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Jackson landslide repair cost: $8-$25M

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A geologist is offering several options for the town of Jackson to permanently shore up a massive, slow-moving landslide that destroyed one home and evacuated dozens of others in April.

All of the options presented to town officials Tuesday would be expensive, costing anywhere from $8 million to $25 million.

The landslide began in early April. The ground dropped 10 feet on April 17 but since then has slowed down to less than an inch of movement per week.

Nearly all residents since have returned home. Now, geologist George Machan (mc-ANN') is proposing a range of long-term solutions.

Machan proposes to remove dirt and rock from the top of the slide zone. In addition, Machan suggests installing heavy barriers or underground cables to hold the earth in place.


Academics to Wyoming: reconsider science standards

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A group of Wyoming educators is asking the state board of education to reconsider its position on science standards.

The Wyoming Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead this year banned benchmarks known as the Next Generation Science Standards due to their stance on global climate change. A committee of about 30 teachers and administrators had endorsed the standards.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that 46 current and former match and science educators at the University of Wyoming have sent a 36-page paper to the state board of education supporting the standards.

Board Chairman Ron Micheli said his stance has not changed regarding how climate change should be taught in Wyoming. He says science standards should recognize the benefits natural resource extraction have brought to Wyoming while also addressing its environmental impacts.


Wind peels roof off of Jackson hotel

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A storm that blew through Jackson Hole on Saturday ripped a newly installed metal roof off of a hotel. No one was hurt.

The Jackson Hole News&Guide reports that the roof on the 49er Inn and Suites blew off the building and into the parking lot and street below. It blocked the eastbound lane of Pearl Avenue before it was removed.

Steve Meadows is a co-owner of the hotel. He says a roofing contractor hadn't secured the western corner of the eaves yet. The new roof was part of a larger $4 million remodel and expansion of the hotel.

Teton County Emergency Management had issued a severe storm warning Saturday afternoon.

Jackson Police Lt. Cole Nethercott says no one was injured.


Investigation continues in fatal Casper crash

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The investigation continues into a crash that killed a bicyclist in Casper.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that authorities haven't yet identified the driver of an SUV that was involved in the crash last Thursday morning.

Thirty-nine-year-old bicyclist Matthew Harker was hit by the SUV on First Street while riding his bicycle in downtown Casper. Harker died of brain trauma at Swedish Medical Center in Denver on Friday.

Casper Police Chief Jim Wetzel says police took the SUV driver from the scene of the crash to Wyoming Medical Center.

Wetzel says blood and urine samples were collected from the driver to determine whether alcohol or other controlled substances were present in his system. Police don't yet have the results of those tests.


Swarm of earthquakes in Yellowstone Park

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Seismographs have picked up a swarm of earthquakes in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, including dozens early Tuesday.

The University of Utah Seismograph Station reported five small earthquakes including those with magnitudes of 3.4, 2.7 and 3.2 in a 20-minute period starting at 3:33 a.m. in an area 16 to 18 miles south of Gardiner.

Earthquake information specialist Paul Roberson says there were another 20 to 30 small quakes Tuesday morning that hadn't yet been posted on the university's website. He called it a fairly normal swarm for Yellowstone. He didn't expect there to be any damage.

Seismographs recorded 31 quakes in the same area south of Gardiner on Saturday, while another 23 were reported last Wednesday and Thursday in an area between 18 and 19 miles east-southeast of West Yellowstone.

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