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Rodeo, secretary, ad funded by tourism tax By Marione Martin Three requests for funding were granted by the City of Alva Tourism Tax Committee during its October meeting Wednesday.

Alva Chamber Director Alex Mantz presents two requests for funding to the City of Alva Tourism Tax Committee Wednesday. Video frame by Marione Martin

Members present were Chairman The committee approved the Henry Bickerstaff, Dr. Charles minutes of the last meeting and Tucker, Janet Valencia and Norville the financials as presented by Ritter. Terri Parsons was absent. Jodie Bradford, secretary. Deducting funds already committed from cash in the bank, the committee has $280,605.54 available for tourism funding. Chamber-Tourism Secretary Alva Chamber Director Alex Mantz presented the first two requests to the committee. As in the past several years, she asked for $6,000 for the chamber-tourism secretary. “Traffic at the tourism center is still very heavy,” said Mantz. “We have people stopping Grammy-award-winning western band Riders in the Sky will appear in whether it be for relocation in- in concert Oct. 29 at Northwestern’s Herod Hall. Photo courtesy of formation or tourism information.” Riders in the Sky The tourism center also serves as the Alva Chamber of Commerce NWOSU Rodeo Coach Stockton office. Mantz said the center preGraves talks about plans for the pares welcome and tourism bags 2013 Ranger Rodeo. The group for reunions, workshops and trainrequested $15,000 from Alva’s ing meetings. They also mail out Tourism Tax Committee. Video See Tourism Page 3 frame by Marione Martin

Alva police investigate thefts By Marione Martin The Alva Police Department has investigated several recent thefts in Alva. On Oct. 3 Luann Ruth Courson, 811 Barnes, reported a possible break-in at her home. Officer Jade Cardenas found that the back door appeared to be kicked in and the bottom glass was broken. The door to a room on the left was open when it was usually left closed. Later Courson contacted police to report someone had taken a gray safe with a combination lock from the master bedroom. The safe contained $1,000 in cash belonging to a church. Courson said very few people knew of

the location of the safe. On Oct. 4 Daniel Duan Winters reported a lawn mower had been taken from 303 Ninth St. in Alva. Officer William Shahan went to the scene. The mower was a green Poulan with a 40-inch deck. Winters said a piece was broken on the mower that caused it to dig into the ground. The mower was believed to have been taken between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4. Shahan saw a line scraped in the driveway running to the east toward Ninth Street and then going south on Ninth. On Oct. 16 about 5:45 p.m., Officer Brian Fogle investigated a theft

report at McDonald’s. An employee, Ginny Marie Miner, had taken her daughter’s red laptop to work. She left it in the community room. When she went back later, it was missing. It was believed to have been taken between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A security video showed a female coworker picking up the laptop and putting it in her bag. When management questioned her, she denied taking it. After being shown the video, she still said she did not have it. Miner wanted a report filed because she wants the computer back. The suspected employee has been suspended from McDonald’s.

Several vehicle collisions in Alva By Marione Martin Alva police have worked several auto collisions during the first part of October. On Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. police were called to the scene of a vehicle-pedestrian accident on Goldbug Boulevard south of Thunderbird Drive at the Alva Recreation Complex. Tammie Gaddy, 39, of Alva was driving a 2008 Toyota south on Goldbug Boulevard and was slowing to make a turn into a private drive. Chase Porter, 5, of Waynoka was running east across the road out of the parking lot to the west. Gaddy said she never saw him until her car hit him. Witnesses said the boy ran from the parking lot where cars were lined up to the west of the west curb of Goldbug Boulevard.

They said the boy ran across the road without stopping or looking. Gaddy attempted to stop but could not stop before hitting the boy with the driver’s side headlight area. The accident was investigated by Alva Assistant Police Chief Ben Orcutt. On Oct. 7 there was a two-vehicle collision at 2 p.m. on Center Street east of Fifth. Gary Rowland, 61, of Edmond in a 1999 red Freightliner was accelerating and traveling east in the eastbound lane of Center. The vehicle had a trailer latched to the rear and a door on the trailer came open, striking a parked 2005 silver Ford F350 owned by Billy J. Melton, Jr. of Alva. Officer Brian Fogle investigated. There was a two-vehicle col-

lision on Oct. 10 at 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of Oklahoma Boulevard and Fourth Street. Myra Davison, 53, of Alva was driving a 2008 Lincoln MKZ south on Fourth Street. She was stopped at the stoplight. Shawna Lau, 36, of Alva was driving westbound on Oklahoma Boulevard in the outside lane toward the intersection of Fourth and Oklahoma. Davison turned into traffic, intending to turn left, and her vehicle was struck on the driver’s side front quarter panel by the front of Lau’s vehicle. Lau was transported to Share Medical Center by the Alva EMS complaining of neck and lower back pain. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. Officer Kristina Jones investigated the collision.

Acclaimed old-time western band, Riders in the Sky, to perform in Alva Oct. 29 performance at Northwestern’s Herod Hall By Kathleen Lourde Put on those cowboy boots and come on out to an evening of music right out of the Old West. Riders in the Sky, a Grammyaward winning band that plays the best western roots music you’ll hear anywhere in the world, will be at Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s (NWOSU) Herod Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Feast on world-class fiddle and accordion, homestyle jokes, yodeling and the occasional rope trick in what Billboard has called “one of the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.” “It’s positive music; it’s a little bit escapist music,” said band member “Ranger Doug” (aka Doug Green) when describing his music in a recent interview. “You ride away into the sunset on your pony, living in the outdoors and free life and fresh air and not worried too much about mortgages and surly teenagers.” Riders in the Sky, still composed of the original members – each of whom is a renowned musician in his own right (see sidebar) – has been performing for 36 years, delighting no less than 7,000 million fans, according to one accounting. They’ve won two Grammies; produced almost 40 albums (the latest, “Home on the Range,” features Wilford Brimley); have had their music featured in numerous movies, including “Toy Story” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas;”

