PEUBLISIi WEEKLY T QVERNIENT INFORMATION SERVICES
BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
No, 24 ************** Up to 13th June, 1965
MAJOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND
The burial chamber of an ancient Mayan dignitary has been
discovered at Altun Ha the Rockstone Pond site,
Making the announcement the6-Minister--of Natural
Resources said last Monday that the discovery is of major importance.
Further excavations and the examination of the artefacts will demand
great care and concentration as well as high technical skill, the
Dr. David Pendergast, Field Director of the Royal
Ontario Museumts' project at Altun Ha came upon the chamber a few
In view .of the urgent need to put a stop to frequent
interruptions of the work and the. real risk of serious damage being
done by inexperienced persons moving about the area, the Minister
disclosed that Government had decided :to close- the site to visitors
until further notice.
Later, a spokesman for the Ministry said: "It is now clear
that the Altun Ha site is of major importance to Belize and its
tourist trade and government is planning measures for its preserva-
The ancir:ht name of the site is not known. The name
Altun Ha -means approximately tRockstone Pondt in Maya-
Simultaneously with the announcement of the important
discovery at Altuna Ha in the Belize District, the fast'-growing
tourist industry showed signs last week of renewed vigour,
In a Radio Interview on Thursday night Dr. Pendergast
declared that, besides having all the potential for a great tourist
attraction, the Altun Ha find is of. importance to the scientific
world because of its neaxnes's to the seae
CHALLENGE FOR BELIZEAN BUSINESSMEN
jnd in a marathon on Monday night, the entire Tourist
Organization had an informal question and answer session with
the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Alexander Hunter.
The meeting was chaired by city businessman, Raymond Weir,
owner-manager of the Bliss Hotel.
The Minister disclosed that government proposes to
spend some $10,000 this year on facility development.
The Minister made a strong plea to Belizean business-
men to invest in one of the fastest growing industries in
"Now is the time,"the Minister declared, "for Belizean
businessmen to get in on the ground floor of what is bound to
be a gaining concern in the very..near. futuxe..
5,185 Applications Processed
At the 36th meeting of the Board of the Reconstruction
Corporati.on, held under the chairmanship of the Pxemier, the
Hon. George Price, 153 applications for housing loans and grants
were approved. The value of these appropriations is some $98,558.
This brought the total of applications offered thus far-
to 5 185 involving an outlay of $3,084, 631. Grants total
$1,201,765 and loans, $1,882, 866.
Doings In Stann Creek
The Board was also informed. that there has been a delay
by one month in the estimated time of arrival of the generators
and transformers for the Stann Creek Town Electricity Scheme.
On the other hands the Public Works Department, have
made excellent progress wiuh the power station, and, in general,
the scheme should be brought into service by the end of August.
The Stann Creek Water Supply Scheme is progressing well accord-
ing to plan.,
And The New Capitals
On the .new capital, the Board heard with satisfaction
that the consultants are satisfied with the clearing, despite the
fact that it was done entirely by hand.
The site has now been put under- the control of the con-
sultants. A six man team of surveyors arrived from London recently
to make a detailed contour plan of the area.
THE PREMIERtS OFFICE: VISITORS
FATHER JOHN CULL
The Reverend Father John Cull, of the Society of Jesus,
calledI to see the Premier on Tuesday. A report on the visit said
they discussed the network of roads to the villages around San"-
Antonio in the Toledo District.
'Father Cull is the Pastor of San Luis Rey Church in San
He told the Premier of a recent tour he had made of
thirteen villages in the area. All but two were reached quite
easily by jeep,
Father Cull was accompanying the General Manager of R.C.
Schools, Rev. Father Francis Ring, S.J., on a routine inspection
trip. The places visited included Crique Sarco (30 miles by road
from San Antonio) Aguacate, San Isidro. Holy Trinity, Pueblo-
Viejo, Santa Elena, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Miguel and San
In 1960 Father Cull recalls, only two of these villages -
San Pedro Columbia and Holy Trinity were accessible by road.
On behalf. of the Maya/Belizean and Ketchi/Belizean farmers
of the area, 'ather Cull thanked the Premier and his government for
opening up the country and for making it easier to transport the
farmers produce to market.
The Premier, for his part expressed warm thanks tp Father
Cull for the very good work he has been doing in the Toledo
DIRECTOR, MENNONITE CENTRE
Mr. Paul Martin, Director of the Mennonite Centre, was
another caller during the week.
