KKTY NEWS Oct 08 Archive


(Thu 10/30/08) - Peabody Energy has announced plans to start production next year at a new mine about an hour north of Douglas. The company plans to complete its permitting for the School Creek mine in the first half of next year. The mine, which has an estimated 800 million of tons of coal reserves, would be the first to open in Campbell County since 1998. The company first announced plans for the mine in 2006 after it exchanged 60 million tons in reserves with Arch Coal and bought the rail, loadout and surface facilities at the former North Rochelle mine. The new School Creek mine will be located about 60 miles north of Douglas, adjacent to and just north of the North Rochelle mine, and is expected to employ about 300 people.

(Mon 10/13/08) - Looking for a new Councilman... The Douglas City Council will immediately begin the process of filling the seat left open by Councilman Chad Rupe's resignation. At tonight's council meeting, Rupe told the group that he could no longer serve on a council that allows a single member to divert assets of the city without the authority of the mayor or the city administrator... audio here Rupe referred to a letter to the editor in this week's Douglas Budget where a county resident praised City Councilman Bob Chiapuzio for calling out a city water truck and grader to repair damage done by city equipment to the county road in front of the residents home... audio here

Listen to Rupe's complete resignation statement here... audio here.

As defined by the Douglas Municipal Code, the City Council will appoint someone to fill the two years left on Councilman Rupe's term. Anyone interested in being considered for the appointment may pick up an application at City Hall. Public interviews of the applicants will take place on November 10th. Following that, the Council will choose Rupe's successor.


(Mon 10/13/08) - Thousands and thousands of good books to curl up with this winter... the Converse County Library Foundation's annual Book Sale gets underway today. As the Douglas Library gets new books each year, Librarian Karen Hopkins says they have to weed out old one from the collection... Audio Here Hopkins says western history buffs will find a treaure trove... Audio Here Books, videos and audio books are on sale across from the library at the Masonic Temple today through Saturday during library hours. You can call the Douglas Library at 358-3644 for more information.

(Mon 10/13/08) - Douglas area voters will get an opportunity to meet the candidates tomorrow night when another in a series of Candidates Forums will be held. Tuesday night we'll hear from the four candidates for Douglas City Council... Tony Reynolds, Lloyd Jackson, Marilyn Werner and Ralph Hancock have all been invited. Two seats are open on the city council. Also invited are Terry Jones and Frank Peasley, who are running for House District #3 in the Wyoming State Legislature, and Chase Anfinson, Richard Canaday and Tom Strock, who are running for the House District #6 seat. Tomorrow night's Candidates Forum begins at 7pm at the American Legion Hall at Washington Park. The public is invited to attend, and the forum will also be broadcast live on KKTY-FM.

(Mon 10/13/08) - Drag racers in Douglas occasionally have to shoo a wayward antelope off the drag strip. In Wright last week, golfers found a live hazard with bigger teeth. Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall said a group of golfers spotted a bobcat in a tree Thursday at the ninth hole of Haycreek Golf Course. The animal ran off before Game & Fish officials arrived.

(Thu 10/9/08) - A Douglas City Council member is resigning. Councilman Chad Rupe has announced that he will step down off of the council at this Monday night's meeting... Audio Here Rupe says he does support the Mayor and the city staff, and he thinks that they're doing the best they can. Rupe has served two years of his four year term.

(Thu 10/9/08) - An RV park gets the go-ahead from the Converse County Commissioners. Pat McLagan has put hookups for 10 trailers on land that he owns on Tank Farm Road east of the power plant. At a commissioner's meeting in early September, over 20 people showed up to oppose the RV park, concerned that it would be used instead as a mobile home park. Commission Chairman Jim Willox said that he voted in favor of approval because with no zoning in place, the county doesn't have legal standing to deny... Audio Here Commissioner Ed Werner said that when it comes to regulating land use, you have to use zoning, and you cannot back-door land use regulations. Werner said the state has set up a mechanism for counties to use zoning if they choose. He said that we, as a county, have essentially said, "We don't want that. We want our independance, we want our ability to do what we want on our property. And that also says that anybody else can do what they want on their property concerning use, as long as it's not illegal."

