• Where Wind Farms Meet Coal Country, There’s Enduring Faith in Trump

    Hoping for more unfettered production of coal, oil and gas even as it erects wind farms, a Wyoming county sees the president as a key to job security.
  • We’ve Moved!!!!

    Our website has moved! Find us at SVINEWS.com!!!
     
    Janice Frye | Star Valley Independent
  • Funeral service for Greg Stewart

    Funeral services for Greg Stewart will take place Friday, October 13, at 12 noon in the Thayne LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Thursday, October 12, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne and prior to the service at 11 a.m. Friday.
  • Villeneuve’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a visual and sonic science-fiction experience

    Josh Terry, Deseret News
    “BLADE RUNNER 2049” — 3½ stars — Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto; R (violence, some sexuality, nudity and language); in general release
    Fans of the first “Blade Runner” and science fiction, in general, should be awed by Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” a visual and sonic experience that stays faithful to its roots while expanding in new narrative directions.
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  • 5 best foods to fuel your day (and 5 to avoid)

    Rachel Redford, FamilyShare
    Your body is an incredible machine. In the time it takes you to read this article (approximately five minutes) your heart will beat 400 times, your blood will travel the equivalent of eight miles and your brain will have 30 billion chemical reactions.
    All that activity and more is why it’s so important to keep your body in tip-top shape. So here are the five best foods to fuel your day and keep your body going:
    1. Water
    Although water is not techn
  • 6 diseases that can grow in your body when you don’t sleep enough

    Kitt Wakeley, FamilyShare
    We all notice common side effects when we haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep: crankiness, faintness, muscle aches and a general inability to think or function.
    But did you know there are even more serious diseases that can develop or worsen with continued sleep deprivation?
    Each of us has faced a situation where we needed to stay up to get something important accomplished. When that habit becomes regular, however, you can find yourself dealing wit
  • Erik Prince, Blackwater Founder, Weighs Primary Challenge to Wyoming Republican

    If Mr. Prince runs, he would be a high-profile contender in a fledgling drive to oust establishment lawmakers with insurgents in the mold of President Trump.
  • Courts Thwart Administration’s Effort to Rescind Obama-Era Environmental Regulations

    The legal reversals reflect how aggressively opponents are challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind regulations. But the battle is hardly over.
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  • 197 pounds of marijuana seized

    A traffic stop on I-80, nine miles west of Cheyenne resulted in the seizure of 197 pounds of marijuana, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
    According to a WHP report, a state trooper observed a 2011 Dodge pickup, pulling a horse trailer, traveling east with no registration displayed on the pickup. The trooper stopped the vehicle for the registration violation. The report continued, A Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 was deployed during the stop and the K-9 alerted the of
  • Hospital board meeting is Monday, October 9

    According to Elaine Newcomb, Secretary of the North Lincoln County Hospital District Board of Trustees,
    “Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the North Lincoln County Hospital District, d.b.a. Star Valley Medical Center will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017 commencing at 5 p.m. in the Star Valley Medical Center Greys River Room for the purpose of personnel. There will be no other business considered.”
     
  • (Audio) – Jayne Hartwell discusses conference with Beth Moore at Morning Star Baptist Church

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  • Star Valley Chamber Report: Broulim’s expansion

    By Janet Erickson
    Broulim’s Fresh Foods in Afton has begun expansion of their store.  To offer increased product variety and better service, the store will nearly double in size, and receive a facelift between September 2017 and Spring of 2018.
    Harold Jones, Store Manager, told SVI Media in a radio interview on Sept. 19, that Broulim’s had purchased the lot just north of their store, and began demolition of the old King’s Discount store on Sept. 9, 2017.  Th
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  • Getting around is cheaper today, but it’s not clear why

    Jay Evensen, Deseret News
    Sometimes, it’s hard to stay on top of changing trends.
    We’re spending less money on transportation, but it’s hard to understand exactly why.
    It’s not as easy as saying the young’uns aren’t driving. In fact, that doesn’t appear to be true.
    A new data analysis report by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Sustainable Worldwide Transportation group compared the percentage of income Amer
  • Las Vegas shooting survivor says she owes her life to ‘guardian angel’

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News
    A survivor of the Las Vegas shooting says she met her “guardian angel” during the night of gunfire.
    Gail Davis told CBS News that she witnessed the terrifying event, at which 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured.
    She said she heard “four little pop, pop, pops, and everybody looked around and said, ‘Oh, it’s just firecrackers.’ And then we heard pop, pop, pop, and it just kept going and going, and my husband
  • Have You Seen This? 2-year-old’s rant about going to the gym goes viral

