Courtesy of KZMU

The Bureau of Land Management is investigating vandalism at Birthing Rock, a petroglyph panel in the Moab area estimated to be at least 1,000 years old. The vandalism included the phrase ‘white power’ scrawled over anthropomorphic figures. The BLM Utah office  says vandalism and graffiti erase the important stories of Indigenous people who came before us and are still important to the spiritual and cultural lives of living Indigenous communities.

KZMU’s Molly Marcello spoke to former BLM Moab archeologist Don Montoya about what he calls a ‘crisis’ in destructive behavior. Montoya currently works as a consultant for the repatriation of Native American human remains and sacred objects. 

Denver police have released a photo of the person suspected of damaging several bronze busts at the State Capitol late last month.

Police spokesman Jay Casillas said Monday investigators are still working to find him.

Investigators are asking anyone who can identify the person in the photo to call crime stoppers at 720-913-STOP.

Mesa Verde Facebook Page

KSJD’s Gail Binkly sat down with Mesa Verde public information specialist Cristy Brown and visual information specialist Kayla Eiler to find out more about the problem and what the park is doing to combat it. Click below to listen.

Montezuma County

National Park Service

The National Park Service is seeking information about vandals who spray-painted rocks near the Yavapai Geology Museum in Grand Canyon National Park. According to a press release, on May 22nd, a visitor at the canyon’s South Rim spotted a couple spray-painting rocks with graffiti and was able to take some pictures of them. The graffiti included marking a rock with “Evans 16.” Anyone who saw the perpetrators in the act or who recognizes them in the above photo is asked to contact the anonymous tip line of the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch at 888-653-0009.