KKTY NEWS Mar 10 Archive


(Tue 3/23/10) - The Converse County Democrats will hold their 2010 County Convention tonight. The Convention will adopt a county platform for 2010 and elect delegates to represent Converse County at the Wyoming Democratic State Convention in Casper in May. While members of the public are welcome to attend tonights' activities, only Democrats registered to vote before March 8th may vote on convention business or run for a state delegate position. Tonight's County Convention gets underway at 7pm in the basement meeting room at the Converse County Courthouse in Douglas.

(Tue 3/23/10) - Area residents can get a legislative update and a treat for their sweet tooth tonight. The Douglas Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Dessert With Your Legislators tonight from 6 til 8pm at the Douglas Senior Center. You're invited to come find out what your elected officials worked on during the recent legislative session. Tonight's Dessert With Your Legislators is open to the public. Please RSVP the Chamber at 358-2950.

(Tue 3/23/10) - January unemployment numbers jumped in Converse County. The latest numbers from the Wyoming Department of Employment showed the unemployment rate here at 7.4 percent, up from 6.9 percent in December, and up from 4.8 percent in January of 2009. The numbers reflect more people in the workforce and fewer jobs available. The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 7.6 percent, which is still lower than the national rate, which stands at 9.7 percent.

(Wed 3/16/10) - Another boom for Douglas? When you live in energy country, you get used to the boom and bust cycle and hearing about potential development. However, there's optimistic talk of another oil boom across southeast Wyoming, centering on a couple of successful pilot wells targeting formations known to have vast amounts of oil and sour, over-pressurized natural gas. With national oil prices expected to average more than $80 per barrel through 2010 and average $85 in 2011, and huge leaps in drilling and completion technologies, there's a rush on mineral leasing from Cheyenne to north of Douglas. Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy got impressive yields from its Wagonhound 23-1H well near the North Platte River just west of Douglas, drilling horizontally for thousands of feet in Frontier sandstone. Earlier this month, officials from Chesapeake Energy told the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission the company plans to launch an intensive drilling program this year that would likely include setting up a shop in Casper and spending up to $10 million per month. the company has already acquired some 600,000 lease acres in the Powder River Basin, and it expects to drill 16 new wells per year. Chesapeake is the second largest gas producer in the U.S., and the most active driller in the nation with 120 operated rigs.

(Tue 3/9/10) - Douglas's interim City Administrator will stay in his job for a little while longer. After over 6 months in the position, Forrest Neuerburg gave a letter of resignation to Mayor Marilyn Werner on February 23rd, effective March 12th. At last night's council meeting, Neuerburg said he would offere his services to the city for a couple more months... audio here

Following his original resignation, Neuerburg told KKTY News that there were decisions that hadn't been made that had eroded his ability to be an effective manager. Immediately following the original resignation, the City finally advertised the job opening on the Wyoming Association of Municipalities website with an application deadline of March 19 by 5 p.m. By extending his services until May, Neuerburg could effectively serve as City Administrator until the position is filled.

(Mon 3/8/10) - Father Hubbard's Cupboard is looking for a new home. The Douglas food bank currrently shares space with Helping Hands in a small building in Washington Park. In a letter to the Douglas City Council, Father Hubbards board chair Barb Gubbels says that the space was adequate when they moved in ten years ago, but their operation has grown and the food needs of Douglas area needy have increased dramatically in the last several years. Father Hubbard's Cupboard is interested in moving to one of two city-owned buildings... the old Holberg House on South Third Street, or the old Douglas City Hall, also on South Third, which is partly occupied by CANDO. The Douglas City Council will consider the request at tonight's council meeting. Tonight's council work session is set for 6:00pm... 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 cityofdouglaswy.com.



And in Sports...

