KKTY NEWS Jan 09 Archive
(Sat 1/31/09) - Check that cookie dough! Three flavors of the cookie dough that the DMS Choir sold in October as a fundraiser may contain peanut butter which originated from the Georgia plant where salmonella was recently detected. The three flavors of cookie dough and their lot numbers are: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (Lot #08281); Monster Cookie Dough (Lot #08281); Peanut Butter Chunk Cookie Dough (Lot #08273). The lot numbers are stamped in black ink just under the lip of the lid on each container of cookie dough. If you have a container with any of these lot numbers, please dispose of the cookie dough. If you would like to be reimbursed or would like an exchange, please bring the product into the DMS office. Please contact Cynthia Barnard or Fred George at Douglas Middle School if you have any questions.
(Tue 1/27/09) - The street's been plowed on the next block over, but your street's still full of snow. At last night's city council meeting, Douglas Public Works director Les Newton explained the rhyme and reason to how his department cleans up after a big snowstorm... audio here
City plows may have made just one run run up the middle of your street... Newton says there's a reason for that... audio here
Newton says that while the city tries to get roads passable, they're also trying to not push all that snow right back up into your driveway and sidewalks.
(Wed 1/21/09) - Memorial Hospital of Converse County and Douglas High School were both locked down for over four hours Wednesday afternoon. The incident began when a secretary in a doctor's office on the 4th floor of the hospital opened a piece of mail that included a letter and a quantity of white powder that spilled out on her. She took the letter to the doctor, who took it down the elevator to the 1st floor and CEO Tom Nordwick's office. At that point, about 3pm, the police were called in, and Sergeant Todd Matthews picks up the story... audio here
Matthews said the hazmat crew from Casper suited up and went into the hospital to collect samples of the powder... audio here
Douglas High School was also locked down... audio here
Converse County Emergency Manager Russ Dalgarn said he was pleased with the way the emergency was handled... audio here
Hospital CEO Tom Nordwick said that from his viewpoint inside the building, everyone did what they were supposed to do... audio here
Nordwick estimates that a couple hundred people may have been stuck inside the hosipital during the lockdown. Classes were out at the high school before the lockdown began there, but still, an estimated 40 or 50 people were held in the building because basketball practice and play practice were both underway. The investigation continues into who sent the letter with the powder in it, and Douglas Police say they're confidant that they have some good leads. The State Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are also involved in the ongoing investigation.
(Tue 1/13/09) - A Douglas man is in custody on felony drug charges. Douglas Police arrested 36 year old James West Friday morning as he got into his car following a funeral at St James Catholic Church. Police Chief Lori Emmert said that officers had been searching for West and received a tip that he would be in attendance at the funeral. Emmert says the police department filed charges on several felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance - methamphetamine. West is currently being held in the Converse County Jail. Emmert says the arrest is part of a continuing investigation.
(Mon 1/12/09) - Want to put a windmill in your back yard? How about if your neighbor wants to put one is his back yard? The City of Douglas has no regulations regarding home wind systems, but the Douglas City Council will take a look at their options tonight at the first city council meeting of 2009. Home wind systems have been the topic of discussion in several Wyoming communities including Pinedale, Afton and Cheyenne... Casper recently put regulations into effect. The Douglas Planning Commission discussed a potential ordinance in November, and the City Council will consider a set of rules to govern construction and use of home wind systems tonight. 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.
(Fri 1/9/09) - Peabody Energy says it won't lay off employees at its Wyoming coal mines as a result of a production slowdown this year in the Powder River Basin. Spokeswoman Beth Sutton says the production decrease announced earlier this week will focus on the Caballo and Rawhide mines near Gillette, both of which produce lower-quality coal. She says the company expects to increase production in the southern end of the Basin at its North Antelope Rochelle mine, which produces coal with a higher heat value. Many Douglas area miners work at North Antelope Rochelle. St. Louis-based Peabody employs about 1,750 people in Campbell County. The company announced this week that it plans to reduce production in the northeastern Wyoming coal reserve by about 10 million tons. Sutton says Peabody is still moving forward with plans to open the School Creek mine, which will be adjacent to North Antelope Rochelle.
(Thu 1/8/09) - A new year and three new members brings changes to the Converse County Commission. New members Dave Edwards, Tony Lehner and Mike Colling were sworn onto the Commission on Monday, and the group held its first official meeting of the year on Tuesday. Following the call to order, the first order of business was to name new executives, with Ed Werner named to a two-year term as Commission chairman, and Mike Colling will serve serve a two-year term as County Commission vice-chairman.
(Thu 1/8/09) - Converse County veterans will get face-to-face service starting today. The Wyoming Veterans Commission says a State Veterans Sevices officer will begin meeting regularly with local veterans starting today. State Veterans Services officer Dean Mahaffey will be available to meet with veterans from 10am to 5pm on the second Thursday of each month in the community room at the Converse County Courthouse in Douglas. Veterans or family members who have questions about benefit eligibility or need assistance obtaining benefits, or any other service are urged to meet with Mahaffey. Veterans are encouraged to call for an appointment. The number is 307-258-1100. Walk-ins are also welcome.
And in Sports...
(Fri 1/23/09) - Cats split at Lander... in Friday night basketball action at Lander, the LadyCats got off to a good start, but a flurry of 3's and free throws in the second quarter gave Lander the lead they needed to take a 67-59 win over Douglas. Tigers freshman Kristi Ragan scored 32 points to lead all scorers... 6 buckets, a couple of 3's, and 14 of 19 at the free throw line. Junior Ruth O'Neal hit for 22 points. Douglas had three players in double figures, led by 17 from Beka Russell. Cass Igo hit for 14, and Tristyn Panasuk added 12. Douglas got into foul trouble early... Panasuk and Russell both fouled out in the fourth quarter, and Scott, White, Cole and Igo all ended the game with four fouls each.
