KKTY NEWS Oct 11 Archive



(Thu 10/27/11) - Plenty of water... for now... A new report to the City of Douglas says the city's ability to provide water for its residents is solid... audio here

That's Douglas City Administrator Steve Henning. Monday night, the City Council got the results of a study performed by CEPI Engineering out of Casper. That study looked at the city's current water sources, production capability, total number of current dwelling units and commercial users, potential for growth, and how many more homes and businesses could be added to the current water system... audio here

The study also gave the city some options for improving its ability to produce water, including purchasing new transformers and a backup pump for the Sheep Mountain Well, and exploring the possibility of drilling a second well at the Sheep Mountain site.


(Wed 10/26/11) - Cooler, wetter weather has caused the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to lift fire restrictions on BLM land in Converse, Platte and Goshen counties. That means people can do things such as build a campfire that's not inside a fire grate at a developed site. They also can use a chain saw without having a fire extinguisher on hand. The BLM says setting off fireworks and shooting guns with tracer or incendiary ammunition are still prohibited on BLM land.


(Tue 10/25/11) - All five seats have been filled on the Douglas Planning Commission. At last night's Council meeting, the Douglas City Council chose five people from seven applicants to serve on the newly-compacted commission. The council named Terri Wills-Cathcart, Bob Bushong and Mike Flaherty to two-year terms and Doug Olsen and Carole Johnston to one-year terms. Normal terms on the commission are three years, but since all five seats were being filled last night, the shorter, staggered terms were used so only a part of the commission would turn over each year. The Council interviewed each of the applicants in a work session before last night's council meeting.

The City of Douglas will also get a new street sweeper. Council voted to approve the purchase of a 2012 Elgin Whirlwind sweeper on a Freightliner chassis. The new street sweeper came in under budget... the City had planned on spending up to $200 thousand this fiscal year for a new unit... the bid came in at a little over 187 thousand dollars.


(Mon 10/24/11) - How much water can we make? Water availabilty and past, present and future usage are on the agenda tonight for the Douglas City Council. As the community grows, new homes and businesses and new industrial use have placed more of a demand on the City's ability to produce and provide water for its residents. The Douglas City Council asked CEPI Engineering to perform a water system capacity study for the city to define its current capacities and potential for growth. The Council will get the full results of that report tonight, as well as CEPI's conclusions and recommendations for the long-term reliability and viability of the City's water system.

Council will also name new members to the newly-downsized City Planning Commission. Council voted earlier this month to shrink the Commission from seven members to five. Six people have applied for the five open seats, and the City Council will meet with the applicants in a study session before tonight's council meeting at 5:45.

The City Council meets tonight at 7 in council chambers at Douglas City Hall. Council meetings are open to the public, and are broadcast live on Comminicom Cable channel 61.


(Mon 10/24/11) - Hiker's body found... Authorities in northwestern Wyoming say the body of a 32-year-old hiker who went missing three weeks ago was found Saturday by family and friends. Park County Search and Rescue says that the body of Jason Shefelbine, orginally from Glenrock, and more recently of Billings, Montana, was found at the bottom of a cliff in the Clarks Fork Canyon area. Authorities say a coroner was called to the scene to investigate what might have happened to the man who went missing Oct. 1. A cause of death has not been determined. Authorities called off the official search Oct. 16 due to weather and a lack of clues. Friends say Shefelbine was an avid outdoorsman who took appropriate precautions on hiking trips.


(Wed 10/19/11) - Authorities in northwestern Wyoming have called off the search for a hiker who's been missing since the beginning of the month. Volunteers have been looking for 32-year-old Jason Shefelbine of Glenrock, and currently from Billings in the Clarks Fork Canyon area since his car was found on Oct. 4. Authorities decided to stop looking for Shefelbine after a search on Saturday failed to turn up any sign of him and because of the changing weather. One person reported seeing Shefelbine carrying a fishing pole and a daypack on Oct. 2. Search dogs were interested in some areas in the canyon but searchers weren't able to pick up a definitive direction because of swirling winds and difficult terrain.


(Fri 10/14/11) - Douglas schools get high marks from a national accreditation team. Converse County School District #1 went through a District Accreditation review early this week, and impressed the reviewers... audio here

Other commendations for the Douglas school district...

The district places an emphasis on identifying the individual needs of students and implementing interventions to meet those needs... audio here

The district implements a systematic process for the development and review of a vision that is supported by stakeholders and implemented throughout the district...

