KKTY NEWS Nov 09 Archive

(Wed 11/25/09) - After you've gorged yourself on turkey tomorrow, you may want to walk it off in the woods this weekend. National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available for $10.00 each. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be clearly displayed around a branch of the tree before leaving the cutting area. When cutting your tree remember that trees may not be cut within 100 feet of roads or within 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts, administrative sites, timber sale areas or designated Wilderness areas. Maximum tree height is 20 feet. Cut your tree six inches or less above the ground, or below the lowest living branch, whichever is lower. If boughs are wanted, please choose a taller tree than needed (maximum 20 feet) and use the lower branches for boughs. Please do not cut boughs from other living trees.

Christmas tree permits are available at the Douglas Ranger District office at 2250 E. Richards St. Monday -Friday; 8 a.m. to 12:00, and 1 pm to 4:30. Call 358-4690 for more information.

(Tue 11/24/09) - A long-planned expansion is getting underway at a Douglas nursing home. Douglas Care Center broke ground yesterday on a $5 million dollar expansion project. Joe Rude is president of Health Management Services, owner of the company that operates Douglas Care Center, says the construction and remodeling will virtually double the square footage of the Center, which was built in 1968, and will offer a more comfortable setting for residents... audio here

Rude says they'll add more than just living space... audio here

Rude also says that they'll upgrade mechanical systems, including replacement of the old boiler, and the addition of a mechanical air exchange system, which will allow air conditioning in the building for the first time. Rude says they should have construction equipment on hand by the first of next week... they hope to have concrete work down before the ground freezes, and construction at Douglas Care Center should be complete within 12 to 14 months. The $5 million dollar project is being funded through a USDA Rural Development Guarenteed Business and Industry Loan through Converse County Bank.

(Tue 11/24/09) - An appeals hearing has been set for Dec. 17 for two Glenrock police officers who were fired after they chased and Tasered a 76-year-old man driving a tractor during this summer's Deer Creek Days parade. Mayor Steve Cielinski says the Glenrock Town Council will serve as the appeals board for the hearing. He says officials intend to close the meeting to the public. The Glenrock Police Department fired Officer Michael Kavenius and Sgt. Paul Brown for their roles in the Aug. 1 Taser incident at the annual parade. Their firing came after a consultant's internal investigation and a probe by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. An attorney for the officers has said they didn't violate any laws, police rules or procedures. No charges were filed in the incident.

(Mon 11/23/09) - A former Wyoming state trooper from Douglas has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for kidnapping a truck driver in what prosecutors say was an aborted murder plot. Federal judge Alan B. Johnson said Friday he regarded Franklin Joseph Ryle's plan as half-baked. But the judge said there was no doubt his offense was serious and required a significant sentence. The 42-year-old Ryle pleaded guilty in July to charges he violated the civil rights of Wal-Mart trucker Richard Smidt by pulling him over and kidnapping him in January near Douglas. Ryle also admitted to carrying a firearm during the crime, a factor that added a mandatory five years to his sentence. Ryle has said he intended to stage an accident involving the truck and his patrol car to try to get a settlement from Wal-Mart. Prosecutors have said he intended to murder the driver, but Ryle ultimately released him unharmed.

(Mon 11/16/09) - The U.S. Forest Service has released a new plan that allows for more poison to be used to control prairie dog populations in parts of Thunder Basin National Grassland northeast of Douglas. There are an estimated 4,000 acres of black-tailed prairie dog colonies on the 572,000-acre grassland, intermingled with about a million acres of private land. The prairie dog population is dwindling, but private landowners work to keep the animals off their property out of fear that they will eat grass meant for livestock, damage crops and spread disease. The new plan comes after four years of talks between environmental groups, ranchers and wildlife officials. It allows for poison in some areas after other management attempts, such as moving the animals or using prescribed burning,

(Tue 11/10/09) - Tomorrow' is Veterans' Day, and there's a variety of activities scheduled to help honor and remember our veterans. Here in Douglas, the public's invited to honor American's veterans on Nov. 11 at the Douglas American Legion. Cannons will be fired off tomorrow morning beginning at 6am. A ceremony will be held at the post home at 6th and Oak beginning at 7 am. Breakfast will follow upstairs at the Legion. The cost $7.00 per person. An open house will be held at the post home during the day of Nov. 11.

