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Arizona Section Meeting Minutes - February 2013          

AIPG Arizona Section Members:

I wanted to provide you with a brief update on our meeting with the Governor’s office yesterday regarding HB 2613.

Steve Noel (geologist on the AZ BOTR), Dawn Garcia (Tucson geologist), Barb Murphy (past National President of AIPG), and Tiana Rasmussen (geologist at AMEC) met with Rene Guillen and Gretchen Martinez at the governor’s office. Both Rene and Gretchen are the primary staff at the Governor’s office driving HB 2613. We talked with them for about 40 minutes and made our case that HB 2613 is a bad idea for the state.

It was interesting to hear their perspective – the state should not be in the business of regulating professionals; outside organizations, such as AIPG, should be doing this for professional groups (i.e. regulation of professionals should be privatized); eliminating state oversight will open up the state to more competition and therefore more jobs in our profession. It all sounds great when they present their case and most of us agree that to the extent it makes sense, the state should not be interfering with our profession and how we conduct ourselves, HOWEVER …

We pointed out that current state law requires registered professionals to seal key documents such as Aquifer Protection Permits, UST reports, etc. Engineers do not have the technical expertise to do much of what we geologists do – they are different fields of practice. This will be a problem for geologists if the bill passes. For instance, geologists will no longer be qualified to seal Aquifer Protection Permit applications – it will have to be done by engineers. Another issue that the Landscape Architects raised and is our ability to obtain professional errors and omissions insurance. Some insurers require that firms be registered professionals. This could really hurt small firms and sole proprietors.

AIPG is not currently in a position to administer a national licensing program. The CPG program is a peer-review certification that is not equal to state registration and licensing. Current state law would not recognize a CPG stamp as qualified for legal sealing of documents.

We kept the discussion very professional and civil. Although I think we made some incremental progress, it appears to us that they are determined to keep geologists in the bill because to delete us would water down this bill too much. We are a moderate size group (1,000+) – far larger than any other group still in the bill. Our lobbyists think there are not enough votes to pass the legislation and we have our fingers crossed that they are right. If it does pass the house, then we will need to turn our attention to the senate and see if we can sway the vote in our favor.

Continue to express your opposition to this bill through contacting republican house members (democrats already oppose the bill). Your efforts to date have been very effective – the message is definitely getting through and we have heard that the opposition to this bill is stronger than any other bill being considered this legislative session.

The bill is being voted on in the rules committee today and then it will go the house for a vote. We’ll keep you posted!

Doug Bartlett
AIPG National Treasurer
AIPG AZ Section President-elect


AIPG Arizona Section Members:

I wanted to provide a brief update regarding this past weeks activities regarding HB 2613 – the house bill that proposed to deregulate geologists in Arizona. Before I update you, I would like to encourage everyone to contact as many members of the State House of Representatives as you can. You only need to indicate that you are opposed to HB 2613. You can, of course, explain why, but the legislators really pay attention to the numbers opposed versus the numbers supporting a particular bill.

To refresh you on how to register your opposition via an email:

First, you should figure out what legislative district you live in by going to this website: http://azredistricting.org/districtlocator/ You will need to tell them this in your email.
Then, you can email representatives by going here: http://www.azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp?Body=&SortBy=2 Just click on “Send Email” next to the name of the legislator.
Again, you can just say something as simple as “I am opposed to HB 2613” and leave it at that, but feel free to explain why you are opposed if you feel strongly.

AIPG is taking a leading role in opposing this legislation because it is so important for our profession and our state. We have hired the lobbying firm of Gov Group to help us in this effort and they have done a great job with little preparation possible given the short amount of time we had to get organized. We have also received promises of financial support from the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the Arizona Geological Society (AGS) (Many Thanks!!).

