Category Archives: In The News

Western Writers of America

Curator of History David Bailey has been inducted into the Western Writers of America. Bailey was accepted as an active member because of his extensive collection of published material and work on the American West. Distinguished members include Rudolfo Anaya, Edward Abbey, Clint Eastwood, and historian Robert Utley. The group was founded in 1953 to promote writing about the American West and to bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders … Read More

Theft of the Don-Mobile at Dinosaur Journey

On Saturday, February 3, a 1993 Dodge Dakota truck was stolen from the Museums of Western Colorado’s Dinosaur Journey, a truck that was a key tool in the museum’s mission and efforts to discover and excavate fossils from paleontological sites such as the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in Rabbit Valley near the Utah border. This truck played a significant role in transporting water, equipment and tools to the dig sites, which are often in remote areas, and … Read More

Bears Ears Follow-up

On Dec. 28, 2016, President Barack Obama used the authority assigned to him under the Antiquities Act of 1906 by Congress to declare a Bears Ears National Monument. Now, most of the public debate surrounding this area has focused on the wealth of ancient sites, artifacts, rock art, and tribal connections to the area. But the paleontological resources of the area are also highly significant (see my accompanying article about my trip to Washington, D.C. … Read More

Rob Goes to Washington

On Oct. 31, 2016, I was invited to speak in Washington, D.C., to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the USDA Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Why? To provide information and expertise on the paleontological resources of southeastern Utah, an area that has been receiving intense scrutiny as one that needs additional protection for its natural and cultural resources. As a paleontologist who has spent almost all my career working … Read More

More Big Femur Pull!

Our discovery in the news… Huffington Post, June 24, 2014 The Daily Sentinel, June 28, 2014  The Free Press, July 18, 2014 The Denver Post, July 21, 2014 National Geographic, July 21, 2014 CNN, July 24, 2014   Check out our videos of the pull on Facebook. Femur Pull – Part 1 Femur Pull – Part 2 Femur Pull – Part 3 You can also check out the Femur Pull Photo Album posted on Facebook here.  

Big Femur Pull

Volunteer Finds Massive Dinosaur Bone During Dig In Colorado The Huffington Post | By Macrina Cooper-WhiteJune 24, 2014 Think you need a fancy degree to do important scientific work? Think again. This week scientists confirmed that a huge dinosaur bone unearthed on a dig in Colorado is the largest apatosaurus femur ever discovered — and it was found not by professional paleontologists but by a volunteer named Kay Fredette. “Dorothy and I were working on some … Read More