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Articles from the March 30, 2017 edition


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  • Motion for new trial in Schwan case

    Mark Dykes, Reporter Photographer|Mar 30, 2017

    A motion for a new trial and evidentiary hearing has been filed in a case against Matthew Schwan, who on March 15 was found guilty of aggravated homicide by vehicle, in the death of Reilly Schwan. The charge is from a May 14, 2016, incident, during which Matthew struck Reilly with a vehicle; that vehicle had to be lifted off Reilly at the scene. Following the trial, Schwan was allowed to remain on bond, and a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. According to the motion for a new trial, filed... Full story

  • HSCSD issues, renews contracts

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Mar 30, 2017

    Questions regarding staffing changes at Hot Springs County School District No. 1 have been flying through the community with many wanting to know which educators and staff have been retained and which ones will not be seen next school year. Non-teaching contracts were renewed for Sierra Barber, Lonnie Music, Cortney O’Connor, David Duncan, Ryan O’Connor, Liz Ryan and Brenna Huckfeldt. Initial contracts were granted to Stephanie Boren, Ashlee Burton, Shane Corpening, Katlin Despain, Matthew McP... Full story

  • Hospital board begins bylaws review

    Mark Dykes, Reporter Photographer|Mar 30, 2017

    Monday night, the Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees received a copy of the board bylaws from Board Attorney Ron Jurovich, who invited the board members to look over them and bring any questions to him. He further noted he revised the bylaws and highlighted points for board members to think about. Among those items highlighted concerned the name of the district, whether the hospital should retain 501c3 status and when the annual meeting is held. Jurovich noted board members...

  • Airport features new GPS system

    Mar 30, 2017

    Access to the air transportation system plays an increasingly vital role in day-to-day safety, security and business throughout the state and the nation. By using instruments in the plane, a pilot can fly an aircraft safely when visibility is restricted, such as flying in the clouds. When the visibility is poor near the ground, a pilot must rely upon these instruments and exact flight procedures to guide them safely to the runway. For the first time ever, the citizens of Hot Springs County have an airport serving them with an advanced instrumen...

  • Assessment planned for former Fair Deal Furniture building

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Mar 30, 2017

    Main Street Thermopolis is gearing up for another building assessment on April 5 to discover whether an abandoned building on Arapahoe is viable for use. The former Fair Deal Furniture building at 518 Arapahoe will be looked over by an outside company to determine whether or not it can be renovated or repaired in order to create space for a business or two. Amanda Moeller, one of the Main Street Thermopolis members, said there is already someone with some interest in the building. Another...

  • UW president to visit

    Mar 30, 2017

    The University of Wyoming Alumni Association has extended an invitation to all UW alumni and friends to meet University President Dr. Laurie S. Nichols on April 11, from 7:15-9 a.m. at the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center. No RSVP is necessary for the event, and complimentary coffee, juice and donuts will be served....

  • Ladies Auxiliary host sale

    Mar 30, 2017

    The Ladies Auxiliary with the V.F.W. will be hosting their semi-annual sale this Saturday, April 1. There will be crafts, flea market items and gifts, all indoors, along with cinnamon rolls and coffee, starting at 9 a.m. You’re sure to find something you just can’t live without after perusing the large number of booths that will be there....

  • On the Record

    Mar 30, 2017

    On the Record policy It is the 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. Sheriff’s office Wednesday, March 22 1:03 a.m. Report of a neighbor stealing hay. The matter is under investigation. Thursday, March 23 10:54 a.m. Civil standby was performed. 1:53 p.m. Report of a semi losing part of its load on the highway. The load was cleaned up before a deputy arrived. Friday,...

  • Bauer receives scholarship

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Mar 30, 2017

    A Hot Springs County High School senior has been awarded the prestigious Daniels Scholarship for 2017. Shaynie Bauer received notice of the award last week when the students were all called to Casper for what they thought was another round of interviews. Imagine their surprise when it was announced everyone in the room was a winner and the “interview” had been a ruse set up by the scholarship committee to add a little fun to the announcement. Bauer is one of a select few from Wyoming, Col...

  • RMEF banquet set for Saturday

    Mar 30, 2017

    The Big Horn Basin Chapter Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet will be Saturday, April 1 at the Hot Springs County Fair Building. A social hour featuring games, raffles and a silent auction begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and a live auction will follow. There will be plenty of firearms available to purchase or win including the 2017 RMEF Progressive Rifle, a Remington 700 SPS 7mm Rem Mag. The local RMEF chapter is bringing back a major package, which includes tickets for two to five nights of PBR (Professional Bull Riding) action in Las Vegas, Nev....

  • Strenger named Champion for Children

    Mar 30, 2017

    Thermopolis Middle School sixth grade teacher Jacob Strenger was named as the fourth Bobcat Champion for Children for the year. The Champion for Children program is replacing the Teacher of the Month award that has been in place for several years. With the new program, a committee consisting of past District Teachers of the Year and parents receive nominations from the principals at all three schools. The committee then researches the nominations by visiting with the nominee’s colleagues, students and even community members, then submit t...

  • Veterans to receive welcome home

    Mar 30, 2017

    The public is invited to attend the Wyoming Veterans “Welcome Home” Day, Monday, April 3, beginning at 11 a.m. at VFE Post No. 2281, 302 Broadway. In attendance will be Governor Matt Mead, Major General Luke Reiner and Veterans Commission Vice Chair Lee Alley, all of whom will say a few words and welcome home veterans and family members from all eras. Lifetime VFW member Jeff Strong said the Welcome Home Day began as an event specific to Vietnam War veterans, then expanded to include all veterans. Wyoming Veterans Commission Executive Dir...

  • Firestorm of 'what-ifs'

    Mar 30, 2017

    Everyone has their favorite memories from school, whether it was Friday night football games or the halftime show, wrestling trips, wood shop or finally figuring out Algebra, we all have something that sticks out in our minds. With the budget cuts facing our school district, many are afraid their students will not only miss out on an educational opportunity, but perhaps the chance to make the memories we did with extra-curricular activities. There is no skirting the issue of deep cuts coming to a lot of programs in the coming weeks. We can’t i...

  • The pursuit of happiness

    Mar 30, 2017

    It’s hard to believe March is nearing its end, though I’m sure I said the same thing about February, January, 2016 and all the years leading back to 2005 when I graduated college and school stopped making the days feel like they dragged on forever. March, like the other 11 months of the year, is host to plenty of special days, from St. Patrick’s Day and the Ides, but one of the lesser known is the observance of Social Work Month. Social workers play a key role in today’s society. Their primary mission is to enhance the quality of life for peopl...

  • Program provides financial literacy for students

    Mar 30, 2017

    Area students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. Pinnacle Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make Banzai’s curriculum available completely free for students at Hot Springs County High School and Thermopolis Middle School. “With Banzai, kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,” Banzai Co-founder Morgan Vandagriff said. “Because Pinnacle Bank is sponsoring it, local area middle and high school students get it for free. M... Full story

  • Georgie Scheetz-Place

    Mar 30, 2017

    Georgie Scheetz-Place, 63, of Thermopolis, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. Georgie Lucinda Wetherelt was born on January 5, 1954, in Miles City, Mont., to Glen Wesley and Hazel Rose (Olson) Wetherelt. She grew up and attended school in Broadus, Mont., graduating high school. After high school she attended Beauty School in Miles City, Mont. She was baptized into the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith in 2010. She lived the majority of... Full story

  • Jack Turnell

    Mar 30, 2017

    Jack Tracy Turnell, 71, passed away March 19, 2017. He was born in Riverton, Wyo., November 13, 1945, to Ralph and Emogene Turnell. After his father's death, his mother married Marsh, who raised Jack as his own. Jack spent his younger years in Meeteetse and Grass Creek, graduating from Meeteetse High School in 1964. He met his lifelong dancing partner, Lili Abarr, and they were married in 1965. Jack attended NWC and the University of Wyoming School of Ag, graduating in 1970, and taught ag in... Full story

  • Track opener sees multiple personal records

    Mark Dykes, Reporter Photographer|Mar 30, 2017

    The Hot Springs County High School track season got underway this last weekend, with the Yellowstone Sports Medicine Invite at Cody, and several of the Bobcats had strong showings with 10 personal records and many qualifying for state. Coach Ernie Mecca said the meet was a good start for a young team, and any time the kids can get qualified for state is great. While only 11 of the 24 students are returners, meaning over 50 percent of them are first year tracksters, Mecca said both the veterans a...

  • TMS track opener at Powell

    Mark Dykes, Reporter Photographer|Mar 30, 2017

    The Thermopolis Middle School track team will see their first competition this season at Powell, with a meet scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Coach Stephanie Czarobski recently commented on students at each grade level. Regarding the eighth grade, she stated, “They are a very promising group . . . I think their grade as a whole will do great. They come to practice asking for more work and stay late to run extra sprints. They’ve been a great example for our younger team and I really loo...

  • Wrestling club hosts tournament

    Mar 30, 2017

    Members of the Thermopolis Wrestling Club (TWC) competed in Montana, Worland and Riverton over the weekend. Results include: Montana Open Six and under 40: Lilly Quintanilla fifth; 12 and under 74: Ty Peterson sixth. Worland Folkstyle Tournament Pee Wee: 35 Ryker Sayler first, Tucker Sayler second; 40 Cameron Martinez third, Tanner Myers fifth. Bantam 55 Dyllan Myers first, Alec Martinez second. Intermediate 75 Zane Hubele fourth; 80 Cody Bomengen second, Ryan Axtell fourth. Novice: 75 Ethan Yarrington fourth. Riverton Maddx Fisher Memorial... Full story

  • FFA members head for state

    Mar 30, 2017

    Hot Spring County High School’s FFA students are getting geared up for the 2017 State FFA Convention to be held in Cheyenne April 5-8. The four-day convention will be packed with competitions, recognition and winners as well as a lot of fun for those attending. There will be meats evaluation, parliamentary procedure tests, a booth competition, public speaking competitions, a career show and leadership workshops, just to name a few of the things going on. New state officers will also be elected during the event. Jessie Pennoyer will be running f...

  • High jump

    Mar 30, 2017

    Jacob Strenger takes a flying leap into a pool of freezing cold water during the Jackalope Jump on Saturday. The event, hosted by the Hot Springs County High School cheerleaders, features brave souls taking the leap after raising donations that go to the Special Olympics....

  • O'Day trip

    Mar 30, 2017

    Wyoming native Ray Maple portrays Tom O'Day during a program at Hot Springs County Library....

  • Prom night

    Mar 30, 2017

    Brad and Chell Palmer from Leadville, Colo. celebrated their prom night all over again with the Adult Prom hosted by the Big Horn Basin Riders to benefit our servicemen and women....

  • Enjoying HSSP

    Mar 30, 2017

    Last weekend visitors to Hot Springs State Park enjoyed sunshine and warm temperatures....

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