Our lobbyists put together the following summary of this week’s activities:

HB 2613 (Regulatory Boards; Licensing; Revisions), introduced by Representative Warren Petersen (R-Gilbert), was heard in the House of Representatives Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 17 in Phoenix. HB 2613 ends the licensure of Geologists and Landscape Architects, among other provisions.  A total of 14 individuals signed in to support the bill and 366 individuals, mostly Geologists and Landscape Architects, signed in to oppose the measure.  There was additional opposition from the American Council of Engineering Companies of AZ, the Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors, the Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association, the Arizona Planning Association, the Arizona American Institute of Architects and the Arizona Board of Technical Registration. The bill is being pushed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as a solution to address the perceived over licensure of professions in Arizona.  The hearing for HB 2613 lasted approximately 2 hours and the committee heard testimony from four Geologists against the bill.  The bill was passed on a party line 5 - 3 vote with the Democratic members dissenting. The bill has two procedural hurdles before being considered by the full Arizona House of Representatives for an up or down vote. During testimony the Governor’s staff noted that the bill needs additional work and assured the interested groups that they will have input in this process. The American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists is leading the opposition to this measure and is seeking to remove the Geologists from this bill.

The four geologists that spoke were Steve Noel (geologist on the BTOR), Dawn Garcia (Tucson, past AIPG AZ Section President), Tiana Rasmussen (AEG representative), and Barbara Murphy (past national AIPG president).

Since the hearing on Wednesday, we understand that Landscape Architects have been dropped from the legislation. Geologists are still included, but we are hoping we can also get deleted from the bill. This is the reason that you should contact house members and express you opposition. The more of you that reach out, the more likely it is that they will eliminate geologists from the bill. PLEASE EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!

Thank you for your support!!

Doug Bartlett
President-elect AIPG AZ Section



AIPG Member Paul Lindberg will lead us on a trip through the region south of Holbrook, Arizona where there is a very large area of land subsidence caused by solution of Permian salt beds, thus creating the "Holbrook anticline".

The main attraction would be a locality called "The Sinks" where hundreds of sinkholes coalesce into one gigantic down-dropped area.   After “The Sinks”, the trip would proceed westward through private ranch land and we would make a stop within the core of the subsidence area where subsurface salt has been leached away before driving up onto the Holbrook anticline (the southern edge of the salt collapse area) where large earth cracks can be seen at the south-dropping edge of the anticline.  A nearby new wind farm would be one of the attractions to observe close up before getting back to Highway 377 south of Holbrook.

From here, the trip can end and you can take the easiest route home or you are welcome to continue into Winslow for an evening at the Historic La Posada Hotel and dinner in the Turquoise Room.  The hotel was once a main train depot. This is an excellent opportunity to see some of Arizona's railroad and learn some Route 66 history


Date and Time:  Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:30 AM from America’s Best Value Inn in Snowflake.  It would be best to arrive Friday Evening.

Required Gear: People need to have good hiking shoes and possibly walking sticks since we would be hiking over some rough terrain in places although the overall distance would not be great. Bring water and cameras and appropriate clothing for the time of year. The trip elevation would be about 5600 feet.

Field Trip Lunch: Lunch will be provided for the field trip.

Carpool: If you are interested in carpooling please let me know when you RSVP and specify if you are willing to drive

October 2, 2015
Julie Hamilton

Hotel Arrangements:
November 6, 2015
America’s Best Value Inn
2055 S. Main Street
Snowflake, Arizona
Contact the hotel at 928-536-3888 Block of rooms is held under AIPG

November 7, 2015
La Posada Hotel
303 E. 2nd Street
Winslow, Arizona
$129 (+tax) per night
Contact hotel at 928-289-4366
Block of rooms will be held till Sept. 30.  (first come first served after 9/30)
Dinner Reservations at the Turquoise Room

James Adu - Geologist II (Modeler)

Sierrita Mine
6200 West Duval Mine Rd., P O Box 527,
Green Valley, AZ 85622-0527, USA
Phone: +1 (520) 393-2669
Fax: +1 (520) 393-2417
Email: James_Adu@fmi.com

Arizona AIPG Section Members

The 2015 Arizona Section Annual Meeting is right around the corner!

