KKTY NEWS Mar 09 Archive


(Tue 3/31/09) - Words can hurt, and Douglas students are learning today to Spread The Word To End The Word. The word is "retard". Pricilla Dowse is president and CEO of Special Olympics Wyoming.... audio here

Dowse says students are getting involved... audio here

Zoe Robinson is a special ed teacher at Douglas High School... audio here

Activities continue this afternoon at all Douglas schools.

(Mon 3/30/09) - Converse County residents will continue the process of mapping our future this week. The Converse County Together - Now and Tomorrow group will hold the third in a series of community meetings tonight in Douglas, and tomorrow in Glenrock. Since last summer, elected officials and planners have been working with the public to prepare a 20-year regional plan. The plan will help the county and incorporated communities coordinate efficient services and orderly growth over the long-term while recognizing independent communities and individual rights. The plan addresses future needs for housing, utilities, commercial and retail development, parks and open space, and other community facilities, ensuring efficient growth.

Two identical community meetings will be held in Glenrock and Douglas this week to give people a chance to review draft ideas and to vote with electronic key pads about a proposed growth strategy and core ideas for the future of our region. Tonight's Community meeting is at the Douglas Senior Center... Tuesday night's meeting is at the Glenrock Senior Center... both meetings start with an open house and refreshments at 5:30... meetings are from 6 to 7:30, and the public is invited to attend and participate.

(Sat 3/28/09) - (AP) Federal authorities have charged a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper with unlawful arrest and kidnapping of a person in January. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement saying that trooper Franklin Joseph Ryle was arrested late Thursday in Douglas. The federal agency charges that Ryle violated the victim's civil rights. Ryle appeared in federal court Friday afternoon in Casper. Ryle remains in the Natrona County Detention Center. A federal magistrate ordered police statements detailing the case against Ryle to remain sealed. Casper lawyer John Robinson represents Ryle. Robinson declined comment on the case. Col. Sam Powell, administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, confirms the arrest but declined comment on the investigation. Powell says Ryle has been on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

(Fri 3/27/09) - Local Democrats will meet this weekend to elect officers who will serve through 2010. Converse County Democratic Party Chair Liz Batton says the meeting is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm at Money Express at 100 North Second Street. Any registered Democrat is eligible to seek a county party office. The meeting is open to the public, but only current members of the county central committee may vote.

(Wed 3/25/09) - Lots of folks in central Converse County stoking the woodstove again last night. Rocky Mountain Power says they still have about 100 customers without electricity. Jeff Hymas at the company's Salt Lake City office says that this week's blizzard hit the power company hard. Over 300 customers down around Glendo and 200 customers about 20 or 30 miles north of Douglas all lost power Monday morning as the storm swept in. Electricity was restored in the Glendo area by Tuesday morning, but power crews could not head north until Highway 59 was open Tuesday afternoon... Hymas says they found a mess... audio here

Hymas says Rocky Mountain Power is bringing in extra help... audio here

Hymas said the Douglas area was the hardest hit by the storm in Rocky Mountain Power's service area.

(Mon 3/23/09) - More powder and another lockdown... this time at the Converse County Courthouse. Converse County Undersheriff Don Schoenleber explains what happened yesterday at the Courthouse... audio here

The regional hazmat trailer arrived in Douglas at about 6:30pm to run tests on the unknown powder to determine if there was any danger. Schoenleber said that by 8:30 last night, that were certain enough of the safety of the situation to allow shift change at the Sheriff's Department. A second set of test equipment was ordered up out of Cheyenne due to technical problems with the first set of equipment. That meant a later night of work for the crews on the scene. Schoenleber said that there were inmates in the building, and that they would not be transferred, as they were in a seperate part of the courthouse that's completely self-contained.

