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This Week in Star Valley: January 1-8

New Years Baby 09 No. 2

The Star Valley Independent is the area’s only newspaper.  The Independent has been covering the diverse and different communities of the valley, not missing a single weekly edition since February of 1901.  That’s over 5,400 newspapers covering the residents of Star Valley.

As you might imagine, in that time there have been some very interesting and odd things take place within the pages of the newspaper.

From nostalgic to controversial and from big to small, there have been many items that have made the ink of the Star Valley Independent.

Take a look back 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago this calendar week to see what made the news.  Do you remember any of it?  Are you surprised?

This week’s inset picture is of the New Year’s Baby, 2009 who just turned five years old this week.  Cole Astle and Kassie Hess welcomed TyLin Jade Astle on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 at 11:25 p.m.

25-years ago:

This concept art ran in the January 8, 2009 edition of the Star Valley Independent as the Town of Star Valley Ranch was making decisions for their future.  How close is this artwork to what was constructed?

This concept art ran in the January 8, 2009 edition of the Star Valley Independent as the Town of Star Valley Ranch was making decisions for their future. How close is this artwork to what was constructed?

(photo)  Afton’s Snow Shoe Hollow isn’t exactly  Teton Village, but it does provide hours of fun for the valley’s youth, even the creative and courageous type who invent their ski ramps.

Ad:  Announcing Fun-Ercise is now at the Racquet Ranch.

Ad:  Used Cars & Trucks, 1988 Buick Park Ave., 4-dr.; 1988 Buick LeSabre, 4-dr; 1983 Chev. Monte Carlo; 1984 GMC Jimmy 4×4.  Complete Service and Body work. Also Towing Available. B&H, Chevrolet-Buick.
For Sale:  Computer discs, double density/double sided, 50c each.

50-years ago:

Proposals for a new and better municipal airport for the town of Afton have been under study for several months  by the town council, as a result of increased air traffic and the need to be able to better accommodate more and larger airplanes. . . .  The present airstrip is gravel surfaces, 75 feet wide and 4,100 feet long.  The land on which it is located, just a few hundred feet west of and parallel to Highway U.S. 89 is being leased  by the town on a 20-year lease, 16 years of which remain . . .

Ad:  Roller Skating during 1964, every Friday night will be “Pal Night.”  Bring your Pal free.  Remember: You skate free on your birthday.  Valleon Roller Rink.

Ad: We are buying jack rabbits.  Will pay 25c each.  K & B Cold Storage, Afton, Wyo.

75-years ago:

So You May Know—The Lower Valley Mutuals have formed a league of dances.  The bishops of the several wards are in charge of the recreational committees.  Dances in the different towns of the Lower Valley will be arranged by these committees so they will not conflict with each other.  No dances will be held in the Lower Valley towns on Thursday or Friday nights.  This move is made to avoid confusion and to keep harmony among the Lower Valley towns.

Well Baby Conference to be held in the Osmond school . . .  Mothers with small babies , who live in or around Osmond, Smoot and Fairview are especially invited to attend.  We wish to have every baby under a year of age registered with us and coming to us regularly for these conferences.  In this way we hope to prevent a certain amount of illness, and correct defects before they have had a chance to do any damage.
Ad: For Happy Times, Dance Saturdays and Holidays at the Valleon.

100-years ago:

Local Gatherings:  Mr. E. H. Dickenson, postal clerk between Portland and Pocatello, left Tuesday morning for Pocatello, Idaho, after having spent a most pleasant sojourn with friends in Star Valley.  Afton’s new fire apparatus has arrived.  The equipment is composed of two hose carts and one thousand feet of hose.  With the reorganization of our local fire department, and with an active chief at the head, the extinguishment of any conflagration will be possible upon short notice.

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