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From the Editor
All American Report
Junior Activities Report
Program Aids Report
Program Library Update
In Memoriam - Toni Ewers
CFMS Dues & Insurance
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Field Trip Prep
Route Designation Workshop
Fed Show Exhibiting
Field Trip Guidelines
Well, I have just about completed my year as President and 5 years of "going through the chairs" of the California Federation. It has been fun, challenging and a very rewarding experience. And what a fantastic group of people to lead and to work with.
A BIG THANK YOU to this year's Executive Committee that I have served with and a BIG THANK YOU to all of the chairmen and the committees that have served with me this year.
But I am not going away, I am just "moving on." I will soon join what I consider a special group of very special people - the Past Presidents of CFMS. They have served and continue to serve. If you want to be impressed with their numbers just listen to the Past Presidents introductions at the Cracker Barrel and at the Directors meetings.
When they completed their term as president they stayed involved by being directors and by chairing and serving on committees, and are still serving. Several went on to serve with the AFMS and several are still active and still serving. Many of our Past Presidents are also Past Presidents of the AFMS and one is currently the AFMS President.
The first year as past president I get to chair the Long Range Planning Committee. The Long Range Planning Committee is composed of all living Past Presidents and the current Executive Committee. This committee:
If there are any questions, contact me. Let's have a great showing with many entries in the CFMS!
With the Holiday Season upon us, consider organizing a workshop for your club's kids centered on crafting gifts for teachers, friends, and family. The choice of a lapidary project should be matched to the ages and abilities of your club's kids. Following are some project ideas, starting from simpler ones appropriate for younger members and progressing to more difficult:
More involved and technical lapidary arts for your more advanced juniors include such things as: scrimshaw; flint knapping; intarsia, inlays, and mosaics; sphere making; rock carving and sculpting; glass bead forging; metal smithing; and faceting. However, there are a variety of projects you can do with simple tumbled stones for very young kids.
I've already noted free-form jewelry and light-catchers; in addition, kids can glue seashells and tumbled stones against a framed background in the shapes of flowers, or they can coat a simple clay flowerpot with plaster or self-hardening clay and press in tumbled stones for an inlay effect.
If you have a club member with a drill who can drill a large number of tumbled stones, you can teach your kids to make bead necklaces with free-form tumbled stones. Draw from the expertise and experience of your fellow adult club members and get a Holiday Season workshop going for your junior members to share their hobby with teachers, friends and family while-as always-having fun!
I saw in the newspaper the other day about a family losing their home to a house fire. It is very sad. I found the following advice from the City of Phoenix Safety Web site.
Residential sprinklers are devices installed in a home to attack a fire in its early stages by spraying enough water to put out the fire or keep it from spreading.
Sprinkler heads are held closed until heat activates them. Only the sprinkler heads near the fire open, spraying water on the fire to extinguish it or control it and keep it from spreading.
Sprinkler heads operate quickly to minimize the threat from heat, flames and toxic smoke. The National Fire Protection Association has no record of a multiple-death fire (killing three or more people) in a residential property where a complete sprinkler system was installed and operated properly. This includes houses, apartments, mobile homes, hotels, motels, dormitories, etc.
Sprinklers have been used for years in commercial and industrial buildings and the record is almost as good.
More than 6,000 people die in fires in the United States each year. Sprinklers could save thousands of these people. In fact, as many as 90 percent of the deaths in residential fires could have been prevented by using sprinkler systems.
Residential sprinkler systems use lightweight, inexpensive piping and fittings of plastic, copper or thin-wall steel in place of traditional materials. Their "quick response" opens faster than those in industrial and commercial properties and operate from the household water supply. These sprinkler systems can be built into new housing or added to existing buildings.
It is estimated that residential sprinkler systems would add only about one to one and a half percent to the cost of new housing. Because home sprinklers are effective, they may help reduce insurance claims. In many states, insurance companies offer special discounts to homeowners if their home has an approved sprinkler system.
Residential sprinklers are practical. They are small enough to blend into a typical household and are attractively designed. The sprinkler heads stand out less than one inch from the ceiling. You also can buy ornamental plates to blend in with the decor of a home. A home system uses much less water than an industrial or commercial system.
This month is the month when all the Program Chairmen should be gathering up their yearly information to send to the Program Aids Chairman. I know, I know, I am harping on about this. I was pleased to received two end of year program reports from two of our Program Chairmen. Unfortunately that was two (2), out of all those Program Chairmen out there who have so many great programs every month.