were the first (and, to date, still the only) western music group invited to join the Grand Ol’ Opry; and hosted a long-running radio show (while that one’s off the air, they still have a show on XM Radio). Keeping the Singing Cowboy Tradition Alive Continuing the “singing cowboy” tradition first popularized in the 1930s and fostered by the likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, the group goes beyond preserving a western musical tradition. “We write a lot of our own songs too, in that style,” said Ranger Doug, who said that about a third of their songs were written by band members. “But we’re creating and adding to that tradition. We’re not just preserving it as a museum piece.” “Historians disagree about whether cowboys in the Old West really did sing as they worked,” noted Ranger Doug, but he prefers to think they did. “I think that cowboys sang out of boredom and to keep cattle still and quiet, because every occupation that has a lot of empty time develops a song tradition,” he said, citing the traditions of lumberjack songs and sea shanties. Ranger Doug and the other members of the band – Too Slim (bass), Joey “The CowPolka King” (accordion), and Woody Paul (“King of the Cowboy Fiddlers”) – were old enough to be at the very end of the singing cowboy era. In fact, the two heroes Ranger Doug remembered most from his childhood were a local singing cowboy and the Lone Ranger.

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Nondorf named CEO of St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City By Lynn L. Martin Kyle Nondorf, who has been the St. Anthony Hospital’s representative to Share Medical Center, has been promoted to chief executive officer of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. He will continue to include the rural hospital affiliated network in his duties, but other St. Anthony executives will generally attend the Share Medical Center meetings. Nondorf usually makes brief remarks at each Alva Hospital Authority meeting. This time he said, “I want to commend the board and the community of Alva on this sales-tax vote. As you know, the federal fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2013, and we’re seeing a lot of challenges coming our way via health-care reform. “What I’m seeing from a statewide perspective is declining hospital utilization, declining reimbursement and more administrative challenges to catch up with all the new laws and rules being put in place. “We can argue all day whether they are the right rules and the right legislation, but the fact is these are the new ground rules and we’ve got learn how to observe them. Along

those lines, we’ve done some restructuring at St. Anthony Hospital and our response is to be pro-active to these changes. “I also want to commend this organization (Alva Hospital Authority) for the great job you’ve done in expense management. I’ve been in hospitals throughout the state and Share Medical Center is doing a phenomenal job in expense management.” Both Kandice Allen and Darlene Sanderson, (acting chairman in the absence of Jason Gaisford) inquired if these changes threatened the affiliate network in any way. “No,” Nondorf replied, “The affiliate network has been phenomenal and we’ve gained a tremendous amount of market-share since developing that network. We are up thousands of admissions over previous years. That is a testimony for the affiliate network as well as the health-plexes in Oklahoma City. Quite frankly, the affiliate network is even going to be more important to our strategic plan. “We are not downsizing our affiliate team, we’re just re-arranging the people who will be working with you,” he said.

Kyle Nondorf (left), vice president of rural development for SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, announced Tuesday night he has been named chief executive officer of St. Anthony’s Hospital of Oklahoma. Nondorf has been the primary person working with Share Medical Center as it joined the St. Anthony system as a tier 1 affiliate and has attended most of the hospital’s board meetings since that relationship started. In center is Share Chief Financial Officer Albert Wiss; behind him is clerk Janet Valencia; to the right is Jane Gaskill, manager of the Share Convalescent Home; and at far right is Kandice Allen, Share Medical Center chief executive officer. Nondorf higly praised Share Medical Center’s expense reduction efforts, saying they are the best of the hospitals throughout the state associated with SSM. Video frame by Lynn L. Martin

Volunteers from Alva Friends of Play Foundation have completed a maintenance program for Zone 1 at the south end of Hatfield Park. New safety surfacing that complies with current safety codes has been installed as well as properly installed toys that children will enjoy for years to come. Photo by Christi Vickers.

‘Bowling for Hatfield Park’ to take place on Nov. 9 Volunteers from the Alva Friends of Play Foundation have completed a maintenance project for Zone 1 at the south end of Hatfield Park. They spent two days pulling and spraying grass and weeds that had grown into the playground areas. With the assistance of the City of Alva, additional engineered wood fiber safety surfacing was purchased to re-fill the play areas and bring the level of safety surfacing back up to comply with current safety codes. “We are dedicated to moving forward in improving Hatfield Park, yet we have made an organizational promise and commitment to make sure the toys we install stay properly maintained so children can enjoy them for years to come,” says Christi Vickers, Alva Friends of Play Foundation presi-

dent. Zone 2, the area in front of the Girl Scout Hut, is the foundation’s current fundraising project. The toys for this area will have a total installation cost of approximately $20,000. Through a series of successful fundraisers and grants they have raised $12,000 to pay for the installation of six new toys. The group is currently doing a donor drive and bowling event to raise the last $8,000 needed to install Zone 2. “Our goal is to raise the last $8,000 before Christmas and install new toys this spring,” says Bonni Sidders, Alva Friends of Play Foundation’s treasurer. Since these toys will be placed near the Girl Scout Hut, and those girls will be a large part of the children using them, the foundation requested

the input of the Girl Scout leaders in making the final decisions on which toys to install there. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Alva Masonic Lodge and Alva Friends of Play Foundation will once again join forces to raise money for Hatfield Park with their bowling event. “Bowling for Hatfield Park 2013” will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cookies Bowl in Alva. The first 30 adults and 20 kids will receive a free T-shirt and there will be random drawings for small prizes throughout that time. If you would like to support the park through the donor drive, you can contact the foundation on its Facebook page, mail a donation to the Alva Friends of Play Foundation at P.O. Box 981, Alva, OK 73717, or even donate with a credit/debit card online via PayPal at

Dorm resident faces drug charges By Marione Martin An Ament Hall resident from California has been charged with two counts of drug distribution. According to documents in the case, on Sept. 18 Woods County Deputy Sheriff Adam Honeyman met with a confidential informant (CI) who said he/she could purchase mari-

juana and ecstasy from Ike McCullouch at his dorm, Ament Hall, on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus in Alva. Honeyman searched the CI’s vehicle and person before providing $100 to make a purchase. He followed the CI to the area of Ament Hall, and watched him/her park and enter the building. Less than two minutes later, the CI exited the building and told Honeyman by electronic communication that purchase had been made directly from Ike.

