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ANTONITO RESIDENTS HOPE TO RESTORE `QUEEN OF MAIN STREET' 01/18/99 Residents of this little southern Colorado town are trying to come up with enough matching money to get their ``Queen of Main Street'' _ The Palace Hotel _ restored and returned to its former glory. The Palace, built in 1890 soon after the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad laid tracks to Antonito, has been closed more than a year now after surviving more than a century of boom and bust cycles of southern Colorado's mining, cattle and sheep industries. The old hotel fell victim to a major rainstorm last summer in which gusting winds tore the roof loose and soaked the upper story's interior. The building's elderly owners, Bill and Mary Laurell, were forced to close the hotel because it would take more than $100,000 to fix it. ``There is no way we can come up with that much money. We're both retired. It's awful hard on both of us, but we're doing as much work as we can,'' said Mary Laurell. The Laurells have patched the roof, but they still have to insulate the attic, then replace the ceiling in the dozen upstairs rooms. Many of the walls suffered damage from water running down through the building, and some floors are heaved up. Because the building was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, it qualifies for grants from historical organizations and governmental agencies. But many of those groups require substantial matching funds from local residents. It's tough, because Antonito is in one of the poorest areas of the state and most residents can't afford to donate to the project. A group of citizens _ ``The Friends for the Restoration of the Palace Hotel'' _ is asking the rest of the state for help. ``The Friends'' also are working with the town of Antonito and the nonprofit Arco Iris Center for Creative Development to raise money. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Arco Iris, Palace Hotel Restoration Fund, Arco Iris Center for Creative Development, P.O. Box 400, Antonito 81120. Begaye said he would begin discussions today on whether to close the tribal zoo and release most of the animals to the wild in response to a reported visitation and warning by Navajo deities about caging animals; and Begaye said he will explore the possibility of a "Navajo Desalinization Project" to bring water from the California coast to the reservation. The Lincoln County War of 1878 left a trail of death across the dusty New Mexico landscape. Osuna's especially pleased because the town isn't tearing down to build up. "We're making progress," she said, "but we're still preserving the culture." Among President Eisenhower's last acts was to sign legislation that created one of Washington's most treasured nature preserves -- the C & O Canal, The Post reported on Jan. 19, 1961. It became a national park 10 years later. All of a sudden the jackhammer broke though the concrete and hit not earth, but air, opening up a sealed part of the city's past: The workers had uncovered a ghost subway station. 20,000 native Americans live in New York City with little to unify them. Some decades ago, many native-American people still spoke Indian languages and lived more as a community. But today, the native-American population in New York City "is a mix of all tribes with no real center." One of his books, "Boy of the Painted Cave," published in 1996, is about a crippled boy who overcomes his handicap and becomes a cave painter during prehistoric times.,2107,9077-15628-94244-0,00.html Early humans became better hunters after they domesticated wolves about 135,000 years ago, an advantage that possibly helped them outlive Neanderthals and other rivals, according to John Allman, a California Institute of Technology researcher.

From NewsMAC, Newsletter of the New Mexico Archaeological Council, 1999 Number 1, January 1999, Page 28:

" Survey Indicates about 70% of NMAC Members Now Use e-mail. Early results of the 1999 membership renewal survey indicate that about 70% of members now have access to e-mail. This is a substantial increase over a similar survey conducted two years ago. About half of those who use e-mail (35% of all members) participate in Brian Kenny’s SW Archaeology Special Interest Group (SASIG) news group while only about 15% of those using e-mail (11% of all members) participate in acra-l, the news group of the American Cultural Resources Association. "