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Jan 16, 2014 - The Associated Press

UW weighs presidential options

LARAMIE -- University of Wyoming trustees are hearing plenty of advice on how to handle the president's position at the state's only public, four-year university.

Former President Bob Sternberg resigned last Nov. 14 after less than five months on the job. Dick McGinity is serving as interim president.

In public testimony Thursday morning, trustees heard opinions on whether McGinity should be given the formal title of president. Some said doing so would give more stability to the university especially with the Legislature convening next month and the many top level positions still occupied by interim appointees.

Others voiced concern about appointing a permanent president without a formal search. The idea of appointing a temporary president until a new presidential search is undertaken was also proposed.

The trustees didn't immediately make a decision.

Court to hear grizzly records case

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in the case of an environmentalist denied state records related to endangered species protection for grizzly bears.

The state denied the records on the grounds they are exempted under executive privilege, a provision that does not explicitly exist in Wyoming's public records laws.

Robert Aland wants the records supporting Gov. Matt Mead's conclusion that the greater Yellowstone grizzly population is healthy enough that federal Endangered Species Act protections no longer are needed.

Aland was among several activists who protested the November 2012 killing of a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park. The grizzly was killed by hunters participating in the park's annual elk hunt.

Big snow slide reported

JACKSON -- Four skiers say they triggered a large avalanche in the Jackson Hole back country this week.

They told the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center that they triggered the slide in Jensen Canyon remotely as they approached a face called the Mini Hoback on Tuesday.

The skiers reported that the slide destroyed trees and put up a cloud of snow higher than 100 feet. They estimated that it ran for about 2,000 feet.

Avalanche center director Bob Comey he wasn't surprised by the size of the slide given the amount of snow that has fallen there.

The center says large avalanche have also been released naturally and by explosives recently in western Wyoming's mountains.

The danger of slides occurring Thursday was rated as considerable.

Bill would keep courthouse

Wyoming's two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would allow Teton County to keep the federal courthouse in Jackson.

Republican Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are pushing a bill that would allow the federal government to transfer ownership of the Clifford P. Hansen U.S. Courthouse to Teton County. The bill would allow the federal court system to lease space and continue to hold court hearings there.

The senators say the courthouse provides a convenient place for public hearings and community events.

Federal judges and Teton County Commissioners started lobbying last year to prevent the U.S. General Services Administration from possibly selling the building. The federal court system stopped holding hearings there late last year as part of a national cost-cutting effort.

County getting help in investigation

CODY -- The Park County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies as it seeks to identify a man whose decapitated body was found last week in a rural area northwest of Powell.

Sheriff Scott Steward said Wednesday that his agency has called on police departments in Wyoming and Montana as well as on the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, the FBI, INTERPOL and the U.S. Border Patrol.

A hunter found the man's dismembered body on Jan. 9. A pathologist estimates he died two days before.

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