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Articles from the May 18, 2023 edition


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  • Artists shine at symposium

    Jurri Schenck|May 18, 2023

    The annual Wyoming State High School Art Symposium was held April 19-21 at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. This year was the 55th State High School Art Symposium. An estimated 5,000 pieces of student artwork were displayed this year. Hot Springs County High School's Jennifer Emery's art students had a great time attending and participating in the show. Chloe Mascorro, Hannah Lippincott, Jessen Basse, Zoey Larson, Lauren Thomas, Maddisyn Tjepkes, Rosalie Willson, and Audrey Hensley all...

  • Visiting the wax museum

    May 18, 2023

    Aubriana Layman , left, gets into character as Olga of Kiev while talking with Lilly Estenson, Maibri Schwann and Briar Lahoe during the Thermopolis Middle School Wax Museum last week....

  • Bobcat golfers win spring championship

    Lara Love|May 18, 2023

    The Bobcat boys golf team wrapped up their season by winning first at the 2A Spring Championships at the Green Hills Golf Course in Worland last week. They had a two round total of 734, winning over 2nd place Kemmerer with 756 and 3rd place Moorcroft with 813. Senior Hadley Johnson shot a 169 to earn 2nd place. He was narrowly defeated by first place finisher Logan Timberman of Upton who shot a 164. Bobcat sophomore Hayden Overfield shot a 176 to tie for 7th place. Seniors Jonah Needham shot a...

  • Mother's Day tea

    May 18, 2023

    Marcia Nelson and Faith Palmer enjoy their tea and sandwiches during the Mother's Day Tea at the Hot Springs County Senior Center last Saturday. Palmer was voted as having the most outstanding hat at the event....

  • June 5 deadline to apply for property tax refund

    May 18, 2023

    Wyomingites who’s household income does not exceed 125% of their county or the statewide median income are encouraged to consider applying for the Property Tax Refund Program. The program allows for a refund of up to 75%, with some limitations, of their 2022 Property Tax Bill. For Hot Springs County, 125% of the median income is set at $86,400. The Property Tax Refund program requires taxpayers to complete an application certifying they own their home; have been a Wyoming resident for the past five years; provide proof that 2022 property t... Full story

  • Thermopolis FFA Chapter honors members, citizens at banquet

    May 18, 2023

    The 85th annual Thermopolis FFA Chapter banquet was held last week and several members and area citizens were recognized during the evening. A recap was given of all awards handed out at State Convention. A.M. Hartwig was the very first ag teacher at Hot Springs County High School in 1938. In honor of his outstanding influence on the Agriculture Education Program, individuals who have gone above and beyond to support the Thermopolis FFA Chapter and its members were recognized including Ryan Shaffer, Chip Axtell, Kati McCumber, Linda McCumber, J...

  • On the record

    May 18, 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. Highway Patrol Friday, May 12 12:50 a.m. Shane Miller, 50, and Aleesha Rose Bean, 24, both from Washington, were arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance, narcotic, felony status, manufacture or delivery of met...

  • Free dump day set for Saturday

    May 18, 2023

    The Town of Thermopolis is holding its annual Spring Clean-Up now through Sunday, May 21. All residents and business owners are encouraged to clean their property in preparation for the upcoming summer season. Four large dumpsters will be located at the following addresses for residents to use: 14th Street next to the tennis courts, intersection of 9th and Big Horn Streets, intersection of 8th and Amoretti Streets, and the 200 block of 2nd Street. There will also be a Free Dump Day at the town landfill for all town and county residents on... Full story

  • Basketball tournament set for Memorial Day weekend

    May 18, 2023

    The Bobcat Booster club is preparing to host their annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament Memorial Day weekend in Thermopolis. The Hot City Summer Slam will again be held in the parking lot of Hot Springs County High School on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Teams can register using the link on the Bobcat Booster Club Facebook page. Online registration and payment is encouraged so that entries are not missed. The Booster Club is looking forward to hosting this annual as 100% of the tournament proceeds will benefit Hot Springs County School...

  • Elder doing student teaching

    May 18, 2023

    The University of Wyoming College of Education’s spring 2023 student teachers have been transitioning from learning to teaching during their 16-week student-teaching experience. This spring, nearly 150 teachers have been placed in schools across Wyoming and in surrounding states. Kee Elder has been in an eighth grade English-language arts classroom in her hometown in Hot Springs County School District 1. “I have learned about data analysis and how to create data-driven instruction. We have covered planning, assessment and student eng...

  • Hyattville to host Cowboy Carnival

    May 18, 2023

    Hyattville Community Center Presents its 19th Annual Cowboy Carnival Sunday, May 28 in Hyattville. This year’s event offers features Todd Jones, of Hyattville, a Hunting and Fishing Outfitter as well as CC college course instructor, “Packing Demonstration.” Also featuring music by 12-year-old identical twins of Hyattville, Liam and Layne Jordan who have built quite a resume in a short time. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, or $35 for an immediate family, and they include a ranch BBQ meal. For this year’s Cowboy Carniva...

  • Reclamation issues runoff forecast

    May 18, 2023

    Reclamation’s May forecasts of the April through July runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin are as follows: Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 700,000 af, which is 115% of the 30-year average of 611,000 af. Approximately 92,300 af of the forecast volume was accumulated during April, which is 182% of the April average. As of May 1, Boysen Reservoir was 68% full. * Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecasted to be approximately 1,235,000 a...

  • Proud of all the high school graduates

    May 18, 2023

    The 2023 graduating class at Hot Springs County High School features 38 students with bright futures ahead of them. An insert in this paper is dedicated to them. On page 3 of this paper you will find ads congratulating some online and home schooled high school graduates. There may be some local students that are not featured on this page. We are unable to obtain a list of all local online and home schooled students so we had to rely on friends and family to place an ad to congratulate those students. We offer up a big congratulations to each an...

  • The gift of a kidney donation

    May 18, 2023

    by Jill Kruse, DO The first successful organ transplant was a kidney transplant in 1954. The donor was the identical twin of the recipient. The new kidney worked for 11 months. This was long before any anti-rejection medications were available. Cyclosporine, the first anti-rejection medication, was approved for use in 1983. The use of anti-rejection medications has significantly increased how long transplanted organs will function. A transplanted kidney from a living donor will last on average 12-20 years. A kidney from a decease donor lasts...

  • Helen Mildred May

    May 18, 2023

    Helen Mildred May, 95, of Lander, Wyo., died at Westward Heights Care Center on Tuesday May 9, 2023, after a short illness. Helen was born in Rock Springs, Wyo, on August 12, 1927, to Andrew Joseph Bernard and Mary Rose (Brelih) Bernard. She grew up in Rock Springs, Wyo., with five sisters and one brother. After graduating high school, she attended Saint Mary's college in Omaha, Neb. She received her teaching credentials and taught for a short period of time in Rock Springs until she married... Full story

  • Jerome George 'Jerry' Leech

    May 18, 2023

    Shoshoni resident, Jerome George "Jerry" Leech, 79, died May 7, 2023, at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis, Wyo. At the time of his death he was presently residing at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness in Thermopolis, Wyo. One of three children of James and Gertrude (Dlugosh) Leech, he was born September 1, 1943, in Torrington, Wyo. Growing up on a ranch in Lucerne, Wyo., he graduated from Thermopolis High School in 1961. He earned a botany degree in 1965 from the University of... Full story

  • Eleven Bobcats qualify for state track

    May 18, 2023

    Eleven Bobcats qualified for state during the 3A West Track and Field Regional Tournament held in Worland last week. Of those 11, 7 qualified in multiple events. "We had a great regional meet. The majority of our kids posted their best times and marks of the season which is exactly what you want during your postseason meets," said coach Calder Forcella. He added, "Regionals always has the big highs and the big lows. We had several kids that were right on the line of qualifying for state but came...

