KKTY NEWS Dec 08 Archive



(Tue 12/23/08) - A Converse County ranch family has been honored for their years of service to the Wyoming State Fair. Earl and Jewell Reed were two of six volunteers presented with the Heritage Award at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions convention in Las Vegas. Earl serves as wool superintendant at the Wyoming State Fair, while Jewell is the wool annex manager. Both have served in their position since 1974. Both have been 4H leaders in Converse County since 1962. Each of the six winners recieved a plaque and $1000.00. Nominees were required to have at least 10 years of fair management experience and could receive no more than $2500 a year for serving in the position.

(Tue 12/23/08) - Contracts totaling nearly $18.5 million for 11 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its December meeting in Cheyenne.

Cheyenne's Simon Contractors won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of $3.5 million for shoulder widening and a pavement overlay on 8 miles of Ft Fetterman Road, WYO Highway 93 northwest of Douglas. The section of highway north of Orpha is seeing growing traffic as a result of increased uranium mining activity in the area. The contract will be funded with state money and its completion date is Oct. 31.

Cheyenne's Reiman Corp. was awarded a $2.5 million contract for replacement of worn and damaged concrete slabs on a 6-mile section of I-25 through Wheatland and a nearly 12-mile section of the highway in the Glendo area. The work is expected to be done by Oct. 31.

(Mon 12/22/08) - Converse County gets a new onramp to the national power grid. Rocky Mountain Power has announced plans and a timeline to build a major addition to its power transmission system. The $6 billion dollar Gateway West project will build a pair of transmission line corridors between Glenrock and a new substaion just west of Medicine Bow. In addition to power produced at the Dave Johnston plant at Glenrock, Rocky Mountain Power is developing major wind generation projects in both areas. From Medicine Bow, the lines will continue west across southern Wyoming and Idaho to just southwest of Boise. In all the company will build 1150 miles of 230 kilovolt and 500 kilovolt electric transmission lines to feed the national grid. The permitting and engineering process is already underway, and Rocky Mountain Power expects to begin acquisition of rights of way in the coming year. Construction is slated to begin in 2011 and the new lines should be on-line by 2014.

(Fri 12/19/08) - A judge has sentenced a Glenrock man to three to five years in prison for throwing a punch that led to a man's death. Forty-three-year-old Ivall Sparks punched 50-year-old Mark Bretz in the face at a bar in Evansville on Jan. 26. Sparks told police he punched Bretz because Bretz had made an obscene remark about his sister. Sparks initially pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received a 90-day jail sentence. Bretz died Feb. 1 from complications during surgery on his left eye. Sparks was in jail when he was charged in April with manslaughter. Sparks pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a deal with prosecutors. He expressed remorse in court before being sentenced Thursday.

(Fri 12/19/08) - A new program in town could help boost Douglas's downtown area. The Wyoming Business Council earlier this week announced that both Douglas and Glenrock have been accepted into the Wyoming Main Street Program. Douglas City Administrator Bobbe Fitzhugh explains what it's all about... audio here

Fitzhugh says that the Main Street Program will involve business and building owners in a hands-on effort... audio here

The first step for the Main Street Program in Douglas is to form a board of directors, and Fitzhugh says they've already got 7 people on board, but they're looking for more, and anyone interested can contact Cindy Porter at CANDO for more information.

There are three different levels of involvement in Wyoming's Main Street Program. Both Douglas and Glenrock are coming in at the first tier as Aspiring Main Street communities, which is the basic organizational level. Buffalo, Platte County and Torrington were also accepted as Aspiring level communities this week. Sheridan, Dubois, Evanston, Green River, Laramie, Rawlins and Rock Springs all have Main Street programs in place.

(Fri 12/19/08) - Powertech Uranium Corp. announced this week that it has acquired additional mining claims and leases in northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota from Bayswater Uranium Corp. The Wyoming properties include seven state mining leases in Crook County (5,626 acres) that are near Powertech's Aladdin Project. In Weston and Niobara Counties, Powertech purchased 322 located claims (6,440 acres) and four state mining leases (2,560 acres) near Powertech's Dewey Terrace project. All of the acquired properties are along the flank of the Black Hills Uplift, an historic uranium exploration and mining area, and share the same type of mineralization and the same geologic structure.

