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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 - June 2015

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

GeoEvents (3/5/15) CGWA Monthly Meeting (3/5/15)
IRRIGATIONISTS AND TRAINING SYMPOSIUM (3/5/15) Enforcement & Penalty Rulemaking - Webinar (3/5/15)
Hedging Fundamentals in an Uncertain Oil Economy (2/26/15) Regulation of Green House Emissions from Existing Resources Webinar (2/6/15)
5th Annual American Mining Summit (2/6/15) Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper InPut (2/6/15)
University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule (2/2/15) Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series (2/2/15)
Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule (2/2/15) USGS Rocky Mountain Area Seminar Series (1/28/15)
Global Mining Water Management 2015 Congress (1/21/15) NEW MEXICO GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SPRING MEETING (1/8/15)
Denver Museum of Nature and Science (1/6/15) Denver Mining Club Schedule (2/27/15)
Fundamentals of Upstream Operations (12/24/14) Task Force Comments - Hearings (12/17/14)
SAGEEP 2015 (10/9/14) RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project (9/17/14)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Water Rights & Water Resources Engineer (3/5/15) Job Opening for Mining Engineer/Geologist (1/23/15)
Mountaineer Keystone - Job Openings (1/6/15) Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey (12/17/14)
Wisconsin Director and State Geologist (12/9/14) Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities (12/01/14)
Geoscientist National Parks, National Forests, and BLM Lands (11/23/14) Field Technician, Moab (10/30/14)
PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director (10/30/14) S&H Job - TonaTec Exploration (10/30/14)
Coal Mining Positions - Asia (10/16/14) Job Opening with Geophysics Company (10/9/14)
Chief Geochemist (10/9/14) Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings (10/6/14)
Maryland Geological Survey (9/25/14) Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists (9/25/14)
Oregon Jobs (9/25/14) Jobs in Reno (9/25/14)
Historic River Basin Report Released by the USGS (01/31/13)
MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)
101 Things to do with a Hole in the Ground 1974 Piceance Creek Basin Road Log
Scholarship Fund Rex Monahan Geological Student Scholarship
Colorado Section's Career Day handout 2002 Section President and Vice President Duties

Government Relations - AIPG Legislative Update


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

Several schools and organizations are seeking science fair judges in the coming months. Please consider volunteering to be a judge at any of these for which you are able, and please reply or register as per the information below.

April 9, 2015: The 60th Colorado Science and Engineering Fair, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. We Need You! This year celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the CSEF and now that the Lory Student Center remodel is complete, there will be 100 more projects than in the past. Please register as soon as possible to judge at the 2015 CSEF on Thursday, April 9, 2015 and recruit your friends to register as well! We need: *Scientists, *Engineers, *Educators, *Physicians, *Veterinarians, *Nurses, *Psychologists, *Other Professionals, *Retirees, *Graduate Students from the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, medicine, physics, etc. to help select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Place, and Honorable Mention winners from the 2 divisions and 12 categories. The awards given are based upon the CSEF Grand Awards Policy. Saturday, February 28, 2015 is the Sign-up deadline for Grand Awards Judging either by mail or online. Register online at http://www.csef.colostate.edu/Judges.htm

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

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

Thurs., Mar. 12, 3:00 p.m., VIP Room, DMNS Earth Science Seminar, David Krause, SUNY Stonybrook, "Bizarre and marvelous dinosaurs and other vertebrates of Madagascar: Insights into the southern end of the world".

Thurs., Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m., bimonthly meeting of Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter; Thunder Bay Amethyst: crystallography, chemistry and a historical review of 1970-80s activity, by Dan Kile. In the VIP Room, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. All are welcome.

Mar. 14-15, 2015, “Fossils and Flight” will be the semi-annual “Founders Symposium” sponsored by the Western Interior Paleontology Society. It will be held at the Green Center, Colorado School of Mines campus, Golden, CO. “The symposium will explore “what the fossil record reveals about how life conquered the skies” and will include over a dozen speakers, half-day fossil workshops, a field trip, a poster session, exhibits, and a gallery of paleontology-related art displays. For more information see http://westernpaleo.org/symposiums/2015_pages/about-2015.html .

Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century continues at the Denver Art Museum through March 15. “The DAM will host the world-exclusive exhibition:
Featuring stunning jewelry, timepieces, and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence—and the historical events pushing the brand’s evolution—as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories.
Organized by the DAM, the exhibition will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building. See: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/brilliant-cartier-20th-century .

