By dahlerickson on Feb 24, 2014 | In Education, LCSD2, Sports | 1 Comment »
The Star Valley Braves wrestling team put six grapplers into the finals, four of which won the 3A West Regional title as the team finished with 216.5 team points overall. The total was a good one for the Braves who predictably finished behind the top-rated Powell Panthers and their 243.0 points. The Lander Tigers claimed third in the tournament with 150.0 points.
Jake Thompson (106), Brandon Claye (126), Paul Semadeni (152), Austin Hoopes (170), Ammon Guild (182) and Colton Trisler (285) advanced to the finals on their home mats. Thompson, Hoopes, Guild and Trisler won their respective regional championships.
There were 17 SVHS wrestlers in all who qualified for this weekend’s Wyoming 3A State Tournament in Casper, often the most rowdy of the Cowboy State’s culminating events. The Panthers are heavy favorites to win their third consecutive 3A state team title. Read the rest
By Sarah Hale on Feb 24, 2014 | In Featured, News | 1 Comment »
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has issued a letter to the Lincoln County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees. The governor’s letter is in response to a letter drafted by the school board to the state regarding local control of education.
“Locally elected school boards are the heart of a first class education to Wyoming school children,” Mead’s letter states. “I respect local school district work and control. The state’s education laws and policies should assure maximum flexibility to locally elected school board members.”
“An advisory panel established by the Legislature (including teachers, principals, district superintendents, and school board members) has been working for three years to create an accountability system based on Wyoming priorities. The system they recommended to the Legislature is now being implemented. It is, in my view, better than the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind. We hope to replace federal requirements with Wyoming law.”
“Accountability targets should be understandable and achievable. Statewide content and performance standards mandated by state and federal law should be developed, reviewed and implemented in an open process. School districts should be able to know that the standards will remain unchanged until they are again reviewed by Wyoming teachers, district leaders, the public and the State Board of Education on a five year schedule. Then changes should be made only when the change is better for the students.”
“The privacy of individual students is a priority of any system,” the letter states. “The system must protect student data and be continually evaluated to make sure that it is effective.”
By Sarah Hale on Feb 19, 2014 | In Communities, Featured, News | 1 Comment »
Six-year-old Evie Olenslager, daughter of James and Jennie Olenslager, is facing the battle of her life. She was diagnosed with two different types of cancer.
“One is very rare, call dysgerminoma,” she said. “The other is gonadoblastoma.”
To date she has had two surgeries and is doing chemotherapy.
A benefit dinner and silent auction will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 in the Thayne Community Center. The event is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. and is $15 a person or $45 for a family.
A quilt raffle is also taking place with tickets for $5 each or five tickets for $20. Raffle tickets are available at the Bank of Star Valley, First Bank, Hansen Oil, Paperworks Plus, Kay’s Sewing Shop, Jaded Hair Salon, and at Dr. Mark Johnson’s Office. The quilt drawing will take place on Saturday.
All proceeds will go towards meeting medical expenses associated with Evie’s battle against cancer.
A 5K benefit run has also been planned for Saturday, May 17.
For more information on how to help with expenses or get involved in community fundraising efforts, contact Jullie Olenslagerat 880-6534, Carol Larson at 248-1465, Jill Larson at 887-9545 or Barb Tucker at 883-8825.
By News Release on Feb 19, 2014 | In Wyoming | 1 Comment »
Twitter is now an option for travelers who want to be notified about closures on the Wyoming’s highways.
WYDOT has created Twitter feeds for I-80, I-25 and I-90, and for the rest of the state’s highways broken down into five regions.
Once on Twitter, users can search for WYDOT and choose which of the eight feeds they want to follow.
“The Twitter feed is meant to be a really immediate release of information and we’re trying to focus on road closure information at this point,” WYDOT GIS/ITS Manager Vince Garcia said. “A person can follow the Twitter accounts and they’ll receive closure alerts directly in their timeline.”
WYDOT will consider the feedback it gets from travelers to decide whether to add information to the feeds such as advisories for no unnecessary travel or the chain law being in effect on a highway section.
“We push information out to email and text alerts, but this process just provides another avenue to get that information, and a person doesn’t have to have their phone buzzing them,” Garcia said. “They can just receive the information and choose to look at it on their own time.”
In addition to Twitter, WYDOT’s 511 Travel Information Service provides road and weather condition information by calling 511, or going to www.wyoroad.info on the Web, where camera views of 148 highway sections and a map graphically depicting conditions is available. The 511 Notify program provides email and text alerts about closures and advisories.
