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Apr 17, 2014 - The Associated Press
Engineers build wall to stop landslide
JACKSON -- Workers in Jackson are building a massive wall officials hope will temporarily stop a landslide that is slowly moving down a hillside.
Crews used backhoes and excavators on Wednesday to build concrete barriers as high as 10 feet along a road.
Geologists say road-grading projects over decades may have contributed to a slow-moving landslide that has displaced residents of four homes and two small apartment buildings and cut off road access to dozens of other homes.
The ground has cracked and is slipping at a rate of about an inch a day. At the foot of the slide, the earth is bulging upward and buckling the pavement in a pharmacy parking lot. Officials say there is little chance of a catastrophe.
Narrow ruling goes against Hill
CHEYENNE -- A state judge has ruled that elected officials cannot use the Wyoming Public Records Act to obtain massive amounts of internal documents from other government agencies.
District Judge Peter Arnold issued the narrow ruling recently in a lawsuit filed by state schools Superintendent Cindy Hill against Gov. Matt Mead and the state Department of Education director.
Hill is seeking correspondence among employees in the department and the governor's office.
While Arnold ruled Hill can't seek the documents as superintendent, he noted she can still seek them as a private individual. Hill filed the lawsuit in both her capacity as superintendent and as a private citizen.
Bruce Moats, Hill's attorney, says the lawsuit continues and the state is supplying some records but still withholding others that the governor's office considers privileged.
Poll: High trust in state government
CHEYENNE -- A recent Gallup poll shows that 76 percent of Wyoming residents have a great deal or fair amount of trust in their state government.
The percentage is the second-highest among states.
Only North Dakota, at 77 percent had a higher ranking than Wyoming.