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Class A Boys Area Championship
at Enid, Dusters vs. Pond Creek-Hunter
Three Beaver County hoop teams in Area final
Dusters reach Area final for first time since 2006
With the 2015 basketball playoff chase reaching its pinnacle - one week away from the start of the State Tournament - three Beaver County schools remain alive in the chase for gold.
The Beaver Dusters are in the Area final for the first time since 2006 and will face Pond Creek-Hunter Friday night in Enid at 8 p.m.; the Forgan Bulldogs won their seventh straight Regional crown last week and will face Southwest Covenant Friday in Woodward at 8 - and the Forgan Lady Bulldogs are in the Area final and will play Coyle Friday night at 6:30 also in Woodward.
The Dusters (19-7) defeated Arapaho-Butler Saturday night 43-37 - despite trailing by five entering the fourth quarter.
"Most of these playoff games are going to be close," BHS coach Craig Schlessman said. "As we go down the stretch, there is nobody that we are going to just knockout - but there is no one who will just destroy us.
"We have to let the game evolve and evolve with it. If you can’t, you don’t win. I tell the boys that all of these games are tough and we have to change as the game changes. We have to be patient and as the game continues the fundamentals of basketball will come back out. And I think we are as fundamental as anybody. The last three games have panned out for us."
Schlessman’s crew will face a solid PC-Hunter team that will be playing basically in its own back yard.
"We are about to go against a team that might be more fundamentally sound than we are," Schlessman said. "It is going to be a tough one. They are not a pushover or slouch. I think our size is going to hinder them quite a bit. Their shooting can be deadly from the outside. We are definitely going to have to play good defense."
The defending state champion Bulldogs are 21-5 and have had a bit of a roller coaster season under coach Todd Kerr. However, they are back in the hunt for a "win and in" scenario against Southwest Covenant.
"We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to be there that many times in a row," Kerr said. "We are blessed to continue to get this chance. Because of some of our deficiencies, we have not looked forward at all. Hopefully, Friday night we can have a chance to go compete and win."
SW Convenant, despite a sub .500 record, is a tough match, Kerr said.
"They have some size and one player who can score from anywhere," Kerr said. "I think our schedule has prepared us for this. I think it is a game that we can definitely compete in."
The Forgan girls, meanwhile, have not dropped a game to a Class B team all season and sit as one of the favorites to win the gold ball. FHS (25-1) will face an athletic Coyle team that defeated Leedey by just four in the Regional final. The Lady Bulldogs thumped Leedey in the finals of the Oil Center Classic in January.
"They are definitely athletic," Lady Bulldog coach Brett Trippet said. "We will have our work cut out for us, no doubt. But, this group has played so well together this season."
Balko Livestock show
Park busy with visitors; Lake to be filled soon
Over the last couple of weekends - with the temperatures turning more spring like - traffic at the Beaver Dunes Park has increased greatly, according to manager Heath Noyes.
"As expected, 2015 started off at a less than blistering pace," Noyes said. "In January, we had 63 riders at the dunes and just one camper."
Even with the cold weather keeping many people inside, Noyes said the park still enjoyed riders from all over the country. In addition to riders from the area, there were also people from Minnesota and California.
"The park has recently posted a new official Facebook page, and I encourage everyone to "like" and "share" it with people they know," Noyes stated. "This is good publicity and it comes at zero cost to the park. I hope that everyone goes and checks it out, posts pictures and leaves feedback."
Noyes also said that he has continued to work on the drought stricken lake. A well has been designated to begin refilling the area.
"We received a verbal commitment from a local business person to provide the remaining water line from the well to the lake," Noyes said. "Once that is installed we will be able to begin pumping water back into it.
"Returning the lake to its former state has been one of my priorities since taking the job as park manager and it makes me happy to be able to report on the progress we are making."
Noyes said once the water level in the lake has been restored, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife will help stock it with fish.
He also said that he is working on getting the restrooms back in order on the day use side of the park.
"In years past, it has been the practice of the park to shut down the water well in the day use area from October to April," Noyes said. "With the onset of warmer weather we have had many park goers wanting to use that area. We are working to bring that well back up so that visitors may do so in comfort."
PTCI working on big project
Phase One of PTCI’s multi-million-dollar FTTH project is well underway and includes the cities of Beaver, Forgan, and 1/3 of Guymon, with a projected completion in the first quarter of 2016.
During this construction period customers in Guymon and Beaver are seeing contractors working in their towns on PTCI’s behalf, such as North Central Services, J Carlson, and Davis Cable Technologies. Forgan customers are likely to see Stewart Excavation working on this project.
