Thermopolis Independent Record


Oct. 23, 2014

  • This Halloween, the nation wide Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. In Thermopolis, Ciley Andreen is working hard to get the project off the ground. Citizens are encouraged to paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign to indicate they have non-food treats available. The signs are available at the Independent Record and the Chamber of Commerce or they can be downloaded online at According to Andreen, Hessenthaler Farm has pumpkins available if you need one. Thermopolis Hardware is featuring a display of teal paint for customers. Suggestions for non-food items include pencils, stickers, glow sticks, mini Slinkies, whistles, bouncy balls, bookmarks, etc. All three of Heather Arcand’s children have severe food allergies. None of them have ever been trick-or-treating. When asked if she will take her kids this year, she said “I am waiting to see if there are participants in the Teal Pumpkin Project.” “I adore Ciley for this effort. She is trying so hard to make it safe for all children,” said Arcand. There are other health reasons some children may opt for a non-food items. If your house plans to participate, please contact the Independent Record at 864-2328. We will be compiling a list of Teal Pumpkin Project houses for parents. You can also visit their Facebook page at "Teal Pumpkin Project of Thermopolis".

  • The Hot Springs County Commissioners met with a number of disgruntled employees on Tuesday afternoon who asked the commissioners for permission to have control over the temperatures in their offices. The problem has been ongoing for several months, one office being freezing cold while another is so hot the employees say it’s stifling. Currently, the heating and cooling system in the courthouse is set within certain parameters and the employees are not able to raise or lower the temperature, even a few degrees either way, on their own. Some offices are so cold they are having to wear coats and gloves while other offices have air conditioning running on one side of the office while heat is pouring out of the HVAC unit on the other side of the office.



Kaili Johansen was named runner of week 9 for the Bobcat Cross Country Team. Runners head to state this weekend. -Tobi Johansen photo


Tanner Boss signs the Commitment to Graduate banner during a recent home volleyball game. His proud mom,



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