Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Wyoming Highway Patrol Struggles To Attract Recruits http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-highway-patrol-struggles-attract-recruits <p>It’s not unusual for some employers in Wyoming to have a hard time finding enough workers. That can be a headache for business owners, but lately it’s the cause of some public safety concern as well. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is down almost twenty percent of its officers, and it is struggling to attract new ones.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:18:06 +0000 Miles Bryan 61212 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Highway Patrol Struggles To Attract Recruits Wyoming Stories: Rough And Tumble Casper, Forming Unlikely Friendships At A POW Camp http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-stories-rough-and-tumble-casper-forming-unlikely-friendships-pow-camp <p>Dick Sedar grew up in Casper, in a working-class neighborhood called “the Sandbar.” His parents emigrated from Croatia in the early 1920’s to seek work in the coal and oil industries. Dick was one of 16 children and tells the story of his childhood in Casper.</p><p></p><p>One of Dick’s Sedar’s brothers, Mike, worked in the Douglas Prisoner of War camp during World War II.&nbsp; Dick remembers his brother’s experience working with the prisoners, and the lasting friendships he made.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:55:38 +0000 Cordelia Zars & Micah Schweizer 60714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Stories: Rough And Tumble Casper, Forming Unlikely Friendships At A POW Camp Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/rare-mammoth-site-excavated-douglas <p>In 1986, a large mammoth rib bone was found jutting out of the bank of a creek a few miles from Douglas.&nbsp; The state archaeologist, Dr. George Frison, did a hasty 4-day excavation at the time.&nbsp; But a thorough excavation has never been done because the land owners weren’t interested in hosting an archaeology dig on their property.&nbsp; That left archaeologists with a big question--was LaPrele Creek a mammoth kill site?&nbsp; But recently the land sold and archaeologists have finally been allowed to dig.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60519 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas Home Values Drop Amid Energy Booms http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/home-values-drop-amid-energy-booms <p>When there’s an energy boom, it usually brings an influx of workers into the area. And that leads to more demand for housing. That’s great for landlords who are looking to rent out their properties. But as some communities in Wyoming are finding, oil and gas drilling can actually be a problem for people who are looking to sell. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p><p>WILLOW BELDEN: Rhonda Holdbrook owns a real estate firm in Douglas, and she’s exceptionally busy these days. Oil production in Converse County is booming, and energy workers have flocked to town.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:08:31 +0000 Willow Belden 57749 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Home Values Drop Amid Energy Booms Oil and gas could see new setback rules http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/oil-and-gas-could-see-new-setback-rules <p>The head of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says his agency will consider changing setback rules. Those are the rules that govern how far away oil and gas operations, such as wells, have to be from things like houses.</p><p>Grant Black spoke at a public meeting in Douglas last night. He says currently, the setback rule is the same, regardless of whether you’re dealing with a home or something else. But he says that could change.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:56:27 +0000 Willow Belden 52692 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Oil and gas could see new setback rules Air monitor stays in Converse County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/air-monitor-stays-converse-county <p></p><p>The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has decided to keep an air quality monitor in Converse County for another year.</p><p>DEQ placed a mobile monitor near Douglas after residents voiced concerns about emissions from new energy development in the area. So far, there’s no indication that air quality standards have been violated, but there were several days with high pollution levels.</p><p>Typically, DEQ moves their mobile air quality monitors to new locations each year, but the agency’s Cara Keslar says they want to keep a close eye on this area.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:52:02 +0000 Willow Belden 52427 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Air monitor stays in Converse County Converse County wrestles with development planning http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/converse-county-wrestles-development-planning <p>Converse County is one of six counties in Wyoming with no land use regulations. When a proposal to develop zoning came up a decade ago, it went nowhere. But as development associated with the oil and gas boom in the Niobrara explodes, the county is struggling with questions of how to make sure it happens responsibly. And as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports, some residents are starting to question the costs of not planning.