KKTY NEWS May 10 Archive


(Wed 5/19/10) - Local law enforcement are on the road today as they help carry the Special Olympics Wyoming's "Flame of Hope" closer to its destination in Laramie. Academy students and staff took up the flame at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas at 8:15 this morning, ran it down Yellowstone to the downtown area where they handed the torch to local law enforcement agencies. Those officers ran it out 4th Street to Richards, then south to Glendo. The torch relay began Saturday morning in Lovell and is scheduled to end at the Special Olympics Summer Games opening ceremonies Thursday evening at Laramie High School Stadium. It raises awareness for the games, and it also raises funds. In all, Wyoming had approximately 500 officers from 30 different agencies take part in the run. Last year, more than 85,000 law enforcement officers carried the Flame of Hope across 35 nations, raising $34 million for Special Olympics programs around the world. Special Olympics Wyoming is a not-for-profit organization providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

(Mon 5/17/10) - Ryan Evans will be named Douglas's next chief of police. At a special meeting of the Douglas City Council this morning, the Council voted unanimously to concur with the recommendation to hire made by interim City Administrator Forrest Neuerberg. Evans has 16 years of law enforcement experience, spending the last six years as Police Chief in Monticello, Iowa, a town of about 3600 people in far eastern Iowa. Neuerburg says experience was an important factor in the decision... audio here

There were originally 34 applicants for the Douglas Police Chief job. The Wyoming Sheriffs and Chiefs Association handled the original interview process, narrowing the group down to a final three... audio here

Evans, acting Chief Ron Casalenda and Sgt Todd Matthews were the three finalists. A local panel, which included Neuerburg, Douglas administrative services director Jan Lampert, Casper assistant City Administrator Linda Witko, and Natrona County Undersheriff Dave Kinghorn made the final decision between the three. Neuerburg said they were pleased with the quality of the applicants... audio here

The Douglas Police Chief position has been open since Chief Lori Emmert retired on February 5th.

(Mon 5/17/10) - Douglas could get a new police chief this morning. Mayor Marilyn Werner late last week called a special meeting of the Douglas City Council for 9:00am this morning. As part of his job, interim City Administrator Forrest Neuerburg will appoint a new police chief, and the city council will consider this morning a resolution concurring with that appointment. Council is expected to then adjourn to executive session to deal with the details of the appointment. The Douglas Police Chief position has been open since Chief Lori Emmert retired on February 5th. Ron Casalenda was named acting police chief in late January. Casalenda, Sgt Todd Matthews of the DPD and Monticello, Iowa Police Chief Ryan Evans are the three candidates in the running for the permanent position.

(Fri 5/14/10) - The Class of 2010 gets their official launch this weekend. It's graduation weekend for Douglas High School seniors. 103 students will receive their diplomas in commencement excercises Sunday afternoon at 2pm at the Rec Center Gym. DHS English teacher Noni Weber is this year's commencement speaker. Baccalaureate ceremonies will be Saturday night at 6pm at the DHS auditorium. Sunday's commencement will also be broadcast live on Communicom Cable channel 76.

(Fri 5/14/10) - Not enough wind? Some of Rocky Mountain Power's wind farms didn't produce wind energy last year at the same rate the company projected they would before the projects were constructed. The capacity factor question came up during Wyoming Public Service Commission hearings over the utility's proposed rate hike. The commission is set to deliberate and possibly decide on the rate hike Friday. Capacity factor is the amount of energy a wind farm produces compared to the amount it could produce if the wind blew all the time. The Utah-based utility says wind conditions were relatively poor in 2009 and it's not appropriate to judge the accuracy of projected capacity factors for projects that have only been operating for a year or two.

