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Agency takes action to evict Thermopolis pool operator
The familiar TePee Pools property in Thermopolis has been ordered by the State of Wyoming to shut down. TePee Pools photo

State parks agency takes action to evict Thermopolis pool operator

Apr 11, 2014 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources has moved to evict a longtime pool concessionaire from Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, an official said Thursday.

State parks director Milward Simpson said he gave notice last month to the owners of TePee Pools Inc. The company has had a concession to run a hot springs minerals bath and pools operation at the park since 1990.

Simpson gave the company until May 6 to remove a large pool building and its other property from the park.

He said he believes TePee Pools has failed to follow a lease agreement requiring it to submit an acceptable master plan of how to update its operations.

The company entered a 35-year lease with the state in July 2012 that called for it to develop a master plan within a year, he said.

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