KKTY NEWS Sept 09 Archive


(Tue 9/29/09) - Unemployment numbers in Converse County held pretty much steady last month. The latest numbers have been released by the Wyoming Department of Employment. They show that unemployment went from 5.4 percent in July to 5.6 percent in August. In real numbers, that translates to 409 people drawing unemployment here in August... that's up from 393 in July. Statewide, Wyoming's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is at 6.6 percent. Nationwide, unemployment is at 9.7 percent.

(Mon 9/28/09) - The Douglas City Council will be at full strength again when they meet tonight. The council has been a man short since Mayor Jim Schneider resigned on July 27th. At the September 14th council meeting, Val Marshall was named to fill the open seat. He'll be sworn in to the Council during the work session before tonight's meeting, and the group will also choose a new council president during tonight's meeting. The agenda for tonight's council meeting is available online on the city's website at cityofdouglaswy.com. Work session begins at 6:15, the council meeting begins at 7pm in the council chambers at Douglas City Hall. Meetings are open to the public, and are broadcast live on Communicom cable channel 61.

(Thu 9/10/09) - Natrona County prosecutors have charged three former Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers with possession of steroids. Prosecutors accuse Devan Henderson and Franklin Ryle Jr. of bringing the steroids from Mexico to Wyoming, and Adam Longo of purchasing the drugs at a Casper gym. Agents with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation presented Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen with the allegations earlier this year while investigating Ryle for kidnapping a Wal-Mart trucker. Ryle pleaded guilty in July to two federal charges in connection with the kidnapping scheme. Henderson and Longo were suspended from their jobs and left the patrol in August for undisclosed reasons. Both men appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday, when a judge ruled they could be released on personal recognizance bonds.

(Thu 9/10/09) - A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper accused of exposing himself to a 5-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Jay Gruwell entered the plea at his arraignment Wednesday in District Court. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Gruwell exposed himself to the girl in May at a Gillette home while he was off-duty. Gruwell is a 23-year veteran of the patrol stationed in Lusk. He has been on administrative leave since May 20.

(Thu 9/10/09) - Just as back-to-school and Labor Day weekend are sure signs of a change in the seasons, the Converse County Commissioners took part in another end-of-summer tradition this week. On the recommendation of County Fire Warden Tom Reed, the Commissioners lifted a summer-long fire ban in Converse County on Tuesday. The fire bans have been much needed during the droughts of the past few years, but a wetter, greener summer took a little bit of the pressure off of ranchers and firefighters this year.

(Thu 9/10/09) - Esterbrook residents and those who enjoy a visit to the mountains may find construction delays for the next few weeks on Esterbrook Road. A federal roads project is bringing improvements to the road south of Douglas. Contractors are gravelling Esterbrook Road now through mid-October, so expect large belly-dump trucks on the Esterbrook Road. The dump trucks are getting gravel from a pit on the Braae Road, with the location about 2 miles north of the Bruner cutoff road, so people can expect the dump trucks on this stretch of road and should use caution. Also, they will be working over this weekend (12th and 13th), so those up there for camping/hunting/firewood collection should use caution. Marcia Rose Ritchie with the US Forest Service recommends people use the Braae Road, but reminds you that there's still some construction traffic on Braae Road as well as on Esterbrook Road.

(Wed 9/9/09) - The Glenrock Police Department has finished an internal review of officers' use of a Taser during an August parade but have not released its findings. Police Chief Tom Sweet said Tuesday that he plans to issue a public release on the report in coming days but will keep personnel matters confidential. He says he has not yet spoken with the officers involved. The town hired an outside consultant to review whether officers broke department policies when they chased down 76-year-old Bud Grose and shocked him. A state investigation says Grose disobeyed an officer's traffic command while he was driving an antique tractor during the Deer Creek Days parade, leading to the police incident. No charges have been filed in the incident and the officers involved remain on leave.



(Wed 9/30/09) - Converse County's high school football teams remain unanimous choices for number one. This week's WyoPreps.com coaches and media football polls are out, and the Douglas Bearcats get all 23 votes cast for the top spot in this week's 3A poll. Powell remains at #2, Torrington moves up from 4 to 3, Cody comes back into the top 5 at #4, and Buffalo falls from 3 to 5. Lander drops out of the top 5 this week. In 2A, the undefeated Glenrock Herders top the poll again, grabbing all 24 votes cast. No change in the rest of the 2A poll, with Kemmerer, Lovell, Greybull and Thermopolis rounding out the top 5. Lingle Ft Laramie moves up to #1 in 1A after a win over former #1 Lusk. Cokeville's at 2, lusk falls from 1 to 3, Wind River's at 4 and Southeast is #5. Guernsey-Sunrise contiunes to dominate 6-man, and Sheridan moves up from 3 to 1 in the 4A poll.

(Wed 9/30/09) - The Douglas LadyCats volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw at Wheatland last night. the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs recover from first loss to sweep Douglas 25-15, 25-15, 25-16.