Honeyman followed the CI to another location where the CI gave him a quantity of a green leafy substance that later field tested positive for marijuana and a white powdery substance that tested positive for ecstasy. The CI stated he/she bought the substances from Ike. Audio recordings of the purchase were reviewed and concurred with the CI’s statement. The CI provided a telephone number that checked back to McCullouch as well as identifying McCullouch in a photo lineup. Ike Wayne McCullouch, 21, of Long Beach, Calif., has been charged with two felony counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance in Woods County Court and a warrant has been issued.

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Obituaries DAROLD D. McMURPHY Funeral services for Darold D. McMurphy will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Terry Martindale officiating. Interment will be in the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. Darold McMurphy, son of the late Frank David and Beulah Mae (Lyon) McMurphy, was born Sept. 2, 1931, in Woods County. He passed away Oct. 17, 2013, at Share Convalescent Home in Alva, at the age of 82 years, 1 month and 15 days. He graduated from Farry High School with the class of 1950 and attended Northwestern State Teacher’s College. Darold served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict, stationed in Korea and Japan and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sargent First Class. Darold and his brother, Verlin, began McMurphy Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning business in 1955 and retired from that business in 2000. On June 26, 1955, he married Cleta Ann Wolgamott at her grandparents’ home west of Hardtner, Kan. Darold was a lifetime member

of the VFW and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with his family and was especially close to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Darold is survived by his wife Cleta Ann of Alva; son Randy McMurphy and his wife Paula of Alva; daughter DeAnna Gregory and her husband Jim of Oklahoma City; sister Doris Lockhart and her husband James of Kansas City, Kan.; brother Verlin McMurphy and his wife Betty of Alva; brother-in-law David Wolgamott and his wife Carol of Hardtner, Kan.; sister-inlaw Pearl Myers and her husband Dale of Wheaton, Mo.; aunts Irene McMurphy of Woodward and Irene McMurphy of Fairview. He is also survived by four grandsons: Cody McMurphy and his wife Megan of Alva; Casey McMurphy and his wife Tracy of Edmond; Derek (D. J.) Gregory and his wife Sarah of Piedmont; and Chad Gregory of Midland, Texas; six great-grandchildren: Avery, Reece, Layton, Grayson, Braedyn and Caylee; numerous nieces and nephews; other family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Alva First United Methodist Church or Share Convalescent Home. Remembrances may be shared with the family at

Street equipment purchase on city agenda

By Marione Martin The Alva City Council has another street department purchase on the agenda for its meeting Monday. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall. Members will consider purchase of a Crafco SuperShot 125 DC 70 for a price not to exceed $52,149.42. This appears to be an asphalt melter to be used for paving streets. The council will also vote on allowing Randy Parker to withdraw retirement funds in a lump sum from the city’s pension plan and the declaration of several items as surplus. The business manager will present his report. There will be a vote on approval of meeting minutes and claims. Time will be allowed for council member and

public comment. The Alva Utility Authority will meet next. After votes on the approval of minutes and claims, the board will consider a request for outside water service from Atwood Distributing, L.P. for 1600 E. Oklahoma Blvd. There will be discussion and action on acknowledging the closure of checking accounts for the City of Alva Homestead Operating Accounts. The authority will have a vote to acknowledge the water/sewer committee’s and strategic planning committee’s recommendation of strategic goals for the repair and/ or replacement of the City of Alva water and sewer system. Another vote will be held to acknowledge the sanitation committee’s and strategic planning committee’s recommendation of strategic goals for the City of Alva sanitation system.

Woods County Forecast Sunday Sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. North northeast wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 61. North northeast wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65. Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 66. Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

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tourism information in response to email requests in addition to greeting people at the center and those who call. This year the chamber put in better flooring and storage for tourism information received from the state. Bickerstaff said the committee has been allocating $6,000 per year to the chamber since before the oil and gas boom. “What steps has the chamber taken to improve its profitability?” he asked. He asked if the chamber has increased the number of members. Mantz said they have increased membership. But she said the funding is mainly to man the tourism center. Before the chamber moved into the building, it was opened by Woods County Economic Development. They tried having volunteers keep it open, but at that time they had very little traffic. Locating the chamber secretary there solved the problem. Now it is open weekdays and has a lot of traffic. Tucker asked if there were any plans to open again on weekends, particularly during the summer. Mantz said they haven’t considered that. In the past the weekend traffic was light, but there might be more now. Bickerstaff asked if there were any plans to make tourism information available when the center is closed such as a kiosk outside or an open foyer with information. Mantz said currently they have some added brochure holders outside that they keep stocked, but they haven’t checked into a digital kiosk. Tucker made a motion to grant the request, seconded by Valencia, and the motion passed. Visitors Guide Ad Mantz stayed at the podium to present another request. This one was for $2,115 for advertising in the Red Carpet Country 2014 Visitors Guide. She said for the past two years, they used the same ad, which was a general one about Alva. For the new guide, they plan to change it to feature touring the murals in Alva. She said 80,000 copies of the guide are distributed throughout the 16 counties of the Red Carpet region. “People tell us they found us through that publication and have requested information on our community because of that publication,” she said.

Valencia made a motion to grant the funding, seconded by Ritter, and the motion carried. Ranger Rodeo Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) Rodeo Coach Stockton Graves spoke to the committee on behalf of the 2013 NWOSU Ranger Rodeo, asking for $15,000. This is $1,000 more than was requested last year. The rodeo will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Woods County Fairgrounds. “We do a few things every year to improve our rodeo,” said Graves. He said one of their goals is to be voted the rodeo of the year. Since the NWOSU rodeo is in the fall and the other seven rodeos are in the spring, they are looking for ways to make their rodeo memorable. Last year, they gave two large Yeti coolers with NWOSU Rodeo on them to the top teams. This year, they plan to spend a little more to buy smaller Yeti coolers for the individual championships. Graves said he got the idea for the coolers from attending Rodeo Houston. He said the added money prizes, belt buckles, etc. are kept at home, but the coolers go in the back of participants’ trucks to other rodeos. He said people notice his Rodeo Houston cooler and ask about it and what he won. It’s a constant reminder of the rodeo. Another idea they are pursuing is to obtain added prize money through business sponsorships. With all the oil and gas companies in the area, they plan to approach them with a goal of raising ten $500 prize money donations. These will be added to the entry fees so winners have a chance for more money. He said that’s important in this sport when the contestants foot the bill for their own travel and other costs. Graves said not having the rodeo during the NWOSU homecoming should help with attendance this year. It has already helped with the availability of hotel rooms for rodeo teams and family members. Another plus is that the Ranger Preview is being held on the Saturday of the rodeo. He expects 20 to 25 new rodeo recruits to attend and it will give them a chance to see the rodeo. The $15,000 request would

cover the $14,000 for the stock contractor with $1,000 applied to the announcer’s pay of $2,500. Graves said any surplus funds after rodeo expenses are paid will go to the kids. The budget estimated that at $840. “They’re not the football players; they’re not the baseball players,” he said. “They don’t get bused to events. They don’t get jerseys.” He said the money is used to buy their vests, pay their organization dues and help with other expenses. Bickerstaff asked how much the rodeo facility is reflected in the vote for rodeo of the year. “A lot,” said Graves. He said last year’s winner was Panhandle State. They use the City of Guymon arena. He said NWOSU tries to make up for having a smaller arena by having better prizes. Asked for a progress report on building a new arena, Graves said they lack funds. Right now they are trying to finish up their practice facility at the property donated to them north of Alva. He said they have finished the perimeter fence and are getting ready to do the painting. After that they will install the stalls and the runs. He said he recently talked with NWOSU Foundation Director Dr. Skeeter Bird about arena plans. Bird looked at some arenas and checked others online. Graves said they would expect to build a smaller facility than those at Claremore or Chickasha, but he did not have a cost figure. “One thing about it, those things don’t run themselves,” said Graves. “You don’t have a college rodeo in them once a year and pay the light bill.” He said that’s one area where the committee and the rodeo team could work together to bring in more events such as high school and college rodeos, concerts and equestrian events. “I think Cherokee is doing a pretty good job of it,” he said. “They’re trying, but they don’t have the eateries, the hotels to house everybody. It kind of works out for us because they come over here.” Valencia made a motion to approve the funding, seconded by Tucker. The motion carried unanimously.

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Why immigration reform could spell doom for the GOP By Byron York The recent Senate debate over immigration reform focused mostly on three issues: 1) the economic effects of legalizing millions of currently illegal immigrants while also increasing the rate of future immigration, 2) the possibility of achieving real border security and 3) the ethical question of offering the reward of citizenship to those who entered the country illegally. Beneath it all was another factor, never far from lawmakers’ minds, but much less discussed: the electoral effects of reform. Yes, there was a lot

of talk about the Republican Party’s need to improve its image with Hispanic voters. But the real political issue underlying the debate went far beyond that. Everyone knew the farreaching Gang of Eight reform proposal passed by the Senate would reshape the American electorate. And now, a new report suggests just how extensive that reshaping could be. “Based on projections published by the Congressional Budget Office, we estimate that if (the Gang of Eight bill) were to become law it will add more than 17 million new potential voting-age citizens by 2036,” writes scholar Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, which opposes the Gang of Eight reform. “These potential voters are in addition to the nearly 15 Alva Review-Courier million that the current level of legal immigration will add by (USPS 016-180) 2036. Combined, current im620 Choctaw St. migration plus the effects of Alva, OK 73717-1626 (the Gang of Eight bill) would (580) 327-2200 add more than 32 million poFax: (580) 327-2454 tential new voting-age citizens by 2036.” Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. If anyone needs a reminder Monday - Friday of how significant that would Website: be, Camarota notes that “the last four presidential elections were decided by 4.5 million HERE TO HELP YOU votes on average.” Adding 17 Publisher.............Lynn L. Martin million new voters -- on top of Editor..................Marione Martin the 15 million who will come ( through existing legal immiAd Sales...........Angela Courson gration channels -- is a big, big ( deal. Colette Baier It’s a good deal for Demo( crats, since a wide range of reReporters...................Alex Cole search has shown immigrants ( and their offspring largely Yvonne Miller Sports...................Leslie Nation favor the party’s approach ( to governance. In 2012, for Subscriptions example, the Pew Research & Action Ads..........Linda Toone organization asked whether ( Americans “would rather have Ad Design.............Paula Oakes a smaller government providing fewer services or a larger Page Design........Patty Hankey government providing more services.” Hispanic Americans Legal Notices.....Lisa Wickham ( favored larger government by a 75 percent to 19 percent split. The Alva Review-Courier is Even Hispanics who have been combined with the Woods in the United States for three County News, The Alva Advocate and Newsgram, and is generations or more favored published every Sunday and bigger government by 58 perFriday by Martin Broadcasting cent to 36 percent. Corp., 620 Choctaw St., Alva, Among Asian-Americans, OK 73717-1626. Periodical Pew found preference for largpostage paid at Alva, Oklahoma. er government by a 55 percent Annual subscription rates in Woods County, Oklahoma $72. to 36 percent split. By comparElsewhere in Oklahoma $90, ison, white evangelical Protelsewhere in the United States estants, a mainstay of the Re$108. POSTMASTER: Send publican party, favored smaller a d d r e s s c h a n g e s t o A l v a government by a 71 percent to Review-Courier, 620 Choctaw 20 percent split. St., Alva, OK 73717-1626. On a more specific isContents Copyright 2013 sue -- support for Obamacare Member of the Associated Press, Oklahoma Press Association, National Newspaper Association

Thankful Alva has hospital By Cheryl Knox Dear Editor, I’m so thankful Alva has a hospital. I recently had total knee replacement out of town and have been able to have my physical therapy at Share Medical Center. I can’t imagine having to leave Alva and travel somewhere out of town to have this done. I’ve also had a surgery done at Share in the last few years and have been a patient of the hospital several times. I have received wonderful care every time. It is so convenient to be able to deal with an emergency

situation locally. I don’t know how Alva could exist without an emergency room and a surgery department. We don’t know how lucky we are to have a local hospital. My physical therapy assistant Brooke has been very caring, understanding and sympathetic and always greets me with a smile. Tracy at the front desk is a delight and so helpful. Because of the excellent care I have received, I will soon be returning to work. Thanks to everyone at Share Medical Center for helping in my recovery, and I encourage everyone to join me in voting yes on Nov. 12.

