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American Institute of Professional Geologists
Colorado Section

Monthly luncheon meetings are held every third Tuesday, at the
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
3677 South Santa Fe Drive, Sheridan, CO 80110
(Southwest side at Santa Fe Dr. & Hampden Ave.)
Lunch starts at 11:30 AM, Speaker 12:30 PM
Members/Non-Member/Visitors/Guests are all Welcome!

Price: Buffet lunch (approx. $10) must be purchased for entry to the Golden Corral.  An additional voluntary tip of $1/person is requested for the wait staff in the meeting room. Free parking. For more info: Contact Jim Burnell at (303) 866-3458 or dialjeemincolo@aol.com.

Colorado Section Newsletter - March 2014
GeoEvents (4/19/14) RMAG May Luncheon (3/26/14)
MINING & METALLURGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA (4/19/14) RMS-AAPG Young Professionals Happy Hour (4/19/14)
Open House - CSM Mining Engineering Department, Earth Mechanics Institute (4/19/14) AIPG Social Lunch (4/13/14)
SEG Course (4/13/14) U.S. EPA National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters (4/2/14)
Colorado Scientific Society Spring Field Trip 2014 (4/2/14) Colorado State University, Department of Geosciences Seminar Schedule (3/30/14)
Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (3/30/14) University of Colorado Benson Earth Sciences Colloquium Schedule (3/30/14)
Colorado Mineral Processing Division 64th Annual Meeting (3/30/14) DWLS Spring Workshop (3/13/14)
Scout Days Volunteers Needed at Dino Ridge (3/9/14) Denver Mining Club April Schedule (4/13/14)
FOUR CORNERS OIL & GAS CONFERENCE (2/24/14) New GSA Blog Series (2/24/14)
Mining History Association, Annual (2/12/2014) AAPG Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting (2/3/2014)
Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation Update (1/10/2014) USGS TopoView (05/13/13)

Job Board

AIPG Job Board
Colorado Geological Survey Job Opening (4/19/14) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Economic Geology (3/13/14)
GIS/Geologist Position Available (2/5/14) GLOBAL DIRECTOR - METALS (2/3/14)
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


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

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 Meetings, Lectures, and Courses 5 east side entrance E-14). For more information contact Pete Modreski - 303-202-4766 , pmodreski@usgs.gov .

April 29. Peter McMahon, (USGS Denver). “Groundwater age and mixing in Rocky Mountain energy basins: implications for monitoring.”

Wed., Apr. 23, 4:00 p.m., CU-Boulder Geological Science Colloquium; “Why is Grand Canyon young and steep? (considering the action is upstream)”, Joel Pederson, Utah State University; Benson Earth Science Building, Room 180; all invited. See http://www.colorado.edu/geolsci/colloquium.htm .

Sun., Apr. 27, the Florissant Scientific Society will meet for an on-site talk about the Cresson (Cripple Creek & Victor) gold mine to be given by Tim Brown, geologist at the mine. Exact meeting place & time are TBD, but will probably involve the mine overlook near Victor. The FSS, an informal group for anyone interested in geology, meets ~monthly for either a lecture or field trip, usually NOT just in Florissant—meetings may be anywhere between there, Colorado Springs, Denver/Golden, Fairplay, and beyond. Their future plans include a talk in Leadville by former State Geologist Vince Matthews (May 30) and a field trip to Summitville, CO (July 19-20). For more info and to be put on their email list to hear about all coming meetings and trips, write to Beth Simmons, cloverknoll@comcast.net .

May 3, Colorado Mineral Society Silent Auction, Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 920 Kipling St., Lakewood CO, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; all are welcome; see http://www.coloradomineralsociety.org/

Fri., May 9, 7:30 p.m., monthly meeting of the Denver Gem and Mineral Guild, “Pegmatites—The Rest of the Story”, by Pete Modreski, USGS; Berthoud Hall (Geology Building), Room 109 (lower level), 1516 Illinois Street, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. All are welcome; see http://denvergem.org for more info. [originally scheduled for March 14, “due to circumstances beyond control” this presentation was not given then, but was rescheduled for this May 9 date]

May 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dinosaur Discovery Day public tour day at Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, CO; featuring special booths for Boy Scout Day; see http://www.dinoridge.org/ . Other DDD’s this year will be June 14, Aug. 9, Sept. 20, and Oct. 11.

