KKTY NEWS June '13 Archive


(Sat 6/29/13) - A Casper man has been named as the fatality in Thursday's head-on crash on I-25 just west of Douglas. 47 year old Charles A Miller was driving a 2000 Stirling truck with a flatbed trailer, heading westbound out of Douglas. Entering the two-lane construction zone, Miller's truck crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a tractor/trailer rig owned by Canadian circus company Cirque du Soleil, and driven by 55 year old Patrick Finney and his wife Charlotte, both from Toone, Tennesee. Miller was killed in the accidents, and the Finneys were taken to Memorial Hospital of Converse County. The accident happened about 2:10 Thursday afternoon... the Interstate was closed into the evening hours while Troopers investigated and cleared the crash scene.

(Fri 6/28/13) - I-25 Crash kills one... Not many details available yet this morning on an accident west of Douglas yesterday afternoon that shut down I-25 southbound for over nine hours. WYDOT says the crash a mile and a half west of town on I-25 southbound involved 2 commercial vehicles that collided head-on in the construction zone. One of the semis was owned by Canadian circus company Cirque du Soleil.

Troopers on scene confirmed one fatality and two injuries.

The injured have been transported to Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas.

The crash has caused a temporary closure of the southbound lanes of Interstate 25. All southbound traffic was routed off the Interstate at the Laprele Interchange at mile post #147. The accident and road closure happened around 3:00 yesterday afternoon... the Wyoming Highway Patrol didn't reopen I-25 southbound until after midnight last night.

(Wed 6/26/13) - More time for Wasatch Wind... The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has granted a Utah company more time to plan a wind farm near Glenrock. The council on Monday granted Park City, Utah-based Wasatch Wind Intermountain LLC a 10-month extension to prove it has sufficient financial resources to construct, maintain, operate and reclaim its project. Wasatch Wind's financial partner filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year. Wasatch now has until May 2014 to show the state it has cash or financing for its Pioneer Wind Park along Mormon Canyon Road in Converse County. Luke Esch, administrator of the Industrial Siting Division, says the company has been working at least two years on trying to find financing for the project.

(Tue 6/25/13) - With the 4th of July holiday approaching, the Wyoming State Forestry Division is asking residents and visitors to help protect public safety and our natural resources from fire. To date, there have been no large wildland fires in the state. However with the recent hot, dry, and windy conditions many areas of the state are drying out, and fire danger is on the increase. Converse County has put a partial fire ban in place, and it bans all fireworks on county lands. The BLM has put a partial fire ban in place for their lands in Converse, Natrona, Goshen and Platte Counties. Several other counties along with the US Forest Service are also looking at putting fire restrictions in place. The public is also reminded that open fire, fireworks, and camping is always prohibited on state trust land.

Fuel conditions across much of the state are heavy with high levels of dead and standing fuels. Coupled with winds and hot temperatures this will create areas of extreme fire danger.

If you see smoke, fires, or suspicious activities, note the location as best you can and report it to authorities. To report a wildland fire call 911.

(Mon 6/17/13) - University of Wyoming students are getting their hands dirty and gaining valuable leadership and outdoor skills this summer. Those students are working on 36 projects around the state through the Wyoming Conservation Corps.

The WCC was founded in 2006 and continues the civil service tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and Youth Conservation Corps of the 1970s. By the end of this summer, WCC will have served 289 students and completed 210 projects, resulting in more than 197,000 man/hours of service to Wyoming's public lands. The projects all relate to energy, wildlife, recreation, grazing, timber management, property restoration and maintenance, water and air quality.

Area WCC projects this summer include beetle spraying at Guernsey State Park, trail building and maintenance for the Forest Service near Douglas; prairie dog dusting (for fleas that could infect black-footed ferrets) at Thunder Basin National Grassland; trail building at Glendo State Park; and work in Mormon Canyon, Duncan Ranch and Bear Gulch for Wyoming State Lands and Devon Energy.

Participants earn a paycheck and upper-division college credit and receive extensive training in leadership, conservation ethics, equipment safety and wilderness first aid.

(Fri 6/14/13) - A speeding stop west of Douglas nabs an attempted murder suspect. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 27 year-old Jamal Watkins, was arrested after being clocked by radar speeding 89 mph in a 75 mph zone on northbound Interstate 25 approximately 10 miles west of Douglas. Watkins is wanted by the Denver Police Department on an outstanding warrant for attempted murder and 1st degree aggravated assault with a weapon. With backup from the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Converse County Sheriff's Department. Watkins was taken into custody without incident. A female passenger in the vehicle was not wanted and was not charged with any criminal activity. Watkins has been returned to Colorado where he faces his felony charges.

