KKTY NEWS Apr 10 Archive


(Wed 4/28/10) - The Governor talked... the Governor listened. Over 150 people attended a "community conversation" with Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal at Douglas High School last night. The main topic of the open mike conversation was wind development and electrical transmission line siting, and Freudenthal told the crowd that it's important to talk through the issues and find solutions that fit for Wyoming... audio here

At the end of the evening, Governor Freudenthal told KKTY News that he got an earful... audio here

The governor said there are two more similar meetings on his schedule... audio here

The governor's next community conversation will be in Wheatland on May 24th. The meeting in Kemmerer will be held in June.

(Tue 4/27/10) - Springtime's here, and Converse County's going back to work. According to the latest numbers for the Wyoming Department of Employment, Converse County's umemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent in February to 6.5 percent in March. Both rate are higher that the 5.6 percent reported in March of 2009, but we're still in better shape than the 7.3 percent statewide unemployment rate, and the 9.7 percent nationwide unemployment rate.

(Mon 4/26/10) - Wyoming Game and Fish officials say authorized inspectors will make the call on whether a boat should be checked for mussels this summer as the state tries to fend off an invasion. Wyoming has a new law aimed at controlling invasive mussels that have shown up in Colorado, Utah and Nebraska. None have been reported in Wyoming. Officials say the mussels can hurt fisheries and are expensive to control. Game and Fish spokesman Eric Keszler says boat inspections will be done at Glendo Reservoir and other major lakes and reservoirs throughout the state on a rotating basis. He says boats that have been in mussel-infected water in the past 30 days would require an inspection unless they've been decontaminated and sealed.

(Tue 4/13/10) - The 2010 road construction season in Wyoming begins in earnest this month, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation has a couple of jobs that will affect drivers in the Douglas area. WyDot will resurface about eleven miles of I-25, starting at exit 135 on the east side of town, continuing past exit 140 and out to mile marker 146. Work will include bridge improvement at the West Douglas interchange at exit 140. Construction will begin soon and should be wrapped up by September.

(Tue 4/13/10) - The public is getting a chance to comment on proposals for addressing a grasshopper outbreak forecast for Wyoming this summer. The Bureau of Land Management has proposed two options that would both use pesticides, but one option would create bigger buffers than the other option around wildlife, water and threatened plants. The BLM also could do nothing. The public has until April 26 to submit comments on the plan. Based on surveys of the grasshopper outbreak last year, the BLM estimates that about 1.2 million acres that it administers in Converse County and elsewhere across Wyoming is threatened by a predicted infestation of grasshoppers that could hurt wildlife and livestock. That's nearly 7 percent of BLM-administered land in the state.

(Tue 4/13/10) - A Douglas High School graduate has been elected to a student leadership position at the University of Wyoming. Elizabeth Brown, a sophomore in political science/criminal justice, was elected vice president of the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW). The student government oversees a budget of more than $1 million, including funding for a variety of student programs. Cameron Nazminia of Denver was elected president. More than 28 percent of UW's eligible students voted in the online election held last Wednesday through Friday.

(Tue 4/13/10) - A rural post office celebrated its centennial last week. The Van Tassell post office marked 100 years in the small community on Highway 20, east of Lusk and just two miles west of the Nebraska state line. When the railroad crossed into Wyoming in 1886, officials placed a depot on the Wyoming side and named it after one of the largest landowners in the Rocky Mountain West, Van Rensselaer Schuyler Van Tassell, who owned the land the rails crossed. Charles Wheeler was the first Postmaster when the Van Tassell post office opened in 1910, and the community was incorporated as a town in 1916. At its peak in the early '20's, the community had about 200 residents, a new hotel, a bank, furniture store and billiard parlor, two hardware stores, lumber yard, two churches, weekly newspaper, blacksmith shop, electric light plant, three cafes and city jail. The charter for the very first American Legion Post in the United States was granted to Van Tassell. The sign on the edge of town now claims 10 residents in the Niobrara County community.

(Fri 4/9/10) - The Wyoming Department of Corrections has named a new warden for the state's only women's prison and promoted the former warden to an administrative position in Cheyenne. Corrections Department Director Bob Lampert announced Thursday that Phil Myer will become warden of the Wyoming Women's Center in Lusk. The prison houses minimum through maximum offenders and has about 190 inmates. Myer has been the correctional program manager at the prison since 2007. Myer replaces Dan Shannon, who is moving to Cheyenne to serve as the department's prison division administrator, a position overseeing the state's five prisons. Shannon has been the warden in Lusk since 2007.

(Thu 4/8/10) - A coal mine employee was taken to the Gillette hospital Tuesday night after an accident between a pickup and a haul truck at North Antelope Rochelle Mine. Capt. Roy Seeman with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office says a haul truck had just dumped its load and was returning to the pit when the driver of the pickup pulled in front of the haul truck and was hit. The driver of the pickup truck was a 21-year old male. Although his exact condition is unknown, Seeman said that originally they called for Life Flight but then the later report looks like all he had was a cut on the head and hand and a foot injury that they were icing down. No citations have been issued at this time. The incident, however, is still under investigation and MSHA will also conduct their own investigation into this incident as well.

(Wed 4/7/10) - Boaters heading to Glendo and Wyoming's other state park lakes and reservoirs this summer should expect some delays to allow for boat inspections intended to find any exotic mussels. The Wyoming Legislature this year created a boat inspection program intended to prevent exotic quagga and zebra mussels from getting established in state waters. They've already been found in\par some neighboring states. Boaters will be required to purchase permits to support the inspection program. The permits will cost between $5 and $30 depending on whether the boat is from within the state and how large it is.

(Wed 4/7/10) - Renewable energy, energy-saving techniques and tours of on- and off-grid wind and solar energy systems are topics in a small-scale renewable energy workshop in Douglas. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at McKibben Cafeteria on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. Lunch and refreshments are provided. The workshop is sponsored by the Converse County office of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service, the Converse County Conservation District and SunPower Energy. If you'd like to attend the workshop, call Extension educator Ashley Garrelts at 358-2417 or at ashleyg@uwyo.edu .