KKTY NEWS Dec 09 Archive


(Thu 12/31/09) - A repair job turns into a bigger mess than expected, and the Douglas Senior Center finds themselves without a kitchen for a while. Senior Center director Theresa Norris says a company was hired to come in and replace the compressors on the Center's 26-year old walk-in freezer... audio here

Norris says they bussed folks over to the Glenrock Senior Center for lunch yesterday and will do so again today. Glenrock is also providing meals for home delivery in Douglas. Norris said they're also receiving help from others in the community... audio here

Norris says worst-case scenario is that they could be out of the kitchen and dining room for up to a month while repairs are made. She said that they hope to make arrangements for an alternate location to prepare and serve lunches by the first of next week. Norris said the repairs will be expensive... audio here

While they don't have a concrete estimate for repairs, Norris says she estimates that is could the Senior Center $20 to $30 thousand dollars to complete the job.\par \par The Senior Center will offer free transportation to Glenrock again today for anyone who'd like a hot lunch at the Glenrock Senior Center... you'll have to call Douglas Public Transportation at 358-3112 by 9:45 this morning to get your name on the list. Meals On Wheels will still be delivered, but will run a little later than usual. Also, tonight's New Years Eve Dance at the Center has been cancelled. Other than that, Norris says the Senior Center will still offer all it's regular programs and activities. The Douglas Senior Center will be closed tomorrow for the New Year's Holiday. If you have questions about the Center's activities, call 358-4348 for more information.

(Thu 12/31/09) - While unemployment numbers have been on the rise this last year, the job pool in Converse County seems to actually be growing a bit. In numbers released last week, the Wyoming Employment commission says unemployment in Converse County has jumped from 2.8 percent in November of 2008 to 6.2 percent in November 2009. However, the labor force, the number of workers in the job pool in Converse County has actually grown from 7377 in November 2008 to 7390 in November 2009... there's 13 more workers available now than at the same time last year. While the number of unemployed has more than doubled, apparently many of those who are unemployed are opting to stick it out and look for work here, rather than trying another part of the country. At 6 to 7 percent, Converse County, and Wyoming's unemployment rates are still considerably lower than the 10 percent unemployment numbers being reported nationally.

(Tue 12/29/09) - Unemployment numbers in Converse County hold pretty much steady this month. Numbers released this week by the Wyoming Department of Employment show 6.2 percent unemployment in Converse County in November of 2009... that's up a tenth of a percent from October, and it's under the 7.2 percent unemployment statewide. Nationwide, unemployment stands at 10 percent.

(Mon 12/21/09) - Union electrical workers at three Wyoming power plants have rejected a three-year contract offered by Rocky Mountain Power Co. Members of Utility Workers Union of America Local 127 turned down the company's second contract offer and authorized the union to strike if necessary. Union Local President Harold Giberson made the announcement Saturday. He says about 75 percent of the union's membership voted against the contract offer, and 87 percent voted in favor of the strike authorization. The union represents approximately 587 employees who work at\par three PacifiCorp power plants. Those include the Dave Johnston Plant near Glenrock, the Jim Bridger Plant east of Rock Springs and the Wyodak Plant near Gillette.

(Thu 12/17/09) - For a second time, the Northern Laramie Range Alliance has asked for a moratorium on industrial development... for a second time, the Converse County Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to forward that request to the Converse County Commissioners. The Alliance is fighting wind energy development in the mountains south of Glenrock. Unlike the October request, this time the moratorium is more specific. Instead of a six-month moratorium, this time it would be for just 30 days. P&Z chair Bobbie Larson says 30 days would give the county time to set up a public hearing to allow voter input on potential zoning that would guide industrial development in the county... audio here

The October moratorium would have covered the entire county. Larsen says the latest request would only affect the south part of the county... audio here

As before, the Planning & Zoning Commission's Tuesday vote simply forwards the moratorium request to the County Comission. As before, the Commission will vote for or against the proposal. The County Commissioners will get the request at their first meeting in January.

