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(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.

 

(Fri 2/13/15) - Another night of music has been announced for this summer's Wyoming State Fair.

Jerrod Niemann and Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will be performing at the State Fair in Douglas on Saturday, August 15, the final night of the fair.

This rounds out the grandstand concerts at the Wyoming State Fair with Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay playing on Tuesday, August 11th and Matt Maher and Hawk Nelson playing on Wednesday, August 12th.

Tickets for all Wyoming State Fair concerts will be available online and in the Wyoming State Fair office later in the year.

 

(Sat 2/7/15) - Douglas weather got crazy today. 64 degrees on Saturday morning broke the old record of 51 set back in 2000. The average high for February 7th is 39 degrees.

The warm temperatures came at a price, though. Chinook winds brought the warmer temps, and the peak wind gust recorded at the Douglas Airport on Saturday was officially 79 miles an hour.

 

(Thu 2/5/15) - Concert acts are being announced for this summer's Wyoming State Fair.

Country music star Brett Eldredge will be performing in the Wyoming State Fair Grandstands on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. with the duo Dan+Shay opening the night's performance.

Eldredge was selected as the CMA "New Artist of the Year" in November, 2014, and is also nominated for "New Artist of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music, which will be selected in April, 2015. Two of his singles, "Beat of the Music" and "Don't Ya", already have reached the top of the Billboard country charts.

Dan + Shay are Academy of Country Music Award nominees for "Vocal Duo of the Year". Their debut hit single, "19 You + Me", was the most added debut of 2013 at country radio and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Also announced to perform at this summer's Wyoming State Fair are Christian artists Matt Maher and Hawk Nelson. Maher is a two-time GRAMMY nominee best known for popular hits including "Hold Us Together", "Your Grace is Enough", "Christ is Risen", and "Turn Around".

Hawk Nelson is a powerhouse, pop rock band originally from Canada. They have produced a three-week No. 1 single with the song "Made" on CHR radio and have been awarded two Canadian GMA awards. Their current single is called "Drops in the Ocean", and their newest record Diamonds will be released March 17.

Matt Maher and Hawk Nelson will play the Wyoming State Fair on Wednesday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m.

 

(Wed 1/28/15) - The Douglas City Council received an earful from city and county residents on Monday night over the proposed annexation of the Seven Trails subdivision west of Douglas. During the public comment period, several speakers brought up a variety of issues... audio here

Annexation of the Seven Trails subdivision to the City of Douglas would bring in just under 1300 acres of land owned by Wagonhound Land and Livestock on the west side of town. The Douglas City Council passed the annexation 5-0 on the first of three readings.

 

(Tue 1/27/15) - Road improvements to help deal with increased traffic on Highway 59 north of Douglas are in the works.

WyDOT says they want to build rumble strips, turn lanes and passing lanes between Douglas and Wright, and Governor Matt Mead put funding for the first phase of construction in his supplemental budget request.

In an exclusive interview with KKTY Radio yesterday morning, the governor said he's hoping the Legislature will back his request... audio here

Governor Mead has requested $21.2 million dollars for road improvements on Highway 59 between Douglas and Gillette.

 

(Tue 1/27/15) - The Wyoming Highway Patrol has a new liason with the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy.

Colonel John Butler has appointed Trooper Randy Starkey, a seven year Patrol veteran stationed in Lusk, as the new Academy Coordinator Sergeant for the Patrol. Sergeant Starkey takes over the position for Lieutenant Chris Schell, who now supervises the Casper area road division.

Sergeant Starkey will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating and supervising the Patrol's recruit training program at the Wyoming Highway Patrol Basic Academy at Douglas. Starkey will be the initial influence with the Patrol's new recruits during their initial 28 weeks of training.

 

(Fri 1/23/15) - Wyoming coal production increased by 2 percent in 2014.

According to preliminary federal statistics, Wyoming coal production increased from 388 million tons in 2013 to 396 million tons in 2014. That reverses a four-year decline.

Peabody Energy's North Antelope Rochelle complex saw output increase by 6 percent, from 111 million tons in 2013 to 118 million tons, in 2014.

Cloud Peak Energy's Antelope coal mine was up 7 percent at 2.3 million tons.

The production increase was accompanied by a slight rise in employment and offered welcome news to a beleaguered industry battered by low prices, rail backlogs and a tightening regulatory environment.