Theytalked about various services being rendered' by the
Centre. These include medical services in San Felipe and the pro-
vision of a doc-or in Orahge Walk Town. The centre also serves
Mennonite farmers in the marketing of their produce.
Mr. Price thanked Mr. Martin for the contribution the
Mennonites are making to the economy of Belize.
BELIZEAN YOUTH: ON PARADE
A colourful display by members of the school band was given
by Holy Redeemer School last Thursday at the school grounds.
Social guest of honour was 'the Minister of Education. the
Hon, Mrs. Gwendolyn Lizarraga. When the Minister arrived at the
grounds the National Anthem was played. She was received by Mr.
Albert ?avis, the bandmaster.
At the end of the parade, prizes were distributed to the
winners. Before delivering the prizes, Mrs. Lizarraga said she
had been pleased with the display. She also thanked parents for
coming out and supporting the children in the impressive display
they. had given,
P.W.Do PROJECTS REPORT
The reconstruction of the northern highways from Belize
City as far as mile 3 on the Haulovex Road has been completed.
The P.W.D. progress report for May, which disclosed this,
said% Work in progress includes the new Baron Bliss In-Transit
Building at the Belize International Airpoxt, now about 70 percent
completed; the Public Health Laboratory on the Princess Margaret
Drive, which is 75 percent completedand the Extension of the
Police Training Schoolwhich is about 70% completed.
New projects include Footwalks at the Newtown Barracks,
a cycle tract at the National Stadium and a Weighing Bridge in
The report also said streets in the Queen's Square and the
Kings Park Areas :of. Belize City are 95% 80% completed respectively.
Roads to the villages of Lord's Bank,.Macaw Bank, Gracue
Rock and Flowers Bank are also nearing completion.
SPEAKER, SENATE PRESIDENT FOR LONDON
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. W.H.
Courtenay, and the President of the Senate, the Hon. E.W. Francis
left for the U.K. on Saturday where .they will be attending
ceremonies marking the 700th anniversary of Parliament and the 750th
anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.
While in London Mr. Courtenay and Mr. Francis will also be
attending a special conference for Speakers.
Theyare joint national presidents of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association, and were invited to London by that
HON. A.E. CATTOU.SE TOURS STANN CRE.K DISTRICT
After touring the Stann Creek Distxict for three days, the
Minister of Local Government and Social Development7 the Hon,.
Albert Cattouse returned to Belize City on Friday night. He was
accompanied by his Principal Secretary, Mr. Donald Gill.
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The Minister and his party visited thirteen villages and
held discussions with Village Council Leaders, on community
In Stann Creek Town itself, the Minister met the Mayor and
other members of the Town Board.
Although there are an estimated 150 trucks delivering cane
daily to the Sugar Factory at Libertad, unbalanced distribution of
these facilities has resulted in many farmers being unable to
fulfill their daily quotas or to deliver their burnt cane on time.
A report from the Sugar Board on Friday said nearly 11,100
tons of Sugar had been exported to the U.K. under the negotiated
price quota by May 1st.
The average sugar recovery from cane at the end of May
stood at 8.64 tons of cane for one ton of sugar.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE BELIZEAN CHAMBER OF COMIMLrCE has been invited to send delegates
and observers to the Convention of the Chambers of Commerce of the
Americas which is being held in Miami, Florida later this month.
The invitation has been accepted.
THREE PERSONS in this country were made members of the Order of the
British Empire to mark the Queen's official birthday this year.
The persons upon whom membership was bestowed were, the
Attorney-General, Charles Francis Henville, a native of St. Kitts,
and two Belizeans, Lee Humberto Bradley? Librarian, and Edward
Percival Yorke, Principal, Belize Technical College.
W.L. BROWN, Acting Administrative Officer Grade two has replaced
NORBERT A. AVILA, as District Commissioner Stann Creek.
The change took effect on the 30th of May.
THE BELIZE ASSOCIATION of Weightlifting and Physical Culture has
received an invitation from the Central American Confederation of
Weightlifting and Physical Culture to send a team to this year's
competition to be held in September in El Salvador.
The Association is accepting the invitation,
FOURTEEN SCALE,S, twelve of them for- W.ighing babies, were received
last week as a gift fr om the Pet Milk Company. The local agents
are Macmillan Brotheis Limited of Regent Street, Belize City.
The Minister assured the Company that the scales will be
put to the very best use in our hospitals and welfare institution.
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