(Tue 12/14/09) - The Douglas City Council may have found another option for how to refill a sinking water utility fund. John Gallagher of Red Oak Consulting spoke to the council during last night's work session. Red Oak is developing a long-term financial plan for the City's water utility. Gallagher said that their studies show that with no revenue increases, the fund will be in the red within the next five years. The study showed that the city needs an across-the-board 6.5 percent annual rate adustment beginning in January, or an 8 percent annual rate adjustment beginning in July 2010. Gallagher said that at 6.5 percent, the average residential bill would go up about $2 dollars a month. As an option, Gallagher suggested that the city consider restructuring the rate system... he said that under the current structure, the city gets more than 50 percent of it's revenue from the demand charge, the basic fee for service, and less than 50 percent from the volume charge, which is for the actual amount of water used. Gallagher suggested that the city could consider a smaller percentage increase to the demand charge, and a larger increase to the volume charge, which would shift the larger portion of the increase to customers who use larger amounts of water. An enthusiastic council asked staff to run the numbers and see if there was a possible solution in the idea.

(Mon 12/14/09) - A Lander man is dead following an accident north of Glendo. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 66 year old Hays C. Kirby was killed when his 2001 GMC Yukon veered off the road about 7 miles north of Glendo, hit the guardrail and rolled 2 1/2 times. Kirby was not wearing a seatbelt, and was thrown from the vehicle. Roads were dry when the accident happened about 8:15 Sunday morning. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating to find the cause of the accident. It's the 124th fatal on Wyoming highways this year.

(Mon 12/14/09) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation has awarded contracts for 10 highway projects around the state totaling more than $17 million. One is to replace two deteriorating bridges on Interstate 80 in Rawlins. That contract is for $3.5 million and work is expected to wrap up in mid-2011. Another project involves adding a layer of asphalt to nine miles of U.S. 85 north of Newcastle at Four Corners. The work is expected to be done by next November and cost $2.6 million. The state also awarded funding to repave U.S. 30 at Walcott Junction, build a new port of entry at Torrington and repave U.S. 16 in the Osage area. The only local contract... Reiman Corp. will rebuild the deteriorating approaches to the WYO 95 bridge across the North Platte River north of Glenrock. The $695,000 contract that carries an Oct. 31 completion date.

(Wed 12/9/09) - Abraxas Oil is reporting completion of a sucessful oil & gas well here in Converse County. The Peregrine 5H was drilled to 11,500', including a 3,300' lateral in the Turner formation. The well was placed on pump about a month ago. During the first 30 days of production, the well produced approximately 3,500 barrels of oil and associated natural gas (approximately 115 barrels of oil per day). A gas plant is currently being installed to reduce the volume of natural gas being flared from this well by condensing the heavier hydrocarbons out of the gas stream and selling them alongside the oil.

(Sun 12/6/09) - A bus driver is dead and about 40 passengers are injured after the bus crashed into an overturned tractor-trailer blocking Interstate 25 south of Casper. Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend said the crash involving the Arrow Stage Lines bus going from Denver to Billings occurred about 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning. He said after the tractor-trailer crashed in the northbound lanes, a second tractor-trailer driver stopped and activated its hazard flashers. Townsend said about three to five minutes later, the driver of the bus apparently didn't see the overturned tractor-trailer and ran into it. The bus driver's name has not been released. Police said the bus remained upright. Most of the 47 passengers were transported to medical facilities. Townsend said the driver of the tractor-trailer that crashed was taken to a hospital, but that person's condition is unknown. The crash was about four miles south of Casper on Interstate 25. The Interstate was closed northbound from Glenrock to Casper for about ten hours as emergency crews cleaned up and conducted their investigation. Traffic was routed off exit 165, through Glenrock and up Highway 20-26 to Casper.

(Thu 12/3/09) - Natrona County authorities are investigating the discovery of what appears to be a human skull by a Glenrock plumbing contractor. The Glenrock Bird newspaper is reporting that a plumbing contractor working on a water line on Gary Dome Road in Natrona County found the skull. Wayne Reynolds of the Natrona County Coroner's Office says his office believes that the remains are a human skull. Anthropologist Carolyn Buff of Casper is helping with the investigation. She will try to determine how long the skull has been buried and how old the person was when they died.