    (Wed 5/12/10) - A locomotive fell into the Wind River after hitting a boulder south of Thermopolis today. Burlington Northern-Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the freight train hit a boulder about the size of a pickup truck at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday in the Wind River Canyon, about 5 miles south of Thermopolis. Melonas says the two crew members walked away from the wreck, but were cold and were taken to a local hospital. Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Sam Donahue of Thermopolis says he saw the train hit the rock. Donahue says it took minutes for the two crew members to climb out of the flooded cab, move along the side of the locomotive and reach the shore. Both lead locomotives and the first three cars derailed with the lead locomotive going into the Big Horn River. The locomotives spilled diesel fuel from their fuel tanks into the river. In addition, the first rail car behind the locomotives was loaded with bentonite, which also spilled into the river.

photo courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol


(Tue 5/11/10) - Now, it's decision time. The Douglas City Council interviewed at length last night three of the four finalists for the Douglas City Administrator job. The three candidates, Mike Mackey of Sheridan, Carlo Pilgrim of Boothbay, Maine and Lee San Miguel of Phoenix, Arizona, each took anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half to answer the same set of questions posed by interim administrator Forrest Neuerburg. The questions dealt with their job experience and their individual management styles. The City Council will compare notes and make a choice, and expect to make a job offer in the next couple of weeks.

(Tue 5/11/10) - Union Pacific has begun a $20 million project to install new rail and ties on a 26-mile stretch of railroad track between Orin Junction and Lusk. The Omaha-based railroad is using a "track renewal train" to replace the rails and ties in one pass. Company officials say the project includes installing more than 67,000 concrete ties and adding more than 86,000 tons of rock ballast to reinforce the roadbed. The work began last week and is expected to be completed in June. Union Pacific officials say the company plans to spend more than $54 million in Wyoming on capital investment projects this year.

(Mon 5/10/10) - More time for Ryle... A former Wyoming state trooper from Douglas serving a 15-year prison sentence for kidnapping pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell steroids. Franklin Joseph Ryle's plea Friday in Natrona County District Court was part of a deal with prosecutors to drop another steroid possession charge. His sentence of 18 to 24 months will run concurrent to the prison time he is serving for his role in kidnapping a Wal-Mart truck driver in what prosecutors say was an aborted murder plot. Ryle had previously pleaded not guilty to the steroid charges. He and another former state trooper were accused of bringing the steroids from Mexico to Wyoming.

(Fri 5/7/10) - Homeschoolers of Wyoming is holding their annual state convention here in Douglas this weekend. Ronnie Becker is president of the organization... audio here

Homeschoolers of Wyoming board member Todd Smith says the convention is an opportunity to meet with other homeschooling families, hear inspiring and encouraging speakers, and view curriculum and educational resources... audio here

Debby Becker says it's a good place for prospective homeschoolers to see how it works for other families... audio here

Over 200 people had preregistered for the convention, which began yesterday and continues today thi 6 at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds.

(Thu 5/6/10) - Converse County's uranium industry may be getting ready to take off again. According to the Wyoming Business Report, Stakeholder Energy LLC has announced plans for a uranium exploration and production project about 20 miles north of Glenrock. Stakeholder says they've blocked up more than 75,000 acres of federal and fee minerals in nine townships. Stakeholder partners indicate they plan to contract with Wyoming-based High Country Fabrication for construction of nuclear facilities, and Trihydro Corp. for the extensive permitting process. Mammoth Energy Development, LLC, a subsidiary of Stakeholder, will conduct the drilling operations, which are expected to start this year. Partners in Stakeholder Energy include Mick McMurry, John Martin, Kent Sundell, and Mark Doelger.

(Thu 5/6/10) - Douglas Police have made several arrests following a rash of auto burglaries over the weekend. From May 1st through May 3rd, the Douglas Police Department received numerous reports of thefts of personal property from vehicles. Over $4200 dollars worth of property was taken. Officers got information that two seventeen year old and three sixteen year old males were involved. All five juveniles were arrested and charged with wrongful taking of property and disposing of stolen property. Officers are still working to recover the stolen property, which will be returned to the rightful owners.


And in Sports...


