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Mar 15, 2012 - The Associated Press

Wolves attack and injure dog

JACKSON (AP) -- Wolves that have been wandering around the Jackson area have attacked and injured a dog.

Thursday that the dog survived but federal officials won't provide other details, including exactly where the attack happened.

Wolves were first spotted in Wilson and South Park in December and have ventured near some homes.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf manager Mike Jimenez said the wolves are still at large. He said authorities plan to kill them once they are captured.

There have been reports that the pack includes up to four wolves but Jimenez said he has only seen two wolves while doing surveillance.

Former hospital CEO drawing pay

JACKSON (AP) -- The former chief executive of the hospital in Jackson continues to make $25,000 a month as a consultant after her retirement.

Neither the administration nor board of trustees at St. John's Medical Center has consulted with Pam Maples since her early retirement Oct. 31.

She will continue to receive $25,000 for a total of nine months through July. Hospital officials say they have not yet needed to call on Maples for consultation but might yet do so.

Maples had initially planned to work at St. John's until no later than August 2013. Her two-year contract was up for renewal in February.

She has moved to Illinois and could not be reached for comment.

Hospital cited for sterilization issues

SHERIDAN (AP) -- The state health department says Sheridan Memorial Hospital was cited for not properly sterilizing devices used during surgeries but has corrected the problem.

The department received a tip in November about the cleaning of masks used to help patients breathe during surgery. The department said it immediately inspected the hospital and found it wasn't following recommended sterilization procedures and wasn't tracking how many times each device had been used.

The violation was publicized Tuesday by national consumer watchdog group Public Citizen.

The health department and the hospital say there have been no reports of illnesses caused by the devices. However, the state hasn't notified patients of the violation and isn't required to do so.

Regulators plan to follow up with a surprise inspection.

Repairs to 2011 damage ongoing

CODY (AP) -- Crews in northern Wyoming are still at work on millions of dollars in repairs to pavement damaged by extremely heavy snowmelt runoff last year.

The projects include several stretches of U.S. Highway 14 on the east side of the Big Horn Basin. The causeway spanning the Big Horn River east of Lovell also is being fixed.

A mudslide damaged the road just outside the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Inside the park, crews plan to repair a road near Steamboat Point on the north shore of Yellowstone Lake. Park spokesman Al Nash says the road washed out last spring and repairs will begin after the weather improves in June.

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