REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER MINNESOTA - METALLURGICAL NEW MEXICO - METALLURGICAL UTAH - METALLURGICAL
NEVADA - METALLURGICAL
CALIFORNIA - CHEMICAL
PHILIP B. DETTMER MINERAL AND METALLURGICAL CONSULTING
Apdo. Postal 31-243 Guadalajara 5, Jalisco Mexico
September 29, 1971 RECEIVED OCT -4 1971
Mr. Weston Bourret, Vice President
Utah Construction & Mining Co.
550 California Street
San Francisco, California 94104.
It was indeed a pleasure and a privilege to again meet with you. I enjoyed very much meeting Hugh Douglas. Although our time was short, I was much impressed with Hugh.
It is sincerely hoped that your recent trip will be the start of a successful and productive venture for Utah.
Please do not hesitate if I can be of any assistance to you or Hugh in your investigations and evaluations.
You may enjoy hearing of ray recent trip by train to Los Mochis, Creel, Chihuahua and El Paso. In El Paso, I purchased a 200cc motorcycle as a birthday present for my wife. Because of problems in getting the motorcycle on my return train, I made an extemporaneous decision to ride it to Chihuahua, 284 miles away. It was such a glorious experience, I continued on riding it all the way to Guadalajara, a total 1,006 miles in 2 1/2 days. No unsolvable problems and a memorable experience.
If Lou and I can be of any help relative to your possible vacation time in Mexico, reservations, suggestions, please let us know. We would be delighted if you could spare some time in Guadalajara to visit our home.
October 5, 1971 HG x Fite
Mr. Philip B. Dettmer, Consulting Engineer Apdo. Postal 31-243 Guadalajara 5, Jalisco, Mexico
Thanks very much for your letter of the 29th of September, describing your trip to Chihuahua and El Paso. I certainly do envy you, including the return trip by motorcycle to Guadalajara. The only point you failed to mention is how Lou got back. Are we to conclude that she rode on the back seat of your motor bike for 1,006 miles?
Right now I'm in the throes of putting together an investment report on Mexico. This is proving to be an interesting project--also a good way for me to learn something about Mexico, for it really forces me to dig into the economics.
Next week we leave for the AMC in Las Vegas, then back to S.F. to final-ize the Mexican report. In early November I am scheduled to attend the Economic Geologists meeting in Washington, D.C. The big problem in flying to Guadalajara now is that duck season opens the 16th. Having just found what I term ""a poor man's duck club"", I want very much to test my reflexes with a shotgun and find out if the hunting is any good at this new area, which is just north of Sutter Buttes. So my chances of getting down to Mexico now are pretty slim indeed; but, nevertheless, I sure do thank you for your kind offer.
Yesterday I approved and sent on to the Accounting Department your consulting statement; so if you do not receive your check within a week, please let me know.
This morning's mail brought a letter from Jim Hannan advising that he is also taking in the AMC, so no doubt I will have a chance to visit with him then.
Shall of course keep you advised re any decision that we make with respect to Mexico. One thing is for sure, though--it will take several months to work through the decision-making process.
With all ray best,
Yours sincerely, Weston Bourret
October 8, 1971
Mr. Philip B. Dettmer Consulting Engineer Apdo. Postal 31-243 Guadalajara 5, Jalisco Mexico
In connection with the investment report we are preparing, there is one area where I believe you can assist in running down additional information. This, of course, on a consulting basis.
I am trying to get a handle on current copper exploration activities in Sonora. Perhaps the easiest way of finding out is simply to go to the Chamber of Mines in Mexico City and ask. What I have in mind is that you spend a day or two in Mexico City obtaining a list of the more obvious Canadian, American and British companies that have crews out looking for copper, particularly of the porphyry type. This would not be a research project - rather simply a list of the major companies, a couple of comments on size of staff, number of drills at work, etc.
The purpose of this information is simply to support our contention that there is in fact a substantial amount of search going on for copper. Obviously no one knows how much money is being spent exploring for copper and whatever the Chamber of Mines tells you probably should be discounted. After all, the Chamber's job is a bit promotional.
I am leaving Sunday for the American Mining Congress in Las Vegas and returning Thursday. If time permits would appreciate you doing this little job for us before the end of the month because I would like to finalize my report by then.
Best regards and looking forward to hearing from you.
Weston Bourret Vice President
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