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NORTHWEST FROM BILLINGS

By Jim Davis

Cretaceous rims - pale yellow
Valleys filled with icy fog
Long shadows - Blue Cold
In Winter afternoon.

Monotonous strips of brown and yellow -
Fields of wheat
Stretching by the compass
North into Canada.

West into the storm.
Lofty mountains,
Hidden by the winter front.
Meteorological event du jour.

Worrisome thoughts.
A blizzard racing by my window
Obscuring all.
Trusting to the radar screen.
 


Notice of passing of Robert Kinkel:

It is with profound sadness that I report that our friend and colleague Robert Kinkel passed away on October 13, 2018. Bob was a founding member of DREGS and served diligently for many years as Treasurer. He died of a massive heart attack while in the presence of his wife Jananne and sons Randy and Doug, while outdoors at the beloved family retreat overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, in Colorado.

Bob was born on March 9, 1932 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. His father was Arthur Kinkel, a well known Mining Geologist. Bob had an early exposure to geology, as his father moved to various mining camps in Canada, and to various stations in the USA and abroad, after joining the USGS. Bob graduated from high school in Redding, California and attended the Montana School of Mines in Missoula, before being drafted into the army and sent to Germany. After his military service, he joined his family in Manila and continued studies at the University of the Philippines and the American University in Washington, from which he was awarded his degree in Geology in 1961.

Bob's professional career began with the California Bureau of Mines, stationed in San Francisco. Between 1965 and 1970, he was an exploration geologist with the Callahan Mining Company, based in Osborn, Idaho. From 1970 to 1975, he was a District Geologist with TexasGulf Inc, based in Denver. In 1975, he joined Noranda Inc. as a District Manager, based in Lebanon, Tennessee, before returning to Denver headquarters in 1975. From 1982, until retiring in 1997, he worked for the EPA, in Denver.

Bob loved to compile and synthesize geological data and continued such work for various clients and customers after his retirement.
He was a congenial fellow, and will be missed.

Allan Juhas



 

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