Thermopolis Independent Record


March 26, 2015

  • Hot Spring County’s unemployment rate slightly decreased during 2014, based on information from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. From January 2014 to January of this year, unemployment in the county has decreased from 5.1 percent to 4.5 percent. Yet, that percentage drop directly correlates to a decrease in the total number of people in the county. Over the course of the 2014 calendar year, 65 jobs left Hot Springs County, decreasing from 2,380 to 2,315. The number of unemployed residents decreased from 129 to 110. Hot Springs County’s unemployment rate was above the statewide average of 4 percent in January. The nationwide unemployment rate decreased from 7 percent to 6.1 percent from January 2014 to January 2015.

  • The Hot Springs County High School and Thermopolis Middle School track season is underway with their first meets coming up this Saturday. Head coach Ernie Mecca said practices started March 16 with a total of 94 athletes out for the program this spring from both schools. The middle school team consists of 58 members with the high school team sporting 36. The team lost two of their coaching staff, going from eight to six, so Mecca is dividing the duties and combining some to get the best possible matches for the athletes and the coaches as well. Practices for both schools are being combined at the high school track each day after school. Mecca said there are six returning members of the high school boys championship team. “I am looking for them to lead and be a foundation for the team,” he said. “I’m figuring they’ll be primed for another run.” There are more girls out on the high school team than before, 18, many of which are sophomores. “I’m anticipating how they’re going to mix and match for the season,” Mecca said.



Adult league hoops

Getting a healthy serving


Brandon Deromedi lobs a pass to a teammate during the Hot Springs County Recreation District adult co-ed basketball playoffs. -Zachary White photo


Maia and Chance Oliver wait their turn for a serving from a fruit and vegetable tray during the Chamber Meet and Greet at Central Bank and Trust. Ian Oliver, right, stares down the desserts on the next table over. -Zachary White photo


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