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  • Board hears results from Health Needs Assessment

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 6, 2023

    At the June Hot Springs Health (HSH) board meeting held in their conference room, Verlene Luna gave the quality report and said, "Part of our community health needs assessment really played into our strategic plan. Our growth globally has three main themes: mental health & substance abuse; chronic disease prevention, medicine, and education; and access to health care." Luna provided an update on what they have been doing so far. Regarding mental health & substance abuse, Luna said that they...

  • Freedom for All 5K

    Jul 6, 2023

    Valerie Bartholomew, Kelly Cole, Shannon Hill, and Greyson Hill pack water through the sheep barn at the fairgrounds during the Freedom For All FFA 5K run with obstacles hosted by the Big Springs FFA Chapter last Saturday. Results from the race include 1st place youth runner, Logan Dafoe, 23:18; 1st place male runner, Gary Benefiel, 27:36; 1st place female runner, Hallie Martinez, 26:31; 1st place walker, Angela Reddick, 39:51 and best costume, Ella Benefiel....

  • Have an emergency plan ready for at home and away from home contingencies

    Jul 6, 2023

    Although people are observing tornadoes more often in Wyoming, whether actual tornado numbers are increasing remains to be seen. Between 2000 and June 2022, 23 Wyoming counties saw 122 tornadoes, 1 death, 9 injured and 24 with property damage. The storms ranged from F0 to EF3. Meteorologists used the Fujita scale through 2006, then developed the Enhanced Fujita scale in 2007 to classify tornado severity. Storms are currently ranked on a scale of EF0 to EF5 based on wind speed and related damage. EF5 storms may have winds over 200 mph. Doppler...

  • First WDC Jurassic Fest hosts returning volunteers

    Lara Love|Jul 6, 2023

    The Wyoming Dinosaur Center (WDC) hosted an exhilarating experience for dinosaur fans with the first-ever Jurassic Fest - Passion for the Past event. Attendees had the opportunity to dig dinosaurs, see a screening of the "Why Dinosaurs?" Movie, listen to a variety of speakers and enjoy the museum. Three of the speakers at the event, all returning volunteers, shared their stories and told the IR how the WDC has influenced their lives and careers. One of the special guests participants had the...

  • Ukraine woman fulfills lifelong dream to dig for dinosaur bones

    Lara Love|Jul 6, 2023

    Imagine yourself fleeing from a war in Ukraine to five months later find yourself in the United States looking forward to a lifelong dream - digging for dinosaurs bones. That is exactly how Iryna Obukhozka, of Kyiv, ended up at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center participating in the Jurassic Fest - Passion for the Past event. Five months ago, Iryna and her 9-year-old daughter arrived in the US and began to establish a new life in California. She is originally from Kharkiv, located one kilometer from...

  • On the record

    Jul 6, 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 Thursday, June 29 11:04 p.m. Joshua Redden Wordsworth, 37, from Texas, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of a controlled substance, speeding, improper turn signal, and turn at intersection vi...

  • Deadline to submit Discovery Days entry forms approaches

    Jul 6, 2023

    Wyoming Discovery Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 5-6 in Hot Springs State Park. This popular folk festival will celebrate Wyoming’s unique cultural heritage through stories, music, food, art, and demonstrations. The festival showcases the creativity and handwork of Wyoming’s own storytellers, artists, craftsmen, and musicians. It includes a Storytelling Circle, music at the Pavilion, Fine Art and Folk Art Show, Trading Post, Folk Master Craftsmen Tent, artisan and guild demonstrations, hands-on activities for families, and a Roc...

  • Get outside with your family this summer for a chance to win

    Jul 6, 2023

    The Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is holding its Get Outside With Your Family This Summer 2023 and Win event on July 15 until August 27. Chamber CEO Meri Ann Dorman said, "Enjoy some of the great places to visit in Hot Springs County and look for a stuffed buffalo. If you find one, take it to the chamber office at 220 Park Street to win $100 in Chamber Bucks." Only 10 buffalos will be hidden. The event packet can be picked up at the chamber office and they list 17 locations to...

  • Blood drive

    Jul 6, 2023

    The July Community Blood Drive will be held on Monday, July 10 from 2-6 p.m. at the Hot Springs County Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Community Blood Coordinator Melene Mierzejewski at 307-240-1414....

  • County library to host bubble bath fun day

    Jul 6, 2023

    The Hot Springs County Library is hosting a dance party/bubble bath playground on Friday, July 7 from 11 a.m.-noon outside the library at 344 Arapahoe. Ann Lincoln will turn the outdoor space into safe foamy fun with her foam cannon. It is safe for kids, grass and pets, hypo-allergenic, dye free, non-staining and biodegradable. Family-friendly tunes will be played during the event with an emphasis on togetherness and friendship. For more information, contact the library at 864-3104....

  • WyoGives includes local nonprofits

    Jul 6, 2023

    The fourth annual WyoGives virtual event, hosted by the Wyoming Nonprofit Network, will commence at midnight on Wednesday, July 12th, and will unfold over an exhilarating 24-hour period. With over 300 nonprofits participating, some of them local, this year’s event promises to be the most impactful yet. Through the website platform at WyoGives.org, individuals can easily contribute to their favorite causes and organizations. The website allows donors to search for nonprofits based on cause, location, or name. Each participating nonprofit has a...

