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Articles from the July 27, 2023 edition


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  • County enters into land purchase agreement

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 27, 2023

    During the July 18 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, the commissioners entered into an executive session. Afterward, they reconvened the public meeting where Commissioner Phil Scheel made a motion for Hot Springs County Government to enter into an agreement to purchase land from the Julia L. Ingle Revocable Living Trust and the Charles R. Ingle Revocable Living Trust. The property is located at Township 43 North, Range 95 West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Section 25: that...

  • Absaroka Head Start meet and greet

    Jul 27, 2023

    Phebe Buck and Trehvor Lea cut out pieces for a game during the Absaroka Head Start literary munch meet and greet at the Hot Springs County Library last week. Starting at the end of August, Head Start will be offering a free all day preschool program for the very first time....

  • Maddock Subdivision plan tabled by LUPC

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 27, 2023

    At the July Hot Springs County Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) meeting, county planner Bo Bowman presented an application from Duane and Cindy Maddock requesting approval for a Preliminary Subdivision Plat, to divide 30 +/- acres into two lots and a Land Use Change for the same 30 acres, from the Agricultural land use category to the Residential land use category. Both lots would be served by onsite wells and septic systems. Proposed Lot 1 is developed. The subject property is a 30-acre...

  • Volunteer Day

    Jul 27, 2023

    Cayla Thorpe, Dawn Gerrells and Brian Elliott work on painting the panels during the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds volunteer day last Saturday....

  • Farrell earns eighth at Nationals

    Jul 27, 2023

    Bareback rider Roedy Farrell earned a score of 77 points and 4th place in the short go at the National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette. He placed in the top ten in the average with 212 points, which tied him with two other riders for 8th place. Farrell qualified in the bareback riding for the National Finals by earning second in the State Finals held in June. Farrell is now traveling around the country competing at PRCA rodeos and getting ready to start college at Tarleton State University...

  • Solid waste permit extended two years by DEQ

    Jul 27, 2023

    At the July 18 Thermopolis Town Council meeting, Assistant to the Mayor Jim Jeunehomme said their solid waste permit at the landfill with the DEQ has been extended two years and they should begin the landfill closing process on July 1, 2024. Mayor Estenson and the council discussed that they should start moving forward on finding concrete solutions to the landfill matter. Jeunehomme also mentioned there was some damage to the playground swing set of the Family Park due to some trees being blown over by the wind. They are working on the...

  • On the record

    Jul 27, 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 Friday, July 21 10:43 p.m. Linda Marie Crabtree, 60, was arrested for alleged probation violation. Diana Gayle Collins, 40, was arrested for alleged possession of controlled substances, meth and marijuana. Dona...

  • Storytelling Circle will highlight Wyoming Discovery Days

    Jul 27, 2023

    Several word artisans will be featured at this year’s Wyoming Discovery Days festival and the Storytelling Circle is always a big hit. “Once upon a time: a Feast of Stories” is the theme for the Children’s Story Hour each day. Val Burgess, Marilyn Braaten, Cathy Ringler, Michelle King, Ray Shaffer “Pony Express”, David Sage, Captain Lee Bennington “Pony Express”, John Gutierrez, and James Grant “The Siege of Nate Champion,” are sure to delight children of all ages. Join Val Burgess as she tells Leonard Robinson’s story - A Long Road to Forgiven...

  • Hot City Youth Rally

    Jul 27, 2023

    Will Ward throws the ball during a game of dodgeball at the Hot City Youth Rally last weekend. The event was hosted by First Baptist Church of Thermopolis and was filled with Bible preaching, games, skits, food and fellowship....

  • Help for small businesses

    Jul 27, 2023

    by Dean Ridings, America’s Newspapers It’s no secret that recent years have been tough on small businesses and on newspapers. A bipartisan bill, the Community News & Small Business Support Act, that has been introduced in Congress would offer relief to both newspapers and local businesses. For too many newspapers, help can’t come soon enough. Economic challenges have resulted in too many communities seeing their local newspapers being forced to lay off staff, cut back on publication days or — worse yet — close. On average, two newspaper...

