• Funeral services for Louise Yeaman

    Funeral services for Louise Yeaman will be held Friday, May 5, at 12 noon at the Fairview Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church.
  • Wolves returned to state management in Wyoming

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead announced Tuesday, April 25, the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. entered its final order upholding Wyoming’s wolf management plan which confirms Wyoming’s management of wolves. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will file notice in the Federal Register in the coming days.
    “I am delighted that the Circuit Court recognized Wyoming’s commitment to manage a recovered wolf population,” said Governor Mea
  • Wamsutter man presumed drowned

    The search for a 25-year-old kayaker has been suspended after six days reports the Casper Star Tribune.
    Michael G. Proberts of Wamsutter went kayaking on Seminoe Reservoir and was reported missing on April 16 according to the Carbon County sheriff’s office.
    Proberts’ kayak, paddle, life vest and ball cap were spotted, but searchers were not able to find Proberts. He is presumed drowned.
  • Former BYU-I student pleads guilty to hiding camera in woman’s apartment

    This story courtesy of EastIdahoNews.com. It is used here with permission.
    EastIdahoNews.comREXBURG — A former Brigham Young University-Idaho student pleaded guilty Monday to hiding a camera and recording women in their bathroom.
    Devan MacCabe, 23, was booked into the Madison County Jail on Jan. 20 on one felony count of video voyeurism.
    MacCabe pleaded guilty before District Judge Gregory Moeller during a pre-trial conference Monday.
    According to the BYU-Idaho Scroll,
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  • National average for gasoline goes up

    In Star Valley, the price you’ll pay to fill your vehicle is right in line with the national average.
    The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46.
    Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs drop.
    The national average is 28 cents per gallon above the price a year ago.
    Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the
  • What are your odds of hitting a deer in Wyoming? You might be surprised

    When it comes to wildlife there’s no debate that animals far outnumber people in the Cowboy State. Perhaps you’ve had your own share of close calls on Wyoming’s roadways or you have already become accustomed to how that works out. Many readers may have even hit more than one in their lifespan.  Based on Wyoming’s population rate one might think that the state would rank high in the odds of hitting a deer with their vehicle. You would be right but the state is not in
  • Forest roads may not be passable on May 1

    While winter wildlife restrictions will lift on the Bridger-Teton National Forest on May 1. 2017, most forest roads will not yet be drivable or open.“We still have a long period of snowmelt ahead and we are seeing several issues our roads and highways already.” said Jackson District Ranger Dale Deiter. “While we will be lifting the winter wildlife closure on May 1, roads may still be snow drifted, heavily saturated, or impassable,” he said. “Visitors should be prepa
  • Now on Sale: Multiresort Passes for Next Ski Season

    Reduced prices are available for ski passes in the United States (West, Midwest and Northeast), Canada, Europe and Japan.
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  • Services for Donna Papworth

    Funeral services for Donna Hemmert Papworth will be held on Friday, April 21 at 1 p.m. in the Afton LDS Tabernacle.
    Viewings will take place on Thursday, April 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Schwab Mortuary and Friday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to services at the Church.
    Graveside services will follow at the Afton Cemetery.
  • (Audio) – Harrison offered plea deal to avoid death penalty

    Lincoln County Attorney Spencer Allred spoke with SVI’s Sarah Hale after the arraignment hearing in Kemmerer on Monday afternoon where Dereck James, “DJ” Harrison has been offered a deal which would spare him the death penalty if he accepts.https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Spencer-Allred.m4a“We have worked out a plea deal in this matter provided that he plead guilty to felony murder and kidnapping,” Allred sai
  • Funeral services for Rex Rich

    Funeral services for Rex Rich will take place Thursday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in the Afton 3rd Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Wednesday, April 19 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 church.
  • Harrison arraignment taking place Monday afternoon

    “DJ” Harrison and Flint Wayne Harrison surrendered to Sublette County authoritiesAccording to information supplied by Lincoln County Attorney, Spencer Allred, Dereck James “DJ” Harrison will appear in District Court on Monday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m. in Kemmerer.
    At that time, Harrison will be advised of the charges against him and will be asked to enter a plea to those charges.
    DJ Harrison and his father Flint surrendered to authorities in Sublette County a
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  • Funeral services for Al Hale

    Funeral services for Al Hale will take place Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. in the Afton LDS Tabernacle.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, April 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the Tabernacle.
  • 52 Places to Go: Grand Teton

    Watch a 360° video of the Wyoming national park, which reported a record 4.8 million visitors last year.
  • Yellowstone Park wolf euthanized

