The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recommends an increase to the minimum allowable distance between oil and gas drilling rigs and dwellings.
But a landowners' group says the commission's proposal still offers insufficient protection to homeowners.
The commission, which includes Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, voted Tuesday to propose a new rule that would extend the setback distance between homes and oil and gas wells from the current 350 feet up to 500 feet. The staff of the commission had recommended the 500-foot setback.
The public has an opportunity to comment before the commission votes on the proposal early next year.
The Powder River Basin Resource Council had asked the commission to peg the minimum setback at a quarter-mile, saying drill rigs are noisy and hazardous to health.
A Douglas business is honored by its franchise.
The Douglas KOA Journey Campground has been awarded the 2015 KOA President’s and Founder’s Awards by Kampgrounds of America Inc. The awards were presented on Friday at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Charleston, South Carolina.
The KOA President’s Awards are presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive high scores in KOA’s annual Quality Review.
The KOA Founder’s Award is named in honor of Dave Drum, who founded KOA in Billings, Montana in 1962. It is given to those KOA campgrounds that attained the very top scores in both customer service and the KOA Quality Review. KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping experience.
Wyoming natural gas companies are reviewing emergency procedures following a recent outage that left more than 1,000 customers without gas in Glenrock.
Companies say they are taking action even though there are no state regulations to follow. Regulators require companies to filed detailed reports after problems are fixed.
Regulators say it's difficult to write rules because circumstances vary widely.
SourceGas officials discovered an outage in Glenrock on Nov. 10 and reported it to the Wyoming Public Service Commission within five hours.
SourceGas says widespread outages are unusual.
Tallgrass Energy is working with SourceGas to find out the reason for the latest outage.
New speed limits in Converse County... WYDOT District 2 has finished installing new speed limit signs at two locations on WYO 59.
First, those traveling through Bill will notice speeds on Highway 59 have been reduced to 50 mph through that community.
Second, near Douglas, speeds on the Douglas bypass have also been reduced to 50 mph from the West Yellowstone intersection to the road closure gate out past the gas plant at milepost 3.66.
WYDOT has also posted a no fuel for 75 miles sign on WYO 59 at 4th Street to remind motorists there is no fuel available until Wright.
The first real cold snap of the fall, and the town of Glenrock has found itself without Natural gas service. SourceGas Vice President of Operations, Jason Weekley, says the pipeline that supplies SourceGas’ natural gas system in Glenrock, WY was interrupted early this morning, resulting in the loss of service to all SourceGas customers in town. He said SourceGas employees from around the region are helping restore service.
To do that, the gas company had to turn-off all meters in town. They finished turing everything off this afternoon, and have begin relighting customers. SourceGas will be working through the night and ask that you be available to let our service personnel into your home.
Converse County Emergency Manager Russ Dalgarn reminds Glenrock residents to take the following precautions during the interruption of services:
1. DO NOT use kerosene or portable propane heat sources inside of your home.
2. Leave a trickle of water running in All faucets in your home to prevent freezing pipes.
3. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LIGHT YOUR PILOT LIGHTS!! Source Gas employees will do this.
Voters went to the polls and made their choices on Tuesday.
Checking results of local races first, Douglas Mayor Bruce Jones wins another four years, defeating former councilman Bob Chiapuzio 1059 to 434. Incumbent Councilman Leroy Kingery and John Bartling were the top two vote-getters for Douglas City Council. Doug Frank defeats incumbent Sue Dills for Mayor of Glenrock 481 to 311. Two seats open on the Glenrock Town council... Dennis Flynn gets one, and a tie for the second seat... 352 votes each for Tim Feeback and Chase Anfinson, so that one will go to a recount. Jon Maines beats Don Kuhn 96-44 for mayor of Rolling Hills. Brenda Williams and Jacque Stoldt win the two seats on the Rolling Hills Town Council. Leda Price gets one vote and will continue to serve as mayor of Lost Springs... Arthur Stringham gets one vote and will continue to serve as the Lost Springs town council.
Converse County Schol District #1, the Douglas School Board, Kim Hiser, Jim Bolinger and Mark Curtis will all retain their seats... 835 write-ins were tallied for the fourth, open seat on the Douglas School Board... those write-ins wil be tallied on Wednesday.
All of the Converse County offices were decided in the primaries this year.
Two seats were open on the Glenrock hospital district board... Russ Dalgarn wins one seat, and 40 write-ins will be tallied on Wednesday to decide the other.
Both tax issues passed in Converse County... voters were 60 percent in favor of continuing to optional 5th-cent tax that's been in place for years, and voted 70 percent in favor of retaining the lodging tax.
