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  • Senior graduates honored at awards ceremony

    May 23, 2024

    Last week, Hot Springs County High School held their senior awards night handed out several scholarships and honored students for their academic successes. National Honor Society Members - Hannah Lippincott, Seth Needham, Brooklynn Williams, Sydney Shaffer, Ina King, Jayda Griffin, Aidan Freeman, Kaia Galovich, Dazlynn Hunt, Bethany Duncan Honor Students, 3.5 GPS or above - Jessen Basse, Dawn Burgess, Bethany Duncan, Aidan Freeman, Kaia Galovich, Kanyon Gerber, Ivey Goff, Jayda Griffin, Audrey...

  • UW president, students speak

    May 23, 2024

    On Tuesday May 14, representatives from the University of Wyoming visited Thermopolis at the Hot Springs Hotel & Spa. Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor John Kaszuba gave a brief presentation about the Big Spring in Hot Springs State Park. Kaszuba reported that "The water has gotten cooler by about four degrees Fahrenheit over the past 50 to 65 years. It's gotten less salty, but the flow is up over the past 18 years." Barton Stam, Ag & Natural Resources Extension Educator of the UW...

  • People for People able to give worthy graduate a scholarship

    May 23, 2024

    The People for People Backpack Program was able to give a $500 scholarship to a Hot Springs County High School senior for the first time this year. The People for People Backpack Program began in 2014, to help stop hunger among the youth in the Hot Springs County community. Over the last ten years, every school in Hot Springs County has been included in receiving weekly backpacks including the Learning Center and the Home Schooled. For the last ten years, the Backpack Program has also had the...

  • News briefs from around the state

    May 23, 2024

    From Wyoming News Exchange newspapers Grizzly attack in Grand Teton was ‘surprise encounter’ JACKSON (WNE) — A grizzly bear attacked and injured a man visiting Grand Teton National Park on Sunday. The 35-year-old Massachusetts man is in stable condition and expected to fully recover. Park officials have not released the victim’s name. The Jackson Hole Daily’s attempts to contact him were unsuccessful by press time Monday. Meanwhile, Grand Teton biologists and law enforcement rangers are investigating the incident, which occurred near Signal Mo...

  • Officials discuss upcoming changes to Hot Springs State Park

    Jurri Schenck|May 16, 2024

    Brooks Jordan, District Manager of Wyoming State Parks in the Big Horn Basin and Chris Delay, Hot Springs State Park Superintendent, presented themselves to both the Hot Springs County Commissioners (HSCC) and the Thermopolis Town Council (TTC) on May 7 at their respective meetings to discuss upcoming changes to Hot Springs State Park concessions. The two then scheduled a public Q & A session, held Monday at the Smoking Waters shelter. A follow up Q & A session is set for Thursday, May 16 from...

  • Thermopolis to host Wyoming Sheep and Wool Festival in July

    May 16, 2024

    The Wyoming Wool Growers Association is pleased to announce the schedule is getting packed for the Wyoming Sheep & Wool Festival to be held July 12-14 at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds in Thermopolis. Make plans to bring your family to enjoy arts, educational and cultural events celebrating Wyoming’s sheep and wool industry, meet the animals, feast on some great lamb, browse through vendor and educational booths, watch the stock dog trials, go on a tour, and then dance to live music at an after-dinner party on Saturday night. Educational se...

  • Game and Fish announces new area biologist, game warden

    May 16, 2024

    The Cody Region of the Wyoming Game and Fish welcomes two individuals to their new roles in the Big Horn Basin. Ashleigh Rhea has been selected as the new wildlife biologist for the Worland/Thermopolis district, replacing Bart Kroger who retired last December. Rhea previously served as a habitat mitigation biologist for Game and Fish in the Pinedale Region. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming in wildlife and fisheries management and a Master's degree in Zoology and Physi...

  • UW Extension Office offers canning classes around the BHB

    May 16, 2024

    by Melissa L. Cook The University of Wyoming Extension office is offering pressure and boiling water canning classes June 3-5. Food preservation expert Vicki Hayman will lead the classes through hands-on instruction. Learn the latest USDA-approved methods and recipe sources for safely canning this year’s produce. The classes have a $15 supply fee. Canning Class Schedule June 3 Pressure Canning from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Lovell High School Life Skills Room, 502 Hampshire Ave., Lovell June 4 Pressure Canning from 9 a.m. to noon Greybull High School L...

  • Reclamation issues snowmelt forecast for Bighorn River Basin

    May 16, 2024

    Reclamation’s April Forecast of the May through July water runoff predicted for the Bighorn River Basin is as follows: •Boysen Reservoir - Wind River May through July inflow to Boysen Reservoir is forecast at 580,000 af, which is 101% of the 30-year average of 573,000 af. As of May 1, Boysen Reservoir is 76% full. * •Bighorn Lake -Bighorn River May through July inflow to Bighorn Lake is forecast to be approximately 704,000 acre-feet (af), which is 65% of the 30-year average of 1,080,000 af. As of May 1, Bighorn Lake is 79% full.* •Buff...

