KKTY NEWS Feb 11 Archive


(Mon 2/28/11) - Douglas City Employees will get a new pay structure this summer... After about 20 minutes' discussion, the Douglas City Council tonight voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations of an in-house wage and salary survey performed over the past several months by city staff. The survey compared Douglas's city pay structure with several other similar communities across Wyoming. Councilman Tony Reynolds explained that there are some positions that would see a drop in pay grades, and some would increase... audio here

Reynolds said that the survey recommended that no employee's wages would be cut as a result of the adoption of the new pay structure... audio here

New performance-based step pay increases and Employee Performance Benefits programs would replace the city's current merit pay increase system. Modifications to the City of Douglas Wage Scale will go into effect on July 1st.

(Mon 2/28/11) - New energy action in east-central Wyoming... An Australian company has bought three local oil fields. Linc Energy says it bought the Big Muddy, South Glenrock and South Cole Creek oil fields located in Converse and Natrona counties. The company is a leader in underground coal gasification technology. It has coal leases in Australia, Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana. The company plans to burn coal underground that is too deep to mine and to produce synthesis gas. That process will produce CO2, which the company wants to use for enhanced oil recovery. The company has more than 165,600 acres of coal leases in the Powder River Basin, much of it in Campbell County. It is working on permitting its first underground coal gasification operation in the region.

(Fri 2/4/11) - A settlement with the Wyoming Department of Revenue will result in Duke Energy paying lower property taxes on its Wyoming wind farms. Duke will pay about $230,000 less in property taxes than was originally assessed for 2009. The biggest change involves Duke's wind farms here in Converse County. The company argued it should not have been taxed for wind turbines not yet installed. State officials say Duke indicated on its tax returns that the turbines were in place. The agreement means Duke will pay about $230,000 less in property taxes than was originally assessed for 2009. After the settlement, Duke will pay $2.54 million to cover last year's tax bill instead of the $2.77 million originally assessed.

(Wed 2/2/11) - A House committee has endorsed legislation that would extend a moratorium on non-utility companies' ability to use eminent domain for building collector lines to wind farms. Lawmakers last year imposed a one-year moratorium that ends July 1. The bill approved Tuesday by the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Committee would extend the moratorium for another two years to 2013. The bill now goes to the full House for debate. The bill's main sponsor is Republican Rep. Kermit Brown of Laramie. Brown says the extension is necessary after two bills that attempted to deal with eminent domain and collector lines failed in another committee. Opponents said the proposal sends a bad signal to wind developers who might be considering major investment in Wyoming.

(Wed 2/2/11) - Converse County continues to show low unemployment rates. December numbers just released by the Wyoming Department of Employment show Converse and Campbell Counties at 4.8 percent unemployment, tied for the third lowest rate in the state. Only Sublette and Albany Counties were lower. December's 4.8 percent unemployment was a bit lower than November's 4.9 percent, and down considerably from 6.9 percent in December 2009. While the number not working was down, the number who held jobs and drew paychecks was up. Employment numbers in the county in December were at 7,173, up over 300 paychecks from 6,871 in December '09.

And in Sports...


(Mon 2/28/11) - Glenrock's in... the Herders punched their ticket to the 3A East Regional Basketball Tournament tonight with a 54-43 win over Cheyenne South. With nine teams in 3A East this year, the #8 Herders and the #9 Bison had to go to a play-in game to qualify for the final slot in the brackets.

(Mon 2/28/11) - In the opening round of the #A East Basketball Tournament Thursday at Wheatland, the Lady Herders play Torrington at 8:30am, the Douglas Bearcats play Rawlins at 4:30, the LadyCats meet Newcastle at 6, and the Herders play Torrington at 7:30. All Converse County games... Douglas and Glenrock, boys and girls, will be broadcast throughout the tournament live on KKTY's 99.3FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com..

(Sun 2/27/11) - DHS basketball teams end the season with a split on the road... Saturday afternoon at Buffalo, the LadyCats earned a 10-point win in a defensive battle as they beat the Lady Bison 43-33. DHS senior Lindsay White led all shooters with 17 points... she was the only LadyCat in double figures. The second game of the doubleheader went to Buffalo, as the Bison beat the Bearcats 69-52. A third quarter scoring drought put the Cats in the hole, but Douglas played well in the second meeting between the two teams this season. Hayden Barker and Grady Corbett each scored 13 for the Bearcats. Kasey Esponda turned in 25 points for the Bison, one of three Buffalo players to break in to double-figures. The LadyCats end their season 22-2, and 16-0 in 3A East conference play, and will take the #1 seed as 3A East tournament play begins Thursday in Wheatland. The Bearcats end the season 12-12 and 9-7... they'll likely be the #5 seed and will likely meet Rawlins in the opening round.