Thurs., Mar. 19, 7:00 p.m., Colorado Scientific Society monthly meeting, two presentations by Don Becker, U.S. Geological Survey: The 1923 Surveying Expedition of the Colorado River in Arizona, a 30 min. video presentation; and, Documenting changes in the landscape and glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park by recreating historical photography. Shepherd of the Hills Church, 10500 W. 20th Ave. (at Simms St.), Lakewood; all are welcome.

Mar. 21, a one-day workshop/seminar on “Color in Minerals” will be held on the Colorado School of Mines campus, sponsored by the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum. Featured presenter will be Dr. George R. Rossman, Caltech, well known for his research on spectroscopy and color of minerals (see his group’s website at http://minerals.gps.caltech.edu/index.html ). More information will be forthcoming.

Fri. –Sat.-Sun., Mar. 27-29, The Fort Collins Gem & Mineral Show will be at the Larimer County Fairgrounds, along I-25 between Loveland and Fort Collins. The show is open 4-8 p.m. Friday, 9-6 Sat., 10-5 Sun. See http://fortcollinsrockhounds.org/ for details.

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

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

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

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CGWA Monthly Meeting

March 18, 2015
DENVER, CO 80205
Registration: 11:45 a.m.; Lunch & Presentation: 12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: David Mays, P.E., Ph.D. Presentation: "Plume Spreading for Improved Groundwater Remediation"

Groundwater, found in soils and aquifers, represents 99% of the world’s supply of liquid fresh water. It is therefore a crucial component of our water supply, especially in arid states like Colorado. Unfortunately, gravity means that pollution often finds its way into groundwater, necessitating the art, science, and multi-billion dollar business of groundwater remediation.

This talk will describe an ongoing study, using both computer simulations and laboratory experiments, designed to test the simple hypothesis that groundwater remediation can benefit from an engineered approach to promote plume stretching and folding. This work, funded by the National Science Foundation, represents a new approach to the hydraulics of groundwater remediation based on a key idea borrowed from chaos theory: That stretching and folding optimizes mixing in laminar flows.

The lack of turbulent mixing soils and aquifers makes it difficult to blend chemical additives, which is why the National Research Council has observed that groundwater remediation reactions are usually confined to a narrow interface zone between the injected additives and the contaminated groundwater. The goal of this work is to take the literature on fluid mechanics and turn it into an engineered sequence of injections and extractions at wells that, it is hoped, will provide a new paradigm for the hydraulics of groundwater remediation. Accordingly, this talk will provide a brief introduction to chaos theory, and then summarize computer simulations and laboratory experiments designed to demonstrate stretching and folding for plume spreading.

$10.00 per Person. Cash or Check at the Door.
Please Select an Etai's Sandwich: Deli, Tuna or Veggie
Please RSVP here:

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Division 1 Chapter of the Colorado Water Officials Association
March 25-26, 2015



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COGCC's Enforcement & Penalty Rulemaking: Revisions and Updates to Executive Order D 2013-004

April 1, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Online Webinar

On January 5, 2014, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission completed a rulemaking to revise its penalties and enforcement rules. The result is a huge increase in potential fines for operators - from $1,000 to $15,000 per day, and from a $10,000 total limit per violation to no limit per violation. This webinar will summarize the changes that the Commission made and map out the new penalty process. Additionally, the webinar will discuss some common violations that oil and gas companies experience and ways to minimize exposure for fines and penalties. It is critical to control unnecessary costs in a depressed commodity market, especially when those costs can run six or seven figures for a single well or pad. This webinar provides the knowledge and tools to mitigate COGCC fines that will be larger than ever before in Colorado's history.

For more info or to register, go to

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Hedging Fundamentals in an Uncertain Oil Economy

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

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

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

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Regulation of Green House Emissions from Existing Resources Webinar

Regulating Green House Gases (GHG) by reducing Carbon Emissions from existing thermal plants has the potential for creating unintended consequences in terms of the economy, rates, and regulatory burdens. While the efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are laudable, they must be examined holistically to assure that the actions do not impede upon economic recovery, cause significant increase in electric rates, reduce available supply, and that the regulation is consistent with state efforts in regulating power plants.

Join expert speaker Ann Fisher in the training session to get a broad overview of state and federal efforts to address GHG concerns. In addition to a state by state (as many as can be identified) indication of state efforts, Ann will discuss the potential push back by other regulatory agencies including state agencies and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC.).

