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CALIFORNIA Mission San Juan Capistrano will get $1 million toward the preservation of its Great Stone Church in the state budget expected to be signed today by Gov. Gray Davis. Under construction is a two-story building that will include a walk-down area with a wall reflecting the different strata of rock that miners might have encountered. Another feature will be granite boulders with plaques telling the history of such mining towns as Sierra City, Nevada City and Grass Valley. It's a unique school.


PHILLIP EARL RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS AT NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 06/28/99 RENO, Nev. (AP) Phillip I. Earl, one of the leading authorities on Nevada history, is retiring from the Nevada Historical Society after nearly 30 years. Earl first worked for the Historical Society in 1970, then again from 1973 until the present. He started out as a museum attendant and eventually became curator of history. Earl is perhaps best known for his weekly newspaper column, "This Was Nevada." The column is distributed to 26 papers around the state and gives a historical depiction of the people, places and events that shaped the Silver State. Earl is retiring on Wednesday and will be honored that night at a dinner in Reno.

ARIZONA McDowell Road Widening Archaeological Project The 1,250-mile trail that a Spanish explorer followed from Mexico to Northern California has wound its way onto a list of the nation's most precious pathways. The U.S. Department of Transportation last weekend designated the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail as a Millennium Trail. Millennium Trails are the roads, rivers and routes that best tell America's story. Sixteen trails nationwide qualified for the title.

CYBERIA On the second anniversary of what was supposed to be a speedy case, Kennewick Man's future remains about as murky as his past. A piece of American aviation history has been brought to the surface. A U.S. army floatplane that burned and sank in 1943 has been discovered in the waters by Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Two dismembered skeletons provided additional proof Monday that archaeologists have found the graves of crewmen of a Civil War-era submarine beneath a South Carolina football stadium. That hunch was bolstered by the discovery that two coffins at the site contained dismembered skeletons. Historians said that after the submarine's five crewmen drowned in an 1863 training mission in Charleston Harbor, the bodies had to be cut up to be extracted through two tiny hatches. One skeleton was found with its left arm and right leg detached, lying atop the body. "He's a mess," said Jonathan Leader of the South Carolina Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.