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TEXAS The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country acquired Dinosaur Flats. The property, which is covered with what some archaeologists believe are dinosaur tracks, has been closed to the public since 1992.

NEW MEXICO Giant tusked mammoths once rumbled across what is now the eastern plains of New Mexico, where Blackwater Draw is considered one of the North American continent's most important archaeological sites. Clovis sites are really the key to understanding the heritage of our continent. Blackwater Draw also has been designated a National Historic Landmark.


WORKERS FIND 15,000-YEAR-OLD FOSSIL 07/06/99 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The state paleontologist says the skull and horns from a musk ox found in a gravel pit in Kearns are more than 15,000 years old. Workers with Geneva Rock Products found the fossilized bones last week and called the Utah Museum of Natural History, which in turn contacted the Utah Geological Survey to recover the bones, said survey spokesman Tim Madden. "We didn't know exactly what it was, of course, except that it was old," said Geneva foreman Alan Desmarais. "So I called the experts to come out and take a look before we dug any further." The fossils were found in a layer of sediment along the shores of ancient Lake Bonneville and have been identified as the remains of a musk ox, normally found in much colder climates than Utah's, said State Paleontologist Jim Kirkland. "We're discovering they're very common here," Kirkland said, adding that the type of musk ox found is different than the kind that currently exists. Scientists hope to find out "how these animals lived and how they might be related to the living animals," Kirkland said. Musk ox normally live in tundra environments and while glaciers were once found along the Wasatch Front, there was never any tundra, he said. That's one of the mysteries scientists would like to figure out. But Kirkland said paleontologists would need to analyze many fossils in order to uncover the past. Only about eight or nine "decent specimens" have ever been turned over to the state, he said. Individuals and companies are not required to contact the state if they find fossils on private land, he said. Often, people doing construction believe the state would halt their work if they were to contact the Utah Geological Survey when fossils are found, Kirkland said. "One of the things we want to get across is that we don't affect construction sites," he said.

ARIZONA Scottsdale hopes to make history by establishing the first city register to recognize properties that have helped shape the city's past. The register, similar to state and national register lists, is included in a comprehensive ordinance protecting Scottsdale's historic treasures. The City Council will consider the ordinance on Tuesday. In the city, history is measured by decades rather than centuries. Founded in 1888 by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott, the city didn't incorporate until 1951. There is only one 19th-century structure still standing -- the 107-year-old Titus House near Hayden and McKellips roads. A man who admitted stealing prehistoric stone tools from Grand Canyon National Park has been banned from the park for a year. Brian Lee Hermes of Flagstaff also was fined $400. He pleaded guilty June 29 to illegally removing the stone tools - some as much as 5,000 years old - from the park and hiking without a backcountry permit. Hermes and four other men were apprehended by park rangers in early January while backpacking near Tuckup Canyon, a remote area of the North Rim.


BASKET MAKER WINS NATIONAL ACCLAIM 07/07/99 NORTH FORK, Calif. (AP) As a boy roaming the gentle hills near North Fork in the 1930s, Ulysses ``Uly'' Goode recognized the natural beauty in the trees and vegetation. And as a member of the Mono Indian community, he was fascinated by the way tribeswomen transformed the natural materials into functional, beautiful baskets. The process so intrigued him that at age 7 he began learning the intricate basketmaking process. In the years since then, Goode became recognized locally and regionally for the precision and range of his work _ cradle baskets, twined seed beaters, cooking baskets and conical burden baskets. Now 72, Goode's craftsmanship has won acclaim from the National Endowment for the Arts. The organization awarded him a 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, the country's most prestigious honor in folk and traditional arts. Goode is one of just 13 artists from 12 states who were awarded fellowships, which include $10,000. The performers and craftspeople are honored for their achievements as artists, teachers, innovators and guardians of traditional art forms. Dan Sheehy, director of Folk and Traditional Arts for the NEA in Washington, D.C., calls Goode a "relatively unsung but extraordinarily prolific craftsman. He's created some 450 exquisite baskets and cradle baskets in the last 20 years" that he has been weaving full time, says Sheehy. "His artwork has that 'wow!' factor. He has an eye for beauty, painstaking technique and sense of detail." Sheehy says Goode was one of 270 artists from around the country nominated this year. A second California winner was Zakir Hussain of San Anselmo, a North Indian Master Tabla drummer. Goode, a humble man who prefers to talk about Indian baskets rather than awards for making them, says he's eager to pick up his materials and start weaving again. Illness has kept him from working for some time, a frustrating situation for someone whose lifelong philosophy has been "accomplish something each and every day." He remembers clearly how his interest in baskets started: "As a child, you're out in the country among all the materials, and then to see your people making beautiful baskets - I was fascinated by it. So I started fooling around with it weaving. The old ladies always had a basket in the works. They see you're interested and they hand you something," Goode says. "I just kept with it. We didn't have a lot of things to play with and no radio or TV." While most basket weavers then _ as now _ were women, Goode learned that several men in earlier generations in his community made baskets. Years ago, when some Mono women frowned on his weaving, Goode checked with elders in the tribe, who told him men are not prohibited from making baskets. That was the confirmation he needed. "It's not forbidden, so I'll continue doing it," he says. Goode's attention to detail begins when he gathers materials _ a critical step because the quality of the materials determines the outcome of the basket. In October and November, he scours the hills around his North Fork home for sourberry sticks, sedge roots and long, straight roots from redbud, willow and oak trees and chaparral bushes. As he gathers, Goode groups the sticks according to size and purpose, splits them and puts them into rolls that can be stored until he's ready to weave. Before taking up weaving full time, Goode was the major supplier of materials for other local weavers. Folk arts consultant Brian Bibby of Sloughhouse says he bought materials from Goode for American Indian art classes he taught in the 1970s at the University of California at Sacramento. "He's very particular about his material," says Bibby, "and that's where the basket starts." Bibby, who nominated Goode for the NEA fellowship, calls his work "exceptional and consistent." And, Bibby says, other Mono weavers exhibit similar quality. "I look at the award as a recognition of the whole Western Mono basketry tradition," says Bibby. The designs that Goode weaves into his baskets are based on traditional Mono designs, but he adds his own artistic touches. "`You have to pay attention to detail. I know where I'm going with it and how I'm going to end up," he says. Goode insists on quality: "With a basket I don't say, 'That's good enough.' The basket comes out right because I make it that way. I take pride in what I do." An awards ceremony and concert for the National Heritage Fellowship honorees will be held this fall in Washington, D.C. Goode is uncertain if his health will allow him to attend.

CYBERIA Forget the stereotypical notion that early coastal inhabitants of the Northwest were uncomplicated, unchanging people, say two anthropologists. Honduran authorities have discovered ancient artifacts in a town destroyed in October 1998 by Hurricane Mitch. The Institute of Anthropology and History will survey the site this week and try to protect the remains. PROTESTS are mounting against plans by the Peruvian Government to transform the lost city of the Incas at Machu Picchu into an air-conditioned theme park. President Fujimori's administration has signed deals with developers to begin construction of a cable car, a hotel complex, casinos, a night club and memorabilia shops, smack in the middle of the ancient city.