KKTY NEWS Jan 12 Archive



(Tue 1/31/12) - Glenrock business owners see their proximity to Casper and Douglas as both a blessing and a curse. That was one of the responses reported last night as Community Builders, Incorporated presented the results of a recently-conducted Glenrock business survey. More than 20 percent of the businesses responding said the nearness of the two larger communities was an obstical, while another 40 percent said it was an asset. Glenrock Community Development director Kathy Patceg says the survey was commissioned by a couple of local groups... audio here

Patceg says the results of the survey will help the Glenrock business community move ahead... audio here

The CBI survey provided a couple of sets of data... first, a listing of downtown businesses, buildings and owners, as well as their views of the current and future business climate. Last night's presentation also provided current in-depth economic data for Glenrock and Converse County. Patceg says the Glenrock Business Survey is just a first step... audio here

About 50 people filled the Glenrock Town Council Chambers for Monday night's presentation.


(Mon 1/30/12) - The Northern Laramie Range Alliance says they're heading for the supreme court. In a ruling last Thursday, District Judge Keith Kautz of the Eighth Judicial District Court ruled against the appeals filed by the NLRA challenging the permits granted to Wasatch Wind to build its Pioneer Park wind farm on the mountains south of Glenrock. The NLRA has been fighting the construction of the 62-turbine, 100-megawatt wind farm. Converse County Commissioners approved county wind permits in May, and the State Industrial Siting Council approved a conditional permit in June. Wasatch Wind says they hope to begin road construction and turbine installation this spring. The NLRA says they'll appeal last week's district court ruling to the Wyoming Supreme Court.


(Mon 1/30/12) - State workplace safety officials have issued 19 citations for an explosion that killed three workers near a Converse County oil well last year. State officials say they mailed the citations Thursday. They said Monday they are not releasing additional details until the recipients confirm receipt. The explosion and fire happened Aug. 29 about 23 miles north of Glenrock at an oil well site owned by Tulsa, Okla.-based Samson Resources. The blast killed James Turner, Llewellyn Dort and Gerardo Alatorre. The three workers were installing pipe. Turner worked for Double D Welding and Fabrication in Mills. Dort and Alatorre worked for Wild West Construction of Glenrock.


(Mon 1/23/12) - Energy is still a bright spot in Wyoming's business picture, according to the latest report released last Thursday from the state's economic analysts. The latest MACRO Report from the state's economic analysis division shows economic indicators through Dec. 31. Among items of note in the report, crude oil interest has shifted from southeast Wyoming to Converse County where wells are more productive. 57 rigs were working in the state in December -- four better than previous year. Conventional rig count rose by nine from Dec. 2012, but coal-bed methane rigs fell by five. And oil and gas jobs reached 18,200 in November, 1,800 better than a year prior.


(Mon 1/16/12) - New hope for a hidden piece of Douglas history... Preservationists hope to win state historic recognition for the officers club at a former prisoner-of-war camp in Douglas to help maintain 16 Western murals painted on its walls by Italian POWs during World War II. The building is owned by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and isn't open to the public on a regular basis. The Douglas Historic Preservation Commission has worked with the Odd Fellows since the 1990s to protect and maintain the building. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sherri Mullinnix, a longtime advocate for the camp, says the Odd Fellows have agreed to turn the building over to state management so it can be opened to the public if the Legislature declares it a state historic site.


(Mon 1/16/12) - Rockin' the Rails... The number of Union Pacific Railroad trains that shipped coal from the southern Powder River Basin in December increased from a year before. The Omaha, Neb.-based company says 1,085 trains were loaded with coal in the southern Basin in December, up from 984 in December 2010. Preliminary figures show that in 2011, 12,254 UP trains took coal from the basin. That's up from 11,723 trains in 2010.


(Fri 1/13/12) - A Douglas veteran will receive one of the nations highest honors. Joe Shinmori will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal this Monday morning.

During World War Two, Joe served in the 442 Regimental Combat Team, 3rd. Platoon, Company L. During the Italian Campaign in 1945 Joes Company, along with Company I, were the spearhead companies of the offensive.

The 442nd was a segregated Nisei unit made up of second-generation Japanese Americans whose Soldiers fought with exceptional patriotism and valor as many of their family members were held in internment camps at home. The 442nd Regimental became the most decorated unit in United States military history for its size and length of service. The 100th Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, received 7 Presidential Unit Citations, 21 Medals of Honor, 29 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 4,000 Bronze Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier's Medals, and over 4,000 Purple Hearts, among numerous additional distinctions.

