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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 - Winter 2016
GeoEvents (1/27/16) Friends of the CSM Geology Museum February Presentation (2/2/16)
CSM SEG Student Chapter Events (2/2/16) Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society February Meeting (2/2/16)
SME Colorado Section February Meeting (2/2/16) New Zealand Pre-Trip Presentations at CSM (2/2/16)
Denver Mining Club Schedule (2/2/16) USGS Rocky Mountain Area Seminar Series (1/27/16)
118th National Western Mining Conference (1/27/16) 2016 NGWA Groundwater Summit (1/27/16)
Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference 2016 - call for papers (1/19/16) NGWA Conference on Hydrology and Water Quality in the Southwest(1/3/16)
"Armadillos Can't Understand English", Publication (12/20/15) RMAG & DGS 22nd Annual 3D Seismic Symposium (12/20/15)
IHS Trainings for RMAG Members (11/24/15) Water Well Rulemaking (11/8/15)
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)
Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper In Put (2/6/15) Task Force Comments - Hearings (12/17/14)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Part-Time UNC Job (10/3/15) LABORATORY COORDINATOR III (10/3/15)
Wyoming - Geohazards Job (8/23/15) Water Rights & Water Resources Engineer (3/5/15)
Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey (12/17/14) Wisconsin Director and State Geologist (12/9/14)
Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities (12/01/14) Geoscientist National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands (11/23/14)
Field Technician, Moab (10/30/14) PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director (10/30/14)
S&H Job - TonaTec Exploration (10/30/14) Coal Mining Positions - Asia (10/16/14)
Job Opening with Geophysics Company (10/9/14) Chief Geochemist (10/9/14)
Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings (10/6/14) Maryland Geological Survey (9/25/14)
Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists (9/25/14) Jobs in Reno (9/25/14)
Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)
MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)
101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground 1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log
Scholarship Fund Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship
Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002 Section President and Vice President Duties

Colorado Section Officers 1967-2015
Government Relations - AIPG Legislative Update


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

Thurs., Feb. 4. 7, 7:00 p.m., monthly “First Thursday” lecture sponsored by the Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum . Topic and speaker(s) are still TBA, but the program may be about the Gold King mine wastewater spill. In Berthoud Hall, Room 240 on the CSM campus; free admission is free and all are welcome. Socializing at 6:00 p.m., program at 7:00. Check https://www.facebook.com/LikeCSMGeoMuseum/ for updated info.

Fri., Feb. 12, 3:00 p.m., Earth Sciences Colloquium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, "Feathering Utahraptor: The real star of Jurassic Park”, by Jim Kirkland (Utah Geological Survey). In the Ricketson Auditorium for this lecture; all are welcome, museum admission is not required.

Sun., Feb. 21, noon, monthly meeting of the Florissant Scientific Society, “Rock Glaciers”, by Alex Paul, at the Woodland Park Library, Woodland Park, CO. See http://www.fss-co.org/index.html or contact Beth Simmons for more info.

Feb. 26-28, Denver Gem and Mineral Guild, Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Building. No admission charge.

Special exhibits in 2016:

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: Heritage Lecture and Exhibit Opening, Thursday, February 11, 6:00 p.m. – “Cheyenne Mountain at 50: Military Icon, Engineering Marvel”. “Join WMMI and officials from NORAD on Thursday February 11th for a new exhibit opening and lecture series about the construction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command center in Cheyenne Mountain. Lecture details will be announced soon. Heritage Lectures at WMMI are always free. The exhibit opens at 6pm and the lecture begins at 7 pm. Free, but RSVP is required at rsvp@wmmi.org or 719-488-0880.

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Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum February Presentation

Thursday, 4 February

Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum's "First Thursday" lecture series continues, once again in a different CSM building and room:
Ben H. Parker Student Center, Ballroom E
Maple Street
Golden, CO 80401.
Socializing begins at 6:00 PM and the talk will start at 7:00.
Admission is free and all are welcome.

Our speaker is Dr. D. Kirk Nordstrom, Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Boulder.

