KKTY NEWS Nov 13 Archive


(Mon 11/25/13) - Write A Million-Dollar Check... For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles.

In a settlement announced Friday, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The charges stem from the discovery of 14 golden eagles and 149 other protected birds, including hawks, blackbirds, larks, wrens and sparrows by the company at its Campbell Hill and Top of the World wind projects in Converse County between 2009 and 2013.

The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The case is a first to be prosecuted under that law for a wind company by the Obama administration, which has been a champion for pollution-free wind power.

Eagles act like texting drivers when they search for prey and slam into massive turbines.

(Mon 11/25/13) - 'Cause That's How We Do It 'Round Here... Wyoming ranchers are helping their counterparts in South Dakota stay in business after an October blizzard by donating cattle.

More than 20 head of cattle were shipped to South Dakota from a Glenrock ranch on Thursday. Ranchers elsewhere in Wyoming are also donating.

It's all part of the Heifers for South Dakota program that helps ranchers who lost thousands of cattle in the Oct. 5 blizzard. Converse County rancher Richard Grant is one donor. He says the need is great for South Dakota ranchers who lost 50 percent or more of their cattle.

The donated cattle are expected to birth calves by spring.

(Tue 11/12/13) - The federal government has given the go-ahead for a new high-voltage power line out of Converse County. The Department of the Interior on Tuesday announced approval of the majority of the proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project, a 990-mile, high-voltage line that will provide up to 1,500 megawatts of transmission capacity in southern Wyoming and southern Idaho.

Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power proposed the line as 10 segments originating at the Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyoming and terminating at the Hemingway substation 20 miles southwest of Boise.

The BLM has elected to approve eight of the ten segments. Tuesday's decision will allow construction to begin on the approved segments once they meet all necessary conditions identified in the Right-of-Way grant. The BLM will work towards making a decision to approve or deny the two remaining segments.

(Tue 11/12/13) - The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has adopted new rules that require petroleum companies drilling for oil and gas to first test for pollution in nearby water wells.

The five-member commission chaired by Gov. Matt Mead met Tuesday in Casper. Mead in a statement called the new rules an example of striking a balance between producing needed energy and protecting natural resources.

The goal is to document the condition of water sources near oil and gas wells. That could help state regulators determine the source of any groundwater pollution that turns up later.

The new rules require companies to first test within a year of beginning to drill. Companies will then need to conduct follow-up testing starting at least a year after drilling is finished.

(Tue 11/12/13) - Area residents can meet with representatives of Wyoming's congressional delegation next week. U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis have announced that their Field Representatives, Kelly Thompson, Marci Schlup, and Jackie King will be available to visit with Converse County residents on Monday, November 18th at the Glenrock Town Hall Council Chambers from 11am til noon, and in the Council Chambers at Douglas City Hall from 2 til 3pm.

Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation to discuss matters regarding the federal government. These comments and concerns will then be relayed to their U.S. Senators and Congressman.




(Mon 11/25/13) - Nine Douglas Bearcats are chosen for All-State Football honors. They include seniors Austyn Matthews, Logan Barker, Layne McGuire, Chance Miller, Blake Sanderson, Seth Harris and Gerrett Boner, and juniors Colter Haman and Bay Parks.

Other area 3A All-Staters include Torrington's Brett Spencer and Caden Coffelt; on the 4A llist, Natrona's Austin Luers, Logan Wilson, Taven Bryan, Michael Bailey, Sam Turner, Stevann Brown and Josh Harshman; from Kelly Walsh, Dan Gochenouer; 2A All-Staters include Newcastle's Merritt Crabtree, Phil Jagelski and Wade Gordon; Wheatland's Critter Ruwart, Jace Loyd and Taran Whelchel; and Glenrock's Devon Parkinson. A bunch of area All-Stater's on the 1A list... they include Mat VandeBossche, Hunter Dockery, Bryce Sturnam, Derick VandeBossche, Zane Hladky and Martin Fitzwater from Lusk; Wyatt Somsen, Travis Jinx, Jeff Burroughs, Colton Stees and Chase Cushman from Southeast; and Wyatt Hageman, Lane Hageman, Ian Duncan, Barry Greenwald and K.C. Henry from Lingle-Ft. Laramie. 1A six-man All-Staters include Brady Esquibel and Austin Quinn from Guernsey-Sunrise.

