• (Audio) – Wyoming Legislative Update: January 23, 2017

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Leg-Report-Mon-23-Jan-17.m4aDan Dockstader reports from Cheyenne as the 2017 Wyoming Legislative Session continues this week. Listen to his daily report for January 23, 2017 here.
    Follow the session on the official website here.
  • Wyoming graduation rates rise to 80%; LCSD #2 among top performing districts

    High school graduation rates in Wyoming increased slightly for the fourth consecutive year, according to information released by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) today. Students achieved an “on-time” graduation rate of 80.0 percent in 2015-16, the highest since 2009-10 when it reached 80.4 percent.
    Full graduation rate statistics are available at edu.wyoming.gov/data/graduation-rates/.
    “This past year we saw improvements in graduation rates almost across the board
  • Burial service for Joyce Powell Taylor

    A burial service for Joyce Powell Taylor will be held Monday, January 23, at 11:30 a.m.
    A viewing is scheduled prior to the burial from 10-11 a.m. at Schwab Mortuary.
  • Funeral services for Charles Jones

    Funeral services for Charles Jones will be held Saturday, January 21, at 3 p.m. at the Osmond Ward LDS Church.
    A viewing will be held prior to the services from 1-2:45 p.m. at the church.
    For more local obituaries, please visit Schwab Mortuary.
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  • (Audio) – Legislative Update: Wednesday, January 18

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Leg-Report-18-Jan-17.m4aDan Dockstader checks in with the Weekday Wake-up every day from 7-9 a.m. on Swift 98.7 FM & Black Mountain Country 1210 AM.
    Here’s his report for Wednesday, January 18.
  • 2017 Thayne Snow Days Cancelled

    Wednesday, Jan. 18 Thayne Town Councilman Lorell Woolley announced that the 2017 Thayne Snow Days event will not take place. Originally scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 4, the event would celebrate its 18th year this season.
    “We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Woolley said of the beloved community event. “People just don’t like to volunteer anymore. We have a group of volunteers that has come out and supported us in putting this event&
  • Crews responding to rollover accident near Thayne

    A single-vehicle rollover near mile marker 101 on U.S. Highway 89 near Thayne has drawn the response of the Thayne EMTs, the Thayne Fire Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
    While no traffic blockage is taking place at the point, officials are advising drivers to use caution, particularly on the east side of the highway.
    Status of injuries is unknown at this time. Updates will be made here as information becomes available.
    For the l
  • (Audio) – Legislative Upate: Tuesday, January 17

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Leg-Report-Tues-17-Jan-17.m4aDan Dockstader, Wyoming Senator representing District 16 in Lincoln, Teton and Sublette Counties checks in each day with the Weekday Wake-up on Swift 98.7 FM and Black Mountain Country 1210 AM from 7-9 a.m.
    Today’s update included a “slight uptick” in increased revenue but the session is still dealing with a $156 million shortfall in the budget.
    The 2017 Wyoming Le
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  • Funeral services for Darrell Nebeker

    Funeral services for Darrell Nebeker will take place on Friday, January 20, at 11 a.m. in the Fairview Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will be held prior to the services from 10-10:45 a.m.
    For more local obituaries, please visit Schwab Mortuary.
  • (Video) – Connie Wright & Lynn Alexander of SVMC

    Each Tuesday, SVI Media catches up with a different element of Star Valley Medical Center. This week the discussion centers around the specialty doctors and clinics associated with SVMC
  • Funeral services for Andy Johnson

    Funeral services for Andy Johnson will take place on Saturday, January 21, at 11 a.m. at the Star Valley High School Gymnasium.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, January 20, from 6-9 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and from 9-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the school.
    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation at the Bank of Star Valley to The Samaritan Charity Fund.
  • (Audio) – UW Wrestling Coach Mark Branch

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1-13-UW-Wrestling.mp3Bryce Meredith advanced to the NCAA Finals last season, earning All-American honors and is expected to face Boise State on January 30.
    Star Valley High School will play host to the University of Wyoming Cowboys and the Boise State University Broncos on January 30, as the two programs clash on the wrestling  mat.
    UW head coach, Mark Branch, spoke about taking over the Cowboys’ program
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  • (Video) – SVHS Basketball at Evanston High School

    Star Valley and Evanston High Schools renew a long-standing rivalry as they meet on the hardwood in Uinta County on Friday night, January 13.
    The varsity girls is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with the Star Valley Medical Center Pre-game Show beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m.
    The varsity boys is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
    The Lady Braves (5-3) are coming off a 57-32 victory on the road in Rawlins while the Lady Devils (5-6) split two games last weekend; a 49-40 win ove
  • Vehicle slides into the Snake River