The review team said they were impressed with the depth of Converse County District 1's improvement plans... audio here

The district implemented an ongoing process to align the curriculum that leads to clearly defined student learning expectations and encourages dialog between teachers... audio here

The district utilizes available resources to actively recruit quality staff members, provide meaningful professional development, integrate technology, and maintain up-to-date facilities... audio here

The review team only identified two required actions for the District, both of which had to do with the use and further analysis of data that the District already collects. Converse County District #1 was rated operational in all seven areas rated, and highly functional in two areas... Vision and Purpose, and Resources and Support Systems... audio here

District Director of Curriculum John Weigel said that he was proud of the fact that the final report reflected one of the district's core values... audio here

The Quality Assurance Review team was made up of 19 people from inside and outside of the state. They talked to 327 people - board members, administration, teachers, support staff, community members and students - over a two day period.


(Tue 10/11/11) - The Council trims the Planning Commission. At last night's meeting, the Douglas City Council voted on third reading to cut the Douglas Planning Commission from seven members to five. During public comment, several current members of the Commission spoke against the move, saying the city's reasons weren't valid. Planning chair Imo Harned addressed one of the issues... audio here

Current commission member Ron Barnard said he wouldn't be re-applying for a position on the new board... audio here

Commission member Liz Batton said the larger board brings a larger variety of experience to the process... audio here

Before the vote, Councilman Dave Angiolillo spoke of his previous experience on the planning commission... audio here

Council voted unanimously to approve the ordinace on final reading. The City currently has six applications for the five seats on the Planning Commission, and will continue to accept applications through Monday, October 17th at 5pm.


(Fri 10/7/11) -Thanks for the green light... Companies developing two electric transmission lines in Wyoming welcome an Obama administration initiative to speed up permitting and construction of their projects. However, they say it's too early to determine how much time will be saved on their overall project schedules. The TransWest Express and Gateway West transmission line project have been under development for about three years but still have years of regulatory and environmental review ahead of them. The Gateway West Project will begin here in Converse County near Glenrock, and will end southwest of Boise, Idaho. They are among seven projects in 12 states selected to be part of a pilot federal program to streamline the review process by among federal, state and tribal regulatory agencies. Loyd Drain of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority says the initiative stands to help all proposed transmission projects just by improving coordination between the reviewing agencies.



{Fri 10/7/11) - State statistics show Teton County is still the most expensive place in Wyoming to live, but the difference from other places is narrowing a bit. Sliding home prices in Teton County are narrowing the gap. The Wyoming Cost of Living Index for the second quarter of 2011 found Teton County was 33 percent more expensive than the state average. In the second quarter of 2008, the county was 38 percent higher. The index takes into account the cost of food, housing, apparel, transportation, medical care, recreation and personal care. Platte County was listed as the least expensive place in the state to live, at 87 percent of average, and Niobrara County was at 88 percent. Converse County was 14th out of the 23 counties, at 95 percent of the statewide average.





(Sat 10/29/11) - Cody claims the 3A State Volleyball Title... the defending state champion Fillies beat Douglas 3 games to 1 in the championship match. The LadyCats won the first game 25-20, then Cody came back and took three, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18. It was the first conference loss of the season for the Douglas LadyCats.


(Sat 10/29/11) - 2A games go East, 1A games go West... four opening round football playoff games were played on Saturday afternoon. In 2A, the Glenrock Herders advance to the semifinals with a 22-11 win over Kemmerer, and the Newcastle Dogies shutout Thermopolis 28-0. 1A games, top-ranked Cokeville beats Lingle-Ft Laramie 33-6, and Riverside beat Sundance 40-13.


(Fri 10/28/11) - On to the semis... the Douglas Bearcats football team shut out Cody 29-0 in quarterfinal playoff action tonight. The first half of the game was a defensive battle with several turnovers on both sides. The Bearcats found themselves in unfamiliar territory with a zero on the scoreboard at halftime.. the game was scoreless at the break. Douglas got their first score in the third quarter when quarterback Luke Andrews broke a quarterback sneak for 82 yards, and a Tanner Miller 2-point conversion gave the Cats an 8-0 lead. Miller ran in a 31 yard touchdown later in the third, and another 2-point conversion took the lead to 16-0. Miller blasted out a 61 yard touchdown run with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game, and collected on a 3-yard run just a minute later to bring the final score to 29-0.

In other 3A playoff action tonight, Buffalo beat Star Valley 24-13 at Afton, Green River dumped Riverton 49-21, and Powell beat Lander 45-6.

Semi's next Friday night, Green River plays Powell and Douglas hosts the Buffalo Bison... that's a 7pm game Friday night November 4th at Bearcat Stadium.


