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Articles from the May 2, 2024 edition


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  • Tourism director recognizes area businesses

    Jurri Schenck|May 2, 2024

    At the April Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting held at the Copper Coo, Treasurer Audra Dominguez gave the financial report and said their most recent lodging tax revenue deposit was $11,354.53, which was a record-breaking month for March. The board discussed their financials and their projected budget was $441,000. However, they are under budget in their spending for the year by $135,870. The board voted and passed the approval to accept the financial report. Via Zoom Darren...

  • Send it flying

    May 2, 2024

    Last Saturday during the local Frisbee Golf tournament, Dustin McLaughlin throws a disc to his goal while Frank Luna and Matt Dalley watch on. Several groups of players including youth and adults participated....

  • Business manager explains fines to school board

    Jurri Schenck|May 2, 2024

    At the April 16 Hot Springs County School Board Trustees meeting, business manager Jessica Benefiel gave the financial report and discussed some expenditures that included new vehicles and computers. Benefiel also said, “A little further down the report on page four, you’ll see kind of a big one that’s a little over $37,000 to the IRS. That is an issue I’ve had since back in September. In September, that is, every month we make an IRS payroll tax payment to the IRS. And that month, back in Sept...

  • Hageman hosts town hall meeting

    Jurri Schenck|May 2, 2024

    Last Saturday, U.S. Representative Harriet Hageman held a town hall meeting at the Hot Springs County Fair Building where she updated the public on her efforts and held a question and answer time with the audience. When Hageman ran for office, she made a promise to hold a town hall in every county in Wyoming. Hageman said, "I think that they're important because it gives me a chance to give you an update on what I'm doing, what's important, what my agenda is. But more important than that, it...

  • On the record

    May 2, 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. Correction In last week’s County Commissioners meeting story it incorrectly stated Kelli Bloedel works for Safe Haven. She works for Crisis Prevention & Response Center out of Washakie County and its Hot Springs County office is l...

  • From around the world to Thermopolis

    May 2, 2024

    by Jackie Dorothy "I never saw Wyoming as a destination," admitted Jan Nijenhuis from Holland. "Thermopolis was a pleasant surprise and had a lot more variety than I expected." Nijenhuis was one of 18 international tour operators on a whirlwind tour of Wyoming. The group was part of the International Roundup conference hosted by the Wyoming Office of Tourism and Rocky Mountain International this year in Casper and their final stop was Thermopolis this past Thursday, hosted by Hot Springs Travel...

  • Petition deadline for senior center ballot question nears

    May 2, 2024

    The deadline for signatures on a petition for a proposed Primary Election ballot question is coming up on May 12. The petition drive was launched by the Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. The proposed ballot question: Shall the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Special District be established with a maximum levy of 2 mills to be imposed on the taxable property of the district, the purpose of which is to support the Center’s operations and facilities, including construction. The petition is to get this question on the ballot so all v...

  • Wyoming Whiskey to host Kirby Dirby

    May 2, 2024

    Wyoming Whiskey is hosting the Kirby Dirby Kentucky Derby Watch Party on Saturday, May 4 from Noon until 5 p.m. The event will feature a dice tournament, hat contest, stick horse races, prizes, food and WW cocktails. The Horses Dice Tourney begins at 1 p.m. with a $20 buy-in, winner takes all, and Stick Horse Races begin at 3 p.m., bring your own horse. Prizes will be given out for these events and the best hat contest. Event attendees and participants must be 21 years and older. Wyoming Whiskey’s Consumer Experience Manager Amanda Evans said c...

  • Children's outdoor learning area spring clean up set for Monday

    May 2, 2024

    The annual volunteer spring clean-up day for the Children’s Outdoor Learning Area of the BigHorn Basin Nature & Discovery Center will be held Monday, May 6 beginning at 3 p.m. The public, friends, and neighbors are invited to help with seasonal refurbishment, clean-up, and installation of new learning/children’s activity equipment on the site at the entrance to Hot Springs State Park (the old Rio Drive-in Theater site adjacent to the existing Disc Golf Course). Bring your families, bring your friends, bring your gloves and join the fun. Thi...

