KKTY NEWS Feb 10 Archive


(Thu 2/25/10) - A vacancy at City Hall. In a letter dated Tuesday, February 23rd, Interim City Administrator Forrest Neurberg gave his resignation to Mayor Marilyn Werner. Neuerburg explained to KKTY News why he's stepping down... audio here

Neuerburg was named interim City Administrator on August 11th, following the firing of former Administrator Bobbe Fitzhugh. To date, the City Council has not advertised to fill the position. We asked Mayor Marilyn Werner whether the council would look to name another interim Administrator... audio here

Werner says Neuerburg will return to his job as City Planning and Community Development Director... audio here

Neuerburg's resignation as Interim City Administrator is effective Friday, March 12th.

(Tue 2/23/10) - In the end, no official decision. After spending the better part of an hour last night discussing an ordinance moving the time of council meetings from Monday evenings to Monday afternoons, the Douglas City Council finally voted to continue the proposed ordinance changes until the March 8th council meeting. By continuing the motion, Douglas City Attorney Peggy Trent will have time to make some potential revisions after the evening's discussion. During the public comment portion of the council meeting, Ron McNare presented a petition with 146 signatures against the proposed change. Councilman Bob Chiapuzio continued to speak in favor of afternoon sessions... Councilwoman Kathy Russell said she honestly didn't care whether the meetings were afternoon or evening... Councilman Tony Reynolds said that people he spoke with were in favor of leaving the meetings at 7pm, and Mayor Marilyn Werner said she had a number of calls, also in favor of keeping the meetings in the evening. The council got bogged down in a variety of proposed amendments to the original motion to approve, and after 40 minutes of discussion, Attorney Trent suggested they continue the vote on the ordinance until the next meeting to give her time to try to clean it up after Monday night's discussion. Look for the March 8th version of the proposal to have a 7pm time for Douglas City Council meetings.

(Tue 2/23/10) - A Douglas restaurant offers its customers a new convenience beginning today. The Village Inn restaurant on East Richards opened their new drive-up pick-up window this morning. Owner Dave Angiolillo says he thinks his customers will like to get it to go... audio here

The Douglas restaurant is the first Village Inn franchise in the nation to offer a pickup window for to go orders. Angiolillo says the window will be available from 4am to 10pm, and as an opening promotion, Village Inn will give $5 dollar gift cards with any purchase to the first 300 customers at the pickup window. Call ahead to place your order... to go menus are available, and menues are also available online at villageinn.com. Angiolillo also says his restaurant will be completely smoke-free beginning March 1st.

(Mon 2/22/10) - Day or night... it's on the agenda for tonight's Douglas City Council meeting. At the council meeting two weeks ago, Councilwoman Kathy Russell proposed that the council move their meetings from 7pm to 1pm, with work sessions beginning at 10am, on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Justification for the change was that it would end late night meetings for the council. Some public concern has been noted that moving the meetings to daytime hours would not allow as many residents to watch or take part in the governing process, because people would be at work or at school. Council will hear on the first of three readings an ordinance that would change the city code to allow the change in times for the meetings. Tonight's council work session is set for 6:00pm... the City Council meeting is at 7. Both are open to the public in the council chambers at Douglas City Hall. Council meetings are also broadcast live on Communicom Cable channel 61.

(Mon 2/22/10) - Lots more wind available... New wind maps and analysis by the federal government peg Wyoming's total capacity for generating wind energy at about 552,000 megawatts. The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory released the new estimate this month as part of its first updated\par estimates since 1993. The American Wind Energy Association says the estimates grew in many places because of improved wind turbine technology and more refined measurements. The government's latest study measured winds at 80 meters. Wyoming ranks eighth among states for its potential wind capacity. Wyoming currently has about 1,100 megawatts of installed capacity. Converse County is currently Wyoming's leading wind energy producer. State officials have said they predict a realistic build-out of 10,000 to 15,000 megawatts in the state based on expected transmission capacity.

