Wednesday October 6, 1999

MEXICO The Aztecs used popcorn for ceremonial hats.

ARIZONA At 7:30 p.m. (UA campus), Ofelia Zepeda will speak on "Remembering Forgotten Languages: Creating New Speakers of American Indian Languages." Zepeda, a recently named MacArthur Fellow, is trying to produce new native speakers of American Indian languages. Northern Periphery habitations have received little attention. As more studies are done, Clyde and his colleagues hope that they can help fill the blank spaces in the Hohokam story. Clyde and his colleagues have built a northern Hohokam dwelling in a corner of the museum.

UTAH A proposal to create a national heritage area in downtown Ogden with federal money drew opposition Tuesday from the National Park Service.

COLORADO NPS Director Stanton today announced that Karen Wade has been selected to become the next Regional Director of the Intermountain Region, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Effective October 25th, Wade will oversee 86 diverse park units dispersed throughout an eight-state region that includes Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec put in 8,000-10,000 man-hours a year helping restore steam locomotives. Railroad operators come and go. As long as there are train buffs to keep the dream alive, the narrow gauge will continue. Hantavirus

TEXAS The Lawrence Farmstead was listed on the National Register of Historic Places last month, the first Mesquite property to make the prestigious list. The farmstead includes a Prairie Victorian-style house, a barn, a root cellar and a smokehouse. In 1986, a local genealogist rediscovered the remains of at least 32 Texas Rangers. The concentration of graves appears the result of family ties and fellowships forged by frontier hardships. Rust-red metal crosses bearing the traditional Ranger's badge will be installed at a public dedication ceremony Oct. 23rd.

CYBERIA Archeologists have found a treasure trove of military artifacts in Victoria Park and hope next to find evidence it was a stop in the Underground Railroad for slaves fleeing the United States. A broken line of dark, rotted post stubs poking out of an excavation site about a metre below ground marks the 1802 birthplace of Edmonton. Acknowledging the province's spotty record on protecting the past and the environment, the chair of the Edmonton Historical Board said a full excavation is unlikely. At a Royal Geographical Society lecture, amateur German historian Jochen Hemmleb will explain how he worked out where the remains of two British mountaineers who disappeared on the slopes of Mount Everest in 1924 could be found.