KKTY NEWS Sept 08 Archive


(Sun 9/28/08) - More workers, more jobs, more unemployed... the numbers from the Wyoming Department of Employment are all up again for Converse County. August statistics were released last week, and the Converse County labor force is up from 6773 in August of 2007 to 7003 in August of 2008. This August's numbers are also up slightly from July. Employment numbers, the number of people actually drawing a wage, grew from 6573 in August 07 to 6773 is August, an increase of 200 jobs. The bad news, however, is that unemployment numbers grew as well, from 181 last August to 230 this August. Converse County's unemployment rate stands at 3.3%, just over the statewide average of 3 percent.

(Sun 9/28/08) - The Glenrock Fire Department is getting a new fire truck. The new truck is a 114-foot platform/ladder truck that will double the height the the Department can currently reach. The new unit will allow firefighters and those who may be rescued to ride up and down on a platform, rather than having to climb up and down the entire length of the ladder. Funding for the $900 thousand dollar fire truck will come from several sources, including a large amount from the State Loan and Investment Board. The new ladder truck should be delivered to Glenrock in February.

(Thu 9/25/08) - More wind generators for Converse County. Duke Energy announced earlier this month that they were planning to build a 99 megawatt windfarm northeast of Casper. Tom Schroeder with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says the planned Campbell Hill windfarm will be located in Converse County. Duke Energy will build 67 1.5 megawatt wind turbines similar to the ones that Rocky Mountain Power is building north of Glenrock. The Campbell Hill windfarm will be about 3 or 4 miles west of the Rocky Mountain Power facility. North Carolina-based Duke has signed a 20-year contract to sell the power generated by the project to Pacific Power.

(Thu 9/25/08) - Local residents can get more information tonight on the planned Stone Valley Subdivision at a Neighborhood Meeting hosted by the City of Douglas. The subdivision is planned for the 40 acres of land at the end of Park Drive, an area previously known as Clearfield East. Developers will ask for the parcel to be re-zoned from Agricultural to a new zoning category, Mixed Use-Planned Unit Development. Tonight's meeting at the Douglas High School Auditorium begins at 6pm. The public is invited to attend the meeting, take a look at the subdivisioin plans, and ask questions of the City staff in attendance. The Douglas Planning Commission will review the Stone Valley subdivision plans on October 6th.

(Wed 9/24/08) - Time to say goodbye to the old West Yellowstone bridge over the North Platte River. Jim Barnes is district 2 resident engineer with WyDot. He says Hedquist construction will begin demolition of the 85-year-old bridge on either Thursday or Friday. Yesterday, Hedquist began construction of the coffer dams under the bridge which will keep the pieces of the bridge from falling into the river and to give construction workers a dry area to work from. Barnes says it's not like the movies, where they just blow it up. He said the bridge will come out little bits at a time. Demolition crews will try to cut the bridge up in sections and remove it one section at a time. If that doesn't work, they have a pulverizer that will take it out in chunnks to be hauled off. Barnes says Hedquist will be completing paving, sidewalk and curb and gutter on the east side approach to the bridge in the next few weeks as well.

(Tue 9/23/08) - The Douglas City Council said "We'll think about it" to an additional funding request from Solutions For Life. At last night's council meeting, members of the Solutions board asked for an additional $6 thousand dollars in funding for the remainder of the year. The mental health services group expects to have a new director hired in the next 30 days, and serves residents in Converse and Niobrara Counties from offices in Douglas, Glenrock and Lusk. It was noted last night that while Solutions For Life originally requested $15 thousand dollars in funding from the City of Douglas, the city contributed $6 thousand dollars this year. Converse County budgeted $30 thousand dollars, Glenrock added $3 thousand, Niobrara County $1 thousand dollars, and the town of Lusk did not contribute. Solutions estimated that 80 percent of their services went to Douglas residents, with 10 percent going to Glenrock and 10 percent going to Lusk and Niobrara County. Councilman Bob Chiapuzio said he wanted to meet with the new director and discuss his goals, needs and objectives before committing to more funding. Councilman Chad Rupe suggested that in the next 30 days, Solutions For Life should contact the town of Lusk and ask them to pay for part of their portion of services rendered. The council commended the Solutions for Life board for taking a proactive role in replacing the previous director in the light of community pressure and bad press. The council pretty much agreed that they'd like to have some more information from the Solutions group before making a decision on extra funding.

(Tue 9/16/08) - Douglas Intermediate School was evacuated this morning following a gas main break along West Yellowstone Highway. Norm Long with Source Gas said a 6-inch steel gas line was damaged by contractors working in the area. About a half-mile of the road was closed from 10am until just after 2pm as gas crews worked to cap the line. Douglas Intermediate School is about a block away from the break. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were bussed to Douglas Middle School, where they spent the day. The Douglas Holiday Inn Express is next to the gas main break. It was also evacuted for several hours. No injuries were reported in the incident.