    Lincoln County first responders are on the scene near mile post 119 on U.S Highway 89 between Alpine and Hoback Junction after a car left the roadway and into the Snake River.
    At this time information is limited and injuries are unconfirmed. As information becomes available it will be updated here.
    For the latest road conditions in the area check wyoroad.info.
  • Here Comes the Boom

    Clay Skinner was in the right vehicle at the wrong time.
    On Wednesday, Jan. 11, an avalanche closed down the road on U.S. Highway 89 near the old Astoria turnoff.
    It’s a drive that Clay Skinner is very familiar with as he is one of many Star Valley residents who has made the daily trek to Teton County for employment.
    Skinner was a commuter for 11 years in a normal vehicle but on this day he was in a boom truck for Lower Valley Energy which weighs between 26,000 and 30,
  • Avalanche advisory issued for area backcountry

    A general avalanche advisory has been issued by the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center until 5 a.m. Thursday morning.
    “Heavy snowfall and strong winds have created very dangerous avalanche conditions,” the report stated. “Large and destructive avalanches are certain in some areas. Avoid all avalanche terrain.”
    According to the report, “strong southwest to west winds have formed dense surface slabs on leeward aspects. These slabs lie upon bored
  • (Audio) – U.S. Representative Liz Cheney

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/1-11-Liz-Cheney.mp3Liz Cheney (R), in her very first radio interview since becoming Wyoming’s representative to the U.S. House, spoke with Duke Dance as part of the Weekday Wake-up. In one of her first acts, Cheney proposed to delist the gray wolf from the endangered species list and return control back to the state.
    “Wyoming should be able to manage the gray wolf without outside interference,” Che
  • Funeral service for George William Gardner

    Funeral services for George William Gardner will be held Saturday, January 14, at 11 a.m. in the Afton LDS Tabernacle.
    A viewing will take place prior to the service from 9:30-10:45.
    For more local obituaries, visit Schwab Mortuary.
  • (Audio) – Dan Dockstader prefaces the 64th Wyoming Legislative Session

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Leg-Report-Monday-9-Jan-17.m4aThe 2017 legislative session opens up officially on Tuesday, January 10, with the budget overshadowing most of the items up for discussion. Dan Dockstader (R) of Senate District #16 will be providing legislative updates throughout the session.
  • LCSD#2: No classes for Star Valley due to road conditions

    According to LCSD #2, classes have been cancelled for Star Valley schools for Monday, January 9, 2017 due to unsafe travel conditions.
    “In consultation with the Highway Patrol, the roads have been deemed unsafe for the busses to travel,” the district posted on their Facebook page.
    According to a weather analysis from Jack Hales, a retired meteorologist in the area, “a change of airmass is the result of a very moist storm system from the Pacific moving inland, replacin
  • LCSD#2 cancels classes; No unnecessary travel advised between Alpine & Hoback Junction

    According to LCSD #2, classes have been cancelled for Star Valley schools for Monday, January 9, 2017 due to unsafe travel conditions.
    “In consultation with the Highway Patrol, the roads have been deemed unsafe for the busses to travel,” the district posted on their Facebook page.
    According to a weather analysis from Jack Hales, a retired meteorologist in the area, “a change of airmass is the result of a very moist storm system from the Pacific moving inland, replacin
  • Independent Obituaries: January 4, 2017

    These obituaries appeared in the January 4, 2017 print edition of the Star Valley Independent.
    For more local obituaries, please visit Schwab Mortuary.
    Don Earl Jenkins
    Don Earl Jenkins, 92, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2016, in his home surrounded by his loved ones.  Born November 7, 1924, in Freedom, Lincoln County, Wyoming to Denzil Earl and Hazel Lafern Haderlie Jenkins.  He attended school in Freedom and graduated from Star Valley High School in 1943.  In his
  • Lincoln County reaching out to regional neighbors

    The Lincoln County Commission is gearing up for 2017 and is already setting up cooperational meetings in the early months of the new year.
    “We’ll be meeting with Uinta County in January to work together on BLM  issues and the use of roads,” explained Lincoln County Commission Chairman Jerry Harmon.
    Harmon said the cooperative work will  continue later in the spring with Sublette County on matters related to the Wyoming Mountain Range and Forest Service.
  • Wyoming Legislature opens 2017 General Session in Cheyenne

    The interim work of 10 main committees and the work of 21 select committees will come together as the full Wyoming Legislature covenes on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017, in Cheyenne.
    Reports from an additional 22 councils and commissions will also be presented to the governing body.
    The Legislature’s 60 representatives and 30 senators from all parts of Wyoming will review the work of the committee bills, while introducing and debating their own proposals.
    Wyoming Governor Matt Mead w
  • (Audio) Jeff England, CFO of Silver Star and President of the Wyoming Telecom Association

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Jeff-England.m4aJeff England represents telecom companies in Wyoming as they work with state and federal legislation. Dan Dockstader spoke with Mr. England as part of the Weekday Wake-up on Thursday, January 5, as he detailed Silver Star’s contributions to telecommunications in Wyoming and Idaho.
  • Lincoln County Search & Rescue part of Sublette County search for missing snowmobilers

    The following is information posted on the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.
    On January 3, 2017 at 8:45am, Tip Top Search and Rescue members located two missing snowmobilers who spent two evenings in sub-zero temperatures after becoming stuck.The snowmobilers had become stuck in a steep drainage along the south fork of the Hoback, they were unable to ride out. They siphoned gasoline out of one snowmobile to keep a fire going in a large pit in the snow that they
  • (Audio) – SVMC CEO Charlie Button recaps 2016 and looks forward to the future

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/12-27-Charlie-Button.mp3Star Valley Medical Center CEO, Charlie Button, spoke with Dan Dockstader as part of the Weekday Wake-up on Swift 98.7 FM and Black Mountain Country 1210 AM.
    He detailed the evolving nature of health care and pointed out that there are three new board members for the hospital moving forward.
    In addition, services are expanding in the area but also the surgical providers in Star Valley ar
  • News Briefs: December 26, 2016

    Upgrades for Silver Star: Silver Star Communications reports improvements in the Afton area over the past year, upgrading its entire fixed wireless internet system, including construction of a new Osmond tower, fed by fiber-optic cable. With acquisition expences and equipment upgrades, the company invested $2 million in broadband improvements.
    Monitoring the bighorn population: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is continuing its multi-year research project on bighorn sheep in the Ja
  • 1st Annual Star Valley Shootout is Thursday & Friday

    A 16-team tournament spread across two days and both Star Valley High School and Star Valley Middle School begins on Thursday, December 29.The 1st Annual Star Valley Shootout will feature some of the top teams from Utah, Idaho and Wyoming as they play for the inaugural championship of what the area hopes is an annual December tradition of excellence.
    The tournament will include live stats as well as high-definition broadcasts of every game courtesy of SVI Media.
  • Funeral services for Osa Joy Clark

    Funeral services for Osa Joy Clark will take place on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Smoot Ward LDS Church.
    A viewing will take place from 9-10 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
    For more local obituaries please visit Schwab Mortuary.
  • (Audio) – Gregg Wilkes with the Town of Star Valley Ranch

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/12-19-Gregg-Wilkes.mp3Gregg Wilkes administrator for the Town of Star Valley Ranch, spoke with Duke Dance as part of the Weekday Wake-up on Monday, December 19, to discuss updated building codes for the town as well as other issues. Tune into the Wake-up every day on Swift 98.7 FM and Black Mountain Country 1210 AM from 7-9 a.m. every day.
  • (Video) – Wyoming dignitaries pay respects to Delaine Roberts

    Wyoming Governor Matt MeadFormer Wyoming Governor Dave FreudenthalU.S. Senator John Barrasso
  • Flocks of Sheep, Seven Stories Tall, at the Crossroads of the World

    Video from a Wyoming ranch is being displayed on billboards in Times Square through Dec. 30 as part of an art exhibition lasting just three minutes a night.
  • (Video) – SVHS Wrestling from the Jody Warren Duals at Weber

    The Braves wrestling team went 3-0 in Friday’s action. Click here for results.
  • Funeral services for Mary Jo Steed

    Funeral services for Mary Jo Steed will be held on Monday, December 19, in the Afton Tabernacle at 12 noon.
    A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10-11:45 a.m.
    For more local obituaries and funeral notices visit Schwab Mortuary.
  • Farrow sentenced 35-65 years in death of Tony Hansen

    Wade Richard Farrow has been sentenced to serve 35-65 years in prison. The sentence was announced in a hearing in the Third Judicial District Courtroom in Kemmerer on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.
    Lincoln County Sheriff's OfficeWade Richard Farrow was convicted of 2nd Degree murder in the death of Tony Hansen and was sentenced to 35-65 years nearly two years after the incident.
    Following four days of testimony and nearly four hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury returned a second degree
  • Bridger Teton Avalanche Center issues warning for the Southwest Trails/Greys River Area

