KKTY NEWS May 13 Archive
(Thu 5/23/13) - 174 new residents make Douglas the 4th fastest growing city in the state, percentage-wise. The US Census Bureau has released its July 1st 2012 population estimates, saying Douglas grew from 6,106 to 6,280 residents in the last year... a 2.8 percent growth rate. Glenrock has grown from 2,550 to 2,583. Converse County estimates show the population growing from 13,738 to 14,008 people.
(Thu 5/23/13) - Heading out this Memorial Day Weekend? It's the first three-day weekend of the summer season, and lots of folks celebrate by getting outdoors. The US Forest Service says that due to the return of near-normal snowpack conditions, Medicine Bow National Forest visitors will find limited access to roads, trails and campgrounds this weekend. On the Douglas Ranger District, Esterbrook, Friend Park, and Curtis Gulch Campgrounds will all be open. For more information and details about these recreation sites and open roads, please contact the Douglas Ranger District at 358-4690.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office says that Muddy Mountain Road south of Casper Mountain will be open for Memorial Day weekend. Assistant Field Manager Rhen Etzelmiller says there are still some areas that are wet and muddy due to melting snow, and they're asking the public to use caution when traveling on the mountain to prevent resource damage. Muddy Mountain road is usually closed from the end of November through the beginning of June.
(Wed 5/22/13) - Late spring snowstorms and weekend rain notwithstanding, the Converse County Commissioners decide better safe than sorry. At Tuesday's meeting, the Commissioners voted to immediately impose a partial fire ban in Converse County. The ban prohibits all outdoor and open fires and the discharge of fireworks within the unincorporated areas of the County. There are a few exemptions... gas and charcoal fires are allowed in enclosed grilles... acetelyne torches and arc welders, and branding activities are allowed in areas that are cleared to a 10-foot radius, and trash fires in burn barrels are limited to 6pm to 6am. Converse County's partial fire ban will be in effect til November 30th. Violation of the ban brings fines of up to $100 dollars, up to 30 days in jail, and restitution for any damages will also be required.
(Wed 5/22/13) - Wyoming's unemployment rate fell slightly in April to 4.8 percent. The jobless rate was 4.9 percent in March. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate remained significantly lower than the national rate of 7.5 percent. Teton County's unemployment rate shot up from 5.8 percent in March to 8.9 percent in April. Workforce Services says it's normal for Teton County's unemployment rate to increase in April because the ski season has ended and the summer tourist season has not yet begun. Lincoln County had the second highest jobless rate in the state at 6.8 percent, followed by Johnson at 6.1 percent and Fremont at 6 percent. The lowest unemployment rates in the state? Right here in Converse County, where the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.5 percent. Niobrara and Albany come in at 3.6 percent each.
(Tue 5/21/13) - More time to build a wind farm? A Utah company that proposes to build a wind farm south of Glenrock is seeking an extension under its state permit. Salt Lake City-based Wasatch Wind has asked the Wyoming Industrial Siting Commission for 10 more months to meet a condition under its permit that requires the company to prove it can fund the project. Commission approval would extend the deadline for meeting that requirement from July until May 2014. Wasatch Wind President Christine Mikell says the project's long-term health is sound but a legal challenge has slowed the project. A group called the Northern Laramie Range Alliance lost its lawsuit before the Wyoming Supreme Court in December. If built, the wind farm would have 62 turbines and generate 100 megawatts.
And in Sports...
(Wed 5/22/13) - High School Soccer All-Conference honors have been released, and a couple of Bearcats are included on the 3A East list. Defender Stone Spilinek and mid-fielder Tanner Alseike were both named All-Conference following the end of the season. Honorable Mention All-Conference include Adan Sigala, Cody Lebert and Micah Thompson. Goalie Shelby Pinkleman and midfielder Caitlyn Boe were both named 3A Girls All-Conference. Members of the Wyoming Coaches Association voted on which players are the best on the east and west side of the state.
(Mon 5/20/13) - Another State Championship comes to Douglas. The Bearcats boys won their first track and field title since 1991, beating Jackson by 5 1/2 points. Douglas locked it up when they scored in the last race of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay and Jackson did not. The Cody girls earned their 6th straight title, beating Star Valley by 34 points. Douglas's girls placed 8th out of 16 teams.
Individually, Ty Etchemendy wrapped up his senior season with four top-three finishes. Etchemendy earned gold in the 400 meter dash, the 300 hurdles and the triple jump, and silver in the 110 hurdles. Robert Ricks, Hunter Haman, Greg Vandeventer and Chris Harris claimed silver in the boys 4x800 relay. Field events, Lane George was 2nd in the long jump, and Bay Parks placed 3rd in discus.
For the LadyCats, Jessica Perala, Kelsi Gamble, Heather Townsend and Lisa Townsend finished third in the girls 4x400 relay, Lexi Hewett cleared 10 feet to place third in the pole vault, and Jill Espeland finished third in the shot put.
For the Glenrock Herders, a 3rd place finish in the 4x100 relay for Devon Parkinson, Dillon Rowe, Charles Whalen and Luke Watts.
(Mon 5/20/13) - Three new coaches have been named at Douglas High School. Cody Helenbolt takes over as Head Coach of the Lady Bearcats basketball program. Cody has spent the last 4 years as an assistant with the LadyCats. Lisa Pingrey as the new Head Cross Country Coach. Pingrey has 22 years of coaching experience, the last 3 as the Assistant Coach for the Bearcat Cross Country program. And Lindsey Varnell has been named as Head Boys and Girls Swim Coach for the Bearcats. Varnell is the only coach new to the Douglas community... she's recently graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and will begin her coaching career here with the Bearcats.