KKTY NEWS May 12 Archive




(Mon 5/7/12) - Cell service may be a little better heading north out of Douglas. AT&T says they've activated a new mobile Internet cell site near Douglas that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. The new site is located near Highway 59, about 15 miles north of Douglas. It provides new mobile Internet voice and data coverage along the highway as well as in the area between Douglas and Bill. AT&T invested more than $25 million in its Wyoming wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company's mobile broadband coverage and the overall performance of its networks.

(Tue 5/1/12) - An old coal mine at Glenrock has received an award for its reclaimation efforts. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has announced that the Dave Johnston Mine of the Glenrock Coal Company has received the 2012 State of Wyoming Reclamation Award. Mining operations began at the site in 1958 and continued until September 2000. About 104 million tons of coal was mined during this period, and reclamation of the old mine site was completed in 2005. Reclamation activities included backfilling of existing highwalls, seeding of plants and shrubs for habitat needs for diverse wildlife species, and construction of 6 man-made springs to support the restored ecosystem. DEQ Land Quality Division permit coordinator Jonathan Stauffer says the DJM staff's approach to the reclamation process is a model of industry cooperation and innovation that yields the efficient return of mined land to a condition that will be productive for future land uses. In addition to the restoration of the previous mine land, 158 wind turbines have been constructed on the old mine site.

(Tue 5/1/12) - Help Wanted... As summer approaches, Douglas and Glenrock employers looking to fill full- and part-time positions continue to be challenged by low unemployment rates. March employment figures have been released by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, and Converse County has the 4th-lowest unemployment rate in the state. For the second month in a row, Converse County showed just 4.8 percent unemployment, down from 5.2 percent in March 2011. Only Campbell, Albany and Sublette Counties showed lower unemployment rates. March numbers show more than 130 more people drawing paychecks in Converse County over this time last year and 112 more people in the workforce. Converse County's unemployment rate of 4.8 percent compares to a statewide number of 5.3 percent, and a national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.



And in Sports...


(Sun 5/20/12) - Several gold medals for Douglas athletes at this weekend's 3A State Track and Field Championships. At Caper's Kelly Walsh High School, Douglas junior Ty Etchemendy beat Branden Welker of Star Valley by one tenth of a second to claim the gold in the boys 100 meter dash. Etchemendy also edged Welker to win the boys 400. Etchemendy claimed a third gold medal through the 300 meter hurdles, and a fourth gold in the boys triple jump. Douglas Junior Lexi Hewitt cleared 9 feet 6 inches to win the girls pole vault. Senior Daryl Barnett stretched 35' 03" to claim the girls triple jump. Other Douglas medalists at State Track, Robert Ricks claimed the bronze in the boys 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and Grady Corbett placed third thorough the boys 110 and 300 meter hurdles. Lane George, Luke Andrews, Michael Addleman and Justin Leman were third in the boys 4x400 relay, and Sarah Townsend, Carlie Cecil, Jessica Perala and Morgan Squires were third in the girls 4x800 relay. Brittany Schommer came in second in the girls long jump, and Justin Leman was third in the boys triple jump, and Lateesha Hiser was third in the girls shot put. In the team rankings, Douglas boys and girls both finished third place... the girls behind Cody and Star Valley, and the boys behind Jackson Hole and Powell. Complete Wyoming State Track results, all classes, here.

(Mon 5/7/12) - Bearcats soccer squads ended the season in the loss column. The Douglas boys fell 6-0 at Torrington on Friday. At Douglas, the Lady Blazers edged the LadyCats 2-1. The Soccer State Qualifier Tournament is this Saturday, May 12th at Riverton. State Soccer follows the 17th through the 19th at Sheridan.

(Mon 5/7/12) - The Douglas Cats found out that they've got some fine tuning ahead of them. The Cats opened the American Legion baseball season Sunday with a pair on the road at Wheatland, and the Lobos took the win in both games.

In the early round, Tim Harris did his best to will Douglas to a win with a two-hit game, but the Cats dropped a 10-3 contest to the Lobos. Braden Fagenbush recorded the win for Wheatland. He allowed two runs over 2 2/3 innings. Fagenbush struck out three, walked two and gave up no hits.

Douglas lost game 2 10 to 1 Allen Holmes had one hit and Marvin Malone had the loan RBI. Wheatland was sparked by Dave Nelson and Tyler Polluck, who teamed up for three hits and three RBIs. The game's last lead went to the Lobos thanks to a second inning rally that saw five runs cross the plate on a three-run double by Tim Becket, an error, and an RBI single by Polluck. The sixth inning saw Douglas score its only run on the day on a groundout by Marvin Malone.

Douglas will regroup and look ahead to their next action on Tuesday, May 15th, when they travel to Chadron, Nebraska.

(Tue 5/1/12) -Two new records were set yesterday at the Wyoming Track Classic in Casper. In one of the most anticipated races, both Jerayah Davis of Kelly Walsh and Kereston Thomas of Rawlins would both break the meet record in the 100. Davis crossed the line first with a time of 11.87, fast enough to break the overall state record set back in 1998 by Central's Arnetta Simpson. Of course, to break the state record, it has to be done at the state meet. Both girls also broke the 200 meter meet record, but again, it was the KW sophomore Davis taking first. Both records broken had been held by Thomas from last year. In other results, Douglas's Ty Etchemendy took gold in both the 400 meter dash and the triple jump, and took third in the 100 meter dash. Glenrock's Paige Steinmetz won the girls long jump. Lexi Hewitt of Douglas cleared 10 feet even to tie for second in the pole vault.