(Mon 9/28/09) - Bearcats win streak continues. The DHS football team opens their 3A East conference season with a 35-6 win over the Buffalo Bison. In a rematch of last year's 4A State Championship game, the Bearcats fought their way through a tough Buffalo defense to take the win. The game was scoreless until the 5:14 mark in the second quarter, when the Cats finally lit up the scoreboard. Douglas used several big-yardage plays to beat Buffalo... including an 85-yard run for touchdown by Pierre Etchemendy, a 65-yard punt return by Dillon Klava, and a 55-yard run for score by Colter McNare. Douglas's win streak extends to 12 games with Friday night's win. The Cats host Wheatland for Homecoming on Friday, October 2nd. Pre-game's at 6:40pm on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

Also Friday night in 3A, #2-ranked Powell shut out Jackson 36-0... #4 Torrington beat the Bulldogs at Wheatland 40-6... Cody upset #5 Lander 20-12... Riverton got their first win of the season as they beat Rawlins 38-6, and Worland shut out Star Valley 21-0. In 2A, the top-ranked Glenrock Herders continue to roll, beating Big Horn 48-27 in the Herders homecoming game, and in 1A, #2 Lingle-Ft Laramie upsets #1 Lusk 49-20.

At the 3A State Golf Tournament at Lander this weekend, the Douglas LadyCats finished second behind the host Lander Lady Tigers. Taylor Kline stroked a two-day 182 to finish 3rd in the individual standings. Hali Henwood finished 11th... Molly Kreycik placed 16th. The Douglas Boys finished third behind champion Cody and #2 Buffalo. Chandler Andreen placed 4th as he swung a two-day 156, five strokes behind champion Ryan Graham of Buffalo. Saxon Bull tied for 18th, and Cadin Rosin finished 25th.

Douglas LadyCats volleyball this weekend at the Casper Invitational, in pool play, Douglas lost two games to Cheyenne Central, lost a pair to Natrona, then came back and beat Kelly Walsh's JV in 3. In brackets, the LadyCats lost 2 of 3 to Hulett, then came back to beat the Kelly Walsh JV 26-24, 25-20 to win the consolation round in the Silver bracket. The LadyCats travel to Wheatland for a volleyball dual with the Lady Bulldogs tomorrow night.

Glenrock Lady Herders volleyball this weekend, Glenrock took Buffalo in 4 games. Glenrock wins 25-23, 25-12, 20-25, 25-19.

(Fri 9/18/09) - Cats now 3-0. The Douglas Bearcats wrap up the non-conference portion of the season with a 41-9 win Friday night over the Bulldogs from Alliance, Nebraska. The Cats took the measure of the Dogs in the first quarter, scoring one touchdown, then came on strong in the second quarter, visiting the end zone three times. Douglas took a 29-3 into the halftime locker room, then scored once more in the third, and again in the fourth. Bearcats scoring looked like this... Colter McNare took in a 14-yard run in the 1st period, the PAT attempt was no good, and the Cats led 6-0. In the second quarter, Pierre Etchemendy took in a 35-yard run and the 2-point conversion was good... Douglas led 14-0. Alliance booted in a 21-yard field goal and it was 14-3. The Douglas answered with a 45-yard pass & run to Justin Melton and a 22-yard run to the zone by Etchemendy... the Cats led 29-3 at the half. Justin Melton had a 21-yard catch & run to the endzone in the third quarter to stretch the score to 35-3... Alliance got their lone touchdown of the night in the third quarter, moving the scoreboard to 35-9, and Douglas answered with a 97 yard march in the 4th quarter, ending on a 9-yard Dillon Klava run for td and a final score of 41-9. Douglas is now 3-0 on the season, and will travel to Buffalo to play the Bison in their 3A East Conference opener next Friday night. Pregame from Buffalo's at 6:30 Friday night on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

Also this weekend, #2 Buffalo lost 20-7 to #4 Powell last night. #3-ranked Cody also lost, falling 12-10 to unranked Torrington, so you can expect a big shakeup in the polls come Wednesday. Lander beat Riverton 24-21, Jackson slammed Rawlins 41-14, Star Valley falls to Marsh Valley, Idaho, 40-0 and Worland beat Wheatland by a touchdown, 28-21.

The Glenrock Herders are now 3-0, battling to take a 32-26 win over the Thermopolis Bobcats. And the Lusk Tigers take another win as they beat Southeast 24-6.