This "Fiber-to-the-Home" or "FTTH" project, which encompasses PTCI’s service territories in the Oklahoma panhandle, is expected to be completed in three phases over the course of the next five to seven years.
The FTTH project is designed to simultaneously transmit voice, IP video, and high-speed data services to both residential and business customers. The completion of PTCI’s FTTH project will make it possible for ‘gigabit’ speeds to become common in the Oklahoma panhandle.
PTCI asks that the residents and businesses in these areas accept our apologies for any inconveniences that may be caused by this construction. The ultimate goal is to provide the very best communications technology to the Oklahoma panhandle, and we feel this FTTH project is giant step in that direction
Rep. Murdock excited
about House Bill 1747
State Rep. Casey Murdock said today he is excited about legislation that would create Rural Opportunity Zones in counties across the state.
House Bill 1747 advanced out of the House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee and is now available for consideration on the House floor.
The bill allows for the creation of 25 Rural Opportunity Zones across the state. For taxable years beginning in 2016, this legislation would allow for a five-year tax exemption for anyone who moves from out-of-state into a county projected to see a population loss between the effective date and 2075 per the 2012 Demographic State of the State Report – Oklahoma State and County Population Projections through 2075.
"I am excited that the legislation received unanimous support in committee," said Murdock, R-Felt. "This bill will help the rural areas of our state, encouraging them to grow rather than dwindle."
Many of the outer counties in Oklahoma compete directly with Texas, which has no income tax and rural counties in Kansas which has its own version of Rural Opportunity Zones, Murdock said.
Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman, from Fairview in northwest Oklahoma, is a supporter of the zones and said it can only benefit the entire state to see economic conditions improve in rural areas.
"More than anything, rural Oklahoma needs people," Speaker Hickman said. "This bill is a great tool that will bring new residents to our state whose investments will result in more revenue for sales tax and property tax that benefits all of Oklahoma – urban and rural – and more than exceeds the amount of the exemption. I appreciate Rep. Newell’s leadership on this issue as we look for more ways to sell families and companies outside our state on Oklahoma’s wonderful quality of life and low cost-of-living and invite them to call Oklahoma home."
From Jim Rice Seward County Commissioner
The following came from Jim Rice who is one of the Commissioners of Seward County.
One ought to read the fine print these days.
A thousand years is a long time. Today’s landowners are making decisions that will affect people on that land for the next 40 generations. That’s something to take pretty seriously, said Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming water and natural resource attorney. A conservation easement, sometimes granted as "perpetual," which legally means 999 years, is a tool for guaranteeing the future use of a piece of property. It can also be an avenue for federal government agencies to gain control over private property. Hageman provided a critical analysis of easements to landowners during her presentation at the South Dakota, Wyoming joint Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Deadwood, South Dakota on Jan. 17.
"Conservation easements are consolidating control over real properties through legally binding contracts. As the property owner, or grantor, you retain partial ownership rights to the land, but you are also relinquishing rights of control and decision-making over future use and development of the property," Hageman said.
In 1950 there were 53 land trusts involved in purchasing conservation easements. By 2005 that number had jumped to 1,668. In 2010, the National Land Trust Census listed 47 million acres under conservation easements through approximately 1,700 land trusts. Many of the largest land trusts are controlled by environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Ducks Unlimited, American Farmland Trust and The Conservation Fund.
"That is a 731 percent increase in conservation easement acres in Wyoming alone," said Hageman. "More than 10 million total acres were placed in land trusts from 2005 to 2010, and the majority of those acres were in the western U.S., with particular focus on states with less previously controlled federal and state lands, such as Kansas, South Dakota and North Dakota."
"What concerns me is that we are federalizing our private property rights. We are allowing government agencies and non-profits to make decisions regarding land use, and to take our rights away through tolerating perpetual conservation easements." Wyoming water and natural resource attorney Harriet Hageman regarding one of her primary concerns with perpetual conservation easements being placed on private lands in the west. Photo by Heather Hamilton-Maude
One example of a Nature Conservancy conservation easement at work is in the Sandhills of Nebraska, where the Horse Creek Fen Ranch was purchased by the group in 1977.
"It is more than 3,000 acres and has some very important habitat for rare plants and wildlife. We wanted to protect the fen so we acquired the property, explained Conservancy spokesman Chris Anderson.
The Conservancy also recognized the struggle young people have in purchasing a ranching operation, and as a result started a beginning ranching program to look for a family willing to manage the ranch, and potentially own it someday.
