• (Video) – 2017 Kodiak Challenge

    Dan Dockstader | Star Valley Independent120 bicycles were part of the 2017 Kodiak ChallengeArea youth and leaders are exploring the Star Valley back country and rendering service. Dan Dockstader is there and has provided these images and videos.
    The experience includes a 30-mile bike ride, a 15-mile hike and then spreading tons of gravel at the Intermittent Springs area to make it more accessible to visitors.
    Practicing and planning and leadership along the Greys River at the 2017 Kodi
  • Improvement work at periodic springs

    AFTON, Wyo., June 26, 2017 – The U.S. Forest Service’s Greys River Ranger District, in partnership with the Star Valley District of the Boy Scouts of America and the Town of Afton, will be busy during the week of June 26 through July 1 hauling gravel for improving the route to Periodic Spring. Visitors should be careful with heavy truck traffic on the narrow road. Under a temporary agreement with the Bridger- Teton National Forest, the gravel will be hauled beyond the trailhead and d
  • Funeral services for Margery Balls

    Funeral services for Margery Balls will take place Monday, June 26, at 12 noon at the Cottonwood Ward LDS Chapel in Osmond.
    A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
    For more local obituaries, visit Schwab Mortuary online.
  • Yellowstone grizzly bears removed from endangered species list

    The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has recovered enough to be delisted from the endangered species list, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday.
    Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke called the recovery “one of America’s great conservation successes.”
    “As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming,” he said in a statement. “[It’s] very good news for many communities and advocates in the Yellowstone 
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  • Ruger issues recall saying pistols may discharge unintentionally

    This article courtesy of EastIdahoNews.com. It is used here with permission.SOUTHPORT, Connecticut — One of the biggest gun manufacturers in the world is recalling a popular pistol after discovering the firearm could discharge unintentionally.
    Ruger recently found that all Mark IV pistols manufactured prior to June 1 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly.
    According to Ruger’s website, if the trigger is pulled while the
  • Mushroom picking on the Bridger-Teton National Forest

    WESTERN, Wyo., June 21, 2017 – Mushrooms are one of the things that make this a favorite time of year for many visitors to the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Mushrooms can normally be collected for a 4-6 week period after the snow has melted. In an effort to provide opportunities for recreational pickers, commercial harvesting is not authorized on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Picking mushrooms with the intent to sell them is considered commercial harvesting.
    No permit or fee is requi
  • Thayne Community Center to host “Better Balance” course

    The Wyoming Department of Health’s Wyoming Injury Prevention Program and the Thayne Community Center are offering a Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance course in Thayne.
    The 12-week course begins July 11, at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Thayne Community Center gym which is located at 250 Van Noy Parkway.
    Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an evidence-based program proven to reduce falls and improve fitness among older adults.
    For more information or to register, please c
  • Red Baron Drive-In is a Star Valley icon

    Feeling hungry? The Red Baron is serving customers for free on Wednesday, June 21!Summer would not be complete in Star Valley without the Red Baron Drive-In. It opens each spring for a busy summer of car hops, raspberry shakes and the famous Al’s Special. People travel from around the region for a twist cone and tots. The classic drive-in offers a taste of yesterday that is irresistible.
    Paula and  Boyd Nield built the  drive-in in 1967-1968. The “Dew Drop-Inn” o
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  • Gap Fire near Pocatello caused by exploding targets

    Investigators have determined that the June 8, Gap Fire was caused by shooters illegally using exploding targets. The Gap Fire ultimately burned 486 acres.
    According to information supplied by Idaho officials with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), “the conditions for a wildfire aligned perfectly the day of the Gap Fire. It was [a] hot, windy day that only needed a spark to cause a fire in the dry grass.”
    The BLM stated in the news release that “the potential of exp
  • News At a Glance: Alpine, SV Ranch, Thayne & Afton

    ALPINE – The Town of Alpine will hold its annual Mountain Days this weekend. The event opens Friday, June 23 at noon. Activities continue throughout the weekend, concluding Sunday, June 25 at 3 p.m.The 2017 Mountain Man Triathlon will take place Saturday, June 24. The event, hosted by the Star Valley Medical Center Charitable Foundation, includes a 6M swim across the Snake River, a 17K bike ride in the Alpine foothills and a 6K run along the Greys River and through Alpine.
    SV RANCH &
  • ‘Cars 3’ tops the box office. But is it even a kids film?