(Tue 9/16/08) - Full Douglas schools continue to create a challenge for District 1 administration. Superintendant Dan Espeland says that district wide, the student population is down by about 20 bodies this year, however, at individual buildings, enrollment is up at both the high school and the primary school. He said that the primary school numbers are of sparticular concern, because those high numbers will affect all Douglas schools as the bigger classes advance. Espeland also says the district is keeping an eye on all the new construction in the community, because new homes often mean new families, which can also mean new students in the district. Converse County District 1 is in the planning process to build a new school on the west side of town immediately to the south of Douglas Intermediate School.

(Tue 9/16/08) - The Converse County Commissioners get the day off today, but they don't really get the day off. The commissioners' second monthly meeting was scheduled for today... however, Jim Willox, Ed Werner and Mark Cash will be spending the day today in Casper meeting with their counterparts from across the state at the Wyoming Association of County Officials conference. The next scheduled Converse County Commissioners meeting is October 6th and 7th.

(Tue 9/9/08) - A daycare and a software company with tennis courts... Douglas may get both, if a couple of CANDO projects pan out. CANDO Director Joe Coyne came before the Douglas City Council last night to ask the city to submit a Business Ready Community grant request to the Wyoming Business Council to build a 24-hour daycare facility.

Coyne had discussed the proposal at the last council meeting on August 25th. He said that since that meeting, the Wyoming Business Council suggested "rather strongly" that Douglas choose to submit for just one daycare, get it built and then consider whether the community needs a second facility. After discussions with the two developers involved, it looks like the daycare will be built in the Meadowlark Trails subdivision, which is being developed by Russell Construction north of McDonalds. The daycare facility will be about a $3.5 million dollar project; the grant request will be for $3 million, with Russell Construction donating the land and other in-kind services valued at $500 thousand dollars.

Coyne also asked the city to submit another grant request to build a facility to move a software company from Colorado to Douglas. The company specializes in recreational facilities management software. Currently, the company travels to facilities around the country and does on-site demonstrations. The proposed Douglas operation would be a showcase facility featuring four indoor tennis courts where potential customers would come to be trained on the software. The company doesn't need a large number of Douglas residents to play tennis; players would be brought in from other areas, and they'll be working with Douglas schools to teach local kids to play the game. The primary purpose, however, is software development and sales. The proposed facility would allow the company to move town, expand and add a few more software developers, and train their customers on-site rather than having to travel. Coyne noted that in addition to bringing jobs to town, the facililty would also bring customers, and perhaps tournament players, to Douglas, which strengthens the tourism industry here. The software company grant would be for $3 million dollars, with the developer providing the required ten percent match.

The Douglas City Council approved both requests, and will proceed with the grant request submittals to the Wyoming Business Council.

(Mon 9/8/08) - Sheepmen from around the region are in Douglas today and tomorrow for the 80th Annual Wyoming Ram Sale put on by the Wyoming Woolgrowers Association. Activities begin today at noon with animal previews at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. Meetings also begin at noon that will focus on predator management and control. At 2:00 this afternoon, it's the annual Ram Sale membership meeting for the Wyoming Woolgrowers. Tonight, it's the Ram Sale Party, Dinner and Dance. The 80th annual Ram Sale starts tomorrow morning at 9 at the fairgrounds. More than 300 rams from the regions best breeders will be sold at auction. For more information, call the Woolgrowers at 307-265-5250, or download a catalog at wyowool.org.

(Thu 9/5/08) - Another name goes on the General Election ballot for House District 6. Converse County Clerk Lucile Taylor says Tom Strock has successfully petitioned the state to be placed on the ballot as an Independant candidate. Taylor says Strock had to collect the signatures of about 75 registered Converse County voters and deliver the petition to the Secretary of State's office in Cheyenne. The Secretary's office has approved the petition, and Stock's name goes on the Genreal Election ballot as an independant candidate. Strock is a long-time area rancher, pastor and member of the Douglas school board. He'll face Republican Richard Cannady and Democrat Chase Anfinson in the November general election. The House District 6 seat was left open this fall when Representative Dave Edwards moved out of the district and wasn't able to run again.

(Thu 9/0408) - More than 20 people showed up before the Converse County Commission yesterday to weigh in on an RV park that's being proposed east of Glenrock. Pat McLagan wants to put hookups for 10 trailers on land that he owns on Tank Farm Road east of the power plant. McLagan told KKTY News that he expects weekend campers to use the park, as well as construction workers who need a place to stay while they're working here. McLagan's project is being held up, though, by neighborhood opposition. Neighbors who spoke at yesterday's public hearing expressed concern that the planned development would not be used for short term use as an RV Park, but would rather be used as a mobile home park, with longer-term residents. As a mobile home park, different standards could apply for water and sewer requirements. The Converse County Commissioners held yesterday's public hearing open for over an hour, taking comments and gathering information. Because the land that McLagan owns and is developing is not being subdivided, and is not part of an existing subdivision, the commissioners weren't sure exactly how or if the county's subdivision rules would apply. Those rules include guidelines for developing RV parks and mobile home parks. Following the hearing, the commissioners chose to do some homework, and won't take action until their next regular meeting in early October.