In observance of Veterans Day and Native American Heritage Month, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper will host two free public presentations by Eastern Shoshone cultural interpreter Willie LeClair. LeClair, a member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, will speak Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the NHTIC theater about the traditions of his people and the importance of the warrior in Shoshone culture.Both presentations are free and open to the public. The entrance fee at the NHTIC will be waived for the visiting public on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of all veterans.

The Oregon Trail State Veteran's Cemetery in Evansville will host their annual Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Travis Vendela, a disabled Iraq War veteran, will provide the keynote address following a tribute to departed comrades.

(Mon 11/9/09) - Members of the Utility Workers Union of America have rejected a proposed three-year contract offer from Rocky Mountain Power Co. More than 93 percent of the members of the Local 127 union voted on the contract. Of those, 98 percent voted against the contract language, according to the ballot counted Friday. Union officials said the main objections were a freeze on the defined benefit pension plan, increases in medical premiums and deductibles' loss of vacation and bereavement pay, among other issues. Local 127 represents 587 employees at three PacifiCorp power plants -- the Dave Johnston plant at Glenrock, Wyodak near Gillette and the Jim Bridger Power Plant east of Rock Springs-- as well as transmission line workers across the state. The union says contract negotiations will begin again on Nov. 19.

(Fri 11/6/09) - One case of West Nile in Converse County... The Wyoming Department of Health reports that 12 Wyoming residents were infected by West Nile virus this year, resulting in one death and three hospitalizations. The department said Friday that the laboratory-confirmed cases included four in Fremont County, three in Goshen County, two in Platte County, and one each from Converse, Campbell and Washakie counties. Mosquitoes spread the virus when they feed on infected birds and then bite people or other animals. Most people never develop symptoms, but extreme cases can result in meningitis or encephalitis. Last year, there were 10 West Nile cases and no deaths. But this year's numbers were much lower than some previous years this decade. In 2003, the department recorded 393 human cases and 9 deaths.

(Fri 11/6/09) - Making their experience available... Former Douglas City Administrator, Bobbe Fitzhugh, and Joe Coyne, the departing Executive Director of Converse Area New Development Organization (CANDO) have announced that they'll be working together to form a new kind of consulting firm. Fitzhugh and Coyne have started a new company, Community Builders, Inc, that will offer full-service consulting solutions that include planning, funding, implementation, reporting and completion of projects. Fitzhugh has 30 years of municipal government experience and Coyne has 20 years of economic and community development experience. Coyne recently left CANDO to help create the new firm.

Following Coyne's resignation, CANDO has appointed Cindy Porter as its interim executive director. Porter has worked for CANDO for six and a half years as its Operations and Business Development Director. Coyne will continue to assist CANDO until early January as a private contractor. The CANDO board of directors will conduct a search for a permanent executive director.

(Thu 11/5/09) - The Converse County Commissioners say no to a development moratorium. At yesterday's regularly scheduled meeting, commissioners voted 5-0 against a freeze on new, large-scale development in the county. The idea came from the Northern Laramie Range Alliance, who presented the request to the Converse County Planning and Zoning Commission last Month. The Alliance was hoping to use the moratorium to block wind development in the mountains south of Glenrock. The original request was for a 90-day freeze on new, large-scale industrial development over $10 million dollars for land south and west of I-25, but after much discussion, the P&Z board voted to make the moratorium apply to all of Converse County, and forwarded the request on to the commissioners with a "do pass" recommendation. Planning and Zoning chair Bobbie Larsen explainged their thinking... audio here

Commissioner Jim Willox said he wouldn't vote for a county-wide moratorium, but said that the commission needed to begin to look at the bigger picture... audio here

County Commission chair Ed Werner says the request for a development moratorium will set some wheels in motion... audio here

(Tue 11/3/09) - By 186 votes, Converse County Voters say no to a one-cent sales tax to pay for a new County Justice Center. Voters cast 1,214 votes against and 1,028 votes for the sixth-cent tax that would have funded the proposed 28.5 million dollar project. It's the second time that the issue has failed at the polls. 14 of 19 precincts voted against the tax, 4 precincts voted for, and the Guthrie precinct was an even split with 37 votes for and 37 against. Right at one-third of the registered voters in Converse County came to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes.



