Monday, June 24, 2013

Do You Have A Little Meteor Hunter? You are going to LOVE this!

Just in time for the Holiday Gifting Season comes a fabulous kid's book called  "How the Meteorite got to the Museum" by Jessie Hartland.

"This science-as-entertainment book chronicles how a meteorite ended up in the American Museum of Natural History, detailing the steps that brought it from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited in the hallowed halls of the AMNH. Hartland describes the space rock's path by showing how it connected to people-e.g., fans at a football game noticed it, the police attributed its crash to vandals, firefighters cooled it off, etc."
Author: Jessie Hartland is an illustrator, cartoonist, artist, packaging and window display designer with an illustrious worldwide clientele. Among her many acclaimed non-fiction picture books are How the Meteorite Got to the Museum's predecessors How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum and How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.

...look for it at the beginning of October (around the 8th)!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 Tucson EZ-Guide - Download Yours TODAY!

View free online "FlipBook" versions of Xpo Press's guides to the 2013 Tucson gem shows

• Click here to view the 2013 Tucson EZ-Guide, then click the Tucson EZ-Guide cover image or the text that reads "Click here for online Flipbook" to open it.

• Click here to view the 11" X 17" Tucson Show Map "pull-out" that is inserted between pp. 36-37 in the Tucson EZ-Guide.

• Click here to view the 16-page Tucson Shuttle Route Guide, sponsored by

There is still time to receive a copy of the printed version of the 2013 Tucson EZ-Guide in your mailbox if you want your copybefore the show. Click here to subscribe. Cost is $9.99, and your copy will be mailed first-class to you immediately after you subscribe.

Printed copies of the 2013 Tucson EZ-Guide and the Tucson Shuttle Route Guide will be available FREE, Jan. 29 - Feb. 17, on racks at the entrances to all of the shows in Tucson*, at the Tucson International Airport, on the shuttle buses and hubs, and in select local businesses, hotels and restaurants.  

* AGTA is the only show in Tucson where the Tucson EZ-Guide is not available, but it is available at AGTA's preferred hotels.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CA: BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Ridgecrest


CALIFORNIA - BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Ridgecrest

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held April 20-21, 2012, in Ridgecrest, CA. The council will participate in a field tour of nearby BLM-managed public lands on Friday, April 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Carriage Inn, 901 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA.

Agenda topics for the Saturday meeting will include updates by council members, the BLM California Desert District manager, five field office managers, and council subgroups.  Friday tour information and final agenda topics will be posted on the BLM California state website, info/rac/ dac.html.  

All DAC meetings are open to the public. The public will be invited to comment at the beginning of the meeting Saturday morning, during the presentations, at the discretion of the DAC chair and at the end of the meeting.  While the meeting is tentatively scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., it could wrap up earlier should the council conclude its presentations and discussions.

Written comments may be filed in advance of the meeting and should be addressed to the Desert Advisory Council, c/o Bureau of Land Management, External Affairs, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Written comments also are accepted at the time of the meeting and, if copies are provided to the recorder, will be incorporated into the minutes.

For more information regarding the DAC meeting, contact David Briery, BLM California Desert District External Affairs at (951) 697-5220 or dbriery@blm. gov.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Thanks in advance for your support,

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition

Source: LA Rocks post and email notification

Monday, March 26, 2012

CFMS - Half a Million Nickels Drive!

Hi everybody! My husband, Ray and I are chairpeople for the CFMS Endowment fund.

If you don't know what that is...well, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies is a part of the American Federation, which is a collection of 7 Regional Federations in America! The CFMS covers California, Nevada, and Hawaii! The other seven Federations cover the rest of America. Each Federation is a collection of local clubs from the area that they cover.

So, if you belong to a club or society in your area, you are probably a part of one of the Federations! If not, you should be!

Our job as the CFMS Endowment Fund chair people, is to collect donations for the Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is the life blood of the CFMS, the money goes into a fund that earns interest, and the CFMS lives on the interest earned.