May 10, Friends of Mineralogy Colorado Chapter, Silent Auction, Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood CO, 12 noon – 3 p.m.; all welcome; see http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/

And I'll make an extra mention, for your advance consideration & planning, plans and schedule are being firmed up for the:
Sep. 5-7, San Juan Mountains Mineral Symposium, Ouray CO; lectures and field trips; sponsored by Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, and the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum.

You can see more info about it on the FM-Colorado Chapter website, http://friendsofmineralogycolorado.org/ , and a LOT more on the symposium's new facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ouray-Silverton-San-Juan-Mountains-Mineral-Symposium/224883727702374

It will be held at the Elks Lodge in downtown Ouray; there will be an icebreaker reception and keynote talk there on Friday evening, Saturday lectures from a selected group of presenters who are very knowledgeable about San Juans geology, mining history, and minerals; a Saturday eve. dinner and talk (the two evening presentations will be of special "general interest", one on geologic history, one on mining history), and a choice of field trips on Sunday, plus directions for more self-guided field trips on Monday or whatever future time you may choose to do them. Registration cost will be about $60 (banquet will be extra). This will be a busy time of the year in Ouray so as soon as you decide to come, making lodging reservations well in advance is definitely recommended. We already have about 40 people who have expressed interest in attending the symposium (we're not quite yet taking formal reservations or payments), and we expect at least 100 to attend; the capacity of the meeting room is 150.

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RMAG May Luncheon

May 7, 2014
Speaker: Richard J. Bottjer
Talk: Mississippian Heath Formation, a self-sourcing tight oil carbonate petroleum system, central Montana, USA

Location: Denver City Center Marriott
Check in: 11:30 am; Lunch: 12:00 pm; Talk: 12:20 pm

Lunch $30/ Walk-in without lunch $10
Please note online lunch registration closes Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4pm!

To register or for more info, go to http://www.rmag.org/i4a/ams/amsstore/category.cfm?category_id=3

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Colorado Section Meeting Announcement

Friday May 2, 2014

Golden Queen Minings Soledad Mountain Project: A Gold-Silver Heap Leach Mine in Construction in California
Thomas Clay, Chairman of Golden Queen Mining

Golden Queen is developing the Soledad Mountain Project, an open pit, heap leach gold and silver project located just outside the town of Mojave in Kern County California. Construction has started on site and commissioning is planned for 2015.

11:30-12:00 P.M. Registration
12:00-12:20 P.M. Lunch
12:20-1:10 P.M. Guest Speaker

Reservations reply to:
Chris Wyatt; Phone: 303 526-6055; Email: mmsa_denver_section@outlook.com
Cost: $35.00/person
Please respond by 12 Noon Wednesday, April 30th if you plan to attend.

Location: University Club (Downtown Denver), 1673 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203

Dress: Business

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RMS-AAPG Young Professionals Happy Hour

April 24, 2014
Paramount Cafe, 16th Street Mall, Denver
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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Open House - CSM Mining Engineering Department, Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI)

The Colorado School of Mines, Department of Mining Engineering cordially invites you to the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI) Open House on April 25th from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM. This wonderfully informative event will feature past, present, and future research projects, and introduce everyone to this little known asset we have here at CSM. To learn more about the EMI, please click on the following link. http://emi.mines.edu

Earth Mechanics Institute, 1312 Maple Street, Golden, Colorado 80401
(Access the EMI from Maple Street)
For parking info please visit: www.mines.edu/MapsDirectionsParkingInfo

Bruce M. Yoshioka
Lab Coordinator, Department of Mining Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
303-273-3737 (office)
303-842-4876 (cell)

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AIPG Social Lunch

Date: 22 April (Tuesday)
Time: 11:30 (we'll start gathering at 11:30 and see how much space we need)
Place: Yard House Restaurant, 14500 W Colfax Ave., Unit 341, Lakewood, CO

We are going to hold some lunches simply for social interactions. Dave Abbott put together the first one two weeks ago for the downtown folks. We will have one on Tuesday, April 22nd, for the Westside folks.