(Thu 3/19/09) - A Douglas High School student has died. 17 year old Brady Patterson, the son of Toni Patterson of Douglas, was found dead in his vehicle Wednesday morning. Patterson was a junior at DHS. Converse County Coroner Ross Gorman says the incident is being investigated as a suicide. Funeral services for Brady Marshall Patterson will be held Saturday, March 21st at 1:00pm at the Douglas High School Auditorium. Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

(Thu 3/19/09) - Rocky Mountain Power has begun the process of building a new high-power transmission line into northern Converse County. The 50-mile, 230-kilovolt line would run from the new Windstar substation at Glenrock to another new substation that will be built about five miles south of the Converse-Campbell County line and about a mile east of Highway 59. The power line is being built across mostly private land. Rocky Mountain Power is required to build the new line to service the proposed Two Elk power plant. Transmission line construction will begin in May of 2010. The new line is expected to be available for service by March of 2011.

(Wed 3/18/09) - It's not powder, and it's not an emergency. A trailer and a motorhome from the Department of Homeland Security are parked outside of the Douglas Police Department. Sergeant Ron Casalenda says it's part of a PD upgrade that's going on this week... audio here

Both the trailer and the motorhome contain full communications capabilities that will allow the upgrades to take place at the police department with no downtime... audio here

Department employees are training today so that they'll be familiar with the equipment when their equipment goes down tomorrow for the upgrade.

(Tue 3/17/09) - Converse County residents and landowners got a chance to ask questions and air concerns at a public meeting Monday night. More than 80 people were in attendance as Rocky Mountain Power officials were at Glenrock Middle School to talk about a pair of proposed power line corridors that will run from Glenrock across the Laramie Range to Medicine Bow. Aaron Gibson is a transmission community manager with Rocky Mountain Power... audio here

Bob Hageman is a local rancher who has summer pasture that could be affected by one possible route... audio here

Judy Hageman says there's historical interest in the area as well... audio here

Mr Gibson says that last night's public input would become a part of Rocky Mountain Power's decision making process...audio here

The final routes for the transmission lines won't be determined until after a draft environmental impact statement is issued in August. Gibson said that there will still be other opportunities for the public to have input before the final environmental impact statement is issued. The lines won't be energized until 2014.

(Fri 3/13/09) - Funeral services for 51 year old Theresa Ann Noel of Douglas will be held Tuesday, March 17th at 10:00am at the Fort Reno Building at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetary. Theresa Noel died Monday, March 9th at her home. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Funeral services for 28 year old Chad Edward Lewis Heck of Douglas will be held Tuesday, March 17th at 10:am at the Fort Reno Building at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. Interment will be in the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetary in Evansville Wednesday morning at 10:00 with military honors accorded. Chad Heck died Monday, March 9th at his home. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 5 to 7pm.

Funeral services for 53 year old Joseph Nicholas Noel of Douglas will be held Tuesday, March 17th at 2:00pm at the Fort Reno Building at the Wyoming State fairgrounds. Intement will be in the Douglas Park Cemetary. Joe Noel died Monday, March 9th at his home. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 5pm to 7pm. Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

(Wed 3/11/09) - Law enforcement officials are investigating the shooting deaths of three Douglas residents earlier this week. Monday night about 9:30, the Converse County Sheriff's Department responded to a call that a shooting had occured at a home in rural Converse County northwest of Douglas. The initial investigation revealed three people dead at the scene... 53 year old Joseph Noel, his wife, 51 year old Theresa Noel, and her son, 28 year old Chad Heck. The Noels were both local drivers for UPS. Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker turned the investigation over to the Wyoming State Division of Criminal Investigation. Becker said the shooting appears to be a double homicide/suicide. The incident is still under investigation. Funeral services for the family are pending.

