NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2019: GCAS general meeting & Awesome Annual GCAS Potluck Christmas Party & White Elephant Extravaganza. Meet at Josh & Kyle's party house at 615 E. Skyview Drive. Annual Board of Trustees meeting begins ~ 5:30 PM, general meeting begins at 6 PM. Bring some potluck finger-food AND a wrapped white-elephant gift to exchange. Directions: From Hudson Street/Hwy 90 southbound from Silver City's downtown, turn left (southeast) onto Ridge Road where the Chevron gas station is on the southeast corner. Continue on Ridge Road a short ways and take the second left (eastbound) onto Skyview Drive. 615 Skyview will be a ways down the hill on the left.

NEXT FIELD TRIP = Sunday, December 8, 2019: San Diego Mountain Petroglyphs. Meet BEFORE 9:00 AM at the Valero gas station in Deming a bit south of the Hwy 180/Hatch Hwy 26 junction, about 1 hr. south of Silver City. Depart Valero at 9:00 AM sharp. Convoy will drive thru Hatch to I-25 & the Rincon exit 35, then go south on I-25 to meet Las Cruces & El Paso friends at Upham exit 32 at 10:00-10:15 AM. From there, drive about 5 mi. on dirt road to the arroyo. High clearance is not necessary with careful driving. Park, then walk approx. 1 mi. on a flat, sandy surface to the petroglyphs on an uphill, uneven terrain. Round trip hike is about 3 mi. total. Bring lunch & water. Call Kyle at 575 538-5706 if questions, including concerns about the weather.

DNA Sequencing in Chaco Canyon
New Vandalism at the Dragonfly Petroglyph Site

Vandalism at Bandelier National Monument - Call for the Public's Help

Keep your eyes open on social media & YouTube, people - there may be a short video about this image from www.nps.govthat eventually surfaces somewhere. The kind of persons who vandalize, typically can't keep it to themselves for very long. The bigger the vandalism, the bigger the urge to brag about it. These two particular incidents of vandalism at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, New Mexico, occurred in August 2017 and May 2018. They appear to have been very, very big indeed.

KRQE News reported on August 22, 2018: "The National Park Service needs the public's help finding a vandal....Park officials are in disbelief at the damage done at an archeological site called Duchess Castle at Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos earlier this summer...."

[Photo of Duchess Castle, Bandelier National Monument, by National Park Service.]

From the KRQE News report, "The site has been significantly impacted and the damage is irreparable," Bandelier park officials said in a news release. "We have to divert staff to make repairs, document the damage and not to mention law enforcement has to engage and make an investigation," Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott said. KRQE News 13 asked Bandelier park officials if they had surveillance video, but they said they would not reveal what evidence they have...." Superintendent Lott told KRQE News that he could not provide photos or any details of the vandalism because the park is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and an eventual conviction, and they are seeking legitimate tips.

The National Park Service advises, "If you have information about these incidents that could help investigators, please call the Bandelier Crime Tip Line at 505-709-0077. Though you may remain anonymous, up to $10,000 is offered for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible....

...You can help protect your treasured public lands. If you see something suspicious in any NPS location, stay safe and tell us about it. Talk to any NPS employee for help in reporting suspicious activity, or give the Special Agents of the NPS Investigative Services Branch a call. We understand that it may take time to reach park personnel and/or areas with cell or internet service. You don't have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know:
·CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009
·ONLINE and click "Submit a Tip"
·EMAIL e-mail us
·MESSAGE via Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS"

Your faithful webmaster emphasized in bold the National Park Service's above requests to the general public for help. Please use any of their phone numbers or links to contact them with any information you have. From what the Park Service has reported, it appears that the vandalism incidents in August 2017 and May 2018 constitute serious felonies for the damage the vandal(s) caused to our public lands and our national heritage. Let's see if we can hold the vandal(s) to account.

/s/ webmaster





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