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Alpine Fire Department blocks fire from spreading

• Arrangements made for lodging. An Alpine family was displaced Friday afternoon, April 12, when fire destroyed a bedroom in their home. No one was injured but a family dog  died in the fire. Lincoln County Communications dispatched the Alpine…

Independent Notes: Sloppy Joes and the growth of area health care

  Read the Opinions on page 9A of the April 10, 2024 edition of the Star Valley Independent.   Years ago, I started attending the board meetings for the Star Valley Hospital. That’s what it was called about 39 years…

Winter of 2023 factors into proposed big game seasons

• Game and Fish holds SV meeting.  Commission will meet April 16-17 to finalize seasons. The winter of 2023 was still on the mind of many sportsmen when they checked in with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department at a…

Alpine health care expands with new SVH addition

  SVI Media toured the additions underway for the Alpine facilities of Star Valley Health. SV Chief Operating Officer Mike Hunsaker answered the following questions on the addition. Alpine new addition will include what new services?  The new space will…

EPA withdraws decision on Afton water

• D.C. delegation assisted, calling the EPA demands ‘not warranted.’ In August of 2022 the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) put the Town of Afton under notice, advising the community’s water source, the Periodic (Intermittent) Spring was under direct influence of…

Construction permit submitted for Natrium reactor

• Kemmerer and Lincoln County respond to permit from Regulatory Commission. TerraPower reported Friday, Mar. 29 the company had submitted it’s construction permit application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the NatriumTM reactor demonstration project south of Kemmerer….

Independent Notes: Rock Springs Management Plan

We held a series of meetings late in the year to address the proposed change for Bureau of Management federal land in southwestern Wyoming. All of this fell under the proposed Rock Springs Resource Management Plan or RMP. Receiving a…

Housing report released from WCDA

  • Star Valley and south Lincoln communities listed in report. An extensive housing report has been released by the Wyoming Community Development Authority for the counties and communities of Wyoming. The reports include the following: 1.  In-Depth Analysis: The…

Property Tax Solutions? – From the Desk of Sen. Dan Dockstader

Bills are starting to go to the Governor’s desk for signature as the Legislature enters its final week. However, an agreement on property taxes remains in question as both the House and Senate have narrowed down proposals under consideration. Several…

Independent Notes: The view from my position as a member of Labor and Health in the Wyoming Senate.

In my column, Independent Notes, I often write about energy related matters. There’s a simple reason — so much of what we have in Wyoming is related to energy. We develop our infrastructure in our communities, build our schools and…