Golden West Chapter Newsletter Archive


Prior to 2007, the Golden West

Chapter newsletter, The Primer, was published in hard copy and mailed to members. Commencing with the Spring 2007 issue, it was published in electronic form on the Chapter website.Below are links to these later issues.

To see the very first newsletter, click here.


Through the years various articles were published in The Primer.†† Some of these are listed below.†† Click to view them.Permission to use these in other publications can be obtained from the webmaster here.


Early Spring 2007

Spring 2007

Summer 2007

Winter 2007


Spring/Summer 2009

Summer 2009

Fall 2009

Winter 2009


Spring 2011

Late Spring 2011

Summer 2011

Winter 2011


Spring 2013

Summer 2013

Fall 2013

Winter 2013


Spring 2015

Summer 2015

Fall 2015

Winter 2015


Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Winter 2017


Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

Winter 2019


Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Winter 2021



Spring/Summer 2008

Summer 2008

Fall 2008

Winter 2008


Spring 2010

Summer 2010

Fall 2010

Winter 2010


Spring 2012

Summer 2012

Fall 2012

Winter 2012


Spring 2014

Summer 2014

Fall 2014

Winter 2014


Spring 2016

Summer 2016

Fall 2016

Winter 2016


Early Spring 2018

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Winter 2018


Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Winter 2020


Spring 2022


Blasting Concrete at Box Canyon Dam


Blasting Under a Bucket Line Dredge


Blasting Potash near Carlsbad, NM


Mt. Redoubt Revisited


Seismic Shooting at Permanente


Digital Daze


Kartchner Caverns


Blast Vibration Limits on Pipelines


San Francisco 1906 Earthquake


Earthquakes on Blasting Seismographs


Can Blasting Trigger an Earthquake?


Seismic Anomalies


Destroying Explosives at Silver Peak


Unusual Uses for Explosives


PPV vs. the Richter Scale


Blasting to Open Ramelli Pit


The 10-1/2 Foot Pole List


How Much is Too Much?


A Project for the Disarming of Anti-Personnel Mines


Flyrock Revisited-on the Web


Blasting with a GPS


Blasting Near Water Wells


Trials and Tribulations in Shooting a Well


Calibrating Nevada


Too Much AND Too Fast


Ghosts Donít Complain About Blasting


The Helms Creek Pumped Storage Project


Seismograph Monkey Business


Larkspur Landing






Papers from Technical Workshops:


Back to Basics Ė The Fundamentals of Blast Design


(This document was originally presented at the Chapterís 1999 workshop.

It was revised and re-published as a newsletter supplement in 2008.)



Understanding Blast Vibration and Airblast,Their Causes and Their Damage Potential


(This document was presented at the GW Chapterís workshops in 2006 and 2007.)



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