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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 9 Please, no excuses — make sure and get your flu vaccine this fall HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Preservation News By EDMUND SAUEEDOiiom‘ebwg 1,200—year—old ceremon ial Site listed in National Register of Historic Places Santa Fe e One of the earli- est ceremonial centers in current- day northern New Mexico has been listed in the National Reg- ister of Historic Places, the New Mexico Historic Preservation Di- vision of the Department of Cul- tural Affairs announced on Aug. 27. K’uuyemugeh was a large, complex pueblo settlement from ca. 850—1150 AD. and the site of one of the region’s earliest great kivas, measuring 52—feet in diam- eter. It is one of 10 known kivas used by the pre—Columbian com— munity that was built along the Rio Grande near present—day Pojoaque about 15 miles north of Santa Fe. Archaeology at the site has revealed “unusual ceremo- nial animal burials,” further indi- cating the site’s importance as a religious center. “The site is a unique, well— preserved example of a rare tenth and early eleventh-century an— cestral Pueblo community center, and is likely the largest, most in- tact, and enduring in the North- ern Rio Grande Valley,” Tamara J. Stewart, principal for TAMARCH CRM said in her nomination, which was listed in the National Register earlier this month. Today’s Tewa—speaking Pojoaque Pueblo residents are direct descendants of the people who lived at K’uuyemugeh more than one-thousand years ago. Their community consisted of jacales or buildings of staked poles covered in adobe, build- ings made of 12" x 12" sandstone slabs and stone structures mor- tared with adobe. Roomblocks two—and-four stories tall enclosed two plazas. The great kiva was oriented to the southeast as were nine ad- ditional kivas—some rectangu— lar—for religious reasons. There were 23 housing blocks built along low ridges primarily to the west and southwest. “It is one of the early pueblos where Native Americans began to live together in architecturally sophisticated buildings,” said Steven Moffson, HPD State and National register coordinator. Pojoaque Pueblo—its resi— dents are descendants of the people who lived at K’uuyemugeh— initiated the nomination and hired Stewart to write it. It culminates decades of earlier research at the site includ- ing a ca. 1930 survey by the Laboratory of Anthropology, and excavations by one of its archae— ologists, Stanley Stubbs, in 1953. Additions are made monthly to the National Register. Six of the 37 in August nationwide hap— pen to be of historic sites in New Mexico. While Moffson said it’s rare for New Mexico to be recog- nized with that many in one month, it is not uncommon for one state to have a high number of listings in a month. What the six listings repre- sent, he said, is a lot of hard work by the nominators, the Cultural Properties Review Committee which first listed them in the State Register of Cultural Properties and staff. They are illustrative of New Mexico’s diverse history and address the state’s history in architecture, transportation, reli- gion and education. St. John’s College This is the first New Mexico college campus in its entirety to be des— ignated an historic district. Set in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Santa Fe campus is the sister campus to one established in Annapolis, Mary- land, in 1784. The New Mexico campus is historic for its archi— tecture and its association with New Mexico architect John Gaw Meem who donated 260 acres to establish it. The Modernist land- scaping by Garret Eckbo, and in- terior design and art by Alexander Girard also are singled out for his- toric mention. “The campus’s modern adap- tation of Territorial Revival-style architecture that follows a master plan developed in the early 19603, it being sited in Santa Fe and the school’s unique ap- proach to higher education are historically significant,” said Jeff Pappas, State Historic Preserva- tion Officer and HPD director. The nomination was written by the college’s library director; Jennifer Sprague, to help com- memorate the campus’s 50‘“ an- niversary. Delgado Street Bridge — The oldest bridge designed for motor vehicle traffic in Santa Fe was listed for its role in expand- ing the city south of the Plaza, and as an important infrastructure improvement that contributed to the capital city’s modernization after statehood. Built in 1928, it replaced a bridge swept away in a 1904 flood. It took Santa Fe County 24 years to raise money to build the new bridge, which is emblem— atic of New Mexico’s struggles to fund needed infrastructure in