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Articles from the August 10, 2023 edition


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  • Skate park proposal presented to town council

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 10, 2023

    At the August 1 Thermopolis Town Council meeting held at Town Hall, during citizen participation, Madison Moak presented a proposal for a possible skate park and pump track at Candy Jack Park. Moak and her husband are originally from Southern California in San Diego County. Moak’s husband was not able to attend, but Madison said, “As a lifelong skateboarder, my husband can attest to the value of a skate park, to the individual and to the community. To quote him, ‘my fondest memories of child...

  • Family fun!

    Aug 10, 2023

    Aiden Estenson throws a velcro hatchet at an inflated target as Morgan and Colton Blakesley wait for their turn during Family Fun Night at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds last Wednesday. Families enjoyed various activities such as bounce houses, t-ball, slides and more....

  • Commissioners updated on GIS progress

    Aug 10, 2023

    The Hot Springs County Commissioners (HSCC) Board met on Tuesday, August 1 at the County Annex. Brian Clarkson and Maddie Ross of Ardurra gave the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) update and said they have worked on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) documentation for the road maintenance applications. They also finalized the septic permit online database for 2022-1978 and they worked on verifying address locations and legal descriptions of septic permits from 2011 to 1978. They also reported they received the NextGen 911 GIS layers from...

  • Livestock sale

    Aug 10, 2023

    Chloee Owsley tempted her Grand Champion Market Swine with marshmallows during the Junior Livestock Auction last Friday. Several youths sold their market animals during the live auction. Bake goods sold during the Judges' Choice Bake Sale Silent Auction. Official results from the sale were not available at press time. They will run in a future edition of the IR along with all the 4H, FFA and open class fair results....

  • County shows interest in shooting complex

    Aug 10, 2023

    State Representative John R. Winter and Shoshoni Mayor Joel Highsmith attended the August 1 Hot Springs County Commissioners meeting to discuss Governor Mark Gordon’s Act for creating a task force to determine where a $10 million shooting complex would be located. Winter said, “Within the next few years, one lucky Wyoming community could host a $10 million shooting complex that will be the envy of the entire region. At least that’s the hope of a shooting complex task force appointed by Governor Mark Gordon, which met for the first time in Ca...

  • On the record

    Aug 10, 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. Sheriff’s Office Monday, July 31 3:26 p.m. Deputies responded to a report of a tree on fire and a power line down. The fire was out upon arrival. The power line was repaired by the power company. 5:23 p.m. A deputy dispatched...

  • Mudslide

    Aug 10, 2023

    A mudslide temporary closed US20/WY789 between Thermopolis and Shoshoni on Thursday, August 3. The mud on the road was 18 inches deep at milepost 116, near the tunnels in Wind River Canyon. Both lanes were blocked. WYDOT crews cleared the road and traffic resumed later in the day....

  • Demolition Derby hits town Saturday

    Aug 10, 2023

    Get revved up for the Thermopolis Demolition Derby on 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. For the truck derby, first place garners the winner $1,500, second $750 and third $500. In the Chain Class derby, first place earns $1,000 and second place $500. There is also a Power Wheels Derby for...

  • Deadline nears to submit an RFI for former airport location

    Aug 10, 2023

    Hot Springs County is accepting sealed Requests for Information (RFI) from vendors to solicit information and concession possibilities that meet or exceed industry standards for improvement of the former county airport property, located at 140 Airport Road. Sealed packets will be received for construction changes and all other possibilities at the site. Possible business opportunities may be: hotel, convention center, outdoor recreation businesses and economic development ideas to be in line with the mission of Hot Springs County, and provide...

  • Meetings set to address northwest Wyoming highway projects

    Aug 10, 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...

  • Ours is not to judge

    Aug 10, 2023

    Ours is to question. Ink-stained wretches at weekly newspapers like this one, were at one time content to put out the best newspaper they muster, once a week. If something really big happened, like downtown burning to the ground, they’d put out a special edition, usually called an “Extra.” Our big city cousins, often faced with a cross-town rival, would do the same but for the most part, people who wanted to know the latest news, turned to their favorite radio station at the top of the hour. In the 1990s that all began to change with the spread...

  • Victor or victim?

    Aug 10, 2023

    by Bryan Golden Do you conquer problems or do they conquer you? It’s attitude that determines whether you are a victor or a victim. Your age, education, financial status, or social standing don’t matter. There are victors and victims from every background. Victors are not special. They are not better than others. Victors know “they can” whereas victims are convinced “they can’t.” Whether you are a victor or victim is up to you. However, victims argue this is not the case. They claim they have no control over their circumstances. They believe...

  • Nicky 'Bush' Allen Dowdy

    Aug 10, 2023

    Thermopolis resident Nicky Allen Dowdy, 66, passed away near his home on August 4, 2023. Nicky “Bush” was born on August 9, 1956, to Jimmie Allen and Nellie Marietta (Melloir) in Sundance, Wyo. Cremation has taken place and no formal services are planned at this time. A full obituary will be in next week’s Thermopolis Independent Record....

  • Travel and tourism lodging tax revenue up slightly

    Aug 10, 2023

    At the July Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting held at the County Historical Museum Treasurer Audra Dominguez gave the financial report and said they closed out their fiscal year with a lodging tax revenue total of $223,165.09 which was $15,220.39 more than the previous year, a 1% change. For the most recent lodging tax report, they received $13,897.26 which was -$1,296.27 compared to the same month in the previous year, a -9% change. The board voted and passed approval to accept the financial report. Jackie Dorothy gave the...

  • Celebrating the Gift of the Waters

    Aug 10, 2023

    Members of the Shoshone tribe and others performed the Gift of the Waters ceremony at the Big Spring in Hot Springs State Park on Saturday. The event featured the blessing of the waters. The Pageant Days Parade featured the local VFW flag members, the fire department, and entries from various local organizations, businesses and community members. The overall winner is Powder River Percherons and the traveling trophy winner, inspired by the Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center, is...

  • HSH board updated on several items

    Aug 10, 2023

    At the July Hot Springs Health (HSH) board meeting held in their conference room. During the inspirational story session, CEO Scott Alwin recognized Chief Clinical Officer Dan Hemann and congratulated him on completing his MBA degree recently, which he accomplished ahead of schedule. In the medical staff report, Dr. Mattson Mathey said, “We’re still working toward our goals for 30-day returns and readmission.” Regarding their trauma committee, Mathey said, “We had a little bit of a discussion about how to avoid a backlog. Like last time, w...

  • News briefs from around Wyoming

    Aug 10, 2023

    12-year-old dies trying to retrieve camper tire on interstate GILLETTE (WNE) — A 75-year-old man who was trying to retrieve his camper tire died Saturday afternoon after he was hit by oncoming traffic on I-90. Deputies responded to a call at 2:22 p.m. Saturday after the man tried to run across the interstate to pick up a tire that fell off his camper, Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. The man, James Lloyd Smith, of Greenville, Texas, was driving a pickup and camper trailer east on the interstate when the left rear tire of the trailer came off...

  • Fashion show

    Aug 10, 2023

    Adellynn Page, age 5, shows off a dress designed by her mom Heather Page and Cali Cup, right, age 9, shows off a pillow she made during the fashion revue held last Wednesday during Hot Springs County Fair....

  • Wyoming Discovery Days

    Aug 10, 2023

    Last weekend Wyoming Discovery Days packed Hot Springs State Park with visitors and featured musical performances, horse rides, a petting zoo, crafts, painting, dog races and many vendors selling their wares....

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