(Fri 10/28/11) - LadyCats play Cody for a State Title. In semi-final round action at the 3A State Volleyball Tournament, Douglas beat Wheatland 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, and Cody beat Star Valley 25-18, 25-20, 25-18. That sets up a championship match between Douglas and defending state champ Cody Saturday afternoon at 3:30 at the Casper Events Center.

Glenrock's Lady Herders fought hard, but go two matches and out at State Volleyball. Glenrock lost in four games to Star Valley on Thursday, then went five games before losing Friday to Torrington.

The Lady Blazers meet Wheatland in a loser-out game Saturday morning at 9... Pinedale and Star Valley play in the other loser-out game at 10:30... winners of those two matches play for third place at 1:30, and Douglas plays Cody at 3:30 for the 3A championship.


(Fri 10/28/11) - Gold for a Douglas swimmer... at the 3A State Swim Meet at Gillette, DHS sophomore Lateesha Hiser timed in at 25.56 seconds to win gold in the 50 freestyle. Hiser also placed sixth in the 100 free. Douglas relay teams also placed... Celina Leman, Laura Boner, Ciara Blain and Hiser were fourth in the 200 freestyle, and Leman, Hiser, Blain and Kyla Caves were sixth in the 200 medley. Douglas diver Karissa Backes placed third in 1-meter diving.

The Lander Valley Tigers added another team win to a large collection of state swim titles. Douglas tied Kemmerer for seventh place.


(Thu 10/27/11) - State Volleyball gets underway this afternoon at the Casper Events Center. LadyCats head coach Angela Rhoades says all eight teams in the tournament will be very competitive... audio here

Opening rounds for 3A, top-ranked Douglas plays Pinedale at 3, Wheatland meets Lander at 4:30, the Glenrock Lady Herders take on Star Valley at 6, and Torrington meets Cody at 7:30.

Select games out of the other classes, on the 4A courts, Kelly Walsh plays Cheyenne East at 7:30 tonight. 2A, the Wright Panthers meet Greybull at 3, and Southeast plays Lovell at 7:30. And in 1A, Guernsey-Sunrise meets Cokeville at 6pm.


(Thu 10/27/11) - Everybody into The Pool ! The 3A State Swim Meet gets underway this afternoon at the Gillette Aquatic Center. Prelims and semis are this afternoon at 2, with Finals scheduled for Friday morning at 10. Five LadyCats swimmers have been named All-Conference following last weekend's Absaraka Conference Meet at Newcastle. On the list... Celina Leman in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke; LaTeesha Hiser in the 50 Free and the 100 Free; Karissa Backes in Diving; Leman, Hiser, Laura Boner and Ciara Blain for the 200 Free Relay.


(Thu 10/27/11) - The Douglas Bearcats football team hosts the Cody Broncs tomorrow night in the opening round of the playoffs. Because this is a state event, the Wyoming High School Activities Association charges admission to the game. Advance tickets are available now at the Rec Center main desk. Tickets are $5 dollars for adults and $3 dollars for students. No discount for buying in advance, it just save you standing in line tomorrow night.


(Wed 10/26/11) - Not a whole lot of changes in the high school football polls this week. The final edition of the WyoPreps.com coaches and media poll has 9-0 Casper Natrona atop the 4A Ranks again... 8-1 Sheridan is #2 followed by Gillette, Evanston moves up to 4 and Cheyenne East falls to 5. In 3A, it's Green River and Douglas at #1 & #2 again. Lander and Star Valley move up to 3 and 4 as Powell drops from 3 to 5 after Friday night's loss to Green River. In 2A it's Lovell, Lyman and Glenrock again at 1-2-3... Newcastle and Thermopolis knock Greybull and Big Horn out of 4 and 5. 1A, it's Southeast, Cokeville, Lusk at #3, Riverside and Saratoga, and no change in 6-man... Snake River, Duboise, Midwest, Kaycee and Ten Sleep lead the small schools.


(Sat 10/22/11) - Converse County's volleyball teams battled it out for the 3A East Regional title Saturday afternoon, and the Douglas LadyCats kept their perfect conference record intact. In the championship match, Douglas beat the Glenrock Lady Herders in three, 25-16, 25-11, 25-13. Wheatland beat Torrington 25-23, 25-16, 25-19 to take third. State volleyball begins Thursday at the Casper Events Center. Douglas will play 4W Pinedale at 3, and Glenrock meets 3W Star Valley at 6 Thursday night.