This is located at the far east end of the Colorado Mills Mall, near the movie theatres.

If you know you're going to be there, please let Jim Burnell dialjeemincolo@aol.com know ahead of time, but that's not imperative.

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SEG Course

Key Practical Methods in Mineral Exploration

Date: May 12-17, 2014
Location: SEG Course Center | Littleton, CO, USA
Website: https://www.segweb.org/apps/activities/default.aspx?hkey=9ab042db-88ab-4e12-835d-09b68042e94e#14RPMETHOD
Early bird deadline: April 12, 2014

This comprehensive course will be of particular value to early-career exploration geologists, advanced students, and managers coordinating multidisciplinary exploration teams. Five days of lectures and class activities culminate in a field day at the Cripple Creek and Victor gold mine. Curriculum includes reviews of important mineral deposit models, exploration program design, geochemical exploration techniques, geophysical exploration methods, drilling and sample recovery, recognition and interpretation of rock alteration, QA/QC protocols, and integrated interpretation of complementary geotechnical data sets. Case studies with a focus on "best work practices" will be highlighted. Instructors have extensive worldwide experience.

Instructors: Odin Christensen (Coordinator), Craig Beasley, Graham Closs, Jeff Jaacks, Dave Johnson, Dave Maher, Denis Rousseau, Tommy Thompson, and Lori Wickert


  • Conceptual models of important mineral deposit types, with emphasis on features useful in exploration;
  • Geochemical exploration methods from collection through laboratory analysis to interpretation of results;
  • Selection, application, interpretation, and integration of various geophysical exploration techniques;
  • Q/C and Q/A methods required to verify the integrity of geotechnical data;
  • Drilling methods–why each is used; sample collection practices, environmental protection, and safety considerations;
  • Brief introduction to logging of drill core and cuttings: observing, recording, communicating;
  • Recognition and interpretation of rock alteration in mineral exploration;
  • Integrated interpretation of multiple geotechnical data sets to focus exploration; organizing exploration information for effective interpretation and communication;
  • Field trip to Cripple Creek and Victor gold mine, a giant epithermal gold deposit in an alkalic magmatic complex, with emphasis on practical skills used by exploration and mine geologists.

Early Registration (through April 12, 2014)
Member: US$1,950; Non-member: US$2,100; Student Member: US$950; Student Non-member: US$1,050

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U.S. EPA National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters

Deadline for Abstracts Extended Abstract submission deadline has been extended to April 11th

Announcing the Call for Abstracts for the National Conference on Mining-Influenced Waters: Approaches for Characterization, Source Control and Treatment
August 12-14, 2014
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The conference will provide participants with an opportunity to examine and discuss current and emerging approaches related to characterization, source control and treatment of mining-influenced waters.

The conference goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information on current and emerging approaches to assessing characterization, monitoring, source control, treatment and/or remediation on mining-influenced waters.

The conference is aimed at mining remediation researchers and practitioners; federal, state, local and tribal decision makers; the mining industry; and others interested in the management, remediation and restoration of impacted hardrock mining areas.

Topics will include characterization, water treatment, source control/mine closure approaches, beneficial use, and prediction and modeling. Please see the Call for Abstracts flyer for a full list of conference topics.

The conference planning committee has decided to extend the abstract submission deadline for oral and poster presentations from March 28, 2014 to April 11, 2014. Abstracts should not exceed one page in length using 11 point, Times New Roman font. Abstracts should include the presentation title, authors' names and affiliations, email, mailing address, phone number, topic (from the provided list of potential topics), and preference of oral or poster presentation. Submissions will be accepted from all interested parties. Abstracts will be evaluated by the organizing committee who will also determine the final format - oral or poster presentation.
Abstracts must be submitted in electronic format by email.

Send to:
Alina Martin, Leidos; Phone: 571.244.1582; Email: martinali@leidos.com

There is no registration fee for this conference. Online registration will begin in mid-April 2014.

