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RARE RIFLE STOLEN FROM FORT PHIL KEARNY SITE 03/15/99 The theft of a rare rifle has prompted officials to re-evaluate displays and security measures at the Fort Phil Kearny Historic Site. "We will be looking at how secure things really are," site Superintendent Sonny Reisch said. Reisch said all of the museum's artifacts and other displays have been secured in vaults. Someone broke into the facility about 3 a.m. Monday, tripping an alarm. "Whoever came in simply knew what they wanted," Reisch said. "It was only a few minutes between the time the alarm went off and when it was responded to." The only item taken was a Henry rifle that Bob Edwards, president of the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association, described as "very rare, very expensive and very historic." Reisch did not want to go into too many details regarding the alarm system, but he said alarms are located at every door into the building, and when one is triggered, it goes off at the residence of Museum Curator Bob Wilson, who lives near the site. "It took him less than five minutes to get (to the museum)," Reisch said. A deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office arrived soon after Wilson. Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Kozisek said no information is being released at this time. Edwards estimated the value of the 44-caliber rimfire rifle could be as much as $40,000. Reisch said the state has various estimates as to its value. The weapon, like other exhibits in the museum, belongs to the Fort Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association, and is on permanent loan to the state. Reisch said it was donated to the association and has been on display at the site since 1989. Reisch said there has never been a break-in at the site until now. "This was quite a shock to us," he said.,2107,28073-45214-335955-0,00.html Agua Calientes plan to expand their museum from 1,600 square feet to 30,000 square feet in the next 18 months and have started a fund to buy back Cahuilla artifacts for the expanded space. Colorado's professor of the year recalls when a high school teacher scoffed at his plans for a college education. "He actually laughed," said Dennis Van Gerven, an anthropology professor at the University of Colorado. "While my friends were taking prep English, I was taking lamp wiring and leather working."

From: Brian Kenny < > ; (602) 541-2991 Several of us are planning a session at the Chicago AAA (Nov 99) titled "Anthropologists on the Internet: Doing Anthropology on the World-Wide Web." As I can still be surprized and charmed by my fellow "Delight Makers," it should be fun doing the ethnography of applied scientific practices in the American Southwest. You are welcomed to e-mail me to express your opinion, and to unload your happiness or your angst regarding the themes expressed in the abstract outlined below. Your response will be kept in strict confidence (not posted on SWA or otherwise identified). I will work only with aggregate results. Here is my abstract:

TITLE: " What Goes On Line? An Ethnographic Look At Applied Scientific Practices in the American Southwest. "

ABSTRACT: " The use of the Internet by anthropologists affects the manner in which traditional anthropological knowledge is constructed and utilized. A well known virtual community located in the American Southwest is composed of professional and avocational archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, Native Americans, and members of the general public. While this amalgamated community bills itself as non hierarchical and non establishment, virtual browser pages and professional reality differ substantially. Hierarchy and traditional professional relationships play a decisive normative role in most decisions about the anthropological content to be made public and how the profession should be presented. Web based approaches and techniques allow the amalgamated community opportunities to respond quickly to challenges or threats, but this responsiveness can result in higher costs and unique risks to individuals. The question remains whether professional organizations will take on such costs and risks, or, will merely leave them to be borne by risk tolerant anthropologists. Likewise, risk taking individuals may drive the professional community to places it does not wish to go even despite a variety of control and coping mechanisms. Ethnographic methods applied to the virtual professional community may provide insight about the future of distributed information, cooperative sharing, and the meaning of knowledge in Anthropology. "