Kirk's talk title is: "To Plug or Not To Plug? The Unintended Consequences of Mine Plugging"

This talk is particularly timely and interesting in light of the Gold King Mine spill in August, 2015, and the massive ongoing publicity about mine drainage in Colorado and the West.

The Ben H. Parker Student Center is about four buildings south of the Geology Museum, on the west side of the pedestrian mall extension that runs South from Maple Street. Ballroom E is on the 2nd floor in the northeast corner. The closest parking for the Student Center is in Lot D, west of the Student Center and is FREE in the evening. Lot D and the Student Center (#6) are shown on this campus map: http://inside.mines.edu/UserFiles/File/facilities/MinesCampusMap.pdf

Plugging the lowest portal, usually a water drainage tunnel, has often been used as a remedial option for an inactive mine site. Rather than carefully considering the potential consequences of plugging, the practice has continued with variable and sometimes disastrous results. The most commonly missing part of the evaluation is the hydrogeological conditions (bedrock competency, water balance, groundwater flowpaths, chemical composition, and discharge points). Plugging might work in a few cases but it should not be recommended generally until the site has undergone adequate hydrogeological and geochemical examination and all alternative options have been properly considered.

For more information, please contact Mike Smith (m_l_smith@earthlink.net : 303.530.2646).

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CSM SEG Student Chapter Events

The CSM SEG Student Chapter will present on a recently completed student project focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kapishi East Deposit, perhaps the largest and richest undeveloped zinc deposit in the world, in Berthoud Hall room 241, 5-7 pm on February 16th.

Noon talks, held in Berthoud Hall room 108 are shown below:
February 3. - Justin Tolman (New Afton gold-copper mine in B.C.).
February 10. - Craig Johnson (Stable isoptopes and ore genesis).
February 17. - Jeff Pontius of Corvus Gold discussing their epithermal gold project in the Walker Lane, NV.

CSM-SEG Field Trips:

February 12-14. - Moab, Utah area field trip - we will be taking approximately 15 people (possibly more) on a field trip to the Moab, Utah area, to examine outstanding sedimentary features of the Colorado Plateau in Canyonlands National Park and adjacent areas, as well as a possible visit to a small sed-hosted copper deposit, the Big Indian (‘blue grotto’) mine in Lisbon Valley, with an opportunity to collect nice azurite crystal rosettes, malachite, and other copper minerals. We will also examine the geology of several roll-front type Uranium-Vanadium deposits in the Lisbon Valley area. Contact John DeDecker at: jdedecke@mines.edu for more information.

February 20. - White Cloud Pegmatite, South Platte District, Jefferson County Colorado - I (Philip Persson) will be leading a day trip to this noted NYF (Niobium-Yttrium-Fluorine) type REE pegmatite, located immediately adjacent to the Colorado Trail on public land approx. 45 minutes from Golden. My research is on pegmatites in the Pikes Peak Batholith, so I will give a brief talk during the trip on the geology and mineralogy of these fascinating deposits. For the more adventurous, we will venture on foot approx. 1 mile across somewhat rough terrain to another group of REE pegmatites nearby in the afternoon.

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Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society February Meeting

Date: February 8, 2016
Social hour: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Colorado School of Mines
Berthoud Hall Room 241

“Epithermal Silver Veins: Some Thoughts on their Exploration and Genesis ”
John E. Dreier, CPG 11190, Golden, CO

The objective of any mining enterprise is to make as much money as possible for as long as possible, while holding a minimum of capital hostage to the vicissitudes of markets, governments, and nature. In keeping with this maxim, the objective of this talk is to highlight those geological features and controls which promote the formation of large, high-grade epithermal silver (Ag) deposits and to provide guides as to where in a mineral system the good deposits may be, or if, indeed, they are present at all. The possibility always exists that they were never present or were long ago mined out or eroded away. Since the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the early 16th century, North American epithermal vein deposits have produced an estimated 6.5 billion ounces of silver; about half of this total has come from three districts, Pachuca, Guanajuato, and Fresnillo.