(Thu 12/11/08) - No Christmas Parade in Douglas this weekend. Douglas Area Chamber of Commerce director Helga Bull says there just weren't enough entries... audio here

Bull says other activities are still on in Jackalope Square... it's just the parade that's been cancelled... audio here

Smokey Bear had been scheduled to ride on the Forest Service float... he'll still make an appearance at the Square. Over in Glenrock, there's a full evening of Christmas activities planned on Saturday, with the Glenrock Christmas parade up Birch Street at 5:30pm, and the Christmas Festival with a free chili feed from 6 til 8 at Glenrock Middle School.

(Tue 12/09/09) -A couple of new Douglas neighborhoods have begun to take shape. At last night's Douglas City Council meeting, the council approved on first reading subdivision plats and zoning classifications for the Trails West Addition and the John Lambert subdivision. The Trails West addition is a little over 18 acres of land owned by Ed and Karen Werner west of the interstate, which is currently in the process of annexation into the city. The 108 lots would be zoned for a mix of rural residential, single and multi-family residential, and B-1 and B-2 business. The John Lambert subdivision is the land south of East Richards Street owned by Converse County where the raceway currently sits. The proposed plat would include four large commercial lots zoned B-2, eleven large lots zoned R-1, R-2 and R-4 for single and multi-family residential development, and three greenspace lots. Claude Ware, who lives on Adobe Street east of Clementines, addressed the council and asked them to consider zoning the portion of the subdivision that lays across Richards from that residential area as residential, rather than business. City staff will meet with the county commissioners to further explore that possibility at the commissioners' next meeting. The City Council approved both plats and zoning on first reading last night. Both will have to pass two more readings, with time to make any desired adjustments before third and final reading.

(Mon 12/08/09) - The new NorthCut topping refinery north of Douglas has completed production testing. A spokesman for Interline Resources Corp. says that in the last month they've been doing production testing of the refinery at approximately two-thirds of the rated capacity. This has allowed the engineering and refinery operations staff to evaluate the efficiency of the equipment and each process in the refinery. The facility has produced diesel and gasoline (naphtha) that meets required specifications and now has product in on-site storage ready for sale. The first new refinery built in Wyoming in 30 years has a capacity of 5,000 barrels a day and will produce off-road diesel and virgin gasoline from Wyoming's sweet crude oil for local markets. The refinery is located on Highway 59, 20 miles north of Douglas.

(Mon 12/08/08) - A Casper man was killed Friday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on I-25 east of Glenrock. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 27 year old Matthew R. May was northbound on I-25 about 7 1/2 miles east of Glenrock when he went off the road on a curve, overcorrected, went into a spin and rolled. Officers estimate May was driving about 85 when he rolled his truck. He was not wearing seatbelts, and was thrown from the vehicle. He died in transport to the Casper hospital. May is the 146th fatal on Wyoming roads this year.

(Mon 12/1/08) - Daycare for Douglas? The Wyoming Business Council is scheduled to consider 40 applications for funding at a meeting in Cheyenne on Thursday. Rachel Girt is spokeswoman for the council. She says the number of applications is a record for the decade-old council. The applications seek a total of $29 million. Among the applications is a $2.9 million dollar grant request from the City of Douglas for construction of a 24-hour child care facility and infrastructure to the site. The project would be located north of McDonalds in the new Meadowlark Trails subdivision. The Business Council staff has recomnmended against funding the project, citing concerns about start-up costs and a business plan, and concerns that the developer of the subdivision could draw too much of a benefit from construction of infrastructure. Business Council staff suggested that the project could save $1.5 million dollars if it were built in the Douglas Business Park, where the Business Council has already invested $3.4 million dollars in grant monies. The full Business Council will make a decision on Thursday.



(Mon 12/22/08) - Both Douglas boys and girls basketball teams went 2-1 over the weekend. At the Lander Classic Boys tournament, the Bearcats cruised to an easy 56-29 win over a young Cody Broncs team Friday afternoon. Saturday morning, the Cats fought a fast-transition Lyman team... Douglas took a 52-42 win. Saturday afternoon, played tired but good, but fell 51-39 to the Worland Warriors.

