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2013 Year in Review

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January: Hank and Marianne Kerr of Fairview welcomed the 2013 New Year’s Baby at Star Valley Medical Center on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Ariat Oakley Kerr weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches in length. She was welcomed by her two older brothers, Case and Ryder.
The Town of Star Valley Ranch made the decision to move forward with its Better Cities Grant. The federal grant  allowed the town to complete a master surface water study and a master roads study. Funding was also used for a valley wide economic development study.
The Thayne Branch Library moved into the Thayne Community Center.
The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police issued an official statement regarding gun violence and the safety of school children. WASCOP expressed support for “legislation that will assist in financing an increased ‘armed’ presence at the schools.”

jackalope jumpFebruary: A Layton, Utah man was caught in an avalanche on Monday, Feb. 11, and sustained injuries.
The Lincoln County School District Number Two Board of Trustees considered pros and cons of adopting an electronic curriculum at the high school level.
Lincoln Self Reliance staff members, clients and community members gathered for the ribbon cutting celebration of LSR’s new thrift store.
The Town of Alpine passed Resolution 362, dealing with the construction of a potable water transmission line across the Snake River, on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The action took place in a special town council meeting.
The Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposed Star Valley Ranch Community Overlay. The action took place during the Feb. 27, 2013 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

March: The Wyoming Department of Transportation  hosted a public open house on Tuesday, March 5. The open house included information relating to the future of U.S. Highway 89 in the Etna and Alpine areas.
A small earthquake rattled its way through western Star Valley on Friday, March 1. The quake was one of 42 earthquakes to be recorded in the Star Valley area in 2013.
The Lincoln County Commissioners drafted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the Pine Creek Ski Area. The county wants to expand the allowable uses of the Pine Creek Resort.
Star Valley Medical Center was named as one of the Health Strong Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals for 2013.
Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead visited the Cokeville Library in March to help promote literacy throughout the state.
The Afton Town Council placed a temporary moratorium on new commercial construction. The moratorium prevented building permits from being granted by the town to new commercial construction projects.

Horses 005April: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4797 hosted the Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day on Monday, April 1.
The Wyoming Military Department applied to the Lincoln County Office of Planning and Development for  a zoning change relating to approximately 16 acres of land east of Star Valley High School. The rezone application with the county was tied in with plans to construct to new Wyoming National Guard Readiness Center.
Hundreds of Star Valley school students became ill. School faculty members and area families also felt the effects of a mysterious stomach bug. According to Dr. Tracy Murphy with the Wyoming Department of Health, noro virus was “the most likely candidate.”
Silver Star Communications teamed up with Advanced Communications Technology (ACT), of Sheridan, to carry out the Rocky Mountain Region’s “first successful trial of a 100 Gigabit per second optical connection.”

May: Voters gathered at polls throughout the North Lincoln County Hospital District in support or opposition to a proposed tax bond. The bond failed to gain voter support.
Reports of counterfeit $10 bills made their way to the Afton Police Department.
A multi-year study of the  Snake River Bluehead Sucker came to an end for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The study began with 2010 with the idea of tracking the fish to learn more about their movements and growth rate.
The Star Valley Medical Center Administration presented a revised proposal for the expansion of the Emergency Department and Surgery Department of the hospital.
The Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Commission held a hearing on the proposed Blind Bull Meadows PUD Master Plan on Wednesday, May 29.

June: As part of the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 89 south of Afton, the intersection serving the Osmond and Fairview  areas temporarily  closed.
The Lions of Wyoming hosted an organizational meeting for the formation of a new branch Lions Club in Star Valley.
Materials and student legwork were the primary forces behind a complete redo of the iconic star on the east hills above Afton.
Funds were awarded to reduce wildfire fuels in the  Lakeview Subdivision area of Alpine. According to project coordinator Terri Potter, the area “is considered at greatest risk from wildfire in Lincoln County.”
Simplot looked to increase it’s mining lease by 280 acres “to accommodate the expansion of the east overburden disposal area.”

