CALIFORNIA The trustees of the Ventura County Museum of History and Art selected Tim Schiffer, the current curator, as the new director of the museum after the much-heralded Ed Robings retires. He is devoted to Ventura County history. "It's really fascinating, these community cultures that we haven't collected before," he said, touching the rough cloth of a baseball uniform from the 1940s. "It's like archeology." Bolton Hall Museum will hold a slide presentation on Native American Rock Art discovered in Los Angeles County. The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. on Sept. 11. Members of the Chumash and Gabrielino tribes will contribute to the meeting. Call 352-3420 for more information.

ARIZONA The grand opening for The Bead Museum is scheduled for Saturday, October 9th, 1999. Virgina M. Ullman Learning Center opens October 9th. October 9, 1999 SILENT VOICES OF A LOST LAND explores the archaeological and geologic features contained in Glen Canyon, which now lie under the waters of Lake Powell. The exhibit will include photographs of the canyon and artifacts that were recovered before the area was flooded.

MEXICO Nació en Fronteras, Sonora en Julio de 1735, su padre Juan Bautista de Anza, capitán del presidio de Santa Rosa de Corodequachi (alias fronteras) y justicia mayor de Sonora, su madre fue María Rosa Bezerra Nieto, hija del capitán del presidio de Janos, Chihuahua, Antonio Bezerra Nieto. Juan Bautista (el segundo) el menor de seis niños, tenia poco menos de cuatro años cuando a su padre lo asesinaron los apaches. Después de la muerte de su padre, vivieron en el Real de Minas de Basochuca, cerca de Arizpe, por un periodo de siete años. Posteriormente radicaron en el Rancho Divisadero, cerca de Nogales, Sonora; allí vivió durante la rebelión de los Pimas en 1751 a la edad de 15 años con la caballería. Fué Teniente de Caballería en Fronteras en 1756 y Capitán de Túbac (ahora en Arizona) en 1759, partición en la guerra contra los seris al sur de Hermosillo entre los años de 1768-1772. En 1774 hizo una expedición para descubrir un camino entre Sonora y Alta California, salió de Sonora con más de 300 personas para establecer una colonia en Bahía de San Francisco en marzo de 1775 y un año después llagaron hasta San Francisco. También fué Comandante de todas las tropas en Sonora por un año y medio, Gobernador de Nuevo México en Santa Fé, 10 años; finalmente vivió en Arizpe, donde fue nuevamente Comandante de todas las tropas por un año y medio más y murió en 19 de diciembre de 1788 en Arizpe.

CYBERIA The millennium has prompted a sharp increase in the illegal trade of biblical-era artifacts. A doll collection from the 1930s, a fossilized dinosaur's hipbone, botany charts from the turn of the century -- they are all part of a large collection of memoirs from 129 years of teaching in Wichita's public schools. Some of the items have historical importance, and others are of significant cultural or aesthetic value. Still others simply are too darned weird to throw away. Together, they document how generations of Wichita residents were educated. Lummi Indian leaders said yesterday they want the city to find another site for its new sewage-treatment plant after the remains of more than 40 Indians were dug up during initial excavation. Construction was halted last month, and an investigation was begun after contractors dug up the remains and failed to notify the tribe. Officials admit the city and its hired archaeologist violated an agreement with the tribe, the state and federal officials by not notifying the tribe of the find and continuing to work. Some of the remains were shipped out of state to the city's archaeological contractor in Denver, though all are now back in the possession of the tribe. Work was halted when tribal officials brought the situation to the attention of the state Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. - Dog Fancy - Does a big fire hydrant in the sky await Fido if he's good on Earth? Dog Fancy magazine's September issue put that question to a Roman Catholic priest, Jewish rabbi, Buddhist leader, Southern Baptist spokesman and others in what it termed an extension of the debate over "animal theology." The Catholic said that "heaven was designed for humans. The reason dogs may be there is for us, not for themselves." The Jewish rabbi said that every animal "based on how it lives in this world will reap its reward, its divine bliss in the world to come." And the Buddhist said, dogs are "subject to reincarnation as well as humans."

[ Ed. Note -- If archaeologists soon will be repatriating sacred dog burials, with whom will we conduct consultations? ]