KKTY NEWS Aug 13 Archive




(Mon 8/19/13) - Hang out the Help Wanted sign... the City of Douglas is looking for a new police chief again. After a special council meeting Monday night that went into executive session, the Douglas City Council has accepted the resignation of Douglas Police Chief Steven Annetts. Here's Mayor Bruce Jones... audio here

Annetts was named Douglas Police Chief in September 2011. Before coming to Douglas, Annetts spent more than 21 years with the Pinkerington, Ohio, police department, rising to the rank of commander, which he held for 14 years. Annetts has been on administrative leave since late July, and Lieutenant Ron Casalenda has been serving as acting chief.

Douglas City Council also approved a confidentiality employment separation agreement.

(Sun 8/18/13) - 2013 Wyoming State Fair Parade Winners...

Grand Prize: Ivy Leaf Gardens

Youth Entertainment: 1st - Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy, 2nd - Douglas Cheerleaders, 3rd - Douglas Youth Soccer Association

Youth Floats: 1st - Kids-N-Motion, 2nd - Job's Daughters, 3rd - Converse County Waves

Youth Equestrian: 1st - Pellatz Family

Collector Vehicles: 1st - Knight Cruisers, 2nd - Vollman Ranch, 3rd - Central Wyoming Antique Power Club

Adult Entertainment: 1st - Shriners Calliope Unit, 2nd - Shriners Oriental Band, 3rd - Shrine Club Boosters

Adult Service/Independant: 1st - Converse County Cowbelles, 2nd - Christian Motorcyclists Association, 3rd - Converse County Coalition Against Violence

Adult Floats: 1st - First United Methodist Church, 2nd - Memorial Hospital of Converse County, 3rd - Trinity Baptist Church

Independant Riders: 1st - UW Cowboy Joe

Mounted Groups: 1st - National Pony Express, 2nd - Deer Fork Ranch, 3rd - Wyoming Arabian Horse Association

Wagons: 1st - Dick Garrison Army Escort Wagon, 2nd - Bunkhouse Boarding, 3rd - Rafter Star Ranch Clydesdales

Bands: 1st - Douglas High School Band

(Fri 8/16/13) - Laramie Peak Trail will be closed off and on over the next two weeks as the Wyoming State Trail Crew does some necessary safety upgrades and trail maintenance. From Aug. 19-30, the trail may be closed intermittently based on the type of work being done, but will reopen by Labor Day weekend. The purpose of the trail work is to widen the trail in spots and create several pull outs so riders may turn around safely if needed or pull off to allow other traffic to go by. In addition to general trail maintenance, some rocks will be removed that are difficult to maneuver around. Blasting will be required to complete the necessary work. The trail is on the west side of Laramie Peak, in the Laramie Range of the Medicine Bow National Forest, Douglas Ranger District. It originates near Friend Park Campground and winds 4.2 miles to the summit of 10,200-foot Laramie Peak. Laramie Peak Trail is designed for Off-Highway Vehicles that are 50" wide or less and is open to hikers and horses as well. The trail work is being funded by the Wyoming State Off-Highway Vehicle Sticker Program.

(Thu 8/15/13) - State OGCC OK's more flaring... Wyoming regulators have approved Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s request to burn off natural gas from five oil wells north of Douglas, with a daily cap of 150,000 cubic feet of gas flared per well. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission made its decision Tuesday. Chesapeake says it has three other wells that each flare less than 60,000 cubic feet daily, which is below the threshold that requires commission approval. Oil companies often flare natural gas from wells if there aren't pipelines to move the gas out of the area. Some landowners, conservationists and politicians have lamented that the gas is burned off, not sold at market so the state can earn tax revenues. A state legislative committee is considering taxing flaring.

(Tue 8/13/13) - Converse County is now the #2 oil producing county in the state. According to numbers released by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Friday, Converse County's oil boom has produced 3.5 million barrels of oil so far this year, a little over 12 percent of the state's production. That's topped only by Campbell County, wil 5.5 million barrels. Park County sits in the 3 spot with 3.2 million barrels. Sublette County's produced 3 million, Sweetwater County's in at 2.5 million, and Natrona County's produced 2.1 million barrels of crude. Statewide, oil production as of August 9th stands at 28.5 million barrels of oil. About one-third of the oil produced in Wyoming now comes from Campbell and Converse counties.

(Mon 8/12/13) - The Douglas City Council will revisit a development agreement to allow RPR, LLC to move ahead with construction of a convenience store, gas station and liquor store at 1709 Muirfield court on the west side of Douglas. The development agreement was before the council at the July 22nd meeting, but after snags were encountered regarding on-street parking and large truck access and emergency vehicle access, council voted to table the agreement until tonight's meeting. City staff's been at work to resolve the issues in the interim, and should have some solutions for the Douglas City Council to consider tonight.

The agenda for tonight's council meeting is online at cityofdouglaswy.com. The Douglas City Council meets tonight at 5:30 at City Hall. Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live on Mediastream Cable channel 61.


And in Sports...


(Fri 8/2/13) - The number one and two seeds from the North are out... at the American Legion Single A State Baseball Tournament at Gillette on Friday, #1 Powell and #2 Douglas both fell in loser out games. The Gillette Rustlers beat the Powell Pioneers 8-4, and the Green River Knights beat the Douglas Cats 10-8. In the 4pm game, Green River knocked Gillette out of contention... Green River scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to take a 12-11 win.

(Thu 8/1/13) - Round two, Cats fall... after an 8-4 win over Evanston on Wednesday, the Douglas Cats dropped a 14-0 shutout loss to the Laramie Rangers on day two of the American Legion Class A State Baseball Tournament at Gillette. Douglas batters were held to just 2 hits by Rangers pitcher Nate Hill. The game was shortened to seven innings due to the ten-run rule. Tell Dyer took the loss for on the mound for the Cats. In the other semi-final game, Cody beat Powell 8-1... Laramie will play Cody for the Single A State Title... loser-out games on Friday, Gillette vs Powell at 9:30, Green River vs Douglas at 12:30, and the winners of those two games will play for third place Friday at 4pm. Laramie and Cody play for the title Friday night at 7.

(Thu 8/1/13) - Cats win round one... The American Legion Class A State Baseball Tournament got underway at Gillette yesterday, and the Douglas Cats were opening round winners... coming in as the 2-seed from the north, the Cats beat the South 3-seed Evanston 8-4. Also on Wednesday, the Cody Cubs shut out the Green River Knights14-0, Powell beat Rawlins 8-6 and Laramie thumped Gillette 10-3. Loser-out games today, it's Green River and Rawlins at 9:30 and Evanston - Gillette at 12:30... semi-final games, Cody plays Powell at 4 and the Douglas Cats meet the Laramie Rangers tonight at 7pm.