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  • GOP holds State Central Committee meeting

    May 11, 2023

    Last Friday and Saturday, the Wyoming GOP held its quarterly State Central Committee meeting in Jackson. The weather was quite fickle, but representatives from all twenty-three counties arrived to do Republican business. According to State Statutes, the Wyoming Republican Party meets to elect a chairman, vice chairman and secretary in odd-numbered years. On May 6, the State Central Committee re-elected Frank Eathorne, Chairman, David Holland, Vice Chairman, and Donna Rice, Secretary. Hot Springs County was represented by new Chair Cheryl...

  • Estenson wins Thermopolis Mayor race

    Nov 10, 2022

    Unofficial results have been released for the 2022 Hot Springs County General Election. In Hot Springs County, there were a total of 2,213 votes cast. A new Mayor will be the taking over for the Town of the Thermopolis. Adam Ryan Estenson received 650 votes winning over incumbent Mike Chimenti who received 552 votes. For the Thermopolis Town Council race, Rachel Hughes received 612 votes to edge out incumbent Tony Larson with 598 votes. John Dorman, Sr. received 748 votes and will retain his seat on the council. In the eight person race for...

  • Three running for Thermopolis Town Council

    Oct 27, 2022

    Three candidates will face off in the 2022 General Election in the Thermopolis Town Council race, including incumbents John Dorman Sr. and Tony Larson and challenger Rachel Hughes. Bradyn Harvey’s name appears on the ballot but he has officially withdrawn from the race. Votes for him will not be considered in who wins. The three candidates provided bios and answers to five questions submitted by readers and asked by the IR staff. John Dorman Sr. I enjoy working for the town and trying to keep things on an even keel, doing the max that we can d...

  • Two seek Town of Thermopoils Mayor position

    Oct 27, 2022

    Two candidates will face off in the 2022 General Election race for Mayor of the Town of Thermopolis, including incumbent Mike Chimenti and challenger Adam Ryan Estenson. The two candidates provided bios and answers to five questions submitted by readers and asked by the IR staff. Answers were held to a maximum of 150 words, and in the case of two part questions, 200 words. Those questions and the candidates responses are as follows: Mike Chimenti I am a Wyoming native. I was born in Fremont County but Thermopolis has been home for 48 years. I...

  • Two ballot propositions, Constitutional Amendment A and B

    Oct 27, 2022

    Two ballot propositions appear on the 2022 General Election Ballot. Constitutional Amendment A: The Wyoming Constitution allows the state to invest state funds in equities such as the stock of corporations, but does not allow the funds of counties, cities and other political subdivisions to be invested in equities. The adoption of this amendment would allow the funds of counties, cities and other political subdivisions to be invested in equities to the extent and in the manner the legislature may allow by law. Any law authorizing the...

  • Winter, Bartlett face off to fill House District 28 seat

    Oct 27, 2022

    Two candidates will face off in the 2022 General Election in the State House of Representatives for District 28 race. Incumbent John R. Winter (R) is being challenged by Kimberly M. Bartlett (D). The candidates provided bios and answers to five questions submitted by readers and asked by the IR staff. John R. Winter Wyoming HD 28 representing Hot Springs County – portions of Big Horn County, Park County and Fremont County. Born and raised at Cody and reside on Kirby Creek near Thermopolis with my wife, Diane, of 26 years. Graduated from the Uni...

  • Kirby and East Thermopolis candidates

    Oct 27, 2022

    Candidates for East Thermopolis and Kirby council persons and mayor are included on the 2022 General Election ballot for those towns. In East Thermopolis, Jack Kuiper and Jeremiah Ramsey are on the ballot as the candidates for Mayor. Kuiper has withdrawn from the race so any votes for him will not count toward the winner. For council person of the town of East Thermopolis, three names are on the ballot and voters can vote for two of them. Dolores Bush, Debra K. Lackey and Julie Dodds Music are seeking to fill the two available four year terms....

  • Eight candidates seek to fill three school board seats

    Oct 27, 2022

    Eight candidates are seeking three seats on the Hot Springs County School District #1 Board of Trustees. They include incumbents Jennifer Axtell and Sherman Skelton and challengers Cynthia Garbin, Andrea Miller, Melissa V. Mohr, Nate Miller, Bethany Rose Webber and Mandy Wilson The eight candidates provided bios and answers to five questions submitted by readers and asked by the IR staff. Jennifer Axtell I am Jennifer Axtell and I have been on the board of trustees for 8 years. I am currently running for my third, four year term. I have...