The Glenrock Herders will have to play one more game to earn a slot at Regionals. With 9 teams in 3A East this season, #8 Glenrock will meet #9 Cheyenne South in a play-in game tonight to decide which team goes to post-season play. The two teams split during the regular season... the Glenrock beat South 58-45 in January, and the Bison turned around and beat the Herders 69-59 three weeks ago.

The Lady Herders look to be the #6 seed in the 3A Girls brackets.

(Sun 2/27/11) - The Kaycee Buckaroos took home the big hardware from this weekend's 1A East Regional basketball tournament here at Douglas. Kaycee beat Midwest 62-44 to win the boy's championship, and it was Kaycee over Guernsey-Sunrise 45-39 in the girls title game. The Upton Bobcats beat Guernsey-Sunrise 36-31 in the boys thiurd place game, and Upton beat Chugwater 57-42 in the girls 3rd place game. The 1A-2A State Basketball tournament opens on Thursday at Casper.

(Sun 2/27/11) - Cats Matmen take Silver... at the WHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at Casper this weekend, the 3A East Regional champion Bearcats capped a strong season with a second place finish. Bearcats head coach Bob Bath said he was proud of the way his kids finished the weekend... audio here

Worland won the team title with 255 team points, Douglas was second with 230.5, and Powell was third with 223.5. Glenrock finished 12th out of 17 teams. Douglas wrestlers brought home 4 gold medals... championship wins by Reed Burgener at 140, Tanner Miller at 145, Trent Boner at 189 and Joe Lake at 215. Silver medals for Lane Read at 152 and Tim Harris at 171... Glenrock's Troy Pinkerton placed second at 215, and Tyler VanAntwerp finished third at 189. Complete State Wrestling results are available here.

(Sun 2/27/11) - The Lander Valley Tigers dominated the pool and took home another 3A State Championship... At Saturday's State Finals in Gillette, Lander scored 322.5 team points to take the title, Buffalo was second with 277 and Lyman was third with 152.5. The Douglas Bearcats were 5th out of 12 teams. One gold medal for a Douglas swimmer... DHS junior Tylor Weiss timed a 54.96 to win the 100 butterfly. Complete state swim results here.

(Sat 2/19/11) - Cats score a season high... the Douglas Bearcats raised the bar tonight as they beat Glenrock 87-40, passing the previous high of 76 points scored against Thermopolis. Grady Corbett, who averages 7 points a game, knocked down 23 points to lead all scorers. Also in double-figures for Douglas, Hayden Barker hit 15, all in the first half... Dylan Davidson shot 12, and Gary Bolinger had 10. Tyler Kelly led Glenrock with 15. In the early game, Molly Kreycik hit four 3's on her way to 19 points to lead the LadyCats to a 57-22 win over Glenrock. The Bearcats improved their record to 12-11, 9-6... the LadyCats are now 21-2, 15-0. Glenrock falls to 4-19, 2-12, and the Lady Herders are 6-8, 10-12. Douglas has one game left in regular season play... the Cats and LadyCats travel to Buffalo on Saturday, February 26th.

(Sat 2/19/11) - Douglas wrestlers finish big at Regionals... the Bearcats scored 253 team points to dominate the 3A East Regional Wrestling Tournament at Glenrock this weekend. Torrington was more than 70 points behind, with 179.5 points... Wheatland finished third with 137... Glenrock finished 7th out of 9 teams. The Bearcats brought home 5 gold medals... Reed Burgener at 140, Tanner Miller at 145, Lane Read at 152, Trent Boner at 189 and Joe Lake at 215. Silver medals for Jordan Pingery at 103, Raymond Geho at 119, Zak Owens at 160 and Tim Harris at 171. Blake Sanderson finished third at 130, and Cody Estes was 4th at 125. For Glenrock, Tyler VanAntwerp placed second at 189 and Troy Pinkerton finished second at 215. Matt Widiker was third at 145, and Jordan McClintick was fourth at 103. At the 2A East Regionals aat Upton, Wright placed first in the team standings, followed by Lingle/Ft Laramie, and the Lusk Tigers finishe third. Gillette dominated the 4A East Regionals at Cheyenne East. Star Valley, Worland and Cokeville won the West Regionals. State wrestling is Friday and Saturday at the Casper Events Center.

