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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 - September 2015
GeoEvents (11/1/15) O&G Short Course (11/17/15)
GSA Field Trips (11/17/15) Colorado Scientific Society November Meeting (11/17/15)
SME November Luncheon (11/17/15) Valuation Short Course (11/8/15)
Water Well Rulemaking (11/8/15) Hedging Short Course (11/8/15)
Colorado School of Mines SEG Student Chapter Talks (11/4/15) University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule (11/05/15)
Colorado School of Mines Van Tuyl Lecture Series (11/4/15) Denver Mining Club Schedule (11/1/15)
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) ANNUAL COLORADO GROUNDWATER CONFERENCE (10/5/15)
22nd IPEC (9/29/15) 60 Minutes Story About REEs (3/25/15)
Sage Grouse Habitat Restoration White Paper InPut (2/6/15) Task Force Comments - Hearings (12/17/14)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
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

Government Relations - AIPG Legislative Update


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

Science Fair Judges Needed:

(1) Judges are needed for a series of science fairs organized by Community Resources, Inc., at Denver Public Schools elementary and middle schools, November through January. Here is a list of the schools and dates (times are approximate and will be confirmed later):

Thurs., Dec. 3, Lowry Elementary School, 8001 E. Cedar Ave., 80230, 1-4 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 8, Skinner Middle School, 3435 W. 40th Ave., 80211, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 15, Lake Middle School, 1820 Lowell Blvd., 80204, 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Tues., Jan. 12, McKinley-Thatcher Elmentary, 1230 S. Grant St., 80210, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 15, Bryant-Webster Dual Language Elementary/Middle School, 3635 Quivas St., 80211, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Thurs., Jan. 21, Florida Pitt Waller Elementary/Middle School, 21601 E. 51st Pl., 80249, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Sat., Jan. 30, DPS District Science Fair, at University of Denver Gates Field House, 2201 E. Asbury Ave., 80208, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Your help at any of these will be very much appreciated! Several of these science fairs have just been scheduled, so many volunteer judges are needed for them. You can sign up online to be a judge at these fairs at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0944a9ae2ca0fa7-science -- this website will tell you how many more judges are needed for each. If you have not helped at any of these science fairs before and would like more information, please contact Debbie MacKillop at Community Resources, 720-424-6550 or -2300, DEBBIE_MACKILLOP@dpsk12.org .

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SME November Luncheon

SME November Luncheon
Thursday, November 19, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch at McCormick's Catering
Oxford Hotel
1659 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202

Networking at 11:30am; Lunch at 12:00pm; Speaker at 12:30pm

Speaker: Randy Pitts, Manager for Industrial Minerals for Norwest Corporation, will present an "Overview of the Global Soda Ash Industry with an Emphasis on Processed Trona Mined in Wyoming".

Networking at 11:30am; Lunch at 12:00pm; Speaker at 12:30pm

Speaker: Randy Pitts, Manager for Industrial Minerals for Norwest Corporation, will present an "Overview of the Global Soda Ash Industry with an Emphasis on Processed Trona Mined in Wyoming".

Cost is $35 per person with online registration (credit card payments online will be assessed a small processing fee of $1.10 in addition to the cost). Students are welcome at a cost of $15 per person with online registration (credit card payments online will be assessed a small processing fee of $0.65 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 at the event.

Registrations will be accepted through Tuesday, November 17th.
To register, go to

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January 27-28, 2016
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202

As we adjust to current oil and gas prices, asset valuation, M&A due diligence, and mergers & acquisitions become increasingly important. This course focuses on key legal, financial, and economic considerations in M&A deals for oil & gas companies, offshore EPC contractors, oilfield service providers, and vessel owners. A structured approach is provided to these transaction types in a strategic and timely manner. This is to ensure long-term growth and improved returns through mergers and acquisitions.

Attendees will learn and apply essential steps in M&A transactions including company valuation, deal structuring, negotiation, cross-border transactions, and financing. In addition they will be introduced to international practices in executing mergers and acquisitions, including an appreciation of today's best practices and procedures in the oil & gas market including due diligence, accounting issues, valuation techniques, and contract strategies and risk allocation. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities to better understand the concepts discussed within the course.