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News
    “Cars 3” became the undisputed champion of the box office, topping the reigning leader “Wonder Woman” over the weekend, according to USA Today.
    “Cars 3” not only beat out “Wonder Woman,” which has been in theaters for three weeks, but also toppled the Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” and the Mandy Moore shark thriller “47 Meters Down.”
    The Pixar film earned $53.5 million over the weekend, a
  • The case for strict bedtimes, even when school’s out

    Jennifer Graham, Deseret News
    When school lets out for the summer, even the strictest parents can get a little lax about enforcing bedtimes, especially if it’s still light outside when it’s time to start putting younger children to bed.
    But research has shown that regular sleeping schedules are important for health and that children fare better physically and emotionally with consistent bedtimes. For that matter, their parents do, too.
    Going to bed and getting up at a set t
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  • Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp to debut in Laramie on Tuesday

    The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp will make it’s debut in Laramie, Wyoming on Tuesday, June 20.What: At a public ceremony in Laramie, WY, the United States Postal Service will unveil the Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp. The ceremony will be the national debut of this first-of-its-kind stamp that transforms using the heat of a finger. By touching the stamp image of the eclipse, an underlying image of the Moon will be revealed. Once the stamp cools, the image reverts back to the ecli
  • Netflix has not ‘endorsed or approved’ VidAngel’s new technology

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News
    VidAngel is a service that can edit movies for content.Netflix said on Thursday it does not currently endorse VidAngel’s new streaming service.
    “We have not endorsed or approved the VidAngel technology,” Netflix said in a statement emailed to the Deseret News.
    Earlier this week, VidAngel announced a new service that allows subscribers to watch filtered content from Netflix, Amazon and HBO (which comes free with an Amazon Prime subscrip
  • SVMC begins process of finding new CEO

    Dan Dockstader | Star Valley IndependentMike Hunsaker (center) takes VIP’s through a tour of SVMC’s expansion in 2015. Hunsaker has been named the interim CEO after the resignation of Charlie Button.In a statement released by Star Valley Medical Center and signed by NLCHD Chair, Bob Saunders, the “North Lincoln County Hospital District of Trustees held a special meeting to discuss the recent resignation of Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Button. The board unanimously voted to
  • 6 things your kids use everyday that are filthier than a toilet seat

    Lindsey Miller, FamilyShare
    No matter where your children go, they’re sure to encounter millions of germs. While you shouldn’t be too nervous about the germs (your kids are pretty good at fighting them off) there are some objects you should definitely be aware of.
    Germs are a natural part of life and they can actually build up your kid’s immune system, but you might want to consider giving these six things a quick cleaning every once in a while — after all, they are
  • ‘Bones’ TV series is on DVD, along with some vintage reunion movies

    Chris Hicks, Deseret News
    Fans of “Bones” will be happy to see the entire series made available this week, and reunion movies of “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Wild Wild West” are also on DVD.
    “Bones: The Flesh & Bones Collection” (Fox, 2005-17, 67 discs, 246 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes, bloopers). Loosely based on real-life forensic anthropologist and crime novelist Kathy Reichs, and adapted from her book seri
  • (Video) – SVMC’s Terry Lemmon discusses osteoporosis

    Star Valley Medical Center has equipment that can benefit patients who may be dealing with osteoporosis. Terry Lemmon, head radiologist with SVMC discussed with Dan Dockstader how the hospital can improve the qualify of life.
  • Wyoming to receive $18 million from $1.1 billion wildlife fund

    DENVER –U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced $1.1 billion in annual funding for state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. Wyoming will receive a total of more than $18 million, including almost $5.2 million in Sport Fish Restoration program funds and $13.5 million in Wildlife Restoration program funds.
    The announcement was made during day one of a four-day trip acr
  • Have You Seen This? Send dad to get a lunchbox, he’ll come home with a toolbox

