KKTY NEWS Aug 09 Archive


(Mon 8/31/09) - Green light for a big wind project. PacifiCorp announced this morning a power purchase agreement to acquire the full output of a 200-megawatt wind-powered electric generating project to be built north of Glenrock. The 20-year agreement between PacifiCorp and a subsidiary of Duke Energy is for the Top of the World Wind Energy project, expected to reach commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2010. The wind project will consist of 110 wind turbines: 66 General Electric turbines, each capable of producing 1.5 megawatts; and 44 Siemens Energy, Inc. turbines, each capable of producing 2.3 megawatts. Consistent with Wyoming Gov. David Freudenthal's executive order concerning the conservation of greater sage grouse, Top of the World will be constructed outside of sensitive core areas. The power purchase agreement gives the green light to Duke Energy to go ahead with the project, which was announced in July. It's Duke's second wind project in Converse County... they're also currently building the 99-megawatt Campbell Hill Windpower Project on the Converse - Natrona County line... it's scheduled to come on line later this year.

(Thu 8/27/09) - They're not coming to Converse County, and they're not coming to Wyoming... at least not anytime soon. The Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad has dropped its condemnation lawsuits against some landowners in eastern Wyoming. In court papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, the railroad also said its $6 billion plan to ship Wyoming coal across South Dakota and Minnesota has been put on hold. Some landowners resisted DM&E's plans, prompting the lawsuits. The DM&E's attorneys now say the project will not proceed in the immediate term because of the poor economy. The railroad is based in Sioux Falls, S.D., and owned by Canadian Pacific Railway. The DM&E has been working for years to extend its tracks around the southern end of the Black Hills and into the south end of the Powder River Basin, as well as improving its existing tracks in South Dakota and Minnesota so it can ship coal from northeast Wyoming's Powder River Basin to power plants elsewhere.

(Thu 8/27/09) - Another busy weekend of rodeo here in Douglas as the National Senior Pro Rodeo circut visits Douglas. Bob Stoddard is president of the national association and chairman of the Douglas rodeo committee... he says you have to be over 40 years old to qualify for this weekend's events... audio here

Jackpot team roping begins Friday morning at 10, with rodeo performances Saturday night at 7, Sunday afternoon at 2, and Monday night at 7pm. All performances will be held at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds.

(Wed 8/26/09) - A long prison sentence... A Douglas resident has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for taking a boy to Chicago for sexual purposes. U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson also ordered that 41-year-old William Batton be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life following his prison term and that he register as a sex offender. Batton was indicted several months ago on one count of interstate transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sexual acts. He was convicted of the crime after a six-day trial in June. According to court records, a 13-year-old boy told investigators that Batton had taken him to Chicago in 2007 and molested him while they were staying at a hotel. Batton and the boy's mother had known each other for several years, according to court records.

(Tue 8/25/09) - Douglas students head back to class today as schools reopen for the fall. Converse County District 1 administration is expecting just over 1600 students to return to school today... about 400 at Primary, 385 at Intermediate, 264 at Douglas Middle School and 561 at Douglas High School. Drivers are reminided to be careful and watch for students walking to and from school, and be very aware of speed limits in school zones around town. Glenrock students get one more day to sleep in... Converse County District 2 schools open tomorrow. Converse County kids are getting a bit of a break... Casper schools started on Monday last week, and Glendo and Platte County schools went back to class last Thursday.

(Mon 8/24/09) - No charges against Glenrock Police officers for taser use. The Converse County attorney says his office won't file any charges after police used a Taser to try to subdue a 76-year-old man driving an antique tractor during a Glenrock parade. County and Prosecuting Attorney Quentin Richardson released a statement Monday after reviewing the state Division of Criminal Investigation's report into the Aug. 1 incident. Glenrock Police Chief Tom Sweet says Bud Grose ignored an officer's traffic command and then kept driving until officers pulled in front of him. Sweet says an officer shocked Grose with a Taser, but that failed to subdue him. Sweet says Grose climbed down from the tractor only after his son talked him down.