Meanwhile, Pat McLagan says he's ready to move ahead... Audio Here So, it looks like residents along the river east of the Dave Johnston Power Plant will get some new neighbors.

(Wed 10/8/08) - Pay to get the word out. That's the responsibiility of the Converse County Tourism Promotion Board, who distributed over $200 thousand dollars worth of marketing money this past year. The board has released their annual report for June 2007 through June 2008. The 3 percent Lodging Tax brought in $206,666.00 dollars in Converse County during the period. That tax is collected from all lodging facilities on overnight stays. 94 percent of that money was collected from hotels and motels in Douglas. Total income is distributed by a formula set up by state statute and the group's by-laws... 35 percent can be spent on Douglas promotions - that came to just over $67 thousand this year, 25% on promotion of the Wyoming State Fair, $44 thousand this year... 20% is to be spent on Glenrock promotions,and that was almost $39 thousand dollars ... 10 percent can be spent on administrative costs, and 20 percent is left up to board discretion. Among its achievements this year, the Tourism Promotion Board implemented a marketing plan and budget; revised and implemented a grant application and review process; and developed a new marketing and advertising theme for all print pieces for 2008/2009.

(Tue 10/7/08) - A Douglas man has been killed in a one-vehicle rollover. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, 27 year old Frank Rojas was coming onto I-25 southbound on the north Douglas interchange at about 1:50 Saturday morning. Rojas lost control when he hit the tight part of the curve, and his 2003 GMC Envoy rolled about 3 times. Rojas was not wearing his seatbelt, and was thrown from the vehicle. Troopers investigating the crash will be looking at excessive speed as one of the contributing factors.

(Tue 10/7/08) - More houses, more twin homes... the Douglas Planning Commission gave a thumbs-up to plats and zoning changes for new subdivisions on both sides of town last night. Stonecrest Development is planning a single family development, Stone Valley, on 80 acres at the end of Park Drive on the east side of town. The land is currently zoned Agricultural, would be rezoned as Mixed-Use Planned Unit Development. This first phase would develop about 8 acres around two cul-de-sacs at the end of Park Drive.

The other Development, Stone River Meadows #3, would continue development of the twin-homes construction that Stonecrest is doing on Meadow Drive west of the river. The land between Wind River Drive and Pearson Drive would be platted into 227 lots on three streets and four cul-de-sacs, and would be developed primarily as twin homes. That area is currently platted and zoned as R-1 single familiy, and while the city generally frowns on dropping an area to less restrictive zoning, Planning Commission member Ron Barnard noted that there was good reason to aprove this request... Audio Here Planning and Zoning voted to forward both requests with do-pass recommendations to the Douglas City Council for their October 13th meeting. If the city council approves the plats and subdivisions, the developers plan to begin infrastructure work this winter and begin home construction this spring.

(Mon 10/6/08) - This week is Homecoming at Douglas High School. Today is Hawaiian Day, with students dressing accordingly. There's a Bicycle Poker Run that starts at 6 this evening in the DHS back parking lot. Junior Varsity football plays this afternoon as Douglas hosts Glenrock... that's a 4:30 kickoff at Bearcat Stadium. 9th grade vollleyball's at Guernsey this evening at 5. Tuesday is Gender Swap Day, with voting for Homecoming Royalty during A, B and C lunches. Wednesday is Era Day, Thursday is Twin Day, and Friday is Spirit Day. Douglas hosts Torrington for Homecoming Football action Friday night at Bearcat Stadium.

