KKTY NEWS Aug 08 Archive


(Thu 8/28/08) - The lights were on all night last night at Bearcat Stadium in Douglas. Hella Construction is scrambling to put the final touches on the installation of Stadia Blend artificial turf at the high school football field. Hella has brought in extra crews, and has gone to a 24-hour-a-day work schedule in an attempt to get the field finished before the Bearcats scrimmage against Torrington on Saturday. The million dollar turf and track reconstruction had an original completion date of August 14th.

(Tue 8/26/08) - The Douglas community moved another step closer to 24 hour daycare last night. CANDO executive director Joe Coyne addressed the Douglas City Council, first reviewing the results of a two-year-old study that defined a strong need for 24-hour daycare in the community. Coyne then said that CANDO is currently working with developers to build two 24-hour child care facilities, one near Douglas Middle School in the Stone Meadow Acres subdivision, and one in the Meadowlark Trails subdivision east of Keith Rider Park. Both daycares could handle up to 78 kids. CANDO is asking the city to apply for Business Ready Community grants from the Wyoming Business Council. Those grants would not only help cover the cost of construction of the buildings, they would also help cover the cost of extending infrasturcture, roads, water and sewer to the locations. While the developers would benefit, they're also chipping in to make the childcare projects happen, donating the land and in-kind services to match ten percent of the cost of developing the facilities. The BRC grant application deadline is September 15th. The City Council will consider asking for the grant at its September 8th meeting.

(Fri 8/22/08) - The power plant celebrates a half a century. Rocky Mountain Power is planning a community celebration tomorrow to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dave Johnston Power Plant at Glenrock. When the first 100-megawatt generating unit was completed in October 1958, it became the cornerstone of Pacific Power's generating system in Wyoming. The company now operates in Wyoming as Rocky Mountain Power. Three more units were completed over the next 14 years, and design improvements in 1977 increased the plant's capacity to a total of 762 megawatts.

Rocky Mountain Power has planned a day full of fun tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. at the park next to the plant. Park activities will have a 1950s theme and will feature performances by 1950s era celebrity impersonators and other entertainers, catered lunch and dinner, activities for children, pony rides, music and dancing, a melodrama, bingo, car show, plant memorabilia, vendor booths and more. Those attending are asked to park at the Glenrock High School parking lots, and shuttle busses will run between the High School and the Dave Johnston plant park, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Bus tours to the Glenrock wind farm will also be offered, beginning at 8 a.m. and originating at the Glenrock High School parking lot. Buses will leave for the wind farm every hour, ending at 5 p.m., with an expected round-trip lasting about one and a half hours.

(Thu 8/21/08) - Work on replacing the West Yellowstone bridge over the North Platte River begins this week as the existing structure will be closed to traffic beginning today. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use Richards Street to cross the river during the construction. Alternate routes will be well-marked by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Motorists will be directed to take Brownfield Road, Pearson Street or Riverbend to Richards Street to cross the river. Side streets in the immediate area will not be affected. Demolition of the existing bridge is expected to begin in October, however grading work and the construction of retaining walls will begin immediately after the bridge's closure. Construction will continue into next year with the anticipated opening of the new bridge set for May 2009.

(Tue 8/19/08) - Converse County voters narrowed their choices at the polls in yesterday's primary election.

In the Converse County Commission races, two four-year seats and one two-year seat will be open as the Commission expands from three members to five. On the Republican ticket for the four-year seats, State Senator Dave Edwards and Glenrock Police Chief Mike Collings will advance to the general election. Edwards led a close race with 1289 votes... Colling got 1246 and Gene Pexton of Douglas was just 13 votes out of the running with 1233. Glenrock's Jerry Street collected 1089 votes. Colling and Edwards will face Democrat Louis Stock in the general in November. For the two-year seat, Glenrock's Tony Lehner, the Lady Herders basketball coach and a retired teacher, gathererd 1142 votes to advance to the general. Terry Henderson got 1042 votes, and Jim Twiford earned 560. Lehner will face Democratic candidate Chesie Lee for the lone two year seat on the commission in November.

The nonpartisan election for the Douglas City Council will advance four names in the race for two seats. The top four vote-getters in the primary were Tony Reynolds with 619, incumbant Marilyn Werner with 465, Lloyd Jackson with 389 and Ralph Hancock with 387. Those four names will appear on the general election ballot in November. The rest of the candidates tallied votes as follows... O Don Hill had 151, Greg Mueller had 128, Glenn Maguire had 125 and Brian Cody had 52. There were 12 write-ins.

For the Glenrock town council, Rosalie Goff got 409 votes, Linda Care got 341 and Carl Lembke tallied 308.

For the Rolling Hills town council, Denni Laird got 67 votes, Michael Dority got 47 and Jon Maines got 44.

In the state legislature races, Republican incumbant Jim Anderson will face Democratic challenger Jay Wright in November for senate district 1... both ran unopposed on their respective party tickets. For house district 3, Frank Peasley wins the Republican nod... the district covers parts of Converse and Platte Counties, and voters in both counties gave Peasley 1059 votes, Randy Stevenson of Wheatland had 633 votes, and Kirby Wilson of Wheatland earned 280. Peasley will meet Wheatland Democrat Terry Jones, who defeated Wheatland's Laurel Marker in the Democratic race.In the HD6 race, Glenrock's Richard Cannady defeates Douglas's Mark Cash 881 to 682 on the Republican ticket. Cannady will face Democrat Chase Anfinson, who ran unopposed. Incumbant Democrat Ross Diercks of Lusk will run unopposed in the general election... there were no Republican candidates filed for the HD2 seat in the primary.

Federal races, Democrat Chris Rothfuss defeats Al Hamburg 286 to 149 in Converse County... Republican incumbant Mike Enzi will be on the other side of that ticket in November. In the other US Senate race, Casper legislator Keith Goodenough beats Gillette lawyer Nick Carter 273 to 186 in Converse County. Republican incumbant John Barasso will move ahead in that race in the general election. And in the race for the House seat that will be vacated by Barbara Cubin, Republican Cynthia Lummis wins in Converse County with 1241 votes. Buffalo rancher Mark Gordon earns 929, Bill Winney gets 402 and Michael Holland gets 105. Democrat Gary Taruner and Libertarian David Herbert will advance to the general unopposed on their tickets. The fedeal races will, of course, see Converse County's numbers added to the election finals for elsewhaere around the state.

Converse County saw a 61 percent voter turnout at Tuesday's primaries. Out of 5547 registered voters, 3390 ballots were cast.

(Fri 8/1/08) - The annual Sturgis Rally begins this weekend, so it's a good time to remember to watch out for an increased number of motorcyclists using Wyoming's highways. WYDOT District 2 public involvement specialist Jeff Goetz says we'll see more 2-wheeled traffic on area roads. Goetz says drivers should use extra caution. In 2007, there were 457 motorcycles crashes in Wyoming, up 32 from 2006. Along Wyoming's I-25/I-90 corridor into the Sturgis area, there were 272 motorcycle crashes in 2007. Traditionally, July and August are the highest traveling months, with just over 5,000 vehicles per day traveling through Casper and Douglas on I-25.