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Gov. Mead to announce re-election bid Tuesday

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he plans to make an official announcement on Tuesday that he will see re-election to another four-year term.

The 51-year-old Republican governor says he believes Wyoming is in better shape now than it was when he took office. But Mead says he still has many ongoing projects he wants to complete.

Mead says he wants to continue to work on diversifying Wyoming's economy and wants to address water projects around the state.

Mead faces two declared opponents in the Aug. 19 Republican Party primary: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes, a Cheyenne doctor who has served on the board of trustees at the University of Wyoming.

No Democrat has announced for governor.

Mead plans his formal announcement Tuesday in Cheyenne.


Cindy Hill appears at Wyoming education department

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill made a brief appearance Monday morning back at the state Department of Education.

Hill had announced last week that she intended to resume working as head of the department.

The Wyoming Supreme Court in January overturned a law enacted last year that stripped the superintendent's post of its authority over the education department.

Hill spokesman Travis Hoff says Hill's staff met with Richard Crandall, who Gov. Matt Mead appointed to run the department.

Crandall informed Hill's staff that Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael has concluded the law remains in effect until a district court judge rules otherwise.


3 people survive separate Jackson area avalanches

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The avalanche danger in northwestern Wyoming is considerable following a weekend in which three people were caught in three different slides. All survived.

On Sunday, rescuers were able to extract a man from an avalanche in Granite Canyon in Grand Teton National Park.

On Saturday, the Jackson Hole Daily reports that a snowboarder was swept over a cliff face just outside Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and buried with his head 3 feet below the surface. Another snowboarder was also buried briefly on Brecchia Peak near Togwotee Mountain Lodge. That slide was reportedly triggered by a snow machine.


Court rules for landowner in trail dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has sided with a Wyoming property owner in a dispute over a bicycle trail that follows the route of an abandoned railroad. The decision could force the government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate landowners.

The justices ruled 8-1 Monday that property owner Marvin Brandt remains the owner of a 200-foot-wide trail that crosses his 83-acre parcel in southern Wyoming's Medicine Bow National Forest. The trail once was the path of a railroad and is among thousands of miles of abandoned railroads that have been converted to recreational trails.

Chief Justice John Roberts said the government was wrong to assert that it owns the trail.

The government says it faces compensation claims involving 10,000 properties in 30 states, possibly topping $100 million.


Flooding continues as ice backs up Bighorn River

MANDERSON, Wyo. (AP) - Flooding continues along the Bighorn River in northern Wyoming because of ice jams as the state National Guard aided efforts to protect two towns.

Guard members stacked up sand bags in Manderson and Greybull on Monday.

The National Weather Service says sandbags were used to divert water around the Manderson school and water treatment plant. No evacuations were reported.

A flood warning was posted until 3 p.m. Tuesday for the area.

The spokeswoman for the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, Kelly Ruiz, says seven homes were damaged in Greybull over the weekend but the extent of damage to those properties wasn't immediately clear.

Video posted by the homeland security office showed the river full of ice chunks on Sunday and a home protected by sand bags surrounded by water.