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(Tue 4/22/14) - Assisted Care Living for Douglas Seniors gets a green light.

The Douglas Planning Commission heard discussion for an hour and a half last night as they considered a conditional use permit for Douglas Care Center to build a two-story, 30-unit assisted care facility on the northeast corner of their property on Birch Street.

After hearing a presentaion on the project from Douglas Care Center president Joe Rude, the Commission listened to and talked about a variety of issues with neighbors and others concerned with a lot of the details of the planned facility.

While most agreed that there was a deep need for an assisted care facility in Douglas, many of the concerns revolved around traffic and parking issues, use of the alley on the east side of the facility for access, landscaping, and the placement of the building close to the lot line.

The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to forward the project to the Douglas City Council with a do pass recommendation, with a stipulation that the alleyways not be used for commercial truck traffic.

The planning commission also approved on a 5-0 vote a development application to build a 75-room La Quinta Hotel off I-25 exit 140 at 1761 Muirfield Court, just south and west of the new Hampton Inn & Suites. That action will also be forwarded for consideration by the Douglas City Council.

 

(Tue 4/22/14) - The proposed Pioneer Wind Park south of Glenrock is moving ahead.

Rocky Mountain Power last week announced an agreement to buy electricity generated by the yet-to-be-built 46 turbine project. The 20-year contract would begin in 2016.

It's not the last hurdle, though. Utah-based developer Wasatch Wind still needs to announce a funding plan by May 18th, and begin construction by July 18th to meet the terms of its state siting permit.

Plans to build the 80-megawatt facility were first announced in 2010.

 

(Thu 4/10/14) - Still plenty of details to be worked out, but a new rec center for Douglas took another step forward last night. The Douglas Rec Commission, Douglas City Council and Converse County Commissioners held a joint meeting at Douglas High School to hear recommendations from the rec center committee.

The three groups voted to proceed with plans for a 70 thousand square foot facility that would be built on 25 acres of land donated by Wagonhound Land & Livestock west of I-25 off Esterbrook Road. Wagonhound's proposal included donation of street and utility infrastructure that would save 1.5 to 2.5 million dollars over the two other proposed sites.

The proposed rec center would include an aquatic area, gyms, walking & jogging track, weights, aerobic & dance rooms, multi-purpose area, birthday party and meeting rooms, multi sport simulator, bouldering wall and racquetball courts.

The proposed facility would not include a competitive pool, an ice rink, or combined facilities with the Douglas Boys and Girls Club.

The new rec center would be owned and operated by a newly formed rec board that would be seperate from the Douglas school board, which currently serves that capacity. The new board would have nine members, 3 each appointed by the county, the city and the school board. The proposal would commit 80 percent of the current rec mill levy to operate the center.

 

(Wed 4/09/14) - The high cost of scarce housing helps make Converse County the third most expensive place to live in Wyoming. The State Economic Analysis Division has released their Cost of Living index for the fourth quarter of 2013, and as usual, Teton County tops the list at 133 percent of average. Sublette County comes in at 110 percent. Converse County jumps to #3 at 105 percent, followed by Campbell County at 104, Carbon at 103, Sweetwater and Natrona at 101, and Laramie County at 100 percent. Converse County was also #3 in housing costs at 109 percent of statewide average.

The least expensive places in the state to live? Platte County and Niobrara County at 88 percent, and Goshen County at 89 percent.

 

(Wed 4/09/14) - No immediate changes in public hours at the Douglas Rec Center. About 30 people showed up at the Douglas Recreation Commission's meeting last night for an open public hearing to discuss the possibility of limiting public access to the Rec during school hours. Board member Lee Igo explained the issue... audio here

The Rec Board heard a variety of opinions from the public, including several who use the rec facilities on a regular basis. Much of the conversation centered on keeping the racquetball courts, the weight room and the pool open and available for public use, but most of the commenters seemed to understand the security issue of having the public in the building during school hours.

Rec board chairman Mark Curtis said they're really not trying to shut the whole thing down... audio here

Curtis thanked those in attendance for their input, and said that the board would continue to discuss their options. He did say that the Rec Board didn't expect to make any changes to rec center access before the end of the school year, and that any changes would be implemented next fall, at the earliest.

 

(Thu 3/6/14) - The Wyoming State Fair is adding a third night of concerts for this summer's fair in Douglas. State Fair officials have booked award winning Rock band Building 429 and pop duo For King & Country as the opening act for Wednesday, August 13th.

Building 429 was the Gospel Music Association 2005 New Artist of the Year and has released a steady stream of albums with hits like "Glory Defined" (BMI's Christian Song of the Year in 2005), "Where I Belong" (Billboard Magazine's No. 1 Christian song of 2012) and "We Won't Be Shaken" from the Grammy nominated album of the same name.

