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Articles from the October 24, 2019 edition


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  • Planning commission approves land change

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 24, 2019

    John and Jane Jeffs appeared before the Hot Springs County Planning Commission recently to request a variance of a road easement, a land use change and a preliminary subdivision plat to establish one six-acre lot with a remaining 56-acre property. The property in question is a place just under 63 acres at 1287 Jeffs Road. What they are asking to do is a simple one-lot subdivision of about six-acres which contains their residence. They plan to move an existing guest cabin onto the remaining 56...

  • Who's your mummy?

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 24, 2019

    Students at Thermopolis Middle School had a terrific time during their Voices program last Friday morning. They not only turned each other into mummies, they had a couple of games using candy corn and sticky notes....

  • New chamber board members, officers elected

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    During their Oct. 10 meeting, the Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members Jennifer Fisher, Howie Samelson, Beth Lewis and Jana Oliver. The four will fill the spots vacated by Phil Scheel, Deb Tudor, Greg Willson and Barb Heinze, who have officially “termed out” This means they’ve served two consecutive three-year terms. Following the election of the new board members, the executive board was also elected and consists of President Sam Needham, Vice President Robin Griffin...

  • School board updated on SEL program

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 24, 2019

    The Hot Springs County School District’s Board of Trustees heard a presentation from principal Breeze Daniels, Elisa Daniels and Becca Nelson on Social, Emotional Learning (SEL) in grades five through 12 during their October meeting. SEL focuses on creating a social/emotional environment and using “I Can” statements in both academic and social situations. During October they are recognizing the students who are giving 100 percent and in the classrooms, focusing on taking risks. Rather than looki...

  • Bjorhus named to WRPA hall of fame

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 24, 2019

    Thermopolis' own Don Bjorhus was honored as the 2019 Hall of Fame recipient for the Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA) on Oct. 2. Bjorhus has a long career in both sports and recreation having received his Associates Degree from Otero Junior College in Business Administration while playing varsity baseball, then moved on to receive his Bachelors degree in Human Performance and Sport at Metro State College while again, playing varsity baseball. He went on to become the assistant... Full story

  • On the Record for Oct. 24

    Oct 24, 2019

    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. Sheriff’s office Wednesday, Oct. 16 1:35 p.m. A subject reported a port-a-potty in a ditch in the Black Mountain area. The owning company was identified and recovered it. Friday, Oct. 18 1:22 p.m. Complaint of a vehicle passing a stopped school bus. The vehicle was identified and was not l...

  • Rocky road

    Lara Love, Publisher|Oct 24, 2019

    Just before noon on Monday, the Hot Springs County Sheriff's Office and Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to an accident in Wind River Canyon. The driver of the vehicle, who complained of minor injuries, received a ride from another driver to the Wedding of the Waters, prior to report of the accident....

  • Wyoming history

    Oct 24, 2019

    A look at a few historical events from the past week. •Oct. 17: In 1945, an 11-year-old girl shot a 700-pound bear with a .22-caliber rifle near Worland. •Oct.. 18: In 1969, the football game between the University of Wyoming and Brigham Young University that prompted the protest by Wyoming’s “Black 14” was played. •Oct. 19: In 1944, three men were killed in a bomber crash near Casper Army Air Base. •Oct. 21: In 1872, construction of the Territorial Prison in Laramie was completed. •Oct. 22: In 1964, Richard Nixon visited Wyoming to camp...

  • Tuffner reflects on move here

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    Waiting to get some lunch at the Hot Springs County Senior Center, Betty Tuffner visited for a few minutes about her move to Thermopolis. "I moved here this time in 2004," Tuffner said, "but I lived here before in 1988 and '89." Her most recent move was from Sheridan. Raised in southern Utah, Tuffner said what brought her to Thermopolis in the 1980's was her husband Ken's work. "My husband is an electrician and we were following the oil patch." This last move was after he decided to retire. "He...

  • Trunk or Treat on Halloween at fire hall

    Oct 24, 2019

    Get those little ghosts and goblins ready for the third annual First Responders Trunk or Treat event on Halloween night between the fire hall and the search and rescue building. From 6 p.m. til 8 p.m. the little ones can have safe trick or treating with the firemen, search and rescue, police, sheriff’s department, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Mortimore Ambulance Service and even the Wyoming Department of Transportation. This year the fire department has challenged all the other agencies to a pumpkin carving contest, so be sure to drop by and vote f...

  • The chase

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    Though blasters are the typical weapon of choice at the monthly Nerf Wars, there are plenty who choose to use foam swords to make their attack. Scott Coale chases after Wyatt Buck, who unfortunately had run out of ammunition....

  • Harvest dinner Sunday at Parish Hall

    Oct 24, 2019

    The public is invited to attend the Saint Francis Annual Harvest Dinner on Sunday, Oct 27 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Parish Fellowship Hall in the John Paul II Center, located at 8th and Arapahoe. The menu includes roast beef, turkey and all the trimmings. Tickets are $12 for individuals and $50 for families, and can be obtained by calling Katthy Wallingford at 921-1920, Patty O’Brien at 864-2862 or Viola Ryan at 921-1830....

  • Time for transitions

    Oct 24, 2019

    It doesn’t seem like it should be nearly November already, but here we are. Nearly all the leaves have changed or fallen, sports seasons have or will be wrapping up soon and we’ve already had a touch of snow. Though times of change may seem like things are going too fast for us to handle, there’s always something positive to them. Though season closers mean nearly a year to wait for fall sports to start up again, the performance of our students has been amazing these past few months. Our volleyball and football teams have had some amazi...