(Sun 9/28/08) - Douglas golfers are state champs. On the friendly confines of the Douglas Community Club, the Bearcats boys golf squad shot a two-day total of 665 this weekend, just 5 strokes ahead of second place Cody. Lander, Kemmerer and Buffalo rounded out the boys top five. Eric Collier of Rawlins had the low individual score of 157 over the Friday-Saturday event. Three Douglas golfers finished in the top-10... Saxon Bull shot a 163 to tie for 5th, Caden Rosin finished 7th at 165 and Chandler Andreen stroked a 167 to tie for 10th. Shawn Ramseier shot a 170, and Dylln Rider stroked a 178. On the girls' side, Lander's Lady Tigers blasted the field with a two-day 541, and Bri Sweeney of Worland shot a 168 for the individual win. Douglas golfers Hali Henwood and Taylor Kline, who's from Glenrock, but golfs with the Douglas team, finished in the middle of the pack at 13th and 14th. Henwood shot a 203... Kline shot a 205.

(Sat 9/27/08) - Shutouts for both Converse County football teams. At Rawlins, the Douglas Bearcats dominated the Outlaws 48-0 last night. Of the seven touchdowns for the Bearcats, Cody Bohlander collected three, including a 61-yard scramble. Also to the endzone...Pierre Etchemendy with a 63 yard run, Ryan Adams, Daniel Hancock and Brent Strock. Douglas is now 2-2... they host Lander this Friday night at Bearcat Stadium.

Also on the road, the Glenrock Herders bashed Mountain View 35-0. Ryan Lee scored three times, one a 62-yarder. Lee had 175 rushing for the Herd. Glenrock totalled almost 350 yards on the ground Friday night. The Herders are now 4-0, and host Thermopolis this Friday night.

And the Lusk Tigers click off another win, beating Lingle-Ft Laramie 39-14.

(Tue 9/23/08) - Early morning walkers and runners can return to the safe confines of Bearcat Stadium. Douglas High School activities director Steve Walker says the new surface on the DHS track has finished curing out, and the public may resume use of the track. Walker says that when they get ready to stripe the track, it will be closed again for about three days... we'll pass the word here on KKTY when that happens.

(Tue 9/23/08) - The DHS cross country team hosted the Douglas Invite out at the Community Club Friday afternoon. Coach Steve Smoot said the competition wasn't quite as deep as it usually is, because Sheridan held a meet this weekend as well. The state cross country meet is at Sheridan this year, so a lot of teams opted to go run at the base of the Big Horns and get a first look at the state course. The Douglas Invitiational saw teams from Douglas and Glenrock, Cheyenne East, and Burns-Pine Bluffs all competing in the varsity runs. Douglas showed strong in the boys race, with Max Deininger, Victor Caballero and Garret Wilson taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Tyler Dewitt of Douglas was 7th, and Glenrock senior Casey Reeves placed 8th. In the girls' race, Glenrock's Brooke Hughes, Marissa Widiker and Mary Nelson finished 1st, 3rd and 4th. Douglas freshmen Amanda Kornegay and Sarah Townsend were 9th and 10th. Douglas and Glenrock runners are at the Torrington Invite this Friday.

(Tue 9/23/08) - Five girls' swim teams were in the pool at the Rec for the Douglas Invite on Saturday. Buffalo dominated with 634 points, followed by Worland, Natrona, Douglas and Newcastle. Trystin Panasuk grabbed the only Douglas gold of the weekend, winning the 100 backstroke witha time of 1:15.07. Douglas swimmers are at Buffalo this Friday.

(Mon 9/22/08) - The Douglas Bearcats football team drops to 1-2 after a 20-7 loss to a very good Chadron Cardinals football team.The Cards' all-district quarterback John McLain was 20 of 28 passing for 189 yards and threw three short yardage passes for touchdowns... a 7-yarder and a 5-yarder to Zac Bargen, and an 8-yard pass to Travis Reeves. Pierre Etchemendy rumbled in a 1-yard run for the Bearcats' lone score of the night. Etchemendy carried 11 times for 50 yards to lead Douglas rushing. Cody Bohlander marked 23 yards on the ground, and collected 6 solo tackles and 4 assists. Daniel Hancock caught three passes for 27 yards. Time of posession went against Douglas again this week, as Chadron held the ball offensively for over 32 minutes... the Douglas offense clocked in with just over 15 minutes on the field. The Bearcats will get another shot at the Cardinals tonight...the junior varsity football squads meet at Chadron this afternoon at 4pm. Douglas varsity's at Rawlins this Friday night.

