Regular Meeting February 14, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 1828 hrs by Ed Hudskinson, and the the Sergeant-at -Arms. Thanks to Bill Wilson, were treated to a discussion on the Moss Mine, which lies southwest of Oatman, alongside Silver Creek Road. The presentation was given by the mine's geologist, Sarah Clark. After providing a brief history of the mine, Ms. Clark explained that the current owner, Northern Vertex, after a litigious history with the former owner, Patriot Gold, has completed Phase 1 of their planned program and were starting to move forward with this phase 2. The Moss Mine is a classic epithermal quartz/calcite vein carrying low-grade heap leachable gold that is mined by open pit methods. The gold is recovered by first crushing the ore to 3/8" norminal, then loading it onto pads and sprinkiling dilute cyanide onto it. This recovers the golds (82% of it) and about half of the silver that is in the ore. The result is a concentrate that is shipped via Brinks to the company's refinerty in northern Nevada. She brought a suite of ore and vein specimens from the Moss Mine to show us - the most striking of which was a bright white sample of intergrown quartz and calcite. Sara Clark's presentation was much enjoyed, and we are appreciative of her efforts on our behalf. In addition, member George Stome was kind enough to bring in some hourglass selenite (gypsum) cystals from Jet, Oklahoma for the club to examine.
After the break we continued the treasurer's report, and then the membership report because the secretary was absent, so we were unable to approve the minutes of the last meeting.
Aleta Huskinson gave the membership report: we have 45 paid members, and she arranged for renewals to take place later in the meeting. Membership cards will be mailed in Mrch. There were quite a lot of membership badges to be picked up and many folks took advantage of the opportunity to do so. Birthdays wre announced and applauded, and our three vistors were introduced (Kat Van Campen and Gary McGregor and Jason (Moore?) were with us, having come over from th Explorers club.
Bob Pedersen, the show co-chairman was introduced, and he said that we have 13 firm commitments from dealers to participate in the show (so far), and Mik Schoenfuss showed us examples of the show flyer (both 8 1/2 by 11", and 4" by 5 1/2") and distributed several dozen of the smaller flyers to club members for distribution around town. Next order of business was a discussion by Mik Schoenfuss of the last field trip down Cootonwood Road, to the geode-collecting area. He had examples of quartz-filled geodes to show everyone. There were 10 people on th trip. We also discussed the upcoming trip on March 18th to th Gem Acres glassy rhyolite dome complex, to be led by Ed Huskinson. We will be able to collected perlite, apache tears, chalcedonic quartz, and on the west side of the dome, we should be able to gather the green"marbles" of boro-silicate glass that are sprinkled along the railroad tracks.
Aleta won the gran prize, a tripple geode from the Hauser bed locality off Wylie Wells Road, in Southern California.
Meeting adjournd at 1940 hrs.
Secretary pro tem Ed Huskinson