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Articles from the December 30, 2021 edition


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  • Haight land use change approved

    Jurri Schenck|Dec 30, 2021

    At the December 21 Hot Springs County Commissioners meeting held at the Annex Building, County Planner Bo Bowman presented an application requesting the land-use change from agricultural to commercial from Wyatt and Beau Haight. The request is regarding approximately 14 acres, which include an enclosed events area, a 40 space improved RV campground, and a 40 space improved horse trailer campground. The subject property is a 76.2-acre parcel located at 324 Highway 20 North. There are 10...

  • Gingerbread houses

    Dec 30, 2021

    Parker Wychgram works to decorate her gingerbread house during the gingerbread house making workshop held last Tuesday at the Hot Springs County Library. The event was sponsored by Friends of the Library....

  • Cornwell sworn in as Thermopolis Chief of Police

    Jurri Schenck|Dec 30, 2021

    At the December 21 Thermopolis Town Council meeting, Mayor Mike Chimenti had Town Attorney Marshall Keller swear in Pat Cornwell as the Chief of Police. Cornwell was previously acting as the Interim Chief of Police when Julie Mathews retired in September. Representatives of both the Thermopolis Police Department and the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s office were present to offer their support. The council also voted and passed approval for Pat Cornwell’s appointment as Thermopolis Police Chi...

  • A look back at the year in Hot Springs County

    Dec 30, 2021

    There were many memorable things that happened in Hot Springs County in 2020. The following is a look back at an important or unique story from each week in the first half of the year. The second half of the year will be featured in next week’s issue. January January 7, 2021 Gov. Mark Gordon has announced that he will soon lift public health orders that required Wyoming bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. Effective January 9, updated health orders permit bars and restaurants to resume onsite consumption from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The u...

  • Avoid being a victim of fraud

    Jurri Schenck|Dec 30, 2021

    The Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office continues its efforts in educating and informing the public on how to prevent someone from becoming a victim of fraud. Fraud perpetrators often solicit their victims and can use a variety of methods or scams. The perps entice the victims in a “too good to be true” scenario or can use fear and threats as well. Typically, the victims of fraud have been in the elderly population, but even young people have fallen prey. According to the Finra Found...

  • Taking a walk

    Dec 30, 2021

    A couple walks along the terraces in Hot Springs State Park....

  • On the record

    Dec 30, 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. Sheriff’s Office Monday, Dec. 20 2:20 p.m. Report of an agency assist involving a deputy and the Department of Family Services performing a home visit. The subject was not at home. Tuesday, Dec. 21 8:01 a.m. Report of a citiz...

  • Food bank donation

    Dec 30, 2021

    Zane Lentsch, Lucas Ramirez, and Beckett Tharp present 200 pounds of deer meat to the local food giveaway at the River of Life Fellowship, accepted by Jeb Schenck. Game Warden Matt Lentsch, Worland, along with 4-H youths, also from Worland, made the donation. The Wyoming Governor's wife started a program called Food from the Field, which allows a hunter to legally donate the meat from their animal to food banks. About 25 deer were harvested recently by participating youths. The game is then...

  • Candidate Harriet Hageman visits

    Jurri Schenck|Dec 30, 2021

    Wyoming US House Representative candidate Harriet Hageman visited community members at the Hot Springs County Historical Museum on December 14 to connect and inform them of her campaign. She is running against Liz Cheney. Hageman has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and for his MAGA part of the Republican party. Cheney has been at odds with the citizens of Wyoming's Republican party and Hageman seeks to replace her. Hageman's official website gives some background to her and her campaign...

  • First Day Hike set for Saturday

    Dec 30, 2021

    Wyoming State Park, Historical Sites and Trails invites people to participate in a “First Day Hike” on Friday, January 1 beginning at 10 a.m. For the hike in Hot Springs State Park, hikers will meet at the Chamber of Commerce office. A 1-2 mile hike, with easy terrain will be offered. Dress appropriately for the weather. Door prizes will be given out. For more information visit wyoparks.org. or call (307) 777-6323 or 864-2176....

  • Looking forward to 2022

    Dec 30, 2021

    This year has seen its fair share of crazy incidents locally as well as across the state and country. It’s fitting the end of what is commonly referred to as the “holiday season” is the New Year; one last “hurrah” for 2021, as we venture forward — some with trepidation, others with composure — into 2022. Henry Ward Beecher wrote once, “Every man should be born again on the first of January,” and while it’s nice to have the sense of an empty calendar year there’s no denying that, before long, each of us will have more than his or her share of co...

  • Raymond Eldon Maret

    Dec 30, 2021

    Raymond Eldon Maret, 91, passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Ray was born on a ranch near Thermopolis, Wyo., on September 15, 1930, to parents Don W. Maret and Anna Johnson Maret. He attended school there, graduating from Hot Springs County High School in 1948. After a couple of years at University of Wyoming, he joined the National Guard and served in the Korean War, where he was injured by an exploding shell. After a long recovery in the hospital, he returned to the University of Wyoming and earned a Masters degree in Geology in... Full story

  • Legislators look to exempt outfitters from lodging tax

    Dec 30, 2021

    By Leo Wolfson Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange CODY — Backcountry outfitters and guides had long been exempted from Wyoming’s statewide lodging tax, but those days are no more. Under the new lodging tax passed in 2020, these entities are no longer excused from charging their customers a tax on lodging services. The tax removes the state’s tourism budget from the general fund and adds a 5% sales tax on all lodging services provided within the state. Sixty percent of this tax goes into the Wyoming Tourism Account for the state Offic...

  • Slide stabilization work completed below Upper Wind River Canyon Campground

    Dec 30, 2021

    Slide stabilization work has been completed adjacent to US20/WY789 between Shoshoni and Thermopolis at the north edge of the Upper Wind River Campground. The work was completed Dec. 16 by slide stabilization subcontractor Condon Johnson and Associates, Inc., of Kent, Wash. "The 179 aggregate shafts are in place and are each six feet in diameter. They were installed 40 feet below the level of the Wind River to catch the toe of the deeper slide, and they will act as shear key to hold the slide in...

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