Because epithermal silver veins are located in brittle faults, many of their economically important properties result from the ways in which faults form, develop, and evolve as conduits for the flow of hydrothermal fluids. Experiments show that brittle faulting begins with bending, proceeds through discontinuous rupturing, and culminates in the linking up of early-formed ruptures into a more or less coherent, though highly uneven and architecturally variable, fault. Ongoing movement on the fault after link up further modifies the fault as to shape, width, grain size, and mineralogy. Once hydrothermal fluid flow begins, fault strength and permeability are progressively modified by mineral deposition, mineral dissolution, and wall rock/fault matrix alteration. Thus, in respect of hydrology, faults are categorized as anisotropic, inhomogeneous, discontinuous, and transient. Due to fault evolution by ongoing movement and hydrothermal fluid flow, some regions of faults are intermittent aquifers, some are occasional aquitards, and still others are in a gray area, being neither particularly good transmitters of fluids nor barriers to it. Because the locations, sizes, and shapes of openings within faults are subject to continual modification by offset and mineralization, the prediction of ore body location, shape, size, and grade is highly fraught and best evaluated using probability theory. In spite of the many complications attendant to faults and their veins, the following empirical relationships are useful in exploring epithermal Ag veins:

1) Due to the energy input of faulting, a scaling relationship exists between fault length, fault offset, and fault width; the longer a fault, the greater the offset, the greater the offset, the greater the width. Ore bodies tend to be located on, or adjacent to, the largest faults in a district. Examples abound and include the many large deposits along the Veta Madre (Guanajuato), Veta Vizcaina (Pachuca), and the Comstock Lode.

2) Ore bodies tend to fill openings that are somewhat predictable in orientation, shape, and size based on fault displacement (normal, reverse, etc.). Ore bodies in normal faults tend to be horizontally elongate, whereas those in strike slip faults tend to be vertically elongate. Normal faults generally steepen (and form openings) where they cut hard rocks, and flatten (close) where they cut soft rocks.

3) Important ore deposits tend to be located at major fault intersections. The hydrothermal chimneys which develop in such areas are characterized by high vein densities, maximum vertical ore zone extent, and maximum Ag grade. The majority of the silver mined at Pachuca, and the El Cubo part of Guanajuato was from chimneys, as was the entire production from the Sunnyside mine.

4) Veins generally top out within weak stratigraphic units (Creede and Guanajuato) or within 500 - 600 m of the paleosurface where the confining pressure becomes insufficient to maintain a shear plane (Pachuca, Silverton, Platoro), or where fault geometry becomes unfavorable due to stratigraphy (Mogollon).

5) Faults that host veins form in, and are held open by, regional-scale stress fields related to plate tectonics. Throughout the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado (Creede & Silverton), the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico, the Altiplano-Mesa Central of Mexico (Zacatecas & Fresnillo), and large areas of Nevada (Fairview, Wonder, Comstock Lode), productive veins tend to be aligned perpendicular to the regional s3.

6) A corollary to 5 above is the first rule of epithermal silver veins, which states, “Epithermal Ag deposits form in active faults.” The Silverton Caldera is surrounded by related radial faults. However, of the many hundreds of such caldera-related structures, only those few faults active during mineralization – those properly oriented in the regional paleostress field – were productive; the remainder are barren or host low-grade, sporadic mineralization.

