KKTY NEWS Jan 14 Archive



(Mon 1/27/14) - A downtown Douglas landmark celebrates a century tonight. The Hotel LaBonte opened its doors for business on January 26th, 1914.

A group of Douglas business men formed the Douglas Hotel Company to finance the construction. The name "LaBonte" was chosen due to its meaning of bountiful and also in honor of Pierre LaBonte, who was supposedly Converse County's first resident.

The hotel was considered first class, with furniture from the Denver Dry Goods Company, billiard tables and bar from the Brunswick-Balke company . (The original back bar can now be seen at the Wyoming Pioneer Museum, at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds). The Hotel originally featured 54 guest rooms on the upper floors and a kitchen and dining room in the east wing of the ground floor and a barber shop and billiards hall/bar in the west wing.

In 1967 the third floor was converted to apartments, while the second floor was remodeled to have bathrooms in each room. The bar was also moved from the west to the east wing at this time. The owners at this time, Harry and Rachel Johnston coined the classic slogan "Tell'm... I'll meetcha at the LaBonte." In 1982 a fire damaged the hotel, but it was repaired and updated with modern conveniences. In 1984 the dance hall/events room was added in what had previously been the courtyard.

Owners Jacque Pollock & Denny Harts invite the public to stop in tonight starting at 5:30pm for refreshments and birthday cake. People under 21 are welcome in the lobby and courtyard of the hotel.

(Wed 1/22/14) - About 25 people turned out for Tuesday night's Dessert With Your Legislators at the Douglas Moose Lodge. The event, sponsored by the Douglas Area Chamber of Commerce, offered those in attendance a chance to hear from the folks who represent them in Cheyenne, and ask questions and let their legislators know about issues of concern. Dan Kirkbride represents Wyoming House District 4, which includes all of Platte County and part of Converse County. He said the forum was a good way to hear what voters are thinking... audio here

The Wyoming State Legislature returns to Cheyenne for the 2014 Budget Session on February 10th.

(Mon 1/20/14) - ATM Robbers Caught? The FBI believes it has solved a string of at least 20 ATM thefts in seven states with the arrest of two men.

Agents believe 34-year-old Nathan Paul Davenport and 39-year-old Matthew Taber Annable committed robberies over the past 16 months in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Florida, Mississippi and Texas that netted them at least $500,000. In each case, the robbers cut the bolts of the ATM door, attached a chain to a pickup truck and pulled off the door.

Davenport and Annable were arrested on Jan. 12 in Orem, Utah, on suspicion of a Dec. 8 robbery of an ATM at Converse County Bank in Douglas that netted the robbers just over $74 thousand dollars. Davenport has been indicted for a Jan. 10 robbery and shooting in McCall, Idaho.

(Thu 1/16/14) - Over 120 area residents turned out last night for an Oil and Gas Seminar at Douglas High School. Converse County Comission chairman Jim Willox said he thought those in attendance probably went away with a better understanding of what's involved in current development... audio here

Willox said that if there's further interest in doing another seminar in the future, that organizers would consider putting another one together. Last night's oil & gas meeting in Douglas was put together by State Senator Jim Anderson, Representative Richard Cannady and the Converse County Commission.

(Wed 1/16/14) - Time for a fresh overview of the oil & gas industries in Converse County. Tonight, an open house and presentation seminar will be held in Douglas to discuss state and local agency oversight for the oil and gas development in Converse County.

This meeting is being sponsored by the Converse County Commissioners, Wyoming State Senator Jim Anderson and Wyoming State Representative Richard Cannady. Converse County Commission chairman Jim Willox says you should go away smarter... audio here

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Petroleum Association of Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish, and Commissioner Jim Willox will all discuss the agency's roles and answer questions from the public. Also on hand will be representatives from the Wyoming State Engineers Office, Wyoming Pipeline Authority, Wyoming Department of Transportation, and the Wyoming Water Development Commission.

The meeting starts at 5:30 with an open house at the Douglas High School Auditorium. Presentations will begin at 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The public is encouraged to attend and will be given an opportunity to comment.

(Tue 1/7/14) - A new natural gas processing plant could be operating in Converse County by the end of the year. State environmental regulators approved a permit for the plant Dec. 12, clearing the way for construction to start.

The Converse County Natural Gas Processing Plant 10 miles west of Douglas will be jointly owned by Access Midstream Partners of Oklahoma City and Houston-based Crestwood Midstream Partners. An Access spokeswoman estimated that the plant will be operating by the second half of the year.

There currently aren't enough pipelines and facilities to handle gas being produced in the county, forcing operators to flare gas they can't ship.

Residents are worried that plant pollution could harm people and livestock. Regulators say the permit's requirements are more stringent than federal standards.



(Fri 1/31/14) - Cats lose a close one... coming into the game, we knew this should be a close fight, and the only disappointment was that the Bearcats basketball team came up three points short... it was Buffalo 57, Douglas 54. Douglas led early, up by 2 at the quarter and by 4 at the half... but the Bison battled back and led by 1 at the end of the third. Buffalo was paced by an 18-point performance by sophomore Trey Schroefel, and Kyle Boone added 13. Douglas had three players in double figures... Greg Vandeventer hit 19, Jonah RIchards had 14, and Colton Dick added 11.

In the girls game, the LadyCats jumped out to an early lead and cruied to a 56-46 win over the Lady Bison. Ashley Blackburn led all shooters with 15, and Jessie Underburg hit for 14. An interesting note... both teams hit seven 3-pointers... for Douglas, it was Underberg with 4, and one each for Bailey Brooks, Shania Rich and Caitlyn Boe.