(Wed 2/17/10) - The Wyoming House has given initial approval to a bill that would impose a state excise tax on wind energy generation. The measure cleared its first reading in the House on Tuesday with support from two-thirds of the 60-member chamber. Supporters say the tax would provide revenue for government and taxing certainty for developers. Opponents say the tax could drive developers away from Wyoming and the issue needs more study. The House version of the bill would impose a $1 per megawatt hour tax on wind energy generation with revenues split 60-40 between the state and counties. The bill would levy the tax starting in 2012 and would impose the tax only after a turbine has been operating for three years. Governor Dave Freudenthal originally proposed the wind generation tax at $3 dollars per megawatt hour. At a press conference yesterday, the Governor spoke in favor of the bill as amended...audio here

There are several other wind related bills working their way through the State Legislature. The Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill to broaden the state Industrial Siting Act to cover more wind farms. The committee also added an amendment to Senate File 66 on Wednesday to help pay for the duties the bill would add to the Department of Environmental Quality's Industrial Siting Division. The bill would expand the Industrial Siting Act to cover wind farms consisting of at least 30 turbines and the collector transmission lines related to wind farms. The amendment approved Wednesday would add a new DEQ position and add over $355,000 in funding for two years of costs associated with implementing the law. Senate File 66 now heads to the full Senate for consideration. House Bill 72 sets minimum state standards for wind projects while allowing county governments the freedom to enact tougher rules if they see fit. House Bill 79 suspends the power of wind companies to use eminent domain for one year.

(Tue 2/9/10) - Wasatch downsizes... The developer of a possible wind farm in Converse County that spurred debate about wind development in the northern Laramie Range has curtailed its application to lease state trust lands. Utah-based Wasatch Wind says it submitted a revised application to the Office of State Lands and Investments last week. The revised application includes about 3,000 acres in the Glenrock and Box Elder areas, down from about 7,300 acres included in the original application. John Aubrecht, senior vice president of development for Wasatch Wind, says the Duncan Ranch portion of the lease application was removed after community members voiced concern about development in the area. Ken Lay of the Northern Laramie Range Alliance welcomes Wasatch's decision but says it doesn't address the company's continuing efforts to build in the Boxelder/Mormon Canyon area of the Northern Laramie Range.

(Tue 2/9/10) - The Douglas City Council may soon meet during business hours. At last night's meeting, council members discussed the possibility of holding council meetings during the day, rather than during the evening hours. Councilwoman Kathy Russell explained the reasoning... audio here

Russell proposed that the Douglas City Council hold their work sessions at 10am and hold City Council meetings at either noon or 1pm. Current council meeting times are set by City Ordinance at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, and the ordinance would have to be amended with three readings before the meeting times could be adjusted. The council did take one call from the public from a gentleman who was concerned that changing the meeting times would be restrictive on people who may want to bring business before the council, and restrictive on the ability of the public to know what's going on since a lot of people wouldn't be available to watch council meetings during the daytime. The Converse County Commission has held their bi-monthly meetings during the day for many years. The City Council will continue to consider their options.

(Mon 2/8/10) - The Wyoming State Lands and Investments Board has drafted new rules regarding wind energy development on state lands and is seeking public comments. State officials say the biggest change in the rules is how surface damages are paid to state land lessees. Typically, a grazing lessee negotiates surface damage payments and splits those payments with the state. The proposed change would allow the grazing lessee to receive 100 percent of the surface damage payment from a wind developer. Another change is a requirement that a wind developer notify existing lessees of state lands of any plan to develop wind energy on the land when it submits a lease application.

(Mon 2/8/10) -Not guilty? A former Wyoming state trooper already in prison for kidnapping a truck driver has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of possessing steroids. Forty-two-year-old Franklin Joseph Ryle made the plea Friday in Natrona County District Court. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars if convicted. In November, Ryle was sentenced in federal court to 15-years in prison for kidnapping a truck driver in what prosecutors say was an aborted murder plot.


And in Sports...