(Mon 3/22/10) - The Douglas High School soccer team held its own on it's very first weekend of play. Saturday's games at Riverton were cancelled due to the weather, so the Bearcats boys soccer club went to Worland. Douglas lost to Lander 3-2 in the first match. Worland popped a goal in the last minute to give Douglas a 2-2 tie in the second game. In the third game, Douglas and Star Valley played to a 0-0 tie. This is the first-ever season of play for high school soccer at Douglas... the Bearcats are playing Jr Varsity games this spring, and will field Varsity and Jr Varsity squads next year. Boys and girls soccer teams will play their home opener this Friday when they host Rawlins. Girls play at 2pm, boys face off at 4 at Bearcat Stadium at Douglas High School.

(Mon 3/22/10) - A Douglas athlete recieves yet another honor. Bearcats senior running back Pierre Etchemendy was named runner-up as Wyoming's top prep football scholar-athlete by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at the organization's 16th annual banquet Saturday night in Laramie. Sheridan's Austin Woodward was named to the top honor. Etchemendy was named the runner-up, and received $1,700 in scholarships. Each of the finalists received a $1,200 scholarship. Due to the generosity of the Wyoming Chapter's donors, additional $500 scholarships were awarded to scholar athlete nominees who attended the banquet. They were Murphy Johnston of Glenrock, plus Robert Heyer and Matt Osborn, both of Worland. In front of a sell out crowd of over 430 players, coaches, friends, fans and family, the Wyoming Chapter handed out $22,000 in scholarships to the state's top scholar-athletes and honored two prep athletes their courage and perseverance. The Scholar-Athlete honors are scored 40 percent on a player's football performance, 40 percent on academic achievement and 20 percent on school and community involvement.

(Mon 3/15/10) - Several Converse County basketball players have been named to the All-Conference list. 3A Absaraka Conference honors go to Douglas's Hayden Barker, Dylln Rider, Ragen Scott and Kassidy Scott, and to Glenrock's Kyle Farley and Shelby Stewart. All-Conference players were named in a press release this morning.

(Sun 3/14/10) - 'Blazers sneak up and take State... Jason McManamen scored 18 points and Luke Eddington scored the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds remaining as Torrington beat Buffalo 42-39 in the Wyoming 3A boys basketball championship. Buffalo led 26-17 at halftime Saturday but Torrington started the second half with a 7-1 run and managed to hang in to win the game. The Blazers took their first second-half lead with about two minutes to play. Torrington's comeback denied defending champion Buffalo a second consecutive state title. E.J. Zimmerman added 12 points for Torrington and led the team with nine rebounds. Kasey Esponda led Buffalo with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Pinedale beat Jackson Hole 61-58 to take 3rd. Rawlins beat Cody 58-54 for the consolation win.

Jessica Fischer hit the go-ahead basket in double overtime and contributed eight points as Jackson Hole held on to beat Powell 49-42 for its fourth consecutive Wyoming 3A girls state basketball championship. In a rematch of last year's championship, Jackson led during most of Saturday's game, which included seven ties and three lead changes. Savannah Hardeman led Jackson Hole in scoring with 10 points, including four free throws in the final minute to secure the win. Hannah Pollart led Powell with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Buffalo beat Mountain View 47-32 to take third. It was Torrington over Cody 59-53 to take the consolation win.

The Douglas LadyCats went two and out at state basketball, losing 48-42 to Mountain View on Thursday and 54-48 in overtime to Torrington on Friday.

(Fri 3/12/10) - The LadyCats basketball team ends their season with an overtime loss, falling 54-48 to the Torrington Trailblazers. For the second game in a row, Douglas hit just two points in the first quarter and trailed the LadyBlazers 8-2 after 1. Douglas outshot Torrington 12-9 in the second and the Lady Blazers took a 3 point lead to the locker room at halftime. Torrington led 31-23 after three, but the Douglas irls battled back in the 4th, outshooting Torrington 11-5. With 9 seconds left on the clock and trailing by three, Douglas sent the ball in at the far end of the floor and sent the ball to junior Tirzah Cole, who let the 3-shot fly from the front right of the arc... it hit and the game went to overtime. Kayla Matlock hit 5 in a row at the free throw line in the overtime period to give Torrington the win. LadyBlazer point guard Mikayla Brower led all scoring with 17 points. Douglas's Kassidy Scott had a double-double, 13 points and 13 rebounds, to lead Douglas scoring. The LadyCats end their season 16-11 overall after going 9-5 in 3A East conference play. Torrington will play Cody for 5th place Saturday morning at nine at the Casper Events Center.

