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Alva Review-Courier Vol. 121 No. 50
Sunday, June 23, 2013 - $1.00
620 Choctaw, Alva, OK 73717
Alva buys new ambulance
With help from Charles Morton Share Trust By Marione Martin Money budgeted this year for a new ambulance wasn’t enough to pay the actual cost. Alva EMS Director Brooke Meyer decided to do something about that. She submitted an application to the Charles Morton Share Trust for a matching grant of $50,000. Alva City Council members were smiling as they acknowledged The new National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., is shown with the Washington Monuthe $50,000 grant from Share Trust ment in the background. Photo by Richard Lato, courtesy of the National World War II Memorial for an ambulance during their June
The making of an American hero By Kathleen Lourde When World War II and Korean War veteran Owen Davison’s charter airplane landed in Oklahoma City the night of June 5, a group of Oklahomans heralded his return from Washington, D.C., along with the other 82 World War II vets on the plane. They cheered and waved flags like mad while a band filled the air with patriotic music. As 87-year-old Davison of Alva and the other vets emerged, the music and cheering swelled, bringing tears to Davison’s eyes. It was the welcome home he had never received, he said. It was the end of a very long, but meaningful, day. The trip was organized and funded by the nonprofit group Oklahoma Honor Flights (www.oklahomahonorflights.org), which flies veterans to D.C. to see the war memorials there standing testament to veterans’ courage,
love of country and sacrifice. The nonprofit paid for the veterans to stay at an Oklahoma City hotel the night before and then roused them from their beds at 3 a.m. They had a tight schedule to maintain and not a minute to waste. On the early morning flight to the nation’s capital, the veterans renewed old friendships and made new friends. Around 10:30 a.m. the plane arrived in Baltimore, Md., where the veterans – 34 of them in wheelchairs – boarded buses. The U.S. Park Police accompanied the vets on the two-hour drive into the heart of the enormous metropolis that is D.C. These special police officers would escort them for the remainder of the day. Wheelchairs or not, those veterans got around that day. They began with the new World War II memorial, parts of which are still being finished.
Built of granite on 7.4 acres of the National Mall and set between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the memorial features 56 pillars, each inscribed with the name of a state or territory (along with Washington, D.C.) that was part of our country at that time. The pillars follow the outer edge of a large circular plaza. In the center of the plaza is the Rainbow Pool, out of which fountains spray water and mist. On one side of the memorial, 4,000 sculpted gold stars cover the long, curving Freedom Wall with its cascading waterfalls on each end. Each star in the “Field of Stars” represents 100 people who gave their lives in the war. For an hour, the veterans wandered around the memorial, and then returned to the buses. They
Alva EMS Director Brooke Meyer tells the Alva City Council about the new ambulance they later voted to purchase during the June 17 meeting. Meyer made a successful application for a grant from Charles Morton See Hero Page 3 Share Trust to help pay for the vehicle. Photo by Marione Martin
17 meeting. “I’d just like to commend Brooke and her staff for going out and getting the grant money from Share Trust and putting this together and getting yourself a new ambulance. Thank you,” said Councilmember Bryce Benson. “Brooke did a wonderful job on that,” added Alva Business Manager Joe Don Dunham. Mayor Arden Chaffee commented on the ambulance choice, “I’d like to commend you (Meyer) for bidding out a fourwheel drive ambulance. In case of inclement weather, that will be able to get around. Because you never know who might need that ambulance.” Council members laughed in appreciation of the mayor’s comment. During the heavy snows of February, an Alva ambulance became stuck in the deep snow while responding to a call. It took heavy equipment to extricate it. Because Alva is still under the estimate of needs form of budget until July, the council approved a motion to have the mayor sign a budget amendment adding the grant as revenue and an equal amount as an expenditure in the ambulance department. That will go to the county excise board for approval. The next order of business was to approve the low bid for the new ambulance. Five companies
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Budgets, leases and a Volkswagen City Council has varied agenda By Marione Martin After public hearings on next year’s budgets were conducted at the June 3 meeting, the Alva City Council had no questions about the final budget on June 17. Business Manager Joe Don Dunham said the only change from the last meeting was to add the expected revenue of $180,000 from the street maintenance fee that was approved in the June 11 election. A corresponding amount was added to expenditures. Now the street and alley fund will have a total budget of $344,000. Council members unanimously approved the 2013-2014 fiscal year general fund budget totaling just The “Field of Stars” is a section of the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. Each star represents over $9 million. Dunham said the 100 servicemembers who were either killed in the war or were missing in action. Photo courtesy of the recently purchased Asphalt Zipper National World War II Memorial to be used on city streets was deliv-
ered on June 14. Leases The council approved an agricultural lease with Mickey Ferrell for 160 acres known as the cemetery farm. The lease runs for two years with an option for a third. A lease was approved with Kelly Thiesing for the east lagoon site for grazing. He was the only bidder in the amount of $500 for 25 acres. Randy Rhodes was the successful bidder for the grazing lease for the solid waste transfer site. He bid $1237.50 Volkswagen “Some time back, the city of Alva received a 2000 Volkswagen on a drug bust that we no longer
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June 23, 2013
Fast action needed to save missing children State AMBER alert program head addresses Kiwanis Club By Kathleen Lourde Oklahoma’s AMBER alert program has proven itself extremely effective, said Gene Thaxton, director of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, at the June 19 Kiwanis Club meeting. Part of Thaxton’s job is acting as the Oklahoma AMBER alert program coordinator. Technically, AMBER is an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response. The name was constructed to have that acronym in memory of Amber Hageman, a nine year-old who was abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas, in 1996. The national AMBER alert program got underway later that year. Nationwide, 642 children have been saved by AMBER Alerts since the program’s inception.
Act Quickly to Save a Missing Child Parents and law enforcement officers must act very quickly to save the life of a missing child. A study of 577 child homicides in 44 states found that 44 percent of the children died within the first hour after being abducted, and 74 percent within three hours. Forty percent were dead before they were even reported missing. Only one percent survived longer than one day. These cases represented the murders of 621 children, 472 of them girls, by 419 killers. The children were often abducted very close to their homes – 65 percent from within 200 feet of home, and 80 percent from within a quarter mile of their last known location. Oklahoma AMBER Alert Program Oklahoma instituted its own version of the program in 1999 and was the first state to make the program nationwide. Oklahoma has issued 31 AMBER alerts since the state program began. Of those children, three were murdered before the alert was even issued. So far this year, three Oklahoma AMBER alerts have been issued. Gene Thaxton, Head of the Okla- All of the children were successfully homa Amber Alert program recovered, Thaxton said.
The way alerts resulted in the resolution of missing children last year was when: • 10 people recognized the vehicle from the alert; • 11 offenders heard the alert and returned the child; • 5 people recognized the abductor or child from the alert; • 3 people called a tip in to law enforcement as a result of the alert; and • An individual heard the alert and knew where the child was. Missing children aren’t always abducted, though. Often, they’re runaways or throwaways. Both groups tend to have been subjected to physical and/or sexual abuse. Fewer than a quarter are ever reported missing by their parents or guardians. “Throughout Oklahoma and across the nation, ‘throwaways’ are becoming a significant issue,” said Thaxton. He described throwaways as the children of a parent who remarries and whose partner says, “Get rid of the child, or I’m leaving.” “So you see a parent saying to the child, ‘Get your things. I want you to leave. Here’s some money. Don’t call me,’” Thaxton said. Runaways have been a big issue for some time. In January of this year, 125 children were reported missing in Tulsa alone, and 130 in
“1 in 5 women and 1 in ten men will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. Only one in three will tell anyone about it.”
Oklahoma City alone. Many of these children are runaways, said Thaxton. But while Oklahoma has a runaway alert that is similar to an AMBER alert, it is issued to law enforcement statewide but not to media outlets. The reason they don’t send those alerts to the media is because of the sheer number of runaways. If that many alerts were sent to the media, the end result would be that all alerts would be ignored, Thaxton said. Disturbingly, another growing issue in Oklahoma is human trafficking, said Thaxton. A Coordinated Nationwide Effort The federal Adam Walsh Act of 2006, which created the national sex offender registry, also requires that a missing child’s information be entered in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) within two hours of it being reported to a law enforcement agency. The NCIC database means that The reasons people give for abducting a child are, in order of frequency: • Sexual: sexual gratification of the offender. • Killing: the act of killing arouses the offender and provides gratification. • Nontraditional: very young women trying to fill a void in their life. • Ransom: usually solved. Abductor must make contact with the family. • Profit: human trafficking. • Other: child hostage, personal retaliation or criminal dispute.
Nationwide • 2,000 children are reported missing every day. • 200,000 children are abducted by family members every year. • 58,000 children are abducted by people other than family members annually. • 100 children are abducted and murdered, ransomed or taken to keep every year. if a law enforcement officer has contact with the missing person and enters their name into the NCIC database, he’ll get a “hit” letting him know that the individual was a missing child, along with what can be a great deal of relevant information. If the agency fails to input a missing child’s information into the NCIC database within two hours, the agency head can be charged with a felony. “That means that if you were to determine that your child is missing and you were to report it to a police department or sheriff’s office, they have two hours by federal law to enter that information into the system,” said Thaxton. “If it’s not, they’re committing a federal crime.” The agency head is held accountable even if it was a dispatcher or other employee who was tasked with entering the information upon receipt but failed to do so. That employee, however, is also charged. The law is being enforced. Agency heads across the country have been charged since the law was passed, Thaxton said.
Smithsonian exhibit, golf tournament funding approved Alva tourism tax helps fund local events By Marione Martin During a meeting June 19, the City of Alva Tourism Tax Committee reviewed two funding requests and granted both. Members present at the 5:30 p.m. meeting were Chairman Henry Bickerstaff, Dr. Charles Tucker and Janet Valencia. Norville Ritter arrived later during the meeting, and Terri Parsons was absent. After approving minutes of the last meeting, members heard the financial report presented by Jody Bradford, secretary. They noted that the quarterly hotel/motel taxes received were the highest amount ever. Smithsonian Exhibit Dr. Kay Decker, executive
director for Freedom West CDC, presented a request for $4,367.50 for an exhibit to be displayed for six weeks at the Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios in Alva. The Smithsonian Museum Traveling Exhibit is titled “New Harmonies: America’s Roots Music.” The exhibit is scheduled to open on Nov. 16 and conclude on Jan. 4. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At other times the gallery is open late for special events and programs. There is no charge to tour the exhibit. A tour could take up to an hour because trained docents will be available during tours to explain
the exhibit. Decker said this is the first time Alva has hosted a Smithsonian traveling exhibit. The state affiliate for the exhibit is the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC). Graceful Arts applied to OHC to host the exhibit. Part of the selection process is to include other local events related to the exhibit. While some communities have emphasized the state’s Native American heritage, Decker said in Alva they will focus on cowboy balladeers. Decker said the Riders in the Sky concert on Oct. 29 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a part of the Northwest Concert Series, will be used as a ramp-up kick-off event to publicize
the coming exhibit. On Nov. 16 a grand opening reception will be held at Graceful Arts. On Nov. 19, Dr. Shawn Holliday will present a lecture on the cowboy balladeer musical culture. The ACT I Theatre production “For Unto Y’All” is being tied in with the exhibit with a reception on Nov. 21. Dec. 6 is the First Friday Art Walk, which includes the Runnymede and downtown merchants. An “Instruments in the Studio” exhibit for elementary students is set for Dec. 4 and 5. Dr. Hugh Foley will lecture about the exhibit and America’s Roots Music on Dec. 5.