Please address technical inquiries to:
Douglas Grosse, EPA, 513.569.7844 or grosse.douglas@epa.gov
Diana Bless, EPA, 513.569.7674 or bless.diana@epa.gov

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Colorado Scientific Society Spring Field Trip 2014

Colorado Headwaters Basin Five mountain passes, cool rocks, and (maybe) moose!

Leaders: Jim Cole and Marieke Dechesne, USGS
Date: Saturday-Sunday, May 31-June 1, 2014
Departing from Federal Center Park and Ride (and Boulder too)

The cost for transportation and drinks provided will most likely be between $20-30.
This trip is limited to 30 attendees, so please go ahead and reserve your spot by contacting Cal Ruleman - cruleman@usgs.gov or call: (303) 236-7804

This two-day trip will showcase new insights into the Cenozoic geologic history of the western flank of the Front Range in Grand and Jackson Counties, north-central Colorado. Well show evidence for widespread major uplift that occurred about 67-61 million years ago, in contrast to contemporaneous subsidence in the Denver Basin and South Park areas. Once the Colorado Headwaters Basin began to downwarp (approximately 61 Ma), subsidence was rapid and deep, and spectacular cannonball gravels were deposited in places. Distinctive volcanic porphyry cobbles are traced to source rocks in south-central Colorado, with intriguing implications for paleodrainage. Well show evidence for faulting before and during basin filling, and show that many of the big folds and reverse faults in the area are mostly younger than the Paleogene sediments.

The middle Tertiary Period here is marked by diverse volcanic/intrusive rocks in the Rabbit Ears and Never Summer Ranges, and by high-energy stream deposits of boulder gravel and coarse sand eroded from volcanoes and mountain uplifts. The most recent 5 mil-lion years history shows evidence of renewed mountain uplift, drainage adjustments and integration, and landscape incision.

Saturday night lodging will be in Hot Sulphur Springs with an optional visit to the hot springs spa. Attendees must call and make their own reservations for Saturday nights lodging. Plan on providing your own breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday.

Lodging options:
The Canyon Motel (970) 725-3395
Hot Sulpher Springs Resort (970) 725-3306 Ute Trail Motel (970) 725-0123

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Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute

2014 RMCMI Annual Conference
June 29-July 1, 2014
Keystone Resort, CO

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

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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 .

April 28. Po Chen, University of Wyoming. TBA.

May 5. Dr. Wendy Harrison, Colorado School of Mines. TBA.

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Colorado Mineral Processing Division 64th Annual Meeting

April 24 - 26, 2014
Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO
Meeting Theme: "Enhancing Plant Performance"

For more information, contact Gill Porter at 303-674-4756 or gill4mpd@hotmail.com , or Jenny Pergola, 303-451-7677 or jenny@pumpsplusinc.com .

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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**

April 23. Joel Pederson, Utah State University. “Why is Grand Canyon young and steep?” (considering the action is upstream).

April 30. Masakazu Niwa, Japan Atomic Energy Agency. “Groundwater pressure changes in Central Japan induced by the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake, and their relationship with faults.”

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DWLS Spring Workshop

The Denver Well Logging Society would like to announce our 2014 spring workshop on Pore Systems, Conductivity, Saturation and Permeability.

Date: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Where: Colorado School of Mines
When: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Only $300
Deadline: R.S.V.P no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, April 1st.
Reservations: Reservations must be made online with full payment via PayPal.
Cancellations: Cancellations must be made no later than 5 PM on Tuesday, October 1st. No refunds will be given after that date! Email reservations/cancellations to Jennifer Bartell, or call 720-587-2409.

Course Abstract:
Pore Systems, Conductivity, Saturation and Permeability is designed for petrophysicists, reservoir engineers, geologists, research scientists and others wanting a deeper understanding of the nature of resistivity and permeability, enabling them to do a superior job of data interpretation. The basic premise of this course is that a fundamental understanding of resistivity and permeability will significantly enhance the attendee's ability to evaluate pay, and to predict permeability. The goal of this course is to provide that understanding.

The highly interactive presentation provides new insight into the meaning and interpretation of resistivity data from both logs and cores. Using the concepts developed in the course, geoscientists will be able to perform more informed and effective log and core data interpretation, saturation evaluation and pay determination. In addition, the understanding and interpretation of fluid flow and permeability naturally follows from the theoretical concepts developed for resistivity interpretation.

