KKTY NEWS Nov 08 Archive

(Tue 11/25/08) - An exploding butane tanker shut down I-25 between Glenrock and Casper this afternoon. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer and pup hauling about 12 thousand gallons of butane from Casper to Douglas rolled in a 1-vehicle accident shortly after noon a couple of miles west of Glenrock. Highway Patrol Troopers evacuated all motorists out of the area just before the pup trailer went up in a hugh explosion. The rear portion of the pup landed a half-mile away from the crash scene.

Both lanes of I-25 between Casper and Glenrock were closed for most of the afternoon, with the northbound lane reopened late in the day. The southbound lane opened back up just before 8pm.

The truck trailer combination operated by PC Transport out of Casper, is a total loss. The truck driver, 77 year-old Paul Prime, was helped out of the tractor by passing motorists immediately after the crash. Prime, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured.

(Mon 11/24/08) - The new kid on the block gets the nod. In a 3-1 decision tonight, the Douglas City Council named Kathy Russell to fill the council seat left open when Chad Rupe resigned last month. Russell's been a Douglas resident for about a year, coming from Gillette and Evanston before that. Russell works in regulatory affairs in the oil and gas industry. Councilman Bob Chiapuzio moved to name Lloyd Jackson to the council, but the motion died for a lack of a second. Councilman Terry Rider made motion to name Kathy Russell to the seat, with a second by Marilyn Werner. Councilman Rider, Councilwoman Werner and Mayor Jim Schneider voted for the motion, with Councilman Chiapuzio voting opposed. Mrs. Russell addressed the council, and Mr. Jackson, who was in the audience... audio here

Following the vote, Councilman Chiapuzio, who had the lone dissenting vote, added one final comment... audio here

Kathy Russell will take her seat on the Douglas City Council in January.

(Mon 11/24/08) - Time to go cut the tree. The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland are now issuing Christmas tree permits for $10 each. Each permit allows the cutting of one tree on National Forest land for personal use. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be no taller than 20 feet, and no cutting is allowed within 100 feet of roads or within 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts, administrative sites, timber sale areas or designated Wilderness areas. Tree cutting is also prohibited within designated wilderness areas. Permits are available at the Douglas Ranger District Office at 2250 East Richards. Click here for more information on Christmas tree permits.

(Tue 11/18/08) - High voter turnout at the polls two weeks ago also meant lots of new voters. Converse County Clerk Lucile Taylor says that on Monday night before the election, there were 6361 registered voters in Converse County... audio here Taylor says they'll have a closer estimate of new voter numbers after they begin the purge process in the elections office

(Thu 11/13/08) - A historic Douglas hotel is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owner HR Johnston talks about the history of the La Bonte Hotel... audio here The LaBonte Hotel is the 12th location in Douglas to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the others include the College Inn Bar, Christ Episcopal Church, the Douglas Post Office, the old Douglas City Hall, the Morton Mansion and the Oddfellows Hall, which was the Officer's Club at the Prisoner of War camp. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. The National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources.

(Mon 11/10/08) - No decision yet. The Douglas City Council tonight chose to wait a couple of weeks to name a new councilperson. City councilman Bob Chiapuzio... audio here Seven people applied and were interviewed by the council to replace Councilman Chad Rupe, who resigned last month. After hearing from each, the council adjourned to executive session to make the decision. They returned to the meeting after 45 minutes and tabled the decision. Before the final vote to table, Councilman Terry Rider encouraged those who don't get chosen to explore other avenues to serve the city... audio here The next Douglas City Council meeting is set for Monday, November 24th. At that time, the council will again consider a decision. Applicants under consideration by the Council include Liz Batton, Mike Flaherty, Ralph Hancock, Lloyd Jackson, Chesie Lee, Glenn Maguire and Kathy Russell.

(Mon 11/10/08) - New owners today for a Douglas business. Larry Leake is the new manager at Douglas Ace Hardware, but there's a new name coming, too... audio here Leake and his family are moving to Douglas from Dubois... audio here Leake says his wife and his family will be in the store, and are looking forward to becoming a part of the community. Outgoing store owner Greg Underberg says it's time for a change... audio here Underberg says it's been satisfying to be able to grow the Douglas store from 5 thousand square feet up to 12 thousand square feet, growing into the Deckers building next door and purchasing the Glenrock store. Over the years, the Douglas Chamber has named Ace Hardware "Business of the Year" three times, and Underberg was named "Businessperson of the Year" once. So what's next? audio here Good memories? audio here Here at KKTY Radio, we join with the rest of the community wishing Greg and his family all the best, and we welcome Larry Leake and his family to Douglas.