At home at the Douglas Classic Girls tournament at the Rec, the LadyCats opened Friday night with a 47-30 win over Lyman, hammered Pinedale 66-27 Saturday morning, then lost 42-33 to Cody Saturday night.

Douglas basketball resumes Friday, January 9th when Douglas plays Torrington.

Bearcats wrestlers won'em all last week. The Cats hosted the Absaraka Conference duals on Thursday and Friday at the Rec Center Gym. Wrestling against all other conference competition, the Cats won all seven of their duals. Wheatland won six, with their only dual loss to Douglas. Lander placed third with 5 wins, followed by Torrington, Newcastlte, Rawlins, Buffalo and Glenrock.

(Sat 12/13/08) - Girls win a pair, boys split... high school basketball action Friday night, the Douglas Bearcats jumped ahead quick over the Rawlins Outlaws and never looked back. At Rawlins, Douglas led 22-2 at the end of the first quarter, 40-9 at the half, 57-19 after 3, and finished with a 30 point win, 66-36. With Cody Bohlander injured & on the bench 'til January, Daniel Hancock stepped up to rock the rim, leading the Douglas scoring effort with 28 points. Dylln Rider was also in double figures against the Outlaws with 11. At home at the Rec, the LadyCats cruised to a 61-29 win over the Lady Outlaws.

Saturday night, the Douglas girls traveled to Wheatland and Beka Russell and Tristyn Panasuk put on a scoring exhibition. Panasuk went 15 of 24 at the free throw line and ended the night with 24 points... Russellhit three three's on her way to 22 points... between the two, they collected 46 of Douglas's 53 points as the LadyCats downed Wheatland 53-38. Back home at the Rec, the Bearcats played a close game with the 2nd-ranked Wheatland Bulldogs. Douglas tied it a couple of times, but never were able to pull away, and Wheatland took a 5-point win, beating Douglas 56-51.

The Douglas boys now stand 1-4... the Douglas girls are 3-2. Next up, the Lander Classic Tournament for the boys, and the Douglas Classic for the girls this coming Friday and Saturday.

(Thu 12/11/08) - Top 5 rankings for both local girls basketball teams... the week one girls basketball rankings are out, and the WyoPreps.com coaches and media poll has Jackson and Powell as strong favorites this week at #1 and #2. The Glenrock Lady Herders come in at #3, Cody's ranked #4, and the Douglas LadyCats are in at #5 following a win over Torrington Saturday. In 4A, the Gillette girls are rnarked #1, followed by Natrona, Central, Sheridan and East. 2A has Big Horn at the top, followed by Tongue River, Mountain View, Wyoming Indian and Burns, and in 1A, it's Burlington on top, followed by Cokeville, Southeast, Arvada-Clearmont and Kaycee.

(Wed 12/10/08) - Top 5 boys basketball rankings... After a first full weekend of high school basketball action, the boys prep rankings are out for this week. WyoPreps.com coaches and media poll has Casper Natrona atop the 4A list, followed by Gillette, Sheridan, Evanston and Green River. The 3A poll sees Kemmerer on top, followed by Wheatland, Buffalo, Newcastle, and Lander and Worland are tied for 5th. Douglas drops out of the top 5 following an 0-3 weekend at Scottsbluff. The 2A poll ranks Wyoming Indian at #1, followed by Thermop, Moorcroft, Wind River and Burns. Lusk comes in at #6 this week. And in the 1A rankings, it's Burlington at #1, then Southeast, Saratoga, Encampment and Ten Sleep. Girls rankings come out tomorrow.

(Mon 12/08/08) - Douglas basketball teams got off to a rocky start this weekend. At the Western Conference Invitational Tournament at Scottsbluff, the Bearcats went 0-3 and the LadyCats went 1-2. The boys opened the tournament Thursday with a 76-52 loss to a very good Chadron Cardinals team. Cody Bohlander led Douglas scoring with 15. Friday's game against Alliance turned into a dual between Bohlander and the Bulldogs' Michael Peltz. While Bohlander had 3 points in the first half and Peltz marked 4, the second half saw the two trade baskets down the stretch, with Bohlander ending the night with 25 points and Peltz racking up 24. Alliance won the game 70-60. Saturday morning, Douglas spotted Torrington a 23-6 lead after one quarter, and while the rest of the game was fairly even, Douglas never could catch up, and Torrington took a 68-49 win.

