Category Archives: Navajo County

Snowflake Council rehashes historic preservation ordinance

[Source: Donna Rescorla, The Independent] — Snowflake’s proposed historic preservation ordinance was under discussion again at the Oct. 14 council meeting. Town Manager Paul Watson presented a summary of the questions answered by councilors after the previous meeting. Asked whether the town should have an overlay district or just designate specific homes and businesses, all agreed they should have a district but some thought it should only be along Main Street rather than the area that has already been designated a historic district. That district is in the original town site. Most councilors thought property owners in the district should just receive recommendations if they want to change the look of the building or demolish it rather than having them adhere to certain restrictions. “Are we opposing having restrictions at all?” Councilor Charlie Hendrickson asked. “This would have no teeth or little. We need to have stronger control on those buildings that are designated as historic homes.” Hendrickson listed the Flake Mansion, Smith Home, Freeman Home and Stinson Museum, saying the town helped pay for renovations on these buildings and continues to pay for their operation and maintenance. Councilor Dean Porter said if the ordinance had no restrictions, they could stipulate that historic homes would have to have any changes approved. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Homolovi state park: Hopi history on display in Winslow

[Source: Mary Beth Faller, Arizona Republic] — In the visitor center, a feathered paho is attached high on a stone wall, protecting non-Hopis from the forces unleashed by the opening of the ancient villages buried here. “There are powerful forces associated with archaeological sites,” says park manager Karen Berggren. “They’re not evil, but the power released is like a flash flood.” Hopis made the paho icon out of raptor feathers to protect visitors to the park, which is part of the Hopis’ homeland. Homolovi, a recreational area for visitors, is a sacred site for the Indians, who nonetheless are happy to share their culture.

The endless views of the stark plateaus and mesas enhance the sense that visitors are setting foot on holy ground. The park, just off Interstate 40 north of Winslow, was created in 1993 at the urging of the Hopis, who were desperate to save their ancient villages from thieves and vandals. The ruins of villages from the 1200s to the late 1300s were filled with thousands of pots, luring unscrupulous collectors. “In the 1960s, a guy came in here with a backhoe,” Berggren says. The thieves stole the pots and destroyed much of the surrounding village structures, all of which are sacred to the Hopis. It would be like tourists chipping off pieces of the Sistine Chapel ceiling when they visited. “We estimate we’ve lost 95 percent of the pots,” Berggren says.

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Snowflake considers library issues

[Source: Donna Rescorla, The Independent] — With Mayor Kelly Willis proclaiming April 13-19 National Library Week in Snowflake, it seemed only fitting that several other library related items were brought up at the April 8 meeting of Taylor Town Council. Town Librarian Cathie McDowell appeared before the council asking them to approve a resolution authorizing an application for a State Historic Preservation Grant to be used toward the renovation of the Snowflake Academy Building for use as the town library. She said they have the opportunity to use the grant because they already have matching funds.

“We can apply for up to $150,000 and we’re going for the maximum,” she said. “We have the $80,000 from the (Community Block Development Grant) grant we are receiving from the county. We also have the CDBG grant from the town.” She reported the State Historic Preservation Office has already confirmed that CDBG funds as well as their State Library grant can used for the match. “Winning this grant would help move this ambitious and important project forward,” she stated. The Snowflake Academy was also brought up by David Flake in call to the public. He thanked the council and the community for their support, adding that now the goal of the foundation board is to work aggressively at fundraising. “We want to thank you,” he told the council. “It’s up to all of us to support this project to put the building back to the way it was.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]