ARIZONA A battle is in full tilt over the fate of the long-neglected 1905 Cheyney house at 252 N. Main Ave., in downtown's El Presidio Neighborhood. The owner and next-door neighbor of the historic but dilapidated Mission Revival house want it demolished. But other neighbors and history lovers are adamantly opposed to the loss of the rare, old, two-story house and its guest house. Preservationists won the first "historic review" skirmish Thursday when the historical commission's Plans Review Subcommittee rejected the demolition option. "From an archaeological standpoint, it would be hard to pick a worse spot to build on in Arizona," said Keith Kintigh, president of the Society for American Archaeology. Residents in Coolidge have a different take. City officials believed they had an OK from the Archaeological Conservancy. Despite the Conservancy's silence, other archaeological groups and Native American communities have come forward to stand in Wal-Mart's way. The only legal obstacle preventing Wal-Mart from building is a 1990 state burial law requiring company officials to return to local tribes any burial remains they find. Wal-Mart said it would hire Northland Research to make a test dig to sample the extent of the remains.

TEXAS Our history is literally crumbling away. The oldest document is the 1720 title to the Mission San Jose in San Antonio. They include the Spanish and Mexican land grants. Businesses, especially tech businesses, need to step up and show government how this can be done; show government the latest technology. The Living Horse Museum could be open by February 2001.

COLORADO The big attraction Sunday was the introduction of the book, Colorado 1870-2000. It includes early photos of Colorado by pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson paired with present-day shots of the same scenes taken by John Fielder. The long-dormant 119-year-old Denver & Rio Grande Railway Depot in Antonito leads the list of "Top 10 Most Endangered Stations"in the nation from The Great American Station Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Built in 1880 of lava rock quarried near Trinidad, the passenger depot served passenger trains between Denver's Union Station and Durango to the southwest, or Santa Fe to the southeast.

CYBERIA On April 1, 1994, an Idaho middle-school teacher took his Kellogg Archaeology Society club to the site to pique an interest in history. Unfortunately, he didn't check the rules first. Teacher David Dose agreed to a pretrial diversion in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court in May after violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. Investigators say his class dug without a permit and excavated, damaged and altered an ancient dwelling -- a misdemeanor offense. The venerable "Harrison Tree," which was planted by President Benjamin Harrison on May 8, 1891, outside what then was Idaho's territorial legislature, is dying. Now the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho State Capitol Commission, with the public's help, will consider what to do with the towering water oak tree after it is cut down. Local historical society raises about $28,000 to renovate the 1870s farmhouse, one of the few remaining historical sites in Andover. One month ago, terms expired for three-fourths of the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission. Though she won't name names, Owens said she's heard from people in city government who don't want certain commission members to be reappointed. The Commission was established in 1983. By their very nature, historic preservation commissions often come into conflict with city councils. In Grand Forks, such conflicts have increased and sometimes intensified since the 1997 flood, which forced the demolition of a number of historic properties.