By Independent Staff on Feb 19, 2014 | In Featured, Outdoors, Wyoming | No Comments »
After an avalanche in Grover Park damaged the planned Afton Simplot Hill Climb location, race organizers and elected officials have been attempting to find a new suitable location in time for riders to still compete.
According to organizers, the event will now take place at the Pine Creek Ski Area just outside of Cokeville on Saturday March 1 & Sunday March 2 as a two-day event rather than the traditional three days.
The original venue at Grover Park was hit by an avalanche over the weekend, rendering the hill unusable for the event.
Organizers are requesting volunteers to help with the Afton-Simplot Hill Climb for various duties at Pine Creek. To sign up or for more information, contact Steve Rich at 307-248-0427.
By News Release on Feb 18, 2014 | In Obituaries and Death Notices | 1 Comment »
A funeral service for Dennis Baker will be held Saturday, February 22, at 12 noon in the Afton L.D.S. Tabernacle.
A viewing will take place on Friday, February 21, from 6-8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary in Afton and from 11-11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
By dahlerickson on Feb 17, 2014 | In Sports | 1 Comment »
With the indoor tracksters at the Simplot Games, the wrestlers gearing up for the 3A West regionals and the basketball teams playing their final home games, the 2013-2014 winter sports seasons are coming to a close.
The Lady Braves picked up a pair of conference wins against Lander and Pinedale while the Braves had to settle for a split. The wrestlers knocked off Evanston on the road 46-33 and will host the 3A West tournament this Friday and Saturday. The indoor runners will now prepare for the state indoor meet in Gillette in two weeks. Read the rest
By Independent Staff on Feb 14, 2014 | In Afton, News, Wyoming | No Comments »
Star Valley Medical Center has been named as a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Emergency Care.
“The award is based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience,” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, home of the Women’s Choice Award. “Star Valley Medical Center not only performed well clinically with regard to emergency care measures, but they also have a high recommendation rating, which is very important to women when it comes to health related decisions.”
According to Passi, hospitals earning the Emergency Care Award “consistently rank in the top 25 percent of the 3,600 hospitals reporting on their emergency department’s performance to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).”
“The seven measures CMS publicly reports relate primarily to the amount of time taken in the ER such as time for diagnosis, medication, and admission to the hospital, and are [measured] according to the priorities of women surveyed,” said Passi. “A hospital can be eliminated from the award if they fall outside the 25th percentile for two or more of the seven measures, depending on their importance. The award is also limited to those hospitals with a solid recommendation on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.” Read the rest
By News Release on Feb 13, 2014 | In Education, LCSD2 | No Comments »
School’s Out: There will be no school for Star Valley Students on Friday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 17.
There will be no school for students March 14.
Spring Break in Star Valley will take place March 31 through April 4.
Afton — 885-8002
A book fair has been scheduled for Feb. 10-13 at Afton Elementary School.
Afton Elementary will celebrate Literacy Week Feb. 24 through Feb. 28 with a variety of activities.
Osmond — 885-9457
A PTC meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.
Fifth grade students will take ski trips on Feb. 18 and Feb. 20.
Osmond Elementary School will celebrate Literacy Week Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. There will be storytelling on KRSV Radio at 7 p.m. each night in addition to the school activities taking place.
The BeWise BeWare Program will be presented to students on Feb. 25.
The Fourth AR Marking Period will end on Feb. 28
Thayne — 885-2380
There will be a book fair at Thayne Elementary School the week of Feb. 10-13.
The Accelerated Reading Celebration will take place on Friday, Feb. 21.
Third grade students will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Families and friends are invited to attend.
Etna — 885-2472
The Swim and Read program will take place Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20
Sixth grade students will take a ski trip on Feb. 13.
A sixth grade prevention needs assessment survey will take place on Friday, Feb. 21.
The next session of after school enrichment will begin Feb. 25 and continue Feb. 26, March 4, March 5, March 11 and March 12.
Celebrating the Arts Night is Feb. 28. Read the rest
By Sarah Hale on Feb 13, 2014 | In Alpine, Featured, Lincoln County, Outdoors, Wyoming | No Comments »
Two Alpine men have been convicted of wildlife violations. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department charged the men with multiple trapping violations.
Harold Buckner pled guilty to “trapping while his trapping privileges were suspended.”
According to the Game and Fish, Buckner’s trapping privileges had been “suspended in July of 2013 for multiple trapping violations.”
Buckner was sentenced to serve five days in jail and his trapping privileges were revoked for six and a half years. He also received a $500 fine and is required to serve a one-year probation sentence.
Richard Permann pled guilty to being “an accessory to Buckner’s offense as well as failing to check his traps and for trapping too close to a public road.” Read the rest