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Articles from the March 28, 2024 edition


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  • Governor vetoes one property tax relief bill while signing others

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 28, 2024

    The Wyoming Legislature recently passed five property tax bills and Governor Mark Gordon has signed HB0003, “Property tax exemption for long-term homeowners,” HB0045, “Property tax exemption-residential structures and land,” and SF0089, “Veterans ad valorem exemption-amount” into law. Originally presented to Governor Gordon were five bills, three of which were modifications to existing law, and the other two were new bills. House Bill 3 passed, which is a new exemption and was for senior citi...

  • Fun in the sun

    Mar 28, 2024

    Remi Adams, Elizabeth Skelton and Zoe Adams enjoy a beautiful afternoon roller skating in Hot Springs State Park....

  • Town council approves motorcycle awareness parade

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 28, 2024

    The Thermopolis Town Council held a brief meeting at Town Hall on March 19. During citizen participation, Frank Davis presented a request for a Motorcycle Awareness Parade on May 4 at noon. Davis said the parade path would begin at the old Shopko building to Canyon Hills Road to 14th Street, a right onto Broadway, a left turn at 6th Street, to Park Street, to Hot Springs State Park, and go through the park, then right to East Broadway, a right at 4th Street, left on Arapahoe to 6th Street, then...

  • Governor vetoes bill to repeal gun-free zones in Wyoming

    Mar 28, 2024

    by Brian Martin Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE — Late Friday evening, Gov. Mark Gordon’s office announced that he had vetoed a bill that would have repealed Wyoming’s gun-free zones. House Bill 125 received widespread support in both chambers of the Wyoming Legislature, but although he signed four bills related to firearms freedom this session and nine others in support of the Second Amendment, he said he couldn’t support this one. “House Bill 125/Enrolled Act No. 49 erodes historic local control norms by giving sole a...

  • Area church services planned for Holy Week

    Mar 28, 2024

    Easter is on Sunday, March 31 this year. The following are the scheduled Holy Week services for various local churches: Church of Christ, 701 Richards St. - Celebration of Resurrection, March 31, 10 a.m.; Evening Worship Service, 6 p.m. Federated Community Church, 6th & Big Horn - Maundy Thursday Communion Service, March 28, 5:30 p.m.; Good Friday Tenebrae, March 29, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday Services, March 31, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Children’s Service, 9 a.m. First Baptist Church, 310 South 6th St. - March 31 Easter Service, 11 a.m.. Holy T...

  • Shriner's banquet

    Mar 28, 2024

    Shriner's Banquet for the Bagawana Shrine Club of Thermopolis was held at 7 Lazy S restaurant last Saturday. The BSC presented Wyoming Kalif Shrine Potentate Richard Steedley, right, with a $1,000 check for the Shriners Hospitals, given out by Club President Dave Voorhees, left. Past Potentates from Thermopolis recognized were Mike Sutherland and Dennis Wilson. Current Worshipful Master of Malta Lodge in Thermopolis, Eric Kay, was also recognized....

  • Commissioner Scheel clarifies his stance on GOP resolutions

    Mar 28, 2024

    At the March 19 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, Commissioner Phil Scheel was not present. Therefore, Chairman Tom Ryan suspended the regular use of Robert’s Rules of Order. Chairman Tom Ryan read a statement from Commissioner Phil Scheel. Commissioner Scheel’s statement said, “In regards to the information presented in the Independent Record about the Republican County Convention resolutions passed by the Committee in convention, the resolutions do not represent my views as an elected Hot Springs County Commissioner. I’m n...

  • On the record

    Mar 28, 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 18 3:18 p.m. Deputies helped a citizen with questions on a dispute. 7:12 p.m. Agency assist for the Police Department . Tuesday, March 19 3:31 p.m. Deputies investigated a report of a person trespass...

  • Book signing

    Mar 28, 2024

    Lea Cavalli Schoenewald signs her new book titled, "Lost Coal District of Gebo, Crosby and Kirby," for Brooklyn Mcmartin and her mom, Sara, during Schoenewald's book signing held at Storyteller last Saturday. The book sold out during the event and more have been ordered....

  • Crisis Prevention and Response Center of Worland now providing program services

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program, Safe Haven of Hot Springs County, will no longer be providing services in Hot Springs County, according to a press release issued by agency officials. Through regionalization of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault programs, Safe Haven will be transitioned to the Crisis Prevention and Response Center of Worland (CPRC), effective April 1, 2024. The press release states, all services will remain available to the Hot Springs County community as the Crisis Prevention and Response Center of Worland is...

  • Nail spa opens downtown

    Jurri Schenck|Mar 28, 2024

    Sean Kruse and his fiance Michelle Dang opened The Polish Nail & Spa for business on March 19. They are located at 110 North 5th Street. Kruse moved to Thermopolis about five years ago after he left Aberdeen, South Dakota where he worked as a store manager at Walmart for 30 years. Kruse is also the Deputy Assessor for Hot Springs County. Just before he left for Wyoming, Kruse met Michelle Dang and immediately fell in love. For the past five years, their long-distance relationship blossomed and...

