KKTY NEWS Sept 10 Archive


(Tue 9/28/10) - Two heads are better than one... at the recommendation of Douglas's new city administrator Steve Henning, the Douglas City Council last night created a new Deputy City Administrator position, and gave the job to former interim administrator Forrest Neuerburg. Henning said that Neuerburg has agreed to take the title and the position at no extra pay... audio here

Henning told the council he wanted to be able to continue to use Neuerburg's expertise that he gained in his year as interim administrator... audio here

Neuerburg will continue to hold his title and job as Douglas community development director.

(Tue 9/28/10) - The Bureau Of Reclamation is preparing to move some water around on the North Platte River System. The annual drawdown of Alcova Reservoir will begin this Friday, Oct. 1. Wyoming Area Manager John Lawson says that during the month of October, Alcova's water surface elevation will be lowered approximately 10 feet at a rate of about 4 inches per day. The reservoir's normal winter operating range is just under 5,500 feet. Water released in the drawdown of Alcova Reservoir will be restored downstream in Glendo Reservoir. Boat owners and recreationists should be aware of the declining level of Alcova Reservoir and take proper precautions.

(Fri 9/24/10) - Poachers caught... Two Glenrock men who admitted they poached an antelope and killed a domestic calf have been fined and will lose hunting and fishing privileges for three years. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says that Garrett Kron and Braden Boner, both 20, were diriving on the night of Aug. 29 when they approached a domestic calf on the road. Kron killed the calf with a revolver. About a mile down the road, the pair spotted a yearling buck antelope. Boner turned the vehicle so the headlights were shining on the animal and then killed it with a 7mm rifle. The bullet in the calf was traced to Kron's handgun, and the pair told police what happened. Both were fined and ordered to pay restitution.

(Thu 9/23/10) - Death on the Peak... Albany County sheriff's officials say a 47-year-old man died when the ATV he was driving fell on top of him after he was thrown from the vehicle. The sheriff's office says Jeffrey A. Maerz, of Casper, and a friend were riding ATVs up Laramie Peak Saturday afternoon when the accident happened. Deputy Neil Mathison said Wednesday that it appears Maerz was on a narrow section of a trail when his ATV tipped over an embankment and he fell about 12 feet. Officials say Maerz and his friend were about a half mile from the peak and returning down.

(Wed 9/22/10) - ...and leave the Marshmallows at Home... The state of Wyoming has imposed fire restrictions at Glendo and Guernsey state parks until further notice. The ban prohibits all open fires at the parks, including those in fire rings. The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources says recent high temperatures and dry conditions have increased the fire danger and making the ban necessary.


(Wed 9/22/10) - Federal help coming for local ranchers... The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved disaster declarations for Carbon and Fremont counties following the flooding that occurred this spring. In addition, USDA said nine other counties are named as contiguous disaster counties. They are Converse, Albany, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie. The disaster declaration makes farm operators in the primary and\par contiguous counties eligible for consideration for Farm Service Agency assistance, including emergency loans and other programs. Farmers in disaster counties have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance. The approval process will include a determination of the extent of production losses, security available and repayment ability.

(Tue 9/14/10) - Douglas has a new City Administrator... audio here

Steve Henning was sworn in by City Clerk Cheryl Ewing at last night's City Council meeting. The Council chose Henning for the job last month after a job search that drew nine applicants. Henning complimented the council last night on its hiring process... audio here

Henning will start the city administrator job immediately.

(Mon 9/13/10) - Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a kayaker who went missing at Glendo State Park. Gary Schoene, a spokesman for the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, says the body of 21-year-old Aaron Thomas Lopez of Cheyenne was found on the shoreline at about 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Schoene says it appears the man drowned. Lopez, who went missing Sept. 5, was kayaking in choppy water as he tried to retrieve a pontoon boat that had drifted away in the southeastern part of Glendo, near the dam. Platte County Sheriff Steve Keigley has said Lopez was a seasonal employee of the Game and Fish Department and was off duty when he disappeared.

(Fri 9/10/10) - Dry, windy conditions created a tinderbox north of Douglas last night. Rural and city fire crews spent the night fighting a railroad sparked grass fire that spread from Highway 59 20 miles east to the Niobrara County line. First call on the grass fire came in at about 3pm Thursday afternoon at milepost 17 on Highway 59. Firefighters battled the fire all afternoon and all night, with a few firefighters still out this morning doing mop-up. No estimate of acres burned yet this morning, and no report of any damage to buildings.

