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Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

Metal Mines of Washington

July 9th, 2013

The DNR has released a copy of their 1990 report on The Metal Mines of Washington.  It covers the contents, names and a links to more information for metal mines in Washington by county.  We now have the report in four files on this website:
Part 1 – Necessary because it has the index.
Part 2_1  – There are actually 3 files in part 2
Part 2_2  – These are all about 10 Megs
Part 2_3  – A lot of Stevens County is in this last file

Also a paper concerning the Geology of Stevens County is now on our site: Continental Margin_NAGTFT_2012_final.docx

And there is also a new paper on the rock types of Northeast Washington: Rock Types of Northeastern Washington.pdf

USFS Proposed Plan

October 13th, 2011

We have been discussing changes to the management plan of the Colville National Forest. Here is a link to the management plan now under consideration: Management Plan.  It is 79 pages long.  There is mention of geological resources on page 46.   Some talk of wilderness on page 52 and the main thrust of the wilderness actions on page 72.

Jim Creek Mine Field trip 8/27/11

August 24th, 2011

The Panorama Gem and Mineral Club is joining the Spokane Rock Rollers Club on a field trip to the Jim Creek Mine outside of Ione.  The Panorama Gem and Mineral Club will gather at the Colville Safeway parking lot at 9AM in the Morning.  We can carpool from there and rendezvous with the Rock Rollers at the train station in Ione at 10AM. The Jim Creek Mine has galena (lead ore) and pyrite.  You can read more about it in two articles, February and September 2008 newsletters online at Bring rock hammers, chisels, bars – a car you are willing to scratch and a lunch.

Thulite Dig Pictures

June 27th, 2011

Here is a link to pictures from the Thulite Dig last Saturday, June 25th. Four club members went in Scott Jackson’s big pickup – along with his dog, Duchess.  We brought back a lot of stuff, including some we didn’t even know existed.  Iolite anyone?  We hope to have some at the next meeting for the Show and Tell program.

Rock Rollers and us at Lande Thulite quarry

Field Trip Update

March 16th, 2011

Steve Fox has been shaping up the field trip schedule for 2011.
There is now a schedule posted on the 2011 Field Trip page.
In the latest development the Rock Rollers Club in Spokane wants to coordinate field trips with the Panorama Gem and Mineral Club.  Two dates in the discussion are a trip to the McGraff Quarry on June 11th and one to a fee dig for Thulite on April 30th ($1/lb for Thulite a beautiful hard pink stone).  Neither has been confirmed.  More about these trips will be available after the Panorama Gem and Mineral Show April 1st and 2nd.

2011 Rock Show

February 16th, 2011

Its almost time for the 11th Annual Panorama Gem and Mineral Show.  The show opens on Friday April 1st (no fooling) at 8:30 AM and goes til 6 PM.  On Saturday April 2nd, it goes from 9 AM till 5 PM.  Link to Poster PDF

You can download and print these posters.  Here is one that can can be cut into handy, pocket-sized pieces.Link to Poster PDF

Christmas Party the 21st

December 20th, 2010

Hello Rock Club.  Remember this coming meeting is a potluck dinner at our new Arden Community Center Building.  Setup starts at 5PM with Dinner at 6PM.

There will be a gift exchange with gifts marked for male, female, kids or “anyone”.  Gifts not more than $10.  It is a “white elephant” exchange so be prepared for some swapping.

People often bring poems, sing songs or tell stories.  So if you have something entertaining to bring, bring it.  Hope to see you there.

Be prepared for a total lunar eclipse that same night.  The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth’s shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the “bite” to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.