  • Weekend Easter egg hunts planned

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Lion’s Club will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m. sharp in the Hot Springs State Park. The event is for children through 9 years old. The age groups are 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9. There are prizes for all ages. The event may be canceled if it is raining or snowing. On Saturday, March 30 the Wyoming Dinosaur Center is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Candy Jack Park beginning at 1 p.m. It is also weather permitting....

  • Transparency at work in School District 2

    Mar 28, 2024

    by David Peck, Lovell Chronicle, via WNE Newspapers from coast to coast a few weeks ago celebrated Sunshine Week, a time to champion openness and transparency in government in issues from access to public records to open meetings. Ironically, Sunshine Week 2024 happened to coincide with an example of transparency worth celebrating in Lovell. Thursday night, Big Horn County School District No. 2 held a public forum during which citizens were able to question three finalists to be the next principal of Lovell Elementary School. We’re not sure m...

  • Feeling winded?

    Mar 28, 2024

    by Andrew Ellsworth, MD “Well, doc,” the patient was telling me, “I get winded so easily now. I can hardly go to the mailbox without stopping to catch my breath. It did not used to be that way. Do you think something is wrong?” Many of us have experienced shortness of breath. After a period of inactivity, such as winter or a busy month, when we decide to exercise again, it may be easier to feel winded. That experience can be due to deconditioning, feeling out of shape. A good remedy for that is a gradual increase in exercise, helping us to r...

  • Ronald 'Ronnie' Neil Richardson

    Mar 28, 2024

    Ronald "Ronnie" Neil Richardson passed away in Eagan, Minn., on March 18, 2024, with his beloved wife of 26 years, Dianne, by his side. Ron was born to MaryAnn (Sterkel) and Donald Richardson on October 31, 1950, in Lander, Wyo. He attended school in Pomeroy, Wash., before graduating from Melstone Sr. High in 1969 and then enlisting in the US Marine Corps. After a brief stint in the Marines, Ron served in the US Army for 20 years until his retirement. Ron's love of country and his patriotism... Full story

  • Peggy Ann Schneider

    Mar 28, 2024

    Peggy Ann Schneider, 79, passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 21, 2024 in Dickinson, N. D. She was born in Powell, Wyo., on November 15, 1944, to Forrest "Bud" and Margaret "Marge" (Keller) Wheeler. She was the second of four children. Peggy lived in Powell until she married the love of her life, Philip Schneider on May 25, 1963. After living in San Diego while Phil was in the Navy, they moved to Thermopolis in 1966. She was the proud mother of two sons, Richard and Kevin. Peg... Full story

  • HSH receives grant for equipment

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has granted $346,794.00 to Hot Springs Health to purchase one Philips Epiq Diagnostic Ultrasound System, and eight Philips Lumify Point-of-Care ultrasound units (POCUS) as part of a statewide ultrasound initiative across Wyoming. The initiative includes nearly $13.9 million to help Wyoming hospitals and health centers purchase ultrasound imaging devices and boost sonography and POCUS training opportunities across the state. The grants were...

  • Wrestlers finish strong in large Montana tourney

    Mar 28, 2024

    Twenty four Thermopolis wrestling club members travel to Billings last weekend to participate in the Montana Open, on of the largest and toughest wrestling competitions in the region. This massive three day wrestling event saw 2,108 wrestlers representing 196 teams from 9 states with Thermopolis finishing in 15th place with a total 216 points, making them the highest scoring team from Wyoming. Two Thermopolis wrestlers, Hazel White and Lilly Quintanilla, brought home individual Championships. “This is the largest and most competitive t...

  • UW to offer AI workshop

    Mar 28, 2024

    For youth interested in breeding their cattle, the University of Wyoming Extension will offer artificial insemination (AI) workshops in Campbell and Fremont Counties Thursday, May 9, followed by breeding days later that month. The May 9 workshops, led by UW Extension educator Chance Marshall and UW Extension beef specialist Shelby Rosasco, will take place from 4-7 p.m. at extension offices in Campbell and Fremont Counties. Topics to be discussed include nutrition, breeding selection, AI...

  • 4-H dessert auction fundraiser Saturday

    Mar 28, 2024

    Hot Springs County 4-H is hosting a Dessert Auction on Saturday, March 30 beginning at 6 p.m. at the HSC Fair Building, 627 Springview St. A baked potato and soup bar will be provided and there will be live and silent auctions. Proceeds will go toward HSC 4-H programs. For more information, contact the 4-H Extension Office at 864-3421....

  • Nine counties now vying for state shooting complex

    Mar 28, 2024

    by Kayne Pyatt Uinta County Herald Via Wyoming News Exchange EVANSTON — On Friday, March 15, the oversight task force appointed by Gov. Mark Gordon voted to allow Sheridan into the competition to be the site for the $10 million Wyoming shooting sports complex. Sheridan had turned in its letter of intent almost a week late but, after a brief discussion, the task force voted approval, which raised the number of counties seeking to become the designated site from eight to nine. The following counties have turned in their letters of intent and b...

  • Plant swap

    Mar 28, 2024

    Rachel Moon helps Jennifer Cheney pick out some plants during the Red Dirt Master Gardeners House Plant Swap event at the Hot Springs County Library last weekend....

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