KKTY NEWS Jul 10 Archive
(Fri 7/23/10) - Delay on Gateway West... The Bureau of Land Management is delaying the release of its environmental study of a proposed Wyoming-to-Idaho electric power transmission line. The draft environmental impact statement for the Gateway West Transmission Line Project was scheduled to be released this summer, but that's been pushed back to the last quarter of the year. Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power propose to build the 1,150-mile line from Glenrock, here in Converse County, to south of Boise, Idaho, to carry wind-generated and and other power from Wyoming to Idaho and other points west. The BLM says its delaying the document's release to address comments received during the internal administrative review process as well as to clarify management objectives related to sage grouse, visual and other public resources. The BLM will hold a 90-day public comment period once the study is released.
(Wed 7/21/10) - Still tough to find a campsite... Despite several weeks of receding water levels, Glendo State Park is still operating with about half of the normal number of campsites. Gary Schoene of Wyoming State Parks says many campsites at the lake south of Douglas are still not useable... audio here
State parks officials will try to open additional campsites as soon as possible, but visitors can expect limited camp spaces for at least another month. Many of the flooded campsites will need to completely dry out before they can be repaired. A restoration and repair schedule for the park is currently under review and is updated as damaged areas are accessed.
(Tue 7/20/10) - It's not too early to vote... With the 2010 Primary Elections just under a month away, absentee ballots are now available at the Converse County Courthouse. County Clerk Lucile Taylor says there are several reasons that people might want to vote absentee... audio here
Taylor says anyone can vote absentee... audio here
Absentee ballots are available now at the Converse County Courthouse in Douglas. The Primary Election is set for Tuesday, August 17th.
(Sun 7/18/10) - A Ramp to Remember By... A big crowd turned out this evening for the dedication of the new halfpipe at the Douglas Skate Park at Bartling Park. The cast and crew of "The Buried Life", an MTV show, came to Douglas to help fulfill the dream of local girl Katie Monson to build a new ramp at the skatepark in memory of friends lost. Katie said it's been a week she'll remember... audio here Following a short ceremony at 7:30 this evening, kids and adults were invited to leave their handprints in paint on the ends of the halfpipe. While thundershowers threatened, a beautiful double-rainbow graced the skies to the east as boards and bikes rocked the ramp.
(Mon 7/12/10) - The City of Douglas could get a new skate ramp, courtesey of MTV. Producers of MTV's program "The Buried Life" will ask the Douglas City Council tonight for permission to build the half-pipe ramp at Bartling Park. "The Buried Life" follows four young men on a mission to cross off one hundred things off their bucket list. For every item they cross off, they help someone in the community cross something off their own list. Producers say their adventures have taken them everywhere from Oprah's couch to a private basketball game with President Obama on his White House court. The plan for the episode shoot from Wednesday July 14th- Saturday 17th is to build a new skate ramp extension (with a plaque) as a memorial for the teens that have passed away in Douglas. Producers say the skate ramp memorial will be a positive contribution for the park as well as it will help the friends and family of the teens who have passed away have final peace and closure. On Saturday the 17th they'll dedicate the finished memorial ramp to the town and kids and families who were affected by the teens untimely passing.
Other than discussion of the new skate ramp, it looks like a fairly quiet agenda for tonight's Douglas City Council. Among items to be considered are the first reading of an ordinance that will define the role and duties of the council president, renewal of the City's partially self-funded health insurance program, and a request for proposals for a wage and salary survey of city positions. Tonight's council work session is set for 6:30pm... 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 www.cityofdouglaswy.com
(Wed 7/7/10) -Father Hubbard gets a new cupboard... about 30 community volunteers helped Douglas's food bank move into a new home this morning. Father Hubbard's Cupboard volunteer Al Lesco says the new location will give them much more room to serve those in need... audio here
Father Hubbard's Cupboard has shared a small building in Washington Park with Helping Hands for many years. Lesco says the food bank workers will appreciate the extra elbow room... audio here
Lesco says Father Hubbards Cupboard exists to help families and individuals who are in need of a meal or two... audio here
Lesco says that Father Hubbard's Cupboard is not open regular hours... they'll pick up food if somebody donates, and they'll come in and fill food baskets as needed. The Helping Hands group will continue to operate out of the building in Washington Park. The new address for Father Hubbard's Cupboard is 130 South 3rd. The ground floor of the CANDO building, the old Douglas City Hall, is being provided rent-free by the City Of Douglas, who owns the building.