After completing this course, attendees will be equipped with key business considerations to make informed and strategic decisions about M&A transactions or divestment deals.

For more info or to register, go to

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Call for 2016 GSA Field Trip Proposals

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015

We are the field trip co-chairs for the Geological Society of America 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition, to be held next September 25-28 in Denver. We’re taking this opportunity to remind you that the deadline for submitting field trip proposals for GSA 2016 is December 1. We would be grateful if AIPG members could contribute field trips to GSA 2016. For pre- and post-meeting field trips we are looking for 1-4 day trips beginning and/or ending in Denver, half-day trips that could be conducted during the conference, and K-12 educator trips either pre- or post-conference. We are on a compressed schedule because next year the conference takes place in late September, a month sooner than this year’s recent meeting (GSA 2015, Baltimore). We would request that potential field trip leaders submit their proposals as soon as possible.

To submit a proposal, search on GSA 2016 to find the site, 2016 GSA Annual Meeting - Geological Society of America. The Scientific Field Trips paragraph will be at the top of the page when the site is opened, and at the bottom of the paragraph select Submit a Scientific Field Trip Proposal for instructions. The proposals are submitted directly online to GSA (not to the field trip co-chairs).

We would offer encouragement, in that the function description portion of the proposal is only a short summary, limited to 250 words. Only after proposals are accepted are the field trip leaders contacted by GSA to provided logistics and budget information.

We would offer encouragement, in that the function description portion of the proposal is only a short summary, limited to 250 words. Only after proposals are accepted are the field trip leaders contacted by GSA to provided logistics and budget information.

Please also pass this invitation around to any interested parties you may know. We hope that you will be able to submit a proposal, and that you let us know by email so that we can continue to stay in touch with you as we build the portfolio for this conference. Please contact us if there are questions.

Steve Keller (skeller@prodigy.net) and Matt Morgan (mmorgan@mines.edu) Colorado Geological Survey, Golden, CO Field Trip Co-Chairs, GSA 2016

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Colorado Scientific Society November Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
(social time 6:30)
Shepherd of the Hills Church
11500 W. 20th Ave.
Lakewood, CO

Speaker: John Ridley, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO "The variability of hydrothermal ore deposits in the North American Cordilleran orogenic belt - insights into metallogeny from ore fluid analysis".

The Cordilleran orogenic belt of western North America has been the site of formation of a bewildering array of hydrothermal ore deposit types Cu and Mo porphyries, high- and low-sulfidation epithermal, polymetallic veins, orogenic gold veins, Carlin-type gold deposits and others. Although there is dispute in some cases over ore fluid sources, all deposit types are broadly related to magmatism in this convergent-margin setting. There are, however, few clear spatial or temporal patterns to where and when one rather than another type of deposit formed. Site specific processes of magmatic evolution, or of evolution of hydrothermal fluids after release from magma, may play roles. Some variability is further relatable to depth of erosion of magmatic centres. None of these factors can explain a first-order division of metallogeny between polymetallic (Cu, Au, Ag, Mo) ores and gold-only ores.

Ore fluids are typically studied as fluid inclusions in hydrothermal minerals. Laser-ablation inductively-couple plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) newly allows analysis of metal concentrations in inclusions. Interestingly, fluids of all ore deposit types appear to have broadly similar bulk compositions relatively low-salinity and CO2-bearing. Few clear correlations between fluid metal content and ore metallogeny are apparent, but there are subtle differences between the contents of non-ore elements between multi-element ores and gold-only ores. Clues to the origins of the different metallogenies will likely come from understanding these differences in the context of magmatic and hence tectonic process in the history of the orogen.

Of course, all interested persons are always welcome to attend.

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Oil & Gas Valuations, Due Diligence and M&A

January 27-28, 2016
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202

As we adjust to current oil and gas prices, asset valuation, M&A due diligence, and mergers & acquisitions become increasingly important. This course focuses on key legal, financial, and economic considerations in M&A deals for oil & gas companies, offshore EPC contractors, oilfield service providers, and vessel owners. A structured approach is provided to these transaction types in a strategic and timely manner. This is to ensure long-term growth and improved returns through mergers and acquisitions.

