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Articles from the April 25, 2024 edition


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  • Public meeting set for Monday to discuss shooting complex proposal

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 25, 2024

    The Hot Springs County Shooting Complex Committee is seeking public comment on Monday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Thermopolis Fire Hall at 400 South 14th Street. There will be an explanation of the HSC Proposal for the State Shooting Complex. Along with Hot Springs County, eight other counties in Wyoming, including Uinta, Campbell, Natrona, Park, Laramie, Fremont, Platte and Sheridan, turned in letters of intent and have been approved to proceed through the selection process. The Wyoming...

  • Good catch

    Apr 25, 2024

    Jase Longwell, right, and his partner scored a quick time during the Wrangler Team Roping Championships held Hot Springs State Park last weekend....

  • WYDOT seeks grant for feasibility study of alternative routes of Wind River Canyon Corridor

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 25, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is applying for a two-year feasibility study to explore the possibility of alternative routes into and out of the Big Horn Basin, which would be a redundancy for the traffic through Wind River Canyon. This study will guide WYDOT’s resilience planning decision for the Wind River Corridor responding to various closure and travel delay risks it frequently faces, from rockfalls and landslides, to inclement weather and crashes. According to WYDOT o...

  • Major renovations in store for Hot Springs State Park

    Apr 25, 2024

    Wyoming State Parks announced Monday their selection of Wyoming Hot Springs LLC as their partner for the future growth and development of concessions at Hot Springs State Park. Visitors to the park will see upgrades to the TePee Pools facilities, including a proposed future full reconstruction to transform the facility into a new spa and wellness center, featuring more adult-oriented, quiet, relaxing experiences, focused on the healing properties of the waters. The Star Plunge and Hot Springs...

  • Commissioners receive update, funding request for Safe Haven

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 25, 2024

    At the April 16 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, the commissioners voted and passed the approval of the Revenue and Expenditures Report. Karina Rice of the Crisis Prevention & Response Center for Washakie County and Kelli Bloedel of Safe Haven in Hot Springs County presented themselves to the board and informed them that the state is making their organizations regional and they were asking for funding from the county. The county commissioners have funded the Safe Haven program...

  • Swearing in

    Apr 25, 2024

    Last Thursday, Judge Bobbi Overfield swore in Allan Braaten as a volunteer advocate for abuse and neglected children as part of CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates....

  • Snowmelt forecast issued for Bighorn River Basin

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s April forecast of the April through July water runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin is as follows: Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 750,000 af, which is 120% of the 30-year average of 625,000 af. As of March 1, Boysen Reservoir is 84% full. * Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,172,000 acre-feet (af), which is 93% of the 30-year average of 1,264,000 af. As of April 1, Bighorn Lake i...

  • On the record

    Apr 25, 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, April 15 2:04 p.m. Marc Alan Cantrell, 44, was arrested for alleged interference with a peace officer. Nathali Cantrell, 29, was arrested on a warrant from Big Horn County. 10:05 p.m. Deputies located...

  • Dome structure added to Community Garden to extend growing season

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Thermopolis Red Dirt Master Gardeners (RDMG) have built a new geodesic dome in the Community Garden located on the corner of Arapahoe and C in East Thermopolis. The dome structure was one of six domes provided through a grant obtained by Central Wyoming College (CWC) in Fremont County. RDMG provided all the labor to build the geodesic dome. RDMG also obtained a grant from Rooted in Wyoming (based in Sheridan) and has applied for an additional grant through the Wyoming Master Gardeners...

  • Hageman to host town hall meeting

    Apr 25, 2024

    Congresswoman Harriet Hageman will host a town hall meeting in Hot Springs County on Saturday, April 27 from noon-1 p.m. in the fair building at Hot Springs County Fairgrounds, 627 Springview St. “I promised to host a town hall in every county, every year, and I am continuing to honor that promise in 2024, just as I did in 2023. With the first quarter of the year now past, there are many issues to discuss, including the Biden border crisis, FISA reauthorization, government overreach, the status of foreign aid for Israel and Ukraine, what we c...

  • Community blood drive scheduled

    Apr 25, 2024

    Community Blood Drive dates for May are Monday, May 6 from 2-6 p.m. and Tuesday, May 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hot Springs County Senior Center.The blood drive is sponsored by the HSC Hospital Auxiliary.Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. To make an appointment go to Vitalant.org or contact Community Blood Drive Coordinator Melene Mierzejewski at (307) 240-1414. The next blood drive will be in July....

  • Senior center hosting truck sale Saturday

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Hot Springs County Senior Center is hosting a trunk sale at the center located at 206 Senior Avenue on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You can reserve a space for $15 and you keep the money from your sales. Load up your trunk or the bed of your truck with items for sale. To reserve a space contact the senior center at 864-2151....

  • Veterans Resource Fair scheduled for BHB residents

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Wyoming Veterans Commission announces the upcoming Veterans Resource Fair to provide essential support and connections for veterans across Hot Springs, Park, Big Horn and Washakie Counties. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds in Basin, Wyoming. The Veterans Resource Fair is vital for connecting veterans with various organizations and resources dedicated to their well-being and success. Participating organizations include the Wyoming Veterans Commission, Sheridan Veterans...

  • Read the public notices

    Apr 25, 2024

    This Thermopolis Independent Record contains two and a half pages of public notices. We suggest you read them. Included on those pages are notices about another request from Rocky Mountain Power for a rate increase, an invitation to bid, board vacancies, notices of Sheriff sales, commissioner and council minutes and more. These are required to run by state statute and there is a good reason for that. The information included in these notices must be accessible to the public for a variety of reasons. One of the most important is that our city...