School group tours are planned for Dec. 17-19. Dr. Mike Knedler will present a lecture about singing schools on Dec. 13. Senior Citizen Day is set for Dec. 13. Since the exhibit is planned during the holiday shopping season, Graceful Arts hopes to provide an added attraction to encourage people to shop in Alva. The request from Graceful Arts is for honorarium fees of $1,050 and advertising costs of $3,317.50. After a few questions, the committee unanimously approved the funding request.
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Larry Harmon tells the Alva Tourism Tax Committee about the Nescatunga Golf Tournament. The Alva Golf and Country Club asked for some help in paying meal costs. Photo by Marione Martin
Dr. Kay Decker displays a poster about the Smithsonian traveling exhibit coming to Alva in November. Graceful Arts Gallery and Studios requested funding to help with the event. Photo by Marione Martin
June 23, 2013
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submitted a total of twelve bids. Some of the bids did not meet specifications. The low bid is $84,652 from PEVSS/Triton for a 2014 F350 4x4. While the vehicle chassis is new, the ambulance box is refurbished with only worn or dated parts replaced. Another company bid a similar vehicle with total refurbishment for $91,520. “Triton is a very reputable company, and their sales rep is the only one who actually came to the opening of the bids,” said Meyer. She said with total refurbishment for the higher price, the company goes through and replaces everything whether it needs it or not. “We get to pick the box,” Meyer said of the PEVSS/Triton bid. “I already told him that if we go with this bid, we want a box just like the last one.”
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Councilmember Scott Brown asked if it was the lower box, and Meyer said yes. Brown said the higher ambulance box sometimes did not fit under awnings. The 2014 Ford F350 4x4 ambulance will have the Mor/ Ryde system, which is an airless suspension system to make the ride in the back part smoother for the patient. The ambulance and box come with a five-year warranty and a 45 day completion time. The company is located in Stephenville, Texas. They have a mobile warranty repair unit that will come to Alva to make any repairs during the warranty period. Dunham said the bids came in so low, there is enough money left in the budget to buy a Stryker cot for the new ambulance. It will be similar to one that was purchased last year for the other unit.
need,” said Dunham. “This is a treasure that we would like to auction off on July 1 at the sheriff’s auction. Because it was a drug bust, the proceeds of this will need to be deposited into the Alva Police Department drug fund.” There was some levity among council members about the source of the vehicle. Mayor Arden Chaffee had an assurance for the winning bidder, “Now this has been cleared so you won’t have to call Officer Hawley every time you leave the house.” The council voted to declare the vehicle as surplus so it may be auctioned. Other Business The council held a lengthy executive session to discuss negotiations with IAFF Local 3782, the union representing Alva firefighters. No action was taken on return to open session. The finance committee presented $254,867.39 in claims to be paid. Finance Chairman Wes Miller said
almost $137,000 of that amount was payroll. Another $22,455 was hotel/motel tax. That tax revenue goes to the city’s Tourism Tax Committee fund. The council approved the claims. Other Meetings Following the council adjournment, the same members met as the Alva Utility Authority. They approved minutes of the last meeting and payment of claims totaling $30,692.99. The Alva utility budget of $2,858,609 for the next fiscal year was approved. The members then adjourned and reconvened as the Alva Economic Development Authority. They approved minutes of the last meeting and claims totaling $44,031.61. Dunham commented that it is obviously summer at the recreation complex. The claims included referee fees, concessions and maintenance items. The trustees approved the economic development authority budgets totaling $1,701,876.
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had much more to do that day. The buses took them to the Korean, Vietnam and Lincoln memorials, which they had just over an hour to view, before it was time to head to Arlington Cemetery. There they watched the changing of the guards and visited the section of the cemetery in which movie stars were buried. Davison posed for a photo next to Audie Murphy’s tombstone. The afternoon was waning; the veterans left Arlington to visit the Iwo Jima and Air Force memorials, and then the buses returned them to the Baltimore airport. At nine p.m. their plane touched down. Those traveling to far corners of the state wouldn’t get to their homes until midnight or later. It was an exhausting day, no doubt, but it was worth it. Remembering Combat The veterans had plenty of time during all of the traveling to reminisce about their years in the war, but Davison said they stuck to the funny memories. Davison is like other veterans in that he rarely talks about the hard times, he said. But his not talking about them doesn’t mean those memories have disappeared. In fact, to this day, Davison’s nightmares will occasionally throw him into combat once again until he wakes with a terrified shout, covered in sweat. Davison, born in 1925, grew up on his family’s farm 16 miles east of Alva. Sometimes it was a rough existence. From the early 1930s until at least 1936, when they finally began to get a little bit of rain, Davison says, the drought and dust storms made it impossible for his father to grow anything. Maybe that’s why Davison told his fa-
Woods County Forecast Sunday Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Heat index values as high as 101. Windy, with a south wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Monday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. South wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 33 mph. Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Tuesday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. Wednesday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Thursday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.
Owen Davison of Alva wears his Oklahoma Honor Flight shirt as he tells about his flight to Washington, D.C. Photo by Kathleen Lourde
ther, when he graduated from high school, that he was not going to be a farmer. But then Davison didn’t really get to choose what he was going to be, at least for the next few years. A month after high school graduation, Davison was drafted into the Army and packed off to boot camp. “There were five of us (from Alva),” he said. “Ain’t nobody left but me.” On Christmas night, 1944, Davison boarded an airplane with the 41st Infantry Division, 163rd Regiment, Company D. The young men were flown to Caledonia, Australia, and later to Japan. Still a teenager, Davison found himself fighting for his life at the front lines of a vicious war for two endless years. Back then, Davison said, “we didn’t know much about jungle warfare,” but they learned fast in Japan. “The Japanese were darn good fighters.” Before being sent to Japan, Army staff led them to believe combat against the Japanese would be a cakewalk because “they said they had poor eyesight and every one of them wore glasses,” Davison said. “I found they either had good eyesight or, by God, were awful lucky, because they could shoot.” While in Japan, Davison made a pet of one of the monkeys there that don’t have tails, “like somebody chopped them off,” he said. “They were everywhere.” It became his good friend. “That monkey made five beachheads with me,” he said. “They’re a lot of company.” Medical care for the wounded was hard to come by. “A lot of people was wounded and never got (medical treatment) there,” he said. Shrapnel injuries were very common. The soldiers would just pull the shrapnel out, put a bandage on it, and keep on going. “There wasn’t anybody to help you; you helped yourself,” he said. And if you couldn’t help yourself, your brother soldiers would be there for you. “We lived as a family,” he said. “My brothers and sisters, some of them can’t understand why we (soldiers who served together) are so close.” But when your life is on the line every day and you must depend on your fellow soldiers to help you stay alive, an unbreakable bond is forged. And that’s as it has to be, Davison says. “Somebody had to cover your back.” One day, while taking heavy fire, Davison dove into a foxhole head first and broke his neck, paralyzing him. Once combat calmed down enough, his brothers at arms
carried him out and put him, confined to a stretcher, on a boat that set off in search of medical care for him. “I was 15 days getting to an aide station,” said Davison. The aide station proved unable to treat him, and he was eventually flown back to the States to a hospital in Texas. The surgeons there operated on his neck. Then “they put a pair of tongs in my head and stretched me out” using a pulley system, Davison said, and then strapped him down to a length of plywood for three long months. “All I could move was my eyes,” Davison said. Toward the end of that third month, Davison was so demoralized by the full-body restraint that he said to his doctor “Why don’t you just shoot me and get it over with? And he said, ‘Well you’ll be going home in a week,’ and that saved me.” The surgery and immobilization had worked. Davison was put into a cast that went from the top of his head all the way down to his hips. The cast prevented him from opening his mouth very far – just opening it enough to bite down on a slice of bread was difficult – but he was able to walk and move his arms. He wore the cast for another three months. When it finally came off, Davison found he’d grown a long, black beard. He was far from being his old self, but he was healing. In fact, he healed so well that three years later the Army reduced his disability rating from 100 percent to 0. That year, 1950, Davison volunteered for the National Guard. Three months later, he was shipped off to the Korean War. “That’s a cold hole in the winter time,” Davison said. “It gets to 23 below zero and stays there all winter long.” But Davison didn’t have much to say about Korea. “I don’t talk about Korea much,” he said. “When you still wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and screaming, it still bothers you. I scare my wife every once in a while. They (the nightmares) are as real as if it just happened.” But if ever a man proved his courage, Davison did. Despite those horrors experienced in such abundance and at such a young age, after he came home from the Korean War Davison continued to serve his country in the National Guard and the ready reserves for another 25 years. “When I went into the service, I told my dad I was never going to be a farmer,” Davison said. No, he became a hero.
June 23, 2013
Immigration debate is all about border security By Byron York There’s a fundamental conflict at the heart of the Senate debate over the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill. Most Republicans believe a policy to integrate 11 million currently illegal immigrants into American society must be conditioned on stronger border security and internal enforcement. Most Democrats don’t. At bottom, that’s what the fight is about. Most Republicans believe security must come before integration, in one of two ways. Some believe enhanced security must be in place -- not a plan, but a reality -- before the 11 million can be granted temporary legal status. (In the world of the Senate, “tempo-
rary” means six to 10 years.) It’s probably fair to say that a majority of the Republican voting base holds that opinion. Other Republicans believe enhanced security must be in place -- again, reality, not a plan -- before the legalized immigrants can move on, after 10 years, to permanent legal resident status, signified by a green card, and ultimately on to citizenship. What unites the two camps is the conviction that enhanced security must actually be in place before today’s illegal immigrants are allowed to stay in the U.S. for the rest of their lives. Many Democrats pay lip service to the idea; after all, it’s pretty popular not just with Republican voters but with Democrats and independents, too. But they don’t see enhanced security as something that has to happen before immigrants Alva Review-Courier may move forward. If there were any doubts that (USPS 016-180) many Democrats do not sup620 Choctaw St. port enforcement before inteAlva, OK 73717-1626 gration, those doubts were dis(580) 327-2200 pelled recently by Sen. Richard Fax: (580) 327-2454 Durbin, a leading Democrat on the Gang of Eight. “We have Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. de-linked a pathway to citizenMonday - Friday ship and border enforcement,” Website: Durbin told National Journal. www.alvareviewcourier.com And Sen. Charles Schumer, HERE TO HELP YOU another leading Democrat in the Gang, called a Republican Publisher.............Lynn L. Martin attempt to strengthen the link between enforcement and the Editor..................Marione Martin path to citizenship “a nonstart(email@example.com) er.” Ad Sales.............Stacy Sanborn As Democrats see it, reform (firstname.lastname@example.org) must move today’s illegal imColette Baier (email@example.com) migrants to temporary legal status, and then to permanent Reporters...................Alex Cole (firstname.lastname@example.org) legal status, and then to citiYvonne Miller zenship without any major Subscriptions obstacles along the way. A re& Action Ads..........Linda Toone quirement that any of those (email@example.com) steps be dependent on specific Ad Design.............Paula Oakes security and enforcement improvements is a nonstarter not Page Design........Patty Hankey just for Schumer but for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Legal Notices.....Lisa Wickham (firstname.lastname@example.org) and most other Democrats. Right now, Durbin, Schumer and Reid have the advanThe Alva Review-Courier is tage. The Gang of Eight bill combined with the Woods being debated in the Senate County News, The Alva Advocate and Newsgram, and is does not require any security published every Sunday and advances before illegal immiFriday by Martin Broadcasting grants are granted a decadeCorp., 620 Choctaw St., Alva, long “temporary” legal status. OK 73717-1626. Periodical And all that is required before postage paid at Alva, Oklahoma. those same immigrants move Annual subscription rates in Woods County, Oklahoma $72. on to permanent legal status Elsewhere in Oklahoma $90, and citizenship is that a “Comelsewhere in the United States prehensive Southern Border $108. POSTMASTER: Send Security Strategy” be “suba d d r e s s c h a n g e s t o A l v a stantially deployed and subReview-Courier, 620 Choctaw stantially operational.” St., Alva, OK 73717-1626. What does “substantially” Contents Copyright 2013 mean? It could mean anything, Member of the Associated Press, Oklahoma Press Association, See York Page 6 National Newspaper Association
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By Jim Scribner Last Sunday was Father’s Day. I never even mentioned it in my story. Well, belated Happy Father’s Day to each and every father out there. The Kid’s Expo was this last Friday. I usually remind everyone what a great time me and all other kids and families have, and to be sure to attend. Sure enough, I read the date wrong and nary a word from me on this fun and free event. I can tell you now that Reva Maddox and her helpers did a great job. Cleo and the grandkids had two tables of rocks, pine cones, sea shells and succlents. One thing I did find out is that next year it will be held in August. That month will not interfere with harvest and other youth activities. I did not mention anything about Mr. Nieman’s death. This I did on purpose because it was such a sad event and upsets me every time I think about it. Whatever I am forgetting this week, I will write about next week.
