Monday December 27, 1999

COLORADO The original Rood Candy building was built in 1904, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Rood Candy Co., also known as the Colorado Confectionery Co., employed several hundred people and sold candy all over the West. Jack Quinn hopes to find some Rood memorabilia to be used in a historical display at the building.

NEW MEXICO Although Christine Eber has been working with women in Chiapas, Mexico, for 15 years, the New Mexico State University anthropologist says she recently experienced a culminating point in her research. Five state police officers and a Camp Sierra Blanca employee have moved into housing at Fort Stanton to keep an eye on the historic complex 12 miles northeast of Ruidoso. Garrett and his posse stopped at this place on their way to capture the Kid. Flores, 64, is the self-appointed caretaker of the Grzelachowski house and store, a registered cultural property of New Mexico. Though on private property, the Grzelachowski building is open to the public.

ARIZONA The exterior renovation of San Xavier Mission is half-finished. Workers are removing layer after layer of plaster. Next they'll cover the exterior walls with a native plaster containing a special ingredient: the juice of prickly pear cactus pads. The juice will prevent cracks and should protect the mission for the next 50 years. The work, which will protect not only the exterior but the newly resplendent interior, will take several more years. Donations can be send to Patronato San Xavier, P.O. Box 522, Tucson 85702. The Gila County Historical Museum celebrated the grand opening of the new addition to the museum. The addition, which cost $100,000, will house a Native American exhibit, old-time printing room and Gov. G.W. George Hunt's bedroom. The Hohokam civilization thrived up and down the banks of Cave Creek from around 800 A.D. to 1150 A.D. They vanished from the area by 1400 A.D. To Schoonover the reason for the decline is simple. The Hohokam civilization just got too large and used up all available resources.

UTAH 28 Many of the structures date back to the 1870s, and will be restored as part of a new "living and learning" center known as the Fort Douglas Heritage Commons. The Friends of the Mill want to resurrect the old building and equipment as a living history park. The mill also fits in directly with what Martin's office is trying to do in heritage tourism, the No. 1 reason why people travel. Martin said tourists are looking for an experience. Lecture series- CEU upcoming lectures: Feb. 18, John Barton will speak on Ute people, history, culture and racial perspectives. March 17, Robert McPherson will speak on his interviews with Navajo women. April 21, archeologist Stan McDonals will speak on new discoveries on the Manti-LaSal National forest. May 19, A. Joel Frandsen will speak on the Castle Gate robbery. Castle Valley Archaeology Society - meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the CEU museum classroom. Public welcome. For information, contact Jeanette Evans at 637-0044. Sacred site designations have affected logging on Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn National Forest. "Native American religious leaders are in charge of the forest," he said. "It's unconstitutional."

CALIFORNIA La Casa Alvarado was built in about 1840 and expanded in the 1880s. Many adobes from the Rancho Period have been over-modified or over-restored, but this one has been so little modified and has so much original material, it needs someone very sensitive. It's a unique and fragile house and it needs a lot of care. Clark's Auto/Truck Stop features a museum providing a history lesson on the 1,444-mile long Historic Route 99, which runs from Canada, through the United States and down to Mexico. It's got just as much or more history than Route 66.

CYBERIA Vandals are rapidly destroying the priceless carvings and paintings. That's why archaeologists no longer publicize the sites. The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center is raising money for the organization's Rock Art Preservation Fund by selling a rock art calendar. The calendars cost $10 and feature pictures of rock art along with drawings of the figures. For more information, call the center at 608-785-8463. The image of a static lifestyle is wrong, says Guy Gibbon, a University of Minnesota archaeologist. You'll need a chisel to correct this year 2000 glitch. For monuments already inscribed, it is a simple matter to apply a mixture of epoxy cement and granite dust ground off the bottom of the stone to fill in the "19." The stone surface would then be sanded and polished smooth, again, and the new date, beginning with a "2," would be sandblasted or etched in. Olga Soffer, professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, subjected Venus Figurines to microscopic analysis and found clothing, jewellery and body art, often in great detail.