its early statehood years. The bridge is nearly unaltered and is consid- ered an excellent example of a concrete deck-girder bridge with a rocker—bearing system, the only one in the city. Its distinct pan- eled railings wrap away from its entrances, creating a gateway ef- fect that is highly representative of 19208 urban bridge design. Although used frequently by pedestrians, there are no side— walks on the 40’-6"-long span that crosses the Santa Fe River to connect Canyon Road to Alameda Street. The nomination was written by John Murphey, of FirstLight Consulting based in Santa Fe. Grants-Milan Flight Station — A transportation milestone, the Grants-Milan Flight Service Sta- tion, in Grants, provided critical radio communications and weather data for transcontinental flights during the Los Angeles— Amarillo leg of their journeys as part of the nation’s Mid-Conti— nental airway system. In opera- tion from 1953—1973, the flight station represents the government’s continued effort to ensure safe and reliable naviga- tion for transcontinental flights. Assembled from prefabri- cated panels by the Civil Aero- nautics Authority with commu- nity input, the small rectangular building with a pitched roof is one of the last remaining modu— lar buildings of its type. It is a prime example of mid—century construction used to build impor— tant air traffic control facilities that could be assembled at mul- tiple locations. The building is being re- stored as part of the Western New Mexico Aviation Heritage Mu- seum by the Cibola County His- torical Society and will house the museum’s main exhibits. HPD ‘ provided a grant to document and assess the building’s condition. The resulting document was so well executed that the CPRC rec- ognized it with a Heritage Publi- cation Award in 2013. The museum displays early aviation artifacts, including a 1929 beacon from Acomita, near Acoma Pueblo, that was part of the Transcontinental Air Trans- port system for which Charles Lindbergh was technical advisor. The TAT rail-and-air passenger service linked both coasts and fig— TALK ABOUT A GRE SEPTEMBER 10-20 Expmecom ured in one of the earliest avia- tion disasters which claimed eight lives in a plane crash on Mount Taylor. The nomination was written by Jean Fulton, of Las Cruces— based TimeSprings, Inc. Gutierrez—Hubbell House — Built between 1855 and 1859; the sprawling adobe former home of James Lawrence Hubbell and Juliana Gutierrez y Chavez was an important stop along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and the center of commercial life in Pajarito, where it operates to- day as a history and cultural cen- ter. The house is significant as an early example of a Territorial- style rancho with its symmetri— cal design, vigas, center-hall floor plan and a placita, or courtyard. “It is very important as an early example of an adobe house with a center hall plan,” Moffson said of the large hall with fireplace and furnishings. “You don’t gen- erally find this style in New Mexico until after the Civil War and it underscores the affluence and status of the Gutierrez— Hubbell family.” Ranches, typically were built around enclosures or cor— rals. They were used as informal inns for travelers and places to buy or trade supplies and live— stock. The Hubbells operated a mercantile and trading post and post office from the property. Commercial structures on the property were demolished years ago, but the house still faces a section of the Camino Real that is today’s Isleta Boulevard and evokes its importance as a stop- ' ping point for people traveling the first international trade route in the US. At one time the property in— cluded 285 acres. Hubbell, among the most successful trad— ers in the New Mexico territory, grazed 100,000 sheep and his heirs raised cattle and horses, grew alfalfa and maintained 40 acres for vineyards and orchards. Juliana was prominent locally and considered the matriarch of Pajarito. The family owned the house until 1996 when their great-granddaughter, Louise Hubbell , passed away. In 2000 the badly deteriorated home was purchased by Bernalillo County and subsequently restored by Cornerstones Community Part— nerships. The store and corrals are gone, and the home now is sur— rounded by 15 acres of land that is partially leased for agriculture. The county manages the property as part of its open space program with the nonprofit Hubbell House Alliance. The nomination was written by Steven Moffson. Los Alamos Post Office - The post office appears much as when it was built in 1946 as part of a multi-million-dollar civic complex funded by the Atomic Energy Commission to replace wartime housing used by people employed by the