(Sat 2/27/10) - Every point counts, every match matters... the Douglas Bearcats wrestlers earn 275.5 points to beat Powell by a one-point margin to win the 2010 3A State Wrestling title. The Cats and the Panthers came into the tournament as heavy favorites after dominating their regionals last weekend. Through the early part of the championship round tonight, Powell held the points lead. The Panthers had won the 130, the 140, and the 145 pound classes. Douglas's Houston Falkenburg earned the first gold medal of the night, winning the 152. Douglas got some help from Wheatland when the Bulldogs' Dustin Finnerty beat Powell's Cole Cary to win the 160 pound class. The pencils were flying on the sidelines, trying to figure if the Bearcats still had a shot at the title... word was that Douglas would have to win the rest of the way out. Back out on the mats, Pierre Etchemendy dominated Kyle Larson of Thermopolis to win the 171. The only head-to-head match between Douglas and Powell came when Colter McNare met Powell's Monte Nickles in the 189... McNare struggled early, but reached deep to earn a 7-5 overtime win. In the 215, Trent Boner made quick work of Newcastle's Adam Hinrich, pinning him in :49 seconds. In the final match of the night, in the 285 heavyweight class, Douglas's Joe Lake met Ryley Dawson of Rawlins. A major decision would leave Douglas and Powell tied... Lake needed a technical fall or a pin to earn enough points to give the Cats the state title. Lake pinned Dawson in 3:36, and the Bearcats win the state championship. In addition to Joe Lake, other gold medalists for the Bearcats... Houston Falkenburg at 152, Pierre Etchemendy at 171, Colter McNare at 189 and Trent Boner at 215... silver medals for Reed Burgener at 130 and Lane Reed at 140... bronzes for Ramond Geho at 103 and Kevin Baker at 119... Tanner Miller placed 4th in the 145, and 6th place finishes for Cody Estes at 112, Zac Owens at 160 and Jake Lake at 171.

(Sat 2/27/10) - Cats drop a pair at Buffalo... in their final action of the regular season, DHS basketball teams lost both games on the road. The LadyCats trailed 26-12 at the half, fought back in the 3rd quarter and outshot Buffalo 19-13, but were in too deep a hole, and lost 55-45. Kassidy Scott led Douglas with 11. A cold spell after the halftime break left the BEarcats in a hole, as well. Douglas trailed 29-24 at halftime, but only hit 4 points in the third quarter to Buffalo's 11 points... the Cats fought back and outshot the Bison20-12 in the 4th, but couldn't get over the hump, and Buffalo wins it 52-48.

Also this weekend, the Glenrock Herders lost two, falling 72-34 to Buffalo on Friday and 58-49 to Newcastle on Saturday. The Lady Herders lost 43-37 to Buffalo on Friday, then came back and beat Newcastle 41-27 on Saturday.

The 3A East Regional Tournement begins Thursday here in Douglas... we'll cover the Cats and LadyCats, the Herders and Lady Herders on KKTY-FM and kktyonline.com.

(Sat 2/27/10) - The 2A East Regional basketball tournament wrapped up here at Douglas tonight. Southeast beat Big Horn 58-49 to take the boy's title. Tongue River beat Moorcroft 63-47 for third. On the girls side, it was Big Horn over Tongue River 57-51 for first place... Southeast beat Pine Bluffs 45-36 for third. The 1A-2A State Basketball Tournament begins Thursday at Casper.

(Fri 2/26/10) - Call them the little team that could... at the 3A State Swim Meet at Gillette, Douglas's six swimmers finished 6th out of 12 teams and brought home some heavy metal... er, medals... sophomore Tylor Weiss placed 1st in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.60, and 1st in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.43. Senior Andrew Williams was consolation champ in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. Matt Curley placed 4th in the 500 free, and 10th in the 200 freestyle. Douglas won the consolation championship in the 200 Medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, and placed 8th in the 200 freestyle relay. Lander repeated as 3A state champs.

(Tue 2/23/10) - The Douglas Bearcats basketball team solidified their claim to the number two spot in 3A East play. After this weekend's play, the 10-3 Rawlins Outlaws hold a full-game lead over Douglas. After a Friday night win over Glenrock, the Bearcats are now 9-4. Torrington and Buffalo are a half a game behind at 8-4, Wheatland stands 8-5. Thermopolis is a ways back at 5-8, and Glenrock and Newcastle are tied in the #7 slot at 1-11.

On the girls side, Buffalo leads 3A East play with an 11-1 record, Wheatland's 11-2, the Douglas LadyCats sit 3rd with a 9-4 record. Glenrock is 6-6, Torrington's 5-7, Thermop's 4-9, Newcastle is 2-10 and Rawlins is 2-11.

One one weekend left to play, and only one game on the schedule, the LadyCats are locked into the 3rd seed for regionals. The boys brackets are still up in the air... Torrington plays Thermopolis Friday night and Rawlins on Saturday, Buffalo plays Glenrock Friday and Douglas on Saturday, so those brackets won't be settled until Saturday night.

