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Articles from the September 28, 2023 edition


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  • Public hearing held on old airport project

    Jurri Schenck|Sep 28, 2023

    At the September 19 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, a series of public hearings were held. The first public hearing was about the Wyoming Business Council Grant Application for the Former Airport. Chairman Tom Ryan asked for public comments. The first to speak was concerned citizen Hubert McAlister. He said, “I just wanted to let you know a little bit about what my feelings towards this airport are. The best thing we could do is tear the runway up and sell it as home lots. B...

  • Burning of the W

    Sep 28, 2023

    Bobcat Homecoming week kicked off Monday night with the burning of the letter W. The Bobcat varsity football team takes on the Pinedale Wranglers in their homecoming game this Friday with kick off at 6 p.m. Community members came together to bring back the traditional burning of the letter during Homecoming Week. The homecoming parade will travel through downtown Thermopolis beginning at 10:45 on Friday and the FFA dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. that evening....

  • Town plans snowplowing and removal meeting

    Sep 28, 2023

    At the September 19 Thermopolis Town Council meeting, during the Public Works report, Mayor Adam Estenson announced they will have “Basil’s Snowplowing & Removal Summit” on Wednesday, October 4 at 3 p.m. at Town Hall. Mayor Estenson said they want to discuss with business owners and anyone interested in collaborating on a plan of attack to handle the winter snowfall. Town Engineer Anthony Barnett, in his report, discussed the Buffalo Ridge Subdivision and how the Evan’s family is seeking to clean up their estate and that they wanted to know ho...

  • First day of fall

    Sep 28, 2023

    Anglers filled the Bighorn River last Saturday, the first day of fall and also National Hunting and Fishing Day....

  • Judge moves Cody murder trial to HSC

    Sep 28, 2023

    by CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange POWELL — Concerned that extensive media coverage of the case could make it hard to find impartial jurors in Park County, a judge has moved a Cody man’s murder trial to Hot Springs County. Moshe Williams, 33, faces a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the 2021 death of his 2-year-old daughter, Paisleigh. Prosecutors allege Williams caused his daughter’s death by abusing her; medical experts concluded that the child died from a forceful blow to her abdomen and her caret...

  • Gymkhana year end awards

    Sep 28, 2023

    At the September event, the Thermopolis Gymkhana Series wrapped up their 2023 season and handed out year end awards. LEAD LINE Champion Cowgirl Cheerleader - Kuincie Jensen Handiest Saddle String Sibling - Jentry Christian Best Bud in Sport - Eli Arnett Handiest Horseman - Coy Brower PEEWEE Best Never Giver Upper - Chisholm Moline Barrels - Taryn Agar, Jax Christian, Adi Day, Holden Loden, Eleanor Allen, Tucker deGanahl Poles - Taryn Agar, Jax Christian, Tucker DeGanahl, Adi Day, Korbie Jensen,...

  • On the record

    Sep 28, 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. Correction Lanette Carter’s name was misspelled in last week’s Independent Record. We apologize for the error. Sheriff’s Office Monday, Sept. 18 1:23 p.m. Report of a citizen who had questions regarding a hospice death. Tuesda...

  • Petroglyph tour

    Sep 28, 2023

    Wyoming Discovery Days and Think WY sponsored a petroglyph tour last Saturday featuring Dr. Larry Loendorf. He has conducted cutting edge archaeological research for over six decades. Attendees were able to tour several local petroglyph sites....

  • Bobcat Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Sep 28, 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...

  • Safe Haven 5K fundraiser set

    Sep 28, 2023

    The First Safe Haven 5K Donut Dash Walk/Run Fundraiser will be on Saturday, October 14 at 8 a.m. starting at 509 Broadway Street. The theme is Do-Not Stay Silent About Domestic Violence and Hot Springs County will be “Scaring Domestic Violence Out of Town”. Registration is $30. Come dressed as your scariest creations, prizes will be awarded for most realistic, most creative and scariest costume. The post race event will include donuts, hot cocoa and activities. Sarah Slagle and Amber Cox are taking the helm to organize the event. Slagle sai...

  • Teachers honored

    Sep 28, 2023

    A ceremony was held at Ralph Witters Elementary to honor teachers Kristin Ryan and Alyssa Brown, who received a $2,000 grant as part of Voya Unsung Heroes program. A full story appeared in last week's IR....

  • Educate yourself on the rights enshrined in the Constitution

    Sep 28, 2023

    by John Malmberg, Cody Enterprise On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed. However, it wasn’t until four years later on Dec. 15, 1791, that the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, were added to the document. It is beneficial, however, to regularly remember those rights guaranteed to us in the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is as valuable today as it was when it was first ratified. It is the bedrock -- it is the solid foundation -- on which our country has survived and prospered for more than 200 years. T...

  • Wyoming Legislatures slam BLM plan

    Sep 28, 2023

    by Bryon Glathar Kemmerer Gazette Via Wyoming News Exchange KEMMERER — A number of Wyoming officials are asking residents to speak up while they can concerning a recently-released plan by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that could affect farmers, ranchers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts in southwest Wyoming. Some state legislators are calling foul after saying the BLM didn’t include one key group of stakeholders — landowners — when deciding how to manage 3.6 million acres of federal land and 3.7 million acres of federal mineral estat...

  • Lady Cats to host home tourney

    Sep 28, 2023

    by Karissa Nichols After a tough week 4 for the Lady Cats, they ended week 5 with a win for Freshman through Varsity in Wind River against the Lady Cougars. Thursday evening the Lady Cats battled it out in a conference match against the Lady Worland Warriors but fell short in 4 games to finish off the night. Scores against the Lady Warriors were 14-25, 25-19, 17-25 and 18-25. Coach Shannon Hill had the following to say about the match against Worland, “We set a team goal to serve over 90% and we met that goal with a 90.79 serve percentage a...

  • High school rodeo season begins

    Sep 28, 2023

    The Wyoming High School Rodeo Association has kicked off their season and members of the Hot Springs County High School rodeo team are traveling around the state to compete. Recent results include: The season kicked off in Riverton September 9-10. Saturday Taylor Agar, barrel racing, 19.476 Kamryn Farrell, barrel racing, 21.218; goat tying, 9th, 8.43 Mesa Longwell, barrel racing, 22.033 Rylee Agar, barrel racing, 24.46; pole bending, 33.904 Brider Peil and Jhett Longwell, team roping, 5th, 9.03 Jay Richey and partner Karly Peterson of Buffalo,...

  • Bobcats earn top spots at cross county meet

    Daniel Powell|Sep 28, 2023

    Thermopolis hosted the Bobcat Invitational Cross Country meet at the Thermopolis Golf Course on Friday, September 22. Teams from Thermopolis, Wyoming Indian School and St. Stephens competed on a day which started out somewhat cool and cloudy, but in which the heavens came through, with sunshine all around during the four event meet. The high school girls event was off to a great start at 2 p.m., and the boys began at 2:30. The high school course was a 5K event, that again had ups and downs, with which the top-notch runners were required to...

  • Spots of fall color

    Sep 28, 2023

    Along East River Road, cows graze in front of a tree that is showing hints of fall color....

  • Travel and Tourism board discuss digital sign

    Jurri Schenck|Sep 28, 2023

    At the September Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting, Treasurer Audra Dominguez gave the financial report and said they collected approximately $37,638.88 in lodging tax revenue. This amount is 11% over that last year in the same month. The average is $18,426.35, making this latest amount almost double and a record-breaking month. The board voted and passed the approval of the financial report. Dorothy presented her director’s report and also discussed that they performed their s...

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