(Mon 10/6/08) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will again collect tissue samples from deer and elk this fall to test for chronic wasting disease. The effort will be especially intensive in the Jackson Hole area. Some fear the inevitable arrival of the disease at state feed grounds in northwest Wyoming and the National Elk Refuge will spell trouble for wildlife in the ecosystem. Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disorder that has been diagnosed in deer, elk and moose in 11 states and two Canadian provinces, including Wyoming. There is no known cure and no known method of prevention. Chronic Wasting Disease collections will be done locally on Wednesday, October 16th and Thursday, October 17th at Grizzly Meat Processing and Tom's Meats in Douglas and at Countrystyle Meat Processing in Glenrock.

(Sun 10/5/08) - A Douglas ranch family loses their home to fire. Emergency crews from Douglas and Glenrock were called out at 1:15 this morning to Natural Bridge Angus. The Kelly Darr home on Natural Bridge Road was a total loss. Fire crew on scene said that Casey Darr was flown to the Greeley Burn Center with burns over 50 percent of his body. The fire deparment said they belived only Casey and Jeramiah Darr were at home this morning when the fire occured. Cause of the fire in the two-story home is still under investigation. The State Fire Marshall will send in a team to help try to determine the cause.

(Wed 10/1/08) - Disabled hunters from across the nation head out into the field this morning. The 24th Annual Helluva Hunt in Douglas pairs hunters with disablities with guides who take them out to area ranches for an aided hunting experience. Hunters arrived in Douglas yesterday, sighted in their guns and took part in a trap shoot and enjoyed a welcome banquet at the State Fairgrounds. After a 5am breakfast this morning at the fairgrounds, Hunters and their guides headed out at 6:30 this morning. Lunch today is provided by the Thunder Basin Teleophone Pioneers, and Dinner tonight is at the Moose Lodge, followed by the annual Helluva Hunt Benefit auction. The public is invited to come take part in the auction, which helps fund the annual hunt, which is free to participants.

This year there are 15 hunters from 11 states participating.

(Wed 10/1/08) - Drivers heading for downtown Lost Springs today will find a detour. Union Pacific is working to finish construction of a third main railroad line crossing on County Road 46. The crossing between Highway 18-20 and Lost Springs will be closed today from 7am to 5pm, and traffic will be re-routed accordingly.




(Fri 10/31/08) - Halloween brings more treats than tricks for the Bearcats football team. In the opening round of the Wyoming 4A football playoffs, the Cats dominated the Rawlins Outlaws 55-0. In the first half, QB Shane Richendifer connected on 11 of 15 passes for 217 yards and 4 td's. Richendifer sat out the second half. Cody Bohlander had 11 carries for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bohlander also had 2 catches for 104 yards and 1 more td. Daniel Hancock caught three passes for touchdowns, twice from Reichendifer, and once from Bohlander, who played quarterback for one series in the third quarter. Douglas put up 431 yards of offense to 84 yards for Rawlins. Douglas will meet Powell in the semi's next weekend. Powell beat Lander 12-7. On the other side of the brackets, Buffalo beat Worland 34-7 and Cody shut out Torrington 47-0.

(Fri 10/31/08) - Glenrock jumped out to an early lead and ran away with a 48-8 win over the Thermopolis Bobcats. The Herd had over 250 yards of offense in the first half alone. Ryan Lee ran in three touchdowns, Taylor McIntyre carried in two touchdowns, Drew Nielsen ran one in from 48 yards out, and Kyle Farley hit Dustin Worthington on and 11-yard pass. Glenrock meets Pinedale next weekend. Pinedale beat Lovell 28-23 tonight.

(Fri 10/31/08) - The Lusk Tigers move into the semi's with a 34-14 win over Riverside. Tailback Chad Trautman came back from a foot injury to carry the ball 37 times for 243 yards. Trautman had three running touchdowns, and also caught a touchdown pass. Zach Gill also ran in a 3-yard touchdown. Lusk will meet Big Horn next weekend in the semi's. Big Horn beat Greybull Thursday night 41-13.