    Officials have issued an avalanche warning for the Greys River area.
    “Conditions remain dangerous, especially at the upper elevations. Large human triggered slab avalanches are possible on steep avalanche prone slopes above an elevation of 9,000 feet. Surface slabs one to three feet in depth caused by four days of strong winds also present a hazard at the mid and upper elevations and in isolated terrain features at the lower elevations. Several close calls occurred on Saturday&nb
  • (Audio) – LCSD #2 Transportation Director Ryan Lyman

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/12-13-Ryan-Lyman.mp3It may sound basic, but according to Ryan Lyman, students are showing up to bus stops in shorts and flip flops in the middle of the winter season. He is asking parents to have kids prepared for winter conditions in the event of other mechanical or route issues.
    LCSD #2 is one of the larger bussing areas in Wyoming and extends from Alpine all the way to Sage Junction.
  • (Audio) – Afton Police Chief Jason Romberg

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/12-12-Jason-Romberg.mp3Dan Dockstader caught up with new Town of Afton Police Chief, Jason Romberg as he talks about his philosophy on law enforcement and how his career has brought him to this area. This interview played during Monday’s Weekday Wake-up on Swift 98.7 FM & 1210 AM which takes place every day from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Funeral services for Delaine Roberts

    Funeral services for Delaine Roberts will be held Saturday, December 17, in the Afton LDS Tabernacle at 12 noon.
    A viewing will be held on Friday, December 16, rom 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton  and from 10-11:45 a.m. prior to the services at the Tabernacle.
  • (Audio) – BOSV still needs help with Angel Tree requests

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/12-8-Brooke-Merritt.mp3Brooke Merritt with the Bank of Star Valley spoke with Duke Dance during Thursday’s Weekday Wake-up and stated that there are still 35 unclaimed names as part of the annual Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree, which is 20 years old, helps provide gifts for area youth.
  • Trooper hit by truck near Etna

    Reports of a Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper being hit by a truck were confirmed by area dispatch on Wednesday evening, December 7. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported as crews cleared the scene.
    The incident is under investigation and more information will be released here as it becomes available.
  • Crews respond to Crow Creek chimney fire

    Volunteer firemen from the upper valley responded to a call of a chimney fire in the Crow Creek area of Fairview on Wednesday night. The call came at approximately 7 p.m. with temperatures hovering at approximately -8 degrees.
    No reports of injuries or major damage but the Afton Fire Department reminded residents that the incident serves as a reminder that chimneys should garner more attention and be cleaned often.
  • Funeral services for Robert “Jiggs” McGavin

    Funeral services for Robert “Jiggs” McGavin will take place on Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton.
    A viewing will take place from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
  • Funeral services for Robert McGavin

    Funeral services for Robert McGavin will take place on Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, December 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
  • Funeral services for Ellen Heap Heiner

    Funeral services for Ellen Heap Heiner will take place on Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. in the Bedford LDS Church.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, December 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne and on Saturday, December 10, from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
  • SVMC Care Center focuses on ‘the one’

    The first night in any new home can be disorienting, no matter where you live. But if you’re a new resident in a care center, the first nights can be more than just disorienting. They can be a little frightening.
    At the care center at Star Valley Medical Center there is a CNA who goes the extra mile to offer comfort and reassurance. If someone is lonely or feels lost, this person – who wishes to remain anonymous – will sit with that resident, perhaps watching TV or playing
  • LCSO asking for public’s help in determining deceased man’s last moments

    On December 2, 2016 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a rancher had found a deceased male in what was supposed to be an unoccupied ranch building. The building is located 25 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Game & Fish and Lincoln County Coroner’s Office responded to the location. The deceased has been identified as Idaho resident, Jacob Ivan Rasmussen, age 30. The death investigati
  • (Audio) – SVHS Activities Director Rob Erickson

    Star Valley High School Activities Director, Rob Erickson.
    It was a quite a Fall rundown from Star Valley High School Activities Director, Rob Erickson, who pointed out that it wasn’t just the sports teams that excelled in the first few months of the 2016-17 school year.
    The music programs had impressive performances in addition to the four state titles brought home by the SVHS sports teams.
    Erickson spoke about this amazing stretch and how things are looking for the Winter seaso
  • (Audio) – North Lincoln County Early Childhood Coalition provides resources for parents

    Cortney Delgado, NLCECC representative.
    Parenthood may not come with an instruction manual, but he North Lincoln county Early Childhood Coalition (NLCECC) offers the second best resource.
    The NLCECC is a program comprised of local organizations and individuals that provide services to young children and their families. Over the last ten years, the NLCECC has united educators, medical professionals and childcare workers in the Star Valley community to evaluate the needs of young children and

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