(Tue 2/23/10) - Congratulations to the Douglas Lady IceCats on a couple of big wins over the weekend. Earlier this season, Cheyenne shut out Douglas 18-0... the Lady IceCats got their revenge with an 11-2 win over Cheyenne on Saturday, and a 10-2 win on Sunday.

(Mon 2/22/10) - The Douglas Bearcats basketball teams picked up a pair of wins over Glenrock Saturday night. At Glenrock, the Cats led by eight at the half... the Herders rode a flurry of three's in the third quarter to pull within one point after three, but the Cats outshot the Herders 14-10 in the 4th to take a 52-47 win. Hayden Barker and Aaron Jammerman had 13 points apiece for the Bearcats. Dustin Worthington hit 17 for Glenrock. Worthington and Tyler Kelly each hit three 3's for the Herders. At the Rec in Douglas, the LadyCats earned a 60-42 win over the Lady Herders. Douglas has just one game left in the regular season. The Cats and LadyCats travel to Buffalo this Saturday to play the Bison. Glenrock plays Buffalo on Friday, and Newcastle on Saturday

(Mon 2/22/10) - Douglas Bearcats wrestlers dominated the 3A East Regional Tournament at Thermopolis this weekend. Douglas put 10 wrestlers in the finals and won seven of the matches. Team scores, the Bearcats scored 261.5 points, Wheatland was second with 176, followed by Torrington with 156 and Buffalo with 153.5. At the 3A West Regionals at Jackson, Powell dominated with 8 individual titles and 308 team points... Worland was second with 219.5, followed by Lander with 177 and Mountain View with 165. Bearcats cooler sponsors for Regionals were Scott Ranches & T& J Maxi Storage. State Wrestling starts Friday at the Casper Events Center.

(Sun 2/14/10) - Ice cold Bearcats... red-hot Dogies... Saturday night the Newcastle Dogies played their Game of the Season when they upset the Dourglas Bearcats 70-55 at the Rec Center Gym at Douglas High School. THe Dogies came into the game with a 3-13 record, and no conference wins... the BEarcats were ranked 2nd in the state in the 3A boys polls. Newcastle's junior point guard Jeremy Beehler collected 29 points on the way to the win... Mitch Weigel had 16 and Taylor Tobar added 14. For the Bearcats, Dylln Rider had a 19-point night... Hayden Barker added 14 and Cohner Marker had 10. Newcastle outshot Douglas 22-9 in a bloody second quarter, and Douglas never was able to catch up. The LadyCats took the win in the early game, beating Newcastle 59-35.

Bearcats basketball teams took a pair of wins at Thermopolis. In 3A East action Friday, night, the LadyCats jumped out to an early lead and took a 49-37 win. Kassidy Scott led the Douglas girls with 16 points...Ragen Scott added 13. In the late game, Dylln Rider collected 15 points to lead the Cats to a 52-43 win over Thermopolis. Gary Bolinger had 13... Hayden Barker added 11. Colin Herold hit 20 points for the Bobcats. Both the Bearcats and LadyCats come out of the weekend with 13-6 records, 8-3 in 3A East conference play.

Douglas wasn't the only team to host an upset. Over the weekend, all five of Wyoming's top ranked 3A boys teams lost a game. Friday night, #5 Buffalo lost at Rawlins, and #4 Pinedale lost at Worland. Then on Saturday afternoon, #1 Jackson lost at Worland, the Broncs first conference loss. Saturday night, #3 Torrington lead 12-1 after 1 quarter, but ended up losing for the 2nd time to Wheatland, this time on the road. Douglas plays Wheatland this Thursday night.

(Sun 2/14/10) - Buffalo dominates the Absaraka Conference swim meet this weekend. At the Rec Center Pool at Douglas High School, the Bison collected 464 team points to win the meet... Rawlins is second with 368, the Douglas Bearcats are 3rd with 269, followed by Worland, Newcastle and Cheyenne South. Individually, Tylor Weiss finished first in the 200 medley and the 100 butterfly. The Newcastle Last Chance Qualifier is this Friday, and the State Swim Meet is at Gillette Thursday and Friday February 25th and 26th.

