KKTY NEWS Nov 11 Archive


(Wed 11/30/11) - Chesapeake Energy is apparently changing the focus of its Niobrara Formation exploration efforts into Converse County. Chesapeake has offered for sale 257,000 gross acres in Platte, Goshen and Laramie counties. The offering includes state and private leases, as well as some federal lands and existing wells. The offering listing offers the acreage and nine existing wells with five wells awaiting completion. Bids are due on the offering today. The listing says Chesapeake will consider bids on all or part of the leases. Chesapeake spokeswoman Kelsey Campbell in Denver said they're offering the leases because the company is refocusing their efforts in other areas of the Niobrara play. Chesapeake will apparently shift that focus to the Converse County area north and east of Douglas. In August, Chesapeake reportedly struck their long-awaited Wyoming-Niobrara gusher about 3 1/2 miles northeast of Douglas, with an initial production of 1,270 barrels of oil and 2.4 million cubic feet of gas per day.


(Wed 11/30/11) - Outside help with the investigation... The Carbon County Attorney's Office will review a September gunfight that killed a California man and injured a Wyoming State Parks ranger. Platte County Attorney Eric Jones said he asked for an outside prosecutor to review the investigation because the shooting involved a local sheriff\rquote s deputy. The shooting occurred Sept. 9 at a ranch east of Glendo State Park when 56 year old Jerry Jochim died in a shootout with officers. Ranger Phil Martindale was shot and wounded in the incident. Authorities said Martindale and the deputy stopped Jochim on suspicion of drunk driving at about 9 that evening. Jochim refused to leave his vehicle, and after a few minutes, drove away. Martindale and the deputy, whom officials have not identified, followed the vehicle to a ranch home east of the reservoir. Jochim got out and ran to a house. The officers attempted to arrest him and a struggle ensued. Authorities say Jochim fired a semi-automatic pistol at Martindale and the deputy. The ranger was hit in the upper chest. The deputy fired back and killed Jochim. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation conducted the initial probe into the incident. Carbon County Attorney Cal Rerucha will handle the continuing investigation.


(Mon 11/28/11) - Plans are moving ahead for three power plants in Wyoming that would burn trash to produce electricity. Guernsey-based American Renewable Energy Associates proposes to build power plants in Cheyenne and Guernsey. The Guernsey plant would process 150 tons of garbage a day and produce 9 megawatts. The Cheyenne plant would process 200 tons per day and produce 13 megawatts. Company spokeswoman Heather Foster says the plants are on schedule to open next year. A third garbage-fueled power plant would be built in Riverton. A representative of Dynamis Energy has been discussing those plans with Fremont County officials.


(Fri 11/25/11) - An Australian company will use an enhanced oil recovery method to pull more crude out of a Glenrock oil field. After receiving environmental approval, Australia-based Linc Energy will start enhanced oil recovery at its Wyoming oilfields by injecting carbon dioxide into the South Glenrock B Unit 34. Linc CEO Peter Bond said the Glenrock assets had produced more than 140 million barrels of oil under traditional drilling, with a further 80 million barrels expected under this plan. In Februaryof this year, Linc Energy acquired Big Muddy, South Glenrock, and South Cole Creek oil fields in Converse County from Rancher Energy Corp. Four operating units currently produce a combined 215 barrels a day of oil, but it's estimated estimated that CO2 flooding could potentially recover in excess of 10,000 barrels a day each from South Glenrock and Big Muddy fields. The CO2 initially will be delivered to the field by trucks until a pipeline is built to provide long-term dependable supplies and maintain lower operating costs, the company said in a release. Initial injection rates of up to 7 million cubic feet per day will increase to more than 30 mmcfd as the CO2 injection infrastructure is developed and installed in the oilfield.


(Fri 11/18/11) - Ongoing payments for landowners... An advocacy group for farmers and ranchers in Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico says landowners should receive annual payments for having power lines built across their property. The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union also wants landowners to have a bigger say in placement of power lines. But an official with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association says such a concept would increase costs, which will ultimately be paid by the consumer. Landowners currently get one-time payments from developers who build power lines on their land. The ability of developers to condemn land has fueled several disputes that have delayed power line projects. The farmers union says its proposal would speed up those projects and wind farm developments they serve. The organization held a forum in Cheyenne on Thursday on the issue.


(Tue 11/15/11) - The Douglas City Council gave a conditional "Yes" to the Douglas School District. As Converse County School District #1 prepares to move ahead with construction of a new school on the west side of town, it presented its site plan to the Council for approval last night, and asked the Council for a reduction in the required number of parking spots. Current city code would require the district to build 179 parking spots at the new school... as proposed, the new school provides a total of 82 spaces including handicapped parking, with room to expand later as need arises. The school district has planned a traffic and pedestrian study, and the city council has given conditional approval to the site plan with the smaller number of parking spaces pending completion of that traffic study, with the results provided to the city.