(Fri 11/7/08) - What's next for the Converse County Jail? Voters on Tuesday said no to a capital facilities tax to build a new county jail facility on the north side of Douglas. County Commission Chairman Jim Willox says he doesn't have a real good feeling for why the proposal failed... audio here While voters said no, it doesn't change the fact that the current jail is too small and changes still need to be made... audio here Options for a future facility? audio here Three new Converse County Commissioners will be seated after the first of the year. The future of the jail facility will be just one of the growth-related issues that they'll have to deal with.

(Thu 11/6/08) - Today is the deadline to submit your name if you'd like to be considered for the open seat on the Douglas City Council. As of Wednesday evening, city administration said four people had returned the required paperwork. That paperwork has to be turned in to City Hall by 5pm this evening. Public interviews of the applicants will take place on Monday, November 10th. Following that, the Council will choose a successor for Chad Rupe, who resigned from the City Council last month. The person chosen will serve out the two years remaining on Rupe's term. Interested persons may contact Douglas City Hall for more information.

(Tue 11/4/08) - New members and incumbants... Douglas and Converse County voters elected some of both in today's general election. In the Douglas City Council race, Tony Reynolds will take the seat left open by Terry Rider who did not run for another term, and incumbant Marilyn Werner will return for another term. Douglas voters gave 1223 votes to Reynolds, 1077 to Werner, 1003 to Lloyd Jackson and 917 to Ralph Hancock.

The incumbants will return to the Douglas School Board. Five 4-year seats were up for a vote... top vote-getters were Lee Igo with 2545, Brad Reese with 2141, Nita Werner with 1767, and Dick Lisco with 1706... Linda Cole will be the new kid on the block with 1710 votes. Other totals... Jack Anderson collected 1559, Marsha Schwarz got 1419, Joe Coyne had 1390, Gary Fichman got 9292, and Jason Widdoss collected 861. One two-year seat was open on the school board...incumbant Teri Griffen collected 2220 votes, Jennifer Bayne got 1299 and Mari C-B got 223.

All three of the funding issues failed. The capital facilities tax for the new Converse County Jail failed 3249 to 2989, the tax for the new animal shelter failed 3209 to 3079, and the school bond for the gym at the new 4th-5th grade school to be built next year failed by just 45 votes, 2154 to 2109.

In races for state offices, Jim Anderson gets 75 percent of the vote to retain his seat in Senate District 2. Richard Cannady of Glenrock wins the House District 6 seat being vacated by Representative Dave Edwards. Cannady gets 2093 votes, Independant Tom Strock gets 1015 votes, and Glenrock teacher and Democrat Chase Anfinson gets 961 votes.

Republicans Mike Colling, Dave Edwards and Tony Lehner will join the newly-expanded Converse County Commission. Edwards got 3897, Colling got 3882 and Louis Stock got 1552 in the race for two four-year seats. Lehner got 4630 and Chesie Lee got 1482 for the lone two-year seat.

Two seat were open on the Glenrock Town Council... Rosalie Goff and Linda Care win those positions. In Rolling Hills, two seats were open on the town council... Deni Laird got 119 votes, Jon Maines got 100, and Michael Dority got 98... Laird and Manes will be seated in Rolling Hills.

(Mon 11/3/08) - That was, indeed, an earthquake at Douglas this morning. The National Earthquake Information Center at the U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale rattled the area at 6:14 this morning. The quake was centered 14 miles east of Douglas and 10 miles west of Lost Springs. The quake was about 3 miles deep. While we've had reports from listeners that they felt the quake, there's no reports of damage so far.

(Mon 11/3/08) - A Cheyenne woman is dead following an accident Thursday afternoon north of Douglas. 34 year old Ronald Smith of Torrington was southbound on Highway 59 about 16 miles north of Douglas when his truck drifted off the road. Smith overcorrected, crossed the highway and hit 37 year old Brenda K. Collins-Newman of Cheyenne. Collins-Newman was dead at the scene... Smith is in the Casper Hospital. Following the crash investigation, all information will be turned over to the Converse County Attorney's Office for their review. They will make the determination if charges will be filed in this crash.




(Sun 11/23/08) - Cody Bohlander tops the state. At Friday's Super 25 Banquet in Casper, Bohlander was named the Casper Star-Tribune's Super 25 Offensive Player of the Year. Bohlander started the season as a wide receiver but moved to running back. He finished with a team-best 920 rushing yards. He also had 395 receiving yards and helped lead the Bearcats to their first state football championship in 30 years. Green River's Andrew Merideth was named Defensive PLayer of the Year, and Burns's Bill Fullmer was named Coach of the Year.