This next story was too funny not to repeat. The main thing is to understand this was a joke between two friends and has no serious implications for the public or the city fathers. I was driving up the street the other day when I came upon the street crew repairing a rough area. I pulled up, rolled my window down and told the guys how great it was that I had not even sent my first $5 and they were already hard at work repairing the streets. One guy grinned and told me, “Jim, we are going to use your $5 to buy the donuts.” I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary?” It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation. “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time!” she said. So I suggested, “How about the kitchen?” A woman is looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, “I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.” The husband replies, “Your eyesight’s nearly perfect.” He did finally get out of intensive care.
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Did the City of Alva really do this? By Charlotte Edwards I would like to express my concern and frustration with the City of Alva and the way they’ve handled a family issue at the cemetery. I didn’t know my brother’s headstone was going to be moved for the burial of someone on April 13, but I understand. What bothers me is from April 13 to June 19, my brother’s headstone had not been put back. I went to City Hall and was told that usually family members are contacted when a headstone is moved and that the funeral home is who moves it. That’s not right. The sexton of the cemetery and city machinery do that. City Hall told me that there was no longer a sexton employed at the cemetery, which explains why the grass is so tall. I visit the cemetery regularly and became concerned that my brother’s headstone was still not set back in place. With Memorial Day approaching, I was extremely frustrated! I contacted Buddy Sams and he offered to temporarily set the headstone on wood planks to mark the grave. Two days before Memorial Day, in spite of his own workload, Buddy
had the headstone temporarily set for decorating! With family coming into town to decorate graves, we had to endure the disgrace of tall grass in the Alva cemetery and my brother’s headstone sitting on wood planks! We saw people with hedge clippers trimming their loved ones grave site! A week after Memorial Day, the headstone still hadn’t been set, the grass still hadn’t been mowed and I was very distraught! I asked Buddy if he could set the headstone for me because I didn’t want it damaged by someone pushing it over. He had it done within two days and on June 19 I took the invoice from Alva Monument to City Hall and asked for reimbursement for the setting of my brother’s headstone that the city moved April 13 to access another grave. I also visited the cemetery on June 18 and there were a group of Bill Johnson Correctional Center prisoners mowing and weedeating. Why in the world couldn’t this have been done prior to Memorial Day on May 27? I received a call from City Hall the afternoon of June 19 with See City Page 6 the message that they
June 23, 2013
Click and Clack Talk Cars
Nutritionist instilling poor A creative solution eating habits in her children to a messy problem Dear Annie: I’m very concerned about my pregnant daughter-in-law’s diet. She studied nutrition in college, but you’d never know it. My son, his wife and their two little children drove here for an overnight visit so we could see them before her next child is born in August. I know they ate at a fast-food place during the drive. I can understand that. But during their 24-hour visit, my pregnant daughter-in-law drank nothing but soda, and even that wasn’t sweet enough for her, so she added syrup to it. For breakfast, I made eggs, fruit and toast. She had a chocolate candy bar and more soda. I cringed when I saw her two toddlers drinking from her super-sized drink and eating pieces of her candy bar. They apparently eat regularly at fast-food places. My son told me that his wife, the nutritionist, is having dental problems and was in the hospital a few weeks back for high blood pressure. You can tell by looking at her that she doesn’t feel well. She told me she doesn’t take calcium supplements, and when I asked why not, she just shrugged her shoulders. I desperately wanted to say something about her eating habits, but kept my mouth shut because I didn’t want their visit to be uncomfortable. I also don’t want to risk alienating my son’s family. I can’t stop worrying about the grandchildren, not to mention her unborn
child, who eats what she eats. What should I do? – Worried Grandma Dear Worried: Has she always eaten like this? Could it be hormone-related? You don’t have to be a nutritionist to understand what irresponsible parenting it is to instill such poor eating habits in your children. We don’t know whether your son is afraid of his wife’s reaction or is simply ignorant, but we recommend you speak to him privately. He, too, is responsible for his children’s health. Ask gently whether his wife has talked to her obstetrician about how her eating affects their unborn child, and suggest that she do so. If he becomes angry or upset, drop the subject. Dear Annie: My teacher friends and I are hoping you can help us out with a problem that comes up every year at graduation. As physical education, band and music teachers, we are with the same students for several years and develop some wonderful relationships with some of them. Each year at this time, we are swamped with graduation and party invitations. Are we supposed to give them gifts? We want to do the right thing. – Wichita, Kan. Dear Wichita: A graduation announcement requires nothing more than your best wishes. (An invitation to a graduation is redundant because, as faculty, you are already invited.) An invitation to a party usually necessitates a gift (if you attend), and if you are invited along
with your colleagues, you can give a group gift. However, many graduates deeply appreciate a personal letter from a teacher expressing positive thoughts about the student. That, too, is a gift. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired,” who has been battling lupus for 17 years and feels obligated to share a medical update when friends ask, “How are you?” I loved her suggestion of greeting others with “It is so good to see you.” What a positive way to begin a conversation! It also called to mind a response I always hear from a receptionist who works for a nonprofit where I volunteer. Her pleasant reply is always, “I’m thankful.” Every time I hear her say this, it puts a smile on my face. It makes me want to focus on the many blessings that make my life great instead of the current irritations of the day. – Thankful in the South Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to email@example.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
A DIY project best left alone Dear Margo: Here’s a weird one for you. I have been keeping company with a man for nearly 12 years. That’s not the weird part. OK, so maybe it is, but it’s not the problem. We do not live together, but have been exclusive for a long time. He let me know many years ago that he is fascinated with women’s underthings. I was intrigued at first, and we had lots of fun dressing up and doing a little role-playing. It progressed from lingerie to full drag, but only at home and only a few times. It seemed to relax him and bring out his sensual side. He was much more loving, and I enjoyed that part. If the room was dark, I didn’t care what he was wearing. He has finally announced he’s tired of fighting it, it’s who he is, and he wants to take pills to change his body to a more feminine one, as much as is possible without surgery. He is not doing this under a doctor’s care; he merely buys supplements over the Internet and is constantly on the lookout for more. I have a problem with him taking who knows what when he already has a heart condition and diabetes. He is 58. I am getting increasingly annoyed by his obsession with this. It’s all he wants to talk about. He is/ was such a masculine, sexy man. I know cross-dressing is nothing new, but the body-changing thing has me upset and confused. What can these pills do to him? I have no idea what is in them. The ingredients are vague, at best. (“Pure mammary”? What is that?!) If I break up with him, how do I
explain it to those who know we’ve been together for so long? -- Flummoxed and Anguished Dear Flum: My dear, so many problems and so little space. First, I am not a fan of “herbal” or “natural” anything. You are absolutely right about not knowing the pharmacological composition ... particularly in concert with his diabetes and heart meds. The drug docs don’t even know. Second, your, um, friend needs to talk about this with his regular doctor, as well as a therapist. It’s one thing to try to change your gender, but not by yourself and not on the Internet. Should you decide the relationship is no longer viable, it is enough to tell friends that it is over. No need to mention the frillies. -- Margo, empathetically Dear Margo: My nephew claims that the new protocol for sending thank-you notes for a gift is now a year. I said that was a crock. He was married in September of last
year, and I have yet to get a thankyou card. So what is the “protocol” for sending thank-you notes? -- Baffled Aunt Kathy Dear Baff: In addition to being tardy, your nephew is mistaken. The old etiquette decreed that you had a year to acknowledge a gift. Emily Post, most likely his source, was first published in 1922. Tell the kid that was 91 years ago, when she also said calling cards were de rigueur, chaperones were a must for proper young ladies and certain rules had to be followed for afternoon tea with dancing. You might ask your nephew whether he would have liked to wait a year for friends and family to send wedding gifts. I think people who excuse their procrastination and sloth with antiquated etiquette are clods. -- Margo, logically Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ daughter. To learn more about Margo Howard or to read features by other writers, visit creators.com.
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi Dear Tom and Ray: Every morning when I walk out the door to go to work, there is bird poop all over the sides of my car. Always in the same exact spot. Granted, there are telephone/ cable/electrical wires hanging over my driveway, connected to my house. And there is a tree nearby. But neither the tree nor the wires hang directly over my car. I know for a fact that the birds like to sit on my sideview mirrors and do their business all over my car. I’ve washed it off once already a week ago, but now it’s getting just downright embarrassing, so it’s time for another washing. This didn’t happen last spring, so I don’t know what’s gotten into the birds that would drive them to destroy the appearance of my vehicle. Any suggestions on how to keep the birds away from my precious black 2007 Ford Fusion? Thanks. – Megan RAY: I think you’ve got some narcissistic birds, Megan. Maybe they’re celebrity birds? TOM: We helped a woman once who had a similar problem. One particular bird could see his reflection in the car window, so he liked to sit on the mirror and admire himself. RAY: I guess he particularly liked to admire himself after breakfast, because her car looked a lot like yours does. TOM: Actually, we don’t know if he was admiring himself or “hitting on” that pretty bird he “saw” in his reflection. RAY: In any case, you can eliminate the appeal of your car for these birds in one of two ways. You can cover up the windows so they can no longer see their reflections. TOM: Or you can make the “perches” less appealing. That’s the way I would go. RAY: You know the birds are sitting on the side-view mirrors. So cover them with something that
makes it hard for them to sit there. TOM: Like a taser? RAY: No. Not nice. I would suggest trying something like kids’ birthday party hats. You know, the cone-shaped hats with the elastic chin straps? Buy a bag of those, and toss them in the car. When you get home at night, put one on top of each side-view mirror. You even can use the elastic bands to hold them in place. The conical shape should make it hard for the bird to perch there, and I’m guessing they’ll find someplace else. TOM: I like the party hat idea. They’re cheap, and easily replaced. So if one gets too soggy after a rainstorm, for instance, you can retire that one and slap on another. Go to iParty.com and stock up, Megan! RAY: Well, don’t get too many, because you might not need to use them for long. Once you interrupt these birds’ routines, they may go find another car that they like better and forget about what fun it is to Jackson Pollack your Fusion. TOM: Or maybe they’ll decide to fork over $25 a month and avail themselves of the full-length mirrors at a nearby gym. Good luck, Megan. *** What is the most cost-effective way to buy a car? Tom and Ray hash it all out in their pamphlet “Should I Buy, Lease, or Steal My Next Car?” Send $4.75 (check or money order) to Next Car, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. *** Get more Click and Clack in their new book, “Ask Click and Clack: Answers from Car Talk.” Got a question about cars? Write to Click and Clack in care of this newspaper, or email them by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com.
