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I look back on my seven years (August, 1970 - January, 1978) as District Geologist for Alaska with Cities Service Minerals Corporation with a great deal of pride and a realization now of how good things were.  We had good projects, adequate funding, and experienced management.  Owen Kingman was the Vice President for Exploration and he was a diligent, thoughtful boss.  The Regional Managers were experienced men like Bob Osterstock and Harry Ranspot, who was my supervisor.  We also had a Chief Geologist, a Chief Geochemist, and a Chief Geophysicist (Jack Corbett).  Our marching orders were to find another "Pinto Valley", our porphyry copper mine near Miami, AZ.  In addition to the U. S. and Canada, the minerals group had offices in Argentina, the Philippines, Australia, etc.  We were all trained to be knowledgeable, state-of-the-art porphyry copper exploration geologists.  I spent a delightful January working as a pit geologist mapping at Pinto Valley, and getting detailed tours of other copper mines in this part of Arizona.
 
In the Anchorage office, I had Joe Britton, Dave Hedderly-Smith, and Earl Redman as full time Project Geologists for various periods over the seven years.  1975 was our peak year.  Our main projects were east part of the Tanacross Quadrangle (Dave Hedderly-Smith), the Talkeetna Mountains (Joe Britton), and southern Prince of Wales Island (Earl Redman).  Each project had a Hughes 500C helicopter for about 90 days, and all the summer hires needed to get everything done.  These temporary summer hires were mainly geology students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but we also hired a number of young geology students from schools in the "lower 48".  Many of these students have gone on to have distinguished careers in the mining industry.  I gave Tom Albanese his first job in the mining business, for instance.  John Kingman, Owen's youngest son, started out as my Camp Cook in the Wrangell Mountains.  He went on to graduate from the Colorado School of Mines, and has been involved in a variety of technological advances, mainly in geophysics. Others include Kerwin Krause, Jim Deininger, and Jack Kerin, who all stayed in Alaska. In addition to the project work, we looked at an endless supply of submittals around Alaska. 
 
All good things come to an end eventually, and Cities Service Minerals Corporation was no exception.  We all received a 90 days notice of our impending termination in the fall of 1977.  We received the requisite help in finding a new job, and we moved on to other things, as geologists must learn to do.  I had decided a consulting business was the most likely way to maintain any stability in my family life.  I purchased the office furniture, the library, and three 4x4 pickup trucks to set up Stevens Exploration Management Corp.  An unexpected bonus came when Cities Service management and our joint venture partner on the Talkeetna Mountains project, Dome Mines, both agreed to give me all the exploration data from the seven years exploration work, as well as all the accumulated prospect files.  This gift was documented in writing from both Cities and Dome.
 
In the late '90's, my daughter Michal entered all the geochemical data from the three main project areas into ArcView 3.2 GIS to earn spending money while an undergraduate at George Fox University.  These data are compiled on 1:63,360 scale digital topographic maps, and usually include Cu, Mo, Pb, Zn, and Au with other elements where needed.  The lower detection limit for gold in the mid-70's was 0.02 oz/ton.  Therefore, anomalous gold values in these data are of significant interest today.  A total of over 23,000 samples are in the GIS data.
 
Copies of these data are for sale with no strings attached.  For a CD with the data from one of the project areas (eastern Tanacross area, Talkeetna Mountains, or southern Prince of Wales Island), the price is $7,500.  This is less than the sample preparation costs would be today.  To recapture these data today would cost millions of dollars.  So far, only three copies of the data from each area have been sold.  Contact me if you are interested.
 
 
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