KKTY NEWS Jan 13 Archive


(Wed 1/23/13) - Oil and Gas pad County checkbook... The Converse County Commisioners got a visual reminder of the oil industry's contribution to the County. At Tuesday's meeting, Chesapeake Energy presented a poster-sized check for 3 million, 332 thousand, 348 dollars and 39 cents. County commission vice-chair Tony Lehner says the check represented Chesapeake's 2012 ad valorem taxes on oil and gas production in the county... audio here

Lehner says the $3.3 million dollar tax bill represents big growth in the energy industry... audio here

John Dill is senior director for corporate development and government relations for Chesapeake Energy in the Northern Rockies. He says Chesapeake would like to write even larger tax checks to Converse County... audio here

The ad valorem tax money collected on oil and gas production goes into Converse County's general fund that the commissioners build their budget around.

(Mon 1/21/13) - Guernsey Dam road closed... Lakeshore Drive across Guernsey Dam has been temporarily closed as construction crews prepare to make modifications to Guernsey Dam. According to Bureau of Reclamation Wyoming Area Manager Coleman W. Smith, the modifications are in response to Reclamation's safety of dams recommendations and will ensure structural integrity of Guernsey Dam should a large flood event occur. The road crossing Guernsey Dam was closed to the public as of Friday evening. Jan. 18. Road closure signs and gates will be installed during the week of Jan. 14. Guernsey State Park will remain open throughout the construction period, with the exception of the day use area below the dam. Recreation facilities on the south side of the reservoir will continue to be accessible via Lakeshore Drive. Because Lakeshore Drive will be closed at the dam, recreation facilities on the north side of the reservoir will be accessible by taking Highway 270 north from Guernsey to Hartville, then Highway 317 to Lakeshore Drive at the north entrance to the park. The temporary closure will continue during the construction work, which is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.

(Fri 1/18/13) - After 99 years, the Princess Theater in downtown Douglas will show its final film this weekend. Douglas's movie palace isn't closing... theater owner Kara Koss says they're replacing the old film projectors with the latest technology, digital projectors, and everything will be different about how the new system works... audio here

Koss says the new digital system will be much easier to work with than the old films were... audio here

The Princess Theater will show the movie "Life Of PI" this weekend, close after Sunday night's showing and be closed Monday through Thursday of next week to install the new, $67 thousand dollar digital projection system. The theater will reopen Friday, January 25th with the digital showing of Les Miserables.


And in Sports...

(Fri 1/25/13) - LadyCats win big, Bearcats lose close... in 3A East Conference play at the Rec tonight, the LadyCats basketball team improved to 16-0 with a 60-28 win over the Buffalo Lady Bison. Kassidy Scott led the Douglas girls with 16 points, Carlie Cecil added 14 and Molly Kreycik added 12. Jenna Anderson had 17 for Buffalo.

In the late game, the Bearcats trailed by 9 in the third quarter but came back to lead 37-36 to open the 4th... the Bison outshot the Cats 14-9 in the final stanza. Douglas trailed by three with seconds left, but couldn't force the tie and Buffalo held on to claim a 50-46 win.

The LadyCats improve to 16-0, 7-0 in 3A East play... the Bearcats drop back to 8-8 and 5-2. Douglas plays Glenrock this coming Friday night and Worland on Saturday.

(Fri 1/11/13) - Win Again... Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams grabbed another pair of 3A East Conference wins tonight, this time at the expense of the Rawlins Outlaws. At Rawlins, Kassidy Scott had a 20-point night to lead the top-ranked LadyCats to a 55-41 win over the third-ranked Outlaws. And at Douglas the Bearcats upset 4th-ranked Rawlins 59-51. Douglas basketball teams travel to Torrington on Friday the 18th.

(Sat 1/5/13) - Two more in the win column... Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams claimed two more with wins at Worland tonight. In the early game, the LadyCats stretched their record to 12-0 with an easy 56-30 win over the Lady Warriors. Carlie Cecil led all shooters with 20 points, and Kassidy Scott added 18. In the nitecap, the Bearcats rode 19 points from Logan Barker and 12 from Greg Vandeventer to a 48-30 win. NExt up for DHS basketball teams, the Rawlins Outlaws on Friday, January 11th.

(Sat 1/5/13) - East dominates the mats... The Cheyenne East T-Birds collected 289 points to win the Shane Shatto Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Douglas High School this weekend. The Douglas Bearcats tagged 198.5 points to finish second in the 22-team field, followed by Riverton, Chadron and Natrona.

Individually, gold medals for Jordan Pingrey at 113, silvers for Blake Sanderson at 145, Dalton Burgener at 170 and CJ Allen at 285, bronzes for Hunter Haman at 152 and Dalton Smith at 220, a fourth place to Seth Harris at 138, and sixth place finishes for Trevor Bennett at 106 and Garrett Boner at 182. Glenrock's Jackson Taylor placed third at 120, and Taylor Yingling was 4th at 220. Douglas wrestlers dual at Rawlins thursday.

(Thu 1/3/13) - Cats win a pair... Douglas boys and girls basketball teams took a pair from Glenrock tonight. At Glenrock, the Bearcats improved their record to 5-6 with a 53-37 win. Greg Vandeventer led all shooters with 21 points, and Logan Barker added 12. At Douglas, the LadyCats dominated with a 73-21 win. Molly Kreycik tied the DHS record for assists set several years ago by Raegen Scott. The Douglas girls remain undefeated at 11-0. The Cats and the LadyCats travel to Worland on Saturday. The girls play at 5, the boys tip off at 6:30... both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and kktyonline.com.