    John Clyde, KSL.com
    DADSVILLE — Calling dads unconventional is, I think, an understatement.
    Once I had a class project where I had to do a report on farm animals. I think I was in third grade. My dad’s solution, because mom was out of town? Interview a cow and a goat and capture it on camera. Not sure I got a good grade, but I had a great time.
    Then there was the time my son wanted to sleep in Batman’s Batcave. A couple of wood planks, some of his sister’s hair
  • Small library prepared by Girl Scout Troop 1127

    Star Valley’s Girl Scout Troop 1127 completed a community service project during the first week of June. Under the direction of Troop Leader Savanah Layland, they built and donated a small library collection in front of the Salt River Salon at 571 S. Washington St. in Afton.
    The troop invites the public to enjoy the books while resting on the bench just in front of the business.
    “Anyone can check out a book return a book or just donate books, said Layland, who noted the tro
  • DUP honors Dorothy Kennington with outstanding service award

    Officer of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) Camp B, Susan Cazier, recently visited member Dorothy Kennington at her home to honor her with a DUP Outstanding Service Award.
    Captain Sandy Henderson, Vice Captains Shaire Call and Marie Cook and Secretary Grace Marland surprised Kennington on with the award pin, certificate, roses and a cake to celebrate.
    Kennington is 90-years-old and has been an outstanding and stalwart member of Camp Susan for 29 years. During this time she has
  • Button stepping down as SVMC CEO

    Star Valley Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Button, has announced that after five years in the position that he will be leaving SVMC.
    In a letter distributed to SVMC staff, Button said “I will be moving on to advance my career with another hospital. It was a very difficult decision to make because of the great people that are here in Star Valley. I feel extremely blessed to be able to have led Star Valley Medical Center and to experience this great community.&rdqu
  • (Video) – Still plenty of snow up high as temperatures climb

    Eric Buehler, local pilot and business owner, has generously provided these videos of areas such as Corral Creek Lake and other high country to show just how much snow is still waiting to melt and run down into the valley’s rivers and stream.According to the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Riverton, there is major potential for flooding through next week with a flood watch in effect for the Little Wind and Wind River basins including the middle fork of the Popo Agie and Little P
  • Area families celebrate free fishing day

    The Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Town of Afton hosted a free fishing day for area youth on Saturday, June 3. The event took place at the Star Valley View Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    According to information provided by the Forest Service, the pond was stocked with 110 fish, 10 “big ones and 100 smaller fish.”
    U.S. Forest Service staff were on hand to assist
    young people with baiting hooks, casting and unhooking fish.
  • (Video) – SVMC’s Joel Johnson outlines the medical center’s outdoor offerings for the summer

    Star Valley Medical Center recently completed the Health and Safety Expo this past week and are now gearing up for the SVMC Charitable Foundation Golf Classic which will take place at Cedar Creek Golf Course on Saturday, June 9.
    Joel Johnson spoke with Duke Dance about the many events taking place including the upcoming Mountain Man Triathlon in Alpine in the final week of June.
  • SV Chamber notifying area businesses of potential scam

    Never give out information to someone who refuses to identify themselves.The Star Valley Chamber of Commerce is notifying area businesses of a potential scam. Someone is reportedly calling businesses throughout the region, stating they are from the Star Valley Chamber of Commerce, without actually giving their name. The number they are calling from has been identified as (307) 248-5728.
    According to information provided by the Star Valley Chamber of Commerce, this is not a valid call. The r
  • “American Pickers” coming to Wyoming in July

    Representatives for the television show “American Pickers” have produced a press release stating that the popular History Channel show will be coming to the Cowboy State this summer.
    “The show will film in Wyoming this July and the hosts are looking for people in your area with unique antique collections and interesting stories behind them,” said Mary Weaver.”
    The show emphasized that the sooner they could identify potential “picks” the better
  • Funeral services for Sheila Stoddard (Buttars) Albrecht

    Funeral services for Sheila Stoddard (Buttars) Albrecht will be held Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Afton 4th Ward LDS Chapel. A viewing will take place one hour before the services at the church.
    A night viewing will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston, Wyoming.
    For more local obituaries, please visit Schwab Mortuary.
  • 7 innovative gadgets that are changing the way people sleep