(Mon 8/24/09) - The Douglas City Council meets tonight, and is expected to approve a contract for employment with Interim City Administrator Forrest Neuerburg. The city's Community Development Director, Neuerberg agreed at the August 10th council meeting to also serve as the city's interim administrator while the council goes through the process of hiring a permanent administrator. A contract will be presented for the council's approval tonight. Also tonight, the council will consider a Lease/Management contract with the Douglas Community Club golf course, will consider the possible sale of three pieces of city-owned property - a house at 62 State Highway 93, near the water tanks on the west side of town, the Holberg House on South 3rd across from rhe old city hall, and a single lot on the hill on the 800 block of East Cedar Street. The Council will also consider a request to transfer the city's agreement with Adams Building Contractors to design and construct the Turbine Cubs building in the Douglas Business Park from the City of Douglas to CANDO. The City's primary role in the project was to act as fiscal agent, administering funds granted by the Wyoming Business Council. With the bulk of the work done on the project, the City can assign the rest of the project to CANDO for completion of final details. The City Council meets tonight at Douglas City Hall. Work session begins at 6:15, and the Council meeting is at 7pm. Meetings are open to the public, and are broadcast live on Communicom Cable channel 61.

(Mon 8/24/09) - The prospect of wind energy development in the northern Laramie Range is stirring debate among residents of the area. A representative of Wasatch Wind of Heber City, Utah, says the company is in the early stages of studying the area for a possible wind farm. Rick Grant, a Glenrock-area rancher, says he welcomes the chance to get into wind energy. He says it would diversify his income and enable his family to continue ranching the land that his family's been on for the past 123 years. Grant says he's been in negotiations with Wasatch to lease his property for possible wind farm development. Converse County has no zoning laws, but Grant said he is trying to minimize impacts on his neighbors. Grant said he sees wind development as a chance to diversify his ranch's revenue, and he would rather see a wind farm than further subdivision of the land for new houses. On the other side is the Northern Laramie Range Alliance. The group formed this spring to fight against a segment of a proposed transmission line that would cut across the range. The group also is also opposing plans by Wasatch or other wind developers to build a wind farm in the mountainous area south of Glenrock. Group members say the area is home to multiple uses and is inappropriate for a major wind farm.

(Thu 8/20/09) - A mammoth discovery north of Glenrock. Casper College researchers have found the skull and tusk of Dee, an 11 thousand year old Columbian Mammoth fossil that's been under excavation for the past three years. The skeleton was first discovered in 2006 on the Allemand Ranch 40 miles north of Glenrock. The rest of the bones had been found, but the head and the second tusk had been washed down a streambed away from the rest of the bones. Casper College geology instructor Kent Sundell says the tusk probably would have contained over 200 pounds of ivory when the mammoth was alive. Once fully catalogued and mounted at Casper College's Tate Geological Museum, Dee will be the largest and most complete mammoth discovered in Wyoming and one of the largest mounted in the world.

(Thu 8/20/09) - Two Converse County ranch families were among 20 such families honored at the Wyoming State Fair last week. Steven Dilts of the Dilts Ranch Company and the Prager Family, of the Prager Ranch Inc. were were recognized for owning and operating the same agriculture property for 100 years or more during ceremonies Thursday at the Wyoming Pioneer Museum in Douglas. The State Historic Preservation Office re-established the Centennial Farm and Ranch Program in 2006. Partners in the program are the Wyoming Stock Growers, the Wyoming Wool Growers, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Rural Electric Association and the Wyoming Business Council. Each family was recognized with a certificate and metal sign for display on their properties. Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis made the presentations.

(Wed 8/19/09) - Five Idaho counties plan to back an alternative route for a proposed Wyoming-to-Idaho power transmission line next Monday. Idaho's Bannock, Oneida, Power, Cassia, and Twin Falls counties contend the path now favored by two utilities bankrolling the $2 billion project cuts a disruptive swath through too much private land. The Bureau of Land Management is still deciding where the Gateway West project should go. It's proposed by Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power Co. to run 1,150 miles from Glenrock, Wyo., to Melba in western Idaho. The alternative, however, includes a detour further south along Idaho's border with Utah and Nevada that would add millions to the project. Farmers say the existing plan would hurt agriculture; Idaho Power said it wants to work with counties and others to find a suitable route, but it fears the alternative will be too costly for rate payers.