Attendees will learn and apply essential steps in M&A transactions including company valuation, deal structuring, negotiation, cross-border transactions, and financing. In addition they will be introduced to international practices in executing mergers and acquisitions, including an appreciation of today's best practices and procedures in the oil & gas market including due diligence, accounting issues, valuation techniques, and contract strategies and risk allocation. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities to better understand the concepts discussed within the course.

After completing this course, attendees will be equipped with key business considerations to make informed and strategic decisions about M&A transactions or divestment deals.

To register or for more info, go to http://www.euci.com/events/0116-oil-gas-valuations/Register

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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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Hedging Fundamentals in an Uncertain Oil Economy: Strategies for Improving Your Bottom Line

November 16-17, 2015
Sheraton Denver Tech Center
7007 South Clinton Street
Greenwood Village, CO 80112

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

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

To register or for more info, go to http://www.euci.com/events/1115-hedging-oil-economy/Register

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Colorado School of Mines SEG Student Chapter Talks

All talks to be held in Berthoud Hall (see rooms below), CSM Campus, Golden, CO

Here is a schedule of the remaining SEG talks this semester:

12/2 @ 12:00 pm in BE 108: Mary Little, Business and Exploration Geology

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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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Holiday Inn, Denver East - Stapleton
3333 East Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207

The 2015 program is under development. Updates will be emailed to you and posted on the AGWT web-site at http://www.agwt.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=193

The 2015 conference is going to be another opportunity for you to exchange information and network with water-users, providers, managers, scientists, engineers, attorneys, regulators, and city, county and state elected representatives. This conference will provide discussion about hydrologic, economic, legal and legislative perspectives for future water management in Colorado.

The registration page is open
http://www.agwt.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=193 .

Early Bird rates are available! Sign up early to reserve your space at this well-attended program.

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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**

November 25. Thanksgiving break - No Colloquium.

December 2. Geobiology lecture..

December 9. Geobiology lecture.

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22nd International Petroleum Environmental Conference

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

November 17-19, 2015


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

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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.

November 19. Victor Abreu, ExxonMobil Research. “A Simplified Guide for Sequence Stratigraphy: Nomenclature, definitions and Methods.”

November 26. Thanksgiving. No Lecture.

December 3. Peter Scholle, Bob Weimer Distinguished Lecture. “Fifty-one Shades of Gray: The Deposition and Diagenesis of North Sea Chalks.”

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Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule

Schedule posted at:
http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geo-news-and-events/department-seminars .

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

November 26. No Seminar – Thanksgiving.

December 3. Fan-Chi Lin, University of Utah Geology and Geophysics. “Seismic Interferometry and Tomography Across USArray - Imaging Interior Earth Structure from Upper Crust to Inner Core.”

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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. (+/-)

November 23.-- Barry E. Martin, Director of Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE), Colorado School of Mines. SPACE: Special Programs and Continuing Education at Mines.

November 30.-- Auction of Mining Memorabilia. Check your attic, closet, & garage for items to donate, or come and look for that special gift. Books, rocks/minerals, jewelry, prospecting & mining supplies & equipment, and much more. Come help us celebrate our 124th anniversary!

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.

Other coming events:

Colorado Scientific Society. Thurs. Nov. 19, 2015, 7 p.m.
Program: John Ridley, Colorado State University, Geology of Ore Deposits.
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood, CO.
For more info, see the web site: www.coloscisoc.org.

Denver Area Minerals Dealers Show. Nov. 20-22, 2015,
at the Exhibit Halls, Jeffco Fairgrounds. Golden, CO.
Minerals, fossils, books, gems & jewelry.
Open to the public; free parking and admission.
For more information, call: 303-279-5504.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry. Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Gold Assay Process: Magic or Chemistry? Seminar on the basics of gold ore assaying.
WMMI, 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO.
For more information, see the web site: www.wmmi.org.

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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.

2014 Colorado Section Board

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

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

Vice President

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

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

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

Advisory Board Representative

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

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

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

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

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

Government Relations
Betsy Murray
(303) 478-1207

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

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