(Fri 10/31/08) - The DHS LadyCats volleyball team finish their season with a two & out trip to the state high school volleyball tournament. Souglas fell to Kemmerer in the opening round yesterday at the Casper Events Center. In a loser-out match this afternoon, Douglas lost to Worland in three games. The Warriors won 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

(Sat 10/25/08) - More heavy metal for the Bearcats... the Douglas boys team places three in the top-10 to take gold at the State Cross Country Championships. On a course across the hills of the VA Medical Center in Sheridan, Douglas collected a team score of 51 to take 1st, Lander was 2nd with 67 points and Newcastle was 3rd with 75 points. Individually, Victor Caballero placed 5th, Max Deininger placed 8th and Garrett Wilson placed 10th. Also for Douglas, Bryan Clark was 11th, Tyler DeWitt was 17th, Casey Watson placed 37th and Tyrell Kirchefer placed 42nd.

The Douglas girls finished 8th out of 13 teams... Amanda Kornegay finished 16th, Sara Townsend was 36th, Rhiann Dameron was 40th, Carolyn Smylie finished 47th, Alena Hetzer was 55th and Miranda Sober came in 63rd.

Glenrock's Lady Herders ran to a 3rd place finish behind #1 Powell and #2 Jackson. Brooke Hughes led the pack to an individual gold with a 1st place finish. Marisa Widiker placed 5th and Mary Nelson finished 6th.

(Sat 10/25/08) - Douglas volleyball earns a slot at State... Saturday afternoon, Douglas beat Buffalo 25-17, 27-25, 25-20 to take third at the 3A East Regional Volleyball Tournament at Rawlins. Douglas opened the tournament with a 5-game win over Torrington Friday morning, then lost in 5 to Rawlins Friday evening. Meanwhile, Glenrock lost their opener to Buffalo in 5 games Friday afternoon. The Herd came back and beat Newcastle in loser-out game Saturday morning, setting up a Glenrock-Douglas consolation semi on Saturday afternoon. That match went 5 games, with Douglas knocking Glenrock out in the loser-out match, and the LadyCats went on to beat Buffalo to place third. Wheatland beat Rawlins for the East Tournament championship. State volleyball is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Casper.

(Fri 10/24/08) - A win to wrap up the football season... after a slow start in the first quarter tonight, the Bearcats fire up and burn Wheatland 41-0. Douglas's Cody Bohlander had two touchdowns, with one apiece from Brent Strock, Michael Hogan, Jake Vogel and Justin Melton, who caught a pass in the 4th quarter from #3 quarterback Mitch Espeland. Quarterback Shane Reichendifer connected on 7 of 13 passes for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. Vogel had 6 catches for 112 yards and a td, Cody Bohlander carried 9 times for 60 yards, Brent Strock had 3 carries for 67 yards, Pierre Etchemendy ran 5 times for 40 yards... all told, Douglas had 457 yards of total offense, 301 yards on the ground and 156 in the air. The Douglas defense hed Wheatland to 238 yards of total offense.

The Glenrock Herders end their season 8-0 with a 49-14 win over Wright. Quarterback Kyle Farley ran in two touchdowns and threw a 38-yard TD pass to Murphy Johnston. Drew Nielsen and Taylor McIntyre also scored twice each. McIntyre ran 8 times for 134 yards and Nielsen ran 5 times for 121 yards.

The Lusk Tigers suffered their first loss of the season tonight, falling 34-14 to the Broncs at Burns. Jerit DeGering ran 13 times for 105 yards and scored for Lusk on an 82-yard kickoff return. Lance Hladky also scored for the Tigers on a 1-yard run. Burns led 20-6 at halftime.

Other games of interest tonight... Buffalo 49, Rawlins 7... Cody 14, Powell 6... Kemmerer 39, Jackson Hole 0... Lander 20, Riverton 6... Star Valley 14, Worland 0... and Torrington 53, Newcastle 23...

Opening round playoff matchups, in 4A, the Casper Star-Tribune is projecting Rawlins at Douglas, Powell at Lander, Worland at Buffalo and Torington at Cody. In 3A, Thermopolis at Glenrock, Lovell at Pinedale, Wright at Moorcroft and Mountain View at Kemmerer. In 2A, Lusk would host Riverside, and in 1A, Guernsey will be at Cokeville.