    Mary Dalrymple, KSL.com
    LEG DAY — If going to the gym isn’t quite your cup of tea, 2-year-old Mila Stauffer can relate.
    “My mom was like, ‘Hey Mila, want to hit the gym?’ and I was like, ‘Who’s Jim? What’d he ever do to you?'” Mila says in this video posted to Instagram Sept. 29.
    In the video, Mila shares what she really thinks of going to the gym, and if you’ve ever decided to stay at home on the couch instead of hitting the
  • Tax reform: inside, outside, up and down

    Boyd Matheson, Deseret News
    Congress contorted itself and its members into mental pretzels during its third failed attempt at health care reform. Next on the agenda is the equally complex and challenging issue of tax reform; another example of why Washington isn’t working is on the way. American philosopher Wayne Dyer wrote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It is time to change the way we look at Washington and the way Washington looks
  • Funeral service for Mike Olsen

    Funeral services for Mike Olsen will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Afton LDS Tabernacle.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, October 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and from 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the Tabernacle.
  • Funeral service for Lawrence Hemmert

    Funeral services for Lawrence Hemmert will take place on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12 noon at the Grover Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place prior to the service from 10-11:45 a.m.
  • At least 50 dead, over 400 injured after massacre on Las Vegas strip

    At least 406 people have been taken to hospitals following a massacre on the Las Vegas Strip overnight, police said.
    At least 50 people were killed in the shooting rampage during a Jason Aldean concert. An off-duty Las Vegas police officer was among those killed, the police department said.
    Authorities say the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, fired from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Officers found at least eight weapons, including multiple lo
  • What’s Up in Coal Country: Alternative-Energy Jobs

    Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia.
  • These major tech companies are donating money to new White House push

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News
    A number of tech companies have pledged to support the White House’s new computer science push, contributing $300 million toward boosting computer science education, according to Recode.
    Ivanka Trump announced in Detroit on Tuesday that major tech companies would fund a White House initiative that aims to help young American workers find jobs in the future.
    “Computer science and coding are priorities for the administration as we think about pathw
  • Despite study suggesting risk, doctors still recommend flu shots for pregnant women

    Jennifer Graham, Deseret News
    It’s not just the approach of the flu season that has federal health officials saying every American should get a flu shot before Halloween, including women who are pregnant.
    The annual message also comes in reaction to a study, published Sept. 25 in the journal Vaccine, that found pregnant women who had flu shots in the first trimester were more likely to miscarry than women who had not been vaccinated.
    The findings surprised Wisconsin researchers w
  • Charges and arraignment in district court

    The Lincoln County Attorney’s Office has filed charges and moved a case into district court for a suspect first arrested in an alleged abduction and assault case that occured in Star Valley on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
    The Lincoln County Attorney’s Office and the Afton Police Department reporting today that Shane T. Nielson, age 33 of Grover, has been charged with two counts of alleged kidnapping and one count of alleged third degree sexual assault.
    In August, the suspect was
  • Lindsey Stirling’s caterpillar quickstep on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ inspired by battle with depression

    Danielle Christensen, Deseret News
    Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas were lauded for their creative performance on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars Monday night,” scoring 21 out of 30 points from the judges.
    The lighthearted number also held deeper significance for the violinist, who felt that the “caterpillar quickstep” represented her battle with depression.
    “I’m really excited that we’re doing something with this whole butterfly motif beca
  • This satellite image shows Puerto Rico in a complete blackout

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News
    A newly released satellite image from the U.S. government shows Puerto Rico in a complete blackout.
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tweeted an image of Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria “knocked out” the power grid.
    Millions of people remain without power in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, wreaked havoc on the U.S. territory last week.
    Resources such as clean water and food are also scarc
  • Afton PD & Lincoln County Attorney’s office release name in alleged assault

    The following is a news release from the Office of the Lincoln County Attorney and the Afton Police Department.
    “As a follow up to the information that was released regarding the abduction and assault that occurred in the Star Valley area on August 23, 2017, the Afton Police Department and Lincoln County Attorney’s Office release the following information:
    The Defendant in this matter, Shane T. Nielsen, 33, of Grover, Wyoming has been charged with two counts of Kidnapping a
  • Shift your narrative and thrive

    Lee Benson, Deseret News
    Before he became an independently wealthy financier, before he claimed three jiujitsu world championships, before he served 15 years on the Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C., before he became a husband and a father and a philanthropist — before all that, Russell Redenbaugh lay in a hospital bed at the age of 17 and heard the doctors whisper to his mother that her son would be blind the rest of his life. And he mentally did cartwheels.
    He wasn’t
  • How Halloween costumes can promote gender bias

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News
    Oh, Halloween. A magical time when pumpkin spice creeps its way into everything, and store shelves offer heaping mounds of candy along with egregiously outdated gender stereotypes.
    Don’t believe me? Meander down any costume aisle right now. Now imagine you’re a young girl, trying to decide what you want to wear to trick-or-treat, and you want to be a doctor this year.
    A doctor? Oh no, honey, that’s in the boy’s section. How about this
  • Star Valley Medical Center’s Auxiliary has two major projects coming up in October.

