KKTY NEWS Jan 11 Archive
(Mon 1/31/11) - They were freezin' for a reason... Douglas students, teachers and residents dressed up - or dressed down - and jumped in the tank to raise money for Wyoming Special Olympics at last Friday's Jackalope Jump at Douglas High School. Ron Casalenda says they raised over $7 thousand dollars for Special Olympics, got wet, had a lot of fun, and passed out some awards afterwards... audio here
Casalenda said that, while they had fewer jumpers this year than at last year's inaugural event, they raised more money at this year's jump. The Douglas Jackalope Jump was the first of eight Jumps that will be held around the state. All money raised at the Jackalope Jump stays in-state to help fund the Wyoming Special Olympics program.
(Thu 1/27/11) - A former Douglas police chief will serve as interim director of a state agency. The current Director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, Joe Moore, is stepping down to become the U.S. Marshal for Wyoming, and Governor Matt Mead has announced that Larry Majerus will be the interim Director of the Office of Homeland Security. Majerus has served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security for eight years, and prior to that he was the police chief in Douglas. Governor Mead will work on finding a permanent director, but says he feels the Office of Homeland Security is in good hands until that decision is made. The mission of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security is to prepare, train, prevent, respond to, and recover from natural/man-made crisis or disasters to include terrorist threats and attacks. The office provides assistance and support to statewide responder agencies as they either experience or respond to these events.
(Fri 1/14/11) - No more plinking prairie dogs... The Thunder Basin National Grassland north of Douglas has ordered a halt to shooting prairie dogs in some areas to protect other sensitive species. The closure order remains in effect through 2013. The agency says the order is necessary to protect burrowing owls, hawks and other animals that rely on the prairie dogs for food and shelter. The agency says the order is also necessary to allow for next year's planned reintroduction of the endangered black-footed ferret.
(Fri 1/14/11) - A new name for a Douglas supply business. Gases Plus Norco, LLC, a Wyoming-based welding, safety and janatorial supply distributor, has changed its name to Norco, Incorporated. The name change represents the final consolidation between the two companies. Norco is the nation's largest privately-owned welding, safety, medical and gas supplier, operating 56 branches across the West. The Douglas store is at 117 Clay Street.
(Mon 1/10/11) - Douglas's new mayor and city council get their feet wet tonight. Douglas Mayor Bruce Jones and councilmen Dave Angiolillo and Leroy Kingery will attend their first council meeting, and former Mayor Marilyn Werner will return to a seat on the council. It's not the first time around for Angiolillo... he served on the Douglas City Council several years ago. On tonight's aganda, the council will consider several applications to boards and comissions, and will consider an appointment of a mayor pro-tem who'll run the city council meetings if Mayor Jones is unable to attend. Council will also discuss the city current and future association with the Wyoming Association of Municipalities, and with Wyoming Community Gas. 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. The complete agenda and packet for tonight's meeting is available online at cityofdouglaswy.com
(Mon 1/10/11) - A green light from the Feds... The Bureau of Land Management Casper Field Office announced Friday a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record for the Cameco Resources/Power Resources Incorporated Reynolds Ranch Uranium In-Situ Recovery Environmental Assessment. Cameco Resources plans to conduct new ISR uranium mining and reclamation adjacent to their Smith Ranch-Highland operation on public land 30 miles northwest of Douglas in Converse County. ISR mining has been conducted in the area since 1981, and Cameco proposes to expand its uranium mining operations on public land by 45.6 acres.
And in Sports...
(Fri 1/28/11) - Douglas and Buffalo split a pair... at the Rec Center Gym at Douglas High School tonight, the top-ranked Douglas LadyCats fought and won a defensive battle with the #4 Lady Bison. Kassidy Scott anad Molly Kreycik scored 16 apiece in a 39-34 win. Leah Groteluschen led Buffalo with 19. In the late game, the Bison proved to have too many weapons for the Bearcats to keep up with. Douglas led 16-10 after the first quarter, but Buffalo dominated the second quarter 25-10, and the third quarter 25-6. Douglas suffered a six-and-a-half minute scoring drought to open the second half, and Buffalo got their 13th win of the season, 73-46.
The win moves the LadyCats ahead to 14-2, 9-0. The Bearcats are now 8-8, 5-4. Douglas travels to Alliance, Nebraska to play the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon. Douglas lost to Alliance 60-55 at the Western Conference Invite at Scottsbluff on the opening weekend of the season. It'll be the first meeting of the season for the girls' teams. Junior Varsity games are at 3pm, the girls varsity tip off at 4:30, and the boys play at 6. Listen for both varsity games on KKTY's 99.3FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.