  • Candidates introduce themselves, answer questions at forum

    Oct 27, 2022

    At the end of September, the Chamber of Commerce and Hot Springs County Farm Bureau Federation hosted a meet the candidates forum. All candidates running for all offices were invited to attend. The following is a compilation, broke down by office and candidate, at what was said by each candidate during the forum. Mayor of Thermopolis Mike Chimenti First off, I’d like to thank everybody for being here. Thank you Farm Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this. I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself first. There are some fol...

  • Meet the candidates Monday

    Sep 22, 2022

    Plan to attend a Meet the Candidates Public Forum on Monday, Sept. 26 starting at 6 p.m. in the Thermopolis Middle School Commons area. There will be a two minute introduction from all candidates and time to visit afterward. All candidates registered for the General Election have been invited to attend. The forum is sponsored by Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Springs County Farm Bureau Federation....

  • Meet the candidates

    Sep 15, 2022

    Plan to attend a Meet the Candidates Public Forum on Monday, Sept. 26 starting at 6 p.m. in the Thermopolis Middle School Commons area. There will be a two minute introduction from all candidates and time to visit afterward. All candidates registered for the General Election have been invited to attend. The forum is sponsored by Thermopolis-Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Springs County Farm Bureau Federation....

  • Four running for Thermopolis Town Council

    Aug 11, 2022

    Four candidates will face off in the 2022 Thermopolis Town Council race, including incumbents John Dorman Sr. and Tony Larson along with challengers Bradyn Harvey and Rachel Hughes. Four candidates will move forward from the Primary Election in August so the race will be decided at the General Election in November. John Dorman Sr. John Dorman Sr. is running for re-election to the Thermopolis Town Council. Dorman said, "I enjoy working for the town and trying to keep things on an even keel, doing...

  • Four candidates vie for two Hot Springs County Commissioner seats

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 11, 2022

    Four candidates will face off in the 2022 Hot Springs County Commissioners race, including incumbents Jack Baird and Tom Ryan along with challengers Paul Galovich and Joe Martinez. All four candidates are running as Republicans and only two will move on from the Primary Election next week. Jack Baird Jack Baird is running for re-election for Hot Springs County Commissioner. Baird has served for the past four years in his first term. When discussing his accomplishments, Baird mentioned his work...

  • Winter, Bartlett vie for State Representative District 28 seat

    Aug 11, 2022

    Incumbent John R. Winter (R) will face off against Kimberly Bartlett (D) in the race for the Wyoming State Representative District 28 seat. Both candidates are from Hot Springs County. District 28 covers areas in Hot Springs, Park, Big Horn and Fremont Counties. John R. Winter John R. Winter, a Republican, is running for re-election as the Wyoming State Representative, District 28. Winter has already served two terms in the 65th and 66th Legislative Sessions of the House of Representatives. Born and raised in Cody, Winter now resides on Kirby...

  • Chimenti challenged by Estenson for mayor seat

    Jurri Schenck|Aug 11, 2022

    Thermopolis Mayor Mike Chimenti is running for reelection in the 2022 Primary Election in August. He will be facing off against Adam Ryan Estenson. Two candidates will move onto the General Election in November when the race will be decided. Mike Chimenti Chimenti is nearing the end of his first term of four years. Regarding some of the town’s accomplishments in that period of time, Chimenti said, “We’ve done a lot of building projects. We’ve rebuilt our purifiers and our broken beds and the...

  • Kirby and East Thermopolis candidates

    Aug 11, 2022

    Candidates for East Thermopolis and Kirby council persons and mayor are included in the 2022 Primary Election. In East Thermopolis, Jack Kuiper’s name appears on the ballot as the only candidate for Mayor. For council person of the town of East Thermopolis, three names are on the ballot and voters can vote for two of them. Dolores Bush, Debra K. Lackey and Julie Dodds Music are seeking to fill the two available four year terms. Jessica Slagle is running for Mayor of Kirby. Kimberly Graham and Nathaniel Rodriguez are running for two 4 year p...

