Earth Resources Library

Due to the ongoing downturn within the Oil and Gas Industry, the Denver Earth Resources Library (DERL) is now offering, “Premier Memberships,” which include library membership and individual, PRIVATE, modular workstations.

For the low cost of $650/month (two months minimum), a geoscientist can office downtown, and have access to copiers, scanners, and fax capabilities.

The copiers and scanners can handle both standard sizes, and map-size formats.

DERL is an extremely unique library, located in the historic Equitable Building in the center of downtown Denver, at 730 17th Street, Suite B-1.

You can check out DERLs website at www.derlibrary.com or contact its director, Kay Waller, directly at (303) 825-5614.

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Call For Papers - Oil and Gas Fields of the Four Corners, Volume IV 1983 to 2017

Abstract Deadline: September 15th, 2016

Field Studies. Short format field summaries similar to those in previous volumes, for fields dis-covered since 1983. Format to include: data table of field & reservoir attributes, brief descrip-tions of trap and discovery methods, type log, type cross section, key structure and isopach maps, and a field narrative. A template will be available to download from the FCGS website by April 15th.

Special Studies. Papers covering a wide range of topics describing innovations applicable to hydrocarbon production in the Four Corners area over the past 33 years (post Vol. III). Topics of interest may include: new coal facies models and technologies to develop CBM, 3D reservoir modeling and/or tertiary recovery methods, use of 3D seismic, new fields or discoveries, new se-quence stratigraphic interpretations, horizontal drilling applications, new petrophysical methods and models for unconventional reservoirs, and new completion designs and methods.

Please contact Tom Ann Casey at tcasey@rwpc.us or 970-749-7196 if you are interested in submitting a paper or have any questions / suggestions. We need YOUR help!

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Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, is pleased to share the attached announcements about special events we are hosting:

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

The 2nd Eugene E. Foord Pegmatite Symposium
July 15-19, 2016.

Note that information about the symposium is now posted both on Facebook and on a dedicated website, http://www.colorado.edu/symposium/pegmatite/ . Full registration details and a registration form have not yet been finalized, but they will be posted on both sites as soon as they are ready.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper at the symposium should submit a title by March 10, and abstracts will be due by May 15.

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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. (+/-)

June 6. Maggie Magoffin, Author and Historian. Women Miners of the Old West.

June 13. John Googins, Applications Engineer, Aggregate & Mining Consultants, LLC. The Rise and Fall of the Nordberg Corporation.

June 20. Ray Lundin, Gemologist. My Adventures in the Andamooka, Australia, Opal Mines.

June 27. Neil Bergstrom, P.E., Wellbore Positioning Advisor, Colorado Geoscience, Inc. Directional Drilling and Wellbore Surveying.

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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It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of "Armadillos Can't Understand English", and Other Short Stories By Geoscientists.

In this volume, the first of its kind, 18 geoscientists, 14 of whom have spent significant time in search of mineral deposits, have presented interesting stories of their lives and careers. The list of authors also includes DREGS' members, Jim Cappa, Stew Jackson, Roger Newell, Jim Paschis, Jim Davis, and Jim Piper. For your reading pleasure, I have also attached some Excerpts of the book I think you will enjoy reading.

This book will be available for purchase after Dec 10, at a cost of $25 plus shipping. If you would like to order a copy, please contact me at lufk3@comcast.net for more details. If not, you will have to wait another year when a second edition most likely will be printed.

Also attached, please find a listing of other books only available from Golden Publishers.

Happy Holidays!

John L. Lufkin
President, Golden Publishers
Golden, Colorado

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How to make Gemstone cupcakes

Pretty cool! For those members and/or their spouses who are into baking and decorating.


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Websites of interest for information and education



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Articles on Colorado Geology

“Gradients in stream power influence lateral and down-stream sediment flux in floods”

John D. Gartner et al., Department of Earth Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, USA. This paper is online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/G36969.1.

“Integrating geophysical data in GIS for geothermal power prospecting”

Anna Crowell and Will Gosnold, University of North Dakota, Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202, USA. This article is online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/GES01161.1 .

Themed issue: Geothermal Energy from Sedimentary Basins: Challenges, Potential, and Ways Forward.

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Copper Compendium: The Whole Story

By Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane, Blog Administrator

See more at: http://acceleratingscience.com/metals/copper-compendium-the-whole-story

The copper-colored leaves of Fall that we are now seeing in the northeast area of the United States reminded me of the 8-part Copper Compendium series we did this past Summer. If you missed any or all of the articles, here are summaries and links to each article for your convenience:

Part 1: Copper: Civilization’s Most Widely-Used Metal – Taking a look at number 29 on the Periodic Table, which is one of the oldest and most useful metals known to man.

Part 2: Copper is Key in the Modern Age – A discussion of how copper is used in modern times and the many ways in which it continues to enhance our lives.

Part 3: Primary Copper Production – An explanation of the extraction, smelting, and alloying of copper (Cu) and how copper is made into usable form.

Part 4: The Experiment – Evaluating Smelting Copper Compounds – We evaluated Cu compounds which were generated in the initial process of copper lead smelting after the extraction of coarse lead. From the results, it became clear that the Cu compounds evaluated in this study had certain morphology of the elements and the distributions.

Part 5: Copper Reincarnation – Does Copper Live Forever? – Copper, along with other nonferrous metals including aluminum, nickel, and tin, doesn’t lose any of its chemical or physical properties during the recycling process, which means it can be recycled indefinitely.

Part 6: Copper Sulfate Analysis with ICP-OES Improves Electronics Manufacturing –Alloying elements or contaminants in the copper will influence its behavior, including significantly degrading its electrical conductivity. Therefore determining the purity of the copper and percentages of any alloying elements present is a very important quality control step in the increasingly sophisticated manufacturing techniques that are required for modern electronic goods.

