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Articles from the December 5, 2019 edition


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  • EDC makes critical future plans

    Dec 5, 2019

     The EDC is hibernating. No, it is not going out of business. It is not dissolving. the Economic Development Company is not bankrupt or completely out of money. But it is close.  That is why the Board of Directors, along with the Chief Operating Officer, recently made some unique choices about what to do. At the end of June it seemed there were only two choices: ride it all the way to the end of the funds and dissolve at the end, or keep scratching and clawing and trying to make it work. The board met with Wyoming Business Council staff to disc... Full story

  • Cold camping

    Dec 5, 2019

    People for People held a fundraiser to raise money to purchase food for less fortunate members of the community Sunday. On hand were a variety of decorated campers....

  • Aethon permit process moves along

    Lara Love|Dec 5, 2019

    Aethon Energy is proposing to expand to more than 4,000 wells at the Moneta Divide field between Shoshoni and Moneta, a move that would necessitate the approval of a permit to dump added water into Alkali and Badwater Creek before coming into Boysen Reservoir. At their November 19 meeting, Casper City Council informally granted Casper Mayor Charlie Powell permission to speak before government officials in favor of the project. Riverton mayor Richard Gard has spoke in favor of the discharge... Full story

  • New senior center emergency plan

    Cindy Glasson|Dec 5, 2019

    Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Gordon has been working with the Hot Springs County Senior Center to get a new emergency plan in place and presented a draft recommendation to the Hot Springs County Commissioners on Tuesday. One area of concern with the center is its location in proximity to the railroad tracks. If a train were to derail in that area, the center could be facing railcars filled with anything from wood to caustic liquids sitting at their front door or scattered in their...

  • Jenks honored

    Dec 5, 2019

    Hot Springs County High School science teacher, robotics guru and student council advisor, London Jenks, was recently awarded the Jeannie Tinnin Advisor Award at the Wyoming Association of Student Councils Conference in Sheridan. Jenks was nominated for the award by the high school’s student council under the direction of student body president Dani Jo Pebbles. The award is an advisor of the year honor for advisors with less than five years experience. “I was very surprised to be nominated and even more surprised to be awarded,” Jenks said....

  • Gathering together

    Dec 5, 2019

    The dining room at Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness was packed with residents and family members who enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast....

  • On the record

    Dec 5, 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, Nov. 27 11:28 a.m. A red bull was out of his pasture along Highway 120. He was returned to his pasture. At 4:33 p.m. the same bull had to be returned to his pasture again. Fence repairs were recommended....

  • Remember to keep your sidewalks free of snow

    Dec 5, 2019

    Thermopolis Police Chief Julie Mathews wants to remind property owners of the town codes regarding maintaining and removing snow from public sidewalks. Sec. 7-513. Same – Maintenance of existing and new public sidewalks No materials, cut vegetation, tree limbs, vehicles or obstruction of any type shall be placed on or over (less than seven feet (7’) above the walking surface) the required public sidewalk width. Maintenance of and liability for the public sidewalk is the responsibility of the adjoining private property owner, including, but not...

  • Snow be gone

    Dec 5, 2019

    Thermopolis may not have gotten as much snow as some other areas around the state, but residents and town, state and county plow crews have been keeping busy digging out after about 8 inches of snow blanketed town....

  • Locally roasted coffee makes list of top 30 coffees of 2019

    Dec 5, 2019

    Rwanda Nyarusiza Station, roasted locally at Jackrabbit Java, was selected as the No. 29 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2019 and received a score of 93. The blind assessment of this coffee was described as crisply sweet, floral-toned. Orange blossom, blackberry, cooked taro root, cacao nib, cedar in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with gentle, rounded acidity; full, creamy mouthfeel. A pleasing sweet starchiness akin to taro root surfaces in the finish, integrated with rich floral and fruit tones. Additional not... Full story

  • Creches on display for the weekend

    Dec 5, 2019

    The birth of Jesus is celebrated around the world and what better way to enhance that world view than by a Celebration of Creches. The Community Federated Church will be holding their annual Celebration of Creches for three days, Dec. 6-8 in their community hall behind the church. Hundreds of nativities will be on display from all over the world, presented in a variety of mediums, from wood to glass and many more. You may view the crèches on Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m., Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. til 8 p.m. and on Dec. 8 from noon until 5...

  • Library to host Noah's Ark workshop

    Dec 5, 2019

    The Hot Springs County Library is hosting a special event for kids age three through 10 on Friday, December 20. Noah’s Ark Winter Wonderland Animal Workshop is a chance for youngsters to hand stuff their very own plush pal. There will only be 40 pals available and adult supervision is required so get signed up at the library as soon as you can. The fun starts at 3 p.m....

  • Pearl Harbor Day

    Dec 5, 2019

    “A day which will live in infamy.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii, crippling or destroying nearly 20 American ships and 300 airplanes. The human affect was the loss of 2,403 sailors, soldiers and civilians along with 1,178 wounded. To this day, the USS Arizona and the USS Utah lie at the bottom of the narrow harbor, a reminder of the events that pulled the United States into WWII. Many have personal stories of relatives who served in WWII. Once such story involves the u...

  • Letters to the editor

    Dec 5, 2019

    Council didn’t let people decide The Thermopolis Town Council did not say “no to chickens,” they said no to letting the people decide. Two town councilmen chose not to second a motion made by a third town council member to bring it to a draft and first reading along with public meeting. In the recent town council meeting, 127 signatures were presented. Out of those 112 were deemed valid. The Mayor then read one letter from one individual that was adamant about no chickens. The councilman who made the motion asked how many signatures were on tha...

  • Student intervention team at RWE discusses changes

    Cindy Glasson|Dec 5, 2019

    The way the Student Intervention Team (SIT) works at Ralph Witters Elementary has changed a bit and they presented those changes and what they’ve meant to students at the November school board meeting. According to principal Catelyn Deromedi, they currently have about 45 students in the intervention program, none of which are associated with special education or regular, basic classroom interventions. Deromedi said they had some kinks to work out in the program along with a number of new teacher... Full story

  • Christmas concerts on tap

    Dec 5, 2019

    Hot Springs County residents will have plenty of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit during December with all of the concerts planned throughout the month. Kick of the Holidays with Hot Springs Dance as they present ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Bells will be jingling on Tuesday, Dec. 10 as the fifth through 12th grade bands perform in the auditorium starting at 7 p.m. The littlest angels from the Pre-K Academy, the three-year-olds, will have their program in the vocational bui...

  • Gifts galore

    Dec 5, 2019

    A variety of gifts and merchandise from several vendors was available at the Holiday Craft Bazaar held at the Days Inn Saturday....

  • Adult volleyball champions

    Dec 5, 2019

    Team Owl Creek was crowned Hot Springs County Recreation District Adult Volleyball Champions after defeating Gassed by Gottsche in some intense action. Gassed by Gottsche won the first match 18-25, 23-25 and 25-12 so in the double elimination tournament they had to play again. Owl Creek then won 18-25 and 14-25. The Owl Creek team team was made up of Brandon Deromedi, Gary Benefiel, Shannon Hill, Jessica Benefiel, Catie Deromedi and Jason Ciz....

  • TMS basketball action

    Dec 5, 2019

    Thermopolis’ Middle School girls basketball teams went into the Thanksgiving break with games against arch rivals, Worland. The eighth grade teams played on their home court with the 8A team holding Worland to just six points in the first quarter. Although they fought hard, including a buzzer beater by Kaitlin Barral, the girls lost in the end, 16-31. Barral was the high scorer for the day with eight points. The 8B game was a bit closer with the girls keeping Worland at just six points through the first three quarters. Unfortunately, they w...

  • Two seniors earn full ride scholarships

    Cindy Glasson|Dec 5, 2019

    Two Hot Springs County High School seniors applied to the National College Match program through QuestBridge over the summer, Hannah Hu and Breeze Petty. The two applied to their top 12 college choices with the chance to receive full ride scholarships to one of the premier educational facilities in the U.S. High school counselor Elisa Daniels said this is the first time any of our students have applied to the program. It is an intricate process filled with a ton of essays by the applicants, but... Full story

  • Santa in town Saturday

    Dec 5, 2019

    Kids in Thermopolis have a couple opportunities to tell Santa what they are hoping for this Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make a few visits to town this December. On Saturday, Dec. 7 they will be at Thermopolis Hardware from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. They also be at Hazel-n-Pearls following the Lighted Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 13. Bring the kids and your camera to one of these opportunities with Santa....

  • Cookie and candy sale

    Dec 5, 2019

    Everyone’s sweet tooth will be satiated at the 4th Annual Cookie and Candy Sale presented by the Community Federated Church. Just about any kind of cookie or candy you could possibly want for the Holidays will be available for $6 per pound. You just pick out what you want and take it home to enjoy. There will be some sugar free and gluten free options available, too. The sale will be held at the community hall behind the church on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m....

  • County Attorney says no charges in police shooting

    Clair McFarland|Dec 5, 2019

    RIVERTON — Citing citizens’ legal rights to defend their own lives and the lives of others from “immediate peril,” the Fremont County Attorney’s office will not prosecute the Riverton Police Department officer who was involved in the storefront, Sept. 21 shooting of Anderson Antelope, in Riverton. The RPD officer still has not been identified publicly. Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun announced the decision Friday, culminating a two-month investigation into the incident by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Titled “Determin...

  • November river trip

    Dec 5, 2019

    Evie De Felici, Samantha Zupan and Janice Cook took a short kayaking trip through town on the Bighorn River Saturday afternoon....

  • Keep your home safe this Christmas

    Dec 5, 2019

    Tis the time of year when Clark W. Griswold comes out in all of us. That is, Christmas decorations abound both inside and out. There are, however, some safety tips you should be aware of that Clark obviously didn’t follow. When it comes to your lights, be sure to inspect each of the light strings, looking for frayed wires, broken bulbs and loose connections. If you happen to find any of these problems, it is suggested you throw those strings out and replace them. When doing your outdoor decorating, do not use staples or nails to hang the l... Full story

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