(Wed 6/17/15) - Thank
You Very Much... The Teton County Commission
wants the state to take some money from a road
project near Jackson and spend it in Converse County.
All five commissioners voted
Tuesday morning to send a letter to the state asking
for the changes.
Highway 89 south of Jackson
between South Park and Hoback Junction is slated to
be rebuilt with five lanes... but Teton County
Commissioners says the area would be better served by
just three lanes... they're concerned about wildlife
having to cross a wider road.
Instead, they're asking that
the $20 to $30 million dollars that would be saved...
be spent building turn lanes on busy Highway 59
between Douglas and Gillette.
WYDOT says they'll look at the
proposal, but it may be more difficult than it
sounds... US 89 is a federally-funded project, and
Highway 59 is a state-funded project.
(Tue 6/16/15) - Watch
That Detour... Douglas motorists have some
construction-related changes to be aware of.
As of Monday morning,
construction on East Richards Street has moved a
block west... the detour now turns north at 11th
Street instead of Jackson.
And WyDOT is completing the
I-25 onramp at exit 135 near the Broken Wheel... the
northbound onramp at 135 will be closed for most of
the week. That means anyone wanting to get on the
interstate to Glenrock and Casper must do so across
town at the Exit 140 interchange.
(Mon 6/15/15) - Road
Open... A detour around a collapsed bridge
on U.S. 85 in Lusk is now open.
The Wyoming Department of
Transportation and the town announced Saturday that
the detour had opened.
WYDOT says the detour crosses
the Union Pacific Railroad and frequent trains
passing may cause delays.
Trucks must continue to use
state highway 270 at Manville and Lance Creek. All
highways in the Lusk area are open after most were
closed by flooding that took out the bridge at Lusk.
(Mon 6/15/15) -
Wyoming's rig count held steady again last
Baker Hughes Incorporated
reports that for the fifth straight week, there were
22 rigs operating in the Cowboy State.
Nationwide, the number of rigs
drilling for oil and gas dropped nine to 859. That's
down 995 rigs from this time last year.
(Thu 6/4/15) - Several
eastern Wyoming highways are closed this
morning due to flooding after last night's
Highway 18/20 is closed from
Orin Junction at I-25 through Lusk and all the way to
the Nebraska state line, and Highway 85 is closed
from Lusk to Newcastle. 85 is also closed north bound
between Lingle and Lusk. Highway 270 closed from
Manville north through Lance Creek to Highway 85.
I-90 is also closed this
morning both directions between Gillette and Buffalo.
A section of U.S. 20 at
Manville has split in two from north to south across
the highway. Also, a portion of the bridge over the
railroad tracks on U.S. 85 on the north side of Lusk
Wydot says those roads are
expected to be closed for an extended period of time
due to flooding. Projected opening time is currently
(Tue 6/2/15) - Douglas
drivers got a very visual reminder this
morning to watch out for detours on East Richards
A semi driver cut the corner
too close at Jackson and Richards and buried his back
axels in the drainage ditch in front of Shatto's
Frontier Drug. Gibson's Towing was still working to
free the trailer from the mud at noon. No injuries
reported in the incident.
Drivers are reminded to
excercise caution on East Richards as detours will be
in place through the summer months during road
(Wed 5/27/15) - Tanker
Spill in Niobrara Co... A rollover crash on
Tuesday morning resulted in over 25 tons of hot oil
spilling out from the tanker hauling it. The crash
happened at 6:52 a.m. aobut five miles north of
Manville on Highway 270.
The 1994 Kenworth truck was
driven by 26 year old Vincent McGuire, along with a
passenger, 23 year old Kendra McGuire, both from
Wheatland. Neither was wearing a seat belt and both
were injured and taken to the hospital in Lusk.
The hot oil that was lost
traveled down an embankment, through a culvert and
into a nearby creek bed. A hazmat team and cleanup
crew responded to take care of the spill. Speed is
being investigated as the contributing factor in the
(Thu 5/21/15) - Six
thousand, four hundred and twenty three...
that's Douglas's official population, as of July 1st,
The State Of Wyoming's Economic
Analysis Division released its latest population
estimates this week, and Douglas sits between
Torrington and Powell as the state's 15th-largest
The estimates says Douglas lost
49 residents between July 2013 and July 2014.
