Chino/Santa Rita Mine

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The Chino Mine (“Chino” is Spanish for the “Chinaman”), also known as the Santa Rita mine, is an open-pit copper mine located in the town of Santa Rita, New Mexico15 miles (24 km) east of Silver City. The mine was started as the Chino Copper Company in 1909 by mining engineer John M. Sully and Spencer Penrose,[1][2] and is currently owned and operated by Freeport-McMoRan Inc. subsidiaries. The area where the mine is located is at an average elevation of 5,699 feet

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The huge open-pit mine was once the largest in the world, but has been surpassed by Chuquicamata, and is perhaps the oldest mining site still being used in the American southwest. Apaches, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Americans have all obtained native copper and copper ore from this site, once known as the Santa Rita mine, and in the 19th century, a tunnel mine. The present-day open-pit mining operation was begun in 1910. It is the third oldest open pit copper mine in the world after theBingham Canyon Mine and Chuquicamata.


An Apache Indian showed Spanish officer Lt. Colonel Jose Manuel Carrasco the site of the Chino mine in 1800. Carrasco recognized the rich copper deposits and began mining, but lacked the expertise to exploit the copper. He sold the Santa Rita del Cobre mine, as he had named it, to Francisco Manuel de EIguea in 1804 who imported convict labor to work the mine and build a fort (presidio) to house the convicts and protect them from the Apache. The miners sent pack trains of mules loaded with copper to Chihuahua. Americans Sylvester Pattie, James Kirker, and Robert McKnight managed the mine in the 1820s and 1830s.

Santa Rita was located in the heart of Apache country and was plagued by Apache raids. Historians often state that an infamous massacre of Apache by John Johnson took place at Santa Rita, although it is more likely that the incident took place further south, near the Animas Mountains.[4] (See Apache-Mexico Wars) Johnson’s attack incited rather than intimidated the Apache. Mangas Coloradas and his followers were especially menacing. Twenty-two fur trappers were killed nearby and the mine was cut off from supplies. The 300 to 400 inhabitants of Santa Rita fled south toward the presidio at Janos, Chihuahua, 150 miles away, but the Apache killed nearly all of them en route. After that, Santa Rita was only occasionally operational until 1873 when Apache chief Cochise signed a peace agreement with the US and the mine was reopened.[5] Apache raids in the area continued until 1886 when Geronimo surrendered.

A mill to process the low-grade copper ore was established in 1911 in nearby Hurley but was replaced by a new (current) Ivanhoe concentrator facility in 1982. Milling operations recently (January 2004) restarted at the Chino Concentrator after a three-year hiatus caused by low copper prices. Solvent extraction and electrowinning (SX/EW) operations started in 1988 and have run continuously since. Reserves of copper ore at Chino are expected to last until 2015.

December 3, 2008, Chino’s parent company, Freeport-McMoRan, announced it planned to suspend mining and milling activities at Chino, but would continue reclamation activities and copper production from its SX/EW plant. About 600 people from the work force of 830 would be laid off beginning about Feb. 13, 2009.

However, Freeport-McMoRan announced in October 2010 that they would be restarting operations at the mine ramping production up to a planned mining and milling rate by 2013. They are also planning $150 million in refurbishments and new equipment.


“Thanks, but no thanks!”

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Friends and family thank me during Memorial Day weekend (I served six years in the Navy.)  I have started responding “Thanks, but no thanks!”  It probably seems petty, but on Memorial Day we honor those in the Armed Forces who gave their lives for our country, on Veterans Day we honor those serving and  who have served.

“What are you doing this memorial Day weekend?”, everyone asks. My son Joshua is in Scouts, so we usually have an event or two to attend so most of our plans revolve around those plans.  If you have not decided yet, I would like to offer a suggestion.  it is something you can incorporate into a celebration on the day, maybe around the BBQ or the picnic table.  Select a person to honor.  This might be someone close or a family friend.  Do some research and find out what you can online about that person, and then discuss with your family or friends that one person you researched.

