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  • Town holds public hearing for nuisance property violation appeal

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 11, 2024

    At the April 2 Thermopolis Town Council board meeting held at Town Hall, Mayor Adam Estenson and the council held a public hearing at the request of property owner Allen Webber, from Casper, for an appeal to a nuisance violation for 117 Fremont Street. Webber did not appear for his requested public hearing. An unidentified subject attempted to represent the property owner. This subject was later identified by town officials as property tenant Paul Mathewson. However, Mayor Estenson said, “I d...

  • Thursday meeting set to review HSSP request for proposals

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 11 to review recommendations regarding the recent request for proposals (RFP) issued at Hot Springs State Park. They will then provide a recommendation to the Department Director. In November, 2023, Wyoming State Parks officials invited proposals for “a significant and exciting development opportunity within Hot Springs State Park.” The initial announcement stated, “This RFP presents an unparalleled opportunity for innovative devel...

  • Partial eclipse

    Apr 11, 2024

    On Monday, April 8, the United States experienced a solar eclipse around noon time. Here in Thermopolis, it was a partial eclipse, but the eastern part of the nation had a total eclipse. Thermopolis and the USA previously experienced a total solar eclipse in 2017. Local photographer Jeb Schenck captured this photo of the eclipse that includes a sunspot....

  • SLIB approves funding for former airport property

    Apr 11, 2024

    Hot Springs County officials issued a press release on Monday regarding the Community Readiness grant application to prepare the former county airport property for development. The property is located near the Thermopolis Golf Course, between Roundtop and T-Hill. In November 2023, the Hot Springs County Commissioners submitted a Community Readiness grant application to the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) to prepare the former airport property for development. The press release states, “The grant application included a request for funding of $1,2...

  • County commissioners hear variety of monthly reports

    Apr 11, 2024

    At the April 2 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, the commissioners voted and passed the approval of the warrant register for $564,742/71 and the payroll for $200,342.07. Both Chairman Tom Ryan and Commissioner Phil Scheel recused themselves from a portion of the financial statements. Ardurra’s Brian Clarkson and Maddie Ross gave the Geographic Information System (GIS) update and said they finished drawing and attributing land-use change tracts and added 43 new land-use change tracts to the Land-Use Change Lookup App. They p...

  • ESA hands out awards during ceremony

    Apr 11, 2024

    Alpha Phi #1148 Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha held the Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner on March 26. Awards Chair Jenifer Grimm presented the awards. First Degree of Pallas Athene: Jody Mickelsen Perfect Attendance: Carol Andreen, Kim Enis, Ruth Galovich, Jenifer Grimm, Michelle Herring, Stefanie Ireland, Cindy Magelky, Jody Mickelsen and Linda Ziegler. 15 Years of Service: Kim Enis Outstanding Woman of the Year: Jenifer Grimm Outstanding Educational: Jody Mickelsen—“Connection Circles” Outstanding Social: Valentine Party...

  • Forage permits available for state rights-of-way

    Apr 11, 2024

    Citizens wishing to harvest hay from state rights-of-way must first obtain a forage permit from the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The forage permit allows permit holders to mow and collect forage free of charge until Oct. 1. Adjacent landowners to WYDOT’s rights-of-way have until April 1 to file for a forage permit. Permits are then issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Forage permittees are required to obtain and show proof of liability insurance coverage. The forage permit process creates a beneficial relationship that r...

  • Family history program Saturday

    Apr 11, 2024

    The April meeting of the Hot Springs County Historical Society will be held this Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Historical Museum. The program will be “Finding Joy in Doing Family History,” presented by Don Larson. Larson’s talk and slide presentation will inform the community about the many different online and personal genealogical programs and software that make family history easy and fun. Presented will be information on how to find online classes, webinars, recorded family history instructions, and types of records used in famil...

  • Engagement

    Apr 11, 2024

    Two lucky skunks, Barrie Lynn Bryant and Jeri Jean Umbdenstock, are announcing their engagement to be married. Date is to be determined soon....

  • Travel & Tourism Board holds meeting

    Apr 11, 2024

    At the March Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting held at the Copper Coo, Treasurer Audra Dominguez gave the financial report. The most recent lodging tax revenue deposit was $10,511.92, which was $1754.88 more than the previous year, up to 20%. The 2023/24 fiscal thus far has already achieved three record-breaking months in lodging tax. So far as of February, the total lodging tax collected is $181,784.55. Since 2020 and until 2023, the amount of lodging tax collected increased by 25%, whereas in all previous years, there was a...

  • Cups-4-Cups at Storyteller

    Apr 11, 2024

    On April 12-13, coffee shops and tea houses across Wyoming are helping to spread the word about resources and programs available for the early detection of breast cancer. Storyteller, located at 524 Broadway, is a participant. A portion of proceeds from their sales this Friday and Saturday will go to Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative (WBCI) to help their mission to increase breast cancer awareness and prevention. When detected early, breast cancer is nearly 100% treatable. If you need help paying for a mammogram, contact WBCI at (307) 840-WBCI....

  • Ten conservation groups sue to protect wolves

    Apr 11, 2024

    by David Velazquez Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange CASPER —Conservation groups on Monday filed a suit to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to list western wolves under the Endangered Species Act. The conservation groups suing the FWS say the organization’s “not warranted” finding ignores obvious threats to the species, runs contrary to the best available science and relies on flawed population models for its determination. Wolves are protected from hunters inside of Yellowstone National Park, but managem...

  • High school rodeo season kicks off

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Wyoming High School Rodeo Association spring 2024 season kicked off in Laramie last week with two rounds. Thermopolis rodeo team members competed at the high school and junior level at the event. Hoyt Peil, and his partner Cruz Viles of Cody, brought home first in the junior team roping on Friday with an 11.83. Hoyt was 10th in breakaway roping with a time of 14.25 and 10th in goat tying with a time of 29.50. On Saturday, he was 4th in breakaway roping with a time of 4.72 and 8th in goat tying with a time of 15.54. For local high school com...

  • Town considers transfer station location alternative

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 4, 2024

    The Town of Thermopolis Landfill is at the end of its life cycle and for many years town officials have been trying to plan for the transition to a transfer station. Previous town administration planned to have a transfer station located on land just north of Thermopolis and had explored the idea of privatizing garbage collection. Thermopolis Mayor Adam Estenson gave his current perspective on how the town is planning to handle its trash and the preparations for a transfer station. Recently,...

  • Special session voted down

    Apr 4, 2024

    by Hannah Shields Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange CHEYENNE — A call for a special session failed to pass a vote of members of the Wyoming Legislature, according to official poll results sent in Sunday night. Lawmakers needed a simple majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to successfully call for a special session. The vote passed with a slim majority in the Senate, 16-15. However, it failed in the House by eight votes, with 27 in favor and 35 against. House Speaker Albert Sommers, R-Pinedale, Rep. Clark S...

  • Hot Springs County Senior Center launches petition drive

    Apr 4, 2024

    A petition drive for a proposed Primary Election ballot question has been launched by the Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. The proposed ballot question: Shall the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Special District be established with a maximum levy of 2 mills to be imposed on the taxable property of the district, the purpose of which is to support the Center's operations and facilities, including construction. The proposed name of the district is "Hot Springs County Senior Citizens...

  • Mini pantry

    Apr 4, 2024

    The community mini pantry, located in front of Town Hall at 420 Broadway, is always open on an honor system basis. The original story in the IR reported that the Odd Fellows Lodge placed the food pantry at the location in 2021. You can drop off donated nonperishable items including dry goods, canned goods, personal care products, etc....

  • Circus coming to town in July

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 4, 2024

    At the March Thermopolis-Hot Springs County Chamber of Commerce board meeting held at Big Horn Federal, CEO Meri Ann Dorman announced the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will return with their Big Top on July 7 with two show times, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. They will set up near the Hot Springs State Park headquarters. This circus was last presented in Thermopolis two years ago. Long-term substitute teacher Riley Jeff and the high school FFA students presented a skit discussing the rise in land...

  • Several student celebrations at March school board meeting

    Apr 4, 2024

    At the March Hot Springs County School Board of Trustees meeting, several student celebrations were acknowledged, including Payton Green, who received a good sportsmanship award by officials for her volleyball match in October, 2023. Also, Auston Slagle, Ellis Webber, Brody Welch and Anthony Cheatham received good sportsmanship awards for their basketball games against Lovell and Powell. Nathan Gertler recognized Aiden Freeman, who has been selected for the All-State music festival for two years in a row for both concert band and jazz...

  • View from the top

    Apr 4, 2024

    Thermopolis Middle School seventh and eighth graders concluded their hiking and backpacking unit by conquering Monument Hill....

  • Muench visits India on cultural immersion trip

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 4, 2024

    Recent Thermopolis high school graduate Lauren Muench joined a 10-person team to go on a mission to India from February 10 to March 11. Some of the locations Muench visited were Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Kota, Jaipur and Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Muench explained, "Because India is a closed country, we weren't allowed to do traditional 'missions' work. It was more like a cultural immersion trip. We spent quite a bit of time visiting friends of the missionaries there and drinking Missoula chai. It was...

  • 'Chloe's Law' becomes law July 1

    Apr 4, 2024

    by Joseph Beaudet The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange SHERIDAN — Starting July 1, gender-affirming care for minors will be banned in Wyoming. While signing the bill, Gov. Mark Gordon was critical because the bill may contradict other bills passed by the Legislature to enhance parental rights in education. “I signed SF99 because I support the protections this bill includes for children, however it is my belief that the government is straying into the personal affairs of families,” Gordon said in a statement. “Our legislature needs t...

  • Hospital board hears update on clinic expansion project

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 4, 2024

    At the March Hot Springs Health board meeting held in the conference room, Scott Alwin gave the CEO report and said, “The walk-through for the clinic expansion project was held on March 13. We have bid submissions for the project that are due April 25, so we look forward to having them come in this month.” Alwin added, “We have a couple of providers who will be out late March through mid-May due to medical leave and parental leave, and we’re thankful that Tara Blumenshine has agreed to offer h...

  • News briefs from around the state of Wyoming

    Apr 4, 2024

    From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers Cheyenne police investigating fatal shooting late Saturday CHEYENNE (WNE) — A man was found dead Saturday night, an “apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds,” the Cheyenne Police Department announced on Facebook Sunday morning. The identities of the victim and the suspect have yet to be released; however, in a news release sent out Monday morning, the decedent was identified as a 38-year-old male. “The preliminary investigation shows that a loud physical and verbal disturbance occurred between the 38-...

  • Driller contests oilfield violation, searches for ways to dispose of wastewater

    Apr 4, 2024

    Aethon says Moneta Divide wastewater doesn’t violate barium, radium limits as it looks to pump some effluent underground. by Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile.com, via WNE The principal operator of the Moneta Divide gas- and oilfield told the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality it isn’t exceeding limits for barium and radium in wastewater as regulators maintain. Dallas-based Aethon Energy Operating responded last May to DEQ’s letter of violation that said the company had exceeded permit limits for pollutants the company lets flow into Alka...

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