As a member of the 442nd, Douglas's Joe Shinmori will receive the The Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award awarded by the United States Congress. The cermony will be held at the American Legion Post#8 on Monday Jan. 16 at 830am. Joe would like to invite friends and community members to attend.


(Wed 1/4/12) - Converse County's first baby of 2012 joined us bright and early Monday morning. Memorial Hospital of Converse County's First Baby of 2012 was born at 7:19 AM on January 2, 2012. Layla Antonia John Saul weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 inches long. Her parents, Charmaine Dollins and Jacob Saul recently moved to Jacob's hometown of Glenrock from San Diego, CA as they looked for a better place to raise children. Layla will be welcomed home by three sisters, Maclaya, 8, Lyric, 7, and Isis 3. Proud grandparents include Greg and Terri Saul of Glenrock, WY and Tony and Donna Furh of San Diego, CA. Each year area businesses donate gifts to the New Year's Baby. MHCC collects the items and presents them to the family before they go home. According to hospital Marketing Manager Karl Hertz, this year' s gift package was worth more than $700.00 and included everything from restaurant gift certificates and diapers to a car seat and baby blankets.


(Tue 1/3/12) - The North Platte River reservoir system in Wyoming is storing 38 percent more water than normal at this time of year. The man who recently retired from managing the system for the past 22 years says federal water managers should guard against flooding by releasing water early again this year. Former Bureau of Reclamation Wyoming Area Manager John Lawson says that he thinks water should be released downstream about two months ahead of schedule in late February or early March. Lawson retired Dec. 31. Bureau officials have not yet selected his successor. The bureau released water earlier than normal last year. Lawson credits the early released with helping to minimize flooding caused by runoff from the heavy snowpack last winter.


(Mon 1/2/12) - Slick roads, snow and wind and a truck load of hay were a bad combination on Saturday morning. Shortly before 11 Saturday morning, a truck loaded with hay lost its load on I-25 about 6 miles west of Douglas. The accident happened just past the crest of a hill, and cars simply piled into each other as they came over the ridge. More than a dozen vehicles were involved in the crash, forcing the Wyoming highway Patrol to shut down I-25 north and southbound between Douglas and Casper. Southbound reopened Saturday afternoon about 1:30, and northbound was cleared to traffic by about 2pm. No fatalities in the incident.


(Mon 1/2/12) - A pretty quiet New Years Eve for Douglas Police Depatment. DPD repsonded to a couple of fireworks complaints shortly after midnight, one hit-and-run report, one DUI, and a couple of domestic disputes... all in all, a pretty quiet transition Saturday night into the the year.


(Mon 1/2/12) - Southeast Wyoming kids will learn more about sage grouse and the land they live on, thanks to a program sponsored by the Wyoming Audibon Society. $10,000 was allocated to Wyoming Audubon to increase education about sage grouse and sagebrush ecosystems. The money will help pay for development of a traveling education trunk which will contain materials about sage grouse and sagebrush ecosystems and will be aligned to state educational standards and guidelines. Education programs will be focused in Converse, Natrona, Niobrara, Carbon, Albany, and Laramie counties. The money will also help fund salaries for three community naturalists who will work to deliver these education programs. The funding for the program is trickling down from state monies allocated by the 2010 State Legislature, which approved the governor\rquote s budget request for $1.2 million to support local sage grouse working groups and fund conservation projects benefiting sage grouse and their habitat. This money was divided among the eight local sage grouse working groups in the state, and the Bates Hole/Shirley Basin Local Sage Grouse Working Group passed the $10 thousand dollars on to the Audibon Society to develop the program.




And in Sports...


