KKTY NEWS Nov 10 Archive
(Wed 11/24/10) - A Douglas bank is changing its name. Officials say Sidney, Nebraska-based First National Bank is changing its name and charter. It will become Points West Community Bank late next month, thus ending any confusion with other First National Banks in other communities. The new name will go on all the bank's branches, which are in Douglas, Lingle, Pine Bluffs and Torrington in Wyoming, and Chappell, Dalton, Kimball and Sidney in Nebraska. Bank ownership and staff remains the same. The bank has about 110 employees. It reported assets of more than $311 million in its Sept. 30 regulatory filing.
(Fri 11/19/10) - Strong winds have slowed down the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on its journey through Wyoming. Wind up to 55 mph Thursday forced the truck hauling the tree to pull over at a remote rest area between Douglas and Gillette. There was concern that the powerful wind could blow over the trailer containing the tree. The tree had been scheduled to arrive in Gillette on Thursday afternoon, one of the last stops before the tree heads eastward toward Washington, D.C. The tree is a 67-foot Engelmann spruce from Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. It will be displayed in front of the U.S. Capitol over the holidays.
(Tue 11/16/10) - One of Converse County's own will lead the Senate. Republican legislators have chosen their leadership in the state Senate and House. During caucuses on Saturday in Casper, Sen. Jim Anderson of Glenrock was elected the new Senate president. Sen. Tony Ross of Cheyenne is the majority floor leader, and Sen. Phil Nicholas of Laramie is Senate vice president. In the House, Rep. Ed Buchanan of Torrington is the new House Speaker. Rep. Tom Lubnau of Gillette is the majority floor leader, and Rep. Matt Teeters of Lingle is the majority whip. The Republicans will enjoy the largest majority in the Capitol since 1921. In the House, Republicans dominate Democrats by 50-10; and in the Senate by 26-4.
(Tue 11/2/10) - A new mayor, new council members... voters chose change at Douglas City Hall in today's general election. Bruce Jones earned 1223 votes to win the Mayor's office. Jim Schneider got 544 votes. Two four-year seats on the Douglas City Council went to Dave Angiolillo with 1038 votes and Leroy Kingery with 994 votes. Incumbant Val Marshall got 666 votes, and challenger Lloyd Jackson got 607. Mayor Marilyn Werner will return as a councilperson, winning the two-year seat with 1176 votes. Bob Chiapuzio got 630 votes. On the west side of the county, Michael McQueary wins the Glenrock Mayor's office by just 15 votes... he polled 442 to Sue Dills's 427. Two seats open on the Glenrock Town Council... they'll go to Carl Lembke with 550, and Chase Anfinson with 513. Tim Feeback got 392. The Converse County Clerk's office will have to count write-ins to determine the Mayor of Rolling Hills... Donn Kuhn got 73 votes, Gerald Minton 26, but there were 82 write-ins for the Rolling Hills mayor's office. Rolling Hills town council, two seats open & they'll go to Jerrad Hall with 110 votes and Michael Dorrity with 101. Dorothy Neumeyer got 84 votes. Douglas School Board, four seats open, they'll got to Rob Boner, Mark Curtis, Teri Griffin, and the clerk's office will have to sort out 941 write-in's to determine the fourth person who'll serve on the school board. Two seats open on the Glenrock School Board... they'll go to Brooke Downs with 822 votes and Jay Lesser with 596. Kaye Lynn VanAntwerp was just 16 votes behind with 570, and Melanie Serres got 473. Myrtle Rawdon will return to the Glenrock Cemetary Board, and the Clerk's office will sort 278 write-ins to determine who'll fill the two other open slots, and the same thing applies to the Hospital Board... two seats open, no candidate, 98 write-in's to count. Converse County voters also chose to continue a pair of local-option taxes. 3264 votes for and 1561 against the 5th-cent sales tax, and 3421 votes for and 1375 against the county-wide lodging tax. Click here for complete Converse County Election 2010 results.
(Wed 11/24/10) - The Torrington Trailblazers and the Jackson Lady Broncs are preseason favorites. The WyoPreps.com coaches and media basketball polls are are out, and a week before the first contest, Torrington get the nod for #1 in the 3A boys poll. The 'Blazers are followed by Buffalo, Jackson's ranked third, the Douglas Bearcats are 4th, and Cody is ranked 5th. Natrona tops the 4A poll, Wyoming Indian leads the 2A, and Little Snake River is atop the 1A. On the girls side, Jackson is called at #1, followed by Mountain View, Cody and Torrington. The Douglas LadyCats and Buffalo are tied for #5. Sheridan is #1 in the 4A poll, Lovell is #1 2A, and Burlington tops the 1A ranks. The Cats and LadyCats open the 2010-11 basketball season at the Western Conference Invitational Tournament at Scottsbluff next weekend.
(Mon 11/22/10) - Top high school football players have been honored. The Casper Star Tribune's 2010 Super 25 list came out on Friday, and a pair of Douglas Bearcats are among the Top 25. Cats senior center and inside linebacker Trent Boner totaled 130 defensive points on the season, averaging 11.8 per game, and was credited with 58 assisted tackles and 30 solo tackles. Douglas's Dylan Klava made his mark on both side of the ball. Offensively at running back, Klava totaled 1268 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. Defensively at outside linebacker, Klava had 44 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Other names on the Super 25 list that you might recognize... from Douglas's championship opponent, Jake Hepp and Jace Jensen were named from the Buffalo Bison. Wheatland quarterback Ward Anderson, Lusk running back Jerit DeGering, and Wright Panthers linebacker Holden Fauber were all named to the 2010 Super 25 list.
