• (Audio) – Legislature looks to finalize budget, eyes cutting released time funding from education

    Rep. Robert McKim joined Duke Dance during the Weekday Wake-up on SVI Radio Monday morning to discuss the proposed budget for Wyoming.  The legislature is grappling with decreased revenue in the state.  A joint committee on Friday agreed to a tentative budget based on compromises in the House and Senate.  The budget would cut $25 million in education funding for the 2017-18 school year and an additional $20 million the following 2018-19 school year.
    One of the education progr
  • Lincoln County Treasurer Kathy Tomassi announces resignation

    Lincoln County Treasurer Kathy Tomassi officially announced her resignation February 17, 2017.  Her final day in office will be Friday, March 31, 2017.
    “I’m retiring,” she said of her decision to leave office.  “I am doing it for very positive reasons.  I have truly enjoyed my time with the county.  I have loved the campaigning and the work and the people I have worked with.  Sure I have had the occasional hard day.  But for the most par
  • (Audio) – Wyoming State Legislature aims to finalize budget

    Dan Dockstader checks in each morning during the Weekday Wake-up. As the 2017 Legislative session winds down the budget is in focus.https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Leg-Report-Mon-27-Feb-17.m4a
  • (VIDEO) – Star Valley @ Pinedale Basketball Highlights

    Star Valley girls and boys basketball teams both picked up road wins Thursday to wrap up district play in the 3A Southwest.  The Lady Braves defeated the Lady Wranglers 57-36.  The Braves knocked off the Wranglers 64-59.  Below are Star Valley highlights of the two games.Jenkins assists to Burmester on the baseline.
     Lucero with another 1st period 3-pointer.
     Burmester scores off the offensive rebound.
     Jenkins converts the old fashioned 3-point
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  • National Weather Services reports record snowfall in Wyoming

    The National Weather Service has collected snowfall data around Wyoming and compared it to how the totals stacks up against historical amounts.  The chart below shows a handful of communities in central and western Wyoming with year-to-date snowfall totals and how it ranks with record amounts.  According to the chart, this has been the snowiest winter in four of the reported communities.  Data for Star Valley specifically was not given.
    National Weather ServiceThrough Feb. 24
  • Washington, D.C. man fined for starting stampede at National Elk Refuge with drone

    It has been a wild calendar year for Western Wyoming National Parks with tourists doing things that have made international headlines. From a man placing a bison calf in his SUV, to a group of Canadians tromping over delicate areas, to a man being dissolved completely after he fell into a boiling hot spring, Yellowstone and the surrounding areas have had their hands full.
    Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a ticket this week for the illegal use of a drone on the National Elk
  • (Audio Only) – 2017 Wyoming State Wrestling

    Look for audio coverage from SVI Media with the help of Jason Hoopes and Sage Jacobson this weekend.
  • I-80 closures remain Friday morning

    Most of I-80 through Wyoming remains closed this morning in at least 1 direction due to winter weather.  As of 6:15 a.m. Friday, eastbound I-80 was closed from Evanston to Rock Springs.  Both directions are closed from Rock Springs to Rawlins.  Westbound traffic has been closed from Rawlins to Cheyenne.
    Several state highways are also closed in southern Wyoming due to the weather.  Complete road conditions can by found at wyroad.info.
    The National Weather Service reporte
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  • New Wyoming license plates to include new identifying markings

    Wyoming residents renewing their registration this year will get new plates with their tags, bearing improvements to ensure vehicles are not misidentified outside of Wyoming.The new plate features Square Top Mountain, part of the Wind River Range near Dubois, Wyoming. More importantly, Wyoming Department of Transportation Manager of Motor Vehicle Services Debbie Lopez said the new plate design includes a change in how passenger vehicles, trucks, commercial carriers and other designations are ide
  • WYDOT rejects bids to improve 89 between Hoback Jct. and Jackson

    The Wyoming Department of Transportation announced today that it has rejected all bids for the reconstruction of almost 4 miles of road between Hoback Junction and Jackson in Teton County.  WYDOT says project plans and specifications will be revised and the project re-advertised.
    The Wyoming Transportation Commission did award several other bids around the state, totaling $12 million.  One project of local interest on the western side of the state includes a project near Evanston.
  • Funeral services for Robert Giese

    Funeral services for Robert Giese will be held Saturday, February 25, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church.
    The Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is located near Nordic Ranches north of Etna.
     
