BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 HELL’S CANYON GEM CLUB Serving the Valley for 62 YEARS P.O. BOX 365 LEWISTON, IDAHO 83501 PURPOSE OF HELLS CANYON GEM CLUB, INC. The purpose of this nonprofit, social club is to promote the rock hound hobby by providing opportunities for the collection, working and displaying of gems and minerals, as well as educational programs in the field of geology. MEETINGS: 2nd Friday of each month Board Meeting 6 pm Regular Meeting 7 pm VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME Dues: Adult [per person] $15.00; Junior [under 18] Free with a responsible adult membership. President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Past President Steve Rand Mel Wilks Marylou Northrup Marilyn Sharp Linn Enger 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 208-791-2325 208-301-3939 208-743-6944 509-758-4218 208-746-4957 1st Year Trustee Richard Peterson 1st Year Trustee Jerry Blemka 2nd Year Trustee Betty Wilks 2nd Year Trustee Torch Yates Federation Director Jeremy Giard Federation Delegate Gail Giard HELLS CANYON WEBSITE: http://www.hellscanyongemclub.com WEBMASTER: Rick Westerholm: [email protected] 208-276-7077 509-758-7384 208-301-3939 208-743-3358 509-758-2581 509-758-2581 =================================================================================================================================== HOW TO FIND OUR MEETING PLACE BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Hello Rockhounds Here we are seeing a little summer weather and hopefully everyone has been out getting a little rock hunting done, I know I am ready. I have to say I will never move again. I have talked to a few people that have been to the show’s and are finding a few treasure’s to share with everyone. So get the treasure’s together and we will see everyone at the meeting on may 9th Steve April 11 board meeting, 6:30pm Mel Wilks opened the board meeting. Board members present were Mel Wilks, Mary Lou Northrup, Marilyn Sharp, Richard Peterson, Jerry Blimka, Jeremy & Gail Giard. Mel announced that Steve Rand will be moving to Spokane. Marilyn reported on the club auction. We gained about $1000 in profit from the auction. Mel still needs to discuss the advertising bill with the Moneysaver as one ad was placed in the paper after the auction was held. It is tax time for our club too. As Steve usually takes care of this Marilyn was going to talk to him about the taxes. A raffle at the door of our show in October was brought up. The general consensus was to go for it but we would bring it up at the general meeting. Jerry Blimka offered to donate one of the prizes. The wire wrapping social with Patty Betz organizing was brought up. It will be held Sunday afternoon April 13 at 2:00pm at the EAA hanger at the Lewiston Airport. Mary Lou has a list of supplies needed for the social. Jerry Northrup reported on a possible field trip at China Hollow in Oregon. Details would need to be worked out. The Idaho Department of Lands has a new contact person in regards to our crystal claim. Nothing changes with the claim we just need to contact Jim Brady from the Coeur d'Alene office if we have any questions, problems, etc.. Steve Rand is still involved with the club. His mother has been ill and just released from the hospital. He has moved to Spokane to help her. Meeting adjourned. =================================================== General Meeting 7:00pm Meeting called to order by Mel Wilks. New members present: Tyler Eikum, Ruth Barnes, Kyle Prettyncan, Christina Suhfraf, & Amy Redden. The club auction made about $1000 profit. Mel thanked everyone who helped, who donated rocks or material, who brought snacks or who just came and had a good time. Having a raffle at the door of October show was discussed. Remember any help in any was is always helpful at the show. We need help to setup, tear down, run committees (admission, kids corner, silent auction, etc.) during the show. Pick out a place to help. It's a fun way to get involved. The wire wrapping social at the EAA hanger at the airport on April 13 at 2:00pm was announced. Any questions ask Mary Lou. A possible field trip to China Hollow near Wasco, Oregon was discussed. Could be held between now and late Oct. Call Northrups 208-743-6944 or email [email protected] if interested. Rick Westerholm passed out by-laws and membership lists for the club. He also announced the Dallas Hall estate sale in Princeton, Idaho on Sunday April 13. Some lapidary equipment is to be sold. Jerry Northrup announced he hoped to organize a field trip to our Crystal claim in June. Contact him for details. BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 Mel said he was working on a field trip to go to McCann's and find Fire Opal. Show & Tell: Torch Yates showed us some concretion pieces that came from the edge of DeAtleys pit. Jerry Northrup showed a piece of lava rock he got at the Spokane Rock Show. Jerry Blimka brought a rock with small crystals on top. Bruce called it hyalite opal. Tyler Eikum showed a quartz sphere he had made. Door prizes were given out. We had lots of slabs from Bruce Borgelt and another beautiful necklace from Jerry Blimka that were won. Meeting adjourned. (submitted by Marylou Northrup). WSMC FIELDTRIPS 2014 ( Will be updated—see mineralcouncil.org ) The Washington State Mineral Council plans guided fieldtrips to collecting sites. Open to member clubs, and the general public. Most trips are free. Included will be Pow Wow trips (must join to go on trips). Host clubs and contact persons will be set up as I gather info. For now, go to mineralcouncil.org for updates, or contact Ed Lehman @ [email protected] , or home (425) 334- 6282 cel (425) 760-2786. Date Host Site Meeting place and time Material Tools Saddle Mt 9:00 @ Matawa Leprechaun Market Petrified wood Dig, Lt hard rock Thulite -$1 # Star garnet sm sledge hammer 05/17 Elb 06/01 Canceled Tunk Creek, Emerald Creek Spk 9:00 @ store (park) 06/2529 POW Madras, OR 8:00 @Fairgrounds 07/13 Spk Smokey quartz Dig, Lt hard rock 07/19 Msvl Lolo Pass 8:00 @ Lolo Hot Springs Darrington Rock 11:00 Show Travertine Hard rock tools 08/02 Shltn Salmon Creek I-5 Park & ride in Toledo wood, pseudo coprolites Wading 08/16/ NWOS Greenwater 9:00 @ Enumclaw Ranger Station Agate, Jasper Dig, lt hard rock 09/6-7 POW Red Top 8:00 @ camp (W fork M fork jct) Dues, see above Agate, geodes, jade, jasper 09/13 NWOS Little Naches 9:00 @ Enumclaw Ranger Station Thunder-Eggs Dig, lt hard rock 10/04 Msvl D.P. Mine & H.T. 9:00 @ Money Creek Camp Creek Ore, picture Jasper Lt hard rock, light 11/08 MtBkr Blanchard Mt 06/14 9:00 @ Emerald Creek Star Garnet Area, Idaho Tweezers Petrified wood, agate, jasper, T-Eggs 9:00 @ I-5 240 exit gas Station Stilpnomelane & Chert Hard rock tool Kit = Kitsap M & G Soc— T B D Msvl = Marysville R & G Club - Ed Lehman [email protected] (425) 334-6282 or (425) 7602786 MtBkr = Mount Baker R & G Club—Kris Menger @ (360) 927-0994 [email protected] Elb = Ellensburg R Club—Steve Townsend—(509) 933-2236 [email protected] Spk = Spokane Rock Rollers—Mike Shaw—(509) 244-8542 [email protected] NWOS = Northwest Opal Soc—Tony Johnson—(253) 863-9238 This is just a work in process. Participants please respond for corrections and updates. Thanks, Ed Lehman ================================================================= BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 2014 NFMS CALENDAR ITEMS The Multi-Federation Field Trip: Terry, Montana July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 2014 We are having a great response to the Terry Field trip, have been getting lots of questions and signups. Field trip update: Come join us in this international gathering, there will be collectors from most states and from Canada. Plans are coming together from all sides. There are a few points I would like to review again so everyone will be clear on the process. When you call or e-mail telling me you will be coming, I need to know where you are from, club affiliation, how you will be staying, tent camping, RV dry camp, RV park or motel and where and full names of all attending. That is my information list so I may have estimates on numbers attending. IT IS NOT A REGISTRATION for any of the trips, and camping around the City Park is on a first come first served basis. When the park is full then we will fill the county block across the street and when that is full we can utilize two more blocks, a block away to the east. There will be showers and RR at the park plus there will portable toilets at each of the blocks. We are making arrangements for a honey wagon Friday evening (small fee) to empty RV tanks and the Portables. For all those that didn't receive the latest updates, all trips to the river will be by buses. This is because of the high fire season and we do not want to cause a problem on these ranches with cars driving over everything. Fossil trips will be auto caravans. Thursday and Friday evening we will have 2-3 programs each running 20-40 minutes long. After discussion with several others it was decided to add a live auction on Sunday afternoon to help defer some of cost of this trip. There will be a donation jar during the weekend and if you would like to bring something nice for the auction please do. We would love to receive a variety of things from around the country. I thank you in advance. Don't forget to bring items to Buy-Sell-Trade on Sunday. There will also be some fee areas for those who want to hunt dinosaur material besides our trips. These numbers