KKTY NEWS Feb 14 Archive


(Wed 2/19/14) - Authorities say a 26-year-old Gillette man died when he was struck by a welding truck at a Converse County rig site.

The Converse County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Nathan James Scott.

The sheriff's office says the accident was reported at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Cyclone Rig 33, located at Mary's Draw in Converse County.

The office says fellow employees on site attempted CPR, but were unable to revive Scott.

The incident is under investigation by the Converse County Sheriff's Department.

(Wed 2/19/14) - Pipeline crews and associated services will be returning to Douglas this spring. ONEOK Bakken Pipeline told the Converse County Commissioners yesterday that they're going to build two natural gas liquid pipeline projects in the county this year.

The Douglas Lateral is a 10" pipeline that will run north from new Access Midstream Bucking Horse gas plant on Cold Springs Road, crossing the North Platte River just west of Ft Fetterman and Orpha, then north west to Hiway 59 at Highland Loop, about 20 miles north of Douglas... that's a distance of about 29 miles.

The second pipeline is called the Niobrara Lateral, a 12" inch pipeline that starts at the end of the Douglas Lateral at Highland Loop and runs southeast across Converse and Niobrara Counties, meeting ONEOK's main Bakken pipeline just west of the Nebraska state line. The Niobrara Lateral runs a distance of about 53 miles.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to start in early May, and be completed by September.

ONEOK has proposed pipeyards on Highway 93 south of Inez Road, and at Orin Junction.

(Tue 2/11/14) - Ft Fetterman will be open again this summer... that was the official word Monday night from Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources director Milward Simpson... audio here

About 40 people came out Monday night for a meeting with Simpson and other State Parks officials to discuss last summer's closure of the fort and its future managment. State Parks also operates the Pioneer Memorial Museum at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds, and the old Camp Douglas prisoner of war camp officers' club.

Simpson said he and his staff got a lot of solid input from those in attendance... audio here

Ft Fetterman was a wooden fort built in 1867 by the US Army about 11 miles northwest of what's now the city of Douglas. It served as a major jumping-off point for the start of several major military expeditions against warring Native American tribes and soldiers there helped protect pioneers on the Bozeman Trail. Ft Fetterman was an active military post until 1882.


And in Sports...

(Fri 2/28/14) - Sports teams and fans are watching the weather as they make travel plans for the weekend... and the weather has already made some changes for Douglas Basketball. DHS Activities director Josh Goodrich says gametimes for Douglas at Buffalo on Friday have been moved up an hour... junior varsity games will play at 3pm, the LadyCats varsity game will tip off at 4:30, and the Bearcats-Bison boys varsity game will play at 6pm. Goodrich also says the Bearcast freshman teams will not make the trip to Worland on Saturday for the freshman tournament. Listen to KKTY and KKTS for any further updates as this weekend's weather system moves through.

(Sat 2/22/14) - A pair of wins for DHS basketball... in the early game tonight, the LadyCats got an early lead and never looked back in a 51-22 Senior Night win over the Newcastle Lady Dogies. Douglas's Jessie Underberg was the only player in double figures for either team with 15, but coach Cody Helenbolt played everyone, and ten players scored in the win.

The Bearcats also claimed an early lead in a 65-48 win over Newcastle. Douglas was up 11 at the half, but Newcastle drew within two in the second half before the Cats put it away. Greg Vandeventer led all shooters with a 28-point performance... Jonah Richards added 17. Wade Gordon led Newcastle with 21.

Next up for the Cats, a doubleheader at Buffalo on Friday the 28th.

(Fri 2/21/14) - Just one point... the Douglas LadyCats went to overtime and came up one point short falling 53-52 to the Torrington Lady Blazers. It was a back & forth ball game between two well-matched teams... Douglas led 12-10 after the first quarter, but the LadyCats suffered a disasterous second quarter, giving up 17 while only scoring 7, and Torrington led it 27-19 at the half. The LadyCats fought back in the third, trailing 36-34, and tied the game at 41 to force overtime. Jessie Underberg put one up at the buzzer, but it wouldn't go in, and Torrington took the win. For Torrington, Allison Marsh had 19 and Avery Madden put in 17... for Douglas, Jessie Underberg hit 19 and Ashley Blackburn scored 17.

In the late game, the Bearcats jumped out early and cruised to a 72-49 win over the winless Trailblazers.

Douglas hosts Newcastle Saturday night... it's Senior Night, honoring senior hoopsters. Girls tip off at 5:30, boys play at 7... both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kkty@netcommander.com.

(Sat 2/15/14) - Cats fall to #1 Wheatland... at the Doghouse on Saturday night, the Douglas Bearcats played it close for three quarters, but strong free throw shooting gave Wheatland a 67-61 win over Douglas. The Bulldogs' Kendrick Jackson was 7 of 8 at the line in the final stanza on his way to a 31 point performance to lead all scorers. The Bearcats led by 5 at the half and were up by 2 at the end of the third... Wheatland outshot Douglas 20-12 in the 4th to earn the win. Douglas was led by Greg Vandeventer with 21 points and Jonah Richards with 20. Eric Jamerman was also in double figures with 10.

In the girls game, Douglas and Wheatland were tied at 28 after three quarters, but the LadyCats outshot their opponents 13-8 in the 4th to take a 41-36 win in a defensive battle. Douglas's Ashley Blackburn led all shooters with 18... Jessie Underberg added 12. With the win, the Douglas girls improve their record to 17-2... the Bearcats are now 12-7. Both teams travel to Torrington on Friday the 21st.

(Fri 2/14/14) - Bearcats upset the Outlaws... when the Douglas basketball team traveled to Rawlins in mid-January, the Outlaws dominated the Bearcats 69-46. The Cats got their revenge Friday night, blasting the 3rd-ranked Outlaws 62-42. Douglas led by 1 point at the half, and came out hot in the third quarter to drive for the win.

At Rawlins, Jessie Underberg turned in a 26-point performance to lead the LadyCats to a 54-51 win.

Douglas plays at Wheatland Saturday night... the girls tipoff at 5:30, the boys at 7... both games on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 2/8/14) - Cats win a pair, LadyCats split... 3A high school basketball this weekend, the Douglas boys and girls got wins over Glenrock on Friday night. Greg Vandeventer led Douglas scoring with 17 points as the Cats beat the Herders at Glenrock, 54-48. At the Rec on Friday, the LadyCats cruised to a 62-43 win over the Lady Herders.

Saturday afternoon at the Rec, the #1-ranked LadyCats were suprised and upset by the unranked Worland Lady Warriors. Worland played a tight, aggressive defense and kept the score close to claim a 40-38 win. Douglas led 23-21 at the half, but suffered a disasterous scoring drought in the 3rd quarter. The LadyCats were outscored 11-5 in the 3rd, and Worland held on to give Douglas just their second loss of the season.

In the late game, the Bearcats jumped out early and never looked back. Greg Vandeventer turned in a 25-point performanace and the Bearcats won it 67-44.

The Cats improve to 11-6 with the win. The LadyCats loss drops them to 15-2 on the season.