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Keep the bones in Snowmass

Dear Editor:

The discovery of the incredible mammoths and other dinosaurs remains in Snowmass is the greatest thing to happen to our community since silver and skiing! The Denver Museum of Science and Nature calls it “one of the most significant discoveries in Colorado history.”

Why, then, is this incredible find being moved to Denver in exchange for some plastic replicas, which may or may not be of full size? Why does the Snowmass Sanitation District get to make a decision about the deposition of this treasure, without the input from those of us that live in Pitkin County?

Does the Snowmass Sanitation District even have the legal right to give away the Earth’s heritage that rightfully belongs to everyone on the globe? If they had uncovered an Indian graveyard, would they send the bones to Denver and continue to dig a reservoir for snowmaking? If the district had found buried treasure on the site would they have the right to sell that treasure? What community discussion has taken place regarding protecting the area that contains “one of the most significant discoveries in Colorado history”?

The remains of these mammoths must stay here in this community where they were discovered. We work hard in this community to preserve historic structures, and this is the planet’s historic legacy going back millions of years. Just imagine the fantastic permanent interactive display that could be created around this excavation site, allowing everyone to be a part of the discovery. This did not happen in a remote desert in Utah, but right in our back yard and would mean a destination attraction for visitors in both summer and winter.

This find is the ultimate “mammoth” grave yard and should be protected, as it is clearly a World Historic Site. Our elected officials and the entire community should seek to preserve the area and these unique mammoth remains, so that they may be visited by everyone from across the globe for generations to come.

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John Wilcox

Aspen

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