(Thu 12/3/09) - Three years ago Wyoming Game and Fish Department workers tagged 1,000 walleye at Glendo Reservoir. Anglers could bring the tags in to department offices for cash rewards ranging from $5 to $100. It was all part of a study to determine how much impact anglers are having on the walleye population. Fisheries manager Al Conder says anglers are still finding tags, and the data so far has prompted the department to set a limit on the size of walleye that may be kept. Starting in January, all walleye less than 15 inches long must be thrown back. Department officials hope the size limit will create a larger class of fish for future anglers.

(Wed 12/2/09) - Unemployment numbers in Converse County continue to rise, following statewide and national trends. The Wyoming Department of Employment says the October unemployment rate here was up to 6.1 percent, a significant jump from 2.8 percent in October 2008. There were 202 people reported on unemployment in Converse County last month, up from 168 in September and 98 in October of 2008. Converse County's 6.1 percent unemployment rate compares to a seasonally-adjusted 7.4 percent statewide, and 10.2 percent across the nation.

(Wed 12/2/09) - Duke Energy's Campbell Hill Windpower Project northwest of Glenrock is now on line and producing clean, renewable electricity. The 99-megawatt Campbell Hill project supplies wind energy to PacifiCorp under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement. Campbell Hill's 66 wind turbines produce enough electricity to power about 30,000 homes annually. Duke Energy has also announced plans to build the 200-MW Top of the World Windpower Project just northeast of Glenrock in 2010.





(Mon 12/21/09) - The Douglas Bearcats win three... the LadyCats finish 2-1. At the Douglas Classic Boys Basketball Tournement, Douglas opened with a 72-64 win over Lyman on Friday night, then marked a 55-47 win over Cody on Saturday afternoon, closing with a 55-45 win over Lander. At the Lander Classic, the LadyCats got off to a slow start, falling to unbeaten Cody 46-29 on Friday night. Saturday, the Douglas girls beat Lander 57-52 and Worland 54-48. DHS basketball is off now for the Christmas break... next action Thursday, January 7th against Glenrock.

(Mon 12/21/09) - Douglas Bearcats wrestlers dominated the Absaraka Conference Duals at Buffalo over the weekend. The Cats won duals against all seven conference foes. The closest battle was a 38-31 win over Torrington. Douglas beat Newcastle 59-12, Rawlins 66-17, Buffalo 66-18, Glenrock 66-12, Wheatland 64-12, and Thermopolis 69-9. 7 Douglas wrestlers went undefeated this weekend... Reed Burgener at 130, Lane Read at 140, Tanner Miller at 145, Houston Falkenburg at 152, Trent Boner at 189, and Joe Lake at 215. Also, Taylor Lisco was undefeated at 189 in junior varsity action. Russell Construction and K&R Construction were this week's cooler sponsors. Douglas wrestlers are off for the Christmas holidays... they'll be back in action on Friday and Saturday, January 8th & 9th, when they host the Shane Shatto Memorial Tournament.

(Tue 12/15/09) - The Douglas Bearcats wrestling squad pinned a second place finish out of 12 teams Saturday at the Charlie Lake Invitational at Cheyenne. Houston Falkenburg went 3-0 to take the championship in the 152 division. 2nd place finishes for Pierre Etchemendy at 171 and Colter McNare at 189. 3rd's for Lane Read at 140 and Tanner Miller at 145, and 4ths to Reed Burgener at 130 and Trent Boner at 215. This weeks cooler sponsors were Arrow Electric & 1st National Bank. Bearcats wrestlers battle at the Conference duals at Buffalo this Friday and Saturday.

(Sat 12/12/09) - A BUZZER-BEATER BEARCATS WIN! At the Doghouse in Wheatland tonight, Dylln Rider hits a three from the right wing as time runs out to give Douglas a 47-44 win over the Bulldogs. In a game where Douglas and Wheatland swapped the lead several times late, Wheatland sophomore Ryan Madsen hit a three to tie the game at 44 with 4 seconds left on the clock. The Cats sent the ball in to Hayden Barker at the far end, he brought it up and passed out to Rider on the right side of the arc... Rider let fly at the buzzer, the shot fell, and the Cats got their third win of the season. Rider ended the night with 4 three's and a total of 15 points. Barker had 12. Madsen led the Bulldogs with 18. At the Rec in Douglas, the LadyCats tied with Wheatland late in the game, but the 'Dogs took a 35-29 win.