Session Highlights:

  • Review of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule 111d
  • State efforts to comply
  • Potential for Unintended consequences with illustrations (i.e. what will happen to the coal states if coal is banned?)
  • Discussion on intersection of FERC, EPA, and state efforts

Conference Date : Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Aired Time : 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT | 11:00 am MT | 10:00 am PT
Length : 60 minutes

2 Easy Ways to Register:
Online at http://www.audiosolutionz.com/energy-environment/regulation-of-green-house-emissions.html?utm_source=E99NMOSH&utm_medium=gy8b&utm_campaign=111d
Phone : 800-223-8720

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5th Annual American Mining Summit

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

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

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

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

Also attend specialized solution spotlights on:

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

Plus meet the:

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

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

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

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Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper


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

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

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

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

Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition

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University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm
All talks are held in the Benson Earth Sciences Auditorium (180) every Wednesday at 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
**Refreshments are served at 3:30 on the 3rd floor**

March 4. Ying Fan Reinfelder, Rutgers University. “Groundwater in the critical zone: from column to planet.”

March 11. Lyn Canter, Whiting. “Nanoscale investigations in unconventional resources.”

March 18. Gary Upchurch, Texas State University- San Marcos. “Climate and vegetation of the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian): Mechanisms of global warming during a “cool” greenhouse interval.”

March 25. No Colloquium - Spring Break.

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Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series

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

March 5. Andre Droxler, Rice University. “Offshore Belize 1500 year Paleo Climate Record and the Demise of the Mayan Civilization”; “The Origin of Modern Barrier Reefs and Atolls”; and, “Neritic Carbonates and Atmospheric CO2.”

March 12. Spring Break, No Lecture.

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Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule

Schedule posted at: http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geo-news-and-events/department-seminars .
Seminars are located in Room 320
Warner College of Natural Resources (NR) Building
Friday afternoons, and will begin at 4:00 p.m.
(alternative dates/times/locations may occasionally be noted).
Questions? Please call (970) 491-5661.

March 6. Julie Sexton, University of Northern Colorado - (Association for Women Geoscientists Distinguished Lecturer). “Factors Associated with the Recruitment and Retention of Students into Geoscience.”

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USGS Rocky Mountain Area Seminar Series

Seminar begins at 10:30 a.m., Building 25, Lecture Hall, Denver Federal Center, Lakewood CO (use the main east side entrance E-14). For more information contact Pete Modreski - 303-202-4766 , pmodreski@usgs.gov .

March 3. James Jones (USGS Anchorage). “Late Cretaceous through Oligocene magmatic and tectonic evolution of the western Alaska Range.”

March 17. Marty Goldhaber (USGS Denver). “Critical zone science and global societal challenges.”

March 31. Alexis Templeton (U Colorado). “Seeking subsurface biospheres sustained by water/rock interaction.”

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Global Mining Water Management 2015 Congress

April 29-30
Denver, Colorado

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

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

Topics Covered At The Congress Will Include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science

2015 Earth Sciences Colloquium
--All talks are from 3-4 pm in the VIP room-

I'm writing to let you know about a new paleo-rich colloquium series (details below and attached), and to invite you to attend or participate.

All are welcome at the talks, and no museum admission is required to get to the VIP room (its located to the left of the TRex Café). If there are speakers that you want to meet with while they're in town, please just give me a shout so we can budget time for them to meet with you.

James W. Hagadorn, Ph.D.
Tim & Kathryn Ryan Curator of Geology
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80205
phone: (303) 370 - 6058

Mar 12, David Krause, SUNY Stonybrook, "Bizarre and marvelous dinosaurs and other vertebrates of Madagascar: Insights into the southern end of the world", DMNS Host: J. Sertich

Mar 17, Catherine Sartin, Johns Hopkins, "A slice of prehistory: Histological Insights into how Iguanodontian dinosaurs grow", DMNS Host: J. Sertich

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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. (+/-)

March 2. Lee Whiteley, Writer and Historian. Pathways to Gold: The Cherokee and Smoky Hill Trails.

March 9. Jeff Miller, Publisher, Milbrown Press. Herbert Hoover: Mining Engineer and Humanitarian.

March 16. Robert Stewart, Executive Director, American Institute of Professional Geologists. Evaluating the Potential of Gold Mine Tailings Dams in Timmins, Ontario, Canada.

March 23 John Googins, Applications Engineer, Aggregate & Mining Consultants, LLC. Autogenous Crushing, HPGR and Tower Mills (Verta Mills).

March 30. Anna Lee Frohlich, Historian, Historical Construction Equipment Association. Evolution of the Steam Shovel and Its Use in Railroading and Mining.

