Friday, March 25, 2011

Rockhound State Park to CLOSE TO ROCKHOUNDING!!!

This note comes from a Yahoo Rock Collecting Group:

Folks, a management plan is in the works in NM to close Rockhound State Park to rockhounding. Please read the following and respond appropriately.

The proposed plan may be read at the following web site:
http://www.emnrd. state.nm. us/PRD/documents /RockhoundPMPPub licReviewDraftMa rch2011.pdf

But, to save you time, the following is the important part from the proposal about rockhounding:

Rockhound State Park was originally established as a destination for rock collectors. At the time, in 1966, rock collecting was a popular pastime. Visitors were encouraged to visit the Park in order to collect rocks, and were allowed to take home up to 15 pounds of rocks.

Today the Division promotes a respect for the natural environment through interpretive and educational programs. Not only does rock collecting in a public park contradict the principle of natural resource protection.

There is only one state park in the United States that permits rock collecting: Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, which has a 38-acre plowed field set aside for collecting. Nearly all municipal, state, and national parks prohibit the removal of natural artifacts from parks. The practice of rock collecting at the Park would need to comply with NMSA 1978, Section 16-2-32: 

"A person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and shall be sentenced in accordance with the provisions of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978: 

A. cut, break, injure, destroy, take or remove a tree, shrub, timber, plant or natural object in any state park and recreation area, except in areas designated by the secretary and permitted by regulations adopted by the secretary, such regulations shall only permit the removal of a tree, shrub, timber, plant or natural object for scientific study or for non-commercial use by an individual as a souvenir, the quantity of material authorized for removal from any area shall be strictly regulated by park personnel in order to minimize resource damage."

If the Division were to continue to allow the public to collect rocks at the Park, the EMNRD Cabinet Secretary would designate a specific area and adopt rules pertaining to the collecting of rocks on Park property (such as the amount and location).

The once popular hobby of rock collecting has declined significantly since the 1960s. There are local businesses that cater to rock collectors and can guide or direct them to similar opportunities outside of the Park. Safety is also a concern with the public collecting rocks in the Park, as there are steep and unstable slopes that are becoming more hazardous as the collecting alters the stability of the hillside. There is also a concern that some visitors may go beyond the Park boundaries in their quest for rocks.

Park staff has already begun the transition away from rock collecting and will need to educate the public about the need to respect the natural resources. One crucial step is to modify all Park information (signage, brochures, website), so that this activity is no longer encouraged. All materials need to state that it is a prohibited activity. The namesake theme can continue through educational programs and interpretive information about the rocks that occur in the Park and the geology of the region.
Revise written materials by removing all mention of rock collecting and add a reference to the state statute which prohibits rock collecting on Park property.

Written and oral comments on the plan will be accepted. Comment letters can be dropped off at the park; mailed to P.O. Box 1147, Santa Fe, NM 87505; e-mailed to nmparks@state. or faxed to (505) 476-3361.

PLEASE, everyone reading this message, email, snail mail or fax a written comment in opposition to the proposed plan to discontinue rockhounding in Rockhound State Park. You have until April 18, 2011 to make comment, so please get on it today. Let's show the NMSPD personnel that rockhounding has not declined since the 1960s and the park should remain true to its namesake. Also, all you club members out there, please let everyone in your club know about this by mass email so we can get all rockhounds throughout this country engaged in the battle to save yet another of our fleeting freedoms. This may be in far away New Mexico now, but in your backyard tomorrow. 


Below is a link to a drafted response from Mike Streeter, NC Geologist and Rockhound. Feel free to use this draft as a response letter, Following will be a list of contact information to send responses to.

http://mcrocks. com/images- 5/RockhoundState ParkPlanOppositi on.pdf

Contact Information:

The Rockhound State Park Manager:
robertv.apodaca@ state.nm. us
and the Regioanl PArk Manager:
rolf.hechler@ state.nm. us

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez:
http://www.governor .state.nm. us/Contact_ the_Governor. aspx

US Congressman Steve Pearce:
https://pearce. contact-me/ email-me

Deming Mayor: Andres Z. Silva
Phone: 575-546-8848
Email: asilva@cityofdeming .org

Deming City Council Member David Sanchez
Phone: 575-546-3155
Email: dsanchez505@

Deming City Council Member Linda Enis
Phone: 575-546-0333
Email: relex3@gmail. com