  • Nelson 'Ned' David Faler

    Jul 27, 2023

    Ned Faler, 58, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Thermopolis, Wyo., on July 20, 2023. Ned was born in Gillette, Wyo., on April 22, 1965. He was the third child to William (Bill) and Peggy Faler, one of three children. In 1977, the family moved to Thermopolis Wyoming where Ned graduated from High School in 1982. He loved Music and played the guitar, with a love for the bass guitar. This led him to Powell Community College to further his education. His next step was attending Berklee School... Full story

  • John Daly Hammond

    Jul 27, 2023

    John Daly Hammond was born October 12, 1956, in Farmington, N.M. His family reported him missing November 11, 2021, and he was declared dead in June 2023. John spent his early childhood in Farmington. When he was a teenager his family moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., graduating in 1974 from Hot Springs County High School. He was active in sports acquiring the nickname John John on the track team. A natural linguist, the Air Force recruited him to study Russian. After his service, he returned to... Full story

  • Helen Roncco

    Jul 27, 2023

    Helen Roncco, 94, died on June 4, 2023, at Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs, Wyo., where she resided since Nov. 2021. She was born on June 21, 1928, to Nikola and Dushanka Pavkovich in Lander, Wyo. Her family moved to Gebo, Wyo., where she lived until she was eight years old when they moved to Thermopolis. On August 24, 1947, she married Leo Roncco, Jr. in Thermopolis, Wyo. He predeceased her in 1993 leaving her a widow for 30 years. Helen loved Thermopolis but had to move to assisted... Full story

  • Smokin' Waters Golf Tourney

    Jul 27, 2023

    Heath Overfield competes in the Joey Johnson Memorial Smokin' Waters Golf Tournament held at the Thermopolis Golf Course last Saturday. Proceeds from the tournament went towards the Joey Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund and Hot Springs County 4-H youth programs....

  • About people

    Jul 27, 2023

    The University of Wyoming accorded degrees upon the following students from Hot Springs County at the completion of the spring semester: Amanda D. Chism BA, Kee Elder CERT, Dalton John Jeffries BSCP, Aron Cheng Markow BS and Megan Leigh Molitor MS and PhRD. The University of Wyoming lists the following student from Thermopolis on the spring semester academic Dean’s and Dean’s Freshman Honor Rolls: Emme C. Norsworthy. The University of Wyoming lists the following students from Wyoming on the spring semester President’s Honor Roll: Kathryn I. Bu...

  • Get ready for a smashing good time at the Demolition Derby

    Jul 27, 2023

    Get revved up for the Thermopolis Demolition Derby planned for Saturday, August 12 at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds with the action starting at 6 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Limited Weld Grand prize is $3,000 with the second place winner taking home $1,500 and third place brings in $800 plus trophies for the top three winners and the M.A.D. Dog trophy. If you’re more interested in the truck derby, first place garners the winner $1,500, second $750 and third $500. There are also plans for a Chain Class Derby with first place earning $1,000 a...

  • RYTE Rehabilitation open house Thursday

    Jul 27, 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. Owners Dr. Ryan and Dr. Tess Williams invite the pubic to come by and take a look at their new facility. Hors d’Oeuvres and drinks will be served and there will be a raffle drawing. For more information, contact the center at 864-3877....

  • Pageant Days program, parade set for first weekend in August

    Jul 27, 2023

    “Moccasined feet of Indians trod the paths surrounding the Big Horn Hot Springs long before the coming of the first white man.” These words open the “History of the Spring” written by Jessie L. Duhig and are found in the program for the annual Gift of the Waters Historic Pageant that will be performed at 6 p.m. on August 5 and 6. The Pageant honors when members of the Shoshone and Arapahoe nations ceded 10 acres of land, which includes the Big Horn Hot Springs, to the US Government. As part of the treaty, Chief Washakie put a clause in the tre...

  • Social Security service station

    Jul 27, 2023

    Senior Center's Access Care Coordinator Sara Gentry and Valerie McDaniel, Social Security Operations Supervisor of Riverton, demonstrate Hot Springs County Senior Center's Social Security Video Service Delivery station. The unit is a secure video chat computer, that allows anyone of all ages to communicate with a Social Security agent remotely, to obtain services such as replacing a new Social Security card. According to Senior Center Director Trenda Moore, this has been 12 years in the making....

  • County fair kicks off

    Lara Love|Jul 27, 2023

    The Hot Springs County Fair is set to kick off this 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. with rodeo action f...

  • Meetings set to address northwest Wyoming highway projects

    Jul 27, 2023

    A series of annual public meetings to address future highway and bridge improvement projects in northwest Wyoming include one in Thermopolis on Tuesday, August 15, at the Hot Springs County Government Annex Building, County Commission Chambers, 117 North 4th Street. 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 i...

  • Catching bubbles

    Jul 27, 2023

    Finley Daniels, left, and Clio Harvey marvel at the bubbles during the Wyoming Highway Patrol 90th Anniversary celebration held at Hot Springs State Park last week. The event featured lunch provided by the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Wyoming Highway Patrol, along with games, face painting. inflatable bouncy houses and a Wyoming Highway Patrol Historical Display....

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