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  • Honoring the American Flag

    Jun 13, 2024

    by Lara Love On Friday, June 14 the 1890’s Riders, with the assistance of other community volunteers, will be putting up the Avenue of Flags at Monument Hill Cemetery in honor of Flag Day. We believe this is the first year the Flags have went up on this particular holiday. A letter to the editor on this page gives a detailed history of Flag Day and its importance. I fly a American Flag at my house daily, as do many others in this community and across this great country. Surprisingly to me, occasionally when I tell people I proudly fly Old G...

  • Tired of apologizing for the eyesores!

    Jun 13, 2024

    I am writing in response to the recent decision to deny the Stevens family the right to operate The Tipi Retreat business on their property based on zoning laws. I respect that laws must be enforced, and I am very much a follower of laws. However, I find it incredibly ironic that someone can buy a parcel of land at the bottom of Lane 12, and build a junkyard on that property while that land is zoned as what I assume is agricultural. When I look on the Wyoming Cadastral for that parcel of land, I see the mailing address is for a human at an...

  • Origin of Flag Day

    Jun 13, 2024

    On Friday, June 14, we celebrate Flag Day. Ever since September 11, 2001, we have seen more American Flags displayed at any time since World War II. Yet, if we asked the average citizen as to how Flag Day came about, they most likely would draw a blank. I thought I would take this opportunity to write this letter with the help of information from the Northwestern University Alumni Magazine, about how Flag Day came about in the hope readers would enjoy learning about something that has long been forgotten. It all started with Bernard J. Cigrand...

  • Safety tips for summer

    Jun 6, 2024

    Summer is synonymous with relaxation and fun in the sun. Remembering these tips can help you enjoy summer as safely as possible. • Avoid heat-related illnesses: Hot summer days pose a significant threat if the proper measures aren’t taken to avoid heat-related illnesses. According to the National Safety Council, heat exhaustion, which occurs when the body loses excessive water and salt, and heat stroke, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes is marked by the body’s inability to control its temperature, can escalate rapid...

  • The pitfall of worry

    Jun 6, 2024

    by Bryan Golden Everyone is conditioned to worry. Our conditioning begins as soon as we learn to speak. Since we see everyone around us worrying, we emulate their behavior. There are no limits to what you worry about. You worry about the past. You worry about the present. You worry about the future. You worry about what might happen. You worry about what might not happen. You worry about what other people think, say, or do. You worry about the opinion others have of you. You worry about making mistakes. You worry about what you say. You spend...

  • Kindness is the best medicine

    Jun 6, 2024

    by Joanie Holm, RN, C.N.P. My name is Joanie Holm. I am a certified nurse practitioner in Brookings, South Dakota and I am the person fortunate to have been the life partner of the original Prairie Doc, Richard P. Holm, M.D. Rick and I were married for 40 years before his passing in March of 2020. During those wonderful decades together, if I could point to one powerful action that strengthened our relationship with each other, with our family, our community and with our patients, it would be the act of kindness. Thankfully, Rick was alive to...

  • Lawmakers are asking the right questions about AI

    May 30, 2024

    Jake Goodrick, Gillette News Record There’s a flawed duality that fixes in many people’s minds when it comes to the rise in artificial intelligence. Often the rapidly advancing technology is viewed as either apocalyptic or a godsend, delivered to enhance just about every part of our lives where an inefficiency exists. The be-all and end-all, in either direction. Maybe this fallacy isn’t unique to AI, as it’s accompanied new technology throughout recent decades. New technology often comes with risks. So far, there’s been no apocalyps...

  • Letter to the Governor regarding BLM decision

    May 30, 2024

    Governor Mark Gordon, As you know, President Biden’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week its intention to end all future coal leasing in the Powder River Basin– a decision in pursuit of the Biden Administration’s anti-American, anti-energy “climate crisis” agenda. The BLM’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) refers to the shuttering of the nation’s largest coal producers as “the no-leasing alternative,” which the agency chose while rejecting the slate of other alternatives before it (including “no ac...

