Road grading may have caused Wyoming hill slide
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A consultant says road grading projects may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced nearly 60 residents and damaged homes and businesses in Jackson, Wyo.
The area around the slide has been the site of grading and construction over decades, including construction of a residential road and grading of a main highway.
Landslide Technology engineer George Machan tells city officials the hill did not start sliding by itself.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the slide was discovered April 4 on a hill above a residential area and the ground is moving about an inch a day.
Officials say they don't believe there's any danger of a catastrophe.
Jackson slide evacuees in limbo during response
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Dozens of people who have homes near the slow-moving landslide in Jackson are worried about how they'll get by during the emergency response.
The Jackson Hole Daily reports many who live on East Gros Ventre Butte have been bouncing between friends' homes, hotels and a shelter without any idea of how long they'll be out of their homes.
Since it's offseason in a tourist town, many don't have steady work.
An evacuation order is lifted for most residents but other homes remain closed off because of plans to build a buttress aimed at temporarily slowing the ground movement.
In addition, four businesses have been shut down. The owner of three of them, Joe Rice, says 70 of his employees are out of work but he expects to reopen Friday.
WYOMING HORSE ROUNDUP
BLM criticized for selling horses for slaughter
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wild horse advocates are upset about a recent roundup of a Wyoming horse herd that was sold to a Canadian slaughterhouse.
Federal officials say the horses were strays - not wild - and they had no choice but to put the horses up for auction.
The Bureau of Land Management says the 42 horses rounded up last month were descendants of rodeo horses.
Wild horses are protected by federal law and can't be sold for slaughter.
The agency handed the horses over to Wyoming officials, who auctioned them off. A Canadian slaughterhouse was the highest bidder.
Horse advocates say they should have had more notice about the roundup and auction.
WYOMING NEWBORN KILLED
Ethete woman faces federal murder charge
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An Ethete (EETH-ity) woman has been charged with killing her newborn baby after delivering it at home on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
A federal criminal complaint filed Tuesday charges 20-year-old Ardis Sierra Enos with first-degree murder in the boy's March 26 death. She faces a detention hearing Friday in Lander.
James Barrett, an assistant federal public defender, said Wednesday that federal prosecutors have agreed to send Enos for mental evaluation.
An FBI agent's complaint says that Enos had kept her pregnancy secret. Doctors at Lander Regional Hospital called the FBI after Enos sought medical treatment the day after giving birth.
The FBI agent states Enos told him in an interview that she killed the baby. Searchers later found the baby's body in a ditch.
Dad: Wyoming volunteer committed to helping others
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The father of a Wyoming woman found dead on a church trip to Nicaragua says she was committed to helping other people throughout her life.
Seattle-based Agros International says the body of 37-year-old Karen Colclough of Wilson was found Monday in the town of Montelimar.
Douglas Colclough of Lynnfield, Mass., told The Boston Globe that his daughter worked as an EMT, taught skiing to the disabled at Snow King Resort in Wyoming and had always been "very helpful and very religious."
Karen Colclough was on the trip with members of the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole. They spent a week working in the villages in the Matagalpa region.
National police in Nicaragua have declined to comment on her death.
RIVERTON FARMERS MARKET
Riverton farmers market brings complaints
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - Businesses and customers are complaining about options being discussed for a new farmers market location in Riverton.
The Riverton Ranger reports the Riverton City Council met with downtown business owners and street vendors to discuss alternatives.
Furniture store owner Larry Kusel Loss says lost sales and canceled freight deliveries resulted from the current location on North Broadway for the past two summer seasons. He suggested another location at City Park.
Market organizer Sherry Shelley says people in wheelchairs or with walkers could have a hard time maneuvering at City Park.
High cost might trim Jackson center's grass roof
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The grass roof over the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center may be replaced soon by more conventional, asphalt-based shingles.
National Elk Refuge spokeswoman Lori Iverson says the visitor center on the refuge at Jackson could have a new roof installed as early as this fall.
Iverson tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the sod roof has been leaking for a couple of years.
The elk refuge has requested $115,000 for a new roof.
But Iverson says estimated costs for a new earthen roof came in at more than twice as much - between $250,000 and $300,000.
Boy facing Neb. murder charge to get mental tests
GERING, Neb. (AP) - A mental health evaluation has been scheduled for a 15-year-old Wyoming boy charged with killing a Nebraska jail guard.
Television station KOTA says Dylan Cardeilhac will be taken to the Omaha suburb of Papillion (puh-PIHL'-yuhn) for the screening later this month.
Cardeilhac has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the slaying of 24-year-old Amanda Baker on Feb. 14. Authorities say he lured Baker into his jail cell and then pounced on her, strangling her from behind.
Stolen wedding dress spotted for sale on Facebook
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Sweetwater County deputies have arrested a man on a theft charge after a woman spotted her stolen wedding dress for sale on Facebook.
Authorities said Tuesday the dress and other items were taken from a home north of Rock Springs in February. On Thursday, the woman told authorities the dress was listed in a posting for a garage sale at a Rock Springs-area home.
Sheriff's officials say an undercover deputy bought the dress at the sale. Deputies then searched the home with a warrant they had already obtained and found other allegedly stolen goods, including a motorcycle missing from Uinta County since 2010.
Fifty-year-old Leon Lynch was arrested on suspicion of theft, wrongful taking or disposing of property and marijuana possession. No phone listing could be found for him.
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