KKTY NEWS Oct 10 Archive
(Wed 10/20/10) - Russia's ambassador says a bid by his government to enter the U.S. uranium industry is solely a business move. Sergey Kislyak made the comments Tuesday during a visit to Denver. He told The Denver Post that the bid was a "normal commercial operation - not something that is operating on any political guidance." ARMZ, a company owned by the Russian government, wants to buy a controlling share of Uranium One, a Canadian company that operates in the Rockies. It has three uranium production facilities west of Wright near Pumpkin Buttes on the Campbell/Johnson County line. Members of Wyoming's congressional delegation want to make sure the uranium isn't shipped to Russia or elsewhere. The company says it plans to sell the uranium to U.S. utilities.
(Tue 10/19/20) - Lawsuit settled... A Wal-Mart trucker has reached a settlement with Wyoming over an aborted plot by a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper to kill him and stage an accident to extort money from the retailer. Richard J. Smidt of Arvada, Colo., says Wyoming paid him $10,000 to settle claims from his January 2009 abduction near Douglas. In a federal lawsuit filed in April, Smidt claimed that Wyoming officials didn't tell him that trooper Joe Ryle of Douglas had planned to kill him. Smidt attorney Robert McCue advised the court Friday that the case had been settled. Wyoming Attorney General Bruce Salzburg declined to comment. Terms were not disclosed. Ryle is serving a 15-year prison sentence.
(Mon 10/18/10) - No more turbines? Wyoming's largest wind energy developer says it has no further plans to build more wind farms in the state. Rocky Mountain Power officials say the company has met its current goals for wind-based generation. The utility owns nine wind farms in Wyoming, three here in Converse County, with a total statewide capacity of 626.6 megawatts. In addition, the company has long-term contracts to buy power from six other Wyoming wind farms owned by merchant developers. Rocky Mountain Power operates as PacifiCorp outside of Wyoming.
(Mon 10/18/10) - Another sucessful performance for the Bearcats Band. The DHS marching band competed at the WHSAA State Marching Band Festival at the Casper Events Center Saturday afternoon, and for the 7th year in a row, the band brought home a superior rating, the top rating available. Fourteen bands from across the state performed at the festival and were judged in seven different categories including drum major, music executuion and music effect. The Bearcats Marching Band is under the direction of Ron Wagner.
(Tue 10/5/10) - Survey sez... A recent survey says a strong majority of Wyoming residents support uranium mining. And the survey says the support for the in-situ method of extracting uranium is strongest among those who say they have some knowledge of how it works. The survey was conducted by the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming. The survey contacted 935 people last February by telephone. The survey says Wyoming residents put job creation and tax revenue above environmental and health concerns when it comes to mineral extraction in general. Wyoming is the nation's leading uranium producer, with all production coming out of Converse County, and in-situ mining is the preferred process used to extract it. In-situ involves dissolving minerals underground and pumping uranium-bearing water to the surface.
(Tue 10/5/10) - Converse County's still a relative bargain. The state's Economic Analysis Division's just released its cost of living index for the second quarter of 2010, and out of Wyoming's 24 counties, Converse Couty was ranked the 15th on the list. With a median of 100, Converse County scored a 95. The most expensive counties... Teton, with a score of 133, followed by Sublette, Campbell, Sheridan and Sweetwater Counties. Natrona County ranked 8th in the state... Platte County, with a score of 85, was the least expensive place to live in Wyoming... Niobrara County was next to last on the list, and that's a good place to be.
The same report shows average home rental costs in Converse County to be pretty steady. The state report said the aveage cost to rent a 2-bedroom, unfurnished apartment in Converse County was $603 a month, down from $622 second quarter of last year. Cost to rent a 2 or 3 bedroom unfurnished home was listed at $693 a month, up from $673 the year before. The same house averaged $412 a month in Big Horn County, $1009 a month in Natrona County, $1182 in Campbell County and $1675 in Teton County.