In the nitecap at Lander, the Bearcats came out fast and aggressive and outplayed a taller Tigers squad. Douglas led by one at the end of the first quarter, by five at the half, by 16 after three, and finished with a 76-61 win. The Cats had three players break the 20 point mark, led by Jonnathan Studie's 25... Daniel Hancock hit for 22, and Cody Bohlander ran up 20. Jon Tidzump led Lander with 21, and Jake Hogan hit three 3's in the fourth quarter to stretch his scoring effort to 19.
Both the Cats and the LadyCats are now 6-7 on the season. Douglas plays Rawlins Saturday afternoon... the boys are at home, and the girls are on the road. JV's play at 2:30, and varsity tip's off at 4pm. You'll hear the girls game live on KKTY-FM, and on the internet here at kktyonline.com.
(Sun 1/18/09) - Boys lose... girls win. High school basketball action Friday night at Newcastle, the LadyCats jumped out to an early lead and held on to the advantage to take the win. Douglas led 9-2 after one quarter, 23-19 at the half, 32-27 after 3, and survived a late-game push by Newcastle to win 45-42. Taylor Farella had 18 for the Lady Dogies to lead all scorers. Douglas had 3 players in double figures, paced by Raegan Scott with 13... Tristyn Panasuk added 12, and Lindsey White stepped up and hit for 11 points. The girls are now 6-6 overall. In boys action, the Bearcats played a hard-fought battle and matched up very well with the Dogies. Douglas led by 2 at the quarter, the game was tied at 17 at the half, Newcastle led by 2 after three, and the Dogies took the win 50-46. 6-6 senior Kade Ferguson and Tony Pisciotti had 15 each for the Dogies. Daniel Hancock led Douglas scoring with 13. The Douglas boys saw a very even scoring effort, with 8 players making a mark in the scorebook. Douglas plays Lander this Friday, and Rawlins on Saturday. The girls are at home Friday night, and the boys are at home Saturday afternoon. We'll have both road games for you live on KKTY-FM and kktyonline.com.
(Sun 1/18/09) - Natrona takes first, but Douglas tops the 3A ranks. At the Shane Shatto Memorial Wrestling tournament in Douglas this weekend, Casper Natrona earned three gold medals and 191.5 points to finish first out of 14 teams. Cheyenne Central placed second with 164, and the Douglas Bearcats came in third with 152. Cheyenne East and Wheatland rounded out the top 5. Individually, Douglas's Pat Lehnen earned gold in the 152 pound division, Michael Hogan placed second in the 145, and Stevie Stevenson placed third in the 171. Bearcats wrestlers head for the Buffalo Duals this Friday and Saturday.
(Fri 1/16/08) - One good player was too much for the LadyCats, and too many good players proved to be to much for the Bearcats. In a rematch of the season opener Thursday night, Chadron's 6-4 senior Kelsie Lliteras put up 15 baskets for 30 points to lead the Cardinals to a 52-39 win over the Douglas LadyCats. Regan Scott led three Douglas players in double figures with 13. Tristyn Panasuk had 11, and Beka Russell added 10, but it wasn't enough to keep Douglas in the game. In boys action, the Cardinals had too many weapons for the Bearcats to keep up with. Douglas started strong and led by 2 at the quarter, but trailed by 10 at halftime. The Cardinals exploded in the third, outshooting Douglas 25-8, and Chadron finished with a 76-50 win. Chadron had three players in double figures, led by Zac Bargen's 24... Alec Holmquist had 22, and Eliot Eliason collected 13. The Cardinals were deadly outside the arc as well as inside, hitting 13 three-pointers. Douglas was led by Daniel Hancock's 17 points. Jonnathan Studie added 21. Both the Douglas boys and girls fall to 5-6 with the losses.
(Thu 1/15/09) - The Birds beat the Cats... again. In a rematch of the season opener, one good player was too much for the LadyCats, and too many good players proved to be to much for the Bearcats. Chadron's 6-4 senior Kelsie Lliteras put up 15 baskets for 30 points to lead the Cardinals to a 52-39 win over the Douglas LadyCats. Regan Scott led three Douglas players in double figures with 13. Tristyn Panasuk had 11, and Beka Russell added 10, but it wasn't wnough to keep Douglas in the game. In boys action, the Cardinals had too many weapons for the Bearcats to keep up with. Douglas started strong and led by 2 at the quarter, but trailed by 10 at halftime. The Cardinals exploded in the third, outshooting Douglas 25-8, and Chadron finished with a 76-50 win. Chadron had three players in double figures, led by Zac Bargen's 24... Alec Holmquist had 22, and Eliot Eliason collected 13. The Cardinals were deadly outside the arc as well as inside, hitting 13 three-pointers. Douglas was led by Daniel Hancock's 17 points. Jonnathan Studie added 21. Both the Douglas boys and girls fall to 5-6 with the losses. Both teams head to Newcastle for a doubleheader Friday night. The girls play at 5:30 and the boys tip off at 7... listen to live play-by-play coverage on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.
Mon (1/12/09) - The Bearcats boys basketball team picked up a pair of wins this weekend, while the LadyCats dropped both of their games. On Friday night, the Bearcats hung on to take a 58-56 home win over Torrington. On the road, the LadyCats lost 55-36 to the Lady Blazers. Saturday night, the Bearcats and the Herders basketball teams met for the first time this season. Douglas took the win in the boys game 39-37 at Glenrock.... Glenrock beat Douglas in girls play 50-48 at Douglas. The Cats host Chadron for a doubleheader this Thursday night, then travel to Newcastle for boys and girls games on Friday.