(Tue 11/15/11) - A Cheyenne man is dead following a high speed chase north of Douglas. 35-year old Brian Bonomo was pulled over for speeding Saturday evening just north of town on highway 59. The officer told Bonomo that he could smell marijuana, and Bonomo sped off. Bonomo turned of the highway on Walker Creek Road, and after a 90 mile an hour chase on the dirt road, Bonomo's Jeep missed a curve and rolled. Bonomo was thrown from the vehicle and died later Saturday evening at Memorial Hospital of Converse County.


(Tue 11/8/11) - Full of Wind... The Bureau of Land Management is working to narrow down the best suited spots for wind development in Wyoming. A program analyst with the BLM office in Cheyenne, Mike Valle spoke to the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative in Rawlins about the study on Monday. He said a wind study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is too broad and the BLM wants to more specifically identify the best areas. Valle said the BLM wants to avoid areas with endangered species and take into account how close areas are to existing power lines and\par the capacity of those lines. The energy lab found that Converse, Platte, Natrona, Albany and Carbon counties were the best for wind development. The BLM is a year into its study.


(Fri 11/4/11) - Wyoming is adopting new safety rules for oil and gas drilling during a year in which accidents have killed five oil and gas workers in the state. Wyoming consistently ranks among the most dangerous states for workers, largely due to accidents in the oil and gas industry. Among other changes, the new rules prohibit smoking within 75 feet of a well bore and require rig workers to get annual fire extinguisher training. A public hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled for Dec. 2 in Casper. Three men died when two tanks holding oil and water exploded about 23 miles north of Glenrock here in Converse County in August. Accidents on drilling rigs killed two others earlier this year. Oil and gas industry accidents killed 62 people in Wyoming from 2001 to 2008.


(Fri 11/4/11) - Wyoming is looking to get its fair share of royalty payments on natural gas that is burned off oil wells on state land. A public meeting in Casper on Monday will bring together staff of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Office of State Lands and Investments to talk about the practice of flaring gas from oil wells. Flaring occurs after an oil well is completed and before a pipeline can be built to send natural gas from the well to market. Increased oil development in eastern Wyoming has heightened attention to flaring. One company recently got approved to flare up to 850,000 cubic feet of gas a day for six months from a well here in Converse County. State royalties on the gas could have topped $100,000.


(Fri 11/4/11) - More people working, less people not working. The latest numbers from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services show Converse County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in September, down from 4.8 percent the month before and 5.2 percent a year ago. The number of employed workers was also up by over 200 paychecks over the same period. Wyoming's statewide unemployment rate was steady at 5.8 percent. The national unemployment rate was at 9 percent.



(Wed 11/30/11) - Douglas LadyCats are runners up in a beauty contest. With the opening weekend of the season coming up this weekend, the WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Poll turns its attention to high school basketball. The 3A Girls poll has the defending state champion Wheatland Lady Bulldogs ranked number one, followed by a Douglas squad that returns plenty of experience. Cody and Torrington are ranked three and four, and Buffalo and Star Valley tie for fifth.

On the boys side, and it's no surprise, the Torrington Trailblazers are ranked #1, followed by Wheatland, Lander, Buffalo and Powell. The Douglas Bearcats will have to earn their stripes this year... the Cats saw significant senior turnover, and will play under a new coaching staff led by first year head coach Travis Williams. The unknown Bearcats are in the #9 slot.

Checking the rest of the polls, 4A boys are led by Gillette, then it's Sheridan, Evanston, Natrona and East. 2A, it's Lovell, Wyoming Indian, Burns, Big Horn and Kemmerer, and in 1A, it's Little Snake River, St Stephens, Burlington, Kaycee and Ten Sleep.

On the girls side, Gillette also leads the girls 4A poll, followed by Sheridan, Laramie, Natrona and East. 2A, it's Lovell, Tongue River, Big Horn, Wyoming Indian and Pine Bluffs, and 1A, it's Cokeville, Kaycee, Little Snake River, Burlington and Farson.

And what's it all mean? Absolutely nothing. It's preseason. Take the ball to the hoop, play the game... we'll sort it all out next Monday.

(Fri 11/18/11) - Two Douglas Bearcats are named Super 25. The Casper Star Tribune has named Douglas running back Tanner Miller and fullback & defensive end Braidy Parks among the top 25 high school football players in the state. Miller ended his senior season with 213 carries, over 1500 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns... defensively, Miller had 58 assisted tackles, 30 solo tackles, 5 sacks and 2 interceptions. Parks tallied 284 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns... defensively, 61 assisted tackles and 27 solo tackles. The Star-Tribune's names Wyoming's top-25 players each fall using players statistics and coaches' input.

(Fri 11/18/11) - Shelby Stewart went three-ball for Casper College Thursday. The freshman from Glenrock scored a season-high 21 points to lead No. 8 Casper College to a 90-75 victory against Colby (Kan.) Community College at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym. Stewart's been on the bench due to a leg injury. She made up for lost time yesterday by making all six of her 3-pointers, including four in the first half to help (5-0) Casper College take a 52-29 lead into the locker room.