     
    Newborn kits
    The first event is focusing on the preparation of newborn kits, and is under the direction of Carrie Dunn, auxiliary community relations.
    “October has a blanket service day,” Dunn explained. “We hold this twice a year.” She explained that blankets, clothes and hats are all sewn and prepared as a newborn kit that is presented to a mother at the time of birth. The newborn kit preparation day is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 2, starting at 9 a.m. a
  • A quick rundown of what is happening in Mexico after deadly quake

    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico Tuesday afternoon, killing scores of people and leaving Mexico City crippled with damage.
    The Washington Post reported that the earthquake killed more than 200 people across central Mexico. Close to 40 percent of the city is without power.Volunteers, medics and marines have been working to clear off chunks of fallen rubble and find people who may be buried underneath, The Washington Post reported.How many buildings collapsed?
    At least 44 buildings co
  • LDS Church addresses second major earthquake in Mexico

    For the second time in two weeks, a serious earthquake has struck Mexico. Authorities are assessing damage from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook central Mexico causing buildings to sway. Reports put the death toll at more than 200 people. The quake occurred on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to Mexico City. Some buildings are reported collapsed with an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, but the extent of injuries and damage is not immediately available.
  • Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary film is on Blu-ray, DVD this week

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News
    Ken Burns’ mammoth documentary about the war in Vietnam is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with the most recent seasons of several popular TV series.
    “The Vietnam War” (PBS, 2017, 10 discs, 10 episodes, featurette). A new Ken Burns film is always a go-to event, and that includes this latest deep-dive into history, which is, as suggested by the title (and the 18-hour length), an epic overview of one of America’s most controversial militar
  • Coach Kim: Connect with your teen through tech

    Kim Giles, KSL.com
    Question:
    My teens (twins, 16 years old) only want to text us. They don’t seem to be open or willing to have conversations with us anymore. I keep insisting on family dinners with no devices but the kids are angry the whole time. What are we doing wrong? We have younger children also and we are afraid of losing our connection and influence with them too. How do we create better relationships with our kids and make sure they will talk to us, not just their friends?
    A
  • 7 easy meals that are under 200 calories

    Emily Cummings, FamilyShare
    Watching your weight may mean counting calories, but with the help of the internet, you can find some stellar meals for under 200 calories — even main dishes that are hearty enough for dinner. Grab your grocery list and jot down the ingredients for all these recipes for a week of healthy (and yummy) dinners:
    1. Spicy Thai Lettuce Cups
    Head over to Southeast Asia for dinner tonight by making these lettuce cups. Shredded carrots and cucumbers add crunch
  • Funeral service for Christine Fullmer

    Funeral services for Chris Fullmer will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12 noon in the Bedford Ward LDS Church.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and from 10-11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
  • Running is not the best exercise for weight loss– see what burns more calories

    Stael F. Pedrosa Metzger, FamilyShare
    Weight loss seems like a popular topic among women, because we always feel like we could lose a pound or two. Or ten. Even the most confident women feel concerned about their bodies sometimes, so we turn to exercise.
    Physical exercise isn’t just good for losing weight — it’s also crucial to your overall physical, emotional and mental health. It fights depression, improves self-esteem and helps you get the figure you’ve always&nbs
  • Hurricanes, floods and fires — how prepared is your family?

    Erin Stewart, Deseret News
    I like to think I’m prepared. I have food storage, water, 72-hour kits and countless cans of kidney beans waiting in the wings to save my family in an emergency.
    But watching hurricanes and wildfires ravage cities and lives this month has been a wake-up call. Would I have enough gas to sit in hours of evacuation traffic? How would I get out in a flood? If I had to leave right now, what would I take?
    As I’ve watched the images coming in from these
  • Victim in fatal crash near Alpine identified

    On September 12th, 2017 a fatal crash occurred at milepost 120 on US 89 near Alpine, Wyoming.  At 5:30 a.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers were dispatched to the area for a one vehicle rollover.
    A 1997 Subaru Outback was traveling southbound on US 89. For reasons unknown, the Subaru drifted off the north shoulder of the roadway and struck a rock embankment. The Subaru then vaulted and rolled once before coming to a rest on the vehicle’s wheels on the north side of the highway.
  • Fire on the Mountain: 2 Forests Offer Clues to Yellowstone’s Fate in a Warming World