The course begins with a discussion of electrical conduction by solutions, laboratory measurement of resistivity, and the effects of concentration, composition and temperature. Conduction by rocks is described using a physics-based pore-geometric theory and the concept of a pore-geometric factor is introduced. The effects of pore geometry are discussed in detail and a method for calculating water saturation is developed.

Archie's equation is the basis for virtually all saturation equations used in the industry. The conventional interpretation of resistivity data - log or core - based on Archie's equation has only an empirical foundation. The origin, meaning and implications of Archie's equation are presented as well as how the equation's parameters are obtained from laboratory measurements.

An approach is developed to the interpretation of resistivity for hydrocarbon saturation and pay evaluation that is independent of Archie's equation and can be tied directly to pore geometry. Making this connection gives the interpreter analytical and predictive power not possible with more traditional methods. The pore geometric factor approach is used to analyze Archie's equation and to understand the difficulty encountered when trying to relate the Archie parameters m and n to rock properties.

The electrical properties and responses of various other rock-types, including vuggy-carbonates, are discussed as well as the methodology needed for interpreting them. The effects of clay in rocks (shaly sands) are examined and a general shaly sand saturation equation is developed. Commonly used shaly sand equations are evaluated and the underlying assumptions, advantages and disadvantages are discussed.

The theory developed for interpreting resistivity data is equally applicable to understanding fluid flow and permeability and is used to develop the background and understanding required for the effective use and prediction of permeability. Using this approach, attendees will be able to increase their capability for predicting permeability.

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Scout Days Volunteers Needed at Dino Ridge

Call for Volunteers! Dinosaur Ridge will be hosting 2 scout days this year, Boy Scout Day on Saturday, May 10, 9 am-3 pm and Girl Scout Day on Saturday, October 11, 9:30 am-3 pm. Help will be needed at the various geologic and fossil sites on Dinosaur Ridge as well as with hands-on geology and fossil activities at the Visitor Center. If you can help out for a few hours or all day, please contact Amber Cain at amber_cain@dinoridge.org or 303-697-3466 x 107. Prior knowledge not needed, will train on-site the day of. Lunch is provided for all volunteers.

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Denver, CO - July 20-22, 2014

Cracking the Source

Info at http://www.aapgrms.org/2014 . Hosted by RMAG.

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Denver, CO - May 4-7, 2014

2014 NGWA Groundwater Summit - 10 Years of Moving Research to Solutions

Info at http://groundwatersummit.org

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Farmington, NM - May 7-8, 2014


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New Blog Series

2014 GSA Distinguished International Lecturer

Geological Society of America is proud to announce the 2014 International
Lecturer: Marjorie A. Chan. Chan is professor of geology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In the coming months, "Speaking of Geoscience" will feature a series of dispatches from Chan as she travels to India, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, and Korea.

Blog is available at http://geosociety.wordpress.com/

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Mining History Association, Annual Conference

June 11-15, 2014
Trinidad, Colorado

Theme: "Raton Basin Coalfield. In 1947, Colorado coal reserves were estimated at 15% of U.S. reserves and its anthracite reserves ranked 4th among all states. In 2004, Colorado ranked 6th in coal production. This conference, hosted at the Holiday Inn and Trinidad State Junior College, will touch on many themes of geology, mining, and social history in addition to the Raton Basin Coalfield. Field trip will include the Purgatoire Dinosaur Trackway, the K-T boundary in the Raton Basin, and others, in addition to social events in town. Attendees are an eclectic mix of geologists, engineers, miners, and academic historians, all bent on enjoying their forays into mining history.

The roster of technical presentations will be posted soon on the MHA website at www.mininghistoryassociation.org/TrinidadConference.htm .

For additional information, contact Fred Barnard.