(Sat 2/12/11) - Bearcats & LadyCats sweep the weekend... Friday night, Douglas high school's basketball teams took a pair from the Thermopolis Bobcats. Kassidy Scott led all shooters with 18 points and the girls won their game 59-26. Hayden Barker blasted 15 points in the first quarter to set the tone for the boys game. Barker ended the night tying his season-best 26 points and the Bearcats beat the Bobcats 65-48. Saturday night at the Rec, the LadyCats took an easy 66-30 win over the Newcastle Lady Dogies. The Bearcats had a much tougher fight against the Newcastle Dogies, who won the first match of the season 56-54 in overtime. The Bearcats trailed by 1 after the first quarter, 4 at the half and 3 after three. Douglas found their offensive momentum in the 4th quarter and outshot Newcastle 17-6 to take a 45-37 win. Hayden Barker led Douglas scoring with 14 points... two baskets and 10 of 13 from the free-throw line. Mitch Weigel led Newcastle with 15 points. Jeremy Beehler averages 18 points a game, and hit for 27 against Douglas in January... the Bearcats defense held Beehler to just four points tonight, one bucket and two points from the free-throw line. The LadyCats stretch the win streak to 19 games... the girls are now 19-2, and 13-0 in 3A East conference play. The Bearcats end the weekend 11-10, 8-5. Douglas meets Wheatland again this Thursday night... the girls are at home, and the boys are on the road. Our play-by-play coverage from the DawgHouse begins a little before 7 on KKTY's 99.3FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Mon 2/7/11) - Help Wanted... Wyoming has fired head men's basketball coach Heath Schroyer. Schroyer compiled a 49-68 record over the three and a half seasons he was coach. His best season was 2008-09 when the team went 19-14. The Cowboys are 8-15 this season, including 1-8 in the Mountain West Conference. He took over the UW program in 2007 after previous coach Steve McClain was also fired. UW athletics director Tom Burman says associate head coach Fred Langley will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season. Burman says he regrets the firing but felt it is in the program's best interest. Burman noted that while winning is key to a successful program, Schroyer did improve the team's academic performance. Schroyer says he's disappointed but enjoyed his tenure as head coach.

(Mon 2/7/11) - Easy wins for the Cats and LadyCats... at Cheyenne South Saturday evening, the LadyCats won the early game 74-22, and the Bearcats won the nitecap 73-35. The LadyCats come out of the weekend 17-2, 11-0 in conference play. The Bearcats are now 9-10, 6-5 in 3A East conference play. Douglas basketball travels to Thermopolis Friday.

(Mon 2/7/11) - Campbell County High School ran away with the team title at this weekend's Ron Thon Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Riverton, and the Douglas Bearcats claimed 9th in the 37-team event. Trent Boner won 189, in triple overtime, Tanner Miller got 2nd at 145, Joe Lake placed 5th at 215 and Taylor Lisco got 5th at 285. This week's Bearcats Wrestling cooler sponsors are Arrow Electric, Hamans and Igo Oilfield Service.

(Fri 2/4/11) - The Douglas girls and the Torrington boys dominated Thursday night basketball play at the Douglas Rec Center Gym. In the early game last night, Kassidy Scott shot 18 points, Carlie Cecil had 13 and Kate Kreycik scored 10 as the LadyCats cruised past the Lady Blazers 56-37. The Douglas girls stretch their win streak to 16 games, and are a perfect 10-0 in conference play. In the nightcap, the Bearcats struggled to keep up with a tall, fast Trailblazer squad. EJ Zimmerman, who did not play the first time these two teams played, led all shooters with 24 points. Luke Eddington shot 15, and 6-4 junior Jason McMannamen scored 14. The Blazers beat the Bearcats 60-45, and Douglas falls to 8-10, 5-5.

(Fri 2/4/11) - Bearcats rule the pool... at the Douglas Rec Center Pool this afternoon, Bearcats swimmers won a triangular meet... the Cats earned 112 points to beat Cheyenne South (109) and Newcastle (50). Several Douglas swimmers turned in state qualifying times... Tyler Wilson and Quentin McGuire placed 1st and 2nd in the 200 free, Tylor Weiss won the 200 medley and the 100 butterfly, Matt Curley and Quentin McGuire finished 1-2 in the 400 free, Tyler Wilson won the 100 backstroke, and Matt Curley won the 100 breaststroke. Douglas teams won the 200 and the 400 free relays. Bearcats swimmers are at Gillette on Saturday.