Friday, February 13, 2015 (Social Gathering and Dinner)
La Cocina Restaurant
201 North Court Avenue
Tucson, Arizona
6:00 PM

Please join us for drinks and dinner on the upper patio
Dress is casual and you may want to bring a jacket as we will be on the patio (with heaters)
The restaurant is a short distance from the Tucson Marriott University Park and can be accessed by public transportation
The cost will be $20 per person (please be prepared to pay with cash or check)
Please confirm with Julie Hamilton via email (Julie.hamilton@amecfw.com) or phone (602-418-3950) by February 6, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (Arizona Section Meeting)
                Arizona Geological Survey
                416 W. Congress Street, Suite 100
                Tucson, Arizona
                9:00 AM

If you need hotel accommodations:
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E. Second Street
Tucson, Arizona


Walter Heinrichs, Jr.
We received just a brief note that Walter E. Heinrichs, Jr., CPG-688, one of Arizona's best known mining geologists, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Photo of Lee Allison presenting the Arizona Geological Society's Honorary Lifetime Membership to Walt in 2008.    

Arizona Section Field Trips

AIPG Arizona Section Spring 2014 Field Trip - pdf file

Metamorphic Core Complex along Catalina Highway
Leader: Arizona Geological Survey senior geologist Jon Spencer
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: Meet at 10 am. Field trip will last 4-5 hours.

Meeting place: NE corner of Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde Road, Tucson. Park between McDonald’s and Le Buzz Cafe
What to bring: Lunch (can be purchased at Le Buzz Café or at Safeway, both in the shopping plaza meeting point), sunscreen, hat, hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes.

Provided by AIPG: Water and drinks

Dr. Jon Spencer of the Arizona Geological Survey will lead us up the Catalina Highway to explore the core complex that sits in Tucson’s backyard. We plan to have four stops:

 Babad Do’ag overlook
 Molino Canyon overlook
 Gordon Hirabayashi campground (Prison Camp)
 Geology overlook

There will be two stops with walks up to 1 mile in length and 100-200 feet elevation gains. All of the stops are at parking lots, so the folks who don’t care to make the walk have the opportunity to wait in the parking lot. We will have a lunch break at the Gordon Hirabayashi campground, where there are restrooms and picnic benches.

Field trip participants should bring their own snacks/lunch. We will be meeting at a shopping plaza that includes a grocery store and a café. We will be carpooling from the shopping plaza, since parking at the various stops will be limited.

There is no charge for the field trip, but please RSVP to James Adu (AIPG secretary) at (520) 405-3656 or adunkansah@yahoo.co.uk by April 9, so we can have estimate for parking spaces and handouts.

References: OFR-06-01-A Geologist's Guide to the Core Complex Geology Along the Catalina Highway, Tucson Area, Arizona, v. 1.1, by J.E. Spencer, 2006, 38 p. This can be downloaded without charge from the AZGS website (http://repository.azgs.az.gov/sites/default/files/dlio/files/nid360/ofr_06-01catalinafieldguide-colorprint.pdf). Please download a copy should you want to have it as a reference during the field trip. Jon will bring a small handout for that day.

A natural history of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, with a introduction to the Madrean sky Islands, Richard c. Brusca and Wendy Moore, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, 232 p.

The Arizona Section hosted the Fall 2013 field trip in northern Arizona on Saturday, October 5th.  Section member Paul Lindberg (CPG-06344) prepared the 9-page color guidebook and road log, and led 21 participants on the field trip. The trip circumnavigated the northern portion of what is probably one of the youngest Basin and Range grabens to cut the Mogollon Rim. The Oak Creek - Mormon Lake Graben is a Pliocene-age (2 to 3Ma) structure identified by Paul during his many years of exploring and geologic mapping of the area south of Flagstaff and east of Sedona.