(Thu 6/13/13) - The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest is offering permits for harvesting wild mushrooms at all six district ranger offices, including the Douglas office. Permits for both personal and commercial mushroom collecting are available for forest lands. The personal-use permits are free and allow people to gather up to one gallon of mushrooms a day or up to five gallons per calendar year. One gallon of non-dried mushrooms equals approximately five pounds. Commercial permits cost $20 each and allow permit holders to harvest up to 50 pounds, or about 10 gallons, in a seven-day period. People may buy up to five commercial permits each calendar year. Commercial permits are only available on the Medicine Bow National Forest. Harvesting mushrooms is prohibited in Wilderness Areas, Research Natural Areas and Special Interest Areas. Call the Douglas Ranger District office at 358-4690 for more information.

(Tue 6/11/13) - Recycling doesn't include mattresses. The Douglas City Council last night discussed an ongoing problem at the city's recycling collection points. Mayor Bruce Jones said people are dumping things that they shouldn't be... audio here

The City of Douglas has a recycling yard on Clay Street near public works, and places recycling dumpsters in various parts of the city to collect paper, glass, aluminum, yard waste and other recyclables. City council saw pictures last night of the Clay Street yard where people had dumped off mattresses, broken furniture, broken toys and bags of trash in the recycling dumpsters. Councilman Leroy Kingery said that improper use of the dumpsters means that everything in the dumpster gets trashed... audio here

City Administrator Tony Tolstedt said options include tighter security measures or moving the recycling areas to a location where they could be watched more closely.


And in Sports...

(Mon 6/23/13) - The Douglas Cats American Legion baseball team got beat up in tournament play at Powell over the weekend. On Friday, the host Powell Pioneers got the jump on the Cats with a 5-run first inning and went on to beat the Cats 10-1. In the late game Friday, the Cats dropped a 9-1 decision to the Green River Knights. Douglas came back on Saturday and won an 8-7 match over the Laramie Deputies. The 11-13 Cats return home to Nida Field tomorrow night when they host the Casper Drillers... one nine-inning game at 5pm Tuesday evening.

(Mon 6/17/13) - Two wins and two losses, but call it a successful weekend for the Douglas Cats. In American Legion baseball play at Casper, Douglas opened Friday afternoon with a one-run loss in an 18-17 slugfest against the Thompson Valley Eagles. Saturday, Zach Andrews' Cats beat the Gillette Rustlers 10-7 and the Liberty Lancers 9-5. The Casper Drillers got the best of the Cats 10-5 on Sunday. The Cats improve their record to 10-9... Douglas plays a pair at Rawlins Wednesday night, then it's off to Powell for tournament play Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

(Thu 6/13/13) - Two on the Road... The Douglas Cats American Legion baseball team picked up a pair of wins on the road last night. At Casper, the Cats opened the doubleheader with a 5-2 win over the Roughnecks. Austin Zimmer pitched all seven innings for the win. In the nitecap, Douglas's offense got big, collecting 19 runs on 14 hits... the game was called after five innings and the Cats claimed a 19-5 win. The 8-7 Cats are back in Casper for the Drillers tournament Friday through Sunday.

(Mon 6/10/13) - Several area cowboys and cowgirls have punched their tickets to the National High School Finals Rodeo. Following last week's Wyoming State High School Rodeo here in Douglas, season point totals have been tallied, and the top four in each event will join the Wyoming team at Nationals next month in Rock Springs. Douglas High School freshman Hunter Carlson ended the season in third place and will compete at Nationals on barebacks. Nevada Starr of Wheatland is the alternate. Wheatland cowgirl Chloe Ashenhurst finished the season in the top slot in pole bending... Newcastle's Abi Devareaux has the 4th slot. Ashton Marchant of Newcastle leads the state in goat tying... JW Meiers of Mills and and Austin Anderson of Powder River will compete on saddle broncs... team roping teams include Jhett Hadley of Wheatland and partner Trace Steele of Sundance, and Denten Shaw of Lusk and partner Justene Hirsig of Cheyenne. Tegin Finnerty of Wheatland will go to Nationals in the 2nd slot in steer wrestling, Torrington's Logan Milligan has the 2-slot in tie-down calf roping, and boy's cutting will include Colby Thurston of Lance Creek, and Casper cowboys Dalton Garrett and Jayden Johnson. And in shooting events, trap shooting will include Cory Byrd of Douglas and Garrett Reid of Glenrock. The 2013 National High School Finals Rodeo is July 14 - 20 at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs.