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Articles from the July 20, 2023 edition

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  • Code Red weather alerts available

    Jul 20, 2023

    County Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Gordon advises that Hot Springs County Code Red has a new capability called Code Red Weather Alert. This addition to the County Code Red program will allow subscribers to get accurate location information on Weather Warnings issued by Riverton NWS for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash flooding and winter storms. The many app based services too often send vague warning messages to the entire county when only a specific area is threatened. Code Red Weather Alert delivers voice calls, text...

  • Catching up

    Jul 20, 2023

    People from near and far gathered at locations around Hot Springs County during the HSCHS All Class Reunion last weekend. Members of the class of 1983 and other classes held gatherings in Hot Springs State Park. For more reunion photos see page 3 and page 7....

  • Hot Springs County Fair packed with events

    Lara Love|Jul 20, 2023

    The Hot Springs County Fair is set to kick off next week with a few events, followed by a full week of events July 31-August 4. The theme of this year’s fair is Patchwork of Time. Events begin with muzzle loader and trap shooting at the Bob Milek Range on Thursday, July 27 beginning at 5 p.m. The Youth Horse Show will be on Saturday, July 29 at 8 a.m. at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. The Ranch Rodeo will be held later that day with Calcutta beginning at 4 p.m. See separate story on page 7...

  • Lunch time

    Jul 20, 2023

    One of the young members of the Hot Springs State Park buffalo herd nurses from its mother at mid day....

  • The Legislature's ethics rules are 12 years old, critics say it's time for an update

    Jul 20, 2023

    by Maggie Mullen, Wendy Volk thought long and hard about filing an ethics complaint against a Laramie County senator after she said the lawmaker effectively sent a social media mob her way in August 2021. The incident began when the lawmaker posted to her professional social media page, questioning her status as a longtime Republican and asking why the Republican Party hadn’t done something sooner to take her out, Volk recounted. In the lawmaker’s online attack, Volk said, he referenced her many years of testifying at the Leg...

  • H Diamond W Camp

    Jul 20, 2023

    Board member Ray Shaffer, volunteer Gage Christensen, board member John Dorman and volunteer Terry Davis work to prepare the BBQ dinner served up at the open house held Saturday at the H Diamond W Youth Camp on Grass Creek west of Thermopolis....

  • On the record

    Jul 20, 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 Monday, July 10 7 p.m. Sterling James Chavis, 19, from Basin, was arrested on alleged bond revocation with original charges of possession of a controlled substance, meth. Tuesday, July 11 6:30 p.m. Canada Ray Long...

  • Find a hidden buffalo and win

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Get Outside With Your Family and Win event is going on now through August 27. Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce 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 buffaloes will be hidden. A list of area attractions can be picked up at the chamber office. It includes 17 locations to explore and enjoy while hunting for a stuffed buffalo. The locations inc...

  • Hot City Youth Rally

    Jul 20, 2023

    First Baptist Church of Thermopolis is hosting the Hot City Youth Rally. They invite teens to participate in exciting activities filled with Bible preaching, games, skits, food, and fellowship. The rally will occur from the afternoon of Friday, July 21 to the morning of Saturday, July 22. The event is free for teens in grades 7-12. Register online at or see the ad on page 12 to scan a QR code for direct access....

  • Seeking items for Corley display

    Jul 20, 2023

    You are invited to contribute to the Nellie Corley memorial display during the Hot Springs County Fair. Organizers would like to commemorate her with a collection of her work or anything Nellie related. According to her daughter Barb Rice, “Nellie Corley is well known in the Thermopolis community for her amazing, loving personality. She was community minded and contributed to many people. When she made a commitment, she stuck with it.” Nellie was a 4-H leader and Extension club member. She won numerous awards for her skill and giving of her tim...

  • RYTE Rehabilitation open house

    Jul 20, 2023

    RYTE Rehabilitation will be holding an open house to celebrate the opening of their new rehabilitation center on Thursday, July 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. at 800 Shoshoni St. Hors d’Oeuvres and drinks will be served and there will be a raffle drawing. For more information, contact the center at 864-3877....

  • Reunion gatherings

    Jul 20, 2023

    Hot Springs County Museum hosted a social event for people attending the HSCHS All Class Reunion. Bottom photo, members of several classes gathered at a variety of locations to share memories and make new ones. Saturday evening, a social event featuring a DJ was held at the VFW....

  • State leadership's devotion to Freedom Celebration great to see

    Jul 20, 2023

    by Zac Taylor That small town with long streets phrase? It resonated July 3 at the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park in Cody, as everyone there was able to walk right up to their state’s top leadership, in Cheyenne and Washington, D.C., to shake a hand and chat. For most of the politicians, elections are not yet breathing down their necks. It was simply a chance for people to look their political leaders in the face and talk. No surprise, I’d say that’s still the best way to communicate, especially when it’s people you may disagree with. And, yes,...

  • Scams to be aware of

    Jul 20, 2023

    Beware clicking on the wrong Google link: A Powell business reported that an employee googled Amazon and click on the first link in the list. Unfortunately, it was a sponsored ad, not Amazon. The result was that a large screen, supposedly from “Microsoft Defender Security Notification,” appeared on the monitor, stating that “Access to this PC has been blocked for security reasons,” with a number to call Microsoft Windows Support. The ad is a scam, the notification is a scam, and the phone number is a scam. Fortunately the employee did not cal...

