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Articles from the April 20, 2023 edition


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  • Chamber announces business, citizen of the year nominees

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 20, 2023

    On April 13, the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce held its annual board meeting at Big Horn Federal. CEO Meri Ann Dorman and board members, along with previous chamber presidents, voted for the 2022 Business, Citizen and Nonprofit of the Year. The nominees for 2022 Business of the Year are Ava’s Silver and Rock Shop, Dickie Animal Health, Discover Thermopolis/Print Zone, Hellie’s TePee Pool & Spa, Jadeco, Inc., Lazy Fox Artisan Goods, Los Cabos, Mortimore Funeral Home and Amb... Full story

  • Dinosaur silhouette

    Apr 20, 2023

    Eric Ruckle, center, VP of Communication for 307 First from Casper, installed a new metal dinosaur silhouette along Highway 20 South. 307 First is a program that started about 15 years ago by Bob Moberly who wanted people to pay more attention to the Wyoming landscape and look out the windows more while driving. Their goal is to have 307 metal silhouettes in the state's on various roads and highways. So far, they have reached 10% of their goal. This dinosaur silhouette is on land owned by...

  • Edrington announces majority shareholding in WW

    Apr 20, 2023

    Edrington, the ultra-premium spirits producer, has announced that it has become the majority shareholder in Wyoming Whiskey. Building on the 35% stake that Edrington took in the brand in 2018, and the success of the partnership, the Glasgow-headquartered business has increased its shareholding to 80% in a deal with Wyoming Whiskey’s founding shareholders, led by Kate Mead, Brad Mead and David DeFazio. Wyoming Whiskey was born and bred on the Mead family ranch in Kirby, WY. It will continue to be made in Kirby and this deepening of the r...

  • Pre-Festival concert

    Apr 20, 2023

    Last Tuesday, the Bobcat Concert Band, Mixed Choir, and Jazz Combo - led by Jackson Chitwood - performed at the Pre-Festival Performance at the William Malloy Auditorium. The concert was a tune-up for the music festival in Powell this week. Students performing included, l to r, David Miller, Chris Bapst, Aidan Nicodemus, Claire Simpson and Brendan Butler....

  • RWE alternative calendar renewal

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 20, 2023

    Hot Springs School Districts’ Ralph Witters Elementary (RWE) will submit its renewal for their alternative calendar to have every second Friday of the month be a teacher training day. The RWE alternative calendar is needed because hourly requirements are met, but the number of days (175 for students) would be altered. Currently, they are 100 contact hours over the required hours at RWE. According to superintendent Dustin Hunt, the reason they have an alternative calendar is “The Wyoming Legislat...

  • On the record

    Apr 20, 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. Correction In the April 13 article “Harriet Hageman holds town hall meeting”, it was incorrectly stated that the meeting was hosted by the GOP. The town hall was hosted by Harriet Hageman’s Congressional office. We apologize...

  • UW releases free online guide to help with raising backyard chickens

    Apr 20, 2023

    In response to growing interest in raising backyard chickens, the University of Wyoming Extension recently released a free online guide outlining best practices for chicken care and management. The 10-page publication, titled “Raising Backyard Chickens,” provides an overview of breed selection, housing, nutrition, extermination of lice and mites, waste management and more. The guide is designed to be accessible for beginners and specifically caters to poultry keepers living in a residential setting. In addition to addressing management con...

  • Woodward takes new position as coordinator

    Apr 20, 2023

    The Wyoming Weed and Pest Council (WWPC) is proud to announce Lindsey Woodward as the new Weed and Pest Program Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. In this position, Woodward will represent the WY Dept. of Agriculture in coordinating WWPC’s activities and assisting individual districts in the development of management programs. She will also organize federal, state grant programs, and assist districts in managing noxious weeds and pests. Woodward brings a wealth of knowledge from the weed and pest field. Before she was h...

  • Bike winners

    Apr 20, 2023

    Winners of the bikes at the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt included Branson West, Ryker Weber, Davi Alcaraz and Jester Taylor....