  • What the office seekers had to say at Meet the Candidates night

    Aug 11, 2022

    At the end of July, the Farm Bureau Federation and the Hot Springs County Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce held the Meet the Candidates event at the Thermopolis Middle School. The gathering was very well attended by local residents and others who came to hear what the candidates had to say and their positions. United States Representative Starting the event were the candidates for the United States Representative. Republican Harriet Hageman and Democrat Steve Helling were present. The other candidates, Republicans Anthony Bouchard, Denton...

  • Precinct committee selections and state offices also on the ballot

    Aug 11, 2022

    In addition to the races featured in this section, there are several other positions that the voters of Thermopolis will be deciding, including the men and women to serve in various precincts and those who will be in state offices. For Precinct Committeeman for 1-1, Paul Garbin, Bradyn Harvey, and Jerry D. Williams are running as Republican and John V. Fenton is running as Democrat. For Precinct 1-1 Committeewoman, Cynthia Garbin is running as Republican and Kimberly M. Bartlett as Democrat. For Precinct Committeeman for 1-2, John L. Anderson...

  • Candidates running unopposed for county offices

    Aug 11, 2022

    Terri Cornella is running for reelection as Clerk of the District Court. In August of 2004, she was appointed the Deputy District Court Clerk. Cornella was sworn in as the District Court Clerk in January of 2010 replacing Linda Harris. She believes that her past experience and years in office have proven invaluable in dealing with the challenges of the ever changing technical aspects and rules of the office. She says she “will continue to fairly and impartially administer Wyoming laws regarding her office, while conducting the daily business o...

  • Lawmakers mull over election changes

    Nick Reynolds|Jun 17, 2021

    Wyoming lawmakers are weighing a significant overhaul of the state’s elections. Members of the Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions voted to draft bills to create either an open primary or a ranked-choice voting system. Either system would profoundly change how Wyoming elects its officials and would likely have significant political ramifications, according to elections experts. The decision follows months of pressure from conservative activists who have argued that vote splitting in Wyoming’s often crowded Rep...

  • Election 2020

    Nov 5, 2020

    Phillip Scheel will keep his seat as a Hot Springs County Commissioner and Dusty Lewis and William H. Malloy will remain on the Thermopolis Town Council. Ed Cooper will be the new State Senator for District 20 and John Winter will keep his House of Representatives District 28 seat. Cynthia Lummis was elected as the Wyoming US Senator and Liz Cheney is the US Representative. At press time, a winner in the very close race for United States President/Vice President had not been declared on the national level, although Trump won in HSC and... Full story

  • Election 2020

    Oct 29, 2020

    Hot Springs County Clerk Rose DeSeyn, right, and Chief Deputy Clerk Karen Slocum, left, run the final test of the voting equipment before next Tuesday’s General Election while HSC Democratic Chairman, Levi Shinkle, looks on....

  • HSC voting questions answered

    Oct 29, 2020

    Wyoming’s General Election will soon be upon us, Tuesday, November 3. Polling places in Hot Springs County will open at 7 a.m. and remain open for in-person voting until 7 p.m. If you are uncomfortable voting at your designated polling place, you may vote in person in the county clerk’s office at any time until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2. Those residing within Precinct 1-1 and 1-2 will vote at the Hot Springs County Fair Building. Voters in Precinct 2-4 vote at the Hot Springs County Museum, and Precinct 3-3 voters will be at the Armory. Rem...

  • Three vie for Hot Springs County Commissioner seat

    Oct 29, 2020

    In the general election, three Hot Springs County residents are vying to serve as County Commissioner. Incumbent Phil Scheel (R) says he is passionate about Hot Springs County, passionate about Wyoming and he definitely sees us facing some economic, medical and other tragedies. Scheel said, “It is our job to implement the rules. We are an extension of the state and we have the best opportunity to take the ideas to the state legislature.” When asked what his goals are for HSC over the next four years, Scheel stated, “They are extremely broad...

  • Voters will decided between three candidates running for two seats available on Thermopolis Town Council

    Oct 29, 2020

    On November 3, voters will have three candidates to choose from for two open positions on the Thermopolis Town Council. They are Bill Malloy and Dusty Lewis, who are both running for re-election, and Bradyn Harvey. In a recent interview, Malloy said, “Because of the times we’re going through with budget cuts and everything and the big project with landfill, we need experience and continuity on the council. I’ve got more experience than anybody on the council, actually, including the mayor and all members, with 16 years, eight years as mayor...

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