KKTY NEWS Dec 10 Archive
(Fri 12/31/10) - A new name and new management for a Douglas hotel. The Best Western Douglas Inn is now the Douglas Clarion Inn and Suites and Convention Center. Hotel owners Guru Lodging have named Nickie Davis as their new general manager... audio here
Built in 1981, the hotel was originally a Holiday Inn. It's been a Best Western franchise since the late 1990's. Davis says that, in addition to cleaning and remodeling, she's working to get staff in place... audio here
Davis says that changing the name on a hotel is a lot of work... audio here
Nickie Davis is an Idaho native. She brings 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry from Limited Service Properties up to 5 Star Resorts. She has a strong background in food and beverage for Sheraton/Starwood Corp. where she was Director of Catering, Conferencing, Conventions for 9 years, doing weddings, trade shows, golf tournaments, for up to 1000 people for plated sit-down formal dinners & walk thru buffets. Davis was most recently General Manager at the Wingate By Wyndham Worldwide in Gillette.
(Mon 12/27/10) - Good numbers get even better. Converse County's November employment numbers were released last week, and unemployment numbers here dropped from 6.4 percent a year ago to 4.9 percent this November. The labor force, the number of workers available, grew to 7658, up about 200 from a year ago, and employment, the number of jobs filled, was up more than 300 jobs, to 7281. November's 4.9 percent unemployment in Converse County compares to 6.6 percent statewide, and 9.8 percent unemployment nationwide.
(Mon 12/27/10) - When the new Douglas City Council is seated in January, one of the immediate issues that they'll have to get up to speed on is waste management and what to do with Douglas's trash. The City of Rawlins is dealing with some of the same issues. The Rawlins City Council has approved final agreements to ship municipal waste more than 100 miles to Casper starting next year. The City Council also voted this week to raise residents' garbage fees. The Council voted to raise the monthly solid waste charge from $6 to $9 and to raise the tipping fee by $1.50 per 100 pounds of waste, making the tipping fee $4.50 per 100 pounds. Sage Creek Excavation will receive around $200 per load to transport the waste. Mayor Ken Klouda says the plan is the most economical method of disposing of residents' solid waste. City finance director Dan Izzo says building another landfill in Rawlins would have roughly tripled residents' monthly garbage fee.
(Fri 12/17/10) - A Douglas couple lost their home to a fire this morning. Douglas Volunteer Fire Department crews were called out to the 321 North Third Street at about 2:30am. The home, owned and occupied by by Ben and Christy Painter, is expected to be a total loss. Fire department officials said the initial investigation points to a chimney fire above the fireplace. The family got out in time, and no injuries were reported. About 15 local firefighters fought the blaze. A benefit find for the Painters has been set up at Converse County Bank.
(Fri 12/17/10) - Classes are winding down at area schools as students head into the Christmas break. Today's the last day of school in Glenrock, with a full two weeks off ahead. Students in Douglas and in Lusk will have classes on Monday and Tuesday, with the holidays beginning on Wednesday the 23nd. Glendo schools have classes through next Thursday morning, with an early out at 2pm.
(Thu 12/16/10) - Gov.-elect Matt Mead has announced his choices for several top staffers in his administration... among them, a familiar local name... Mead says Kari Gray will serve as his chief of staff. Gray has headed Mead's transition team and managed finances on Mead's election campaign. Gray is a lawyer and has worked in the Wyoming Department of Family Services. Tony Young will serve as Mead's deputy chief of staff. Young worked with Mead in the U.S. Attorney's Office and was assistant manager on his campaign. Mead says Carol Statkus will serve as his general counsel and have responsibility for policy oversight. She also worked with Mead in the U.S. Attorney's Office. Ruth Critchfield will serve as the governor's scheduler.
(Mon 12/20/10) - Douglas LadyCats go 3-0... Bearcats win 1 of 3... in tournament play over the weekend, the LadyCats were in the win column for all three of their games at the Douglas Classic, beating Lyman 42-28 Friday night. Saturday morning, Kassidy Scott hit for 21 points and Molly Kreycik added 14 as the LadyCats upset 3rd-ranked Cody 52-43. Saturday night the LadyCats capped the weekend with a 54-42 win over Lander. At the Lander Classic, the Bearcats opened with a 56-51 win over Cody Friday night. Saturday afternoon, the Cats lost a heartbreaker to the Lander Valley Tigers. Dillon Davidson hit a 3 with less than 30 seconds left to tie the game. Lander inbounded, bobbled the ball, and an off-balance two-point shot gave the Tigers a 55-53 win over the Cats. Douglas came up short in the final game, losing 71-49 to Worland. Bearcats basketball action returns on January 7th.
(Mon 12/20/10) - The Wyoming Cowboys basketball team will look to continue its two-game winning streak as they host Centenary tonight in the third of a current five-game homestand. Wyoming and Centenary have faced one another only one other time, during the 1947-48 season. Wyoming won that game, 63-43, in Shreveport, La. The Cowboys have posted back-to-back home wins over Denver and Western State to improve their record to 5-6. They have posted a record of 5-1 at home this season. Centenary will bring an 0-12 overall record and an 0-2 record in the Summit League into tonight\rquote s game. The Cowboys and Gents will tip-off at 7 p.m. inside the Arena-Auditorium. Pregame with Dave Walsh & Kevin McKinney at 6:30 tonight on KKTY's AM 1470.
