• (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
  • Afton names new police chief

    The Town of Afton has named Jason Romberg, a law enforcement officer currently working in Fremont County, as the new police chief.
    “On Dec. 12, I will begin my duties as the Chief of Police for the Afton Police Department,” Romberg said. “I am honored I have been selected for this position and look forward to serving the citizens of the Town of Afton.”
    Romberg’s experience in the field of law enforcement began at Central Wyoming College, where he studied C
  • (Story + Audio) – Star Valley welcomes the Christmas season

    Star Valley citizens have an abundance of holiday cheer this year thanks to the Star Valley Arts Council (SVAC).
    The SVAC hosted a unique performance by Michael McLean, songwriter and storyteller behind The Forgotten Carols. SVAC presented An Evening with Michael McLean: Christmas Stories & Songs on Nov. 30 at Star Valley High School which featured McLean along with New York performers Jeff McLean and Adrien Swensen. “It’s kind of an insight into his history, his life changi
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  • Wyoming faces shortfall for education

    Education spending and the economic downturn are starting to come together on the Wyoming budget charts. Wyoming schools will be facing a $700 million short fall in the next budget cycle, based on a report provided by Gov. Matt Mead on Wednesday.
    To address the shortfall, the Wyoming Joint Education Committee has initiated legislation designed to increase classroom student-teacher ratio and change the overall funding structure.
    In addition to those two changes, the topics of school dis
  • (Audio) – Representative Robert McKim prefaces upcoming Wyoming Legislative session

    Robert McKim, House District 21
    Robert McKim(R) represents House District 21 in the Star Valley area and he spoke with Duke Dance as part of the Weekday Wake-up and discussed many topics that will be brought up during the next Wyoming Legislative session set to begin in just a matter of weeks.
    Those topics  ranged from funding of municipalities to education and beyond.  The ent
  • Independent Obituaries: November 23, 2016

    These obituaries appeared in the November 23, 2016 print edition of the Star Valley Independent.
    For more local and regional obituaries, please visit Schwab Mortuary.
    Carla Stone
    Carla Jane Frederick Stone passed away on Nov. 14, 2016 in Jackson. She was born in Burbank, Calif., on Dec. 26, 1950 to Charles A. Frederick and Byrna M. Frederick.  Carla spent her early years in Coral Gables, Fla., attended middle school in Rolling Hills, Calif., then moved with her parents to Weisbade
  • Star Valley’s Shop At Home campaign underway

    The Star Valley Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with SVI Media this holiday season in a shop at home campaign.
    “As a chamber we always want to encourage area residents to keep their hard earned, discretionary income here at home where it can benefit local businesses and in turn benefit the families who live and work here,” said Joni Moffett, executive director of the Star Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Everyone knows about Black Friday, which falls the day after Than
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  • Funeral services for Maxine Jenkins Sanderson

    Funeral services for Maxine Jenkins Sanderson will be held Saturday, December 3, at 12 noon at the Freedom LDS Church.
    A viewing will take place prior to the service from 10-11:45 a.m.
  • $2,500,000 Homes in Wyoming, Virginia and California

    A cabin in Freedom, Wyo., a Queen Anne in Hague, Va., and a contemporary in Malibu, Calif.
  • What You Get for … $2,500,000

    A cabin in Wyoming, a Queen Anne in Virginia and a contemporary in California.
  • Angel Tree applications due on Wednesday, November 30

    The Bank of Star Valley will sponsor the 2016 Angel Tree Program and Feed the Angels Program this holiday season.
    Applications for children in need of a Christmas gift this year are available at all Bank of Star Valley locations and will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 30.
    Angels are now available for pick-up at the bank locations and some area businesses.
    Gifts for the angels must be  returned to any of the Bank of Star Valley locations by Wednesday, Dec. 15. They do not
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  • Wyoming files suit opposing BLM rule on flaring

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – At the request of Governor Matt Mead, the Wyoming Attorney General’s office filed a petition for review of final agency action on the “Methane and Waste Reduction” rule promulgated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The State of Wyoming asserts the rule is outside the agency’s authority and further complicates development of federal resources.
    “The BLM is once again overstepping its bounds and imposing unnecessary regulations,”
  • Star Valley Shootout is December 29-30

    What started a year ago as little more than table talk discussion about basketball has become the Star Valley Shootout.
    The Shootout, a bracket format, double elimination basketball tournament, will take place Dec. 29-30. Games will be played at both Star Valley High School at the Star Valley Middle School.
    Teams who will attend include Natrona, Sugar Salem, Idaho Falls, Bear River, Rigby, Box Elder, Canyon Ridge, Jerome and Star Valley.
    “I think it is important to understan
  • Funeral Services for Lowell J. Hoopes