(Tue 11/15/11) - State Football Championships marked the end of the High School fall sports season, and practice for winter sports got underway this week. Schools across the state held first practices for boys and girls basketball and wrestling yesterday. And at least one website likes the Bearcats' chances on the mats this season. WyoWrestling.com's pre-season poll ranks Douglas as the #1 3A team, followed by Powell, Star Valley, Worland, Lander and Torrington. The website also ranks four Douglas wrestlers #1 in this first week of practice... Jordan Pingrey at 103, Reed Burgener at 145, Tanner Miller at 160, and TIm Harris at 189. Troy Pinkerton of Glenrock ranks #1 at 215.

Douglas Bearcats and LadyCats basketball teams open their seasons at Worland on Saturday, December third... DHS wrestlers open their season at the Blazer Duals at Torrington on December 3rd... and Bearcats boys swimming begins December 10th at the Gillette Pentathalon.

(Tue 11/15/11) - The Douglas LadyCats basketball team is preparing for Thanksgiving... they're holding a turkey shoot this Satuday, November 19th, at 6pm at the rec center gym. You'll have 30 seconds to make a lay- up, free-throw, 3- pointer, and half court shot. A made half court shot results in winning a turkey for thanksgiving. 3 dollars per ticket or 5 dollars for two tickets.

(Fri 11/11/11) - A point short... the Douglas Bearcats ended their season with a 15-14 loss to the Powell Panthers. At War Memorial Stadium in Laramie this afternoon, Douglas won the battle of the statistics in all but the most important one. Douglas put up 420 yards of offense to Powell's 332, collected 21 first downs to Powell's 15, only had to punt the ball away once on fourth down, while forcing the Panthers to kick it away four times, and Douglas had posession of the ball for five more minutes than Powell over the course of game. While the Bearcats moved the ball well on the field, the Powell defense proved to be too tough to handle in the red zone. The Bearcats got the ball down to the short field four times, but the Panthers defense denied the score twice and left Douglas empty-handed. Douglas running back Tanner Miller led all rushers with 280 net yards on 34 carries. Quarterback Luke Andrews connected on 6 of 12 passing for 68 yards and two interceptions. Powell scored first on an 8 yard run by Keithen Schwahn with 1:14 left in the first quarter. Douglas's first score was with 1:34 left in the second when Luke Andrews hit Ty Etchemendy on a 20-yard pass play... Tanner Miller ran in the 2-point conversion, and Douglas led it 8-7. Powell took the lead back on a 50 yard pass play from Josh Cragoe, and a two point conversion took the score to 15-8 Powell. With just :15 seconds left on the clock, Luke Andrews hit Brady Parks on a three yard pass to bring the score to 15-14 Powell. The choice, then, was kick the PAT for the tie and overtime, or attempt the two-point conversion for the win. Andrews dropped back to pass, but the Panthers' Olie Oleson picked it off in the end zone, and Powell hung on for the one-point win. It's the Panthers first state championship since 2006. The Bearcats end the season 9-2.

(Fri 11/4/11) - Cats play for #4... the three-time state champion Douglas Bearcats will play for their fourth straight 3A State Footall title. Douglas earned a trip to the Finals in Laramie next week with a 20-14 win over the Buffalo Bison tonight. The Cats scored first on a 48-yard run by Tanner Miller. The two-point conversion was a toss to Blake Parks in the end zone, and Douglas led 8-0. Buffalo answered with a fake punt on fourth-and-long, and quarterback CollinRodriguez took it up the middle for 66 yards, a score and a PAT, and it was an 8-7 Douglas lead. Cats QB Luke Andrews hit Grady Corbett on a 24-yard pass completion to score before halftime, and Douglas led it 14-7. The Bearcats scored one more time uin the third quarter when Miller went long again on a 73 yard run to the endzone. Buffalo struck one more time in the fourth quarter as runnning back Aaron Tyser ran it in from the six. Douglas quarterback Luke Andrews left the game before halftime with a migraine, and sophomore QB Austyn Matthews finished the game under center.

On the other side of the 3A Bracket, 1W Green River hosted 3W Powell. With less than :45 seconds left in the game, Green River scored to take a 21-17 lead. Powell had a 50-yard kickoff return, then connected on a 45-yard pass play to score and the the win, 23-21.

4A semis, Cheyenne East came to Casper and upset the 10-0 Natrona Mustangs 24-19, and the Sheridan Broncs hammered the Gillette Camels 45-29. 2A, Lovell beat Newcastle 23-20 and Lyman beat the Glenrock Herders 22-14. 1A, Southeast thumped Riverside 35-7, and Cokeville beat the Lusk Tigers 28-7. 1A six-man, Little Snake River beat Kaycee 66-15, and Dubois and Midwest combined for 122 points... Dubois 75 - Midwest 47.

Here's the schedule for State Championship Weekend at Laramie... the 2A Title Game matches 1W Lovell and 2W Lyman Friday at noon... followed by the 3A Title Game between 1E Douglas and 3W Powell at 3pm. Saturday starts with the 6-man game between 1N Dubois and 1S Little Snake River at 10:00am... the 1A game is 1E Southeast varsus 1W Cokeville at 1pm, and the 4A Championship game is #4 Cheyenne East against #2 Sheridan at 4pm. All games will be played on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.