Friday, December 21, 2007

Developer Agrees to Major Fines in Blading Case, Emory Sekaquaptewa Passes

Southwestern Archaeology Making the News - A Service of the Center for Desert Archaeology

- Developer Agrees to Pay 7 Million Dollars for Illegally Grading Hohokam Sites: An Arizona developer and his company agreed to pay $7 million to the state for his role in the illegal blading of more than 200 acres of state trust land and the destruction of several Hohokam sites. In the deal announced Thursday, George H. Johnson and Johnson International admit no guilt for those events nor other allegations, including that they caused the deaths of 21 bighorn sheep by putting domestic goats on the land he intended to develop into a new city in southern Pinal County.

- Settlement in Johnson Case the Largest Environmental Damage Fine in Arizona History: The state will collect more than $12 million from the settlement of a 2005 lawsuit against land developer George B. Johnson, several of his companies, excavation contractor Jack McCall, 3F Contracting Inc. and Preston Well Drilling. The money will settle all claims in the case.

- Hopi Linguist and Anthropologist Emory Sekaquaptewa Passed Away Last Friday: Emory Sekaquaptewa, a Hopi educator, judge, artist and cultural treasure as well as a noted research anthropologist at The University of Arizona’s Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, died on Dec. 14. Although his birth was never recorded, he is believed to have been born in 1928 and celebrated his birthdays on Dec. 28.

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- Anasazi Heritage Center Announces Winter Hours: Looking for something fun and free to do over the holidays? Have friends and relatives visiting? Now’s your chance! The Bureau of Land Management’s Anasazi Heritage Center located near Dolores, Colorado, is open for winter visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the Center will only be closed December 24th (Christmas Eve), December 25th (Christmas Day), and January 1st (New Year’s Day). Right now in the museum’s special gallery is the exhibit Stanton Englehart: Seasons on the Plateau which includes many never before seen paintings by this life long and nationally recognized painter of the Four Corners.