I would like to know what it is about making this report to the Program Aids committee that is so distasteful to most of the Program Chairmen. Is it that it takes a little time to gather it all up?? Or do you think no one on my end cares to receive it?? I will tell you that no one could spend as much time making out that report as Bill Gissler does, his report was several pages long. WOWEE!!
The second report from Lorna Lass last year was shorter, but it was nonetheless an End-of-Year Report.
Sometimes your clubs have programs and speakers that are not pulled from the Podium People Brochure, by filling out your End of year Report, you are giving me the names of the people who find in their good will to come out and talk to us about their hobby or area of expertise. This is how I find speakers, especially NEW speakers.
I would really appreciate it if you would think really hard about filling out your End of Year Program Report and sending it to me. I will accept them by email, or snail mail. I am not particular, just as long as you send them. Usually I write the begging article at the end of January, for the February newsletter, I just thought I would start early this year.
The 2008 Program Library Catalog was distributed to Federation Directors at the November 10 meeting.
For more information contact:
either Colleen McGann
at (831)212-1951 and email@example.com
or Bill Gissler
at (408)241-0477 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The catalog is also available on the CFMS web site www.cfmsinc.org (manuals page)
Annette S. Ewers of Boulder City passed away September 26, 2007 in Las Vegas. She worked as a secretary for an automotive dealership before her retirement. A resident of Boulder City, NV for 31 years, she was a member of Las Vegas Boat and Ski Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Boulder Gem Club and California Federation of Mineralogical Societies. She is survived by Grant, her husband of 61 years, son Scott Ewers (Brenda) of Boulder City, daughter Vicki Miller (Bart) of Roseville, CA, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She attended the first 10 years of Zyzxx and loved the time she spent at Camp Paradise. For many years she and Grant brought the CFMS mineral specimens housed in Las Vegas to the CFMS shows. She and Grant were honored with the Golden Bear Award in 1999.
Donations in her memory can be made to the CFMS Endowment Fund.
Our thoughts are with Grant and the family in this time of sorrow.
It is that time of the year again. The time when each society is to send in their:
The dues paid by Member Societies for CFMS are $1.50 annually per individual member, regardless of membership classification. The only exception is for CFMS Honorary members. Some clubs have interpreted this as meaning club or society honorary members, also. The intent of the Bylaws was to exclude CFMS Honorary members only. A change to the Bylaw was made in 2003 to add "CFMS" in front of Honorary in ARTICLE IV DUES: Section 1: to clarify any misunderstanding.
At our November 10th Directors' Meeting the directors approved the insurance charge of $6.00 per "active" member" for 2008. As defined by our insurance company (the basis for our rate) an "active member" is any member who attends one or more functions each year. This includes activities such as, but not limited to, general membership meetings, annual picnics, Christmas gathering, field trips, participation in shop or classes, etc. Any attendance and/or participation in a club activity creates liability exposure and therefore requires payment of the insurance charge. Our insurance renewal date was October 16th and the Federation has already paid the entire premium for this year.
Dues are due and payable by January 1st based on your membership list as of December 31st, which should accompany the dues payment. Dues and insurance for 2008 are $7.50 for all classes of members and for all "active members." The dues/insurance payment form is in this Newsletter along with the Officer Change Form or they are available from your Director.
The Officer Change Form is very important to your society and to CFMS. It is contact information for your society and the information used to prepare the CFMS Society Roster.
It is important to your club that this form is completely and accurately filled out so that your club information is up to date. This is the contact information that the Federation uses to notify your club, your Federation Director and your members of Federation news, events and happenings.
The importance of filling this form out completely was pointed out several times at the Directors' Meeting. Too many clubs fail to provide contact information: addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. We need more than just a PO box, especially when your mail is only picked up once or twice a month. At a minimum we need club contact information and the addresses of the 3 people that you designate to receive the CFMS Newsletter.
If you don't want your officer's addresses, etc., published please state that and Pat won't publish them in the roster. However, they need to be on file with our Executive Secretary so that CFMS can contact your club.