Junkman’s Gems

Is there no shame in any of these crooks?

By Jim Scribner Hurray! The government is back in business. I’m glad to see the state of Tennessee’s legislator got a large amount of pork attached to the agreement before signing it. Is there no shame in any of these crooks? After holding America hostage, the idiots in Washington did what was inevitable and reached an agreement of sorts. I hope every American voter remembers this when election day comes for each one of these bozos. Bumper stickers for every car in America: Let no incumbent return to Washington after an election. If the stall looked as stupid as it did to us citizens, what do we look like to the rest of the world? I hate it when we are made to look like amateurs in democracy to the countries that look up to us. On the state political front, bad news for our legislators. They will have to live with their $38,000 base pay, plus perks, because they aren’t getting raises this year. Before you shed any tears for them, they are the 16th highest paid state legislatures in the U.S. I just wish we had the 16th sharpest group of legislators in America instead of being closer to the bottom of the heap. To put this into perspective, I received a big envelope from the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department of Oklahoma. I do like food, but I don’t have a farm or forest, so I wondered what it could be. Upon opening it I saw Mary See York Page 9 Fallon (alias the business run-off champion of Oklahoma) and some other comedian I never

heard of (Jim Reese) at the top of the letter. With the governor’s name on the letter I knew it was bad news. I discovered that the forestry department has been put in charge of licensing scrap metal dealers in Oklahoma. Say what? There are several requirements to get the license not the least of which is sending in my fingerprints, along with some other personal information I’m not so sure I need to share with the state, considering their record for keeping secrets. The letter arrived Oct. 14 and has to be sent back before Nov. 1 to be in compliance. Glad to see they sent this out in a timely fashion. I read the laws that I have to follow and some are the same as they have been, some are good ideas and some of them are so stupid they had to be written by a legislator, or someone else that knows lots more about milk cows than they do about recycling. Did I mention it will cost me $241 for this license? I suspect, truth be known, it is more about $241 than concern about the recycling industry. On the trivia front, the first speeding ticket was given in 1904. The speeder was going 12 mph in an eight mph zone. Sometimes songs show their age. I was listening to an old Travis Tritt song called “Here’s A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares).” I got to thinking where would you find a phone booth to call from? If you did, what would it cost? One lady said she had seen a phone booth and it was 35 cents for a call. She did mention that it would be tough for Superman to change in a cell phone booth.

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Annie’s Mailbox®

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This rollercoaster is no fun Problem with blinker could be a pricey one Dear Annie: After more than 13 years of marriage to an intelligent and lovely woman, our relationship continues to be a rollercoaster ride. We are in our 60s. I was married once before. She has had three prior marriages and divorces. We each have adult children. It seems she has underlying hostility toward me and anyone else whose choices do not meet with her approval. She complains of not having a life and being only a housekeeper, even though she keeps all of her own income and I pay all of our bills, providing her with an allowance. We also travel well. She complains that I’m not home enough, but we spend two hours together over morning coffee, and I return home from work by 6 p.m. Then I end up eating dinner alone while she retreats to another part of the house to play puzzles or talk with her girlfriends. I stay home every weekend so we can be together, but she shows no affection to me at all. I see her as controlling and deeply depressed, at least around me. We tried a few sessions with a counselor, but she refused to go back. She’s convinced she doesn’t need help and that I am responsible for our disconnect. Any thoughts about how I can help us? – Need Direction Dear Need: When someone describes a relationship as a “rollercoaster ride,” it tends to mean extreme ups and downs. If this is the case, your assessment that your

wife is depressed could be accurate, but she also could be bipolar. Unfortunately, if she refuses to consider that she might need medical or psychiatric assistance, little will change. Please encourage her to see her doctor, but also contact the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance ( Dear Annie: Last weekend my granddaughter and her beau came for a visit. He is a young professional. I noticed that he did not open the car door for her, nor did he pull out a chair for her in the dining room. I asked my son about this behavior, and he said since women want to be on an equal basis with men, such courtesy no longer prevails. Am I missing something? – Old School Dear Old School: Some women do not want men to open doors or pull out chairs for them, and many men are reluctant to do these things for fear they will be castigated as anti-feminist. We believe it is a kindness to open a door for anyone, male or female, and to pull out a chair for someone who appreciates it. But this type of courtesy is between your granddaughter and her beau. Please don’t criticize their choices. Dear Annie: I sympathize with “Loving Daughter,” whose aunts and uncles offered no support to her mother during her illness. My husband was extremely ill for the last three years of his life. His siblings neither called nor sent cards. They lived out of state,

so I didn’t expect them to travel, but they were in a position to do so. I sent regular emails informing them of his treatments and his deteriorating health, and encouraging them to call him. It didn’t happen. Their infrequent emails said they were “too upset” to talk about it. He would call, and they would only talk about how successful they were. Not once did he hear, “How are you?” My siblings called, emailed, sent cute cards and offered to help in any way. But his own family wasn’t there for him. I was angry for the heartache it caused my husband, wondering why they disappeared when he needed them. After his death, they all sent cards of sympathy. I have since forgiven them and hope someday they understand the pain they caused. But they will have to ask God for forgiveness then, because it is too late to make it up to their dear brother. – Gone but Always in my Heart Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@, 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