  • Information regarding service animals

    May 30, 2024

    Hello fellow Thermopolis residents! Most of you know me as well as my Service Dog Maui. I thought I would write this Letter to the Editor as a way to help you understand service dogs and the laws around them, specifically the ADA (American Disability Act). The questions that should be asked if it is not obvious a dog is a SD are: is the dog a service animal and required for a disability? The second question is: what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Dogs who are wearing guide or mobility harnesses or observed directly helping...

  • What is QPR?

    May 30, 2024

    Submitted by Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition What is QPR? “Question, Persuade, Refer” Warning: This article discusses suicide. QPR stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer” and it’s used to intervene to prevent suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Here in Thermopolis, the Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition is committed to traini...

  • Let's have a nice, clean campaign season

    May 23, 2024

    by Zac Taylor, Powell Tribune Last Thursday marked the beginning of the filing period for the primary election season. While obviously this paper has done stories on a number of candidates already declared to run, from state House and Senate to county commissioners, expect a whole lot more partisan and municipal candidates to declare in the next couple of weeks. Filing period ends May 31. Then we’ll have a long sprint to Aug. 20 and Election Day. The nearly three months in between can be fun and informative or miserable for followers of l...

  • Valedictorian reminds classmates to live in the moment

    May 23, 2024

    by Seth Needham Good Afternoon everyone It’s an honor to stand in front of you as we celebrate our graduation. As your valedictorian I am grateful for the time I have shared with you all, and I am excited to see where life takes us. Earlier this week, as I was writing this speech, I realized how fast time passes and if you don’t slow down, it will go on with out you. This is my last argument so get ready. Whatever you guys think about time passing is wrong. It actually goes the same speed for everyone at every age, some people just choose to...

  • Salutatorian: There's so much this world can offer you

    May 23, 2024

    by Aiden Freeman Hello Everyone! How are you doing? My name is Aidan Freeman, and I am your 2024 Salutatorian. I want to thank you all for giving me your time, attention, and the opportunity to speak in front of you. Because I don’t want to take too long with this speech, I would like to share something rather small and simple that’s been in my mind - how powerful learning really is. I know, you’ve been lectured enough about the importance of learning, I’m sure you’re sick of it by now! But there is a lot more to learning than school makes it...

  • Do some research, be informed

    May 23, 2024

    In my opinion, we have very serious school issues here in Hot Springs County. First of all, let’s look at what happened at last week’s School Board Meeting. Those of you fortunate enough to view it before the School Board took it down should be appalled at the behavior of certain members of our HSCSD #1 board. Board Trustee Bethany Webber brought up an issue and other board members met her with accusations, belittling and intimidation towards Bethany afterward. Very hard to watch. We are constantly being told to bring anything to the board and...

  • It's OK to talk about mental health issues

    May 23, 2024

    by Kelly Strampe, HSC Prevention Coalition It’s OK to not be OK, and it’s OK to talk about It … Or is It? “It’s OK to not be OK” is a common slogan in mental health awareness. It’s a powerful statement that recognizes and normalizes the experience of struggling, feeling overwhelmed, or not being at one’s best. It emphasizes that even negative emotions like sadness, anxiety, or frustration are part of being human. Adding “it’s OK to talk about it” adds an interesting twist to the slogan. That’s a pretty bold statement for a small town like T...

  • Ghosting simply doesn't cut it

    May 16, 2024

    by David Peck, Lovell Chronicle Pet peeve time here. Are you familiar with the communications concept known as ghosting? For the uninitiated, the word refers to an electronic communication during which one of the parties simply stops responding to a conversation or disappears from contact in the first place. I guess it could also refer to any communication, such as refusing to return a call or something like that. But for the young people out there, I have one thing to say: Don’t do it. At least if you want to get or keep a job. Let me tell y...

  • Mental Health Action Day

    May 16, 2024

    by the Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition On Thursday, May 16th, folks around the globe will participate in Mental Health Action Day. The day was established to transform mental health awareness into action. This year’s theme is ‘connection.’ We are hoping for a coordinated effort among businesses, organizations, advocacy groups, schools, individuals, and leaders to join together to inspire and engage one another to take real action to help us all feel more connected to ourselves, to each other, and to our community. We are encouraging eve...