    Kelsey Down, KSL.com
    The next step in the evolution of personal health technology is here.
    Over the past few years, step trackers and fitness wearables have largely been the go-to technology for a healthier lifestyle, but trends are shifting. Monitoring your heart rate and tracking steps is only part of the equation. Sleep tech has become increasingly popular and helped more people discover the importance of a good night’s rest.
    Sleep habits have been linked to healthy brain func
  • Town of Afton asking residents not to water outside this weekend

    The Town of Afton will be repairing some water lines and need to ensure that they still have adequate fire flow protection in the tanks according to town administrator Jonathan Teichert.
    “We are asking Afton residents to please not water outside this weekend,” he said. “If people have automatic sprinklers we please ask them to shut them off through Monday.”
  • Fossil Butte National Monument opens scenic drive

    Kemmerer, WY– On Friday, June 2nd, 2017, Fossil Butte National Monument will open the scenic drive north of the picnic area. Melting snow and spring-like conditions have allowed this section of the road to be opened for the summer season. This portion of the road is gravel, steep, and not recommended for vehicles traveling with trailers.
    Fossil Butte National Monument welcomes visitors into the high sagebrush steppe ecosystem for hiking, biking, and exploring the park.  “We
  • Funeral services for DeLoy Leavitt

    Funeral services for DeLoy Leavitt will be held Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, June 2, from 6-8 p.m. and also from 12:30-1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the mortuary.
  • Crews respond to two-car accident in the narrows

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP), the Thayne EMTs and other officials responded to a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 89 between Grover and Thayne on Wednesday afternoon.
    Traffic was slowed but never came to a stop. The accident took place on the west side of the highway near the south bridge in the area commonly referred to as The Narrows.
    Look for updates on this story as more information becomes available.
  • This is what happens to your body when you quit sugar

    Fernanda Gonzalez Casafús, FamilyShare
    Refined sugar is a component used in large quantities of food and is one of the most consumed substances in the world. Much can be said about sugar’s negative effects on the body, but refraining from eating sugar is difficult for many people. But when you discover what happens to your body when you stop eating sugar, you will think twice before eating that slice of cake.
    The human body needs sugar for energy, but only natural sugars benefi
  • How to take better pictures with your smartphone

    Parker Atkinson, Deseret News
    With summer just around the corner, you’re going to be outside a lot more in the next few months.
    Snapping a great photo, whether on an upcoming family vacation, a weekend hike or a backyard barbecue, can preserve those memories forever.
    There’s an oft-repeated mantra among photography enthusiasts: the best camera is the one you have with you. For many people, that camera is likely their phone, and with each new generation of mobile device, the
  • Afton Police Department asking for information on area burglaries

    Listen to Chief Jason Romberg as he addresses this story during the Weekday Wakeup on SVI Radio on Wednesday, May, 31. 
    The Afton Police Department has apprehended a suspect in relation to a burglary case. The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 30.
    According to Afton Police Chief Jason Romberg,  limited information is being released  at this time pending further investigation.
    “A burglary occurred during the early morning hours of May
  • (Audio) – Afton Police Chief updates public on burglary arrest

    Afton Police Chief spoke with SVI’s Duke Dance and provided an update for an ongoing investigation stemming from a 911 call on Tuesday, May 30.
    Darrell McNally has been charged with burglary and one count of criminal entry. Afton Police Chief Jason Romberg stated that other charges are possible.https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Jason-Romberg-Final-Statement.wav 
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    The Afton Police Department has apprehended a s
  • (Video) – Robin Sproule (PA) speaks with SVI about preventing skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun

    Dan Dockstader spoke with Robin Sproule, a PA who specializes in dermatology and works with Star Valley Medical Center, on how her career has brought her to Wyoming and how folks in the high country and protect themselves from the summer sun.
  • Senator Enzi undergoes gallbladder surgery

    Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) is in the hospital after undergoing an emergency gallbladder surgery on Sunday night, his spokesman said Tuesday.
    “Senator Enzi underwent emergency surgery Sunday at Campbell County Memorial Hospital to remove his gall bladder,” spokesman Max D’Onofrio said in a statement. “Enzi said the surgery was a success and he hopes to be out of the hospital and fully recovered soon.”
    Enzi, a resident of Gillette, had returned to his home
  • Lincoln County among six counties experiencing growth as Wyoming loses population

