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Articles from the March 2, 2023 edition

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  • Town votes to support Joint Powers Water Board application

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 2, 2023

    At the February 21 Thermopolis Town Council meeting, Town Engineer Heath Overfield held a discussion with the council about the Hot Springs County Water District Joint Powers Board (HSCWDJPB) regarding a possible Level 2 study to drill for water on Lysite Mountain for about $2.1 million. Council member Bill Malloy expressed his concern about upfront costs. Overfield said that the grant for it would be a 100% covered cost and if the well is successful in both water quality and quantity the...

  • Tipi Retreat supporters attend gathering

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 2, 2023

    Prior to the February 21 Hot Springs County Commissioners meeting, around 30 supporters for the "Save the Tipi" campaign peacefully gathered in front of the Hot Springs County Courthouse and then attended the commissioners meeting at the annex. Michael and Michele Stevens, owners of The Tipi Retreat, LLC, are currently in litigations after the Stevens' filed a lawsuit against the commissioners over their denial of a land use change for the couple's commercial business, Docket No. 2022-23. A...

  • Winter's wild horse resolution fails, talks likely to continue

    Mar 2, 2023

    by Stephen Dow Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange CODY — A resolution from a Park/Hot Springs County legislator asking Wyoming’s Congressional delegation to rethink national policies on wild horse management is dead, but the conversation could continue in the coming months. House Joint Resolution 3 — sponsored by Rep. John Winter (R-Thermopolis) — died on a split 2-2 vote during a Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee meeting Feb. 16. Sens. Tim French (R-Powell) and Bob Ide (R-Casper) voted for the res...

  • State wrestling placers

    Mar 2, 2023

    Bobcat wrestlers who placed at the 2A State Championship Tournament include, l to r, Will Ward - second place, Brody Sorensen - second place, Roedy Farrell - state champion and Sam Skelton - fourth place. Kaitlin Barral, right, made history becoming the first Lady Bobcat wrestling state placer taking third. For full state wrestling results, see page 6....

  • Emergency management coordinator adds clarity to school board report

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 2, 2023

    Bill Gordon, the Hot Springs County Emergency Management coordinator, contacted the Thermopolis Independent Record to add clarity about his Feb. 16 testimony to the Hot Springs County School District Board of Trustees. Gordon clarified that, rather than independently contacting “a firm in Chicago,” he was one of several people invited to take part in a Dec. 7 Zoom call, regarding local school emergency management plans. This call was between Hot Springs County School District Superintendent Dustin Hunt, Hunt’s Administrative Assistant Kathy...

  • On the record

    Mar 2, 2023

    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, Feb. 20 10:21 a.m. Report of a 911 hang-up. A deputy responded to the area and found that everyone was okay. 2:47 p.m. Arik Arlo Amundson, 30, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of...

  • K9 Riggs receives body armor

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 2, 2023

    Hot Springs County Sheriff's Office K9 Riggs has received a donation of body armor. Sergeant Casey Freund said that K9 Riggs started his service in June 2022 and is now two years old, reaching a 20-month threshold. This means he has stopped growing and was measured and fitted for body armor. Hot Springs County Sheriff's Office K9 Riggs has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Riggs' vest was...

  • Third graders to present America in Song

    Mar 2, 2023

    Hot Springs County School District third graders will be presenting America in Song at the William H. Malloy School Auditorium on Thursday, March 9 beginning at 2 p.m. Special guests include members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and representatives of area first responder agencies. Treat your ears to the sounds of patriotic pride and good ole American classics. The event is free and open to the public. Join us as we honor America....

  • Community blood drive Monday

    Mar 2, 2023

    A Community Blood Drive will be held at the Hot Springs County Senior Center on Monday, March 6 from 2-6 p.m. The community quota each time is 56 units of blood. There is always need for blood and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for the patients in our community. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. Call Melene Mierzejewski, Community Blood Coordinator, at (307) 240-1414 for an appointment. The blood drive is sponsored by the Hospital Auxiliary....

