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Articles from the August 11, 2022 edition

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  • County commissioners updated on STIP funds, Broadway Street Bridge

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 11, 2022

    At the August 2 Hot Springs County Commissioners meeting, representatives from WYDOT gave an hour-long presentation about the Hot Springs County State Transportation Improvement Program. District Construction Engineer Randy Merritt said that for 2022 they received $438,291,760 in federal funding for projects throughout the state of Wyoming. The federal funding covers 71% of the total budget, whereas 29% is covered by the state. WYDOT is $123.92 million dollars underfunded for the various...

  • Patriotic parade

    Aug 11, 2022

    The route was lined with locals and visitors to watch the annual Pageant Day Parade with several businesses, candidates and Native American dancers presenting floats and displays. Shown here is the Senior Center's float with Virginia Odde, Kathy Peterson, Sara Gentry, Karen Shafer (Statue of Liberty), Frank Walker, Al Walker and Tina Romero....

  • School meals change prices, still ensure same level of access

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 11, 2022

    Food service for the Hot Springs County School District is undergoing some significant shifts for the coming school year, as District Business Manager Chauncy Johnson reported to the school board on July 19, when he sought the board trustees’ approval for a new set of school meal prices, which they granted unanimously. Before Johnson had even moved onto the food service portion of the board meeting’s agenda, he reported to the board that he’d increased the subsidy for food service in the district’s budget, from $20,000 to $125,000 for the 202...

  • Record amount brought in at Junior Livestock Sale

    Lara Love|Aug 11, 2022

    The 2022 Junior Livestock Auction and Judges' Choice Bake Sale at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds Friday night brought in a record breaking $218,963.26, up from $203,104.50 last year. Along with the live and online auction for sheep, swine, goats and beef, baked goods were offered up in a silent auction. Twenty-seven head of beef came through the ring this year and sold for an average of $4,628.40 per head for a total sales amount of $124,966.76. The average price per head was up from last...

  • Annual Demo Derby Saturday

    Aug 11, 2022

    Get revved up for the Thermopolis Demolition Derby this Saturday, August 13 at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds with the action starting at 6 p.m. 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. Chain Class derby, first place $500 and second place $250. And not to be left out, there is also the Power Wheels D...

  • On the record

    Aug 11, 2022

    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, Aug. 1 2:54 a.m. Report of an agency assist involving the Thermopolis Police Dept. in the attempt to locate a possible suicidal subject. 8:20 a.m. Report of larceny where 160 gallons of diesel fuel was t...

  • Frontier Freeze opens

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 11, 2022

    Marty Oravec has opened a new business called Frontier Freeze at the old Thermopolis Liquor, across the street from Mack's Market, 625 South 6th Street. Frontier Freeze is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oravec said he always wanted to do an ice cream business, but first postponed that dream when he bought Thermopolis Cafe from Tony Nettles. Oravec said, "By having a cafe in six months, I probably knew everyone in the whole county." Later they got a liquor license and establi...

  • Donate produce to those in need

    Aug 11, 2022

    The Red Dirt Master Gardeners are encouraging local home gardeners to donate their extra fresh garden produce to help their neighbors in our community. Last year was the first year Thermopolis participated in the Grow A Little Extra program and it was a great success. Local gardeners were very generous and donated over 787 pounds of produce last summer. There also are beds in the Community Garden which are designated to grow to produce for the Grow A Little Extra program. Grow A Little Extra coordinator Kelly Strampe said, “Like last year, p...

  • Great Until 8 downtown Saturday

    Aug 11, 2022

    Main Street Thermopolis’ Great until 8! monthly late shopping event takes place Saturday, August 13. This second Saturday event spotlights the businesses in town who are staying open until 8 p.m. or later. Parents can take care of last-minute shopping for their kiddos’ school needs. There’s something special about strolling around the Downtown Historic District on this busy weekend where one can browse, shop and visit with friends and neighbors at the same time. Shoppers can win a $100 gift certificate by entering a drawing. Bring your recei...

  • Boat ramp will be closed for concert

    Aug 11, 2022

    Hot Springs State Park Superintendent Kevin Skates announced that the boat ramp in the State Park will be closed all day Thursday, August 18 to prepare for the second annual River Dance, which features the band Blackthorns who perform classic and modern rock. The music begins at 8 p.m. The band will perform at the boat ramp parking lot. The free concert is sponsored by Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, Dairyland, and Discover Thermopolis Print Zone. Shorty’s Bar and Grill will be selling their beverages. People are encouraged to bring their law...

  • Use your power

    Aug 11, 2022

    Do you think your voice is not powerful? Think again. There is a concept called “The Power of One”. One person can make all the difference in life and in situations. One person can move mountains and that same single person’s power is expressed in voting. Famous leaders of our nation’s past provide us with their sage wisdom. Thomas Jefferson, Former President and one of our Founding Fathers said, “We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” It’s election season and many candidates fr...

  • Anxiety

    Aug 11, 2022

    by Tracy Renee Lee Most people do not expect anxiety to be a consequence of loss. After 20 years in the funeral profession, I have come to realize that anxiety is a natural response to loss. Whenever a person undergoes change, anxiety rears itself. A few examples of experiences that cause anxiety would be moving, changing jobs, starting school, taking tests, divorce, loss, and other things that cause a change in your life. Loss is the ultimate life changer and therefore, naturally causes anxiety. I have a dear friend who lost her husband a few...

