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Snowstorm puts halt to spring in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A snowstorm packing heavy snow and strong winds interrupted travel plans and brought a temporary halt to spring weather in a large part of Wyoming on Sunday.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation reported many roads and highways in the eastern two-thirds of state were slick with snowfall.

A 250-mile stretch of westbound Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming was closed Sunday afternoon because of winter conditions and accidents.

As much as a foot of snow fell in the mountains of Big Horn and Fremont counties, while most lower elevation areas received less than 6 inches.

The National Weather Service expected the storm to move out of the state by Sunday evening, with more spring-like weather returning Monday and Tuesday.


Wyoming hillside slipping, but not gaining speed

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say an unstable hillside has continued to move since it forced dozens from their homes last week in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson over the slim but persistent risk of a sudden landslide, but the shifting was not accelerating.

Geologists and others are watching the hill's movement with the help of ground monitoring equipment. A geologist has put the risk of sudden collapse at just 5 percent. So far, only one unoccupied home, which is directly atop the slide zone, has sustained damage.

About 60 people haven't stayed at their homes since Wednesday. Officials say the move was a precaution in the wake of Washington state's deadly landslide and was also tied to damage of the only access road.

The unstable hillside is about the size of two football fields and is along a main artery outside the historic downtown area.


Cheyenne teacher accused of sex with child

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Cheyenne elementary school teacher has been charged with seven felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Anna-Maria Andersen is charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Court documents filed Friday show Andersen is accused of having sexual intercourse with a victim under the age of 14 on four occasions since June 2012.

The 54-year-old Andersen is a sixth-grade teacher at Cheyenne's Freedom Elementary School.

Court documents are unclear about whether the victim is a former student of Andersen's.

Andersen has been placed on administrative leave. She remains in custody in the Laramie County jail.


Study looks at Old Faithful area and development

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A new study on the geology and hydrology in the area around Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park provides suggestions on how to avoid harming the famous geyser.

The report was written by U.S. Geological Survey and park geologists, working with university and private-sector scientists.

The experts were convened by Yellowstone to review and summarize the geological and hydrological understanding that can inform park management of the Upper Geyser Basin area.

They reviewed the effects of utilities, roads and buildings on the thermal features as well as the effects of the thermal features on the infrastructure.

The report includes a variety of techniques that can assist park managers as they evaluate options for future management of the Old Faithful area.

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