KKTY NEWS Aug 11 Archive
(Mon 8/22/11) - Council kills the mancamp ordinance. The Douglas City Council opened their regularly-scheduled meeting tonight and immediately went into executive session. Council returned after about 40 minutes behind closed doors and brought up ordinance 909 for a vote on third and final reading. The ordinance would have established a special use permit for temporary workers camps. It would have re-stated the current prohibition of mancamps inside the city limits, but according to City Attorney Peg Trent, could be used to regulate mancamp placement in the county within 5 miles of the Douglas city limits.
After the meeting, City Administrator Steve Henning said that there were legal issues that made the council step back from the proposed regulations... audio here
We asked Henning if it was a bigger legal fight than the Council was willing to take on... audio here
The ordinance was voted down 1-4 on third and final reading... councilman Dave Angiolillo was the lone dissenting vote.
(Sat 8/20/11) - State Fair Parade winners... here's the judges' top choices from this morning's Wyoming State Fair Parade...
Grand Prize: Converse County 4-H
Youth Floats: 1st, Boys & Girls Club; 2nd, Job's Daughters; 3rd, Girl Scouts
Youth Equestrian: 1st, Deer Creek Horse Club; 2nd, Chaeli Brown
Youth Entertainment: 1st, DHS Cheerleaders; 2nd, Jills Dance Studios
High School Bands: 1st, DHS Marching Band
Adult Service/Independent: 1st, Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming; 2nd, Converse County Coalition; 3rd, Ashlar Lodge #10
Adult Equestrian: 1st, Eastern Wyoming Pony Express; 2nd, Knoxville Hunt; 3rd, Living Historians of the Wyoming Frontier
Adult Wagons: 1st, Etchemendy Sheep Wagons; 2nd, Dick Garrison's Escort Wagon; 3rd, Irene Family
Adult Entertainment: 1st, Casper Shrine Club Calliope Unit; 2nd, Korein Oriental Band; 3rd, Douglas Mud Racing
Adult Comercial: 1st, Ellis Harvest Home; 2nd, ReMax Horizon Realty; 3rd, Memorial Hospital of Converse County
Collector Vehicles: 1st, Central Wyoming Antique Power Club; 2nd, Knight Cruisers Car Club; 3rd, Z Lazy Y Ranch
(Tue 8/9/11) - A Fresh Face... The 99th Wyoming State Fair opens this weekend in Douglas, and there's a new look to an old building at the western end of the midway... State Fair assistant director Vickie Rupert says they've completed refurbishing the Agriculture and Natural Resources Building... audio here
Rupert says the public's invited to come out Wednesday evening for a look at several improvements on the fairgrounds... audio here
Wednesday's ice cream social at the fairgrounds is open to the public... it will be from 5:30 til 7pm at the Ag & Natural Resources Building near the Rotary booth on the west end of the midway.
(Tue 8/9/11) - The Douglas City Council got an earful last night on the issue of temporary housing inside the city limits. On the Council's agenda was the second reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow the City to regulate mancamps. During public hearing that lasted about 45 minutes, council heard from several North Douglas residents who spoke passionately about their childrens' and spouse's safety, traffic and property values that would be affected if a proposed mancamp were to be built in their neighborhood. Here's homeowner Felicia Perry... audio here
Following public input, City Attorney Peg Trent said that the amended ordinance should restate the current city position that mancamps are not allowable in the city limits, but that the ordinance should still be put in place to protect around the city's edges. Trent said that according to state statute, in cases of health and public welfare, cities can extend the range of an ordinance for five miles outside of the city limits. With the ordinance in place, the city can require a special use permit for anyone wanting to build temporary housing within five miles of the city. Councilman Leroy Kingery said that without the ordinance, mancamps could be built right up to the city limits... audio here
Council passed the ordinance 5-0 on second reading. The ordinance will go before the city planning commission this coming Monday the 15th, and will come back up before the City Council for third & final reading at the August 22nd council meeting.
(Thu 8/4/11) - Honors for an Officer... Funeral services for Converse County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Gross will be held Saturday morning at the Douglas High School Rec Center Gym, and Sheriff Clint Becker says it's an opportunity for law enforcement agents to honor one of their own... audio here
Becker says there'll be an Honor Guard from the Wyoming Highway patrol, a 21-gun salute, and a Last Call... audio here
Sheriff Becker says they're expecting law enforcement agencies from around the region and even across the nation to attend Deputy Gross's funeral... audio here
Becker says following the funeral, there will be a procession through town, led by Deputy Gross's patrol unit and followed by all the law enforcement units in attendance. They'll all have their lights on, and Becker says there'll be a lot of vehicles... audio here
Sheriff Becker says it'll be a fitting sendoff for an officer who lost his life in the line of duty... audio here
Funeral services for 29 year old Bryan Phillip Gross will be held Saturday, August 6th at 11:00am at the Rec Center Gym at Douglas High School with full Law Enforcement Honors accorded. Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at gormanfh.com.