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Articles from the March 21, 2024 edition

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  • Water runoff prediction for Boysen at average level

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s March Forecast of the April through July water runoff predicted for Boysen Reservoir is 620,000 af, which is 99% of the 30-year average of 625,000 af. As of March 1, Boysen Reservoir was 84% full. A reservoir is considered “full” when the pool elevation is at top of active conservation or joint-use pool. The percentage is based on total reservoir volume below that level. Forecasts for the rest of the Bighorn River Basin include: •Buffalo Bill Reservoir - Shoshone River April through July inflow to Buffalo Bill Re...

  • Enjoying HSSP

    Mar 21, 2024

    Warm weather last weekend had Hot Springs State Park full of people enjoying the sunshine. Jameson Langdon, age 2, is all smiles after Kiyah Oliver gave him a push on a swing. Kenna Harvey and Asher Harvey, age 1, also were enjoying the swings....

  • Five things the Wyoming Legislature did to ease rising property taxes

    Mar 21, 2024

    During a session largely defined by conflict, lawmakers were mostly united when it came to property tax relief. It’s now up to Gov. Mark Gordon to decide what will become law. by Maggie Mullen,, via WNE When it came to the Wyoming Legislature’s top non-budget priority this session, lawmakers settled on five bills to address rising residential property taxes. Altogether, the legislation creates new exemptions for homeowners and certain senior citizens, doubles an existing exemption for veterans, caps annual increases and expands eli...

  • Cutting club celebrates 35 years of dedication to their sport

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 21, 2024

    The Central Wyoming Cutting Club (CWCC) celebrated its 35th anniversary last Saturday with a banquet at Hot Springs Hotel.Original members James Johnson, Martin Bader, Melody Robinson and Mel Dahl were recognized during the event. Current club president Hayden Heaphy sat down with the founders, along with director Bruce Keller, and spoke about the importance of all the original founding members and their anniversary. Original founding member Martin Bader was unable to attend. Heaphy said,...

  • On the record

    Mar 21, 2024

    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, March 11 3:17 p.m. Deputies spoke with a female about scam calls and giving out personal information. 3:40 p.m. Report of a family fight involving a loud disturbance. Deputies made contact with indi...

  • Bingo fundraiser

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Hot Springs County Fair Building was packed with Bingo players last Tuesday evening for the Senior Class Fundraiser. Kelly Owen, Ranae Baldes and Barb Rice took their chances at the games. Participants could also win other prizes, including the grand prize of $1,000, which won by Vicki Nichols....

  • Wyoming outdoor recreation collaboratives plan meetings in April

    Mar 21, 2024

    The Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation facilitates eight outdoor recreation collaboratives convened throughout the state that bring together local community members, recreation stakeholders, businesses, conservation groups, federal and state agencies, and elected officials to identify and prioritize opportunities for the growth and enhancement of outdoor recreation. Members of the public are welcome to attend collaborative meetings in-person or virtually. There will be a designated time for public comment near the end of each meeting. The...

  • State park recognized in travel magazine

    Mar 21, 2024

    In an article about the Yellowstone Highway turning 100 years old that ran in the March issue of Outside magazine, the Wind River Canyon Scenic Byway, hiking and biking trails in Hot Springs State Park, the bison herd and the free soaking at the bath house are featured. Owner of Rent Adventure, Dusty Lewis, is quoted in the article giving information about trail maps available from the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and he suggests the “spicy blackened burger from One Eyed Buffalo....

  • Lost Coal District book released

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 21, 2024

    Author Lea Cavalli Schoenewald’s newest book “Lost Coal District of Gebo, Crosby and Kirby” will be available at a book signing event to meet the author at Storyteller on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 524 Broadway. The book is described as, “Forging America’s fuel, Henry Cottle registered the first mining claim in what would become northern Hot Springs County in the late 1880s. Henry Monro and Frank Porter’s Cedar Mountain Cowboy Mine followed in 1898. In 1906, Burlington...

  • Spring burn planned

    Mar 21, 2024

    In cooperation with Hot City Outdoor Alliance and the Thermopolis Fire Department, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is planning a prescribed burn at the Wedding of the Waters Public Access Area near Thermopolis later this week. On the morning of March 21, crews plan to burn one half acre of phragmites, an invasive perennial reed grass, along the shoreline of the Bighorn River, upstream and downstream of the boat ramp. Ignition is tentatively planned for 10 a.m. The prescribed burn is weather dependent. Sportspersons should be aware that acc...