  • Growing pains

    May 2, 2024

    Some of us in the community as children growing up in Thermopolis dreamed of having a McDonald’s restaurant in town. Years later, we got one – and a Pizza Hut restaurant as well. Some grew up hoping for even more, a shopping mall, a cold water swimming pool, a stoplight at Amoretti and Sixth Streets. We never got those. According to the US Census, In 1983, Thermopolis and East Thermopolis’ population was about 4,410 people and we had the infrastructure to handle that amount at the time. Today Thermopolis population is 2,702. Hard numbers to sw...

  • Paper patch gardening

    May 2, 2024

    by Sara Ready “I’m heading out to mow the garden” my dad announced. Then I heard him mutter, “I never thought I would put those words together in a sentence.” My garden had been a source of embarrassment for years. I was raised better. My mother was a fantastic gardener, I learned and helped her throughout my childhood. I thought gardening was pretty strait forward. Then I married, and moved to a bentonite hill. I borrowed a tiller, and started my first garden. For three years I scrached my so called garden out of the bentonite. My rows were...

  • Questions of the State Parks Commission

    May 2, 2024

    Looking at the article about ‘Hot Springs State Park proposals’ in the April 18 issue of the Thermopolis Independent Record, I have some questions. I see that the contract was awarded to the bidder who scored 5,213 points out of a possible 6,000. I am curious to know what the criteria was for earning all 6,000 points; why did this bidder score so high? Was the state’s process weighted to give preference to an applicant who would propose such sweeping changes? Did the state parks commission automatically give preference to a proposal which...

  • Why is it...?

    May 2, 2024

    As far as I know, Harriet Hagman’s visit for a Town Hall meeting was well known before the Republican Convention April 18-20 and there was a good informational notice in the I.R. Congresswoman Hageman’s meetings are very informative and a great insight into D.C.’s goings on. Yet...I find it curious and sad that so many of our “community leaders” neglected to appear or show the courtesy to attend Harriet’s town hall here. She has worked hard to represent Wyoming and the citizens of Hot Springs County…especially after the Liz Cheney debacl...

  • Alva 'Joe' Doak

    May 2, 2024

    Surrounded by his family, Alva "Joe" Doak, 74, passed away from Liver Cancer on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont. Joe was born April 25, 1949, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Betty Earl and adopted by Alva W. and Lillian Doak. He attended school in Thermopolis until 1964 when his family moved to Ten Sleep, Wyo., where he graduated with the Class of 1967. After college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., Joe returned to Thermopolis and purchased the... Full story

  • Gerald 'Jerry' Lee Miller, Jr.

    May 2, 2024

    Gerald (Jerry) Lee Miller, Jr., formerly of Thermopolis, Wyo., passed away the morning of April 18, 2024, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich. Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diane; and their children, Ashleigh (David), Jarrod, Anderson (Andrew), and Arica. He loved his kids more than anything and could not have been more proud of them. He is also survived by the lights of his life - grandchildren, Aiden, Connor, Adaline, Stella, Henry, Isaac and Michael; siblings, Jason (... Full story

  • Trunk sale

    May 2, 2024

    Last Saturday, the Hot Springs County Senior Center held its annual Trunk Sale. Seller Mark Hergert presides over his wares while Ellen and Roger Reed watch Stan Thomas examine a knife for sale....

  • River and stream awareness levels

    May 2, 2024

    Spring runoff is beginning and in Hot Springs County our Emergency Management Coordinator uses a color coding system to inform the public of awareness levels of the Bighorn River and area streams in Hot Springs County. These have been used in previous years. As runoff season begins, here is a reminder of the awareness level of each color. The levels appear each week in this newspaper and are featured on social media. Complete information can be found under the Emergency Management Department tab at http://www.hscounty.com. Level GREEN will be...