Douglas basketball takes the night off on Saturday, then rematches with Glenrock next Friday night.

(Sat 1/24/14) - High School basketball Saturday night, the Douglas Bearcats improved their record to 9-4 and 4-2 in 3A East play as they cruised past the Newcastle Dogies 52-34. The LadyCats dropped their first loss of the season, falling to Newcastle 42-37.

(Fri 1/24/14) - Cats & LadyCats win... Friday night basketball action, the Douglas boys and girls basketball teams both claimed wins over Torrington.

In the early game, the LadyCats had a pretty easy first half, leading 31-18 at the break. Torrington came out fighting in the third quarter, turning up the heat both offensively and defensively. The Lady Blazers outshot the LadyCats 17-8 in the third quarter and drew within two, but Douglas fought back for a 61-55 win. Jessie Underberg led all shooters with 18, and Lateesha Hiser and Ashley Blackburn added 12 each. Kailee Adams led Torrington with 14.

Opposite scenario in the boys game... a close, hard-fought battle in the first half, with Douglas holding a three-point lead at the quarter and the half. Torrington dissappeared in the second half, when the Bearcats outshot the Blazers 26-5... Douglas wins it, 52-28.

The LadyCats are undefeated at 13-0... the Bearcats improve to 8-5 with the win. Both teams travel to Newcastle on Saturday night... girls plat at 5:30, boys at 7pm at the Dogie Dome. Both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 1/19/14 - Another tough night... The Douglas Bearcats basketball team put together a much stronger game tonight and drew within one point late, but the Wheatland Bulldogs fought back and claimed a 63-53 win at the Rec. Bulldogs junior Kendrick Jackson led all shooters with 22 points, and point guard Braxton Fagenbush hit fout 3's on his wat to a 16 point performance. Douglas was paced by Greg Vandeventer with 13 and Jonah Richards added 10. Douglas falls to 7-5 with the loss.

The LadyCats ran their record to 12-0 with a 45-32 win over the Lady Bulldogs. Ashley Blackburn was the only player for either team in double figures with 13, but Douglas had 7 players score tonight.

Douglas hosts Torrington for a doubleheader this Friday, January 24th, then travels to Newcastle on Saturday the 25th.

(Fri 1/18/14) - Outlaws too much to handle... a hard loss for the Douglas Bearcats on the road at Rawlins... 6'6" senior Alex Collier put up 23 points and point guard Jalen Krening added 19 as the Outlaws beat the Bearcats 69-46. The Cats shot cold and Rawlins outscored Douglas in each of the first three quarters. Douglas was paced by Greg Vandeventer with 15 points and a 13 point night from Jonah Richards. Douglas falls to 7-4 with the loss.

At the Rec, the LadyCats held off a second half charge from the Lady Outlaws to claim a 42-40 win. Douglas was up 23-11 at the half, but Rawlins tied it 34-34 with 4 minutes left in the 4th. Douglas was up by 5 with a minute left, and led 41-40 with 17 seconds left. The win advances the LadyCats to 11-0 on the season.

Douglas hosts Wheatland in a doubleheader Saturday night at the Rec. The LadyCats tip off at 5:30, and the Bearcats are up at 7... both games live on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 1/11/14) - Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats both earned wins on the road at Worland Saturday evening. The LadyCats earned their 10th win of the season, beating the Lady Warriors 51-36. And Greg Vandeventer scored 23 points to lead the Bearcats to a 64-50 win.

(Sat 1/11/14) - Bearcats wrestlers finish third at this weekend's Shane Shatto Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Douglas. Cheyenne East won the title in the 25 team field. The Thunderbirds scored 197 to Sheridan's 160. Douglas, the host team was third. Individually, Douglas's Hunter Haman won a 2-0 decision over Zach Larson of Thermopolis to place first in the 152 weight division. Colter Haman placed second at 170, and third places finishes went to Blake Sanderson at 160, Chance Miller at 182 and Garrett Boner at 220.

(Thu 1/9/14) - LadyCats 9-0... the Douglas LadyCats basketball team wins their 3A East Conference opener on the road Thursday night, beating Glenrock 52-33. Douglas's Kelsey Steele led all shooters with 17 points... Ashley Blackburn added 11... Josie Sewell led Glenrock scoring with 15 points. The Cats and LadyCats go to Worland on Saturday afternoon. Girls tipoff at 4, boys play at 5:30. Hear all the action live on KKTY's 100.1FM and worldwide on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Tue 1/7/14) - Cats win Conference Opener... Tuesday night basketball action, the Douglas Bearcats beat the Glenrock Herders 48-43 at the Rec Center Gym at Douglas High School. Six three pointers in the first half put Douglas up by 8 at the break, but Glenrock battled back against cold Douglas shooting in the third quarter... both teams swapped the lead several times late in the game, but strong free-throw shooting late in the game gave Douglas the five-point win. Glenrock's Jordan Millay led all shooters with 21 points and point guard Tyler Olsen added 16. Douglas was paced by 16 points from Greg Vandeventer, Jonah Richards added 15. The Cats improve to 6-3 with the win... Glenrock falls to 5-3. The LadyCats travel to Glenrock on Thursday night... both Douglas squads go to Worland on Saturday. Hear all the action live on KKTY's 100.1FM and worldwide on the internet at kktyonline.com.