KKTY NEWS Oct 09 Archive


(Fri 10/23/09) - A former state trooper who kidnapped a truck driver in what prosecutors say was an aborted murder plan won't be sentenced until at least Nov. 19, after a judge postponed the court date to give a psychiatrist time to testify. Joe Ryle of Douglas, a 12-year veteran of the state police agency, pleaded guilty in July to charges he violated the civil rights of a Wal-Mart trucker by kidnapping the man. Ryle had originally been scheduled to be sentenced in September. After that was pushed back to October, however, U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer this week put the hearing off again. That's so Dr. Bruce Kahn, a psychiatrist who has concluded Ryle suffered "reduced mental capacity" at the time of his crime, can attend. Prosecutors have argued that Kahn's report, which could result in a reduced sentence, isn't reliable.

(Thu 10/22/09) - The town of Glenrock has hired an outside lawyer to preside over appeals filed by two police officers who were fired after they chased down and Tasered an elderly tractor driver during a parade. Officer Michael Kavenius and Sgt. Paul Brown appealed shortly after Glenrock police announced their firings last month. Frank Peasley, the town's attorney, says the Town Council has selected a Worland attorney to oversee the town's employee appeal process. Peasley says the council will have final say on whether to overturn the officers' firings. Officials are refusing to release copies of the police internal review of the Aug. 1 incident or any documents related to the officers' appeals.

(Wed 10/21/09) - Ranchers and environmentalists are at odds over a soon-to-be-final plan for managing prairie dogs on the Thunder Basin National Grassland in northern Converse County and southern Campbell and Weston Counties. Environmentalists don't like how the plan would allow black-tailed prairie dogs to be killed with poison in places where they're not wanted. Ranchers say poisoning must be an option to keep prairie dogs from spreading onto and damaging ranchland. The option preferred by the U.S. Forest Service would set aside 18,000 acres of core prairie dog habitat about 25 miles southeast of Wright. In addition, the Forest Service would set a goal of 9,000 acres of active prairie dog colonies on mostly private land in that area. Poisoning would be a last-resort option to keep prairie dog populations from spreading beyond those areas.

(Tue 10/20/09) - A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a former Wyoming state trooper who has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in an aborted scheme to murder a truck driver. U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer last week postponed the sentencing date for former trooper Joe Ryle of Douglas. Sentencing was pushed back from this Friday to Oct. 29. Federal prosecutors asked for the delay because they disagree with the conclusions of a psychiatrist who examined Ryle for the defense. The psychiatrist concluded Ryle suffered from reduced mental capacity when he kidnapped the trucker in January. The psychiatrist says the court should therefore reduce the sentence for Ryle, who faces up to 19 years in prison. Prosecutors have retained a forensic psychologist to do another evaluation of Ryle.

(Tue 10/20/09) - Joe Coyne is leaving CANDO. Coyne made the announcement to the board of the Converse Area New Development Organization last week. He's served as executive director for group since 2000. Coyne helped to grow the organization into one of the best economic development agencies in the state. CANDO has brought more than $10 million into Douglas and Converse County, most of which was invested in local infrastructure, local workers, and local organizations that help to grow the local economy. Among the most significant achievements for CANDO during the last ten years, Coyne identified his favorites as the Home to Careers workforce training program (developed jointly with Sue McBride at eTRAIN West), the Douglas Business Park (being developed with the City of Douglas), and a variety of energy-industry programs (managed by Ed Werner of Werner Solutions). Coyne and his family will be moving out of town next year, and he plans to start a private consulting firm that will provide community development services throughout Wyoming. CANDO was created in 1995, and is the local economic development agency for the City of Douglas and Converse County. Coyne cited personal reasons for his departure. He'll be leaving the organization in early 2010.