    Funeral services for Lowell J. Hoopes will be held Saturday, November 19 in Afton. Funeral services are pending and will be listed on daltonhoopes.com when they become available.
  • (Audio) – Lincoln County Treasurer Kathy Tomassi talks new Wyoming license plates

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/11-16-Kathy-Tomassi.mp3New license plates and other topics were on the docket as Duke Dance spoke with Kathy Tomassi as part of the Weekday Wake-up on Swift 98.7 FM / Black Mountain Country 1210 AM.
  • School bus involved in Thursday morning accident

    A school bus for LCSD #2 was involved in an accident on Thursday morning, November 17, at approximately 7:40 a.m. when it collided with a pickup truck.
    According to the Lincoln County Dispatch the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 89 near The Wolf Den restaurant between Thayne and Etna.
    There were eight students on the bus according to LCSD #2 transportation director, Ryan Lyman, and no students were injured in the accident.
    An ambulance was on scene to attend to the driver of the
  • Officials respond to accident south of Afton

    Shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, a two-vehicle accident south of Afton on U.S. Highway 89 drew local first responders to the vicinity of the Kodiak Mountain Resort.
    Star Valley EMS, the Afton Fire Department, Afton Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff (LCSO) and the Wyoming Highway Patrol were on the scene.
    According to the LCSO, no injuries were reported and no individuals were transported for treatment.
  • Academy of Applied Bioelectrophysiology to present free seminar in Star Valley

    Monday, Nov. 21 the Academy of Applied Bioelectrophysiology will present “Pain Relief with No Drugs and No Needles.” The educational seminar is free of charge and open to the public.
    The training is under the director of MarLeice Hyde, training coordinator for the Academy of Applied Bioelectrophysiology.
    According to Hyde, Frequency Specific Microcurrent Biofeedback Neuromodulation Therapy is the “medicine of the future.”
    “This technology allows us to
  • Funeral services for Loa Deanne Sorensen

    Funeral services for Loa Deanne Sorenson will be held Saturday, November 19, at 12 noon in the Afton 4th Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, November 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and form 11-11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
  • Funeral services for Lora Deanne Sorensen

    Funeral services for Lora Deanne Sorenson will be held Saturday, November 19, at 12 noon in the Afton 4th Ward LDS Chapel.
    A viewing will take place on Friday, November 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and form 11-11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
  • (Audio-Only) Star Valley faces Powell for 3A football title

    For the second straight season the Star Valley Braves (10-1) will be looking to cap their football campaign with a Wyoming 3A state title as they face the Powell Panthers (8-3) at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming on Friday afternoon. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff and will be the second championship game of the day. The Farson-Eden Pronghorns face the Kaycee Buckeroos for the 6-Man title at 12 noon.
    Star Valley and Powell represent the top two rushing defenses in the 3A
  • 2016 Lincoln County General Election Results

    An increased turnout compared to the Primary Election in August resulted in a total number of 8,970 votes being tallied in the 2016 General Election according to the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office. There were only 3,159 votes cast in the August election.
    Donald J. Trump carried Lincoln County easily with 76 percent  of the votes, a total of 6,779.In the race for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House of Representat
  • 2016 General Election Information

    Candidate List
    United States President
    Donald J. Trump – Republican
    Hillary Clinton – Democrat
    Gary Johnson – Libertarian
    Darrell Castle – Constitution
    “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente – Independent
    Jill Stein – Independent
    United States Representative
    Liz Cheney – Republican
    Ryan Greene – Democrat
    Lawrence Gerald Struempf  –&
  • (Audio Only) – Lady Braves face off against Bearcats for 3A crown at 4 p.m.

    The Star Valley Lady Braves continued a remarkable season on Friday evening as they swept the Mountain View Buffalos (25-13, 25-14, 25-10) to advance to the 3A state championship match where they will face the Douglas Lady Bearcats on Saturday evening. After surviving a 5-game thriller with Lyman in the opening round, DHS rallied again to beat defending champion Worland 3-1 after losing the first game.
    Star Valley defeated Buffalo on Thursday afternoon (25-16, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19), avengin
  • (Story + Audio) – Diabetes Management: You don’t have to do it alone

    The best way to manage diabetes is to do just that – manage your diabetes, said Troy Bailey, registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Star Valley Medical Center.
    “The best way to maintain a positive lifestyle with diabetes is to understand what it’s doing to your body and that you don’t have to battle it alone,” he said in a recent discussion with Joel Johnson, public relations director at the medical center.
    (Troy Bailey spoke with Duke Dance as part
  • (Audio) – Representative Robert McKim addresses upcoming legislative session

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/11-1-Robert-McKim.mp3Robert McKim, Representative for House District 21 detailed some of the items that are being discussed as Wyoming state legislators gear up for what promises to be a busy session beginning in early February.
    This interview took place on Monday, October 31, 2016, with Duke Dance as part of the Weekday Wake-up on Swift 98.7 FM & Black Mountain Country 1210 AM.
    Download the SVI Radio App f
  • (Story Preview) – Celebrating ‘mountain top’ blessings

    Some 1,200 youth from western Wyoming and southeastern Idaho performed a temple cultural celebration, entitled “Mountain Heir: Clean and Pure,” on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, at Star Valley High School. Attending the Saturday evening performance was Elder David A. Bednar of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during which he addressed the youth. The celebration commemorated the new Star Valley Wyoming Temple — the first in Wyoming.
    Read about the celebrat
  • Funeral services for Fern Weber

    Funeral services for Fern Weber will be Friday, November 4, 2016 at 12 noon in the Freedom Ward LDS Church.
    A viewing will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne.
  • (Video) – Star Valley Medical Center teaming up with SVHS for Novembeard

    With November nearly upon us, Star Valley Medical Center is encouraging men’s health by raising awareness with a new beard starting on November 1. One added element is getting students at Star Valley High School involved as well.
  • Delaine Roberts inducted into Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame

    Delaine Roberts was inducted in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s 2016 Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame at a program in Cody, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
    In honoring Roberts the G&F released the following summary of Roberts work and contributions to the state:
    Delaine Roberts is the epitome of “home-grown” conservation in Wyoming. He was born and raised in Star Valley and always invested his time and resources at the local level, including as a leader of youth, as a
  • Women and wellbeing : Mom’s health affects entire family

    Susan Hale knows busy. Like so many women like her, she takes care of her family, works full-time and serves in her church. She chuckles when she talks about trying to keep up with it all – including her husband, for whom she has an apt metaphor.
    “It’s like describing an Eveready bunny,” she said, laughing, speaking of her husband, Dr. Van hale, a local chiropractor.
    But the 59-year-old grandmother of eight realized years ago the importance of making her own hea
  • Ready to ride – local youth invited to Monster Energy Cup Supercross

    The Monster Energy Cup Supercross took place in Las Vegas the weekend of Oct. 15. For the Kilroy Family, hitting the road in the name of moto-cross is the norm. Getting an invite to participate in Las Vegas was awesome.
    Preston has been on the back of a motorcycle since age four. His first bike was a Honda CRF50.
    “His Dad road behind him in the driveway for about five minutes and then turned him loose,” said Billie of her son. “He began racing in 2009 when he was five
  • Etna students work with Alpine to complete bat house

    A year-long project to bring a bat house to the ball field in Alpine has been completed. Last fall a handful of Etna Elementary students met with Town of Alpine officials to discuss bats.
    The students participated in a science enrichment program over the summer and fall and focused their study on area bat populations and how bats benefit the area in which they live.
    The students had $1,000 to put towards a community bat house project in the Town of Alpine. They proposed building a four
  • Bridger-Teton pile burning to result in visible smoke in the area

    The following is a news release from the Bridger-Teton National Forest
    Afton & Kemmerer, Wyo., October 25, 2016 – With colder temperatures and snow conditions fast approaching in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Teton Interagency Fire crews will begin igniting debris piles created from fuels reduction projects, commercial timber sales, and fencing projects in the Greys River and Kemmerer Ranger Districts as early as this week.
    The pile locations on the Greys River
  • “DJ” Harrison sentenced to at least 30 years for Utah kidnappings; still expected to face first-degree murder charges in Lincoln County

    Dereck James “DJ” Harrison was sentenced in a Farmington, Utah courtroom on Monday, October 24, where he will serve no fewer than 30 years in prison for his role in kidnapping a woman and her four daughters.
    According to KSL.com,  “Monday’s sentencing hearing also revealed disturbing details about the conversation between Harrison and his father before the two forced the Clinton woman and her teenage daughters into a Centerville basement where they were threaten
  • Funeral services for Norma Loraine Hakes Rich

    Funeral service for Norma Loraine Hakes Rich will be held on Friday, October 28, at 12 noon at the Afton Tabernacle.  A viewing will be held at 10-11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the Tabernacle. 
  • Funeral services for Ralph Kennington Haderlie

    Funeral services for Ralph Kennington Haderlie will be held Friday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at the Thayne LDS Stake Center.  A viewing will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Schwab Funeral Chapel in Thayne and also from 9-10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the Thayne Stake Center.
  • Bridget-Teton officials offer apology for damaging Lander Trail

    Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor issued an apology this week to the Star Valley Community. The apology relates to a recent closure of and damage to a portion of the Lander Trail.
    “We recognize and respect the historical significance of the Lander Trail and are committed to working with the community and others as we respond to this situation,” O’Connor wrote. “A review is being performed to gather information that will help the Forest de
  • Bridger-Teton officials offer apology for damaging Lander Trail

    Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor issued an apology this week to the Star Valley Community. The apology relates to a recent closure of and damage to a portion of the Lander Trail.
    “We recognize and respect the historical significance of the Lander Trail and are committed to working with the community and others as we respond to this situation,” O’Connor wrote. “A review is being performed to gather information that will help the Forest de
  • (Audio) – Regional LDS youth prepare for SV Temple Cultural Celebration

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/10-20-Lynette-Johnson.mp3Over 1,200 youth, ages 12 to 18, are coming together for the Cultural Celebration associated with the dedication of Star Valley Wyoming Temple later in October.
    “We just had a temple built for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the church likes to do a celebration with the youth,” Lynette Johnson, Cultural Celebrations communications director explained for SVI&nb
  • (Video) – Hospital Board Candidate Forum

    Star Valley Medical Center is hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday evening in the Greys River Room.
    Candidates for the North Lincoln County Hospital Board will answer questions that have been submitted by prospective voters.
  • Crews respond to accident in north Afton

    Traffic was slowed to a single lane for both northbound and southbound flow on the north end of Afton on Wednesday afternoon. First responders were on the scene at approximately 3:45 p.m. as a small pickup wound up on its right side after a collision.
    The Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP), the Afton Volunteer Fire Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Afton Police Department and the Star Valley Search & Rescue were on the scene as one person was extracted from the vehicl
  • ‘It takes 15 minutes to save your life’

    In each life, there are dates that stand out in memory. Dates on a calendar that are “before and after.” For Stacey Johnson, there was her wedding day and the births of her children.
    And there was Jan. 23, 2015. That was the day a mammogram became her “before and after.”
    “It’s not what you expect at 32 years old to have a cancer diagnosis,” Johnson told SVI Media in a tender interview. “We were initially in shock. I had three small kids a
  • Graveside service for Brett Ekman

    Graveside services for Brett Edman will be held Thursday, October 20, at 12 noon at the Afton Cemetery.
  • Star Valley Medical Center adding options in OB services

    In most rural hospitals, helping deliver a baby is just one of the many roles nurses may play in their work. The next day, they may work ER. The day after, they may be in OR.Not at Star Valley Medical Center.Here, expectant mothers in the valley and beyond can expect care from one or more of four nurses dedicated to the hospital’s labor and delivery program and who are trained in obstetrics. They work with family practitioners in everything from prenatal care, to delivery and postpartum he
  • (Audio) – Kurt Sand details Superior Rating for SVHS Marching Band

    https://www.starvalleyindependent.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/10-17-Kurt-Sand.mp3The Star Valley High School Marching Braves brought home a Superior Rating from the state competition in Casper over the weekend. It is the third time in the last four years that SVHS has earned top marks. In addition, the band earned Caption Awards for specific portions of the group, some of which for the first time. Band director, Kurt Sand, spoke with Dan Dockstader about the weekend’s pe
  • Discounts on Ranch Vacations (Riding Included)

    Horseback riding vacations can be pricey, but a number of ranches in the West offer notable deals.
  • Star Valley Temple open house draws over 79,000

    Late Saturday night, Oct. 8, the new Star Valley Wyoming Temple here closed its doors after three weeks of open house events. There are now two large figures associated with those 17 days – 5,000 and 79,000.
    The first were the volunteers from throughout the valley and as far away as Kemmerer and across the state border into Montpelier and Soda Springs who spent time cleaning and ushering and greeting.
    The second were visitors who toured the new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latte
  • Delays possible on Swift Creek Road as crews clear encroaching willows

    Afton, Wyo., October 13, 2016 –The U.S. Forest Service’s Greys River Ranger District, in cooperation with the neighboring Caribou-Targhee National Forest, will have equipment on Swift Creek Road, #10211, east of Afton during the week of October 24, 2016 to improve sight distances along this popular Forest access. Visitors may experience delays anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. as the equipment operator will work to remove willows encroaching on the

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