"We found a young couple, and they signed a five- year lease agreement with us. They had the option to buy the ranch in 2005 at its appraised value, minus the price of a conservation easement that protects the fen. The couple was able to purchase the property and they continue to own and operate it as a working ranch,"" said Anderson.
He noted that in this instance, the Conservancy helped a young ranching family get started in the agriculture business and protected one of the key natural features of the property with an easement.
Sample ballots now are available at the Beaver County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Beaver, Balko and Turpin Annual School Election on February 10, 2015.
Sample ballots are also available about two weeks prior to an election on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.
Vera Floyd, Secretary of the Beaver County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 111 West 2nd St in Beaver, during regular office hours, 8:30 .m. - 2:30 p.m..
Sample ballots also will be posted outside every precinct polling place on Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.
Ballots that will be issued to voters on Tuesday include the following:
Beaver School Board
Balko School Board & Bond Election
Turpin School Board
For more election-related information, call the Beaver County Election Board at 580-625-4742.
Early voting set
A new state law which took effect on November 1, 2013, changes the dates and times voters have come to expect for early voting in Oklahoma.
Now, early voting begins on Thursday and continues on Friday, Floyd noted. Of special note, early voting is no longer conducted on Monday.
These changes have occurred due to the approval of SB 869, which was signed into law in May, 2013. As a result, Thursday, February 5 is the first day for in-person absentee aka "early" voting, in the April 10 Election, Floyd explained.
More information about absentee voting in Oklahoma, as well as other election-related information, is available at www.elections.ok.gov.
Forgan student selected to
attend youth summit at
Washingon, DC university
Siona Walsh, a student at Forgan High School has been selected to represent Oklahoma as a National Youth Delegate to the 2015 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.
Walsh joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive study week-long of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Siona was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.
George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation’s youth scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 28 to July 3, 2015.
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the important field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century.
The Advisory Board, is chaired by Mark Bauman, Senior Vice President of the Smithsonian Institution’s Enterprises Division and co-chaired by Joe Sacco, Educational Director for the National Zoo. Additional members include world renowned scholars, distinguished scientists and award winning university faculty, such as Dr. Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund.
Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues. For more information visit us online at wyse.gmu.edu.
Balko students win national "moon mail" contest
The creative works of two students at Balko High School will soon find a permanent repository - on the moon, courtesy of Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology.
The company, which is planning to make the first ever commercial moon landing, announced in December that Balko School and its 155 students as the winner of its first MoonMail contest.
As part of its landing, the company is establishing a service called MoonMail, through it will tote small keepsakes, things like rings and photographs to the moon’s surface where they will be permanently left.
"We received numerous heartfelt stories that made it very difficult to decide on just one winner," Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said. "The entry of Balko School captured the goal of the MoonMail program, which is to inspire and allow people from around the world to have a personal connection to the moon, now and for generations to come."
Hanna Parker and Colton Lentz wrote an essay that allowed Balko to be chosen. They will send an SD card filled with photos, poetry and other memories from the school.
In making the pitch to be selected, the school wrote:
"Some students never look up the invitation of the cosmos at all, seeing their future as locked to the land and to this place. We believe that the inclusion of our video card in this lunar mission will be a beacon for all the young people of Balko, Oklahoma; establishing our permanent presence in the infinite universe and staking an undeniable claim to both a place in, and our ability to contribute to, the future of Humankind. For those students whose gaze is ever downward and earthbound, there will now be a reason to gaze into those heavens. When they do, they will know that Balko students could and did touch the face of the moon."
Municipal filings to begin
next Monday in area cities
Candidates for municipal office in three Beaver County municipalities file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, February 2.
Vera Floyd, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 4.
Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office for the indicated offices for each of the following municipalities.
Town of Beaver—-3 Trustees, Town Clerk
Town of Forgan — 2 Trustees, Town Clerk
Town of Gate — 2 Trustees
The municipal offices at stake in Beaver, Forgan and Gate will be filled in the nonpartisan General Election scheduled April, 7,2015.
School absentee vote
Registered voters in Beaver County who want to vote by mail absentee ballot in next Tuesday’s Annual School Election for Balko, Beaver & Turpin Schools have until Wednesday, February 4 at 5 p.m. to request one, Floyd ntoed.
"If absentee voters miss Wednesday’s deadline, they aren’t out of luck, however," Floyd said.
Voters who want to cast absentee ballots still can do so in person at the County Election Board office on Thursday, February 5, or Friday, February 6. A two-member, bipartisan Absentee Voting Board will be on duty each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday to assist absentee voters.
