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Articles from the May 30, 2024 edition


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  • Mayor provides update regarding status of officer

    Jurri Schenck|May 30, 2024

    At the May 21 Thermopolis Town Council meeting, at the end of the meeting, an executive session was held to update the Council on Sgt. Mike Mascorro’s current POST investigation. Following the meeting, Mayor Adam Estenson stated, “The investigation has been completed by POST and is now with the State Attorney General’s office. The AG will determine if this rises to a level of an administrative hearing. I am told that the process is very slow and we could be looking from six months to anoth...

  • Field day fun

    May 30, 2024

    First graders Ida Maldonado, Ryder Bears, Leilani Johnson and Paytin Walker participate in one of the many fun events during the Ralph Witters Elementary end of the school year field day celebration....

  • Commissioners handle full agenda of items

    May 30, 2024

    At the May 21 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, the commissioners voted and passed the approval of the Revenue and Expenditure Report. HUB Insurance agent Melissa Bilby presented and reviewed the county’s insurance policies. The commissioners held an executive session to discuss personnel matters regarding health insurance. After coming out of executive session, the commissioners voted and passed the approval to appoint County Clerk Becky Kersten to sign the contract for the health insurance. They also voted and passed approval t...

  • WWDC water study meeting held

    Jurri Schenck|May 30, 2024

    On May 22 Water Development Project Manager George Moser held the project kickoff and scoping meeting for the WWDC Study - Hot Springs County Supply Evaluation - Level II Study at the Annex building. The event was well attended, with a packed room. Moser provided a study background, which includes the 2023 planning projects. They were for the Hot Springs Rural Water Joint Powers Board (HSCRWJPB), the Owl Creek Water District, the May WWDC/SWC meeting, and consultant selection for the Omnibus...

  • New police officer

    May 30, 2024

    At last week's Thermopolis Town Council meeting, Mayor Adam Estenson swore in new police officer Chase W. Workman. He is originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, where he was a five-year deputy sheriff and he is a US Army Veteran where he was a First Lieutenant as a Tank Commander....

  • Recital

    May 30, 2024

    Seth Dickey, Emersyn Strenger, Kyrie Myers, Willow Coppens, Lilly Johnson, Sydnee Eplin, DeAnna Myers, Dawson McLean, Raegan Shaffer, Henry Cheney, Makenna Mackay and Aylee Taylor played during Tiffany's Suzuki School of Violins Spring Recital last week. Ms. Betsy's Piano students also performed.... Full story

  • On the record

    May 30, 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. Highway Patrol Sunday, May 26 4:35 p.m. Tonya Kaye Mireles, 57, from Riverton was arrested for alleged driving while under the influenc, open container, not driving a vehicle within a single lane. Sheriff’s Office Monday, Ma...

  • Anchor Dam

    May 30, 2024

    A spectacular easterly view of Anchor Dam in the western part of Hot Springs County shows water levels currently low. Spring run off is just beginning for the south fork of Owl Creek. Traditionally the snow run off of the south and middle fork of Owl Creek is a couple of weeks behind the snow melt of the north fork. Hopefully with the rain and late snowfall this Spring the dam will fill and provide much needed irrigation water for those downstream....

  • Cooper announces he will seek reelection

    May 30, 2024

    Wyoming Senator Ed Cooper has announced he is running for reelection for his Senate District 20 seat. He has already served one term. Cooper has sponsored close to 10 personal bills, all but one of them has passed. In the last session, Cooper worked on two bills. One was brought to him by the Hot Springs County Commissioners about resolving an issue of the dissolution of the special districts in the county, particularly the fire district who was slow in turning in their paperwork. The bill would allow the commissioner’s discretion to see w...

  • News briefs

    May 30, 2024

    Farmer’s Market begins The Thermopolis Farmer’s Market starts June 1 and will be held every Saturday through September downtown at 5th and Broadway. Vendors will be selling produce, meats, dairy items, baked goods and more. The market opens at 8 a.m. and closes at noon. For more information, contact Kim Bartlett at (405) 443-7560. County-wide rummage sale Residents in Hot Springs County will hold a county-wide rummage sale that includes locations in Thermopolis, East Thermopolis, Kirby and the surrounding areas. The sale will be on Saturday, Ju...

  • Lawmakers are asking the right questions about AI

    May 30, 2024

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record There’s a flawed duality that fixes in many people’s minds when it comes to the rise in artificial intelligence. Often the rapidly advancing technology is viewed as either apocalyptic or a godsend, delivered to enhance just about every part of our lives where an inefficiency exists. The be-all and end-all, in either direction. Maybe this fallacy isn’t unique to AI, as it’s accompanied new technology throughout recent decades. New technology often comes with risks. So far, there’s been no apocalyps...

  • Letter to the Governor regarding BLM decision

    May 30, 2024

    Governor Mark Gordon, As you know, President Biden’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week its intention to end all future coal leasing in the Powder River Basin– a decision in pursuit of the Biden Administration’s anti-American, anti-energy “climate crisis” agenda. The BLM’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) refers to the shuttering of the nation’s largest coal producers as “the no-leasing alternative,” which the agency chose while rejecting the slate of other alternatives before it (including “no ac...

  • Information regarding service animals

    May 30, 2024

    Hello fellow Thermopolis residents! Most of you know me as well as my Service Dog Maui. I thought I would write this Letter to the Editor as a way to help you understand service dogs and the laws around them, specifically the ADA (American Disability Act). The questions that should be asked if it is not obvious a dog is a SD are: is the dog a service animal and required for a disability? The second question is: what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Dogs who are wearing guide or mobility harnesses or observed directly helping...

