Dinosaur Journey roars back to life

Dinosaur fans give museum welcome boost in '09 visitation

Dinosaur Journey Paleontology Lab Supervisor Kay Fredette works on a dinosaur bone in the lab at the museum in Fruita. The museum was forced to slash its budget last year as administrators predicted a steep drop in visitation numbers. Improvements to the infrastructure and exhibits, however, helped drive interest in the museum, leading to a 3 percent rise in 2009 over 2008.



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Dinosaur Journey Paleontology Lab Supervisor Kay Fredette works on a dinosaur bone in the lab at the museum in Fruita. The museum was forced to slash its budget last year as administrators predicted a steep drop in visitation numbers. Improvements to the infrastructure and exhibits, however, helped drive interest in the museum, leading to a 3 percent rise in 2009 over 2008.

Fifteen months ago, the administrators in charge of Dinosaur Journey were as desperate and distraught as a Tyrannosaurus rex roaming a land filled only with ferns and cycads. The mechanical…




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