  • Wild birds

    Jul 6, 2023

    by Slim Randles Doc smiled and felt really good inside when he heard the familiar bird song. “Hey there, Wheezer,” he said, “happy nesting!” For some reason, this mourning dove with the speech impediment comes around to Doc’s back yard every spring, and Doc thinks that’s just all right. If ol’ Wheez didn’t have that distinctive voice, Doc would never know if this bird favored his yard or was just another bird looking for a home. Let’s face it, Wheezer looks just like every other dove in town. But he was back and flirting with a good-looking la...

  • Richard Phillip 'Phil' Witt

    Jul 6, 2023

    Richard Phillip "Phil" Witt, 78, of Casper, Wyo., passed away on July 17, 2022, surrounded by his family. Phil was born in Casper, Wyo., on August 24, 1943, to Leona and Donald Witt. Shortly after Phil's birth, his father, Donald, was killed while serving in the military. When Phil was a toddler, his mother married Fred Berry, who loved and raised Phil as his own. Together they added two sisters, Bonnie and Nancy, and one brother, Ace, to the family. Phil grew up in Casper and graduated from... Full story

  • Jerry W. Welch

    Jul 6, 2023

    On May 4, 2023, Jerry W. Welch departed this earth to spend eternity in the "high country", his favorite place to be. He was born September 8, 1939, in Casper, Wyo., to Claire and Alice Welch. He spent his youth in Casper. As a young man, he loved to participate in the Powder River Bucking Horse Sales, which enhanced his passion for horses and the great outdoors. Jerry spent his entire life in Wyoming, moving to Thermopolis where he worked for the country road and bridge for 28 years. In that... Full story

  • Major Gary 'Reagan' Russey, USAF Retired

    Jul 6, 2023

    Reagan Russey rode across the big divide on June 29, 2023. He was 80 years, 5 months, and 2 days old, which was not long enough. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, the second of four sons born to the union of Clifford and Merle Rodgers Russey. The family lived on a ranch along the Trinity River and Reagan enjoyed a childhood full of an extended family, animals, and room to roam. He loved the ranch, his many friends, and was loved and admired. Achieving the Order of the Arrow as an Eagle Scout was... Full story

  • Fundraising run

    Jul 6, 2023

    Several adults and children of all ages participated in the Freedom for All 5K hosted by the Big Springs FFA held last Saturday morning....

  • Hit the road to all the rummage sales Saturday

    Jul 6, 2023

    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 event will be on Friday, July 7 from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 8 from 8 a.m. until later in the day. There are about 25 sales locations at the time of reporting. Maps may be picked up at the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Discover Thermopolis or found on Facebook. Many of the participants will also be putting up signs to help guide you on your w...

  • Work begins to improve Gooseberry Badlands Trail

    Jul 6, 2023

    Improvements to the Bureau of Land Management-administered Gooseberry Badlands Scenic Overlook Trail west of Worland will begin in July and continue into the fall. The site will remain open throughout the project, but sections of the trail will close temporarily while under construction. The project, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, will improve public access to the Gooseberry Badlands, including improved access for people with disabilities. “Visitation to the Gooseberry Badlands has steadily increased over the past few years, so t...

  • Area STIP meetings planned for July, August

    Jul 6, 2023

    Upcoming public meetings to address northwest Wyoming highway projects A series of annual public meetings is scheduled in July and August to address future highway and bridge improvement projects in northwest Wyoming. The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) process involves annual meetings with public officials and citizens who play key transportation partnership roles in Wyoming, said Wyoming Department of Transportation District Engineer Pete Hallsten, P.E., of Basin. “The STIP is a 6-year program approved by the Wyoming T...

  • Travel and Tourism reports another record breaking deposit

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 6, 2023

    At the June Hot Springs County Travel and Tourism board meeting held at the County Historical Museum, Treasurer Audra Dominguez gave the financial report. Their most recent lodging tax revenue deposit of $17,792.08 was another record-breaking amount. This particular amount is from February, three months earlier. This year’s lodging tax revenue is $1,532.35 more than the previous year at this time and is a 9% positive change. The current total lodging tax revenue for 2022-2023 is $209,267.83. T...

  • Constitution Day Dinner planned for September

    Jul 6, 2023

    The Wyoming Constitution Party has announces that Thermopolis will be the sight for the Constitution Day Dinner Celebration and Fundraiser to be held at the Community Church Fellowship Hall, Big Horn and Sixth Ave on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The Hot Springs County Constitution party Committee will host the event. Cost for dinner and the event is $12. Contact Miriam Dapra at (307) 532-6065, or Chuck Cooper at 921-9863. There will be a drawing including a Henry Repeating Arms Co. Love Action .22 caliber model...

  • First drawing winner for healthcare equipment named

    Jul 6, 2023

    Hot Springs Health Foundation and Auxiliary are sponsoring a pulse oximeter and blood pressure monitor program. The winner of the first drawing to win a pulse oximeter was Shelly Deromedi. More healthcare equipment drawings will continue. See information at the Hospital Auxiliary bake sale on August 17, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon in the hospital lobby, or at the blood drive donation event on July 10 at the Senior Citizen Center....

  • Diving in

    Jul 6, 2023

    Summer is in full swing and Hot Springs State Park has been packed with locals and visitors enjoying the pools and other attractions....

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