Also performing at this year's Wyoming State Fair in Douglas, country artists Trace Adkins on Tuesday, August 12th, and Chris Cagle on Saturday, August 16th.

 

(Wed 3/5/14) - The road through Washington Park in Douglas closed for a couple of months... City Administrator Tony Tolstedt says they're doing some infrastructure upgrades... audio here

The construction project includes replacement of water and sewer lines, streets, curb and gutter, and parking improvements. The playground area and shelters will be open for limited pedestrian use; however, no reservations will be taken until the project is complete. No vehicle traffic will be allowed during construction. The city plans to have construction completed before Memorial Day.

 

(Tue 3/4/14) - Your doctor may have moved over the weekend.

Memorial Hospital of Converse County has officially opened their new medical office building at 700 East Center Street, across from the Douglas Water Park. Assistant Administrator Karl Hertz says the $6.8 million dollar building is now the home to all of the hospital's employed physicians... audio here

Hertz says the new building is designed to be much more convenient for people visiting their doctors... audio here

Hertz says that for now, the office hours are the same... the building's open from 8am to 5pm... the wellness clinic has extended hours, and in the very near future, the hospital plans to expand hours at Urgent Care into the evening and Saturday mornings.

 

(Wed 2/19/14) - Authorities say a 26-year-old Gillette man died when he was struck by a welding truck at a Converse County rig site.

The Converse County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Nathan James Scott.

The sheriff's office says the accident was reported at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Cyclone Rig 33, located at Mary's Draw in Converse County.

The office says fellow employees on site attempted CPR, but were unable to revive Scott.

The incident is under investigation by the Converse County Sheriff's Department.

 

(Wed 2/19/14) - Pipeline crews and associated services will be returning to Douglas this spring. ONEOK Bakken Pipeline told the Converse County Commissioners yesterday that they're going to build two natural gas liquid pipeline projects in the county this year.

The Douglas Lateral is a 10" pipeline that will run north from new Access Midstream Bucking Horse gas plant on Cold Springs Road, crossing the North Platte River just west of Ft Fetterman and Orpha, then north west to Hiway 59 at Highland Loop, about 20 miles north of Douglas... that's a distance of about 29 miles.

The second pipeline is called the Niobrara Lateral, a 12" inch pipeline that starts at the end of the Douglas Lateral at Highland Loop and runs southeast across Converse and Niobrara Counties, meeting ONEOK's main Bakken pipeline just west of the Nebraska state line. The Niobrara Lateral runs a distance of about 53 miles.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to start in early May, and be completed by September.

ONEOK has proposed pipeyards on Highway 93 south of Inez Road, and at Orin Junction.

 

(Tue 2/11/14) - Ft Fetterman will be open again this summer... that was the official word Monday night from Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources director Milward Simpson... audio here

About 40 people came out Monday night for a meeting with Simpson and other State Parks officials to discuss last summer's closure of the fort and its future managment. State Parks also operates the Pioneer Memorial Museum at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds, and the old Camp Douglas prisoner of war camp officers' club.

Simpson said he and his staff got a lot of solid input from those in attendance... audio here

Ft Fetterman was a wooden fort built in 1867 by the US Army about 11 miles northwest of what's now the city of Douglas. It served as a major jumping-off point for the start of several major military expeditions against warring Native American tribes and soldiers there helped protect pioneers on the Bozeman Trail. Ft Fetterman was an active military post until 1882.

 



And in Sports...

(Sat 3/15/14) - The Douglas LadyCats bring home their 8th State Title... Douglas's girls basketball team beat Worland 37-26 this afternoon to claim the WHSAA 3A Girls Basketball championship. Ashlie Blackburn put up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Douglas to the win. Jessie Underberg added 10 points. The LadyCats last championship win was in 2005. Powell beat Newcastle 46-33 in the 3rd place game. Star Valley placed 5th with a 44-36 win over Torrington.

The Glenrock Herders finished a Cinderella post-season on the short side of a 61-53 championship game, losing to the Cody Broncs. Devon Parkinson led Glenrock with 17 points... David Parkinson added 14. Star Valley took 3rd with a 58-51 win over Powell. Rawlins beats Wheatland 63-55 in the 5th place game.

On the boys side of the 4A tournament, Gillette slides past Kelly Walsh 56-51 in the championship game, East beat Central 49-38 to place third, and Natrona hammered Rock Springs 52-38 in the 5th place game.

4A girls, Natrona wins a defensive battle, 33-28 over Cheyenne East. Sheriden beats Gillette 70-62 in the 3rd place game, and Cheyenne Central beat Kelly Walsh 59-43 to place 5th.