will be posted on our next update. * When you arrive you will be asked to sign a liability waiver, which will be part of your trip signup. We ask that you check in at our information table for instructions and schedules, to meet your camp hosts, trip leaders (10) and a few simple rules for your camping and the trips. We want this to be a special trip for all and a safe one also. * Things to bring on your trip. Sun Screen, good sturdy shoes, long pants, water containers, bug spray, rock picks and a regular screw driver, collecting bags, if you have rubber boots (thigh high) bring them also, hats as this is mid summer and daytime temps could reach 90 + degrees and our nights are cool. There will be a chance in seeing a rattlesnake on the trips. I have seen only 3 in last 20 years, but they are in the area. If you plan on staying at a motel or RV park for this trip and have not already made reservations, Terry is full, you will need to make reservations in Miles City or Glendive both about 30 minute drive to Terry by interstate. Looking forward to meeting everyone For more information contact Doug True, Field trip Chair, (406) 670-0506, or email [email protected] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- These are classified ads which were actually placed in U.K. Newspapers: FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER. – 8 years old, Hateful little bastard. Bites! FREE PUPPIES – 1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbour's dog. FREE PUPPIES. Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd, Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.. FOR SALE – COWS, CALVES: NEVER BRED. Also 1 gay bull for sale. JOINING NUDIST COLONY! – Must sell washer and dryer £100. TEACHER: Why are you late? STUDENT: Class started before I got here. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 NFMS Annual Meeting Hermiston, Oregon August 15-17, 2014 For more information contact Mike Filarski [email protected] or Judi Allison [email protected] FEDERATION REPORT Jeremy Giard, Federation Director; Gail Giard, Federation Delegate April 26, 2014 Med-Year Federation Meeting-Kennewick, WA The 2014 NFMS Show is hosted by the Hatrockhounds and will be held at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S Highway 395, in Hermiston, OR, Friday August 15, through Sunday, August 17, 2014. There will be 18 dealers inside and 3 dealers outside and they are ready to accommodate over 50 display cases with some special displays by Sally Reed of Marcus Whitman Club and Jim Bowen of Hatrockhounds. There will be demonstrators and a venue of worthy speakers. The Hatrockhounds have also reserved space for a field trip to the China Hollow Mine out of Wasco on Monday, August 18, 2014. The club is hoping folks will be able to take part in this field trip to search for and purchase some of the sought after Biggs Jasper. Judi Allison and Mike Filarski are Co-Chairpersons of the Show. Check out the NFMS Northwest Newsletter April edition for more information and the application form for the NFMS Competition Entry Form which has a July 15, 2014 deadline. The Golden Spike Club of Ogden, Utah has submitted a written proposal to host the 2015 NFMS Show. If approved at the August 2014 board meeting, the show will be held April 11, 2015 through April 13, 2015 at the Weaver County Fairgrounds. Field trips and a venue of speakers is already in the works, with more information to follow. The 2016 NFMS/AFMS Federation Show is hosted by the Willamette Agate and Mineral Society and will be held in Albany, Oregon, July 29, 2016 through July 31, 2016. The theme is "Treasurers of the Northwest" and Show Chair is Janice Van Cura. Ronna Watkins, Bulletin Aids, reminded members that she would like to receive a copy of each club's newsletter, which can be emailed to her at [email protected] She also encouraged club editors to pre-register(see the April 2014, Northwest Newsletter for the registration form) and come to the All Editors Annual Breakfast, to be held during the Annual Convention in August in Hermiston, OR. There will be a guest speaker and she hopes to have a helpful and informational meeting. Carol Willey, Directory, had the NFMS club and member directories available. She and Tom Burchard, Circulation, reminded members that change of addresses or member roster lists need to be updated and presented to them. This directory is used for checking club members' credentials and for mailing the Northwest Newsletter. It cost the club $183, so far this year, because of the Address Service Request responses from the Post Office due to incorrect addresses. Also, as a reminder, Carol and Tom stated they need each Club Roster by January or early February of each year to make the necessary member and address