(Sat 12/11/10) - Wins for the girls... losses for the boys... on the opening weekend of conference play, the Douglas LadyCats win a pair, and the Bercats drop two. Friday night, the LadyCats cruised past the Rawlins Lady Outlaws. Kassidy Scott led Douglas scoring with 19, Lindsay White added 12 and Molly Kreycik scored 10. Saturday night, the Douglas girls took the momentum early and beat the Wheatland Lady Bulldogs 50-41. Douglas led by as much as 20 points in the third quarter. Carlie Cecil led Douglas scoring with 13, and Kassidy Scott had 12. The Bearcats came up short in both games... Friday at Rawlins, Douglas lost 63-50... Hayden Barker had 14 and Mitch Espeland had 13. Saturday, Wheatland beat Douglas70-52... Espeland scored 18 and Barker 17. Madsen led the Wheatland scoring effort with 28 points. The LadyCats move their record to 3-2... the Bearcats fall to 1-4. The Cats are at the Lander Classic Tournament this Friday and Saturday... the LadyCats host the Douglas Classic.
(Sat 12/4/10) - Wins to wrap up the weekend. Day three and Round Three of the Western Conference Invitational at Scottsbluff, both the Cats the LadyCats basketball teams both put one in the win column. In the 10am game, the Douglas LadyCats cruised to an easy win over the Lady Longhorns from Kimball, Nebraska. Douglas jumped out to an early lead and dominated Kimball 46-27. Molly Kreycik led the LadyCats scoring effort with 16 points... six other players scored as the Douglas girls picked up their first win of the young season. In the 11:45 game, the Bearcats had a fight on their hands when they met the Sidney Red Raiders. This game went full-tilt for four full quarters. Douglas trailed by 3 after 1, led 42-41 at the half, held the slimmest of margins... two or four points... through most of the 4th quarter... as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Cats held a 55-51 lead... Sidney's Jeremy Tucker tossed a three at the buzzer and hit it, his only field goal of the game, and Douglas escaped with a 55-54 win. Both teams had two players in double-figures... Hayden Barker netted four 3-pointers for the Bearcats on his way to 19 points... Mitch Espeland scored 13. 7 players scored for the Bearcats, who are now 1-2 on the season. Douglas meets Rawlins this Friday night, and Wheatland on Saturday.
(Fri 12/3/10) - Cats fall again on Day Two. At the Western Conference Invitational at Scottsbluff, Douglas falls 60-55 to the Alliance Bulldogs. In a game played at Gering High School, The Cats were in control, til late in the second period, when the Bulldogs found their shot. 6-6 senior Nathan Griess popped 8 points before the half to lead a 20-9 Alliance scoring flurry that left the Cats trailing 31-23 at the half. Alliance outshot Douglas by 2 in the third, and Douglas outshot Alliance 20-15 in the 4th. The Cats drew within two points, but couldn't get over the hump, and Alliance held on for the 5-point win. Over at Scottsbluff High School, the LadyCats lose a heartbreaker against the Chadron Lady Cardinals. Douglas led 27-19 at the half, but Chadron fought back in the third... Douglas led 37-35 after three. The game was tied at 49 with 20 seconds left... Chadron hit a three and took the win 52-49. Saturday morning both Douglas teams wrap up tournament play... the LadyCats open the day's play against Kimball at 10:00am... the Bearcats meet the Sidney Red Raiders, who lost 59-54 to Gering on Friday. The Bearcats game is immediatly after the girls game at 11:45am. You'll hear both games live, back-to-back, Saturday morning on KKTY's 99.3 FM.
(Thu 12/2/10) - The Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams both fell tonight in their season opener. At Scottsbluff, the Douglas girls kept it close through the first half, leading by 4 at halftime, but seemed to lose their legs in the third quarter as Scottsbluff's Hattie Guzman blasted in 4 three-point shots. Scottbluff outshot Douglas 24-5 in the 3rd... the 4th quarter was even, but Douglas never recuperated and Scottsbluff took a 60-45 win. Douglas was paced by 19 points from sophomore Kassidy Scott and 12 from sophomore Carlie Cecil. In the nitecap of the double-header, 6-4 junior Zach Clemens proved to be too much to handle as he put up 21 points to lead Scottsbluff to a 64-48 win over Douglas. The Bearcats were paced by senior Aaron Jamerman with 12 points... Gary Bolinger was also in double-figures with 10.
Other games in the opening round of the Western Coference Invitational, on the girls side, Alliance beat Chadron 45-38, Torrington hammered Gering 76-38, and Sidney beat Kimball 47-38. On the boys side, Chadron beat Alliance 54-46, Torrington over Gering 60-41, and Kimball edged Sidney 44-41.
Friday's matchups for Douglas will see the Bearcats play Alliance at Gering High School and the LadyCats meet Chadron at Scottsbluff High School. Both games are Friday afternoon at 3:30pm... we'll bring you play-by-play coverage of the Bearcats game on KKTY's 99.3 FM.