KKTY NEWS Mar 13 Archive



(Wed 3/6/13) - You're lying there in your hospital bed, wondering where the nurse is, so you press the nurse call button, and she pops right up. Pretty simple, huh? Well, new technology at Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas takes the nurse call button high-tech. This is assistant hospital administrator Karl Hertz... audio here

Hertz says the new system also helps improve hospital security... audio here

The new, $130,000 nurse-call system is being installed in the Memorial Hospital of Converse County Emergency Department, Birthing Center, and in all Inpatient rooms.

(Wed 3/6/13) - Douglas High School cheerleaders and dance squad will strut their stuff tonight at Casper. The Wyoming High School Activities Association hosts the State Spirit Competition at the Casper Events Center. DHS will compete in coed cheer, all-girl cheer, non-stunt cheer and dance. Each squad will have two and one-half minutes to perform. Competition begins at 4pm, and Douglas is scheduled for Cheer Non-Stunt @ 4:48, Dance @ 6:28, Cheer Stunt @ 7:04 and Cheer Co-ed @ 8:00. Admission is $5 adults and $4 students.

(Tue 3/5/13) - A crude oil loadout facility is being planned south of Douglas. The project is being developed by Enserco Energy out of Denver. It would allow tanker trucks full of oil to offload to a storage tank, and then trains would load up with crude and transport it to refineries. The facility will be built adjacent to the BNSF rails on 200 acres about five miles south of Douglas on Irvine Road. The developers say about 40 trucks a day would deliver to the facility and the traffic would come in from the Orin Junction end of Irvine. They expect to load about one train a week. The Enserco Energy crude oil loadout facility will be operational in July or August of this year, with truck traffic beginning in October. The facility is expected to provide about ten full-time jobs once it's up and running.

(Mon 3/4/13) - WYDOT has more construction planned on I-25 near Douglas this summer. McMurry Ready-Mix of Casper was the low bidder at $4.6 million for improvements to the northbound lanes of a four-mile section of Interstate 25 between Douglas and Glenrock. Three miles of the section will get a pavement overlay and one mile will be reconstructed. All traffic will be routed onto the southbound lanes during the work, which is expected to be complete by Nov. 30. Contracts totaling nearly $20.1 million for 12 projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its February meeting in Cheyenne.

(Mon 3/4/13) - New owners for a Wheatland bank. Glacier Bancorp has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire First State Bank, a community bank based in Wheatland, as well as it's offices in Torrington and Guernsey. The acquisition is Glacier's 13th since 2000 and its fourth in Wyoming. In a press release, Wheatland Bankshares, Inc., Chairman, CEO and President Mike Daly, said First State Bank will maintain their community banking approach with local decision-making and a genuine commitment to personalized community banking. He said at the same time, they'll benefit from access to Glacier's products, services, and substantial capital resources to fund future growth in the region. In Wyoming, Glacier also operates 1st Bank, Evanston and First Bank of Wyoming, Powell. The Wheatland, Torrington and Guernsey banks will continues to operate under the First State Bank name.


And in Sports...


(Sat 3/9/13) - With a 28-1 record, the Douglas LadyCats end the season with the best record in 3A or 4A basketball. But boy, did that one loss hurt.

In the 3A State Championship game Saturday night at the Casper Events Center, the number-2 ranked Star Valley Lady Braves upset the top-ranked LadyCats 56-46 to claim the title. Star Valley owned Douglas from the start... the LadyCats never led... Star Valley was up 12-8 after one, and 26-16 at the half. Douglas shot 16 of 47... Star Valley shot 18 of 41. Both teams had five three-pointers. The Lady Braves outrebounded the LadyCats 34-29. Star Valley's Hailey Greenwood led all scorers with a 24-point performance. Kassidy Scott led Douglas with 12... Molly Kreycik added 11. Three of Douglas's four seniors - Jill Espeland, Kassidy Scott and Carlie Cecil - all fouled out before the end of the game. Senior point guard Molly Kreycik played all 32 minutes. A tough ending to an outstanding season for the Douglas girls.

