of Bandelier Announce
Edition Pendleton Blanket for Bandelier's 90th Anniversary
11, 2006, is the 90th birthday of Bandelier National
Monument. Bandelier wanted to commission a 90th
Anniversary Commemorative Blanket from Pendleton Mills. They asked
us to partner in the venture. After a summer and fall of anguish
over the design and colors, we've put in an order to Pendleton for a
limited edition of 250 blankets. Blankets are 64 x 80 inches at $225
until January 1, $250 thereafter. Pendleton estimates delivery in
mid-January 2006; it will take us a while to distribute. Hopefully
by February 11, the anniversary date.
To order, contact us by e-mail or at
PO Box 1282 Los Alamos NM 87544.
Note (September 2006): The blankets are SOLD OUT!
As part of the 90th celebration,
the Bandelier rangers held contests for a slogan and logo. The
winning slogan: Experience a timeless landscape and legacy.
Logo winner is Joani Cannon of White Rock. Joani has a distinguished
30-year record of creating logos for patrons like the Los Alamos
Concert Association, Los Alamos Arts Council, and Family Strengths
Network. Actually, the contest was a little sad. Chief of
Interpretation Lynne Dominy showed me the almost 100 logo entries.
Some were beautifully designed and presented, with pots as part of
the design. Unfortunately, they were not OUR pots (most had
Mimbres-type decorations). The contest rules clearly stated that
designs must represent Bandelier, so the judges had to turn thumbs
down. Here is the logo that will appear on all tangible items
associated with the anniversary.
of Interpretation Lynne Dominy has developed a lengthy list of events
for the anniversary year. She's engaged the Los Alamos County Art
Center, Historical Society, and County Parks Division as partners,
and is searching for more sponsors. She asked the Friends to
consider sponsoring a Recycled Art Show, butterfly count, and Fall
Fiesta with Pueblo food and demonstrations. Los Alamos National Bank
has generously agreed to sponsor two editions of the Bandelier
Newspaper, the Tuff Times. LANB is by far the most generous donor to
worthy causes in Los Alamos (probably in all northern New Mexico).
They've helped us help Bandelier for all our 18 years.
The exhibit area in the Visitor
Center is almost 40 years old. The Bandelier rangers want to update
it to current standards. Lynne devoted much of her time on designs
for remodeling the exhibits at the Visitor Center. Her team held
several focus group meetings, including one where they just invited
visitors off the interpretive paths. Construction was supposed to
start in Fall of 2006. Unfortunately, because of hurricane disasters
and other strains on government funds, the administration ordered
federal agencies, including the National Park Service, to reexamine
their budgets. Bandelier's plans are now uncertain until the park
gets its revised budget.
September, the rangers opened all the Cerro Unit for non-mechanized
day use. The unit is along State Road 4 up by the cross-country ski
track. Most was closed to the public since the park acquired it in
1977. Before they could open the area, the rangers had to complete
an environmental assessment and hold public meetings; the public
expressed a strong desire for trails. Unfortunately, Bandelier does
not have the resources to install or maintain any new trails.
Instead, they installed a route up Cerro Grande that they just
marked with plastic diamonds. Within two months, hikers formed a
nice trail just by walking along the route. The views are great from
Cerro Grande! The route concept seems to work well; hikers hope
Bandelier will consider more.
rangers planned a controlled burn in the Cerro Unit. The area needs
it so badly, but recent weather made it too wet. I certainly never
expected to complain about rain!! Time window for the burn extends
into early December, otherwise it has to be postponed until 2006.
two projects don't sound like much, but each took several years to
plan and carry out. Park Service paperwork is truly awful.