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists Rocky Mountain Section Annual Meeting

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
July 20-22, 2014

Call for Papers!
To submit an abstract for poster or oral presentations, go to www.aapgrms.org/2014/conference/technical-program

NEW deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2014 Technical Program themes

  • Source Rocks and Petroleum Systems: Have we deciphered the codes?
  • Technology: Paradigm shifts
  • Exploration/Exploitation: Looking back; Looking ahead
  • Legendary Playmakers of the Rockies: A hotbed of notable people
  • Structure and Tectonics: Nothing less than world-class
  • Sedimentary Geology: Where the world comes to study

Exhibit space is rented, on a first come first served basis, for 100 square foot (10' X 10') booths at the rate of $1200.00 per booth for commercial exhibitors, and $600.00 per booth for not-for-profit exhibitors.

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Denver Mining Club April 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. (+/-)

April 28.--Dennis Gertenbach, Senior VP, Hazen Research, Inc. Modern Gold Recovery.

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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Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation Update

The Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation of Lakewood (2007 MMSA President’s Citation and 2008 Prazen Award winner) has sponsored and set up a second Teachers Corner exhibit at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. The first Teachers Corner was at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum in Leadville. The project is an example of how mineral industry outreach groups can cooperate to maximize impact on target audiences.

The Foundation provided the 9 ft. x 9 ft. space frame, Velcro exhibit and graphic material promoting the CMA/CSM summer teachers course and the SME/MEC public education web site, www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org. The function of the display is to answer the question: Now that I have learned about mining in the past, where can I get impartial information on modern mining, reclamation and safety?

CMEF is always working to expand partnerships with mineral industry groups such as NMA, MMSA, SME, CMA and science teacher organizations such as NSTA.

If you would like to help with funds, displays, large mineral samples, and/or volunteer time, contact Guy Johnson, Exhibit Coordinator, Colorado Mining Exhibit Foundation, 568 South Carr Street, Lakewood, CO 80226, (303) 969-0365 or GPJ222@aol.com

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USGS TopoView

Speaking on behalf of all NGMDB project colleagues, it's a distinct honor to invite you to the new "TopoView" site. Why is it an honor? Because TopoView highlights what many consider to be the USGS's flagship product, the topographic map.

TopoView is intended to serve the immediate need for the older, conventionally printed topographic maps to become easily searched, viewed, and downloaded. The ~163,000 maps available through this interface were scanned by the USGS Historical Topographic Mapping Collection (HTMC) project.

In terms of design, TopoView is an outgrowth of the NGMDB's MapView application. It was developed with guidance and support of the HTMC project, and the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP), and we're grateful for their cooperation and support.

TopoView was developed relatively quickly and may continue to evolve in cooperation with the NGP. We're not yet sure where it's headed, but here are some possible directions it might take:
• extending TopoView to also show current (and superseded) maps that are produced by the US TOPO project
• providing links to downloadable geoTIFFs, and map sales
• replacing bounding boxes with historical quadrangle map images
• providing access to any paper topographic maps missing from this collection that may, in the future, be found and scanned.

For TopoView's development, I gladly acknowledge the fine work from NGMDB colleagues, principally Chris Garrity, with assistance by Rob Wardwell and Nancy Stamm. And of course, a sincere thanks to Greg Allord, for developing and executing the HTMC project.

We hope you find TopoView useful, and look forward to comments that will improve it.
Please see: http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/TopoView/

David R. Soller

Editor’s Comment: Have patience with the site. It is in beta mode and a little slow at least when I tried it. Also, you MUST allow pop-ups on your browser to be able to even see the backgound search map!.

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Colorado Geological Survey Job Opening

College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering (CERSE).
Colorado Geological Survey
Minerals and Mineral Fuels Geologist

Colorado Geological Survey Minerals and Mineral Fuels Geologist

The Colorado Geological Survey serves the State of Colorado to ensure that the citizens of Colorado gain most efficient use of and economic benefit from geological resources, while maximizing their protection from geological hazards. Education and research programs affiliated with CGS are enhanced through close collaboration with the strong departments in the College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering: Economics & Business, Geology & Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Liberal Arts & International Studies, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. CGS has recently transitioned management to the Colorado School of Mines.

Colorado is well-known for its quality of life and outdoor lifestyles. Mines is located in Golden, Colorado, in a scenic valley at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The metropolitan Denver area, with its cultural and sports activities, is located a few miles to the east of Golden. The climate is continental with gentle summers and occasional snow in the winter. There is a major international airport within 35 miles of campus.