The Information from your Officer Change Form is used to prepare the Society Roster. The Society Roster is your link to the Federation and its member societies; it tells us who you are, where you are, where and when you hold your meetings, to whom to send the CFMS Newsletters and how to contact you. The sooner this information is provided the sooner the new officers will stat receiving their CFMS Newsletter. Update the names of the people who are to receive the AFMS Newsletter with the AFMS Office, also. It is extremely important that each society provide an email address/contact as well as a telephone number. Email is faster and less expensive. It is also very helpful to at least include email addresses for the Bulletin Editor and Field Trip Chairman.
When paging through this year's roster I was amazed at how many societies had no email address listed and several without any telephone number listed. I am contacted on occasion by interested rockhounds looking for a local club in their area but all I can tell that there is a club but no way to contact them. A lost opportunity for everyone!
Please send your dues payment, membership list and officers change form to Pat La Rue before the end of January.
Please E-Mail me for further information and number of participants going in your group at Meredith@flashercre w.net
or those leaving Bakersfield contact Lew at lewsrocks@bak. rr.com
Hope to see you there.
The Northwest, Rocky Mountain and California Federations of Mineralogical Societies are hosting a Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip to Texas Springs, NV, over Memorial Day Weekend 2008 and all AFMS members are invited. The Texas Springs area is well known for spectacular pink agate limb casts, as well as, other agate and petrified wood. Texas Springs Canyon is located approximately 25 miles southeast of the town of Jackpot in the northeast corner of Nevada. In addition to the collecting trips we will have potluck dinners, happy hours, speakers, evening campfires, tailgate displays, map exchange, and a great rockhound get-together.
Directions: The Texas Springs area is located about half way between Wells, NV and Twin Falls, ID, south of Jackpot, NV, and east of Hwy 93. From the south, take I-80 to Wells and go north on Hwy 93. From the north take Hwy 93 south out of Twin Falls. About 2.5 miles south of Jackpot turn east on to the California National Historic Trail and follow the orange plates to camp.
Camp: Our camp will be located about 6 miles from Hwy 93 on Trout Creek. Roads to campgrounds and collecting sites are typical desert roads. OK for motor homes and trailers to campgrounds. This is a dry camping area: no services, no hook-ups. We will set up camp starting Tuesday afternoon, May 20th. Please try not to arrive before Wednesday, May 21st; this is due to our BLM camp permit.
Plan on several potluck dinners, and daily happy hours. Bring firewood for evening campfires. We plan on having a good time and collecting some good material. Please notify your respective Federation leader early, but no later than May 16, if you plan to attend. E-mail (or call) if you have questions or need more information. This will be a great opportunity for rockhounds from all over the west to meet one another, to share stories, and information about collecting in their home areas. Be sure to bring material from your favorite collecting sites to show and share.
Come join us for a great Tri-Federation Rendezvous of collecting, fun and fellowship.
Dick Parks Northwest Federation
email@example.com / 360-892-3716
Yonis Lone Eagle Rocky Mt. Federation
firstname.lastname@example.org / 505-860-2455
Richard Pankey California Federation
email@example.com / 925-439-7509
As promised the announcement flier with detailed information on our 2008 Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous is now available. The flier has the information about the Rendezvous: material available; location; directions to camp; schedule; motels and RV parks nearby; and various activities that are planned. It is available on American, Northwest, Rocky Mountain and California Federations' web sites and, depending on available space, may be published in your the Federation Newsletter. I request and hope that whoever in each club that receives the Newsletter will pass this information and the 2 page flier on to your club Field Trip Leader or Editor or to someone to make copies and distribute to interested members of your club. A challenge with any event is the advertising, with getting the word out to the user. In this case, to the people who might be interested in attending this field trip/rendezvous. So we are looking to the people who get the AFMS and/or your Federation Newsletter to get this information to your members.
Look for the flier and other Rendezvous information on these web sites:
AFMS - www.amfed.org
NFMS - www.amfed.org/nfms
RMFMS - www.rmfms.org
CFMS - www.cfmsinc.org
For more information and to sign-up to attend the Rendezvous e-mail (preferred) or call your respective Federation Field Trip Leader (bottom of the first page of the flier).
Or Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join us for a great Tri-Federation Rendezvous of collecting, fun and fellowship. Mark your calendar, schedule your vacation, and plan to join us next May 21st to 26th.
A couple of months ago I was sent some information about going on field trips. The two pages of information was developed by Barbara Terrill for us in the New Member Handbook of the El Dorado County M&GS. I have seen similar documents on the subject but this was the most straight forward and complete effort that I have seen. Barbara has written two simple pages: Field Trip Guidelines and Equipment Checklist. While they were written for new club members who may be new to field trips I believe and recommend that they are applicable and useful for all people who attend field trips.