Other coming events:

2015 MSHA Underground Annual Refresher Class. Mar. 2, 16, and 30, 2015.
Three classes for small mine operators at the Edgar Mine, Idaho Springs, CO.
For more information, contact Kim Harvill, CO Div. of Reclamation, Mining & Safety, 303-866-3567 ext. 8123, kim.harvill@state.co.us .

Friends of CSM Geology Museum Lecture. Thurs., Mar 5, 2015, 7 p.m. Speaker:
Vince Matthews, Colorado State Geologist (Ret.), Whither the Rio Grande Rift? Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum Conf. Rm. 201, 13th and Maple St., Golden, CO.

Global Tailings Management Congress 2015. Mar. 17-18, 2015. Tailings life cycle risk management strategies and innovative technologies. Denver, CO. Organized by American Business Conferences. For more information, see the web site: www.tailings-management.com .

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

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

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

Dick Beach, Secretary, (303) 986-6535. See past and future DMC talks at the web site: www.denverminingclub.org .

The Denver Mining Club is a public forum for the many facets of the mineral industry. Volunteer to give a talk if you have an interesting story to share about your specialty; we'll buy your lunch! Phone Dick Beach, 303-986-6535.

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Fundamentals of Upstream Operations

March 4-5, 2015
Denver, CO

This training course will provide a thorough overview of upstream operations in the oil and gas industry. The curriculum will cover topics such as: history of exploration and production, geology, drilling operations, and surface equipment. An introduction to technical content will also cover producing a well, oil stimulation and enhanced recovery, and the basics of reservoir engineering. Participants will enjoy hands-on experience through a variety of exercises, with the opportunity to exchange views with a diverse group of industry peers.

Topics Include:

  • Exploration and geology: where oil is found, subsurface formation structure, types of oil/gas reservoirs, seismic surveys
  • Drilling operations: types of drilling rigs, horizontal and highly deviated wells, well logging, coring, and drill stem testing, casing and cementing
  • Producing a well: gas wells, free flow oil wells, pumping units, electrical submersible pumps, gas and hydraulic lifts, progressive cavity pumps
  • Stimulation, waterflooding, and enhanced recovery: acidizing, fracturing, waterflooding, cyclic steaming and steamflooding, fireflooding, CO2 and chemical flooding
  • Unconventional Reservoirs: Shale characteristics, seveloping shale reservoirs, well completion strategies
  • Reservoir engineering: types and properties of oilfields, determining amount of oil, predicting production rates, financial importance of proved reserves
  • Surface operations: oil, gas, water separation, water treating, well testing, gas plants, shipping and pipeline
  • Economics: Economic parameters, project variables, probabilistic economics

To register or for more info, see http://www.euci.com/events/index.php?ci=2486&p=8298#20790t563262Sm01091

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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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Austin, Texas
March 22-26, 2015

Call for Abstracts - Online Submission Site Open
Key Submission Dates
Oct. 17, 2014 - Deadline for Initial Short and Extended Abstracts
Nov. 20, 2014 - Notice of Abstract Acceptance, Suggested Revisions or Rejection
Jan. 19, 2015 - Deadline for Final Abstracts and Optional Extended Abstracts

The Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP) provides geophysicists, engineers, geoscientists and end-users from around the world an opportunity to meet over a 5-day period to discuss nearsurface applications of geophysics and learn about recent developments

Special Sessions
Over 200 Talks & Posters
Equipment Demonstrations
Proceedings CD
Commercial Exhibition Shor t Courses & Workshops
Keynotes on Climate Change, Water & Archeology
Field Trip to Austin Geologic & Engineering Wonders
Off-site Events Including a Texas Roundup & BBQ, Downtown Conference Evening, & Student Social

Keep Up to Date with SAGEEP! Send an email to General Chair Jeff (jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu ) if you would like to be on an informal email list and receive developing information. Suggest Short Course and Workshop ideas to Short Course Chair Bill Doll (dollw@battelle.org ).

General Chair: Jeff Paine jeff.paine@beg.utexas.edu
Technical Chair: Brad Carr bcarr1@uwyo.edu

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RFP for Placer Gold Mining Project

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

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

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Job Board

Water Rights & Water Resources Engineer

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

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

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

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

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

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Job Opening for Mining Engineer/Geologist

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

Status Candidates

Open to the Public

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

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

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

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

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Job Openings - Mountaineer Keystone

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

Operations Geologist I :

GIS Analyst :

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Field Technician, Moab

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PA Geologic Survey Bureau - Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions can be directed to (717) 705-1082

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TonaTec Exploration - Safety and Health Coordinator

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

Responsibilities include

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

To excel in this role you will need

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

TonaTec offers competitive pay and benefits.