Deming City Council Member Joe Milo
Phone: 575-546-7385
Email: deming@cityofdeming .org

Deming City Council Member Bill Shattuck
Phone: 575-544-0455
Email: billshattuck@ 1stvalley. com

Luna County Commissioner Javier Diaz 
Phone: 575-936-6446
Email: rjavier_diaz@ lunacountynm. us

Luna County Commissioner Joe "Oleo" Milo
Phone: 575-546-0494
Email: joe_milo@lunacounty

Luna County Commissioner Jay Spivey
Phone: 575-546-0494
Email: jay_spivey@lunacoun

You have to go to the web site addresses to contact the Governor and US Congressman, but to make it easy for you to email all Deming City Government officials and Luna County Commissioners in one fell swoop, all you need to do is cut and paste the following list of email addresses into the address line of your message:
asilva@cityofdeming .org; dsanchez505@;relex3@gmail. com; deming@cityofdeming .org; billshattuck@ 1stvalley. com; rjavier_diaz@ lunacountynm. us;joe_milo@lunacounty; jay_spivey@lunacoun

Friday, March 18, 2011

Local Gem & Mineral Shows!

Corundum from Fieldtrip to
Cascade Canyon in California

All Shows are open to the PUBLIC - most are associated with a local Gem and Mineral Club - meet new friends - go on trips "Field Collecting" with experienced people - monthly meetings with guest speakers!
17-20—SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale; OrangeBelt Mineralogical Society; Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters, 6707 Little League Dr.; Thu. 12-5, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-3; free admission; rocks, minerals, jewelry, gems, tools, rock auction; contact Ann Mansfield, (909) 297-6652;; Web site:
18-20—ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO: 42nd annual show, Treasures of the Earth”; Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club; Creative Arts Center Bldg., State Fair Grounds, EXPO NM (San Pedro entrance); Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10–6, Sun. 10–5; adults $1 Fri., $3 Sat. and Sun., kids 12 and under free; more than 40 dealers, displays, door prizes, silent auctions, mineral and gem identification, juniors’ booth, live wolf, geode cracking, faceting demonstration, gold panning and more; contact Paul Hlava, (505) 255-5478; e-mail:
18-20—HICKORY, NORTH CAROLINA: 41st show, “Unifour Gem, Mineral, Bead, Fossil and Jewelry Show”; Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Hickory Metro Convention Center, I-40 Exit 125; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $4, children and school groups free; contact Baxter Leonard, 2510 Rolling Ridge Dr., Hickory, NC 28602, (828) 320-4028; e-mail:
18-20—JACKSON, MICHIGAN: 49th annual show; Michigan Gem & Mineral Society; Jackson County Fairgrounds, 200 W. Ganeson St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; jewelry, minerals, fossils, dealers, demonstrations, silent auctions, geode cracking; contact John LaMont, (765) 647-4894, or Dan Hovater, (517) 518-1045
18-20—SPANISH FORK, UTAH: 52nd show, “Spring Parade of Gems”; Timpanogos Gem & Mineral Society; Spanish Fork Fair Grounds, 475 S. Main St.; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; displays, dealers, jewelry, fossils, equipment, Mr. Bones, door prizes, touch table, rock sales, kids’ grab bags, Wheel of Fortune, instructions on polishing rocks, metal detectors, lapidary equipment, demonstrations, faceting, knapping, wire wrapping, beading, fluorescent mineral display, silent auction; contact Keith Fackrell, 2295 East 700 South, Springville, UT 84663, (801) 489-7525; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA: 10th annual show, “Rendezvous”; Lewis M. Helfrich; Kern County Shriners, 1142 S. P St.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; free admission; free drawings, demonstrations, sphere making, cabochon making, silversmithing, wire wrapping, grab bags, Wheel of Fortune, raffle, silent auction, General Store, dealers, rocks, fossils, gems, jewelry, rough rock, diachronic glass, lapidary equipment, beads and beading supplies; contact Lewis M. Helfrich, (661) 323-2663 or (661) 378-4450; e-mail:
19-20—CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA: Annual show, “Treasures form Iowa’s Ice Age”; Cedar Valley Rock & Mineral Society; Hawkeye Downs, 4400 6th St. SW; Sat. 8:30-6, Sun. 9:30-5; adults $2, students $1, children under 12 free; displays, Stegadon, Ground Sloth, Saber-tooth Cat, Wooly Rhino, agates, programs on Ice-Age animals, Lake Superior agates, demonstrations, tumbling, faceting, glass bead making, cabbing, beading, wire wrapping, flint knapping; contact Thomas Whitlatch, 1147 Staub Ct. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, (319) 551-3870; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale; Palomar Gem & Mineral Club; Orfila Vineyards, 13455 San Pasqual Rd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; free admission; dealers, gems, jewelry, minerals, demonstrations; contact Michael Nelson, 1341 Rincon Villa Dr., Escondido, CA 92027, (760) 580-5902; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND: 47th annual show; Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County; Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, children under 12 free; 45 exhibits, demonstrations, free cabochon-polishing workshop, door prizes, raffles, fossils, kids’ Touch Table with specimens, fluorescent display tent, kids’ mini-mine, more than 20 dealers; contact George Durland, 8600 Bunnell Dr., Potomac, MD 20854; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—LIVE OAK (SAN ANTONIO), TEXAS: 50th annual show, “Fiesta of Gems”; San Antonio Gem & Mineral Society; Live Oak Civic Center, 8108 Pat Booker Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $5, seniors $3, students $2, children 50 cents; 25 dealers; minerals, fossils, jewelry, gemstones, crystals, club exhibits, silent auction, games, hourly door prizes, silent auction; contact Robert Bowie, 1324 Kings Point Dr., Canyon Lake, TX 78133; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: 57th annual show; North Seattle Lapidary & Mineral Club; Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; junior activities, demonstrations, club member displays, grab bags, Rockosaurus rides, Rockhound Dinner, dealers, door prizes; contact Susan Gardner, 15428 62nd Ave. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, (425) 483-2295; e-mail:; Web site:
19-20—VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA: Show, “Spring Bling”; Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society; Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Dr., County Bldg.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children under 14 free with adult; gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, beads, findings, hourly door prizes, silent auction, “wheel of fortune”, grab bags; contact Dan Wolke, P.O. Box 706, Vallejo, CA 94590, (707) 644-9764; e-mail:; Web Site:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Is There A Gem Show In Your Neck Of The Woods?

