KKTY NEWS Jul 12 Archive


(Fri 7/28/12) - Petroleum companies and investors are about to get a better idea who has struck black gold and who might be in the red as a result of drilling into the Niobrara Shale beneath eastern Wyoming. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is preparing to open up a vast amount of up-to-now confidential information on more than 900 recently drilled oil and gas wells. The commission regulates oil and gas drilling in Wyoming and plans to lift "confidential" status for the wells on Wednesday. Newly available information will include production rates for hundreds of recently drilled Niobrara Shale oil wells. The Niobrara Shale has seen intense activity over the past couple years. Relatively few oil wells drilled into the formation in Wyoming are known to be highly productive.

(Thu 7/26/12) - You probably enjoyed last night's rain showers, but isolated but heavy rains on the Laramie Peak unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest have resulted in road damage in and around parts of the Arapaho Fire. The US Forest Service says some areas burned by the nearly 100,000-acre fire have a reduced capacity to fully absorb rain and slow down run-off produced by recent thunderstorms. This has resulted in damage to many sections of Forest roads. Bear Creek, Cottonwood Park and Fletcher Park roads have all experienced some level of damage from the water. The damage varies from road surface being washed away to grooves and channels being carved into the road base. Drivers should use extreme caution when driving on these roads, especially at night or when it is raining. Additional washing or road damage could occur at any time and users of Laramie Peak area roads should be on high alert.

(Mon 7/16/12) - Firefighters are battling a new blaze in northern Platte County. The fire started Saturday near Sawmill Canyon on Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center's North Training Area, and has spread north towards Glendo Reservoir. Platte County Emergency Management coordinator Jane Carlson says says the fire has grown to 8000 acres and is still at 0% containment. Parts of Glendo State Park are under evacuation, specifically Sandy Beach to Muddy Bay on the east side of the park. Other parts of the Park may be evacuated, depending on wind direction. Glendo State Park officials says they'll try to give any new evacuation areas at least an hours notice.Some homeowners have also been requested to evacuate or prepare to evacuate. Areas affected include some homes on Bulls Bend Road, Emigrant Road, Patton Creek Road, Glendo Park Road. Two heavy helocopters have been ordered to aid the firefighting effort, and Camp Guernsey fire personnel, local districts and engines from the Arapaho fire are working on this fire, as are Department of Corrections' Smoke Busters. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(Fri 7/13/12) - Douglas Law Enforcement catches a suspected bank robber. The Douglas Police Department got a request for assistance from the Casper PD Thursday morning, looking for a supect involved in a bank robbery in Casper earlier in the day. The DPD saw a vehicle matching the description pull into Douglas at the west interchange. Officers followed the vehicle south on Esterbrook Road, and the Converse County Sheriff's Office was asked to assist. The vehicle stopped near the river about 5 miles south of town, and the suspect was taken into custody and turned over to the Casper Police and the FBI.

(Thu 7/12/12) - Thunderstorms hit parts of western and central Wyoming on Wednesday, and spotters are on the lookout for any more wildfires that may have been ignited by lightning associated with the storms. Meantime, firefighters improved containment of two of Wyoming's largest wildfires and attacked new fires that began Monday and Tuesday. The 153-square-mile Arapaho fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest northwest of Wheatland is now 85 percent contained. In western Wyoming, the 100-square-mile Fontenelle fire is now 76 percent contained. The Wyoming State Forestry Division says firefighters quickly attacked other new fires started in Washakie, Sheridan, Carbon, Crook, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona and Weston counties.

Local firefighters put down a couple of grass fires Wednesday afternoon along the old Glenrock Highway, one on the Natrona County side, and one on the Converse County side. Highway 20/26 between Casper and Glenrock was closed for a little over an hour as firefighters controlled the fires. The fire that started near Glenrock is believed to have been caused by a power line downed by wind or lightning. Wind gusts up to 50 mph helped spread a new fire in Natrona County. Lightning is suspected of starting it.

(Sat 7/7/12) - Cooler weather and higher humidities are helping, but firefighters still have a battle on the west side of the Arapaho Fire southeast of Laramie Peak. The rugged terrain and heavy fuel loads in this area have made it difficult for firefighters to access and suppress this portion of the fire. Crews on the eastern portion of the fire are conducting mop up activities and continuing to hold and improve lines. Firefighting crews responded to two new starts Friday east of the Esterbrook area. The cause was due to lightning in an area that received minimal rainfall. The new starts were .2 acres and 3 acres in size and were contained early Saturday morning. Structure protection crews continue to work with the county assessment teams and the Red Cross to assess property damage. The Arapaho fire stands at 97,443 acres and is 65 percent contained. The Oil Creek Fire north of Newcastle is at 62,000 acres and 60 percent containment. The Squirrel Creek Fire west of Laramie is 75 percent contained at 10,921 acres. The Fontenelle Fire west of Big Piney is 45 percent contained at 59,346 acres. The Bear Cub Fire northwest of Dubois is at 6100 acres. The Ash Creek Fire in southeastern Montana has now burned 248,594 acres. The White Draw Fire at Edgemont, South Dakota is 100 percent contained after burning 8900 acres.

(Mon 7/2/12) - Douglas's 4th of July Fireworks show has been cancelled. Douglas Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Andrews made the decision this morning, saying the dry conditions and weather forecast for winds and continued dry weather has prompted the decision. Andrews said they appreciate the donations that have been received, but feel the safety of the community should be top priority. If we cannot do a show later on in the year we will have a better show next year with the fireworks we have for this year. Andrews also said that the chance of a fire getting away far outweighed the enjoyment of a show, and that with the equipment and manpower we have, we have decided not to do an arial fireworks show here at Douglas this year.