Zoning in epithermal silver vein districts is extremely useful in defining targets and enabling mining to continue in base metal-rich areas when precious metals prices are low. A few districts, notably Silverton, are prominently zoned in metal grades, vein mineralogy, wall rock alteration mineralogy and other features. These appear related to a buried porphyry copper deposit. By contrast, the great majority of epithermal silver districts appear related to reduced Zn-Pb-Ag-WSn- Bi-Mo skarn-manto-chimney systems. Relative to porphyry copper (PPY Cu) systems, reduced skarn-manto systems are characterized by low sulfur (S) contents (5 - 20M T S vs 200M - 2Bn T S for PPY Cu systems), low-intermediate sulfidation mineral assemblages, and muted wall rock alteration intensity and extent. Epithermal vein districts related to such systems include Guanajuato, Pachuca, Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Tonopah, Mogollon, and many others. Vein deposits in these districts have overall low to very low sulfide contents, a district-wide commonality of ore/gangue mineralogy, and notably subtle zoning of ore and gangue minerals and metal grades. However, zoning is not entirely absent from these systems. In the deeper parts of chimneys, mineralization is rich in base metals (up to 10% Pb + Zn,) and may be present as replacement mantos and veins with assay walls. High in the chimneys and peripheral to them, mineralization is confined to precious metals bands or veinlets within the veins, the sulfide content is very low, and base metals are present in trace amounts only. The chimneys may have vertical intervals >1000 m, whereas veins peripheral to them are less than 400-500 m high. The 500 year history of Pachuca (and Guanajuato, too) is one of cycles - years of prosperity when mining was in a chimney bonanza followed by intervening decades of poverty and despair when the bonanza was gone and operators had to make do with low-grade veins between the chimneys. The identification and definition of zoning in epithermal Ag districts is paramount to locating the chimneys and their large high-grade ore bodies.

The Pachuca-Guanajuato type mineral systems have wall rock alteration patterns similar to those of modern geothermal systems. In geothermal systems, much work has defined vertical gradients in wall rock alteration as follows: (1) Smectites and/or zeolites occur within 100 – 200 meters of the surface where fluid temperatures are below ~150oC; (2) Illite and mixed smectite + illite + chlorite occur along structures to a depth of 400 to 500 meters where temperatures are 150o – 220oC; (3) Epidote + albite + K-feldspar + chlorite are found in the geothermal reservoir to 1.5 km depth or so where temperatures are ~250o – 350oC; and (4) Sericite + andalusite + tremolite + actinolite, and/or biotite occur at deeper levels in the system, where T > ~350oC and more acid conditions prevail. In epithermal silver districts (or prospects) the alteration assemblage smectite +/- zeolite indicates a position several hundred meters above the ore shell. The assemblage illite + pyrite +/- calcite is present mostly along fluid conduits above the ore shell. Widespread epidote + K-feldspar + albite + chlorite + calcite alteration in a prospect area signals its location within the Ag ore shell and an overall “what you see is what you get” situation in respect of mineralization. Sericite+/- andalusite + biotite +/- tremolite selvages to veins indicate that you are below the Ag shell. Regarding clay alteration above veins, some caution is in order. At Guanajuato, a number of workers have ascribed widespread clay alteration above veins to the action of hydrothermal fluids, when, in fact, much or all of that clay is the product of pyrite weathering. At Pachuca, much illite alteration in the Sierra de Pachuca is due to the tropical weathering of fresh volcanic rocks.

Epithermal silver veins generally consist of one or more generations and textural types of ore cutting, or banded onto, separate generations of gangue. Between ore bodies, the host fault is often filled by gangue alone. Megascopic observations such as these have long suggested to workers that ore and gangue vein phases resulted from distinct fluid sources. This conclusion is supported by data from fluid inclusion studies showing that the fluids which deposited the common quartz +/- epidote-chlorite-rhodonite-albite-K-feldspar gangue assemblage were very dilute, deeply equilibrated, neutral to near-neutral meteoric fluids (DEMF), whereas, the ore stage is the product of reduced, acidic, magmatic fluids having NaCl-equivalent salinities of 5 – 20 wt%. The practical application of these observations is that the mapping of separate ore and gangue elements will give you an enhanced picture of the factors or situations that lead to the formation of large rich ore bodies as opposed to barren or low-grade veins. The mantos and assay walls to veins in the deeper reaches of hydrothermal chimneys indicate that ore deposition in these places resulted from fluid neutralization by reaction with wall rocks. The low sulfide, base metals-poor upper/outer ore bodies are, most likely due to cooling and dilution, which mechanism is supported by work at Creede, numerous geochemical modeling studies, and the consideration of chemical equilibria.

Size matters; an overall relationship exists between the areal extent of a district and its Ag output. Guanajuato and Pachuca, each with productions of > 1.1 x 109 ounces Ag, encompass areas of > 200 km sq., whereas Fairview, Nevada with a production of ~ 6M oz. has a known area of 4 km sq. Look for large systems.