June 23, 2013
Senior citizen report
Left to right: Kassie Hair, Jane Tucker and Kathleen Reed
By Betty Riggins Friday, June 14, was a very good day at the center, as we had a good attendance with great entertainment by David Shaw of Waynoka. I do not believe there is a single song he cannot sing. He is a great entertainer. We had Gene and Leta Guinn back for a visit. Our boys from the correctional center did a great job changing all the stained ceiling tile. We are thankful to have these boys to help out. We had several students visit us a couple of days ago last week. They are doing special assignments at the college on how to work with your pets and how to treat them. On Monday we had a good attendance. Matt Morris dropped
in to eat with us. Pam and Alan Smith have not made it back from Colorado. They are working on their retirement home there. Tuesday we had another good attendance with Kuykendall Hearing helping patients with all their hearing problems. We had a crew helping with all the noodle making. I believe they all have a good time, as there is a lot of laughing and storytelling. Whether they are true stories is another thing. Wednesday was a fairly good day with a great attendance plus a perfect meal of chicken and noodles and all the trimmings. We had Halah Long Simon and her grandmother Grace Terwort and
aunt Hazel Herren in for lunch. Halah said this was the best meal she has ever eaten. We thank her for the compliment. Alan and Pam Smith have finally come back for a while, so lots of paperwork and getting ready for the big inspection. Thursday was a nice hot day with great attendance, as the Red Hatters decided to stay in town and eat at the center instead of traveling with all the oilfield and harvest traffic. We had Leona Perry and Dusty Elam from Beaver in to do the state health inspection. I just hope everything passed. Next week we have bingo on Tuesday after lunch. Friday night is our fun night with a covered dish supper, games and visiting.
XI Gamma Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi presents $100 to Cherokee Strip Museum XI Gamma Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Xi Gamma Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi donated $100 to the Cherokee Strip Museum recently. The donation was presented to Kassie Hair, business manager of the Cherokee Strip Museum, and presented by XI Gamma Nu Service Chair Jane Tucker along with Kathleen Reed, treasurer. The museum was chosen for one of their many projects, one of which was to install an elevator. This will assist visitors, including the handicapped, in reaching all
floors of the facility. The Cherokee Strip Museum was established in 1976 in what was formerly the Alva General Hospital, located on 14th Street just north of the water tower on the western edge of Alva. Many wonderful and varied displays grace this great museum and the Xi Gamma Nu sorority felt it would be an excellent place for a donation, so that many patrons from near and far could enjoy the heritage of this area.
Phi meets at Cherokee Strip Museum
XI Gamma Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the Fireside Room at the Cherokee Strip Museum on June 13 with the social committee serving as hostess and co-hostess and Linda Tutwiler having the program. The business meeting was conducted by President Verlinda Otte. Ida Evans presented an update on the plans for the 2014 Beta Sigma Phi State Convention in which a cruise is being planned. Kathleen gave the treasurer’s report. No bills were presented. Pam Jones thanked her social committee for their work
during the year. Ida reported on birthdays and anniversaries before the next meeting. The service committee recommended a donation of $100 to the Cherokee Strip Museum. Jane Tucker and her committee members will present the donation. The other committees reported satisfactory progress. Linda Tutwiler passed around sign-up sheets for hostess, co-hostess, program and committee assignments, as well as pages for any updates to member bio pages for the yearbook for next year. An auditing committee of Jane Tucker and Bar-
bara Case was appointed to audit the treasurer’s books. Verlinda distributed favors to the group and gift baskets to her officers with her thanks. Linda T’s program was on Oklahoma Fast Facts, including many musical talents from Oklahoma and a recitation of the 39 Indian tribes or nations that call Oklahoma home. After the meeting, Secret Sister Reveal gifts were exchanged and drawing for new secret sisters followed. An ice cream social was enjoyed by all. The next meeting will be on July 11 with new officers hosting.
which is why lawmakers who don’t want to place specific security requirements before permanent legalization like it. When Sen. John Cornyn proposed to take out the word “substantially” and replace it with the specific standards for border security -- 100 percent surveillance of the border, a 90 percent apprehension rate -- Democrats immediately rejected it. They vowed never to even negotiate the issue. Both Democrats and Republicans have been happy to let the public think the bill is tougher than it is. For example, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight, talks all the time about the importance of putting new security measures in place, but he means before immigrants are given permanent status, not before the temporary, decade-long legalization that starts the process. Rubio made that crystal clear in a recent Spanish-language in-
terview. “First comes the legalization,” he told the network Univision. “Then come the measures to secure the border.” He added that legalization “is not conditional” -that is, it doesn’t depend on any new security measures being in place. A number of Republicans were surprised by Rubio’s words. When he talked about enhanced security these last few months, they thought he meant security before the first round of legalization. He didn’t. And just to make it unavoidably clear, last week the Senate voted on an amendment proposed by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley that would have delayed the first, “temporary” legalization until six months after border security was actually in place. Rubio voted against it, along with the rest of the Gang of Eight and nearly every Democrat. And even when it comes to the granting of permanent legal status, the Gang bill requires “substantial” deployment of new security,
whatever that is. There’s simply no requirement that the border be definitely, measurably secure before today’s immigrants complete the journey from illegality to citizenship. That’s the way the Gang of Eight wants it. (Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.)
Better Homes OHCE has lesson on fruits From Page 4 York and vegetables Better Homes OHCE group met June 11 at the Cherokee Strip Museum with Elaine Graybill as hostess. Members present were Carmen Eicken, Tami Cooper, Cheryl Ellis, Elaine Graybill, Melissa Graybill, Vicki Logsdon, and Sally Nighswonger. Elaine presented a mini
lesson on “Red Fruits and Vegetables.” Cheryl Ellis won the door prize. After the meeting adjourned, the members enjoyed cookies and water while they made hygiene bags for Northwest Family Services. The next meeting will be in the home of Cheryl Ellis on July 9 at 7 p.m.
June 24 – June 28 Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Cranberry chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, green beans, bread, plums Tuesday – Beef patties with mushroom gravy, hominy, broccoli,
rolls, fruit Wednesday – Ham and beans, cornbread, tomato spoon relish, fruit Thursday – Italian sausage stew, parslied new potatoes, carrots bread, Rice Krispie bar Friday – Loaded baked potato bar, chocolate cake
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will not reimburse me for resetting the headstone the city moved. I was transferred to the city manager who proceeded to tell me that I should have been patient! Is two months of waiting, watching the grass grow, having to take care of it by myself, not patient enough? It shouldn’t have been a two-week wait to have a headstone reset. It is upsetting enough to see the cemetery unkempt, but even more upsetting that it wasn’t at least a priority for Memorial Day. The streets get painted once a year for homecoming; why couldn’t the cemetery have been taken care of for Memorial Day? I honestly feel I should be reimbursed for the resetting of my brother’s headstone. April 13 to May 27 was heartbreaking enough. But April 13 to June 19 is an utter disgrace!
June 23, 2013
7th Annual Youth Expo
Warren Little sits with his display of discovered artifacts and his wife Beverly during the Youth Expo. Photo by Alex Cole
The 7th Annual Youth Expo took place Friday at the Woods County Fairgrounds Merchant Building. Children of all ages participated in hands-on activities. Topics included birds, animal skins and skulls, plants, rocks, insects and more. Pictured from left to right are Tiffany Smith, Timothy Madden and Autumn Stout creating sand art. Photo by Alex Cole
Camden Estes took charge of the leaf pressing station at the Youth Expo on Friday. In this activity, a sheet of paper is placed over a leaf and then rubbed with a crayon. Photo by Alex Cole
Ron Shafer of Alfalfa Electric Cooperative gave an interactive presentation on electricity during the 7th Annual Youth Expo on Friday. Photo by Alex Cole
Manning begins first Air Force assignment
Dylan Manning recently completed Air Force training and has been accepted as an aircraft environmental systems apprentice, according to his recruiter. Dylan will be serving his first assignment at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas. Dylan is the son of David and Dana Manning of Alva. Technical Sergeant Luis A. Davila Sr. is the US Air Force recruiter
Bre and Gavin Loewenstein are shown checking out some of the educational displays at the Youth Expo on Friday. Photo by Alex Cole
for the northwest part of Oklahoma. His office is located at 705 S. Oakwood Ave., Suite 7C, in Enid. He said the Air Force takes pride in selecting the brightest qualified applicants for recruitment. Currently Davila is working with two Alva candidates he hopes to announce soon as being accepted for training. â€œI look forward to working with the town of Alva and
helping interested applicants decide if the Air Force is the best option for their future,â€? he said. Davila may be reached at 580234-1981 or 580-278-1357. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 23, 2013
Alva man facing more drug charges
By Marione Martin An Alva man who was charged with felony distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) within 2,000 feet of a park/school/ minor under 12 is now facing another felony charge in Woods County. The first charge was filed on June 7 against Shay Alan Unruh, 23. Unruh was charged on June 13 with unlawful possession of CDS with intent to distribute. According to documents on file, on June 12 about 11:55 p.m. Alva Police Officer Jade Cardenas was traveling north on College Boulevard when she saw a silver 2010 Chevrolet SUV traveling south without headlamps illuminated. She turned around to make contact with the driver. The vehicle turned onto Linden Street and stopped. Cardenas activated her emergency lights and saw a man wearing a white cut-off shirt and shorts get out of the front passenger side and take off running north between the houses. He was later identified as Shay Unruh. As Cardenas approached the SUV, she identified the driver as Caleb Tyrell Smith, 20, of Alva. Smith started telling the officer “the stuff in the car is not mine, it’s his. You need to get him.” Cardenas asked Smith to have a seat in her patrol vehicle and asked if there were drugs in the SUV. He said yes, that they were in the back seat. In the back seat area behind the front passenger seat Cardenas found a brown and tan duffle bag. Inside she found a large clear plastic “Original Space Bag,” one large clear Hefty baggie with a one gal-
lon size freezer bag that read “Lodo Kush 1128” with a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana, one clear plastic baggie with blue writing “Mix Ban.Xtes.XMan 19gs” with a smaller black Central National Bank bag containing one blue Sharpie, one red Bic lighter, one king size Zig Zag rolling papers, one glass “smoking” pipe with burnt residue in a medium clear baggie, 50 clear medium size baggies, one clear plastic pouch with “Templar #3 28 grams” sticker with leafy residue, one clear plastic pouch with “Chem Dawg #1 28 grams” sticker with leafy residue, one clear plastic pouch with “Blue Dream 28 grams” sticker with leafy residue, one clear plastic pouch with “TEM #2 28 grams” sticker with leafy residue, one large ziplock baggie with writing “Mango 112g” with leafy residue, and one clear plastic “Food Saver” with a brown powder residue. The weight of the three baggies was approximately 5.33 ounces or 151.2 grams of marijuana. Cardenas placed Smith under arrest and transported him to the Woods County Jail. On June 5 Cardenas assisted K9 Officer Patrick Hawley on a search warrant where Shay Unruh was arrested. In addition to the second felony charge, Unruh has also been charged with unlawful possession of paraphernalia and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors. Smith has been charged with possession of CDS and unlawful possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
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Alva Council of Garden Clubs select Yard of the Month By Barbara J. Case Roscoe and Sherry Campbell shared their beautifully landscaped home with the Petunia and Tulip units of the Alva Council of Garden Clubs as their property was selected the June Yard of the Month. The Campbells have lived at 1301 Flynn Street since 1973. They are true partners in their love of gardening. Sherry says that Roscoe does the trimming, pruning and mowing while she tends to the flowers and landscape plantings. She listed over 70 plants in their front, side and back yards. Some of the commonly recognized plants are iris, honeysuckle, purple fountain grass, peonies, impatiences, lantana, hostas, coleous, mums, dianthus, salvia, verbena, lilies, marigolds, Stella d’Oro Day Lily, tulips, daffodils, sweet potato vine and some different varieties, namely oxalis, guava “dancing butterflies,” echinacea, balloon flower, spider wort, shrimp plant, bee balm, delphinium, bougainvillea, clematis, Dahlberg daisy, yarrow, agapanthus, coral bells, ajuga, Esperanza, spikes and wire plants to name a few! The Alva Council of Garden Clubs sponsors the “Yard of the Month” program from June through September each year. To be nominated for consideration, a yard must be within the city limits and must not have won the award for three years or more. To nominate a yard, contact members of the committee by calling Evelyn Hofen at 580-327-7506, Barbara Case at 580-327-0753 or April Ridgway at 580-917-0331 or 580917-0101.
