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Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition

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  • Lady Cats win state golf

    Daniel Powell|Sep 21, 2023

    The Thermopolis High School Golf Team headed to Newcastle last Thursday to compete in the 2023 Class 2A State Golf Tournament. The event was hosted by Upton High School on September 15 and 16. Thirty six holes were played over the two day tournament. At state, each team is allowed up to five players on each of the boys and girls teams, with team scores determined by the best three players on the girls team, and the best four players on the boys team. Play commenced with a shotgun start on...

  • Two Thermopolis teachers receive $2,000 boost from Voya Financial

    Sep 21, 2023

    Voya Financial, Inc. a leading provider of retirement plans for educators, announced today that Kristin Ryan and Alyssa Brown, teachers at Ralph Witters Elementary School, have received a $2,000 grant as part of the company’s 2023 Unsung Heroes awards competition. Ryan and Brown are the only winners in the entire state of Wyoming. Voya Unsung Heroes program has awarded more than $6 million to help U.S. educators turn creative teaching ideas into reality for the last 27 years. Ryan’s and Brown’s innovative idea, “RWE Books on Demand,” will give...

  • Cody radio station owner pleads guilty to tax fraud

    Sep 21, 2023

    by CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange A Cody businesswoman recently pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return, admitting she withheld and then manipulated several years of returns in an attempt to avoid paying more than $2.5 million in taxes. As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Susan K. Patrick acknowledged that she’d hidden $10 million of business income — and, in turn, $9.5 million of personal income — between 2012 and 2014. Patrick is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Alt...

  • An evening of fundraising

    Sep 21, 2023

    Non-Profit Gottsche Rehabilitation Center held a Boots N Bling fundraiser at the HSC Fair Building on Saturday. The event was well attended and featured food and multiple prizes and auction items. Over 150 tickets were sold. An official total for the amount raised at the event was not available at press time however Cheryl Shero issued the following, "I cannot begin to thank everyone enough for all they did, including the outstanding team I have at Gottsche. I am honored and proud to be a part...

  • Fun at the fly-in

    Sep 21, 2023

    Brothers Gentry and Cheston Kimes man the cockpit, with Beau in the backseat, as they check out one of the airplanes during the Hot Springs County Fly-In event on Saturday morning....

  • On the record

    Sep 21, 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, Sept. 11 2:14 p.m. Report of a residential burglary on Red Lane. The case is currently under investigation. Tuesday, Sept. 12 5:44 p.m. Report of a bull on Highway 20 North. The bull was returned to its p...

  • Senior Center to host full line up of events

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Hot Springs County Senior Center is holding a variety of events that are coming up and of interest to the public. The Senior Center Welcomes Fall with a Big Rummage Sale at the old airport, Friday, September 22 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and dollar a bag Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. Make your selections and a donation that will go to their new building. The Senior Center will hold their Trunk Sale on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the center, 206 Senior Ave. You can sell whatever fits in your vehicle’s trunk or truck bed. It costs $15 p...

  • Petroglyph tour set for Saturday

    Sep 21, 2023

    A free, exclusive petroglyph tour with Dr. Larry Loendorf is planned for Saturday, September 23. Dr. Loendorf has conducted cutting edge archaeological research for over six decades. Participants will meet at the Hot Springs County Museum at 3 p.m. The guided tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 BBQ dinner and bonfire. Come prepared to walk on uneven terrain to multiple petroglyph sites. The tour is limited to 100 so sign-up early. For more information or to sign-up contact or 904-874-2560. The tour is...

  • Christian woman's conference planned

    Jurri Schenck|Sep 21, 2023

    Local non-denomination informal organization Rooted In Faith will hold its 2nd Annual Christian Women’s Conference on Sunday, September 24 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Hot Springs County Fairground Building. The sign-in is at 12:30 p.m. with lunch served at 1 p.m. Guest speaker is Jennifer Waddle. Waddle is the author of “Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer,” and is a regular contributor for Lifeway, Crosswalk, Abide, and Christians Care International. Waddle’s onl...

