KKTY NEWS Feb 09 Archive


(Mon 2/23/09) - You're driving on the cheapest gas in the nation. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices says Cheyenne has the lowest prices in the nation, but apparently, nobody checked here in Douglas. Nationwide, the survey says the average national price of gasoline increased 2.6 cents in the past two weeks. Oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline Friday was $1.94 a gallon. The price of mid-grade was $2.07 a gallon and the price of premium was $2.19 a gallon. Despite the increase, the price of regular gasoline is $1.16 below its level one year ago. Of cities surveyed, the nation's highest price was $2.39 in Anchorage, Alaska. The lowest price was $1.60 in Cheyenne. Here on the west side of Douglas, gas prices were at $1.55 a gallon this morning.

(Mon 2/23/09) - Is your snoring really loud enough to wake the neighbors? With the Douglas City Council's blessing, Memorial Hospital of Converse County will develop a place to find out. The hospital would like to develop a sleep lab in the small building at the back of the lot at 225 S. 5th Street, the former Douglas Baptist Church. That property is now owned and used as offices by the Hospital. When not used as a sleep lab, the facillity could be used to house traveling staff and for storage. The Hospital will ask the City Council tonight to approve a conditional use permit to develop the clinic on the property. The Douglas Planning Commission as already ok'd the request. The Douglas City Council meets tonight at 7 at City Hall. Council meetings are open to the public, and are broadcast live on Communicom Cable channel 61.

(Wed 2/11/09) - Douglas students won't get a long weekend this weekend. Converse County School District 1 superintendant Dan Espeland says they wanted to make up for the snow days in the last week of January as soon as they could... audio here

Other options to make up the two days missed would be during Spring break the week of March 23rd, or placing extra days at the end of the school year... Espeland said that families more typically make plans for the week off during spring break, and he also said that when the district committee made up this year's school calendar, they tried very hard to not hold classes into June... audio here

Students had originally been scheduled for days off this Friday and Monday. Normal classes and schedules will be held now on both days.

(Mon 2/9/09 - The Town of Glenrock has a new police chief. Tom Sweet was chosen from among 29 applicants to fill the position left open by the retirement of Chief Mike Colling. Sweet worked for 10 years for the sheriff's office in North Platte, Nebraska, then taught at the Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas from 2000 til 2007. Sweet then spent a year training Iraqi police forces in Baghad. Tom Sweet assumed the job of Glenrock chief of police on January 27th.

(Sat 2/7/09) - More powder, another lockdown... this time, at Douglas City Hall. Just after 5 Friday evening, a couple of local residents showed up at the Douglas Police Department with an envelope with an unknown powder inside. According to police reports, the envelope was delivered to a private residence, and before it was opened, a white powder spilled out onto the person's clothes. That person and a relative then took the envelope to the police department. City Hall was locked down and, per procedure, the Office of Homeland Security and the Regional Emergency Response Team were called in. It was determined that the powder contained no biological hazard or threat. Due to the circumstances of the case, the FBI was notified and responded. The case investigation continues, but no arrests were made on Friday night.

(Thu 2/5/09) - So, what do polar bears and policemen have in common? Well, in this case, it's a 34 degree dip in the lake. Sergeant Ron Casalenda of the Douglas Police Department explains what the Jackalope Jump is all about... audio here

Twenty two Wyomingites took the plunge on January 21st at Lake DeSmet between Sheridan and Buffalo... audio here

Casalenda and his partner, Kevin Gamroth, were special award winners for best group theme & costumes... their theme was "Blue Man Group"... audio here

And you heard right, three more Jackalope Plunges are planned... February 21st outside the Casper Aquatic Center, February 28th outside the Teton County Rec Center in Jackson, and March 7th at LaPrele Park in Laramie. Almost $4 thousand dollars was raised for Wyoming Special Olympics at the Lake DeSmet event.