(Mon 10/4/10) - All hands on deck for another big grass fire north of Douglas. Firefighters were called out at 12:15 Monday afternoon to a fire that started at mile marker 14 on Highway 93... that's north of Ft Fetterman, about halfway between the fort an the Ross Road/Top Of The World cutoff... Converse County Sheriff Clint Becker... audio here
Sheriff Becker said they dont have any idea of the number of acres involved, but will do a flyover sometime tomorrow or Wednesday to measure how much has burned. Becker said he thought landowners involded would include the Smith Sheep Company, Boner, Scotts, and others... audio here
It's about 14 miles from Highway 93 east to Highway 59, so that gives you an idea of the size of the fire. The Sheriff said that they had no reports of structural damage, but a couple of Douglas Volunteer Fire Department Fast Attack trucks were damaged by the fire. No serious injuries reported, and no cause has yet been determined.
(Fri 10/1/10) - Today's the opening day of hunting season for many areas around Douglas, and it's also the opening day of Douglas's annual Helluva Hunt. For the 26th year, disabled hunters from all around the nation come to Douglas to participate. Hunters arrived yesterday, met their guides, sighted in their rifles, enjoyed a trap shoot and an opening banquet. Breakfast was this morning at 5am at the fairgrounds, then hunters and their guides headed out for the field this morning at 6:30. A field luncheon today at midday, provided by the WINE-O's, and the annual Helluva Hunt dinner and benefit auction is tonight at the Douglas Moose Lodge. If hunters don't fill their tags today, they'll get another chance tomorrow, with lunch provided by Woody's Tip-Top Service. The Awards Banquet is tomorrow night at 7 at the American Legion. Area ranchers contribute 60 thousand acres of land for the hunters to use, and the Wyoming Game and Fish issues special permits to allow hunters to shoot from their vehicles if need be. Meals and lodging for the Helluva Hunt hunters are free of charge.
(Fri 10/1/10) - A task force is recommending that Wyoming no longer allow private companies to seize land for small power lines for wind projects. The Wind Energy Task Force voted 5-4 Thursday in Casper to deny the power of eminent domain to private companies that want to string power lines from wind turbines to main transmission lines. At the same time, the panel recommends that regulated public utilities retain the power of eminent domain. Wyoming has imposed a moratorium on the use of eminent domain for collector lines from wind farms because they could become numerous if wind energy development booms as predicted. The task force's recommendations go the Legislature, which would have to approve any change in state eminent domain law.
(Sun 10/31/10) - Glenrock second, Douglas third... both Converse County volleyball teams finish in the top-four at the 3A State Volleyball Tournament this weekend. Douglas and Glenrock battled nose-to-nose in a semi-final match Saturday night, and Glenrock took the win 3-1. That put the Lady Herders into the championship match Saturday night, and the LadyCats had to battle back through the loser-outs. Douglas beat Torrington in four games Saturday morning, and made easy work of Lander in the third place match, beating the Tigers 25-21, 25-11, 25-15. In Saturday's championship match, Cody earned the state title, beating Glenrock 25-12, 25-20, 25-16.
(Sun 10/31/10) - Jackson takes state... at the 3A State Swim Meet at Gillette this weekend, the Lady Broncs earned 318 team points to claim the state title. Douglas finished seventh with 80 points, but it was a strong finish to the season for the girls. With 14 swimmers on the team, Douglas had 6 state qualifiers. Most bested their personal times, and Naomi Harris-Holden broke a DHS school record in the 50 freestyle with a 25.63, good for 4th place. Lateesha Hiser placed 7th in the event, winning the consolation finals. Harris-Holden also finished 3rd in the 100 butterfly, and Celina Leman was 10th in the 100 breaststroke. In the relays, Douglas's Raegan Pierce-Layher, Celina Leman, Naomi Harris-Holden and Lateesha Hiser placed 5th in the 200 medley, and Leman, Hiser, Harris-Holden and Laura Boner finished 4th in the 200 free. Douglas diver Karissa Backes placed 8th in 1-meter diving.