(Mon 9/22/08) - The Glenrock Herders go 3-0 on the season as they knock off the top-ranked 4A Buffalo Bison 16-14. Friday night, the Herd drove for a touchdown on their first offinsive drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown by Drew Nielsen.Kyle Farley hit Dustin Worthington with a 37 yard pass in the second quarter for the second and final score of the night for the Herd, who led the game 16-0 at the half. Buffalo battled back in the second half, drawing to 16-14 with :55 seconds left in the game. The Bison played for a two point conversion to tie the game, but Glenrock's Derek Sibrel tackled Buffalo qb Tyler Gibbs to end the game. Glenrock showed another strong running game, led by Taylor McIntyre for 23 carries and 80 yards... Drew Nielsen carried 20 for 70, and Ryan Lee carried 12 for 54 yards. The Herders travel to Mountain View for a 4pm game this Friday.

(Tue 9/16/08) - Construction crews worked overnight again last night at Douglas High School's Bearcat Stadium. Workers sprayed the final coat on the newly rebuilt track, part of the million-dollar reconstruction of the facility. DHS activities director Steve Walker says that it will take about a week for the SportTrack rubberized surface to dry and cure, so the track has been closed to the public for a few days. Walkers and runners are requested to stay off the track until next week.

(Tue 9/16/09) - Douglas and Glenrock runners finished top-10 in Gillette. At the Wayne Chaney Memorial cross country meet on Friday, Douglas's Max Dieninger ran a 17:29.80 to place 4th in the boys race, and Glenrock's Brooke Hughes clocked in at 20:17.37, good enough for a 6th place finish. In the team standings, the Douglas boys placed 5th and the LadyCats finished 6th. Cats runners host the Douglas Invite at the Douglas Community Club this Friday afternoon.

(Sat 9/13/08) - The Douglas Bearcats win at Riverton. In high school football action Friday night, the Cats took just two snaps to get to the endzone on their first offensive posession. Riverton fumbled the following kickoff, Douglas recovered, and took two more snaps to get into the endzone again. The Bearcats scored once in the second quarter and once in the third to earn a 27-0 shutout win over the 5A Wolverines. 1-1 Douglas plays their home opener this Friday night when they host the Chadron Cardinals. It's a 7pm kickoff, and you'll hear the game live on KKTY-FM and worldwide on the internet at kktyonline.com.

The Glenrock Herders used up all the lights on the scoreboard Friday night as they rocked the Lovell Bulldogs 50-20. On the road Friday night, Lovell used a strong aerial attack in the first half as they posted a 20 to 14 lead on #2 ranked Glenrock at half time. The Bulldogs had around 200 yards passing in the first two quarters, but, were shut down in the second as the Herders got the ground game going to the tune of around 400 yards.

Another game in the win column for the Lusk Tigers, as they drop Sundance 47-0. Lusk put up 366 yards of total offense and held Sundance to just 85 in big win. Chad Trautman ran only 9 times but put up 147 yards and a score. Lance Hladky scored twice on offense and picked off a pass he ran back to the house, one of two for the Tigers on the night. Lusk led 41 to 0 at halftim... they're now 1-0 in the 2A East.

(Fri 9/5/08) - Cats fall at Glenrock... The Bearcats football team lost their season opener 27-14 at Glenrock Friday night. Ray Kumpula's Herders ran their double-wing offense to perfection, chewing up the clock and marching on the Douglas defense. Before the game, Coach Kumpula said a key to winning would be keeping the Douglas offense off the field, and that's exactly what the Herders did. Glenrock ran 66 offensive plays to Douglas's 31, and in the second half, Glenrock had posession of the ball for 18 of the 24 minutes played. Glenrock put up 356 yards of total offense, with 328 yards on the ground. For Glenrock, Taylor McIntyre had 132 yards including a 30 yard touchdown pass. Drew Nielsen rushed for 121 yards and Ryan Lee had 71 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Douglas had 194 yards of total offense. When the Cats offense was on the field, they performed well. Senior quarterback Shane Richendifer looked confident and threw the ball well, connecting on 9 of 14 passes for 122 yards. Cody Bohlander carried the ball for 57 yards and caught 3 passes for another 23 yards. Jake Vogel had 4 catches for 43 yards. Coach Jay Rhoades says the team will put the loss behind them quickly as they prepare to play the Wolverines at Riverton on Friday the 12th. Riverton lost to top-ranked Green River 48-0. Next up for Glerock, it's a road trip to Lovell to meet the Bulldogs, who lost their opener 14-8 to Moorcroft.