"In-person absentee voters fill out an application form when they get to the office. They are not required to give any reason for voting absentee," Floyd said. "They are required to swear that they have not voted a regular mail absentee ballot and that they will not vote at their polling place on election day."
According to Floyd, the Absentee Voting Board verifies a voter’s registration information. Then, the Board issues all the appropriate ballots to the voter. The voter marks the ballots in a voting booth and then casts them in the voting device.
Former Turpin family wins NFL
contest, gets to go to Super Bowl
A former Turpin family who took in a student who had lost both his parents, has been chosen by the National Football League as a winner of the league’s "Together We Make Football" contest.
Former Turpin High School graduates, Chris and Sarah (Riffe) Roberts now live in Edmond, where Chris is the head football coach for the Crossings Christian School Knights. He has a senior player named Christian who lost his dad to ALS four years ago.
Chris has become a father figure to Christian over the last few years.
In September, Christian tragically lost his mother to an immune deficiency disease. Christian then turned to Chris, his wife, Sarah, their children, Cale, Chloe, Case and E. Cruz, and asked if he could move in with them.
All of them said, "Yes," and now Christian is a member of the Team Roberts Family.
On the day of Christian’s mom’s funeral, Sarah thought this story should be told: Coach and player becomes father and son.
Sarah made a "selfie" video of their story and submitted it to the National Football League’s "Together We Make Football" contest.
As it happened, NFL representatives came to their home in Edmond, to their school, football practices and a game to videotape the Roberts family.
A week after editing the video, the NFL called Crossings school office and asked if they would assemble the entire school together on the following Friday morning because they were coming back to do more video.
They did, and as coach Roberts was speaking, the headmaster took the mike and said there was someone whom he would like to introduce.
Deion Sanders came out a side door and announced to the crowd and to the Roberts family they were finalists in the NFL’s "Together We Make Football" contest.
The NFL flew the family to New York City to be on the NBC Today show, where their story as a finalist was announced, and then America voted for its pick from six finalists via the Internet.
Sarah Roberts’ parents, Gary and Sherri Riffe, still live in Turpin, and both are very excited.
"We would like to thank every one of you who supported Christian/Team Roberts and voted for their story on NFL’s "Together We Make Football" contest," Sherri said. "Just in case you haven’t heard … they won!"
When the family was notified they were finalists, they were told if they won they would receive four tickets to Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 in Phoenix.
"Last Monday evening, with NFL cameras rolling, Deion Sanders came into their kitchen to announce they were winners and gave them eight tickets," Sherri said. "The entire family will get to go to the super bowl.
"Thank you to all who took time to vote everyday for their story," Sherri added. "We want to express our appreciation for your support and your votes during the duration of this contest. Thank you very much."
PTSI email addresses to
change soon; Be aware!
Everyone loves progress, but nobody likes change. Especially when the change is forced upon us, as is regretfully the case in the changes that lie ahead for people with @ptsi.net email addresses.
Currently, @ptsi.net email addresses reside on a Google platform that Google plans to shut down some time in second quarter of 2015, forcing all users with @ptsi.net email addresses to go through an inconvenient email conversion process. Sadly, this conversion to a new email platform will cause PTCI to incur fees that will be passed on to customers in the amount of $10.00 per month per email address, with no guarantee that another conversion won’t be required at some point in the future.
However, good news exists in the midst of the confusion. PTCI strongly recommends that customers convert to one of the many FREE email services available online, e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook by April 1, 2015. There are benefits to utilizing one of these free email services, such as the ability to log in from anywhere and the simple fact that this new email address shouldn’t have to be changed again.
PTCI suggests business, government, healthcare, and education customers work with Randy Jacobs at PTCI (580-468-2316) to begin the process of obtaining their own unique domain names for email.
PTCI advises that customers whose smartphones were configured using @ptsi.net email will also be impacted by this change.
There is plenty of time, if people don’t procrastinate.
Google plans to the shut the platform down in July 2015. If customers follow PTCI’s practical recommendations, there are three steps to follow: (1) Set up a new email address with one of the suggested free email services; (2) Alert all contacts of your change of email address (a broadcast message can be sent to all contacts and an auto reply message can be set up to allow contacts time to revise the address); (3) Transfer all contacts, saved messages, folders, and data to the new email address.
PTCI has instruction guides available on ptci.net for helping customers with these conversions. Their help desk technicians and service representatives will be equipped with tools to assist and direct customers who need help.