One of the focus points at 1301 Flynn Street is this wagon wheel, surrounded beautifully by plants and flowers.
BEE HAPPY – Surely the bees are happy with the large variety of flowers to choose from.
June 23, 2013
During a game against the Elks Lodge on Thursday, Savannah Granados of Lyn’s machine pitch team is shown preparing to hit the ball and make a run. Shown at bat during Thursday’s game, Jantz Heaton swings and hits Zachary Thomas is shown at bat playing for the Photo by Alex Cole the ball to get a hit for Alva State Bank. Photo by Alex Cole Elks Lodge machine pitch team. Photo by Alex Cole
Lakin Gaddy is pictured swinging and hitting the Rollin’ Good Times player Tatum Cummings clings ball during Thursday’s game against Alva State Alva State Bank Coach Bryant Gingrich watches as team member to her helmet as she runs to first base after getting a Bank at the Alva Recreation Complex. Photo by Alex Kambree Frizzell is tagged out before arriving at first base. Photo by Alex Cole hit on Thursday. Photo by Alex Cole Cole
June 23, 2013
Rangers add three softball signees Alternative Certification Northwestern Oklahoma State softball coach Cody Hooper is pleased to announce the addition of Alexis Hayes, Sylvana Kelly and Sarah Morrison to the Ranger softball program. “All three are great players and I expect them to compete for playing time immediately,” Hooper said. “We lost some key seniors due to graduation and these young women will help replace their presence in the lineup.” Alexis Hayes Outfielder Greenwood – Ringwood High School Hayes joins the Ranger family after a successful prep career at Ringwood High School. She is a two-time Tri-County All-Conference selection, 2012 all-region selection and 2012 Ringwood Player
of the Year. Alexis is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Evans and was coached by Nathan Pearson. Coach Hooper: “Alexis is a speedy kid and should help us immediately. I really like how she plays defense and she has a pretty good arm.” Sylvana Kelley Catcher/Outfielder Layton, Utah – Snow College Kelley joins the Ranger family after a two-year stint at Snow College (Utah). In 2013 she sported a .340 batting average. Sylvana is the daughter of William and Digna Kelley and was coached by Chad Larsen and Karlie Mangleson. Coach Hooper: “Sylvana could start for us at catcher or in the outfield and will play right away.
By Anthony B. Lovelace By all accounts it’s just a wooden chair. It possesses four legs, a back and the needed braces to aid in daily use. The chair is not without blemishes; it has scars, places worn down by continuous use and the front is darkened by the heat of a fire long ago. The base was said to be made of cottonwood, with the origins of the rest of its structure unknown except to a trained eye. As it sits in a spot in the Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva it doesn’t command much attention, but if this chair could tell a story the tale would begin back in Indian Territory with a family whose life would take it on an incredible journey. The man was a cowboy in Indian Territory after serving in the Union Cavalry during the War Between the States, finding work wherever he could. His wife was a full-blooded Cherokee, tall, slender and beautiful. He decided to move his family to Idaho where with land being cheap he could buy his own ranch and settle down. It was here in Indian Territory that the chair is believed to have been made and started the journey to Alva.
On the trip to Idaho at each stop a fire would be built and chairs placed around it. Each chair was designated for each member of the family. This chair earned a spot on the ride northwest on the side of the wagon, hung there in case work was needed on a wagon wheel; it would then be used to sit on while repairs were being completed. One particular night while on the northern end of the journey the fire was started as it was every night and the chairs were placed in their spots around the fire. This chair was placed a bit too close to the fire and in the morning it had garnered a bit darker front than it had the night before. The family finally made it to southern Idaho and found a ranch in northern Utah. The man established the ranch and upon his death he was buried on the mountain not far from the family’s cabin. After his father’s death Bill Barker’s mom and his siblings moved to Idaho. It was here in Idaho Falls that Mr. Barker would cross paths with Mr. Steve Godfrey. Mr. Godfrey owned a small shop where he repaired and restored furniture; many of the pieces were
She’s a good all-around athlete and will be a solid bat in our lineup.” Sarah Morrison Outfielder Ramona – Caney Valley High School Morrison joins the Ranger program after a successful prep career at Caney Valley High School. Morrison finished her senior season with a .481 batting average, 44 stolen bases, 19 RBIs, seven doubles, four triples and two home runs. Sarah is the daughter of Brent and Lesta Morrison and was coached by Brian Gardner. Coach Hooper: “Sarah is a fast kid who brings much-needed speed to the roster. She has a pure swing and is a candidate to play as a true freshman.”
The Division of Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will play host to a conference directed toward improving the skills of alternative certified teachers in northwest Oklahoma on July 17 in the Joe J. Struckle Education Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline for enrollment is July 1. The conference will be open to all educators and will be designed to meet the specific needs of alternatively certified educators in northwest Oklahoma. The conference will address the “Top 10 Qualities of a Great Teacher,” presented by educational experts in various areas. Guest speakers include Adria Smith from the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) and Christie Riley and Roxann Clark, both instructors of education at Northwestern. antique. After running an ad in the “This conference will be huge local paper a gentleman entered for educators in northwest Oklahis store. It was the beginning of a homa,” said Dr. Bo Hannaford, wonderful friendship. That gentleman was Bill Barker, and at the time he was in his early 80s. Upon discovering Mr. Godfrey was born in Oklahoma, Mr. Barker told him he was born around Cherokee, Indian Territory. The relationship continued and when Mr. Godfrey was to return to Oklahoma to purState Sen. Bryce Marlatt is besue a teaching degree, Mr. Barker ing honored for his efforts to progave him a gift. Knowing that most mote and encourage investment people wouldn’t really care about a in the state’s oil and gas industry. little chair with a heat-scared front, Marlatt was named Legislator of he handed the chair to Mr. God- the Year by the Oklahoma Indepenfrey. This little chair represented all dent Petroleum Association (OIPA) he had left to remember his life in during the organization’s annual Oklahoma. meeting. In 2011 Mr. Godfrey and his Marlatt, R-Woodward, is in his wife donated the little chair to the second term after being reelected Cherokee Strip Museum; they to his Senate District 27 seat last believed that is what Mr. Barker fall with 84.5 percent of the vote, would have wanted. You can see the largest win in any legislative or the little chair at the museum in congressional race in Oklahoma’s Alva Tuesday through Sunday from 2012 general election. He’s been 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for Senate Majority Caucus Chair adults 18 and up, $1 for children since 2011 and serves in other key 12-17, and 11 and under get in free. positions, including chairman of All children’ must be accompanied the Subcommittee on General Govby an adult. ernment and Transportation as well as vice-chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. Marlatt is a member of OIPA and works for Power Rig, LLC, and is co-owner in Mid-Continent Conductor Services, LLC, in Woodward. His family, including wife Tatum and children Kade, Kole, Kloey and Ava Kate, make their others. Check regularly on infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure. If you must be out in the heat, the Woods County Health Department suggests the following: • Limit your outdoor activity to MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The morning and evening hours. city of Moore is paying a local con• Cut down on exercise. If you tractor three times what neighboring must exercise, drink two to four Oklahoma City is being charged by glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids vendors from out-of-state to remove each hour. A sports beverage can debris left over from late May’s replace the salt and minerals you deadly tornadoes. lose in sweat; however, if you are The disparity comes as a suron a low-salt diet, talk with your prised to Moore-based Silver Star doctor before drinking a sports Construction, which is charging beverage. the suburb south of Oklahoma City • Try to rest often in shady ar- $80.78 per ton to clear an estimated eas. 112,000 tons of debris left behind • Protect yourself from the by storms that killed 24 and injured sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hundreds. hat (also keeps you cooler) and “I was shocked about how low sunglasses and by putting on sun- those prices were,” Silver Star Presiscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the dent Steve Shawn told The Oklahomost effective products say “broad man (http://bit.ly/19eb1or). “I just spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protec- don’t understand it, honestly. ... My company doesn’t operate in a deal to See Heat Page 11 rip anybody off. We just don’t.”