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This weekend I started with a list online at Congressional Medal of Honor recipients (  The person I picked was SSG Garcia.  Take a look at the citation from his award.

While an acting squad leader of Company B, 22d Infantry, on 27 November 1944, near Grosshau, Germany, he single-handedly assaulted 2 enemy machinegun emplacements. Attacking prepared positions on a wooded hill, which could be approached only through meager cover, his company was pinned down by intense machinegun fire and subjected to a concentrated artillery and mortar barrage. Although painfully wounded, he refused to be evacuated and on his own initiative crawled forward alone until he reached a position near an enemy emplacement. Hurling grenades, he boldly assaulted the position, destroyed the gun, and with his rifle killed 3 of the enemy who attempted to escape. When he rejoined his company, a second machinegun opened fire and again the intrepid soldier went forward, utterly disregarding his own safety. He stormed the position and destroyed the gun, killed 3 more Germans, and captured 4 prisoners. He fought on with his unit until the objective was taken and only then did he permit himself to be removed for medical care. S/Sgt. (then private) Garcia’s conspicuous heroism, his inspiring, courageous conduct, and his complete disregard for his personal safety wiped out 2 enemy emplacements and enabled his company to advance and secure its objective.

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I try to imagine what it was like that day for SSG Macario Garcia.  The battle became known as “Hell in the Forest.”  The war against Germany was coming to close.  It would have been easy I think to play it safe.  Below is an excerpt of the battle, read the full account here

In a battle many believed mattered little in the big picture, the 22d suffered 2,773 casualties, or 85% of its normal complement of 3,257 soldiers, to take one village and 6,000 yards of forest. Each rifle company went into action averaging 162 soldiers. Seven days later the rifle companies averaged 87. Even this number required 42% replacements. By the end of the battle, losses of the rifle companies reached an estimated 151% of their original strength.

I ask myself the question that everyone else who served has asked themselves,  “If it were me, what would I have done?”  I am sure that SSG Garcia’s fellow soldiers are glad he was there.


“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” — G.K. Chesterton







Adm. Bill McRaven

Adm. Bill McRaven is a bad-ass — and fount of good advice.

Head of the Joint U.S. Special Operations Command, he is a 36-year SEAL who has been at the tip of the spear in the war on terror since 2001. He has commanded a squadron in the fabled Naval Special Warfare Development Group, better known as SEAL Team Six, and he oversaw planning and execution of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

bildeHe is also the most mysterious and guarded Navy four-star. While Admirals Greenert, Gortney, Locklear and company frequently appear in the media and before Congress, McRaven shies away from the spotlight. In fact, outside the special operations community, he rose all the way to four-star without attracting much notice until Operation Neptune Spear.

But students at the University of Texas at Austin got a rare treat last weekend when McRaven delivered their commencement speech. McRaven, a 1977 UT grad, riffed on the school’s motto (“What starts here changes the world.”) to deliver the 10 lessons he learned during his SEAL training. Among them: If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day.  It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.”

He closes the speech with the classic SEAL metaphor for failure: ringing the bell. “Don’t ever, ever ring the bell,” he says.

Take some time to watch below, or read the text here.

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Building a Consensus




It took me a long time to pick up a book on this subject.9/11 is an emotionally charged issue for me as it is for most people.  I was saddened by the controversy surrounding the rebuilding of the WTC and memorial.  With thousands of families involved there was bound to be a lengthy (and justifiable) debate as to how best to rebuild and remember.  Families, developers, and politicians all had an interest in promoting and persuading their agenda.

This book is about compromise to reach a goal.  Compromise and building a consensus is the most important aspect of living and working with other people.  Whether it is a family, a work unit, or scout troop.  Compromise, when possible, is the best form of conflict resolution.

Chris Joseph has a great article– “Strengths of a Compromise As a Conflict Resolution.” (  Just to list the personal and professional benefits of a compromise;

1) quick settlement

2) saving face

3) culture of tolerance

4) breaking deadlocks