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President's Message

New Season, a letter from Claude Short


It has been a very busy (and stressful) dig season this year! We have suffered break-ins, thefts, and vandalism of the site. The site was closed to the public by the BLM and is now only open to paid members of Friends of Calico. We lost our book-keeper and accountant. Our Project Director was side-lined by medical issues and we had to add a couple new archaeologists to our permit. We moved our office from the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands to the Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow.

With all of that in mind, we still survived! In fact, we had been worried that this would be our last fieldwork season, but that is not going to happen! We have been able to extend the life of FOC by ANOTHER year! This is through the dedication and hard work of our board and awesome volunteers! I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the hands-on members of the FOC!

I am looking forward to surrendering my position on the board to new and (hopefully) energetic members of the board, and resuming my position as a volunteer in the field.

It has been an honor to serve as your President. Thank you all for the opportunity to serve you!

Claude Short, President

Friends of Calico Early Man Site, Inc.