Worland Newscast 4-27-17

Written by on April 27, 2017

Increased moisture causing more rocks to fall in Wind River Canyon; human safety concerns may lead to closure if more rocks continue to fall
Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel in Thermopolis were dispatched to Wind River Canyon about noon Wednesday when a house-sized boulder and other debris fell to the U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 roadway.
“There are quite a few big ones (rocks) that have fallen in that one area, about 13 miles south of Thermopolis,” said WYDOT Maintenance Engineer Lyle Lamb of Basin. “We would appreciate it if people don’t stop and look around. It’s not nice there. We have built a berm in the Windy Curve area to try to keep any new rocks from entering the roadway.”
Lamb said WYDOT workers will continue monitoring the slide area Wednesday night and Thursday.
“If it gets too western tonight, we’re going to pull out of there and close the road. It could become a safety issue for travelers and our personnel,” Lamb said.
WYDOT is moving dynamic message signs to the area in case of the need to close U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 through Wind River Canyon during the continued rainy and snowy weather.
The weather forecast is calling for continued rain showers through Friday morning in Wind River Canyon. For road conditions, go to wyoroad.info or call 511. Reporting by the Northern Wyoming Daily News.

Planning for Wyoming’s first wolf-hunting season in four years will get going now that a federal court has lifted endangered species protection for wolves in the state.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said Wednesday it will draft plans for wolf hunting this fall after the court put wolves back under state control Tuesday.
The plans would allow regulated hunting in northwest Wyoming outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and northwest of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Elsewhere in Wyoming, wolves as of Tuesday may once again be killed on sight at any time.
Wyoming held regulated wolf hunts in 2012 and 2013 before a judge put wolves back under federal control soon before a planned 2014 hunt. Hunters killed 23 wolves in the 2013 hunt.

Lane 17 Slab is again closed due to high waters in the area. If you use or expect to use the slab, find alternative travel plans. Throughout the Spring it is expected there will be high waters as the spring run off fills resevoirs and rivers over the next couple of months. Director of Homeland Security Jeff Schweigert shared his thoughts on the snowpack and runoff this Spring.

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