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Submitted by rebecca on April 11, 2014 – 11:32 amNo Comment


Evacuations eased for slipping Jackson hill

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities in Jackson have downgraded their evacuation order for businesses threatened by a slipping hillside in the Wyoming resort town, but some people are still being kept from returning to their homes on Friday.

The downgrade means businesses are no longer under orders to evacuate, but are advised to do so.

Residents were told at a public meeting Thursday that Jackson officials are considering building a temporary road for people who are still evacuated, but that may not be ready for another week.

An independent geologist says a rapid landslide in unlikely, but the hillside needs to be shored up.

Geologists have been monitoring the hillside for a while, but underground movement has increased in recent days, resulting in visible cracks, stretched power lines, buckled pavement and damaged homes. Authorities say about 60 people have been affected.


Fremont County opts against pre-filling sandbags

(Information in the following story is from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger,

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Fremont County officials have decided not to fill sandbags right now as they prepare for possible flooding.

Local officials are keeping an eye on flood risks after the National Weather Service recently warned the danger is moderate to high.

Fremont County Emergency Management coordinator Kathi Metzler says if the bags are not needed they become unusable in the future and that wastes money.

According to the Riverton Ranger, the county says it wasted time and effort in 2011 preparing for flooding that never materialized.


UW promoted professors get raises

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming says professors promoted since June 30 will be included in salary increases approved by the state Legislature last month.

The professors were concerned their recent tenures and promotions would cause them to be excluded from raises that are based on the salaries of other professors in their fields.

UW President Dick McGinity said Thursday earlier discussions with the university’s board of trustees should have included recently promoted professors.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the raises are intended to help retain the university’s top performers.


Inmate accused of giving heroin to others in jail

(Information in the following story is from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Gillette man faces four felony drug charges after he allegedly smuggled heroin into the Campbell County jail.

Authorities say Joseph Colvin is accused of delivery, possession and intent to deliver and taking heroin into jail.

Colvin was in jail after officers executed a search warrant March 12 on his home, where they say found some of the heroin.

According to the Gillette News Record, Colvin was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 21 on a charge related to those searches.

Authorities say they later found out about the heroin in the jail from an unidentified informant.

According to court documents, 14 of the inmates in the cell were given urine tests and five of those tested positive for opiates, including Colvin.


No e-cigarettes on school property

(Information in the following story is from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Campbell County School District trustees have revised policies to ban electronic smoking devices in and around all school facilities.

District officials say that includes adults, who have been seen smoking the devices at school events.

The Gillette News Record reports the district has always banned cigarette smoking in schools and all schools are smoke-free campuses, but electronic smoking devices were not specifically included.

The new policies prohibit possession or use of electronic smoking devices by students and in private vehicles while they are on school district property. That includes to all property, buildings and vehicles owned, leased or operated by the district and all private vehicles while on school property.


Wildlife start migration in northwest Wyoming

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife are on the move in northwest Wyoming.

Grand Teton National Park says wildlife have started their spring migration toward their summer ranges in the park.

The National Park Service says motorists should use extra caution during the coming weeks and be alert for wildlife near and along roadways, especially along U.S. 26/89/191, which runs through the east side of Grand Teton.

There are reports that herds of elk recently moved off the National Elk Refuge and have fanned out across the area in the vicinity of the highway.

Moose have also been spotted in the area.


Bighorn National Forest plans spring burning

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters on the Bighorn National Forest plan to conduct prescribed burns over the next several weeks. The burns could begin as soon as mid-April and continue through late spring.

Forest officials say they plan to conduct burns on about 1,800 acres in the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District and about 1,500 acres in the Tongue Ranger District.

The Forest Service conducts prescribed burns each year to reduce fuel loading, improve habitat for wildlife, and increase range forage. It only conducts burns when weather conditions are favorable and before vegetation green-up occurs. Smoke may be visible from surrounding communities.


SD college launches Shale Research Institute

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is launching a Shale Research Institute with the help of Rapid City-based engineering consultant RESPEC.

The state Legislature earlier this year approved nearly half a million dollars to support the effort. The School of Mines says work will focus on a range of experiments related to energy production and the environment.

Officials also will be assessing the feasibility of what would be the nation’s first underground shale research laboratory.

State Rep. David Lust says South Dakota is in a good position to advance research into shale formations. The School of Mines in Rapid City is equidistant from the Bakken, Mowry and Niobrara shale formations in the Upper Midwest.

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