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  • County GIS document storage update

    Jurri Schenck|Sep 15, 2022

    At the September 6 Hot Springs County Commissioners meeting, Brian Clarkson and Maddie Ross of T-O Engineers gave the Geographic Information System (GIS) update via speakerphone to the commissioners and said that they finished scanning land use change files and began processing documents for upload to cloud storage. They also returned land use change and septic permit files to county planner Bo Bowman and received a new batch of septic permit files to scan. Additionally, they finished scanning...

  • Airport Fly-In

    Sep 15, 2022

    A Fly-In was held at the Hot Springs County Airport last Saturday morning. Visitors were treated to a free breakfast and had a chance to visit, look over the airport and check out some planes....

  • Submit your questions for local candidates running for office

    Sep 15, 2022

    The Independent Record wants to give citizens of Hot Springs County, Thermopolis, East Thermopolis and Kirby a chance to ask questions of local candidates running for contested offices. Here is your chance, as a voter, to ask the questions and have candidates answers printed in the October 27 General Election Section. Community members submitting the questions will remain anonymous and their names will not be included. Submit your questions of the candidates for the following elected positions: House District 28 seat - Incumbent John R. Winter...

  • Remembering

    Sep 15, 2022

    This display was set up by the Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday to honor the fallen from September 11, 2001, the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil....

  • Fearing misconduct, lawmakers consider opening teacher personnel files

    Sep 15, 2022

    by Sofia Jeremias, WyoFile.com Spurred by constituent accounts of harassment and bullying by teachers and coaches, the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee debated Tuesday how to best hold K-12 employees accountable when they behave inappropriately with students.“I think we have instances where we need to do a better job of looking out for the safety of our kids,” said Sen. Affie Ellis (R-Cheyenne). “We need to figure out a better process so that parents and students have confidence in these institutions.”Ellis proposed two pieces of draft...

  • On the record

    Sep 15, 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, Sept. 5 2:34 p.m. A deputy responded to the area of mile marker 127 on Highway 20 South for a possible domestic dispute. They were unable to locate anyone in the area. 11:51 a.m. Agency assist for the Th...

  • Winner, winner

    Sep 15, 2022

    Main Street Thermopolis is hosting the Great Until 8! every second Saturday of the month. The winner for the September drawing was Tera Kraushaar. All you have to do is shop at participating business/restaurants and turn in your receipts by the end of the event. Main Street Thermopolis will be participating in the Shop Small on November 26. They will be keeping the receipts from Great Until 8! for the months of September, October and November and will draw a winner for $500 in Chamber Bucks to...

  • Meet the candidates

    Sep 15, 2022

    Plan to attend a Meet the Candidates Public Forum on Monday, Sept. 26 starting at 6 p.m. in the Thermopolis Middle School Commons area. There will be a two minute introduction from all candidates and time to visit afterward. All candidates registered for the General Election have been invited to attend. The forum is sponsored by Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Springs County Farm Bureau Federation....

  • Tickets available for annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

    Sep 15, 2022

    The 101st Annual Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Banquet is on Saturday, October 1 at the HSC Fairbuilding. The No-Host Cocktail Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with One Eyed Buffalo Saloon serving, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. catered by Black Bear Catering with the program beginning at about 7:30 p.m. The speaker for the evening is Mandy Fabel. Fabel has spent her career at the intersection of leadership, business, and adventure. She is passionate about helping others develop their own leadership style while breaking down the...

  • Doing research?

    Sep 15, 2022

    The Independent Record staff has been contacted by several individuals wanting to do research on a variety of topics. No problem, we’ve got you covered. There are a few ways to access the IR archives. The easiest way to research through the last seven years of papers is using our website at thermopir.com. Subscribers have access to review full pdf versions of our paper dating back to April 2015. For stories printed in the IR from the beginning of 2016 until present, the key word search feature is available. If you are interested in r...

  • Listen to your gut

    Sep 15, 2022

    by Jill Kruse, D.O. People often talk about having a “gut feeling” when they know something is wrong. What feelings come when there is something wrong with the digestive system itself and how do you differentiate between “butterflies” acting up and a serious gastrointestinal problem? There are many different organs that can cause GI problems and may include the esophagus, stomach, the small intestine, and the large intestine. The esophagus is the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach. The most common issue people have with the esophagus i...

  • Christine G. O'Brien

    Sep 15, 2022

    Christine G. O'Brien, 51, of Kirby, Wyo., died peacefully on August 31, 2022, at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont., following an extended illness. Born in Columbus, Mont., on February 1, 1971, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Audrey (Nott) Bungard. Christine spent most of her childhood in Park City and Huntley, Mont. During her adulthood she traveled around a bit, eventually settling in Thermopolis, Wyo., where she met the love of her life, Larry O'Brien. They moved to Kirby...

  • Helen M. Thamm

    Sep 15, 2022

    Helen M. Thamm, 73, was born in Chicago, Ill., June 16, 1949. On August 25, 2022, she went peacefully to be with her God. She was raised and educated in her hometown Chicago earning a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. But when she moved to Thermopolis in 2005 she referenced it as "her beautiful Thermopolis". Helen had served in several nursing roles, including direct patient care in hospitals where she loved helping people grow through a variety of mental health challenges as well as in...