Glenrock was also down 49 to 2583. Rolling Hills had
439 residents, and Lost Springs was steady at 4.
Converse County registered 14,097.
To the west, the City of Casper
broke the 60 thousand mark at 60,086. Natrona County
Click here for complete statewide
(Tue 5/19/15) - The
Memorial Day holiday weekend is just ahead of us,
and state and local law enforcement agencies are
The Click It Or Ticket campaign
will encourage motorists to buckle their seatbelts
and save lives.
Last year, there were five
fatal crashes and eight fatalities on Highway 59
between Douglas and Gillette. Statistics show that
nationwide, almost half of highway fatalities weren't
wearing their seatbelts.
Through the end of the month,
the Douglas Police Department, Converse County
Sheriff's Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol will
take a no-excuses approach to seatbelt law
enforcement, writing citations for not wearing your
(Mon 5/18/15) - The
Douglas Planning and Zoning Commission meets tonight,
and will consider a couple of requests.
Phillips and Jordan is asking
for a conditional use permit that would allow them to
place above ground fuel storage tanks at their shop
at 114 South Riverbend Drive. The company would like
to put in a 12 thousand galon tank for dyed diesel
and two 6-thousand gallon tanks for clear diesel.
City staff notes that the previous owner also had
fuel tanks on the property.
Levi Grohs is requesting a
conditional use permit to keep chickens at his home
and shop at 221 Brownfield Road.
And Converse County School
District #1 is requesting a conditional use permit to
operate a daycare at 615 Hamilton Street, on the
block that holds the District offices and the Douglas
Child & Family Development Center. The school
district anticipates 18 children and three employees,
with hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through
The Planning and Zoning
Commission meets at 5:30 this afternoon in the
Council Chambers at Douglas City Hall. P&Z
meetings are open to the public, and are broadcast
live on Vyve cable channel 61 in Douglas.
(Fri 5/15/15) - It's
graduation weekend in Converse County.
127 graduates are scheduled to
receive their diplomas from Douglas High School.
Baccalaureate will be Saturday night at 6pm at the
DHS auditorium. Commencement is Sunday afternoon at
3pm in the Rec Center Gym.
Glenrock High School will
graduate 40 students Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
(Fri 5/15/15) - Wyoming
State Fair concert tickets are now
officially on sale. Tickets for all three concerts
during the 2015 Wyoming State Fair went on sale on
Friday, and are currently on sale online and at the
Wyoming State Fair main office.
The concerts at this year's
Wyoming State Fair include Brett Eldredge with Dan +
Shay opening (Tuesday, August 11, 2015), Matt Maher
with Hawk Nelson opening (Wednesday, August 12, 2015)
and Jerrod Niemann with Chancey Williams and the
Younger Brothers Band opening (Saturday, August 15,
2014). Tickets for each concert are $25.00.
Tickets are available online at
wystatefair.com or at the Wyoming State Fair
Administration office at 400 West Center Street in
Douglas. You can also order tickets by calling the
main office at 358-2398. Payments accepted are cash,
check, Visa or Master Card.
(Mon 5/4/15) - Converse County
voters go to the polls tomorrow.
Just one item up for decision
in this special election... Voters will be asked
whether or not to continue the 1-cent specific
purpose tax to raise $75.9 million dollars. That
money would be used to build a new community rec
center at Douglas and expand the current rec center
and South Rec Center facilities at Glenrock. $6
million dollars of the money raised would be placed
in an operation and maintenance account for the
Polls will be open on Tuesday,
May 5th from 7am til 7pm at the Rec Center Gym at
Douglas High School and at the Glenrock Rec Center in
Glenrock. Absentee ballots are also available til
close of business today at the County Clerk's office
at the Converse County Courthouse in Douglas.
Listen to KKTY Radio tomorrow
night... we'll have complete election results after
the ballots are counted tomorrow evening.