Flu death reported in state
The Woodward County Health Department announced the first reported flu death this flu season in Woodward County. A total of 31 influenza-associated deaths have been reported to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Counties with deaths caused by influenza are Carter, Canadian, Comanche, Garfield, Jackson, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Ottawa, Payne, Pittsburg, Rogers, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa, Washington and Woodward Counties.
According to the OSDH, there have been 1,033 influenza-associated hospitalizations since Sept. 28. The highest rate of hospitalizations occurred among individuals 65 years and older.
"Spread of influenza is occurring statewide, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to get your flu shot," said Beaver County Health Department Administrative Director Terri Salisbury. "We still have flu vaccine available."
An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Vaccination is especially important for those persons at high risk from flu complications including people 65 years of age and older, young children, pregnant women, persons with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions and other long-term health conditions.
"Persons who have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick," said Salisbury.
A provider may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms.
In addition to getting a flu shot, the Beaver County Health Department recommends the following prevention tips:
·Frequent hand washing using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.
·Make "respiratory hygiene" a habit, including use of tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then disposing of them and washing hands at once. When tissues are not readily available, use your sleeve, never your hands.
·Stay home from work, school, and other public places when a person is ill.
Call the Beaver County Health Department at 580-625-3693 for more information about the flu vaccine.
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
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Hospital Authority looking forward
As another year passes the staff of the Beaver County Hospital Authority (BCHA) would like to thank the community for supporting their local healthcare facilities in 2014.
BCHA was formed 25 years ago and has proven to be a unique creation. BCHA consists of six entities, including the Beaver County Memorial Hospital (BCMH), Beaver County Nursing Home (BCNH), Beaver County Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Community Clinics of Beaver and Turpin and the Community Pharmacy, makes them the hub of healthcare for the people of Beaver County and the surrounding communities.
Healthcare has seen many changes over the past few years and will continue to see changes year after year as healthcare evolves.
According to administrator Alissa Schlessman, there have been several exciting changes and developments throughout the organization this past year. As our world has been transformed by digital technology it has changed our daily lives as well as the way we communicate and healthcare is no exception.
One of the biggest changes for BCMH has been the implementation of the electronic health record. The collaboration with St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City made the transition possible. They provide a vast amount of resources and support to BCMH.
BCMH is one of several St. Anthony affiliate hospitals who went through this process over one year ago. The benefits of a fully functional electronic health record will improve quality and convenience of patient care, increase patient involvement in their care, improve care coordination and improve diagnosis and health outcomes as well as increase practice efficiencies.
Implementing the electronic health record dramatically changes how the facility functions, however the staff at BCMH embraced the challenge and celebrated their one year implementation anniversary in November.
Earlier this year BCNH became a Medicare skilled facility, they also received a Dodge Grand Caravan through a grant received from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. BCNH has also received notification that they will be eligible for funding through the Department of Commerce- CDBG Disaster Recovery 2014 Grant that will be used for constructing a safe room at BCNH.
Beaver County Emergency Medical Service has been fortunate enough to receive funding from the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Stabilization and Improvement Revolving Fund (OERSSIRF) which has allowed the service to obtain two power load systems for the ambulances as well as a first responder vehicle that is slated to arrive early in 2015.
"Our EMS service is mainly a volunteer service therefore relies on our own community members to serve their fellow citizens," Schlessman said. "It is always a challenge to find willing individuals to commit to becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT), however they are an integral part of rural healthcare. Beaver County EMS will be offering an EMT course beginning in January for anyone who is interested and would like to become a part of our healthcare team."
Schlessman stressed the importance of teamwork to make the facility run as smooth as it has.
"While providing rural healthcare has its challenges it definitely has its advantages. Being small, we need absolutely every person to make things run smoothly. We strive to provide our community with very personal and most importantly quality healthcare," she said. "We are here to take care of our patients, which also happen to be our family, friends and neighbors. It has been a very rewarding year for Beaver County Hospital Authority. The Board of Trustees, Administration and Staff would once again like to thank Beaver County for the support and encourages anyone who has any healthcare needs, questions or concerns in 2015 to reach out to your local healthcare team."
Health officials reporting increase in flu cases 6,
As the number of flu-related hospitalizations continues to increase, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds Oklahomans there is still time to get a flu shot.
OSDH reports a total of nine deaths and 517 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the season began in September. Okfuskee, Payne and Carter counties have each had one death, while Garfield, Stephens and Oklahoma counties have each had two deaths so far this influenza season. More than half of hospitalizations have occurred among individuals 65 years and older.
Public health influenza vaccination clinics are available at county health departments, medical providers and retailers throughout the state. OSDH wants to remind Oklahomans that everyone is at risk for influenza and the flu vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 months of age and older.