I was so impressed with the Field Trip Guidelines and Equipment Checklist that I asked Barbara if we could put them in the CFMS Newsletter. Barbara consented and you will find them on a separate sheet in the back of the Newsletter. I hope that whoever in each club that receives the CFMS Newsletter will pass these on to your club Field Trip Leader or Editor or to someone to make copies and distribute to all members of your club.
Let us all read the Field Trip Guidelines, the AFMS Code of Ethics and Practice Safe Rockhounding!
Attention Federation Directors, Field Trip Leaders and Bulletin Editors:
Please announce this trip at your meetings and publish it in your newsletters.
Please make copies of this 2 sided flier and give it to interested club members to get the word out early so people can start planning for this special field trip and get together.
The deadline for all entries is Monday, December 10, 2007, for bulletins and articles published from January through December, 2007.
Editors, be sure to mail your contest entries for bulletins and individual articles before the deadline. We are sure you will have many award-winning entries this year.
The rules and entry forms are available on the CFMS website, under the link "Forms". If you have any questions about entering or about filling out the forms, please contact the 2008 Bulletin Aids Chair:
Doug Arnold, at email@example.com.
On October 11-13, 2007 I attended a Route Designation workshop put on by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC). This conference was located in the Sacramento, CA area. The first two days were oriented toward the Forest Service managers with the weekend session for the OHV Enthusiasts and other stakeholders. We, rockhounds, should be a serious stakeholder in this process which will affect all National Forest and ultimately BLM lands. Both Forest Service and BLM managers attended.
Though the workshop was oriented toward off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, it was enlightening, entertaining, thought provoking and very useful to me. Unfortunately, they do not have further workshops scheduled for California, but are giving them nationwide so there may be other opportunities.
The bottom line is that rockhounds must be involved in the process or we stand a high chance of losing our collecting sites on public land. ANY ROAD OR TRAIL NOT DESIGNATED THROUGH THE PROCESS WILL BE CLOSED TO WHEELED MOTORIZED VEHICLES. Further, there will be seasonal closures. One alternative for the El Dorado Forest proposes a 6 month closure period
All 19 National Forests in California (Region 5) are going through a Route Designation process. The plan is to have all processes complete by September, 2008. The final result will be a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). If a road is not shown (designated) on this map, you may not drive on it. Further, the roads do not have to be posted closed. You must obtain, read and correctly interpret the map or be subject to penalties. Will you want to be a field trip leader under this condition? Some California National Forests or portions thereof had designated systems so didn't have much to do but tweaking the existing system to complete the process.
The following have final or draft maps: Angeles, Los Padres, San Bernardino, Stanislaus (Summit Ranger District), and Tahoe Basin.
El Dorado is under court order to finish their Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) by December, 2007, so is further along than the rest. The final comment period for their Draft EIS closed on October 20, 2007. If they implement the Preferred Alternative unchanged, they will close over half of the roads currently inventoried as accessible to 4 wheeled drive vehicles. And this does not include ones not even on the inventory.
Most of the other California National Forests have a completed inventory and have or will be shortly publishing their Notice of Intent/Scoping Document for the EIS. This is about equivalent to 9 or 10 PM on a 24 hour clock of the process. You can still make impacts but only by quick action.
If you have collecting sites in any National Forest which you want to access, you need to contact that Forest now and:
If you work on the Internet, you can go to www.fs.fed.us/r5 which will take you to the Region 5 site. From here you can work to the individual forests and look for Route Designation information. I have also had luck adding /forest name/ after r5 to get to the individual forests. I have not looked at every site and the ultimate contact is a meeting or call to the forest supervisor or his designated route manager.
The show packets were distributed at the Directors' Meeting at Visalia in November, if your director was there he or she has it. If your director wasn't there maybe a director from a nearby club picked it up for your club (and probably your meeting packet, too.) If not, both have been mailed to your club. The show packets have the information and forms for all that is going on at the 2008 CFMS Show in Ventura. Your meeting packets have the reports and forms important to your club for the business and activities of the Federation. Your director or a designate should copy the forms and give them to all members interested in attending and exhibiting at the show. The forms will also be available on the CFMS web site.
