January 22, 2022 — Here is a recap of this morning’s top Wyo4News stories.
**** We should be mostly sunny today with a high near 40. Those winds will be blowing at 15 t0 30 mph today and should decrease tonight. Low tonight will be 11. Thursday should be a light wind day with a high of 38. Looks like daytime highs will stay in the low 30’s on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
**** Governor Mark Gordon has officially petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List. The petition, filed with the support of Idaho and Montana, affirms that grizzly bears, by all measures, have been fully-recovered since 2003. The Governor expressed his appreciation for the cooperative efforts of Montana and Idaho in making the petition possible. In his petition, Gordon reiterated there is no biological or legal reason to keep Greater Yellowstone grizzly listed as endangered.
**** January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. According to Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Dustin Ragon, “Human trafficking has been proven to be a growing problem in the US and Wyoming.” said Wyoming Highway Patrol Commercial Carrier Lieutenant Dustin Ragon. Ragon stated the WHP is assisting in a Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative to gain assistance from the public and commercial drivers to reduce the number of occurrences in the state. As many as 24.9 million men, women, and children have been sold into prostitution, domestic servitude, or other forced labor around the globe. We have listed public awareness tips at Wyo4News.com.
**** Wyoming is known as the “Equality State” and a recent study by the website Wallethub.com may help bear that out. According to Wallethub, Wyoming ranks number one of all 50 states and the District of Columbia as the state with the most racial progress. Employment and wealth, education, and social and civic engagement were measurements used to come up with that top ranking. Texas was number two with Georgia number three. Wyoming also ranked seventh in Wallethub’s Most Racial Integration survey. Read more here.
**** The Rock Springs Civic Center STEM class registration is now open for 7 to 12-year-olds. The science, technology, engineering, and math classes meet one Friday a month from January to April. There is a $5 class fee with a limit of 25 kids per session. Online registration is available on the Rock Springs Civic Center Facebook page. The first STEM session is on January 28th and will feature a robotic hand.
**** In local area sports, yesterday Rock Springs defeated Evanston 37-27 in girls’ basketball, while the Tiger boys held off Evanston for in a close 41-38 win. Today, Rock Springs will be at Mountain View in wrestling.
**** Remember, tonight’s Wyoming Cowboy home basketball game against San Diego State has been postponed due to COVID-related issues with the Cowboy team. The game has not yet been rescheduled. Thursday’s Cowgirl basketball home game against New Mexico is still scheduled to occur. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. That game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 1360/103.5 KRKK and 1360KRKK.com beginning at 6 p.m.