Thursday October 7, 1999

TEXAS Displays, demonstrations, and activities for children and adults are available at the Texas archeology fair.

COLORADO The Colorado Historical Society membership drive will run through the end of the year. The Take Your Place in History campaign centers around the upcoming exhibit, "Then and Now, 1870 - 2000: The Jackson/Fielder Photos," showing the dramatic changes in Colorado's landscape, opening to the public Friday, Nov. 19, at the Colorado History Museum. For more information about joining the Colorado Historical Society, call (303) 866-3678, or (303) 866-3677.

NEW MEXICO Leaders at the Museum of New Mexico say the cream of the administrative talent pool is leaving Santa Fe's cultural beacon and tourism dynamo, bound for more lucrative jobs outside the state or in other industries. Associate directors and other top administrators at the four museums in the system make less than their industry peers, even within the state museums outside Santa Fe, administrators say. City voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $101.6 million bond package that will finance projects ranging from street-paving to expanding the Albuquerque Museum. Most of the bond questions passed by wide margins ( vote count: Museum bonds FOR: 21,618 AGAINST: 15,866 )

ARIZONA Camp Verde's museum was the beginning of the first historical fort restorations in Arizona. That 1957 celebration was the beginning of a long tradition. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the town is playing host to its 43rd Annual Fort Verde Days celebration. For information, call 520-567-0535.

UTAH Hard-core fossil fans will dig the Utah Geological Survey's new book, Vertebrate Paleontology in Utah.

NEVADA Spirit Mountain has become the first Indian land in the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mountain is so sacred to 10 Indian tribes in Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico that background from its application for the national listing is not available to the public, even through a FOIA request. The mountain has been so significant that Indians were reluctant to allow federal archaeologists Stanton Rolf and Cynthia Pinto to put its secrets on paper. The BLM is working to establish a monitoring and management plan to protect the mountain as a cultural resource in the future. The tribes attached to Spirit Mountain include Hualapai, Mojave, Havasupai, Yavapai, Chemuavi, Quechan, Maricopa and the Hopi. The Pai Pai and Kumeyaay tribes from Mexico and Southern California, respectively, also consider the mountain sacred.

CALIFORNIA As part of a week long gathering of tribal leaders, Native American women got their day in the spotlight Wednesday. Members of the "All Women Tribal Council" were honored for their contributions to Indian and American History. It was under the leadership of this group of women that tribal government rules and regulations were created. The five member group was first established in 1955, and are still recognized for their leadership. The living members of that special council were honored with a plaque by the Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians. Calico is turnof-the-century silver and borax mining town, refurbished as San Bernardino County Regional Park. Calico Days Oct 8-10. Mission Road cuts through the center of an area that has been home to American Indian villages, missionary camps, citrus farms and Mormon settlements. Its significance touches every major point in California history.

CYBERIA A bogus flier placed in coffee shops and other sites around the Twin Cities says the Minnesota Historical Society is inviting people to dig up artifacts near the disputed Minnesota 55 reroute project in South Minneapolis. The phony flier, which carries the historical society logo and a photo of a society marker, announces a Columbus Day "Artifact Dig'' in the historic Camp Coldwater area. A missing crate could contain the bones of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. $4 million has been spent so far on the hunt. Ten members of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery visited Nikumaroro in July as part of preparations for a bigger expedition planned for 2000 to look for bones and aircraft debris. The robbery took place just a few days before a regional workshop, called "Fighting the Traffic of Objects of Cultural Heritage," was held in Cuzco last week. The event brought together representatives of government and private cultural institutes from all over Latin America as well as representatives from art and antiquities units of Interpol, the FBI, and Scotland Yard. The meeting explored ways to stem this growing contraband trade.