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:01:50 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 49642 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Converse County wrestles with development planning Wyoming Pioneer Museum – Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-pioneer-museum-douglas <p>Open year 'round, the Pioneer Memorial Museum is located on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyoming. The museum collects, preserves, interprets and displays historical and cultural materials related to the westward expansion, to Wyoming pioneers in particular and the west in general.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:23:59 +0000 Wyoming State Parks Historic Sites & Trails 36630 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Pioneer Museum – Douglas Wyoming State Fair – Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-state-fair-douglas <p>Wyoming Public Media captured the oral history of Wyoming’s families, farms and ranches during the 2012 Wyoming State Fair. WPM set up a booth giving away fans for the hot summer day and did a live broadcast with Grady Kirkpatrick’s <em>Morning Music </em>featuring an acoustic performance from Wyoming’s Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.&nbsp; WPM recorded Wyoming Oral Histories of fairgoers that stopped by to chat. Enjoy a few of these engaging stories on the link below…</p><p><a href="http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/state-fair-interviews-0">State Fair Interviews</a></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:36:36 +0000 Grady Kirkpatrick 36192 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming State Fair – Douglas High Plains Old Time Music Festival – Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/high-plains-old-time-music-festival-douglas <p>High Plains Old Time Music Festival is a two-day competition with the largest variety of categories in the region.&nbsp; Some of the categories include: fiddle, vocal, banjo, vocals, piano, variety and guitar.&nbsp; Preliminaries are on Saturday and the finals are on Sunday.&nbsp; Over $3,000 will be offered in cash and prizes!&nbsp; The dates for this year are April 13 and 14. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:59:57 +0000 High Plains Old Time Music Festival 36081 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org High Plains Old Time Music Festival – Douglas At packed public forum, Chesapeake says Converse County is core drilling territory http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/packed-public-forum-chesapeake-says-converse-county-core-drilling-territory <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:14pt;"><br><p>Chesapeake Energy told a crowd of nearly 200 people that Converse County will continue to be a hot spot for oil production. &nbsp;The discussion was part of a public meeting last night in Douglas.</p><p>Chesapeake did not say how much oil production will actually occur in the area, but company officials and state regulators tried to allay concerns about the risks associated with flaring and fracking.</p><p>Chesapeake’s Sandy Andrew said the ingredients in frack fluid are largely benign.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:37:51 +0000 Willow Belden 33652 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org At packed public forum, Chesapeake says Converse County is core drilling territory Chesapeake to discuss Converse County oil plans with community http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/chesapeake-discuss-converse-county-oil-plans-community <p>Chesapeake Energy is hosting a community meeting tomorrow about its future energy development plans in Converse County.</p><p>Chesapeake has drilled several oil wells around a residential subdivision just outside of Douglas, and one well blew out in the spring, spewing gas into the air.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:33:46 +0000 Willow Belden 33581 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Chesapeake to discuss Converse County oil plans with community Residents near Douglas fear becoming ‘another Pinedale or Pavillion’ http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/residents-near-douglas-fear-becoming-another-pinedale-or-pavillion <p>INTRO: This spring, an oil rig blew out near Douglas. Natural gas spewed into the air, and residents from a nearby neighborhood were evacuated for several days. Since the blowout, Chesapeake Energy has drilled several new wells around that same neighborhood, and residents have new concerns. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:20:51 +0000 Willow Belden 31069 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Residents near Douglas fear becoming ‘another Pinedale or Pavillion’ Work underway to plug gas leak near Douglas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/work-underway-plug-gas-leak-near-douglas <p>The Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission says that workers from Chesapeake energy are making progress in trying to control a gas leak near Douglas.&nbsp; Commission Supervisor Tom Doll says that efforts will continue through the weekend.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:07:49 +0000 Irina Zhorov 23246 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Work underway to plug gas leak near Douglas Douglas Gas Leak Still Uncontained http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/douglas-gas-leak-still-uncontained <p>A Tuesday oil rig accident northeast of Douglas continues to spew gas into the atmosphere.</p><p>At last count, 50 of 67 residents volunteered to evacuate the surrounding area of the leak, staying in hotels paid for by the site&rsquo;s natural gas operator Chesapeake Energy.</p><p>No injuries have been reported.</p><p>Oil and gas commissioner Tom Doll says it&rsquo;s unclear how much gas has been lost.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:06:39 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23165 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Douglas Gas Leak Still Uncontained