Wyo4News Mid-Day Recap: January 14, 2022

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January 14, 2022 — Here is a recap of this morning’s Wyo4News stories.

**** UW’s Board of Trustees voted yesterday to authorize the launch of a new School of Computing. The new academic unit will initially be housed in the College of Engineering and Applied Science but will eventually become a separate unit with its own dean. Plans call for bachelor’s degree programs in the School of Computing to launch in the 2024-25 academic year.

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**** Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow announced Thursday she is resigning her position with the state to become the Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Virginia Department of Education. Balow’s last day with the state of Wyoming will be this Sunday. Governor Gordon has informed the Republican Party Central Committee of the open position. The committee will have 15 days to submit three candidates to the Governor for his consideration. Gordon will then have five days to appoint a new Superintendent from the names submitted. That individual will serve for the remainder of Balow’s term.

**** Congratulations to Kelly Palmer and Sonya Riskus for being named the Rock Springs Main Street/URA’s December Volunteers of the Month. The two ladies came up with the idea and then volunteered to Christmas decorate the Downtown Rock Springs truck located on 2nd Street.

**** The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Rock Springs Satellite High School will be taking place this Monday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The new 44,000 square-foot school is located on Stagecoach Avenue and will serve up to 220 students. Public tours and refreshments will be available during Monday’s open house.

**** The Actors’ Mission production of “And So We Come Forth,” originally scheduled to open this week at the Broadway Theater in Rock Springs, has been postponed to next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Shows will still begin at 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday night with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Complimentary meals will still be served one hour before each performance.

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

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**** In area sports, tonight’s Green River at Thunder Basin boys basketball game has been canceled, but the Green River at Thunder Basin game is still scheduled to take place. Farson-Eden boys and girls will be at Little Snake River, and both Mountain View basketball teams are at Evanston.

In area high school wrestling, the Thoman-Jackman Dual begins today. Sixteen high teams will be competing in the two-day tournament, including Green River, Rock Springs, Lyman, and Mountain View. Teams will be wrestling at Green River and Rock Springs High Schools beginning at 2 p.m.  

In boys swimming, Rock Springs will be at Cheyenne South today while Green River will dual against Cheyenne East and Central.

**** The Wyoming Cowgirls’ return to the basketball floor resulted in an 85-76 home loss to league-leading New Mexico last night. The loss dropped the Cowgirls conference mark to 1-2 and their season record to 5-7. The UW ladies will host Air Force on Saturday afternoon.

The Cowboy basketball team will resume their season Saturday night at Utah State. It will mark the Cowboys’ first game since Christmas day.