(Fri 12/11/09) - A pair of wins in the Home Opener... The Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats notched wins over the Rawlins Outlaws tonight. In the early game at the Rec, the LadyCats got off to a slow start, but outshot the Lady Outlaws 17-8 in the 4th quarter to stretch out a 46-32 win. Ragen Scott hit 3 three's on her way to 13 points to lead Douglas scoring. Cassi Igo was also in double figures with 10 points. Scott also set a new Douglas High School record for career assists in tonight's win. The Douglas girls' record is now 3-1 with the win. Rawlins falls to 0-4. In the nightcap, the Cats fought a nose-to-nose battle with the Outlaws, winning 54-49. Douglas led by 3 after the first quarter, 4 at the half, 3 after three, and both teams swapped the lead often during the fourth quarter. Hayden Barker led Douglas scoring with 16, Dylln Rider added 14 and Gary Bolinger had 11. Matt Monroe paced Rawlins with 15, David Greninger marked 13 and Kolby Wall had 12. It was Rawlins' first loss of the season... they fall to 3-1... and the Bearcats are now 2-2. Douglas meets Wheatland Saturday night... the girls are at home and the boys are on the road. 7pm tipoff's on both games, and we'll be on the road with the boys at the Doghouse in Wheatland for complete play-by-play coverage on KKTY-FM and on the Internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 12/5/09) - A pair of wins on the final day of the Western Conference Invitational. In the 10am game this morning, the Douglas LadyCats marked their second win of the weekend as the beat Kimball 52-42 in the tournament's 5th place game. The Douglas girls were paced by freshman Molly Kreycik, who hit 4 three-pointers on the way to 15 points. Lindsay White added 12. In the 11:45 game, the Bearcats came from behind to beat Kimball 54-47 to take 7th in the tournament. Douglas trailed 25-16 at the half, but outshot the Longhorns 22-15 in the 3rd and 16-7 in the 4th. Hayden Barker had 15 points for Douglas... Dylln Rider added 13.

(Fri 12/4/09) - A win for the girls, a loss for the boys... day 2 of the Western Conference Invitational Basketball Tournament, the Douglas LadyCats earned their first win of the season, upending the Chadron Cardinals 62-51. Douglas led 28-20 at the half. In boys action, Douglas tied the game several times, but couldn't hang onto a lead... Alliance beat Douglas 46-43. Dylln Rider led the Cats with 13 points... Hayden Barker and Mitch Espeland added 12 each. Saturday morning, the LadyCats will play the winner of tonight's Gering-Kimball game for 5th place, and the Bearcats will meet Kimball for 7th place. Kimball lost to Gering 61-52 this evening. The girls game is Saturday morning at 10:00am at Scottsbluff High School... the boys game is at 11:45 at Gering High School... you'll hear both games live on KKTY-FM, and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Fri 12/4/09) - The Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams suffered season-opening losses Thursday night. At the Western Conference Invite at Scottsbluff, freshman Kassidy Scott shot 20 points to lead the Lady Cats, who fell 55-52 to Scottsbluff. Point guard Ragen Scott also shot in double-figures with 14.

The Douglas boys tied their game at 30 at halftime, but Scottsbluff stretched out a six-point lead to win it 60-54. Hayden Barker led the Bearcats with 24 points. Dylln Rider added 12.

The Douglas girls meet Chadron in the second round at 3:30 this afternoon at Scottsbluff High. The Douglas boys play Alliance at 3:30 this afternoon at Gering High. We'll broadcast the boys game live on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

Other first round girls games yesterday, Alliance beat Chadron 44-24, Torrington beat Gering 48-44, and Sidney beat Kimball 57-54.

Yesterday's boys games, Chadron beat Alliance 56-34, Torrington beat Gering 63-56 and Sidney beat Kimball 53-46.

(Wed 12/2/09) - Preseason prep basketball polls are out, and the Bearcats are ranked in the top-5. The WyoPreps.com coaches and media poll has defending state champ Buffalo Bison ranked #1 in 3A boys rankings. Torrington's ranked #2, Douglas comes in at #3, followed by Jackson and Worland. Gillette tops the preseason 4A poll, Wyoming Indian leads 2A and Burlington tops the 1A.