Manhattan Project. Architect W.C. Kruger, who designed the state capitol build- ing in Santa Fe, was commis— sioned for the post office shop- ping complex. The post office is notable for its massing, combina- tion of Territorial Revival and Modernist architectural elements and the distinctive ornamental thunderbird grilles that decorate each of its seven large vertical window bays. The entire com- plex still stands, although Terri- torial architectural elements were removed from the commercial buildings years ago. By BOB MOOS/Southwest pub- lic affairs officer for the U. S. Cen- ters for Medicare and Medicaid Services It’s that time of year when people come up with all sorts of excuses for not getting a flu shot. Often, though, the excuses catch up with them. So, for the benefit of the naysayers, let’s do a reality check and clear up some mis- taken notions. “Why worry? It’s just the flu.” Every year, almost 300,000 Americans land in the hospital as a result of the flu and its compli- cations, and more than 20,000 die from flu-related illnesses. Older adults should be especially wary. They will account for 60 percent of the hospital stays and 90 per- cent of the deaths. During the last flu season, more than 500 New Mexico resi- dents were hospitalized because of flu-related illnesses, and 31 died. “I got a shot last year. I don’t need another.” Even if you were vaccinated last year, you still need another shot this year, since your immu- nity to flu viruses wanes after a year. Also, the types of viruses usually change from season to season, so a new vaccine is made each year to fight that season’s most likely strains. “Last year’s vaccine was in- effective; why should I think this year’s will work?” The strains of virus in last year’s vaccine weren’t a good match with the strains that were less than ideal. The government expects that the strains in this year’s vaccine will be a better match and that the vaccine will be more effective. “I’ll do it later — like after the first of the year.” The flu season typically be- gins in October, peaks in January or February and runs through May. If you wait too long, you only increase your risk of catch— ing the flu. Now is the best time to get your vaccination. The vac— cine will protect you within two weeks. “The vaccine will give me the flu.” If you’re concerned about a serious allergic reaction or some other medical condition that may make the vaccine unsafe for you, you should consult your doctor. Otherwise, it’s important to re- member that you can’t get the flu from the flu shot. Side effects are rare. Most people notice nothing afterward. A few may have sore muscles or a slight fever, but those side effects usually last just a day or two. “I just don’t like shots.” There are more ways than ever to get the vaccine, includ- ing an intradermal injection that barely punctures the skin and a nasal spray that involves no shots at all. Not all kinds of vaccines can be used in all patients, but your doctor can suggest one that’s ‘ a good fit for you. As flu season gets underway this fall, you’ll want to wash your hands and stay away from sick people to reduce the spread of germs. But as useful as those pre- ventive steps are, the‘ annual vac- cine remains the best way to pro— tect yourself against flu viruses. Vaccine is now available at doctor offices, health clinics, public health departments, phar— macies, college health centers, many employers and some schools. If you’re enrolled in Medi- care Part B, your flu vaccine won’t cost you anything, as long as your doctor, clinic or pharmacy agrees not to charge you more than Medicare pays. There’s no deductible or co-payment for the vaccination. Older adults are at increased risk of the flu. As people age, their immune system typically weak- ens and their ability to ward off diseases declines. Moreover, the flu can cause complications for those already struggling with chronic health problems. Besides the standard-dose vaccine, adults 65 and older now have the option of a higher dose specifically designed to address their age-related declining immu— nity. The higher-dose vaccine triggers the body to produce more antibodies against flu viruses. However you choose to be vaccinated, don’t delay. You’ll be protecting not only yourself but also those around you. By avoid- ing the flu this season, you’ll avoid giving it to your family and friends. circulating. So, the vaccine was Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice g?” their opinions by writ— 3%? ing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e—mailed to hcherald@aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. 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