Fire Destroys Home... Douglas Volunteer Firefighters worked quickly to control a major house fire in Douglas this afternoon.
Emergency responders were called out at about 1:45
Wednesday afternoon to a fire at 740 Grant Street, a home owned by Yvonne Rexius. The fire apparently started in the attached garage on the south side of the home.
Douglas Fire Chief Rick Andrews said the fire destroyed the garage and its contests, as well as part of a back room, and the rest of the house took smoke and water damage. Andrews said the windy conditions complicated the fire department's job...
No injuries were reported in the blaze. The cause of the fire is
undetermeined, and as a matter of routine, the investigation has been turned over to the Wyoming State Fire Marshall's office.
The proposed Pioneer Wind Park south of Glenrock is moving ahead.
Rocky Mountain Power last week announced an agreement to buy electricity generated by the yet-to-be-built 46 turbine project. The 20-year contract would begin in 2016.
It's not the last hurdle, though. Utah-based developer Wasatch Wind still needs to announce a funding plan by May 18th, and
begin construction by July 18th to meet the terms of its state siting permit.
Plans to build the 80-megawatt facility were first announced in 2010.
Define the need... that's a first step in dealing with childcare in Converse County. CANDO Executive Director Cindy Porter says the group has commissioned an open survey to determine what, when and where the real daycare needs are in Converse County...
CANDO has hired Community Builders, Incorporated to perform the needs assessment. Porter says there's a variety of questions on the survey...
Porter says CANDO and CBI will work to determine exactly what the results are...
If you'd like to participate in the survey, it's available online at
CANDOWyoming.com, or at the CANDO office in the old City Hall building at 130 South 3rd Steet in Douglas.
Pipeline crews and associated services will be returning to Douglas this spring. ONEOK Bakken Pipeline told the Converse County Commissioners yesterday that they're going to build two natural gas liquid pipeline projects in the county this year.
The Douglas Lateral is a 10" pipeline that will run north from new Access Midstream Bucking Horse gas plant on Cold Springs Road, crossing the North Platte River just west of Ft Fetterman and Orpha, then north west to Hiway 59 at
Highland Loop, about 20 miles north of Douglas... that's a distance of about 29 miles.
The second pipeline is called the Niobrara Lateral, a 12" inch pipeline that starts at the end of the Douglas Lateral at Highland Loop and runs southeast across Converse and Niobrara Counties, meeting ONEOK's main Bakken pipeline just west of the Nebraska state line. The Niobrara Lateral runs a distance of about 53 miles.
Weather permitting, construction is expected to start in early May, and be completed by September.
ONEOK has proposed pipeyards on Highway 93 south of Inez Road, and at Orin Junction.
Assisted Care Living for Douglas Seniors gets a green light.
The Douglas Planning Commission heard discussion for an hour and a half last night as they considered a conditional use permit for Douglas Care Center to build a two-story, 30-unit assisted care facility on the northeast corner of their property on Birch Street.
After hearing a presentaion on the project from Douglas Care Center president Joe Rude, the Commission listened to and talked about a variety of issues with neighbors and others concerned with a lot of the details of the planned facility.
While most agreed that there was a deep need for an assisted care facility in Douglas, many of the concerns revolved around
traffic and parking issues, use of the alley on the east side of the facility for access, landscaping, and the placement of the building close to the lot line.
The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to forward the project to the Douglas City Council with a do pass recommendation, with a stipulation that the alleyways not be used for commercial truck traffic.
The planning commission also approved on a 5-0 vote a development application to build a 75-room La Quinta Hotel off I-25 exit 140 at 1761 Muirfield Court, just south and west of the new Hampton Inn & Suites. That action will also be forwarded for consideration by the Douglas City Council.
Still plenty of details to be worked out, but a new rec center for Douglas took another step forward last night.
The Douglas Rec Commission, Douglas City Council and Converse County Commissioners held a joint meeting at Douglas High School to hear recommendations from their rec center committee.
The three groups voted to proceed with plans for a 70 thousand square foot facility that would be built on 25 acres of land donated by Wagonhound Land & Livestock west of I-25 off Esterbrook Road. Wagonhound's proposal included donation of street and utility infrastructure that would save 1.5 to 2.5 million dollars over the two other proposed sites.
The proposed rec center would include an aquatic area,
gyms, walking & jogging track, weights, aerobic & dance rooms,
multi-purpose area, birthday party and meeting rooms, multi sport simulator, bouldering wall and racquetball courts.
The proposed facility would not include a competitive pool, an ice rink, or combined facilities with the Douglas Boys and
The new rec center would be owned and operated by a newly formed rec board that would be seperate from the Douglas school board, which currently serves that capacity. The new board would have nine members, 3 each appointed by the
county, the city and the school board.
The proposal would commit 80 percent of the current rec mill levy to operate the center.
Authorities say a 26-year-old Gillette man died when he was struck by a welding truck at a Converse County rig site.
The Converse County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Nathan James Scott.
The sheriff's office says the accident was reported at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Cyclone Rig 33, located at Mary’s Draw in Converse County.
The office says fellow employees on site attempted CPR, but were unable to revive Scott.
The incident is under investigation by the Converse County Sheriff's Department.