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Articles from the May 9, 2024 edition


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  • Judge rules in favor of defendant in Tipi Retreat vs. county commissioners

    May 9, 2024

    On behalf of Hot Springs County and the Board of County Commissioners (HSCC), the Hot Springs County Attorney’s Office issued the following statement on Monday, May 6. “In regard to the matter of The Tipi Retreat, LLC, Michelle Stevens, and Michael Stevens, Plaintiffs, v. the Hot Springs County Board of County Commissioners, Defendant, Docket No. 2022-003 in the District Court, 5th Judicial District, the Court has made the following findings: •The Hot Springs County Land Use Plan and Developmental Regulations properly establish enfor...

  • King and queen crowned

    May 9, 2024

    Jayda Griffin and Tucker Lake were crowned Prom Queen and King last Saturday evening following the Grand March at the Hot Springs County School auditorium. Other members of the royal court included, l to r, Dazlynn Hunt, Brooklynn Williams, Seth Needham and Jessen Basse. For more prom photos see page 9....

  • Town clean-up scheduled for next week

    Jurri Schenck|May 9, 2024

    The Town of Thermopolis will be holding its annual Spring Clean-Up on May 13-18. All residents and business owners are encouraged to clean their property in preparation for the upcoming summer season. According to the Town’s Director of Public Works Basil Sorensen and Assistant to Mayor Jim Jeunehomme, four 20 feet dumpsters will be located at these addresses for residents: 14th Street next to the tennis courts, 9th Street and Big Horn, 8th Street and Amoretti, and the 200 block of 2nd Street. T...

  • Shooting complex proposal discussed

    Jurri Schenck|May 9, 2024

    On April 29, the Hot Springs County Shooting Complex Committee held an informational public meeting at the fire hall. Committee members are Paul Galovich, Shurie Scheel, Meri Ann Dorman, Al Burrows, Adam Estenson, Chris Delay, Paul and Cynthia Garbin, Phillip Scheel, Bradyn Harvey, Derrick Burrows, Jim Collins, and Travis Collins. Not all committed members were present at the event, however, it was well attended by the public with 52 people who signed up. Host Shurie Scheel started by saying, "I...

  • Mental health month

    May 9, 2024

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when people come together to raise awareness about mental health and the importance of taking care of our social-emotional well-being. This month, the Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition is raising awareness of the important role mental health plays in our lives, and we are encouraging members of our community to take action toward protecting their mental health and overall well-being. We live in a rapidly changing world that can be complex to...

  • On the record

    May 9, 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 29 10:56 a.m. A 58-year-old male was issued a written warning for failure to stop at a stop sign. 11:54 a.m. Agency assist for the Department of Family Services with a home check regarding living...

  • HSCSD Teacher of the Year

    May 9, 2024

    Emmy Hergert presents London Jenks with his award for Teacher of the Year during the staff awards assembly at the William H. Malloy Auditorium last Friday. Other contenders for the award were Wade Holmes, Kinley Taylor and Darren Elder. Elder was named District Champion for Children, Riley Jeffs and Jennifer Duncan are District Substitutes of the Year, Travis McDermott was named District Coach of the Year and Justine Whitt and Wes Meier received the Cool Cat Award....

  • Dowdy named to Hall of Fame

    May 9, 2024

    The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) has selected 23 inductees for the Class of 2024. The WCHF State Board of Directors voted on the nominees from across the state during its annual meeting April 27. The 11th Annual induction ceremony will be at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper, Oct. 11 and 12. It is open to the public. In Region 8, Jim Dowdy of Hot Springs County has been selected as an inductee this year. Regional committees in ten different areas of Wyoming researched and scored over 50 nominations and sent the top picks to the WCHF State...

  • Dollar General to build store here

    May 9, 2024

    The property owned by Dean and Jeanne Waltz in the 700 block of Shoshone Street has been sold to an LLC listed as Thermopolis DG and Jeanne Waltz has stated on social media “Dollar General will be building a new store at the old Wyoming Gardens RV Park.” The couple has moved from Hot Springs County. According to its website, Dollar General has more than 19,000 locations in 48 states. They carry items including snacks, food, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares, seasonal items, paper products and more. More det...

  • Donations being accepted for fireworks show

    May 9, 2024

    The Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department will again be hosting the annual 4th of July fireworks this summer. They are able to put on a spectacular show with the generosity of individuals, businesses and Hot Springs State Park employees. The Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations that will go toward the fireworks display. If you are interested in donating to this year’s show please send donations to Fireworks, c/o Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 768, Thermopolis, WY 82443. You can also drop off d...

  • Your words matter

    May 9, 2024

    by Bryan Golden, Dare to Live Without Limits You are usually conscious of what you say to others. The things you say are based on what you want to achieve. You know from experience that the words you chose have a big impact. When you use the wrong words, the reaction of others is not what you intended. What you say to yourself is just as important as what you say to others. Yet, too many people are not fully aware of the impact their self-talk has on their own wellbeing. Your words to yourself program your mind. Your mind follows whatever...

  • We aren't doing enough to stop bulling in schools

    May 9, 2024

    School bullying is plaguing our children with ill health, causing depression, headaches, poor grades, along with the inability to focus on school work and becoming anti-social, not wanting to be part of school activities. We need more education in our schools for our children about the impact school bullying is having on fellow students along with procedures that can be taken when someone is being traumatized due to school bullying. It should never be ignored. Schools can offer citizenship awards and incentives to encourage wellness between...

