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The bones speak

Dear Editor:

Now that the diesel fumes and dust have settled around the Ziegler dig, let’s discuss the next step in the political evolution.

The preservation and continued exploration of this amazing discovery is now in the hands of elected officials and museum curators. We the people should really express our views on the subject because this, of all finds, may directly impact our true understanding of the global warming debate.

Think of the scientific enormity of finding plant and animal DNA that may reflect an extended window back in time; an unprecedented opportunity for a better understanding of life and climatic changes at the end of the Pleistocene epoch of the Neogene period dropped in our lap. (Last of the Ice Age, I had to look it up too). This planetary time event is the closest link we have with our ancestors to the beginnings of modern human habitation of the North American continent; the evidence we need to look deeper into the significant events nearing the last mass extinction, handed to us, broad spectrum, well-preserved, abundantly accessible. Wow!

The next few meetings of town, museum, state, county officials will set precedent for advancing new dam construction prior to refilling Ziegler Lake. I hope they consider heavily the science involved here. Think coffer dams! With all the brilliant minds this town has seen in the past, now is the time to speak out and give the Denver museum a chance to do the job, with enough time to do it correctly. I fully understand the legal significance and ramification of a senior water right as it pertains to the West, I get that, but this is bigger than a few bones coming off the blade of a bulldozer. After reading the article in The Denver Post, it made me realize that the museum is positively giddy for this opportunity, with Dr. Kirk Johnson saying this is “one of the most amazing, significant finds in North American history.”

I have seen grassroots projects in this town blossom into huge organizations doing good things for people and projects in need. This find is one for humanity. Please give them (your elected servants) an earful and allow the Ice Age exploration and understanding to continue unfettered. Funding opportunities and creative ideas can also set precedent.

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Jack Rafferty

Snowmass Village

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