(Tue 8/18/09) - A Rolling Hills woman is dead following an early morning rollover west of Glenrock. 37 year old Sara Perales was killed just after midnight this morning when a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 18 year old Lon Jones of Rolling Hills rolled off Highway 20-26 about six miles west of Glenrock. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the vehicle drifted off the right side of the roadway and Jones overcorrected the to the left, causing the vehicle to roll several times. Seat belts were in use and airbags were deployed. Both lanes of US 20/26 were closed for about 2 1/2 hours while Troopers completed their on scene investigation and cleared the roadway of crash debris. When the investigation is complete, Troopers will turn the findings of their crash investigation over to the Converse County Attorney, who will make a determination as to the filing of any criminal charges.

(Tue 8/17/09) - A judge sentenced a Douglas woman to 30 days in jail yesterday for falsely accusing a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper of groping her during a traffic stop last month. 43 year old Lisa Wooden was also fined $250 after she pleaded guilty in Converse County Circuit Court to one count of reporting false information. Wooden first made the allegations against the patrolman when she called 911 on July 22. She claimed he stopped her twice as she drove between Douglas and Bill. Wooden said the second time, he groped her during a search. Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation reviewed video from the trooper's patrol car. The video showed the officer could not have stopped Wooden a second time because he had pulled over someone else. During a subsequent interview with the agents, Wooden admitted to inventing the accusations. She did not give a reason why she made up the story.

(Fri 8/14/09) - A woman accused of stealing a car as its owner clung to the hood is behind bars here in Converse County. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 26-year-old Kim Lucero of Denver was arrested Wednesday after a trooper found her stopped along Interstate 25 near Douglas. The trooper stopped to offer assistance but arrested her after learning the 1995 Nissan was stolen. Her 3 year old daughter, was put in the care of social workers. Lucero is accused of stealing the car from outside a sandwich shop in Denver. The owner, 31-year-old Ryan Calles, jumped on the moving car and was thrown to the ground several blocks later. The car never stopped and reached speeds up to 50 mph before turning. Calles fell and hit his head, and while he was originally admitted in critcal condition, he was listed in serious condition yesterday at a Denver hospital. Denver Police want to bring Lucero back to Colorado relatively soon. She could fight extradition, which could lengthen the process. In Wyoming, she'll face DUI and controlled substance charges... in Colorado, prosecutors on Thursday filed five charges against her, including attempted first-degree murder, and extreme indifference.

(Fri 8/14/09) - A new job for a Douglas school administrator. DHS assistant principal Troy Lake is the new principal at Guernsey-Sunrise High School. Lake came to Douglas from Gillette in 2000, and has been assistant principal at Douglas High School for the past eight years. The Guernsey job gives Lake a chance to step up to a principal's job, while remaining in eastern Wyoming.

(Thu 8/13/09) - Police in Wyoming and Colorado are looking for a former Glenrock business owner... and Fort Collins police are helping brides find dresses after a bridal shop closed and failed to deliver wedding gowns that were bought and paid for. Police spokeswoman Rita Davis said employees of Mountain Avenue Bridal and police are working with brides to find an appropriate dress from 50 sample dresses seized at the shop. Only one bride has taken a dress, while two have chosen veils. A message could not be left Wednesday at a number listed for store owner Patty Burling. The Colordoan newspaper reported similar occurrences involving prom dresses at another shop owned by Burling called Bella Novia Bridal Boutique in Glenrock, Wyo., that closed earlier this year. Davis declined to say what charges Burling may face.

(Mon 8/10/09) - City Council names an Interim City Administrator. The Douglas City Council has named Douglas Community Development Director Forrest Neuerburg to serve as City Administrator in an interim position while they begin the process of filling the job on a permanent basis. At tonight's Council meeting, Councilmen Reynolds, Russell and Chiapuzio spoke in favor of Neuerburg to fill the job left empty when the council fired City Administrator Bobbe Fitzhugh two weeks ago. Naming an interim Administrator will allow the City to continue to keep its management structure in place while the search is on for a permanent Admininstrator. The Council met with Neuerburg for about 45 minutes in executive session to work out the details, including pay and benefits, then returned to open session, where Mayor Marilyn Werner appointed Neuerburg to the job with full council support. Neuerburg will have limited authority in the interim position, as defined by his contract, and will continue to serve in his full position as Douglas Community Development Director.

