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Bandelier dedication marked by state award

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By Carol A. Clark

The cavates in Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument were listed on New Mexico’s most endangered list of historic places just 10 years ago. John Mack, Angelyn Bass Rivera and Lauren Meyer got busy and documented more than 1,000 cavates, drafted a conservation plan for Frijoles Canyon and developed new technology to conserve and further document the built heritage.Today, these well preserved and maintained small homes etched into steep tuff cliffs from 1100-1400 A.D. are a delight to thousands of tourists annually.Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Brad Traver nominated Mack, Rivera and Meyer for a 2008 Heritage Preservation Award for their tremendous accomplishments. They will each receive awards for Archaeological Heritage.Mack is chief of Natural Resources for Bandelier and Rivera and Meyer are Vanishing Treasure Conservators.“We are so fortunate to have such skilled and knowledgeable cultural resource specialists on our staff,” Traver said. “They have a real vision for how to manage these unique park resources inside the park and in coordination with the agencies and partners around us. We appreciate that the Department of Cultural Affairs is recognizing their efforts.”The Cultural Properties Review Committee will present the awards at 2 p.m., May 2 at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe. This year’s ceremony is themed around New Deal 75, which is being celebrated statewide with community events that commemorate the legacy of the many programs that put thousands of New Mexicans back to work during the Great Depression.The 36th annual awards ceremony, community events and a commemorative poster depicting New Mexico’s premier New Deal project, the construction of Conchas Dam, are all part of Heritage Preservation Month events celebrated nationally each May.Four awards are specifically related to the New Deal, but the CPRC also is honoring outstanding achievements in architectural and archaeological heritage, by individuals, for organizations and community preservation.There are 36 recipients of the 2008 Heritage Preservation Awards. A sampling of the other winners:• Herman Agoya of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.• Kathryn A. Flynn – Individual Achievement, for her leadership role in laying the groundwork for the New Deal 75 anniversary back in 1991.• Bonnie Ocheltree of Gila – Individual Achievement, for restoring the historic Lyons and Campbell Ranch in 1961.• Terry and Susie Mossman in Las Vegas – Individual Achievement, for their restoration of many buildings.* Jean Salazar – Individual Achievement, for successfully writing and shepherding a nomination of the Sigma Chi Road Historic District into the State Register of Cultural Properties. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s uncle was one of the first Sigma Chi residents.A number of people will receive Archaeological Heritage Awards for creating the Summerford Mountain Archaeological District, listed at the highest level of significance in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.The Campbell Corporation, Archaeological Heritage award, for taking an usual approach to developing a master-planned community in the City of Edgewood near Albuquerque.Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, John Castillo, director of Municipal Development, and William S. Perkins of the American Society of Landscape Architects of Corrales will receive awards for Community Preservation Planning for transforming a derelict park, Albuquerque’s Roosevelt Park, into a community gathering place.For details on these and other award recipients, access www.nmhistoricpreservation.org.