- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The National Park Service says one of its congressional fellows who played a role in creating the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument will be the destination’s first leader.

The agency announced Thursday that Jon Burpee had been appointed superintendent of the fossil-rich area that was designated a national monument last December.

Burpee’s fellowship was spent on the staff of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee and in the agency’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs.

Burpee has been with the National Park Service for 19 years and has worked at several national parks and monuments including Death Valley National Park.

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is a 22,650-acre area north of Las Vegas home to prehistoric artifacts and mammoth bones.

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