  • Drama presents mystery

    May 2, 2024

    Last week the High School Drama team put on the mystery play called "Miss Holmes". Pictured here are Claire Simpson, a senior, as Sherlock Holmes and Talyah Myers, a junior, as Watson....

  • Track team sees tough competition in Buffalo

    Daniel Powell|May 2, 2024

    The Hot Springs County High School track team traveled to Buffalo last Friday to compete in the Buffalo Not-a-Twilight Track Meet. The home team, Buffalo, won the girls team event with a score of 120, while the team from Thunder Basin won the boys team event with a score of 164.5. With four of their stand-out teammates away at the Wyoming Track Classic, the Lady Cats finished in ninth Place, scoring 25 points, while the Bobcats finished in eighth place, with a score of 36. Highlights for the Lady Cats: Brooklynn Williams second in the 400...

  • Middle school tracksters bring home impressive finishes from Lander

    May 2, 2024

    Last Friday, the Thermopolis Middle School Track competed at the Lander Middle School Invitational with ten other teams from the area. The sixth grade girls team brought home fist place with 102 points with Lovell coming in second with 78 points. Seventh grade girls placed 4th with 56.50 points and eight grade girls finished sixth with 37 points. On the boys side, the sixth grade team placed eighth with 19.50 points, the seventh grade team was 6th with 39 points and the eighth grade boys finished second with 74 points behind Riverton with 80...

  • Bobcats compete at Wyoming Track Classic

    Daniel Powell|May 2, 2024

    Four Hot Springs County High School athletes qualified to compete this year in the prestigious Wyoming Track Classic held in Casper on Friday, April 26, 2024. The event is a “best of the best” style meet, which pits top contenders from around the state of Wyoming. Those athletes in attendance, are invited to compete in the event, based upon top times and top marks, set in track meets, which have been held up to this point in the 2024 season. Earning an invite to the Classic, is both an honor, and a recognition of the outstanding com...

  • Golf team competes at Powell

    Daniel Powell|May 2, 2024

    The Hot Springs County High School golf team was in Powell last Friday for the Powell High School Spring Invite. Both the Bobcats, and the Lady Cats finished in the top five in team scoring - with the Lady Cats finishing in fourth place (322) and the Bobcats ending the day in fifth place (386). The Tournament was won by Lander on the boys side (340), and by Lovell on the girls side (297). For the Bobcats, Hayden Overfield shot 81, which was good for a third place finish. Hayden Johnson shot 95 (18th); Ian Locke shot 101 (tie 24th); Camden...

  • Rodeo team members bring home buckles

    May 2, 2024

    Thermopolis Rodeo Club members have been busy hitting the road the past two weekends. They were up in Rock Springs on April 20-21 and Big Piney on April 27-28. Rock Springs resutls: On Saturday, Rylee Agar earned 16th and a time of 16.451 in barrel racing and had a 7th place finish in pole bending with a time of 21.576. Mesa Longwell had a time of 16.76 in barrel racing. Kamryn Farrell had a time of 16.789 in barrel racing and a time of 8.94 in goat tying earning her 8th place, In light rifle, Bridger Peil earned 8th place with a score of 215...

  • UW offers outdoor space class

    May 2, 2024

    by UWE Educator, Melissa L. Cook The University of Wyoming Extension office will offer two free Design Your Outdoor Space classes with expert Jenny Thompson, the Small Acreage Outreach Coordinator for the University of Wyoming Extension. The 90-minute classes will be held on Friday, May 16, at the Washakie County Library conference room in Worland from 5:30-7 p.m. Through before-and-after photos, students will learn how to create functional and balanced landscape designs based on their current lifestyle needs for their property. Ms. Thompson wi...

  • Visitors from far away

    May 2, 2024

    A family from Moldova, an Eastern European country and former Soviet republic, visited the Hot Springs State Park last Saturday. Picture here are sister Adelina, age 6, and brother Mark, age 5, who play on the swing set....

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