  • Survival requires a leap of faith

    Apr 20, 2023

    by Stephen Dow, Cody Enterprise Meeteetse, like many Wyoming small towns, is on the verge of disappearing. It isn’t hard to imagine a near future where the town — with a population of 313 in the 2020 census and a median age of 52.1 years — doesn’t exist. This uncertain future is what makes a recently proposed annexation of 390 acres from Flying River Ranch LLC so exciting. If approved, the annexation would expand the town’s borders by 70%. While there is no clear plan for the land yet, some of the ideas that have been bandied about by town c...

  • Reporting Hageman's statements as facts

    Apr 20, 2023

    I’ve fact checked just three items Hageman had listed in her lengthy article, and each one is false. Although President Joe Biden tapped into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) he did NOT sell the oil to China. The SPR is a reserve of crude oil maintained by the United States government for emergency situations. The President CAN authorize the release of oil from the SPR to alleviate a supply shortage or price spike. The SPR has been tapped multiple times in the past by previous administrations for various reasons. Regarding selling SPR o...

  • American Indian healthcare

    Apr 20, 2023

    by Sophie Two Hawk, MD; Arna Mora, MD; Carol Whitman, MD American Indians face some unique challenges when it comes to caring for their health. Culturally, we view health in a Holistic manner as a balance of our bodies, mind and spirit that allows for good health. Historically, the women would have knowledge of herbs and men would be spiritual healers. Healthcare was one of the items guaranteed under the treaties. Initially, healthcare was overseen by the Army and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Then Indian Health Service was formed in 1955 to...

  • Ten ways Alzheimer's affects family caregivers

    Apr 20, 2023

    Depression. Thoughts of suicide. Job loss. The unpaid role of being a family caregiver for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia comes with many risks and challenges, but it is one that increasing numbers of people are taking on as our population ages. More than 6.7 million people across the United States, including 10,000 Wyomingites, are living with an incurable disease: Alzheimer’s. Sharing the burden are the 11.5 million unpaid family caregivers (16,000 in Wyoming) who volunteer their time and resources and...

  • Yolanda Wendell Schellack Meine

    Apr 20, 2023

    As daylight broke on March 28, 2023, after breathing Montana's beautiful Beaverhead Valley air for 52 years, Yolanda Kaye Wendell Schellack Meine (74) departed this life with family alongside at her ranch home north of Dillon. After Yo's husband of 48 years passed (Carl Meine - Jan. 2020), her daughter Brenda moved home with her dog Delilah. Early in 2022, Yo faced a knee replacement; later the opposite-hip surgery; followed by lung cancer... succumbing to complications. Born November 6, 1948,... Full story

  • Friends of the Library

    Apr 20, 2023

    Lyle Wile and his daughter, Lucy, spend time together looking at the books for sale at the Hot Springs County Friends of the Library book sale held at the Armory last Friday and Saturday. There was a wide selection of books in various genres and age groups....

  • Medicaid program begins

    Apr 20, 2023

    Local health insurance broker Vicki Powell wants to inform the public that Wyoming Medicaid will start its Unwinding Program from May 2023 through July 2024. This process will not happen all at once and Powell is concerned that if a Medicaid participant has moved since the pandemic started or their financial status has changed, Wyoming Medicaid might not have their current contact information. If Wyoming Medicaid does not have the participant’s current information, they might miss receiving their renewal packet in the mail. Also, if they m...

  • Golf season begins

    Apr 20, 2023

    The 2023 spring high school golf season started with Bobcats competing at at the Worland Invite last Friday. The Bobcats faced off with golfers from ten other teams and came in 4th with an overall team score of 373. Individually, for the high school varsity boys, Hadley Johnson shot an 83, Hayden Overfield an 87, Jonah Needham a 98, Tyler Chrisien a 105 and Lance Axtell a 128. For the middle school boys, Trevin Shaffer shot a 98, Ty Simeral a 97, Camden Weyer a 125 and Hayden Johnson a 105....

