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Articles from the December 2, 2021 edition


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  • Legal action halts federal vaccine mandate for health care workers

    Lara Love|Dec 2, 2021

    On Monday, a federal district court in Missouri issued an injunction that temporarily blocks President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid-at least for now. Ten states were included in that lawsuit including Wyoming, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota. Also on Monday, a medical freedom rally was held in front of Hot Springs Health during the noon hour. The ra...

  • Shopping local

    Dec 2, 2021

    Josh Thomas helps Brandon Deromedi check out items on Small Business Saturday at Storyteller in downtown Thermopolis. Local stores featured sales and specials on Saturday. Watch for Christmas specials featured in ads in the IR from local retailers throughout the month of December....

  • Striving to keep current representation

    Dec 2, 2021

    by Karla Pomeroy, Northern Wyoming News WORLAND — County clerks from around the Big Horn Basin presented their preferred plan for legislative redistricting to the public, which has a -6% differential from the ideal population for districts. Clerks at the Washakie County meeting Thursday night, Nov. 18, at the Worland Community Center Complex said the plan would keep the integrity of the Big Horn Basin intact and would ensure the Big Horn Basin retains current representation with six House Districts and three Senate Districts, thus three s...

  • Shooting sports

    Dec 2, 2021

    The new 4-H year has kicked off with shooting sports. Nate King and Carter Hughes-Becerra were helped by instructor Doug Nichols during air rifle practice....

  • On the record

    Dec 2, 2021

    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 In the November 25 edition of the Independent Record in the Commissioners hold public hearing for land use change story, Coyote Run is referred to as Cody Run. The IR apologizes for the error. Sheriff’s offic...

  • Thanksgiving meals

    Dec 2, 2021

    Delina Willie and Todd Davis, members of the community, helped with People for People's Thanksgiving meal prep. They served 90 people with hot, delicious foods to celebrate the holiday....

  • Book signing featuring local author

    Dec 2, 2021

    Local author Jurri Schenck will hold a book signing event at the Storyteller this Saturday at 10 a.m. for his newly published book called “Legends of the Wind, Volume 1.” According to a press release from publisher Seraph Creative, “Everyone has a story. But not everyone knows who they are or what role they play in their own adventure. What story are you in?” “Legends of the Wind is a collection of tales written for real people and helped them discover their hero’s journey. These short stories are a variety of personal myths, fairy tales, and f...

  • Scavenger Hunt Monday

    Dec 2, 2021

    People for People will be hosting a Holiday Scavenger Hunt featuring Santa and his Reindeer on Monday, Dec. 6 from 4-8 p.m. Santa’s Reindeer will be located in several locations around Thermopolis waiting for you to find them. Tickets are available at Storyteller, The Shoppe, NuVogue, A Cut Above, Kirby Creek Mercantile, Dairyland/Hot City Coffee and Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce. During the event, everyone is invited to Santa’s Village to see Santa and the Grinch at the intersection of 6th and Warren Streets....

  • Hot Springs Dance set to perform

    Dec 2, 2021

    Hot Springs Dance (HSD) will hold their 5th annual Winter Show, Marvel-ous, on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Hot Springs County School Auditorium. The performance will feature dancers of all ages. Founder, Tess Williams, brought HSD to Thermopolis five years ago. She opened her studio to share her love of dance with her stepdaughters and has loved sharing her passion with others. The studio offers classes for a younger age group who are just beginning their dance journey, intermediate and advanced dancers. Expect to see some amazing...

  • Holiday Bizaar

    Dec 2, 2021

    A Holiday Craft Bizaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hot Springs Hotel and Spa, 115 E. Park Street. There will be several vendors on hand and a variety of merchandise available to help you fill your holiday gift shopping lists. Homemade items like jewelry, pies and ceramics will be available along with Scentsy products and much more. Biscuits and gravy will be available for breakfast and chili for lunch. There is no charge to attend the bazaar....

  • Does the State of Wyoming have your cash?

    Dec 2, 2021

    by CJ Baker As a general rule, if you run across a website promising an easy cash reward, you should click away and maybe scan your device for viruses. But here’s a safe one that’s worth checking out if you’re a current or former Wyoming resident: www.mycash.wyo.gov. Run by the State Treasurer’s Office, the site is a clearinghouse for various property that, for all kinds of reasons, hasn’t made it into the hands of its rightful owner. The items can include payments from insurance companies, refunds of phone bills, utility deposits or other sub...

  • 300th Armored Artillery Bn. members

    Dec 2, 2021

    I thought this might be of a slight interest. I see in a recent issue Bob James passed away. August of 1950 the Wyo. National Guard 300th Armored Artillery Bn. Was federalized and sent to Korea. The Bn. consisted of headquarters, Sheridan Firing Batteries: A-Thermopolis, B-Cody, C-Worland, Service Batt. Lovell. Batter A-Thermopolis consisted of 70 volunteers local A Battery. After 2 years on the line, 70 came home, with numerous medals, Purple Hearts and citations. There were 2 members alive at Bob James death. Bob James and myself, John...