(Tue 10/20/09) - Prairie dog plans... The Thunder Basin National Grassland has completed its Final Environmental Impact Statement analyzing the effects of amending the Thunder Basin National Grassland Land and Resource Management Plan. The US Forest Service is considering changes to the Plan to manage prairie dog complexes and colonies on the Grassland. Prairie dog management would help provide habitat for black-footed ferrets and other species associated with prairie dog habitat. The proposed plan would also help prevent unwanted colonization of prairie dogs onto adjacent private lands. A Decision on the amendment is expected in November. For more information, please call the Douglas Ranger District at 307-358-4690.

(Mon 10/19/09) - Another top ranking for the DHS Bearcats Marching Band. At the WHSAA State Marching Band Festival at the Casper Events Center Saturday, the Douglas High School band earned a Superior ranking. It's the 6th year in a row that the group has captured the top ranking. The Bearcats band also picked up caption awards for General Effects, Woodwinds and Brass.

(Fri 10/9/09) - Funeral services for 17 year old Skye Lacey Hiser of Douglas will be held Tuesday, October 13th at 4:00pm at the Douglas High School gymnasium. Skye Hiser died Thursday, October 8th near Douglas from injuries received in an automobile accident. Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

(Fri 10/9/09) - The community mourns the loss of another Douglas High School student. 17-year old Skye Hiser was killed in an auto accident Thursday afternoon. Converse County Coroner Ross Gorman says Hiser was killed in a one-vehicle rollover north of Ft Fetterman at the intersection of Highways 93 and 95. No one else was in the vehicle. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Skye Hiser was a senior at Douglas High School. She also worked at Converse County Bank. Funeral services are pending.

Another DHS student, 17-year-old junior Levi Sober, died Friday night. His funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the DHS auditorium.

DHS administration met with coaches and athletes this morning to consider whether or not to participate in sports activities this weekend. Volleyball will play at Thermopolis today, and will host Rawlins tomorrow, but JV games have been cancelled Saturday and the varsity will play at 2pm instead of at 3pm. Freshman volleyball will compete at the freshman conference meet tomorrow at Glenrock... Douglas plays Glenrock at 10:15 Saturday morning. Cross Country's trip to Greeley today has been cancelled, swimmers have not yet made a decision on whether they'll go to the Gillette Invite on Saturday. And senior night will go on tonight for the Bearcats football team. Douglas hosts Rawlins tonight, with Senior Night Activities beginning at 6:30pm and the kickoff at 7:00pm. The game will be broadcast live tonight on KKTY-FM, and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

DHS activities director Steve Walker said that he'd been in contact with both the Wyoming High School Activities Association, aand other schools and coaches involved in Bearcats sports activities. He said everyone had been very supportive of whatever decision our athletes and coaches would make.

(Mon 10/5/09) - Who owns the wind... and can they sell it? As developers pursue the construction of wind farms in Wyoming, some questions linger about the nature of wind rights and how they relate to land ownership. Wyoming lawyers generally agree that whoever owns the surface of the land also owns the right to develop wind resources. But the Wyoming Legislature has not addressed whether landowners can sever wind resources from their property, as state law allows for mineral resources. South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska have passed laws dictating that wind resources cannot be severed from the surface estate. A Wyoming legislative task force is looking at possible new laws for wind development. The chairman of the group, Senator Jim Anderson of Glenrock, says he doesn't believe the Legislature will tackle wind rights during this winter's session. Anderson told the Associated Press that the recommendation coming out of wind task force would be just to research the issue further and research it quite carefully.

(Mon 10/5/09) - A celebration of life for 17 year old Levi Jared Sober of Douglas will be held Wednesday, October 7th at 2:00pm at the Douglas High School auditorium. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetary. Levi Sober died Saturday, October 3rd at the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Gorman Funeral homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of arrangements.

(Fri 10/2/09) - It's now the biggest coal mine in the world. Arch Coal Inc. announced yesterday that they've has completed the acquisition of Rio Tinto Energy America's Jacobs Ranch mine southeast of Wright in the Powder River Basin. The $764 million deal allows Arch Coal to merge the Jacobs Ranch operations with its adjacent Black Thunder mine. Together, the two mines will have a capacity of more than 140 million tons per year - about 12 percent of U.S. coal production. In merging the operations, Arch will lay-off about a dozen employees. In total, the mine will employ some 1,815 workers.




