Vital Statistics

None reported

Jan. 26 Kaye Zimmer, 74, of Thermopolis
Jan. 24 Vada E. Lungren, 87, of Worland, in Billings, Mont.
Jan. 22 Mary Mackness, 98, of Aurora, Colorado, formerly of Worland

None reported

None reported

Jan. 24 6:23 a.m. 222 S. Cottonwood
Jan. 24 6:25 a.m. 100 N. 10th St.
Jan. 25 5:37 a.m. 2714 Yellowstone
Jan. 25 9:28 a.m. 213 N Fir St.
Jan. 25 10:12 a.m. 411 Sagebrush
Jan. 25 8:14 p.m. 1901 Howell Ave.
Jan. 26 3:03 a.m. 113 Culbertson

Jan. 23 9:40 p.m. WBI Energy

Worland temperatures: High 37, Low 12 precipitation: 0.00
Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 43. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South southeast wind around 6 mph.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Light south southeast wind.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Light and variable wind.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 7.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
Sunset tonight: 5:09 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:32 a.m.

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4-H carnival fun!

DAILY NEWS photos by Susan Lockhart
From ring toss to sumo wrestling, wheel-of-fortune to jousting, youngsters filled the Thermopolis Middle School gym Sunday with screams of laughter during the second annual Hot Springs County 4-H Carnival. Above, June Wedor sends a ring flying toward the water bottles for a prize. At right, 3-year-old Mikhail Gaball gets a little help from mom, Lori (holding 6-month-old Bradley), as he tries to get the nail in the fish’s mouth. Joey Johnson, HSC 4-H educator, said the game-filled event was a way to let the community know how much fun 4-H could be and to register youngsters for this year’s projects.

Thermop residents chime in on park’s master plan

By Zach Spadt
Staff Writer

THERMOPOLIS — Members of the Thermopolis community had the opportunity to express their ideas regarding the future of Hot Springs State Park. The state is revising the park’s master plan, which hasn’t been updated in over 30 years.
Officials from the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources heard public comment from Thermopolis residents and people from the surrounding area.
The plan sets guidelines for the manner in which the park is run, and also dictates how the park’s resources are managed. During a presentation on the history of the park, Becky Mundus-Bishop said she would like to see a plan which continues utilizing the park’s resources. The park offers year-round recreational opportunities, hosting a bathhouse, bison pasture and hiking trails among other amenities.
Tourists traveling to and from Yellowstone National Park often stop at the park to enjoy the hot springs. Many in attendance said that they would like the park to consider updating lodging accommodations so that tourists could have a “first class” hotel available.
Ed Caper, of Thermopolis, told the Daily News that he would like to see the park cleaned up in addition to adding more amenities.
After listening to an approximately 45 minute presentation, attendees broke off into groups to address specific questions the state had for improving the master plan. Among the suggestions were promoting the park through better signage and making parts of the park available to over-night-camping. Placing a sign in Worland notifying travelers of the opportunity ahead was suggested. Attendees also recommended establishing new trails, particularly biking trails.
Preserving the park’s unique identity was also listed as a priority.
The park has struggled with providing adequate parking over the years because of recreational vehicle congestion. Attendees suggested adding a trolley service to curb the problem.
Suggestions will move on to a steering committee for review in two weeks, after which another meeting will be scheduled for public comment.
Residents wishing to express their opinions on the plan may do so by visiting

Wyoming's love/hate relationship with the feds

By Laura Hancock
Casper Star-Tribune

CHEYENNE –– This year, as with many recent years at the Wyoming Legislature, lawmakers have boldly bemoaned the federal government.
“It’s time now for the states, which created the federal government, to regain control of the United States of America,” said Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, during a press conference Thursday promoting an effort among state legislatures to pass a constitutional amendment, forcing Congress to balance the federal budget.
But the state may need the federal government: Nearly 40 percent of Wyoming’s revenues come from Washington, D.C., according to a study last summer by WalletHub, a social networking site for personal finance and consumer data.
Wyoming tied with Florida as 38th most dependent state on the federal government, in the study, which considered 2012 tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, and data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Commerce bureaus of economic analysis and labor statistics.
Mississippi and New Mexico tied as the most dependent states on the feds. Delaware was the least, according to the study.
Some Republicans are asking whether the state could better manage federal lands, decreasing permitting delays for oil and gas drilling and other activities. The Legislature is considering Senate File 56, which would allow the state to spend $100,000 to study costs and other aspects of state management of federal lands.
The bill was discussed Thursday evening at the Senate Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee, where Sen. Eli Bebout, R-Riverton, argued local officials would be more responsive to people’s demands and requests.
“I live in it, as fisherman, hunter, as a developer of resources – all of the above,” he said. “We just get no response.”
Some lawmakers believe their efforts to control Washington are among their most important work in Cheyenne.

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