joustingJuly: The Lincoln County Public Health Department issued a warning regarding heat related illness. The warning came after several days of uncharacteristically high temperatures.
The Star Valley Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the purchase of an MRI for the hospital’s radiology department.
The Soda Springs Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest proposed to amend the existing Black Mountain Communication Site Plan. The change allowed for “an additional building and two new towers” to be installed.
The Town of Star Valley Ranch and Lincoln County Weed and Pest teamed up to host a War on Weeds event. Other towns in Star Valley also hosted similar events.
A mail ballot election was conducted by the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office. The purpose of the ballot election is to decide on the formation of the Northern Saddle Snow Removal District.
Star Valley Search and Rescue and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an injured ATV rider in the Greys River area. The incident took place on Tuesday, July 30.

August: Area residents   attended a meeting with Westmoreland Kemmerer, Inc. officials on Thursday, Aug. 8. The purpose of the meeting is to “discuss the ramifications of a recent EPA decision to reject Wyoming’s plan for compliance with the Clean Air Act’s Regional Haze Program.”
Teton Interagency firefighters responded to a fire near Swift Creek on the Greys River Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The blaze was located just outside of Afton.
The Town of Star Valley Ranch and Better Cities of Ogden, Utah presented the  Star Valley Wide Economic Development Study.
The Afton Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to a call Monday, Aug. 26 regarding a bank robbery in Afton.

September: A series of thunderstorms  rolling through the area resulted in a handful of small fires on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Two fires were ignited in the Star Valley area.
The Town of Thayne hosted a four-day grant course. The classes took place Sept. 16-19 in the Thayne Community Center.
Wyoming Department of Transportation Engineer Mike Garner reported that work on the project extending the U.S. Highway 89 five-lane road south of Afton was nearly complete.
Lower Valley Energy hosted energy rate discussions in Jackson and Star Valley to discuss rate increases.

October: In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 8, local law enforcement officers participated in a Star Valley drug bust.
The Town of Afton completed a swimming pool feasibility study. The results of the study were presented during the Tuesday, Oct. 8 meeting of the Afton Town Council.
Maverik announced that its corporate offices in Afton would be closing.
Student numbers continue to rise in Lincoln County School District No. 2. According to enrollment information provided by the school district, there are 74 more students in district classrooms this month than there were in October 2012.
Star Valley’s Scenic Byway application was approved. The action took place on Thursday, Oct. 17 in Cheyenne.
Area law enforcement officials asked Star Valley residents and those who may use valley banks to be wary.  A phishing scam targeted the Star Valley area.

November: Star Valley High School was listed as number one in the state with ACT scores.
The Wyoming chapter of The Wildlife Society has honored Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist, Gary Fralick, with their prestigious “Wildlife Professional of the Year” award.
Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance and a leading advocate for community-based businesses, spoke on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Thayne Community Center. The event was hosted by the Star Valley Independent Business Alliance.
The Alpine Town Council and the planning and zoning board began discussions of the town’s Land Use and Development Code.
Five workers were injured Friday, Nov. 22 in a tank explosion at the Jonah natural gas field near Pinedale. Among the injured was Brandon Chadwick of Star Valley.
Star Valley High School students presented “Phantom of the Opera” as the fall musical. The cast featured more than 60 students.

December: The Star Valley Swimming Pool Committee distributed a Swimming Pool Survey to area residents. The purpose of the survey was to determine local interest in having a pool.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office hosted a “slammer sleep Over” on the nights of Dec. 13 and the night of Dec. 14 in the new Lincoln County Justice Center.
Star Valley Medical Center has been recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for 2013 by the National Rural Health Association.
Lower Valley Energy asked  area customers to reduce their energy consumption on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in response to a power crisis in southeastern Idaho. Nearly 49,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers from Idaho Falls to Shelley, Rigby, St. Anthony, Mud Lake and Lewisville were without power due to a “major transmission issue.”
The Town of Cokeville asked the Lincoln County Commissioners to consider adopting a resolution allowing for the formation of a Cokeville Hospital District.

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