(Fri 10/30/09) - Cats advance to semi's... the Douglas Bearcats football team beats Lander 40-6 to move ahead in the 3A State Football Playoffs. Douglas earned 439 yards of offense, plus another 201 yards of kickoff and punt returns, holding Lander to 231 yards of total offense. Pierre Etchemendy carried the ball 17 times for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns. Justin Melton also had two touchdowns, one of them a 90 yard kickoff return. Mitch Espeland also had a 60 yard kickoff return to score, and Colter McNare completed a 33 yard pass play to the endzone. Cats quarterback Hayden Barker completed 5 of 16 passes for 112 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Douglas will host the Worland Warriors in the semis next Friday night. Worland trailed Riverton 20-3 at the half, but scored on a two-point conversion to win 38-37 in double overtime.

Also in 3A play, Buffalo shut out Star Valley 21-0 and Cody beat Torrington 19-6. Cody will play Buffalo in the other semi-final game.

In 2A play, the Glenrock Herders remain undefeated with a 38-7 win over Lovell, Greybull beats Big Horn 42-20, Thermopolis shuts out Big Piney 25-0, and Kemmerer bumps off Wright 27-9. Next week's 2A semis will match Greybull at Glenrock and Thermopolis at Kemmerer.

(Fri 10/30/09) - Lady Herders play another day... at the State Volleyball Championships in Casper, Glenrock knocks off Pinedale 25-9, 25-17, 25-9 in a loser out match. Glenrock will advance to the consolation semis on Saturday morning. The Herd meets Cody Saturday morning at 9 at the Casper Events Center. Winner plays the winner of the Rawlins-Mountain View match for third place.

(Fri 10/30/09) - Douglas swimmers finish their season with a trip to state... and several solid finishes in consolation rounds. While none of the LadyCats made it into championship finals heats, Naomi Harris-Holden win the consolation heat in the 200 indiviual medley and the 100 butterfly, and Celina Leman placed third in the consolations of the 100 breaststroke. Douglas finished second in the consolation of the 200 medley relay, third in the 200 free relay consolations, and 6th in the consolations of the 400 free relay. Jackson Hole won the team championship, followed by Lander and Buffalo. Douglas tied Kemmerer for tenth.

(Sun 10/25/09) - An undefeated season... the Douglas Bearcats football team wraps up regular season play 8-0 with a 57-12 win over the Torrington Trailblazers. Douglas ran up 404 yards total offense, holding Torrington to 157 yards. Quarterback Hayden Barker connected on 7 of 14 passing for 131 yards and 1 touchdown. Justin Melton had 4 catches for 113 yards and 1 touchdown.

Running back Pierre Etchemendy scored 5 touchdowns on 10 carries and ran up 233 yards for the Douglas offense. Etchemendy also marked two more Bearcats records... he finishes the season with 1,443 yards gained, passing 1265 in a season by Payden McIntyre in 2006. Etchemendy also scored 28 touchdowns over the course of the season, besting the mark of 22 set by Cody Bohlander last year. Etchemendy also set the school record of 6 touchdowns in a game three weeks ago against Rawlins. It's the first time Douglas has run a season undefeated since 1976.

Also Friday night, Buffalo whacked Rawlins 55-6, and Riverton beat Wheatland 31-20. In 3A West, Cody edged Worland 20-17 in overtime, Lander beat Powell 27-10 and Star Valley thumped Jackson 41-13.

In 2A play, Glenrock finishes their season 8-0 with a 48-6 win over Moorcroft, and in 1A, the Lusk Tiger blast the Upton Bobcats 60-6. 6-man, Guernsey-Sunrise shuts out Kaycee 67-0.