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SME Colorado Section February Meeting

Thursday February 11, 2016
This will be a joint meeting with the Extractive Metallurgy Chapter of Denver (EMCD)

Table Mountain Inn
1310 Washington Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
Networking at 5:30pm; Dinner at 6:00pm; Speaker at 6:30pm

Speaker: Fred Dodge, an expert in fine gold recovery and profiled on the Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush Series.

Fred grew up on a cattle ranch in Walden, Colorado and began panning in a local creek when he was eight years old. He has since established himself as a fine gold recovery expert.

Cost is $42 per person with online registration, students are welcome at $10 per person. Credit card payments will be assessed a small processing fee in addition to the cost. If you prefer to pay by check or cash, you must still register online and select the option to generate an invoice. This will reserve your place at the meeting, with payment due upon arrival.

Walk-ins without a reservation will not be permitted. RSVP must be made by Monday, February 8.

RSVP and online payments can be made through the Colorado Section SME Community Events page: http://community.smenet.org/colorado/events/ . Select the event you would like to attend from the Colorado Section Events page and then select “Register Now”. You will be asked to log in if you have not already done so, using your SME national login credentials. There is also an option to register for a new account if you are not a member of SME. Credit card payments can be made online for an additional processing fee. If you plan to pay by check or cash, select the option to generate an invoice. This invoice will serve as your RSVP, with check or cash payment due at the meeting.

Please contact Brett Larsen, with any questions regarding the meetings: blarsen@simplexgrinnell.com

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New Zealand Pre-Trip Presentations at CSM

The Colorado School of Mines Geology-New Zealand class will be giving 20-minute presentations on various aspects of New Zealand geology/culture. Public is welcome to attend! Below the list of presentation dates/times. They will start at 4:30 pm in Berthoud Hall room 108 on Wednesdays, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, and March 2.

New Zealand Presentation Dates/Topics 20 minutes each, with a couple minutes for Q&A

Febuary 10th: (Final field-trip guide papers also due this day)

  1. Jacob Smith - Waimangu Hydrothermal Area and Mt. Tarawera
  2. Victoria Blanchard White Island
  3. Orie - Ruapehu Volcano
  4. Subaru Tsuruoka - Wairakei

February 17th:

  1. Alli Severson - Tectonics/Structure
  2. Johana Pedraza Waihi Gold Deposit
  3. Halley + Sam Pascerelli Mt. Tarawera
  4. Miguel Tectonics/Structure

February 24th:

  1. Michael Hurth + Nicole Allen - Ngauruhoe and Tongariro Stratovolcanoes
  2. Amanda Ayala - Economic Geology of Taupo and Coromandel Volcanic Zones (not Waihi)
  3. Amanda Wescott Hydrocarbon systems around New Zealand
  4. Phil Persson Maori Culture

March 2nd:

  1. Emilie Gentry Ohaaki Geothermal powerplant/ Orakeikorako/mighty river geothermal power plant geology
  2. Daniel Chafetz thermodynamics of geothermal power generation
  3. Ting Yu- Ohaaki Geothermal powerplant/ Orakeikorako/mighty river geothermal power plant hydrothermal geochemistry
  4. Cory - Karangahake Epithermal Gold Deposit

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    Denver Mining Club January Schedule

    Local Chapter of the INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF RAGGED ASS MINERS, Establ. 1891

    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. (+/-)

    February 8.-- Don Moon, The Bully Moose Pulpit, LLC. Bringing Teddy Roosevelt to Life.

    February 15.-- No meeting. Presidents’ Day Holiday.

    February 22.-- Paul Johnson, President, Colorado School of Mines. Keeping Mines Special: Dialogue with the New President.

    February 29.-- Rex Bryan, Senior Geostatistician, Tetra Tech, Inc. Rare Earth Occurrences Near the K/T Boundary, Raton Basin, South-central Colorado.

    Other coming event:

    Friends of CSM Geology Museum Lecture. Thurs., Feb. 4, 2016, 7 p.m. Speaker: D. Kirk Nordstrom, Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, To Plug or Not To Plug? The Unintended Consequences of Mine Plugging. Colorado School of Mines, Ben Parker Student Center Ballroom E, Golden, CO.