  • Hyattville carnival set

    May 16, 2024

    Hyattville Community Center will host its 20th Annual Cowboy Carnival fundraiser on Sunday, May 26 in Hyattville. This year’s event offers features Todd Jones, of Hyattville, a Hunting and Fishing Outfitter as well as CC college course instructor, “Packing Demonstration.” Also featuring music by 12-year-old identical twins of Hyattville, Liam and Layne Jordan who have built quite a resume in a short time. New to this event is a demonstration for Basic Colt Training. Kids’ events will be featured throughout the day including a BB Gun Shoot,...

  • Thermopolis FFA Chapter hands out awards

    May 16, 2024

    The 2023-2024 Annual Thermopolis FFA Banquet and Appreciation Dinner was held last week where members and citizens were honored for their achievements and contributions to the program. President Tymber Eckley welcomed the crowd and thanked them for attending. Other officers present were Sentinel Madison Shaffer, Reporter, Nevaeh Brill, Treasurer Lance Axtell, Secretary Brooke Hubele and Vice President Hayden Overfield. Chapter advisor is Britton Van Heule, assistant advisor is Jessie Ream and...

  • Big Springs FFA Chapter holds annual banquet

    May 16, 2024

    The Thermopolis Middle School Big Springs FFA Chapter held their annual banquet last week recognizing both FFA members and community members for their achievements and contributions. Several FFA members were recognized at the banquet including state champion meats team members Logan Johnson, Tyler Morris, Baer McPhie and Mac McCumber and members of the high overall junior high poultry team Tyler Morris, Reagan Huckfeldt, Mac McCumber and Clint Kimes.Ann Allen, Paige Jones, Ameila Strickland,...

  • Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday

    May 16, 2024

    Hot Springs County Recreation District is hosting an Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Armory, 83 US Highway N. Attendees will see local artists demonstrate their craft live with the opportunity to purchase original pieces of art. You can vote for your favortie artist. If you are an artist who would like to participate, registration deadline for the event is May 15. The cost is $10 per spot. To register or for more information, email BParker@HSCrecreation.com or register at the Armory....

  • Campout planned at HSSP in June

    May 16, 2024

    For the third consecutive year, Wyoming State Parks is thrilled to be collaborating with Latino Outdoors to provide another amazing summer campout! This year, the event will take place at Hot Springs State Park June 21-23. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited for this special event. The title for this year’s campout is “Water is Life, Water is Comunidad: Connecting WY Latino Community with WY Water.” This exciting and impactful event invites families and individuals of all exper...

  • Hot Springs County Commissioners handle full agenda

    Jurri Schenck|May 16, 2024

    At the May 7 Hot Springs County Commissioners board meeting held at the Annex building, the commissioners voted and passed the approval of the accounts payable warrant register for $547,304.19 and payroll for $205,985.11. Brian Clarkson and Maddie Ross of Ardurra gave the Geographic Information System (GIS) report and said they reviewed the seven responses from the Department Head Survey where they gathered information on how GIS can be further implemented for the county’s use. So far, GIS h...

  • Town council approves Chris Delay to replace Leyba on tourism board

    Jurri Schenck|May 16, 2024

    At the May 7 Thermopolis Town Council meeting during citizen participation, Judy Carswell presented a request for parking space closure for the Rusty Old Truck Market on June 22. Mayor Adam Estenson said that the council didn’t need to take action and directed Carwell to coordinate with Chief of Police Pat Cornwell to make arrangements. The council voted and passed the approval separately of the Double D LLC 24 hour liquor permit for the Figure 8 Races at the Fairgrounds on May 11 and the Centra...

  • Filing period opens to run for office

    May 16, 2024

    The filing period for town, county, state and federal offices starts at 8 a.m. on May 16, 2024 and ends on May 31, 2024 at 5 p.m. Partisan Offices to be Nominated at the Primary Election and Elected at the General Election COUNTY Offices - File with County Clerk - $100 Filing Fee - (1) Commissioner (4-Year Term); (1) Clerk of District Court (2-Year Term Unexpired Term) Non-Partisan Offices to be Nominated at the Primary Election and Elected at the General Election All candidates for municipal office file with the Town Clerk - $25 Filing Fee -...

  • Judge rules in favor of defendant in Tipi Retreat vs. county commissioners

    May 9, 2024

    On behalf of Hot Springs County and the Board of County Commissioners (HSCC), the Hot Springs County Attorney’s Office issued the following statement on Monday, May 6. “In regard to the matter of The Tipi Retreat, LLC, Michelle Stevens, and Michael Stevens, Plaintiffs, v. the Hot Springs County Board of County Commissioners, Defendant, Docket No. 2022-003 in the District Court, 5th Judicial District, the Court has made the following findings: •The Hot Springs County Land Use Plan and Developmental Regulations properly establish enfor...

  • Town clean-up scheduled for next week

    Jurri Schenck|May 9, 2024

    The Town of Thermopolis will be holding its annual Spring Clean-Up on May 13-18. All residents and business owners are encouraged to clean their property in preparation for the upcoming summer season. According to the Town’s Director of Public Works Basil Sorensen and Assistant to Mayor Jim Jeunehomme, four 20 feet dumpsters will be located at these addresses for residents: 14th Street next to the tennis courts, 9th Street and Big Horn, 8th Street and Amoretti, and the 200 block of 2nd Street. T...

  • 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...

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