(Sun 10/25/09) - Brackets are set for the opening round of the state high school football playoffs. The Douglas Bearcats are the 1seed in the east... we'll host 4W Lander Friday night. 2E Buffalo hosts 3W Star Valley, 3E Riverton is at 2W Worland, and 4E Torrington is at 1W Cody. In 2A, 1E Glenrock host 4W Lovell, 2E Thermopolis hosts 3W Big Piney, 3E Big Horn is at 2W Greybull, and 4E Wright is at 1W Kemmerer. In 1A, the Lusk Tigers are the 3E seed... they'll travel to Pavillion to meet 2W Wind River. In 6-man, 1E Guernsey-Sunrise will host 4W Farson-Eden Friday afternoon at 1pm. Click HERE for links to all five classes' playoff brackets.

(Sun 10/25/09) - Douglas and Glenrock runners go the distance. At the State Cross Country meet at Sheridan Saturday, the Douglas boys placed 6th and the Glenrock boys placed 9th. On the girls side, Douglas finished 5th and Glenrock placed 7th. Newcastle topped the boys team scores, while Jackson Hole took the girls 3A title. Individually, Glenrock sophomore Raider Nelson had the best time for the Herd, with a 17:23.66, good enough for 4th place. Douglas's Garrett Wilson finished 6th out of a field of 85 runners with a 17:44.00. In the girls race, Glenrock's Mary Nelson clocked a 21:22.28, good for 5th place, and Douglas Amanda Kornegay timed in at 22:07.74 for 10th out of 69 runners. Click HERE for complete State Cross Country results.

(Sun 10/25/09) - Glenrock will go to State Volleyball, Douglas will not. At the 3A East Regional Volleyball Tournament at Newcastle this weekend, Douglas and Glenrock met in the first round Friday. Glenrock won the first game 25-21, Douglas came back and took the second game 25-19, then Glenrock grabbed a pair of wins 25-16, 25-13. That knocked the LadyCats into the consolation bracket, where they lost 3 games to Newcastle, dropping out of the tournament. Glenrock advanced to the semi's where they lost in 4 games to Rawlins, the beat Buffalo in 5 games to finish 3rd. Wheatland beat Rawlins for the 3A East Championship. The Lady Herders will play Mountain View Thursday night at 6 at the Casper Events Center in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament. Click HERE for State Volleyball brackets.

(Wed 10/21/09) - Who plays who? With just one week left in the regular season, the high school football postseason matchups are beginning to take shape. In 3A, the Douglas Bearcats and the Buffalo Bison have locked up the 1E and 2E seeds... Worland, Cody and Star Valley have also earned playoff slots. On the bubble... Riverton's at Wheatland Friday night, the winner's in, the loser's out, and Powell's at Lander, with the winner in and the loser out. The winner of the Powell-Lander game will be the 4-seed from the west, and will travel to Douglas to meet the Bearcats in the opening round of the playoffs. Neither Rawlins nor Jackson will advance to the playoffs. 2A's pretty well settled.. the undefeated Glenrock Herders have locked up the 1E seeding... also into the playoffs, Thermopolis (2E), Big Horn (3E); Kemmerer (1W), Greybull (2W), Big Piney, and Lovell. Lovell plays at Big Piney this weekend, and the loser will come to Glenrock to play the Herd in the first round of the playoffs. Still a lot of variables in 1A, but the Lusk Tigers are guarenteed a postseason playoff slot... still not sure where they'll come in, or who they'll play.

(Fri 10/16/09) - The Bearcats' football win streak goes to 15 games as Douglas shuts out Riverton 42-0. The Cats tallied 388 yards of offense, while the Douglas defense hammered the Riverton secondary and held the Wolverines to just 51 yards of offense. Cats senior running back Pierre Etchemendy carried the ball 18 times for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns... Etchemendy also caught a pass from quarterback Hayden Barker and ran it in for a third td. Barker connected on 6 of 12 passes for 90 yards. Justin Melton had two catches for 43 yards, and an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Baylor Sieg and Danny Palmer also paid visits to the endzone. The Bearcats wrap up regular season play with a trip to Torrington to meet the Trailblazers on Friday, 10/23. Hear the action live on KKTY-FM.