County Health Department offers tips for preventing heat illnesses Oklahoma’s hot summer days are on the way. Even if this summer is milder than last year, the Woods County Health Department advises everyone to take precautions to protect their health against heat-related illnesses that may cause heat stroke or death. “The elderly, infants and young children are at higher risk of heatrelated illnesses. They may not be able to adjust to increases in air temperatures, or may take medications that decrease their ability to deal with heat,” said Woods County Health Department Administrative Director Terri Salisbury. “Heat precautions are also advised for persons with heart, lung or kidney problems and persons whose occupations require them to work outdoors,” Salisbury added. To reduce the potential for heatrelated illnesses, the Woods County Health Department offers these prevention tips: Drink more fluids, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. (Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has
prescribed “water pills,” ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot). Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar; these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps. Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. NEVER leave any person or pets in a closed, parked vehicle. Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than
Preparation Conference to be held at Northwestern
School of Professional Studies dean. “Many have to travel to Oklahoma City or Tulsa for professional development, so to have something in our own backyard will be wonderful. Also, any time we can get together to improve our craft, it not only benefits the teachers, but also our students.” Participants will receive a certificate for professional development. “Across the country, many are taking jabs at education right now, and Northwestern will always be an institution that will look for opportunities to help our public school partners,” Hannaford said. “We will stand side by side to find solutions and to continue to give back to our teachers and students in northwest Oklahoma.” For more details about the conference, contact Dr. Beverly Warden, Division of Education chair at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Sen. Marlatt named OIPA Legislator of the Year home in Woodward. “Oklahoma has 77 counties, and 72 of them have oil or gas production. Statewide, the energy industry is directly responsible for one in six jobs. It’s certainly a vital part of Western Oklahoma’s economy,” Marlatt said. “I have great respect for the OIPA and for the work they do on behalf of producers and service companies throughout Oklahoma. I’m honored to receive this award, and I look forward to continuing to work beside the OIPA on behalf of the energy industry.” Founded in 1955, the OIPA is the state’s largest oil and gas advocacy group, representing more than 2,500 members in the crude oil and natural gas exploration and production industry and affiliated businesses. “Senator Marlatt understands the importance of a vibrant energy sector,” said OIPA Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jeff Wilson. “This award reflects his constant support for Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry in the legislature”
Moore paying $80.78 per ton for debris removal Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said there are a few reasons why his city is paying so much more than the $25.70 to $33.95 per ton contractors from outside the state are charging to remove about 60,000 tons of debris from Oklahoma City. The first is that Moore requires its contractor to pay the $17.54 per ton tipping fee charged by the city’s designated landfill. That’s an expense paid directly by Oklahoma City, which means their contractors don’t need to include the charge in their bill. Another factor is that Oklahoma City sought emergency bids specifically for tornado debris collection, while Moore’s contract with Silver Star was signed seven years ago as
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Woods County Real Woods County Estate Transactions Court Filings Beginning book 1161 page 16 Real Estate Transfers E.F. Wise, Trustee of the E.F. Wise Revocable Trust dated Dec. 27, 2010, and E.F. Wise, Co-Trustee of Laverne Wise Revocable Trust dated Dec. 27, 2010, to David Crawford: an undivided ¾ interest in Lots 20, 21, 22 & 23 in Block 25 of the Original Town of Freedom: Quit Claim Deed. Gertrude Myers 1988 Revocable Trust as Amended and Restated on June 12, 1997, to BancCentral NA: Surface only in a tract of land in the Southwest Quarter of Section 25, Township 27 North, Range 14, WIM: Special Warranty Deed. BancCentral NA to The Cedars LLC: Surface only in a tract of land in the Southwest Quarter of Section 25, Township 27 North, Range 14, WIM: Special Warranty Deed. Derek W. Heaton & Beth M. Heaton to Kathryn B. Palmer: a tract of land out of Lot 10 in Block 8 of East View Addition to the City of Alva: Warranty Deed. Mark Howard Denton aka Mark Denton & Gena Kate Denton aka Gena Denton to Mark Denton Revocable Trust dated Dec. 1, 2012: the surface only in and to a tract of land lying in the North Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 27, Township 25 North, Range 13, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Herbert D. Miller Revocable Trust to Robert R. Miller and Rebecca S. Wheeler in equal shares: Section 17, Township 27 North, Range 16, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Michael C. Keefner to John J. Cook & Wendi D. Cook: Lot 6 in
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Block 24 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: General Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Alva Utility Authority of Alva to Bloom Electric Services Inc.: the surface only of a part of the Southwest Quarter of Section 20, Township 27 North, Range 13, WIM: Warranty Deed. Roger L. Mantz & Betty E. Mantz to Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc.: a tract of land located in Lot 13 of Block 1 of Reid’s Addition to the City of Alva: General Warranty Deed. Jeanette Hughes aka Jeanette Kremeier to Don Hughes Farms LLC: an undivided ½ interest of the Surface only of (1) West Half of Section 13, Township 23 North, Range 13, WIM; (2) East Half of Section 14, Township 23 North, Range 13, WIM; (3) East Half and the Southwest Quarter of Section 14, Township 23 North, Range 13, WIM: Warranty Deed. Quentin Don Clark aka Don Clark & Marilyn Clark to Bruce Baird, as Custodian for Megan Baird under the Oklahoma Uniform Transfer to Minors Act: the East Half of the East Half of Section 24, and the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 25, all in Township 27 North, Range 18, WIM: Individual Quit Claim Deed. Little Oil and Gas LLC to Russell H. Erikson & Linda D. Erikson: a tract of land located in the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 7, township 28 North, Range 15, WIM: General Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Larry G. Smith, Trustee under
Nescatunga Golf Tournament The second request of the evening came from Alva Golf and Country Club (AG&CC) for the Nescatunga Golf Tournament. Larry Harmon and Rod Dunkin spoke on behalf of AG&CC. The golf tournament was established in 1952 to promote the city of Alva and the AG&CC. It consists of 40 four-person teams playing a scramble format. The team captain must be an AG&CC member. The other three may be guests or members. Harmon said at least two from each team must be from out of town. The participants each pay a $100 entry fee, which is paid to four flights as prize money for the winning teams. Harmon said the tournament brings in 80 to 100 out-of-town players. They are accompanied by another 125 family members and friends. While some will stay with
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local residents, most will be staying in local hotels and motels. They will eat in local restaurants and shop at local stores. This is the first time the group has requested funding for the event from the tourism tax committee. In the past, the AG&CC has had to make up the difference between entry fee income and expenses. This year AG&CC wants to increase the prize money payout from 70 percent to 90 percent of the entry fees. They are also experiencing a big increase in price for the Saturday night meal they provide. The catering cost jumped to $18 per person. They expect to feed 250 participants and guests for a total of $4,500. AG&CC requested $3,500 to help pay for the meal. The committee unanimously approved the Nescatunga Golf Tournament funding request.
tion” on their labels). “If you experience signs of heat stress such as dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, throbbing headache, dry skin (no sweating), chest pain, great weakness, mental changes, breathing problems or vomiting,
contact your health care provider immediately,” Salisbury said. For more information about heat-related illnesses and heat safety tips, contact the Woods County Health Department at 580-3273192, or visit www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.asp.
certain Declaration of Trust dated Aug. 15, 1989, to Norville Ritter & Ladonna Ritter: an undivided 1/3 interest in and to the Northeast Quarter of Section 19, the Northwest Quarter of Section 20, the South Half of the Northeast Quarter and the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 29, and the Southeast Quarter of Section 18, all in Township 28 North, Range 16, WIM, and the Northeast Quarter of Section 23, and the South Half of the Northeast Quarter and the East Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section 25, all in Township 28 North, Range 17, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Mortgages Kathryn B. Palmer to American Southwest Mortgage Corp.: a tract of land out of Lot 10 in Block 8 of East View Addition to the City of Alva: $63,265. John J. Cook & Wendi D. Cook to Community Bank: Lot 6 in Block 24 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: maximum obligation limit $16,000. Clinton Todd Pfleider & Yvelle Pfleider to Community Bank: the South Half of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 24, Township 25 North, Range 14, WIM: maximum obligation limit $50,736. Grant W. Gibson & Melissa A. Gibson to Wells Fargo Bank NA: Beginning at a point 281.96 feet South of the Northeast Corner of Block 3 of Reid 2nd Addition to the City of Alva, thence South 100 feet, thence West 75 feet, thence North 100 feet, thence East 75 feet to the point of beginning: $80,000.
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, June 30 and July 7, 2013.) Invitation for Concession Proposals: The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department is accepting bids/ proposals to operate the swimming pool and snack concession stand at Boiling Springs State Park. This concession will be a two-year lease agreement with an option. The concessionaire will be required to pay the State of Oklahoma a percentage of gross receipts for the right to operate the pool. The concessionaire shall be required to purchase and maintain a general liability insurance policy during the term of the lease agreement. For further information and a bid packet contact C. D. Perkins, Park Manager, at (580)256-7664 or Kris Marek at 405230-8476, weekdays excluding holidays from 8 am – 4 pm.
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, June 23 and 30, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of Mama Finney, Deceased No. PB-2012-49 NOTICE OF PRIVATE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above captioned estate will sell at private sale to the highest bidder and subject to confirmation by the District Court on the 9th day of July. 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at the law offices of BENSON & HOUSTON, P.L.L.C., 615 Barnes, Alva, Oklahoma, all the estate’s right, title and interest in and to the following described property, to-wit: Lot Fifteen (15), in Block Fourteen (14) of the Hatfield Addition to the City of Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. Bids must be in writing and must be unconditional; bids must he delivered to the law offices of BENSON & HOUSTON, P.L.L.C., 615 Barnes, Alva, Oklahoma, Attorney for Elma McMurphy, Personal Representative of the abovecaptioned matter at any time after the first publication of this notice but before the sale. The terms of the transaction will be on a form which can be obtained at the office of BENSON & HOUSTON, P.L.L.C., 615 Barnes. Alva, Oklahoma.
According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be obtained by anyone during regular hours at the Woods County Courthouse. The Alva Review-Courier will not intentionally alter or delete any of this information. If it appears in the courthouse public records, it will appear in this newspaper. Criminal Filings Shay Alan Unruh, 23, Alva: Unlawful possession of controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute ($450.50). Misdemeanor Filings Caleb Lakota Tyrell Smith, 20, Alva: (1) Possession of controlled dangerous substance; (2) Unlawful possession of paraphernalia ($770.50). Shay Alan Unruh, 23, Alva: (1) Unlawful possession of paraphernalia; (2) Obstructing an officer ($648.50). Civil Filings Mark Harold Dubben and Cher-
yl Lynne Brooks vs. Oscar Dubben Heirs Et Al: Quiet title ($145.70). Dacoma Farmers Cooperative vs. Chris Wharton: Money judgement for an amount $10,000 or more ($218.70). Professional Finance Co. vs. Alinda K. Gallegos: Money judgement – Auto accident for an amount $10,000 or less ($205.70). Copper Bay Management LLC vs. Thomas H. MacDonald and Rhea Noel MacDonald: Forcible entry and detainer/Small claims over $1,500 to $6,000 ($143). Protective Order Filings Vickie Lynn Stierwalt vs. Tony Laverne Stierwalt ($125.70). Divorce Filings Yvelle Nusser Pfleider vs. Clinton T. Pfleider: Dissolution of marriage ($193.70). Debra Kay Nuckolls vs. Marvin Paul Nuckolls: Divorce granted. Traffic Filings The following individuals were cited for speeding: Samuel Munoz, 30, Enid: 70 in 55 ($226.50); Alex Andrew Herrera, 35, Crowley, Texas: 83 in 65 ($241.50).
Woods County Sheriff’s Report June 11, 2013 7:46 a.m. Lady called about court dates. 8:46 p.m. Individual called for info on a girl he bonded out. June 12, 2013 3:37 a.m. Lincoln County called wanting to know if they arrest individual if we would like him held for our county. 8:50 a.m. Released individual to Alfalfa County for court appearance. 9:45 a.m. Man reported carpet layers are using the trash dumpster at his business, will have a deputy accompany man to talk to the carpet layers and try to resolve the problem. 10:30 a.m. Spoke to carpet layers, they will clean up the area where they dumped and pay for damages by Wednesday at noon. June 13, 2013 2:45 a.m. Man called about some cattle being out by feed lot. 8:45 p.m. Individual called ask-
ing to see if he had a warrant out for him. June 14, 2013 7:45 p.m. Person called to see if we had individual in custody. June 15, 2013 2:36 a.m. Calf out on CR 295 and Kiowa. 10:00 p.m. Individual called needing info on a warrant. 11:55 p.m. Dispatch needing info on a person. June 16, 2013 9:09 a.m. Woman from Waynoka called and wanted information about a employee of hers who got arrested last night. June 17, 2013 10:46 p.m. Oklahoma City Police Department called for warrant check on individual. June 18, 2013 5:23 p.m. Man called wanting to know if we still had an inmate. 9:30 p.m. Woman called wanting to know if we still had an inmate.