(Sun 10/31/10) - Douglas Cheerleaders win The Battle... DHS cheerleaders competed at the Battle For The Capitol Cheer Competition in Denver this weekend. Over 40 teams competed in PeeWee, All-Star, 3A, 4A and 5A divisions, and the Douglas cheer squad placed first in the 3A competition.
(Fri 10/29/10) - The win streak's at 28... the Douglas Bearcats football team opened post-season play with a 54-18 win over the Star Valley Braves. At Bearcat Stadium tonight, Douglas collected three touchdowns in the first quarter and led it 45-3 at halftime. Three touchdowns again tonight for Dylan Klava, and one each for Justin Melton, Baylor Sieg, Tanner Miller and Grady Corbett. Douglas will meet Riverton in the semis... the Wolverines beat Powell 10-7 tonight. On the other side of the bracket, Cody beat Wheatland 49-19, and Buffalo crushed Lander 51-7. Douglas will host Riverton for the State 3A Semi-Final football game this Friday, November 5th. Kickoff is at 7pm at Bearcat Stadium at Douglas High School. Admission is $5 dollars adults, $3 dollars for students. The game will broadcast live on KKTY's 99.3 FM, and on the internet at kktyonline.com.
(Fri 10/29/10) - Glenrock wins 3-1... in a semi-final match at the 3A State Volleyball Tournament at Casper, the Douglas LadyCats won the first game 25-12, but Glenrock came back and beat Douglas 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 to advance to the championship game Saturday against Cody. Cody went five games to beat Rawlins earlier this afternoon. Douglas will meet Torrington in a loser out game Saturday morning at 10:30. The winner will play either Rawlins or Lander for third place Saturday afternoon at 1:30.
(Thu 10/28/10) - The Douglas LadyCats battle for five games to win the opening set from the Lander Valley Tigers. At the 3A State Volleyball Tournament at the Casper Events Center, Douglas got off to a slow start, losing the first game 19-25. Once they got warmed up, the LadyCats took the next two games, 25-11, 25-15. Lander fought back and took game 4, 22-25, forcing a fifth trip to the court. Douglas stretched out from a 6-6 tie to take the win in the 5th game 15-12. In the late match... Glenrock's the 1-seed from the East, Jackson's the 4 West, and Jackson grabs an upset in the first game, downing the Herd 25-20... second game, Glenrock trailed until Shelby Stewart got a kill to tie it at 15, the Herd fights nose-to-nose and takes a 25-23 win. Glenrock terrorizes Jackson in the 3rd, winning 25-7. In the 4th, Glenrock trailed til they tied it at 20, then completed the comeback with a 25-22 win. That sets up a Converse County rematch in the semis - Douglas and Glenrock will meet Friday night at 6 at the Casper Events Center. All-session tickets are $20 dollars for adults and $14 for students. Single session passes are also available. State Volleyball runs through Saturday.
(Sun 10/24/10) - For the second season in a row, the Douglas Bearcats football team ends regular season play undefeated. A 45-8 win over the Torrington Trailblazers Friday night leaves the Cats 8-0. Douglas scored three touchdowns and a safety in the first quarter, and had a shutout going well into the fourth. Dylan Klava had three touchdowns for Douglas, the longest a 59 yard pass-play completion, Justin Melton and Baylor Sieg had td's, and junior Tanner Miller scrambled a 65 yard run for the final score of the night. Douglas will host 3-5 Star Valley in the opening round of the playoffs this Friday night.
Also Friday night, Buffalo shut out Rawlins 68-0, and Riverton won a teeter-totter game with Wheatland 41-30. In the West, Cody beat Worland 21-7, Powell 21 Lander 7, and Star Valley beat Jackson 41-6. That sets up the following first round playoff matchups this week... Star Valley's at Douglas, Riverton's at Powell, Lander's at Buffalo and Wheatland's at Cody.
