Week of July 18, 2024

  • Inflation squeezes Wyoming residents as even BBQ costs hit record highs

    by Aaron Pelczar, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange As the summer sun blazes, so does the financial strain on Wyoming residents. This year, the cost of hosting a traditional backyard barbecue reached unprecedented levels, reflecting broader economic challenges faced by consumers nationwide. According to Rabobank’s 2024 BBQ Index, the cost of hosting a 10-person barbecue has surged to $99, marking the highest on record. This represents a significant increase from previous years, driven by rising prices of essential items such as...

  • First Baptist Church members celebrate lengthy history in Thermopolis

    Last weekend, members of the First Baptist Church in Thermopolis celebrated the church's 120th anniversary with a variety of events Saturday and Sunday. The first Baptist services held in Thermopolis were held in a store on the corner of Fifth and Big Horn Streets. Pastor Gould of Meeteetse preached the first service. The organizing charter members were: Mrs. J.W. Calloway, Miss Jean Calloway, Mrs. Allen Funk, Mrs. Anna Chase, J. Lewis Fenner, Daniel Harkins, Mrs. E.F. Jones, and Hulda Kellog.... Full story

  • Welcoming a new business

    Thermopolis Chamber Ambassador members Jocelyn Arey, Lisa Reesy, Deb Mount and Bev Koerwitz were at Fab N Auto last week to hold a ribbon cutting for the new business. Owner, Ethan Love, prepares to cut the ribbon while Shade Hale and Cash Love hold up certificates presented by the ambassadors. Fab N Auto specializes in automotive repair, including both gas and diesel, ATV repair, welding, fabrication and...

  • Chamber to host Meet the Candidate Forum Monday

    Jurri Schenck

    At the July Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce board meeting, CEO Meri Ann Dorman announced the chamber, in conjunction with the Farm Bureau Federation, will hold their Meet the Candidate Forum on Monday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at the middle school. Invitations to the candidates, national, state, and local, have been sent out. The event will also be livestreamed. In old business, Dorman discussed the July 7 Culpepper & Merriwether Circus and said that it was “successful” and “we...

  • House, Senate candidate responses

    Jurri Schenck

    In our continued coverage of the Hot Springs County Republican Party Candidates Forum held on June 25, this article will cover the candidates for the state offices. For State House District 28, incumbent John Winter will face off against challenger Kevin Skates, both registered as Republicans. For State Senate District 20, incumbent Ed Cooper faces challenger Tom Olmstead, also both registered as Republicans. HSC Republican Chairman Cheryl Aguiar presented the questions to the candidates....

  • Aguiar announces bid for commissioner seat

    Bob Aguiar has announced that he is running for Hot Springs County Commissioner in the upcoming election. Bob has been a resident of Hot Springs County for the past 11 years. Currently, he is the Republican Party State Committeeman, a member of Hot Springs County Predator Management Board and has been a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader for many years. Bob graduated college at Regis University in Denver and has spent more than 35 years in management positions both in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming,...

  • Wyoming Discovery Days planned

    Wyoming Discovery Days, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4 in Hot Springs State Park, celebrates Wyoming’s unique cultural heritage through stories, music, food, art, and demonstrations. “There will be lots going on both days and there will be new things added too,” according to Audra Dominguez, Festival Director. Dominguez reminds the public there will be both a Percheron horse team and a mule team pulled wagon shuttle ride from the highschool to the State Park this year. Wagons run continuously during the festival...

  • Sheep and wool festival packs fairgrounds

    The Wyoming Sheep and Wool Festival was held in Thermopolis last weekend and featured demonstrations, hands-on workshops, a vendor fair, tours, exhibits, live music, MSSA stock dog trials and more. Wyoming's sheep and wool industry provides feed and clothes for people around the world all while remaining environmentally sustainable. Wool is a natural fiber that does not pollute the world's oceans and is the result of natural processes that convert vegetation into products that are necessary for...

  • Bazzle selected to join All American Cheer organization

    Jurri Schenck

    Thermopolis cheerleader and high school senior Kaylee Bazzle recently attended cheer camp in Cokeville, Wyo., on June 14-16 and was asked to join the All American Cheer organization. At the camp, Bazzle and other cheerleaders practiced stunting and cheerleading. Also there, the University Cheerleading Association (UCA) offered participants a chance through an audition where they do a cheer, a jump and a dance to potentially get accepted in All American. Bazzle said that at the Cokeville camp,...