(Wed 9/8/10) - A kayaker is missing at Glendo State Park. Gary Schoene is spokesman for the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. He says the 21-year-old Cheyenne man was reported missing at about 11 p.m. Sunday. Authorities aren't releasing the man's name yet. Schoene says the man went out in a kayak after 9 p.m. Sunday to try to retrieve a pontoon boat that had drifted away. The man was in the southeastern part of Glendo, near the dam. Water conditions were choppy at the time. The Platte County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

(Wed 9/8/10) - Duke Energy is appealing the property tax bills on all four of its wind energy projects in Wyoming. Some state and county officials say they're unhappy with Duke's decision to appeal the property tax assessments of over $40 million on the projects. The company says it only should pay about half that much. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the bills Duke is protesting are almost identical to the estimates the company itself presented to state regulators when it was seeking approval of the projects. A Duke Energy spokesman now says the company's earlier figures were only estimates. Based on Duke's testimony to the state's Industrial Siting Council, Converse County officials had expected to receive $2.8 million in property taxes per year. Converse County Commission Chairman Ed Werner said Duke has been one of the best companies to work with on the ground. But he said the company's tax protests now have thrown the county a curve ball. Duke Energy spokesman Greg Efthimiou said it would be unfair to say the company pulled a bait-and-switch, but State Sen. John Schiffer of Kaycee said it appears the people who testified for Duke Energy were not straightforward with their testimony to the siting council. Duke operates four wind farms in Laramie and Converse counties.

(Mon 9/6/10) - Two Casper men are dead after their trucks collided head-on on Interstate 25 here at Douglas. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 33-year-old Randall W. Klemann died at the scene of Thursday night's crash, while 51-year-old William E. Welsbacher was rushed to a hospital where he died. The crash occurred along a stretch of roadway between the Douglas exits where lanes in both directions were reduced because of construction. The patrol says Welsbacher was southbound when his truck somehow veered across the median and into the northbound lane. It says hard brake marks on the roadway indicate Klemann saw a truck coming before impact. The collision destroyed the cabs of both vehicles. The patrol says Welsbacher was not wearing a seatbelt and was traveling without lights and that was a factor in the 8:30 p.m. crash. I-25 was closed for almost 5 hours Thursday night while cleanup and investigation of the accident began, and traffice was routed through Douglas during that time.




(Fri 9/24/10) - The DHS Bearcats football team moves to 4-0 on the season with a 22-7 win over the Buffalo Bison. It was everything expected when the #1 and #2-ranked teams in 3A met at Douglas tonight. The Cats scored first on a 24-yard pass play from quaterback Hayden Barker to receiver Mitch Espeland... PAT was no good, and the Cats led it 6-0. Another Barker to Espeland connection and a Dylan Klava 2-point conversion with 19 seconds left before the half gave Douglas a 14-0 halftime lead. Buffalo got their lone score of the night when quarterback Hayden Kessler banged in a 1-yard run at the 4:35 mark in the 3rd quarter, but Douglas answered in the 4th with a 12-yard touchdown run by Klava, and a 2-point conversion pass to Gary Bollinger in the endzone. Douglas travels to Wheatland next Friday night... Buffalo meets Riverton on week 5.

Other 3A action tonight, Wheatland beat Torrington 48-18... Cody shut out Lander 31-0... Powell slapped Jackson 56-0... Riverton beats Rawlins 49-7... Star Valley beats Worland 34-14. In 2A, top-ranked Thermopolis beats Moorcroft 42-14... Big Horn shuts out Glenrock 46-0... and Wright beats Newcastle 28-21 in overtime. 1A, the Lusk Tigers beat Lingle-Ft Laramie 52-12.

(Fri 9/24/10) - A Douglas golfer sits atop the leaderboard... after day one of the 3A State Golf Tournament at Evanston, Bearcat Chadler Andreen shot a 76 to hold the lead... Saxon Bull turns in an 82 and is in 7th place. Douglas trails Cody by 11 shots in the team race. Action continues on Saturday.

(Fri 9/24/10) - The DHS cross-country teams competed this afternoon at the Torrington Invite. The girls finished 4th in the team standings. The LadyCats were led by Carolyn Smylie in 15th place, Mallory Capron in 18th, and Caitlin Blain in 20th. The Bearcats were led by junior Matt Curley in 18th, followed by Chris Harris in 23rd and Taylor Dick in 28th. Douglas runners are at Worland Thursday.

(Mon 9/13/10) -The Douglas LadyCats volleyball team went 10-5 and took runner-up in the Gold bracket at this weekend's Rawlins Invitational. In pool play, Douglas split with Lander and beat Newcastle and Powell. In bracket play, Douglas won two of three against Pinedale in the quarter finals... in the semis, Douglas beat Cody 25-18, 23-25, 15-9. Douglas met host Rawlins in the championships...the Outlaws took the match 25-19, 13-25, 13-15. The LadyCats play three big conference matches this week... at Wheatland tonight, at Glenrock on Thursday, and hosting Buffalo on Friday.

(Mon 9/13/10) - Times have been changed for this Friday night's Bearcats football game. The Cats travel to Riverton to meet the Star Valley Braves. Both teams will make a road trip & meet in the middle to keep the travel a bit shorter. Gametime has been moved up an hour, with kickoff at Riverton's Tonkin Stadium now set for 6pm... so if you're travelling for the ball game, or tuning in on the radio, please make note of the new gametime at 6pm Friday night.

