Message #119
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 

Date:	Fri, 20 Mar 1998
Subject: Salmon Ruins, Part II

Cross-Posted from NMAC-L

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :


This is the second of two front-page stories
that appeared in the Farmington Daily Times
on March 17, 1998.

Salmon Ruins has plan to be self-sufficient
Dave Burge, Staff Writer

Bloomfield - Larry Baker has a plan to
eventually make the Salmon Ruins self-sufficient.

"We won't be going to the county year after
year," said Baker, who is the executive director
for the Salmon Ruins complex. "I don't think
we'll be a long-term indentured servant."

Baker recently asked the County Commission to
give the ruins, the accompanying museum and
Heritage Park $29,772, which will be primarily
used for maintenance work.

"It's not like we wee us going back to the
county forever and asking for money," Baker
said.

For the last six years, Baker said the ruins
and museum complex has struggled financially,
but he's hoping to turn that around.

"We would like to be self-sufficient," he said.

Baker has been asking various state and federal
agencies for grants. Baker and the San Juan
County Museum Association, which oversees the
ruin complex, recently received a $17,000 state
grant to stabilize the Salmon Carriage House.
In 1996, Baker was successful in obtaining a
$40,000 state grant to do some stabilization
work on the ruin itself.

"I would like to get grant money for operational
support, but those are very difficult to get,"
Baker said.

Baker estimated that the ruins need another
$250,000 worth of stabilization work in the next
few years. He will be seeking state and federal
grants for that effort.

"We aren't going to the county for everything,"
Baker said. "We're trying to diversify our
funding and where we get funds from."

Baker's organization invested $300,000 in 1994
in mutual funds and various bonds. The hope is
this money will grow some day to the point where
the ruins and museum can live off the interest
from this so-called endowment fund.

"We won't be going to the county year after
year," he said. "But even the County Commission
said they'll probably have to help us for the
next five years."

Another source of funding for Salmon Ruins is
admission tickets, but Baker is against raising
those prices. For one thing, Salmon Ruins has to
compete against nearby Aztec Ruins National
Monument for visitors.

"I don't want to turn away any adult or child who
has a sincere interest in learning about
prehistory or archaeology," Baker said.

Admission costs are as follows: $3 for adults, $2
for senior citizens, and $1 for children age 6-16.
Those under six are free, as are schoolchildren
who visit the ruins complex on field trips or as
part of an organized school curriculum.

"I'm holding the line on (school trips being
free)," Baker said. "Some people see it as a
source of revenue. We're in the education
business. That's what museums do. I think it's
important to offer it free when children are on
tours or visit as part of a class."

Baker said that he's trying to be innovative in
raising money for the center.

"I don't care if I have to beg," he said.

Together with the Motorcyclists General Store
in Farmington, the ruins will raffle off a
900 cubic-centimeter Triumph Adventurer cycle
in an effort to raise money. Tickets are $10
each, and only 1,200 tickets will be sold.

"You can't get more creative than than," he
said. "I'm trying everything I can do."

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