KKTY NEWS Aug 10 Archive


(Sun 8/29/10) - A 3,000-acre wildfire in western Converse County has been contained. No structures were threatened in the fire reported Thursday 15 miles east of Casper. Natrona County Fire Protection District officials estimated the fire scorched 2,500 in Converse County and 500 acres in Natrona County. Authorities originally estimated the fire scorched between 5,000 and 7,000 acres. Low temperatures and no wind Thursday night helped crews contain the blaze by Friday noon. No injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation.

(Fri 8/27/10) - Hot, dry weather is necessitating a county wide fire ban here in Converse County. County Commission chair Ed Werner says that at the request of the County Fire Warden, the Board of Commissioners will convene a special meeting this morning to consider enacting a county wide fire ban. Due to the necessary timeliness of this action, it cannot wait until the next scheduled meeting on September 7. Werner says that while the fire ban has become the norm over the past several years, a wetter spring means that the ban is going into effect much later than usual this year.

(Wed 8/25/10) - Local students are heading back to class. Glendo students started school on Monday, Niobrara County schools at Lusk and Lance Creek opened yesterday. Converse County School District 2 at Glenrock starts the school year today. District 1 students at Douglas begin classes on Thursday.

(Wed 8/25/10) - Paperwork is moving ahead for a planned wind farm south of Glenrock. Representatives of Wasatch Wind met with Natrona County Commissioners in a work session in Casper on Tuesday. Michelle Stevens told county commissioners that Wasatch is preparing an application to the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council for the 66-turbine, 100-megawatt Pioneer Wind Park, which probably will need roads and lodging for workers in Natrona County as well as in Converse County. Wasatch Wind intends to build the project in two 50-megawatt stages, and has already signed 20-year power purchase agreements with Rocky Mountain Power. The first stage is expected to begin commercial operations by the end of 2011. Stevens said Wasatch Wind has signed lease agreements with 11 landowners for 27,000 acres and has applied for a lease of 2,700 acres of state lands. The turbine sites and infrastructure will occupy about 2 percent of this land area, and none of it is in core sage grouse area.

(Tue 8/24/10) - One more check from Wyoming Community Gas. Stephanie Reeves with Wyoming Community Gas appeared before the Douglas City Council last night to answer questions about whether the City could continue to recieve Community Enhancement money from the WCG joint powers board after the City Council dropped its membership in the Wyoming Association of Municipalities. Reeves cited the clause in the joint powers agreement that affects the city... audio here

Reeves said WAM's lawyers made the following observation... audio here

So what's it all mean? audio here

Reeves said that the monies returned to communities are based on the number of customers who sign each spring with Wyoming Community Gas... audio here

The Wyoming Community Gas board meets next month in Riverton, and Douglas City Council members have been invited to attend.

(Sun 8/22/10) - Over 100 entries in Saturday morning's Wyoming State Fair Parade, and judges have named the best of the best... in the youth floats division, Quest Neuharth placed 1st, Barnyard Jazz was 2nd and Jobs Daughters placed 3rd. The DHS cheerleaders placed 1st in youth entertainment, and Jill's Dance Studio placed 2nd.The DHS Marching Band won the High School bands division. In the adult divisions, Service & Independant 1st place went to Converse County Coalition, Independant Cattlemen of Wyoming was 2nd and the Converse County Cowbelles placed 3rd. Equestrian, it was Living Historians of the Wyoming Frontier in 1st place, Eastern Wyoming Pony Express was second and TLC Therapy and Strengthening placed 3rd. the Wagons division was won by Wagonhound Land & Livestock, follwed by Dick Garrison's Escort Wagon and bunkhouse Boarding placed 3rd. Entertainment, it was the Korein Shrine Indians in 1st places, Korein Oriental Band in 2nd and the Casper Chrine Boosters in 3rd. Re/Max Horizon Realty won the Commercial division, followed by trends Salon 2nd and Ellis Harvest Home 3rd. Prosper Etchemendy won the Commmercial Vehicles division, Central Wyoming Antique Power was 2nd and Wyoming Street Rods Association placed 3rd. And the big winner? The Walker Creek Homemakers entry was judged the Grand Prize winner in this year's Wyoming State Fair Parade. Congratulations to all, and thanks to all entries for your hard work making the 2010 Wyoming State Fair Parade a success.