(Mon 8/10/09) - The process is beginning for the City to hire a new, permanent Administrator. The Mayor and City Council will define the parameters and job description for the position, then the City will advertise the opening. Filling the seat left open on the Council when Werner was named Mayor will be a bit quicker proposition. The council will advertise the council seat as open in the paper this week and next, applications will be accepted through Thursday, September 3rd, and then anybody who's applied will be requested to come to the Council meeting on Monday, September 14th to be interviewed by the Council... who will then appoint their newest member.

(Wed 8/5/09) - A 76-year-old Glenrock man shot with a Taser by police during the Deer Creek Days parade this weekend says it hurt but he's OK. Retired truck driver Bud Grose of Glenrock told The Associated Press that he has a heart condition but he didn't require any medical attention. He declined to discuss specifics of the incident until he speaks to his attorney. Two officers in the town of Glenrock were placed on paid leave and state agents are investigating, but the police chief says it doesn't appear any policies were violated. State investigator Tim Hill says the police officers contend Grose disobeyed their orders while riding on an antique tractor during the town's parade Saturday.

(Wed 8/5/09) - Changes at the top for the Douglas Police Department. Police Chief Lori Emmert made public this week her plans to leave the force after the first of the year. Emmert went to work for the City of Douglas originally in 1980... she's served as Chief of Police since 2003. Emmert's retirement plans had nothing to do with last week's changes in city administration... the chief announced her plans to retire internally to the department and administration in June.

(Wed 8/5/09) - The Wyoming Army National Guard has a new state command sergeant major, the highest-ranking enlisted soldier in the Army Guard. Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Allan, of Torrington, formerly of Douglas, will succeed State Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Russell, who's retiring after 39 years of service. As the state command sergeant major, Tom Allan will be a member of the Wyoming Guard's senior staff and will represent the Guard's nearly 2,000-member enlisted force. Allan has previously served as a command sergeant major and the heavy mobile equipment repair supervisor with the Wyoming Army Guard at Camp Guernsey. Allan takes over on Oct. 1 during a change of authority ceremony.

(Wed 8/5/09) - You can still mail a letter at Manville, and you can still buy stamps at Lost Springs. There are no Wyoming post offices on the list of nearly 700 identified by the Postal Service for possible closure or consolidation. The agency recently sent a list of potential candidates to the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for review. The Postal Service is looking at the possibility of closing or consolidating some of the more than 32,700 post offices across the country as it deals with financial losses. Last year, mail volume fell by 9.5 billion pieces to a total of 203 billion pieces. It is expected to fall by 28 billion pieces this year to a total of 175 billion pieces.

(Mon 8/3/09) - Marilyn Werner will serve as Douglas Mayor. In a special session at Douglas City Hall this morning, the Douglas City Council voted unanimosly to appoint Councilwoman Marilyn Werner to finish the term of Mayor Jim Schneider, who resigned following last Monday's city council meeting. As Council President, Werner has served as interim mayor for the past week, and this morning's vote means she'll step off of the council and serve out Schneider's term, which ends in 2010. The Council will now begin the process of filling Werner's council seat by accepting the names of those interested in being on the council. Council members will then appoint someone to fill the term. The City Council this morning also named Scott Peasley to serve as City Attorney. Peasley replaces Jim Hardee, who also resigned last week.




