TEXAS Coyote once performed folkloric feats of wonder. Coyote has many personalities. He can be goofy and boastful, or demanding. He learns in the long run that sometimes being aggressive is not the way to go. To get her community talking, Douma has formed the Storytellers of the High Plains and is organizing the first major storyteller's festival in the Panhandle. The Last Great Cattle Drive of the millennium gets under way just in time for Christmas. Beginning Dec. 15 and ending Dec. 21, up to 500 head of cattle will be herded 65 miles from Roswell to Lincoln along a historic cattle trail originally blazed by John Chisum in 1870. Chisum supplied cattle to Fort Stanton near Lincoln, the home of Billy the Kid, from Chisum's South Springs Ranch headquarters near Roswell. The concept of the last cattle drive started out as a way to celebrate the end of a century that glorified the cowboy way of life. Net proceeds go to the development of educational programming and the preservation of exhibits and buildings in historic Lincoln.

UTAH Verdell Hinton is repaying his hometown of Hurricane by helping to preserve its past. Hinton, a descendant of one of Hurricane’s founding families, has devoted himself to numerous projects. They include Heritage Park Museum, setting up interpretive plaques and restoring an old house belonging to his ancestors, the late Thomas and Mina Hinton, considered Hurricane’s first family. He’s also involved in turning part of the Hurricane Canal into a trail. He’s helped establish Hurricane’s Historic District and is chair of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Today, three men whose lives have been deeply touched by the Mountain Meadows Massacre will install a plaque at the site in southwestern Utah, giving the fullest account of events to date of the grisly slaughter in the grassy meadow on Sept. 11, 1857.

ARIZONA Smithsonian officials said the election outcome will not necessarily kill plans to lend artifacts to an affiliate in Scottsdale. "The election was a local issue and is not part of our process, never was," Smithsonian spokesman David Umansky said. Thursday, Sept. 9 "Changing Before Our Eyes: Navajo Weaving Today." At 7:30 p.m., Ann Lane Hedlund will give a slide-illustrated presentation describing contemporary weavers' approaches to old and new rug styles. It's part of New Directions in Southwestern Anthropology, a public lecture series sponsored by the Arizona State Museum and UA Department of Anthropology. In the Center for English as a Second Language Building, Room 102 on the UA campus (one building east of the state museum, just inside the Main Gate, University Boulevard and Park Avenue. (free) UA radiocarbon researchers will date bone fragments from the controversy-plagued Kennewick Man skeleton. When dating bone, the UA researchers use collagen from the interior rather than the hard calcium carbonate exterior, which can provide a faulty date, Toolin said. Collagen is a fibrous protein found in bone, cartilage and connective tissue. The scientists use hydrochloric acid to dissolve the calcium carbonate portion of the bone without damaging the collagen.

CYBERIA The Department of the Interior today is overseeing the extraction of two small pieces of bone from the set of human skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man. Two approximately 10-gram samples, taken from different bones, will be divided in half and sent to laboratories for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry testing. The testing is likely to result in independent radiocarbon dates that can be compared and used to indicate the exact the chronological age of the human remains. The testing will take place over the next six weeks. The bone samples are being hand carried to several Carbon 14 (C14) laboratories including: Beta Analytical in Miami, Fla.; National Science Foundation -- Arizona Accelerated Mass Spectrometry Facility in Tucson, Ariz.; and to the Radiocarbon Laboratory at the University of California, Riverside, Calif. By prior agreement, any bone residue remaining from the testing procedures will be returned to the collection at the Burke Museum. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is threatened by urban blight, say environmentalists who want money spent for preserving historical cityscapes as well as more natural settings. A Canadian-led scientific expedition in Eritrea has discovered a million-year-old lode of stone tools and fossils that it believes is of historic importance. It's expected the find will shed light on a poorly understood period of human evolution, the transition from homo erectus (a human ancestor that walked on two legs) to homo sapiens (modern man). An upstart Internet venture called is hiring students this semester at 62 universities and paying them to take notes in as many as 50 core courses per campus. The note takers post their jottings, within 24 hours, on a central Web site.