  • Dry skin? Join the club

    Apr 25, 2024

    by Kelly Evans-Hullinger, MD An exceedingly common question I get in clinic, especially in the heart of a South Dakota winter, is how to remedy dry skin. And the questions arent just in clinic; my own kids, family, friends, everyone seems to have an occasional problem with dry and irritated skin. Dry skin is something we are all familiar with; if your dry spots come with a rash or anything else unusual, it may be worth showing it to your primary care provider, as it could be something else entirely. Eczema, a common inflammatory skin condition,...

  • Margaret Mecca

    Apr 25, 2024

    Margaret (Medley) Mecca was born in Harrison County, Ind., on December 13, 1933, to Toy and Mary Medley. She died peacefully on the evening of Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Hospice of Laramie in Laramie, Wyo. Margaret was one of six siblings, including brothers, Willard, Luke, and Richard Medley, and sisters, Marie Werkmeister and Emma Ryan, all of whom have preceded her in death. In 1939, Margaret's family relocated from Harrison County to Casmalia, Calif. Her father Toy worked for the railroad an... Full story

  • Michelle Jamie Raymond

    Apr 25, 2024

    It is with profound sadness and eternal love that we announce the passing of Michelle Jamie Raymond, who left us peacefully on April 8, 2024, after a short illness. She was known for her love of family and dogs, as well as her generosity, humor, intelligence and adventurous spirit. At age 5, she taught her 3-year-old brother Matt to read. Michelle was born on Oct. 13, 1968, in Duluth, Minn. She grew up in St. Michael, Minn., and Thermopolis, Wyo., before moving in 1985 to the Bay Area in California. Most recently, she lived in Vallejo, Calif.,... Full story

  • Virginia Rae Brewer

    Apr 25, 2024

    Virginia Rae Brewer, born in Livingston, Mont., peacefully passed surrounded by her loved ones. Throughout her life, which took her to various places, she found her steadfast anchor in Thermopolis, where she resided intermittently since 1957. Virginia's journey was marked by love and companionship. She was married to Torlef Redland and later to Albert Blais, and though life brought its changes, she remained steadfast in her affection. She leaves behind cherished memories and a legacy of love.... Full story

  • Landis Webber

    Apr 25, 2024

    Thermopolis resident, Landis F. Webber, 92, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Hot Springs Health after a period of declining health. The only child of Vernon and Alberta (Merrill) Webber, Landis was born March 13, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif. His Aunt Mary Merrill brought him to Thermopolis at the age of three months where he was raised by his aunt and grandparents on Owl Creek. A rancher all of his life, he owned and leased ranches throughout Hot Springs County, only retiring in his... Full story

  • Stephany Anne Roden

    Apr 25, 2024

    Stephany Anne Roden passed away suddenly February 11, 2024, at the Billings Clinic Hospital, In Billings, Mont., from complications of her internal organs, she had suffered from Covid nineteen, and her recovery was in progress. Stephany will be mourned and greatly missed by her family, friends, and the people whose lives were touched by her loving kindness and vibrant personality. Stephany's remains were cremated, and a Memorial Service will be held at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Thermo... Full story

  • On target

    Apr 25, 2024

    Colton Blaksley, left, instructor Dan Herring, a member of the Upton Young Guns Club and Roan Bush participated in the Youth Hunter Education Challenge at the Bob Milek Memorial Range Saturday.... Full story

  • Golf team is weathered out

    Daniel Powell|Apr 25, 2024

    The Hot Springs County High School golf team was scheduled to travel to Sheridan last week, to play on the Powder Horn Golf Course - one of the premier private golf courses in the state. Unfortunately, and very disappointingly, weather conditions deteriorated towards the end of the week – resulting in the cancellation of that event. Coach Brandon Deromedi said, “We have tried for the last five years to get to play that outstanding golf course, but Mother Nature has always had other ideas. It would be really nice to have our golfers have a cha...

  • Frisbee golf tournament Saturday

    Apr 25, 2024

    Organizers are planning their first Thermopolis Frisbee Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 27 at the course, located along Highway 20 North at the edge of town across from the Armory. Sign-ups start at 9:30 a.m. with competition beginning at 10 a.m. Scoring will be for singles 2 round, 18 holes, with a $12 buy-in. Payout will depend on the number of participants. There will be a special prize available for a C.P.T. on hole 2. The organizer will add an additional $50 in to the Acepot. For more information on the tourney, contact Frank Luna at...

  • TMS track teams perform well at Shoshoni

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Thermopolis Middle School Track team competed last Saturday at the Shoshoni Junior High Invitational in middle school (7th/8th grades) and youth divisions (5th/6th grades). The girls middle school team placed 5th with 49 points while the youth girls division placed fourth with 58.5 points. On the boys side, the middle school team brought home fourth place with 72 points and the youth boys team had 18 points, earning them an eighth place finish. Middle school boys 100 meter dash - Christian Eplin, 7th, 13.21; Clint Kimes, 14.88; James...

  • Bobcat tracksters win second meet of the season

    Daniel Powell|Apr 25, 2024

    The Hot Springs County High School Bobcat track team was in Shoshoni last week to compete at the Shoshoni Invite – an event that drew twenty-two teams from around the area to compete in a full day of events, which went far into the evening before all competitions were complete. With a final team score of 114 points, the Bobcats finished in first place for the second time this season – toping teams who compete for far larger schools. After the event, coach Boone Bowker commented, “That was an all-around good showing for the Bobcats team. I’m e...

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