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HURLEY HONORED 7-16-10 LMS

A special farewell and thank you open house that welcomed around 60 guests was held Friday July 16 in honor of Sacajawea Center Director Angie Hurley.

Hurley resigned from the position last month. During the six years she served as the Sacajawea Center’s Director she guided the 71 acre facility through its formative years.

The farewell party took place in the Sacajawea Learning Center which is the latest addition to the center and is due in large part to Hurley’s efforts.

The Bureau of Land Management has been an active partner in the Sacajawea Cultural, Interpretive and Education Center since its inception. The center officially opened August 15, 2003. Hurley was hired in April of 2004 and began her official duties on June 1st of that year.

Bureau of Land Management Salmon Field Office Manager Steve Hartmann told those gathered in honor of Hurley that the facility has enhanced the objectives of the BLM through education, interpretation of our public lands and Native American history. He said, “The Sacajawea Center has evolved, because of her, to what it is today.” Speaking on behalf of the local BLM staff he said, “We, as well as everyone else, really appreciate her and love her a lot.” With that he presented Hurley a framed piece of photo artistry by internationally award winning photographer Ilona McCarty.

The photo subject was a Sego Lily which Hurley said is one of her most favorite flowers. She was thrilled with the gift.

A plaque mounted on the frame read, “To Angie Hurley in recognition of your contribution to cultural and environmental education interpretation as Director of the Sacajawea Center. From BLM Salmon Field Office.”

Hurley was the manager of Montana’s Bannack State Park when she accepted the job of Sacajawea Center Director. Among other credits she has been the Executive Director of the Salmon Arts Council and has managed the Idaho State Civic Symphony. She will soon be returning to her love of music. Beginning this Fall, Hurley will be working as a paraprofessional for the School District 291 Elementary Music Department. She will be the music teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade youngsters.


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