TEXAS Dollars flow via historic preservation. Report says saving significant sites good for property values, tourism. Supporters of historic preservation now have a two-inch thick report from the Texas Historical Commission to back up their long-held assertion that preserving historic sites is not only good for Texas' identity but also for its economy. Preservation activities generate more than $1.4 billion of economic activity in Texas each year and supports almost 41,000 Texas jobs. The report also stated that $18 million worth of rehabilitation construction on residential buildings took place in 1997, compared with $303 million worth of new construction. In San Antonio, property values in historic districts are approximately 18.6 percent higher than comparable properties outside the districts.

TEXAS NEW MEXICO ARIZONA CALIFORNIA Congress completed work yesterday on a Route 66 preservation bill and sent it to President Clinton. The measure would launch a 10-year, $10 million effort to preserve and commemorate stretches of U.S. 66 that have been supplanted by Interstate 40 and other highways. The bill authorizes the National Park Service to support state, local and private efforts to preserve Route 66 by providing technical assistance, grants and cost-sharing arrangements. Designated in 1926, Route 66 crossed Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. In 1938, it became the first completely paved highway across the United States.

NEW MEXICO The pueblo may not have done as well expressing its concerns about the Fence Lake Project, a huge open-pit coal mine 50 miles south of the pueblo which will fuel an electric generating plant. Fearing the mine will draw down their sacred Salt Lake, the Zunis want the federal government to reassert its trust authority over the project, which it delegated to the state.

ARIZONA There's a nifty secret museum tucked into the Tucson Convention Center downtown. It's called the Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House. The shady home, at 151 S. Granada Ave., provides a glimpse at life in Tucson in the late 1800s. Tonight, the Arizona Historical Society presents a related program about Elizabeth Frémont, who spent some hot days here in 1881.

UTAH,1249,100013039,00.html? Some 6,800 public comments later, the Bureau of Land Management believes it finally has a plan for managing the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

CYBERIA Scientifically speaking, there's no such thing as race. That's the conclusion of the American Anthropological Association. This summer, challenge your perceptions of Native America, past and present. Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America examines the perceptions and stereotypes surrounding North American images in film, advertising, art, literature and museums. After sifting through more than 250,000 suggested names, Crayola has renamed its indian red color. Teachers complained students thought it described the skin color of American Indians. Five Native American tribal groups oppose further tests that would require bone fragments, including a planned radiocarbon analysis to corroborate the age of the skeleton, and a possible DNA profile. Nothing shows up in the ice cores between 300 and 600 AD. Krakatoa can be discounted as the prime mover in the disruption of civilizations. The marbles were taken from the Parthenon temple 200 years ago by British diplomat Lord Elgin and later sold to the British Museum. Britain's position is that they preserve the marbles better than anyone else in the world and they don't need the help of a southern European country. The shamans stood incongruously in the headquarters of the US Patent & Trademark Office wearing traditional garb - beads, feathers, and teeth. But under their arms were official protest documents prepared by their attorneys. The shamans say the Patent Office has helped steal their most important and sacred cultural property, an Amazonian plant called ayahuasca. Archeologists at the Ephrata Cloister have unearthed secrets locked away for more than 150 years. Dating to 1735, this was the site's first dormitory and one of the earliest such structures in Colonial America. Built in 1639, Sainte-Marie was Ontario's first European community. It lasted 10 years. The Jesuits kept meticulous accounts of their harsh and dreary lives. German visitors to Sainte-Marie come because of the enduring works of Karl May (1842-1912), one of Germany's best loved and most widely read authors. The fact that he never set foot on this side of the Atlantic didn't prevent him from writing colourfully detailed tales about life here. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. The return of a skull purported to be Ned Kelly's is now being linked to a restoration project. A Western Australian farmer reportedly wants to use it as "heritage" leverage.