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Mar 3, 2013 - The Associated Press
Group will try to repeal 'Hill bill'
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Constitution Party is seeking to repeal the new state law that removed state Superintendent Cindy Hill as head of the state Education Department.
The effort's chairwoman, Jennifer Young of Torrington, said the drive isn't about Hill. She believes the law violated the state constitution because it stripped the superintendent's office of much of its administrative duties.
However, supporters of the effort have yet to meet requirements to begin collecting signatures. If they do get the go-ahead, they need to collect 37,606 signatures by May 28 in order to get the referendum on the November 2014 ballot.
School closed after mercury spill
Officials expect Big Piney High School in western Wyoming to remain closed at least through the weekend after a chool officials do not believe mercury vapors that spread through the school after Wednesday's spill posed a health risk, but they decided it would be a good idea to prevent any further exposure to students and staff. The person who called authorities said about 6 ounces of mercury had spilled.
Short-term exposure to high levels of mercury vapor can cause lung damage, vomiting, rashes and increased blood pressure.
Avalanche kills skier in Teton Park
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK -- Grand Teton National Park officials say an avalanche has killed a backcountry skier from Jackson.
Park officials identified him as 40-year-old Jarad Spackman. They say Spackman and a friend were ascending Apocalypse Couloir near the mouth of Death Canyon on Friday morning when Spackman was caught in an avalanche that started further up the slope.
The slide carried Spackman an estimated 1,000 feet. His friend found Spackman face down and partially buried. He began CPR before calling for help.
A helicopter retrieved Spackman's body Friday afternoon.
It was the second avalanche death in Grand Teton National Park this year. An avalanche on Survey Peak in the northern Teton Range killed a skier Jan. 27.
'Flood' destroys library books
POWELL -- The Meeteetse library has lost nearly a quarter of its books after its sprinkler system accidentally turned on.
The library is located in the town's school. On Sunday, a malfunctioning heating unit began pumping hot air into the library, causing the sprinklers to turn on. Firefighters were able to turn off the sprinklers within about 10 minutes.
Park County Library director Frances Clymer praised the quick response but said an about 4,450 books were lost.