    One of only three white wolves roaming Yellowstone National Park has been put down by park staff after it was found with severe injuries.
    P.J. White of the National Park Service said the female wolf was found Tuesday by  hikers on the north side of the park
    White says the wolf was in shock and dying, prompting the decision to euthanize it and investigate what caused the wolf’s injuries. The nature of the initial injuries could not immediately determined.
    It had liv
  • SVI Radio temporarily off-air in transition to main street Afton

    SVI Radio (Swift 98.7 FM & Black Mountain Country 1210 AM) is in the middle of a move from the previous location on U.S. Highway 238 to 360 S. Washington St. in downtown Afton.
    Moving radio signals from one location to another is a complicated process and currently the station is off the air while making final adjustments.
    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to being back on the air with an even better overall listening experience once the move is&nbs
  • SVI Radio transitions to main street location

    SVI Radio (Swift 98.7 FM & Black Mountain Country 1210 AM) is in the middle of a move from the previous location on U.S. Highway 238 to 360 S. Washington St. in downtown Afton.
    In addition to combining resources with the Star Valley Independent and the video arm of SVI Media, SVI Radio will have improved signal strength, audio quality and stability moving forward to better serve the area.
    Join SVI Radio with the Weekday Wake-up every day from 7-9 a.m. on traditional frequenc
  • Funeral services for Thelma Dana

    Funeral services for Thelma Dana will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Thayne LDS Stake Center. Viewings will take place on Friday, April 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne; and Saturday, April 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to services at the church
  • Funeral services for Barbara Ann Chapman

    Funeral services for Barbara Ann Chapman will be held Saturday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. at Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne.
    A viewing will take place prior to the service from 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Star Valley Hospice Care
  • (Video) – Josh Jardine with SVMC Infusion Center

    As part of a Health Topics Tuesday Dan Dockstader caught up with Josh Jardine with the Star Valley Medical Center Infusion Center and how the hospital is able to help residents without leaving town.
  • Funeral services for Marjorie Burton Evans

    Funeral services for Marjorie Burton Evans will take place on Monday, April 10, at 12 noon in the Bedford LDS Chapel.
    A visitation with the family will take place prior to the services from 10-11:30 a.m.
    Interment will be in the Afton Cemetery.
  • (Video) – Billy Kennington discusses occupational therapy

    As part of a Health Topics Tuesday, Dan Dockstader of SVI Media interviewed Billy Kennington who helps take patients from surgery back to their normal routine.
  • Getting your z’s is about a lot more than counting sheep

    Pain is nature’s way of telling you there’s a problem – whether you pull your hand away from the hot stove or you see your doctor.
    Unless, that is, your problem is sleep apnea, one of a number of sleep disorders affecting one in three Americans. In this case, you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep and your oxygen saturation level drops by at least 3 percent. Long-term, this can result in heart and brain damage.
    But because it doesn’t hurt to stop
  • Plans being made to drain Palisades, deconstruct dam

    Independent Staff | Star Valley IndependentAuthorities are currently making plans to completely drain the Palisades Reservoir in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho.
    Once the reservoir is bone dry and empty, the dam will likely be deconstructed to allow unrestricted flow of the Snake River.
    Extra fertile soil was given as the reason for removing the body of water.  Bert Mackelberry with the Western States Reservoir Deconstruction and Land Restoration Council of Idaho and Wyoming Res
  • Jackson man killed in single vehicle accident near Thayne

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol released information today regarding a fatal accident near Thayne.
    According to WHP, the accident occurred Sunday, March 26th at 9:52 p.m. on US Highway 89 at mile post 97, approximately three miles south of Thayne.
    Jackson, Wyoming resident Gabriel Martinez Cortez, 36, was traveling north in a 1990 Acura Legend passenger when he failed to properly negotiate a left-hand curve in the highway.  The Acura crossed the center line into south
  • The Endangered Antiquities Act

    Republicans seek to weaken a transformative conservation law that has protected some of America’s most magnificent landscapes.
  • Wyoming’s population declines for first time in 27 years

    For the first time in 27 years, Wyoming’s population has declined, reports the Casper Star Tribune.
    According to estimates released by the state and U.S. Census Bureau last Thursday, population is down 0.2 percent from July 2015. In July 2016, 585,501 lived in Wyoming, 1,054 less than the previous year.
    The decline is due in part to job loss.  Chief economist for the Wyoming Division of Economic Analysis Wenlin Liu said nearly 9,000, nearly a third, of the state’s mine
  • Harrison transferred to Lincoln County

    Sarah Hale | Star Valley IndependentDJ Harrison will appear in Circuit Court at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Kemmerer.Dereck “DJ” Harrison, 23, was transferred to the Lincoln County Justice Center on Tuesday afternoon, March 28.
    An initial appearance in Circuit Court is scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at 9 a.m.
    Harrison is facing four felonies, including murder and kidnapping charges, for the disappearance and death of Kay Porter Ricks.
    Ricks, a Utah Transit Autho
  • (Video) – Hudson England talks SVMC Sleep Clinic

    Be sure to check out the March 29, 2017 edition of the Star Valley Independent where the staff catches up with the local sleep clinic and how they can help you on a daily basis.
  • When every second counts

    Being too self-reliant can cost your self-reliance.That, in essence, is the message Cooper Jensen, a Star Valley paramedic, would like to send to valley residents if they or a loved one exhibit symptoms of a stroke.“Time wasted is brain matter gone,” Jensen told SVI Media last week in emphasizing the importance of calling 911 and getting help within “the golden hour” after the first symptoms. “Within that golden hour, the chances of deficit, when people start h
  • Crews respond to accident on U.S. Highway 89

    Thayne EMS, Star Valley EMS and the Thayne Fire Department responded to Mile Post 98 on U.S. Highway 89 following reports of a two vehicle accident withinjuries. The call for aid came in to the dispatch center just after 1:45 p.m. Monday, March 27.
  • Photo Gallery: Mary Poppins

    Cokeville High School students presented “Anything Goes” to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience March 16-18.
  • Lincoln County Democratic Party Elections are March 26

    A special meeting of the Lincoln County Democratic Party has been called to appoint Committee people, followed by a second special meeting at which officer elections will be held. Both meetings will take place at the Thayne Senior Center located at 115 Petersen Pkwy, Thayne, Wyoming on Sunday, March 26, 2017 starting at 12:30 p.m.
    At the first meeting newly designated Lincoln County Chair, will be making appointments to fill 34 positions, 17 men and 17 women to represent voting precincts ac
  • Vogelheim tapped to lead Teton County GOP

    Jackson, Wyoming – With a focus on promoting conservation, fiscal accountability and respect for individual freedoms, the Teton County Republican Party convened Wednesday evening to elect new officers and begin discussions over party priorities for the next two years.
    “Teton County Republicans have a proud history of championing conservation, promoting economic vibrancy and protecting individual freedoms,” said outgoing chair Tote Turner. “Now more than ever, it is i
  • Cowboys Going Coastal for CBI Championship

    An unlikely scenario to be sure, but nevertheless the Cowboy basketball team has played its way into the best two-out-of-three College Basketball Invitational Championship series. the unique format pairs Wyoming with Coastal Carolina, beginning Monday at Coastal, located in Conway, South Carolina. The institution is eight miles west of the oceanfront resort town of Myrtle Beach. Commonly referred to as CCU or Coastal, the school was founded in 1954 and became an independent university in 1993. t
  • UW Board of Trustees gains two new members

    An Albany County attorney and a Campbell County pediatrician have been named to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.
    Kermit Brown, of Laramie, and Dr. David Fall, of Gillette, were appointed by Gov. Matt Mead and approved by the Wyoming Senate. They succeed Mike Massie, of Laramie, and Dave Palmerlee, of Buffalo.
    Reappointed were John MacPherson, of Saratoga, who chairs the Board of Trustees, and Jeff Marsh, of Torrington, the board secretary.
    All of these trustees’
  • Wyoming earns $29 million from oil and gas lease auction

    The Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments held the first nominated online oil and gas lease auction on March 8, 2017 on behalf of the Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners – which is made up of the five statewide elected officials.  The auction was open for one week and attracted over seventy bidders.  One hundred ninety seven parcels of State Trust Land were available for lease covering over 85,882 acres across eleven counties.  The auction resulted in 197 of the 197
  • Star Valley Medical Center encourages wellness screenings

    With warm weather on the horizon, administrators and physicians at Star Valley Medical Center are once again reminding the community of the importance of annual wellness exams on your “spring-cleaning list.”
    To promote these yearly exams, the Star Valley Medical Center laboratory is offering annual discounted wellness screening blood draws once per calendar year per resident, said Joel Johnson, public affairs director for Star Valley Medical Center.
    “By offering these
  • Flood watch in effect through the weekend in Star Valley

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for this weekend in Star Valley.
    According to the weather service, significant low elevation snowmelt Saturday through Sunday night will cause flooding in the western valleys.  Temperatures in the middle to upper 50’s are expected across Jackson Hole and Star Valley on Saturday. Low temperatures on Sunday are forecasted to be in the middle 30’s to near 40 degrees.  Strong southerly winds at 15 to 30 mph are also exp
  • Zika virus confirmed in 5 Wyoming residents, Department of Health urges caution

    A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official says Zika virus continues to spread and remains a threat travelers should know about in several countries, including some limited locations in the United States.
    Clay Van Houten, WDH interim state epidemiologist, said Zika infections have been confirmed in five Wyoming residents over the last year or so who had visited affected countries.
    “We want people to know about Zika and the harms it can cause if they are planning travel to affe
  • Wyoming one of the most gun reliant states in the U.S.

    It should come as no surprise that the state of Wyoming is one of the most gun reliant states in the U.S.  A recent WalletHub study analyzed the economic impact of guns on each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine which among them leans most heavily on the gun business both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through ownership.
    According to their findings, Wyoming ranked 2nd in the nation overall behind Alaska.  The Cowboy State ranke
  • First bear sighting of the year in Yellowstone

    Yellowstone National Park reported the first bear sighting of the year today, Wednesday, March 15.  Morgan Warthin, with Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs, said that a park employee observed a grizzly bear between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt early in the morning.
    Warthin said this is the first confirmed bear sighting this year, although bear tracks have been observed since February 22. Later in the morning, park staff saw two more grizzly bears scavenging carcas
  • Congressman Cheney statement on Fontenelle Dam Expansion Passage

    Washington, D.C.- Congressman Liz Cheney (WY-AL) released the following statement after the U.S. House passed legislation to approve expansion of the water storage at the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Fontenelle Reservoir in Lincoln County, Wyoming.
    “After years of requests and endless D.C. red tape, I am happy to see this bill heading to the Senate. Wyoming’s water storage and water development projects hedge against potential drought. I am proud to work with Senator Barr
  • Governor Mead takes action on gun bills

    Late Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017 Governor Mead signed Original House Bill 194, School Safety and Security. This law authorizes school districts to adopt rules for concealed carry on school property. The rules must provide an application and approval process, safeguarding and training requirements, and a process for revoking authorization. This law further requires notification of law enforcement, parents and guardians. It provides for local control and specific parameters. This bill was sponsored i
  • National Weather Service creates eclipse website

    The National Weather Service offices in Riverton and Cheyenne have partnered on a web site for the upcoming August 21 2017 Solar Eclipse. The web site for the National Weather Service Riverton office eclipse information is located at:https://www.weather.gov/riw/Eclipse
    A total solar eclipse will track from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic. The shadow of the moon will begin over Oregon and move east to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, a
  • (Update) Three dead in fatal crash north of Lander

    UPDATE: The Wyoming Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in the accident.  According to WHP, Darion Wheeler, an 18 year old resident of Lander, Paul McEwan, a 20 year old resident of Greybull, Wyoming, and Destinee Wheeler, a 15 year old resident of Hudson, Wyoming, all sustained fatal injuries on scene from the crash.
    The three crashed into a Silverado two miles north of Lander.  The Silverado was driven by 42 year old Riverton, Wyoming resident Brian Rhod
  • Three dead in fatal crash north of Lander

    Two young adults and a teenager died in a car accident in Freemont County Tuesday.  The Wyoming Highway Patrol said the crash occurred at 8:12 p.m. on Highway 789 approximately two miles north of Lander.
    WHP reports that an 18 year old male resident of Lander, a 20 year old male resident of Greybull and a 15 year old female resident of Hudson were traveling together.  The driver failed to properly negotiate a left-hand curve in the highway as the vehicle drifted to the east. The d
  • Funeral services for Janeve Draney Swenson

    Funeral services for Janeve Draney Swenson will be held Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m. in the Osmond Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, March 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
  • Two men charged with poaching in Wyoming for T.V. show

    Two Kentucky men were ordered more than $30,000 in fines and had their hunting privileges revoked for 15 years after poaching two bull elk on the television show “Hunting in the Sticks,” says the Casper Star Tribune.Ricky J. Mills, 37, and Jimmy G. Duncan, 25, were hunting elk north of Douglas when they decided to shoot two mature bull elk in 2014. The men had tags for elk hunt Area 51, bordering Yellowstone National Park, but shot the elk in hunt area 113. The news release from the
  • Worland named safest city in Wyoming

    The National Council for Home Safety and Security has released their annual report, naming Worland as the safest city in Wyoming.  With a population of 5,335, it only experiences 1 violent crime and 57 property crimes per year, according to the report.
    Laramie finished in 2nd with 1 instance of violent crime and 16 reported cases of property crime per 1,000 people, respectively.
    Rounding out the top 5 were Jackson, Cody and Green River.
    Rock Springs finished 10th on the

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