Sunday September 12, 1999

CALIFORNIA Anthropologists at the University of California-Santa Cruz have been named to leadership positions in the country's two largest professional anthropological societies. Donald Brenneis, chairman of UC-Santa Cruz's anthropology department, was named president-elect of the American Anthropological Association. He will assume his position as president-elect in November and become president in 2001. Patricia Zavella, a community studies professor at UC-Santa Cruz, was elected to the organization's executive board. UC-Santa Cruz anthropology Professor Susan Harding is president-elect of the American Ethnological Society, the second-largest association for anthropologists. Workers repairing broken water lines dug up a human skull and some teeth Friday afternoon in a Midway City.

UTAH During the construction the remains of 28 individuals and one infant were unearthed. The bones were examined by archaeologists and reburied in a special ceremony on Friday. On Sept. 7, 1857, Paiute Indians and members of the Mormon Iron County Militia attacked the wagon train as it prepared for the last push into California.,1249,115008529,00.html? The tragedy occurred in 1857 as the wagon train of immigrants, mostly from Arkansas, were moving through Mountain Meadows along the old Spanish Trail. Some 120 men, women and children were killed by a group of Paiute Indians and local militiamen for inexplicable reasons.

COLORADO Klinke and Lew will carry out the three-year, "multi-million dollar" restoration. Klinke and Lew have pioneered restoration techniques for crumbling stone structures in the region and are committed to restoring the historic Beaumont Hotel in Ouray. Early steps toward the ultimate restoration of the building, assuming it closes as scheduled next week, include an application to the Telluride Historic and Architectural Commission, set to be heard on Sept. 23, to rate the building as a local landmark under the town's Land Use Code. Such an official designation would make it easier for the building to qualify for state historic restoration funding.

NEW MEXICO Matilda Arviso was appointed administrative officer for Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument. The appointment became effective Aug. 15.

CYBERIA From all corners of the state and the country, people traveled to Virginia and Nevada cities this week to celebrate what many were calling a new beginning for these historic towns. The locomotive and curatorial center open new doors for the historic towns as well as for Montana. The towns already attract 300,000 people a year, which make them the state's fifth largest tourist attraction. There are an estimated 1,000 or so Tlingit artifacts in New York and Chicago museums that Kootznoowoo Inc., the Natives' business arm, is looking to collect under the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The American Civil Liberties Union had advertised for a Tennessee teacher willing to volunteer to test an anti-evolution law enacted that year. John Scopes, a 24-year-old part-time football coach and science teacher in Dayton, agreed to be the defendant, even though it was unclear whether he ever taught evolution. The jury deliberated nine minutes before returning a guilty verdict. Scopes was fined $100, a penalty paid by Mencken's newspaper. Both sides felt vindicated. Evolution wouldn't make its comeback until the 1960s, when fear grew that science education in the United States was in decline.