(Tue 7/6/10) - You can buy your tickets early and save. With just over a month until the opening of the 2010 Wyoming State Fair here at Douglas, pre-sale tickets go on sale today. Mega Carnival passes are $55 dollars, season admission pins are $15 dollars, the Rodeo Family Value Pack is $40 dollars, and Joe Diffie with the Lo-Cash Cowboys in Concert are $15 dollars. Pre-sale ticket prices are good through Monday, August 9th... after that, ticket prices go up to regular pricing. Pre-sale tickets are available from 11am to 6pm starting today in the lower level of the State Fair Ag Hall Building. Call the Wyoming State Fair office at 358-2398 for more information.
(Fri 7/2/10) - No more free passes to the Douglas Landfill... interim Douglas City Administrator Forrest Neuerburg says that from now on, everyone pays to dump their trash... audio here
Neuerburg says the landfill is barely breaking even now, and the state has mandated some expensive upgrades in the next few years... audio here
State-mandated requirements will include installation of a collection station and two lined cells to dump in, as well as extending city sewer, water and three-phase power to the landfill. The city has just three years to get the improvements done and in operation. So, from here on out, we all pay per load to use the dump.
(Fri 7/2/10) - Bike wreck kills two... A North Carolina couple have died after the motorcycle they were on collided with a car in northeastern Wyoming. The Wyoming State Patrol says 61-year-old Thomas Church and 52-year-old Regina Church of Wilmington, N.C., were driving south on U.S. 85, 41 miles north of Lusk on Wednesday when a car headed north crossed over the center line. Authorities say it's unclear why the car driven by 77-year-old Ingeman Aasness of Hawthorne, Calif., went into the other lane. They say when Aasness tried to get back in his lane, his car ran head-on into the Churches' motorcycle. The Churches died at the scene. Neither was wearing a helmet. Aasness was treated and released from the hospital in Lusk. Seventy-three-year-old Cordelle Aasness was flown to the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
(Thu 7/1/10) - ... but Don't Drink the Water! Testing by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has determined that there are several areas of Glendo Reservoir that are testing out with high levels of e.Coli and other contaminants. According to the DEQ report, the sites registering high levels of e.Coli are located in backwater flooded areas that have very little water circulation, and it's water that is full of mud and debris, with little likelihood of anyone swimming there. State Parks administrator Dominic Bravo says campers and boaters should take precautions... audio here
Again, Dominic emphasized that water in the open areas of Glendo Reservoir are well within safe levels.
Water levels on the North Platte River system are starting to drop. Inflows into the upper North Platte drainage have fallen off significantly, so the release rate out of the upper reservoirs are being scaled back as well. The release rates will continue to be scaled back slowly over the next couple of weeks. At midnight Tuesday, Glendo reservoir was at an elevation of 4648.83 ft, the maximum elevation that it will be at this summer. It will slowly be on the way down now. Pathfinder Reservoir is still spilling, it will continue to spill until July 11th . Converse County Emergency Management Agency coordinator Russ Dalgarn says we have only had a few homes here in Converse County that were impacted by the high water. These homes have basements and the rising ground water has affected them. None of these homeowners reported major damage. They just had to use their sump pumps or other pumps to keep the water out of the basements.
And in Sports...
(Tue 7/20/10) - The Douglas Jr Babe baseball team is riding a hot streak into this week's state tournament. The Jr Cats won 6 of 7 to wrap up the regular season, then beat Sheridan 6-5 to win the District Tournament at Sheridan. The Jr Babe Ruth State Tournament features pool play on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with top teams advancing to Saturday's semis and championship game. Douglas's Jr Babe squad opens State Tournament play at Powell on Wednesday against Lovell.
(Tue 7/20/10) - The Douglas Cats are on the road this weekend as they travel to Cody for the Wyoming State North District Tournament. Douglas finished regular season play with an 18-20 record... they'll be the third seed from the northeast coming into tournament play. Douglas meets the host Cody Cubs Thursday night at 7. Other 1st round matchups on Thursday are Gillette vs Lovell, Powell plays Sheridan, and Jackson takes on Casper.
(Wed 7/7/10) - Pitcher Dylan Klava threw a complete game last night to give the Douglas Cats a 4-3 win over the Oilers in American Legion baseball play at Casper. Offensively, The Cats took control with a big sixth inning. Klava gave Douglas a 3-2 lead with an RBI single, then scored the winning run on first baseman Sterling Spilinek's RBI double. Casper came back and took the nitecap from Douglas 14-8. The Cats will now prepare for a big weekend of baseball action as they host the annual Bolln Memorial Tournament starting Friday at Nida Field. Douglas will welcome teams from Cody, Laramie, Riverton, Torrington and Wheatland for the three-day tournament.