2012-06-28 / Front Page

California State Mining & Mineral Museum "solution" is in works

The museum's meteorite exhibit includes one specimen acquired on the advice of 19th-century naturalist John Muir. Photo: Erik Skindrud / THE GAZETTEThe museum's meteorite exhibit includes one specimen acquired on the advice of 19th-century naturalist John Muir. Photo: Erik Skindrud / THE GAZETTE

The California State Mining and Mineral Museum will stay open for the immediate future, State Parks spokesman Dennis Weber told THE GAZETTE on Friday.

Parks officials are working on "a long-term solution," to keep the museum operating, Weber added.

The museum is being allocated a limited amount of funding through a budget deal signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday.

"We don't know how long it will stay open, but it's good news," said Ron Iudice, president of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum Association.

As of Friday, museum curator Darci Moore and other personnel are no longer packing the museum's collection for storage.

"My understanding is that (packing) has been halted," Weber said.

"We got a reprieve," Weber said. "It's giving us time to find a long-term solution for the museum."

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Kudos to Brown and, of

Kudos to Brown and, of course, Iudice

Maybe the 'supervisors' will

Maybe the 'supervisors' will step forward and take a pay cut so the park will stay open. Perhaps we don't really need all of those politicians and the districts could be redefined with one less. Or better yet, two less. The ones that are left would possibly actually earn their keep.

I would gladly trade some

I would gladly trade some politicians for the Mining and Mineral Museum! Politicians are a dime a dozen, but there is only one California State mineral collection like that one.

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