December 31, 2007:
Two women from the Owens Valley were honored in November at the National Association for Interpretation National Workshop in Wichita, Kansas. Joy Fatooh of Bishop and Gretel Enck of Independence were recognized for excellence in the field of interpretation.
Ms. Fatooh is a wildlife biologist with the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office. The BLM Excellence in Interpretation and Environmental Education award recognizes outstanding employees for their performance in enhancing the public’s understanding of the cultural and natural resources of public lands. Ms. Fatooh was selected as a finalist for this national award for her contributions to the creation of In the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, California: Movie Road Self-Guided Tour, a guide to 10 locations that served as the setting for classic Hollywood movies. Joy also worked with partner organizations to develop a “Don’t Crush the Brush” campaign to make film crews aware of the fragility of Alabama Hills vegetation. A talented artist, Joy also contributedillustrations for the new Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine.
Ms. Enck is a park guide at Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence. The National Park Service Freeman Tilden Award, named for a pioneer in the field of interpretation, is an annual award recognizing outstanding contributions to the public through interpretation by an NPS employee. Ms. Enck was selected as the Pacific West Region nominee for this national award for planning, coordinating, and installing the special exhibit “GULAG: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom.” Gretel organized the only showing of the traveling exhibit in the western United States, hosting teacher workshops, film screenings, and a companion photo exhibit. The Gulag exhibit was on display at the Eastern California Museum for most of 2007.