Sudden movement raises alarm in Wyoming slide area
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A slow-moving landslide in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson has suddenly sped up, buckling a road and a Walgreens parking lot and threatening to destroy several unoccupied homes and businesses.
A geologist said Friday it's unlikely the 100-foot-high hillside will collapse all at once but could start falling in large pieces.
Jackson officials have stopped trying to stabilize the hill for safety reasons.
The movement has sped up from an inch a day to a foot a day. New movement overnight has bulged a road and parking lot. Rocks and dirt are crumbling off the hill and the shifting earth has pushed a small utilities building 15 feet.
Four houses and two apartment buildings are under an evacuation order. Four businesses, including the Walgreens, also are at risk.
PIT BULL SHOOTING
Police: Laramie Co. woman shot attacking pit bull
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say a Laramie County woman shot and wounded a pit bull that attacked her golden retriever as she was walking it.
The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1tiydcJ ) that Yvette Dalley was walking her dog near the intersection of Links Road and Jack Rabbit Road on Thursday when two pit bulls attacked it.
Laramie County Undersheriff Rich Hillegas says Dalley wounded one of the pit bulls with a handgun.
Kate Miller, operations manager at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, says Dalley took her dog to a veterinary clinic for treatment. While she was there, another woman entered the clinic carrying the wounded pit bull, which later died of its injuries.
Miller says the owner of the pit bull gave up her second, uninjured pit bull to animal control officers who euthanized it.
Gillette may ban parking in alleys
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Gillette is considering a ban on parking in some downtown alleys while a main road is being rebuilt.
Officials say the move is necessary to help delivery drivers during and after street reconstruction.
According to the Gillette News Record (http://tinyurl.com/mfvrhtl ), the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would ban parking in the alleys on either side of Gillette Avenue so customers can access store back doors and delivery drivers can have access to their customers.
BIRTH CONTROL LAWSUIT
Judge: ACLU may file in birth-control lawsuit
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge has allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to file a brief in a lawsuit filed by Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne and other organizations sued the federal government in January. They're trying to block a birth-control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.
The Catholic groups object to a requirement in the Affordable Care Act requiring them to provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion services for some workers. Many similar legal challenges are going on around the country.
Federal Magistrate Kelly Rankin of Cheyenne on Tuesday granted the ACLU's request to be heard in the case. The ACLU filed papers Wednesday arguing the federal requirements don't violate the Catholic groups' religious rights.
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