  • Site of proposed shooting complex questioned

    Mar 21, 2024

    To Commissioner Galovich et al.: It’s come to my attention that County Commissioners have decided that if Hot Springs County’s bid for the shooting complex is successful that it will be sited west of the Red Lane neighborhood. This was also where you were going to site the trash transfer station. My question is why are you intent on sitting noisy, noxious enterprise above a quiet housing area? I’ve heard that a rifle shot fired from the proposed site is no noisier that the train going by. While that may be true the train goes through a few t...

  • UNConstitutional republic review

    Mar 21, 2024

    Last week’s paper reported that the Hot Springs County Republican Party passed three resolutions. The first, requiring a return to hand counting ballots for all elections in Wyoming, should be summarily dismissed. All studies show that the error rate for voting machines is much lower than hand counts of ballots. Hand counting ballots would make Wyoming elections less secure. If you have questions regarding the safety of our voting machines and elections processes, please visit with our County Clerk who can outline all of the election p...

  • Five myths about Social Security

    Mar 21, 2024

    by Sam Shumway AARP Wyoming State Director For most of us, Social Security is – or will be – essential for helping to cover daily living expenses and pay bills as we get older. The bottom line is that Social Security is your money, earned through a lifetime of hard work. Yet there are persistent misconceptions about its long-term financial stability and how it works. Here are facts behind five of the most stubborn Social Security myths. Myth #1: Social Security is going broke. The facts: Social Security will not run out of money, as long as wor...

  • David Lee Snow

    Mar 21, 2024

    David Lee Snow, 73, left this earth to join his heavenly Father in paradise on March 12, 2024. He was born on November 21, 1950, to Shirley (Javernick) and George Snow in Canon City, Colo. After high-school, David went into the United States Air Force for a time. After receiving an honorable discharge, he married Collette and had two children, Stephanie Marie and David Wayne. David always had a creative flare, excelling in any artistic endeavor he chose. From painting to woodworking, and... Full story

  • 20 years of service

    Mar 21, 2024

    Jerimie Kraushaar was honored for his 20th anniversary of service to the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies and staff held a “dinosaur” themed party last Thursday to celebrate....

  • Track season opens

    Daniel Powell|Mar 21, 2024

    And, just like that, it’s track season! Hopefully, that means Mother Nature is finished with the cold and snow. Being as this is Wyoming, however, we know better than to hold our breath on that subject. The Bobcat track teams opened their season in Pavillion last Saturday with both the Bobcats and Lady Cats setting the scene for a great season to come. Twelve schools were in competition at the Wind River Icebreaker, competing in seventeen events for the boys teams, and the same number of events for the girls teams. Lady Cats At meet’s end, the...

  • Wrestlers bring home wins from rumble

    Mar 21, 2024

    Thermopolis Wrestling Club competed at the R Town Rumble last Saturday in Riverton, bringing home 14 individual championship trophies in Folkstyle and finishing in 3rd place as a team with 292 points. Four club members also brought home championships in Greco, with the team placing 3rd with 91 points. Nash Bowker, Trenton Enis, Kade Enis and Jesalyn Blair earned 1st place in both styles of wrestling. Folkstyle results 6U Boys 36-38 - Konnor Simpson, 1st, 18 points. Round 2 - Simpson won by fall, 1:11, over Everett Samuelson (Riverton), Round 3...

  • Hospital board hears various reports

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 21, 2024

    At the February Hot Springs Health board meeting held at the conference room, CEO Scott Alwin introduced their new lab director, Kylee Brink. Alwin said, “She’s been a faithful employee for several years and over the past year has shown dedication, growth, diligence and dedication to quality and improved performance in our lab. Additionally, she brought the laboratory through a successful Clia survey with monumental improvements compared to the previous surveys.” Alwin added that he has resta...

  • Fun selfie

    Mar 21, 2024

    Last Thursday, Ralph Witters Elementary Music Director Nathan Gurtler and members of the third grade class presented a patriotic concert at the school auditorium. Gurtler takes a selfie photo with guests Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, Megan Degenfelder, and her Chief Communications Officer, Linda Finnerty with students and honored first responders and veterans in the background....

  • House District 28 Representative Winter gives Legislative Session details

    Mar 21, 2024

    Republican John Winter is the House District 28 Representative for Hot Springs, Big Horn, Fremont and Park Counties. He resides in Hot Springs County. Winter has presented a summary of bill information and some of his thoughts from the 2024 Legislative Session stating, “I believe that the citizens of Wyoming should understand a little about what happened at the Budget Session this year. First of all, everyone should understand that this year’s budget is the largest in state history. Governor Gordon originally submitted a $9.95 billion bud...

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