Karen’s Kolumn

Make sure heating system is in working order before you need it By Karen Armbruster Woods County families certainly have a lot of experience when it comes to weather extremes. Although the temperature this fall has been mild so far, this past week it has turned cooler and many will be firing up their heating systems. Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist, said ensuring your system runs properly is beneficial both for safety and financial reasons. “The cost of heating a home can take up a large part of a family’s energy budget. Making sure your system is properly running can help cut down on heating costs,” Peek said. “It’s a good idea to get the system checked out now before cold temperatures hit. You don’t want to turn on the heat on that first cold day only to discover there’s a problem. It could be days before a repairman can come fix it.” To begin with, stand next to your indoor heating system and listen to it start up. Make sure it is not making any strange noises. One of the easiest no-cost ways to reduce your heating bill is to simply manage the thermostat. “It doesn’t cost you a thing to bump the heat down to as low as is comfortable,” she said. “Try wearing a sweater around the house to help stay warm. Because heating costs can easily use a large amount

of your household budget, any little thing you do to save energy will add to your bottom line.” There are other steps homeowners can take to help cut heating costs aside from making sure the heating unit is working properly. Peek suggests sealing leaky doors and windows to cut down on cold air getting into the home. “Sealing any cracks around windows and doors is a very costeffective step to take,” she said. “In addition, changing or cleaning the air filter is another inexpensive idea. Dirty filters reduce airflow, which in turn causes the system to work harder and use more energy.” During the winter months, the

sun is your friend. Keep shades and curtains open during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home. Depending on your home’s exposure to the sun, this can definitely make a difference in your energy costs. “Not only can a family save money on heating costs, a properly functioning heating system also can help avoid safety issues,” Peek said. “Furnaces that aren’t cleaned properly or are poorly maintained can contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning. This can be extremely dangerous, especially for the elderly, young children and pets. This type of risk can be prevented by having your heating system checked and cleaned annually.”

By Tom and Ray Magliozzi Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 2006 Dodge Durango with 118,000 miles. Recently, the turn signals have developed a mind of their own. I turn on the left turn signal, and after faking me out by blinking left, it will, of its own accord, start blinking right, even though the signal handle stays in the left turn position. It does not do this all the time, but it’s getting more frequent. Of course, it does not do this when I take it to my mechanic, who says he has to see it to fix it. The hazard lights do the same. After initially working as designed, they will go haywire, like shortedout Christmas lights, and blink any which way. -- Dennis RAY: Well, that sounds festive, Dennis. TOM: I’m glad there’s something to cheer you up, because we’re not going to make you happy. RAY: Unfortunately, while most cars use a $25 flasher module to control the directional and hazard lights, this particular model uses a microcomputer under the fuse box called a front control module. TOM: Why is that bad news? The Dodge dealer gets about $700 for one of these puppies. RAY: If you have a dealer who is kind-hearted, sweet-natured and susceptible to the smell of warm brownies (which you’ll arrive carrying), you can try to get him to work with you. Ask him if he’d be willing to install a new FCM as a test to see if that solves the problem. TOM: It simply plugs in, so installation is not a big deal. If it fixes the problem, everyone’s happy. Well, except you, since you’re out $700. But at least you’ve fixed your truck. RAY: But if the FCM doesn’t fix it, a willing dealer can simply swap your old one back in and you guys can try another solution. TOM: With electronic parts like these, there’s no harm in testing one in a car and, if it doesn’t solve the problem, putting it back on the shelf for another customer. The part still will function as new. RAY: Less likely to be causing

the problem but just as easy to test is the body control module, another microcomputer involved in all kinds of lighting, plus door locks, electric windows and ventilation functions. TOM: But if your dealer won’t work with you to test the modules, that makes things a lot harder. Without more evidence, I, personally, wouldn’t start by buying replacement modules. They’re a lot of money. And if you spend $700 on a black box and it turns out your old black box was perfectly fine, you’d understandably be bent out of shape. RAY: So I think if I had to lay out my own money to try something, I’d probably try the multifunction switch first. TOM: The multifunction switch is the stalk on the left side of the steering column that you push up and down to engage your turn signals. Unlike the computerized modules, the switch has moving parts, which we know wear out over time. RAY: A new one will cost you about 300 bucks, installed. The dealership where we get our Dodge parts sells quite a few of them, so perhaps that’s what’s causing the problem. TOM: And by the way, part sales histories can help you make better-educated guesses about stuff like this. If you ask your dealer’s parts guy if they sell a lot of BCMs for this car and he says they never sell them, that’s a clue that they generally don’t go bad, and that’s probably not your issue. RAY: If he says they sell 15 a week, you may be onto something. We wish you the best of luck, Dennis! And while you’re working on it, use your hand signals. *** Bumps and potholes do more than merely annoy drivers. Find out what, and how you can ease the pain, by ordering Tom and Ray’s pamphlet “Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It!” Send $4.75 (check or money order) to Ruin, 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

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Alva Tulip Garden Senior citizen report Club meets Oct. 10

The Alva Tulip Garden Club met at the beautifully fall decorated home of Genevieve Farris. She welcomed her guests to a large decorated table of fall leaves and pumpkins with beautiful china used for her brunch. Farris served her guests a chicken casserole, fruit salad, Hawaiian rolls and a bundt cake for dessert. April Ridgway, president, conducted the meeting. Johnette Beagley, secretary, called roll with each member answering with what new garden fad or trend they tried this year. The project, the pyramid at the park, is looking much better, but it was agreed to plant some wildflowers along with the other plants that are there. The Tulip Garden Club is to decorate 10 dish gardens for the national convention in Norman in April 2014. The club will also buy a book for the library in memory of our longtime member Doris Schupbach. The lesson was given by Helen Janzen on “Evolution of Gardening

Practices Including Myths.” The Shakers from England were the first to make packaging for seeds. They started selling their packets filled with seeds in 1790. There were 37,000 pounds of seed sold the first year. In 1836 they started selling garden manuals for their vegetables. Some of the garden myths of today are using plastic to stop weeds from growing, never say thank you to your plants and do not till your garden. Tilling will kill the good microbes as they are brought to the surface. Newspapers are much better than plastic to kill weeds. You also should not put flower beds around trees or stake new trees. Let them sway with the wind. Members present were Genevieve Farris, April Ridgway, Evelyn Hofen. Donna Rhodes, Johnette Beagley and Helen Janzen. There also were three guests present: Karen Tucker, Cherie Lau and Leigh Kelly. The club adjourned to meet in November at Mary Ann Crow’s home.