The Douglas Bearcats also come up on the short end of their final game of the season. In a rematch of last week's East Regional championship game against Rawlins, the Cats kept it close, but fell 50-46 to the Oulaws in the 5th place game. Douglas trailed by 1 at the quarter and the half and were down by three after three, but couldn't get back on top. Rawlins led as many as 8 points, but there were 7 lead changes and 3 ties in a good back-and-forth battle. Alex Collier led Rawlins with 16, while Jalen Krening added 13. Dylan Davidson was the only Bearcat in double figures with 16. The Bearcats end their season with a 17-12 overall record, 11-6 in 3A conference play.

(Wed 3/6/13) - 1A/2A All-State basketball players have been named, and there's several from schools here in the KKTY listening area... 2A boys all-staters include Hunter Dockery and Travis Smith from Niobrara County High School in Lusk; 2A girls include Shelby Burroughs of Southeast; on the 1A boys all-state list, Treasure Hollister from Guernsey-Sunrise, and on the 1A girls list, Melissa Bowlin, Kaylee Greenwald and Kylah Meyer of Lingle. All-Staters were named following this weekend's 1A/2A State Basketball Tournament at Casper.

(Mon 3/4/13) - The Douglas Ice Cats are back-to-back State Champs. Douglas began their run through the State B tournament at Cody with a 6-3 over Gillette on Friday night, then a 6-2 win over Cheyenne on Saturday. Sunday afternoon, the Ice Cats skated to a 3-2 win over Rock Springs to claim their second consecutive title.

(Sat 3/2/13) - A PAIR of Titles... The Douglas Bearcats and the Douglas LadyCats win both championship games at the 3A East Regionals.

At Worland, the LadyCats stretch their season record to 26-0 with a 64-31 win over the Rawlins Lady Outlaws. Rawlins junior point guard Kalli Fedderson, who averages 21 points a game, got into foul trouble early... she still ended the night with 18, but spent much of the game on the bench. Kassidy Scott led all scorers with 21, and Carlie Cecil added 14.

In the late game, the Bearcats also met the Outlaws from Rawlins. Lane Potratz, who's averaged 5.6 points a game this season, put up seven 3's in the first half on his way to a 23 point performance, and Douglas was in a 35-22 hole at the half. The Cats came back after the break and took control, outscoring the Outlaws 41-21 in the second half and battled back to claim a 63-56 win. Dylan Davidson hit 5 of 7 outside the arc and ended the night with 21... Greg Vandeventer hit 13, and Jonah Richards added 12.

Both Douglas teams will take the one-seed from the East to the State Basketball Tournament, which opens Thursday in Casper. Both teams will meet Lander on Thursday, the boys at noon and the girls at 6pm... both games at the Casper Events Center... both games live on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

(Fri 3/1/13) - Bearcats and LadyCats will both go to State... with semi-final round wins at the 3A East REgional Basketball Tournament at Worland today, both Douglas basketball teams earb a berth in the Conference Championship game, and both punch their ticket to next week's State Tournament at Casper.

After Newcastle upset Buffalo on Friday, that set up a semi game between Douglas and Newcastle. The Cats jumped out to an early lead and held it through the course of the game. Jonah Richards had a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Douglas scoring effort. Logan Barker added 12.

The Douglas Ladycats got their 25th win of the season, blowing past the Buffalo Lady Bison 73-27. Kassidy Scott turned in a 26-point performance, and Carlie Cecil and Jill Espeland had 12 apiece.

The Douglas roundballers will meet Rawlins in Staurday's title games. The Lady Outlaws beat Wheatland 50-40, and the Outlaws beat the Bulldogs 53-46 to advance. Girls play Saturday night at 6, boys tipoff at 7:30... both games love on KKTY's 100.1FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

Earlier Friday, Glenrock ended their season as they were eliminated from the tournament in loser-out games. The Herders fall 42-60 to Buffalo, and the Lady Herders lost 40-43 to Newcastle.