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness from flu including: pregnant women, children younger than 5 years of age and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions. Parents and family members of babies younger than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine.
The following types of flu vaccine are available:
·The traditional flu shot which protects against four strains of flu.
·The nasal spray flu vaccine, which protects against four strains of flu, is for healthy people who are not pregnant and are ages 2-49. Studies have shown this vaccine was more effective among younger children. However, if the nasal spray vaccine is not immediately available, parents should not delay in getting children vaccinated.
·The high-dose flu shot for persons age 65 years and older which protects against three strains of flu.
It is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a provider as soon as possible. A provider may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms. Antiviral drugs may be indicated as a prevention measure to prevent especially vulnerable persons such as infants less than 6 months old, or persons of any age with a medical condition which severely suppresses their immune system.
In addition to getting a flu shot, public health officials recommend the following prevention tips:
· Frequent hand washing using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.
· Make "respiratory hygiene" a habit, including use of tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then disposing of them and washing hands at once. When tissues are not readily available, use your sleeve, never your hands.
· Stay home from work, school, and other public places when a person is ill.
Visit the OK Flu View at http://flu.health.ok.gov for weekly Oklahoma flu updates and additional information about the flu.
Voter deadline near to cast February ballot
Friday, January 16, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the February 10 Annual School Election, Beaver County Election Board Secretary Vera Floyd said today.
Floyd said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.
Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, January 16.
Floyd explained that applications postmarked after that time still will be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after February 10.
The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Floyd said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.
Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 111 West Second Street, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Floyd said that applications also are available at www.elections.ok.gov, and voters can check their registration status at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.
Old man winter finally found December
Winter was noticeably absent through much of December, a deceptively warm month that ended more than 2 degrees above normal to rank as the 38th warmest since records began in 1895. The season finally lived up to its name during the month’s final week, however, with a swath of 3-5 inches of snow along the I-44 corridor in southwestern Oklahoma, along with another icy plunge to ring in the New Year. New Year’s Eve was celebrated with patches of freezing drizzle, snow, sleet and below-zero wind chills.
Despite the snow and ice, preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet still tracked a deficit of 0.67 inches for the month, the 55th driest December on record. The year itself was cool and dry as a whole, with 2014’s statewide average temperature at 58.9 degrees, one degree below normal and the 27th coolest on record. The January-December statewide average precipitation total of 28.47 inches was more than 8 inches below normal and the 26th driest year on record. The 2014 Mesonet precipitation totals ranged from 13.2 inches at Kenton while Clayton had the most with 50.9 inches.
December’s average temperature might have finished on the warm side, but that statistic didn’t come with lots of warm, sunny days. In fact, it was the least sunny December since Mesonet records began in 1994, receiving only 35 percent of possible sunshine. Fog was a frequent visitor throughout the month, and the high humidity values aided in suppressing fire danger. The clouds and moisture also helped account for the warmth, trapping heat close to the surface at night and preventing the low temperatures from plummeting. The statewide average high temperature, held down by the cloudiness, was actually more than a degree below normal, but the average low temperature was nearly 6.5 degrees above normal.
The highest temperature recorded by the Mesonet in December was 75 degrees at Burneyville on the fifth. The lowest temperature, minus 6 degrees, came on the month’s final day at Kenton. The lowest temperature of 2014 was minus 12 degrees at Nowata back on January 6, and the highest temperature of 107 degrees came on July 26 at Freedom.
Severe weather made an appearance during the month, including a weak tornado near Lake Arcadia in central Oklahoma on the 14th, only the 25th December tornado since 1950. According to preliminary data from the National Weather Service (NWS), 2014 ended with a total of 16 tornadoes, the lowest count since accurate records began in 1950. If that total holds at 16, it would best the previous minimum count of 17 back in 1988. Large hail and severe winds also accompanied the storms on the 14th.
No drought improvements were noted during the month thanks to the dry conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor depicted 60 percent of the state in drought to start December and 62 percent as it ended. The amount of extreme-to-exceptional drought, the worst two categories on the Drought Monitor, increased from 18 percent to 22 percent. One year ago, 38 percent of the state was considered to be in drought. Nearly 1.5 million Oklahomans were still affected by drought as the year came to a close.
The latest outlooks for January from the NWS’ Climate Prediction Center (CPC) show increased odds of above normal precipitation across the southern two-thirds of the state, but no clear signal for temperature. CPC’s U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook for January sees drought persisting or intensifying across those areas where drought is already in place, but no development in the current drought-free areas.