changes. John Spunaugle, Endowment Fund, reported the fund now has $209,000. This fund provided to the budget $10,195 of Unrestricted Endowment Fund money to balance the 2014-2015 budget. Funds from the Endowment Fund have also been used to balance the previous budgets in order to keep club dues from raising. John indicated that now is a good time to spend some of the income of the endowment fund for the needs of the Federation. He would like members to think of ways funds could be used. He indicated that the endowment fund is purchasing saws for the Northwest Rockhound Annual Retreat. Another thought is to use the funds to purchase Rock Collections for display at NFMS shows or for sale at silent auctions at NFMS Shows. He would like clubs to bring back ideas when they come to the Hermiston Annual Meeting. Audrey Vogelpohl, Junior Chair, reported if Juniors don't want to always be "crafting", in the Junior Badge Program, there are 20 badges to earn, with several pages of resources for the leaders on each badge. She also stated if clubs are not BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 receiving 3 copies of the "Mini Miners Monthly" published by Diamond Dan for the benefit of Juniors and leaders to contact her at [email protected] The subscription is paid by NFMS. Lamar Tilgner reported that the Northwest Rockhound Retreat is full and has 2 on the waiting lists. The retreat is held at the Hancock Field Station west of Fossil, Oregon. If anyone is still interested, contact him at [email protected] to be put on the waiting list. Warren Rood, NFMS 1st Vice President, is going to chair a committee to look at the best way to distribute the NFMS Newsletter. Currently the newsletter is printed and mailed to all members. Printing and mailing an average of 3611 copies to the membership, costs approximately $18,000. This represents 85% of the income of the NFMS from clubs. He is proposing switching the first choice of distribution of the newsletter from mail to email with a PDF attached. This PDF would be distributed by each local editor that has an email list of club members. The NFMS would continue to print and mail the newsletter to members without a computer. Warren is proposing that with the savings, the NFMS would help clubs improve their NFMS show with money for special lectures, field trips, or displays. The local club would arrange for lectures, field trips, and displays and would submit a record for reimbursement that would be under the newly budgeted amount in the $2,000-$3,000 range. These are things that would benefit all of the members that attend the show and would encourage small clubs to have a show. The committee will be formed with further information available at the August meeting. Evelyn Cataldo, Scholarship Foundation, reported $910 was the total received for 2013 and $250 is the 2014 total received to date. The income from the scholarship foundation is used to finance scholarships. Each year, the fund awards two (2) recipients $2,000 per year for two (2) years. Recipients must be graduate students in the earth sciences and are chosen by the President of that Federation. Shirley Leeson, ALAA would like to create a display case for NFMS Shows that would display slabs of material is no longer available for collecting purposes and use. She is asking members to donate a slab of material, include your name, club name, the name of the material, location, and why it is closed to rock hounds. She advised the Morrisonite mine was put up for auction. The Sierra Club purchased it and the BLM dynamited the site and bulldozed over the area at the Sierra Club's request. It is now gone. Vi Jones, Rockhound of the Year Chair, reminded clubs to nominate an individual or couple to the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. The nomination should be brief (about 100 words), emphasizing your honoree's contributions to your club. Nominees can be emailed to [email protected]ntier.com. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge our members contributions to our club, so let's be thinking about a nominee for our club. TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. __________________________________________ TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?' GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L' TEACHER: No, that's wrong GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it. ____________________________________________ TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water? DONALD: H I J K L M N O. TEACHER: What are you talking about? DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O. __________________________________ TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn't have ten years ago. WINNIE: Me! BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 