Vandalism at Mesa Verde National Park

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On October 15, 2010, the National Park Service broke ground on sorely needed new visitor and research center just off the southeast corner of the intersection of Colorado Highway 160 and the Mesa Verde Road. This $12,000,000 building, which is designed to achieve U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Platinum, will make the wonders of Mesa Verde National Park accessible to visitors who do not have time to make the 45-minute drive to the Mesa top.

Sometime either late Thursday, March 3rd, or in the early morning hours of Friday, March 4th, a vandal or vandals fired shots at the Park's entrance station. The bullet-proof glass on that station cracked and will have to be replaced. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and it is not known whether the shooting was related to the new construction project, why would someone shoot at the entrance kiosk to a National Park?

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