KKTY NEWS Sept 12 Archive
(Thu 9/27/12) - A booming energy sector continues to drive the job market here in Converse County. New numbers just released from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services showed August 2012 employment levels at 7,799 jobs... that's almost 350 more paychecks than in August a year ago. Converse County also had the third-lowest unemployment rate in the state, tied with Niobrara County at 4.2 percent. Only Teton County at 4.1 percent and Sublette County at 3.5 percent were lower. Converse County's 4.2 percent unemployment compares to a statewide 5.7 percent and a national unemployment rate at 8.1 percent.
9/25/12) -Traffic delays on I-25 north of Wheatland this
Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a tractor trailer tanker crash this morning about 2 miles north of Wheatland. The crash happened just after 3:00 a.m., has resulted in the closure of both north and southbound lanes of Interstate 25 due to the spill of the tankers cargo of crude oil.
Troopers on scene estimate a good portion of the tankers 200 barrels of crude oil have spilled when the tanker trailer was breached during the crash. Traffic is being diverted onto WYO 320 at Wheatland for northbound traffic and at the US 26 Junction for southbound traffic. Motorists traveling that portion of the Interstate can expect delays due to the re-routing of traffic.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the crash and no details are available at this time as to why the southbound tractor trailer combination crashed.
The Highway Patrol says the Interstate closure may last several more hours as Troopers work closely with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wheatland Fire Department, Platte County Sheriff' s Department, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security during the crash investigation and cleanup process. At this time there is no estimate as to when the roadway may be re-opened to normal traffic.
Extra Troopers have been dispatched to the area to assist with traffic control and to assist in the crash investigation. The tractor trailer combination is owned by Basin Western Incorporated out of Roosevelt, Utah.
(Tue 9/18/12) - Converse County and Duke Energy are butting heads over the 2012 property tax value of Duke's Top Of The World windfarm north of Glenrock. The energy company is appealing the Wyoming Department of Revenue's $414.7 million valuation of its wind farm. Duke says the value from its independent estimate is only $225 million. Last week, Converse County Commissioners asked the Wyoming State Board of Equalization to allow Converse County to intervene in Duke Energy's appeal of the value of the wind farm. If Duke has its way, it would mean a $1.68 million reduction in revenue for the county from $2.89 million to $1.57 million. Duke Energy has four wind farms in Wyoming. Top of the World is the only property tax appraisal the company is appealing.
(Tue 9/18/12) - Chesapeake Energy says they'll continue to grow here in Converse County. At last week's Wyoming Natural Gas Fair in Jackson, Chesapeake's director of corporate development, John Dill, said the company was backing off of natural gas development in the face of weak demand and a glut of gas on the market. He said that they've dropped from 115 rigs to 100, and only have nine rigs drilling to extract natural gas. Dill did say that Chesapeake is moving very very quickly to move into oil and liquid-rich plays. One rich play for them has been in Converse County, where they have eight rigs running and have been "very happy" with what they're seeing here, including good relations with the state government. Dill says the complany plans to add three new rigs to their Converse County operations by year-end.
(Sun 9/23/12) - The Douglas LadyCats volleyball team claimed another tournament title over the weekend. At the Casper Invitational on Friday, Douglas lost 2-1 to Natrona, then came back and won 2 of 3 over Big Horn and 2 of 3 over Cheyenne East. In Gold Bracket play on Saturday, Douglas opened with a two-game win over Sheridan, then a two-game win over Kelly Walsh. In the championship match, the LadyCats opened with a brutal, 34-32 marathon win over Cheyenne East. East came back and claimed a 25-19 win in the second game, but the LadyCat dug deep to take a 15-13 win in the third game to own th ematch and the tournament championship. Douglas hosts a dual with Rawlins Tuesday night at the Rec, with games at 4,5 and 6.