  • New HSH Foundation director

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Thermopolis Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting on September 14 to recognize Laura Budd as the new director leading the Hot Springs Health Foundation. She has been working as the HSH Foundation Director and Grant Writer since April 2023. From l to r, Nancy Brown – Ambassador, Janice Hoxey – Ambassador, Deb Tudor – Ambassador, Scott Alwin – HSH CEO, Belinda Willson – Foundation Board, Laura Budd – Foundation Director, Bev Koerwitz – Ambassador and Foundation Board, Tiffany Randa...

  • Grizzly encounter shows need for state management

    Sep 21, 2023

    by John Malmberg, Cody Enterprise A grizzly bear that wandered into a residential area east of Cody last week was trapped and euthanized. The wayward grizzly was seen very near the home of a family with six young children. We are grateful none of those children encountered the bear. No one can know for certain, but if management of grizzly bears had been turned over to the state of Wyoming perhaps the bear would not have invaded private property. The bear might have been killed by a hunter, but most likely would not have been outside the area...

  • Wyoming's 988 Suicide and Crisis Line

    Sep 21, 2023

    As part of its commitment to help reduce suicide deaths across the state, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is sharing key information about the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and its operations in Wyoming. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is free, confidential and always available. The system involves a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Two call centers within Wyoming are part of the lifeline network. “We believe it’s a benefi...

  • Breast cancer can effect anyone

    Sep 21, 2023

    by Debra Johnston, MD My mother had 6 siblings, 16 aunts and uncles, and innumerable cousins. She was the first of them all to be diagnosed with breast cancer. I think of my mom every time one of my patients tells me they aren’t concerned about breast cancer because it doesn’t run in their family. Unfortunately, that is true of most people who are diagnosed with the disease. I also think of my mother every time I do a breast exam, or teach someone else how to do a self exam. Her breast cancer was one not detectable by the mammogram tec...

  • Curtis 'Curt' Grega

    Sep 21, 2023

    Curtis John Grega, 69, died peacefully during a brief but dramatic storm at lunchtime on Sunday, August 27, 2023. "Grampy" was being cared for by his daughter, Erin Patricia Straley, in East Thermopolis. He had been bed-ridden almost exclusively since his 1st (of 8) brain surgeries for hydrocephalus on July 3, 1997. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, (Pamela) Elizabeth Straley (although they did not live together the last 14 of them); daughter, Erin Patricia Straley; Grand-'Son',... Full story

  • Boo Bash Chamber banquet planned for October 7

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Chamber Banquet “Cham-Boo Bash” on Saturday, October 7 at the HSC Fair Building. The No-Host Hour is 5:30 p.m. and Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $49 each or $400 per table of 8. Attendees will have a chance to purchase tickets to be in a drawing for their bucket prizes. Eric Kay will be the speaker for the evening. Awards presented will include the 2022 Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Non-Profit Organization of the Year and Best Costume. Nominees for Bus...

  • Brett Reo Boren

    Sep 21, 2023

    Brett Reo Boren, 65, died Friday, August 25, 2023, at Hot Springs Health hospital in Thermopolis, Wyo., following a courageous battle with cancer. One of seven children, he was born December 18, 1957, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Reo and Sharon (Vincent) Boren. Raised in Wyoming he graduated high school from Wind River. Known as Papa Cowboy by his grandchildren, he ranched for many years and also was a mechanic of gas compressors working for Exterian Company. Brett enjoyed hunting,... Full story

  • Lanette Carter

    Sep 21, 2023

    Lanette Carter, known by many as Mrs. Carter, went to join her beloved husband Larry, family, and their much loved dogs in heaven on September 8, 2023. She was born in Bozeman, Mont., on March 15, 1955, to Newell and Daisy Sessions. She was the youngest of four children. Lanette's true passion in life laid with her students at Parkside elementary where she taught kindergarten for over 30 years. She touched countless student's lives as a teacher. She was a true mentor and a very loyal friend.... Full story