The Minerals and Mineral Fuels Geologist promotes and encourages the development of mineral and mineral fuels resources in Colorado. The position will focus on research and public service related to economic geology in Colorado with approximately equal effort on metallic deposits, mineral fuels and industrial minerals. Duties include gathering and analyzing information on the geology of minerals and mineral fuels. The position will perform research and public service functions that include the following: inventory and analyze the state's mineral and mineral fuel resources as to quantity, chemical composition, physical properties, location, and possible use; collect geologic information related to mineral and mineral fuels resources; conduct economic geology research; and produce publications related to ore deposits, mineral resource potential and mining activities in Colorado. The position will promote the economic development and wise use of energy resources and will gather and analyze information on the geology of rare earth and strategic minerals.

Required are a Bachelor's degree in geology, economic geology or geological engineering and experience in scientific report writing. Additional requirements include: direct experience in mineral and mineral fuels exploration and development; familiarity with data management software (i.e. Excel, dBase, or similar platforms); strong organizational skills and excellent written communication skills; effective verbal communication skills demonstrated through technical and public presentations related to economic geology to a wide variety of audiences; and the physical capability to hike, map, and sample in remote areas.
Preference will be given to applicants who possess:

  • Masters degree in economic geology, or a closely related field, (if thesis based as part of the degree program, a thesis related to economic geology or mineral and energy economics) and direct experience in economic geology outside the degree activities.
  • Industrial and academic experience in hydrothermal minerals deposits, industrial minerals, mineral fuel resources and rare earth minerals, particularly in field-based studies in a variety of geological settings;
  • Expertise in structural geology, petrology, geologic mapping, and geochemistry;
  • Achievable plans for funded research on Colorado-focused topics in economic geology as described in the applicants statement of professional goals;
  • Both an expressed understanding of and interest in contributing to the role of a state geological survey on issues related to mineral and mineral fuel deposits and other resources, beyond basic scientific research.
  • Publications and reports on economic geology in the Western US and Canada
  • Familiarity with ESRI software and applications
  • Experience with graphics software, GIS software, and geosciences software
  • Experience in leadership, project management, problem solving, and strategic thinking

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Mines also provides an attractive benefits package including fully paid health insurance, dependent tuition benefits, parental leave policies and dependent care assistance through a flexible spending plan.

How to Apply:
Applicants must submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of professional goals with an emphasis on education, research and service objectives; names and addresses of three professional references; and a writing sample (technical report, memo or publication) to: Colorado School of Mines, Human Resources Office, Search 14-180070, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO 80401, Fax: (303) 384-2025.

Electronic applications are encouraged and will be accepted at fsearch@mines.edu . If using this method of application, please put the search number as indicated above in the subject line to ensure that your materials are properly forwarded to the search committee.

Review of applications will begin by May 16, 2014.

Mines is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of its campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment with Mines is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation.

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The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position focused on hydrothermal mineral deposits. NBMG is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the state geological survey.
Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are tenure-track faculty members. Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to do research in the geosciences and the best in the U.S. for the study of hydrothermal mineral deposits.

Interested applicants must have

  • A doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire.
  • Demonstrated record of research on topics related to hydrothermal mineral deposits as indicated by dissertation research or peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials.
  • Commitment to public service.
  • Potential for, or established record of publications.
  • Ability to attract funding are essential.
  • Doctoral research must include one or more of the following disciplines: economic geology, structural geology, igneous petrology, and geochemistry.

Additional preferred qualifications include

  • Industrial or academic experience in hydrothermal minerals deposits, particularly in field-based studies in a variety of geological settings.
  • Expertise in structural geology, geologic mapping, and active hydrothermal systems (geothermal activity).
  • Research productivity with publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in economic geology and geothermal energy, as described in the applicants letter of interest.
  • Both an understanding of and interest in contributing to the role of a state geological survey on issues related to mineral deposits and other resources, beyond basic scientific research.