There are 2 exhibit forms: Competitive entry form and a Non-competitive form. The Competitive form should be completed and mailed to Tom Burchard by June 5th. The Non-competitive form is for use by individuals and society case entries. Complete this form and mail it to us by June 13th. But please don't wait until the last minute to enter. All entries will receive a postcard within 14 days of receipt of the entry form confirming your entry. All exhibitors will receive two 3-day Guest Passes.
We are really hoping for big participation in exhibiting at our 2008 Show. We have arranged for ample space and display cases. We encourage clubs and individuals to bring their own cases; but cases will be available. Unfortunately CFMS does not have display cases, so we have to rent some from the Fairgrounds and borrow the rest from a generous club. However, the Show has to pay the transportation expenses. Therefore, we need to charge a $10.00 rental fee for "borrowed" display cases. If you need to rent a display case, Please include a check with your entry form made out to CFMS.
Details on case dimensions will be provided in a future Exhibiting article as soon as we can get them and no later than the May issue of the CFMS Newsletter.
This is the Federation Show, hosted and put on by the Federation; your club and your members are the Federation. This is your show and every club should want to participate and be represented in the show.
Even if you are not interested in becoming a CFMS Judge you might like to know more about how judging is done and how the rulebook is used in the judging process. Knowing what judges look for can help you improve your exhibit even if it is not going into competition.
Consider volunteering as a clerk. The clerk's job is to record the Judge's comments and scoring for a competitive entry. You will be told everything to write and where to write it. If your handwriting is not too good, no problem, printing is preferred anyway. While the Clerk's position is used as a training step for prospective Judges, not all Clerks are interested in becoming a Judge and we all most always have more openings than volunteers.
A judging team is normally made up of two Judges and one Clerk. The Rules Committee will review the competitive entries and match the Judges to them based on experience, skill, and interest. This is done, when possible, prior to the Judge's meeting. Clerks are assigned to the Judging teams at the Judge's meeting.
The Judge's meeting is normally held on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. somewhere close to the competitive exhibit area at the annual CFMS show. At this meeting the final Judging teams selections are made and the teams are assigned the entries they will be judging. While there are exceptions, the teams are usually finished before noon.
If you think you might be interested in taking part in this interesting process, contact anyone on the Rules Committee or just show early on Friday morning and let someone know you are interested in clerking. We will do our best to match you with a team that is working on a category that you are interested in. However, even if we can't match you with the category you would prefer, you will find that the categories are really all interesting and what you learn will help you understand the judging process better and that information will help you improve your own exhibit.
Imagine a world where everyone has an opportunity to have his or her opinion heard. In this world you can interact directly with the governing body, speak up, be heard and vote. It's the CFMS Business Meeting world. Where representative's from every member club has a voice and a contribution to make. CFMS is you and you are CFMS. I would encourage you to understand the importance of having a voice and a vote on the proceedings done in your name.
From the Illustrated Oxford Dictionary (I like the pictures):
Witness: n. a person present at some event and able to give information about it.
Sanction: n. approval or encouragement given to an action, etc., by custom or tradition; express permission. v.tr.1 authorize or agree to (an action, etc.), 2 ratify, make binding.
As you can see from the above chart an average of 38.10 % of the member clubs witnessed and sanctioned the actions of CFMS. There are at this writing 115 member clubs with a combined membership of over 9, 473 people. It would be beneficial to all if each could send a Federation Director (or alternate) to the business meetings.
The concept is rather straight forward; Federation Director's share with their club what CFMS is doing or not doing as the case may be. The club members share with their Federation Director what they think CFMS should or should not be doing. The Federation Director takes this information to the Business meeting, making their club's opinion heard. And while there, can participate in discussions on the topics and exchange ideas. From this process CFMS has grown and is providing timely, pertinent information and aides for the benefit of all.
In the Society Aides Manual titled "What Does the Federation Do For Your Club" you will find information on the AFMS (American Federation of Mineralogical Societies) Membership, the CFMS Newsletter, Earth Science Studies, Slide and Video Programs, Speakers and Program Aides, the Insurance Program, Public Lands Advisory Committee, Museums, Media Publicity, Workshops (Field Trip Workshops, Judges', Exhibitors' and Clerks' Workshops, Editors Workshops, Many Other Workshops), Education Thru Sharing Awards Program, All American Club, Bulletin Aids, Junior Activities, Rules - Competitive Displays, Show Coordinators, Show Consultant, Bylaws, Historian, Long Range Planning, Nominating Committee, AFMS/CFMS Scholarships and Tax Advisor.
