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May 7, 2013 - The Associated Press
Meteor seen widely in state
The American Meteor Society says it has received reports of a meteor exploding in the sky above southern Wyoming on Sunday night.
The sight occurred about 10:45 p.m. and was observed from as far as 400 miles away.
Eight witnesses, including people in Idaho and Colorado, reported the event to the American Meteor Society.
The meteor traveled from southeast to northwest.
On March 28, another meteor was spotted in northern Wyoming and was seen by people as far away as Canada.
Quake rumbles park region
POCATELLO, Idaho -- A series of small earthquakes sent jolts across a corner of southeast Idaho on Sunday night.
The U.S. Geological Survey says two smaller earthquakes were also recorded inside the boundary of Yellowstone National Park in recent days.
Temblors of 4.2 and 3.6 magnitude were recorded in the Lava Hot Springs area. Authorities say the jolts generated calls from concerned residents, but so far there is no damage or injuries attributed to the temblors.
Both quakes are considered mild and not strong enough to cause severe damage.
The two earthquakes recorded in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park were also small -- magnitude of 2.9 and 2.7. One hit Friday in an area 40 miles southeast of Gardiner, while the other was recorded Sunday night closer to West Yellowstone, Mont.
B-T staff might split
JACKSON -- The U.S. Forest Service is considering a plan to split its Bridger-Teton National Forest supervisor's office staff between Jackson and Alpine.
Under the proposal, more than a third of the 17 employees would go to Alpine. Thirty supervisor's office jobs would remain in Jackson, as would 26 Jackson District Bridger-Teton employees.
The proposal was made former Bridger-Teton supervisor Jacque Buchanan in February just days before she departed.
Acting supervisor Cherly Probert has called the plan "very positive."
Probert said the plan allows flexibility in giving people more affordable housing options and puts the Greys River ranger district office closer to the major access point."
The proposal will need to be approved by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.
Two dogs killed in fire
WORLAND -- Authorities are investigating a fire that killed two dogs and severely damaged a mobile home south of Worland.
Worland Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Kocher said neighbors who saw smoke billowing from the home called authorities just before 12:30 p.m. Friday. The homeowners, Bill and Chris McEdwards, were not home at the time, but their two dogs were trapped in the building.
By the time firefighters arrived, flames had fully engulfed the attic space of the home and had spread the length of the building.