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(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 week.

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 thunderstorms.

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 has collapsed.

Wydot says those roads are expected to be closed for an extended period of time due to flooding. Projected opening time is currently unknown.


(Tue 6/2/15) - Douglas drivers got a very visual reminder this morning to watch out for detours on East Richards Street.

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 reconstruction.


(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 crash.



(Thu 5/21/15) - Six thousand, four hundred and twenty three... that's Douglas's official population, as of July 1st, 2014.

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 city.

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 measured 81,624.

Click here for complete statewide population estimates.


(Tue 5/19/15) - The Memorial Day holiday weekend is just ahead of us, and state and local law enforcement agencies are getting ready.

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 seatbelt.


(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 Friday.

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 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 facilities.

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 under investigation.


(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 here

Ekland-Earnst says there's plenty of storys to tell... audio here

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, 2016.


(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 Wyoming.

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 various locations.


(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 Pipeline.

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.



And in Sports...

(Mon 5/25/15) - The Douglas Bearcats earned their second state track title in three years on Saturday. At the Wyoming State Track and Field Championships, Douglas earned 152.5 points to run away with the win. Star Valley and Cody tied for second with 88 points each.

Individual medals for the Bearcats, Gage Pitt took gold and Lane George bronze in the 100 meter dash... Pitt also took gold in the 200. Hunter Haman was bronze in the 400. Senior Justin Leman was gold through the 300 hurdles, and sophomore Tyrel Leman took Bronze. Justin Leman also placed bronze through the 110 hurdles.

Douglas's Lane George, Chase Vialpando, Gage Pitt and Hunter Haman won gold in the 4x400 relay. Douglas also placed second in the 4x100 and 4x800.

Hunter Haman finished bronze in the pole vault... Lane George won gold in the long jump... Justin Leman and Tyrel Leman were gold and silver in the triple jump... Chris Bolinger took gold in the shot put, and Bay Parks won silver in the discus.

The LadyCats finished the weekend fourth out of 16 teams. Kelsi Gamble won gold in the 100 and 200 meter dash, and Madison Hoopman finished bronze in the 200.

Douglas owned the short relays... Lauren Collins, Courtney Vialpando, Madison Hoopman and Kelsi Gamble won the 4x100, and Hoopman, Gamble, Lisa Townsend and Claire Thompkins won the 4x400.

In field events, Madison Hoopman finished silver in the triple jump.

(Mon 5/25/15) - Buckin' Along the Big Horns... Douglas Rodeo Club competed Saturday at Buffalo... Hunter Carlson was 3rd on barebacks, Jaymis Sonesen and Brendan Blackburn placed 4th in team roping, and Taylor Davidson was 8th in Steer Wrestling.

Sunday in Sheridan, Hunter Carlson finished 2nd on barebacks, Dalton Burgener placed 5th in Steer Wrestling, and Kiersten Leach was 2nd around the barrels

Monday in Sheridan, Hunter Carlson was 1st on barebacks, and he was the average winner for the weekend. Taylor Davidson placed 1st and Dalton Burgener was 3rd in steer wrestling. Burgner was the average winner. Team Roping, it was Taylor Davidson and Dalton Burgener in 2nd. Pole Bending, Kiersten Leach placed 3rd.

This weekend, Rodeo returns to the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas. Saturday 9:45 is grand entry and senior recognition rodeo starts at 10. Sunday grand entry 8:45 rodeo starts at 9.

(Tue 5/19/15) - Casper-area anglers are looking forward to a new challenge.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department stocked nearly 50,000 channel catfish in Casper Region waters earlier this month. The fish were stocked in local waters like Bryan Stock Trail Reservoir, Big Muddy Pond and Guernsey Slough. The fish were about four inches when stocked and will need a little time to grow before they are catchable size.

The channel catfish were part of a Game and Fish trade with Nebraska and came from the North Platte Fish Hatchery. Trading eggs allows the Game and Fish to provide Wyoming anglers an opportunity to catch fish that might not otherwise be available in our state.

(Tue 5/19/15) - Eight teams and 136 individuals will earn championship titles this weekend.

The Wyoming State High School Track and Field Championships get underway Thursday at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper.

The Bearcats will try to follow up a strong performance at last weekend's Regionals at Wheatland. Douglas boys cruise by 102 points ahead of runner-up Buffalo, while the Douglas girls won by 10.5 points ahead of Worland.

(Mon 5/18/15) - The Douglas Cats lost two on Saturday to the Laramie Rangers.

In American Legion Baseball play at Nida Field, Stryker Davies did all he could to give Cats a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past the Laramie Rangers, as lost 6-5 in seven innings in the early game.

In the late game, Douglas held a comfortable five-run lead in the fourth inning, but a big comeback by the Laramie Rangers ended the Cats' hopes in a 16-7 loss. The Rangers scored 6 in the top of the 6th and 7 in the top of the seventh to ice the win.

The Cats fall to 2-4 with the loss... just one game in the week ahead... The Cats face the Roughnecks Wednesday night at 6 at Crossroads Park in Casper.

(Thu 5/14/15) - The Douglas Cats fell to Casper Oilers 8-3 in American Legion Baseball play at Lansing Field Wednesday night.

Justin Petrossi recorded the win for Casper Oilers. He allowed two runs over seven innings. He struck out seven, walked two and surrendered four hits.