Coaches across the state vote on the best players in all classes.

(Fri 11/15/13) - Cats end season 10-1... in sudden-death overtime tonight, the Powell Panthers battered their way into the endzone and beat the Douglas Bearcats 19-13 to claim their third straight 3A State Football title.

The game was a defensive battle between two unbeaten teams...Douglas scored first late in the first quarter with a 28-yard pass & run to Logan Barker. Douglas led 7-0 at the half. Powell tied it when they claimed their first touchdown of the night late in the third quarter... both teams scored once in the fourth, leaving the game tied 13-13 at the end of regulation. In the overtime, Powell's defense held the Bearcats at the goal line, then Panthers quarterback Hayden Cragoe punched it in from the two for the score and the win.

Interesting stats... both teams ran 57 offensive plays... both teams had nine first downs... Powell quarterback Hayden Cragoe completed 6-20 passing with 2 interceptions... Douglas qb Austyn Matthews completed 7 of 22 with three interceptions... time of posession, Powell controlled the ball for 23:51, Douglas for 24:09, less than 20 seconds difference. Powell had 4 sacks for 27 yards... Douglas had 4 sacks for 25 yards.

Rematch? Sure, why not? Douglas will host Powell at Bearcat Stadium next fall to open the 2014 football season.

(Fri 11/8/13) - Cats Punch Ticket to State... The Douglas Bearcats earned at shot at the3AState Football title tonight with a 32-7 win over the Star Valley Braves. 5 td's for the Cats... Logan Barker scored on runs of 7 and 5 yards, Austyn Matthews connected an 18yard pass to Blake Sanderson and a 40 yard bullet to Chance Miller, and Layne George picked off a Star Valley pass and returned it 40 yards for the score. Douglas will face thePowell Panthers for the3A State Title... both teams go to Laramie with perfect 10-0 records. The 3A State Championship game is Friday, 11/15 at 3pm at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

(Tue 11/5/13) - Tickets Today... The Douglas Bearcats host the Star Valley Braves this Friday night in the semi-final round of the Wyoming 3A State Football Playoffs. Because it's a State Playoff game, the Wyoming High School Activities Association charges admission. Tickets will be available at the DHS Activity office starting today at noon. $5.00 adults, $3.00 students, under 5 free. Prices are set by WHSAA. Game time is Friday, November 8th at 7pm at Bearcat Stadium in Douglas.

(Sat 11/2/13) - The Douglas LadyCats are runners-up for the 3A State Volleyball Title. At the Casper Events Center Saturday afternoon, Douglas met Powell in the championship match and battled through four games. Powell won the first game 25-23 and the second game 25-16. Douglas fought back for a 25-22 win in the third game, but Powell sealed the deal with a 25-14 win over Douglas in the fourth to claim the match and the title. Rawlins went five games to beat Jackson Hole and take third.

(Fri 11/1/13) - Bearcats advance in the playoffs... in the quarterfinal round, the Cats dominated the Jackson Broncs 52-14. Douglas had a shutout rolling into the 4th quarter 45-0... Jackson scored twice late, but never threatened. The Cats' offense got twofer's in the endzone Friday night... two td's each for Logan Barker, Blake Sanderson and Micah Thompson. Garret Boner and Austyn Matthews also collected scores. The Bearcats advance to the semis next weekend against Star Valley... the Braves blasted Riverton 52-10. Douglas beat Star Valley 34-17 on week three of the regular season. On the other side of the bracket, Powell beats Torrington 48-20 and Cody beats Lander 49-19. Powell meets Cody in the other semifinal game.

(Fri 11/1/13) - LadyCats get a shot at the title... at the 3A State Volleyball Tournament at Casper, Douglas goes five games Thursday night to beat Lyman, and follows up with a three-game win over Newcastle on Friday. Douglas won 25-18, 25-21, 25-21. The LadyCats will meet the Powell Lady Panthers in the title match Saturday afternoon at 4 at the Casper Events Center. Powell upset top-ranked Rawlins in the opening round and followed up with a win in four games over Jackson on Friday.