(Fri 10/24/08) - A win and a loss for the LadyCats... at the 3A East Regional Volleyball tournament at Rawlins, Douglas opened play with a win in 5 games over Torrington, then fell to Rawlins in five. Glenrock lost in five to Buffalo in the first round. Glenrock plays Newcastle in a loser-out match Saturday morning at 10... the winner plays Douglas in another loser-out match Saturday at 1:30. The winner of that match advances to the third place game Saturday afternoon at 4pm. Click here for a link to the tournament bracket.

(Fri 10/17/08) - This one's just soooo big... with seconds to spare, the Bearcats football team ties the game and beats #1-ranked Buffalo 21-14 in overtime. In Senior Night play at Bearcat Stadium, Douglas trailed all the way through a hard-fought ball game. Buffalo scored twice in the first quarter and took a 14-0 lead to the halftime locker room. The Cats got on the scoreboard with a 10-yard pass to Tyler Walker in the endzone at the 3:03 mark in the third quarter, but the point after was wide and Douglas trailed 14-6. With 3.3 seconds left on the game clock, Shane Reichendifer ran in a 1-yard touchdown, and Douglas trailed 14-12. With 2.8 on the clock, Reichendifer hit Brent Strock in the endzone for a two-point conversion to tie the game. In OT, Cody Bohlander took the first snap from the 10-yard line to the endzone for the touchdown, the point after was good and Douglas had their first lead of the night. Buffalo lined up at the 10 and QB Tyler Gibbs went to the air four times in a row, looking for the score. The Douglas defense knocked it down all four times, and the Bearcats held on for the win.

While they couldn't light up the scoreboard, Douglas dominated the stat sheet. Unofficially, Douglas put up 446 yards of total offense to Buffalo's 175. Douglas quarterback Shane Richendifer went for the Big Air for the first time this season, connecting on 20 of 47 pass attempts for 290 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Daniel Hancock caught 10 passes for 109 yards. Jake Vogel caught 4 for 77, and Cody Bohlander caught 3 for 46 and carried 16 times for another 65 yards.

While it was a big win for the Cats... and the first conference loss for Buffalo in a couple of years... the game also has important implications for the post season. With the win, Douglas and Buffalo are now tied at 5-2 overall, and Douglas moves ahead in the 4A East Conference race... the Cats are now 3-0, while Buffalo falls to 2-1. The worst Douglas could do would be a tie for the conference championship, and if Douglas beats Wheatland next week, the Cats will have the home field all the way through the playoffs.

Glenrock and Lusk both move to 7-0 on the season... the Herders do it with a 42-6 win over the Newcastle Dogies, and Lusk goes 20-12 over Southeast.

(Fri 10/17/08) - Converse County runners dominate the conference championships... on Friday afternoon at Glenrock, the Douglas boys and the Glenrock girls won the Absaraka Conference cross-country championships. Douglas boys placed three in the top ten... Max Deininger finished first, Garrett Wilson was third and Bryan Clark finished 7th. Converse County owned the girls race, with Glenrock's Brooke Hughes finishing first, Marissa Widiker of Glenrock was 4th, Mary Nelson of Glenrock was 6th, Douglas's Amanda Kornegay was 7th and Sarah Townsend of Douglas placed 10th. Ini the junior varsity division, Douglas's Carolyn Smylie finished first, and Jessica Grant and Hayley Allington of Glenrock placed second and third. For the boys JV, Douglas's Zane Romenek, Matt Curley, Collon Jugler and Taylor Dick finished 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. State cross-country is Ssaturday, October 25th at Sheridan.

