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Articles from the August 24, 2023 edition


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  • Board votes to submit specific findings regarding Tipi Retreat litigation

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 24, 2023

    During the August 15 Hot Springs County Commissioner (HSCC) meeting, Chairman Tom Ryan presented a 16-page "Specific Findings by Board Upon Remand by District Court" regarding litigation between Michael and Michele Stevens of the Tipi Retreat, LLC and the HSC Commissioners. Chairman Ryan said, "The court had ordered us to come up with specific findings. It's a little unusual. We don't normally talk about ongoing litigation, but the attorneys have worked out specific findings of the Tipi matter....

  • Turtle Trek

    Aug 24, 2023

    The Thermopolis Rotary Club held a Turtle Trek Fundraiser in Hot Springs State Park last Saturday. Many turtles with numbers on them floated from the Big Springs all the way to the cooling ponds. Top there winners are Sue Pasioc - $1,000, Reuben Horde - $500 and Coulter Mann - $250. Proceeds raised go to community programs, scholarships and other worthwhile projects....

  • Group discusses shooting complex details

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 24, 2023

    On Friday, August 18, members of different entities met informally at the County Annex to discuss the possibility of bringing a world-class shooting complex to Hot Springs County. The representatives were from the Hot Springs County Commissioners, the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Thermopolis, the Town of Shoshoni, and the Thermopolis Gun Club. Commissioner Paul Galovich led the discussion where various ideas of locations were mulled over. Their initial discussion was...

  • Risen Son School reopens

    Aug 24, 2023

    Risen Son Christian School has reopened after being closed for the past two years. New Headmaster Jon Locke and his wife, teacher Michele, who is pictured here with Cabre Rose Mayer, Haddie Johnson, Lizzy Harvey, Bentley Harvey and Lincoln Harvey....

  • Council votes to approve change to tobacco ordinance

    Aug 24, 2023

    At the August 15 Thermopolis Town Council meeting, Brad Becerra presented a proposal for an RC Track to potentially be located near Warren Street and 10th and 11th Street in the open space there, which is Town property. Becerra requested permission to create a 40-foot by 80-foot area with two tracks that would include jumps and flat areas. The users would operate the track at normal times, similar to Candy Jack Park’s times. Becerra said that they would need nothing from the town. During discussion, the council asked questions about if there ar...

  • On the record

    Aug 24, 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. Fire Friday, Aug. 18 The Black Mountain Fire, east of Thermopolis, burned approximately 2,500 acres of grass and sagebrush on primarily BLM-managed and private lands. The fire is the first time air resources were deployed from the...

  • Wyoming Whiskey Integrity release celebration Saturday

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 24, 2023

    Wyoming Whiskey (WW) is holding its Integrity Straight Bourbon Whiskey release event on Friday, August 25 in Kirby to celebrate Senator Alan Simpson, who will sign bottles from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the distillery. According to WW, “Integrity is a tribute to the honorable and respected Alan K. Simpson, a man known for his wit, wisdom, and dedication to his principles. Aged for seven years, this bourbon is crafted with integrity and care, just as Simpson approached every aspect of his life. D...

  • Dinner is served

    Aug 24, 2023

    Stefani Haga serves Annie McDonald at the well attended Farm to Fork Fundraiser Indian Dinner last Sunday at the Community Hall....

  • Preschool fair Friday

    Aug 24, 2023

    A preschool activity fair will be held on Friday, August 25 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Hot Springs State Park Pavilion. Bring your preschool children for an exciting end of summer activity. Children from 1-4 years of age are invited. Several community agencies will provide activities for preschool children, including projects to make and games to play. Your child can make a sun catcher or a sailboat from a pool noodle. There will be gifts for preschoolers, drawings for prizes, and refreshments. A child safety seat check will be available....

  • Why a raid of a Kansas newspaper matters in Wyoming

    Aug 24, 2023

    Did you see the news recently? Did you pay attention to the attack on the First Amendment? It did not come from politicians or the government but rather from law enforcement. According to a story from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and more than 30 news media organizations are condemning last week’s police raid of Kansas’s Marion County Record during which law enforcement officers seized the newspaper’s electronic newsgathering equipment and reporting materials. The Repor...

  • Concerned citizen recommends you stay informed

    Aug 24, 2023

    On August 15, I wrote a letter to the Hot Springs County Commissioners requesting them to do what I believe is right and moral concerning Michael and Michele Stevens’ Tipi Retreat on the Stevens’ property. The courts had remanded the case back to the County Commissioners. I feel this essentially gave the County Board of Commissioners another chance to do what I believe is the right thing. The August 15 meeting agenda included an item called “Approval of Specific Findings by Board Upon Remand by District Court”. The day before the meeting...

