Nyal Niemuth retired yesterday, after more than 35 years with the State of Arizona, most with the Dept. of Mines & Mineral Resources, and the last 5 years with AZGS after the two agencies were merged. [Photo credit, Mining Foundation of the Southwest]
Nyal served as Chief Engineer at ADMMR and became Chief of the Economic Geology section at AZGS. He is universally known across Arizona and beyond, as the "go-to" guy to find out what's happening and what's happened in mining and mineral resources in Arizona. Miners and would-be miners know that if you are exploring or developing mineral resources in Arizona, you want to check in with Nyal first to find what information already exists.
Nyal timed his retirement with the closure of the AZGS Phoenix office as part of the transfer of duties to the University of Arizona. Nyal is already promising to come back as a volunteer to help move the massive mineral files and library to storage at the old mining and mineral museum near the Capitol in order to preserve them.
For the past 6 months, Nyal also assumed the temporary duties of Oil & Gas Administrator, supporting the Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. Those duties are being transferred to the Dept. of Environmental Quality as of July 1.