(Wed 3/11/09) - Glenrock residents will see more traffic through town this summer. Construction is set to begin next month on the Campbell Hill Windpower Project northwest of Glenrock. The project will include 66 wind turbine generators, and will be built in Converse County west of the current Rocky Mountain Power windfarm. Originally, all workforce and delivery vehicles were to exit I-25 at the Hat Six Road interchange just east of Casper and take Cole Creek Road to the project. However, District WYDOT Engineer Jack Bell has notified Duke Energy that they won't be able to use the Hat Six exit because of ongoing construction of the overpass at Hat Six. Instead, all turbine, blade and tower section delivery will be made by exiting I-25 at the Dave Johnston Power Plant and taking the old highway 20/26 through Glenrock to Cole Creek Road. Duke Energy anticipates a 12-month construction period, with most of the activity between April and December of this year.

(Mon 3/9/09) -Winter weather and heavier truck traffic have caused damage to a local road. WyDot has put weight restrictions and speed reductions on portions of Wyoming highways 91 and 96 west of Douglas. The restrictions affect about the first 11 miles of Cold Springs Road, which goes past the KOA Campground & follows the south side of the Interstate. Vehicles are restricted to 12,000 pounds maximum axle weight and 50,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Speed limits have also been reduced to 45 mph for trucks. The speed limit for cars remains 55 mph. Road signs warning of the restrictions will be placed in the affected areas within the next few days. As weather permits, WYDOT crews will begin patching the damaged portions. Restrictions will be re-evaluated once patching work is completed.

(Mon 3/9/08) - Natrona County and Converse County are at odds over how to split up state funding associated with a proposed 66-turbine wind farm in western Converse County. The state Industrial Siting Council is supporting a request by Duke Energy Corp. to build the wind farm. The council grants funding to communities that are affected by large industrial projects. The idea is to offset the higher costs of public services that result from more people living and working in an area. Duke Energy used a computer model to determine that Natrona County should get about two-thirds of the state funding and Converse County about one-third. Converse County likes that ratio, but Natrona County doesn't. Natrona County officials say they've been hoping to get 90 percent of the state funding.


And in Sports...

(Fri 3/27/09) - The second half of the Central Rocky Mountain Region college rodeo season kicks off this weekend in Torrington, and a local cowgirl is working to earn a trip to the College National Finals Rodeo this June in Casper. Douglas native Kelsey Scott currently sits top-three in breakaway roping. With five more rodeos to go, the top two mens and womens teams and the top three individuals in each event qualify to go to Nationals. Scott's currently riding for and attending collage at Chadron State.

(Sat 3/14/09) - Bearcats go OT to take third at State. After a win over Jackson Thursday and a loss to Kemmerer Friday, the'Cats went nose-to-nose with the Lovell Bulldogs in the third-place game at the Wyoming 3A State Basketball Tournement. Douglas led by five at the half, by two after three, and the game was all knotted up at 45 at the buzzer. With two seconds left in overtime, Cody Bohlander hit the second of two shots from the free-throw line to give Douglas the one-point win. Dylln Rider hit the three-shot five times on his way to 17 points to lead all scorers. Daniel Hancock ended the gaame with 12, and Cody Bohlander had 11. Douglas ends the season 18-10 overall, 13-4 in 3A conference play. Buffalo beats Kemmerer 36-33 to win the 3A boys state championship. Powell beat Torrington 51-45 to place 5th.

The Glenrock Lady Herders take 6th at state. The Herd got off to a good start but faded in a 9am game this morning, falling 51-39 to Cody in the fifth-place game. Nikki Tresch had 13 points, and Brooke Hughes had 11. Jackson Hole pasted Powell 43-29 to win the 3A girls championship. Buffalo beat Torrington 57-52 for third place.

(Fri 3/13/09) - Opening round of the 3A State Basketball tournament in Casper yesterday, the Jackson Lady Broncs shelled the Glenrock Lady Herders 47-21. Jackson put up a strong defense early, holding the Herd to just 5 points in the 1st half. Glenrock ended the night hitting just 5 of 32 field goals, including 2 of 9 from outside the 3-point arc, and 9 of 15 from the free throw line. Glenrock plays Lovell in a loser-out game this morning at 10:30 at Casper College.