  • What is QPR?

    May 30, 2024

    Submitted by Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition What is QPR? “Question, Persuade, Refer” Warning: This article discusses suicide. QPR stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer” and it’s used to intervene to prevent suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Here in Thermopolis, the Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition is committed to traini...

  • Catherine Ann Holton

    May 30, 2024

    It is with great sadness to announce the unexpected passing of Catherine Ann Holton on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Catherine was born on October 31, 1944, in St. Louis, Mo., to the late Jim and Mary Ellen Holton. She visited Wyoming in her early years and fell in love with the star. She moved to Jackson Hole and later Casper where she became a teacher in Casper then Midwest until her retirement. She then move to Thermopolis where she had always dreamed to live. She is survived by her daughters,... Full story

  • Dorothy Louise Haratyk

    May 30, 2024

    Dorothy Louise Haratyk took the righteous right hand of the Lord Jesus as he led her to her eternal home on Friday May 17, 2024, at the age of 98. She was born in Leeco, Ky., on December 23, 1925, the first of five children to DeWitt A. Dole and Faye Vivian Dole. Dorothy was married to the love of her life, Joseph R. Haratyk, and they had two wonderful children. She was a wonderful homemaker and a successful businesswoman. Dorothy lived in many areas of the country including Wyoming, Oregon,... Full story

  • Feds say utilities must take planning seriously

    May 30, 2024

    by Zak Sonntag Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the nation’s top utility regulator, issued a sweeping new rule last week requiring regional utility operators to plan for long-term transmission build outs in preparation for an anticipated nation-wide surge in electricity demand. The rule now requires transmission providers, including Wyoming’s largest utilities — Rocky Mountain Power and Black Hills Energy — to plan for a 20- year time horizon identifying transmission needs and...

  • BLM rule change threatens small oil and gas operators

    May 30, 2024

    by Jonathan Gallardo Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange GILLETTE — When Clark Kissack decided a year and a half ago to get into the oil business, he had a choice to make. He could either pay $10,000 for a bond on an oil lease, which would cover one oil well, or $25,000 for a statewide “blanket bond” that would be good for seven oil wells. He decided to go with the latter because it seemed like the better deal, especially since he was thinking about having several wells. “It’s like having a poker hand, you look at that hand and think...

  • High school awards

    May 30, 2024

    Hot Springs County High School held their 9th-11th grade awards ceremony last week in the school auditorium. Two awards were given out for each class, with the student earning the Academic Excellence Award listed first and the Cat Cultre Award listed second. The Academic Award is based on WyTOPP/ACT/OA or Performance Data while the Cat Culture Award celebrates students who give 100% percent effort, 100% of the time. Biology: Annie Sharp, Jordan Garrison Chemistry: Korbin Brill, Brodie Taber CHEM 1000: Ellis Webber, Mailie McCumber Env Science:...

  • RWE honors students

    May 30, 2024

    Ralph Witters Elementary students received a variety of awards at last week’s year end ceremony. Kindergarten Music: Elizik Ruchupanai, Sebastian Cruz, Zeppelin Bihr Science: Emersyn Strenger, Parker Collamer, Keaton Medina PE: Greyson Hill, James Cordingly, Jack Hetzel Citizenship: Emersyn Strenger, Rownan Johnson, Zaileigh Neilsen Most Improved Math: Joe Marvel Most Improved Reading: Parker Collamer Most Improved Writing: Ayli Moon Math Achievement: Zeppelin Bihr Reading Achievement: Nash Taylor Writing Achievement: Erik Polson 1st Grade M...

  • Blacktop basketball

    May 30, 2024

    The Hot City Summer Slam 3-on-3 basketball tournament was held last weekend filling the Hot Springs County High School parking lot with participants and spectators. Results were not available at press time. Proceeds go toward Bobcat sports programs....

  • TMS hands out end of the year awards

    May 30, 2024

    Thermopolis Middle School handed out several year awards at last week’s ceremonies. 8th Grade JC Thompson: 1st, Trevin Shaffer; 2nd Brian Weaver and 3rd Jacoby Elder Outstanding Grade Language Arts: Ben Mansfield, Kylie Fredrick, Logann Farrell Language Arts Top Performer: Jacoby Elder Language Arts Most Growth: Amuira Dukes Wax Museum Winners: Best Speech, Allyssa Hough; Best Props/Costume, Ann Allen; Best Backdrop, Izzie Hetzel Outstanding Social Studies: Matea Vargas, Ben Mansfield, Brian Weaver Patriots Pen Essay: Mac McCumber O...

  • End of the school year celebrations

    May 30, 2024

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  • News briefs from around Wyoming

    May 30, 2024

    From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers Barrasso bill would fund Southern Border Wall with unused COVID-19 funds LYMAN (WNE) — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation Tuesday, May 21, that would require unobligated COVID-19 funds be used to finish building the wall along the United States’ southern border. Barrasso introduced the legislation as an amendment to the Border Security Act (S. 4361). The Build the Wall Act of 2024 would establish the “Southern Border Wall Construction Fund” and require the Department of Homelan...

  • Brewfest downtown Saturday

    May 30, 2024

    Main Street Thermopolis will hold its annual Brewfest fundraiser on Saturday, June 1 from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Thermopolis. The event will feature local Wyoming breweries, food and merchandise vendors. The event is family-friendly and will feature a corn hole tournament, historic building tours and live music. Music is provided Tiffany’s Suzuki School of Violins, Keith OBrien, Steve Frame and his Western Rebels. The breweries participating include One Eyed Buffalo Brewing Company, Snowy Mountain Brewing, Cody Craft Brewing, and Teton D...

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