(Mon 1/30/12) - A pair of hard-fought wins for the LadyCats, and a pair of losses this weekend for the Bearcats. Friday night at Buffalo, the Douglas girls went 5 1/2 minutes without scoring in the second quarter and trailed 28-19 at the halftime break. They came back much stronger and outshot the Lady Bison 15-3 in the 3rd and 10-7 in the 4th to take a 44-38 win. Carlie Cecil led all shooters with 17 points. Saturday night at the Rec in Douglas, the LadyCats were tied 19-19 with Alliance, Nebraska at the half, led 37-29 after 3, but the Lady Bulldogs tied at 45 to send the game into overtime. Douglas collected enough at the freethrow line in the extra period to claim a 59-55 overtime win. Kassidy Scott had 24 points to lead all scorers. The Douglas girls stretch their record to 14-1.\par \par The Bearcats continued to struggle. Dylan Davidson scored 15 and Greg Vandeventer 13, but Douglas lost 56-37 at Buffalo. Saturday night at the Rec, the Bearcats had no answer for Alliance senior Kyle Sanders, who hit 7 three's on his way to 25 points, and the Bulldogs beat the Bearcats 58-45. Douglas falls to 5-10 with this weekend's losses.

(Mon 1/23/12) - Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams both came up short on the road Saturday night. After a night off on Friday, Douglas traveled to Rawlins to meet the Outlaws. The LadyCats were up by 6 at halftime, but a disasterous third quarter saw the Douglas girls go five minutes without a bucket... Rawlins took advantage, outshooting Douglas 16-4 in the 3rd, and the LadyCats weren't able to get back into the game. Carlie Cecil led Douglas scoring with 14, while Kassidy Scott and Ashlie Blackburn added 12 apiece. The 60-51 loss is the first loss of the season for the Douglas girls, who now stand 12-1.

The Bearcats struggled with an agressive Rawlins defense and fell 47-39. Dylan Davidson led all scorers with 17 points, and Greg Vandeventer added 14. Douglas falls to 5-8 with the loss.

The Cats and LadyCats travel to Buffalo this Friday, and host Alliance Nebraska on Saturday.

(Sat 1/14/12) - Varsity sweep... Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams earned four wins this weekend. Friday night at Cheyenne, Cats sophomore Greg Vandeventer rocked the rim for 32 points to lead Douglas to a 67-41 win over the Cheyenne South Bison. At home at the Rec, the LadyCats cruised to a 49-23 win over the Lady Bison. Saturday night, another easy win for the girls... Kassidy Scott hit five 3's on her way to 24 points to lead Douglas to a 74-24 win over Newcastle. The Bearcats fought hard to take their win... Douglas trailed 8-3 after 1, 22-20 at the half, 32-31 after three, then outshot Newcastle 13-8 in the 4th for a 44-40 win over the Dogies. Dylan Davidson had 12 to lead all scoring. The top-ranked LadyCats are now an undefeated 12-0... the Bearcats improve to 5-7 with this weekend's wins. Next up for the Cats, a doubleheader at Rawlins on Saturday Jan 21st.

Douglas Bearcats wrestlers earn another team title. At the Bill Thoman Invite at Green River, the Douglas matmen took the team title, and three Bearcats made it into the Best of the Best round... Lane Reed won the 160 by a fall, Tanner Miller won the 170 by major decision, and Reed Burgener lost the 152 by technical fall.

(Sat 1/7/12) - LadyCats now 10-0... The Douglas girls fought back to take a 61-57 win in overtime over the Torrington Lady Blazers on Friday night. Douglas trailed by as much as 12 points in the second half, but tied the game at 48 to take the game to overtime. Kassidy Scott earned 30 of her 33 points in the second half, and Torrington fouled out all five of their starters, plus one of their bench players. The LadyCats cruised to a 56-29 win over Glenrock on Saturday night.

The Bearcats were smothered by a solid Torrington Trailblazers squad, who claimed a 60-39 win on Friday night. Wyoming Cowboys signee Jason McMannamen scored 20 of his 25 points before the half to lead the Blazers to the win. The Cats fared better on Saturday night. Douglas's boys found a way to fight past Glenrock's height advantage as the Bearcats earned a 45-40 win. Luke Andrews led Douglas scoring with 12... Dylan Davidson had 11.

The Bearcats play Cheyenne South on Friday, with the girls at home and the boys on the road. Douglas hosts Newcastle Saturday.

(Sat 1/7/12) - Tight competition for the top three slots at Saturday's Douglas Invitational Swim Meet. The Buffalo Bison earned 415 points to claim the team title... Worland was just 6 points behind with 409 for second, and Douglas was another four points back with 405 to place third. Rawlins and Newcastle were 4th and 5th. Douglas's Hunter Wortham, Tylor Weiss, Mitchell VanOsdol and Matt Curley won the 200 Medley Relay, and Weiss won the 200 IM.