(Sat 3/15/14) - Two Converse County teams battle for state championships... the Douglas LadyCats will face the Worland Lady Warriors in a rematch of last weekend's 3A East Regional Championship. In the semi's, Douglas beat Powell 37-26, and Worland edged Newcastle 44-42. And the Glenrock Herders' Cinderella postseason continues... after an opening round upset of Lander, the Herders held off a late rally by the Powell Panthers and claimed a 49-47 semi final round win. Douglas plays Worland Saturday at 3:30... Glenrock will face 1West Cody in the 3A boys championship at 5pm. Both championship games will play at the Casper Events Center.. .both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 3/8/14) - Three Converse County basketball teams advance to the State Tournament. The Douglas LadyCats ground out a 42-38 win over a tough Worland Lady Warriors team Saturday night to claim the 3A East Regional Championship, and the Glenrock Herders beat the Douglas Bearcats 51-50 in overtime in the boys third place game.

The LadyCats will play Lander Thursday morning at 10:30 in the opening round of the 3A girls' state tournament. The Bearcats meet Cody Thursday afternoon at 1:30, and the Herders play Lander Thursday night at 7:30. All 3A games on Thursday are played at the Casper Events Center.

At the 4A West Regionals, Kelly Walsh beat Rock Springs 74-37 in the 1st place game... Natrona takes third with a 63-45 win over Evanston. The Natrona Fillies beat Rock Springs 63-32 in the girls' title game... Riverton beat Kelly Walsh 56-48 in the third place game.

1A and 2A State basketball tournaments wrapped up Saturday night in Casper. Wyoming Indian beat Rocky Mountain 69-53 to take the 2A boys championship.

Tongue River beat Kemmerer 55-54 to claim the 2A girls title.

Burlington beat Little Snake River 83-59 for the 1A boys championship. The Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings finish their season with a 47-43 win over Kaycee in the third place game.

And the Lingle-Ft Laramie Lady Doggers beat Cokeville 60-48 to claim the 1A girls' championship.

(Wed 3/5/14) - Brackets are set for the 3A East Regional Basketball Tournaments at Torrington.

On the boys side of the tournament, it'll be Rawlins versus Worland Thursday morning at 8:30, Buffalo plays Newcastle at 11:30, 4th seed Douglas plays 5th seed Glenrock Thursday afternoon at 3, and #1 Wheatland plays #8 Torrington at 6.

Girls opening round brackets, Rawlins plays Buffalo Thursday morning at 10, #2 seed Douglas plays #7 seed Wheatland Thursday afternoon at 1, Worland and Newcastle meet at 4:30 and 8th-seed Glenrock plays #1 Torrington Thursday night at 7:30.

The 3A East Regional Basketball Tournaments run Thursday through Saturday, March 6th, 7th and 8th, at Torrington High School. All Douglas and Glenrock games will be broadcast live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at www.kktyonline.com.

(Wed 3/5/14) - 1A/2A State Basketball begins Thursday at the Casper Events Center.

1A Boys brackets, Guernsey-Sunrise meets Dubois Thursday at Noon, and Lingle-Ft Laramie plays Burlington at 1:30 at the Events Center.

For the girls, Lingle-Ft Laramie plays St Stephens Thursday morning at 10:30 at the Events Center.

2A State Tourney, the Lusk Tigers play Greybull in the opening round Thursday at noon at Casper College.

(Mon 3/3/14) - The Lander Valley Tigers win their 18th consecutive 3A Swim Championship, while Casper Kelly Walsh wins their second in school history.

The Tigers out distanced the field 274.5 to 195.5 in Friday's finals to beat second place Powell. Worland was third with Rawlins fourth. Douglas placed 8th in the 10-team field.

(Mon 3/3/14) - The Douglas Bearcats take silver at State Wrestling. The Powell Panthers racked up 244.5 points to take the title for the third time in a row... Douglas was second with 201, while Star Valley claimed third with 178. Torrington was 5th, Wheatland 12th, Glenrock 13th. Individually for the Bearcats:

Gold: Hunter Haman/152 (2x state champ)

Silver: Jordan Pingrey/126, Colter Haman/170

Bronze: Trevor Bennett/113, Lane George/160, Chance Miller/182, Garrett Boner/220

4th: Seth Harris/145, Trevor McReynolds/170, Alex Locke/182, James Willox/195

(Fri 2/28/14) - Sports teams and fans are watching the weather as they make travel plans for the weekend... and the weather has already made some changes for Douglas Basketball. DHS Activities director Josh Goodrich says gametimes for Douglas at Buffalo on Friday have been moved up an hour... junior varsity games will play at 3pm, the LadyCats varsity game will tip off at 4:30, and the Bearcats-Bison boys varsity game will play at 6pm. Goodrich also says the Bearcast freshman teams will not make the trip to Worland on Saturday for the freshman tournament. Listen to KKTY and KKTS for any further updates as this weekend's weather system moves through.

