KKTY NEWS Mar 12 Archive



(Thu 3/29/12) - Douglas High School's Hamilton Street Express choir heads out into the wilds of Nebraska today on their Spring Tour. Douglas's musical ambassadors will perform for school groups and the public, but it's more than just singing. Bailey Peden is a veteran of the 2010 tour, and she says making new friends is a special part of the tour... audio here

Peden says they have responsibilities before and after a performance... audio here

Hamilton Street Express will sing this afternoon at Hay Springs, Nebraska... Friday's performances are at Gordon and Valentine... Columbus on Saturday... Sunday's a day off, with a full day at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha... then it's back to North Platte and Gering on Monday, with a tired return home on Monday evening.


(Wed 3/28/12) - Dirt movers are scraping and leveling as construction gets underway at Converse County School District #1's new 4th and 5th grade school facility on Douglas's west side. District Superintendant Dr. Dan Espeland says the public is invited to join in as they hold ground breaking ceremonies this afternoon... audio here

Espeland says they're excited to finally get moving on construction of the new facility... audio here

The superintendant says we should see changes coming quickly to the area that was a playground and empty field south of Douglas Intermediate... audio here

The new 4th & 5th grade school should be open for classes in the fall of 2013.


(Tue 3/27/12) - A green light for an industrial development on East Richards Street. On a 5-0 vote last night, the Douglas City Council gave the go-ahead with a list of conditions to Buckeye Land and Properties to build a 60x60 and a 60x120 building on their land at 2305 East Richards. The company will manufacture and distribute a coal dust suppression product and a freeze conditioning product. The dust supression is sprayed on loaded coal cars to minimize the amount of coal dust that blows up off of moving trains.

The Council also got an update on the Little Boxelder Springhouse project, which will replace the structure protecting one of the city's two primary water sources. Tom Brauer of CEPI in Casper told the council members that the engineering firm has discovered that the soil around the well is a variety of clays that were imported either when the well was built back in the Twenties, or when it was last rebuilt in the Fifties... audio here

Either way, the soil around the well is in much better shape than expected, and rather than expanding the well house as previously planned, the engineering firm recommended rebuilding the well house on its current foundation.


(Tue 3/20/12) - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a petition against two wind farms south of Glenrock. A group of residents in the area has been fighting to stop Wasatch Wind from going through with the projects. They contended the company had improperly divided its proposal into two projects to take advantage of federal rules favoring smaller projects. But the federal commission last week said it would not examine the group's claim. Wasatch Wind spokesman Michelle Stevens syas the company has followed the law. The company plans to begin construction this spring.


(Mon 3/19/12) - Kinder Morgan is hanging a for sale sign on it's natural gas processing plant at Douglas. Kinder Morgan Inc said on Thursday it reached a verbal agremement with U.S. regulators to sell some of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP's pipeline assets in order to win approval for its planned purchase of El Paso Corp. The $20-billion-plus El Paso deal would make Kinder Morgan the largest pipeline company in the continent. Under the agreement, Kinder Morgan said it would sell Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission, Trailblazer Pipeline Co, its Casper-Douglas natural gas processing facilities and West Frenchie Draw treating facilities in Wyoming, and its 50 percent interest in the Rockies Express Pipeline. The purchase of El Paso is expected to close in mid- to late May.


(Fri 3/16/12) - New City Shops? The City of Douglas is getting in line to take ownership of a piece of Richards Street property. As WyDot moves closer to construction of a new highway shop near the I-25 exit 135 interchange, the old highway shops at 7th and Richards will become available. The City of Douglas would have right of first refusal to purchase the land and buildings at current market value. In a memo from Public Works Director Les Newton to City Administrator Steve Henning, Newton said that if the city acquires the land, he'd like to move most of the City's streets and alleys and sanitation operations to the East Richards location. On a 5-0 vote Monday night, the Mayor and Council approved pursuing the acquisition of the property from WyDot.


(Fri 3/16/12) - Douglas has a new set of eyes watching over us... Officer Kevin Lovewell was sworn in as the newest member of the Douglas Police Department this morning. Lovewell comes to Douglas from Missouri, and brings eight years of full-time experience in law enforcement.


(Thu 3/15/12) - Higher waters coming on the river at Douglas... The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says fishermen should be on the lookout for high water on the North Platte River in early April. Game and Fish has requested higher releases to maintain fish spawning habitat and increase populations of the invertebrates that fish eat. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to begin releasing higher flows from Gray Reef Reservoir upstream from Casper starting April 2. Each day, releases will increase from 500 cubic feet per second to 4,000 cubic feet per second before being reduced back to 500 cubic feet. The schedule will repeat on April 3, 4, 5 and 6, with flows peaking in the early morning hours. Game and Fish says sportsmen should be aware of the water fluctuations if they're floating on or wading in river.