Tristan Gray took the loss for Douglas.

The Cats trailed by one in the middle of the eighth, but the Oilers put the game away with five runs scored in the bottom of the eighth.

2-1 Douglas hosts the Casper Roughnecks Thursday night at 6 at Nida Field.

(Mon 5/4/15) - Wyoming senior linebacker Mark Nzeocha traded one Cowboy uniform for another on Saturday, when the Dallas Cowboys selected the former Wyoming Cowboy as the 19th pick in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Nzeocha was the 236th overall selection in this year's NFL Draft on Saturday.

Nzeocha was ranked No. 5 in the Mountain West and No. 45 in the NCAA in tackles, when he tore his ACL in the seventh game of the 2014 season, ending his season.

The senior from Neusitz, Germany became the third Cowboy drafted in the last two years. Last year, UW free safety Marqueston Huff was drafted by the Tennessee Titans as the 22nd selection in the fourth round, and wide receiver Robert Herron was selected as the ninth pick in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

(Mon 5/4/15) - Buckin' In The Black Hills... the Douglas Rodeo Club went to Newcastle this weekend...

Saturday's results in Newcastle

Breakaway. Kaelie Oliver. 1st; Bareback. Hunter Carlson. Tied for 2nd; Steer Wrestling. Taylor Davidson. 8th; Barrel racing. Hailey Carlson. 9th; Team Roping. Dalton Burgener and Taylor Davidson. 10th

Sunday's results in Newcastle; Steer wrestling. Dalton Burgener. 3rd; Steer Wrestling. Taylor Davidson. 5th; Pole bending. Kiersten Leach. 9th; Team Roping. Kaelie Oliver. 9th; Goat Tying. Hayley Carlson. 10th; Team Roping. Dalton Burgener and Taylor Davidson. 10th

Next weekend the Douglas Rodeo Club travels to Gillette.

(Fri 5/1/15) - If you want to travel with the Cowboys this fall, tickets for UW football away games are on sale now. The Wyoming Athletics ticket office announced Friday morning that tickets are now available for all six of the Pokes' road games, starting September 19th at Washington State. Other road games will include Appalaichain State, Air Force, Boise State, Utah State and San Diego State. Tickets are available online at, or call 877-WYO-FAN1.

(Sat 3/7/15) - Season's Over Early... The Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats and the Glenrock Herders all fell in loser-out games on Saturday at the 3A East Regional Basketball Tournament in Rawlins.

In the early game Saturday, the LadyCats struggled with poor shooting early in the game and were never able to put away the Worland Lady Warriors. Both games during the season were close battles, Douglas winning by five and by two. Worland iced the 48-41 win with 13-of-15 shooting at the foul line in the 4th quarter.

The Bearcats had no answer for Buffalo junior Trey Schroefel, who put up 27 points as the Bison beat the Bearcats for the third time this season, a 62-58 decision. Jonah Richards led Douglas with 17... Zane Bull added 12.

The Glenrock Herders also got burned by free-throws in a close game with the Wheatland Bulldogs. Wheatland led most of the way, while the Herders kept it close. Glenrock outshot Wheatland 24-18 in the 4th quater, but the Bulldogs hit 14 of 19 at the line in the 4th to hold on for the 60-58 win.

According to unofficial records, this is the first time in 40 years that Douglas will not be represented at the State Basketball tournament. 1975 was the last time that neither the Bearcats nor the LadyCats went to State.

(Fri 3/6/17) - 3A East Regionals Update... On day two, a win for the Glenrock Herders, losses for the Lady Herders and the Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats.

In the early game, the Buffalo Lady Bison proved to be too much for the Lady Herders to handle... the Glenrock girls end their season with a 40-16 loss.

The Herders bounded back from an opening round loss to Douglas and hammered Torrington 66-35.

The Douglas LadyCats led the Torrington Lady Blazers 24-16 at the half, but strong shooting late gave Torrington a 45-42 win over Douglas.

And after losing by 35 and then by 20 during the season, the Bearcats lost by just 4 points to the Worland Warriors, 60-56.

The Douglas boys and girls and the Glenrock boys will all play must win games on Saturday... the LadyCats play Worland at 8:30am, the Bearcats face Buffalo at 11, and the Herders play either Wheatland or Rawlins at 1pm. Losers go home, winners will advance to the third place game and more importantly, will get a trip to the state tournament at Casper next weekend.

Hear all the action live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at

(Thu 3/5/15) - Both games go to Douglas... opening round of the 3A East Regional Basketball Tournament at Rawlins, the Douglas Bearcats landed three players in double figures on their way to a 51-37 win over the Glenrock Herders. Jonah Richards and Ty Larsen turned in 15-point performances, and Eric Jamerman collected 11. Glenrock's Tyler Olsen had 15... he was the only Herder to break past 10. The Cats broke a four-game losing streak versus the Herd with Thursday's win.

On the girls' side, Douglas cruised past Glenrock 54-22. Ten LadyCats scored in the game, led by 12 from Caitlyn Boe and 10 from Ashley Blackburn.

On Friday, both Glenrock teams will play loser-out games... the girls will face Buffalo at 8:30am, and the boys will play Torrington at 10.

Both Douglas teams enter the semi's on Friday. The LadyCats play Torrington at 3, and the Bearcats face top-ranked Worland at 4:30.

All four games will be broadcast live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at

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