KKTY NEWS Mar 11 Archive


(Wed 3/30/11) - We're number two... and that's something to be proud of. A new report says Teton County has the healthiest residents in Wyoming while Fremont County is the least healthy county in the state. The report was done by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the report, residents of Fremont County are three times more likely to die a premature death than those in Teton County. The report says the 10 healthiest counties in Wyoming are Teton, Converse, Park, Washakie, Crook, Lincoln, Goshen, Sublette, Niobrara and Albany. The counties in the poorest health after Fremont are Weston, Uinta, Hot Springs, Carbon, Sweetwater, Natrona, Laramie, Sheridan and Campbell. The report based its rankings on various health factors, including death rates, adult smoking and high school graduation.

(Tue 3/29/11) - Another daycare for Douglas... at last night's council meeting, the Douglas City Council approved a conditional use permit for an in-home daycare at 206 Arrow Street. The applicant, Misty Zahrowski, said she'll be primarily catering to hospital employees... audio here

The daycare will be licensed for up to ten children, and the conditional use permit will allow operation from 5am til 8pm. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the permit.

(Mon 3/28/11) - Grant Elementary in Glenrock has a new principal. Justin "Coley" Shadrick of Green River has been hired by Converse County School District #2 to lead the elementary school in western Converse County. Shadrick has most recently served as a data and assessment coordinator in the Sweetwater County School District #2. He's also served as a teacher and principal in Green River and in Greybull. Shadrick got his bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming and his Master's from Lesley College in Massachusetts.

(Thu 3/24/11) - Local deer herds get a checkup... University of Wyoming researchers are leading a study in Converse County that could help biologists better understand how chronic wasting disease influences mule deer populations. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is providing field assistance. The study is taking place south of Douglas in an area with an extremely high occurrence of the disease. In 2010, 48 percent of hunter-harvested mule deer in the herd tested positive for the disease. Meantime, the herd has decreased by more than 50 percent over the last 10 years while the prevalence of chronic wasting disease continued to increase.

(Wed 3/23/11) - High Water on the River... The North Platte River is likely to remain quite full throughout spring because there is a large amount of snow in the mountains and little storage space available in the reservoirs in Wyoming. Nebraska officials urge landowners along the river to keep a close eye on water levels over the next few months. Some flooding is already being reported near the towns of North Platte and Lewellen. The Natural Resources Conservation Service estimates the snowpack that feeds into the upper North Platte River basin is at 134 percent of average. Snowpack in the lower North Platte River area is at 114 percent of average. The Wyoming reservoirs were 81 percent full at the end of February, so officials have been releasing water this month to make room for snowmelt runoff.

(Thu 3/17/11) - The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct prescribed burns before the end of the month on 4,000 acres of the Thunder Basin National Grassland. Crews plan burns on three sites 15 miles northeast of Bill in March. The burns will take place on National Forest Service Lands within the grassland. Plans are to burn three separate units; 450 acres at Horse Creek, 2,300 acres at Rothleutner and 1,270 acres at the East Pasture. Officials say firefighters will develop fire lines around the burn areas before lighting the fires. Fire engines will be on standby during the burns. The Forest Service says the burning will help the vegetation that supports prairie dogs and ultimately help with the planned reintroduction of black-footed ferrets in the area. The Douglas Ranger District advises that smoke may be visible from Highway 59 and 450 and from Bill and Wright.

(Mon 3/14/11) - If the noise of the train whistle as it passes through Douglas is not a comforting sound, you just might get some relief. The Wyoming Legislature this year allocated $5 million for matching grants to help communities that would like to dampen the noise from passing trains. The money would go toward helping pay for installation of gates and wayside horns. The wayside horns direct the warnings to drivers approaching a rail crossing. The grant match ranges from 5 to 50 percent of the total cost. The size of the grant will be based on a county's assessed valuation, with the poorest counties only required to pony up 5 percent of the cost. The money will become available July 1. A study that looked at communities with rail traffic estimated the total cost for 84 main\par public crossings around the state at nearly $17 million.

(Tue 3/8/11/) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will not request a flushing of the North Platte River this spring. That's because high spring flows are expected on the river thanks to an above average snowpack. To make room for all that expected water, the Bureau of Land Management began releasing water from the Gray Reef Reservoir on Saturday. By mid-March, Game and Fish says the expected flow of water will be near the peak flow during flushes. The agency often requests flushing flows in the fall and spring to clean fine sediment from fish spawning habitats and to increase production of invertebrates fish depend on for food. Many anglers look forward to fishing around a flushing flow because it can potentially stimulate feeding by trout.

(Mon 3/7/11) - 6,120 people... that's officially the new population of Douglas. The US Census Bureau released local 2010 Census data for Wyoming last week. Douglas showed 15.7 percent growth from the 2000 count, adding 832 residents. Glenrock also grew about 15 percent, adding 345 residents to total 2,576. Rolling Hills lost 4 residents and now show an official population of 440. And Lost Springs had a population boom. The smallest legally incorporated town in Wyoming is 300 percent larger than it was. The population in 2000 was 1 person... now, the books show 4 residents living in the Lost Springs town limits.