Also tonight, the Glenrock Herders beat Burns 49-13.

(Fri 10/9/09) - A record-breaking Senior Night win... on a 16-degree night, the Douglas Bearcats played their final home game of the regular season, hammering the Rawlins Outlaws 76-14. Cats running back Pierre Etchemendy had five touchdowns before halftime, tying the record for number of touchdowns in a game, a record set by Payden McIntyre and Scotty Boner. In the locker room at halftime, Coach Jay Rhoades said he asked Etchemendy if he wanted to go for the record... Etchemendy said yes, but not for himself... he wanted to hit the mark in memory of Levi Sober and Skye Hiser, two DHS classmates who lost their lives in seperate incidents this week. Late in the fourth quarter, junior running back Baylor Sieg had a wide-open run to the endzone, but veered out of bounds at the 2-yard line. Etchemendy came back in on the next play, loped around the left end for the touchdown, and immediately took a knee, as did the rest of his teammates. Etchemendy finished the night unofficially with 284 yards and six touchdowns. Dylan Klava went to the endzone three times, and Colter McNare and Mitch Espeland had a touchdown each. It was Douglas's 14th win in a row. The Bearcats travel to Riverton next Friday night to meet the Wolverines. Hear the game live on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

Also Friday night, Buffalo beat Wheatland 19-12, Lander beat Jackson 7-0, Star Valley shut out Cody 13-0, and Worland beat Powell 42-31. Torrington's game at Riverton has been postponed til Monday afternoon at 2pm. In 2A, the Glenrock Herders take another win as they beat the Wright Panthers 45-13, and in 1A, the Lusk Tigers shut out Sundance 33-0.

(Mon 10/5/09) - Douglas swimmers came up on the short end Saturday as the Newcastle Lady Dogies beat the LadyCats in a dual at the pool at the Douglas Rec Center. Newcastle scored 636 team points to Douglas's 506. Douglas swimmers Harris-Holden and Leman both scored new state qualifying times, Harris-Holden in the 100 butterfly and Leman in the 100 breaststroke. Douglas swims at the Gillette Invite this Saturday.

(Fri 10/2/09) - Feels so good... The Douglas Bearcats football team beats Wheatland 35-10 for a homecoming win. Colter McNare got the Cats on the scoreboard at the 9:37 mark in the first quarter with a 21-yard run. the point after was no good, and Douglas led 6-0. About 3 minutes later, Justin Melton caught at 56-yard pass play & took it in for a td... Pierre Etchemendy ran in the 2-point conversion, and Douglas was up 14-0. The Douglas defense held up strong as Wheatland pushed for a score before halftime, forcing the Bulldogs to boot in a punt just seconds left before the clock ran out. Douglas took a 14-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the third, Etchemendy collected the first of two touchdowns, a 10-yard run, and McNare collected on a 2 point conversion to take the lead to 22-3. With less than a minute left in the third, Mitch Espeland took in a 10-yard run, and it was 28-3. Inside the first minute of the fourth quarter, Etchemendy scrambled in a 35-yard run, Joey Miller kicked the PAT, and Douglas led 35-3. With a minute-29 left in the game, both teams were deep into their backup players, and Wheatland earned their only touchdown of the night as Bunker hit Jamerman with an 18-yard pass for touchdown... final score Douglas 35, Wheatland 10. It's the 5th win of the season for the Bearcats, stretching their win streak to 13 games. Douglas hosts Rawlins next Friday night for Senior Night, the final home game of the season for the Bearcats. Kickoff's at 7pm... our pregame coverage begins at 6:30 on KKTY-FM and worldwide on the internet at kktyonline.com.

Also tonight, unranked Star Valley blasted #2-ranked Powell 29-3. #3 Torrington hammers Rawlins 51-6... #4 Cody beats Jackson 32-6, and #5 Buffalo recovers from last week's loss to Douglas by beating Riverton 43-7. Worland edged Lander 17-14. In 2A action, top-ranked Glenrock remains undefeated with a 37-12 win over the Newcastle Dogies.

