KKTY NEWS Dec 11 Archive



(Wed 12/14/11) - Glenrock's mayor has died. 63 year old Michael McQueary resigned on Thursday, and lost his battle with skin cancer on Saturday. McQueary was elected mayor last November. The Glenrock Town Council selected long-time council member Linda Care to serve as mayor through the next general election in November 2012. The winner of that election will begin their term in January 2013. Memorial services for Michael McQueary will be held Friday, December 30th at 2pm at the Glenrock Middle School Auditorium.


(Mon 12/12/11) - Four Douglas residents were honored Saturday afternoon with the "Bill Daniels Neighborhood Hero Award" for their actions in attempting to rescue a distraught teen girl and Converse County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Gross from the swollen North Platte River in late July. Lane Morgan, Keith Thompson, Dustin Eubanks and Lawrence McPhearson were recognized by Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, and Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker. Sheriff Becker presented memorial plaques to the four and issued a proclamation in their honor. Childears said the Daniels Foundation Neighborhood Hero Award is named for Bill Daniels, a cable television pioneer who launched his first systems in Casper and Rawlins in the early 1950s. A highly decorated aircraft carrier-based fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean conflict, Daniels made it a point to honor those who accept the great personal risk often required by their dedicated service to others. The Daniels Fund presented $500 dollar checks to each of the four men being honored for their bravery in assisting in the rescue attempt.


(Thu 12/8/11) - A Glenrock man who died in a fire early Tuesday morning has been identified. Authorities say 66-year-old Jackie Lee Beals died in a trailer fire. Glenrock Police Chief Tom Sweet says crews responded to the scene early Tuesday morning after a volunteer firefighter spotted the fire while he was on his way to work. The firefighter entered the trailer and pulled Beals out of the home. Despite resuscitation efforts, the man was pronounced dead. Authorities say a preliminary investigation indicates that electrical problems may have caused the fire. Beals' two dogs also died in the blaze.


(Mon 12/5/11) - A new agreement signed between two uranium producers will mean more business for a Converse County operation. The processing agreement between Uranerz Energy and Cameco means uranium mined at Uranerz's recently licensed Nichols Ranch in-situ operation in Campbell County will be processed into uranium concentrate at Cameco's central processing plant at the Smith Ranch-Highland Project northwest of Douglas. Smith Ranch-Highland is America's largest uranium operation and has the licensed capacity to mill four million pounds of yellowcake uranium concentrate per year. Recent production has been just under two million pounds per year. Cameco Resources' President Paul Goranson says the addition of up to 800,000 pounds a year from Uranerz will still allow full growth from Cameco's own new sites that they're working to bring into production. Uranerz is hiring additional personnel to work at its site during construction and operation, and announced it is focused on achieving commercial production as soon as practical.







(Fri 12/30/11) - LadyCats win a pair... the Bearcats split... at the Cabela's Holiday Shootout at Sidney, Nebraska, the Cats and LadyCats each scored wins Wednesday over Love Christian Fellowship out of Denver. The LadyCats smoked the Lady Kings 82-12... DHS freshman Ashley Blackburn led the Douglas attack with 23 points, Lateesha Hiser and Carlie Cecil each added 14, and all 10 LadyCats on the bench played and scored. The boys game got off to a slow start, with the Douglas lead at 4-2 after one, but both teams found their shots as the game progressed. The Cats earned their second win of the season, 58-40, over Love Christian. Dylan Davidson stroked five 3's on his way to 17 points, and Robert Ricks also marked 17... Greg Vandeventer added 14. On Thursday, the LadyCats stayed close to the Sidney Lady Raiders, but didn't take the lead until the last two minutes of the game. Carlie Cecil hit for 16 to lead all scorers, and Douglas scratched out a 40-35 win. The Sidney Red Raiders hit the Bearcats hard in the boys game. Harrison Keeton hit three of his four 3-pointers in the first quarter, and the Cats played catch-up for the rest of the game. Douglas trailed 27-14 at the half, but fought back and narrowed the gap to 5... it was Sidney 45, Douglas 40. Robert Ricks led Bearcat scoring with 14. The Douglas girls improve their record to 8-0 with the wins. The Bearcats are now 2-6. Kassidy Scott, Carlie Cecil and Dylan Davidson were all named to the All-Tournament team. The Cats and LadyCats are at Torrington next Friday night.

(Sat 12/17/11) - Three wins for the girls, three losses for the boys... at the Lander Classic Girls Basketball Tournament this weekend, the top-ranked Douglas LadyCats strung together three wins to remain undefeated at 6-0. The LadyCats opened with a 34-27 win over Cody Friday afternoon, then dominated Lyman in an 8AM game Satuday morning. Douglas led 21-0 after the first quarter and cruised to a 49-21 win. Heather Townsend led the Douglas effort with 14, and Kassidy Scott added 11. Saturday night in the 7pm game, the Douglas squad battled a scrappy Lander team to a 58-47 Douglas win. Lander led 15-13 after 1, but Douglas was back up 31-25 at the half. Kassidy Scott shot 20, and Carlie Cecil added 15.