The field trip made a counter-clockwise tour around the northern end of the graben to study faults, rock exposures, fault outcrops, and other physical features related to rift valley genesis. We first visited a fault scarp within the graben that has been breached by an active stream channel that drains the Munds Park area. The next stop was a viewpoint on Interstate 17 that afforded a view to the west of Jacks Canyon fault that is the southward continuation of the Oak Creek fault - the west graben boundary. Traveling south and then east, we stopped to look at Stoneman Lake, a nearly mile-wide, roughly circular depression in the graben. The origin of the depression is uncertain; it may be a small graben within the graben, or an area of basalt collapse into a lava tube.

The trip continued to Mormon Lake, where another viewpoint afforded a panoramic view of the east side of the Mormon Lake depression, which forms the eastern boundary of the graben.  Paul discussed the drainage changes that resulted from the crustal stretching of this part of the continent. The next stop was at a spectacular hands-on fault scarp where down-dropped Miocene basalt lava on the west side of the fault is in contact with Permian Kaibab Limestone on the east side of the fault (Photograph #1).

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Photograph #1: Fault scarp along east boundary of Oak Creek – Mormon Lake graben

The tour then passed through the southern side of Flagstaff, which lies within the shallow northern part of the graben. Then we headed south into Oak Creek Canyon to observe two ages of fault movement along the Oak Creek fault zone. One phase is Laramide age (~70 Ma) compression where high-angle reverse faulting raised the east side of Oak Creek Canyon. Evidence for this phase included fault drag on the west side of the fault zone visible along Oak Creek (Photograph #2). The much younger (2 to 3 Ma) superimposed reactivation of the modern normal phase of the Oak Creek fault dropped the east side back down. Evidence for this phase included younger basalt on the east side of the fault juxtaposed against older (Permian) sedimentary rocks, and bleaching of the normally red sandstones by fluids migrating along the fault zone. 

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Photograph #2: Fault drag is down-to-the west on opposite bank of north to south flowing Oak Creek.  Fault is behind the photographer.

Then we drove up Airport Mesa in Sedona for an aerial view of the Sedona area (Photograph #3).  Paul pointed out the difference in erosional character between the now-dry stream-cut valleys in the Sedona area, and the young V-shaped Oak Creek Canyon and other smaller canyons that drain off the graben. We left Airport Mesa traveling south on Highway 179 and made two additional stops to look at graben-related features. One unanswered question was the true origin of the “exotic gravels, Beavertail Gravels, and Rim Gravels” that are present in the study area.  Previous workers suggested the gravels are different units that were deposited from north-to-south off the rim.  Paul’s studies suggest the gravels are correlative as one unit with a common source, and were transported from south to north.  The highlands source was eroded away prior to formation of the graben. Local outcrops are now observed stair-stepping down to the south as a result of formation of the graben.

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Photograph #3: Sedona area viewed from Airport Mesa northward

At each field trip stop, we had a lively discussion on the geology of the area. Paul noted that additional work needs to be done in the area to firm up some of his interpretations, including a few more basalt age-dates to clarify the stratigraphic and structural relationships. Anyone need a thesis topic?

Thank you to Paul Lindberg for another great field trip.

Arizona Section Officers

Julie M. Hamilton, CPG-09428
2015 President, AIPG Arizona Section
1405 W. Auto Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284
480-940-2320 or dbartlett@clearcreekassociates.com
cell: 602-762-0896

Rick Smith, CPG-09794
2015 President Elect, AIPG Arizona Section
1153 W. Weatridge Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85704
520-407-2823 or ricksmith75@gmail.com
cell: 520-850-2751

Doug Bartlett, CPG-08433
2015 Past - President, AIPG Arizona Section
Clear Creek Associates
6155 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-659-7131 or dbartlett@clearcreekassociates.com
cell: 602-762-0896

James Adu, MEM-1311
2015 Secretary, AIPG Arizona Section
Freeport-McMoRan Sierrita Operations
6200 W. Duval Mine Rd.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
520-393-2669 or James_Adu@fmi.com
cell: 520-405-3656

Greg Kinsall, CPG-10643
2015 Treasurer, AIPG Arizona Section
744 E. Wood Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85249
614-579-3330 or gkinsall@gmail.com

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