 

(Fri 1/23/15) - An new oil pipeline that will cross through Converse County will have new owners. Kinder Morgan Inc announced this week that they'll enter North Dakota's Bakken oilfields with a $3 billion acquisition of Hiland Partners. The deal is slated to close during the first quarter of this year.

Hiland operates oil pipelines and natural gas processing systems primarily in the Bakken shale in North Dakota and Montana.

Hiland's assets include the new Double H 84,000 barrels-per-day pipeline that will move Bakken crude from North Dakota to Tallgrass Energy Partners' Pony Express pipeline at Guernsey, Wyoming. From there, Bakken flows will move to the U.S. crude futures hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.

The 12-inch Double H pipeline's route runs across a little over 70 miles of Converse County. The Double H is expected to start up by the end of January and expand to 108,000 bpd in a year.

 

(Thu 1/22/15) - They'll be freezin for a reason in just over 24 hours... Douglas's Jackalope Jump will be held Friday afternoon at Douglas High School.

Event organizer Ron Casalenda says the Jackalope Jump is the Wyoming version of a Polar Bear Plunge, and they do it for a very good cause... audio here

Casalenda says Jackalope Jumpers take pledges to raise money for Wyoming Special Olympics, and there'll be a bunch of people willing to get cold and wet... audio here

Monies raised goes to Special Olympics Wyoming... audio here

Awards will go to the top indivdual fundraiser, the best costume, the most money raised by a Special Olympics athlete, the largest group, and the most money raised by a group.

The Douglas Jackalope Jump will be held Friday afternoon at 1:45 on the ballfields behind Douglas High School. If you're interested in jumping, registration begins at 12:30pm.

 

(Wed 1/14/15) - Planning for more drilling... A good turnout for last night's public meeting at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds hosted by the Bureau of Land Management's Casper Field Office. The BLM is in the process of developing alternatives in the Converse County Oil and Gas Environmental Impact Statement. Mike Robinson is the project manager for the BLM... he said they got some good questions at last night's presentation... audio here

The Converse County Oil and Gas Project proposes to drill approximately 5,000 oil and natural gas wells in Converse County in an area encompassing approximately 1.5 million acres, during a 10-year period.

Robinson said that the BLM's work now helps them plan for future activity... audio here

Written comments taken after last night's presentation will be used to help develop the environmental impact statement. A draft EIS for the project is expected to be published in the summer of 2016. The final EIS will be due in 2017, so there's another year and a half worth of work before the project can move ahead.

 

(Tue 1/6/15) - A utility company will pay $2.5 million in fines, restitution and community service after pleading guilty to killing golden eagles and other birds at two Converse County wind farms.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations stem from the deaths of 38 golden eagles and 336 other protected birds at PacifiCorp's Seven Mile Hill and Glenrock/Rolling Hills wind farms.

The company entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wyoming.

The Justice Department and Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp announced the agreement Dec. 19. Under the deal, the company agreed to pay fines as well as restitution and community service with a total value of $2.5 million.

Company officials say they're working to protect migratory birds.

 



And in Sports...

(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 kktyonline.com.

(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 kktyonline.com.

(Thu 2/19/15) - 3-pointer won't go, Bearcats lose by one... Thursday night hoops, Senior Night at the Rec, Douglas and 2nd-ranked Glenrock swapped the lead several times in the second half... the Herders claim a 42-41 win.

At Glenrock, Calee Notman hit three 3's on her way to 15 points and the LadyCats win 58-33.

Douglas is at Rawlins for a doubleheader Friday night.

(Sun 2/15/15) - High school basketball this weekend, a pair of losses this weekend for the Bearcats, a pair of wins for the LadyCats.

At Worland Friday night, the Bearcats fell by 20, 76-56 to the #1-ranked Warriors. Worland's Hoyt Nicholas led all shooters with 24 points... Douglas was paced by Eric Jamerman with 10.

The LadyCats fought a very evenly-matched battle with the Lady Warriors, winning the game in the final seconds, 47-45.

Saturday night at the Rec, the Bearcats fought back from a 14-point deficit, but the clock ran out and the Buffalo Bison claimed a 64-61 win. Trey Schroefel turned in a 25-point performance for Buffalo... Douglas had three players in double figures... Eric Jamerman with 16, Jonah Richards with 12 and Ty Larson with 11.

