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  • Livestock sale brings in more than $266,000

    Lara Love|Aug 17, 2023

    The 2023 Junior Livestock Auction and Judges' Choice Bake Sale brought in a record breaking $266,429.75, up from $218,963.26 last year. Official results from the live sale and baked good silent auction have been released. Twenty-seven head of beef came through the ring this year and sold for an average of $5,877.18 per head for a total sales amount of $158,683.75. The average price per head was up from last year's average of $4,628.40. The average price per pound was $4.82, compared to $3.81...

  • Ramsey wins Demolition Derby

    Lara Love|Aug 17, 2023

    The Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce annual Demolition Derby took over the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds last Saturday. In the main event, JR Ramsey drove his way to first place to take home $3,000. Jordan Martin was second winning $1,500, Wyatt Ramsey was third winning $800 and Dusty Watts was fourth. Wyatt Ramsey was also the Mad Dog winner earning him another $250. Each winner also took home a trophy to show off. Other competitors in the winners heat were last year's winner Casey...

  • River rescue

    Aug 17, 2023

    Last Wednesday, Hot Springs County Search and Rescue members Michael Byrd and Jared Nichols assisted three individuals to safety after their drift boat got stuck on a diversion dam in the Bighorn River along East River Road north of Thermopolis...

  • BLM hosts National Public Lands Day event at Gebo

    Aug 17, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management Worland Field Office will partner with the community on August 26 for an early celebration of National Public Lands Day at the Gebo–Crosby Historic Mining District north of Thermopolis. From 8-11 a.m., volunteers will clean up the parking area that provides access to the historic site, located off County Road 30 west of Kirby. “This project will be a great way to make a valuable contribution to public lands,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Cullen Hardy. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 30th...

  • News briefs from around the state

    Aug 17, 2023

    From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers Streaming service airs episode on missing Gillette woman GILLETTE (WNE) — The story of missing Gillette woman Irene Gakwa recently aired on a nationwide streaming service. The 25-minute episode titled “American Dream, American Nightmare” follows Gakwa’s journey from Nairobi, Kenya, to Gillette where she disappeared in early 2022. The episode is part of Paramount Plus’ “Never Seen Again” series, which documents families sharing the stories of lost loved ones. Featured on the show are Gakwa’s brothers, Kenne...

  • On the record

    Aug 17, 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 Tuesday, Aug. 8 10 a.m. Carol Ann Corbin, 51, was arrested for alleged probation revocation. 4:05 p.m. Report of a missing firearm on Owl Creek Road. The matter is under investigation. Wednesday, Aug. 9 10:05 a.m....

  • RidgePoint Trailer Service now open

    Aug 17, 2023

    Jesse Kysar, a resident of Worland, opened his RidgePoint Trailer Services LLC business on June 10 located at 901 Shoshoni Street in Thermopolis. His main goal is to be a "grease monkey for trailers" where they do preventative maintenance and repair. Kysar said, "I had been planning it for about three years. I've been spending the last couple of years trying to find shop space and can't really find what I want. So the building here popped up and I plan on making it a chain, eventually. This is...

  • Electric cooperatives look to consolidate

    Aug 17, 2023

    Big Horn Rural Electric Company, Carbon Power and Light, Garland Light and Power, and High Plains Power, Inc. collectively (Cooperatives) have hired a consulting firm to conduct a study to examine if there are possible cost savings to our members by consolidating such activities as: administrative, operations, and power costs. Besides cost savings the study will examine the pros and cons of any proposed action(s) including the potential consolidation of entities. The Cooperatives collectively serve roughly 26,000 meters, 8,500 miles of power...

  • First day of school

    Aug 17, 2023

    The first day of school for many local students is Wednesday, August 23. Yes, it’s that time of year again for parents to get their children ready to head back to school. After purchasing new clothes, supplies, pencils, notebooks, and all the usual gear, students and their families prepare their hearts for the next level of education. The kids get to reconnect with their friends, make new ones, and meet new teachers. It’s an exciting time and can be stressful. If we can encourage the students that these new experiences can have great rew...