Red Hatters of Alva

By Betty Riggins The Red Hat Scarlet ladies of Alva had a great day as they got together at the senior citizen center. They had a great time visiting and planning their next outing at Share Convalescent Home, where they are treated like a bunch of queen bees. I guess we are the queens of Alva Red Hat Society. Those attending this outing were Leigh Kelly, Donna Clark, Verlene Darr, Beulah Mathes, Arlene Boham, Charlene Graham, Jewel LeDou, Phyllis Fisher, Joan Nelson, Twila Lancaster, Betty Cushenbery, Frieda Graves and Betty Riggins.

Oct. 21 – Oct. 25 Breakfast Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – No school Tuesday – Whole Grain Trix, whole wheat toast, peaches, grape juice, skim milk Wednesday – Cinnamon roll, pears, milk Thursday – Omelet, biscuit, banana, milk Friday – Pancake on a stick, maple syrup, fruit cocktail, milk Lunch Menu for Alva Public Schools Monday – No school Tuesday – Chicken strips, potato wedges, broccoli and cheese,

bread sticks, applesauce, milk Wednesday – Chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, cheese sticks, green beans, banana, milk Thursday – Potato tot casserole, garlic bread, peas, turnips, watermelon, milk Friday – Hamburger, dill pickles, happy coins, baked beans, peaches, milk Menu for Woods County Senior Citizens Monday – Hot ham and beans, tomato soup, three-bean salad, snickerdoodle cookie Tuesday – Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, dinner roll Wednesday – Spaghetti, green beans, green salad, mixed fruit Thursday – Bierox, peas and carrots Friday – Beef patty with gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, gelatin

By Betty Riggins On Friday, Oct. 11, we had low attendance. Seniors may have thought we were closed because of the work going on in front of the center from a big water break. Monday we were closed due to Columbus Day. Tuesday was a nice fall day with a low attendance. The workers got the cement poured where the city leak was. Wednesday was another nice fall day. We had a visitor from

Medicine Lodge, Kan., in to eat with us today. He was having his car worked on so he spent time at the center and listened to beautiful Christian music provided by Gary and Doris Booze of Aline. This is always great. Thursday was a fairly good day. Kelly Parker from The Homestead and Kandice Allen from Share Medical Center were here to explain the tax voting and the Branson, Mo., trip. This was an interesting plan on these items as

something to do and plan on. We had some beautiful ladies dressed in red and purple today as the Red Hat Scarlet ladies of Alva decided to eat at the center, plus it helped with attendance. Next week we have Bingo on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Covered dish supper with games on Friday, Oct. 25. Saturday, Oct. 26, is chicken and noodle day at the center after the homecoming parade, so come in and join us.

Petunia Garden Club learns about native pasture grasses Janet Wanger was host to the Petunia Garden Club on Oct. 9 and presented a lesson entitled, “Pasture Grasses Native to Oklahoma.” She stated more and more people are incorporating native grasses into their landscapes because of their easy care, the Oklahoma winds and pests such as the grasshopper. The insect does not feed much on these grasses. According to her research and experience, there is not much to fertilize since they are native grasses. Wanger added that she has incorporated several of these grasses into her landscape plantings. She exhibited examples and the members were welcomed to glance at the various native grasses that she pointed out in the landscaping of her beautiful back yard. Indian Grass is the Oklahoma state grass. The grass is located in all of the counties in our state. It has up to two-foot-long leaves that are less than one-half-inch wide and turn red in the fall. The seed heads form attractive plumes at the top of the stems. Big Bluestem starts its growth in early April and matures by September. It grows to about 10 feet tall and the leaves are up to two feet long and less than half an inch wide. The leaves begin their growth rolled into a tube and unroll as they grow. Flowers are at the end of tall stalks and form three clusters from

a common point, turning a reddish color after frost. Little Bluestem is a warm season crop that grows up to four feet tall with leaves similar to Big Bluestem, growing up to 12 inches in length and less than one-fourth inch wide. Main stems are hairy and flat near the base. Flowers of the Little Bluestem are scattered along the upper parts of the stems and have a feathery appearance. It sports a reddish color and white, feathery flowers in the fall. Switch grass is another warm season grass and propagates from seed, growing three to six feet tall with a bluish-green leaf. Leaves are one fourth to one half inch wide and six to eight inches long. It grows in clumps or as single stalks, and is identified by observing the dense tuft of hairs at the upper surface of leaves where they join the stem. President Wanda Cox welcomed twelve members at Wanger’s home. Roll was called as members answered to the question, “Name a grass in your garden.” Some responses were Miscanthus grass, silver thread grass, sea oats grass, purple fountain grass, bunny tail, big bluestem, maidenhair grass and spar grass. Prior to the meeting, Wanger and co-hostess Eleanor Ring served refreshments to Wanda Cox, Marilyn Davison, Betty McMurphy, Connie Allen, Susie Koontz,

JoAnn Cole, Shirley Cummings, Donna Schwerdtfeger, Carol Anderson and Barbara Case. Case noted that the committee’s selection for September Yard of the Month was the home of Jerry and Diana Wamsley at 1127 Maple. Several members attended the Share Medical Foundation appreciation dinner in September. Ten members attended the Alva Council of Garden Club summer picnic at the park along with Tulip Garden Club. Executive officers will select a tree and a room to decorate for the Festival of Trees. JoAnn Cole, Betty McMurphy and Wanda Cox attended and reported on the Northwest District Garden Club Meeting in September at Guymon. State Wildflower Specialist Craig Williams gave each club a bag of native BlackEyed Susan and Indian Paint Brush flower seeds to plant in a public place. The National Garden Club Convention will be in Norman this spring. Clubs in the northwest district will sponsor a program page and contribute table decorations of round planters. Wanda Cox won the gardener’s gift. The meeting adjourned with members enjoying Wanger’s backyard landscape incorporating the native grasses of Oklahoma. The next meeting will be in the home of Connie Allen on Nov. 13.

