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  • Group issues statement regarding officer employment status

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 25, 2024

    At the July 16 Thermopolis Town Council meeting held at Town Hall, during the public comment portion of the meeting, Tonya Petty read a statement to the council. Petty said, “On behalf of the Hot Springs Coalition for Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing social issues within our community, I am addressing you this evening. Our recent focus has been on the employment status of Officer Mike Mascarro. In a statement on June 4, 2024, from the mayor’s office returning Officer Masc...

  • County enacts stage one fire restrictions

    Jul 25, 2024

    During last week’s Hot Springs County Commissioner meeting, HSC Fire Warden Dion Robbins requested a resolution for implementing stage 1 fire restrictions. During the discussion, it was mentioned how other counties and the BLM have different definitions of fire restrictions and that the moisture level in the state and in Hot Springs County is low. The commissioners voted and passed the approval for the resolution. The resolution reads as follows: Based upon recommendations of the Hot Springs County Fire Warden, the Board of Hot Springs C...

  • Alumni enjoy HSCHS reunion weekend

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 25, 2024

    The annual Hot Springs County High School Class Reunion, organized by the Alumni Association, was held last weekend. Members of classes 1959, 1969, 1974, 1984 and 1994 and alumni of Grass Creek participated in a variety of events. It was a time of catching up on life, reminiscing and feeling the changes as the years went by. Each of the classes met at locations for their individual gatherings, some floated down the river or did other fun activities. They met for meals and then Saturday night,...

  • Donate your extra garden produce

    Jul 25, 2024

    The fourth year of Grow a Little Extra is underway in Thermopolis. The Red Dirt Master Gardeners are encouraging local home gardeners to donate their extra garden produce to help their neighbors in our community. Produce can be dropped off at Broadway Bakery, 509 Broadway, Tuesday-Sunday. Also individuals are able to come by and pick up donated produce. The Grow A Little Extra team will also be distributing produce to various organizations in our community; including the Senior Center, Canyon Vi...

  • Additional traffic expected during Camporee

    Jul 25, 2024

    Gillette will be hosting the 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee at the Camplex August 5-11. Hot Springs County Emergency Management Coordinator Stephanie Conrad wants to remind residents and businesses to be prepared for a busy time, during and after the event for several weeks. Around 60,000 guests are anticipated to attend the event in Gillette. According to Conrad, locally we can expect traffic congestion and possible difficulty in our supply of consumable goods. The Camporee is occurring at the same time as the Sturgis Motorcycle...

  • Commissioners receive request from Thrive Thermopolis for office space

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 25, 2024

    At the July 15 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting held at the Annex building, the commissioners held a public budget hearing. Chairman Tom Ryan noted that County Clerk Becky Kersten received a note from County Treasure Julie Mortimore that she discovered $77,108.28 of additional cash available and they needed to update those funds to be included in the budget. Chairman Ryan opened the meeting for public comments and none were given. The commissioners then voted and passed the...

  • Cody in line to land state shooting complex

    Jul 25, 2024

    by CJ Baker, Powell Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange As the State of Wyoming moves forward with plans to build a world-class shooting facility, a panel is recommending that the complex be built in Cody. Following months of proposals, pitches and site visits, a task force voted 8-4 to favor a chunk of state land south of Cody over a competing spot near the Campbell County Cam-plex in Gillette. Campbell County put together an appealing proposal that included millions of dollars of funding and property that’s easily accessible and all but s...

  • HSC Fair packed full of events

    Jul 25, 2024

    The 2024 Hot Springs County Wild West Fair will kick off Thursday, July 25 with the 4-H .22 rifle and pistol shooting competition at the Bob Milek Range at 5 p.m. and Friday, July 26 there will be shotgun and muzzleloader competition also at 5 p.m., same location. All other scheduled events will be held at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. On Saturday, July 27 beginning at 8 a.m. the pee wee horse show and the 4-H & FFA youth horse show will be held. The Thermopolis FFA Alumni is sponsoring the ranch rodeo on Saturday, July 27, with the...

  • Tour of new apartments

    Jul 25, 2024

    The Hot Springs Health Foundation recently completed a major project which involved repurposing the medical offices building located at 203 Arapahoe St into two, two-bedroom furnished apartments. The apartments were designed to house temporary contract workers affiliated with the clinic and hospital, including medical students and residents on rotation as a part of the Thermopolis Rural Training Track. HSH Foundation Director Laura Budd, third from left, discusses the completed employee...

  • 4-Hers compete at State Shoot in Douglas

    Jul 25, 2024

    Over 600 4-H members from around Wyoming showcased their skills at the Wyoming State Shoot in Douglas July 11-14 in archery and gun categories including .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, air rifle, air pistol and muzzleloader. Hot Springs County 4-H members who competed in the event include juniors Gage McCumber, Erica Lambert and Natalie Lambert; intermediates Colton Blakesley, Nate King and Logan Stewart and seniors Hayden Overfield, Logan Dafoe, Mac McCumber and Annalyn Sharp. The 4-H shooting sports program gives youths an opportunity to...

  • Travel and Tourism board to select new director

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 25, 2024

    At the July 16 Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting held at the Quality Inn, Treasurer Audra Domínguez presented the financial report and said that the most recent lodging tax deposit was $16,714.10. The board voted and passed the approval of the financial report. In old business, Vice Chair Michael Sinclair provided an update as they are currently looking for a new tourism director and the board makeup has changed. The previous tourism director Jackie Dorothy fulfilled her...

  • HSC Fair kicks off with events next week

    Jul 18, 2024

    The 2024 Hot Springs County Wild West Fair will be kicking off Thursday, July 25 with the 4-H .22 rifle and pistol shooting competition at the Bob Milek Range at 5 p.m and Friday, July 26 there will be shotgun and muzzle Loading also at 5 p.m., same location. All other scheduled events will be held at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. On Saturday, July 27 beginning at 8 a.m. the pee wee horse show and the 4-H & FFA youth horse show will be held. The Thermopolis FFA Alumni is sponsoring the ranch rodeo on Saturday, July 27, with the calcutta...

  • Sheep and wool festival packs fairgrounds

    Jul 18, 2024

    The Wyoming Sheep and Wool Festival was held in Thermopolis last weekend and featured demonstrations, hands-on workshops, a vendor fair, tours, exhibits, live music, MSSA stock dog trials and more. Wyoming's sheep and wool industry provides feed and clothes for people around the world all while remaining environmentally sustainable. Wool is a natural fiber that does not pollute the world's oceans and is the result of natural processes that convert vegetation into products that are necessary for...

  • House, Senate candidate responses

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 18, 2024

    In our continued coverage of the Hot Springs County Republican Party Candidates Forum held on June 25, this article will cover the candidates for the state offices. For State House District 28, incumbent John Winter will face off against challenger Kevin Skates, both registered as Republicans. For State Senate District 20, incumbent Ed Cooper faces challenger Tom Olmstead, also both registered as Republicans. HSC Republican Chairman Cheryl Aguiar presented the questions to the candidates....

  • Welcoming a new business

    Jul 18, 2024

    Thermopolis Chamber Ambassador members Jocelyn Arey, Lisa Reesy, Deb Mount and Bev Koerwitz were at Fab N Auto last week to hold a ribbon cutting for the new business. Owner, Ethan Love, prepares to cut the ribbon while Shade Hale and Cash Love hold up certificates presented by the ambassadors. Fab N Auto specializes in automotive repair, including both gas and diesel, ATV repair, welding, fabrication and more....

  • Aguiar announces bid for commissioner seat

    Jul 18, 2024

    Bob Aguiar has announced that he is running for Hot Springs County Commissioner in the upcoming election. Bob has been a resident of Hot Springs County for the past 11 years. Currently, he is the Republican Party State Committeeman, a member of Hot Springs County Predator Management Board and has been a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader for many years. Bob graduated college at Regis University in Denver and has spent more than 35 years in management positions both in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming,...

  • Wyoming Discovery Days planned

    Jul 18, 2024

    Wyoming Discovery Days, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4 in Hot Springs State Park, celebrates Wyoming’s unique cultural heritage through stories, music, food, art, and demonstrations. “There will be lots going on both days and there will be new things added too,” according to Audra Dominguez, Festival Director. Dominguez reminds the public there will be both a Percheron horse team and a mule team pulled wagon shuttle ride from the highschool to the State Park this year. Wagons run continuously during the festival and a...

  • News briefs

    Jul 18, 2024

    HSCHS Reunion hits town this weekend The Hot Springs County High School Reunion is set for this weekend in Thermopolis. According to reunion committee member Shasta Shaffer, the classes registered through the committee are 1969, 1974, 1984 and 1994. Blackwater will perform at the VFW Saturday night and on Sunday there will be a picnic at the Hot Springs State Park Kiwanis Shelter. The Masons are catering and will be serving tacos. For more information, contact Shasta Shaffer at (307) 258-9861. Gift of the Waters Pageant The Gift of the Waters P...

  • Q&A with Angi Bruce: Wyoming Game and Fish's first female director

    Jul 18, 2024

    By Mike Koshmrl, WyoFile.com, via WNE In selecting Angi Bruce to lead the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Gov. Mark Gordon broke with a long tradition of male, former game wardens in the agency’s top job. It wasn’t for lack of options. Two of the three finalists for the job — from which Brian Nesvik retires in September — fit the man-with-a-badge profile. Instead, with Bruce, the governor cut a fresh mold: a woman and a biologist by background who’d risen through the ranks over a seven-year tenure at the state wildlife agency. She’ll be...

  • Bazzle selected to join All American Cheer organization

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 18, 2024

    Thermopolis cheerleader and high school senior Kaylee Bazzle recently attended cheer camp in Cokeville, Wyo., on June 14-16 and was asked to join the All American Cheer organization. At the camp, Bazzle and other cheerleaders practiced stunting and cheerleading. Also there, the University Cheerleading Association (UCA) offered participants a chance through an audition where they do a cheer, a jump and a dance to potentially get accepted in All American. Bazzle said that at the Cokeville camp,...

  • Inflation squeezes Wyoming residents as even BBQ costs hit record highs

    Jul 18, 2024

    by Aaron Pelczar, Cody Enterprise Via Wyoming News Exchange As the summer sun blazes, so does the financial strain on Wyoming residents. This year, the cost of hosting a traditional backyard barbecue reached unprecedented levels, reflecting broader economic challenges faced by consumers nationwide. According to Rabobank’s 2024 BBQ Index, the cost of hosting a 10-person barbecue has surged to $99, marking the highest on record. This represents a significant increase from previous years, driven by rising prices of essential items such as g...

  • Chamber to host Meet the Candidate Forum Monday

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 18, 2024

    At the July Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce board meeting, CEO Meri Ann Dorman announced the chamber, in conjunction with the Farm Bureau Federation, will hold their Meet the Candidate Forum on Monday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at the middle school. Invitations to the candidates, national, state, and local, have been sent out. The event will also be livestreamed. In old business, Dorman discussed the July 7 Culpepper & Merriwether Circus and said that it was “successful” and “we appre...

  • News briefs from around the state of Wyoming

    Jul 18, 2024

    From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers SUV crashes into geyser CODY (WNE) — All five occupants escaped their vehicle after it left a road and plunged into hot, acidic water in Yellowstone National Park on Thursday morning, July 11. They escaped the vehicle on their own, and each one went by ambulance to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The car had gone off the road “inadvertently,” according to the park. The incident occurred at a thermal feature called Semi-Centennial Geyser located near Roaring Mountain between Mammo...

  • First Baptist Church members celebrate lengthy history in Thermopolis

    Jul 18, 2024

    Last weekend, members of the First Baptist Church in Thermopolis celebrated the church's 120th anniversary with a variety of events Saturday and Sunday. The first Baptist services held in Thermopolis were held in a store on the corner of Fifth and Big Horn Streets. Pastor Gould of Meeteetse preached the first service. The organizing charter members were: Mrs. J.W. Calloway, Miss Jean Calloway, Mrs. Allen Funk, Mrs. Anna Chase, J. Lewis Fenner, Daniel Harkins, Mrs. E.F. Jones, and Hulda Kellog....

  • Commissioners updated on GIS progress

    Jurri Schenck|Jul 11, 2024

    At the July 2 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, Brian Clarkson and Maddie Ross of Ardurra gave the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) report and said they have fixed email notification for the Road & Bridge Road Maintenance application and updated the Road Maintenance survey in Survey123. They received additional land use change documents from the Planner and processed and uploaded PDF files to the AWS cloud storage. Ross said they also drew and attributed land use change tracts...

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