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  • Prom Queen and King

    May 13, 2021

    Hot Springs County High School Seniors Hayden Little and Ryan Miller were selected as Queen and King. The announcement came during the Grand March held in the school auditorium just prior to this year's prom....

  • Commissioners comment on solid waste district

    Jurri Schenck|May 13, 2021

    During the May 4 Hot Springs County Commissioners meeting, Chairman Tom Ryan addressed an email from the Independent Record asking for comment on a solid waste district proposal and working with the Thermopolis Town Council. Ryan said, “They (the town) were wanting the county to create a solid waste district or the residents of the town would have to pay a lot more money, which we are very aware of. We’re not really opposed to a solid waste district and when we had discussion with the Town, the...

  • Council votes to deny home business

    Jurri Schenck|May 13, 2021

    At the May 4 Thermopolis Town Council meeting, a previously tabled issue involving a home occupation business zoning request from Brad Bercerra and his auto detailing business, was brought back to discussion. Council member Tony Larson repeated his comment that he has never received this many letters of disapproval of a business. He added that not all the boxes were checked in Becerra’s application and he said, “I can’t see to approve it according to policy.” Mayor Chimenti added that not all th...

  • Playful pups

    May 13, 2021

    These fox pups were spotted playing outside of there den located near Thermopolis....

  • Branding time in cattle country

    May 13, 2021

    Jill Logan ropes and brings a calf in at Lake's branding on Owl Creek. Besides marking the calf with the owners brand branding gives ranchers the chance to inspect the calf, administer vaccinations, and insure it is in good health. It is a time of kinship that brings ranchers together each spring for a ritual as old as time....

  • On the record

    May 13, 2021

    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. Sheriff’s Office Monday, May 3 7:42 a.m. Report of property damage. The final report is currently pending. Wednesday, May 5 9:21 a.m. Report of an agency assist where a deputy helped Highway Patrol to find some horses. They were u...

  • Wax Museum

    May 13, 2021

    Eighth grader Cyndel Harris, dressed up as Shirley Temple, was one of the many participants in the Thermopolis Middle School Wax Museum....

  • Rental assistance available

    May 13, 2021

    Do you rent your home in Wyoming and have been unable to make rent, internet and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic? You may be eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), which opened on April 29 for applications at DFS.WYO.GOV/ERAP. Wyoming received $200 million in federal funding for the program, a U.S. Treasury initiative passed through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and expanded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Under the new federal guidelines, $180 million is available for direct financial...

  • Morris cookie jar auction planned

    May 13, 2021

    A Cookie Jar Auction will be held on Saturday, May 22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW for Oaklee Morris, the daughter of Aaron and Jess Morris. Oaklee needs to have skull surgery due to craniosynostosis, a condition where one or more of the fibrous sutures in a young infant’s skill prematurely fuses by turning into bone, thereby changing the growth pattern of the skull. A pulled pork dinner will be served and the auction will follow. Proceeds will go to help pay for her surgery and related costs. For more information or to donate auction i...

  • Sign up now for Legend Rock tour

    May 13, 2021

    The Meeteetse Museums is taking reservations for the Legend Rock Tour planned for June 19 led by Dr. Lawrence Loendorf. This year, the State Parks Department is limiting tours to 10 people. There will be two tours: one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m. You must sign up before the event by calling (307) 868-2423. Emails or Facebook messages do not reserve your spot, only a phone call will. You must show up on time and must meet on-site. Tours are first come, first serve based on advanced registration. Dr Lawrence (Larry) Loendorf was born...

  • Celebrate the graduates

    May 13, 2021

    On Sunday, May 16, 43 Hot Springs County High School gradutating seniors will receive their diplomas and wrap up their public school career. There will be an in person graduation held in the high school gymnasium at 2 p.m. The school district has announced that seating in the gym is intended for family and invited guests of the Class of 2021. If that does not include you and you would still like to celebrate the Class of 2021, don’t fret. There will be a Parade of Graduates taking place at noon on Sunday. Family, friends, neighbors and all c...

  • Three cheers for Superintendent Balow

    May 13, 2021

    I could not be more proud of the courageous stand Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow took in defying the introduction of the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory in Wyoming schools. As a Sheridan County School District #3 school board member and mother of 2 future Wyoming students, I stand with the overwhelming majority of Wyoming parents; we love America and our heritage. We know that tomorrow’s leaders fill our school rooms. They must be equipped with absolute truth and guided by wisdom, not indoctrinated by the claims of s...

  • Chamber foundation receives 501(c)3 status

    May 13, 2021

    by Meri Ann Rush Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Foundation On August 13, 2020 the Board of Directors for the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce voted to create a foundation. The work began to establish a board of directors, bylaw, articles of incorporation and on October 8, 2020 the paperwork was submitted to the IRS to create a non-profit. On April 12, 2021 the foundation received a letter confirming the creation of the 501(c)3, which allows the foundation to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts....

