KKTY NEWS Feb 13 Archive


(Tue 2/26/13) - The Douglas City Council gave a green light to several development-related projects last night. Council approved on the first of three readings an application to rezone the land north of the Holiday Express and Sleep Inn hotels from B-1 to R-1 and R-2. Owner and developer K&R Construction is proposing to build single family homes on all lots except those six lots directly north of the Holiday Express, which could be developed as townhomes under an R-2. Council also approved a development agreement with Dr Robert and Deb Keeler to proceed with construction of a 7000 square foot medical office building at 10th and Richards, and a development agreement with Memorial Hospital of Converse County to build a 22-thousand square foot medical office building at 700 East Center Street.

(Wed 2/13/13) - A deputy who died trying to rescue a teenage girl from the North Platte River here at Douglas in 2011 will be honored with the Congressional Badge of Bravery. The family of Converse County Deputy Bryan Gross will accept the award at a ceremony Feb. 19 at the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne. Gross was one of several rescuers who jumped into the swollen river to save the girl. Other rescuers used a canoe to steer the girl to the bank. He was 29 and lived in Douglas. He was also named a Carnegie hero for his actions. Rep. Cynthia Lummis said Tuesday that she would attend the ceremony along with Gov. Matt Mead, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. District Attorney Kip Crofts. It will be open to the public.

(Fri 2/8/13) - The first wintertime call on administration of water rights in the North Platte River drainage in Wyoming since 2005 means several cities and towns need to implement other plans to obtain water. The call affects 16 communities in central and southeast Wyoming, including Casper. The Wyoming State Engineer's Office says all of those cities and towns have backup plans to ensure they have enough water. Hydrologists estimate that water and mountain snowpack in the river system is only about 64 percent of what would be a full supply right now. The call issued Wednesday by State Engineer Pat Tyrrell means those with older water rights have priority access to water in the river system. Those with younger rights must make arrangements with senior rights holders or get their water elsewhere. The call on North Platte River water won't affect Douglas's water supply, which comes primarily from wells and springs. River water is never processed here in the wintertime.

(Thu 2/7/13) - After the well is drilled and the oil is brought to the surface, it has to go to market, and a couple of new regional oil terminals are on the drawing boards.. A Casper-based company has announced plans to build a new rail-loading facility at Guernsey that will be able to load trains with up to 80 thousand barrels of oil a day. Eighty-Eight Oil LLC is owned by the True companies of Casper. The unit train facility on the BNSF mainline will be directly connected to the existing Guernsey crude oil terminal that receives crude from the Butte pipeline, Belle Fourche pipeline, Platte Pipeline and the Rocky Mountain pipeline system. With completion expected later this year, the facility will include three rail loop tracks capable of holding one unit train each, and the automated loading racks will be able to load two trains with different crude types at the same time. Company officials say the facility could bring 30 new jobs into the Guernsey area.

And Granite Peak Development and Cogent Energy Solutions announced plans this week for a rail loading and shipping terminal on the BNSF at the Casper Logistics Hub just north of the city. That facility would employ about 40 workers and would load two or three trains a day, each transporting 70 to 80 thousand barrels of oil. Crude would be both trucked in and delivered by pipeline. The developers of the project hope to break ground in April and begin operations by October.


And in Sports...

(Thu 2/28/13) - Easy win for the LadyCats... in the opening round of the 3A East Regionals, the 1-seeded Douglas LadyCats cruised to a 63-19 win over the 8-seeded Glenrock Lady Herders. Douglas led by 38 at the half, and kicked into the 40-point mercy clock right after halftime. Kassidy Scott and Carlie Cecil led the scoring effort with 13 each, and Ashlie Blackburn added 11. Breanna Faley led Glenrock with 7. Douglas plays Buffalo in the semis Friday night at 6. Glenrock meets Newcastle in a girls loser-out game Friday morning at 11:30. Both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Thu 2/28/13) - Opening Round Win... The Douglas Bearcats survive a hard fought game with the Glenrock Herders to advance to the semis. At the 3A East Regional Basketball Tournament in Worland this morning, the Cats jumped out to a 16-7 lead after one, but the Herders came on strong in the second and took a three-point lead into the halftime locker room. Douglas came back in the second half to claim a 59-56 win. Jonah Richards was big outside the arc, hitting 5 three's on his way to 19 points. Dylan Davidson had three 3's on his way to 12 points, and Greg Vandeventer added 10. Glenrock had four players in double figures, led by point guard Tyler Olsen with 13. Senior DC Hall had 12, Anthony Pack added 11, and Devon Parkinson had ten. Glenrock plays the loser of today's Buffalo-Newcastle game in a loser out game Friday morning at 10. Douglas plays the winner of Buffalo-Newcastle in the semis Friday afternoon at 4:30. Both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM.

(Sat 2/23/13) - A Perfect 23-0... In high school basketball action this afternoon, the LadyCats end the regular season with one more win, this time over the Buffalo Lady Bison. Jessie Underberg got a little crazy outside the arc, hitting 5 three's on her way to 17 points to lead all scorers. Carlie Cecil hit 12, and Kassidy Scott had 11. Jenna Anderson lad Buffalo with 12.

The Bison proved to be too much for the Bearcats for the second time this season. Douglas trailed by just three at the end of the third, but Buffalo outshot 22-8 in the fourth quarter to claim a 60-43 win. The Bearcats end the regular season 13-10.