The LadyCats got an easy win over the Lady Bison, 47-36.

The Bearcats record now stands at 10-7, 1-4... the LadyCats are 14-3, 5-0. Douglas faces Glenrock Thursday night and travels to Rawlins on Friday.

(Sat 2/7/15) - A pair of wins for Douglas Basketball... the Bearcats and LadyCats welcomed the Newcastle Dogies to the Rec Center gym tonight.

The Douglas girls got off to a bit of a slow start, but tured up the heat by mid-game and clicked off a 50-33 win. Ashlie Blackburn scored 14, and Bailey Brooks added 13. The Douglas defense was strong, hold Newcastle to just eleven points in the second half.

The Bearcats won an 70-73 shootout with the Dogies. Newcastle's Taylor Allen led all scorers with a 29-point performance. Douglas starters Jonah Richards, Zane Bull and Eric Jamerman all returned to play tonight after injuries put them on the bench. Douglas had five players in double figures... Jamerman had 19, Ty Larson 16, Tanner Gamble 13, Scott Shuler 11 and Jonah Richards added 10.

Douglas basketball travels to Worland this Friday and hosts Buffalo on Saturday.

(Fri 1/20/15) - Two in the Win Column... Douglas Bearcats basketball wins a pair at Torrington tonight. The LadyCats jumped out to an early lead and ran off a 68-46 win over the Lady Blazers. Ashlie Blackburn clicked off 9 buckets and 5 of 7 at the foul line to lead all shooters with 23 points. The LadyCats now stand 10-3 overall.

The Bearcats were three starters short... Eric Jamerman, who averaged 17 points a game, joined Jonah Richards and Zane Bull on the bench after injuring his knee in practice this week. Tanner Gamble hit 16 and Ty Larson added 12 as the Bearcats beat the Blazers 53-44. Douglas improves to 9-4 with the win.

The Bearcats and LadyCats host Wheatland Saturday night.

(Wed 1/28/15) - The Douglas Bearcats get kicked out of the top-5 this week, and the 3A boys basketball poll gets a big shuffle.

With two starters on the bench due to injuries, the Cats lost to Worland and Buffalo over the weekend, and the former #1 drops to the 7th slot in the Wyopreps.com coaches and media poll.

Rawlins moves up from 2 to 1, Glenrock's up from 5 to 2, and Lander, Worland and Buffalo debut at 3-4-5.

(Tue 1/27/15) - Rosters named for the 42nd annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl All-Star Football game, and there's several local athletes who've been invited to play.

Douglas High School places four players on the South roster... they are Bay Parks, Colter Haman, Tanner Gamble and Justin Leman. Also named to the South squad, Derek VandeBossche, Zane Hladkey and Marvin Fitzwater from Lusk, Brady Esquibel from Guernsey-Sunrise, and Juan Gomez, Tray Faessler and PD Miller from Torrington.

North squad plaers include five from Casper Natrona... Logan Wilson, Josh Harshman, Peter Bergman, Stevann Brown and Parker Franzen, and Marcus Nolan and Josue Munoz from Kelly Walsh.

Head coaches from each high school football team in Wyoming nominate senior football players from their squad to play in this game. The coaching staffs from each team then select the 36 players from the schools of that region that best fit their needs.

The 42nd annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl Football game will be played June 13th, 2015 in Casper.

(Fri 1/23/15) - Boys basketball roundup, the Douglas Bearcats got hammered by the Worland Warriors Friday night. Worland's Hoyt Nicholas, who averages 19.5 points a game, put up 32 to lead the Warriors to an 80-45 win over the Bearcats. Douglas played with an injury-shortened bench... senior starters Jonah Richards and Zane Bull will both probably be out for at least another week.

The Glenrock Herders were down by 19 in the first half, but came back to beat Wheatland 58-55.

Rawlins thumped Torrington 75-33.

2A, Lusk beat Southeast 74-34.

Girls basketball, Douglas broke a three-game losing streak with a 45-40 win over Worland. Ashlie Blackburn had 15, and Madison Hoopman added 12.

Wheatland beat Glenrock 51-22.

Rawlins beat Torrington 67-51.

Lusk fell against Southeast 33-50.