  • Darvin 'Darv' Matthew Jemming

    May 9, 2024

    Darvin "Darv" Matthew Jemming, 87, passed away on May 3, 2024, in Thermopolis, Wyo. A proud descendant of Luxembourg Catholic Immigrants, Darv was born July 10, 1936, in his grandmother's home in Alton, Iowa. He was the only child of Frank and Margie Konz Jemming. In 1938, they moved to Lincoln, Neb. His family later moved to Hastings, Neb., where his Dad worked at the Naval Ammunition Depot during WWII. Darv attended St. Cecilia's Catholic School in Hastings until the war ended and they...

  • Harvey Michael Simmons

    May 9, 2024

    Harvey Michael Simmons, 52, passed away on May 3, 2024, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Harvey was born on April 10, 1972, in San Jose, Calif., the youngest child born to Kent William and Gloria Lynn (Hull) Simmons. He grew up in American Fork, Utah. Following his graduation from Lehi High School Harvey served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in North Carolina. In his younger years, he loved spending time at amusement parks, swimming, and spendin...

  • Martha Elizabeth Johnson

    May 9, 2024

    Martha Elizabeth Johnson, 89, Killdeer, N.D., died on Sunday, March 31, 2024, at Hill Top Home of Comfort, Killdeer. Services will be held at a later date. On a cool November day in 1934, it was 44 degrees around Gary, Ind. -a beautiful baby girl was born to James and Sally Terrell. Martha Elizabeth was welcomed by a brother who was 1 1/2 years older than her. They grew up to be best friends and would often go on "double dates" in their teen years. Any young man who wanted to come "courting"...

  • Bobcats host home track meet prior to regionals

    Daniel Powell|May 9, 2024

    This past week, Hot Springs County High School played host to teams from seventeen Wyoming schools, in the final week of the regular track season. While the weather had been somewhat unsettled leading up to the event, conditions improved sufficiently to allow the teams to compete last Friday. Both the Bobcats, and the Lady Cats displayed a competitive effort in the various events, with results that placed the Lady Cats in fifth place with 47 points and the Bobcats in third place with 101...

  • Golf team tunes up for state

    Daniel Powell|May 9, 2024

    The Hot Springs County High School golf team traveled to Hulett on Monday, April 29 and then to Cody, on Friday, May 3 to compete in the final tournaments of their regular spring season. Last week’s outings served as great opportunities for the Bobcats and Lady Cats to get prepared for the spring championship tournament being held in Torrington this week. In Hulett, the Lady Cats finished second (306) in the team scoring at The Golf Club at Devils Tower, just six strokes back of the team from Sundance (300). For the Lady Cats, Lilly Johnson s...

  • Rodeo club members nearing finals

    May 9, 2024

    Hot Springs County High School Rodeo club members competed in Newcastle last week. The junior high state finals are set for this week in Gillette and the high school finals will be June 3-8 in Rock Springs. Bridger Peil had a great finish in tie down calf roping on Saturday with a time of 10.750 to earn second place out of 35 competitors. Other Saturday high school results in Newcastle include: Rylee Agar had a time of 17.068 in barrel racing for 14th place and a 22.445 in pole bending for 10th place. Taylor Agar had a time of 17.707 in barrel...

  • Sixth grade girls first at track conference

    May 9, 2024

    The Thermopolis Middle School Track Team wrapped of their regular season last Saturday at the Yellowstone Conference meet held in Thermopolis. The 6th grade girls team brought home 1st place with a total of 140 points beating 2nd place Cody with 136.50 points. The 7th grade girls were 4th with 63 points and 8th grade girls were 5th with 54 points. On the boys side, the 6th grade boys had 37.5 points for 6th place, 7th grade boys were 4th with 65.50 points and the eight grade boys team finished...

  • Senior signing

    May 9, 2024

    Last Wednesday, Hot Springs County High School seniors participated in a signing ceremony in the gym. Various seniors were recognized as they accepted their enrollment in their respective future endeavors including the work force, trade schools, military, community colleges or universities....

  • May is National Foster Care Month

    May 9, 2024

    National Foster Care Month is a time to acknowledge the 463,000 American children and youth in foster care and the family members, foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who help them find permanent homes and connections. This year, the Children’s Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway are supporting National Foster Care Month through a special website for child welfare professionals with the theme, “Partnering With Families and Youth to Achieve Permanency.” The website highlights the signi...

  • Motorcycle awareness

    May 9, 2024

    Participants of Thermopolis' first motorcycle awareness parade rode through Hot Springs State Park last Saturday as part of their route through town. The 1890's Riders hosted the event to celebrate May being Motorcycle Awareness Month....

  • NEWS BRIEFS

    May 9, 2024

    Hot Springs County Library is hosting Dinner and a Movie on the second Thursday of each month through October. Attendance is free and a light dinner will be provided. Movies will start promptly at 6:05 p.m. The May movie is Brief Encounter and the June movie will be The Pursuit of Happiness. If you would like to contribute to the meal or for more information, contact Lisa Brown at 864-3104. A meeting regarding the Hot Springs County High School reunion, planned for this summer, will be held via Zoom on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. If you are...

  • Spring branding

    May 9, 2024

    The annual Spring tradition of branding cattle is in full force around the county. The weather on Saturday was perfect for a branding on upper Owl Creek. Matt Elliott applies dehorning paste while Paisley Logan and Kale Odell hold the calf. Calves receive vaccinations and their owners brand as well as being checked for any signs of infection or illness....

  • Grand March Highlights

    May 9, 2024

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