(Mon 2/2/09) - Jobs and employment numbers in Converse County are holding their own. The Wyoming Department of Employment has released December numbers, and they show the the labor force here has grown by over 400 workers, from last year. December 2007 there were 6860 workers in the labor force here... December of 08, that number had grown to 7289. Jobs numbers are also up, from 6605 in December 07 to 7062 in December of 08. And unemployment numbers were down, from 255 to 227. Converse County's unemployment rate was at 3.1 percent in December. Statewide, unemployment was at 3.5 percent, while nationally, unemployment stood at 7.1 percent.


And in Sports...

(Sat 2/28/09) - A couple of close losses at Buffalo... the Cats and LadyCats basketball teams both came up short in close games. The Douglas girls took Buffalo to double overtime before falling 54-49. The LadyCats trailed by 7 at the half, but battled back after the break, out-shooting the Lady Bison 13-8 in the third and 14-12 in the 4th.Raegen Scott hit 2 of 3 at the free throw line with 1.4 second on the clock to tie the game at 42. Both teams scored three in the first overtime, but Buffalo outshot Douglas 7-2 in the second OT. The LadyCats had three players in double figures - Tristyn Panasuk led all scorers with 14. Cass Igo hit 3 threes on her way to 12 points, and Raegen Scott nailed 10 of 16 at the free throw line on her way to a 12-point game.

The Bearcats got off to a slow start this afternoon, and trailed 19-9 at the end of the first quarter. Buffalo led by one at the half and by 5 after three. Douglas took their first lead of the day in the 4th, and the game went right down to the wire. The Cats took the final shot with just seconds left & missed... Buffalo rebounded and held the ball for the win. The Cats and the Bison both ended the conference season with identical 11-4 records... a coin flip after the game gives Douglas the #1 seed and an 8:30pm opening game at the 3A East Regional Basketball Tournament, which begins at Buffalo this Thursday, 3/5.

The Glenrock Herders upset the Newcastle Dogies for a senior night win with a great team effort. At Glenrock, it was the Herders 56, the Dogies 46. The Herders were led by Dalton Downs with 16, Dustin Ailport with 15 and Ryan Lee with 13. The Dogies were led by Nick Pisciotti with 22 and Kade Ferguson had 13. AT Newcastle, the Lady Herders breezed past the Lady Dogies 47-18.

(Sat 2/28/09) - The 1A East Regional Tournament wrapped up tonight at the Douglas Rec Center gym with a pair of regional championships for the Southeast Cyclones. On the boys side, Southeast beat Normative Services 53-33 for the championship. Saratoga beat Midwest 50-35 in the third place game. For the girls, Southeast beat Arvada-Clearmont 41-28 for the championship. It was Kaycee 44, Hulett 32 in the third place game. The 1A-2A State Basketball tournament begins Thursday in Casper. At the 2A East Tournament at Torrington, the Lusk Tigers beat Sundance 49-40 to place 3rd.

(Sat 2/28/09) - Douglas wrestlers take second at State. The defending state champion Powell Panthers proved to be too deep for the Cats to get past. Powell ended the weekend with 242 team points... Douglas was second with 204.50... Lander finished third with 186... Wheatland and Worland rounded out the top-5. Douglas had three inidividual champions... Pat Lehnen took a 9-1 decision over Cole Cary of Powell to win the 145 pound class. Pierre Etchemendy beat Kyle Watson of Mountain View to win the 171, and Colter McNare earned a 5-2 decision over Traven Taylor of Buffalo to take the 189. Silver medals for Lane Read at 130, Houston Falkenburg at 135, Michael Hogan at 140 and Trent Bonar at 152. Reed Burgener finished 3rd in the 112, and Kevin Baker placed 5th at 119. For the Glenrock Herders, Casey Hoskinson earned a gold, winning the 215 class with a 12-9 decision over Jake Hanna of Jackson. Glenrock's Dalton Self placed third in the 152.