(Thu 3/15/12) - A permanent director has been named for the Wyoming National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program at Camp Guernsey. Interim director Bob Fisk gets the nod. Fisk, who is a lieutenant colonel in the Wyoming Army National Guard, took over as interim program director March 14. Youth ChalleNGe is a five and one-half month in-residence program for at risk Wyoming youth. The program is designed to better position 16- to 18-year-olds to succeed with educational goals and life skills.\line The Wyoming Legislature extended the Youth ChalleNGe Program for another five years and funded the program to grow from two classes a year to four.


(Wed 3/14/12) - Both of Wyoming's senators voted against a proposal to extend a federal tax break for wind energy production. The measure - an amendment to a transportation bill - failed in a 49-49 vote on Tuesday. Sixty votes were needed for it to advance. A spokesman for Sen. Mike Enzi says the amendment would have added $11.7 billion over 10 years to the budget deficit. However, he said there will be more efforts to extend the tax credit and Enzi will analyze each one on its own merits. A spokeswoman for Sen. John Barrasso said the tax break would have supported "projects of questionable value." Plans to build a wind turbine factory in Cheyenne are on hold, partly because of uncertainty about the tax credit.


(Tue 3/13/12) - The City of Douglas has added a second attorney to its payroll. At a short, 18-minute council meeting last night, the Douglas City Council voted 5-0 to approve a contract with Denny Harts to provide criminal prosecution services and administrative enforcement of City Code and nuisance violations. Harts will work under Douglas City Attorney Peg Trent, who lives in Laramie. The contract will pay Harts up to $9600.00 a year plus reimbursables for criminal prosecution services, and up to $24 thousand dollars a year plus reimbursables for administrative enforcement services. In addition to being a lawyer, Denny Harts is also a co-owner of the Hotel LaBonte and the LB Bar.


And in Sports...


(Mon 3/19/12) - Off on the right foot... Douglas High School tracksters opened the season with 4th place finishes at Saturday's Glen Legler Memorial Track Meet at Casper Natrona. Douglas was the top 3A school in the 16-team field.

Individually, on the track, Ty Etchemendy and Grady Corbett were 1st and 2nd in the 110 hurdles, 1st and 3rd in the 300 hurdles, Robert Ricks placed 3rd in the 1600 meter run, Douglas's Silje Pederson, Daryl Barnett, Sarah Boyer and Brooke Young won the girls' 4x100 relay, Grady Corbett, Ty Etchemendy, Sai Rogi and Lane George won the boys' 4x100 relay, and Jessica Perala was third in the girls 400 meter dash.

Field events, Lane George win the boys long jump, Daryl Barnett was first and Brittany Schommer third in the girls triple jump, Ty Etchemendy won the boys triple jump, and Glenrock's Paige Steinmetz was second in the girls long jump.

(Fri 3/9/12) - LadyCats take 5th... Douglas High School's girls basketball team cruised to an easy 70-39 win over the Mountain View Lady Buffs in the 3A State Basketball Tournement's 5th place game this morning. In a 9am game at Casper's Kelly Walsh High School, Douglas outshot Mountain View in all four quarters. Kassidy Scott led all shooters with 26 points, and Carlie Cecil added 14. The LadyCats end the 11/12 season with an overall record of 23-5.

(Thu 3/8/12) - One more win, one more game... In a consolation bracket semi-final this morning, the LadyCats defense stepped up big in the fourth quarter, and Douglas held on for a 44-39 win over the Powell Panthers. Douglas trailed 13-8 after one, but nicked away at the deficit over the next two quarters. Douglas trailed 33-32 to open the fourth quarter at the Casper Events Center. The LadyCats hit two buckets to the Panthers' three, but hit eight of ten at the free throw line to take the lead and the win. Powell fineshes their season with the loss... Douglas advances to Friday's 5th place game against Mountain View. Tip off's at 9am Friday morning at Casper's Kelly Walsh High School. You'll hear the game live on KKTY's 100.1FM and worldwide on the Internet at KKTYOnline.com.

(Wed 3/7/12) - LadyCats fall in State Opener... in the opening round of the 3A State Basketball Tournament this evening, Douglas and Star Valley played nose-to-nose for 32 minutes. Both teams led by as much as five points, but the game was a back-and-forth affair. Star Valley held the led as time ran out on a 46-43 Braves win. Star Valley junior Lexi Erickson had four buckets and was 10 of 12 at the free throw line to lead all scorers with 18. Kassidy Scott led Douglas with 10. Three Douglas starters ended the game on the bench... Scott, Carlie Cecil and Ashlie Blackburn all fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Other opening round girls games on Wednesday, Wheatland blasted Mountain View 41-28, Torrington upended Cody 43-33, and Rawlins busted Powell 51-29. Girls loser out games in the Consolation bracket on Thursday, Mountain View plays Cody at 9, and the Douglas LadyCats play Powell at 10:30. Both games at the Casper Events Center. Girls semis on Thursday, Wheatland plays Torrington at 4:30, and Rawlins meets Star Valley at 6.