  • Keeping up with tech

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 24, 2019

    I’ve been pretty lucky to be “tech savvy” up to this point. Sure, I’ve had to ask my kids initially how to use all the cool stuff on some of my phone apps, like Snapchat, but for the most part, a little common sense on how stuff works has done me well. Until now. If you’ve ever seen me at a public meeting, you’ve probably noticed I carry around a laptop to take notes on rather than doing it by hand. It’s so convenient for me and besides, I type a lot faster than I write and I can look at whome...

  • Carl Strumfa

    Oct 24, 2019

    Carl Lee Strumfa, 76, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019, while visiting friends in Kansas. Carl was born October 25, 1942, in Concordia, Kan., to Angeline and Melvin Strumfa. As a child his father was in the military and he lived in many places including Kansas and Japan. He attended Washburn University in Kansas earning a Criminal Justice degree in the early 80's. Carl married his second wife, Carol in 1987 and had one daughter, Angelyna, the same year. They later divorced. Carl had a... Full story

  • T Hill trail grand opening Saturday

    Oct 24, 2019

    Its time for everyone, both young and old, to pull out those Halloween costumes for a fun afternoon hiking the newly completed trail to the top of T Hill. The grand opening for the new trail will be this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with candy and prizes at the top of the trail. The new trail takes you two miles round trip and the trailhead is near the parking lot of the new Hot Springs County Parks and Rec disc golf course. Halloween costumes are encouraged for the hike to add a bit of fun to the day. The free event is sponsored by the Hot...

  • Volunteer health services program

    Oct 24, 2019

    Providers and facilities interested in offering volunteer healthcare services to low-income patients are invited to take advantage of a special legal liability option offered by the Wyoming Volunteer Health Services Program. The program allows licensed healthcare providers and medical facilities to provide volunteer services for low-income Wyoming residents while being protected from liability for medical negligence under the state’s sovereign immunity. By entering into a contract with the state, volunteer providers are deemed public employees...

  • Take steps to keep children safe on Halloween

    Oct 24, 2019

    Kids and adults alike love Halloween and everything that goes with it, from scary, creepy or super creative costumes to trick or treating and haunted houses, but there are some safety tips to keep in mind while you’re out having fun. Did you know on Halloween children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed than any other day of the year? According to the National Safety Council, 3,700 children died in vehicle related accidents in October, 2017, most of which occured on Halloween. That doesn’t mean you should keep your little ghouls a...

  • Jam session

    Oct 24, 2019

    Members of the community regularly perform acoustic and Bluegrass Friday evenings at Exxon Southside...

  • Cats get monumental win

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    With a final score of 56-12 last Friday, Thermopolis got its first win over a Glenrock team in five seasons and improved their conference record to 4-1. Coach Matt McPhie said, “It was a physical battle on the field all night. Give a lot of credit to the off-season work put in by many of our players. We were more physical up front, and in the end, we wore them down and had a bunch of success on both sides of the ball. “Offensively, the team had a balanced attack. Duder Harvey completed eig...

  • High placers at cross county regionals

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 24, 2019

    Thermopolis was home to the Five Rivers Conference Meet last Friday, and the runners really showed they knew their home course. Three of our girls placed in the top 10, and all placed in the top 25. All-Conference honors were awarded to top 10 placers Tahja Hunt, McKenna Bomengen and Hallie Martinez, and the girls team placed second behind Wyoming Indian. The runners will travel to Afton this Friday, for the state competition on Saturday. Boys will run at 12:30 p.m., with girls at 2 p.m. Runner...

  • Pink Out game takes on special meaning for coach, players

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 24, 2019

    If you happened to catch the Bobcat Volleyball team at home last Friday you probably noticed a sea of pink as they played Newcastle in their annual "Pink Out" matches for Breast Cancer Awareness. Coach Shannon Hill said the team came out "not quite ready to play" and dropped the first set, using a new rotation. They came out in sets two and three, though, and played great, winning both to take the game into a fourth set. "I am not quite sure what happened to my girls during the fourth game,"... Full story

  • Middle school volleyball wraps up

    Oct 24, 2019

    Thermopolis Middle School girls volleyball wrapped up their season this past weekend with the eighth graders playing at home and the seventh graders playing in Lander. Coach Aimee Kay said the girls grew a lot this season and continued to build their fundamental skills in order to continue next year. “Their overall record does not reflect their growth this year, but as coaches, Coach Bears and myself as well as the parents who watched were able to see it,” Kay said. “We continue to work on mental toughness and a winning mindset which can be di...

  • Marching band rated excellent

    Oct 24, 2019

    The Hot Springs County High School’s Bobcat Marching Band has been working toward one goal for the past couple of months, a good showing at the State Marching Band Competition. The work paid of last weekend as the band traveled to Casper to the Events Center to perform their half-time show, participating with 20 other 3A and 4A marching bands from across the state. “As a director, it was incredible to sit back and watch the growth from the first rehearsals in August all the way till now,” said director Drew Brown. “The Bobcat Marching Band ca...

  • County 4-H club receives awards

    Oct 24, 2019

    Nine 4-H clubs in Wyoming are receiving awards of $200 each, with the Mustangs club of Hot Springs County receiving two awards, for their efforts in community service and educational programming. The Wyoming 4-H Foundation is sponsoring two awards developed by the State 4-H Program Office, said Sarah Torbert, state 4-H volunteer development specialist. Hands to Larger Service is based on quantity of service, diversity, innovation and participation and Head to Clearer Thinking on the quantity of programs and diversity, creativity, innovation...

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