(Sat 2/23/13) - Douglas wrestlers take third at state... three Bearcats bring home championships. Jordan Pingrey was down 14-0... a technical fall is 15-0... Pingrey came back and pinned Nic Urbach of Powell to win the 113. Hunter Haman earned an 11-5 decision over Matthew Ponds of Worland to win the 152. And CJ Allen ends his senior season 50-6, pinning Taylor Bush of Wheatland for the gold at heavyweight. Congrats also the Glenrock's Jackson Taylor... he pinned Ty Alexander of Lander to win the 120.

Powell claimed the team title with 241.5 points... Star Valley was second with 233... Douglas placed thirdwith 188 team points.

(Sat 2/16/13) - Road wins at the Dogie Dome... Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams were both in the win column tonight. In the early game, Kassidy Scott hit 19 to lead the Douglas girls to their 22nd win, 60-30 over the Lady Dogies. Jill Espeland had 10, and Carlie Cecil added 9. The late game was a good match, but a low scoring affair. Douglas trailed by four at the quarter and at the half, but led by two after three. Greg Vandeventer hit a bucket down low with less than 30 seconds left to give Douglas a one-point lead. Newcastle sent the ball in with 4 seconds left, but wasn't able to connect, and the Bearcats win it 36-35. Vandeventer led the Douglas scoring effort with 16.

The LadyCats end the weekend 22-0, 13-0 in 3A East. The Bearcats inprove to 13-9, and 10-3 in 3A East. Both teams will wrap up regular season play at Buffalo next Saturday afternoon.

(Fri 2/15/13) - Well... that was interesting... Bearcats basketball teams hosted the Torrington Trailblazers in 3A East Conference action tonight. In their final home appearance, the LadyCats ran their record to 21-0 with a 64-26 win. On Senior Night, seniors Kassidy Scott and Carlie Cecil were both in double figures before halftime... Scott led all scorers with 19, and Cecil hit 13. Also out of the class of '13, Molly Kreycik ended the night with 10, and Jill Espeland added 3. Douglas set the clock running on the 40-point mercy rule again early in the 4th quarter.

In the late game, the Bearcats held off a late surge by the 'Blazers and claimed a 63-60 win. Douglas led 22-12 after one, 30-19 at the half, and held a 17-point lead, 46-29, after three. Torrington got hot in the fourth and put up half ot he night's scoring effort in the final eight minutes, outshooting Douglas 31-17, but the Cats held on for the three point win. Junior Greg Vandeventer bettered his fifteen-point-a-game average with a 22-point performance. Senior Dylan Davidson had 15 on the night. Davidson had three 3's, including a buzzer beater at halftime from out behind the halfcourt line. The Cats' other senior, Robert Ricks, had four points on the night. Blake Wisroth led Torrington with 19. The Cats improve to 12-9, 9-3 in 3A East play.

Douglas travels to Newcastle Saturday night... the girls play at 5:30, and the boys play at 7. Both games live on KKTY's 93.3FM and AM 1470.

(Thu 2/14/13) - LadyCats #1 again... this week's 3A Girls Basketball poll from WyoPreps.com keeps Douglas #1 with all 18 top votes. It is the 7th straight week the Lady Bearcats have been a unanimous pick for the top spot. Star Valley is back in the second spot with Rawlins falling to third. Powell moves up a notch to fourth with Lyman drops down to fifth.

No change in 4a... it's East, Gillette, Natrona, Sheridan and Laramie. 2A's the same as well...Tongue River, Lovell, Southeast, Thermopolis and Wind River... the Lusk Lady Tigers sit at #6. The top 4 spots in 1A are steady... Cokeville, Lingle-Ft Laramie, Snake River and Rock River. Burlington joins Upton in a tie at #5...

(Wed 2/13/13) -3A boys basketball polls shuffle this week. The Star Valley Braves remain at the #1 spot, and despite a loss to Buffalo Saturday night, the Rawlins Outlaws will retain their #2 ranking. Lander moves up from 5 to 3. Buffalo pulled off a pair of wins last weekend, beating Wheatland by one Friday night, and upsetting Rawlins by ten on Saturday... that was enough to get the Bison back into the top five at #4. Lyman and Douglas drop from 3 and 4 to a tie at #5.

Gillette's #1 in 4a, followed by Riverton, Laramie, Evanston, and Kelly Walsh is at #5 again. No change at all in 2A or 1A... 2A, it's Lovell, Wyoming Indian, the Lusk Tigers remain at #3, followed by Big Horn and Moorcroft. In 1A, it's Burlington, Ten Sleep, Snake River... the Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings are #4, and Encampment is 5. Girl's polls come out tomorrow.

(Sat 2/2/13) - Two more in the win column... at the DHS Rec Center Gym, Douglas marks two wins over the Worland Warriors. In the early game, the LadyCats got off to a slow start, but went on to dominate with a 56-16 win. Kassidy Scott was the only player to finish in double figures with 18 points. In the nitecap, the Bearcats found themselves in a 12-point hole in the second quarter against the winless Warriors. The Cats trailed by four at the half, but hammered Worland 20-6 in the third quarter and held on for a 58-46 win. Chandler Romero led the Douglas scoring effort with 21, and Greg Vandeventer added 15. Douglas meets Rawlins this Friday and Wheatland on Saturday.

(Fri 2/1/13) - Douglas Hoopsters take Glenrock... at Glenrock, the LadyCats improved to 17-0 with a 55-23 win over the Lady Herders. Kassidy Scott led all scorers with 13 points... Carlie Cecil added 12, and Molly Kreycik was also in double figures with 11. At Douglas, the Bearcats won it 55-44. Douglas hosts the Worland Warriors Saturday night... the girls play at 5, and the boys tipoff at 6:30... both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.