Cost Estimate: $200,000.00 DATED this 20th day of June, 2013. Dal L. Houston. OBA #17065 Using Agency: Oklahoma Tourism BENSON & HOUSTON, P.L.L.C. and Recreation Department 615 Barnes, P. 0. Box 488 Bid Documents Available: June Alva, Oklahoma 73717 20, 2013 Fee For Bid Documents: See (580) 327-1197 Website Pre-Bid Conference: Mandatory, Fax (580) 327-1199 Refer “instructions to Bidders” in project Manual. In case of adverse weather LEGAL NOTICE conditions, please call 405-521-2112 (Published by the Alva Review-Courier prior to Pre-bid Conference. on Sunday, June 16 and 23, 2013.) Date and Time: July 16, 2013 11:00 SOLICITATION FOR BIDS (BID AM NOTICE) Location: Little Sahara State Park Sealed bids will be received by the Office, 101 Main St, Waynoka, OK Division of Capital Assets Management, 73860 Construction and Properties Division Bid Opening Date: August 6, 2013 (DCAM/CAP), Will Rogers Building, Bid Opening Time: 2:00 PM 2401 Lincoln Blvd. Suite 106, Oklahoma Contact Person(s) Cyntergy: David City, OK 73105, up to and including the Phelps: 918-877-6000 time and date indicated below. The bids For Questions CAP: Rebekah will be opened and read aloud after the Richardson: 405-522-0050 time indicated. Copies of the plans and Bid Bond: If the bid exceeds $50,000, a bid documents may be obtained from cashier’s check, a certified check or surety the DCAM/CAP website at http://www. bid bond in the amount of five percent ok.gov/DCS/Construction & Properties. (5%) of the total bid shall accompany the Copies of the bid documents are on file at sealed bid of each bidder. Security checks the Department of Central Services office will be returned to all but the three lowest and are available for public inspection. bidders after the bid opening. The three DCS Project Number:13133 lowest bid securities will be retained until Project Name: Construct Pre- the contract is awarded. Manufactured Storage Building By: Rebekah Richardson Project Location: Little Sahara State Project Manager Park, Wood County, Oklahoma Construction & Properties Division
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Woods County communications phone log
June 11, 2013 2:11 p.m. 911 call, black Honda Accord in parking lot of college behind Donut Palace. 2:41 p.m. Is park pond open? 3:30 p.m. Small fire on Red Hill, Fire Department en route. 3:32 p.m. 911 call, reporting grass fire on Red Hill Rd. 6:44 p.m. Girl trespassing at 200 block of 8th St. 7:05 p.m. Female passed out at REC SE field. 7:20 p.m. Cat bite at 700 block of Sherman. 7:28 p.m. Cat fight at 700 block of Sherman. 8:03 p.m. Bat with broken wing at 700 block of 9th St. 8:09 p.m. Truck ran someone off the road. 10:26 p.m. 911 call, tanker on fire, in roadway on Highway 11, no injuries, possible water truck. 11:59 p.m. 911 call, accident seriousness unknown between Jet and Nash on Highway 60. June 12, 2013 4:13 a.m. People at middle school in band room. 6:36 a.m. Robbery 1 mile south of Green Valley Church, tire blew out, left truck and someone stole his tools. 11:32 a.m. 911 call, semi on fire across street of Wal-Mart parking lot on 64. 11:58 a.m. 911 call, two-vehicle accident in Whittets parking lot, no damage, not requesting Alva Police Department at this time. 3:43 p.m. Meet animal control at pound to pick up trap. 7:47 p.m. Four-foot rat snake in Brown Shoe.
11:49 p.m. 911 call, 94 year old vomiting, weak, shaky at 1700 block of Ash. June 13, 2013 6:48 a.m. Moore Police Department for sheriff’s office. 7:10 a.m. Transfer to sheriff’s office regarding cattle out east and west of Dacoma on Grant Rd. 2 miles east on north side, no tag, two out of fence. 2:28 p.m. Looking for house but found it. 6:27 p.m. 911 call, car wreaking havoc on 13th and Flynn, light yellow Mustang, loud and obnoxious, reckless driving. 6:37 p.m. Contact officer referring vehicle (second time) yellow Mustang east on Flynn. 7:43 p.m. Broke in house at 300 block of E. Lincoln in Lamont, stole saw. 8:39 p.m. Wanting to know about warrant on friend. June 14, 2013 3:29 a.m. 911 call, had someone on roof but off now so no problem. 2:21 p.m. Immigration Department running investigation, will call back Monday. 5:32 p.m. Looked like two black males by pond at Champs, handgun, point at water, on west side by small building. 6:05 p.m. Water leak at Highway 281 and Custer Rd., water meter just pouring. 6:34 p.m. 911 call, disturbance at 100 block of Center towards McDonald’s, one boy two girls one baby carriage, maybe drunk, one girl in pink shorts, one girl one boy in black shorts. 6:38 p.m. People walking down
100 block of E. Center, two girls one guy, possibly drugs. 6:39 p.m. Someone yelling help just east of Chesapeake scrap yard, west of Jayhawk signs coming from the south. 8:14 p.m. Controlled burn 7 miles north on Highway 281 and CR 440. 9:34 p.m. Missing Great Dane from 300 block of Barnes, no danger. June 15, 2013 12:41 a.m. 911 call, domestic between two males at 1500 block of Davis. 12:43 a.m. Thinks she hears someone outside in front of house at 700 block of Locust. 11:15 a.m. Sewer back up in alley of 1300 block of Maple and Locust, notified public works on call. 2:31 p.m. 911 call, controlled burn now out of control on Avard blacktop 1 east 1 north, need fire department. 4:04 p.m. Bar playing music too loud. 4:56 p.m. 911 call, road hazard at bridge by vet clinic, truck tire blocking road. 5:54 p.m. Domestic in Hardtner, not taking meds, upset, took off when police were called, in a 2001 Chevy maroon color, regular drug offender, unknown if any weapons, teardrops on both eyes, if located contact Barber County, when he gets in problem he runs to Alva. 6:10 p.m. 911 call, needing numbers for pool manager, having a party but no one’s there. 7:14 p.m. Caller asking about gate by dog pound for dumping. 9:14 p.m. Vehicle hit twice 10 miles west on Highway 64 by new bridge, red Dodge Ram 99 model, no one hurt. 9:42 p.m. Puppy with no water on 1500 block of Murray, concerned not caring for animals, been barking all day.
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, June 23 and 30, 2013.) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO USE GROUNDWATER Hughes Farms, L.L.C. do Don & Ruby Hughes, Rt. 1, Box 99, Aline, OK 73716 has filed an application, #2013-574, with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (Board) for a permit to use 2,720 acre-feet of groundwater per year. The groundwater is proposed to be used for irrigation and taken from 1,360 acres located as follows: 160 acs. in the SW of Section 7, T23N, R12WIM, Alfalfa County; 640 acs. in Section 13, 400 acs. in Section 14 and 160 acs. in the NE of Section 24, T23N, R13WIM, Woods County. The water is to be withdrawn from 50 proposed wells located on dedicated lands previously described, and used in Alfalfa & Woods Counties, Oklahoma, as more specifically described in the application. Use of groundwater is governed by Sections 1020.1 and following of Title 82 of the Oklahoma Statutes and rules of the Board, Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC), Title 785, Chapter 30. Protests to the application must be in writing and received by the Board at the address listed below and by the applicant at the address listed above no later than July 22, 2013, and contain the following: (1) name, address, and telephone number of the interested person; (2) the particular application number to which the protest relates; (3) specific information to show how approval of the application proposed may directly and adversely affect legally protected interests of the person filing the protest; and (4) a statement of the relief sought by the interested person. A person who sends a letter containing only a general objection or comment will not be deemed to be a party, but the letter will be made part of the permanent record. If a protest that meets the requirements listed in the paragraph above is filed with both the applicant and Board, a hearing on this application will be scheduled and the applicant and protestant(s) will be advised of the hearing date. Protestants or their representatives must appear at the hearing
9:43 p.m. Best friend called needing help, she is in Woodward, need Woodward Sheriff’s Office number. 9:56 p.m. Reporting intoxicated persons with laceration. 10:03 p.m. FF on scene in Waynoka, extreme laceration, no longer intoxicated. 10:18 p.m. Still need ambulance for laceration. 11:38 p.m. Be on lookout for 92 white Oldsmobile, possibly intoxicated. June 16, 2013 1:07 a.m. Rattlesnake at fairgrounds. 7:55 a.m. 911 call, black Angus west on 64 two cows one calf. 9:08 a.m. 911 call, controlled burn on CR 430. 12:27 p.m. 911 call, domestic at 700 block of 4th, dad and brother. 1:05 p.m. Controlled burn on McClain and CR 1010. 4:57 p.m. Dead cat in alley, head in cat food can, come down 9th turn west down alley by trash can. 8:52 p.m. Break in and entering under carport at 800 block of Locust, 94 silver Cadillac, meds missing. 8:55 p.m. 911 call, break in, wants to stay on phone, scared. 10:24 p.m. Controlled burn ½ mile south ¾ mile west of Capron. 10:54 p.m. Marble-size hail 3 miles east of Alva. June 17, 2013 4:13 a.m. Railroad crossing in Dacoma down. 12:31 p.m. Locked out of car, needing locksmith. 12:56 p.m. Alva Golf Course keeps getting vandalized on weekend. 1:05 p.m. Tan Town Car at WalMart, middle row, young pit bull pup, notified officer and animal control. 1:32 p.m. Fender bender at Alva Market.
3:33 p.m. Semi rollover at 290/ Noble, salt water leaking, no injury, in ditch. 4:01 p.m. Big dead cat in alley of 9th and Santa Fe. 5:26 p.m. 911 call, roommate moving out, roommate doing drugs, going to motel, civil assist. 5:58 p.m. Sinkhole on Flynn and Skyline, 3 ½ feet wide, got car out of hole. 9:16 p.m. Need officer to assist at Alva Market for repossession. June 18, 2013 1:36 a.m. Someone knocking on door at 1600 block of High St., scared to look. 9:51 a.m. House east on Waynoka St., little boy took off, possibly 6 year old. 4:53 p.m. 911 call, three-car accident on Oklahoma Blvd. at Cowboys Bar. 5:35 p.m. Controlled burn on 1400 block of College. 6:56 p.m. 911 call, reckless driver on Highway 8 Carmen/ Dacoma Rd., gray semi with purple fenders. 7:12 p.m. Officer to rental place east of Wal-Mart for disagreement. 7:54 p.m. 911 call, accident at Subway, told to exchange info and take it up with insurance. 8:07 p.m. Kids blocking entrance of Hatfield Park on south end, vehicles having to go around them. 8:50 p.m. Controlled burn at 830/Grant, contacted Hawley Fire Department. June 19, 2013 6:09 a.m. 911 call, several head of cattle out east of Camp, sheriff’s office notified. The call center also handled the following calls: abandoned calls – 29, accidental calls – 36, wrong number – 8, hang ups – 18, animal control – 6, sheriff – 49, police – 82, general info – 112, fire dept. – 28, ambulance – 22, road conditions – 3, weather – 2.
and present the protest to be considered. Hearings are governed by Section 309 of Title 75 and Section 1020.8 of Title 82 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and the rules of Board, OAC Title 785, chapters 4 and 30. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Nell Brueggen at (405) 5308800. Board mailing address: Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Planning & Management Division, 3800 N. Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118-2881. Board fax number: (405) 530-8900.
