Nov 2, 2012 The Associated Press

Snake River levees fixed

JACKSON -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking advantage of low water levels to shore up the Snake River levees in Jackson.

Crews began replacing rocks and clearing vegetation from the river bank this week. The work will continue through Thanksgiving and resume in the spring.

Project manager Kenny Koebberling said it's easier and cheaper to replace rocks now than when the river reaches its peak.

He said some of the rocks that placed on the levee 50 years ago weren't up to the job and haven't held up well.

Some residents aren't happy about the trees being removed. Koebberling said they make it difficult to monitor to the levees in the spring and their roots erode the levees.

Carol Mead heads toward marathon

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead and his family are traveling to New York ahead of this weekend's New York City Marathon.

First lady Carol Mead is running in the marathon this Sunday. She announced last month that she's running as a member of a charity team dedicated to reducing underage drinking and impaired driving.

Organizers say the course of the 26.2-mile race will be the same as in past years because there was little damage along the route from Superstorm Sandy this week.

Renny MacKay is spokesman for Gov. Mead. MacKay says the governor and the couple's two children will be in New York to watch the race.

Court upholds Cheyenne annexation

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Supreme Court is backing Cheyenne's annexation of land southwest of the city.

The court found that a previous district court decision in favor of annexation of the Swan Ranch business park was correct and they wouldn't change it.

Cheyenne approved adding 150 acres of land to the city in 2009. The property is owned by the McMurry family and is part of a 7,200-acre parcel along interstates 25 and 80. Several neighbors objected and sought to stop it in court.

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