(Wed 11/25/09) - Former Denver Bronco Karl Mecklenburg is coming to Douglas. Mecklenburg played in 6 pro bowls and 3 super bowls with the Broncos. He is a member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. He will be here Tuesday December 8th at 1:00 p.m. in the DHS Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend. The title of his speech is, "Six Keys to Success: Teamwork, Courage, Dedication, Desire, Honesty and Forgiveness, and Goal Setting". At the completion of his speech there will be a pep assembly, introducing DHS winter sports programs and honoring our 3A State Champion Football Team. The pep assembly will last about 1/2 hour (2:00-2:30 p.m.). Mecklenburg has also written a book entitled, "Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and their Families".

(Mon 11/23/09) - Post-season honors continue to roll in for Converse County's high school football players. At the Casper Star-Tribune's Super 25 banquet Friday night, Douglas senior Pierre Etchemendy was named Offensive Player of the Year. Etchemendy served primarily as a back-up running back last year but made the 2008 Super 25 team on the strength of his defense. This year he exploded with over 2,000 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns. Etchemendy also set a Douglas High School record of six touchdowns in a game in a memorable rout of the Rawlins Outlaws. Etchemendy gave the Bearcats their second consecutive offensive player of the year award. Cody Bohlander won the award last year.

The Wyoming Football Coaches Association has named their All-State and All Conference list, and in 3A, state champion Douglas had 10 first-team selections. Bearcats All-Staters include Pierre Etchemendy, Justin Melton, Quentin Kane, Colter McNare, Trent Boner, Dylan Klava, Hayden Barker, Tyler Crawford, Mitch Espland and Paul Foy. Taylor Lisco and Keith Thompson were named All-Conference.\par Bearcats senior Pierre Etchemendy was named 3A East Conference Player of the Year and coach Jay Rhoades was named 3A East Coach of the Year.

In 2A, Glenrock Herders on the All-State list include Dustin Worthington, Kyle Farley, Austin Smith, Cory Dewald, Colter Macormic and Troy Pinkerton. All-Conference players from the Herders include Murphy Johnston, Tyler VanAntwerp and Jon Likes.

(Fri 11/20/09) - Five Converse County football players have been named to this year's Casper Star Tribune Super 25 list, honoring the top players across the state. Douglas seniors Pierre Etchemendy, Quentin Kane and Colter McNare, and Glenrock seniors Austin Smith and Dustin Worthington have been selected for one of the state's top high school football honors. The Super 25 selection process includes players' weekly statistice, as well as heavy input from coaches across the state. Named to the Super 25 second team were Douglas's Tyler Crawford and Justin Melton... third team honors to Douglas's Hayden Barker and Glenrock's Cory DeWald and Kyle Farley. Honorable mentions to Douglas's Mitch Espeland and Glenrock's Colter Macormic.

(Mon 11/16/09) - Back-to-back State titles for the Douglas Bearcats football team... audio here

That's Cats head coach Jay Rhoades after the game Saturday when Douglas beat Cody 44-14 to win the Class 3A Wyoming state title. Quarterback Hayden Barker ran for one touchdown and threw for three more... audio here

Barker scored on a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He connected on a 69-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Espeland and a 48-yard TD strike to Justin Melton to put the Bearcats up 25-0 in the second quarter. Barker completed 10 of 14 passes for 242 yards. Danny Palmer also caught a Barker pass late in the game, and Dylan Klava ran in a 3-yarder to score. Cody (8-3) scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Matt Frost to Jeremy Tuten in the second quarter and on a 10-yard TD run by Frost in the fourth quarter. Pierre Etchemendy ran for two touchdowns and led the Bearcats in rushing with 152 yards. Saturday's yardage put Etchemendy over 2000 yards rushing for the season. Douglas had 508 yards of total offense, holding Cody to 217 yards.

