As I have been keeping tabs on the Dinosaur National Monument job cuts I was reminded that this is not the first time paleontology jobs have been on the DINO cutting block. The main difference was in 2002 it was Dr. Dan Chure's job that was to be cut [edit: after he retired, the job would not be replaced from what I am told]. Dr. Chure currently supports the paleontology job cuts at DINO, which is odd, since it was his job [in general, the person who would hypothetically follow him] on the line last time. Reason would say he would stand up for these jobs. But, I guess reason is out the window here. Feel free to read this article posted by the folks over at PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) detailing the 2002 proposed cuts (Google is a beautiful thing, when it comes to looking for old information):
DINOSAUR MONUMENT ELIMINATES FOSSIL PROGRAM — Scientists Lambast Bonehead Move by New Superintendent
Hopefully PEER will also help to end this most recent try to outsource paleontology at DINO.