    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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    USGS Rocky Mountain Area Seminar Series

    Jan-March, 2016
    10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday mornings
    Building 25 Auditorium, Denver Federal Center
    Lakewood, CO

    Enter the Fed. Center at Main Gate (Gate 1) off Kipling; turn right on 2nd St., bear right on to 1st St.; proceed north through 2 stop signs, park on the left beneath the solar panels. Enter Bldg. 25 through door E-14 in the center of the building, where you will check in at a security guard station. Auditorium is just inside, on the right. All visitors are welcome to attend. For more information contact Pete Modreski - 303-202-4766 , pmodreski@usgs.gov .

    March 8. Ved Lekic (Univ. Maryland). “Constraining Lithospheric Structure and Deformation Beneath the United States.”

    March 15. Elizabeth Miller (Stanford). Alaska tectonics, title TBA.!

    March 22. Richard Allen (UC Berkeley). “Shake Alert and beyond: Prioritizing earthquake and tsunami alerting.”

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    118th National Western Mining Conference

    MARCH 21-24, 2016
    Colorado Convention Cente
    Denver, CO

    The conference theme, “Rethinking Strategies, Regaining Ground: Building Mile High Mining Opportunities" will not only review recent developments in mining, but offer insights and strategies on restructuring, risk assessment and planning, and on weathering the downturn.

    Sessions and presentations will focus on a number of cutting edge topics and new developments in Colorado, including:

    • —Newmont Mining Corporation’s, the nation’s leading gold producer, acquisition of the state’s most productive gold mine, the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine.
    • —The latest developments in Colorado’s coal industry, a review of regulatory issues, and what industry merger and acquisition activity will shape Colorado’s future.
    • —How sodium bicarbonate production will increase substantially in coming years.
    • —How to come out ahead in federal mine safety and health regulations.
    • —Managing financial distress and other panels on how to become more efficient and productive.

    Learn how to survive the current commodity challenges and prepare for the next upcycle!

    To register or get more info, go to https://www.coloradomining.org/events/116th-national-western-mining-conference/118th-national-western-mining-conference-expo/online-registration-fees/

    Early registration ends March 11.

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    2016 NGWA Groundwater Summit

    Solving Groundwater Challenges Through Research and Practice.
    April 24-27, 2016
    Denver, CO

    Join fellow industry professionals from around the world at NGWA’s preeminent technical conference, the Groundwater Summit, which will be focusing in 2016 on “Solving Groundwater Challenges Through Research and Practice”. This event offers you unparalleled opportunities to:

    Share your research, knowledge, and expertise Learn firsthand from leading experts Collaborate with hundreds of your peers. We invite you to join us this April in Denver, Colorado.

    For registration or more info, go to http://www.groundwatersummit.org/registration-and-fees/

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    Denver, CO
    March 9-11

    Developing Unconventionals, Rockies. Plays Covered: Bakken, Three Forks, Niobrara, Codell, Mancos, Parkman, Turner, Frontier, Mesaverde, Wasatch, Fort Union.

    MInformation and registration at: http://www.dugrockies.com/ .

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    Denver, CO
    March 24

    Rockies Playmaker Forum sponsored by RMAG, AAPG and DPA

    More information at: https://rmag.memberclicks.net/playmakers .

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    Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference 2016 - call for papers

    Abstracts are due Monday, January 25, 2016 for the Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference. This is an excellent, one-day conference held biennially and co-sponsored by ASCE Colorado Section, CAGE, and AEG-RMS. This year's conference will be held on November 4, 2016 at the Marriott Denver West in Lakewood. Please consider presenting research or a case history to your Rocky Mountain colleagues on one of the following topics:

    • Transportation
    • Aging and Rehabilitation of Infrastructure
    • Water Resources
    • Innovations in Geotechnical Engineering
    • Environment
    • Mining and Energy
    • Natural Hazards, Disasters and Recovery
    • Geotechnical Risk and Reliability
    • Investigation and Testing
    • Instrumentation and Monitoring
    • Case Histories

    Geo-Conference Submission Instructions: Please email your abstract as text within the body of an email to Jere Strickland at jstrickland@martineztesting.com by 5:00 PM Mountain Time on January 25, 2016.