(Sun 9/12/10) - The Bearcats football team jumped out to an early lead and ran away with a 70-14 win over the Jackson Broncs. Douglas scored 6 times in the first quarter Friday night and led 43-0, and took a 57-7 lead into the halftime locker room. Cats coach Jay Rhoades pulled his starters early... audio here

Douglas put up 387 yards of total offense... 227 rushing, and quarterbacks Hayden Barker and Luke Andrews completed 9 of 12 passing for another 160 yards. The Douglas defense held Jackson to just 44 yards gained. Cats in the endzone... Paul Foy twice, Mitch Espeland twice, Dylan Klava, Gary Bollinger, Braidy Parks, Aaron Jammerman and Jordan Pexton... and we gave a touchdown to the entire defensive line when they blocked and recovered a punt in the end zone to score. The Bearcats are on the road again this Friday night when they meet Star Valley at Riverton. You'll hear the action live on KKTY FM and worldwide on the internet at kktyonline.com.

The Glenrock Herders moved to 2-0 on the season Friday with a 26-20 win over Tongue River. The Herders scored on a 3-yard run by Clint Dewald, a 64-yard run by Dewald, a 15 yard run by Troy Pinkerton and a 99-yard kickoff return in the third quarter by Derrick Rowe that sealed the win for the Herd. Glenrock hosts Thermopolis this Friday night in a rematch of last year's 2A State Championship game.

(Wed 9/8/10) - After the first week of action, the Douglas Bearcats football team is ranked #1. The Cats pick up 13 of 14 first place votes in the Wyopreps.com Coaches and Media Poll. Buffalo is ranked #2, followed by Cody, Star Valley and Powell. In 2A, Thermopolis is #1, the Glenrock Herders sit in the #2 slot, followed by Big Horn, Big Piney and Greybull. Natrona and Sheridan tie for number 1 in 4A, Cokevillle tops 1A with Lusk sitting 3rd, and Midwest jumps up to #1 in 6-man, while Guernsey falls from #2 to #5.

(Wed 9/8/10) - The Douglas LadyCats volleyball team were runners-up in the Gold Bracket of this weekend's Gillette Invite. Coach Angela Rhoades says it was a great finish for the girls considering it was a 20 team tournament with eleven 4A schools in attendance. In pool play, Douglas beat Wright in two games, beat 4A Sheridan in 3, and beat 4A defending state Champ Green River in 3. Douglas was the only 3A school to make the Gold Bracket... the opened with a quarterfinal win overCheyenne Central 25-23, 25-23. In the semi-finals, Douglas defeated top-seeded Kelly Walsh 12-25, 26-24, 15-5. In the championship game, Billings West defeated Douglas 12-25, 18-25.

(Mon 9/6/10) - Authorities say a University of Wyoming football player was killed and three teammates were injured when a pickup drifted off a Colorado highway and crashed. The Colorado State Patrol says 19-year-old Ruben Narcisse of Miami was killed in the early Monday crash. Nineteen-year-old Trey Fox of Glenwood Springs, Colo., 18-year-old Christian Morgan of Aurora, Colo., and 19-year-old J.J. Quinlan of Everett, Wash., were injured. Troopers say Morgan's injuries were serious but were not believed to be life-threatening. Fox had moderate injuries. The nature and extent of Quinlan's injuries weren't known. Colorado troopers say Fox was driving and apparently fell asleep. Investigators say alcohol and drugs aren't believed to be factors.

(Fri 9/3/10) - One in the win column to open the season... the Douglas Bearcats football team busts into the endzone four times in the first quarter on their way to a 38-6 win over Belle Fourche, South Dakota. In the first, Baylor Sieg collects on an 11-yard run, and takes a fumble recovery in for another score... Hayden Barker passes to Justin Melton, who runs it in to complete a 54-yard touchdown play. Melton also scrambles in a 52-yard kick return for score. Dylan Klava runs in a pair, one from 11 yards late in the second, and one from 2 yards out in the fourth. For Belle Fourche, Jake Bauer snagged an interception in the second quarter and ran it back for the only Broncs score of the night. Douglas travels to Jackson this Friday, September 10th.

Also tonight, the Glenrock Herders open the season with a win, beating Kemmerer 20-6, Buffalo shut out Worland 41-0, Torrington falls 16-13 at Chadron, Cody beats Hardin, MT, 26-7, Lander over Rawlins 47-7, Lovell edges Wright 21-20, Lusk beats Burns 26-20, Powell over Riverton 13-10, Star Valley takes Snake River, ID 49-21, and Wheatland beats Sidney, NE 38-7.

(Fri 9/3/10) - Douglas's swimmin' wimmin' earned a dual win over Newcastle this afternoon. At the Rec Center Pool at Douglas High School, the LadyCats marked 619 points to the Lady Dogies' 386. A pair of Douglas swimmers had state qualifying times... Naomi Harris-Holden qualified in the 200 freestyle and the 50 free, and Lateesha Hiser qualified in the 50 free. The LadyCats swim at Laramie this coming Friday and Saturday.