(580) 327-1197 Fax (580) 327-1199
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, June 23 and 30, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of Monty Wimmer, Deceased No. PB-2012-48 NOTICE OF PRIVATE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above captioned estate will sell at private sale to the highest bidder and subject to confirmation by the District Court on the 9th day of July. 2013. at 5:00 p.m. at the law offices of BENSON & HOUSTON, P.L.L.C.. 615 Barnes. Alva, Oklahoma, all the estate’s right, title and interest in and to the following described property, to-wit: Lot Fifteen (15), in Block Fourteen (14) of the Hatfield Addition to the City of Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. Bids must be in writing and must be unconditional; bids must be delivered to the law offices of BENSON & HOUSTON, P.L.L.C., 615 Barnes, Alva, Oklahoma, Attorney for Elma McMurphy, Personal Representative of the abovecaptioned matter at any time after the first publication of this notice but before the sale. The terms of the transaction will be on a form which can be obtained at the office of BENSON & HOUSTON. P.L.L.C., 615 Barnes, Alva, Oklahoma. DATED this 20th day of June, 20,13. Dal L. Houston, OBA #17065 BENSON & HOUSTON, P.L.L.C. 615 Barnes, P. O. Box 488 Alva, Oklahoma 73717
(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, June 23, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of DOROTHY BERDINE MEISENHEIMER, Deceased. No. PB-2013-26 NOTICE OF HEARING PETITION FOR PROBATE OF APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND DETERMINATION OF HEIRS DEVISEES AND LEGATEES Notice is hereby given to all persons interested in the estate of Dorothy Berdine Meisenheimer, deceased, that on the 20th day of June, 2013, Stewart Knoop produced in the District Court of Woods County, Oklahoma, an instrument in writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Dorothy Berdine Meisenheimer, deceased, and also filed in said Court his Petition praying for the probate of the Will and asking that Letters Testamentary issue to Stewart Knoop as Personal Representative named in the Will and for a judicial determination of the heirs, devisees and legatees of said decedent. Pursuant to an order of this Court made on the 20th day of June, 2013, notice is hereby given that Tuesday, the 16th day of July, 2013, at 1:30 o’clock P.M., the Petition will be heard at the District Courtroom, Woods County Courthouse, Alva, Oklahoma, when and where all persons interested may appear and contest the same. In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of June, 2013. s/Ray Dean Linder JUDGE OF THE DISTRICT COURT Rick Cunningham, OBA #12629 Attorney at Law 409 College Ave., P.O. Box 433 Alva, Oklahoma 73717 (580) 327-0080 Attorney for Petitioner
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(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, June 16, 23 and 30, 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA MARK HAROLD DUBBEN, and CHERYL LYNNE BROOKS, (FORMERLY DUBBEN) Plaintiffs, Combines For Sale vs. L2 & L3 Gleaners. Reasonably THE HEIRS, EXECUTORS, priced. 580-829-1195 ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES, and ASSIGNS OF OSCAR DUBBEN, Farmers Please Help Deceased; and, 65 year old looking for hunting lease THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, for Deer anywhere from $1000 to EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES and ASSIGNS and $30,000 a year. 580-554-0999 SUCCESSORS, immediate and remote, of OSCAR DUBBEN, Deceased; and, THE HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES, and ASSIGNS OF EMMA RITTER DUBBEN, Deceased; and, THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, TRUSTEES and ASSIGNS, immediate and remote of EMMA RITTER DUBBEN, Deceased; and, THE GOOD SAMARITAN LUTHERAN HOME OF CYPRESS, TEXAS; and, THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, EX REL. OKLAHOMA TAX COMMISSION, Defendants.
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Veterans Affairs Officer will be at the courthouse in Alva to meet with war veterans needing assistance the second and fourth Mondays of the month. (580) 327-2126 9 a.m. The Woods County Senior Citizens Center, 625 Barnes, Alva, is open for games and other activities. Exercise is scheduled each day at 11 a.m. Transportation provided upon request. 1 p.m. Alva Duplicate Bridge will meet at the Runnymede Hotel. 3:30 p.m. Storytime will be held at the Alva Public Library for children ages 3-5 and their parents. 8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 1027 8th (Wesley House) in Alva every Monday and Thursday. Tuesday 9 a.m. The Woods County Senior Citizens Center, 625 Barnes, Alva, is open for games and other activities. Exercise is scheduled each day at 11 a.m. Transportation provided upon request. 1-5 p.m. The Cherokee Strip
Case No. CV-2013-19 NOTICE BY PUBLICATION STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO: THE HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES AND ASSIGNS OF OSCAR DUBBEN, DECEASED; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES, TRUSTEES, ASSIGNS AND SUCCESSORS, IMMEDIATE AND REMOTE OF OSCAR DUBBEN, DECEASED; THE HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES AND ASSIGNS OF EMMA RITTER DUBBEN, DECEASED; AND THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, DEVISEES, TRUSTEES, ASSIGNS AND SUCCESSORS, IMMEDIATE AND REMOTE OF EMMA RITTER DUBBEN, DECEASED, HUSBAND AND WIFE, OR THEIR SUCCESSORS. GREETINGS: Said Defendants are hereby notified that they have been sued in Case Number CV-2013-19 in the District Court of Woods County, Oklahoma, styled Mark Harold Dubben, and Cheryl Lynne Brooks, (formerly Dubben), Plaintiffs, vs. the Heirs, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, and Assigns of Oscar Dubben, Deceased; and the Unknown Heirs, Executors, Administrators, Devisees and Assigns and Successors, immediate and remote, of Oscar Dubben, Deceased; the Heirs, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, and Assigns of Emma Ritter Dubben, Deceased; and, the unknown Heirs, Executors,
Museum in Alva is open every day except Monday. For information or arranged tours, call 580-327-2030. 7 p.m. Widows and widowers support group will meet at College Hill Church of Christ. Call 580430-6083 with questions. 7 p.m. Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday at the Bible Baptist Church, 4th & Choctaw, Alva. The purpose is to help people dealing with alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug addiction, sexual addiction, food addiction, co-dependency, gambling addiction, anger, grief and more. 7:30 p.m. Alva VFW will meet at their building. Wednesday 9 a.m. The Woods County Senior Citizens Center, 625 Barnes, Alva, is open for games and other activities. Exercise is scheduled each day at 11 a.m. Transportation provided upon request. Noon Alva Kiwanis Club meets at Champs Restaurant. 1-5 p.m. The Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva is open every day except Monday. For information or arranged tours, call 580-327-2030. 7 p.m. Alva Moose Lodge menâ€™s meeting is held every Wednesday. Administrators, Trustees and Assigns, immediate and remote of Emma Ritter Dubben, Deceased; The Good Samaritan Lutheran Home of Cypress, Texas; and The State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Oklahoma Tax Commission, Defendants; and that said Defendants must answer the Petition herein on or about the 30th day of July, 2013, or the allegations of said Petition will be taken as true, and a judgment will be entered quieting the title in Plaintiffs as prayed for in their Petition and excluding Defendants from any claim in the following described real property, towit: The Southeast Quarter (SE/4) of Section Thirty-one (31), Township Twenty-seven (27) North, Range Thirteen (13) W.I.M., Woods County, Oklahoma. Dated this 12th day of June, 2013. Della Dunnigan, Court Clerk By: s/Staci Davey, Deputy Court Clerk Rick Cunningham, OBA #12629 Attorney at Law 409 College Ave., P.O. Box 433 Alva, Oklahoma 73717 (580) 327-0080 Attorney for Plaintiffs
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“Dear Edwina, Jr.” cast members rehearse the musical number “Hola Lola.”
Alva Community Theatre, Inc., will present the musical comedy “Dear Edwina, Jr.,” a part of the Broadway Junior Collection from Music Theatre International, on June 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the ACT I Theatre. The musical opens on a beautiful summer day in PawPaw, Mich. All of the neighborhood kids are on their way to Edwina Spoonapple’s house. Edwina, creator and star of a weekly advice show, “The Dear Edwina Show,” hopes to impress
a national talent scout and win a spot at the “biggest advice-giving convention ever,” the Kalamazoo Advise-A-Palooza Festival. Erin Jenlink and Delaney Lambert play the lead role of Edwina. The role of Scott, a neighborhood boy who spends all of his time trying to win Edwina’s attention and heart, is played by Micah Carter and Eli Martin. Other members of the musical cast are Mia Botta, Phil Ridgway, Hannah Kornele, Bethany Towns,
Connor Weinhoffer, Ben Kreigh, Emily Barton, Lauren Parker, Ko Brooks, Morgan Hall, Alex Ridgway, Christian Burton, Jaydan Coffman, Ali Harzman, Hannah Mason, Dusty Colvin, Elisabeth Ridgway, Morgan Mason, Aubrey Towns and Christina Jenlink. “Dear Edwina, Jr.” is directed by Thamazin Harrison with Ann Kline as musical director, Kim Foster as choreography director and DeeAnn Mason as technical director. Production of the ACT I
Rural Oklahoma hospitals struggle to recruit doctors By Tim Talley OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Access to physicians in Oklahoma, especially in rural parts of the state, could become even more limited when the federal health care law kicks in next year and thousands of previously uninsured Oklahomans obtain coverage. Shortages of primary care physicians across the state could lead to higher patient loads, delays in visits to the doctor and more reliance on other health professionals such as nurse practitioners and physicians assistants when the new health care law goes into effect on Jan. 1, officials said. “All of a sudden there’s an increase in the number of patients that have insurance,” said Jim Bishop, deputy executive director of the Physician Manpower Training Commission, a state agency that administers programs designed to improve medical care in rural and underserved areas of the state. “There’s going to be so many people flooding doctor’s offices,” Bishop said. “It’s not going to make physicians happy.” In 2010, Oklahoma ranked 43rd in the nation in the number of primary care physicians practicing in
the state with 2,817, or about 76 doctors per 100,000 residents, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Andy Fosmire, managing director of the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, said the shortage of primary care providers is worse in rural parts of the state, where access to health care could become more difficult under the health care law. “There’s a lot of fear that 2014 is going to hit and all of a sudden 30 million people are going to appear at a primary care physician’s doorstep,” Fosmire said. “The potential is there. They’ll have to fill that gap.” The state already offers a variety of programs to provide financial incentives for physicians who practice in underserved areas of the state. They include a scholarship program that provides $60,000 over four years to primary care providers who practice in rural areas of the state and a medical loan repayment program which provides up to $160,000 over four years to help physicians in underserved areas repay their student loans. The programs help fill doctor shortages in rural communities
where hospitals are threatened with having to shut down, officials said. “It’s very difficult to get successful recruitment in our rural areas,” said Teresa Huggins, CEO of the Stigler Health and Wellness Center, a non-profit health care center in Stigler, population 2,685. Huggins said two medical doctors and two osteopathic physicians staff the center and it is recruiting a primary care physician to staff its clinic in Eufaula. “Part of it is perception,” said Dean Turner, administrator at Perry Memorial Hospital in Perry, population 5,126. “It is different than say going to Oklahoma City.” The Noble County city has two medical doctors and the hospital is recruiting for a family practice physician. Health care administrators said it helps to recruit physicians with family ties to rural areas that are underserved, but Charles H. Greene Jr., administrator of the Cordell Memorial Hospital in Washita County, said that does not always work. Of six students from Cordell who are in medical school, “none of them are coming back,” Greene said. “No one wants to come out in the rural setting. It’s very difficult,” he said.
annual summer youth musical is made possible by a grant by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Reservations for the production may be made by calling 580-327-0622 and tickets are sold at the door. For more information, visit the Alva Community Theatre, Inc. (ACT I) Facebook page.
part of a broader effort to strike a deal with a company willing to perform a variety of public works projects. Jim Lewellyn, program manager for Oklahoma City’s public works department, said he believes Oklahoma City got a much better price because contractors knew that large quantities of the debris to be removed was concentrated in the same residential areas, lowering their potential transportation costs. Contractors’ bids are typically much higher for picking up debris after ice storms and other types of disasters that leave debris scattered over wide areas, driving up transportation and labor costs, Lewellyn said. Shawn agreed that was a factor, saying his company lost money in picking up debris in Moore following ice storms in recent years.
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