(Sun 2/14/10) - Wyoming's final High School State Gymnastics championship goes to Gillette. The Camels earn 106.6250 team points to take the team championship... Rock Springs finishes second with 94.5750 points, and Douglas places third with 91.7750 points. Gillette's Devon Fichter wins the State All-Around... Douglas's Rhiann Dameron finished 6th in the All-Around, Mallory Capron was 8th and Beth Butler finished 13th. In the individual finals on Saturday, Rhiann Dameron was 3rd on uneven bars and 5th in floor exercise and Mallory Capron finished 5th on the vault.

(Thu 2/11/10) - Douglas LadyCats gymnasts travel to Gillette Friday and Saturday for their State Competition, and it's not just the end of the season... it's the end of the sport. After several years of declining particpation, the Wyoming High School Activities Association will no longer sanction gymnastics as a high school competitive sport. According to WHSAA policy, when "fewer than six member schools participate in a WHSAA-sanctioned activity for two consecutive years, the activity will be discontinued beginning with the third year." When Kelly Walsh, Natrona and Worland cut their gymnastics programs before to the 2008-09 season, it knocked the total number of schools from six to three. Coach Jamie Harkins, who competed as a gymnast at Douglas High School, will take her LadyCats to Gillette for one final weekend of competition this weekend, going head to head with the only two remaining programs in the state, Gillette and Rock Springs. We wish the girls not only good luck, but a memorable weekend, and we thank them for their hard work, and for representing our school and our community well.

(Tue 2/9/10) - Back into the win column... after losses to Buffalo and Alliance, the Douglas LadyCats win one over the Torrington Lady 'Blazers. After a slow start for both teams, Douglas held a 21-15 lead at the half and cruised to a 48-38 win. Douglas freshman Kassidy Scott led all scorers with 16 points... Emily Madden paced Torrington with 11. The 3A conference win takes Douglas to an 11-6 overall record, and 6-3 in 3A East play. The Cats and LadyCats travel to Thermopolis Friday night and host Newcastle on Saturday.

(Tue 2/9/10) - Douglas Bearcats wrestlers bashed Thermopolis 52-11 on Thursday night, but ran into tough competition at the Ron Thon Memorial Tournament at Riverton on Friday and Saturday. The Cats placed 5th out of 34 teams at what's generally seen as one of the biggest tournaments of the season. The top spots went to Cheyenne Central, Green River, Powell and Gillette, in that order. None of our Douglas wrestlers finished the weekend unbeaten, and there were no first place finishes. Houston Falkenburg, Colter McNare and Trent Boner all went 4-1, Pierre Etchemendy went 3-1 and Joe Lake went 4-2. Last week's cooler sponsors were Falkenburg Ranches and Chad & Marcie McNare. DHS matmen are at Torrington for a dual tonight, then will wrap up the regular season Saturday hosting Newcastle.

(Fri 2/5/10) - Cats grab a key conference win... the Bearcats basketball team beat Torrington 57-49 tonight. As they did with Buffalo last Friday night, the Cats smacked the 'Blazers hard in the first quarter, jumping out to a 22-10 lead. Torrington fought back and tied the game at 26 at the half, but Douglas came back and stretched out a 3-point lead by the end of the third. The Cats made their free throws in the fourth, hitting 8 of 9 in the final stanza to take the 57-49 win. Hayden Barker and Dylln Rider ended the night with 20 points each. EJ Zimmerman led Torrington with 16. 6-3 sophomore Jason McManamen, who averages 20 points a game, got into foul trouble early and ended the night with 13. The win puts Douglas a full game ahead of Torrington in the conference standings... the Cats are now 7-2... the 'Blazers drop to 6-3. Douglas has the night off Saturday... Torrington plays Buffalo on Saturday.

The LadyCats had the night off on Friday... their next action is Tuesday night when they host the Torrington Lady 'Blazers.

(Fri 2/5/10) - Douglas swimmers dominated at a triangular meet at the Rec this afternoon. Douglas won the meet with 337 points, Cheyenne South scored 267, and Newcastle had 141 team points. Individually, Douglas relay teams won the 200 medley, the 200 free and the 400 free... Matt Curley won the 200 freestyle, Andrew Williams won the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke, Tyler Wilson took the 100 free, Tylor Weiss won the 400 free. DHS swimmers are at the Gillette Invite on Saturday.