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Articles from the June 18, 2020 edition

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  • State Parks visitor numbers up

    Cindy Glasson|Jun 18, 2020

    In spite of many services and concessionaires being closed throughout the State Park system in Wyoming during April and May, numbers of visitors were up – way up. The state boasts 12 State Parks covering over 100,000 beautiful acres featuring just about everything you could want in an outdoor adventure, from hiking trails to fishing, swimming and boating. The five-year average for number of visitors across the state park system in April and May is 225,000 people. This year, that number more t...

  • Public health orders updated

    Jun 18, 2020

    Wyoming’s Governor, Mark Gordon, updated the public health orders last week, easing restrictions on public gatherings and a couple of other items, at least through June 30. With summer upon us, many events have already been canceled, however, Gordon has increased the number of persons allowed at indoor gatherings to 250. The easing of the restrictions does mean social distancing must still be in place and increased sanitation measures must be used. Church services and funeral homes are exempted from the new orders as they are already allowed to...

  • Jump on in

    Jun 18, 2020

    Both pools in Hot Springs State Park have been packed with both locals and tourists since they were allowed to reopen to the public on June 6.... Full story

  • State asks court to cut grizzly depredation award by $215,286

    Jun 18, 2020

    by Angus M. Thuermer Jr., and Leo Wolfson, Cody Enterprise An arbitration panel exceeded its legal authority in awarding Hot Springs County rancher Josh Longwell $349,730 for stock lost to grizzly bears and other predators, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has told a district judge. In an application to modify or vacate the arbitration panel’s decision, a state attorney wrote that the three-member board should have given Longwell only $134,444, a difference of $215,286. The February court filing asks the judge to reduce the a...

  • PRCA Rodeo will be back in 2021

    Lara Love|Jun 18, 2020

    The Thermopolis Cowboy Rendezvous PRCA Rodeo has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19 health orders. The rodeo was scheduled for the last weekend in June. Local committee members had worked with committee members from other large rodeos around the state for months to decide the future of their events. Governor Mark Gordon made the cancelation announcement a few weeks ago, while flanked by a representative from each event, including committee member T.J. Owsley of the Thermopolis PRCA Rodeo....

  • Cutting hay

    Jun 18, 2020

    RoundTop Mountain and red cliffs provide a beautiful backdrop as hay is cut in windrows in a field along Buffalo Creek Road.... Full story

  • On the record

    Jun 18, 2020

    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 office Monday, June 8 4:14 p.m. A deputy was requested to do a check on a vehicle for the Department of Family Services. 9:44 p.m. A deputy observed a vehicle being driven over the speed limit with radar confirmation. T...

  • Adult softball games begin

    Jun 18, 2020

    Hot Springs County Recreation Adult Softball is currently in season with only three teams playing. Those teams are One Eyed Buffalo, Robin Batsman and One Stop Sparkplugs. Anja Abbott, Recreation Director, reported that on Thursday, June 11, One Eyed Buffalo won the first game against Robin Batsman at 6:30 p.m., and One Stop Sparkplugs won the second game at 7:45 against Robin Batsman. The regular season will last to the end of June with the three teams facing off at their scheduled times. On June 30 at 7:45 p.m. will be the Homerun Derby....

  • HSSP gets back to RFPs

    Cindy Glasson|Jun 18, 2020

    Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources is back working on Requests for Proposals (RFP) for two properties within Hot Springs State Park – the Star Plunge and Days Inn. The board was preparing the RFPs to go out earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, causing most of the government offices to close down in Cheyenne and employees were having to work from home. At that time, Deputy Director Nick Neylon said the work was put on hold and the release of the RFPs was pushed back. Speak...

  • Storyteller to participate in Cups4Cups event

    Jun 18, 2020

    Storyteller in Thermopolis is once again participating in the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative’s Cups4Cups event to raise money to support increased breast health services across the state. Originally planned for April, the group placed the event on hold due to COVID-19, but with restrictions loosening, they are finally able to hold the event this Saturday, the first day of summer. Storyteller will join other coffee houses across the state in ‘pinking out’ for the event and offering specials during the day. Funds raised by the Initiative help...

  • Stimulus Check Donation

    Jun 18, 2020

    A random act of kindness was performed when envelopes showed up at various local businesses with the above note and a $50 bill enclosed. The envelope had no return address on it. Business owners would like the sender to know the gesture was very appreciated....

  • Our view - Dad's Day

    Jun 18, 2020

    Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day and in Thermopolis that would have meant it was also the weekend of the Hot Spot Car Rally. The rally has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. The car rally was originally held at the A&W restaurant when it was open. Later they moved it to Consumer’s Grocery store, which is now the location of Mack’s Market. Then the rally was moved to the Hot Springs State Park. For many locals, Father’s Day just might not feel the same without the annual event to attend. However, there are several other ways to celebra...