(Sun 10/24/10) - The LadyCats earn a trip to State... the DHS volleyball team takes thrid place at the 3A East Regional Tournament at Torrington. Douglas opened with a win over Thermopolis, then met cross-county rival Glenrock in a semi-final match Friday night. Glenrock took five games to beat the LadyCats, putting the Lady Herders in the championship match. Douglas met and beat Wheatland in three games Saturday afternoon, then met host Torrington in the third place match Saturday afternoon. After giving up the first game 19-25, Douglas came back with three wins, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18 to take third at the tournament. In the championship game, third-seeded Glenrock upset top-seed Rawlins 25-22, 25-21, 31-29. State Volleyball Tournament action starts Thursday at the Casper Events Center. Douglas plays Lander at 6, and Glenrock plays Jackson Hole at 7:30.
(Sun 10/24/10) - A cold, rainy day didn't stop runners from across the state as they met in Douglas for Saturday's All-Class State Cross Country meet. The Natrona County boys claimed the school's first 4A team title in 28 years by placing three runners in the top 10. Gillette took the girls 4A team title. 3A, teams titles went to Jackson for the boys and Powell for the girls. Glenrock's boys were 9th and Douglas was 11th. Oliver Scofield of Jackson Hole timed a 17:09.08 to finish first, and Glenrock's Raider Nelson timed a 17:23.26 for a second place finish. Douglas sophomore Chris Harris was fastest for the Bearcats, finishing 36th. On the girls side, Douglas finished 6th and Glenrock 7th in the team scores. Individually, Glenrock's Marissa Widiker placed 9th... Douglas's Carolyn Smylie finished 12th.
(Sun 10/24/10) - Buffalo rules the pool... at the Absaraka Confrence swim meet at Douglas this weekend, the Lady Bison scored 322 teams points... Worland was a long was back with 245 for second. Rawlins was third, Douglas fourth, followed by Newcastle and Cheyenne South. The 3A Wyoming State Girls Swim Meet is this Friday and Saturday at the Gillette Aquatic Center in Gillette.
(Wed 10/20/10) - The top-four stay the same. This week's WyoPreps.com coaches and media poll for 3A Football has Douglas, Cody, Buffalo and Riverton ranked 1-2-3-4 again. The only change this week is that Wheatland bumps Powell out of the #5 slot. No changes at all in any of the smaller schools ranks... Big Horn continues to lead the 2A poll, followed by Thermopolis, Lyman, Lovell and Greybull. 1A, it's Cokeville and Lusk, both undefeated, at 1 and 2 again, followed by Lingle-Ft Laramie, Dubois and Southeast. Little Snake River holds the #1 again in 6-man. Some shuffle in the 4A ranks this week... Natrona holds the #1 slot again, but last week's #2 Sheridan drops to 4, Gillette moves up from 3 to 2, Evanston is up from 4 to 3, and Cheyenne Central moves back into the top ranks at #5.
(Fri 10/15/10) - Another battle won... for the first time this season, Douglas trailed at halftime, but came back to beat Riverton 27-9. In Homecoming football action tonight, Riverton got on the scoreboard first with their only touchdown of the night when quarterback Xavier Webb scored in the first quarter. A field goal gave the Wolverines a 9-0 lead, but the Bearcats answered when Dylan Klava ran one in with about 30 seconds left before halftime. Point after was no good, and Douglas trailed 9-6 as they went to the locker rooms. The Bearcats came back out with a better handle on the game, shutting down a fading Riverton offense in the second half and taking back control of the game. Klava made three more short yardage trips to the endzone, one from 9 yards, one from 6 yards, and one from 4 yards, to stretch the Cats out to the 27-9 win. Douglas is now 7-0 on the season, and will host the Torrington Trailblazers on Senior Night on Friday, October 22nd.
In other 3A action tonight, Buffalo blasted Torrington 60-10 and Wheatland shut out Rawlins 50-0. In 3A West, Cody trailed Powell at the half, but came back and maintained their undefeated season with a 27-14 Broncs win over the Panthers. Lander beat Star Valley 27-20, and Worland beat Jackson 24-15. 2A, Burns beat Glenrock 42-14, Big Horn knocks off Tongue River 38-7, and Thermopolis beat Newcastle 47-34. 1A, the Lusk Tigers remain undefeated with a 62-0 shutout of Normative Services from Sheridan.
