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Articles from the May 25, 2023 edition


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  • Class of 2023

    May 25, 2023

    Members of the Hot Springs County High School class of 2023, l to r, Xamyka Getzfreid, Karsten Hart, Sadie Burr, Spencer Calhoun, Riley Eldridge and Roedy Farrell pop their confetti cannons during the commencement celebration last Sunday afternoon....

  • Water board to develop a master water supply plan

    Jurri Schenck|May 25, 2023

    At the May 18 Hot Springs County Rural Water Joint Powers Board (HSCRWJPB) meeting held at the Annex building, board member Tony Basko gave an update from the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) meeting, which was on May 11 in Cheyenne. Basko attended the meeting along with HSCRWJPB Chairman Tom Ryan and Thermopolis Mayor Adam Estenson. At the WWDC meeting, they discussed their Level 2 application to drill for a new water source at Lysite Mountain. Basko reported that the commission...

  • Pucker up!

    May 25, 2023

    Nichole Ciz gets ready to kiss a pig held by Ty Sayler, while Cody Price watches, during the Ralph Witters Elementary Track and Field Day last Friday. RWE students were challenged to read for 45,000 minutes and ended up reading 70,000 minutes. As part of their reward they got to watch their principal kiss a pig. Additionally, the top readers at RWE were given the opportunity to make her into a human ice cream sundae. See page 14 for more photos....

  • 3-on-3 basketball tourney this weekend

    May 25, 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 event as 100% of the tournament proceeds will benefit Hot Springs County...

  • Brewfest hits downtown June 3

    May 25, 2023

    The Thermopolis Brewfest is set for Saturday, June 3 from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Thermopolis. Several Wyoming breweries will be on hand serving up their beer. Admission is free and sampling mugs will be available for sale. Identification for proof of age is required. There will be live music throughout the event along with food and merchandise vendors, corn hole tournaments, historic building tours and more. This is a family-friendly event. Safe rides will be provided with the town limits. Proceeds benefit Main Street Thermopoils, a nonprofit...

  • Mental health awareness month

    May 25, 2023

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time to spread awareness about the signs and symptoms of living with a mental health challenge, educate the public to cultivate a sense of understanding and acceptance, and provide support throughout our community. Mental health is just as important as our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We must reduce the stigma associated with the term mental health. A visit to a counselor for some emotional support should be seen as just as important as an annual visit for a physical. Check in with...

  • NW BOCES offers update on status of program to school board

    Kirk Boxleitner|May 25, 2023

    Carolyn Conner, administrative director of the Northeast Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services based in Thermopolis, addressed the Hot Springs County School District Board of Directors on May 18 to provide an update on NW BOCES, which marks 53 years this year. “We provide a safe and trusting environment for our children,” Conner said, adding that NW BOCES serves kindergarten through eighth-grade students. “When the youth come to us, they’re usually angry, impulsive and reactionary. They have more issues than can be taken care of...

  • On the record

    May 25, 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. Sheriff’s Office Monday, May 15 3:25 p.m. Agency assist for the police department. Tuesday, May 16 11:06 a.m. A citizen came in with questions regarding a civil dispute with their cell phone bill. All parties were spoken to an...

  • Help Center has new location

    Jurri Schenck|May 25, 2023

    The Help Center held its open house on May 16 at its new location, located at 426 Big Horn Street, the former site of Hope Agency. Ron Philips, the priest from the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, who oversees the Help Center, described why they made the move to their new building saying, “What has happened is we’ve grown. There is a greater need in the community for services like ours. We help people with rent utilities. We do food boxes. We provide computer access, copies, faxing, that kind of t...

  • Law enforcement memorial

    May 25, 2023

    The Hot Springs County Sheriff's office held a memorial service last week at the flagpole by the Law Enforcement Center. The service was held to honor and pay tribute to those in law enforcement who have given their lives in the course of duty, especially those from Hot Springs County. The service was followed by wreath laying at the Riverside and Monument Hill Cemeteries. After that, all were invited to a dinner at the Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center. Regina Schulmeister holds a flag...

  • Weed and Pest offers mosquito prevention information

    May 25, 2023

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (Benjamin Franklin). The Hot Springs County Weed & Pest district has started the 2023 Mosquito Control Program. You can also take steps to help protect yourself, your family and your community. How to protect against mosquito bites Mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Protect your family from mosquito bites. Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors. Preventing mosquitoes from laying eggs and eggs from hatching Mos...

  • Memorial Day ceremonies

    May 25, 2023

    On Monday, May 29, Memorial Day programs will be held at Monument Hill Cemetery, Riverside Cemetery and Park Street Bridge. The program at Monument Hill will begin at 11 a.m. and then they will travel to Riverside and then to the bridge. Memorial Day has its roots in Decoration Day, which dates back to the Civil War, when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle. After World War I, it came to be observed in honor of those who had died in all U.S. wars, and its name was changed. Memorial Day became an...

  • Profane flag flying criticized

    May 25, 2023

    In last week’s Thermopolis Independent Record’s “On the record” section, there was a call regarding a profane flag flying but the deputy determined that it can remain up due to First Amendment protections. While the United States Constitution protects our freedom of speech, there are limits on obscene speech. The Wyoming Constitution also guarantees Wyomingites the right to free speech. However, obscenity is an exception. Wyoming Statute, WY Stat § 6-4-301, states “Obscene’ is material which the average person would find: (A) Applying contempor...

  • No zero days

    May 25, 2023

    by Mark D. List, MD Is there something about your health you’d like to change? For most Americans, this question usually triggers a wide range of responses. In my practice, most responses usually center on wanting to lose weight, being more consistent with their exercise routine, or finally stopping smoking, drinking or vaping. What do these 3 lifestyle changes have in common? They are really, really hard to do. Behavioral modification of daily habits and routines is a very difficult process: humans tend to get stuck in our daily ruts and s...

  • Robert Eugene Buckner

    May 25, 2023

    Robert Eugene Buckner, 66, passed away surrounded by family at Billings Clinic on May 18, 2023, after a long battle with failing health, due to compromised lungs. Rob was born in Martinez, Calif., on December 30, 1956, to Jimmie Eugene and Lola June (Burton) Buckner. He grew up as one of five children in Hyannis, Neb.. He spent his childhood learning to rope, ride, work cows, and help his father break horses. He loved sharing stories of all the ways he antagonized his siblings while growing up.... Full story

  • Barbara Lee Clothier

    May 25, 2023

    Barbara Lee Clothier, 79, died Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness after a long struggle with MS. Born August 26, 1943, in Great Falls, Mont., she was one of four children of Ralph and Ruth (Wilberg) Brekke. Graduating from Chinook High School she attended Northern Montana College and graduated with a BA Degree from Colorado State University in 1976. A teacher for life, she taught in Rawlins, Wyo., Anaconda, Mont., Hamilton, Mont., and Tohatchi, N.M., where sh... Full story

  • Emily Walker Schmidt

    May 25, 2023

    Emily passed away surrounded by her family in the early hours of Sunday, May 21, 2023. Known fondly by her loved ones simply as Em, she was born March 10, 1952, in Powell, Wyo., to Larry and Verna Walker as the third of six children. Bouncing all over Wyoming and Montana in a station wagon, she lovingly picked Lovell to be her hometown, graduating from Byron High School in 1970. Emily and Pat Schmidt were married in 1970, adding children Derek (Joe), Gretchen, and Jake to their doting home.... Full story

  • Barbara Ann Webber

    May 25, 2023

    Barbara Ann Webber, 90, passed away on May 19, 2023, just two weeks shy of her 91st birthday. She was born in Gebo, Wyo., on May 31, 1932. As per her wishes, her life will be celebrated through a Rosary and Catholic Mass with family and close friends.... Full story

  • Seniors honored at ceremony

    May 25, 2023

    Scholarship night was held for the Hot Springs County High School class of 2023 last week. Graduating seniors were presented with several scholarships, awards and recognitions. David Miller was named the outstanding boy and Lexi Overfield was named the outstanding girl. National Honor Society Jayci Basse, Spencer Calhoun, Karina Lea, Chloe Mascorro, Owen McCumber, Lexi Overfield, Morgan Slover Honor Students 3.5 GPA or above: Tori Barnes, Jayci Basse, Sadie Burr, Spencer Calhoun, Riley Eldridge, Roedy Farrell, Hadley Johnson, Ruthanne Johnson,...

  • Track season wraps up at state

    May 25, 2023

    Bobcat Track and Field members competed at the 3A Championships in Casper last week. The boys 4x800m relay team of Chris Arends, Cole Keller, Ryan Arends and Ethan Yarrington came in 5th place with a time of 8:37.67. The girls 4x800m relay team of Jayci Basse, Jayda Griffin, Brooklyn Williams and Alexis Garrison came in 6th with a time of 10:59.16. Bobcat Seth Needham qualified for the finals in the 400m coming in 6th with a time of 52.84. Freshman Cody Bomengen came in 11th in the high jump with a height of 5-8. The boys 4x400m relay team of...

  • Rodeo club members compete in Casper

    May 25, 2023

    Thermopolis High School Rodeo team members competed in Casper last weekend. Bridger Peil earned a 2nd place finish in tie down calf roping on Saturday with a time of 11.40. Rylee Agar had a time of 17.154 in the barrel racing on Friday. On Saturday, she placed 11th with a time of 16.656. Taylor Agar had a time of 17.294 in the barrel racing on Friday and a time of 27.756 in the pole bending. On Saturday, she placed 13th in the barrel racing with a time of 16.680 Maile McCumber had a time of 24.948 in the pole bending on Friday and 22.680 on...

  • College signings

    May 25, 2023

    Top, Saraiya Sosa signs to play volleyball at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. Her mom, Nichole Spence, and sister, Arryonna Sosa, sit with her in support. Middle, mom, Shawna Farrell, sits with Roedy Farrell as he signs to Tarleton State University's rodeo team in Stephenville, TX. Bottom, Hadley Johnson signs to play golf at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. with support of mom, Melissa Johnson.sits by him in support....

  • Summer food program offered

    May 25, 2023

    The People for People Backpack Program will be providing weekend bags of food for students throughout the summer. Pick-up starts Thursday, June 1 and are available between 10-11 a.m. every Thursday through August 17. The location will be 215 Springview Street for curbside pickup. For more information, contact Judy Carswell at 307-921-8264 or Barb Rice at 307-621-8540...

  • First summer Farmers Market set for June 3

    May 25, 2023

    The Red Dirt Master Gardeners first Summer Farmers Market and a Plant Swap will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 8 a.m.-noon downtown at 5th and Broadway Streets. The Summer Farmers Markets will be held on every Saturday from June 3-September 30. The market will be packed full of vendors selling a large variety of goods including jams, breads, vegetables, soaps, jewelry, worms and more. For more information contact Kim at (405) 443-7560 or Doug at 921-2427....

  • County-wide rummage sale

    May 25, 2023

    It is almost time for a fun adventure so save the date. On July 7-8 Hot Springs County is having a county-wide rummage sale. Towns of Thermopolis and Kirby and all surrounding areas in Hot Springs County are included. Time to clean out those sheds, attics, and storage units and turn your junk into someone else’s treasure. Registration forms are available at the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce with a registration fee of $10 to cover advertising costs. They need 15 locations in Hot Springs County registered by June 10 to hold this e...

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