Friday, February 26, 2010

Pinal County: Ancient archeological site in potential jeopardy. . . .

I have decided to proceed with a historic preserva-tion project as a result of development that has become dangerously close to a local archeological site. I have decided to call it the Pinal County Petroglyth Preservation Project(P.C.P.P.P.). My first step was to send descriptions and photos to the local Indian communities as well as to state representatives. The media will be next.

Hopefully, somebody might just listen. If a small invertebrate can stop a dam project, I would like to think I can stop a few careless fools and one greedy developer.

I took another hike past the construction site and into the box canyon today. I noticed some new fence was erected. Native plants were destroyed in the process. Apparently, my presence got the attention of one construction worker. He got off his machine and stared at me while I took pictures.

I am working under the assumption that these people are fully aware of the archeological significance of this area and may resort to any means necessary to protect their interests. I mean that they may be willing to destroy this petroglyth site as a means to their end.

The text of the emails I sent to state legislators and other agencies:

If you and the other elected officials of the State of Arizona have time to decide on a state horse,(I think it should be Mr. Ed because he is smart and can talk.) you may try to find a little time to save a potentially endangered Native American archeological site. Currently, a large construction project is coming dangerously close to petroglyths not far from my home. Vandals and some "not so bright" prospectors are also carelessly damaging this endangered place of historic value.

Shortly after moving to Thunderbird Farms, I came across some petroglyths in a box canyon in the Haley Hills. That was over 17 years ago. This ancient art can be seen in the wash that runs parallel to (censored) Rd. Although this location is off the reservation, I believe it to be of historic importance and it should be preserved and protected. The above mentioned construction project may potentially threaten this site.

In addition to development, it appears that people have been intentionally defacing the rocks in this small canyon. I have included a map and photographs of this site. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, steps can and will be taken to preserve this site.
My message to the “amateur prospectors”:

An amateur prospector(s) who doesn’t know shit about geology, has carelessly busted this area up. I happen to have a B.S. degree in geology and am absolutely positive that there are no economically important minerals in this Early Proterozoic Granitic rock. The metamorphics on the other side of the hill have no economic value either. The breccias that lay unconformably on top of these intrusives might make good fill or cement if it was close to a good road. Otherwise the rocks here are worthless. There is no gold there! Don’t waste your time looking or sweating over this site!

If there was gold there, I would already have made some grills or buried it out in my back yard. I had more than 17 years to find it.

"The wilderness once offered men a plausible way of it functions as a psychiatric refuge. Soon there will be no wilderness....Soon there will be no place to go. Then the madness becomes universal...and the universe goes mad."
--Edward Abbey, Monkey Wrench Gang, Chapter 5, p. 63

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Today’s Vekol Valley illegal immigration patrol. . . .

I conducted another one of my illegal immigra-tion patrols in the Vekol Valley south of I-8 this morning and afternoon. This was the first time out of the last four trips, that the sun was out and it wasn't either cloudy or raining. Despite the favorable weather, there were very few people out there.

Due to a decline in border crossings, we didn’t see any illegal aliens. In reality, I have a better chance of seeing them right in my own neighborhood at the Farmers Convenience Store. The availability of pre-paid phone cards, a pay phone and beer draw them in like flies.

The cattle pond at the old ranch site at the intersection of route 8007 & 8045 is still functional, but murky. This area is often host to illegal aliens. Articles of clothing and trash can be found throughout the area. Shortly after leaving the ranch area, a pair of A10 Thunderbolts a.k.a. “Warthog” made a low altitude pass over us. This sort of thing happens quite frequently.

Photo Essay: Vekol Valley with the Maricopa Off Road Club

The club’s first trip was to the Vekol Valley and Table Top Mountain trailhead. I was fortunate enough to be riding along with the trip’s trail master, Steve.

Vekol Valley is located southwest of Maricopa, and southeast of Gila Bend, south of Interstate 8. Table Top is the prominent flat-topped mountain seen (on a clear day) to the direct south of Maricopa.

Border hoppers often utilize bicycles to cross through the desert. The Border Patrol agents that find them often run over them with their trucks to render them unusable by the next illegal alien that may come across it. This particular one didn't have any brakes. Since desert vegetation is brutal towards tires and tubes, bikes are frequently discarded. The nearby Vekol Ranch has a huge collection of bikes that have been picked up over the years.

Chronicle of the Old West: Tuesday, April 25, 2006

An interesting aside about our visit to Vekol Ranch. The ranch is located about sixty miles from the Mexican border. When we arrived there, we saw stacks of bicycles. Now, I know that some ranchers are using ATVs, but bicycles?

Black one gallon jugs appear to be getting more and more popular. Perhaps, they are harder for Border Patrol agents to spot. It wouldn't surprise me if there's a store right over the border that sell these to potential border crossers. On a previous occasion, I encountered a Quaker State oil jug with a pant leg sewn around it to make a field improvised carrier. I wonder if the oil tainted water tasted better than what the illegal alien was used to drinking at home. Don’t drink the water when in Mexico.

Questions mount over drop in illegal immigrant population

Arizona has seen the sharpest decline in undocumented population of any state, losing 18 percent, or more than 100,000, of its illegal immigrants in 2008, according to a new government report.

Experts agree that the decrease in Arizona's undocumented immigrant population was fueled by the staggering loss of jobs the state experienced during the recession, and that to lesser extent immigration crackdowns also contributed to the decline.

My favorite sign that welcomes me to the Sonoran Desert National Monument now has two bullet holes in it. We can thank criminal Mexicans and a corrupt U.S. government for this additional tax payer expense. If it were not for them, a “travel caution” sign would not be needed at all. Would you feel safe out here as an unarmed and defenseless tourist? There is no cell phone service and the nearest police are at least 30 miles away. Don't come here without a firearm!

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" -Aldous Huxley