  • Back to school hackers brief

    Aug 17, 2023

    Scams are out there targeting children and teens. To help keep them safe, have a talk with your children and these and other possible dangers or scams. Artificial Intelligence (AI) – what are the kids learning? AI uses enormous data sets to determine patterns and provide answers to questions. You may be asking where those data sets come from and what is in them. The data sets are sold by companies that collect information from all over the internet as well as information that is sold to them by companies. Yep, that’s right – your perso...

  • Here we go, back to school

    Aug 17, 2023

    by Nikki Eining CSW-PIP, QMHP Here it is, August. Summer has flown by and already there is Halloween candy roaming the shelves of Walmart. For most of us, August also brings the normal adjustment of transitioning back to the school year. It is normal for this to look differently for everyone, especially depending upon the age of your child. You may find yourself stressing to find the school supplies list, supporting your youth through two a day practices for athletic season or looking forward to getting back to the routine of the school year....

  • Nicky 'Bush' Allen Dowdy

    Aug 17, 2023

    Nicky "Bush" Allen Dowdy, 66-year-old Thermopolis resident passed away near his home on August 4, 2023. Bush was born on August 9, 1956 to Jimmie Allen and Nellie Marietta (Mellor) in Sundance, Wyo. He graduated from Upton High School with the class of 1975. He married Carolyn Jean Taylor; to this union three children were born, Scott, Jason and Nicole. The couple later divorced. He married Jo Marie Kruse on November 4, 2011, in Buffalo, Wyo. Together they joined their families to create a... Full story

  • Two Bobcats cheerleaders earn awards

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 17, 2023

    Hot Springs County High School (HSCHS) Bobcat cheerleaders Adriana Deere and Margo Keller attended the All American Cheer camp in Kemmerer on July 31 through August 3. The event is hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). Several other teams were to attend but didn't, resulting in just HSCHS and Kemmerer competing. Deere, a senior, won a gold Ribbon for Superior Shining Star and for Superior Senior, as well as a blue ribbon for Superior Back Spot. Deere also received a medal for...

  • Lawmakers eye school vouchers amid constitutional warnings

    Aug 17, 2023

    by Aedan Hannon Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — Wyoming is moving toward school vouchers even as lawmakers have been warned that courts could strike them down as unconstitutional. Members of the Joint Education Committee met in Cheyenne on Tuesday to debate a series of draft bills that would drastically reshape K-12 schooling in Wyoming, putting more power – and money – in the hands of parents. One of the most significant bills would create a statewide school voucher system for some Wyoming families, allowing them to pu...

  • Still a few buffalo to find

    Aug 17, 2023

    At the August Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce board meeting, during old business CEO Meri Ann Dorman reported about the August 5 Pageant Day Parade that it had a “nice turnout and was a really nice parade”. Regarding the 2023 Get Out with Your Family Activity, Dorman said there are some buffalo dolls still left waiting to be discovered. Dorman said that a tourist told her, “People are excited and over the moon” with this activity. This program is paid for by a grant from the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund and also is in cooperati...

  • Ice cream social

    Aug 17, 2023

    Several types of ice cream were served up during the HSC Democratic Party hosted social in Hot Springs State Park last Wednesday....

  • Temporary closure of pool in HSSP

    Aug 17, 2023

    As of press time on Tuesday, August 15, Wyoming State Parks announced the temporary closure of the Star Plunge in Hot Springs State Park due to their failure to provide proof of liability insurance in compliance with their Wyoming State Parks contract. The closure took effect immediately, and was made with the utmost concern for the safety and well-being of visitors to the park. "While it's regrettable that we must temporarily close the Star Plunge, our top priority is ensuring the safety of our visitors," said Nick Neylon, Deputy Director of...

  • Hot Springs County Fair results

    Aug 17, 2023

    Results have been released for the Hot Springs County Fair livestock, small animal and 4-H/FFA Building Exhibits. Beef Breeding: Hereford/Polled Hereford, spring yearling - Paisley Logan Breeding: Shorthorn, spring yearling - Tymber Eckley Breeding: Any other English breed, spring yearling - Tymber Eckley Grand Champion Breeding Beef - Paisley Logan Reserve Champion Breeding Beef - Tymber Eckley 970-999 - Ryan Axtell, Will Ward 1030-1090 - Bridger Peil, Ryan Axel, Silas Dickey 1110-1150 -...