KKTY NEWS Oct 13 Archive
(Tue 10/29/13) - PumpJacks vs Prairie Chickens... An environmental group is asking the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to impose strict limits on oil drilling in designated sage grouse habitat east of Douglas.
BLM officials say they are reviewing the request and won't approve drilling any time soon.
Habitat zones such as the Douglas sage grouse core area are a key part of Wyoming's strategy for keeping sage grouse off the threatened or endangered species list.
Even so, the governor's office and Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy recently agreed to allow potentially hundreds of new oil wells in the core area.
The group WildEarth Guardians wants the Interior Department and BLM to postpone and then restrict drilling in the habitat zone. The group says BLM should first finish adopting its own sage grouse core area strategy in Wyoming. (Map courtesy of EcoWatch.com)
(Wed 10/23/13) - The golden shovels came out today for the official groundbreaking ceremonies at the new Eastern Wyoming College - Douglas Campus. Speaking to the crowd gathered at the construction site yesterday afternoon, Senator Jim Anderson said the project shows one of the reasons that Wyoming and Converse County are special... audio
Dee Ludwig is Vice-President for Learning at Eastern Wyoming College. She said that community support is what's building the new campus... audio
In November, Converse County voters approved a one-cent specific use tax that will fund 22 million dollars in renovation and expension at Douglas and Glenrock libraries and 9.7 million dollars for a new building for the Eastern Wyoming College Douglas campus. Dirt work and site prep is already underway on the land in the Douglas Business Park.
(Tue 10/22/13) - Can't Get There From Here? Medicine Bow National Forest officials are urging hunters and others to check with them on conditions before they head into the forest.
Many roads in the forest are covered with snow or muddy. Snow has made some roads nearly impassable. Other roads have deep, muddy ruts.
Forest officials say some roads might be closed while crews remove trees that have fallen on roads or are at risk of falling on roads.
A press release yesterday from the US Forest Service says all four campgrounds in the Douglas Ranger District south of Douglas are now closed. You can call the Douglas Ranger District office at 358-4690 for more information.
(Mon 10/14/13) - After a national search, the City of Douglas goes in-house for its next Chief of Police. At tonight's Douglas City Council meeting, City Administrator Tony Tolstedt asked for and received council concurrence with his recommendation to name DPD Lieutenant Ron Casalenda as the City's next Police Chief.
Casalenda is a 32-year veteran of the Douglas Police Department, and has served as interim Chief of Police since mid-August when former chief Steven Annetts resigned.
Casalenda has held multiple special assignments during his tenure with the Douglas Police Department, inlcuding School Resource Officer and DARE Officer. His community involvement has included work with Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run among other charities.
The Douglas City Council approved the appointment on a 5-0 vote.
(Thu 10/17/13) - Wyoming Sells... A mercantile for Wyoming-made products recorded more than $32,000 in sales this summer during Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Wyoming State Fair.
The store is part of a program run through the Wyoming Business Council and showcases merchandise made by companies in Wyoming.
Products at the store range from sauces, jams and honey, to holiday ornaments, photography, jewelry, soaps and lotions, glassware, leather items, pottery and more.
It included 67 vendors and saw more than $12,000 in sales at Cheyenne Frontier Days. At the Wyoming State Fair, the store hosted goods from over 70 vendors and saw about $20,000 in sales.
(Fri 10/11/13) - Friday night football, the Douglas Bearcats scored early and often on their way to their 6th win of the season, beating the Rawlins Outlaws 54-2.
In other 3A action, top-ranked Powell shut out Worland 67-0... #4 Star Valley upset #3 Cody 31-12... #5 Riverton beat Torrington 49-21...Lander shut out Buffalo 21-0... and Jackson beat Green River 64-48.
4A, #4 Kelly Walsh beats Evanston 40-10, and #5 Natrona bombs Cheyenne South 58-6.
2A, #4 Big Horn upsets #3 Wheatland 28-26, Wheatland's first loss of the season... Glenrock falls to Newcastle 34-12... Tongue River beats Wright 14-6.
1A, the Lusk Tigers shut out Upton-Sundance 46-0... Lingle-Ft Laramie blasts Pine Bluffs 62-14...
6-man, Guernsey-Sunrise falls to Midwest 43-32.