  • Sales tax and gun bills advance in the state legislature

    A few high profile bills both took steps closer to becoming law Wednesday, February 22.
    The Casper Star Tribune reports that the Wyoming Legislature has approved a bill that would require online companies to charge sales tax for goods sold to Wyoming residents.  The bill now awaits a signature from Gov. Matt Mead. 
    If approved, the law will go into effect July 1.  According to the bill, retailers that don’t have a presence in the state will collect sales tax from Wyomin
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  • (Video) Jackson invades Afton for the Snake River Shootout

    One of the more intense rivalries in Wyoming high school sports will write another chapter as Jackson Hole High School travels to Afton to face the SVHS basketball team.
    The Lady Braves (12-6) will be looking to add another win to a 13-game winning streak in the series against a Lady Broncs (0-18) team still searching for their first win of the season. The Star Valley varsity girls defeated Jackson 70-42 in Teton County back on December 22.
    The Braves (3-15) lost a 48-38 decision to th
  • (Video) Lady Braves win 14th straight vs Jackson; Broncs end long stretch of Afton futility

    It was a full house at SVHS as the Lady Braves and Braves hosted their counterparts from Jackson Hole High School.
    The varsity girls kept the Lady Broncs winless on the season with a 54-15 final that was out of hand early on. Savannah Lucero finished with 20 points, Kenadee Jenkins finished with 14 and Shania Warren nearly pulled off the double-double with ten points and nine rebounds.
    Star Valley improved to (13-6) overall with the win and will play the regular-season finale in Pineda
  • (VIDEO) – Star Valley receives fresh blanket of snow after a few rainy storms

    Following a few weeks of above average temperatures that have brought valley rain and mountain snow to Star Valley, temperatures dropped just enough for 4-5 inches of snow to accumulate on the valley floor in just a few hours Tuesday evening.
    Video footage provided by The Lone Stick on their Facebook page shows the storm as it rolled through the valley and the sun disappeared.
     The snow didn’t have any luck slowing down athletes at Star Valley High School.  St
  • WHP begins using “subdued” patrol cars

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol has implemented a new pilot program utilizing “slick top” patrol cars in hopes of increasing highway safety across Wyoming. The five new vehicles will be patrolling Wyoming with one of the cars headed to each of the five WHP districts across the state.
    WHP Colonel Kebin Haller commented on the program and said “I am excited to see the results of this initiative. Slick top enforcement patrol vehicles are not new to law enforcement or other highway
  • King’s closing all stores by end of the year

    After closing the doors to it’s Star Valley location last December, King’s Variety Stores announced Tuesday, February 22, that they are closing all locations by the end of 2017.  
    In a news release, King’s stated that “With the advent of both large-box retail stores and the internet, anyone with a computer can buy from millions of vendors around the world. Brick and mortar stores need feet and faces to survive as we have salaries, rents and other costs to c
  • Funeral services for Leo Pendleton

    Funeral services for Leo Pendleton will take place on Friday, February 24, at 11 a.m. in the Thayne LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Thursday, February 23, from 7-9 p.m. at the Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
  • (Audio) – Lower Valley Energy discusses logistics of returning power to Teton County following massive outage

    It was the largest disaster in the 80 year history of Lower Valley Energy.  A wet winter storm February 7, 2017 that was coupled with 90+ MPH hour winds resulting in the loss of 17 steel transmission poles and power to 3500-4000 customers, including Teton Village and Jackson Hole Airport.  It was all hands on deck as Lower Valley Energy worked with neighboring utilities to replace the fallen poles and restore power.  Jim Webb, President and CEO of Lower Valley Energy, spoke with D
  • (Video) – New SVMC Family Physician, Dr. Tamera Cottam, discusses practicing in Star Valley

    One of Star Valley Medical Center’s new family physician’s recently spoke with SVI Media’s Duke Dance about her background and career in healthcare, and what lead her to Star Valley Medical Center.  You can learn more about Dr. Tamera Cottam in the February 22, 2017 edition of the Star Valley Independent.
  • (Video) – Impressive but brief snow storm bursts through Star Valley

    An impressive but brief snow storm swept through Star Valley Sunday evening.  Below are accelerated videos from around the valley of the “Snow Squall” blowing through February 19.  These videos are provided courtesy of meteorologist Jack Hales.
     
