Guam State Historic Preservation Officer will object to analyses of impact of firing range on historical properties

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Lynda Aguon's termination from her position as State Historic Preservation Officer was overturned by the Civil Service Commission on the "Rule of 4" technicality.

Military is powerful honestly. I am a lone ranger sometimes and they’ll listen maybe that’s all they’ll do is listen. Will they pause or hold the construction? I don’t know,” said Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon.

Guam – The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has replied to Guam State Historic Preservation Officer Lynda Aguon’s request to re-evaluate the effects of the Live Fire Training Range Complex (LFTRC) at the Northwest Field. The ACHP says that Aguon should direct her request to the Joint Region Marianas via something known as stipulation 13. Aguon tells PNC she will do exactly that.

“I think their letter says if I wish to invoke stip 13 to let them know. So, I will invoke it. I wish to invoke it,” said Aguon.

Aguon wrote a letter to the ACHP asking for this re-evaluation for several reasons including inadequate background research, the excavation of a site that destroyed it, and the discovery of ancient human burials in places that were thought to be devoid of human burials.

The ACHP responded by telling Aguon to make an objection via a stipulation 13 that is found in the programmatic agreement that maps out how historical sites impacted by the firing range are to be treated.

“You go through this process you inform in writing of course these signatories what your objections are making sure you substantiate it. You don’t just say I object to this you have to document fully why do you object and then take it from there,” said Aguon. The SHPO says that she just received the letter this morning(Fri.) and will be invoking stipulation 13 as soon as Monday.

“What do you think the chances are at getting them to listen to your objections?” asked PNC. “They will listen, but you’re saying will they take action as to what I recommend or what to do? Military is powerful honestly. I am a lone ranger sometimes and they’ll listen maybe that’s all they’ll do is listen. Will they pause or hold the construction? I don’t know,” said Aguon.

Aguon points out that the ACHP letter refers to the construction of the live fire training range complex at the northwest field as imminent. “Imminent. Imminent. What does that mean to you? Its gonna happen. Its impending, its forthcoming, inevitable,” said Aguon.

Nevertheless, The SHPO says she will invoke stipulation 13 because to her it’s important to protect these historic properties. “I would just like them to be responsible be more responsible and inform the public especially with respect to the live fire training range on the plateau,” said Aguon.

Aguon says she is getting frustrated with the entire process but she will continue to fight to protect and preserve Guam’s historic properties.