STANDING COMMITTEES 1. Bulletin Editor— Ed Shoemaker GEM SHOW COMMITTEES 1. Show Chairman--- 2. Membership Chairman---Lon & Marilyn Sharp 2. Show Co-Chairman--- 3. Juniors Chairman---Mike Horne 3. Show Treasurer--- 4. Field Trip Chairman— 4. Dealer Chairman--- 5. Program Chairman --- 5. Advertising Chairman--- 6. Show & Tell Chairman--- 6. Displays Chairman--- 7. Claims Chairman--- 7. Demonstrations Chairman--- 8. Historian Chairman--- 8. Floor Plan Chairman--- 9. Library Chairman--- 9. Silent Auction Chairman--- 10. Sunshine Chairman--- 10. Kids Corner--- 11. ALAA--(American Lands Access Association) 11. Admissions--12. Security--- ========================================================================================================== NFMS MEMBER CLUBS’ SHOW SCHEDULE (Partial list) DATE & TIME May 10th 10am - 6pm May 11th 10am - 4pm May 17 Sat 10–6 May 18 Sun 10–4 June 6th 12pm—5pm June 7th 10am—5pm June 8th 11am—4pm June 7 Sat 9–5 June 8 Sun 10–4 CLUB SHOW Bozeman Gem & Mineral Club Annual Rock Show Bitterroot Gem and Mineral Society Puyallup Valley Club Ravalli County Frgnd First Interstate Center 100 Old Corvallis Rd Hamilton MT Annual show North Idaho Mineral Club Kootenai Cnty Expo and Center, Kathleen & Gov’t Way Coeur d’Alene, ID Aug. 15 Fri 10–6 Aug 16 Sat 10–6 Aug. 17 Sun 10–4 Hatrockhounds Gem and Mineral Society NFMS Annual Meeting Hermiston Conference Center 415 South Highway 395 Hermiston OR Sept. 27 Sat 10–5 Sept. 28 Sun 10–4 Billings Gem and MineralClub Billings Hotel and Conv. Center 1223 Mullowney Lane Billings MT LOCATION Gallatin County Fair Grounds 901 N. Black, Bldg. #1 Boseman, MT Mike McConnell 406 360 4944 [email protected] il.com Swiss Park 9205 198th Ave. E. Puyallup, WA Mike Burton 208 772 9347 [email protected] Judi Allison [email protected] 541 720 4950, Or Mike Filarski [email protected] 541 571 2593, 222.hatrockhounds.org Doug True 406 670 0506 2622 Broadwater Billings MT 59102 [email protected] BOULDER BUSTER Volume #49 Issue # 5, 2014 What are Fulgurites? Most people have never seen a fulgurite, and many that have probably did not realize what it was at the time. Fulgurites are natural tubes or crusts of glass formed by the fusion of silica (quartz) sand or rock from a lightning strike. Their shape mimics the path of the lightning bolt as it disperses into the ground. All lightning strikes that hit the ground are capable of forming fulgurites. A temperature of 1800 degrees Celsius is required to instantaneously melt sand and form a fulgurite (most lightning strikes have a temperature of 2500 degrees Celsius). Fulgurites have been found worldwide, but are relatively rare. Sand fulgurites found on the top of Mount Raymond. U.S. quarter for scale. Two types of fulgurites have been recognized: sand and rock fulgurites. Sand fulgurites are the most common and are generally found in beach or desert regions containing clean (free of fine-grained silt or clay), dry sand. They resemble roots or branching tube-like structures that have a rough surface, covered with partially melted sand grains. Sand fulgurite tubes have a glassy interior, due to rapid cooling and solidification of the sand after the lightning strike. The size and length of a fulgurite depends on the strength of the lightning strike and the thickness of the sand bed. Many sand fulgurites average 1 or 2 inches in diameter and can be up to 30 inches or more long. Sand fulgurites have been found in deserts and on top of some of the higher summits . Beach Fulgurite The color varies depending on the composition of the sand they formed in, ranging from black or tan, to green or a translucent white. The interior is normally very smooth or lined with fine bubbles; the exterior is generally coated with rough sand particles and is porous. They are rootlike in appearance and often show branching or small holes. Coatings or crusts of glass formed on rocks from a lightning strike are called rock fulgurites. These fulgurites are found as veins or branching channels on a rock surface or lining preexisting fractures within the host rock. Rock fulgurites are primarily found on the top or within several feet of mountain summits. Fulgurites are appreciated by many for their scientific value as permanent tangible evidence of transient lightning strikes. Fulgurites are also popular among hobbyists and collectors of natural specimens. Fulgurite is very fragile. Rock fulgurite (circled in white) found on quartzite at the summit of Mount Raymond So, the next time you go hiking or exploring be on the lookout for fulgurites! It is very possible new fulgurite discoveries await the adventurer on many of the higher summits and desert areas of the Northwest!
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