(Fri 8/20/10) - Recounts in Glenrock precincts did not change the outcome of Tuesday's primary elections. Converse County Clerk Lucile Taylor says that recounts were triggered by a one-vote difference in the Glenrock mayor's race and a provisional ballot or absentee ballot had not been included in the irugunal numbers. After a recount of the 13 precincts affected, Michael McQueary was still one vote ahead of Linda Care, so McQueary will join Sue Dills on the general election ballot in November. The recount also showed Rick Grant one vote closer, but still 11 behind in the race for House District 6, so incumbant Richard Cannady will advance to the general, where he'll run unopposed.

(Fri 8/20/10) - More campgrounds open... Additional campgrounds at Glendo State Park that were closed by flooding earlier this year have been restored and will reopen for the weekend. Dunes campground at Sandy Beach, Whiskey Gulch and Sagebrush will all reopen by 6 p.m. Friday. The join other Glendo campgrounds that have reopened, including Bennett Hill, Cottonwood, Willow, Reno Cove, Red Hills, Custer Cove, Soldier Rock, Shelter Point and Two Moon The campgrounds that remain closed are: Waters Point, Broken Arrow, Burnt Wagon, Muddy Bay and Elk Horn. State Park staff estimate that these campgrounds will be open by Sept. 1. The Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails thank the public for helping with the mitigation by staying clear of flooded areas and sites that have been under construction.

(Fri 8/20/10) - A Douglas man is dead following an auto accident on Wednesday. 31 year old Justin Hill was traveling northbound on I-25 4 miles west of Douglas when his Ford F-350 truck suffered a blowout on the right front tire. The failure caused Hill to lose control of the vehicle and it went off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert in the right-of-way. Funeral liturgy for 31 year old Justin Clyde Hill of Douglas will be held Saturday, August 21st at 1:00pm at St James Catholic Church in Douglas. Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

(Thu 8/19/10) - Recounts in Glenrock... Converse County Clerk Lucile Taylor says that she's automatically doing a recount for the Glenrock Mayor contest due to the 1 vote margin between the candidates who came in 2nd and 3rd respectively. In addition, a Provisional Ballot, an absentee ballot that was verified yesterday voted for Rick Grant, so that reduced the spread of votes to 11. Because the Secretary of State's Office rounds up and the threshhold in this election is 10.5, that will kick in an automatic recount for the House District 6 race. This involves most, but not all Converse County precincts.

The Converse County Clerk's office is also counting write-in votes from Tuesday's primaries. Write-in votes were recieved in the County Attorney race... Glenrock's Roxie Hensley did not qualify as a Democratic candidate for this office as she only had 21 write-in votes on the Democratic ballot and it requires 25. Hensley had 123 votes on the Republican ballot for County Attorney, but as a registered Democrat, the votes on the Republican primary ballot do not count.

No candidates filed for the 2 seats on the Rolling Hills Town Council. 4 names can go forward to the General Election. The County Clerk's office counted the write-ins and the unofficial results show 7 votes for Dorri Neumeyer, 6 write-in votes for Mike Dority, 5 for Jared Hall and 4 for Mike Reitano. Taylor says the candidates caney accept by filing an application at Rolling Hills Town Hall and paying the $25.00 filing fee. If they don' t do this, their names will not be on the General Election ballot.

(Thu 8/19/20) - Converse County beat the average... Secretary of State Max Maxfield says statewide voter turnout for Tuesday's Primary Election was about 52 percent of those who are registered to vote. We saw 60 percent voter participation here in Converse County. Over the past 5 primary elections, voter turnout in Wyoming has averaged 53 percent, and is generally much higher for the General Election. The voter turnout in the last 5 general elections in Presidential years has averaged 98%; while turnout in general elections on non-Presidential years has averaged 62%.