(Fri 9/11/09) - Wow. Douglas 65, Jackson 0. The Douglas Bearcats football team played their home opener tonight, blasting the Jackson Broncs 65-0. Douglas racked up 351 yards of offense, holding Jackson to just 64 yards total. 9 touchdowns and a safety... Pierre Etchemendy made three visits to the endzone, Justin Melton and Dillon Klava had two td's each, and one apiece for Colter McNare and Baylor Sieg. All three Douglas quarterbacks got game time... Hayden Barker was 3 of 7 passing for 66 yards in the first half... backup qb Mitch Espeland and freshman Jacob Stanley took care of business in the fourth quarter. Pierre Etchemendy broke the century mark again tonight, carrying the ball 11 times for 110 yards. Douglas is now 2-0 on the season, and will host the Bulldogs from Alliance, Nebraska next Friday night. Pregame's at 6:50pm on KKTY-FM and on the internet at kktyonline.com.

The Glenrock Herders move to 2-0 on the season, beating the Eagles from Dayton's Tongue River High School 45-25. The Lusk Tigers beat Hulett 24-10.

(Thu 9/10/09) - A Douglas fisherman catches the big one. 66-year old Terry Young and a friend were fishing off a boat at Glendo Reservoir on Monday, Aug. 31 when his friend asked to switch sides. So Young cast into the same spot his buddy had just left and pulled in a new state record white crappie. The 2.45 pound fish was 16.25 inches long with a 13.5-inch girth. It beats the old state record of 2.31 pounds and 15-inches long, set by Joseph Whitfield of Cheyenne in 2000. Whitfield's fish also came from Glendo Reservoir. Young caught his fish on a minnow and a bobber in eight feet of water at about 9 a.m. on a clear, late-summer day. He says the exact location where he caught the fish will remain a secret. He later took the fish to Douglas Grocery and had it weighed and immediately called the Game and Fish Department to inquire on the current state record. He drove to Casper the next day to complete the required paperwork and have his picture taken with the fish. Young plans to have the fish mounted for future display.

(Thu 9/10/09) - The Bearcats stick at #1. In this week's WyoPreps.com coaches and media poll, the defending state champion Douglas Bearcats are ranked at #1 in 3A. The Cats opened their season with a 26-10 non-conference win over Belle Fourche, South Dakota last Friday night. The Cats play their home opener tomorrow night when they host the Jackson Broncs at 7pm at Bearcat Stadium. Buffalo is ranked number 2 this week, followed by Cody, Powell and Lander.

The Glenrock Herders are the unanimous pick at #1 in the 2A poll, followed by Lovell, Kemmerer, Greybull and Thermop.

In 1A, it's Southeast, Lusk, Cokeville, Wind River and Lingle-Ft Laramie.

4A, Green River, Gillette, Central, Kelly Walsh and Sheridan.

And the Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings lead the 6-man poll, followed by Hanna, Meeteetsee, Midwest and Kaycee.

(Sat 9/5/09) - The Bearcats football team opens the season with a win. At Belle Fourche, South Dakota, last night, the Cats used a balanced offensive attack to beat the Broncs 26-10. Douglas put up 390 yards of offense. Quarterback Hayden Barker connected on 10 of 24 for 108 yards passing. Pierre Etchemendy carried the ball 24 times for 160 yards. Dylan Klava carried 7 times for 98 yards. The Cats scored on an 11 yard pass play from Barker to Juston Melton, Etchemendy broke loose on a 55 yard carry to score, Barker hit Etchemendy with a 14 yard pass, and hit Colter McNare with a 4 yard pass for the final touchdown of the night. Douglas hosts the Jackson Broncs this Friday night.

In a rematch of the last two 3A State Championship games, the Glenrock Herders make the long road trip and knock off the Kemmerer Rangers 26-6. 3 touchdowns by Murphy Johnson, one by Cory Dewald.

1A, the Lusk Tigers opened the season with a 28-6 win over the Burns Broncs.

In six-man play, #1 ranked Guernsey beats Ten Sleep 89-37.

(Wed 9/2/09) - The Wyoming Cowboys will open the Dave Christensen era Saturday afternoon when they host the Weber State Wildcats in War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. Christensen will be coaching his first game as a head coach after 24 very successful years as an assistant coach - most recently as offensive coordinator at Missouri. Offensively, the Cowboys will be led by junior quarterback Robert Benjamin, who is in his first year with the Cowboys after transferring from Phoenix Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. Benjamin was named the Cowboys' starting quarterback on Monday. The Wyoming defense returns eight starters from a unit that ranked 38th in the nation and third in the Mountain West Conference in total defense a year ago. That defensive unit is led by three Pokes who earned All-Conference accolades in 2008. Senior defensive tackle John Fletcher was a Second Team All-MWC selection last year, while senior defensive end Mitch Unrein and junior free safety Chris Prosinski were Honorable Mention All-Conference selections. Weber State is coached by former Utah head coach Ron McBride. His Weber State Wildcats advanced to the second round of the 2008 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs, and are ranked No. 9 in the nation in the FCS Football Coaches' Association Preseason Poll. Wyoming leads the overall series against Weber State, having won both previous meetings in 1999 (41-16) and in 1990 (21-12). The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m., Mountain Time. Pregame with Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney begins at noon Saturday on AM 1470, KKTY.