Now, I am sure that you all know what interest rates are these days, so you know that unless our endowment fund is pretty big, we don't have much to live on!!

Ray and I are trying to come up with some fun fund raisers for the year, something that will get all the clubs and societies involved!

This year we have come up with the Half a Million Nickels Drive!  We are going to raise half a million nickels (hence the name) for the Endowment Fund!

That's where you all come in! If you belong to a CFMS affiliate, then you should have already known about the drive, if not, then you do now!
We need each of you to go to your club/society members and let them know of the drive!

There are going to be some really cool prizes for the winning club too! The prizes are currently being collected, and will be announced at the CFMS Show in Riverside in July. The club that collects the most nickels, PER MEMBER, will win!

We are also looking for donations of rock items to sell at the shows. We are running very low on supplies!

I have noticed a whole bunch of estate sales lately, and would like to appeal to all of you that go to these sales, or hold these sales!

If you could find it in your hearts to donate anything that you have left over, or Whatever, it would be greatly appreciated!

Ray and I don't have a lot of free weekends these days, but Ray is retired and can go just about anywhere during the week to collect donations.

I am only asking that you keep us in mind! We have had some really nice donations in the past from private collections, and it really helps us to have SOMETHING to sell during the shows!

I am also collecting show/club pins for an Endowment Fund project, so if you have any old pins from shows or clubs/societies, that you don't want or need, or have found at one of these sales, please consider donating to the CFMS Endowment Fund!

OK, I am done...thanks for reading all the way through, and thanks for your donations*, past and future!!!

CJ and Ray Quitoriano

* if you or your club would prefer to send in a direct donation the form is at:

Friday, February 10, 2012

ALAA ALERT - Clear Creek

The Clear Creek district of central California has long been a popular rockhound destination for a variety of beautiful and rare minerals, including some found nowhere else on earth, such as our California State Gem, benitoite.  Also found there:  jadeite boulders, green garnets, amethyst, cinnabar, neptunite, natrolite, swirling green plasma agate, and more.  It was also once a major source of asbestos, which was mined there for many years, and that's where problems have arisen.  Although the mines have been shut down, asbestos rock and fibers remain and can be kicked up by vehicles traveling the roads in this remote area.  As a result, the entire area was shut down to vehicular travel and various studies have been conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Some believe, however, that any danger to a casual collector traveling in the area for just a day or two of rockhounding is minimal, and there's a move to have the area reopened--not just for rockhounds, but for hunters, off-road enthusiasts, and others.  Shirley Leeson is an officer of the American Lands Access Association (ALAA), a lobbying branch of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, and OGMS has a society affiliation with ALAA.  Shirley has issued the following alert.....

CORVA has a meeting on February 22nd with the new State Director of the BLM, along with his Associate State Director and Deputy State Director. There are a lot of issues, but I think we can get some traction on Clear Creek, and defend the right of rockhounders to access Clear Creek.

We've started a petition that we will present to them showing them all the people who want Clear Creek reopened.

Please send this to everyone on your email lists  - we need thousands of signature to make a difference.

Send this link out far and wide:

If you’re concerned about Clear Creek, and you and your club and your friends want to help, we have time sensitive  information below….please help.  YOU can make a difference.  Do it now.
Shirley Leeson, ALAA
Rockhound Activist

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (part of Columbia U.)
is having its annual Open House 
on Oct. 1st, from 10 AM to 4 PM
at their campus on Route 9W in Palisades, NY.

Talks on the bill are:

11:30 AM - "The World's Mega Quakes"

12:45 PM - "A Role for Siesmology in Nuclear Arms Control

1:45 PM - Climate Change and Extreme Weather

3 PM - A discussion of careers for students w/science degrees.

For more info:

or call 845-365-8998

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September Shaver Lake Field Trip Unlikely...

If you are one of the "happy band of collectors" that added the Shaver Lake Field Trip to your schedule...bad news...most likely canceled.