The Bearcats capped a perfect season at 11-0 with Saturday's win. Douglas was never behind in a game this season, and outscored its 11 foes by a combined point spread of 517-92

(Mon 11/16/09) - Glenrock Herders are runners-up... Quarterback Mitch Syverson racked up 262 yards of offense and two scores to lead Thermopolis to a 22-20 victory over Glenrock for the Wyoming Class 2A state football title. Syverson ran for 155 yards for the Bobcats (10-1), who won their first state title in 27 years on Friday. Syverson opened the scoring with a 17-yard run in the first quarter and put Thermopolis up for good at 14-8 with a 50-yard run in the second quarter. The Bobcats took a 22-8 lead on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Syverson to Chris Leyba in the third quarter. Glenrock (9-2) was shooting for a second straight state title and got back on touchdown runs by Dustin Worthington and Cory Dewald. On both touchdowns, however, the Thermopolis defense came up with big stops on Glenrock's attempted 2-point conversions.

(Tue 11/10/09) - The Douglas Bearcats are heading for Laramie. The Cats meet the Cody Broncs Saturday morning at 10:30 Douglas High School has two buses lined up for Satuday, November 14th. Both buses will leave at 7:30 Saturday morning from the back parking lot at DHS.

Bus #1 - Pep Bus (Students Only) - This bus will hold 48 students. There is no charge to ride on the Pep Bus.- Your ticket to the game is not provided. - Must sign up by Thursday, November 12th at noon. 358-4040 or DHS Activity Office

Bus #2 - Adult Bus (Adults Only) \line This bus will hold 20 people. The cost is $32.00 per person. - This fee does not include your ticket to the game. - There is no alcohol or tobacco allowed on the bus. - Must sign up by Thursday, November 12th at noon. 358-4040 or DHS Activity Office

TICKETS are available at the ACTIVITY OFFICE starting today - $15.00 Adults (All Sessions - Friday and Saturday) - $10.00 Students (All Sessions - Friday and Saturday) - $10.00 Adults (Saturday games only) - $7.00 Students (Saturday games only)

(Tue 11/10/09) - A win for the Pronghorns... at the First American Bank tournament in Gillette on Saturday, the Gillete Pronghorns beat Miles Community College from Miles City, Montana, 76-66 to take the tournament championship. Glenrock's Nikki Tresch was one of three players to knock down 17 points in the win. Gillette beat Dawson Community College from Glendive on Friday to advance to the championship game. Tresch had 4 3-pointers and 20 points in that game. It's the inaugural season for basketball at the Gillette Campus.

(Fri 11/6/09) - Bearcats head for the title game... Douglas will get a chance to defend last year's state football title next week when they meet Cody to play fot the 3A State Championship. Douglas beat Worland 56-14 tonight to advance to the championship game. The Cats rolled up 446 yards of offense, holding Worland to 175 yards. Douglas quarterback Hayden Barker connected on 5 of 10 passes for 83 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Pierre Etchemendy carried the ball 16 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a third td in the endzone. Colter McNare carried 8 time for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Paul Foy earned the first touchdown of the game when he snagged and interception and ran it in 11 yards for the score. Brady Parks grabbed a late score on a 34-yard run, and Justin Melton scored on an 84 yard kickoff retun.

Douglas will meet Cody in the 3A title game Sat 11/14, 10:30am. The Cody Broncs jumped out to an early lead and beat Buffalo 32-14.

Glenrock will play Thermopolis for the 2A title on Friday the 13th, 2:00pm. Glenrock took their win streak to 21 games with a 28-7 over Greybull. Earlier this afternoon, Thermopolis beat Kemmerer 33-13 at Kemmerer.

In 4A, Don Julian's Sheridan Broncs snag a field goal inside the final minute to beat Kelly Walsh 9-7, and Cheyenne Central tips the Gillette Camels 27-10. Sheridan meets Central for the championship Sat 11/14 at 3:30pm at the War.

1A, Southeast smokes Wind River 42-12... Southeast meets the winner of Saturday's lingle-Ft Laramie - Cokeville semi. The 1A championships is Fri, 11/13 at 11:30a.

6-man, Guernsey-Sunrise continues to roll as they knock off Hanna-Elk Mtn 46-34, and Kaycee sneaks past Midwest 58-56... Guernsey plays Kaycee for the 6-man title Saturday 11/14 at 1:00pm.