(Thu 5/20/10) -Douglas and Glenrock tracksters head to Casper this morning for the opening day of the Wyoming State Track Meet. The 3-time East Regional champion Bearcats are expecting to battle Jackson and Powell for the 3A State title. The Glenrock girls were 32-point winners over Torrington to take the 3A East girls title last weekend, and will also battle Jackson and Powell for the state trophy this weekend. State Track action begins this morning at 11am and continues through Saturday afternoon at Harry Geldien Stadium at Casper's Kelly Walsh High School. Single day and weekend passes are available at the gate.

(Mon 5/17/10) - The Glenrock Girls and the Douglas Boys earn regional track championships. At the 3A East Regional track meet at Douglas High School this weekend, the Bearcats boys pulled ahead on Saturday to take the boys title with 162.5 points... Torrington was second with 129, Glenrock was third with 99 points. On the girls' side, Glenrock tallied 126 points to blow past second place Thermopolis, who had 94 points. The Douglas girls finished 7th.

Individually, Douglas junior Justin Melton took a double-gold as he blasted the clock in the sprints... he was the only runner to break the 11-second mark with a 10.99 to win the 100 meter dash. Melton was also the only runner of the weekend to break the 23-second mark in the 200, timeing a 22.22 in the prelims and a 22.07 in the finals. Glenrock's Raider Nelson also took a pair of golds, winning the boys' 800 and 3200. Glenrock's Taylor Berge, Kaitlyn Mader, Shelby Stewart and Marissa Widiker won the girls 4x 800 relay, and Douglas's Hayden Barker, Luke Andrews, Robert Ricks and Kasey Watson won the 3A boys' 4x8 relay. Glenrock's Dustin Worthington stretched 21'9" to win the long jump. Douglas freshman Ty Etchemendy sprang 44'7" to win the triple jump. Douglas had a 1-2 punch in the discus, with Pierre Etchemendy taking the gold and Tyler Crawford the silver. Converse County also owned the shot put, with Glenrock's Shaynna Hoyt and Douglas's Gary Bolinger taking the women's and men's gold.

In 2A competition, Lingle-Ft Laramie won both the boys and girls titles... Lusk finished 2nd for the boys and 5th for the girls. And in 1A, the Upton boys and the Guernsey-Sunrise girls finished on top.

State Track begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at Harry Geldien Stadium at Casper's Kelly Walsh High School.

(Fri 5/14/10) - The roar of the engines and the smell of race fuel hits the air this weekend... it's the opening weekend of another season of exciting drag racing action at Douglas Motorsports Park. Saturday will be Tech & Tune and Jackpot Racing, with the 2009 Season Banquet Saturday night. Sunday they'll run all ET classes. Gates open each morning at 7:30 with time trials starting at 8:30am and eliminations at 12:30pm. On the internet, go to douglasmotorsportspark.com for more track information.

(Mon 5/1010) - Several gold medal performances from Converse County athletes this weekend. At the Mac Wiseman Invite at Torrington, Douglas's Pierre Etchemendy placed first in the discus. Ty Etchemendy sprung 45' 3.5" to win the triple jump. Douglas's Justin Melton and Glenrock's Dustin Worthington both stretched a 20'11" in the long jump... Melton earned the gold and Worthington the silver. Melton also scored gold in the 100 meter dash. Glenrock's Worthington finished first over the 300 hurdles. Douglas's Baylor Sieg, Pierre Etchemendy, Mitch Espeland and Justin Melton took gold in the 4x100 relay. Glenrock's Shaynna Hoyt blasted a 38'4" toss to win the girls shot put. With 10 teams competing, the Douglas boys finished 4th in the boys teams standings, while Glenrock finished 7th. On the girls side, Glenrock finished 4th and Douglas placed 8th. The Wiseman Invite wrapped up track's regular season schedule. Douglas hosts the 1A/2A/3A East Regionals Track Meet this Friday and Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. 29 teams will be in town for the competition.