  • Share your ideas for potential drinking water sources

    May 16, 2024

    A public meeting seeking information concerning potential drinking water sources, water needs and contact information for interested parties in the area will be held Wednesday, May 22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hot Springs County Annex, 327 Arapahoe. The Wyoming Water Development Commission, Hot Springs County Supply Evaluation Level II Study provides the opportunity to identify and evaluate options to supply Hot Springs County residents with drinking water. You can participate by attending the meeting, taking a survey at...

  • Thoughts on confidence

    May 16, 2024

    I read something today that changed my perception of the concept of confidence. It said something along the lines of: “Confidence can’t be seen or heard. It can’t be created by anyone but you.” I found this profound. I’ve always believed I lacked confidence. I’m guessing many of us feel this way. I lived my life thinking my lack was simply the way things were. I saw other people as confident – born that way – and I envied them. I thought their confidence came from abilities or talents – a knowledge that they had what it took to stand out from...

  • Your words matter

    May 9, 2024

    by Bryan Golden, Dare to Live Without Limits You are usually conscious of what you say to others. The things you say are based on what you want to achieve. You know from experience that the words you chose have a big impact. When you use the wrong words, the reaction of others is not what you intended. What you say to yourself is just as important as what you say to others. Yet, too many people are not fully aware of the impact their self-talk has on their own wellbeing. Your words to yourself program your mind. Your mind follows whatever...

  • We aren't doing enough to stop bulling in schools

    May 9, 2024

    School bullying is plaguing our children with ill health, causing depression, headaches, poor grades, along with the inability to focus on school work and becoming anti-social, not wanting to be part of school activities. We need more education in our schools for our children about the impact school bullying is having on fellow students along with procedures that can be taken when someone is being traumatized due to school bullying. It should never be ignored. Schools can offer citizenship awards and incentives to encourage wellness between...

  • Growing pains

    May 2, 2024

    Some of us in the community as children growing up in Thermopolis dreamed of having a McDonald’s restaurant in town. Years later, we got one – and a Pizza Hut restaurant as well. Some grew up hoping for even more, a shopping mall, a cold water swimming pool, a stoplight at Amoretti and Sixth Streets. We never got those. According to the US Census, In 1983, Thermopolis and East Thermopolis’ population was about 4,410 people and we had the infrastructure to handle that amount at the time. Today Thermopolis population is 2,702. Hard numbers to sw...

  • Paper patch gardening

    May 2, 2024

    by Sara Ready “I’m heading out to mow the garden” my dad announced. Then I heard him mutter, “I never thought I would put those words together in a sentence.” My garden had been a source of embarrassment for years. I was raised better. My mother was a fantastic gardener, I learned and helped her throughout my childhood. I thought gardening was pretty strait forward. Then I married, and moved to a bentonite hill. I borrowed a tiller, and started my first garden. For three years I scrached my so called garden out of the bentonite. My rows were...

  • Questions of the State Parks Commission

    May 2, 2024

    Looking at the article about ‘Hot Springs State Park proposals’ in the April 18 issue of the Thermopolis Independent Record, I have some questions. I see that the contract was awarded to the bidder who scored 5,213 points out of a possible 6,000. I am curious to know what the criteria was for earning all 6,000 points; why did this bidder score so high? Was the state’s process weighted to give preference to an applicant who would propose such sweeping changes? Did the state parks commission automatically give preference to a proposal which...

  • Why is it...?

    May 2, 2024

    As far as I know, Harriet Hagman’s visit for a Town Hall meeting was well known before the Republican Convention April 18-20 and there was a good informational notice in the I.R. Congresswoman Hageman’s meetings are very informative and a great insight into D.C.’s goings on. Yet...I find it curious and sad that so many of our “community leaders” neglected to appear or show the courtesy to attend Harriet’s town hall here. She has worked hard to represent Wyoming and the citizens of Hot Springs County…especially after the Liz Cheney debacl...

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