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

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Two Senior Level Coal Mining Positions - Asia

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

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

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

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

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Wisconsin Director and State Geologist

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

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

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Senior Geologist Position - Idaho Geological Survey

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

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

Thank your for your time and consideration for this announcement.

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

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Klondex Mines Employment Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Job Opening with Geophysics Company

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

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

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Alamos Gold Inc. - Chief Geochemist

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

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

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

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

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

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Humboldt State, Arcata, CA - Job Openings

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

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

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

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

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

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Maryland Geological Survey is recruiting for a Field Geologist.

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


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

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Staff / Entry Level Geologists and Engineering Geologists

American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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Oregon Jobs

Alamos Gold Inc is hiring at our Quartz Mountain Gold Ltd. subsidiary located in Lakeview, Oregon.

1. ENVIRONMENTAL COORDINATOR. Based in Lakeview, Oregon, the Environmental Coordinator is responsible for regularly communicating with the Director, Government and Community Relations, and Permitting on acts, procedures, and operations which are out of compliance or incongruent with approved site permits, applicable environmental regulations and/or good environmental practice. In the event of noncompliance or incongruent finding, the Environmental Coordinator is expected to suggest an alternative act, procedure or operation which would result in improved environmental compliance.

Qualifications and Experience: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies or related Science program; Minimum 5 – 8 years of experience, 3 – 5 of which must be direct experience with environmental permitting in mining or a similar sector; Experience with environmental and exploration permitting in a North/West (US) jurisdiction would be an asset.

Full Job Description and Application Instructions: Please apply online, no phone calls please. Company is willing to pay for relocation to the Lakeview area.

2. GEOTECHNICIAN. Based in Lakeview, Oregon, the Geotechnician is responsible for geotechnical core measurements, collection and preparation of geochemical samples for submittal to laboratories, maintaining the core shack, differential GPS operation, environmental audit of exploration sites, select data management, select data processing, set-up and preparation of diamond drill core for logging and any other reasonable duties associated with regional field work as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience: Ability to work in the field under potentially adverse weather conditions, if necessary; Ability to lift moderately heavy objects; 50 lbs. or less; Knowledge of computers and data entry; Familiarity with GPS devices; High school diploma; Valid driver’s license; Able to drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Hours of Work: 2:00 PM -11:30 PM (work dates to be determined)

Full Job Description and Application Information: Please apply online by Sept 30, 2014, no phone calls please. Seeking a local area, entry-level candidate.
https://english-careers-alamosgold.icims.com/jobs/1293/geotechnician/job .

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Jobs in Reno

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

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

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

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

Todd Mears
President, M2 Technical Services, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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MSHA and OSHA Training (11/16/10)

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

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

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Geothermal Energy Website (11/16/10)

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


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

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

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

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

Georgina Pearman
Post-Mining Alliance
Eden Project
PL24 2SG

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

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

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

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

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

Rick L. Ericksen
DPA Past-President

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Reminder on E-Mail Addresses

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

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American Institute of Professional Geologists
Colorado Section

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

Up to $500 Available to Undergraduate or Graduate Geology Students


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


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


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

Use of Scholarships

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

Use Fields of Interest

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

Basis of Award

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

How to Apply

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

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


Colorado Section Student Application (pdf) - 4/13


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Scholarship Fund

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

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


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

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


James A. Russell
1909 Sage Circle
Golden, CO 80401

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

The Scholarship Fund and Future Geologists
Thank You!

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

2014 Colorado Section Board

David Abbott
2266 Forest St.
Denver, CO 80207
Work: (303) 394-0321

President Elect
David Glater
CTL/Thompson, Inc.
2598 S. Xenophon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 825-0777

Vice President

Susan Wager
PO Box 260965
Lakewood, CO 80226
Work: (303) 726-6431

Dick Nielsen
13741 Braun Dr.
Golden, CO 80401
Work: (303) 279-3118

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

Advisory Board Representative

Logan MacMillan
5733 W Hoover Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Work: (303) 241-2572

Tom Van Arsdale
1436 Jasmine Street
Denver, CO 80220
(901) 268-3323

Jack Denman
1842 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218
Work: (303) 830-1188

Reg. & Leg. Committee
Larry Cerillo
12640 W. Cedar Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Work: (303) 674-6484

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

Government Relations
Betsy Murray
(303) 478-1207

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The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy and efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.