(Thu 8/5/10) - Putting on the finishing touches... With just over a week left before the start of the 2010 Wyoming State Fair, director James Goodrich says his crews are hard at work making sure the grounds are ready for this year's events... audio here

State Fair activities begin Friday night, August 13th with an antique tractor show and pull... Saturday, August 14th there are several animal shows, including the sheep dog trials, the Kidz and Kars Parade, Championship Arm Wrestling and the annual Douglas Volunteer Fire Department Demolition Derby. Go to wystatefair.com for complete Wyoming State Fair information.

(Thu 8/5/10) - The search for a Douglas City Administrator takes another step. Mayor Marilyn Werner has called a special meeting of the Douglas City Council for tomorrow morning to interview another pair of candidates for the position left open last year when the Council fired former administrator Bobbe Fitzhugh. The Council is expected to interview 2 candidates for the job in open session at Council Chambers at City Hall Friday morning at 9:30am, and then will adjourn to executive session to consider further action.

(Tue 8/3/10) - The Converse County Commissioners this morning said no to zoning. After many meetings and much discussion, the Commissioners voted unanimosly to accept the County Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation to move forward with the required statutory permitting process for wind energy without zoning. Before the vote, Commissioner Jim Willox said that he started from a preference of protecting private property rights, starting with an individual's own property... audio here

Commissioner Tony Lehner said he'd struggled to balance his personal preference with his strong belief in personal property rights... audio here

The Northern Laramie Range Alliance has pushed for zoning and other regulations that would protect the mountains south of I-25 from wind farms and industrial development. Speaking for the Northern Laramie Range Alliance, attorney Peter Nicolaysen said the the statutory minimum standards defined by the state are not enough protection... audio here

The Converse County Commission will meet again with the Planning and Zoning Commission on August 17th to begin to define the permitting process and the criteria that will be used to evaluate the permits.

(Mon 8/2/10) - The 2010 Wyoming State Fair is now less than two weeks away, and the opening weekend will once again feature the Ranch Rodeo. State Fair Director James Goodrich says there are some changes to this year's event... the Wyoming State Fair will, for the first time, host the Ranch Rodeo State Finals... audio here

Goodrich says the State Fair ranch rodeo winners will have an opportunity to move on to even bigger competition... audio here

The Wyoming State Fair begins Saturday, August 14th. The Wyoming Ranch Rodeo State Finals are Sunday, August 15th at 3pm in the Grandstands Arena.


And in Sports...


(Mon 8/30/10) - It was an All-Converse County championship Saturday afternoon at the Douglas Invitational Volleyball Tournament. In pool play at the Rec Center Gym Saturday morning, the Douglas LadyCats dominated, beating Cheyenne South 21-5, 21-7, Kemmerer 21-12, 21-12, and Newcastle 21-5, 21-10. In pool play, Glenrock split a pair with Buffalo and Torrington, and beat Lusk in two. In Saturday afternoon's brackets, Glenrock beat Cheyenne South 25-9, 25-8, and Buffalo 25-16, 25-16. Douglas's LadyCats beat Lusk 25-10, 25-17, and Torrington 25-22, 25-13. In the championship game, Douglas beat Glenrock 25-18, 25-14. In the junior varsity brackets, Glenrock's JV beat Kemmerer and Buffalo, then knocked off Torrington to win the JV championship. Douglas's junior varsity got knocked out in the first round of the brackets. LadyCats volleyball travels to Gillette this Friday and Saturday.

(Mon 8/30/10) - Strong finishes for Douglas golfers... at last week's Torrington Invitational on Thursday and Friday, the Bearcats shot a two-day total of 662 to win the boys team competition. Chandler Andreen tied Torrington's Ross Breedlove with a 159 to sit atop the leaderboard, but Breedlove won the tournament on the third hole of a playoff. Douglas's Saxon Bull stroked a 164 to place fourth. On the girls' side, Douglas's Hali Henwood and Molly Kreycik finished 2nd and 3rd, Henwood with a 201, Kreycik with a 205. Douglas golfers are at Worland this Thursday and Friday.