(Sat 10/22/11) - Cross Country at the Douglas Community Club on Saturday, Jackson's Oliver Schofield repeated as the 3A Champion. The Senior held off Glenrock's Raider Nelson by 12 seconds to win his second in a row. In fact, the top three were the exact same as they finished a year ago with Schofield, Raider, and Jackson's Lars Schou. Jackson won their second team title in a row, followed by Star Valley. Douglas finished fifth, and Glenrock was 10th. Douglas junior Robert Ricks made the All-State list with a 7th place finish. Last year, Star Valley's Hailey Ricks won the 4A girls race. This year, Star Valley dropped down to 3A and the junior claims the 3A gold. She edged out Cody's Anne Brinegar by 15 seconds for her second straight crown. The Lady Braves would put girls 1-3-5 but finished second in the team standings to Cody. Douglas finished 6th in the team standings, while Glenrock was 8th. Neither Douglas or Glenrock girls placed runners in the top-10. Douglas's Sarah Townsend finished 18th.


(Fri 10/21/11) - On to the post-season... The Douglas Bearcats football team ended regular season play tonight with a 52-8 win over the Trailblazers at Torrington. The Bearcats took their first snap of the night to the endzone for a touchdown and never looked back. Quarterback Luke Andrews hit Ty Etchemendy twice for touchdowns, Tanner Miller ran in three TD's, Braidy Parks ran one in, Reed Burgener snagged an interception and took it back 32 yards for a score, and the Cats collected a safety in the third quarter to cap off the night's scoring. Douglas will host Cody in the first round of the playoffs next Friday night. Cody beat Worland 35-14 to earn the fourth seed in 3A West. Douglas beat Cody 34-7 on Week 2. Also tonight, Lander edged Riverton 24-22 at Lander. The Tigers will take the 2nd seed in the East, and Riverton will be the 4th seed. Buffalo's the third seed, and they had a short night tonight... Buffalo led winless Rawlins 21-0 with 2 minutes left in the first quarter when the power went out at Outlaw Stadium and the game was called. No make-up will be scheduled, since a win or loss wouldn't affect the season-ending rankings. Star Valley shut out Jackson 34-0, and Green River beat Powell 38-14.

In 4A tonight, Natrona ends their season 9-0 with a 41-34 win over Gillette, and Kelly Walsh fell 31-7 to Cheyenne Central. 2A, the Glenrock Herders beat Moorcroft 43-7, Newcastle beat Big Horn 35-21 and Burns beat Wright 34-6. 1A, Southeast beat Lingle-Ft Laramie 28-0 and the Lusk Tigers shut out the Upton Bobcats 53-0.


(Fri 10/21/11) - Here's the first round of the playoffs... 4A, Laramie's at Natrona, Evanston's at Cheyenne East, Cheyenne Central's at Gillette and Rock Springs will play at Sheridan.

In 3A, 4W Cody's at 1E Douglas... 3E Buffalo's at 2W Star Valley... 3W Powell's at 2W Lander... and 4E Riverton's at 1W Green River.

2A: there's a 3-way play in Tuesday at Riverton between Greybull-Thermopolis-Kemmerer. Two of the three will advance to the playoffs.

(#4E) Burns at (#1W) Lovell - FRIDAY

(#3W) TBA at (#2E) Newcastle – SATURDAY

(#3E) Big Horn at (#2W) Lyman - FRIDAY

(#4W) TBA at (#1E) Glenrock – SATURDAY

1A: there's a 3-way play in Tuesday at Douglas between Lingle-Ft. Laramie-Pine Bluffs-Sundance, with two of the three advancing to the playoffs.

Saratoga gets 3 seed over Shoshoni due to head-to-head.

(#4E) TBA at (#1W) Cokeville – SATURDAY

(#3W) Saratoga at (#2E) Lusk FRIDAY

(#3E) TBA at (#2W) Riverside – SATURDAY

(#4W) Shoshoni at (#1E) Southeast FRIDAY

Six Man: (#4N) Hulett at (#1S) Little Snake River, (#3S) H.E.M.  at (#2N) Kaycee, (#3N) Ten Sleep at (#2S) Midwest, (#4S) Farson-Eden at (#1N) Dubois


(Fri 10/21/11) - Douglas meets Glenrock in for the 3A East Regional Volleyball Championship. In opening round play today at Buffalo, Douglas opened with a win in three games over Buffalo, the battled Torrington in the second round. Torrington won the first game 25-20, Douglas came for a 25-13 win in the second game. Torring took the third 25-23, then Douglas won 25-16 and 15-7 to take the match. Glenrock opened with a win in four games over Worland, then beat Wheatland 3 games out of four to earn a berth in the title match. Saturday's brackets, Buffalo plays Rawlins at 10:30, with the winner playing Wheatland at 1:30. Newcastle plays Worland at 9am, with the winner advancing to play Torrington at noon. The third place game is at 4pm, and Douglas will play Glenrock for the 3A East Championship Saturday afternoon at 5:30pm.