(Fri 3/12/10) - The Douglas LadyCats will meet the Torrington LadyBlazers this morning in a loser-out game at the 3A State Basketball Tournament. After a slow start last night, the LadyCats fought back and kept it close with Mountain View. Douglas trailed by 3 at the half and were down by 1 after three, but the Lady Buffs hit their free throws down the stretch to earn a 48-42 win over the Douglas girls. Torrington kept it even with the 3A West champ Jackson Lady Broncs. The game was tied after 1, Jackson led by 1 a the half, tied again after 3, but Jackson pulled off a 6 point win, 46-40 over Torrington.

Other girls games yesterday, Buffalo beat Cody 44-34 and Powell crushed Wheatland 41-26. Opening round of the 3A Boys tournement, Pinedale beats Rawlins 61-53 in overtime, Torrington edges Worland 49-46, Jackson Hole over Wheatland 44-30, and Buffalo beats Cody 63-49.

On the schedule today, girls loser out games at Casper College match Cody and Wheatland this morning at 9, Douglas plays Torrington at 10:30, boys loser-outs are Rawlins-Worland at noon and Wheatland-Cody at 1:30. Girls semis later this afternoon, Buffalo plays Powell at 4:30 and Mountain View meets Jackson Hole at 6. Boys semis are Pinedale Torrington at 7:30 and Buffalo battles Jackson at 9. All of today's 3A games are at Casper College.

Douglas beat Torrington twice during the regular season... 61-47 in January and 48-38 in February. The LadyCats also beat the Blazers 55-49 in the opening round of the East Regionals last week. THis morning's game tips off at 10:30 at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym at Casper College. We'll have live play-by-play coverage on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Sat 3/6/10) - LadyCats punch their ticket to state... The Douglas LadyCats Basketball team takes 2nd at the 3A East Regional Basketball Tournament. Douglas opened the tournament Thursday with a 55-49 win over Torrington, then beat Wheatland 37-22 on Friday. In the championship game Saturday night, the Buffalo Lady Bison outlasted the LadyCats as Buffalo beat Douglas 55-39. The LadyCats will meet Mountain View in the opening round of the state basketball tournament. Mountian View beat Cody 69-66 to take 3rd at the 3A West Tournament at Lyman. Douglas plays Mountain View Thursday, 3/11 at 4:30pm at the Casper Events Center.

The Bearcats won't go to state this year. Douglas lost to Torrington 69-48 on Thursday, came back and beat Glenrock 68-47 on Friday, the got off to a slow start Saturday morning and couldn't catch up to Wheatland, who knocked Douglas out of the tournament with a 50-31 Bulldog win.

Neither Glenrock team qualified for state this year. The Herders went 2 & out, losing 75-53 to Rawlins Thursday and 68-47 to Douglas Friday. The Lady Herders lost to Torrington 62-52 on Thursday, beat Newcastle 58-44 on Friday and lost 45-34 to Wheatland on Saturday.

Final games on Saturday, for the girls, Buffalo beats Douglas 55-39 for the girls championship, and Wheatland beat Torrington 58-50 to take third. On the boys side, Buffalo held off Torrington 43-41 for the championship, and Wheatland beat Rawlins 44-37 to take third.

In the West, Jackson beats Powell 42-36 for the girls title, and Mountian View beats Cody 69-66 for third. On the boys side, Pinedale upsets Jackson in overtime 54-48 to take the title... Worland over Cody 44-36 in the 3rd place game.