  • TMS tracksters do well at Cody

    Apr 20, 2023

    The Thermopolis Middle School Track and Field teams competed at the Cody Middle School Invitational last Saturday. The sixth grade girls came in 5th as a team with the sixth grade boys coming in 6th. The seventh grade girls came in 4th as a team and the seventh grade boys also came in 4th. The eighth grade girls came in 5th as a team and the eighth grade boys were 3rd. The TMS Bobcats had some impressive finishes. For the girls, Davdine King had two first place finishes and a second, Logan Farrell who had a first and second place, Mackenzie...

  • Bobcat track opens at Shoshoni

    Apr 20, 2023

    Last week the Bobcat track and field team members competed in Shoshoni and Powell, earning some strong individual finishers and setting some personal records. At Shoshoni, the Lady Cats finished 4th as team out out of a field of 14. The Bobcats finished 2nd as a team out of a field of 14. At Powell, the Lady Cats came in 6th out of a field of 9 teams. The Bobcats finished 6th out of a field of 10 teams. Coach Calder Forcella commented, “I am proud of where we are at as a team right now. Our coaches have done an excellent job training our athlet...

  • Wrestlers preform well at state

    Apr 20, 2023

    Thermopolis Wrestling Club members brought home some hardware from the 2023 WAWA Kids/Cadet, Female State and Junior Festival in Casper last weekend. 2023 WAWA Kids/16U/Female State - Folkstyle Results The Thermopolis team came in 7th. 8U Boys 45 - Nash Bowker, 2nd, 55 points. Champ. Round 1 - Bowker won by fall, 0:49, over Paxton Panter (Eastside United); Quarterfinal - Lincoln Kirkwood (Green River Grapplers) won by decision, 11-9, over Bowker; Cons. Round 2 - Bowker won by decision, 5-0, over Barrett Tillery (Cody); Cons. Round 3 - Bowker...

  • Making a splash

    Apr 20, 2023

    On a recent warm spring day, Cora Schwalbe enjoyed splashing through the water below the Terraces in Hot Springs State Park....

  • Rodeo club members compete in Laramie

    Apr 20, 2023

    Members of the Thermopolis Rodeo Club competed in Laramie last weekend with some strong finishes from our locals. Roedy Farrell came in first on Saturday in the bareback riding with a score of 78 earning 9.5 points. On Sunday, he came in second with a score of 64, earning 9 points. Taylor Agar was 15th in barrel racing on Saturday with a time of 16.454 and 10th in pole bending with a time of 23.34, earning 1 point. On Sunday, she was 19th in barrel racing with a time of 16.036 and had a time of 33.551 in pole bending. Rylee Agar was 13th in...

  • Cabin Fever Spring Out concert planned

    Apr 20, 2023

    Wyoming Discovery Days is holding its Cabin Fever Spring Out Concert and Family Fun Event on Sunday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m. at the HSC Fair Building. Donations will be taken at the door. The event features a dance band, Barcode 307, a sloppy joe dinner, raffle drawings, and much more. The raffle baskets are worth over $500 each. The benefit is to raise money for Wyoming Discovery Days 2023 Festival on August 5 and 6....

  • Cups 4 Cups

    Apr 20, 2023

    Last Saturday, Colleen Anderson and Ellie Arcand purchased drinks from Shadow Love at Storyteller during the Cups 4 Cups event. Storyteller participated in the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative Cups 4 Cups on April 14 and 15 with proceeds going to breast cancer programs across Wyoming....

  • RYTE Rehab hosts women's event

    Apr 20, 2023

    RYTE Rehab is hosting a Beyond Kegels With Cocktails event on Thursday, April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Thermopolis Golf Course Restaurant. They invite women to join them for a fun, informative evening. Entry tickets are one for $15 or two for $20. Call now to reserve your seat at 864-3877. There will be appetizers and one drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Also, there is an entry into raffles along with information from the experts. All proceeds benefit the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative. Guest speakers are Tess Williams, DPT of RYTE...

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