(Mon 7/2/12) - The Arapaho Fire continues to grow, but not at the explosive rate seen on the first couple of days. Infrared flight data from Sunday night shows the fire has grown by about 7,000 acres, to 82,187 acres. Large fire growth potential remains today as a dry cold front passage will bring continued strong winds. The fire is expected to remain active in areas where a combination of dry fuels and wind is present. Last night, persistent gusty winds out of the north tested the fire in areas along the N and NW flank and in the Friend Park area; fire growth likely occurred during the evening hours, and there may be new threats to structures as a result.

(Mon 7/2/12) - The crash of a North Carolina-based Air National Guard cargo plane that was fighting wildfires in South Dakota has left at least one crew member dead. The family of Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville confirmed they were notified early Monday that he had died in the C-130 crash on Sunday. The 42-year-old married father of two was a veteran of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Rose Dunlap of the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte says six crew members were aboard, but that she could not yet provide any information about their condition. The plane went down about 6 p.m. in the southwest corner of South Dakota, where it had been dropping flame retardant on the White Draw Fire. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

(Sun 7/1/12) - The Arapaho Fire on the southwest flank of Laramie Peak continued burning hot over the weekend. Infrared flight data from Saturday night shows the fire has burned 75,051 acres and is continuing to burn hot and fast. Crews on Sunday focused efforts on protecting structures and coordinating evacuation efforts as needed. Establishing anchor points and beginning line construction at the heel of the fire is another task that firefighters worked on.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued again this afternoon, and weather will be hot, with gusty winds.

A Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed management of the Arapaho Fire Sunday night at 8:00 p.m.

(Sun 7/1/12) - A search-and-rescue operation was launched late Sunday after reports that an airplane went down near a Black Hills forest fire. Pat Cross, a public information officer with the Fall River County Sheriff's office, told The Associated Press on Sunday evening that his office had "received reports" of a plane going down and that teams were searching for it and any survivors. Cross could not confirm whether the airplane was being used in the firefighting effort, the kind of aircraft involved or the number of people aboard.

According to KELO TV in Rapid City, the C-130 tanker was helping fight the White Draw Fire between Hot Springs and Edgemont. Black Hills Fox News is reporting there were six people on board the plane. As of 9:30 pm Sunday, two had been taken to area hospitals, one via flight for life, and four were still unaccounted for. The crash was estimated to have taken place prior to 7 pm. It is not clear at this time what caused the aircraft to crash, although there were some storms that moved through the area during the evening hours.

(Sun 7/1/12) - Two Colorado men made an initial appearance in Platte County Circuit Court last Monday after they were arrested earlier in June for allegedly shooting off roman candles at Glendo State Park. 30 year old Luke David Pennington and 26 year old Matthew Paul Cooper were charged with third degree arson, failure to extinguish or contain a fire in the woods or prairie, throwing a burning substance from a vehicle, being intoxicated at a State Park and using fireworks at a state park.

Pennington and Cooper allegedly shot roman candles from a vehicle into a prairie area near the Bennett Hill campground at Glendo State Park on June 13. The incident started a six and a half acre fire that was extinguished by the Glendo Volunteer Fire Department and Glendo State Park staff.

Third degree arson is a felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

(Sun 7/1/12) - Drought and the fear of wildfires are snuffing out some Fourth of July festivities across the region this year, but Douglas Volunteer Fire Department chief Rick Andrews says the annual fireworks show prduced by the fire department is still on for this Wednesday night. The fireworks program will begin at dusk from the back parking lot at Douglas High School. As always, 100.1FM KKTY will air our Boomin' 4th of July Celebration, with music to watch fireworks by. The Douglas Police Department reminds residents that the use of fireworks inside the city limits is illegal, the DPD has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for fireworks in town. Persons caught using or lighting fireworks will be cited, and face a fine up to $750 dollars.


And in Sports...


(Sat 7/28/12) - The Douglas Cats finished fourth at the American Legion North District baseball tournament at Powell. Game 1 on Saturday the Cats bats came alive with Tell Dyer hitting a three run home run. Sam Malone pitched a gem and Marvin Malone closed the door on Casper Drillers... Douglas wins 10 to 4. Marvin Malone had 4 hits and three RBI, and Luke Andrews broke the all time stolen Base Record with 62.

In the late game, Marvin Malone gave up three hits and added a double. But the Cody pitcher scattered 5 hits and only gave up two runs. Douglas' season sends with a 5-2 loss to the Cody Cubs.

(Fri 7/12/12) - Drag racing in the Jackalope City this weekend... Douglas Motorsports Park host the 2012 Douglas National Open, with racers from all over Division 5 visiting the High Plains. Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am, qualifying and time trials at 10am, eliminations each afternoon at 1pm.

(Mon 7/2/12) - American Legion Baseball play, the Douglas Cats wrapped up a 1-3 weekend at Cody with a 9-3 win over the Riverton Raiders. Douglas scored three runs in the third on an RBI single by Allen Holmes, a groundout by Tyler Igo, and an RBI single by Nick White. Marvin Malone had two extra-base hits for Douglas. He doubled in the fifth inning and tripled in the seventh inning. Tell Dyer got the win for Douglas. He allowed three runs over seven innings. He struck out four, walked two and surrendered seven hits. Douglas opened weekend play Friday at Cody with a 10-0 loss to Grand Junction. The Billings Halos knocked off the Cats 15-4 in the early game Saturday. In the late game, Douglas lost a heart breaker to the Cody Cubs 7 to 6. Cody Lebert pitched no hit baseball thru 5 innings, but couldn't hold on for the win. The Cats open a two-week long homestand at Nida Field with a doubleheader this afternoon. Douglas hosts the Casper Drillers, with games today at 1 and 3pm.