By dahlerickson on Mar 10, 2014 in Sports | 1 Comment
Both the Braves and Lady Braves basketball teams faced elimination at the 3A West Regional Tournament held at Mountain View High School over the weekend but both of them punched their respective tickets to the Casper Events Center this Thursday where both of them will also be on hand to defend their state championships from a year ago.
The Braves will face the Rawlins Outlaws on Thursday with a 12 noon tip-off time while the Lady Braves will play Worland at 4:30 p.m. Read the rest
By Sarah Hale on Mar 5, 2014 in Featured, Lincoln County, News | 1 Comment
On Thursday, Feb. 27 at approximately 1:45 a.m., an inmate, Sean Hysell, was found deceased in his jail cell at the Lincoln County Justice Center. At the request of Sheriff Shane Johnson, the incident is being investigated by an independent agency.
“This request of an independent investigation is a routine course of action in unfortunate situations such as these,” Johnson said. “Preliminary information indicates that Hysell’s death was the result of a self-inflicted injury. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Sean Hysell.”
By dahlerickson on Mar 4, 2014 in Sports | 1 Comment
The Braves held off Worland for third place and couldn’t catch Douglas for second in what was an exciting race despite the winner already decided.
The Powell Panthers claimed their third consecutive state title with 244.5 team points. Douglas had 201.0 and the Braves finished with 178.0.
It was a season filled with challenges but was ultimately rewarding.
“There was a time where we were sitting at the Lander tournament with six varsity guys out of the lineup wondering if we would even be able to contend for a state trophy,” said head coach Eddie Clark. “Our guys have battled all season long and some of them have stepped up to the challenge and we had a good tournament.”
Junior Austin Hoopes claimed the school’s lone state championship at 170 pounds with a decision over Colter Haman of Douglas. Hoopes placed third last year at 145 pounds. Ammon Guild and Colton Trisler both finished second after advancing to the finals and earning all-state status. Guild, also a junior, will be back again next season.
Of the nine placers for SVHS at the tournament, six of them are expected to return next season. 14 of the 17 state qualifiers are also slated to wrestle next year.
Another Top-3 Finish: This year’s third place finish is Star Valley’s tenth top-three finish in the last eleven seasons. That breakdown: Three state titles (‘04, ‘05 & ‘07), five runner-up finishes (‘05, 08, ‘10, ‘11 & ‘13), two third places (‘12 & ‘14) and one fifth place finish (‘09). (SVHS was in Wyoming’s 4A class in ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 & ‘11). Read the rest
By Independent Staff on Mar 4, 2014 in Communities, News, Wyoming | 1 Comment
The Lincoln County Republican Precinct Caucuses have been scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Cokeville Town Hall.
The Star Valley Ranch Precinct (2-10) will meet at the Star Valley Ranch Town Hall on March 15 at 10:30 a.m.
“All registered Republicans in Lincoln County are invited,” said Lincoln County Republican Chairman Larry Lawton.
According to Lawton, the precinct caucuses are where delegates are selected for the county convention. The 2014 platform is also developed and resolutions are adopted.
The caucuses also give area Republicans a chance to “socialize and enjoy lunch together,” he said.
For more information on the 2014 Lincoln County Republican Precinct Caucuses, contact Larry Lawton at 883-9972.
By Sarah Hale on Mar 4, 2014 in Afton, News | 1 Comment
The Town of Afton will submit a $3 million grant application to the Wyoming Business Council this week. The application is set to be sent in on Friday, Feb. 28. The purpose of the grant is to acquire funds for street improvements and sewer improvements within the town, said Town Administrator Hyun Kim.
According to information provided by the Town of Afton, the grant funding will allow the town to begin work on its Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). The CIP study is on display at the Afton Town Hall.
“The Capital Improvements Plan is an evaluation of the infrastructure systems within the Town of Afton,” said Dave Kennington of Sunrise Engineering. “The plan evaluates maintenance or replacement needs as well as future potential infrastructure expansion.”
According to information provided by the Town of Afton, the CIP will be used to “select and schedule future projects as well as identify potential grant programs that may help pay the cost of improvements.”
Anyone wishing to review the plan or offer input can contact Sunrise Engineering at 885-8500 or the Town of Afton at 885-8696.
By Independent Staff on Mar 4, 2014 in Featured, Lincoln County, News | 1 Comment
The Lincoln County Commissioners have approved a $1 million grant application to the Wyoming Business Council. The funding would help to meet costs of installing a fiber line from Sage Junction to Kemmerer.
According to Commission Chair Deb Wolfley, the county is working with All West Communications, based out of Kamas, Utah, on this project.
“There is a lot of interest in expanding the bandwidth and fiber capabilities of south Lincoln County,” he said. “This project would help meet existing and future business needs, attract more economic growth to the area, and really improve the communications within south Lincoln County.”
According to Wolfley, the South Lincoln Medical Center and Lincoln County School District No. 1 have expressed interest in the project as well as a number of other businesses and groups.
“It is something that would really be beneficial to the county and benefit a lot of people,” he said.
There is a 15 percent in-kind match requirement associated with the grant.
By Independent Staff on Feb 26, 2014 in News | 1 Comment
The Star Valley Independent has been covering the multiple and rural communities of Star Valley for 113 years without missing a weekly edition.
The Independent is there for local government meetings, outdoor events, community discussions, tragic circumstances and celebrations.
In that time the news which has made the pages of the newspaper has been both shocking and typical. Take a look at what made the news 25, 50 and 75 years ago during this calendar week in Star Valley.
This week’s inset picture reminds residents of what a typical February day feels like with frigid temperatures in the valley five years ago this week. This year temperatures have been in the 40′s on more than one occasion. Read the rest
By News Release on Feb 26, 2014 in Obituaries and Death Notices | 1 Comment
A funeral service for Michael Hillstead will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. in the Afton L.D.S. Tabernacle. A viewing will take place from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
By Sarah Hale on Feb 25, 2014 in Alpine, Featured | 1 Comment
The Town of Alpine is busy with final preparations for its first Winter Jubilee Celebration. The event takes place Feb. 28 through March 2.
A winter barbecue with hot drinks and hot dogs is planned for the ice rink, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Racer registration will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Flying Saddle.
The opening ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. on Friday evening. There will also be a light parade, vintage sled race and fireworks display.
Saturday race registration will continue from 7-8 a.m. Races will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Children’s activities will take place starting at noon at Marge Grover Park. A scavenger hunt will also take place from noon to 4 p.m.
Horse drawn sleigh rides will take place throughout the day.
A casino night is set for the Alpine Civic Center from 5:30-10 p.m. Proceeds from the casino night will benefit area food banks.
Races will continue on Sunday. Sleigh rides will also take place on Sunday.
For more information on the Alpine Winter Jubilee, visit the Town of Alpine website at www.alpinewyoming.org.