Part 7: Analysis of Elemental Impurities in Electronic Grade Copper Sulfate – Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES) was tested to see if it was an ideal technique for the analysis of impurities in copper sulfate. Was it proven to enable accurate, high throughput, multi-element analysis with the minimum of sample preparation required? Find out.

Part 8: INFOGRAPHICS: Copper Through the Ages – Did you know that the reason police officers in the USA are nicknamed ‘cops’ or ‘coppers’ is because their uniforms used to have copper buttons? Find out some more fun facts in this infographic.

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Colorado Mining Exhibit Railroads & Mining: Building the West

“The mines needed the railroads to haul the heavy machinery from the East. The railroads needed the mining business to make them profitable.” The exhibit is now showing at the Heritage Museum in Idaho Springs, and a new display is up at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry in Colorado Springs.

For more information, contact Guy Johnson: GPJ222@aol.com

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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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Job Board

Seeking Senior Geophysicist

BHP Billiton Minerals Americas Exploration is seeking a Senior Exploration Geophysicist.

The job posting can be found at the following link:

Please submit applications through this same link, applications close 2nd of June.

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National Park Service Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Summer 2016 Application

Deadline: 29 Feb. at Noon

The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for students and professionals in the geosciences and other natural resource fields who want to use their natural resource science expertise to help the NPS to better understand and manage its natural resources.

The Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match college students and recent graduates age 18 - 35 years old with short-term, paid, internships with the National Park Service. Participants may assist with research, synthesis of scientific literature, geologic mapping, GIS analysis, site evaluations, resource inventorying and monitoring, impact mitigation, developing brochures and informative media presentations, and educating park staff and park visitors. GIP positions can last from 3 months to one-year.

Participants selected for the GIP program have a unique opportunity to contribute to the conservation of America's national parks. Upon successful completion of a project, participants may be eligible for an AmeriCorps education award.

Parks benefit from a participant's knowledge and skills in geological or other natural resource science field, while participants gain valuable work experience by working with the National Park Service. Program participants must be 18 - 35 years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

This program is run in partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Environmental Stewards™. GSA advertises the program, recruits qualified candidates, and manages the online application process. Once a candidate is offered a GIP position, Environmental Stewards enrolls them in the program, administers their payments and benefits, and serves as their point of contact throughout the program.

See http://rock.geosociety.org/eo/documents/GipFlyer2016.pdf) for more details.

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Deadline: March 29 for most positions

GeoCorps America is a program of the Geological Society of America, operated in partnership with government agencies and other organizations committed to science and stewardship. Current partners include the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

The program offers paid short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Read the experiences of those who have participated in the past.

GeoCorps project areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geo-hazards, karst, education, interpretation, and more.

GeoCorps positions for summer 2016 were posted in early January, 2016. Check this page (http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/index.htm ) and the GeoCorps Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/geocorps ) for frequent updates.

Also, view the positions page https://rock.geosociety.org/eo/GeoCorpsJobDescriptions.asp) if you wish to apply to the remaining winter 2015-2016 positions.

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Several Job Openings - The Division of Minerals Evaluation, Office of Valuation Services, U.S.

Department of the Interior is looking to fill several positions for geologists/engineers/mineral economists.

Two are currently online at the USAJobs site. They hope to post a couple more soon. The fuse is short.

Check the USAJobs site, but the openings may/will close in the first week of March.

The job announcements can be found at www.USAJobs.gov . You can then search on “geologist” and “Denver, CO” to get the announcements.

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Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS

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

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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The Colorado Section’s Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship Fund was started by generous gifts from Rex Monahan of Sterling, CO. Subsequently, donations from individual members and from the Section’s treasury have increased the principal in the fund to over $40,000. The Section generally awards two $1,000 scholarships each year, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student. Awardees must be registered at a Colorado college or university with a recognized geoscience program and be Student members of AIPG.

The Section selects recipients for the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship from Colorado applicants to National AIPG’s undergraduate and graduate scholarship programs. Therefore, students who wish to be considered for the Colorado Section’s scholarship must apply through the National AIPG scholarship program. It is not necessary to specify that you wish to be considered for the Rex Monahan Geological Scholarship as any student from a Colorado college or university will be automatically considered. Applications for the AIPG National Scholarships are described on www.aipg.org/Students/.

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 Colorado Section AIPG, and be sent to the Section Treasurer—see the following Section Officer contact information.

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.

2016 Colorado Section Board

Susan Wager
PO Box 260965
Lakewood, CO 80226
Work: 303.726.6431

President Elect
Tom Van Arsdale
CTL/Thompson, Inc.
1349 Josephine St. Apt . 6
Denver, CO 80206
Work: 901.268.3323/span>

Vice President
David Glater
CTL/Thompson, Inc.
2598 S. Xenophon St.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: 303.825.0777

Stephanie Jarvis
ERO Resources
1842 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Work: 303.830.1188

Mark Mathisen
Roscoe Postle Associates 143 Union Blvd., Ste. 505
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: 303.204.2464

David M. Abbott, Jr.
Consulting Geologists, LLC
5055 Tamarac St
Denver, CO 80238
Work: 303.394.0321

Advisory Board Representative

Stephanie Ashley
12984 Wide Acres Rd.
Golden, CO 80401
Work: 303.215.0942

Tom Cavanaugh
7073 Braun St.
Arvada, CO 80005

Joe Brinton
2304 Palace Verdes Dr.
Grand Junction, CO 81507
Work: 970.261.4100

Reg. & Leg. Committee
Logan MacMillan
5733 W Hoover Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Work: 303.241.2572

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

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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.