January 18, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- What happens when a ragtag group of paleontologists takes on the federal government? How does a paleontologist digging for bones in South Dakota wind up serving 18 months in prison? And how did the "Dinosaur 13" filmmakers get access to decades-old footage to tell the story of the discovery of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue? PHOTOS: Sundance Film Festival 2014 | The Scene Todd Miller, the director of the Sundance Film Festival documentary, dropped by the Los Angeles Times Studio in Park City to discuss how these issues touch on his movie, which opened the festival Thursday night.
October 15, 2013
Re "Snow ravages cattle industry," Oct. 12 My heart goes out to the ranchers in South Dakota whose cattle were killed in a blizzard. According to the article, many people in that part of the state supported the government shutdown. Ranchers, call your representatives in Washington and tell them to reopen the government so you and all the other people who are not getting services can get the help and support you deserve. Also, our government employees, contractors and subcontractors need to get back to work too. Judith Fenton Costa Mesa The South Dakota cattle ranchers portrayed in this article are represented by a Republican in the House of Representatives.
October 6, 2013 |
Adios, Karen. The first named storm system of the season, which had Louisianans packing off for safety and federal emergency workers scurrying back from shutdown furlough, dissipated in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. Karen, once a tropical storm whipping 65-mph winds around its center, was expected to wander eastward with much weaker winds as the Gulf Coast dodged a meteorological headache. The rest of the U.S. wasn't so lucky over the weekend, with the Great Plains racked by tornadoes and blizzards, parts of the Appalachians deluged by rain, and California battling dry winds and wildfires.
October 4, 2013 |
A blizzard, thunderstorms and tornadoes up to two miles wide were part of a large storm system hitting several Midwestern states Friday, with forecasters expecting a wet, windy weekend. The thunderstorms and tornadoes centered over western Iowa developed from two opposing forces: a strong, warm jet stream coming off the Plains and a cold front from the West, which spawned a blizzard that had already dumped almost 3 feet of snow in several parts of Wyoming and South Dakota. “It's a cyclone, essentially,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Bardin.
October 3, 2013 |
A veteran cowboy would seem to be a difficult subject to resist for a documentarian, as the cowboy life tends to be a potent combination of scenic beauty, storytelling richness and mythic personality. So even when it meanders, and "Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde" occasionally does, director Suzanne Mitchell has a ready supply of landscape and lore to corral viewers back in again. The Michigan-born, Berkeley-educated Hyde, a gently grizzled, soft-spoken conservationist now in his late 80s, certainly earns his bio-doc credentials as the man behind a 12,000-acre wild-horse sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
July 15, 2013 |
The Tyrannosaurus rex of "Jurassic Park" fame chases any prey that moves, then devours it with a bone-crushing gnash of its enormous jaws and serrated teeth. But paleontologists don't necessarily back Steven Spielberg's portrayal of T. rex , with some saying it may have simply scavenged the remains of dead animals it happened to find. Now scientists have unearthed what they say is the first direct evidence that the dinosaur king hunted its prey, further supporting its reign at the top of the Cretaceous food chain.