Diligent, generous and die-hard Rock Hound Kris Rowe is still trying to negotiate this trip and one planned for October.  So keep an eye on his Ning Community - Rock Hound Field Trip Fanatics and he will keep us up-to-date on the talks.
This is Kris's Release on the topic:

September 1, 2011

From:    Kris Rowe, President 2011
              Fresno Gem & Mineral Society, Fresno, CA
              Website -

Re:       SCE Restricting Public Access to Shaver Lake, Fall/Winter 2011

For over a quarter century, the amethyst deposits of Shaver Lake in eastern Fresno County, California were accessible resources for the mineral enthusiasts (aka "rockhounds") of Central California and beyond. Then, at the end of the 1990's, the lake level was "regularized" and the deposits of lovely lavender quartz were rendered inaccessible to mineral collection.

During the partial draining of Shaver Lake during late 2010 for repairs and improvements to the dam, a safe and successful rockhounding field trip was conducted to Amethyst Cove, Shaver Lake. Organized and sponsored by the Fresno Gem & Mineral Society (FGMS), the trip was attended by more than 40 mineral enthusiasts. Though muddy conditions made prospecting difficult, a safe & pleasurable trip was successfully conducted.

This August, an FGMS Field Trip to Amethyst Cove at Shaver Lake was announced, scheduled for September 17th, 2011.

Unfortunately, any Shaver Lake mineral collecting during this years draw down is seriously in doubt. The manager for the Shaver Lake Forestry area has informed us that the entire lake bed will be closed to mineral enthusiasts during draw down, for the stated purpose of assessing/"protecting" archeologically & environmentally sensitive sites.

We were contacted this morning by Micheal Esposito from the Shaver Lake Forrestry Resources office, and spoke with the Area Forest Resources Manager, Richard Bagley. We discussed the heretofore unpublicized closure of the lake bed, which he stated would apply to public access in general and rockhounding activities in particular during the draw down period. Though circumspect in his wording, it was clear that the main concern of local managers and So Cal Edison was to minimize liability & safety threats, which are certainly legitimate concerns.

Mr. Bagley emphasized his support of our recreation activities and his ongoing efforts to keep the lake shore and surrounding Edison administered lands open for rock & mineral collectors.  He explained that the access denial order had come from the Southern California Edison Big Creek Hydro (aka Northern Hydro) archeological & environmental studies staff, partially in conjunction with agreements with local indigenous tribes, and promised to forward copies of the applicable orders and agreements.

FGMS regularly offers its members, members of CFMS associated Societies and land owners/managers the assurance of experienced, organized and well equipped field trip leadership, in addition to field trip liability insurance through the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Our field trips occur at public sites, and when permitted, private lands. We welcome inquiries from individuals who are interested in allowing organized hobby mineral prospecting and collection upon their properties, through the auspices of FGMS.

The Fresno Gem & Mineral Society is hopeful that controlled, Society sponsored access to the historical mineral collection areas at Shaver Lake in general, and Amethyst Cove in particular, may be achieved during the current draw down.  As earlier noted, Amethyst Cove, and indeed, numerous mineral deposits in the area have been accessed by collectors for many decades. It is our hope to conduct safe, controlled and successful field trips to these areas this year. When the waters again rise, the amethyst pockets of Shaver Lake will again become inaccessible, perhaps for the remainder of our lifetimes.
Helpful links & email addresses:

The Fresno Gem & Mineral Society -
Kris Rowe, FGMS Publicity -
Richard Bagley (Manager, Forest Resources) -
SCE Media Desk -

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies -
American Lands Access Association -

The Fresno Gem & Mineral Society welcomes inquiries about our ongoing activities in promotion of the study and practice of mineralogy, geology and the associated arts & sciences. We welcome interested individuals to visit our website at for more information on our ongoing activities and offerings. We also welcome attendees of the Big Fresno Fair to visit our annual Rock & Gem exhibit, located in the first building south of the Grandstands.