[meteorite-list] NPA 08-04-1977 County Backed in Rock Battle, Old Woman Meteorite
From: MARK BOSTICK <thebigcollector_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue Oct 26 12:40:03 2004
Paper: Montclair Tribune
City: Montclair, California
Date: Thursday, August 04, 1977
Nation's second largest meteorite
County backed in rock battle
San Bernardino County has enlisted the support of several Western
states in its legal battle to keep the nation's second largest meteorite
discovered in the county's desert area, from leaving California for
County supervisors were told Monday that the Western Association of
Regional Councils has endorsed the county's bid to retain the Old Woman
The association, which represents councils of local governments in
eight states acted upon a motion by Supervisor Dennis L. Hansberger, this
year's president of the Southern California Association of Governments.
If the county wins its suit against the federal government for
possession of the three-ton meteorite, it will agree to loan the meteorite
for display in the West's major museums, Hansberger said.
Furthermore, the association urged Congress to amend the Antiquities
Act "on the basis that it results in cultural and scientific discrimination
against the people of the western United States." Hansberger said.
Under the 1906 law, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management claimed
possession of the meteorite and turned it over to the Smithsonian
Institution, which plans to ship it to Washington.
The county's request for a preliminary injunction against the
meteorite's removal from California will be ruled upon this week in U.S.
District Court in Los Angeles. The meteorite is now at the Barstow office
of the Bureau of Land Management.
Hansberger and Supervisors' Chairman Robert O. Townsend of Chino also
reacted sharply to a Smithsonian proposal that would leave California with a
fiberglass replica of the nickel-iron meteorite, plus a slice or two of the
rock, if the Smithsonian wins the court battle.
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