CALIFORNIA Forty years ago, an archaeologist named Phil Orr discovered a few bits of human bone embedded in the crumbling wall of a dry creek bed at a place called Arlington Canyon on the island of Santa Rosa off the California coast. The Bolsa Chica controversy flared up last month after workers discovered human skull fragments and a tooth that one expert said could be 8,000 years old. Dunn said the remains will be turned over to Native Americans for reburial at the site sometime this month.

NEVADA The so-called Lost 49ers, in November 1849, turned off the well-traveled Spanish Trail near what is now Enterprise, Utah, and headed southwest in hopes of finding a shortcut to the California gold fields. Historic Las Vegas LOST CITY MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, NV 89040, 702/397-2193. Open 8:30am-4:30pm., Exhibits artifacts and reconstructed structures from the Anasazi culture which colonized the Moapa Valley. SEARCHLIGHT MUSEUM 200 Michael Wendell Way, Searchlight, NV, 1/297-1682. Open Mon-Wed, 1-5pm; Thu, 1-9pm & Sat 9am-1pm. Presents history of the mining boom town of Searchlight, including mining and railroad history and information on its pioneer citizens exhibited through artifacts, photos and and outdoor mining park.

COLORADO A Lakota Sioux man and his wife filed a lawsuit Thursday against Naropa University for perpetrating "cultural genocide" by sponsoring an American Indian studies program that allegedly had non-Indians performing sacred rituals.

TEXAS The online version of the New Handbook of Texas is an encyclopedia of the state's history, geography and culture. The committee, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in April, released its book -- From Isolation to Participation . . . A History of Disability in Texas -- as part of the celebration. The book was put online at

CYBERIA A University of Florida anthropology professor is suing the university and the Florida Board of Regents, claiming she has been paid significantly less than equally or less-qualified men in her department over the past decade. For millions of years before European settlers built farms and ranches in North America, tallgrass prairie covered 400,000 square miles. Today, less than 1 percent remains. The festival is a great time for people to come out and connect with a rare but important part of their heritage. Like other museums, the Campbell County Rockpile Museum is giving children - and adults - more hands-on experience. Preserved by the caring hands of local historical societies, public museums offer a place for older generations to reminisce and for youngsters to learn. At the National Archaeological Museum, experts struggled to identify thousands of tiny fragments and shards of ancient pottery broken and scattered by the quake. Of all Greece's antiquities, exhibits in the museum suffered the most. Hardest hit at the museum was the Classical period collection dating back to the 5th and 4th century B.C., when Athenians built the Parthenon.