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Articles from the October 31, 2019 edition

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  • Hospital board approves policy changes

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    During the Tuesday evening meeting of the Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, changes to two policies were approved. The first was the CPR policy, to change ownership to education rather than human resources. It’s also changed to reflect that only employees that work on the premises of the hospital or clinics have to take CPR training. The second change came with the removal of policy for maintenance and retention of personnel files. The hospital is required to keep personnel...

  • Candy smash

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Mya Anderson takes a swing at one of several piñatas available during the downtown Moonlight Madness event last week. There was no shortage of candy, as it came pouring out of the destroyed party decorations and was handed out by several businesses. For more scenes from the night, check out Page 9....

  • Unraveling the mystery of the 'Outlaw Groupie'

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Halloween always has associated with it an air of mystery and of spirits roaming the earth, at least for a night. There's no denying the West has its fair share of ghost town, and perhaps a ghost or two still walking among them. It's no secret that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have history in Thermopolis. The Hole in the Wall Bar at the Hot Springs County Museum has plenty of items and pictures for anybody who cares to view them. But now a new picture is on display, and museum staff is... Full story

  • Lady Cats cross country team runners up at state

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    The high school girls returned from the 2A State Championships in Afton with a second place win - Wyoming Indian placed first - and individual runners taking high spots in the top 10. Tahja Hunt finished fifth with 22:06.47; Hallie Martinez seventh with 22:14.22; and McKenna Bomengen eighth with 22:24.96. Hunt, Martinez and Bomengen were also recognized by the Wyoming Coaches' Association as 2019 WCA All-State athletes. Coach Steph Metz said the teams knew the course, having run it at the...

  • On the Record for Oct. 31

    Oct 31, 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. Clarification It should be noted that the school board story appearing in the Oct. 24 edition is taken from the meeting minutes, which are considered unofficial until approved by the board at the next board meeting. Sheriff’s office Tuesday, Oct. 22 4:41 p.m. Complaint of loud music fro...

  • Battling the blaze

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 31, 2019

    Last Thursday afternoon the Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department battled a house fire caused by a candle at 14th and Broadway. Law enforcement was also on hand and helped direct traffic around the scene. See the ad on page 3 for how to help the family displaced by the fire....

  • Raczon found guilty of trespassing

    Oct 31, 2019

    On Oct. 22, Megan L. Raczon was found guilty in Hot Springs Circuit Court of criminal trespassing and ordered to served 90 days in jail with 75 days suspension and six months unsupervised probation. Fees and fines in the case are $205, and a second charge of violation of a temporary protection order was dismissed. However, Raczon still faces felony charges in Hot Springs District Court of stalking, protection order violation , unlawful impersonation by electronic means and false reporting, in a case set for jury trial on Feb. 3. According to...

  • Hungry bugs need skulls

    Oct 31, 2019

    Hunters who are looking for a European Mount this year will want to get in touch with C & J’s Bug Barn. Charlie Stickney started the business this year that will use Dermestidae Beetles to literally eat the flesh from the skull to create a European Mount. The beetles will remove everything that remains within a few days and the next step, degreasing occurs. Without this step, the bone will yellow, so a combination of solvents and degreasers, followed by whitening using hydrogen peroxide and other special whitening agents will permanently w...

  • Celebrate 4-H achievements

    Oct 31, 2019

    Hot Springs County 4-H will be holding their annual Achievement night on Saturday, November 2. The event will be at the fair building starting at 5 p.m. 4-H families should bring two side dishes per family along with your own plate and silverware. Come out and support 4-H youth and their end of the year accomplishments in leadership and their project areas. Shooting sports begins Guns are a way of life in Wyoming and its best to teach kids early about safety and responsibility when it comes to firearms as well as how to hit what they’re a...

  • Halloween costume contest winners announced

    Oct 31, 2019

    Kids congregated last Thursday night in Bicentennial Park for the Annual Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by Pinnacle Bank. Winners of the contest in the 0-1 age group were Konnor Simpson (ET), first place; Deakin Weber (Stay Pufft Marshmallow Man), second and Khloe Loos (Dopey) in third. The two to three-year old age group winners were Zeppelin Bihr (Oscar the Grouch) in first place; Hazel White and Tennison Dumas (Red Riding Hood and the Wolf) in second place and Joey O’Conner (Rainbow) in third. Four and five-year old winners were P...

  • Candy for a cause

    Cindy Glasson, Reporter Photographer|Oct 31, 2019

    The Big Horn Basin Riders were out giving away candy to the little ones during Moonlight Madness. The group sends monthly boxes to our soldiers and are always around to raise awareness of their cause and have a little fun....

  • Happy Halloween

    Oct 31, 2019

    It began as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, with people dressing in costumes and lighting bonfires to ward off ghosts more than 2,000 years ago, but over time its developed into a night of fun for the young and young at heart, complete with tricks and treats. It is Halloween. Along with costumes for the kiddies, 20 percent of the population is now buying costumes for their pets, too. Its a lot of fun to see entire families dressed up together to take the young ones door-to-door looking for goodies. We don’t see much of the ...

  • Some scratch on chickens

    Linda Raynolds|Oct 31, 2019

    I’ve been following the controversy over keeping chickens in town. I am not a Thermopolis resident, but I own property in Hot Springs County and live in the city of Cody. My husband and I have chickens. Cody never passed an ordinance outlawing livestock in City limits. Instead we have a nuisance ordinance that extends to animal complaints. Occasionally loose dogs attack someone’s chickens or other animals, and the police are involved. Otherwise Codyites coexist just fine with poultry, horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, cattle and potbellied pig...