  • Golfers headed to state

    Tatum Epperson|Sep 15, 2022

    The Bobcat golf team traveled to Kemmerer in their latest match last Friday. "This was a fun event that we don't often get to do. We just had a dual because all of 3A and 4A were at their state qualifying events and the other 2A schools are all on the East side of the state. We decided to compete in this dual rather than traveling to the other side of the state, two weeks in a row. It was fun because we got to play a different style (match play) where one player from our team plays the equal...

  • Cross County to host Glow Run

    Sep 15, 2022

    The Bobcat Cross County team competed at the Chief Nation Invitational Cross Country meet in Ethete last Saturday. Three varsity girls ran from Thermopolis with top finisher for the Bobcats, Ruth Johnson, coming in 14th with a time of 21:15.30. Mercedes Martinez had a time of 23:52.40 and Jayda Griffin had a time of 24:49.00. For the varsity boys, Bobcat Jadeth Elder had a time of 19:31.80 followed by Jarek Jeffs with a time of 20:25.10, Jesse Rodriguez with a 20:46.50 and Seth Needham with a 20:50.90. For the JV boys Teague Mann finished with...

  • TMS football kicks off with win

    Tatum Epperson|Sep 15, 2022

    The Thermopolis Middle School Football team started their season off with a victory over Shoshoni on Sept. 3. Coach Shane Corpening said “I thought we played really well from the start. We scored on our first offensive possession. The team obviously has a lot of things we need to clean up. There were way too many penalties and first game mistakes. Those things will be focal points for our practice this upcoming week. Defensively, we were consistent throughout the game. As mentioned, our secondary gradually improved as the game went on. The t...

  • Bobcat Homecoming activities planned

    Sep 15, 2022

    Bobcat Homecoming week kicks off on Monday, Sept. 19 and lasts through out the week. At Hot Springs County High School, classes will decorate the halls on Monday. On Tuesday, a Dodgeball game will be played in the HS gym beginning at 7 p.m. During the school day on Wednesday the popular Buff Puff and Powder Puff games will be played. Thursday there will be a Talent Show and the 2022 Homecoming Royalty will be announced. No specific times were provided for the Wednesday and Thursday activites. On Friday, the Bobcat Homecoming Parade will start...

  • Bobcats fall to Kemmerer

    Tatum Epperson|Sep 15, 2022

    The Bobcat varsity football team traveled to Kemmerer last Friday to take on the Rangers. Quarterback, senior Gavin Shumway, completed 12 of 17 passes for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game. Del Dukes hauled in 7 passes for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Chris Arends had 24 tackles in the game with Jessen Basse adding 10 tackles. Zane Stam and Armani Dukes each had a fumble recovery. Ryan Arends caught 4 passes for 46 yards. The Bobcats held on until half time with the score of 26-20, but in the end, Kemmerer took the win with...

  • Lady Cats play volleyball at home Friday and Saturday

    Tatum Epperson|Sep 15, 2022

    The Lady Bobcat Volleyball team was busy on the road traveling to different tournaments last weekend. JV and Varsity traveled to Rawlins and the Freshmen traveled to Buffalo. Coach Shannon Hill said “These Lady Cats have had a great start to the 2022 season. We just came off a full weekend of tournaments.” Freshmen went 10-1 in Pool Play and ended up second in bracket. “They played great, passing very well and improving with each match,” said coach Hill. JV went 2-4 in Pool Play on Friday and ended up dropping both on Saturday’s bracket p...

  • News briefs from around Wyoming

    Sep 15, 2022

    Sexual assault charges against state trooper filed in district court CHEYENNE (WNE) — Documents charging a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper with three felony counts of first-degree sexual assault with physical force have been filed in Laramie County District Court. Sgt. Gabriel Lee Testerman was arrested Aug. 30 by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, according to a Highway Patrol news release sent out that day. The WHP apparently learned about a pending Cheyenne Police Department investigation involving Testerman on May 2, and he has been on...

  • Chamber report

    Jurri Schenck|Sep 15, 2022

    On September 8, the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce held its board meeting at Big Horn Federal. In old business Chamber, CEO Meri Ann Rush said the income for the demolition derby event was “higher than anticipated” and they are waiting for final expenses to come in. Rush added, “The derby was good.” Also, discussed Rush said there was a theft of welding leads at the fairgrounds during the derby. One of the board members said that the derby was on a Saturday but the theft was rep...

  • Gone fishing

    Sep 15, 2022

    Several fishermen could be found along the Bighorn River and fishing from boats on Saturday....

  • Dvarishkis, Bentley to be inducted into Cowboy Hall of Fame

    Sep 15, 2022

    The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) has selected 36 inductees for the Class of 2022 including Larry Bentley and the late Ramul Dvarishkis of Hot Springs County, Region 8. The WCHF State Board of Directors voted on the nominees from across the state during its annual meeting May 1. Regional committees in ten different areas of Wyoming researched and scored over 70 nominations and sent the top picks to the WCHF State Board of Directors. Formed for historical, cultural, literary, and educational purposes, WCHF’s chief goal is “To preserve, pro...

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