  • Carstens receives Torch Award

    Mar 2, 2023

    Thermopolis Game Warden Spencer Carstens has been selected by the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association (NAWEOA) as a recipient of the 2022 Torch Award. The Torch Award is presented to newly appointed wildlife officers who have demonstrated exceptional ability and initiative in the performance of their duties. Each year NAWEOA selects an officer from seven regions across North America to receive the award. Carstens was selected from Region 4, which includes Wyoming and 11...

  • DAR honors HSCHS student

    Mar 2, 2023

    Six Wyoming students were recently honored as essay contest and good citizen award recipients by the Sheridan Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Jayci Basse from Hot Springs High School, Claire Justice from Tongue River High School, Shelby Fennema from School District #3, High School, Brogan Byram from Buffalo High School, and Zane Neville from Kaycee High School received the DAR Good Citizens Award. This award, created in 1934, recognizes and rewards high school seniors who possess the qualities...

  • Siren test Saturday

    Mar 2, 2023

    Hot Springs County Emergency Management and Thermopolis Police Department Dispatch will resume monthly Outdoor Alert Siren tests on the first Saturday of each month, at noon. If strong weather is occurring around that time the tests will be canceled and occur the following week. Saturday, March 4 at noon a test will demonstrate the HI-LO siren tone reserved only for a Boysen Dam failure....

  • Wolf in Lovell

    Mar 2, 2023

    by Zac Taylor If the groups now fighting an attempt to re-delist Yellowstone area grizzly bears need proof that their concerns state management will lead to a severe drop in population below recovery levels are not based in truth, they need look no further than the wolf recently killed by a federal trapper in Lovell. Area wolves have been managed by the states, including Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, since 2017 and if anything, the management has erred on the side of leniency. Yellowstone area wolves have clearly thrived since their placement in...

  • United State of America

    Mar 2, 2023

    Is the handwriting on the wall? ; Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin. Interpretation: Mene - GOD has numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. Tekel - Thou art weighed in the balances, and found wanting. Peres - Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Obviously this is Daniel warning Belshazzar the King of Babylon of impending doom. OK what does this have to do with America? Like it or not, America was founded on Biblical principals, and we claim to be, “One Nation Under GOD”. Because of that GOD has every right to send des...

  • Patsy Boyd Brost

    Mar 2, 2023

    Patsy Boyd Brost passed away peacefully and returned to her Father in Heaven on February 20, 2023. Patsy was born to Clarence Andrew Boyd and Luella Fillerup Boyd on February 18, 1931 in Loveland, Colo. She was born the 3rd child out of 14. She married Emil Brost on September 4, 1947, and they had 9 children. Patsy spent much of her childhood with her parents moving often. They would follow the crops and all the kids would work picking fruit right along with the grownups. To Patsy, moving often... Full story

  • Tamara 'Tami' Lynn Lehman

    Mar 2, 2023

    Tamara “Tami” Lynn Lehman, 63 of Casper, Wyo., passed away peacefully on January 21, 2023, in Casper, Wyo. Tami was born in Hot Springs County, Thermopolis, Wyo., to Orval W. Lehman and Marlys V. Tjepkes on October 15, 1959. She attended Hot Springs County High School and graduated with the class of 1978. Tami enjoyed cheerleading for the wrestling team and baton twirling for the band. At a young age she showed interest in caring for children as she lived her life as a natural caretaker. She took pride in her role as a homemaker and her fam... Full story

  • Going up

    Mar 2, 2023

    Varsity Bobcat Gavin Shumway takes a shot during home game action last Friday against the Lovell Bulldogs. The Bobcats battled hard through the game but lost to Lovell 62-48. On Saturday, the boys traveled to Powell to take on the Panthers, losing in a final score of 68-33. This week the boys hit the road to compete at the Regional Basketball Tournament in Mountain View....

