Norm Yoast: Thanks Trapper Mine

— To the editor:

I would like to take the time to thank Ray DuBois and the employees of Trapper Mine.

I have just returned from attending a four-week course at the Colorado School of Mines that Trapper sponsored for me. Without their sponsorship, I would have never been able to afford to attend the class in Golden, with the cost of tuition, room, board and gas. The course, titled The Total Concept of Mining, was designed for teachers and explored the mining industry from the exploration/planning phase to the closing and reclamation process.

During the 19 days of class, we spent 10 days in the field exploring places such as the gravel quarries in Denver, Molybdenum mines in Henderson, Gold Mines in Cripple Creek, the Nacaholite plant in Meeker, the Longwall at Deserado Mine and the operations in Craig at the Craig Station and Trapper.

Marv Weible and his guides gave a great educational tour at the plant, while explaining the entire process.

This material will help me to teach my students more about what the northwestern part of our state has to offer in careers. It will also allow me to teach the processes in numerous mining techniques better, as well as local geology. In my past 18 years of teaching, this is, by far, the best class I have taken that will be of direct use in my classroom. We had geology, chemistry, physics, biology and ecology sessions. I came out of the class with 25 lesson plans that we created during the four weeks. These can be used in my classroom.

Once again, thank you to Ray and the employees at Trapper Mine for this once in a lifetime experience.

Norm Yoast

Eighth-grade science teacher,

Craig Middle School

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