Week of May 23, 2024

  • Wyoming Boys' School denies all allegations of abuse and neglect

    by Madelyn Beck, WyoFile.com The Wyoming Boys’ School, Wyoming Department of Family Services and several current and former Boys’ School staff members responded last Monday to allegations of abuse with a court filing of their own — roughly 60 pages of denials. Three former Wyoming Boys’ School residents sued the defendants in February, claiming they were subjected to several forms of abuse, including extended periods of solitary confinement. In their response, filed shortly before the court-determined deadline, the state agency and...

  • Senior graduates honored at awards ceremony

    Last week, Hot Springs County High School held their senior awards night handed out several scholarships and honored students for their academic successes. National Honor Society Members - Hannah Lippincott, Seth Needham, Brooklynn Williams, Sydney Shaffer, Ina King, Jayda Griffin, Aidan Freeman, Kaia Galovich, Dazlynn Hunt, Bethany Duncan Honor Students, 3.5 GPS or above - Jessen Basse, Dawn Burgess, Bethany Duncan, Aidan Freeman, Kaia Galovich, Kanyon Gerber, Ivey Goff, Jayda Griffin, Audrey...

  • Chamber board discusses upcoming events

    At the May 16 Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce board meeting, they were unable to have a quorum, therefore CEO Meri Ann Dorman and attending board members held discussion and took no actions. In old business, they discussed the board election where they put a notice in the Independent Record asking for members to apply. However, there were no responses given, and the three slated board officials were entered by default. Also, there is a fourth opening that still remains. In the June meeting, the new board will vote for the...

  • PacifiCorp sues Wyoming regulators who rejected major electric rate hike

    Angus M. Thuemer Jr.

    Wyoming’s largest energy supplier claims state regulators illegally usurped federal authority over electrical rates Wyoming’s largest energy supplier sued state regulators Thursday claiming they wrongly reduced a rate hike by disregarding federal requirements. Filed in U.S. District Court by PacifiCorp, the parent company of Rocky Mountain Power, the suit asks the court to overturn the commission’s January decision to approve only part of an electricity rate hike sought by the Oregon company, which is the largest utility operating in...

  • UW president, students speak

    On Tuesday May 14, representatives from the University of Wyoming visited Thermopolis at the Hot Springs Hotel & Spa. Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor John Kaszuba gave a brief presentation about the Big Spring in Hot Springs State Park. Kaszuba reported that "The water has gotten cooler by about four degrees Fahrenheit over the past 50 to 65 years. It's gotten less salty, but the flow is up over the past 18 years." Barton Stam, Ag & Natural Resources Extension Educator of the UW...

  • Brewfest planned for first Saturday in June

    Main Street Thermopolis will hold its annual Brewfest fundraiser on Saturday, June 1 from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Thermopolis. The event will feature local Wyoming breweries, food and merchandise vendors. The event is family-friendly and will feature a corn hole tournament, historic building tours and live music. Music is provided Tiffany’s Suzuki School of Violins, Keith OBrien, Steve Frame and his Western Rebels. The breweries participating include One Eyed Buffalo Brewing Company, Snowy Mountain Brewing, Cody Craft Brewing, and Teton...

  • News briefs from around the state

    From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers Grizzly attack in Grand Teton was ‘surprise encounter’ JACKSON (WNE) — A grizzly bear attacked and injured a man visiting Grand Teton National Park on Sunday. The 35-year-old Massachusetts man is in stable condition and expected to fully recover. Park officials have not released the victim’s name. The Jackson Hole Daily’s attempts to contact him were unsuccessful by press time Monday. Meanwhile, Grand Teton biologists and law enforcement rangers are investigating the incident, which occurred...

  • Travel and Tourism reports another record month lodging tax deposit

    Jurri Schenck

    At the Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting, Treasurer Audra Domingez gave the financial report and said their most recent lodging tax deposit was $19,121.83, which was another record month. This amount was a 33% increase in change from the previous year. The board held a discussion about carryover funds and how their accountant requested that they have a $10,000 cushion in their checking account in case there are unexpected issues. So far, during the fiscal year of 2023/24, they...

  • People for People able to give worthy graduate a scholarship

    The People for People Backpack Program was able to give a $500 scholarship to a Hot Springs County High School senior for the first time this year. The People for People Backpack Program began in 2014, to help stop hunger among the youth in the Hot Springs County community. Over the last ten years, every school in Hot Springs County has been included in receiving weekly backpacks including the Learning Center and the Home Schooled. For the last ten years, the Backpack Program has also had the...

  • News briefs

    Memorial Day grave decorations Decorations may be placed on graves at Riverside and Monument Hill cemeteries commencing at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 and must be removed before 8 a.m. on June 3. The district will irrigate if necessary. Secure all decorations so they are not blown away in the wind. The cemetery district is not responsible for decorations. Volunteers needed for raising of the flags Volunteers are needed to help with the raising of the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day at Monument Hill Cemetery beginning at 7 p.m., weather...