(Fri 8/27/10) - The Douglas LadyCats Volleyball team opens the season on their home courts tomorrow... coach Angela Rhoades says the Douglas Invitational will feature some tough competition... audio here

Rhoades says she's looking for agressive play from her team... audio here

Douglas, Newcastle, Kemmerer and Cheyenne South are in Pool A... Torrington, Buffalo, Glenrock and Lusk are in Pool B. Action starts at 9 Saturday morning, with varsity games at the Rec Center Gym at Douglas High School and junior varsity games at Douglas Middle School.

(Fri 8/27/10) - The Douglas Bearcats football teams plays their Zero Week scrimmage at Erie Colorado tomorrow. Coach Jay Rhoades says the scrimmages will give players and coaches a chance to fine tune the team after the loss of last year's senior class... audio here

The Cats scrimmage against three Colorado schools tomorrow at a Jamboree at Erie, Colorado. Season opener is next Friday night when Douglas hosts Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

(Fri 8/27/10) - Drag racing action in Douglas this weekend... Douglas Motorsports Park will host the High Country Diesel Trucks Truckfest on Saturday, with gas and diesel classes all running. No other races or classes this weekend... it's just the trucks on the tarmac at DMP. Gates open Saturday morning at 7:30am, time trials at 8:30, eliminations at 12:30pm.

(Thu 8/26/10) - A busy weekend ahead as several high school sports open their seasons. DHS golfers already have one tournament in the books... they'll be at the Torrington Invite today and tomorrow. Douglas cross country's at the Casper Invite on Casper Mountain on Friday, and the DHS swimmin' women open their fall campaign at the Buffalo Pentathalon tomorrow afternoon. Saturday, the LadyCats freshmen volleyball team is at Newcastle, while the Varsity and JV volleyball teams host the Douglas Invite.

And it's Zero Week for the Bearcats football team. The 2-time defending state champs travel to Erie, Colorado, Saturday for a scrimmage Jamboree. Bearcats head coach Jay Rhoades talks about the teams we'll bang helmets with... audio here

Rhoades says there are a couple of things he wants to come away from the weekend with... audio here

The Bearcats football team opens regular season play when they host the Belle Fourche Broncs on Friday, September 3rd. Douglas beat the Broncs at Belle Fourche 26-10 in the season opener last year.

(Wed 8/25/10) - Sheridan wins the boys and Cheyenne Central wins the girls at the Douglas Fall Golf Invitational at the Douglas Community Club. The Bearcats boys finish their home tournament in third place with the lowest 3A team score, a two-day total of 645. Kyle Fanning of Central shot a 2-day 138 to win the boys individuals, and Hayley Shackleford of Campbell County in Gillette swings a 2-day 164 to win the girls. Shackleford hald a strong lead after Monday's rounds, but ended the day Tuesday just one stroke ahead of Emily Woodard of Cheyenne Central. Caden Rosin shoots a 155 to lead the Douglas squad, and that was good for 6th in the tournament. Chandler Andreen marked a 157 to tie for 8th. Hali Henwood swings a 193 for the Douglas girls. That was good enough to tie for 6th. Bearcats golfers are at Torrington Thursday and Friday.

(Thu 8/19/10) - Fresno State and Nevada are leaving the Western Athletic Conference for the Mountain West. The schools ended a wild Wednesday by announcing they would accept invitations to join the Mountain West, which has added three prominent members of WAC in the last two months. Boise State is already bound for the MWC next year and now the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack are following as well. That leaves the WAC's future in question and the Mountain West preparing for life after Utah and possibly BYU. USA Today reports that Brigham Young is considering leaving the Mountain West to become an independent in football and play all other sports within the WAC. The school has not confirmed those reports, saying in a statement only that it is weighing all options. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said BYU was still part of the conference and the school participated in several conference calls as the league was going through the process of adding Fresno State and Nevada.