(Fri 10/2/09) - Advance tickets for the championships go on sale... The University of Wyoming Athletics department has announced that beginning this Monday, Oct. 5, high school football fans can begin purchasing their all-session tickets for the upcoming 2009 Wyoming High School State Football Championships. The championship game for each of Wyoming’s five high school football classifications will be held in War Memorial Stadium on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. “It is a great privilege for UW to be hosting the Wyoming High School State Championships and we will do everything within our power to host a great event,” UW Director of Athletics Tom Burman stated. “We are hopeful that high school football fans and University of Wyoming supporters will purchase tickets and come to the games, but if they can’t attend the games, please consider purchasing tickets to show community support." On Monday, ticket orders for all-session passes will be taken by the UW Athletics Ticket Office either in person at the Arena-Auditorium box office, over the phone at 800-922-9461 or online at WyomingAthletics.com. All-session tickets, which are good for all five games on both days, cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Single-day tickets will be available at a later date, but likely not until the week of the events.  Cost for single-day passes will be $10 for adults and $7 for youth. All seating for the five championship games will be general admission in the lower sections of War Memorial Stadium.  The home team for each contest will be seated on the east side, with the visiting team on the west side. Sports fans in Laramie for the weekend of Nov. 13-14 will not only get to enjoy great high school football action, but they will also have access to multiple UW events taking place that same weekend. The Cowboy Basketball team will open their regular season by hosting South Dakota State on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.  A special ticket price of $5 has been set for that game. The Cowboy Wrestling team also will be hosting a big weekend of events, with a season-opening dual against Northwest College on Friday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m., followed by the 37th annual Cowboy Open tournament, all day on Saturday, Nov. 14.  That event is presented by UniWyo Federal Credit Union and last season over 20 collegiate teams and 450 individuals competed, with an even larger field expected this year. The final UW event of the weekend will take place on Sunday, Nov. 15, when the Cowgirl Basketball team will open their regular season against Montana at 2 p.m.  Once again, a special ticket price of $4 has been established for this contest. A schedule for the weekend’s high school games is included below.

2009 Wyoming High School State Football Championships

War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo.

Friday - Saturday, Nov. 13-14

Fri., Nov. 13

- 11:30 a.m. - 1A Championship Game

- 2:00 p.m. – 2A Championship Game

Sat., Nov. 14

- 10:30 a.m. – 3A Championship Game

- 1:00 p.m. – 6-MAN Championship Game

- 3:30 p.m. – 4A Championship Game 

(Fri 10/2/09) - A pair of Douglas coaches and teachers are honored by their alma mater. Jay and Angela Rhoades will be among nine former Chadron State College athletes to be inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the homecoming activities. They include volleyball player Angela Woodworth Rhoades, whose husband, Jay, is one of the football players being inducted. Both are teachers and coaches at Douglas High School. They will be the second couple to enter the Hall of Fame. Angela Woodworth came to Chadron State in 1993 after playing volleyball two years at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. She was a setter and is the only CSC volleyball player to earn all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first-team honors twice.She taught English and coached volleyball at Chadron High School for 10 years before the couple moved Douglas four years ago. Her volleyball teams have won two district championships and reached the state tournament four times. Jay Rhoades was a three-year starter at wide receiver for the Eagles and caught 108 passes for 2,137 yards and 22 touchdowns during his career. Both the yardage and touchdown totals were career records at CSC when he graduated. The yardage figure now ranks third and the touchdown total is tied for first on the all-time lists. Rhoades compiled a 35-13 record as head football coach at Chadron High from 2001 through 2005 and now has that position at Douglas High. His team won the Wyoming Class 3A state championship last fall and is undefeated so far this season. The inductions will be made during a luncheon in the Student Center. The new Hall of Fame members also will be recognized at halftime of the football game.