  • Rodeo club members compete at next at Buffalo

    Members of the Thermopolis Rodeo Club competed in Casper last week. Their last regular season event will be in Buffalo this weekend, followed by state finals June 5 in Rock Springs. Friday, Taylor Agar earned 12th in barrel racing with a time of 16.697 and a time of 22.516 in pole bending Rylee Agar had a time of 28.133 in pole bending. Kamryn Farrell had a time of 21.914 in barrel racing, earned 11th in breakaway roping with a time of 4.93 and had a time of 11.53 in goat typing. Jay Ritchey...

  • Track team has strong showing at state

    Daniel Powell

    The Hot Springs County High School Track Team qualified for thirty-one spots at the Wyoming High School State Championships – which were held this past weekend in Casper. The local weather proved favorable, and the event saw a number of state records fall in several categories. While none of the local competitors came out on top in their events, all of the qualifiers displayed great efforts, and each met with favorable results. Highlights for the Lady Cats include: Jayda Griffin set a...

  • Celebration time!

    Claire Simpson high-fives Maddisyn Tjepkes as they take their seats at Hot Springs County High School's class of 2024 senior graduation ceremony held in the gymnasium Sunday. Friends, family, school staff and students all gathered for the festivities after a parade around town to celebrate the...

  • Gone fishing

    Last week after one of the rainstorms, Allie Carswell, 4, and Uncle Neil Connor try out casting for fish in a puddle in a parking lot across the street from the post...

  • Fun day in HSSP

    Last Friday Thermopolis Middle School students sixth played Uno while having fun in the Hot Springs State Park. Fifth grade teacher Wade Holmes watches over (clockwise) Ashlyn Huckfedt, Sydnee Eplin, Alison Ivie and Hailey...

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  • Jazz concert

    Hot Springs County High School students held their Jazz Pops Concert full of music performances and singing last Monday. Aiden Freeman and Brendan Butler had fun playing the Muppets song "Mahna...

  • Honoring fallen officers

    Members of the Hot Springs County Sheriff's office held a memorial ceremony in honor of fallen law enforcement officers in front of the Hot Springs County Courthouse last week. Sheriff Jerimie Kraushaar watches as honor guard (l-r) Deputy Max Lee-Crain, Sergent Dustin Worley, Deputy Thomas E. Todd and Deputy Chris Weber presents the colors at the...

  • Do some research, be informed

    In my opinion, we have very serious school issues here in Hot Springs County. First of all, let’s look at what happened at last week’s School Board Meeting. Those of you fortunate enough to view it before the School Board took it down should be appalled at the behavior of certain members of our HSCSD #1 board. Board Trustee Bethany Webber brought up an issue and other board members met her with accusations, belittling and intimidation towards Bethany afterward. Very hard to watch. We are constantly being told to bring anything to the...

  • It's OK to talk about mental health issues

    by Kelly Strampe, HSC Prevention Coalition It’s OK to not be OK, and it’s OK to talk about It … Or is It? “It’s OK to not be OK” is a common slogan in mental health awareness. It’s a powerful statement that recognizes and normalizes the experience of struggling, feeling overwhelmed, or not being at one’s best. It emphasizes that even negative emotions like sadness, anxiety, or frustration are part of being human. Adding “it’s OK to talk about it” adds an interesting twist to the slogan. That’s a pretty bold statement...

  • Valedictorian reminds classmates to live in the moment

    by Seth Needham Good Afternoon everyone It’s an honor to stand in front of you as we celebrate our graduation. As your valedictorian I am grateful for the time I have shared with you all, and I am excited to see where life takes us. Earlier this week, as I was writing this speech, I realized how fast time passes and if you don’t slow down, it will go on with out you. This is my last argument so get ready. Whatever you guys think about time passing is wrong. It actually goes the same speed for everyone at every age, some people just choose...

  • Let's have a nice, clean campaign season

    by Zac Taylor, Powell Tribune Last Thursday marked the beginning of the filing period for the primary election season. While obviously this paper has done stories on a number of candidates already declared to run, from state House and Senate to county commissioners, expect a whole lot more partisan and municipal candidates to declare in the next couple of weeks. Filing period ends May 31. Then we’ll have a long sprint to Aug. 20 and Election Day. The nearly three months in between can be fun and informative or miserable for followers of...

  • Salutatorian: There's so much this world can offer you

    by Aiden Freeman Hello Everyone! How are you doing? My name is Aidan Freeman, and I am your 2024 Salutatorian. I want to thank you all for giving me your time, attention, and the opportunity to speak in front of you. Because I don’t want to take too long with this speech, I would like to share something rather small and simple that’s been in my mind - how powerful learning really is. I know, you’ve been lectured enough about the importance of learning, I’m sure you’re sick of it by now! But there is a lot more to learning than...

  • 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. Highway Patrol Thursday, May 16 7 p.m. Charles Michael Fender, 46, was arrested for an alleged probation sanction Sheriff’s Office Monday, May 13 3:26 p.m. Deputies took a phone call report of an incident over...



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