KKTY NEWS Aug 12 Archive



(Tue 8/28/12) - Converse County continues to be ground zero for oil exploration in Wyoming. According to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, oil and gas permits for Converse County have increased from 199 in the first seven months of 2011 to 296 in that same time period this year. Bob King's the interim head of the Commission... he says the trend they're seeing is that operators seem to be more focused on that southern part of the Powder River Basin, specifically, in Johnson and Converse counties and the area north of Douglas.

Drilling permits are required before exploration begins, and are good for about a year.

(Tue 8/28/12) - Boaters and other who enjoy fun on the water will have one more weekend to enjoy full lakes along the North Platte River. Guernsey Reservoir will remain accessible for boating recreation through the Labor Day weekend this weekend before a draw down begins on the night of Monday, Sept. 3. Boat ramps will quickly become unusable, and the Wyoming Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation advises that watercraft should be removed from Guernsey by Monday evening, Sept. 3.

Glendo Reservoir levels are expected to gradually decline and reach a water surface elevation near 4,581 feet (approximately 105,000 acre-feet) around Friday, Sept. 7. Levels will then stabilize and begin to increase again over the fall and winter.

Boaters, recreationists and irrigators should take proper precautions regarding changing river flows between Glendo and Guernsey reservoirs, and the lowering of Guernsey Reservoir.

(Tue 8/28/12) - Fire restrictions on the southern portions of the Medicine Bow National Forest are being lifted, but will remain in place here on the northern portion. According to a press release sent by the U.S. Forest Service, increased fuel moistures, the reduced occurrence of human-caused fires and favorable long-term fire weather forecasts are all being sited as reasons for lifting the ban.

While the restrictions wil be lifted in the Brush Creek-Hayden and Laramie Ranger Districts of Medicine Bow National Forest, stage 2 fire restrictions will remain in effect for the Douglas Ranger District, which includes the Laramie Peak Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest and the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Stage 2 restrictions that absolutely no fires are allowed, even in developed campground areas.

The U.S. Forest Service invites those with questions to give them a call at the Douglas Ranger District office at 358-4690.

(Mon 8/27/12) - The City of Douglas will get a new city administrator a little quicker than expected. At tonight's meeting, the Douglas City Council unanimosly accepted a letter of resignation from Administrator Steve Henning, effective last Friday, August 24th. New city administrator Tony Tolstedt was slated to begin his job in Douglas on September 17th, but with Henning's departure, the council agreed to amend Tolstedt's contract, and he'll start work here in Douglas this Wednesday, August 29th. Tolstedt and his family will move to Douglas from Broken Bow, Nebraska.

(Sat 8/25/12) - The largest wildland fire in Wyoming this season has been declared contained as of Thursday, Aug. 23 and is now in patrol status. The Arapaho Fire, 98,115 acres in size, had been burning south of Laramie Peak on the Medicine Bow National Forest since lightning started the fire on June 27. At its' peak, the fire had around 1,051 people assigned to it.

With the exception of the Arapaho Trail, all public-use areas are now open to the public. That includes the Friend Park Campground, Friend Creek Trail and Trailhead, and the North Laramie River Trail and Trailhead may now be used by the public. The east end of Arapaho Trail from the flat west of the Bear Creek crossing will remain closed until further notice due to poor road conditions and continuing concerns with the crossing and the road itself. This is a long-term closure needed until conditions stabilize and will likely remain in place until next summer.

Although containment has been achieved, full control of the fire may not occur until a season-ending precipitation event can help suppress remaining interior hot spots. Visible smoke columns should be expected in hot and dry conditions, as unburned, interior portions of the fire could still ignite. Crews will continue to patrol the Arapaho Fire, as well as handle initial attack of any new fire starts in the area. Rehabilitation of roads and interior fire lines is also still in progress.

(Fri 8/24/12) - Call it the case of the horsie haircut... call it the case of the purloined ponytail... Converse and Natrona County Sheriff's departments say they've received reports of someone cutting hair from the tails and manes of horses near the Glenrock, Douglas and Casper areas. The tails are reportedly being harvested only for horse hair and the people involved are not cutting through the lower vertebrae of the affected horses. Horse owners are asked to be mindful of suspicious activity. If you have any information you can call the Converse County Sheriff's Office in Douglas at 358-4700.

(Tue 8/21/12) - Just over half of Converse County's registered voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's primary election. Out of 5612 registered voters, 2,982 votes were cast, a 53 percent voter turnout.

In the congressional races, on the Republicn ballot, John Barasso got 2352 votes, Thomas Bleming got 179 and Emmett Mavy got 96. Running unopposed, Cynthia Lummis collected 2371. For the Democrats, Tim Chesnut led the US Senate race with 125 votes, and Chris Henrichsen got 220 votes for us House.