3A Boys opening round games on Wednesday, Star Vavlley over Buffalo 67-49, Wheatland beat Lander 43-33, Lyman whacked Newcastle 63-32, and Torrington beat Powell 56-48.

(Wed 3/7/12) - Three trophies for Douglas Cheerleaders... at the State Spirit Competition at the Casper Events Center this evening, the DHS Cheer Squad returned to defend their state title in All-Girl Cheer. Douglas was 10 points ahead of second-place Cokeville. Douglas was also just one point behind first-place Laramie in co-ed cheer, a category theat Douglas won last year. The DHS cheer squad also placed third in 3A Cheer Non-Stunt.

(Mon 3/5/12) - The 3A and 4A State Basketball tournaments open a day early this year. Conflicts at Casper College have forced the WHSAA to move some games and locations this year, and the 3A Tournament will begin with all eight opening round games on Wednesday, March 7th at Casper College. Two girls games start the day... 1E Wheatland plays 4W Mountain View at 9, and 2W Cody plays 3E Torrington at 10:30. Then it's two boys games... 1A West Star Valley plays 4E Buffalo at noon, and 2E Wheatland plays 3W Lander at 1:30. Two more girls games, as 2E Rawlins plays 3W Powell at 4:30 and 1W Star Valley plays 4E Douglas at 6. The other two boys game wrap u pthe day's play as 2W Lyman plays 3E Newcastle at 7:30, and 1E Torrington plays 4W Powell at 9.

(Mon 3/5/12) - The State Cheer Championships will also be held on Wednesday at the Casper Events Center. DHS cheerleadres will compete at the following times at the Casper Events Center... Douglas 3A Non-Stunt at 5:12 p.m., Douglas 3A Stunt at 5:52 p.m., Douglas Co-Ed at 8:32 p.m., and Douglas 3A Dance at 8:36 p.m. The DHS cheerleaders are defending State Champs in All-Girl Cheer and Co-Ed Cheer.

(Mon 3/5/12) - 7 Douglas High School students competed in the State Indoor Track meet in Gillette over the weekend. Ty Etchemendy placed 1st in triple jump - 46' 4"; 3rd in 4x200m relay - 1:34.84; 3rd in 55m - 6.70 sec; and competed in the 55m hurdles. Jessica Perala finished 2nd in the 4x400m relay, and ran the 400m. Grady Corbett placed 4th in the 55m hurdles at 8.21 sec; 7th in triple jump at 40' 3/4", and also competed in long jump and 200m. Lexi Hewitt took 5th place in Pole Vault with a jump of 9'6". Daryl Barnett competed in the 55m and triple jump. Tori Parks - competed in the 200m and 400m. Bay Parks competed in the long jump. As Douglas High School doesn't yet field an indoor track team, the Douglas athletes competed as a part of the Laramie teams. The boys team were state champs with 85 points. Girls 4th place with 67.5 pts.

(Mon 3/5/12) - Douglas's boys hockey team are state champs. The Ice Cats competed at the 2012 Midget State Tounament at Gillette. Douglas beat Laramie 10-2 Friday night, Rock Springs 9-1 on Saturday, and won the State B Tournament Sunday with a 4-2 win over Sheridan.

(Sat 3/3/12) - LadyCats head for state... a loss to Torrington in the consolation game, but the LadyCats basketball team will still make the trip to the State Basketball Tournament. The Douglas girls opened Thursday with a 62-24 win over Glenrock, fell Friday night 65-56 to the Rawlins Lady Outlaws, beat Worland 57-40 in the consolation semis Saturday morning, then took a 52-47 loss to Torrington in the 3rd place game. Douglas led 23-20 at the half, but the Lady Blazers outshot the LadyCats 18-7 in the third, and Douglas never caught back up. The LadyCats will be the 4th seed from the East and will play the 1 seed from the West in the opening round of the State Basketball tournament at Casper on Wednesday.

The Bearcats opened tournament play on Thursday with a 45-40 loss to Rawlins, beat Worland 63-51 on Friday, then fell in a hard-fought game to the Buffalo Bison. The 8:30 Saturday morning game saw the Bearcats fight back from an 11-point deficit and an 8-point deficit. Freshman Jonah Richards hit two of three at the free throw line to send the game to a 55-55 overtime... Buffalo won it 68-64 in OT.

The Glenrock Herders opened with a 65-35 loss to Wheatland, then fell 65-35 to Newcastle.

The Lady Herders also went two-and-out, losing 62-24 to Douglas in Thursday's opener, and falling 49-35 to Buffalo.