  • Middle school athletes earn top placings at Best of the Best

    May 18, 2023

    Several Thermopolis Middle School track and field team members were invited to compete at the Lander Best of the Best last week. For the girls, Davdine King had an impressive day coming home with two 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish. Logan Farrell also performed well bringing home a 1st and 3rd place finish. For the boys, Anthony Cheatham and David King both earned a 1st place finish. The team of Teancum Gevas, Max Martinez, Davien Martinez and Jordan Garrison came home with a 2nd place finish in the 4x400. Individual results...

  • HSCHS graduation set for Sunday

    May 18, 2023

    Thirty-eight Hot Springs County High School District #1 seniors will receive their diplomas at the 2023 Commencement Ceremony held on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the high school gym. The speaker this year will be Josh Materi, a 2011 Hot Springs County High School graduate who currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the University of Wyoming, graduating with cum laude honors in 2015. Prior to starting medical school, he spent a year in Beijing, China on the Chinese Government Scholarship studying Mandarin at BLCU. After that, Materi...

  • Chamber votes to raise rates due to inflation

    May 18, 2023

    At the May Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce board meeting, CEO Meri Ann Dorman said regarding their board elections they did not receive any additional ballot applications. Therefore, the four existing candidates will move forward. They are Scott Alwin, Stephanie Mohr, Jana Oliver, and Howie Samelson. At the chamber’s June meeting, the current plus the new board will vote for the executive board officers, which are the president, vice president, secretary, and treasury. Dorman also reported on the Workforce Bootcamp, which just c...

  • Strenger voices support for school district

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 18, 2023

    Jacob Strenger identified himself as not just a sixth-grade teacher, but also as one of many parents in the Hot Springs County School District who “wouldn’t send my kids to any other school district in this nation,” as he was accompanied by a number of such parents, and their children, in addressing the Hot Springs County School District on April 18. Strenger said of his kids, “I know they’re getting a good education,” and cited not only the vocabulary exercises his daughter dutifully leads him through as part of her own homework, but also hi...

  • Hunter charged with killing grizzly on North Fork

    May 18, 2023

    by Mark Davis and CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange POWELL — The grizzly bear found dead along the North Fork Highway last week was killed by a Cody area hunter who said he mistook the animal for a black bear, according to court documents. The hunter, Patrick M. Gogerty, reportedly came forward on May 2 — the day after he reportedly shot the bear, and after the bear’s carcass drew widespread public attention. “Gogerty should have turned himself in immediately,” North Cody Game Warden Travis Crane wrote in an affidavit...

  • Rodeo club members earn top placings

    May 18, 2023

    Thermopolis Rodeo Club members competed in Gillette last weekend. On Saturday, Kamryn Farrell earned her first high school rodeo win in breakaway roping with a time of 2.68, earning 10 points. On Sunday, she came in 13th in the goat tying with a time of 9.54. Roedy Farrell came in 2nd on Saturday and Sunday in the bareback riding with scores of 73 and 67, earning 9 points for each performance. Rylee Agar had a time of 14.833 in the barrel racing on Saturday to earn 9th place and 2 points. On Sunday, her time was 15.140. Taylor Agar had a time...

  • Piano recital

    May 18, 2023

    At the William Malloy Auditorium, piano teacher Melene Mierzejewski held the well-attended spring piano recital on Sunday, May 7. Pictured here are top-left Ella Benefeil plays "Celebration of Flags" and "Russian Sailor Dance", top-right Ryder Mayer duets and plays "Yankee Doodle" and "Ice Pops", bottom-left Emilie O'Rourke plays "Beauty & the Beast" and "Sunflower Boogie", and bottom-right Atley Benefeil plays "Happy Bunny" and "Firefly."...

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