Sunday, May 24, 2015

Minority rule?

Prior posts reported on how the mineral museum restoration bill (SB1200) got nearly unanimous support in both House and Senate. Yesterday,. the Arizona Republic reported on the communications received by the Governors office:

For SB1200:          1,376
Against: SB1200:         5

Source:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/05/23/mining-and-mineral-museum-state-capitol-closed/27786917/ 

So, why did the Governor veto the bill?

As quoted in the above linked Republic article, the AHS claims that they did not oppose the bill.

If, so, who did?

As described in the 5/2/15 blog post, the "Friends of the Arizona Historical Society" requested that messages be sent to the Governor asking that SB1200 be vetoed.

Who are the "Friends of the Arizona Historical Society"?

Why did these 5 individuals get their way over the will of the people?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Historical society image crumbling?

The AHS obviously has delusions  of competence, presuming to certify "lesser" museums across the state. What is that certification worth when a series of Auditor General Reports prepared over a span of more that a decade shows that the AHS itself does not meet the criteria?

The mineral museum mess in Phoenix has attracted widespread attention, and is further diminishing the public image of the AHS. Go to the following link to see some biting sarcasm recently directed at the AHS,

http://arizonafreedomalliance.ning.com/events/event/show?id=6399857%3AEvent%3A64425&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_event

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Support mineral museum restoration

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Imagined excellence

During the public hearings on SB1200, the few AHS supports kept parroting the following ludicrous talking point:

No other state agency could successfully operate a museum because that is the AHS mission and they excel at it.
Given the ever declining attendance at  AHS museums,  the claim is preposterous. It also reveals an inability to even comprehend and recognize competence and excellence.  SB1200 would have transferred mineral museum assets to the Arizona Geological Survey. An independent description of the AZGS follows:



The Arizona Geological Survey is a leader among state surveys.  For instance, last year the Arizona Geological Survey received an $18 million grant from the Department of Energy to lead a coalition of 46 state geologic surveys and universities to study the geothermal resources of the United States.

In April of this year, the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources was deactivated and its duties transferred to the Arizona Geological Survey.  These duties include maintaining a repository of mineral and mining information, including databases, books, periodicals, individual mine files, mine map repository files, mining district data and an archive of mine data; and providing quality mining data, evaluation, and assistance relating to mineral development to the legislature, federal, state and local governmental agencies, industry, and the public.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Investigation closed



A May 4th news story reports that the minerals sold on eBay, advertised as being from the mineral museum, were not really from the museum:


Comment:
While the eBay sale apparently did not involve minerals from the museum, the AHS cannot really know if the mineral collection is "wholly intact" as stated in the article. In obvious violation of state statutes, it has scattered parts of the collection over the state, and a recent Auditor General’s report shows they do not have an adequate collection management plan. 

The Arizona Freedom Alliance posting the following: http://arizonafreedomalliance.ning.com/group/arizona-news/forum/topics/the-museum-mystery

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Does the Arizona Historical Society have any friends?



The March 24th blog post displayed an obviously false message distributed by the “Friends of the Arizona Historical Society”? The content of the message was completely debunked by both the March 29th and April 10th posts. A copy of the rebuttal was sent to the address shown in the message from the “Friends of the Arizona Historical Society”; 101 North 1st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.  The envelope was returned with the following hand written note: “return to sender, not at this address”.

It happens that the AHS lobbying firm, R&R Partners, occupied the 19th floor of 101 North 1st Avenue until December of 2014. Then they moved to their current address to 121 East Buchanan. Does this mean that AHS lobbyists sent a fake message from an old, abandoned office on North 1st Street?

Is there a real organization called the Friends of the Arizona Historical Society?

Or, are the only “friends” of the AHS has ones it has to buy (i.e. lobbyists)?

R&R Partners is a Los Vegas based advertising, marketing, public affairs, and public relations firm with major clients. Why is it involved with a minor, functionally challenged client like the AHS?
Is the AHS paying R&R Partners to rewrite history?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Historical society affecting the future

In a continuing effort to expose the wasteful and unethical behavior of the Arizona Historical Society, the following text was released to 750 news media contacts last week. The Arizona Range News (Wilcox) and the White Mountain Independent (Show Low) were among the first to publish it.

The Arizona Historical Society, a state funded agency, is having an effect on Arizona’s future, and it is not a good one. In 2010, the AHS gained control of the state owned Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix. At the time, 40,000 children per year were served in various ways by the museum’s K-12 earth science education programs. Memorable learning experiences at the mineral museum inspired some students to pursue careers in science and engineering. In early 2011, the AHS locked the doors, even though it continues to receive approximately a half million dollars of state money a year to operate the museum. The reason for the closure, which violated state statutes, has never been explained.

In 2015, the State Legislature voted to transfer all mineral museum assets to another state agency that is able and willing to restore the mineral museum and the K-12 education programs. Bipartisan support for the transfer was overwhelming. Only two representatives (out of 60) and three senators (out of 30) voted against the bill. Unfortunately, AHS lobbyists were able to persuade Arizona’s new Governor to veto the bill. The AHS wants to convert the building into an “event center” with restaurant and cocktail bar. Many suspect the goal sounds like a lounge for lobbyists on the Capitol Mall.

Professors in Arizona, Colorado, and Oregon report that universities in the USA are producing less than half the economic geologists that will be needed to support our industrialized economy. Arizona is the number one non fuel mining state in the USA and produces two thirds of the nation’s copper. Arizona will therefore be disproportionately damaged by a shortage of geologists. The AHS must not be permitted to damage education and the economy to pursue selfish interests that will only benefit lobbyists.

 Complete details are available on the blog Mineral Museum Madness at www.minmumad.blogspot.com