  • Q&A with Angi Bruce: Wyoming Game and Fish's first female director

    By Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com, via WNE In selecting Angi Bruce to lead the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Gov. Mark Gordon broke with a long tradition of male, former game wardens in the agency’s top job. It wasn’t for lack of options. Two of the three finalists for the job — from which Brian Nesvik retires in September — fit the man-with-a-badge profile. Instead, with Bruce, the governor cut a fresh mold: a woman and a biologist by background who’d risen through the ranks over a seven-year tenure at the state wildlife agency....

  • News briefs

    HSCHS Reunion hits town this weekend The Hot Springs County High School Reunion is set for this weekend in Thermopolis. According to reunion committee member Shasta Shaffer, the classes registered through the committee are 1969, 1974, 1984 and 1994. Blackwater will perform at the VFW Saturday night and on Sunday there will be a picnic at the Hot Springs State Park Kiwanis Shelter. The Masons are catering and will be serving tacos. For more information, contact Shasta Shaffer at (307) 258-9861. Gift of the Waters Pageant The Gift of the Waters...

  • HSC Fair kicks off with events next week

    The 2024 Hot Springs County Wild West Fair will be kicking off Thursday, July 25 with the 4-H .22 rifle and pistol shooting competition at the Bob Milek Range at 5 p.m and Friday, July 26 there will be shotgun and muzzle Loading also at 5 p.m., same location. All other scheduled events will be held at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. On Saturday, July 27 beginning at 8 a.m. the pee wee horse show and the 4-H & FFA youth horse show will be held. The Thermopolis FFA Alumni is sponsoring the ranch rodeo on Saturday, July 27, with the calcutta...

  • News briefs from around the state of Wyoming

    From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers SUV crashes into geyser CODY (WNE) — All five occupants escaped their vehicle after it left a road and plunged into hot, acidic water in Yellowstone National Park on Thursday morning, July 11. They escaped the vehicle on their own, and each one went by ambulance to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The car had gone off the road “inadvertently,” according to the park. The incident occurred at a thermal feature called Semi-Centennial Geyser located near Roaring Mountain between...

  • Summer hike

    Kids participating in the summer reading program, sponsored by Hot Springs County Library, went on a walk on the Zoo Trail last week. They were treated to Popsicles at the end of the...

  • Shady spot

    On a recent hot day, some of the youngest members of the Hot Springs State Park bison herd found shade by laying close to their...

  • Moovn' cows

    Some area ranchers have moved or are in the process of moving their cattle herds to higher pastures for the summer. Traditionally horses are used to move the herd as it is easier to navigate the terrain. ATVs are also used as sometimes it is necessary to move other ranchers cows out of the way to enable the moving herd to easily pass through faster. This herd heads for higher ground and greener pastures up in the Owl Creek...

  • Bowman responds to recent trial article

    I’m writing to you as a private citizen, since I’m now retired after 48 years in land use planning and no longer represent Hot Springs County. I’m responding to Daniel Powell’s July 4 article summarizing the Tipi Retreat matter. It’s not a bad article, but reflects the fact that the County chose to not join any media discussion (both print and online) of this topic while the applicant’s lawsuit was pending. In my opinion, Daniel’s article doesn’t quite tell the whole story. I feel the facts are there, but I detect a slight...

  • Submit your group photos from reunion

    The Thermopolis/Hot Springs County High School Reunion will be held this weekend. The reunion committee was restructured a few years ago and new members stepped in to try to keep the reunion going. Information we received from a committee member indicates four classes have signed up through the committee. Other classes may still be meeting and holding events on their own. The committee is hosting a dance at the VFW Saturday night and a lunch picnic on Sunday in Hot Springs State Park. We do not know the plan regarding the taking of class...

  • Karen Elizabeth Rickman

    Karen Elizabeth Rickman, 64, passed away in Casper, Wyo., July 8, 2024, after a time of failing health. Born April 14, 1960, in Martinez, Calif. She was one of two children born to Lonnie and Gayla (Valentine) Newell. Raised in Martinez, she attended college in Las Vegas, Nev., with a degree in business and finance where she pursued a career in banking for most of her adult life. She had her first child, Kenneth, while living in Bakersfield, Calif., working as an administrative assistant to a...

  • On the record

    On the Record policy It is the Thermopolis Independent Record’s policy that all people arrested or cited under the “Accidents,” “Sheriff’s office” or “Police department” in the On the Record section are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We print the names of all people upon their initial arrest. Correction Camden Weyer’s name was misspelled in the high school honor roll in the June 13 edition. The Independent Record apologizes for the error. Sheriff’s Office Monday, July 8 1:29 p.m. A traffic...



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