Douglas travels to Buffalo Saturday night. Game times have been changed, due to a middle school basketball tournament in Buffalo. The LadyCats will play at 5:30, and the Bearcats at 7pm. Both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at www.kktyonline.com

(Fri 1/16/15) - Another setback for the LadyCats, a big win for the Bearcats... Friday night, the Douglas Bearcats hosted a basketball doubleheader with the Rawlins Outlaws.

Girls action, Rawlins put four players into double figures and Douglas had no answer... Quriss Romero had 23 points to lead 3rd-ranked Rawlins to a 73-62 win over the #1 LadyCats. DHS freshman Madison Hoopman stepped up to lead Douglas scoring with 18, while senior Ashlie Blackburn added 14. It's the second loss in a row for the girls, who now stand 7-2.

The #3 Bearcats got a battle, as expected, from the #1-ranked Outlaws. The Cats held a 4-point lead at halftime, then outshot the Outlaws 22-14 in the 3rd. Rawlins came back big in the 4th quarter, drawing within one point inside the final minute of play. Douglas held on in the final seconds to claim a 65-63 win. Rawlins point-guard Jalen Krening led all scorers with 24... Jonah Richards led Douglas with 21, followed by Eric Jamerman with 15, Ty Larsen hit 14 and Tanner Gamble added 11.

Douglas hosts Powell Saturday afternoon, girls varsity at 2:30, boys varsity at 4 at the Rec Center Gym... both games on KKTY's 100.1FM, and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Tue 1/14/15) - Douglas High School swimmers were at Powell on Saturday and took 4th out of seven teams. The Lander Valley Tigers easily won the meet with 409 points, host Powell was second at 225, followed by Worland with 195 and Douglas with 131.

Top performances for DHS, Trentn Weiss turned in a time of 1:06.92 to win the 100 breaststroke... Weiss also placed 3rd in the 200 IM. Hunter Wortham placed 2nd in the 100 butterfly. Seth Wilson was 5th in the 500 free. Douglas's 200 medley relay team, Seth Wilson, Trentn Weiss, Sam Mittleider and Hunter Wortham, placed 3rd in the event.

The Bearcats swim a duals meet at Rawlins Friday afternoon, then return home to host the Douglas Invitational at the Rec Center pool on Saturday. Action starts at 10:00am.

(Mon 1/13/15) - High school basketball Saturday night, the top-ranked Douglas LadyCats suffer their first loss of the season, falling 60-48 at Wheatland.

The #4 Douglas Bearcats upset the #1 Wheatland Bulldogs 84-64. Wheatland's Kendrick Jackson had 30 points, but it wasn't enough to keep the Bearcats down. Jonah Richards had a 25-point night, Ty Larsen hit 18 and Tanner Gamble had 16.

The Glenrock Herders capped off a good week with a trip to the championship game of the Big Horn Basin Tournament at Worland. Glenrock beat Worland 51-49 in the semis, but fell 66-56 to Powell in the title game.

At the Cheyenne Invite on Saturday, Natrona upset #2 Cheyenne East 51-50, and top-ranked Kelly Walsh beat #5 Sheridan 42-30.

(Mon 1/13/15) - Douglas wrestlers won their own meet this weekend. The Bearcats earned 201 team points to claim the title in the 23-team field at the Shane Shatto Memorial Wrestling Tournament. Sheridan was 36.5 points back for second.

First place finishes for Hunter Haman at 160 and Colter Haman at 170. Colter Haman was behind 4-9 in overtime, but scored 5 points in the final 20 seconds to take the win. Alex Locke was 2nd at 182... 3rd's for Trevor Bennett at 126, and Dalton Burgener at 152.

Douglas JV wrestlers took 5th out of 22 teams.

(Tue 1/6/15) - Tuesday night basketball action, a split for Bearcats basketball teams.

On the road at Glenrock, the Bearcats fell 52-45 to the Herders. Eric Jamerman led all scorers, popping 5 three's for 15 points... Jonah Richards added 11. Tyler Olsen led Glenrock with a 13-point performance... Styker Davis had 10. Glenrock improves to 6-1 with the win, Douglas falls to 5-2.

The top-ranked LadyCats advanced their record to 7-0 with a 58-30 win over the Lady Herders at Douglas.

Next up for the Cats and LadyCats, a doubleheader at Wheatland Saturday night.



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