Super 25 second team honors to Douglas's Mitch Espeland and Justin Melton, and Lance Hladkey of Lusk. Third team honors to Douglas's Hayden Barker, Glenrock's Clint Dewald, Lusk's Trent Johnson, Derek Smith and Ace Thurston and Seth Starr of Wright. Honorable mention to Douglas's Paul Foy, Saxon Bull, Aaron Jamerman, Baylor Sieg, Gary Bolinger and Taylor Lisco, Glenrock's Troy Pinkerton and Wright's Ryan Haefele and Juan Rodriguez.
(Tue 11/16/10) - Pack the picnic cooler, the Bearcats are going on a road trip. The Wyoming High School Activities Association has settled the 2011 high school football schedule, and the three-time defending state champion Bearcats will open the season next year at Green River. The Wolves are dropping from 4A to 3A ball next year. Douglas hosts state runner-up Cody on week two, another state runner-up, Star Valley on week three, and the Cats go Bison hunting on week Four when they travel to Buffalo. Week five, Douglas hosts a 3A East conference game with Lander, week six Rawlins comes to Douglas, week seven Douglas goes to Riverton, and week eight, the Cats play at Torrington.
The Glenrock Herders open their 2011 campaign against the 2A Champion Bobcats at Thermopolis, week 2 the Herd hosts Tongue River, week 3 Glenrock's at Wheatland, week 4 Big Horn's at Glenrock, on week 5 the Herders host the Newcastle Dogies, week 6 Glenrock's at Wright, week 7 sees Glenrock at Burns, and the Herd hosts Moorcroft on week 8.
Opening night of the 2011 football season is September 2nd.
(Tue 11/16/10) - The Douglas Lady IceCats took to the ice & blasted the puck this weekend. The Douglas girls hammered Cheyenne over the weekend, beating the Cheyenne Capitals 9-3 Saturday and 7-4 on Sunday.
(Sat 11/13/10) - Bearcats Three-Peat... the Douglas Bearcats football team beat the Buffalo Bison 26-14 to claim the Wyoming 3A State Football Championship. It's the third title in a row for Douglas, a feat matched only by Worland and Riverton in the last 15 years... the Warriors earned three from 2001-2003, and the Wolverines in 1997, '98 and '99. The win also stretched the Bearcats' win streak to 30 games, tying Douglas with Sheridan for the second-longest win streak in Wyoming high school football history. Only Laramie has a longer stretch of wins, capturing 34 games from 1959-1963.
Douglas got off to a slow start in yesterday's title game, spotting Buffalo two touchdowns. The 14-0 deficit was the biggest hole of the season for the Bearcats. Douglas got on the scoreboard at the 6:43 mark in the second quarter when Justin Melton caught a pass from Hayden Barker and ran it in, completing the 48-yard pass play. The game's momentum changed when Barker hit Melton in the end zone on an 18-yard toss with :23 seconds left in the half. That tied the game 14-14 heading into the halftime locker room. The Douglas defense came up big in the second half, grabbing two interceptions and claiming a fumble. Buffalo also turned the ball over on downs twice, and punted it away twice. Douglas scored twice in the second half, a one-yard run and a three-yard run, both by Cats quarterback Hayden Barker.
Douglas put up 278 yards of offense to Buffalo's 241. Douglas rushed for 119 yards, Buffalo for 135. Douglas QB Hayden Barker hit 10 of 13 passing for 159 yards... Buffalo's Hayden Kessler threw 7 of 25 for 106. Receivers for Douglas... Aaron Jamerman caught 3 for 56, Justin Melton caught 2 for 66, Paul Foy 2 for 10, Dylan Klava 2 for 6, and Mitch Espeland 1 for 21.
Rushing, Klava carried 24 times for 107 yards and Foy carried 4 for 21.
(Fri 11/5/10) - 29 and counting... a 23-2 win tonight over the Riverton Wolverines takes the Bearcats football team's win streak to 29 in a row, and the Cats will return to the state championship game next Friday at Laramie. Riverton got their only score of the night when they pinned running back Dylan Klava in the end zone for a safety on Douglas's first offensive posession. A Saxon Bull field goal put the Cats on the board and in the lead at the 9:36 mark in the second quarter. Douglas then scored on a 2-yard Klava run and a 41-yard pass completion to Aaron Jammerman, and the Bearcats took a 17-2 lead to the locker room at the half. One more score, a 65-yard Dylan Klava run late in the third, sealed the 23-2 win for Douglas. The Bearcats will look for their third straight state championship and their 30th straight win this Friday when they meet the Buffalo Bison in the 3A State Championship game. Buffalo beat Cody 24-21 in overtime at Cody tonight. Douglas beat Buffalo 22-7 on week four of the season. Gametime is 3pm, Friday, November 12th. You'll hear the game live on KKTY's 99.3 FM, and on the internet at kktyonline.com.