(Mon 5/4/15) - A Casper
man is dead folowing a Saturday morning
traffic accident in Douglas.
911 dispatchers got several
reports of a rollover crash at the intersection of
Riverbend and Yellowstone just after 530 Saturday
morning. Police and other emergency personnel found a
pickup with one occupant, who was pronounced dead at
the scene. The driver was identified as 42 year old
Jerald Arlin McCormick of Casper.
Cause of the crash is still
(Fri 5/1/15) - History buffs
will take a trip back to the earliest days of Douglas
this Sunday afternoon.
The Douglas Historic Preservation
Commission will host their annual spring tour of the
old Pioneer Cemetary just north of town. Arlene
Ekland-Earnst says they'll talk about the cemetary,
its history and how it relates to Douglas... audio
Ekland-Earnst says there's plenty of
storys to tell... audio
The Douglas Historic Preservation
Commission's Pioneer cemetery tour begins this Sunday
May 3rd at 2 o'clock. There's no admission charge,
and refreshments will be served after the tour.
(Thu 4/30/15) - A busy
Douglas street will get a facelift.
The Wyoming Transportation
Commission has awarded a contract to Concrete
Foundations Inc. of Douglas to mill off deteriorating
pavement and replace it with new pavement on East
Richards Street between Fourth Street and Mesa Drive.
The $3.3 million project will
be paid for with revenue from the 10-cent fuel tax
increase. A final layer of pavement will follow next
year, with a contract completion date of June 30,
(Thu 4/30/15) -
Niobrara County's University of Wyoming Extension
Agent is retiring.
Tammie Jensen has been a UW
Extension agent for 34 years. She's been in her
hometown of Lusk since 1994, and served in Uinta and
Carbon Counties before that.
A reception honoring Tammie
Jensen on her retirement will be held on Friday from
2 til 4pm at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds in Lusk.
(Fri 4/24/15) - The
ribbon's cut and the doors are open at
Eastern Wyoming College's new Douglas Campus.
Dedication ceremonies are held on Tursday afternoon,
and EWC president Richard Patterson said that the new
Douglas facility is an important part of what the
school is all about... audio here
The $9.7 million dollar Douglas
Campus facility is owned by Converse County, and was
paid for with a one-percent special use tax that
voters approved in November 2012.
(Tue 4/7/15) - One of
Wyoming's biggest oil producers is revising
its 2015 drilling and production outlook. In the face
of continued low oil prices, Chesapeake Energy says
they'll run an average of two to three drilling rigs
in the Powder River Basin this year. Earlier plans
called for three to four rigs working here in eastern
Baker Hughes says there were a
total of 13 rigs running in Wyoming at the end of
last week, down from 40 in November.
Chesapeake says they'll run
fewer rigs everywhere... last year, the company
operated an average of 64 rigs nationwide... they're
now saying they'll run 25 to 30 rigs nationwide.
(Fri 4/3/15) - If
there's something in the air in Converse County,
the DEQ wants to know exactly what is might be. The
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Division has begun operation of a new
long-term ambient monitoring station northwest of
Douglas near the center of Converse County. The
station will monitor regional impact of future
county-wide oil and gas development on air quality.
Data collected at the site may
be used to determine compliance with air quality
standards, to drive air quality modeling, or for
comparison with other ambient air monitoring data.
With the deployment of the long-term air monitoring
station, the AQD will move the mobile monitoring
station that's currently set up on East Antelope Road
to another area in the State.
The AQD operates 25 Special
Purpose Monitors across Wyoming, including 3 mobile
monitoring stations, to characterize air quality at
(Fri 4/3/15) - Wyoming's largest oil field has
been sold to a Texas energy company and a
New York private equity firm.
Fleur de Lis Energy and financial
partner Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. announced
the joint purchase of the Salt Creek oil field north
of Casper from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for an
undisclosed sum on Wednesday. The sale also includes
the Monell field, the Linch field and the Howell
The Salt Creek, Monell and Linch fields
have combined production of about 14,000 barrels of
oil a day. The Howell pipeline has a daily carbon
dioxide capacity of 270 million cubic feet.