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USU-CEU Prehistoric Museum
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Thursday, April 13, 2000
Burge garners honor.Donald L. Burge was selected as recipient of the 2000 Utah Governor's Medal for Science and Technology Award.Burge will be recognized at a luncheon presented in honor of award recipients April 28 in Salt Lake City, according to College of Eastern Utah president Grace Jones.Burge was nominated for this honor based on his contributions in the areas of academics, science education, and government.College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum is an outgrowth of Burge's vision and persistent efforts to educate the public about the prehistory of Eastern Utah.The Museum opened in 1961 as a partnership between the city of Price and CEU.As founding director, Burge has led the Prehistoric Museum to its position as a fully accredited world class Museum.The museum is the only community college museum in the state to have the distinguished status.Burge has served as a board member of the Utah Museums Association, sharing his expertise with other museums.During the last ten years Burge's efforts have led to an awakening or re-awakening of knowledge of the paleontological resources found in Eastern Utah.Co-directing excavations in the Yellow Cat area north of the Arches National Park, Don was instrumental in the discovery, excavation, preparation and research on two species of dinosaurs : Utahraptor ostrommayzorum and Gastonia burgi.Both brought and continue to bring a great deal of attention to Utah.Excavations near Price in the lower Cedar Mountain formation have produced other new genera of dinosaurs : Eolambiosaur caoljonesii, Animantarx ramaljonessi, and Cedarpelts bibeyhallorum, an unnamed ankylosaurid and an unnamed sauropod.These discoveries have given Utah an ongoing place in the paleontology limelight, and new expeditions are being planned to research prehistoric life.Burge has served in several government-appointed capacities.He serves on a statewide Vertebrate Paleontology Advisory Board for the Bureau of Land Management, and was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior of the Moab District BLM Advisory Council for three years.In addition, he was a founding board member of both the Native American Remains Review Committee for the State of Utah and the Utah Office of Museum Services.Don Burge has been an instructor at the College of Eastern Utah for 40 years.Several times he was chosen by the students as their Teacher of the Year. He was the graduation commencement speaker in May of 1997 and received an honorary degree from the College of Eastern Utah.He also served as acting vice president for academic affairs for the 1998-99 school year.His colleagues in the science department nominated him to Outstanding Teacher of America. He is highly valued and respected by his peers at College of Eastern Utah.Company confirms plan to close Trail Mountain.Interwest Mining Company, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, has confirmed the planned closure of Trail Mountain in fall 2001 after coal reserves are depleted at the site.The move will result in the eventual layoff of some 200 employees of Energy West Mining, the operating company.Coal supplies for PacifiCorp's three electric generating plants in the area will come from its Deer Creek Mine, supplemented with contract coal purchases from other Utah mines.
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