4-13—IMPERIAL, CALIFORNIA: Annual show, “California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta”; Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society;, IV Expo, 200 E. 2nd; Fri. 12-10, Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-10, Mon. 4-10, Tue. 4-10, Wed. 4-10, Thu. 4-10, Fri. 4-10, Sat. 12-10, Sun. 12-10; contact John Pyle Jr., P.O. Box 1721, El Centro, CA 92244, (760) 562-3453; e-mail:; Web site:

11-13—COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA: Show, “Verde Valley Gem Mineral & Jewelry Show”; Mingus Gem & Mineral Club; Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 E. Cherry St.; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; adults $2, children 13 and under free with paying adult; more than 30 vendors, door prize raffles, educational displays, extensive children’s area; contact Sarah Knowles, P.O. Box 1284, Cottonwood, AZ 86326; e-mail:
11-13—HILLSBORO, OREGON: 53rd annual show; Tualatin Valley Gem Club; Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 NE 34th Ave., on Cornell Road, across from Hillsboro Airport; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; contact Roy Woo, P.O. Box 641, Forest Grove, OR 97116; e-mail:
11-13—KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI: 50th annual show, “Greater Kansas City Gem & Mineral Show”; Association of Earth Science Clubs of Greater Kansas City; MCC-BTC Exhibition Hall, 1775 Universal Ave. (I-435, Front Street Exit); Fri. 9-8, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; adults $6, 5-12 years $2; or Bruce Stinemetz, (816) 795-1641; e-mail:; Web site:
11-13—LOGAN, UTAH: Show and sale; Cache Geological & Archeological Society; Riverwoods Conference Center, 600 S. Main; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; door prizes, club displays, demonstrations, dealers, handcrafted jewelry, silent auction, fossils, crystals, mineral specimens, rough rocks, slabs, grab bags, kids’ activities, faceting rough, artifacts; contact Gary Warren, (435) 720-1775; e-mail:
11-13—VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA: 35th annual tailgate; Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Stoddard Wells Rd., 12 miles east of I-15; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; rough materials, gems, jewelry, findings, equipment, Sat. field trip, silent auctions; contact VVGMC, (760) 243-2330, or Brett Ward, (760) 954-4323; Web site:
11-14—DEMING, NEW MEXICO: 46th annual show, “Rockhound Roundup Gem & Mineral Show”; Deming Gem & Mineral Society; SWNM State Fairgrounds, Raymond Reed Blvd.; free admission; more than 100 dealers, display cases, geode cutting, gold panning, spinning wheel, silent and live auctions, door prizes, raffle, guided field trips; contact Terry Dellinger, P.O. Box 1459, Deming, NM 88031, (936) 433-0108; e-mail:; Web site:
12—BARTOW, FLORIDA: Show and sale; Bone Valley Gem, Mineral & Fossil Society; Stuart Center (Polk County Ag Bldg.), 1702 US Hwy. 17S; Sat. 10-5; adults $1; children’s sandbox, demonstrations, raffle, silent auction; contact Jim Reed, 5740 Hebron Ln., Lakeland, FL 33812, (863) 644-6665; e-mail:; Web site:
