Panorama Gem

Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington

MARCUS CIDERFEST

October 8th, 2021

IT WAS A WONDERFUL FUN DAY VISITING WITH PEOPLE THAT PASSED BY THE BOOTH.

ALL FUNDS RECEIVED FROM THIS EVENT GO TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUND

GREAT TIME AND LOTS OF FUND AT THE CLUBS BOOTH WITH ALL THE HELP FROM MEMBERS.

We had a Raffle to giveaway “one trailer (similar to the one in the photo) load of Firewood to the WINNER” for $1.00

Gene Fisher one of our members Donated from trees on his property.

We had various pieces of rock items for sale that had been donated to the club from members collections.

We had lots of help from members coming during the day and volunteering to give everyone a break, but also to pickup on some special rocks deals that caught their eye.

Our Wheel of Rock was a big hit with not only the kids for $0.25 a spin, but also the adult kids.

Every Spin was guaranteed to be a winner!

It was such a big hit that we ended up running out of polished rocks before the day was over!

Panorama Gem & Mineral Club

October 7th, 2021

Rockhounding in the Northeast Washington

Field Trip to Jim Creek


Site #1

We hiked up to Site #1 to see if we could find any Galena in White Marble Rocks with Jim Peters


Sheila Stratton at the bottom of Site #1 looking for the best spot to find Galena in the white crystalline marble.


Trail to Site #2 for Galena Samples was very difficult to reach from all debris blocking the path


Coming Events

June 25th, 2017

Our next Rock Show is coming up in 2020 on March 7th and 8th.  More events to be posted when they are scheduled.

This is a list of club equipment that is at Gene Fisher’s shop and might be for sale at the August 2019 BBQ picnic.

  1. Combination: Lortone 6″ trim saw with two grinding wheels and polishing pad.
  2. Large(heavy) grinding/polishing unit with four, 8″ diamond wheels: 80 grit, 180, 360, and 600.
  3. 10″ Raytech saw in fair shape.
  4. 18″ Loritone saw with good blade but needs a new motor or wiring. The present motor is 1/2 HP.
  5. New-in-box Lortone Elite water pump that spits water up on the grinding wheels.
  6. Rock Rascal for melting wax for dopping.
  7. Set of Dop Sticks.
  8. Box of Templates for designing cabochons.
  9. First Aid Kit.

New Field Trips

June 7th, 2015

June 8th
Kinross Gold Milling Facility
363 Fish Hatchery Road, Republic WA
Tour starts at 9:30 AM
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot in time to START by 7:45 AM

July 11
White Stone Calcium plant
At big smokestack south of Chewelah
Start 9:00 AM
Wear hard shoes, bring hard hat if you have one. If you have extra hard hats, please bring them for others.
Meet are the plant

July 24
Kinross Buckhorn Mine Tour
Mine entrance east of Curlew
(I will get directions at the June 8th tour)
Tour starts at 9:30 AM at mine administration building
Meet at Kettle Falls Harvest Foods parking lot to leave by 7:00 AM

Any questions, give me, Bob Bristow, a call on 945-4375.

Spreading Across

November 18th, 2014

Bill Swartz leading a field trip.

Bill Swartz leading a field trip.

As noted in the November Newsletter, local geologist, Bill Swartz, has hosted his last geology tour.  Luckily, you can still take this tour yourself by downloading the road log for Spreading Across , the 2014 tour from Colville to Republic.  We will miss Bill and his tours.  You can read about the geology of Northeast Washington in the introductions to Geologic Atlases of Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties.