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  • Shooting complex proposal discussed

    Jurri Schenck|May 9, 2024

    On April 29, the Hot Springs County Shooting Complex Committee held an informational public meeting at the fire hall. Committee members are Paul Galovich, Shurie Scheel, Meri Ann Dorman, Al Burrows, Adam Estenson, Chris Delay, Paul and Cynthia Garbin, Phillip Scheel, Bradyn Harvey, Derrick Burrows, Jim Collins, and Travis Collins. Not all committed members were present at the event, however, it was well attended by the public with 52 people who signed up. Host Shurie Scheel started by saying, "I...

  • Mental health month

    May 9, 2024

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when people come together to raise awareness about mental health and the importance of taking care of our social-emotional well-being. This month, the Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition is raising awareness of the important role mental health plays in our lives, and we are encouraging members of our community to take action toward protecting their mental health and overall well-being. We live in a rapidly changing world that can be complex to...

  • HSCSD Teacher of the Year

    May 9, 2024

    Emmy Hergert presents London Jenks with his award for Teacher of the Year during the staff awards assembly at the William H. Malloy Auditorium last Friday. Other contenders for the award were Wade Holmes, Kinley Taylor and Darren Elder. Elder was named District Champion for Children, Riley Jeffs and Jennifer Duncan are District Substitutes of the Year, Travis McDermott was named District Coach of the Year and Justine Whitt and Wes Meier received the Cool Cat Award....

  • Dowdy named to Hall of Fame

    May 9, 2024

    The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) has selected 23 inductees for the Class of 2024. The WCHF State Board of Directors voted on the nominees from across the state during its annual meeting April 27. The 11th Annual induction ceremony will be at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper, Oct. 11 and 12. It is open to the public. In Region 8, Jim Dowdy of Hot Springs County has been selected as an inductee this year. Regional committees in ten different areas of Wyoming researched and scored over 50 nominations and sent the top picks to the WCHF State...

  • Dollar General to build store here

    May 9, 2024

    The property owned by Dean and Jeanne Waltz in the 700 block of Shoshone Street has been sold to an LLC listed as Thermopolis DG and Jeanne Waltz has stated on social media “Dollar General will be building a new store at the old Wyoming Gardens RV Park.” The couple has moved from Hot Springs County. According to its website, Dollar General has more than 19,000 locations in 48 states. They carry items including snacks, food, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares, seasonal items, paper products and more. More det...

  • Donations being accepted for fireworks show

    May 9, 2024

    The Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department will again be hosting the annual 4th of July fireworks this summer. They are able to put on a spectacular show with the generosity of individuals, businesses and Hot Springs State Park employees. The Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is accepting donations that will go toward the fireworks display. If you are interested in donating to this year’s show please send donations to Fireworks, c/o Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 768, Thermopolis, WY 82443. You can also drop off d...

  • May is National Foster Care Month

    May 9, 2024

    National Foster Care Month is a time to acknowledge the 463,000 American children and youth in foster care and the family members, foster parents, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who help them find permanent homes and connections. This year, the Children’s Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway are supporting National Foster Care Month through a special website for child welfare professionals with the theme, “Partnering With Families and Youth to Achieve Permanency.” The website highlights the signi...

  • NEWS BRIEFS

    May 9, 2024

    Hot Springs County Library is hosting Dinner and a Movie on the second Thursday of each month through October. Attendance is free and a light dinner will be provided. Movies will start promptly at 6:05 p.m. The May movie is Brief Encounter and the June movie will be The Pursuit of Happiness. If you would like to contribute to the meal or for more information, contact Lisa Brown at 864-3104. A meeting regarding the Hot Springs County High School reunion, planned for this summer, will be held via Zoom on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. If you are...

  • UW president plans visit

    May 9, 2024

    The public is invited to interact with University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel and learn more about UW’s collaborations in Hot Springs County. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Hot Springs Hotel, 115 Park St. Free appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available. A brief program will feature President Seidel, who will discuss efforts to prepare students for the modern economy and boost entrepreneurism and the state’s economy. Other presentations planned: * Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor Joh...

  • Schoenewald to speak at Historical Society meeting

    May 9, 2024

    The next meeting of the Hot Springs County Historical Society will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 11 at 2 p.m. at the Historical Museum. The program will be “Honoring Them” presented by Lea Cavalli Schoenewald. This program will discuss the process Lea Cavalli Schoenewald used to research and write the book, the wonderful help she had throughout, the new information she discovered, stories and pictures she wasn’t able to include in the finished product, and look at the future. Schoenewald actually spent time in Gebo as a child. Over the y...

  • Tourism director recognizes area businesses

    Jurri Schenck|May 2, 2024

    At the April Hot Springs County Travel & Tourism board meeting held at the Copper Coo, Treasurer Audra Dominguez gave the financial report and said their most recent lodging tax revenue deposit was $11,354.53, which was a record-breaking month for March. The board discussed their financials and their projected budget was $441,000. However, they are under budget in their spending for the year by $135,870. The board voted and passed the approval to accept the financial report. Via Zoom Darren...

  • Business manager explains fines to school board

    Jurri Schenck|May 2, 2024

    At the April 16 Hot Springs County School Board Trustees meeting, business manager Jessica Benefiel gave the financial report and discussed some expenditures that included new vehicles and computers. Benefiel also said, “A little further down the report on page four, you’ll see kind of a big one that’s a little over $37,000 to the IRS. That is an issue I’ve had since back in September. In September, that is, every month we make an IRS payroll tax payment to the IRS. And that month, back in Sept...

  • Hageman hosts town hall meeting

    Jurri Schenck|May 2, 2024

    Last Saturday, U.S. Representative Harriet Hageman held a town hall meeting at the Hot Springs County Fair Building where she updated the public on her efforts and held a question and answer time with the audience. When Hageman ran for office, she made a promise to hold a town hall in every county in Wyoming. Hageman said, "I think that they're important because it gives me a chance to give you an update on what I'm doing, what's important, what my agenda is. But more important than that, it...

  • From around the world to Thermopolis

    May 2, 2024

    by Jackie Dorothy "I never saw Wyoming as a destination," admitted Jan Nijenhuis from Holland. "Thermopolis was a pleasant surprise and had a lot more variety than I expected." Nijenhuis was one of 18 international tour operators on a whirlwind tour of Wyoming. The group was part of the International Roundup conference hosted by the Wyoming Office of Tourism and Rocky Mountain International this year in Casper and their final stop was Thermopolis this past Thursday, hosted by Hot Springs Travel...

  • Petition deadline for senior center ballot question nears

    May 2, 2024

    The deadline for signatures on a petition for a proposed Primary Election ballot question is coming up on May 12. The petition drive was 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 petition is to get this question on the ballot so all v...

  • Wyoming Whiskey to host Kirby Dirby

    May 2, 2024

    Wyoming Whiskey is hosting the Kirby Dirby Kentucky Derby Watch Party on Saturday, May 4 from Noon until 5 p.m. The event will feature a dice tournament, hat contest, stick horse races, prizes, food and WW cocktails. The Horses Dice Tourney begins at 1 p.m. with a $20 buy-in, winner takes all, and Stick Horse Races begin at 3 p.m., bring your own horse. Prizes will be given out for these events and the best hat contest. Event attendees and participants must be 21 years and older. Wyoming Whiskey’s Consumer Experience Manager Amanda Evans said c...

  • Children's outdoor learning area spring clean up set for Monday

    May 2, 2024

    The annual volunteer spring clean-up day for the Children’s Outdoor Learning Area of the BigHorn Basin Nature & Discovery Center will be held Monday, May 6 beginning at 3 p.m. The public, friends, and neighbors are invited to help with seasonal refurbishment, clean-up, and installation of new learning/children’s activity equipment on the site at the entrance to Hot Springs State Park (the old Rio Drive-in Theater site adjacent to the existing Disc Golf Course). Bring your families, bring your friends, bring your gloves and join the fun. Thi...

  • River and stream awareness levels

    May 2, 2024

    Spring runoff is beginning and in Hot Springs County our Emergency Management Coordinator uses a color coding system to inform the public of awareness levels of the Bighorn River and area streams in Hot Springs County. These have been used in previous years. As runoff season begins, here is a reminder of the awareness level of each color. The levels appear each week in this newspaper and are featured on social media. Complete information can be found under the Emergency Management Department tab at http://www.hscounty.com. Level GREEN will be...

  • UW offers outdoor space class

    May 2, 2024

    by UWE Educator, Melissa L. Cook The University of Wyoming Extension office will offer two free Design Your Outdoor Space classes with expert Jenny Thompson, the Small Acreage Outreach Coordinator for the University of Wyoming Extension. The 90-minute classes will be held on Friday, May 16, at the Washakie County Library conference room in Worland from 5:30-7 p.m. Through before-and-after photos, students will learn how to create functional and balanced landscape designs based on their current lifestyle needs for their property. Ms. Thompson wi...

  • Public meeting set for Monday to discuss shooting complex proposal

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 25, 2024

    The Hot Springs County Shooting Complex Committee is seeking public comment on Monday, April 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Thermopolis Fire Hall at 400 South 14th Street. There will be an explanation of the HSC Proposal for the State Shooting Complex. Along with Hot Springs County, eight other counties in Wyoming, including Uinta, Campbell, Natrona, Park, Laramie, Fremont, Platte and Sheridan, turned in letters of intent and have been approved to proceed through the selection process. The Wyoming...

  • WYDOT seeks grant for feasibility study of alternative routes of Wind River Canyon Corridor

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 25, 2024

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is applying for a two-year feasibility study to explore the possibility of alternative routes into and out of the Big Horn Basin, which would be a redundancy for the traffic through Wind River Canyon. This study will guide WYDOT’s resilience planning decision for the Wind River Corridor responding to various closure and travel delay risks it frequently faces, from rockfalls and landslides, to inclement weather and crashes. According to WYDOT o...

  • Major renovations in store for Hot Springs State Park

    Apr 25, 2024

    Wyoming State Parks announced Monday their selection of Wyoming Hot Springs LLC as their partner for the future growth and development of concessions at Hot Springs State Park. Visitors to the park will see upgrades to the TePee Pools facilities, including a proposed future full reconstruction to transform the facility into a new spa and wellness center, featuring more adult-oriented, quiet, relaxing experiences, focused on the healing properties of the waters. The Star Plunge and Hot Springs...

  • Commissioners receive update, funding request for Safe Haven

    Jurri Schenck|Apr 25, 2024

    At the April 16 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting, the commissioners voted and passed the approval of the Revenue and Expenditures Report. Karina Rice of the Crisis Prevention & Response Center for Washakie County and Kelli Bloedel of Safe Haven in Hot Springs County presented themselves to the board and informed them that the state is making their organizations regional and they were asking for funding from the county. The county commissioners have funded the Safe Haven program...

  • Swearing in

    Apr 25, 2024

    Last Thursday, Judge Bobbi Overfield swore in Allan Braaten as a volunteer advocate for abuse and neglected children as part of CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates....

  • Snowmelt forecast issued for Bighorn River Basin

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Bureau of Reclamation’s April forecast of the April through July water runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin is as follows: Boysen Reservoir - Wind River April through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 750,000 af, which is 120% of the 30-year average of 625,000 af. As of March 1, Boysen Reservoir is 84% full. * Bighorn Lake - Bighorn River April through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 1,172,000 acre-feet (af), which is 93% of the 30-year average of 1,264,000 af. As of April 1, Bighorn Lake i...

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