    Increasingly frequent wildfires fed by a warming climate could turn the park’s dense forests into sparser woodlands.
  • Logan man reports scam, then is charged with enticing teen

    This story courtesy of KSL.com and EastIdahoNews.com
    LOGAN, Utah (KSL) — A licensed drug rehabilitation counselor who contacted the FBI because he believed he was being targeted in an online scam now faces criminal charges after investigators say they learned he was online in the first place to entice a teenage boy for sex.
    Nichalos “Nick” Deelstra, 54, of North Logan, was charged Monday in 1st District Court with sexual exploitation of a minor and dealing in harmful mater
  • Energy rate increase announced

    Energy rates are going up. This week, Lower Valley Energy announced that starting Oct. 6 area residents will see a 2.63 percent increase in their energy rates.
    According to Brian Tanabe, communications manager for Lower Valley Energy, the rate increase is the result of the cost of obtaining energy going up.
    “Lower Valley Energy’s main electricity provider, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), announced this summer in its Final Record of Decision it will be raising rates,&
  • (Video) – Health Topics Tuesday: SVMC Auxiliary

    They provide aid and support and raise fund for those things that make your hospital stay more tolerable. The Star Valley Medical Center Auxiliary checks in with SVI’s Duke Dance as part of a Health Topics Tuesday.
  • BLM fighting the Cowboy wildfire

    KEMMERER, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management High Desert District, Kemmerer Field Office, in coordination with Uinta County Fire Department, is fighting a wildfire approximately 13 miles northeast of Evanston, WY, which has burned an estimated 1,592 acres. A unified command has been established.The wildfire is 50 percent contained as of 9 p.m. on September 10.  Full containment is expected at 8 p.m. today.The BLM and Uinta County are being assisted by the U.S. Forest Service and the
  • Big screen ‘It’ is heavy on creepy clowns, but light on scares

    Josh Terry, Deseret News
    “IT” — 2½ stars — Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer; R (violence/horror, bloody images and for language); in general release
    About 30-45 minutes into the film, you realize that, while entertaining, “It” isn’t a very scary movie. It’s creepy, yes. It’s also disturbing — in the opening scene, a fanged clown monster bites off a kid’s arm. But i
  • Earthquake in Mexico ‘strongest in a century’

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News
    The strongest earthquake to strike Mexico in a decade left at least 29 people dead overnight, according to CNN.
    The 8.1-magnitude quake, which reached from Guatemala City to Mexico City, registered on the southern coast of the country.
    “It’s a big quake. It’s about 70 miles offshore, but it’s not an unheard of quake,” Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center, told NBC&nbs
  • (Video) – #1 Braves host #3 Trailblazers

    • FYI: The Fall River Propane Tailgate Party is at Braves Field from 5-7 p.m. with FREE hamburgers, chips & drinks. Join the Star Valley Medical Center Pre-game Show beginning at 5:30 online to get hyped for the contest.
    • Halftime Entertainment: SVI Media broadcasts simultaneously on both Livestream (video) and on Swift 98.7 FM (audio) for every game. Because of this format, it is impossible for SVI to stream halftime entertainment during the live broadcast. However, the crew
  • Dry Creek Road closed for construction

    Work to replace bridges on the Dry Creek Road is taking place this week. The Forest Service announced the Dry Creek Road will be closed through Sept. 7 to allow for the work to take place.
    According to the Forest Service, in 2015 a bridge inspection revealed that the fourth and fifth bridges on the Dry Creek Road had “decayed and the Regional Bridge Engineer declared them unsafe for full size motor vehicle traffic.”
    “During the inspection, significant rot and decay wa
  • Western wildfires cover valley in thick haze

    Virtually the entire Cowboy State is covered in smoke.As of Labor Day, Sept. 4, 2017, the National Interagency Fire Center based in Boise, Idaho reported 1.4 million acres have burned as part of 77 major fires in the western states. Fires in this category are managed for full suppression and preservation of resources.
    Larges fires in this category were reported as making “significant runs” in Montana, Oregon, Washington and California of Monday night.
    A thick blanket of haz
  • Funeral services for Carol Minson

    Funeral services for Carol Minson will take place Saturday, September 9, at 12 noon at the Afton LDS Tabernacle.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, September 8, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary and from 10-11:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church.
  • Funeral services for Sheri Jorgensen

    Funeral services for Sheri Jorgensen will take place Saturday, September 9, at 11 a.m. in the Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne.
    A viewing will take place from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the funeral chapel.
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