The LadyCats held the lead several times in the second half of Thursday's game against Chadron, but the Lady Cardinals took the lead at the free-throw line with 18 second left and held on to beat Douglas 43-42. Friday, Douglas played a good first quarter but weren't able to keep up with Gering, who took a 60-43 win. Saturday's game was the lone win of the weekend, and it was a good win as the LadyCats rode 14 points from Tristyn Panasuk and 10 from Cass Igo to a 46-37 win over the Torrington Trailblazers. 3A East conference play begins this weekend as Douglas meets Rawlins this Friday and Wheatland on Saturday.

The Glenrock Lady Herders put three in the win column onver the weekend. At the Tiger Jamboree at Lusk, Nikki Tresch scored 20 to lead the Herd over Lusk. Shelbi Stewart had 14 points and 8 rebounds as Glenrock beat Pine Bluffs 63-40 on Friday. And Tresch scored 18 and Stewart added 14 as Glenrock beat Burns 55-47 on Friday. The Glenrock boys struggled on their opening weekend, falling 42-36 to Burns, 55-48 to Pine Bluffs and 56-41 to Lusk.

Bearcats wrestlers opened the season strong Saturday at the Torrington duals, taking the championship in the gold division. In the first round, Douglas beat Morrill, Nebraska 60-18 and Frederick, Colorado 58-15. In the second round, in the gold division, Douglas beat Torrington 45-24, Cheyenne Central 34-33, and Mitchell, Nebraska 58-21.Houston Falkenburg was named outstanding wrestler in the 135 division.

At the Southeast Invite at Yoder Saturday, Matt Widiker of Glenrock got a quick pin over Tac Dysart of Douglas to win the 119 pound class, and Glenrock's Casey Hoskinson earned an 8-1 decision over Ryan Kuster of Cheyenne Central to win in the 215. Dalton Self of Glenrock pinned Blake Hackett of Burns to place third in the 160, and Douglas's Quentin Kane placed 4th in the 215. No team scores were kept at the Yoder meet.

Rapid City Central dominated the Early Bird Invitational gymnastics meet at Gillette this weekend. Douglas placed 5th. Tara Paris of Douglas placed 5th in floor routine.

(Fri 12/5/08) - Basketball season tipped off last night for Douglas High School teams, and both the Bearcats and the LadyCats suffered opening round losses. At the Western Conference Invitational Tournament at Scottsbluff Thursday, both Cats teams met up with Chadron. The LadyCats trailed by 7 at the half, outshot the Lady Cardinals 17-7 in the 3rd to lead 28-25, but Chadron edged back into the game in the final quarter. Shelby Budler hit a pair of free-throws with 17 second left to give Chadron the 43-42 lead, and the LadyCats weren't able to answer. 6-4 Kelsie Lliteras, who's been recruited by North Carolina State led Chadron's scoring with 23 points. Raegen Scott led Douglas with 11.

In the boys game last night, Alec Holmquist, Zac Bargen and Elliot Eliason scored 17 apiece and Jonn McLain added 15 as Chadron blasted the Bearcats 76-52. The Cardinals jumped out to a 15-0 lead to open the game, and the Bearcats were never able to catch up. Chadron led it 33-10 at the end of the first quarter, 56-25 at the half. Douglas outshot Chadron 18-7 in the third, but it wasn't enough to catch up with the Cardinals. Cody Bohlander led Douglas's scoring effort with 15... Jon Studie had 10.

The Cats will play back-to-back games tonight... the LadyCats play Gering at 6:30. Gering lost 67-35 to Alliance last night. The Bearcats will meet Alliance at 8:15. Alliance lost 50-45 to Gering in the opening round of the tournament. Both games will be played at Gering High School. Both games will be broadcast live on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.