At the Rec Center Gym in Douglas, the Bearcats opened with a 52-44 loss to Cody Friday night, fell 55-44 to Lyman Saturday afternoon, then dropped a 53-46 loss to top-ranked Lander in the 7pm game. Travis Williams' Bearcats fall to 1-5.

Douglas basketball is off til after Christmas... next up, the Cabela's Holiday Basketball Shootout at Sidney, Nebraska on Wednesday and Thursday, December 28th and 29th.

(Fri 12/16/11) - A slow start, but a Douglas win... in the opening round of the Lander Classic Girls Basketball Tournament, #1 Douglas and #2 Cody sparred for 32 minutes in a defensive battle... both teams shot cold in the opening stanza... Douglas led it 4-3 at the end of the first. The LadyCats took a 15-13 lead to the halftime locker room... Cody outshot Douglas 11-8 in the 3rd, but Douglas bounced back and outscored Cody 11-3 in the 4th. Kassidy Scott led all scorers with 17, and was the only player to break double figures. The 4-0 LadyCats get the first game of the day on Saturday when they meet Lyman at 8am, then Douglas closes the tournament witha 7pm game against the host Lady Tigers at the Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.

(Fri 12/16/11) - Too little,too late... the Bearcats found themselves behind early in the opening round of the Douglas Classic Boys Basketball Tournement. Douglas trailed Cody 16-10 after 1, 28-17 at the half, and 39-24 after three. The Cats rallied to score 20 points in the 4th quarter, but it wasn't enough to get out of the hole, and Cody beat Douglas 52-44. Dylan Davidson led all shooters with 19 points... Greg Vandeventer added 12, and Grady Corbett had 10. The Cats fall to 1-3 with the loss. Day two of the Douglas Classic, Douglas plays Lyman at 12:30 and top-ranked Lander at 7p at the Douglas Rec Center Gym.

(Sat 12/10/11) - LadyCats win in OT... the 2nd-ranked Douglas LadyCats hosted the #1-ranked Wheatland Lady Bulldogs, went to overtime, and Douglas held on to beat Wheatland 51-49. The game was tied at 40 with 1:15 left in regulation... niether team scored, forcing the extra period. The LadyCats are now 3-0 with the win. At Wheatland, the Bearcats held an 11 point lead at halftime, but Wheatland came out with a smothering man-to-man defense and found their three-shot. The Bulldogs outshot the Bearcats 44-15 in the second half and took a 61-43 win over Douglas. Wheatland hit a dozen 3-pointers, six of them in the fourth quarter. Douglas falls to 1-2 with the loss.

(Fri 12/9/11) - A Friday Night Split... in a doubleheader tonight at the Douglas Rec Center Gym, the LadyCats won and the Bearcats lost a close one. In the early game, sophomore Jessie Underberg fired three threes on her way to 16 points to lead the LadyCats to a 44-35 win over the Rawlins Lady Outlaws. Kassidy Scott scored 14, and Carlie Cecil had 10 points. Kalli Fedderson led Rawlins with 15. In the nitecap, the Bearcats and the Outlaws traded buckets all night long in a close game that went to Rawlins 52-50. Douglas led 11-9 after one, 25-22 at the half, 37-35 at the end of three, but came up short in the final minute. Luke Andrews grabbed a loose ball and put it in at the buzzer, but Douglas was still a bucket short. Jon Mendez of the Outlaws led all scorers with 19 points... Logan Barker led the Douglas effort with 15, and Colton Chandler added 11. The Bearcats fall to 1-1 with the loss... the LadyCats are now 2-0. Douglas plays Wheatland Saturday night, with the boys on the road and the girls at home. We'll go to the Doghouse with the Bearcats... tipoff's at 7, and you'll hear the action live on 99Cats FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Mon 12/5/11) - Douglas High School basketball teams rode strong three-point shooting to a pair of wins to open the 2011-2012 season. At Worland on Saturday night, the Lady Cats hit 7 shots from outside the three-point arc on their way to a 58-18 win over the Lady Warriors. Bearcats sophomore Heather Townsend led all shooters with 19 points, and Kassidy Scott hit ten points. Nine players saw floor time, and seven players scored. In the late game, junior Dylan Davidson stroked four of his seven three-pointers in the first quarter to propel the Bearcats to a 59-35 win over the Warriors. Davidson led the boys efforts with 25 points... Point guard Grady Corbett added 12. Douglas hosts Rawlins this Friday night. Also this weekend, the Glenrock Herders won two games out of three at the Lusk Tournament. The Herd opened with a 38-32 loss to Buns, then beat Lusk 38-34 and Pine Bluffs 53-39. The Lady Herders lost two, falling 31-25 to Lusk and 58-40 to Pine Bluffs.