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(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.

 

(Wed 12/31/14) - A Wyoming Highway Patrolman stationed at Douglas has retired. Wednesday marked Lieutenant Nate Hughes' last day with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Lieutenant Hughes spent 24 years with the State Patrol... he joined in 1990 and was initially stationed in Wamsutter as a Patrolman. In 2005, Lieutenant Hughes transferred to Douglas as the division supervisor for the Douglas, Glenrock and Lusk areas.

Lieutenant Hughes was a lead DUI instructor for both state troopers and all law enforcement in Wyoming instructing at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. Lieutenant Hughes is also one of the first Drug Recognition Experts in Wyoming.

Although retired from the Patrol, Lieutenant Hughes is not done with his law enforcement career. He'll continue serving local citizens from his new position with the Converse County Sheriff's Office in Douglas.

 

(Thu 12/30/14) - The historic Carnagie Library in Lusk should be a little warmer this winter.

A recently-completed project has restored and renovated the original windows in the 1919 library building. The newly-restored windows and new, thermally-efficient, removable storm windows were a fraction of the cost of completely replacing the originals. They should also lower the building's utility costs considerably.

Lusk's library building is one of 16 Carangie Libraries built in Wyoming. Five are still in use... the others are at Lander, Rock Springs, Newcastle and Wheatland.

 

(Fri 12/26/14) - Oil producers looking to pipe crude to Guernsey, Wyoming, and then Cushing, Oklahoma, have been granted an extended opportunity.

Hiland Crude LLC has announced a deadline extension to receive shipper commitments for its Double H Pipeline and Tallgrass Pony Express Pipelines. The Double H pipeline will receive crude from the Bakken and the Powder River Basin. The Pony Express Pipeline will connect to Cushing.

The Double H pipeline is a 488-mile pipeline currently under construction that orginates near Dore, North Dakota and Syndey, Montana.

Belle Fourche Pipeline Company, in conjunction with Bridger Pipeline LLC, announced that they will also work to move Bakken crude through Guernsey. The two pipeline companies have issued an open season call to get volume commitments to support expansions of their common carrier pipeline systems that move Bakken and Powder River Basin crude through Guernsey on its way to Cushing.

 

(Fri 12/26/14) - Wyoming's unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.5 percent in November, in part due to a seasonal decrease in tourism.

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the rate fell 0.2 percentage points from October and matches the state's unemployment rate in November 2013.

Converse County had the lowest unemployment rate in November at 2.8 percent followed by Campbell at 3 percent and Sublette at 3.2 percent.

Teton County had the highest unemployment, rising from 5.2 percent to 7.9 percent, which was expected because the summer tourism season had ended and the ski season had not yet begun.

 

(Wed 12/24/14) - Winter fishing on the North Platte River just got a boost with the release of 1,400 rainbow trout southwest of Casper and in Douglas.

The rainbow trout come from the Boulder Fish Hatchery near Pinedale. The Wyoming and Fish Department says the rainbows average 13 inches long. They include older hatchery fish retired from egg production. Game and Fish commonly releases such fish as well as extra younger fish it has raised for breeding purposes.

Some 700 fish were released in the North Platte between Alcova and Gray Reef dams. Another 700 fish were released in the North Platte near Keith Rider Park in Douglas.

 

(Mon 12/8/14) - The Douglas City Council has given their approval to a couple of worker-targetted housing projects.

At Monday night's meeting, council approved an application to develop an extended-stay hotel at 1163 Prosperity Drive in the Douglas Business Park. Granite Peak Development will build a four-story Value Place hotel with 124 rooms.

City Council also said yes to an application to develop a Mobile Home Park at 914 North 4th Street. Developer Ron McNare said there would be 51 spaces in the new mobile home park.

Both projects hope to break ground this spring.

 

(Mon 12/8/14) - The Wyoming Highway Patrol is sending more troopers to patrol a highway through the booming oil patch in the Powder River Basin.

Traffic on Wyoming Highway 59 between Gillette and Douglas has surged more than 40 percent over the past year. Oil production in the area has doubled over the past five years.

The Highway Patrol began assigning additional troopers to the highway in October to try to reduce speeding, aggressive driving and illegal passing.

Ten troopers already patrol the 100-mile stretch of highway. The Highway Patrol plans to send special details of up to eight additional troopers two to three times a week.

Highway Patrol officials say the additional troopers will come from the Casper and Torrington areas.

 

(Fri 12/5/14) - Increasing energy traffic on Highway 59 north of Douglas has brought on a stronger presence by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Troopers have increased their enforcement efforts between Douglas and Gillette, working altered shifts, and additional troopers have been brought in from other divisions to assist.

From October 25th through November 25th, Wyoming State Troopers issued 325 citations and 141 warnings on WY 59 between Douglas and Gillette. Violations cited include speed, seat belt, improper lane use, following too close, improper turning, stop sign, impaired driving, careless driving, equipment violations, driver's license violations, registration violations, vehicle insurance, drug possession, underage alcohol possession and commercial vehicle violations.

In this same time frame, preliminary numbers show 31 crashes occurred on WY 59 between Douglas and Gillette. One of those crashes resulted in one fatality, eight of those crashes resulted in 14 injuries and 22 of those crashes resulted in property damage only.

 

(Wed 12/3/14) - Several Converse County musicians have earned high school All-State honors. Douglas High School's Jarak Brown and Morgan Grosdidier, and Glenrock High School's Corbin Blanton have been named to the 2015 Wyoming All-State Band; Douglas's Olivia Kitterman and Glenrock's Chris Sater have been named to the All-State Orchestra; and Ashley Borman and Carson Black from Douglas and Mary Cotton and Jonathan Finch from Glenrock have been named members of the 2015 All-State Choir.

All will perform as part of the Wyoming High School Activities Association's All-State Music Festival January 19th and 20th at Sheridan.

 



And in Sports...

(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.

(Sun 12/15/14) - Six games, six wins... Bearcats basketball season openers... Douglas boys and girls both went three for three at the Lander Invite.

Friday night, the Bearcats led Big Piney 27-20 at the half, but the Punchers put on a strong drive in the third quarter, leaving Douglas in a 10-point hole. The Cats fought back and tied the game at 45. With 7 seconds left, Big Piney's Jak Tanner missed two at the line... Douglas's Jonah Richards rebounded, ran it up the floor and tossed a three, which flew short... but Scott Shuler was underneath to tip it in at the buzzer for a 47-45 win.

The LadyCats dominated and cruised to a 54-23 win over the Lady Punchers. Ashley Blackburn led all shooters with 17 points... Bailey Brooks added 11.

Saturday morning, Douglas survived another rough third quarter and fought back late to beat Mountain View 75-61. Tanner Gamble had the hot hand with a 21-point performance... Jonah Richards added 19 and Eric Jamerman hit 16. Douglas flew 9 three-pointers in the win. The LadyCats beat Mountain View 34-28.. Ashley Blackburn had 14.

Saturday evening, two more wins... Douglas beat Lyman 68-39 behind a 25-point performance from Eric Jamerman. The LadyCats beat the Lady Eagles 47-34 to make it a perfect weekend.

The Bearcats are at the Lander Classic this Friday and Saturday, while the LadyCats host the Douglas Classic.

 



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