And in Sports...

(Tue 3/29/11) - Baseball deadline... This Friday, April 1st , is the final deadline to sign up for Douglas baseball and softball programs. This deadline applies to all players 9 years of age and older... all Girls Softball, Hap Dumont Baseball, Junior Babe Ruth Baseball and Legion Baseball. Sign up now at the Douglas Rec Center, Monday through Friday from 8am to 10pm. Call the Rec at 358-4231 for more information.

(Sun 3/27/11) - Boys win, girls tie... same results on Friday and Saturday for both of Douglas High School's soccer teams... the Bearcats hammered Cheyenne South 14-0 at Cheyenne on Friday, and edged Rawlins 2-1 at Douglas on Saturday. The LadyCats tied South 2-2 at Douglas on Friday, and tied Rawlins 1-1 on Saturday. The LadyCats went to overtime in both games this weekend. Douglas soccer has a trip to Gering on the schedule for Tuesday, then it's Torrington on Friday and Newcastle on Saturday.

(Wed 3/23/11) - Top Scholar Athletes... For the first time in 17 years, The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation has awarded its top Scholar-Athlete honors to two young men, who coincidentally both hail from Wright High School in Campbell County. Named as the state's top Scholar-Athletes were linebacker Holden Fauber and quarterback Ryan Haefele, two young men who sit at the top of their senior class with grade point averages of 4.0 and a long list of athletic, academic and community accomplishments. The pair are coached by Larry Yeradi. The Wyoming Chapter awarded $22,200 in scholarships at the Saturday night event at the Hilton Garden Inn and University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie. As the state's top scholar-athletes, Fauber and Haefele are now eligible to be in the running for top honors in the West Region of the NFF. The two were chosen from a field of 12 finalists from eight different high schools after 69 state athletes were nominated for the honors. Douglas's Hayden Barker, Trent Boner and Mitch Espeland were among the 12 finalists for the award.

(Tue 3/15/11) - 3A basketball All-State and All-Conference lists have been released. Douglas High School senior Hayden Barker and sophomores Molly Kreycik and Kassidy Scott, and Shelby Stewart of Glenrock have all been named All-State and All-Conference, and Glenrock's Tyler Kelly has been named to the All-Conference list. Nominations are made by coaches to the Wyoming Coaches Association following state basketball play.

(Mon 3/14/11) - The Douglas LadyCats come from behind to claim third place at this weekend's 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament. Douglas trailed Mountain View, the top seed from the West, 12-6, but answered with a 12-0 run, taking a 25-16 lead into the halftime locker room. The LadyCats never looked back, winning the game 48-35. Douglas sophomore Molly Kreycik led all scoring with 18 points... Kassidy Scott added 11. Emily Smith led Mountain View with 12 points. The LadyCats end the season with a 27-4 record.

The Wheatland Lady Bulldogs dug their way out of a hole and fought back to take a 47-41 win over the Buffalo Lady Bison in the 3A Girls championship game. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 21-12 with two minutes left in the first half, but Wheatland went on a 17-0 scoring run to retake the lead and held on for the win. McKenzie Hellbaum led Wheatland with 10 points... Dallas Shaw had 22 for the Lady Bison.

Torrington beat Cody 62-40 in the girls fifth place game.\f2\fs24

John Hepp's Buffalo Bison led the 3A boys championship game from start to finish, defeating the Wheatland Bulldogs 44-31. The Bison avenged an upset loss to Wheatland in the second round of the Regional Tournament last weekend. Kasey Esponda and Aaron Tyser had ten points each to lead Buffalo... Ryan Madsen led Wheatland with 14.

The Torrington Trailblazers beat Lander 54-31 in the boys third place game... Worland beat Rawlins 61-53 in the fifth place game.

(Fri 3/11/11) - A pair of upsets on Day Two...and Wheatland and Buffalo will play for both 3A titles... in semi-final round action at the 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament in Casper, the Buffalo Lady Bison kept it close and took a 44-38 win in overtime over the Mountain View Lady Buffs. The game was tied at 38 at the end of regulation play... and Buffalo made good use of the extra four minutes, hitting for six points and holding Mountain View scoreless. In the second semi game, the Wheatland Lady Bulldogs held a short lead for much of the game and edged the Douglas LadyCats 45-41. A couple of key free throws in the final moments put the game out of reach for Douglas. The two teams that came in as tournament favorites, Douglas and Mountain View, will have to settle for a third place game Saturday morning at 10:30 at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym at Casper College. The 3A State Title game will be a rematch of last weekend's 3A East Regional Championship game between Buffalo and Wheatland. The girls' championship game is Saturday at 3:30 at the Casper Events Center.

Boys semi-final games on Friday, Buffalo got some revenge as they hammered Torrington 53-36, and the Wheatland Bulldogs won big, beating the Lander Valley Tigers 51-31. Torrington will play Lander for thiurd place Saturday afternoon at 1:30. Wheatland will play Buffalo for the championship Saturday at 5 at the Events Center. Wheatland hasn't played in a title game since 1982, and hasn't won a state championship since 1930. The Bulldogs did pull off an upset win over the Bison last weekend at Regionals.... it should be a good fight for the boys trophy.