The Douglas Bearcats jumped out to an early lead and continued to stretch their advantage all the game last night, beating the Jackson Broncs 70-60. Douglas had five players in double figures, led bay Cody Bohlander's 19 points... Daniel Hancock and Hayden Barker hit 13 each, Jonnathan Studie collected 12 and Shane Richendifer hit for 11. Statistically, the game was pretty even, with one exception... Douglas was 22 of 26 at the free throw line, and Jackson was just 8 of 10. Douglas plays the Kemmerer Rangers in a championship semi-final game tonight at 9 at Casper College.

(Wed 3/11/09) - Tomorrow's the opening round of the 3A and 4A State Basketball tournaments. The Douglas Bearcats meet the Jackson Broncs Thursday night, and Cats head coach Ron Erickson says the Broncs will bring some tall kids, including a 6'6", a 6'5", and their best player, Caesar, who's 6'2" and strong down low in the post. Erickson says the Broncs have some young guards that the Bearcats will put a little extra pressure on. Coach Erickson said one of his main concerns has been simply getting the Bearcats healthy before tomorrow night's action, as several players have fought a bout with the flu over the last week. Douglas comes into State Tournament with a 16-9 overall record, 11-3 in 3A East Conference play. Jackson is 12-14, and 7-7 in conference play.The Cats meet Jackson Thursday night at 7:30 at the Casper Events Center.

The Glenrock Lady Herders will also meet Jackson in the opening round at State, and here's two strong basketball teams... Jackson's 22-3 overall and 13-1 in conference play... Glenrock's 19-5 overall and 10-3 in the conference. Jackson's led by Kelly Burns, who's averaging 13.6 points a game... Glenrock's got Nikki Tresch, averaging 13 points a game and Shelby Stewart averaging 10 a game. Glenrock and Jackson tip off at 4:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Casper Events Center.

You'll hear both the Glenrock-Jackson girls game and the Douglas-Jackson boys game live from Casper on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Wed 3/11/09) - A tie at the top for Douglas Cheerleaders. At today's Wyoming State Spirit Competition at the Casper Events Center, Douglas and Kemmerer both scored 74.333 points to tie for first place in the 3A All-Girl Cheer competition. The girls were judged on the basic elements of dance and motion, cheer, jumps and overall effect, as well as more specific judging of stunts, pyramids and tosses. In the Non-Stunt division, Douglas was in the middle of the pack, placing 8th out of 14 teams, and the Douglas Dance team also finished 8th. Click here for complete State Spirit Competition results from the WHSAA.

(Mon 3/9/09) - The Douglas Bearcats and the Glenrock Lady Herders advance to the Wyoming 3A State Basketball Tournament. At the 3A East Regional Tournament at Buffalo this weekend, the Cats opened with a 71-54 win over Rawlins Thursday, won a 51-49 battle with Newcastle on Saturday, and lost 56-49 to Buffalo in the championship game Saturday night. Douglas will be the second seed from the East as State Tournament starts this Thursday. The Glenrock Lady Herders opened with a 48-15 win over Newcastle, lost 69-64 to eventual champ Torrington, beat Douglas 54-49 on Saturday morning and then beat Lander 69-61 in the consolation championship for a third place finish. The Douglas LadyCats opened tournament play Thursday with a 55-45 loss to Lander, came back with a 42-23 win over Rawlins, then the loss to Glenrock Saturday dropped the Douglas girls out of the tournament. The Glenrock Herders went two and out, losing 57-31 to Buffalo and 69-49 to Lander.

Buffalo beat Douglas 56-49 in the boys championship game. Newcastle beat Torrington 58-50 to take third. On the girls side, Torrington beat Buffalo 54-38 in the championship game. Glenrock beat Lander 69-61 to take third.

The 3A State tournament begins Thursday at Casper. The Glenrock Lady Herders play Jackson at 4:30pm. The Douglas Bearcats meet Jackson at 7:30pm. First round games are played at the Casper Events Center. You'll hear both games live on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.