Wyo4News Mid-Day Recap: February 2, 2022

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February 2, 2022 — Here is a recap of this morning’s top Wyo4News stories.

**** Chilling weather is in store for the area and most of the state today and tonight. The National Weather Service in Riverton is predicting below zero temperatures tonight throughout the area. Farson, Pinedale, Big Piney, and the Wamsutter areas could be the coldest, with nighttime temperatures of 10 below or lower. The Rock Springs area will see overnight lows of 1 to 3 below zero.   

**** The Sweetwater Events Complex announced Tuesday they are in the planning stages of constructing a new addition to the property. An outdoor pavilion is being planned for construction this summer. The partially enclosed structure will include wind-blocking shutters, a gas fireplace, and firepits and would be able to host events of up to 500 people. This project is funded by a donation from the Spicer Family Foundation. Completion of the project is scheduled for the summer of 2023.

**** Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, recently announced that her campaign had raised more than $1 million in the last five months for her bid to unseat current Representative Liz Cheney in August’s primary election. According to the Federal Election Commission report, Cheney raised just over $7.1 million in campaign funds in 2021. Other announced candidates, Anthony Bouchard and Denton Knapp, both raised considerably less money than either Cheney or Hageman.  

**** Early estimates indicate sage grouse reproduction declined slightly in the last year. The Wyoming Fish and Game Department reports that hunters collected wings from 621 chicks and 750 hens this season. Based on those collections, primarily in the southwestern and central part of the state, the preliminary analysis is Wyoming’s 2021 chick-to-hen ratio was down from the previous two years. Based on these numbers, male lek attendance is expected to be lower this spring.

**** The City of Rock Springs is currently looking for volunteers interested in serving on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. If you are interested, call the City of Rock Springs Public Services or go to the City of Rock Springs Facebook page for an online application link.

Sports

**** The Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will play at Air Force tonight. The Cowgirls enter tonight’s contest, having won their last two games to even their Mountain West Conference record at 4-4. Air Force is 5-5 in conference play. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 1360/103.5 KRKK and at 1360KRKK.com beginning at 6 p.m. with tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

The Cowboy basketball team is off tonight and will host league-leading Boise State Thursday night.