KKTY NEWS July '13 Archive


(Mon 7/22/13) - Several development and business issues on the agenda for the Douglas City Council tonight. Council will get a first official look at a development agreement for a convenience store, liquor store, fueling station and carwash at 1709 Muirfield Court, as well as a request to replat the two lots involved into one lot. Council will consider a resolution authorizing the Converse County Commissioners to proceed with development of the new Eastern Wyoming College facility at 800 South Windriver Drive in the Douglas Business Park. And Council will consider a conditional use permit for a daycare with up to 10 children at a home at 212 Bow Street in Douglas. Council will also consider changes to Douglas City Code regarding door-to-door salesmen, and will take a look at bid recommendations for a track loader.

The complete agenda for this afternoon's meeting is available on the City's website at cityofdouglaswy.com. City Council meets this afternoon at 5:30 at Douglas City Hall. Council meetings are open to the public, and are broadcast live on Mediastream Cable channel 61.

(Mon 7/22/13) - 4H and FFA kids are showing off a variety of skills and projects this week... the Converse County Fair is underway in Douglas. County Fair kicked off over the weekend with the dog show, barbecue and ranch rodeo on Sunday... horse shows are on the agenda today, and Tuesday features rabbit, poultry, pocket pet and cat shows... the fashion review is tomorrow night, and static exhibits open for viewing on Tuesday in the Extension Office. The public's invited to check out all activities this week and help support 4H and FFA in Converse County.

(Mon 7/22/13) - New oil activity in Converse County... The Bureau of Land Management's Casper Field Office has released an Environmental Assessment on a proposed oil and gas development program in the existing Scott Field.

Samson Resources Company is proposing to explore and potentially develop oil and natural gas resources on 44 thousand acres in Converse County, 20 miles north of Douglas. The proposal includes drilling about 150 new oil and gas wells on 40 new well pads with two to six wells to be drilled from each pad. The EA has been prepared to analyze the impacts of the proposed project. The EA is available for public review and comment on the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/cfo/scott-field.html

The public comment period runs through August 20, 2013.

(Tue 7/16/13) - Firefighters have completely contained a 211-acre wildfire in a remote area southeast of Casper. Fire spokesman Aaron Voos says the fire was contained on Monday. Firefighters are now conducting mop-up operations. The fire was reported last Thursday and burned pine, grass and sagebrush along the Natrona-Converse County line. The fire was caused by a lightning strike.

(Fri 7/12/13) - Wrapping up a wildfire... Conditions are favorable for firefighters trying to corral one of Wyoming's first significant wildfires so far this year. The 300-acre wildfire is burning in a remote area 15 miles southeast of Casper, not far from Muddy Mountain. Lighting is believed to have started the fire sometime last weekend. The fire has burned about 300 acres of mixed pine, grass and sagebrush along the Natrona/Converse County line. Medicine Bow National Forest spokesman Aaron Voos said Friday higher humidity and a chance of rain are forecast. Even so, firefighters have requested help from more ground crews and another single-engine air tanker. Two water-dropping helicopters and a small air tanker are already working the fire. Wet spring weather has helped to keep wildfires to a minimum so far this summer after last year's unusually busy fire season.

(Fri 7/5/13) - Another oil transfer station is in the works here in Converse County. Gazelle Transportation told the Converse County Commission this week that they're planning a depot on Natural Bridge Road where 20 trucks a day will offload crude oil to the Sinclair pipeline, which already runs through the area. The five-acre project would have storage tanks on site, and road improvements are planned. Two other oil depot projects are currently under construction in the county, one south of town on LaBonte Road, and the other off Highway 59 about 17 miles north of Douglas.

(Tue 7/2/13) - Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on the Medicine Bow National Forest today. Phil Cruz, Forest Supervisor for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, says the decision was prompted by a combination of factors that include rapidly drying vegetation, ongoing drought conditions, growing fire danger, and unfavorable fire weather forecasts. The restrictions mean no fires except in permanent fire pits or grates provided at Forest Service developed campgrounds or picnic areas. Propane stoves will be allowed. No fireworks, of course, and no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Several other rules also go into effect with the Stage 1 fire restrictions... complete information is available at the Douglas Ranger District office at 2250 East Richards in Douglas. The Stage 1 fire restrictions are not going into effect on the Thunder Basin National Grasslands north of Douglas at this time.

(Tue 7/2/13) - A trio of Douglas High School welders are the best in the nation. Layne McGuire, Brock Oliver and Chase Oliver brought home the gold medal for welding fabrication from the 2013 Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 24th-28th in Kansas City. Welding Fab is a team competition that requires three students from each school to use their welding and fabrication skills to build a designed project from the given material. Each team is required to be skilled in several welding and cutting processes. A theme-based project is constructed by the students based on the prints drawn by each team. McGuire and the Olivers will be seniors this fall at Douglas High School. They've been coached by retired DHS Welding teacher Henry Woehl.


And in Sports...

(Mon 7/22/13) - The Douglas Cats got the job done on Friday, winning both games in a three-way playoff. In American Legion baseball play, Douglas beat the Casper Drillers 2-1 and the Gillette Rustlers 10-8. The playoff wins leave Douglas in first place in the northeast conference with the number one seed going into districts later this week and an automatic trip to the state A tournament next week.

The Cats play their final games of the regular season tonight at home when they host a pair with the Casper Roughnecks. Games at 5 and 7:30 at Nida Field at the Douglas Rec Center.

(Mon 7/22/13) - Douglas's 12 & Under Cal Ripken baseball team took state Saturday. Douglas and Casper mixed it up a couple of times last week... Casper took a 9-6 win on Thursday, but Douglas came back and beat Casper with a 14-0 shutout in the championship game on Saturday. The title game win qualified Douglas for a trip to the 2013 Pacific Northwest Cal Ripken regional tournament 7/28-8/2 at Centrailia, Washington.

The Cal Ripken squad has a short week to raise money for the trip... they'll hold a fundraising Dinner on the Diamond this Wednesday night at 6pm at Ripken Field by Bearcat Stadium... burgers, chips, brownies, drink, $5 minimum donation ... all proceeds go to help defray the cost of the team's trip to Washington.

(Mon 7/15/13) - The Douglas Cats strung together four wins on their home turf this weekend. Hosting the Bolln Memorial Tournament, Douglas opened with a pair of shut-outs on Friday, beating the Rawlins Genrals 9-0 on Friday afternoon, and the Riverton Raiders 7-0 Friday night. The Cats then took a pair from the Lovell Mustangs, winning 5-2 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday afternoon. Douglas travels up to Lovell for a pair on Tuesday night, and a single, nine-inning game's on the schedule at Casper against the Drillers on Thursday evening.

(Fri 7/5/13) - The Douglas Cats have had a week off... last play was last Friday night, a 12-8 win over the Gillette Rustlers. The Cats return to American Legion baseball play this weekend with a roadtrip to Scottsbluff, Nebraska... games against Scottsbluff and Roosevelt, Colorado on Saturday and Cody, Wyoming and Chappell, Colorado on Sunday.