12—BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA: 2nd show, “Rockin’ at the Swamp”; Baton Rouge Recreation Commission; Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy.; Sat. 9-4; adults $5, children $4; activities, displays, rocks, gemstones, minerals, fossils, vendors, exhibits, rough and polished mineral specimens, fossils, geode-busting station; contact Claire Coco, 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810, (225) 757-8905; e-mail:
12—SKOKIE, ILLINOIS: 62nd annual silent auction; Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society; St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 8013 Laramie Ave., across from the Skokie Public Library at Oakton; Sat. 6-9; free admission, children must be accompanied by an adult; rocks, minerals, crystals, fossils, handmade jewelry, lapidary treasures, books, magazines; contact Jeanine N. Mielecki, (773) 774-2054; e-mail:; Web site:
12-13—FILER, IDAHO: 60th annual show; Magic Valley Gem Club; Twin Falls County Fairgrounds, U.S. Hwy. 30, east side of Filer; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-5; contact Harold Waggoner, (208) 423-9668, or Shirley Metts, (208) 423-4827; e?mail:
12-13—KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON: Annual show; Rock and Arrowhead Club; Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 S. 6th St.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; Petrified Wood; contact Jennifer Zimmerlee, (541) 545-6773; e?mail:; or Marv Stump, (541) 882-8341
12-13—MACOMB, ILLINOIS: 31st annual show; Geodeland Earth Science Clubs; Western Illinois University Union Ballroom, Murray St.; Sat., 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; dealers, minerals, fossils, jewelry, equipment, displays, fluorescent minerals, geodes, meteorites, fossils, minerals, artifacts, demonstrators, shell engraving, fossil preparation, mineral identification, egg and rock painting, wire-wrapping, sphere-making, scrimshaw, geode cracking, flint knapping, glass bead making, lampwork, gemstone faceting, kids’ activities; contact Regina Kapta (217) 433-9585; e-mail:; or Jim Travis; e-mail:
12-13—SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA: Show, “Tournament of Gems, Rocks to Art”; Pasadena Lapidary Society; San Marino Masonic Center, 3130 Huntington Dr.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; demonstrations, display cases, dealers; contact Marcia Goetz, 755 W. Dike St., Glendora, CA 91740, (626) 260-7239; e-mail:
12-13—SPRECKELS, CALIFORNIA: Show, “Parade of Gems”; Salinas Valley Rock & Gem Club; Spreckels Veteran’s Hall, 5th St. and Llano St.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; demonstrators, cab making, bead enameling, youth beading and rock painting, fluorescent display, rock bags with prizes, “wheel of fortune”, raffles, free drawings, auction, dealers, jewelry, beads, fossils, craft supplies, minerals, crystals; contact Karen Jones, P.O. Box 668, Soledad, CA 93960, (831) 678-0337; e?mail:
12-13—TURLOCK, CALIFORNIA: 45th annual show; Mother Lode Mineral Society; Turlock Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children 12 and under free with adult; minerals, rocks, beads, jewelry, fossils, dinosaurs, fluorescents, tools, books, educational material, large children’s area, 40 vendors, 80 exhibits, 20 demonstrations, jewelry making, lapidary arts, gold panning, rock sale, fluorescent tent, speakers (Bob Jones, Dr. Gregg Wilkerson), fossil display, life-size T-rex skull; contact Bud & Terry McMillin, (209) 524-3494; e-mail:; Web site: