SVI-NEWS

Your Source For Local and Regional News

Slider

Slider

Groundbreaking event for Alpine Healthcare Facility set for May 21

May 16, 2021

Star Valley Health has announced it will hold a groundbreaking event on Friday May 21 at 5 PM as construction will begin on its Alpine Healthcare Facility. COO Mike Hunsaker says this is something that has been in the works...     Read More

Weekend Sports Wrap: May 13-15

May 16, 2021

Just one weekend remains in the Spring sport season as both Soccer and Track & Field will compete in their culminating events next weekend in Cheyenne and Casper respectively. • Regional Track Competing at Riverton High School, the Star Valley...     Read More

Star Valley Mercantile and Silo Floral open in Star Valley

May 15, 2021

◆ Stores offer complimentary goods and services under one roof on Afton’s main street. Afton’s main street and the valley’s business community welcomed two new businesses under one roof with an official Star Valley Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting Saturday,...     Read More

Preserving memories for future generations

May 15, 2021

◆ Landmark Afton ballroom open as Colter’s Lodge, café and steakhouse; bar sports historic mural. On a timeline for the history of Star Valley, 1939 reads like an annotation. Star Valley High School had the sixth largest school in Wyoming...     Read More

Nonprofit Salt River Arts Society purchases Ford Theatre

May 13, 2021

At the Jenny Oaks Baker concert late in April, James Arbizu announced that the Salt River Arts Society nonprofit foundation was poised to purchase the Ford Theatre in Afton.  That has now officially happened. Arbizu commented this week in an...     Read More

Lady Braves to face Natrona with trip to State on the line

May 13, 2021

◆ Match begins at 12 noon Thursday at Evanston Middle School. The season comes down to a win or go home scenario this week for the Lady Braves Soccer team as they will face the Natrona Fillies this Thursday for...     Read More

Coming Events: May 13-June 5

May 13, 2021

Community Events © Copyright Star Valley Independent Thursday, May 13 Star Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter meeting. 7 p.m. at the Afton Town Hall. Everyone is welcome. Friday, May 14 food bank friday at the Thayne Community Food Bank. 11 a.m.-1...     Read More

Stars in the Valley returns as the 2021 Spring Fling variety show

May 13, 2021

◆ Admission is free to view seventeen artistic performances of all sorts and varieties. Star Valley Arts Council is preparing their “Stars in the Valley Spring Fling,” which will take place May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Star Valley...     Read More

Passionate artists share their love of art through visual and aerial work

May 12, 2021

◆ Find unique customized artistry and performance therapy at Banbury LLC. Jay Banbury and Jennifer Wilkins have opened Banbury Customs LLC, an art and tattoo studio, in North Afton at 483 North Washington. Banbury is a visual and tattoo artist,...     Read More

Braves hope to harness the moment as they play for injured teammate

May 12, 2021

◆ Star Valley faces Natrona at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Bear Meadows City Park. It was an image that seemed to impact all of the players, coaches and medical professionals who witnessed the accident this past week in Jackson...     Read More

Firewood Permits Available for 2021 Season

May 12, 2021

This is a release from the U.S. Forest Service Western Wyo., May 12, 2021— The Bridger-Teton National Forest will have firewood permits available for personal use beginning May 17, 2021. The price is seven dollars per cord with a five...     Read More

Graveside services for Verdell Call

May 12, 2021

Graveside services for Verdell Call will take place Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at the Afton Cemetery.       Read More

Weerheim sentenced after no-contest plea in Second Degree Murder charge

May 12, 2021

◆ Will serve 25-40 years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary Joann Hakes disappeared January 3, 2015 and her remains were discovered on May 18 of 2019. Her former boyfriend, Ronald Weerheim, was charged in her murder. The court case continued...     Read More

Governor Gordon Withdraws Wyoming from COVID-era Unemployment Programs

May 12, 2021

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Mark Gordon has announced that Wyoming will end its participation in federal supplemental unemployment benefits in order to address workforce shortages being felt throughout the state. The programs were made available through federal laws initiated in response...     Read More

Star Valley Health Auxiliary Donates Life Blankets to EMS

May 11, 2021

◆ Blankets will serve hypothermic patients. Star Valley EMS, a division of Star Valley Health, was recently able to purchase three life blankets thanks to a donation made by the Star Valley Health Auxiliary. In a released statement from Star...     Read More

VFW names Jenkins as Star Valley Firefighter of the Year

May 11, 2021

◆ With 15 years of service to the department, Jenkins serves as Assistant Chief. Tedd Jenkins of the Thayne Fire Department has been named Firefighter of the Year by the Star Valley Post (4797) for Veterans of Foreign Wars. Currently...     Read More

Kemmerer City Council decides future location of J.C. Penney statue

May 11, 2021

The J.C. Penney statue that the City of Kemmerer was gifted will soon be erected at the the southwest corner of Triangle Park. That was the unanimous decision by the Kemmerer City Council at their regular meeting Monday, May 10....     Read More

Lincoln County with six active COVID-19 cases

May 10, 2021

The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming increased by 34 in the past week, according to state Department of Health figures. The department’s regular coronavirus update showed the state saw 367 new laboratory-confirmed COVID cases on Monday compared to...     Read More

Etna student, Eden Adams, wins Wyoming Letters About Literature contest

May 10, 2021

Etna Elementary student, Eden Adams, recently learned she won first prize in the Wyoming Letters about Literature contest for 2020-21. Adams is a sixth-grader in Mr. Brant Crowther’s class at Etna, and her sincere, heart-warming letter to author Kimberly Brubaker...     Read More

Opinion: Independent Notes

May 8, 2021

◆ Art Teacher of the Year, the importance of one student and prayer! What a wonderful year for the Star Valley High School Art program! How about those SVHS art awards? It was a record setting year for the Star...     Read More

LCSD2 bus driver suffers “Medical Incident” during afternoon route

May 7, 2021

The following is a statement from Lincoln County School District #2 regarding a medical issue involving a bus driver during the Friday afternoon route. “There was a medical incident with the bus driver on a lower valley elementary route this...     Read More

Erickson retires after 29 years teaching and coaching at SVHS

May 7, 2021

◆ “It has been really rewarding to see students achieve at their true potential.” After 29 years teaching and coaching at Star Valley High School, McKay Erickson is retiring from education to pursue entrepreneurship and his bucket list. McKay will...     Read More

Reggae In The Rockies coming to Alpine in June

May 7, 2021

◆ Summer Music Festival Coming to Alpine. After a year with almost no live music, Dave Walters found a home for reggae in the Rocky Mountains with a two-day music festival on June 5-6 in Alpine. Dave hopes that with...     Read More

Star Valley rest stop to reopen later this month

May 6, 2021

Just under a year ago, nine Wyoming rest stops were shut down by Governor Mark Gordon in cost-cutting moves due to declining state revenues and the COVID-19 shutdown. One of those stops included one on U.S. 89 just south of...     Read More

Two students, one adult custodian shot at Rigby Middle School; suspect in custody

May 6, 2021

This is an ongoing story being covered by EastIdahoNews.com. It is used here with permission.   Three people were shot at Rigby Middle School on Thursday morning, Jefferson County Sheriff Steve Anderson confirmed to EastIdahoNews.com. Two of the injured people...     Read More

Lawsuit filed over death of DOT employee

May 6, 2021

By Ellen Gerst Casper Star-Tribune Via- Wyoming News Exchange CASPER — The son of a Wyoming Department of Transportation employee killed by a street sweeper is suing the machine’s manufacturer, court records show. Shirley Samuelson died in August when a...     Read More

Community Events: May 6-20

May 6, 2021

© Copyright Star Valley Independent Thursday, May 6 SVHS Art Show 5-7:30 p.m. in the SVHS Auxiliary Gym. star shooters 4-h safety meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Afton Civic Center. Friday, May 7 Star Valley Preparedness Fair 6 p.m. covering...     Read More

Sewell to meet dermatology needs at Alpine location

May 5, 2021

◆ High Valley Dermatology seeing patients twice a month at SVH in Alpine. Dr. Lindsay Sewell of High Valley Dermatology will be joining Dr. Brandon Miner, serving patients in Western Wyoming at the Star Valley Health Clinic in Alpine. Dr....     Read More

Etna North underway, paving starts in August

May 5, 2021

◆ Plans call for completion by the end of 2021 summer. Work is underway on Etna North, a five-lane reconstruction project on U.S. Highway 89 between Etna and Alpine. Darrin Robinson, Wyoming Department of Transportation Resident Engineer, said initial work...     Read More

Braves and Devils tie; Lady Braves pick up victory over Evanston

May 4, 2021

As teams try and solidify their positions heading into the 4A West Regional Tournament in Evanston next week, the level of play felt urgent as the Red Devils invaded Afton on Tuesday night for Star Valley’s final home match of...     Read More