Mr. Caliche Head says: "If you see on-line a current news story covering the archaeology, anthropology or history of the American Southwest or northern Mexico, send it to SWA along with the URL!"

From: Hello! A colleague has requested that the following announcement be posted on the Southwest Archaeology website: The Access Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to resolving issues associated with rock climbing. The organization desires to keep open access to climbing areas, while fostering an atmosphere of conservation and cooperation. The Fund is looking for assistance from someone with experience in rock art management and protection, to help them address issues relating to rock climbing and the protection of rock art. For more information, contact:

TEXAS The telephone arrived in Texas about 1876, when Dallas publisher A.H. Belo brought a pair of the "handy telephone gadgets" back from the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. By June 1881, a telephone exchange opened in Dallas / Fort Worth. In 1896, Wayne C. Wright was operating a telephone exchange from a saloon on Polk Street in Amarillo. Large ranches were quick to establish telephone links to dry-goods stores or telegraph offices in town. The lines saved time and money when supplies had to be ordered or telegrams sent. Lines were strung along the tops of fences and "checking out the talking wire" was added to the duties of cowboys in charge of keeping the barbed-wire barriers intact.

COLORADO Casino gamblers might not have known it, but with every push of a slot-machine button, they've been helping fill the coffers of government agencies and historic preservationists. The funds are being distributed to state and local governments and the Colorado Historical Society under a revenue-sharing plan. The Historical Society's share is $19.65 million. Since creation of the group's historic preservation fund in 1990, more than 1,475 grants have been awarded totaling $63.2 million for preservation projects.

NEW MEXICO Four new facilities have opened in the Farmington Museum system since April. In July, the four facilities attracted more than 8,000 visitors.

ARIZONA An MOU documents how the Forest Service and Hopi Tribe will work together on such topics as tribal access to traditional use areas to collect ceremonial and medicinal plants, interpretation of natural resources and environmental education, and guidelines for protecting prehistoric burial sites within the Kaibab. In the past it was common to remove American Indian burials from their resting places for reasons such as archeological research or construction projects. These human remains were then stored in museums across the country. In 1990, the federal government initiated a repatriation process and required federal agencies to work with museums and Indian tribes to repatriate burial remains. Because of the cooperation and desire of the Hopi Tribe and other tribes all human burials removed from the Kaibab Forest have been repatriated and safely reburied. Under pressure from recreation enthusiasts and Native Americans trying to get the peaks designated a Traditional Cultural Property, which would afford them protection under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Forest Service has moved to stop mining in the area. A group of language activists have kept alive the efforts started at these conferences on how Native American communities can work to keep their languages alive. The seventh annual conference on "Language Across the Community" is scheduled for May 11-14, 2000, in Toronto, Canada. For more information contact Jon Reyhner at Northern Arizona University.

CALIFORNIA It's been three weeks since two main exhibits were shut down due to water damage in the San Diego Historical Society's Balboa Park museum, but it is yet to be determined who is to blame for the accident.

CYBERIA,2107,85295-134719-937498-0,00.html The Kansas Board of Education's recent decision to remove evolution from the state's science curriculum underscores that the debate pitting evolution vs. creation has not abated and may even be intensifying.,1575,ART-33390,00.html Her classmates have gone on to a wide range of positions: designing a state historical society's electronic archiving system, consulting with businesses on how to manage and organize information and conducting research and analysis on Web-based industry. Earlier this month, a group of sheep hunters found the remains of a body in the park, just south of the B.C.-Yukon border. Sources have said the body - possibly thousands of years old - has intact skin and muscle tissue. There are also weapons and other artifacts at the site. The remains are believed to be those of an ancient hunter.