(Sat 11/22/08) - Post season football honors are coming in, and Converse County players are well-represented. Following State Championships for both the Bearcats and the Herders, lots of our local players are being recognized. The Casper Star-Tribune has named Douglas senior Cody Bohlander and junior Pierre Etchemendy and Glenrock seniors Casey Hoskinson and Ryan Lee to the CST Super 25 Team, the paper's choice of the top 25 players across all 5 classes. Douglas's Daniel Hancock and Glenrock's Taylor McIntyre are Super 25 second team, Douglas's Ryan Adams and Glenrock's Drew Nielsen are 3rd team, and Douglas's Shane Richendifer, Jake Vogel, Curtis Stoltenburg, Jon Studie and Brent Strock, and Glenrock's Devin Collins, Braden Boner, Derek Sibrel, Dustin Worthington and Kyle Farley are named Super 25 honorable mention.

The Wyoming Coaches Association has named this year's All-State teams... Douglas's Cody Bohlander is named All-State for the second year in a row... he's joined by Pierre Etchemendy, Ryan Adams, Jake Vogel, Shane Reichendifer and Daniel Hancock. The Glenrock Herders put 7 players on the 3A All-State squad. Casey Hoskinson and Ryan Lee are All-State for the 3rd time... Taylor McIntyre is named All-State for the second time, and Braden Boner, Devin Collins, Drew Nielsen and Derek Sibrel are also no this year's All-State list. Glenrock's Ryan Lee is also named 3A's Player of the Year.

(Tue 11/18/08) - The Bearcats open next season on the road at Belle Fourche. Football schedules for the 2009 season have been set by the Wyoming High School Activities Association, and the Cats travel to meet the Broncs in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, on Friday, September 4th. Douglas hosts the Jackson Broncs on week two and the Chadron Cardinals on week 3. Week 4 is a road trip to Buffalo, then home games against Wheatland and Rawlins. Bearcats football ends the season on the road at Riverton and at Torrington.

Glenrock will get a quick rematch. The 2009 Herders football season opens with a road trip to Kemmerer for a rematch of the state football championship on Friday, September 4th. Week two, the Herders host Tongue River, then it's a road trip to Thermopolis, home games against Big Horn and Newcastle, road games at Wright and Burns, and a home game against Moorcroft.

Douglas and Glenrock will not re-match next season. With 18 teams in the new 2A football conference, all of Glenrock's games will be against conference opponents. Douglas loses Glenrock and Lander on next year's schedule, and picks up Belle Fourche and Jackson.

(Sat 11/15/08) - A Pair of State Champs... both Converse County high schools battled to earn state football championships this afternoon.

No overtime this time for the Bearcats. When Douglas hosted Buffalo last month, a last-second touchdown tied the game and sent it to overtime, where Douglas took the win. In this afternoon's 4A State Championship game, Douglas had a big second quarter to get ahead by three touchdowns and marked a 34-21 win over the Bison. Buffalo scored first in the first quarter, then Douglas answered with a 3-yard run by Cody Bohlander, tying the game 7-7. Cats head coach Jay Rhoades...

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In the second quarter, Douglas put up 3 td's in the space of about a minute and a half. A 14-yard pass from Reichendifer to Michael Hogan put Douglas up 13-7... Bohlander ran one in from the 1-yard line, and a 2-point conversion took it to 21-7. Douglas recovered a muffed kickoff return, and 8 seconds later, Reichendifer hit Bohlander with a 31-yard pass to stretch the lead to 28-7. Buffalo edged in one more touchdown before the half, as Bison QB Tyler Gibbs hit Cameron Ostrom with an 18-yard pass. Douglas led 28-14 at the half. Neither team scored in the third quarter, both teams struck once in the 4th,

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and Douglas earned their first football title in 30 years... the last was in 1978. Coach Rhoades says experience payed off...

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Douglas put up 266 yards of total offense to Buffalo's 182. Cats quarterback Shane Reichendifer connected on 12 of 20 passes for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Listen to Coach Rhoades's postgame comments HERE

The undefeated Glenrock Herders shut out the previously-undefeated Kemmerer Rangers 18-0 to win the 3A title. Taylor McIntyre caught a 12 yard pass to score with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. Just before halftime, Ryan Lee ran in a 1-yarder, and the Herd led it 12-0 at the half. The final score came with less than a minute left in the third when Taylor McIntyre ran it in from 13. The last championship game played at Glenrock was exactly 50 years ago today, November 15th of 1958... Glenrock won that one, too, beating Cokeville. Today's game was the third time in the last four years that Glenrock has battled Kemmerer for a state title... this is the first time Glenrock's won it all. The Herd ends the season a perfect 11-0, with wins over Douglas, Buffalo and Kemmerer to look back on.

(Mon 11/10/08) - Football fans across Converse County are gearing up for state championship football action this Saturday as Douglas hosts Buffalo for the 4A title and Glenrock hosts Kemmerer for the 3A trophy. Tickets for both games are $6 dollars for adults and $4 dollars for students, with ticket prices set by the Wyoming High School Activities association. Advance tickets are available now for the Glenrock game at the Glenrock High School office and for the Douglas game at the Rec Center main desk or the DHS Activities Office. As has been the case for the last two weeks, students wearing Bearcat Blue to the Douglas game will get in for $2 dollars, with the DHS Activities Office picking up the difference.