    Although the official U.S. Census only takes place every ten years with the last official numbers coming in 2010, the bureau still produces estimates on a yearly basis.
    With 2016 number compiled the State of Wyoming is one of only eight states to actually lose population during 2016. The others included New Mexico, Kansas, New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois and West Virginia.
    Wyoming’s population loss runs contrary to most of its neighbors. The S
  • Have You Seen This? John Williams musically rules the world

    Martha Ostergar, KSL.com
    HARVARD YARD — This year at its commencement, Harvard University had a very special guest: composer John Williams.
    Of course, the entire school would have been remiss if they didn’t pay tribute to one of the greatest movie composers of all time — and the resulting tribute was an a cappella medley of some of Williams’ most recognizable scores.
    Whether or not you’re a fan of a cappella (it’s certainly not at the top of my list)
  • Funeral services for Dawn Lee Loveland

    Funeral services for Dawn Lee Loveland will be held Wednesday, May 31, at 12 noon at the Etna Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Tuesday, May 30, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne and from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church.
  • Funeral services for Ruby Corson

    Funeral services for Ruby Corson will take place Thursday, June 1, at 12 noon at the Afton 3rd Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Wednesday, May 31, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and on Thursday prior to the services at the church from 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
  • Crash causes structural damage to bridge near Laramie

    The following is a news release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol
    On Saturday, May 21st, 2017 around 1:05 a.m., a commercial truck left the highway and crashed into a bridge at milepost 314 on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyoming. The crash caused significant damage to the bridge resulting in a closure of the use of the bridge.
    Brian M. Nelson, a 44 year old resident of Sacramento, California, was operating a red Volvo semi truck pulling a loaded flatbed trailer in the driving lane of wes
  • (Video) – Have You Seen This? Climber narrowly escapes massive rockfall

    Mary Dalrymple, KSL.com
    CHULILLA, Spain — Today I learned that Spain has some of the best rock climbing locations in the world, but not all cliffs are as sturdy as they look.
    Chulilla, Spain, home to more than 800 climbing routes, is a bit of a mecca for some rock climbers. The area is characterized by beautiful green hills and steep limestone cliffs that were shaped by the Turia river. It’s also the location where this terrifying video was filmed.
    The video features a rock
  • August eclipse could double Wyoming’s population

    The “Path of Totality” cuts a swath across Wyoming but residents in Star Valley will not be able to tell the difference as the first solar eclipse in nearly 100 years arrives.For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse is coming to Wyoming.
    On Monday, Aug. 21, the eclipse will make its way across the Wyoming skies. Astronomers, eclipse enthusiasts and travelers from around the world are making their plans to convene in Wyoming to experience one of the most breathtaking
  • (Video) – Mike Hunsaker of SVMC discusses local EMTs

    As part of a Health Topics Tuesday, Duke Dance spoke with Mike Hunsaker of Star Valley Medical Center to discuss local EMTs and National EMS Week. Hunsaker encourages residents of the area to thank those who serve in this capacity. For more information visit the SVMC website.
  • Bus driver slams on brakes when she hears something disturbing on her bus; what’s happening puts all 56 children in mortal danger

    Lindsey Miller, FamilyShare
    Not all heroes wear capes. 56 young lives were nearly lost in an accident in South Carolina, but the bravery and knowledge of one woman prevented an absolute nightmare.
    Teresa Stroble knew exactly what to do 
    School bus driver Teresa Stroble didn’t waste any time when she heard two 9th graders’ alarming cry for help when they saw smoke coming from the bus. In a Facebook video, she said that she heard the commotion, slammed on her brakes and pulle
  • 8 tips on raising a body-positive child in a body-shaming world

    Lindsey Miller, FamilyShare
    If you have children, chances are they’ve seen something in the media you didn’t necessarily want them to see that has affected their body-image. Even if you think they’re too young to notice that glossy magazine cover, studies say differently — Children as young as 5 years old are saying they don’t like their bodies.
    Unfortunately, there’s no way to protect your child from hearing comments, seeing pictures or watching videos t

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