(Wed 10/19/11) - No changes this week in the 3A football polls. The WyoPreps.com Coaches and Media Poll looks just like it did last week... Green River, Douglas, Powell, Lander, and Star Valley. The top four teams... Green River, Douglas, Powell and Lander are all 6-1... #5 Star Valley is 4-3... Green River plays Powell Friday night. Douglas is at Torrington.

4A, 8-0 Casper Natrona holds the #1 spot, followed by the Sheridan Broncs. Gillette moves from 4 to 3, Cheyenne East is up from 5 to 4, and Evanston falls from 3 to 5.

2A, 7-0 Lovell remains at #1, Lyman and Glenrock are both 6-1, but Lyman moves up to the #2 slot after Glenrock loses their first game of the season to Burns last Friday night. Greybull moves up from 5 to 4... Big Horn falls from 4 to 5.

The top for are unchanged in 1A... that would be Southeast, Cokeville, 6-1 Lusk is #3 and Riverside is #4... Saratoga and Lingle-Ft Laramie are tied at 5 his week.

No change in the 6-man ranks... Snake River, Dubois, Midwest, Kaycee and Ten Sleep.


(Fri 10/14/11) - Douglas now 6-1... The Douglas Bearcats picked another road win tonight as they knocked off Riverton 44-15. Douglas scored first on a 63-yard pass play from quarterback Luke Andrews to Ty Etchemendy. The 2-point conversion was good and Douglas led 8-0. Riverton answered with a score plus two, and the game was tied at 8-8. Then it was off to the races for the Bearcats. Etchemendy scored again, then it was Tanner Miller, the Etchemendy again. Douglas led 31-8 at halftime. Miller took a 67 yard run to the house in the third quarter, and Parks collected a td early in the 4th. Riverton grabbed one last touchdown with about 5 minutes left, and Douglas claimed their 6th win of the season.

In other action tonight, #1 Green River kicked a field goal with a half a second left on the clock to win a 31-28 nailbiter at Afton over Star Valley. #3 Powell came from behind to beat Cody for the first time since 2006, 42-23 the final at Powell. 4th ranked Lander had an easy win, 53-0 over Rawlins. Worland beat Jackson 19-6 and Buffalo smoked Torrington 56-6. After week seven, Douglas is 6-1... Green River is 6-1... Powell is 6-1... and Lander is 6-1. The logjam will break next Friday night... Green River plays Powell, Lander hosts Riverton, and Douglas is at Torrington.

In 2A, the Glenrock Herders suffered their first loss of the season tonight, losing 22-14 to the Burns Broncs. The Wheatland Bulldogs lost 33-0 to Newcastle. #1 Lovell beat Kemmerer 42-13, and Moorcroft beat Wright 34-18.1A, Lusk shut out NSI 56-0, the Lingle Doggers beat Pine Bluffs 16-13, and Southeast smacked Upton 53-6. 4A, Natrona's now 7-0 with a 38-7 win over Laramie, and Kelly Walsh fell 55-14 to the Sheridan Broncs.


(Fri 10/14/11) - The Douglas LadyCats volleyball team wins again. At Glenrock, the Lady Herders took the first game of the match 28-26, but the LadyCats took the next three, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23. Douglas finishes regular season play undefeated in conference play.


(Fri 10/7/11) - Easy win... on Senior night at Bearcat Stadium, the Cats football team scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, four in the second, and beat the Rawlins Outlaws 49-0. Tanner Miller collected six of the seven touchdowns, tying a school record for td's in a game. Most starters were out at halftime and Douglas's backups got plenty of varsity gametime tonight.

After week six, Douglas, Green River, Powell and Lander are all 5-1. Lander upended Buffalo 14-7, Green River hammered Jackson 55-7, and Powell cruised past Worland 36-10. Star Valley beat Cody 30-17, and Riverton beat Torrington 30-3. Douglas travels to Riverton next Friday, and to Torrinton on the 21st to wrap up regular season play.

Also tonight, in 4A Natrona beat Evanston 14-7 and Kelly Walsh shut out Cheyenne South 51-0. 2A, the Glenrock Herders move to 6-0 with a 49-0 shutout win at Wright. Top-ranked Lovell beat Thermopolis 32-13. The Burns Broncs came from behind to beat the Wheatland Bulldogs 36-29. 1A, Lusk shut out Sundance 36-0, and Lingle blanked NSI 49-0. 6-man, Guernsey hosts Midwest Saturday afternoon at 3.