These services don't spring up over night. There's a wealth of history and experience shared here that developed as a result of the participation of Federation Directors representing societies like yours. More services are under development all the time, like the "Demonstrator's Directory" that lists talented people who are willing to teach their area of expertise to others in classes and workshops.
You deserve to be heard - you are what has made CFMS what it is today and what it will be tomorrow. Our future depends on it.
The fall 2006 California Federation of Mineral Society's Business meeting in Visalia, CA was my first opportunity, and privilege I might add, to represent our rock club as an alternate Federation Director. The weekend after the CFMS business meeting Dick and Betty Pankey attended our club's annual rock and gem show. While conversing with Dick, he spoke fondly of his first federation director experience expressing what a wonderful group of people the directors are. A sentiment I share wholeheartedly, for they are you. And you are there to witness and sanctify the full spectrum of what constitutes CFMS - Our Federation.
The 244-166 vote on the Hard-rock Mining and Reclamation Act was hailed by environmentalists and others who have been pushing for decades to reform the 1872 mining law governing the mining industry.
Unlike the coal, oil and gas industries, mining companies don't pay royalties on minerals extracted on federal property. Mining also takes precedence over ranching, hunting, fishing and recreation on public lands.
"It brings us one step closer to repealing one of the most antiquated, anti-environmental laws on the books today," said Jane Danowitz, who heads the Pew Campaign for Responsible Mining.
Rep. Mary Bono, R-Palm Springs, voted against the bill. She was among 163 Republicans who voted against the legislation, opposed by the mining industry.
The bill would impose a 4 percent royalty on existing mines and an 8 percent royalty on new mines.
It also would set new environmental standards on hard-rock mining and create a fund to clean up abandoned mines. Abandoned mines dot the West, including at least 130 hazardous mine areas within the Joshua Tree National Park, according to Paul DePrey, the park's resources chief.
The sites pose a safety hazard for visitors on public lands who could fall to their deaths if they drop into historic shafts dug up by gold prospectors.
No deaths have been reported in the park, DePrey said. But officials there have been working to secure the sites to prevent that from happening in the future. They have been able to secure about 20 sites in the past 15 years, he said.
Environmentalists are also concerned about the skyrocketing number of mining claims near public parks as the price of gold and other minerals increase.
Gold is now at $800 an ounce.
There are 525 claims within 10 miles of Joshua Tree National Park, 207 of them staked within the past four years, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.
"What we've seen is a modern-day land rush," said Dusty Horwitt, a public lands analyst for the organization.
Bullion River Gold Corp., based in Reno, Nev., holds 71 claims within five miles of Joshua Tree National Park. On its Web site, Bullion River Gold Corp. says it is a mineral exploration company focused on discovering and mining gold and silver in the West.
Riverside County has gold, iron and gypsum deposits, according to Marc Springer, a geologist for the Bureau of Land Management in California.
There are six authorized or pending gold mines on public lands in the county, he said. But it doesn't mean they are currently operating.
Most of the mines in the region are not, he said. There are 26 authorized or pending hard-rock mining operations in the county.
DePrey said mining operations near the park could create issues with water and air quality.
It could also create unwanted noise for visitors who go to parks to experience peace and solitude, he said.
"There's always the issue of what kind of visitor experience the park visitors are going to have," he said.
Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association, said the mining industry has largely left the state because of state laws and local opposition that made the climate hostile to the industry.
"I don't think it's because there's no minerals there," he said. "It's just not a hospitable environment."
Reprinted from News bytes, issue 306 - BLM California.
This legislation could have an effect on some of our hobby activities. Send your comments to your congress representatives and state your concerns over the pending legislation.
Please try to follow these simple suggestions to make our field trips fun and smooth running for you, the participants, and for the field trip leaders. These guidelines apply to all outings:
Hi, my name is Susan and this year I will be your CFMS Show Dates Chairman. My Family & I are members of the Palmdale Gem & Mineral Club, where I currently hold the position of president. My husband, David has a Lapidary Tools & Supplies business. I help him with that when I can. When we are not going to shows, we are very busy watching our Grandkids.
Hopefully, I will get the chance to talk with many of you as we work together to advertise your Club Shows.
The show dates Form and E-Form are located in the forms section of the CFMS web site.
42122 - 52nd St. West
Quartz Hill, CA 93536