State races, House District 4, which lies in Converse and Platte Counties, Larry Cundall won the Converse County side, but Dan Kirkbride was much stronger in Platte County and he'll represent the district in Cheyenne. District-wide totals... Dan Kirkbride 939, Kerry Powers 787, Larry Cundall 728.

HD3, in Converse and Campbell Counties, Eric Barlow got 802 and Doug Gerard got 712.

HD6, which is completely inside of Converse County, incumbant Richard Cannady got 2/3rds of the vote with 1163, while challenger Chris Sorge got 621.

In the county commissioner races, the two incumbants will retain their seats. Rick Grant got 1566 votes, Mike Colling received 1295. Challenger Tom Strock tallied 1117 votes, and Joe Voiles got 722.

In the city and town races, Douglas City Council has two seats open... Doug Olsen got 562 votes, Val Marshall got 474 and Greg Patterson got 429. Mayor of the town of Glenrock, Linda Care got 306 and Sue Dills got 293. Glenrock Town Council, Brady Popp got 476 and Catherine Valentine got 428. The other Glenrock Town Council seat, John Dehler got 376 and Joyce Bryan got 204. Rolling Hills town council, Jon Mains got 86 votes, and there were 18 write-in votes cast, so there's a possibility that another name could show up on the general election ballot. In all cases, all candidates in the city and town races will advance to the general election in November.

Complete Converse County 2012 Primary Election Results

(Tue 8/14/12) - It's official... Douglas has a new City Administrator. Following an executive session at the end of last night's council meeting, the Douglas City Council voted 5-0 to approve a contract for employment with Anthony Tolstedt of Broken Bow, Nebraska. Tolstedt will begin his job at Douglas City Hall on September 17th.

(Tue 8/14/12) - Firefighters have made good progress containing the 6,500-acre Little Boxelder Canyon Fire in Converse County. The fire about 10 miles south of Glenrock has burned grass and timber since it was first reported last Friday. It is about 80 percent contained. State Forestry Division spokeswoman Kathy Lujan says the fire initially threatened some rural ranch homes. But thanks to efforts by some 100 firefighters, the homes are no longer threatened. The fire did destroy one abandoned structure.

(Mon 8/13/12) - The Little Boxelder Canyon Fire continues to burn south of I-25 between Douglas and Glenrock. As of Monday afternoon, the fire stood at 6500 acres and 80 percent containment. The lightning-caused fire started Friday evening south of I-25 about 2 miles west of Natural Bridge Road. About 100 personnel from the BLM and local firefighters are working on a type-III fire crew to put down the latest wildfire in the area.

(Mon 8/13/12) - The Wyoming State Fair is marking its 100th anniversary this week, while at the same time the Wyoming Stock Growers Association is celebrating its 140th year. The Stock Growers Association says it has supported the State Fair since the very beginning and has a booth at this year's fair. During the fair, the Stock Growers Association will be offering a membership promotion. Any person that becomes a WSGA producer member or an associate member will receive a complementary supporting membership to give to the person of their choice.

The State Fair runs through Saturday here in Douglas. Activities this morning include 4-H dog shows and youth rabbit shows at 9am. Open class judging today, so there's limited access to open class halls. Opening Ceremonies this morning at 10am at the fairgrounds main entrance. Free admission to the fair today. The Crabtree Carnival opens this evening at 5pm. Pig N Mud wrestling at 7... there's a free movie across the street at the Douglas area Chamber of Commerce tonight at dusk... Back To The Future III on the big screen on the side of the coal car at the depot.

(Thu 8/9/12) - The 100th Wyoming State Fair begins this weekend... the Ft Fetterman Remount Horse sale is Friday afternoon at 2 in the Equine Center. There's Monster Trucks and an Antique Tractor Pull and show Friday night at 6 in the Grandstands Arena. Saturday's the quarter horse show, sheep dog trials, boer goat show, the Wyoming State Fiddle Championships start at 9:30 Saturday morning, the Kids and Karz parade is Saturday morning at 10, and the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department State Fair Demolition Derby is Saturday night at 6 in the grandstands arena.

(Tue 8/7/23) - A district judge plans to issue a written decision on the state of Wyoming's request to dismiss a media lawsuit challenging the closure of court proceedings for a man accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing a Glenrock girl. The Wyoming Attorney General's Office has asked District Judge Keith Kautz of Torrington to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Wyoming Press Association, several Wyoming newspapers and The Associated Press. At the end of the hearing Monday, he asked lawyers in the case to suspend work on other pending motions because his decision on the dismissal request may ultimately decide the case. The media organizations are challenging a lower court judge's decision to close initial court proceedings in the prosecution of 22-year-old Robert Parks of Casper. Parks has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and sexual abuse.

(Mon 8/6/12) - There's still time to register an entry for the Wyoming State Fair Parade. This year's theme is "100th Wyoming State Fair - Times Change, Traditions Remain". The Douglas Lions Club has pulled together $11 thousand dollars in total prize money offered, and judged divisions include youth, adult, band, equestrian and wagons and counties. The State Fair Parade is Saturday, August 18th at 10AM. Entry deadline is this Wednesday, August 8th. Late entries will be accepted, but won't be judged for prizes. Parade entry forms are available at the Douglas Area Chamber of Commerce, or online at wystatefair.com.