    View from Star Valley RanchView from AftonView from Bedford 
     
  • U of U Seismograph Station confirms earthquake in Star Valley

    Although the tremble still does not appear on geological seismograph activity maps, officials have confirmed that an earthquake did in fact occur this week in Star Valley.  The University of Utah Seismograph Station confirmed to SVI News that an earthquake slightly larger than a magnitude 3.0 occurred Wednesday, February 15 in the Auburn area.
    Residents around Star Valley began reporting to have felt the quake about 6:45 p.m.  However, the United States Geological Service did not
  • (Audio) – Coach Ballard Johnson discusses being named coach of the year finalist on SVI Radio

    Longtime Star Valley High School Coach Ballard Johnson joined Duke Dance & Dahl Erickson Friday, February 17, on SVI Radio.  Coach Johnson was recently named as 1 of 8 finalist nationwide for top honors of National Coach of the Year.  The recognition comes as Johnson prepares for his 36th year as a coach this upcoming spring track season.
    “It’s the students.  It’s the kids that bring you back,” Ballard said when asked what has kept him coachin
  • Skier dies after falling of cliff in the Tetons

    Park rangers recovered the body of a backcountry ski mountaineer at the bottom of a couloir on the south aspect of the South Teton Wednesday, February 15, at approximately 6 p.m. The skier is identified as John “Jack” Fields Jr., age 26, a current resident of Jackson, Wyoming.
    Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call for assistance at approximately 11a.m. Wednesday with a report of a backcountry skier who fell in the area of the Amore Vida Couloir and was not responding
  • Star Valley Chamber of Commerce warns of email scam

    The Star Valley Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses about an email scam.  Joni Moffit, chamber director, advised that if you receive the following email, do not respond and do not send any dollars.  The email appears to come from Bill Wilson from billwilson2015@aol.com.  The email promotes a community event calendar booklet and advertising opportunities in the booklet.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the Star Valley Chamber of Commerce at 307-885-27
  • Afton clears Swift Creek Canyon Road following snow slides

    The Snake River Canyon and Teton Pass were not the only canyon roads that experienced snow slides during last week’s wet and windy winter storms.  Impressive slides also happened up Swift Creek Canyon.  Tuesday, February 16, maintenance crews with the Town of Afton began clearing the snow off the roads.  The Canyon is closed to the public during the winter months, but kept open for the town and Lower Valley Energy to maintain the Generation Plants.
    Town of AftonAfton cr
  • (VIDEO) – Drone footage of flooding in Worland

    The Big Horn River overflowed it’s banks Saturday, February 11, near Worland, forcing the evacuation of more than 100 homes and flooding many of them.  Drone footage posted to YouTube shows the flood, which was caused by a ice jams in the river mixed with rapid snow melt.Members of the Wyoming National Guard were called in to assist with the flooding.  The ice jams broke a few days later, alleviating flood concerns in Worland.  However, flooding concerns were only
  • Wyoming Junior Colleges to raise tuition rates

    Wyoming students attending community colleges across the state will see an increase in cost per credit hour as officials are trying to keep education affordable in the face of heavy budget cuts, reports the Casper Star Tribune.
    The Wyoming Community College Commission imposed a $5 per credit hour increase which will take effect for at least the next two academic years. The 5.6 percent hike is not a new idea according to executive director Jim Rose, who said it’s in line with the commi
  • Star Valley residents report feeling earthqauke

    Several residents around Star Valley reported feeling an earthquake Wednesday evening.  Social media posts from residents stated that the quake was felt about 6:30 p.m. February 15 in Afton, Grover, Auburn, Thayne, Star Valley Ranch and some other surrounding areas.  However, as of 7:30 p.m., no earthquakes had been reported by surrounding seismograph stations.  According to the University of Utah Seismograph Station, the most recent registered earthquake took place January 3
  • (UPDATE) – Star Valley residents report feeling earthqauke

    UPDATE, 2/16/17 7:28 AM: The United States Geological Service has reported a 1.0 magnitude earthquake about 8.7 miles South West of Wilson, Wyoming at 6:51 pm, Wednesday February 16.  It is unclear if this is the tremble that was felt in Star Valley.
    ORIGINAL STORY: Several residents around Star Valley reported feeling an earthquake Wednesday evening.  Social media posts from residents stated that the quake was felt about 6:30 p.m. February 15 in Afton, Grover, Auburn, Thayne, Sta
  • Many players with regional ties invited to 2017 NFL Combine

    For many collegiate players, the next step after their eligibility ends at their respective schools is the NFL Scouting Combine held annually in Indianapolis. It is here where scouts and officials from all 32 NFL teams will measure strength, quickness, speed and other intangibles as they try and find the next great draft steal.
    The University of Utah led the regional schools with a whopping eight invitees to the event which takes place from February 28 through March 6.
    The Utes invited
  • Motorist warned of Bison on Highway 89 in Grand Teton Park

    Due to snow accumulations and above normal winter conditions, bison within Grand Teton National Park are moving to find food and recently have been using U.S. Highway 89 as their travel pathway. Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, “It is imperative that motorists traveling Highway 89 between Moose and Moran Junction remain alert and slow down due to migrating bison in and along the roadway.”
    Due to deep and dense snowpack, and to conserve energy, several gr
  • (Video) – Charlie Button, CEO of Star Valley Medical Center

    For the seventh time in the last eight years, Star Valley Medical Center has been named a Top-100 Critical Access Hospital. Charlie Button, CEO of SVMC, spoke with Duke Dance as part of Health Topics Tuesday on the Weekday Wake-up (98.7 FM / 1210 AM) and here on SVI Media. Button was recently named as one of the Top 60 CEO’s to Know by Beckers Hospital Review.
  • Teton Village-area state of emergency ends

    After a stormy week of gusty winds, snow, rain, multiple highway closures, and a four-day power outage in the Teton Village area, the sun is shining over Teton County again — both literally and metaphorically.  Skies are blue, roads are open, power to the Teton Village area was restored Saturday afternoon, START Bus transit is returning to normal operations, and all three local ski areas — Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Resort and Grand Targhee Resort — are welcom
  • 2017-18 School Year Calendars Approved

    The 2017-18 school calendars for both Star Valley and Cokeville schools were approved at at the Lincoln County School District #2 Board Meeting Thursday, February 9th.  Both calendars are posted below and can also be accessed on the district’s website.
     
     
    LCSD#2Star Valley unified school calendar for the 2017-18 school year.
    LCSD#2Cokeville School Calendar for 2017-18 School Year
  • Dead moose discovered buried under snow in Rexburg backyard

    Typically once temperatures increase and a thaw begins people look forward to seeing their grass again. One Rexburg couple, however, had an extra surprise when the snow in their backyard began to melt — a dead moose.
    Erin LeFevre was baffled when her husband, Landon LeFevre, pointed out the discovery through their window Saturday morning. The LeFevres live on the edge of Rexburg, on 5th West.
    “I was like, ‘Are you sure? Is it a deer?’ because we have a little he
  • (Video/Audio) – LVE continues rigorous work of restoring power to Teton Village

    Lineman and crews form Lower Valley Energy and 5 surrounding utilities have continued to work tirelessly in an effort to fully restore power to Teton Village and surrounding areas.  LVE reported that the current restoration estimate has been moved to late Saturday, barring any unforeseen weather or equipment related issue.
    As of 12:30 P.M. Friday, 11 wooden poles had been placed in the ground.  In total, 28 wooden poles will be needed to replace the 17 steel transmission poles tha
  • (Video/Audio) UPDATE – LVE continues rigorous work of restoring power to Teton Village

    UPDATE: All power was reported restored to the Teton Village area on Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017.
    ORIGINAL STORY: Lineman and crews form Lower Valley Energy and 5 surrounding utilities have continued to work tirelessly in an effort to fully restore power to Teton Village and surrounding areas.  LVE reported that the current restoration estimate has been moved to late Saturday, barring any unforeseen weather or equipment related issue.
    As of 12:30 P.M. Friday, 11 wooden p
  • Alpine man dies in snowmobile caused avalanche

    A professional sledder from Alpine, Wyoming was killed by an avalanche Thursday morning, according to a Bonneville County news release.
    Star Valley Search & RescueSearch & Rescue responding to an avalanche near McCoy Creek
    Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Lincoln County, Wyoming Search and Rescue responded to a report of an injured man caught in an avalanche while riding his snowmobile at about 11:40 a.m.
    The victim, Josh Roth, 35 was riding in the McCoy C
  • Jackson Hole Ski Resort Forced to Close After ‘Unusual’ Storm

    The resort shut down during the height of the ski season after heavy winds toppled electrical poles, causing a power outage.
  • Three Idaho residents charged in Star Valley burglaries

    A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a series of burglaries in the Star Valley area in early December has resulted in multiple felony charges being filed against three Idaho suspects. On the weekend of December 3, 2016 Deputies responded to three residential burglaries and one auto burglary.
    Homes in Smoot, Fairview and Thayne were reported to have been broke into and numerous items were reported missing including firearms, televisions, household furnishings and person
  • Three Idaho men charged in Star Valley burglaries

    A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a series of burglaries in the Star Valley area in early December has resulted in multiple felony charges being filed against three Idaho suspects. On the weekend of December 3, 2016 Deputies responded to three residential burglaries and one auto burglary.
    Homes in Smoot, Fairview and Thayne were reported to have been broke into and numerous items were reported missing including firearms, televisions, household furnishings and person
  • Star Valley Search & Rescue responds to avalanche victims near McCoy Creek

    Star Valley Search and Rescue responded to an avalanche scene in the McCoy Creek area on Thursday, Feb. 9. Two male snowmobilers were riding in the area. One was buried in an avalanche and recovered, but remained unresponsive. CPR was in progress as the incident was reported to dispatch. Alpine EMS and Thayne EMS also responded to the area. Initial reports of the incident stated the avalanche occurred over eight miles from the Salt River Bridge in McCoy Creek.
    The call for aid came in to th
  • Avalanche affecting morning commuters; Lincoln County issues flood watch until Friday morning

    Commuters waiting to pass through the Snake River Canyon on Thursday, February 9.
    A large amount of accumulated snow, unseasonably warm temperatures and rainfall are all contributing to difficult travel conditions between Star Valley and Jackson. An avalanche slid across U.S. Highway 89 at approximately 5:15 a.m. Thursday morning, February 9. Crews are on the scene and working to allow traffic to pass but delays are still taking place.
    This comes on the heels of a no travel advisory which w
  • (Audio) – Wyoming Legislature hits midway point

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Leg-Rep-Wed-8-Feb-17.m4aIt is the crossover period in the Wyoming State Legislature where bills from the House head to the Senate and vice-versa. Dan Dockstader checks in from Cheyenne on February 8.
  • LVE Crews from Star Valley dispatched to Jackson for large power outage

    Lower Valley Energy crews from Star Valley were dispatched to Teton Village Tuesday evenign, February 7, 2017, after 8-10 power poles snapped, some of them in half, during a windy snowstorm.  Between 3500 and 4000 homes and businesses could be without power for days in Teton Village and northern Jackson.   
    A power pole in Teton County snapped in half during a windy snow storm on February 7, 2017.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • (UPDATED) – LVE Crews from Star Valley dispatched to Jackson for large power outage

    UPDATE, 2:25 P.M.: Lower Valley Energy released a statement explaining why it is expected to take so long to fully restore power.  The statement reads “The 17 collapsed steel poles feeding Teton Village are high voltage transmission lines. Most of the power lines you see in our service territory are smaller distribution lines – when distribution lines go down we can more easily re-route power to energize the affected areas. Transmission lines feed large amounts of power to
  • Henry J. Eyring Next President of BYU-Idaho

    Henry J. Eyring was named as the 17th president of Brigham Young University-Idaho during the university’s weekly devotional Tuesday afternoon.
    Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, made the announcement to thousands of students, faculty and staff members gathered at the BYU-Idaho Center.
    Eyring, 53, will take over for President Clark G. Gilbert, who begins a new assignment in April leading BYU&ndas
  • Gov. Matt Mead Issues Statement Regarding Pres. Trump’s Immigration Policies

    Wyoming Governor Matt Mead posted a statement on his Facebook page yesterday regarding recent policies and executive orders issued by President Donald Trump.  The post reads “I have received a lot of calls and e-mails regarding President Trump’s recent actions on immigration. As I expressed to President Obama, Wyoming recognizes immigration made this country great. The citizens of Wyoming and the entire United States must be able to rely on the government to have a process in pl
  • LDS Church announces BYU–Pathway Worldwide

    The following is a press release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints regarding the creation of BYU-Pathway Worldwide.  The program will operate within the Church Education System (CES) and is an expansion of the BYU-Idaho Pathway program, which is an online program that began in 2009 as a way to provide higher education to those who otherwise would not have been able to obtain it.  The full press conference can be viewed on the Mormon Newsroom Facebook page.
     

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