April 17 Marlene Louise Arnold, 71, of Greybull
April 13 Kenneth James John, 62, of Salt Lake City, formerly of Thermopolis
Worland temperatures: High 75, Low 38 precipitation: 0.00
Saturday Sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. East northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.
Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. North northeast wind around 6 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.
Monday Sunny, with a high near 69. East southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. East wind around 9 mph.
Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Tuesday Night Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday Night Scattered rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Thursday Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
Sunset tonight: 7:58 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 6:16 a.m.
DAILY NEWS photo by Bob Vines
Governor Matt Mead and Director of State Parks Milward Simpson will attend an event at Hot Springs State Park next Saturday to discuss the future of TePee Pools at the park.
Mead, Simpson to
Hot Springs State Park event
By Bob Vines
WORLAND – Director of State Parks Milward Simpson confirmed Friday
afternoon that he and Governor Matt Mead will be attending a meeting in
Thermopolis next Saturday to discuss the state’s plans for Hot Springs
The meeting, organized by a group of concerned residents, will take place at the park’s pavilion at 10 a.m. April 26. This is an earlier time than originally planned in order to accommodate prior commitments by Mead.
The meeting will specifically address the state’s decision to end a 35-year lease with TePee Pools, Inc., a company that operates one of the three public swimming facilities at the hot springs. The state has informed the company that they have until May 6 to demolish and remove their property.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there and part of what we intend to do is put the facts out there, explain the plans and the status of everything and to address the misconceptions that have been spreading,” Simpson told the Daily News Friday.
Simpson also said that other representatives from the state parks department will be attending.
The event, which was conceived at an organizational meeting by TePee advocates held Wednesday night in Thermopolis, will allow state officials to speak and answer questions, according to co-organizer Amber Galovich. They also plan to have locals speak about the history of the pool and hope families will go for a swim after the event.
In a press release from Galovich made available to the Daily News Friday, her group referred to the state’s decision as a “property grab” and claimed members of the Hot Springs Economic Development Committee had met with park officials and the governor to discuss plans for a new first-class facility that would be owned by the state and ran by a private manager to replace the TePee pools.
“There’s a controversy over the idea of the state owning a business as this is not the function of government and if it is ethical to compete against private businesses,” the release stated.
Simpson had stated earlier that in conjunction with the Hot Springs Economic Development Committee, his department will release a Request for Proposal which will go out nationwide to attract businesses that might be interested in relocating to Thermopolis and running a new facility.
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Sudden movement raises alarm in Jackson slide area
By Mead Gruver
CHEYENNE (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in the Wyoming resort town of
Jackson sped up significantly Friday, splitting a house in two, causing
a huge uplift in a road and a Walgreens parking lot, and threatening to
destroy several other unoccupied homes and businesses.
The 100-foot-high hillside is unlikely to liquefy and collapse suddenly like the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 39 people, a geologist said at a town meeting Friday. But large blocks of earth could tumble down one piece at a time, presenting a drawn-out threat to four homes on the hill and to two apartment buildings and four businesses below, said George Machan, a landslide specialist consulting for the town.
“Is it weeks, is it longer? I really don’t know,” Machan said. “I think it’s really unpredictable how long it might take. I don’t expect it to end in a day.”
He said geologists were still trying to fully understand the mechanics of the slide.
Friday morning, a crack that ran beneath one house vacant for the past year shifted downward several feet and split the structure in two, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported. Inside the home, floor planks have been coming apart and cabinets have been falling off the walls for the past two weeks. Three nearby homes also are in the high-risk zone.
Town officials first noticed significant hill movement April 4. They evacuated 42 homes and apartment units April 9, when the slide was moving at about an inch a day.
By Friday, the rate had surged to a foot a day. Overnight, the shifting earth had bulged a road and a parking lot at the foot of the hill by as much as 10 feet. The groundswell pushed a small town water pump building 15 feet toward West Broadway, the town’s main drag.
A large crack continued to widen near the four homes at highest risk partway up East Gros Ventre Butte, a small mountain on the west side of town. Meanwhile, a steady stream of rock and dirt tumbled off the hill gouged with fresh gullies.
Efforts to slow the slide — such as pouring rock and dirt fill behind large, L-shaped concrete barriers arranged in a line at the base of the slide — were on hold to keep workers out of the danger zone.
“It’s really not safe to put people out there. You try to do what you can, but at some point you’re really restricted from entering the area,” Machan said.
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