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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.


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.


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.


Riverton farmers market brings complaints

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

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

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,

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.

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