A Spaghetti Feed will be held in the Glenrock High School Cafeteria beginning at 6:30 pm Friday night. Donations will be accepted for this meal. The Pep Rally (Herder Night with Ray and Tony) will be held following the meal in the GHS Gym at approximately 7:45 pm.

4A State Championship Football shirts will be on sale starting this afternoon. The shirts will be in Bearcat colors. T-shirts $19.00, Long sleeve t-shirts $21.00 and Hoodies $32.00; all sizes are available. Place your order at the DHS Activities Office. All items ordered will be delivered to Douglas on Friday afternoon.

Glenrock schools are putting together a keepsake program for the Battle of the Undefeateds. Businesses, organizations, and community members may purchase space in that program to wish the Herders best of luck.Please help us get the word out to your local businesses and organizations. The fastest and easiest way to place an order is through e-mail. Send your request to Gina Kidneigh, at gkidneigh@cnv2.k12.wy.us , or fax it to (307) 436-8517

(Sat 11/8/08) - A double-overtime win takes the Douglas Bearcats back to the 4A State Football Championships. The Cats beat Powell 28-27 in double overtime this afternoon at Bearcat Stadium. The game was tied 6-6 at halftime. No score in the third quarter, then Powell qb Galen Mills hit his twin brother Gavin in the endzone for the Panthers' only touchdown of the game. With 1:02 left to play, Douglas's Cody Bohlander ran in a 3-yarder to answer and tie the game. In overtime, Douglas's Shane Reichendifer hit Michael Hogan in the endzone from 12 yards out, the PAT was good and Douglas led 20-13. Powell's Galen Mills hit Trevor Donarski with an 8-yard pass to tie it back up at 20-20. In the second OT, kicker Drayson Bratt hit a 34 yard field goal, but there was a Douglas penalty. Powell took the points off the board and took a fresh 4 downs from the 9. On the third, Gavin Mills hit Donarski again, this time from 6 yards out. The point after was good and it was 27-20. Douglas got their chance AND a fresh 4 on a Pass Interference penalty. Shortly after that Bohlander goes in from 3 yards out. The PAT was good, but Powell was offside. The Cats took the point off the board and lined up for the win from the 1.5 yard line. Bohlander went in from there and the Cats will rematch Buffalo for the 4A title next week in Douglas. The Cats beat Buffalo in overtime earlier in the season.

Listen to the complete KKTY postgame interview with Bearcats Coach Jay Rhoades HERE

(Sat 11/8/08) - Glenrock and Kemmerer will meet again for the 3A football championship. Both teams destroyed their opposition this afternoon in semi-final round games. Kemmerer took advantage of two early turnovers and hammered Moorcroft 41-6. At Glenrock, the Herders held a 50-0 lead over Pinedale at the half and cruised to a 56-0 final score. The Herders will host the Rangers Saturday afternoon at 1 at Sheldon Henderson Stadium at Glenrock.

(Sat 11/8/08) - The Lusk Tigers finished their season on the road this afternoon. The Tigers fell to the undefeated Big Horn Rams 6-0 at Big Horn. The Rams will meet Burns next weekend for the 2A championship.

Other semi's scores... Green River will play Gillette for the 5A championship... Green River beat Sheridan 44-28, and Gillette beat Cheyenne East 37-6. In 1A, Burlington will play Southeast. Burlington beat Hulette 13-9, and Southeast beat Cokeville 7-2.

(Sat 11/8/08) - Ward Dobbs' 24-yard interception return for a touchdown helped Wyoming beat Tennessee 13-7, sending the Vols and outgoing coach Phillip Fulmer to another loss. Wyoming (4-6), which grabbed its first road win of the season, should thinking about scheduling more games at Southeastern Conference venues. The last time Wyoming went on the road to the SEC, the Cowboys beat Mississippi on Sept. 24, 2005.

(Sat 11/1/08) - 39/100ths of a second... that was the difference between first and second as Douglas's Tristyn Panasuk earned a silver medal in the 100 backstroke today at the 3A State Swim Meet in Gillette. Panasuk had the highest finish for the Douglas team. Freshman Celina Leman finished third in the 100 breaststroke, and Panasuk placed 7th. Sophomore Naomi Harris-Holden placed 9th in the 100 butterfly. Douglas relay teams came in 7th in the 200 medley and 11th in the 400 freestyle. Jackson earned 319 points to win the team title, followed by Lander with 244 and Buffalo with 169. Douglas swimmers finished 10th overall.