(Sat 2/28/09) - Lander wins their 13th consecutive State 3A Boys Swimming title. Lander had 15 swimmers in the finals today, and another 9 in the consolation finals. It was pretty much a case of Lander and everybody else. The Tigers earned 354.5 points to win the meet... Kemmerer was second with 168.5. Douglas edged Buffalo 138 to 134.5 to finish third. Individually, Kaleb Wilson, Tylor Weiss, Andrew Willliams and Kyle Russell gave Douglas a 4th place finish in the 200 medley relay; Kaleb Wilson finished 4th in the 200 freestyle; Kyle Russell was third in the 50 free consolations to finish 9th overall. Off the 1 meter diving board, Kyle Russell placed 4th and Brenden Krejci placed 10th. Tylor Weiss finished 4th and Andrew Williams finished 5th in the 100 butterfly; Tyrell Kirchefer finished second in the 100 freestyle to place 8th overall; Kaleb Wilson finished 5th and and Matt Curley was 12th in the 500 free; Tyrell Kirchefer, Quentin McGuire, Matt Curley and Kyle Russell placed 8th in the 200 free relay; Tyrell Kirchefer was 12th in the 100 backstroke; Tylor Weiss finished 3rd and Andrew Williams placed 8th in the 100 breaststroke; and Weiss, Kirchefer, Williams and Wilson finished 4th in the 400 free relay.

(Sat 2/21/09) - Nine in a row now for the Bearcats... the Douglas boys haven't lost a basketball game since mid-January, and the latest victims are the Lander Valley Tigers. Douglas got big play again tonight from Daniel Hancock, who put up 10 buckets and was 6 of 12 from the free-throw line for a 26-point night. Sophomore Hayden Barker lit up in the second quarter, scoring 10 points on his way to a 13 point performance. Jake Hogan led Lander with 20. Douglas is now 14-7 overall, 10-2 in 3A East conference play. The Douglas girls weren't able to hold up under a 21-point attack by Lander's Ruth O'Neal... the Lady Tigers beat the LadyCats 44-36. The Douglas girls are now 9-12 overall, 6-7 in conference action. Douglas wraps up regular season play with a dougleheader at Buffalo on Saturday 2/28.

(Sat 2/21/09) - Cats Matmen are Conference Champs. After finishing the opening rounds in second place Friday night, DHS wrestlers bounced back on Day 2 today to claim a strong win at the 3A East Regional tournament at Wheatland. Douglas scored 218.5 team points to place 1st. Lander came in at 175 for 2nd. Tyson Shatto's Wheatland Bulldogs had 164, good for 3rd, and Rawlins beat Torrington by one point, 126 to 125 to place 4th. State wrestling is next weekend at the Casper Events Center.

(Fri 2/20/09) - The Douglas Bearcats pulled off an impossible win last night at Wheatland. Douglas did not score in the first quarter, spotting Wheatland a 16-0 lead. The Cats fought back in the second, outshooting the Bulldogs 14-6. Wheatland held a 22-14 lead at the half, and it was Wheatland 27-23 after three. Douglas continued to chip away at the deficit, tying the game in the final minute. With seconds left, Daniel Hancock hit a bucket to give Douglas 39-37 lead. With 2.2 seconds on the clock, Wheatland was not able to connect for a tie, and the Bearcats snagged the win. Daniel Hancock led Douglas shooters with 23 points. Douglas is now 13-7 on the season, and 10-2 in conference play. Wheatland drops to 15-4 and 8-4. At home at the Rec, the LadyCats picked up their second win in a row, beat Wheatland 47-29. The LadyCats are now 9-11, 6-6. Wheatland falls to 6-14, 5-7.

