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The November Edition of the Rock Slab Newsletter has been published. Please click the Newsletter button at the top of the page to download and read. You will need Adobe Acrobat or a compatible PDF reader installed on your machine.
Once again the time is near to showcase our club on May 3&4, 2014. The proceeds from the show provide the means for operating costs, (e.g., work shop) education, participation in our community such as the Anaheim Arts Council, Heritage Days, etc. The show is an opportunity to get involved, build relationships and have fun. So please volunteer to help out in this endeavor. The show meetings will be held at1:00pm on the dates listed below:
Sat., Sept. 7, 2013 at the Anaheim Center
Sat., Nov. 9, 2013 at the Anaheim Center
Sat., Jan. 11, 2014 at the Anaheim Center
Sat., Feb. 15, 2014 at the Anaheim Center
Sat., Mar. 8, 2014 at the Anaheim Center
Sat., April, 12, 2014 TBD
Marble mountains/Cadiz trilobites/Siam Siding
We had another great trip, with more than 20 Searchers attending. The weather was wonderful, the collecting was good, and the companionship was great.Saturday Jimmy led us into the Marble mountains for some hematite collecting. The same morning Robert took a group up to the trilobite site. For those of you who don’t know Robert is Mr. Trilobite, and it is a great thing to have Robert take you up on the hill and educate you about trilobite collecting. Sat afternoon the Marble mountain group did a bit of trilobite digging too, before we all gathered for our traditional potluck, good food and more than enough. One treat during the evenings was the family of kit foxes that visited the campground.
Sun AM we went to Siam Siding, and started digging for Chapenite. My new theory of “dig a real big hole” worked out well as the Duncan/Chang/Hogarth mine yielded almost a 5 gallon bucket full of Chapenite, and we had a very big hole to show how it was done. Thanx to Tom for the dust masks, they definitely go on the list of recommended equipment nest time.
So all in all another great Searcher trip. If you are not participating in the field trips you are missing an important part of the Searcher/rockhound experience, and I encourage everyone to join us in the future. We plan a full schedule of trips for 2014, and I hope you can join us. I plan publish an article about field trips so that you folks that have never been can get an idea of what it is all about.
-Steve Duncan, Field Trip V.P.
Please see the updated field information posted above for important information regarding this weekend's field trip to Siam Siding.
It is time for the next show meeting. It will be on Saturday, November 9, 2013 @ 1:00pm. The meeting will be held at the shop, at the community center where the monthly meetings are held. If you are interested in what is going on as far as show prep please stop by, visitors are welcome.
ACTION NEEDED! THE U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants to list the Sage-Grouse as threatened over a large area of California and Nevada, which would require new restrictions on public access in that huge area.
I've personally collected quartz crystals southeast of Bishop as well as other wonderful minerals in Goldfield and Tonopah, Nevada. These and many more collecting areas are within the area identified on their map.
Please contact me if you have information about collecting areas within the area mapped so that I and the American Lands Access Association can include it in our comments.
SEND LETTERS! The ALAA works with the Blue Ribbon Coalition on this and other matters affecting access to public lands for recreation. They have provided very good information, below, regarding this matter and what you can do.
The ALAA website is listed here: http://www.amlands.org/index2.html
Please write your comments in letters! If you live anywhere near the locations of the meetings, PLEASE ATTEND!
We seldom ever get access back after we've lost it. Please, please, please take action!
Kim Campbell Erb,
CALIFORNIA-NEVADA - FWS Wants to List the Bi-State Sage-Grouse as Threatened
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
On Friday, October 25, 2013, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a notice in the Federal Register about their proposal to list certain California and Nevada populations of greater sage grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. FWS is also proposing to designate 1.8 million acres as critical habitat to help protect this subgroup of grouse.
This proposal will most certainly impact OHV-related management decisions made by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Carson City Bureau of Land Management District. BRC continues to believe that both casual use and OHV permitted events will be impacted. The extent of said impacts will rely on our ability to help identify sound OHV management guidelines and programs such as route designation and limited operating periods for events that can be used as mitigations to help protect this subpopulation of grouse.
FR Notice to List the Bi-State Greater Sage Grouse - LINK
The November 6, 2013, public meeting will be held at the Smith Valley Community
BRC is asking riders who frequent the affected areas to review the Federal Register notices and to make OHV management-specific comments by the December 27, 2013, comment period deadline.
There are two ways to comment
In the Search box, enter FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 and FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072, which are the docket numbers for these rulemakings. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on "Comment Now!"
(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2013-0042 and FWS-R8-ES-2013-0072; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
Thanks for your review of this all too important matter.
OCTOBER FIELD TRIP
UPDATE – We will be staying at Valley Wells Recreationarea whichis 5.3 miles north of show grounds. Costis $5.00 a vehicle. I will be there friday night and will try to get ample spaces for all if they will let me. So if you plan on going please let me know. If you want to come friday, it would be a big help in securing enough spaces.My plan is take the first gate to the left as you go in secure a number of spaces at the far corner, if possible.There are restrooms and showers and other amenities at the location.If you want a warm bed there are numerous hotels/motels in Ridgecrest,located 25 miles west of Trona.
On All Field Trips You Drive Your Own CAR to Collecting Site Field Trip
1. Saturday morning (9-11:30am) - Mud $10.00 per car
Note: Bring old clothes you don’t mind parting with.
2. Saturday afternoon (2:30-5pm) - Blow Hole $10.00 per car
Need: Something to carry crystals in; pick axe or other tools to dig.
3. Sunday (9am-1:30pm) - Pink Halite $15.00 per car
From Victorville, San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego Areas take Interstate 15 north through San Bernardino and over Cajon Pass to the turn north on State Highway 395. Continue north on highway 395 through Adelanto, Kramer Corners, and on to Red Mountain. About 1 mile past Red Mountain turn north (right) at the sign
to Trona. Follow this road until it ends at the Trona-Ridgecrest Road where you turn east (right again) and follow this road to Trona.
21 Dealers - 50 exhibits - Geode cutting and sales - Demonstration - Games - Gem dig - Free Parking Snacks & drinks - Grand Prize Drawing- Hourly door prizes
Sponsored by the Searles
Lake Gem & Mineral Society
October 12-13, 2013
Saturday 7:30AM to 5PM
Sunday 7:30AM to 4PM
SLG&MS Lapidary and Show
Building - 13337 Main St.
(corner of Main & Trona Rd.)
For more information go to Gem-O-Rama,
We're going to have a GRAND silent auction in addition to elections and pie night
Our workshop crew has been cleaning, and organizing our storage. We have an
abundance of beautiful rough rock, slabs and even some equipment that will be
auctioned off at the November meeting so be sure to join in the fun, eat some pie
and place your bids!
Remember to bring a pie with you too!
the Omya White Knob Quarry Field trip is coming up this Saturday, September 7, 2013. For more details, please click the link above. Remember to let Steve Duncan know if you are coming so that they can make sure that enough hard hats are available.