(Sun 9/23/12) - 3A State Golf at Worland this weekend, the Jackson boys and Cody girls earn team titles. Powell's girls were second, Buffalo third. Boy's side saw Lander second and last year's champs Powell a very close third. Individually, Pinedale freshman Jordan Costello would shoot a 71 on the second day to come from behind and win. For the girls, Worland's Sarah Schroefel performed well on her home course winning by 8 strokes. Dylan Davidson led the Douglas boys with a two-day score of 163, a tenth place finish. Madison Lehner stroked a two-day total of 212 for a 22nd place finished ot lead the Douglas girls.
(Fri 9/21/12) - Friday night football, the Douglas Bearcats won their 3A East Conference opener, cruising past the Buffalo Bison 31-9. Cats coach Jay Rhoades says that after a slow start, Douglas took control in the second half... audio here
Douglas travels to Fremont County to meet the 1-3 Lander Valley Tigers this Friday night.
Also this weekend, #1 ranked Powell blasted Jackson 63-6, #2 Star Valley beat Worland 47-7, #3 Green River beat Cody 34-21, and #5 Riverton put down Rawlins 48-13. Lander beat Torrington 10-7... Douglas is at Lander next Friday night. In 2A play, 2nd-ranked Glenrock traveled to Big Horn to meet the #5 Rams... the Herders were up 20-3 with 30 seconds to go before half, but Big Horn took over from there on out. Glenrock scored with 4:43 to go, but Big Horn ran out the clock with a 30-26 upset win. Newcastle beat Wright 44-6 and Wheatland smacked Moorcroft 43-14. 1A play, it was Lusk 36, Lingle-Ft Laramie 24. 1A 6-man, Guernsey-Sunrise beat Hanna-Elk Mountain 50-30. In the Oil Bowl Saturday afternoon at Casper, top-ranked Natrona KO'd Kelly Walsh 51-0.
(Sat 9/15/12) - Friday night football, the Douglas Bearcats drop to 2-1 on the season with a 28-0 loss to the Star Valley Braves... Douglas hosts Buffalo this Friday night. The Glenrock Herders are 3-0 with a 49-13 win over Wheatland. NAtrona hammers Rock Springs 58-7, Kelly Walsh lost 41-21 to second-ranked Gillette. Newcastle beat Burns 29-7, Wright lost 46-21 to Big Horn, the Lusk Tigers hold on to beat Southeast 7-6 and in 6-man play, the Guernsey Sunrise Vikings put up a good fight, but lost to Little Snake River 58-31. Saturday afternoon, the Wyoming Cowboys play without injured quarterback Brett Smith and fall to 0-3 with a 24-22 loss to Cal Poly. The Cowboys are at Idaho next weekend.
(Sat 9/8/12) - High school football this weekend, the Douglas Bearcats come back to take a 15-10 win over the Broncs at Cody... top-ranked Natrona thumps Cheyenne Central 40-13... Kelly Walsh shut out Laramie 50-0... Torrington falls 33-30 to Worland... 3rd-ranked Glenrock beat Tongue River 39-10... Newcastle beat Moorcroft 30-6... Wheatland scores a 41-10 win over Wright... the Lusk Tigers shut out Hill City, SD 55-0... Lingle-Ft-Laramie falls to Upton-Sundance 28-6... and the Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings beat Ten Sleep 38-32 in six-man play on Saturday.
(Sat 9/8/12) - The Wyoming Cowboy football team put up a 14-3 lead early on and tallied 526 yards of total offense, but lost a closely contested 34-31 game to the Toledo Rockets (1-1) on Saturday in Laramie. Cowboys quarterback Brett SMith was knocked out of the game with an injury with about five minutes left. After the game, Pokes coach Dave Christiansen said Smith was checked out at Ivinson Memoroial Hospital and reports from team doctors were all positive, and Smith was alert and was on his feet walking. All preliminary tests administered to Smith were positive, so he should be back for next Saturday's game at Laramie against Cal Poly.