Statewide races, here's how Converse County votes went... incumbent Senator Mike Enzi gets 76 of the vote, Representative Cynthia Lummis gets 74 percent of the vote. Govermor Matt Mead got 61 percent of the Converse County vote, and Democratic challenger Pete Gosar got 19 percent. Repulbican Ed Murray collects 79 percent of the vote for secretary of state... Jillian Balow claims 70 percent of the Converse County vote for superintendant of public instruction, and Mike Ceballos gets 28 percent. In the race for House District 6, incumbent Republican Richard Cannady earns 81 percent... democratic challenger Liz Batton get 17 percent.
4,310 votes were cast in Converse County on Tuesday, that comes out to a 70 percent voter turnout, not a bad number of a non-presidential election year.
Who wants to go to Williston in December?
That's Douglas City Administrator Tony Tolstedt, talking about a field trip to Williston, North Dakota, that's being planned for city officials...
The Douglas City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to begin planning for the trip. Councilman Tony Reynolds was the lone no vote. Tolstedt said the trip would probably take place in December or perhaps January, depending on schedules and logistics.
What's in the Checkbook... The oil and gas boom has meant a lot more money coming into Converse County's bank accounts... and a lot more going out. County treasurer Joel Schell says they've added a new feature called Open Gov to the county's website...
Schell says Open Gov helps us understand part of how the boom affects us...
The treasurer says that these days, there's more income, and there's more outgo. He said it's good for the public to know how its money is being spent...
A link to Open Gov is posted on the County's website and the Treasurer's website... anyone can access the information at www.conversecounty.org/opengov
A National volleyball champion will be named in Casper later the week. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Volleyball Championships will be held at the Casper Events Center on Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22.
The NJCAA is the national governing body for two-year college athletics in the United States and is the nation's second-largest national intercollegiate sports organization, second only to the NCAA.
The 16 best Junior College volleyball teams in the nation will compete at the Casper Events Center.
All Session Passes for the NJCAA Division I National Volleyball Championship are $20 for Students and Seniors and $35 for Adults. All Session Passes are on sale now at the Casper Events Center Box Office, Charge-By-Phone at (307) 577-3030 or (800) 442-2256 or online at www.CasperEventsCenter.com. Day Passes are also available.
The Wyoming Cowgirls blew up the Century Mark in their season opener Monday night.
Kayla Woodward, Marquelle Dent and Bailee Cotton each recorded double-figures to lead the Wyoming basketball team to a 75-point win, 104-29, over the Western State Mountaineers, on Monday night.
All 12 Cowgirls got in the scoring column led by Woodward. She recorded 17 points while shooting 5-8 from the field in 18 minutes of play. Dent finished with 16 points and Cotton with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Cowgirls return to action on Friday when they host the Denver Pioneers. The game is set for 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.
State football championships this weekend... on Friday, Guernsey-Sunrise beat Dubois 80-30 in the six-man game, and Cody shut out Douglas 19-0.
Saturday, Mountain View upset Big Horn 28-19 for the 2A title... Cokeville beats Lusk 26-6 in the 1A championship, and Natrona beats Gillette 30-7 for the 4A title.
LadyCats bring home the big trophy... The Douglas LadyCats defeated Mountain View in four to earn their first state volleyball title since 1998. Coach Angela Rhoades's girls opened the tournament on Thursday win a five-game win over Jackson... took on the defending state champion Powell Lady Panthers in the semis on Friday and claimed a three-game win, 25-16, 25-17, 26-24. In Saturday afternoon's title match, Mountain View took the first game 25-17, but Douglas bounced back and win the next three, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20. Powell beat Jackson in four to take third.
Cheyenne East beat Kelly Walsh in five for the 4A championship. Natrona beat Riverton to take third.
Wright beat Big Horn to take the 2A title, and Cokeville won over Little Snake River in the 1A title match.
The Douglas Bearcats football team will make thier 13th appearance in a state championship game next Friday when they face the Cody Broncs in the 3A title match at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
Douglas earned the trip to State with a 27-0 shutout win over the Torrington Trailblazers on Friday. After a scoreless first quarter, Douglas scored on four short yardage plays... runs of 5 and 9 yards by Colter Haman, an 8-yard pass completion from Haize Weber to Justin Leman, and a 2-yard pass completion to Hunter Haman.
Cody, the #1 seed from 3A West, earned their trip to Laramie with a 42-34 win in a see-saw battle with the Riverton Wolverines.
Douglas has played in six of the last eight championship games, winning in 2008, 2009 and 2009. The Cats beat Cody in the 2009 title match. Douglas is 5-7 overall in State Championship appearances.
Douglas plays Cody for the 3A State Championship on Friday, November 14th at 3pm at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. The game will be broadcast live on 100.1FM, KKTY, and on the internet at kktyonline.com.