  • Deloris O'Brien (Dee)

    Aug 11, 2022

    Deloris O'Brien (Dee), 88, of Kirby, Wyo., passed away in her home on August 5. Deloris was born in Provo, Utah, on December 26, 1933. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry O'Brien; and son, Daniel Keener. Deloris had six children, Wilford Keener, Deborah Keener, Daniel Keener, Dennis O'Brien, Cynthia Bown and Drake Bevans. Deloris had 33 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren. Deloris also fostered several children throughout her life. She enjoyed... Full story

  • Robert Lloyd 'Opa' Grisham

    Aug 11, 2022

    Robert Lloyd "Opa" Grisham, 91, went to his eternal home with Jesus on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis. Born October 31, 1930, in Pico, Calif., he was one of eight children born to James and Pearl (Young) Grisham. Serving 22 years in the U.S. Army he was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War. While stationed in Germany he met his future wife, Maria Eisele, whom he married on November 3, 1956 in Gauingen, Germany. After retiring in 1972, he enjoyed a happy, full... Full story

  • Irene Bruckner

    Aug 11, 2022

    Irene Bruckner, 76, went home Saturday, August 6, 2022, to be with her Lord Jesus Christ after a long struggle with illness. Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Friday, August 26 at 10 a.m. at the grave of Lyle and Thelma Robinson.... Full story

  • EBikes available for rent

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 11, 2022

    Tatum and Jeff Epperson recently purchased an Ebike rental business from Cody and are bringing it here to Thermopolis. They have 16 bikes available and rent them hourly, for half a day or for a full day. The cost is $30 for the first hour and $10 per hour thereafter. The bikes fold in half and can fit inside of a trunk. They have big, fat tires that will ride well on gravel roads. The Ebikes have five different settings and as long as the driver is pedaling, the motor will keep it riding at a...

  • Hot Springs Health welcomes new Chief Operating Officer

    Aug 11, 2022

    At the July Hot Springs Health board meeting held in the conference room during the growth report, CEO Scott Alwin introduced Dan Hemann as the incoming Chief Operating Officer. Alwin said, “We’re in the middle of a transitionary period. We are actively searching for a pharmacy director to take over his current role. And we luckily have interviews this week to be able to hopefully fill that position. And so we’re excited to have Dan come on board in the executive team and help lead Hot Springs Health.” Alwin also discussed some staff changes...

  • Wyoming adopts 988 suicide hotline, seeks more funding

    Aug 11, 2022

    by Carrie Haderlie Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE —Ralph Neider-Westerman is executive director of Wyoming Lifeline, one of two suicide and crisis call centers in the state. He knows what it means to live in a very rural place. He knows exactly why calls made by Wyomingites in crisis must be answered by people in Wyoming. “I answered a call several months ago, and it was from a woman who, as is typical, said she was not suicidal, but she had several things going on,” Neider-Westerman recalled in an interview this...

  • Town Council holds brief meeting

    Aug 11, 2022

    On August 2, the Thermopolis Town Council held a brief meeting at Town Hall. During citizen participation, the council voted and passed the approval of liquor and catering permits. One was for OEB for the Demolition Derby on August 13. The other was for Shorty’s at the River Dance on August 18. Town engineer Anthony Barnett gave an update on the water project. Regarding work being done on 8th Street between Fremont and Clark, there was a large amount of “muck” in the soil surrounding the pipes. This shows a great amount of leakage and a need...

  • News briefs from around the state

    Aug 11, 2022

    Laramie County Sheriff’s office looking for woman after stabbing leaves man dead CHEYENNE (WNE) – The Laramie County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a woman after a Monday morning stabbing that left a man dead. Rocsand Bocanegra, 42, is considered a person of interest, the LCSO said in a news release. At 5:26 a.m. Monday morning, it said, deputies responded to the 700 block of Mitchell Court for a report of a man who was stabbed at that location. Deputies arrived on the scene and located a male victim suffering from a stab wound...

  • Diving in

    Aug 11, 2022

    During Hot Springs County Fair, kids enjoyed a variety of blow up games and more at Family Fun Night last Wednesday....

  • Jumping fun

    Aug 11, 2022

    The Fair Board hosted Family Fun Night at the fairgrounds last Wednesday. There were many fun activities for all ages, including multiple bounce houses, pie eating, watermelon eating and awards were handed out for the 4-H shooting sports competition. See the August 18 issue for complete fair results and photos....

  • Four running for Thermopolis Town Council

    Aug 11, 2022

    Four candidates will face off in the 2022 Thermopolis Town Council race, including incumbents John Dorman Sr. and Tony Larson along with challengers Bradyn Harvey and Rachel Hughes. Four candidates will move forward from the Primary Election in August so the race will be decided at the General Election in November. John Dorman Sr. John Dorman Sr. is running for re-election to the Thermopolis Town Council. Dorman said, "I enjoy working for the town and trying to keep things on an even keel, doing...

  • Four candidates vie for two Hot Springs County Commissioner seats

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 11, 2022

    Four candidates will face off in the 2022 Hot Springs County Commissioners race, including incumbents Jack Baird and Tom Ryan along with challengers Paul Galovich and Joe Martinez. All four candidates are running as Republicans and only two will move on from the Primary Election next week. Jack Baird Jack Baird is running for re-election for Hot Springs County Commissioner. Baird has served for the past four years in his first term. When discussing his accomplishments, Baird mentioned his work...

  • Winter, Bartlett vie for State Representative District 28 seat

    Aug 11, 2022

    Incumbent John R. Winter (R) will face off against Kimberly Bartlett (D) in the race for the Wyoming State Representative District 28 seat. Both candidates are from Hot Springs County. District 28 covers areas in Hot Springs, Park, Big Horn and Fremont Counties. John R. Winter John R. Winter, a Republican, is running for re-election as the Wyoming State Representative, District 28. Winter has already served two terms in the 65th and 66th Legislative Sessions of the House of Representatives. Born and raised in Cody, Winter now resides on Kirby...

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