  • Some final words

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    For those of you who haven't heard yet, this will be my last official personal column at the Thermopolis Independent Record. My wife and I made the decision earlier this month to return to our home state of Nebraska. It’s something we’ve been discussing for some time now, and things started falling into place in such a way that we knew we had to decide. In case you’re wondering, the choice was made based on being closer to family. Being four to six hours away makes it difficult for visits with g...

  • Louise Faye Cook

    Oct 31, 2019

    Louise Faye Cook, 87, passed away October 12, 2019, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness where she had resided the past year. Faye was born August 7, 1932, in Lovell, Wyo., the daughter of Charles and Betsy (Carey) Holder. For much of Faye’s life she was a waitress employed by the Sideboard Café. On January 13, 1972, she married Charlie C. Cook in Thermopolis. The couple raised two daughters. Mr. Cook passed away in 1988. Faye enjoyed gardening, loving on her family, adopting stray animals and going for rides in the buffalo pa... Full story

  • Holiday parade entries sought

    Oct 31, 2019

    The Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is continuing toward possibly having a parade during the holiday season. Chamber Executive Director Meri Ann Rush said a survey was put out, and from those results it was determined the community does want the parade, though the number or float entries is lacking. Rush has to have 15 entries by Nov. 8 for the parade to happen. She explained this deadline allows time to obtain insurance and pull permits for street closures. The parade itself is currently scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13. Applications...

  • EMT classes begin Monday

    Oct 31, 2019

    Those interested in helping the community and expanding their knowledge can sign up for EMT classes, which will begin Nov. 4 Jim Lash, who will be the primary instructor for the classes, said they will be Mondays and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m., and occasionally on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Classes will typically be at the Thermopolis Fire Hall, though could also be at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. Lash added the end goal for those who take the class is to become state-certified emergency medical technicians. Classes will have...

  • VFW Auxiliary to host soup supper Friday

    Oct 31, 2019

    The VFW Auxiliary No. 2281 will be hosting a soup supper, with a variety to choose from, on Friday, Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Post Home, 302 Broadway. Cost for the supper is a donation, and proceeds will go to veterans and military services, scholarships, the Wyoming Veterans Assistance Program, the VFW National Home for Children and youth activities. The National Home for Children was founded in 1925 in Eaton Rapids, Mich. as a place where families left behind by war could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their...

  • Fish numbers show increase

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    October 14-16 saw members of Wyoming Game and Fish on a four-mile stretch of the Big Horn River, from Wedding of the Waters to the island near the WYDOT building, doing some “electrofishing.” In this process, a mild electric current is passed in the river to make the fish easier to net. Fish fins are also clipped to ensure the same fish are not caught multiple times and to provide more accurate counts. Wyoming Game and Fish Regional Fisheries Biologist Joe Skorupski said the numbers are def...

  • Make someone's Christmas special

    Oct 31, 2019

    Community members have several ways to help out during the holidays. Following is information on a couple worthy programs. Angel tree Names for the 2019 Senior Citizen Angel Tree will be available at Bank of Thermopolis beginning Monday, Nov. 4. With the amazing response to the event last year, there’s plenty excitement to share the experience with the community again. All gifts for the tree need to be wrapped and returned no later than Dec. 16, to ensure the seniors receive their gifts by Christmas. The tree is sponsored by the bank as well as...

  • Cold hike

    Lara Love, Publisher|Oct 31, 2019

    A small group braved the cold Saturday for the grand opening of the T-Hill Trail. They met at the parking lot near the disc golf course and then hiked the 2.5 mile round trip course....

  • Bobcats have close finish

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Team Bobcat was defeated by Burns Friday night by a score of 29-28, Coach Matt McPhie stated. “The team battled tough in the second half overcoming a 21-14 halftime deficit, taking the lead 28-21 with 30 seconds left in the game. Burns however, had plans of their own, and scored on a Hail Mary pass play with seven seconds left in the game, and converted on the 2 point conversion to give Burns the 29-28 victory. “Dustin Harvey accounted for three of the four touchdowns. Harvey hooked up with Jar...

  • Middle school wrestling opens

    Mark Dykes, Editor|Oct 31, 2019

    Last Saturday, the Thermopolis Middle School wrestling team opened its season at the Powell Invitational. Coach Toby Emery stated, “I was very pleased with our wrestlers at Powell, considering it was the first tournament of the year. Twenty out of the 25 wrestlers who competed placed in the top four in their weight class. Nine Bobcat wrestler placed first, four took second, three grapplers earned a third place and four ended in the day in fourth place. “Many of our new wrestlers tasted victory f... Full story

  • Lady Cats headed to regionals

    Oct 31, 2019

    Hot Springs County High School's Lady Bobcat volleyball team will be heading out for their regional tournament in Buffalo on Friday. The #11 ranked 3A East Bobcats will take on #9 ranked Torrington in their first game, which will be at the Buffalo High School starting at 12:30 on Friday. The winner of that match will play either #5 ranked Douglas or #13 ranked Wheatland in the next game at 5:45. The championship game will be held on Saturday with a 5:15 p.m. start time. Information on last...

  • Adult volleyball first week of playoffs

    Oct 31, 2019

    October 23 marked the final week of regular play for the Hot Springs County Recreation District’s Adult Co-ed Volleyball League. It was a busy evening for How I Set Your Mother, as the team came away with two victories, going 25-19, 25-14 and 25-17 against Lord Have MRSA, and 25-22, 25-15 and 25-16 against Kikyapunkas. 2 Legit 2 Hit had a 2-1 win against Gassed by Gottsche, 25-19, 25-23 and 21-25, and Owl Creek outscored Beavis and Bumphead 25-13, 25-12 and 25-5. October 30 marked the first night of playoffs for the season, with No. 4 How I S...

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