(Mon 8/31/09) - The Douglas Bearcats football team dominated the Star Valley Braves from the opening kickoff Saturday afternoon. In a zero-week game that does not count against either team's season record, the Cats hammered the Braves 42-0. The Cats scored on each of their first two snaps, as quarterback Hayden Barker handed the ball to running back Pierre Etchemendy, who ran in a 19 yarder and a 67 yarder. Etchemendy had 142 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half... Douglas scoring also saw Justin Melton, Houston Falkenburg and Dillon Klava in the endzone. The Cats defense also earned two points, forcing a safety on the Star Valley quarterback in the second quarter. Douglas travels to Belle Fourche this Friday night for their season opener. Pregame's at 6:40 Friday night on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Mon 8/31/09) - The Buffalo Lady Bison won the Douglas Invitational volleyball tournament on Saturday, but both Converse County teams got off to a good start. Douglas and Buffalo both went 5-1 in pool play, and the Glenrock Lady Herders were 3-3. In bracket play, Newcastle beat Southeast, Buffalo beat Kemmerer, Douglas beat Torrington and Glenrock beat Lusk. In the semi's, Buffalo beat Newcastle and Glenrock knocked off Douglas. The LadyCats won the first game 25-20, then Glenrock came back and won the next two, 25-19, 15-9. Buffalo beat Glenrock in three to take the championship match. Douglas volleyballers travel to the Gillette Invite this Friday and Saturday.

(Thu 8/27/09) - LadyCats Spikers set to play... The Douglas High School volleyball team opens their season this weekend, hosting the Douglas Invite. Coach Angela Rhoades says the LadyCats will return some good experience to the court this season... audio here

At this weekend's tournament, the LadyCats will meet the Lusk Tigers first, with Kemmerer and Newcastle also in the pool. The other side of the bracket features Torrington, Southeast, Buffalo and Glenrock. Action starts Saturday morning at 9 at the DHS Rec Center Gym.

(Mon 8/24/09) - Douglas High School golfers host the Douglas Invite today and tomorrow. Teams from Rawlins, Wheatland and Torrington are in town for the invite, and DHS golf coach Chase Plumb says Cheyenne Central and East and Casper's Natrona and Kelly Walsh High Schools will all send some of their younger golfers to compete... about 60 golfers are expected to shoot here. The Douglas Invitiational began today at noon and continues tomorrow at 9am at the Douglas Community Club.

(Wed 8/19/09) - Another pre-season beauty contest... the first WyoPreps.com coaches and media poll puts the defending state champion Douglas Bearcats in the number 2 slot, behind the Buffalo Bison, who the Bearcats beat in the State Championship game last fall. Cody, Star Valley and Powell round out the 3A ranks. The Glenrock Herders are ranked #1 in 2A, followed by Kemmerer, Burns, Big Horn and Lovell. Southeast is ranked #1 in the 1A poll, followed by the Lusk Tigers, Cokeville, Wind River and Burlington. Among the big schools, Green River tops defending champ Gillette in 4A, and in the new 6-man class, Guernsey-Sunrise leads Meeteetsee, Hanna, Ten Sleep and Midwest. First practices of the season were held on Monday... first practices in pads are set for tomorrow.

(Wed 8/19/09) - The Wyoming defense captured its first scrimmage victory of the fall with a 29-28 win over the offense on Tuesday. The Cowboys defense forced two interceptions and one fumble, while recording nine tackles for losses of 39 yards, including six sacks. Cowboy defenders also broke up six passes on the day, and didn't give up a passing touchdown. Junior college transfer Robert Benjamin played with the No. 1 offense. He completed 5-of-10 passes for 89 yards and threw one interception. Senior Karsten Sween guided the No. 2 offense and was 9-of-13 for 107 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Tuesday's scrimmage consisted of 93 plays and was the second of four scrimmages planned during fall practice. The offense won the first scrimmage last Friday.

(Mon 8/17/09) - High school fall sports begin their fall practices today, and the Douglas Bearcats football team will find themselves in a new conference this fall. The WHSAA shuffled the football classes last spring, doing away with the 5A Class and creating 6-man football for the state's smallest schools. Douglas is now classified 3A for football, as they have been for all other sports. While the big 4A schools began practice last week, practice for all other classes of football starts today, with the first day of pads on Thursday, August 20th. Teams will play an 8-game schedule with the top 4 in each conference qualifying for the playoffs. This system replaces the power rankings. The 1A and 2A championship games are scheduled for Friday, November 13th, with the 3A and 6-man games being played the next day. The Bearcats open play with a Zero Week game against Star Valley... we'll meet in the middle at Riverton on Saturday, August 29th.