  • Darlene Florence (Long) Skelton

    Jul 20, 2023

    Darlene Florence (Long) Skelton, 80, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 12, 1943 in Worland, Wyoming, the third of four girls born to Russell Edwin and Irene Myra (Walker) Long. She grew up in Thermopolis and later in Billings, Montana. Darlene married Jesse Hernandez on May 19, 1962. Together, they had a loving union and two children in this marriage, Sheldon and Stephanie Hernandez. Darlene was widowed in July of 1971. She then... Full story

  • Evelyn Mae Perry

    Jul 20, 2023

    Evelyn Tibbits Perry passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at her home in Lusk, Wyo., at the age of 91. Evelyn was born in Lusk, Wyo., on August 10, 1931, to Clara Vera (Hanson) and Ansel C. (Slim) Tibbits. She attended elementary school in Lusk and graduated in 1949 from Lusk High School. In September, 1950, Evelyn married Eugene H. Perry at the First Baptist Church in Lusk. Gene was in the U. S. Marine Corps during World War II and was recalled to serve in the Korean War. Evelyn... Full story

  • Gregory Benjamin Sidney 'Ben' Lea

    Jul 20, 2023

    Gregory Benjamin Sidney "Ben" Lea passed away July 2, 2023. Ben was born November 10, 1986, in Apple Valley, Calif., to Greg and Lorie Lea. Ben was raised in Coos Bay, Ore., where he developed a deep love for outdoor activities. He spent quality time with his dad hunting, fishing, and camping. He excelled in all youth sports and enjoyed them to the fullest. Ben cherished the hours he spent riding on the sand dunes with his friends. He loved working with his hands and took great pride in seeing... Full story

  • Beulah Maude Waggener (Craven)

    Jul 20, 2023

    Beulah Maude Waggener (Craven), 99, joined the stars on July 14, 2023, after passing away peacefully in Thermopolis, Wyo. Beulah was the only daughter of Richard Jay and Mary Alberta Hill Craven. She was born on March 23, 1924 in Allendale, Mo., and raised in Tarkio, Mo.; a place that she cherished for the entire length of her life. After finishing Tarkio College, Beulah relocated to Denver, Colo., where she met her husband, Hubert Ulrich (Ric) Waggener. The couple was married on October 2,... Full story

  • Gail Magdanz-Patterson

    Jul 20, 2023

    Gail Magdanz-Patterson, 84, passed away at her home in Thermopolis, Wyo. on July 17, 2023. She was born in Milwaukee, Wis. to Robert Keith and Myra (Neilsen) Magdanz on November 1, 1938. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.... Full story

  • Mary Jane 'Janie' Mitchell

    Jul 20, 2023

    Mary Jane “Janie” Mitchell, 71, passed away on July 15, 2023, at Washakie Medical Center. She was born on June 28, 1952, in Torrington, Wyo. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Thursday July 20 at Bryant Funeral home chapel with Pastor Troy Woolery officiating.... Full story

  • Cooling off

    Jul 20, 2023

    Last weekend, people in a variety of flotation devices hit the Bighorn River. Flows out of Boysen Dam had been decreased to 5,000 cfs on Saturday. This week, they were reduced to 4,500 cfs on Monday and to 3,500 cfs on Tuesday....

  • Farrell competing at NHSFR in Gillette

    Jul 20, 2023

    Hot Springs County High School 2023 graduate Roedy Farrell earned a score of 65 points with his first bareback ride at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette. On Monday, he tied for 11th place in the first go around. He is set to ride in the second go on Friday evening. Farrell qualified in the bareback riding for the National Finals by earning second in the State Finals held in June. Tuker Carricato of Saratoga, who won first in the bareback riding at the state finals, came in 2nd in the first go with score of 80...

  • Members only summer trek planned

    Jul 20, 2023

    The Hot Springs County Historical Society Pioneer Association is holding a members only Summer Trek to the Arapaho Ranch on Saturday, July 22, weather permitting. Members only sign up at the County Museum by Friday, July 21. All are welcome to join if they would like to participate. Membership applications are available at the museum, however, membership will not be available on the day of the trek. Participants will travel to the Mansion for a reception and a presentation about the Arapaho Ranch Field Station and a slide show about rock art. F...

  • Ranch Rodeo planned for July 29

    Jul 20, 2023

    Get your teams ready for a fun time team doctoring, wild cow riding and the hide race. The Thermopolis FFA Alumni is sponsoring a Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, July 29 with the Calcutta beginning at 4 p.m. and the rodeo starting after at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. Other events include wild cow milking, trailer loading, and for the kids there will be mutton busting and a cash calf scramble. There is a $500 entry fee per team. Teams must include a person over 60, a female or someone under 14. There will be cash prizes and other prizes as...

  • Kilos for Veterans registration opens

    Jul 20, 2023

    Kilos for Veterans, a benefit for the local VFW, will be held on Saturday, July 29 at the Hot Springs County High School, 231 Park St. Weigh in is at 7 a.m. with lifting starting at 9 a.m. The event is open to anyone age 8 and up. Classes include Full power, bench only, raw, raw with wraps and equipped. You can register online at

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