(Fri 10/10/08) - A cold, wet win... 35-degree temperatures and a steady drizzle didn't slow the Bearcats down as they tallied a 38-7 Homecoming win over the Torrington Trailblazers tonight. Cody Bohlander visited the endzone three times... a 17 yard run in the first quarter, and back-to-back touchdowns just :50 seconds apart in the third quarter. Bohlander now has 10 touchdowns on the season. Jake Vogel and Brent Strock also marked touchdowns for the Cats. Douglas earned 246 yards of total offense, 82 in the air and 164 on the ground. Torrington had 147 yards of offense, but 81 yards worth of penalties left them with a net gain of just 66 yards. Douglas (4-2) hosts the top-ranked Buffalo Bison (5-1) next Friday night. Buffalo shut out Wheatland 47-0 tonight.

The Glenrock Herders hang a goosegg on another opponent as they shut out Moorcroft 34-0 Friday afternoon. It's the second shutout of the season for the 6-0 Herd, who also held Mountain View scorless two weeks ago. Ryan Lee made 3 trips to the end zone, running his touchdown total to 13 on the season. He scored on runs of 2, 7 and 2 yards. Taylor McIntyre added a pair of scores on runs of 4 and 17 yards. McIntyre finished as the Herders' leading rusher, carrying 21 times for 158 yards. Lee added 25 carries for 112 yards and also led Glenrock in defensive points.

The Lusk Tigers scored early in the fourth quarter to survive a scare and earn a 14-10 win over the Saratoga Panthers. Saratoga came into the game (1-4, 0-3 East) led 10-7 at halftime. Sam Gates scored on a 21-yard pass from Ransom Gates and Sam Streeter added a 37-yard field goal. The win kept Lusk's perfect season intact, as the Tigers move to 6-0, 4-0.

(Sun 10/5/08) - Jackson Hole dominated the Douglas Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday. The Lady Broncs scored 581 points to 2nd place Buffalo's 421. The Douglas LadyCats placed 6th out of 7 teams. Top-3 finishes, Tristyn Panasuk finished 1st in the 100 meter breaststroke, Naomi Harris-Holden was second in the 100m butterfly, and Douglas's 200 meter medley relay team finished third. Douglas's swimmin' women are at the Gillette Invite this Saturday.

(Fri 10/3/08) - The Bearcats win a battle... in Friday night football action at Bearcat Stadium, the Cats football team won a hard-fought game19-12 against the Lander Valley Tigers. Cody Bohlander took the handoff on Douglas's first offensive snap and ran it 84 yards for a touchdown. The Lander defense pressured Douglas quarterback Shane Reichendifer hard in the early part of the game, and Lander's Matt Baker stepped in front of a pass late in the 1st quarter for an interception and a touchdown to tie the game. Bohlander ran in an 11-yarder with 11:49 to play in the second quarter, the point after was no good, Douglas led 13-7, and it was the last score for the Cats til the end of the game. Lander got a safety midway through the second to take the score to 13-9, then hit a field goal wiith a minute left in the third to draw within one. With a minute and a half left, Reichendifer ran in a quarterback keeper to put Douglas ahead by the final 19-12. Reichendifer was 5 of 16 passing for 66 yards, 2 interceptions and one touchdown. Cody Bohlander had 25 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Both teams caught a lot of penalties in this game.The Cats put up 275 yards of total offense, and collected 84 yards of penalties... Lander had 159 yards of total offense, 117 yards of penalties, leaving them with a net gain of 42 yards on the game. Douglas moves to 3-2 with the win... Lander falls to 2-3. The Bearcats host the Torrington Trailblazers for homecoming this coming Friday night. Torrington is 1-4 after a 40-0 loss to Buffalo tonight.

Also tonight, Glenrock moves to 5-0 on the season with a 37-7 win over Thermopolis. Kemmerer hosts Big Piney Saturday afternoon. Wheatland shut out Rawlins 25-0, Cody beat Worland 23-6, Powell thumped Star Valley 28-2, 5A Rock Springs beat Jackson Hole 30-16, and the Lusk Tigers remain undefeated with a 31-13 win over Tongue River.