  • Daniel Lee Herdt

    Dec 2, 2021

    Daniel Lee Herdt passed away early Tuesday morning, November 23, 2021, from congestive heart failure. He passed with his wife by his side in his home in Thermopolis, Wyo. Dan was born August 20, 1956, to Wilbert and Shirley Herdt of Torrington, Wyo. He was oldest of four children and enjoyed playing football, baseball, and basketball in his youth. He graduated from Torrington High School in 1974. He attended college at Eastern Wyoming College, the University of Wyoming, and Casper College. He... Full story

  • Roger Keith Mayne

    Dec 2, 2021

    Roger Keith Mayne, 67, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021, at his home in Thermopolis surrounded by his family. Born May 6, 1956, in Hamilton, Ohio, he was one of seven children of Alex and Elizabeth (McKeehan) Mayne. He was named All State Football Player in Ohio in 1971, and graduated from Kings Mills High School in 1972. He served in the US Air Force four years where he developed his love for Wyoming. After military duty he was employed as Inventory Specialist/Civil Engineer at Connector I... Full story

  • John James Roark

    Dec 2, 2021

    Master Sargent John James Roark, 73, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021, after a short illness. Born August 18, 1948, in Albany, N.Y., he was one of nine children of John and Betty (Rapp) Roark. Following high school he joined the US Air Force where he served 20 years, seeing much of the world. After meeting Ellen in Utah in 1992, the couple wed February 10, 1994, in New York. The couple moved to Thermopolis in 2009. John was a member of the American Legion and VFW Post 2218 where he enjoyed... Full story

  • Janice Darlene Keith Turner

    Dec 2, 2021

    Janice Darlene Keith Turner, 61, loving wife, sister and mother of 5 children passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Janice was born on March 3, 1960, in Boise City, Okla., to Donald Bedford Keith and Peggie Suitor. At 19 years old she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and attended Texas State Technical Institute for their highway equipment program. Janice worked as a CNA on and off for many years, including the hospitals in Boise City, Oklahoma and in Thermopolis, Wyo. She later... Full story

  • Letamae French

    Dec 2, 2021

    Graveside services for Letamae French, 90, will be held Wednesday, December 8 at 2 p.m. at Monument Hill Cemetery. She died November 27 in Waco, Neb.... Full story

  • Two days packed with barrel racing

    Dec 2, 2021

    The National Barrel Horse Associatinon (NBHA) District finals were held in Thermopolis over the weekend at Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. Year end results were not available at press time but will be featured in next week's IR. Results from the two days of competition include: Saturday open 1D – Emme Norsworthy, 15.709; Jody Whiteman, 15.733; Jerrie Slagle, 15.821; Jerrie Slagle, 15.938; Coralee Spratt, 16.028; Baylie Mulholland, 16.031 2D – Payton Bischoff, 16.688 3D – Missy Muell...

  • Middle school wrestling conference hits town Saturday

    Dec 2, 2021

    by Samantha Zupan The Thermopolis Middle School Bobcats started their Thanksgiving vacation traveling to Greybull for some wrestling competition. The Bobcats walked away with 12 wins out of 17 matches. “They came out aggressive and stayed in a good position,” said coach Toby Emery. He added,“They are starting to come together, especially their technique and conditioning.” In the first period, five Bobcat wrestlers pinned their opponents with Armani Dukes pinning two, and Lilly Quintanilla, Wiley Jones, Clint Kimes and Trevin Shaffer each wi...

  • HSCSD reviews audit

    Kirk Boxleitner|Dec 2, 2021

    Hot Springs County School District Business Manager Chauncy Johnson presented CPA Deborah Roget on Nov. 16 to discuss the district’s latest audit. “Over the past couple of years, it’s been difficult for her to be here in person, because of different COVID-19 situations,” Johnson said of Roget, who had spoken with Hot Springs County School Board Clerk Nichole Weyer and Board Treasurer Joe Martinez, “as well as my office, the business office staff,” superintendent Dustin Hunt and bookkeeper Kathy Groh, earlier that same day. According t...

  • Lodging tax revenue up

    Jurri Schenck|Dec 2, 2021

    At the November 17 Hot Springs County Travel and Tourism board meeting, the board voted to approve Rachel Moon as the Vice-Chair. Currently there are two board openings that need to be filled. In the financial report, treasurer Audra Dominguez said October was another record-breaking month. Lodging tax revenue for September was up 34% from last year with $25,835.99 in revenue. October’s lodging tax revenue was $34,053.95, which is up 112% from last year as well. The board voted and passed a...

  • Bobcat Beat

    Dec 2, 2021

    The Thermopolis Middle School (TMS) started a student section on November 23, 2021. TMS Counselor Lacey Shaffer came up with the idea to spread Bobcat Culture in the school. Lacey has started a club that invites students to cheer on their local teams. A student section is used as a place in the stands for local kids or teens that go to our schools. Lacey said, “I want to increase our Bobcat culture and add to our local community.” She created a pep club that runs the student section. -by Autumn Cornwell...

  • News briefs from around Wyoming

    Dec 2, 2021

    Unemployment falls as people leave work force CHEYENNE (WNE) — The Research and Planning Section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Monday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 4.5% in September to 4.1% in October. The recent decreases in Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate have been largely the result of unemployed individuals leaving the labor force. From October 2020 to October 2021, the number of unemployed people in Wyoming decreased by an estimated 3,955 individuals. Estim...

  • Enjoying the warm weather

    Dec 2, 2021

    A lone mountain biker takes in the view from high above Hot Springs State Park on one of the recent unseasonably warm days. Record highs have been reached or broken around the state. The mild temperatures are expected to last through the weekend and into next week....

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