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.
(photo) The curtain goes up Monday and Tuesday nights on Star Valley High School’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun.” In addition to some sharp shooting, a bit of leap frog, and a few fancy steps, it has a bunch of talented and energetic young performers. Ryan Foxley, Bekki Jones, Daryl Olson, and Justin Campbell are included in the cast.
A bill favorable for the coal industry in Lincoln County was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Mike Sullivan . . . The coal equity act extends a severance tax limit of 80 cents per ton for increased coal production resulting from new sales. The tax cap was first approved in 1987. Increased coal production as a result of this measure could create 300 new jobs in Lincoln County.
The Star Valley Lady Braves defeated the cellar dwelling Thermopolis Bobcats 50-30 Tuesday. Coach Robert Linford used all 13 team members in route to the Braves 15th win against only two losses.
Schools in Star Valley School District 19 will be dismissed for a one-day vacation on Friday, March 6, according to an announcement made this week by Superintendent of Schools Carwin H. Linford. “This early spring vacation will be the last break in the school routine until school ends in May.”
One of two prisoners who chiseled their way out of the Lincoln County Jail last Tuesday night was recaptured, Saturday in Kemmerer without a struggle, according to Earl Ellsworth, county sheriff. . . . [He] was sighted “just walking around on the street,” and later taken into custody without incident. . . . [This man] was charged with breaking and entering into the Star Valley High School building Dec. 15.
Carl Salisbury, a long-time resident and trapper of Swan Valley, recently trapped his first cougar in the Swan Valley area. . . . This cougar robbed a bobcat from one of his traps and took it to a cave entrance. Mr . Salisbury withered the bobcat carcass with rocks and placed traps around it. When he returned four days later, the mountain cat was there, caught by only one hind toe. Mr. Salisbury plans to make a rug out of his catch.
The snow plows have finished opening up the road from Star Valley to Idaho Falls, and traffic is now going that way again. This road was closed for nearly a week.
The Fairview Explorer Vanball team nosed out a victory over the Afton South Ward team to win the Vanball tournament held at the Afton Grade School Auditorium last Saturday, Feb. 18. The exciting game of the tournament was played between the fighting Osmond team and Fairview. Afton South upset the dope by defeating Freedom and Osmond teams. The winning Fairview team will represent the Star Valley District at the Church Vanball finals to be held in Salt Lake City March 3 and 4.
The annual North Ward social will be held in the Valleon March 8, 1939. The day to be spent enjoying dinner, program and games, with a dance for all at night. The committee is working hard to make this a grand success. Arrange your work so you can enjoy this day.