Wyo4News Mid-Day Recap: January 13, 2022

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January 13, 2022 — Here is a recap of this morning’s top Wyo4News stories.

**** Partly sunny to cloudy conditions are expected today with winds at 10 to 20 mph. The high today will be 41. Low tonight at 17. We do have a slight chance of snow showers Friday as we cool to a high of 31. The weekend should be mostly sunny with Saturday’s high at 26 and Sunday’s high at 36.

**** In accordance with the presidential proclamation, Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff statewide today in honor of former Nevada Senator Harry Reid. Reid passed away on December 28 but his day of interment is today.

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**** On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to disapprove the State of Wyoming’s revised regional haze plans to address haze-forming emissions from the Jim Bridger power plant, Units 1 and 2, in Sweetwater County. According to a press release from the EPA, the state’s revision would weaken existing emission requirements, which have been in place since 2014.  Governor Mark Gordon issued a statement criticizing the announcement stating, he was not surprised at the EPA’s decision and calling it “a disappointing reflection of a federal agency acting in bad faith.” Gordon had signed a suspension order on December 27 giving all parties four months to find a solution to prevent the shutdown of Unit 2 at Jim Bridger.

**** Sweetwater County School District #2 will begin interviewing three applicants for their vacant School Board seat. Robin Steiss stepped down from her position in December. This coming Monday, the current Board will interview candidates Tom Wilson, Darren Casey, and Brandon Mandros. Those interviews are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The successful candidate will serve out the current term of Steiss until this coming November’s general election.

**** The eight annual Downtown First Awards nominations are now being taken by the Rock Springs Main Street/URA. The awards recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals who put Downtown Rock Springs first through their commitments of time, advocacy, and resources. Residents can nominate businesses, organizations, and individuals deserving of recognition with winners announced on February 23 at the Broadway Theater. Nominations can be submitted electronically at the Downtown Rock Springs website.

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**** Due to staffing shortages and illness, Star Transit will not be operating today, Friday, and Monday except for their bus to the dialysis unit on Friday and Monday. STAR Transportation hopes to resume its full operations on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

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**** For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Wyoming Cowgirl basketball team will hit the floor tonight hosting New Mexico. The Cowgirls have had their last three contests been postponed due to health and safety protocols. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 1360/103.5 KRKK and at 1360KRKK.com beginning at 6 p.m. with the tip-off at 6:30 p.m.