    With the abstract, please indicate your name, your role in the subject matter, your daytime telephone number, and your return email address.

    This abstract is for informal Steering Committee review, not for publication. Papers accepted for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Geo-Conference will be published by ASCE as a Geotechnical Practice Publication (GPP) and distributed at the conference. Geo-Conference details and Call for Papers.

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    NGWA Conference on Hydrology and Water Quality in the Southwest

    February 23-24, 2016
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Come and explore the water resource challenges — and the potential solutions — affecting the American Southwest.

    Population growth, droughts, agriculture, mining, and oil and gas development are intensifying interest in groundwater availability and quality in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, as water is scarce and recharge rates are low in much of this region.

    This two-day conference is bringing together scientists, engineers, water managers, and others with an interest in the water resources of these states to share experiences and successes in addressing the region’s groundwater quantity, quality, and interconnections with surface water resources.

    For more info or to register, go to

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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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    RMAG & DGS 22nd Annual 3D Seismic Symposium

    Thursday, March, 3, 2016
    Colorado Convention Center

    The 3D Seismic Symposium provides case histories for geophysicists, geologists, landmen and engineers who seek to stay abreast of new 3D technology as applied to petroleum exploration and development.

    Pre-Paid Check In: 7:15 am; Kickoff Presentation Begins at 8:00 am Registration will be open from October 19th through February 23rd.

    Late Fee $50 - automatically added to registrations received February 4th through February 23rd.

    RMAG or DGS Member $175; Non-member $225 Full-Time Student $40 - Students must mail, email or fax of copy of their Student ID by February 3rd to be eligible for discounted pricing. Student registration is limited and subject to availability.

    To register or get more info, go to
    https://rmag.memberclicks.net/3d-seismic-symposium .

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    IHS Trainings for RMAG Members

    Registrants must be full time students or unemployed RMAG Members.
    Held at IHS
    321 Inverness Drive South
    Englewood, CO 80112

    Registration opens on December 1, 2015.

    January 25-27, 2016 - Kingdom Seismic Interpretation (Value: $2,100)

    January 28-29, 2016 - Kingdom Geological Interpretation (Value: $1,400)

    February 23-24, 2016 - Petra Overview Course (Value: $1,400)

    All classes will be held from 8:30am - 4:30pm.
    A one hour lunch break will be provided.

    Registration opens on December 1, 2015.
    Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Limited to 10 participants per class.

    See https://rmag.memberclicks.net/assets/IHStrainings/IHS%20Trainings_Full%20Pg_12.15.pdf for more information.

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    The Board of Examiners have set a date for the Rulemaking Hearing. The hearing will take place Tuesday March 15, 2016, 9:00 am at a location to be determined. Please review the below timeline for other important dates. The timeline is still subject to change, but the hearing date is firm. The timeline is also published on the Rulemaking webpage, http://water.state.co.us/groundwater/BOE/Pages/BOERules.aspx

    Please feel free to contact me or Doug Stephenson with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at the next stakeholders meeting and the CWWCA Annual Conference in January.

    Kevin Donegan Senior Hydrogeologist Hydrogeological Services Group

    P 303-866-3581 x8221; F 303-866-3589
    1313 Sherman Street, Suite 818 Denver, CO 80203
    Kevin.Donegan@state.co.us water.state.co.us

    2015-2016 BOE Rulemaking Timeline (Subject to Change) Rules and Regulations for Water Well Construction, Pump Installation, Cistern Installation, and Monitoring and Observation Hole/Well Construction (Water Well Construction Rules) 2 CCR 402-2

    The following timeline is intended to guide Staff of the Board of Examiners, and participating stakeholders, in the drafting and deliberation process prior to completion of a final draft of proposed revisions, additions, and deletions to the Boards Construction Rules.