  • John B. Vialpando

    May 13, 2021

    John B. Vialpando, 71, passed away May 3, 2021, at his Thermopolis home, with his wife by his side, following a series of health problems. Born October 27, 1949, in Worland, Wyo., he was the son of Ruben and Marjorie (Taylor) Vialpando. The family moved to Thermopolis where John attended school, graduating in 1968. Immediately following he joined the Army, serving in Vietnam. John earned the Purple Heart, Bronze medal, Silver Star and Army Rifleman commendations. He wore a piece of shrapnel... Full story

  • Jay Aldo Sanford

    May 13, 2021

    Jay Aldo Sanford, 66, passed away suddenly, Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis. The son of Wayne and Marilyn (Longmuire) Sanford, Jay was born January 22, 1955, in Thermopolis, Wyo. The family later moved to Reno, Nev. When Jay returned to Thermopolis in 1976 he was employed at the lumber yard before becoming custodian at Hot Springs County High School where he worked many years until retiring. He is survived by his sister, Alicia (Mark) Smith of Reno, Nev.; niece and nephew, Mandy and Adam Smith of Reno; and... Full story

  • Town Spring Clean-up set

    May 13, 2021

    Town of Thermopolis Spring Clean-up is set for the week of May 17-22. Large dumpsters will be located around town for in town residents to use. For locations and complete rules, see the town ad on page 3. Saturday, May 22 will be Free Dump Day at the county landfill for all town and county residents. The dump is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Any elderly or impaired town residents who need assistance in getting their items disposed of may contact 864-3114. The Town of Thermopolis Community Officer will be hanging yellow messages to encourages clean-up...

  • First gymkhana of the year

    May 13, 2021

    Hoyt Peil and his horse compete in the pole bending during the first Gymkhana of the 2021 series at held at the fairgrounds Saturday....

  • Museum plans vintage hat show

    May 13, 2021

    The Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center is hosting a Vintage Hat Show on Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at the Museum. Local residents will be modeling hats and other garments from the museum’s collection to show off the variety and beauty of hats that were worn in the County from the late 1800s through today. Hats are important accessories because onlookers usually look at the face first. A hat is the most noticeable fashion item one can wear. There’s an old saying that says, “If you want to get ahead and get noticed, get a hat.” The ind...

  • Next stop is regionals for Bobcat Tracksters

    May 13, 2021

    The Bobcat Track and Field Team hosted their home Invite last Friday Head coach Stephanie Metz said currently Logan Cole is pre qualed in the discuss and shot. At regionals, the top eight for individuals and the top four for relay will to on to state. "Gavin Shumway performed outstanding in the 400 meter on Saturday with a time of 57.93, he killed it," said head coach Stephanie Metz. Looking ahead to regionals, Metz said the Bobcats still have some athletes in the running to make it to state,...

  • TMS track and field perform well at conference

    May 13, 2021

    The Thermopolis Middle School Track and Field team hosted the Yellowstone Conference on Saturday. The wind was chilly but the young Bobcats came through with many top six performances. Results include: 8th Grade Boys 100 meter - Ethan Yarrington 6th 13.74, Delmonico Dukes 8th 13.82, Jays Christensen 9th 13.88, Colter Price 14.77 200 meter - Logan Dafoe 29.77, Colter Price 30.14 400 meter - Ethan Yarrington 5th 1:00.02, Ryan Arends 7th 1:03.47, Brody Sorensen 8th 1:003.46 800 meter - Will Ward 5t...

  • Golf season wrapping up

    May 13, 2021

    The Bobcat Golfers competed at Riverton last Friday.It is large tournament and the Bobcats had a good showing. The boys team finished 3rd, only behind Jackson and Evanston. “We had some great performances on a tough course. I have been very impressed with the growth of our younger golfers during this spring season. They are doing well at taking coaching, being intentional with their shots and it is paying off for them come tournament time. I have seen their mental toughness and golf scores improve through the course of this very short and o...

  • Balow rejects 'critical race theory' teaching

    May 13, 2021

    by Kathryn Palmer Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s education chief has joined a vocal faction of Republican lawmakers across the country in expressing distaste for teaching public school children about how racism has shaped American society since the country’s founding. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education published its proposed priorities for American history and civics education, which include “projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse perspec...

  • Senior graduation party

    May 13, 2021

    Hot Springs County High School graduating senior Jesse Scyphers watches classmates Cody Mayfield and Owen Douglas battle during one of the many fun events at the senior graduation party held Monday evening. Each graduate who attended went home with cash and gifts thanks to many generous donations....

  • Parents Sport's night Tuesday

    May 13, 2021

    Hot Springs County School District is hosing a Parent Sport’s Night for incoming 6th-12th grade students on Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the high school commons. Discussion will include, what is new in MS/HS sports, physical dates, summer camps, weight room schedule, open gym schedules and more. Parents are encouraged to attend....

  • Members, supporters honored at Thermopolis FFA banquet

    May 13, 2021

    The Thermopolis FFA chapter opened their annual banquet last week by announcing they earned a three-star rating at state, which is the highest rating available to a chapter. Members, parents and community supporters came together to honor the group's accomplishments over the past year, on both the local and state level. Following that announcement, several awards and honors were presented. Proficiency awards are designed to reward students for their supervised agricultural experiences. Students...

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