(Sat 2/22/14) - A pair of wins for DHS basketball... in the early game tonight, the LadyCats got an early lead and never looked back in a 51-22 Senior Night win over the Newcastle Lady Dogies. Douglas's Jessie Underberg was the only player in double figures for either team with 15, but coach Cody Helenbolt played everyone, and ten players scored in the win.

The Bearcats also claimed an early lead in a 65-48 win over Newcastle. Douglas was up 11 at the half, but Newcastle drew within two in the second half before the Cats put it away. Greg Vandeventer led all shooters with a 28-point performance... Jonah Richards added 17. Wade Gordon led Newcastle with 21.

Next up for the Cats, a doubleheader at Buffalo on Friday the 28th.

(Fri 2/21/14) - Just one point... the Douglas LadyCats went to overtime and came up one point short falling 53-52 to the Torrington Lady Blazers. It was a back & forth ball game between two well-matched teams... Douglas led 12-10 after the first quarter, but the LadyCats suffered a disasterous second quarter, giving up 17 while only scoring 7, and Torrington led it 27-19 at the half. The LadyCats fought back in the third, trailing 36-34, and tied the game at 41 to force overtime. Jessie Underberg put one up at the buzzer, but it wouldn't go in, and Torrington took the win. For Torrington, Allison Marsh had 19 and Avery Madden put in 17... for Douglas, Jessie Underberg hit 19 and Ashley Blackburn scored 17.

In the late game, the Bearcats jumped out early and cruised to a 72-49 win over the winless Trailblazers.

Douglas hosts Newcastle Saturday night... it's Senior Night, honoring senior hoopsters. Girls tip off at 5:30, boys play at 7... both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kkty@netcommander.com.

(Sat 2/15/14) - Cats fall to #1 Wheatland... at the Doghouse on Saturday night, the Douglas Bearcats played it close for three quarters, but strong free throw shooting gave Wheatland a 67-61 win over Douglas. The Bulldogs' Kendrick Jackson was 7 of 8 at the line in the final stanza on his way to a 31 point performance to lead all scorers. The Bearcats led by 5 at the half and were up by 2 at the end of the third... Wheatland outshot Douglas 20-12 in the 4th to earn the win. Douglas was led by Greg Vandeventer with 21 points and Jonah Richards with 20. Eric Jamerman was also in double figures with 10.

In the girls game, Douglas and Wheatland were tied at 28 after three quarters, but the LadyCats outshot their opponents 13-8 in the 4th to take a 41-36 win in a defensive battle. Douglas's Ashley Blackburn led all shooters with 18... Jessie Underberg added 12. With the win, the Douglas girls improve their record to 17-2... the Bearcats are now 12-7. Both teams travel to Torrington on Friday the 21st.

(Fri 2/14/14) - Bearcats upset the Outlaws... when the Douglas basketball team traveled to Rawlins in mid-January, the Outlaws dominated the Bearcats 69-46. The Cats got their revenge Friday night, blasting the 3rd-ranked Outlaws 62-42. Douglas led by 1 point at the half, and came out hot in the third quarter to drive for the win.

At Rawlins, Jessie Underberg turned in a 26-point performance to lead the LadyCats to a 54-51 win.

Douglas plays at Wheatland Saturday night... the girls tipoff at 5:30, the boys at 7... both games on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 2/8/14) - Cats win a pair, LadyCats split... 3A high school basketball this weekend, the Douglas boys and girls got wins over Glenrock on Friday night. Greg Vandeventer led Douglas scoring with 17 points as the Cats beat the Herders at Glenrock, 54-48. At the Rec on Friday, the LadyCats cruised to a 62-43 win over the Lady Herders.

Saturday afternoon at the Rec, the #1-ranked LadyCats were suprised and upset by the unranked Worland Lady Warriors. Worland played a tight, aggressive defense and kept the score close to claim a 40-38 win. Douglas led 23-21 at the half, but suffered a disasterous scoring drought in the 3rd quarter. The LadyCats were outscored 11-5 in the 3rd, and Worland held on to give Douglas just their second loss of the season.

In the late game, the Bearcats jumped out early and never looked back. Greg Vandeventer turned in a 25-point performanace and the Bearcats won it 67-44.

The Cats improve to 11-6 with the win. The LadyCats loss drops them to 15-2 on the season.



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