  • Mary Louise Britting

    Aug 24, 2023

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marie Britting. She passed away following a brief illness on Aug. 1, 2023. Marie was born in Lackawanna, N. Y., on Oct. 7, 1950, and spent her childhood in Hamburg, N. Y. She graduated from Frontier Central High School, class of 1969, and went on to Jamestown Jr. College to become a practical nurse. Eventually Marie relocated to California, graduating from San Francisco City College, as an RN. Marie worked as a nurse at the VA hospital,... Full story

  • Dennis Aaron Rush

    Aug 24, 2023

    Dennis Aaron Rush, 79, passed away May 13, 2023, of natural causes in Billings, Mont. Dennis was born May 6, 1944, in Worland, Wyo., to Clair and Louise (Dockery) Rush. He graduated from high school in Thermopolis, Wyo., in 1962 and married Margo Yonkee in 1964. They moved to Missoula, Mont., in January of 1965 to continue their college work. Dennis worked many jobs in his lifetime, always with an outdoor component. When he chose outdoor work as his lifetime goal, he interspersed his college work with stints int eh Forest Service both in... Full story

  • Garden of the month

    Aug 24, 2023

    Red Dirt Master Gardeners selected Nina Carroll for the August Garden of the Month award....

  • WAHPERD convention

    Aug 24, 2023

    Hot Springs County School District hosted the WAHPERD convention on August 8-9, where physical education teachers received training for their various school districts. Brian DeVore from Gillette, left, guided educators on how to model for their students ways to introduce themselves to people you just met....

  • Bobcat golfers begin season in Powell

    Aug 24, 2023

    Bobcat golfers are heading into the 2023 season with the boys as the defending 2A state champions, last year being their fifth consecutive. The team started the season competing in the Powell Fall Invite on August 10-11. For the boys, Hayden Overfield shot an 82 on day 1 followed by a 78 on day two for a score of 160, earning him a tie for 7th place. Hayden Johnson shot a 106 both days for a score of 212. Camden Weyer shot a 237, Van Epperson a 240 and Ian Locke a 264. As a team the boys finished at the bottom of the pack. For the Lady Cats,...

  • Travel and Tourism board discusses digital signage

    Aug 24, 2023

    At the August Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting, Treasurer Audra Dominguez reported that their most recent lodging tax revenue, the first for the fiscal year 2023-2024 was $32,210.84 at 17% less amount change than the previous year. This month’s reporting was $6,468.85 less than the previous year. However, they are 100% above average over the past 13 years, The board voted and passed the approval of the financial report. In the director’s report, Jackie Dorothy said, “We are working virtually to update our Google Analy...

  • How HSC High School tracks and improves student achievement

    Kirk Boxleitner|Aug 24, 2023

    Hot Springs County High School Principal Catelyn Deromedi devoted her district share presentation, during the Hot Springs County School Board meeting on Aug. 17, to how the high school has acted to bolster student achievement by more rigorously tracking students’ progress. Deromedi explained that, in every academic year, school districts throughout the state receive accountability ratings from the Wyoming Department of Education. According to Deromedi, those ratings encompass achievement growth, equity, extended graduation, on-time graduation,...

  • Banana split day

    Aug 24, 2023

    Central Bank and Trust held its Banana Split Social last Thursday where they served over 200 people. Staff members Kurstin Turnbaugh and Amanda McIntyre served ice cream and toppings to Stephanie and Josh Conrad....

  • Bear relocated from northwest of town

    Aug 24, 2023

    After consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department captured and relocated an adult male grizzly bear on Aug. 15. The bear was captured for livestock depredation northwest of Thermopolis on private land. The bear was relocated to the Five Mile Creek drainage approximately 41 miles west of Cody. Bears are relocated in accordance with state and federal law and regulation, and Game and Fish is required to update the public whenever a bear is relocated. Grizzly bear relocation is a management...

  • Fundraiser

    Aug 24, 2023

    Jefferey VanAntwerp, Clay VanAntwerp and Justine Whitt competed at the Thermopolis Booster Club cornhole fundraiser last Saturday. The event raised money for the Hot Springs School District athletes....

  • Blood drive planned

    Aug 24, 2023

    The Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a Blood Drive on September 5-6 The Tuesday, Sept. 5 drive will be held at the HSC Senior Citizen Center from 2-6 p.m. The Wednesday, Sept. 6 drive will be held at the High school gym from 9-1:30 p.m. Blood that is donated here in Thermopolis goes to Billings, which is the blood bank for our community. For more information or to make an appointment, call Blood Drive Coordinator Melene Mierzejewski at 307-240-1414....

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