(Thu 3/10/11) - LadyCats win the first round... Douglas fought back to win a low-scoring affair on the first day of the Wyoming 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament, beating Cody 38-31. At the Casper Events Center tonight, the Fillies kept it close through the first half. Douglas took a 25-23 lead to the halftime lockerroom, then came back after the break and scored 11 unanswered points in the second half. Cody battled back, but the LadyCats were able to hold off the Fillies rally and take the 7-point win. Bridget Schumacher led Cody scoring with 14 points and Danielle Skinner shot 11. For Douglas, Kassidy Scott shot 14 points and Lindsay White added 9. Douglas shot 12 pof 16 at the free throw line... Cody was 3 of 8. Douglas also out-rebounded Cody 37-30.

A couple of blowouts in the girls early games... Mountain View blasted Torrington 62-36, and Buffalo hammered Powell 52-26. In the late game, Wheatland beat Worland 56-41. Loser-out games Friday, Torrington plays Powell at 9 and Cody meets Worland at 10:30. Girls semi-final games Friday afternoon, Mountain View meets Buffalo at 4:30 and the Douglas LadyCats play Wheatland at 6. You'll hear the Douglas game live on KKTY's 99.3FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

Boys first round games on Thursday, Torrington beat Worland 70-41, Buffalo beat Cody 69-38, Wheatland beat Lyman 60-40 and Lander beats Rawlins 60-56. Friday's loser-out games will be Worland and Cody at noon. Lyman and Rawlins at 1:30. Boys' semis Friday night, Torrington plays Buffalo at 7:30 and Wheatland meets Lander at 9.

(Wed 3/9/11) - Bearcats Basketball Coach Resigns... Ron Erickson, Head Boys Basketball Coach at Douglas High School has resigned.  After 31 years of coaching, 26 years in Wyoming and the past 12 in Douglas, Coach Erickson has decided to step down.  Coach Erickson’s Bearcats won the State Championship in 2002.  Erickson has a Wyoming record of 418-205 while at Arvada-Clearmont, Upton, and Douglas.  His record in Douglas was 218-98.  The 2006-2007 Douglas Bearcats hold the school record for most wins in a season with 24.   In Wyoming his teams have accumulated 12 Conference Championships, 9 – 2nd place finishes at Regionals, 9 Regional Championships, and 1 State Championship.  They have finished in the top three at the State Tournament 9 times.  In 31 years of coaching, Erickson has been named Conference Coach of the Year 12 times.

(Wed 3/9/11) - Douglas Cheerleaders bring home top place honors. At the WHSAA State Spirit Competition at the Casper Events Center last night, Douglas won two of four competition categories. The DHS Cheer Squad scored 62.667 points to win the 3A All-Girl Cheer competition. Rawlins and Wheatland tied for 2nd, less than 3 points behind Douglas. Douglas also won the Co-Ed cheer competition, one point ahead of Cheyenne Central. Wheatland and Mountain View tied for the win in 3A Cheer Non-Stunt, and Douglas cheerleaders placed third. The DHS Dance Team tied for 6th.

(Mon 3/7/11) - The Douglas LadyCats will meet Cody in the first round of the State Basketball Tournament this Thursday afternoon. The LadyCats went 2-1 over the weekend at the 3A East Regional Tournament at Wheatland. Douglas opened with a 42-28 win over Newcastle on Thursday. Buffalo upset Douglas 36-33 on Friday, handing the LadyCats their first loss since the opening weekend of the season and ending a 23-game win streak. Douglas bounced back with a 51-36 win over Rawlins Saturday morning, then finished off Torrington 58-51 Saturday afternoon. Wheatland edged Buffalo 36-34 for the 3A East girls title on Saturday night.

The Cody Fillies were 2-1 at the 3A West Tournament this weekend. Cody beat Jackson 35-27 on Thursday, and Worland 39-27 on Friday. Second-seeded Cody fell 43-33 to top-seeded Mountain View in the West Conference championship game on Saturday night.

The Douglas girls finished the regular season with a 22-2 record, 16-0 in conference play. Cody went 19-5, 12-2. The two teams met in mid-December at the Douglas Classic tournament... Douglas beat Cody 52-43.

First round brackets for the 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament... Mountain View plays Torrington Thursday morning at 9... Buffalo meets Powell at 10:30... Cody and Douglas play Thursday afternoon at 4:30, and Wheatland meets Worland at 6... all four games at the Casper Events Center.

The LadyCats are the only Converse County team to qualify for this week's state tournament. At the 3A East Regionals this weekend, the Bearcats fell to Rawlins 56-42 on Thursday, beat Glenrock 76-20 on Friday, then fell 78-48 to Buffalo on Saturday. The Glenrock Herders lost 71-28 to Torrington on Thursday and were eliminated Friday in the loss to Douglas. The Lady Herders fell 48-42 to Torrington on Thursday, then lost 53-45 to Rawlins on Friday.