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This Week in Star Valley: 2nd Week of February

The Star Valley Independent has been covering the area for over 108 consecutive years!  Check out what made the pages of the newspaper 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.

25 – years ago:
(photo)  There were fishermen camped on the ice at Palisades Friday and Saturday . . . Elwin Dana, Thayne, won the big fish category with a 4 lb. 8 oz. catch.

Rusty Bonser, Lincoln County planner, has reported the Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Commission approved some minor changes in the Star Valley Ranch plan recently with a unanimous vote. . . . Some changes considered are in the recreational vehicle park plan.  About 1,700 spaces were approved in 1983 but current plans to increase the width of the lost may indicate only 1,400 will be built.  The park will operate on a club membership basis, with approximately six or seven memberships sold for each space.  Some ranch lot owners have also apparently bought memberships so they will have a place to stay while building a home on the purchased lots.  Ranch sales rules do not allow camping or recreational vehicle parking on home lots.

50-years ago:
New Souped-up Model CallAir Agricultural Airplane Performance Surpasses Expectations.  A new model CallAir Agricultural Airplane, powered by a huge 250 h.p. radial engine, was rushed to completion in
January after long, hard hours of work through the wee hours of the morning for several days, in time for it to be flown to Palm Springs, Calif., for the 10th Annual California Agricultural Aircraft Association Convection.  CallAir’s A-6 Model, manufactured in quantity until the shutdown a few months ago, featured a 180 h.p. engine. . . . Performance of the new CallAir at this sea level altitude was “almost
unbelievable,” Mr. Call said.  The rate of climb was approximately 2,000 feet per minute, with a full load.

Ted C. Frome, Afton attorney at law and member of the Wyoming State Legislature, was elected president of the Afton Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual meeting and banquet at the Valleon Hotel Thursday night of last week.  Ivan L. Roberts, co-owner of Roberts Market, was elected vice-resident, and C. Hale Wray, manger of the Credit Bureau of Afton, is the new secretary-treasurer.

75-years ago:
“Atop O’ the Rockies” Winter Carnival, February 9-10.  All in Readiness for Big Winter Carnival.  Professional Skiers , Alf Engen, Sverre Engen, and Lars Haugen arrived today, others will be here
tonight, ready for the big even Sat. and Sun. . . . The local skiers are here to get the big jump in shape and give local amateurs pointers on skiing.  A large group of amateurs are working out daily and are making longer jumps than last year.  Bear Clinger is jumping over 100 feet at present.  The skating committee is working with the utmost speed and efficiency to get the ice in shape for the professional skaters.  They have several shifts working all night to put the water on while it will freeze.  The recent warm weather is making this work very difficult.  The boys are out training their dogs, and many are making fast time.  The hurdle contestants are working overtime as it is quite a trick to ride them behind a fast car.  We are adding a free for all cross country ski race this year so get your wind in shape and enter this event.

100-years ago:
Etna news:  We have experienced the usual January thaw, which has cut down the snow considerable, but from all appearances at present there is an additional amount forthcoming, which will drive away the Spring feeling of the past few days.

The Edison Moving Picture and Theatrical Co. will be in Afton Opera House Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7th and 8th.  They come from Montpelier, highly recommended.  Mr. F. W. Rose, the manager, is well
acquainted in Star Valley.  Miss Orline Rose is the illustrated singer.  Mr. Rose carries a fire proof Motion Picture Machine, and all his films are non-inflammable.

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