    December 23, 2015 o Staff completes and provides notice to stakeholders of 3rd draft of proposed rules with prehearing statement of basis and purpose

    January 5, 2016: Board of Examiners Meeting, 10:00am-2:00pm o Room 318, Centennial Building, 1313 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203 o Board will discuss Staffs current draft of proposed rules

    January 5, 2016: Stakeholder Meeting, 3:00pm-5:00pm o Room 318, Centennial Building, 1313 Sherman Street Denver, CO 80203 o Staff and stakeholders will review current draft of proposed Rules, discuss procedures for hearing, accept comments from stakeholders

    January 8, 2016 CWWCA Annual Meeting, 9:00am o Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center, 15500 E. 40th Ave, Denver 80239 o Draft Rules presentation and discussion by BOE Staff

    January 15, 2016
    Deadline for final comments on draft proposed Rules

    January 29, 2016
    Staff will file Notice of proposed rules in Colorado Register

    February 10, 2016
    Notice of proposed rules published in Colorado Register

    March 15, 2016, at 9:00am
    Board of Examiners holds public rulemaking hearing on proposed Construction Rules.

    On or after May 15, 2016
    Depending on date of Boards adoption of new rules, any new rules will take effect on or after May 15, 2016.

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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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    Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper


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

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

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

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

    Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition

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    Task Force Comments - Hearings

    A comment is all it takes

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for taking a stand!
    Colorado Energy Citizens Coordinator

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    Job Board

    Part-Time UNC Job

    At UNC in Greeley we have a half-time job with benefits that some of your readers might be interested in: Lab & Industry/Agency Liaison.

    Here is the job posting link:

    Job Summary:

    The Laboratory and Industry/Agency Liaison in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has primary responsibility in two areas of work: 1) laboratory materials acquisition and coordination for eight separate labs; and 2) internship coordination and industry/agency liaison.

    Application is to be made only through the online portal provided in the link above.

    William Hoyt, Chair, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Univ. of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO 80639, (970) 351-2487, William.Hoyt@unco.edu

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    Salary: $5,086.00 - $6,133.00 Monthly
    Location: Denver Metro, CO
    Job Type: Full Time
    Department: Colorado School of Mines, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Job
    Number: GLA-054050 9/15
    Closing: 11/30/2015 11:59 PM Mountain

    Go to
    for the full position description and application.

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    Wyoming - Geohazards Job

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


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

    For more info or to apply, go to

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    Water Rights & Water Resources Engineer

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

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

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

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

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

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    Field Technician, Moab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Questions can be directed to (717) 705-1082

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    TonaTec Exploration - Safety and Health Coordinator

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

    Responsibilities include

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

    To excel in this role you will need

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

    TonaTec offers competitive pay and benefits.

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

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    Two Senior Level Coal Mining Positions - Asia

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

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

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

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

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    Wisconsin Director and State Geologist

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

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

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    Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey

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

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

    Thank your for your time and consideration for this announcement.

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

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    Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Job Opening with Geophysics Company

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

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

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    Alamos Gold Inc. - Chief Geochemist

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

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

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

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

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

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    Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings

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

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

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

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

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

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    Maryland Geological Survey is recruiting for a Field Geologist.

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


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

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    Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists

    American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Jobs in Reno

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

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

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

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

    Todd Mears
    President, M2 Technical Services, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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    MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)

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

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

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    Geothermal Energy Website (11/16/10)

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


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

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

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

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

    Georgina Pearman
    Post-Mining Alliance
    Eden Project
    PL24 2SG

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

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

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

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

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

    Rick L. Ericksen
    DPA Past-President

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    Reminder on E-Mail Addresses

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

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    American Institute of Professional Geologists
    Colorado Section

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

    Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students


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


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


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

    Use of Scholarships

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

    Use Fields of Interest

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

    Basis of Award

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

    How to Apply

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

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


    Colorado Section Student Application (pdf) - 4/13


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Scholarship Fund

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

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


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

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


    James A. Russell
    1909 Sage Circle
    Golden, CO 80401

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

    The Scholarship Fund and Future Geologists
    Thank You!

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

    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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