  • Emily E. Aden

    Jun 18, 2020

    Emily E. Aden, 91, passed away June 13, 2020, in Thermopolis. She was born October 25, 1928, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Edward and Della White. Emily married Robert Aden Sr., joining together their children from prior marriages and joyfully adding an additional three. Emily will be remembered for her love and testimony of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will remember her beautiful singing voice, sweet smile, sense of humor, encouraging kindness and prayers. She is survived by her... Full story

  • Ivah Beatrice Hart

    Jun 18, 2020

    Ivah Beatrice Hart, 80, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at her residence in Thermopolis. Born March 28, 1940 in Eagle, Colorado, Ivah was the youngest of twelve children of Emory and Margaret (Mather) Blakesley. The family moved to Grass Creek when Ivah was five. She attended school at Grass Creek and Thermopolis High School. On November 21, 1963 she married Jerry Hart in Las Vegas. The couple traveled the United States attending rodeos and Ivah later helped Jerry build fence around Hot... Full story

  • Thomas 'Tom' Carl Lorenzen

    Jun 18, 2020

    Thomas "Tom" Carl Lorenzen, 76, passed away on May 30, 2020 in Sun City West, AZ due to complications of late-stage Parkinson's. He was born in Coronado, CA on January 29, 1944 to Catherine H. and Carl G. Lorenzen. Tom's dad was in the army awaiting deployment to the Pacific during WWII. After finding out he would not be deployed, they returned to Wyoming, residing in Cody where Tom went on to graduate from Cody High School in 1962. He then enrolled in the University of Wyoming, receiving a... Full story

  • Jared Timothy Dumas

    Jun 18, 2020

    Jared Timothy Dumas, 30, passed away June 13, 2020, at his residence in Thermopolis. Born April 4, 1990, in Salt Lake City, he was the son of Guy Dumas and Ronda See. He remained in Salt Lake until moving to Thermopolis in 2015. Jared was presently working with Handford Sprinkler and Landscape. Jared was a loving father, enjoyed camping and spending time with his sons. He was a hard worker and always willing to lend a helping hand. He liked to fix things and relied on You Tube when he needed help to complete the project. He is survived by his... Full story

  • Robert Wiley Baker

    Jun 18, 2020

    Robert Wiley Baker, 36, of East Thermopolis passed away on June 2, 2020, of complications following minor surgery in Longmont, Colo. He was a bighearted man who was loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his father, Randy, of East Thermopolis; brother, Caleb, of Longmont; and sister, Steffenie, of Kennewick, Wash. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Dolly Baker, formerly of Thermopolis; and great aunts Sally Stanton and Marie Enis both of Thermopolis.... Full story

  • Former resident featured in PBS series

    Cindy Glasson|Jun 18, 2020

    Former Thermopolis resident, Laura Vietti, is joining other University of Wyoming faculty, students and alumni in a three-part natural history series, “Prehistoric Road Trip”, to be shown on PBS. The three episodes will take viewers through different time periods, focusing on geology, ecology and the environment, covering paleontology and fossil hunting throughout North America. In her segment, Vietti is covering fossilized teeth and how the minerals they are made of can provide insight int...

  • Take a trip to Legend Rock Petroglyphs

    Cindy Glasson|Jun 18, 2020

    Traveling back in time is something we’ve all thought about at one time or another, but what if you could travel back 10,000 years? In Hot Springs County we’re rather lucky that we can do just that. All it takes is a short drive west of town to visit the Legend Rock Petroglyph site. You feel as though you’re stepping back in time as you’re surrounded by the natural beauty of the area along with 92 individual panels of sandstone that hold more than 280 different petroglyphs. Carved into the roc...

  • About people

    Jun 18, 2020

    Kameron Olsen of Thermopolis was among those who earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University for the spring 2020 semester. Codi Goffena has graduated from Eastern Wyoming College. Stormy Cox was named to Montana State University President’s spring semester honor roll. Wyatt Wright was named to the Dean’s List....

  • Demolition Derby canceled

    Jurri Schenck|Jun 18, 2020

    The Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to cancel their annual Demolition Derby held annually in August. In their press release, they said their Board of Directors “have made the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Thermopolis Demolition Derby scheduled for August 8, 2020. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our drivers and spectators. But we know it is the right decision based on the information we have today. We look forward to m...

  • Garden of the month

    Jun 18, 2020

    Red Dirt Master Gardeners selected Julia Schleusner's yard as their garden of the month for June....