(Thu 8/2/12) - The federal government has designated 16 Wyoming counties as disaster areas because of the drought and six more also qualify for assistance because they're contiguous to the primary counties. Gov. Matt Mead announced on Wednesday that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the disaster designation. Mead had asked the federal government to designate all Wyoming counties except Teton County as disaster areas. The counties that are presently designated as primary natural disaster areas due to drought are: Hot Springs, Laramie, Carbon, Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln, Sublette, Fremont, Albany, Converse, Platte, Goshen, Campbell, Crook, Niobrara and Weston.Those that currently qualify as contiguous counties are: Natrona, Washakie, Park, Teton, Sheridan and Johnson. The governor's office says some of the contiguous counties are likely to be designated as primary as federal officials review drought information. A federal drought disaster declaration makes agricultural operators eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency. The producer has to meet eligibility requirements.

(Wed 8/1/12) - Energy-related jobs are keeping unemployment numbers very low in Converse County. June numbers reported by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services have Converse County's unemployment rate at 4.8 percent, up from May's 4.1 percent, but down from June 2011's 4.9 percent. Only Campbell, Sublette and Hot Springs Counties had lower rates. Converse County's 4.8 percent compares to a statewide seasonally adjusted 5.5 percent, and a national unemployment rate at 8.2 percent.

(Wed 8/1/12) - State wildlife officials have denied a request by the U.S. Forest Service to move as many as 2,000 prairie dogs in northeast Wyoming. The plan was unpopular among ranchers on the Thunder Basin National Grassland in Converse, Weston and Campbell counties. The ranchers say prairie dogs are destructive to rangeland. The plan called for moving prairie dogs near homes to a less-occupied area in northern Converse County where the animals couldn't be poisoned or shot. Game and Fish Commission Chairman Aaron Clark says commissioners consider the views of landowners before granting such permits. He says nearly every landowner where the prairie dogs were to be reintroduced was against the idea. Forest Service officials say they will likely resubmit their relocation plans next year.


And in Sports...


(Fri 8/31/12) - One Game, One Win... the Douglas Bearcats start the football season with a 20-14 win over the Green River Wolves. At Bearcat Stadium tonight, Michael Addleman picked off a pass inside the red zone to stop Green River's first offensive drive of the night. Douglas quarterback Austin Matthews fineshed the 67-yard drive to the endzone with a 21-yard pass to Chance Miller for the touchdown. The Cats led 14-7 at the half, and Wolves quarterback Zach Huber connected on a 5-yard toss to Blane Christiansen to tie the at 14-14 early in the 4th quarter. With 5:44 left in the game, Austin Matthews ran a short quarterback keeper to the endzone... the two-point converseion failed, and Douglas took back the lead 20-14. The Cats defense stopped the final two Green River drives by forcing turnovers, and Douglas claimed their first win of the season. The Cats travel to Cody to meet the Broncs next Friday night... kickoff's at 6, pregame's at 5:30 on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 8/25/12) - Douglas LadyCats Vollyballers opened the season with a strong weekend of play and a win at their own tournament. Friday night, Douglas took wins over Jackson and Powell in a triangular meet. At Saturday's Douglas Invite, the LadyCats beat Jackson, Worland and Buffalo in pool play. In the brackets Saturday afternoon, Douglas beat Newcastle 25-17, 25-18 in the quarters, Glenrock 25-14, 25-12 in the semis, and crushed Torrington 25-14, 25-13 in the finals. The LadyCats play at the Gillette Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

(Sat 8/25/12) - The Bearcats football team found some things to work on and tune up. In a 120-play scrimmage with defending 2A state champ Lovell on Saturday, the Cats clawed their way to the endzone twice, both times on pass plays from junior quarterback Austin Matthews to senior receiver Adan Sigala. Douglas missed the PAT on the first attempt, and Matthews hit Ty Etchemendy in the end zone for a two-point conversion on the second TD. Douglas's defense got burned at the goalline three times as Lovell's quarterback threw two touchdown passes and ran in a keeper from 4 inches out. The Bearcats host the Green River Wolves for the 3A season opener this Friday night at Bearcat Stadium at Douglas High School.

(Sat 8/25/12) - 90 runners traveled the Bearcat Trail, Douglas High School's new cross-country track, at the 10th annual Shane Shatto Memorial Remember the Wyoming 8 Walk/Run on Friday night. Race organizers Kerry and Margo Shatto said runners gave them good feedback on the changes at this year's run... audio here

Tom Holt won the men's 10k, Sara Travnicek topped the women's 10k, Taylor Dick claimed the mens 5k, and Aja Clark won the 5k girls run.