Officials at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in Vernal are ready to make a major move.
They've packed some 33,000 dinosaur fossils, rock samples and other specimens for the move from an aging building to a state-of-the-art repository two blocks away.
The Deseret News reports the $1.5 million for the new 11,664-square-foot fossil repository and laboratory building came from a special district funded by mineral lease money paid by oil and natural gas companies in Utah.
It will allow museum staff to properly store and prepare fossils and artifacts that have been discovered in eastern Utah's Uintah Basin.
Without the new facility, many of the fossils and artifacts were destined for six museums in cities from San Diego to Pittsburgh.