(Sun 1/23/11) - Douglas Cats sweep the weekend... Saturday night, the Bearcats earned an important conference win and got some revenge over the Rawlins Outlaws. Back in early December, the Outlaws dominated Douglas 63-50 at Rawlins. On Saturday, the Cats beat Rawlins at Douglas by the same 13-point margin, 68-55. At Rawlins, Kassidy Scott scored 21 to lead the LadyCats to a 47-33 win over the Lady Outlaws. Friday night at the Rec, Douglas's basketball teams marked 3A East Conference wins over the Thermopolis Bobcats. In the early game, Kassidy Scott hit 24 points to lead the LadyCats to a 47-41 win. In the late game, Hayden Barker collected 25 points over three quarters and the Bearcats took a 76-49 win over the Bobcats. The LadyCats stretched their win streak to 13 games... the Bearcats improved to 8-7. Douglas hosts Buffalo this Friday night, then travels to Alliance, Nebraska on Saturday 29th. You'll hear the action live on KKTY's 99.3FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.
(Sun 1/23/11) - Buffalo dominated their own swim meet Friday. The Bison won the Buffalo Invite with 357 team points. Sheridan and Cheyenne South were 2nd and 3rd, the Douglas Bearcats finished 4th, and Newcastle was 5th. Buffalo won 9 of 12 events. Douglas's Tylor Weiss timed a 1:10.76 to win the 100 breaststroke. Bearcat swimmers are at Cheyenne South this Thursday afternoon.
(Fri 1/14/11) - Easy wins tonight for DHS basketball... in a doubleheader at the Rec in Douglas, the Cats and LadyCats took wins over the Cheyenne South Bison. In the early game, Carlie Cecil hit 17 points and Molly Kreycik added 11 as the LadyCats cruised to a 67-22 win. Coach Jaci Heny played all 12 players, and 11 scored. In the nitecap, the Bearcats also jumped out to an early lead, played deep on the bench, and won it 54-21. Douglas's Hayden Barker led all scorers with 16. The Bearcats evened their record at 6-6 with tonight's win, and are now 3-2 in 3A East conference play. The LadyCats stretch their record to 10-2, 5-0. Tomorrow night, Douglas travels to Newcastle for a doubleheader with the Dogies. After last weekend's play, the Newcastle girls stood 1-9, 0-4... the Newcastle boys were 4-6, 1-3. Girls play Saturday at 5:30, the boys play at 7... both games live on KKTY's 99.3 FM and kktyonline.com.
(Fri 1/14/11) - Lotta love for the LadyCats. This week's WyoPreps.com 3A girls basketball Coaches and Media poll moves Douglas up to the #1 spot. The LadyCats lost their first two games this season... they've won 9 in a row since then. Douglas moves up from 3 to 1, Cody moves from 4 to 2, Mountain View falls from 1 to 3, Buffalo drops 2 to 4, Wheatland knocks Torrington out at #5.
(Wed 1/12/11) - Buffalo returns at #1. In the first WyoPreps.com 3A boys basketball coaches and media poll after the holidays, the Buffalo Bison remain in the #1 slot. Wheatland moves up from 3 to 2, Torrington's up from 4 to 3, Rawlins drops from 2 to 4 and Jackson debuts at #5. The Douglas Bearcats are just outside at #6. Douglas hosts Cheyenne South this Friday night, and travels to Newcastle on Saturday.
(Mon 1/10/11) - Another pair of Bearcats wins... in non-conference basketball action Monday night at the Rec, the Douglas Cats and LadyCats take a pair from the Lusk Tigers. Kassidy Scott shot 19 and Lindsay White added 11 as the LadyCats won their game 60-31. The Bearcats trailed by 4 at the half, but battled back for a 58-47 win. Hayden Barker led Douglas scoring with 22... Aaron Jamerman hit 14... Trent Johnson led Lusk with 24. The LadyCats are now 9-2, 4-0 in conference play. The Bearcats improve to 5-6, 2-2. Douglas hosts Cheyenne South on Friday.
(Mon 1/10/11) - Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams came back strong after the holidays, with both the boys and girls squads going 2-0 over the weekend. Friday night, the LadyCats jumped out to an early lead and beat the Torrington Lady Blazers 58-49. Molly Kreycik led all scoring with 22, and Kassidy Scott marked 21 points. The Bearcats upset 4th-ranked Torrington 56-54... 17 points from both Grady Corbett and Hayden Barker, 10 from Mitch Espeland. Saturday night Douglas cruised past the Herders at Glenrock... the LadyCats win 47-24, the Bearcats win 72-31. Douglas hosts a non-conference pair against the Lusk Tigers tonight... the girls play at 5:30, the boys tip off at 7... both games live on KKTY's 99.3 FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.
(Mon 1/10/11) - Casper Natrona came back on day #2 to win the Shane Shatto Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Douglas Rec Center. Douglas led after day one, but Natrona was strong through Saturday's semis and finals and won the tournament with 191.5 points. Douglas was just 3 points behind and finished second with 188.5. Sheridan had 154 to place third. Cheyenne East and Riverton rounded out the top five... Lusk finished 10th, and Glenrock placed 12th. Douglas had two champions... Reed Burgener won the 140 and Tanner Miller took the 145. Douglas also had 3x 2nds, 2x 4ths, 2x 5ths and 2x 6ths.
(Mon 1/10/11) - The Buffalo Bison won the five team Douglas Swim Invite over the weekend. The Bison would put up 498 points to South's 397 in winning. Rawlins was third. Douglas placed 4th, and Newcastle was 5th. Buffalo won all but two events in the swim.