(Mon 2/16/09) - Douglas Bearcats basketball teams notched wins over Newcastle Saturday night. In a boys-girls doubleheader at the Rec, Tristyn Panasuk lead the LadyCats with 20 points as the girls picked up a 57-46 win over the Lady Dogies. The girls were big outside the 3-point line... Beka Russell hit 4 3's, and Raegen Scott had a pair of threes. The win took the LadyCats to 5-6 in conference play. In the nitecap, the Bearcats got off to a slow start, but exploded to outshoot Newcastle 23-6 in the second quarter. Douglas led 32-30 at the half, 47-40 after 3 and won the game 65-53. Jonnathan Studie and Cody Bohlander led Douglas shooters with 18 points apiece. Newcastle's Nick Pisciotti led all scorers with 20. The Cats have now won seven in a row, and stand at 12-7 overall, 9-2 in 3A East conference play. Douglas plays Wheatland this Thursday night, and Lander on Saturday.

(Mon 2/16/09) - The Gillette Lady Camels won their second State Gymnastics Championship in a row Saturday. At the United Gymnastics Center here in Douglas, two DHS gymnasts medaled. Rhiann Dameron placed second on the bars, and Tara Paris finished 4th on the vault and 5th in floor routine.

(Sat 2/7/09) - The Bearcats basketball team runs their win streak to 6 with a 55-41 win over the Torrington Trailblazers. At Willey Gym in Torrington tonight, Douglas trailed by three at the end of the first period, but led by two at the half. The Cats outshot the 'Blazers 19-8 in the third quarter and went on to take the 14-point win. Douglas's Daniel Hancock led all scorers with 21 points, ten of those in the third. Shane Richendifer added 11. 6'4" freshman Jason McManneman led Torrington with 13. At the Rec in Douglas, the LadyCats lost 77-46. The boys are now 11-7 overall, and the girls fall to 7-11 on the season. Next up, Douglas hosts a boys-girls doubleheader with Newcastle on Saturday, 2/14.

(Thu 2/5/09) - Another win for the boys, another loss for the girls... Douglas met Glenrock on the basketball courts tonight. At Glenrock, the LadyCats trailed by 2 at the half, suffered a dry spell asfter halftime but battled back for a two point lead after three. Glenrock outshot Douglas 16-6 in the fourth quarter to tak a 44-36 Herder win. The loss drops the girls to 7- 10. At the Rec in Douglas, the Bearcats jumped out early and led 28-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Cats went on to mark a 75-41 win. Douglas has now won five in a row, and stands 10-7 on the season. Cats basketball takes the night off Friday night, then meets Torrington for the third time this season. Both the boys and the girls are one win and one loss against the Trailblazers. The girls are at home Saturday night, and the boys travel to Torrington. We'll have the Bearcats game live from Willey Gym at Torrington High School Saturday night at 7 on KKTY-FM and worldwide on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Thu 2/5/09) - A Herder becomes a Cowboy. Glenrock's Brooke Hughes signed a letter of intent this afternoon to run track and cross country for the University of Wyoming... audio here

Hughes brought home two state championships to Glenrock High School, winning the 3A State Cross Country championship as a freshman and as a senior. She also placed second as a sophomore and third as a junior. Hughes says she won't get to slack off over the summer... audio here

Hughes says she'll major in medicine, looking at either sports medicine or orthopedic surgery.

(Mon 2/2/09) - A pair of wins for the Cats... a pair of losses for the ladies. High school basketball action this weekend, Douglas met Buffalo in a doubleheader at the Rec on Friday. The Lady Bison won the early game 56-31. Tristyn Panasuk led Douglas in the loss with 16 points. In the late game, the Bearcats trailed by 1 at the half to the 4th -ranked BIson, but worked to take a 42-39 win. Cody Bohlander had 11 points to lead the Cats on a night that showed a very even scoring effort out of the team. On Saturday, the Bearcats thumped Cody 51-33 at the rec. Daniel Hancock had 13, Cody Bohlander had 12, and Shane Reichendifer had 6 assists. At Cody, the LadyCats fought back from a 15 point deficit and held the lead a couple of times in the final minute. Cody took the win 43-42. Tristyn Panasuk had 16 for Douglas and Beka Russell added 14. Douglas plays Glenrock on Thursday and Torrington on Saturday.