(Fri 10/15/10) - Homecoming wins for the LadyCats volleyball team. Douglas finished regular season play as they beat Torrington in three games this afternoon, winning 26-24, 25-22, 25-16. 3A East Regional Volleyball play begins Friday, October 22nd at Torrington.
(Fri 10/15/10) - Strong finishes for Douglas XC... at the Absaraka Conference Chapionships at Glenrock, both the Douglas boys and girls teams claimed runner-up finishes. The LadyCats finished only eight points behind the Buffalo Bison. Carolyn Smylie finished 4th and Sara Townsend placed 9th... both earned all-conference honors. Amanda Kornegay ran 15th, Caitlyn Blain was 16th, Mallory Capron was 19th. Jennett Anderson finished 3rd in the JV girls race. Matt Curley finished in 10th place and led the Bearcats to a one-point margin over the Buffalo Bison. Chris Harris finished 11th, Tanner Alseike placed 15th, Taylor Dick 17th, and Zane Romanek, 44th. Kholton Townsend was the individual champion in the boys JV race.
A couple of Glenrock runners also finished strong... Raider Nelson took 1st in the boys race, and Marissa Widiker was 5th in the girls race.
Douglas will host the WHSAA All-Class State Cross Country Championships Saturday, October 23rd at the Douglas Community Club.
(Fri 10/15/10) - Douglas schools Special Olympics athletes returned from this week's Fall Tournament earning 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the cycling events, and 6 silver and 3 bronze medals in bowling. Congratulations to our Special Olympics athletes.
(Fri 10/1/10) - A hard-fought win for the Bearcats... on the road at Wheatland tonight, the Cats improve to 5-0 with a 22-13 win over a tough Bulldogs football team. The two teams were scoreless at the end of the first quarter, and for the first time this season, Douglas had to play catch-up when Wheatland quarterback Ward Anderson connected with Bunker on a 10-yard pass play for a touchdown. The Cats bounced back on a 25-yard run to the endzone by Baylor Sieg... the 2-point conversion was good, and Douglas led it 8-7 at halftime. Douglas running back Dylan Klava ran for over 100 yards in the third quarter, running in scores from 49 yards out and 9 yard out. Anderson connected on one more pass to the endzone for a final Wheatland touchdown with just over a minute left in the game, but Douglas was able to run out the clock and take the win. The Cats are on the road at Rawlins next Friday night.
In other 3A action tonight, Buffalo beats Riverton 49-22, Cody wallops Jackson Hole 62-7, Lander beats Worland 14-7, Powell edged Star Valley 24-19, and Torrington beat Rawlins 38-14. In 2A play, Big Horn pounds Thermopolis 42-7 and Glenrock falls to Newcastle 7-6. 1A, the Lusk Tigers mark another win as they slap Pine Bluffs 52-7.
(Fri 10/1/10) - The Douglas Bearcats football team takes it back out on the road again tonight, looking for a week five win against the Bulldogs at Wheatland. Cats head coach Jay Rhoades says he thinks the Bulldogs will bring a fight... audio here
Wheatland has three solid wins... 38-7 over Sidney, Nebraska, 35-14 over Worland and 48-18 over Torrington last week. The Dogs' only loss came week two when they fell 23-16 at Powell. Wheatland's game is built around senior quarterback Ward Anderson, who's currently second in the conference in passing stats, averaging 156 yards a game through the air... and he's also the second leading rusher in the state, averaging 101 yards a game on the ground. Defense will be a weakness for Wheatland... while the Bearcats boast the top defense in 3A football, Wheatland is ranked 8th out of 12 teams. Gametime tonight is 7pm at Wheatland High School.. .our pregame coverage begins at 6:40 tonight on KKTY-FM and worldwide on the internet at kktyonline.com.