  • Lady Cat wrestler brings home third place from state

    Mar 2, 2023

    Three Lady Cats competed in the first ever Girls Wrestling State Championships in Casper last week. They started the week off on Thursday with a great event that showcased ladies wrestling only. “The support and growth of girls wrestling was very evident with some great matches. The tremendous growth of the sport was noted as Wyoming had the highest per capita growth in the nation this year. The ladies have incredible camaraderie amongst themselves while still being very competitive against each other,” said coach Travis McDermott. Kaitlin Bar...

  • Four Bobcat wrestlers place at state

    Mar 2, 2023

    The Bobcats finished sixth place with five eligible wrestlers competing at the 2A State Championship tournament in Casper last weekend. Senior Roedy Farrell brought home his third state championship title. “We had four placers with three in the state championship matches and one coming back through the consolations with a fourth place finish. Friday night was a very exciting round with the cats punching three tickets into the state championship matches. We had some very tough matches that we came out on top of and was so much fun for Bobcat w...

  • Lady Cats headed to regional tourney

    Tatum Epperson|Mar 2, 2023

    Last Friday, the varsity Lady Cats basketball team played their last home game against Lovell, with Lovell getting the win, 48-27. “It would be our senior night along with our pink out game. The last time we played Lovell we held our own against them. We even came out with an early lead. This time around they had one of their injured players back and would end up helping them quite a bit,” said coach David Villa. For the two seniors, Ruth Johnson and Jayci Basse, this would be their last home game in front of the home crowd. As it is for any...

  • Eighth graders bring home second from conference

    Mar 2, 2023

    The Thermopolis eighth grade A boys basketball team came away with a second place after hosting Conference games Saturday. Coach Ryan Shaffer said, "Overall we finished second in the conference, the same as the seed we were given for the tournament. We had some tough games throughout the day and as the day got longer you could see the fatigue setting in." He added, "To say that I am proud of these boys would be an understatement. All of the boys grew so much, from Mack Buckner ruling the boards...

  • Seventh grade basketball team finishes third

    Mar 2, 2023

    The 7th grade A Team finished third in the conference tournament this past weekend. The team beat Lovell by a score of 43-29. Scoring: Baer McPhie 24 points, David King 8, JaCoby Elder 6, Tate Roberts 11 rebounds and Trevin Shaffer 4 assists. The boys beat Powell by a score of 28-26 Scoring: David King 10 points, Trevin Shaffer 5 and JaCoby Elder- 7 steals. The team was defeated by Worland in the Semifinals by a score of 49-36: Baer McPhie- 18pts. JaCoby Elder- 7pts. Tyler Morris- 7 rebounds. “The team had tremendous growth and improvement this...

  • Wrestling club members bring home awards from Casper

    Mar 2, 2023

    Thermopolis Wrestling Club members competed at the 2023 Casper Showdown last Saturday. Results include: 6U 34-36 - John Ryan placed 1st and scored 24 team points. Round 1 - Ryan won by decision, 19-12, over Waylon Fluty (Saratoga); Round 2 - Ryan won by decision, 12-6, over Remmik Hladky (Casper); Round 3 - Ryan won by fall, 0:18, over Cason Dillard (Eastside United). 6U 36-39 A - Carter Enis placed 1st and scored 24 team points. Round 1 - Enis won by fall,0:09, over Carter Spiker (Touch Of...

  • Pre-K Family Night

    Mar 2, 2023

    Hadley, Justine and Ava Whitt play rhyming bingo during the Pre-K family night at Ralph Witters Elementary School last Thursday evening....

  • Jackalope Jump set for March 9

    Mar 2, 2023

    The Thermopolis Jackalope Jump fundraiser will be held Thursday, March 9 at the Hot Springs County High School parking lot with registration begining at 1:30 p.m. and jumping starting at 2 p.m. The Jackalope Jump challenges brave Wyomingites at numerous locations around Wyoming to “Be Bold, Go for the Cold!”. It’s a great way for everyone – individuals, organizations, and businesses – to get involved in supporting Special Olympics Wyoming athletes. All funds raised go to support programming and events for local athletes as well as over 1,60...

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