Mrs. Mary Tibbetts with FHS and BHS STUCO members Chase Bryer, Nicole Welch, Garrett Weber, Shalyn Farrington, Gabby Morales, Kinsey Smalts.
Mrs. Haley (Pierson) Nichols with FHS and BHS STUCO members Chase Bryer, Nicole Welch, Garrett Weber, Shalyn Farrington, Gabby Morales, Kinsey Smalts.
"Pink out" week a smashing
Beaver, Forgan STUCO groups give to four families. . .
During the annual "pink out" week last October, the Beaver and Forgan Student Councils combined to raise over $4.000 with the various events devoted to support those with cancer.
Events included t-shirt sales, the glow walk and the groups made various items for the auction that was held during the football game. Sponsors were Nancy McVay from Beaver and Tara Albert from Forgan.
"We want to give a huge thank you to the Beaver and Forgan communities for their generosity during our pink out week in October," McVay said. "Because of our great communities, Forgan and Beaver’s STUCO raised over $4,000 that was given to four different families."
Last Tuesday, two of the families were awarded money. Mrs. Mary Tibbetts and Haley (Pierson) Nichols were both given checks to help with their battles. Also, money was given to Mary Martinez and Heath Thomas, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant.
Mrs. McVay wanted to thank the following donors as well: Beaver Co. Memorial Hospital, Bank of Beaver, First Security Bank, Herald-Democrat, Bittersweet, Slatten Farms and Howard Drilling.
LONG FOOD LINE AT FAIRGROUNDS DURING THANKSGIVING
Beaver County Library
has many fall activities
The staff at the Beaver County Pioneer Library would like to share all of the exciting things going on at the Library. In the fall, winter and early spring every Tuesday the library features a "Lap-Sit" time with little ones from our community. This program is for babies, toddlers and preschool age children.
"We are averaging 12-15 children a week and look forward to them coming. The kids are learning through music, rhymes, stories, along with repetition," librarian Denise Janko said. "This program is open to all children, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. and runs for about an hour, please don’t think that it is too late to get involved! Throughout this year we have also offered adult computer classes and literacy tutoring. Our goal is to offer services to all community members."
The library received a grant from the Libri Foundation’s BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit that enables libraries to expand their children’s, juvenile and young adult sections. The Libri grant is a matching grant and thanks to our Beaver Friends of the Library Association, we have had the privilege to add over 80 new books to our children’s, juvenile and young adult sections of the Library.
"The new books received are of a good variety. We have many new math and science books. Also added are several new young adult and juvenile series," Janko said.
Beaver County Library is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Beaver County Pioneer Library has also applied and received a "Zoo Grant" provided by the Oklahoma City Zoo. It will be used during the 2015 summer reading program.
The Library Staff would also like to thank all of our many supporters throughout the year. The Library will be open for the Beaver Downtown Holiday celebration on December 4th and our annual Open House December 15th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa Letters Wanted
for Christmas Issue
The Herald-Democrat will feature letters to Santa Claus again this year in the annual Christmas edition of the newspaper on December 25, 2014.
With only a few weeks remaining until the happy holidays and special paper, boys and girls are invited to send their letters to Santa, in care of The Herald-Democrat, Box 490, Beaver, OK 73932. Letters can also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
All letters of course, will be forwarded to the North Pole after they are copied for publication. Only letters received by 5 p.m. on December 19, 2014 will be printed in the special Christmas issue.
Lansden family celebrates
70th year of publishing paper
This month (October, 2014) marks the 70th anniversary Willis and Merlee Phelps Lansden took a "leap of faith" and bought the newspaper, The Herald-Democrat, from H. H. Hubbart in 1944.
At that time, the newspaper plant was located on Second Street where the Senior Citizens building is now. It moved to its present location on Douglas Street in March, 1966.
The newspaper has run continuously since the summer of 1887. The Territorial Advocate only published three or four issues before selling to George Payne. It was then sold to a J. C. Hodge, who changed the name of the paper of The Beaver Advocate.
It changed ownership and names until 1896 when it was under the banner of The Beaver Herald. The publisher added Miss Maude O. Thomas to his staff as associate editor, August 9, 1900. Miss Thomas took over ownership in 1902.
The Beaver County Democrat was established by W. B. Newman in 1906. Several years later, the new owner L. B. Tooker consolidated the newspaper with a number of papers throughout the county, which included The Forgan Enterprise, The LaKemp Mirror, the Ivanhoe News, The Beaver County Republican and The Farmer’s News (Knowles).
It was then called The Democrat. The Gate Valley Star was later taken over by the Democrat in 1922. It was owned by A. W. Cox and A. L. Kimball by that time. In early editions there were word fights between the Beaver Herald by Miss Thomas and The Democrat by Mr. Kimball. The name calling wasn’t too bad by today’s standards, nevertheless, it was probably interesting for the subscribers.
August 1, 1923 marked the purchase of the Beaver Herald from Maude O. Thomas by A. L. Kimball, to form the present Herald-Democrat with Kimball serving as editor and publisher. The Forgan Eagle was consolidated with The Herald-Democrat, February 1, 1927. The Herald-Democrat again changed ownership on May 16, 1938, when it was purchased by H. H. Hubbart.
In October, 1944, the late Willis and Merlee Phelps Lansden bought the newspaper. During these many years, the family has seen many changes in the publishing business, going from hand set type and printing the newspaper in-house to sending the pages to be printed to the printers via computer.
As World War II was still on-going in 1944, Willis was basically putting out each week’s edition single-handedly. He had an army cot set up in the supply room so he could get a few hours sleep before getting up and going back to work. He did have a linotype operator at that time...the only problem was that usually on Monday mornings Willis would have to go bail the man out of jail after a weekend of carousing.
The pages would be made up by hand then carried to the printer. The blank newsprint would be fed into the machine one page at a time, which would print four pages. Then the large pages would be flipped over and print four more pages on the other side. The pages would go through a folder and ready for addressing to the subscribers. It was a tedious project to publish a newspaper back in the day, but Willis loved every moment of it. (Maybe not so much when a paper would jam in the folder!)
The Herald-Democrat received state-wide recognition when, in 1963, Willis was selected to serve on the Oklahoma Press Association Board of Directors. He served as president of the association in 1969 and remained on the board in an advisory capacity until July of 1970.
He also was appointed to the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission by Gov. David Hall, where he also served as the chairman in 1974-75. Willis was instrumental in getting quail and pheasants back in Beaver County at that time.
He and his wife served the community and state faithfully and with distinction until their deaths in 1985 and 1986. Then their children, Joe, Cheley and Kathal took over the publication of the newspaper. In 1996, Cheley and Kathal sold their interest in the business to their brother, Joe and nephew, Brent, who have been serving this community since that time.
Throughout the years, many folks have been worked at the newspaper helping to get the editions out each week, including three more generations of Lansdens. That’s 3,640 issues mailed throughout the United States to thousands of subscribers each week.
We are grateful to each and every one of our loyal friends and advertisers.
This wind farm is being constructed in
east Texas county. Some 142 have been completer. The Balko Wind project
begin this month where 162 will be
constructed south of Bryan's corner now. The transmission line should be
completed by now.
New manager takes over Dunes;
Plans to work promoting park
Heath Noyes is the new manager of the Beaver Dunes Park. He started his new job on August 25.
Noyes graduated from Vici High School in 1996 and earned his college degree in accounting in 2006 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Noyes worked for the Woodward County Sheriff’s Department from 2002 through 2006 and most recently worked for the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s office for the past eight years.
Noyes is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and has one overseas tour of duty. He expressed excitement for his new job in Beaver.
"The key is to promote, promote and promote. Not enough people have heard of the Beaver Dunes," Noyes said. "My family really enjoys the area, and wee are excited to be here."
Noyes, on Monday, was working to place picnic tables in the ORV area and also plans to install some watchable wildlife stations in the coming weeks. He has many other great ideas for the park as well.
Heath and his wife Angela have six kids: Brendan Noyes; Kadyn Noyes; Addyson Noyes; Lauren Noyes; Austin Solo and Jordan Solo.
These are a few of sponsoring
businesses that support this
Beaver Ministerial Fellowship
Beaver County Memorial Hospital
Dr. Tim Becker, Dentist 625-3111
Beaver Oil Company
Beaver Ace Home Center 625-3102
Beaver Auction, LLC
The Cimarron Territory
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Pictured above is the tornado that hit the Woodbury home. Vance and Barbara Woodbury both died from injuries when the struck their home about 1/2 mile from this location near the Northern Natural Gas plant east of Elmwood. The tornado hit their home Wednesday evening, March 29, 2007 . Photo courtesy Beaver County Sheriff's office.
Above is a photo of the USS Mullinnix DD-944 which was used as a sink test back in the 1990's. The United States was testing new weapons. The ship was used during the Vietnam war but later decommissioned in the 1980's. The editor and publisher was stationed on the ship from 1963 until 1965.
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