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Jul 17, 2014 - The Associated Press

Yellowstone gate reopens

POWELL -- The highway to Yellowstone National Park's east entrance has reopened after a landslide covered it with mud, logs and boulders.

The slide occurred Tuesday about five miles east of the park entrance after heavy rain. Highway crews had both lanes open by about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The slide on U.S. 14-16-20 was about 100 feet long and up to 6 feet deep.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Some telephone service was disrupted.

Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman Jim Berry says road damage appears to be minor. He says shoulders will need repair, some asphalt might need to be patched and a culvert will have to be cleaned.

Fatality in Teton park

MOOSE -- Fog may have contributed to a crash in Grand Teton National Park that killed a man who recently moved to Wyoming from Phoenix.

Park officials say Bernardo Bravo's 2002 Buick sedan went off Teton Park Road near the Moose entrance sometime before dawn on Wednesday and rolled down a steep embankment.

The crash was discovered just before 5 a.m. after a passerby and a park maintenance worker noticed a single tire in the road. The worker then found Bravo's car, which was on its top off the road.

It's the third death in four days in the park.

A Jackson Hole resident drowned while rafting in the Snake River on Sunday, and a woman died Monday in a fall while climbing Grand Teton.

Moose wander into city

ROCK SPRINGS -- Two moose have wandered into Rock Springs this week, and wildlife managers had to tranquilize one of them to get it out of the city.

The other left on its own.

Both were females and weighed 400 to 500 pounds each.

The first moose was spotted Monday morning and left by about noon.

The second was spotted Monday afternoon. Officers from the Wyoming Game & Fish Department spent about eight hours Monday trying to get her to leave, but she wouldn't, and she wound up in a fenced backyard.

On Tuesday, officers tranquilized her and released her south of the city.

Officials say she wasn't hurt.

Wildlife officials say they usually get one call a year about a moose in Rock Springs.

Methane firm must post bond

Wyoming regulators have ordered a Sheridan coal-bed methane company to put up $6.8 million in bonds on hundreds of idle wells in the Big Horn Basin.

The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday gave High Plains Gas 120 days to come up with the bonds, which the state requires to ensure idle wells are properly managed if operators go bankrupt.

The state could plug the wells if High Plains doesn't post the bonds.

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