Position responsibilities and expectations include:

  • Working independently as well as collaborating with NBMG faculty-staff, faculty in other geoscience units at UNR and UNLV, and others in industry and government in developing funded projects and conducting research.
  • Contributing to the development of datasets and reports on Nevadas mineral and energy resources, including resource assessments.
  • Communicating effectively with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada and its mineral and energy resources.
  • Focusing research on mineral deposits in Nevada.
  • Supervising graduate students and teaching undergraduate and graduate classes.

The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment with an academic-year base salary that is competitive with other research universities. Starting date will be July 1, 2014 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

To apply, please visit: https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/13967 . Please complete the online application and upload a letter expressing your interest in the position and research plans; a complete vita; contact information (names, e-mail and postal addresses, and telephone numbers) for at least three references; and electronic copies of up to three of your publications.

Additionally, applicants must submit examples of geologic mapping related to mineral deposits that they have conducted with their application materials.

To ensure full consideration, all information must be submitted by March 24, 2014. For further information about NBMG, please consult our website http://www.nbmg.unr.edu .

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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Entry Level GIS/Geologist Position Available

Jehn Water Consultants, Inc., is an independent water resource consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Since 1991, Jehn Water Consultants has provided its clients cost-effective and technically innovative solutions to a wide variety of complex water resource, water supply and development, and water rights problems. For more information please visit our website at:

The Entry Level GIS/Geologist Position combines GIS analyses, field work and other geologic/water resources related office work. The position is responsible for all required mapping and analysis tasks in support of projects.

  • Tasks include digitizing,
  • georeferencing imagery and maps,
  • editing data,
  • updating data,
  • map production,
  • and performing other duties as required.

The position also requires field work throughout Colorado,

  • which includes collection of water level data,
  • water quality sampling,
  • drilling supervision,
  • site inspections,
  • stream flow measurements,
  • data collection in mines,
  • soil sampling,
  • GPS measurements,
  • and other field duties that may be required.

Please do not apply if you do not want to do field work as you will be in the field one day per week on average.

The following are the minimum computer software proficiency:

  • ArcGIS 10.x
  • Familiarity with aerial imagery and USGS topo maps Microsoft Office suite of products

Competitive and commensurate with experience

Please forward your resume with a cover letter to: gburke@jehnwater.com with subject line heading "Entry Level Position"

Position is available immediately

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John T. Boyd Company (BOYD) - Professional Mining and Geological Consultants is among the largest independent mining consultancies in the world, exclusively serving the domestic and international coal, mineral, and natural gas industries. BOYD has continually diversified over the past 70 years, both in geographical scope (60+ countries) as well as industries serviced and is actively seeking a Global Director - Metals. We intend to base this individual in our Denver, Colorado, USA, office.

Reporting to BOYD's senior management, this is a key leadership position that will be responsible for coordinating and expanding all metals-focused consulting services internationally. Our full range of professional services includes:

  • Independent technical reports (ITR,QPR,CPR)
  • Geologic, reserve and mine plan modeling
  • Exploration design and supervision
  • Reserve and geotechnical studies
  • Economic feasibility studies and valuations
  • Due diligence of mining operations
  • Assessment of existing operations
  • Permitting and environmental analysis
  • Market and transport analyses
  • Material handling and processing
  • Strategic business planning
  • Financial analysis
  • Asset appraisals
  • Monitoring of operating companies
  • Minerals industry restructuring
  • Privatization studies

General Requirements:

  • We prefer any candidate has at minimum, a degree in Mining --Engineering (with a Professional Engineer certification), although other engineering or business disciplines will be considered depending on employment experience.
  • Competent / Qualified Person status by JORC and NI 43-101 standards for international financing purposes and for stock exchange filings.
  • Previous domestic and international consulting and business development experience as the position will be directly responsible for the development and implementation of marketing strategies.
  • Broad industry experience preferred (multiple metals, deposit types, mining methods, processing).
  • Minimum of 10 years of related industry experience, including direct work history at a technical services or direct operations management level.
  • Demonstrated ability to direct and manage multiple projects.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally on a project-by-project basis.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in geologic and resource modeling and/or mine planning software packages.

View our website at www.jtboyd.com/ .
Interested applicants should submit their resume to: vjtboydp@jtboyd.com

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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.