  • Lady Cats host Worland Thursday

    Sep 21, 2023

    by Karissa Nichols The Lady Cats spent an abundance of time on the court in week 4 of the season with a home match on Thursday against the Lovell Lady Bulldogs, Friday they traveled to Powell and met a hard hitting Powell team, and then to Big Horn on Saturday to take on the #1 ranked 2A Lady Rams. The Lady Cats fell to the Lovell Lady Bulldogs in four games at home with scores of 17-25, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25.. Coach Shannon Hill stated “I was proud of how they played pretty consistently in games 2 and 3. We started out slow in game 4, after a t...

  • STEM van visits

    Sep 21, 2023

    Jaylee Larson, age 9, and Jess Carley STEM program specialist for the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming learn about human anatomy with their display model during a visit from the STEM van last week....

  • Cross country to host home meet

    Sep 21, 2023

    Hot Springs County High School cross county competed at the Chief Nation Invitational meet last Saturday in Ethete. The girls team was led by Jayda Griffin’s time of 24:14.43, earring her a 12th place finish. Sadie Martinez had a time of 26:59.06 followed by Ava Dafoe at 28:17.64. For the boys, Jadeth Elder completed the 5,000 meter run in 18:35.84, coming in at 7th place. Rounding out the varsity boys times were Cole Keller, 20:02.89; Jesse Rodriguez, 20:37.64; Seth Needham, 21:29.21; Teancum Gevas, 21:55.29 and Alec Martinez, 25:54.84. M...

  • Bobcats prepare for homecoming

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Bobcat varsity football team fell to #2 Mountain View last week in a final conference game score of 14-0. This week they will be traveling to Rich County, Utah to play on Friday with kick off at 4 p.m. Other homecoming activities include dress up days at each school, hall decorating and a dodgeball tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school gym. Homecoming royalty will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the school auditorium. On Thursday, Sept. 28, Buff Puff and Powder Puff games will be held...

  • Bobcat Hall of Fame inductees announced

    Sep 21, 2023

    The 2023 Bobcat Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include Jon McDonald – Male Athlete, Jake Schmidt – Male Athlete, Joshua Rathbun – Special Contributor and the 1974 Boys Basketball - Team The induction will begin on Thursday, September 28 in conjunction with Bobcat Homecoming Week and will start at 7 p.m. at the Hot Springs County High School Commons. The public will have an opportunity to meet this year’s inductees, as well as see the new digitalized Bobcat Hall of Fame display. Refreshments will be available. The induction will continu...

  • Appreciation BBQ

    Sep 21, 2023

    Michael Smith and Dennis Johnson play putt-putt golf as part of the fun during the Wyomoing Pioneer Home BBQ on Saturday....

  • New mural in the works in downtown Thermopolis

    Sep 21, 2023

    Artists Autumn Hnilicka and Aiyana Perez of Sage Brushes from Lander are painting a large mural on the old downtown fire hall. The mural features the letters of Thermopolis with images highlighting the historical timelines of the area. Some of the images include the dinosaurs, petroglyphs of the Native Americans, homesteaders, sheep farmers, and the hot springs. Also, the design includes famous locals such as Tim McCoy, Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid and others. The letters follow a chronological...

  • Chamber board discusses upcoming Moonlight Madness

    Sep 21, 2023

    At the September Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce board meeting, during old business CEO Meri Ann Dorman reported that for the August 12 Demolition Derby, they made a profit with about 1,100 tickets sold. Regarding the 2023 Get Out with Your Family Activity, Dorman reported that all but one of the buffalo dolls was found. Dorman added that will apply again for the Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund next year to do the program again. This year was their second time. Dorman also discussed the Chambers upcoming coming banquet on Saturday, O...