Household Executives OHCE members learn to stretch their food dollars The Fireside Room at the Cherokee Strip Museum was the October meeting place for Household Executives OHCE group. In the absence of President Johnette Beagley, VicePresident Carolyn Gasaway opened the meeting with the flag salute and the OHCE creed. Quote for the month: “Who are you influencing?” Gasaway also had the devotion from the book “Mornings With Jesus.” Ten members answered roll call with “What is one way you stretch your food dollars?” The answers were: buy store brands instead of known name brands, specials, buying in bulk, prepare meals that you can have leftovers from and using coupons. Carol Anderson gave a minilesson about the use of amplified phones. This captioning telephone converts conversations to easy-toread captions for individuals with hearing loss. During the phone call the words spoken to you appear on

the phone’s screen, similar to closed captioning on TV. The keypad has large, easy-to-use buttons. Onions were the topic of the mini-lesson given by Leta Guinn. During a bad flu season a doctor asked a farmer and his family how they had stayed healthy. He replied that he had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home. The doctor couldn’t believe it, so he placed one of the onions under the microscope and he found the flu virus in the onion. It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, thereby keeping the family healthy. Fiction or fact? Try it and see what happens. Celia Roots will attend the Leader’s Lesson Training on Oct. 24. “Super foods” will be the topic. Dates to remember: Holiday Happenings in Fairview on Nov. 15. The next meeting will be Nov. 20, in the home of Colene Barham at 802 Third St. at 1:30 p.m. Gasaway reported Household

Executives was third place in attendance at the Fall OHCE Association Meeting. Barham brought a scarf she had won as a door prize at the meeting. “Stretching Your Food Shopping Dollars” was the topic of the lesson presented by Gasaway. Always choose foods that are at their peak quality. Select produce that is just ripe and unblemished. Handle foods properly in preparation for storage. Pick up cold foods last and get them home quickly. Cupboards or pantries should be clean, cool and dry. Check dates on product packages you purchase. Check to see that cans are intact, with no bulging, dents, excessive rust or signs of leaking. Use a system of “first in, first out” when it comes to rotating stored food. Others attending the meeting were Betty Benson, Barbara Bouziden, Lola Heaton, Louise Schoeling, Sandra Schubert and Donna Schwerdtfeger.

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Riders in the Sky: a group of remarkable individuals By Kathleen Lourde Riders in the Sky is composed of four musicians, each an individual of remarkable talent and achievement. Rhythm guitarist “Ranger Doug” (aka Douglas Green), known as the “Governor of the Great State of Rhythm,” sings lead and baritone vocals. He’s also an awardwinning songwriter, and can yodel like nobody’s business. Oh, and by the way – not only does he have a master’s degree in literature, but he is widely considered a leading expert on American roots music. In fact, he’s written four books on various aspects of western music history (“Singing in the Saddle,” which was the first comprehensive look at the singing cowboy, and was published in 2002 by Vanderbilt University Press; “Singing Cowboy,” published by Gibbs Smith in 2006; “Classic Country Singers,” published in 2008 by Gibbs Smith; and “Country Roots,” published by Hawthorne Press in 1976. Green has also written one more book that’s a tad less academic: “It’s the Cowboy Way: The Amazing True Adventures of Riders in the Sky,” published in 2003.) “Bunkhouse” bassist Too Slim (Fred LaBour) is, once again, perhaps not exactly what you’d expect of a western singer. His bachelor’s is in wildlife management, and he has worked in

that field, but he’s also worked in a few others: he’s also worked as a burlesque show emcee, janitor, haystacker, industrial galvanizer, puppeteer and sportswriter. LaBour got his nickname of “Too Slim” back in the 1970s when the band was struggling to get by and the “soup,” he told a reporter, “was too thin.” Someone told him that he’d gotten too slim (his weight had dropped to the 120-pound range), and the nickname stuck. An interesting tidbit about Labour is that back when he was in college at the University of Michigan in 1969, he wrote a paper on a rumor he’d heard recently – that Paul McCartney was dead. The paper, titled “McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light,” was a six-page parody review of the Beatles’ album “Abbey Road.” The paper claimed the author had discovered a series of “clues” in the album, in particular by analyzing the cover image, in which the four musicians are pictured striding across a London crosswalk, marked by broad white stripes across the black asphalt. LaBour claimed that what is actually shown is a funeral procession from a cemetery, with John as “anthropomorphic God;” followed by Ringo the undertaker; followed by Paul the resurrected, barefoot with a cigarette in his right hand (the real Paul is left-handed, he wrote); followed by George, the grave-dig-

ger. LaBour went on to write that Paul had actually been killed in a car accident three years earlier that had sheared off the top of his head. The paper was published in the Michigan Daily – and then, much to LaBour’s surprise, it was immediately picked up by newspapers first in Detrooit and Chicago, and then, within days, by major newspapers on both coasts of the U.S. A wellknown Beatles scholar later wrote that LaBour’s parody was “the single most significant factor in the breadth of the rumors spread.” Woody Paul (Paul Chrisman), known as the “King of the Cowboy Fiddlers,” sings lead and tenor vocals and is a songwriter. He does rope tricks on stage, used to hang out with Roy Acuff, and has toured with Loggins and Messina and the Clinch Mountain Clan. He is renowned for his outstanding fiddling, and was inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame last year. Oh, yeah – and he has a Ph.D. in theoretical plasma physics that he received from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Beat that. Accordionist Joey (Joey Miskulin), “The CowPolka King,” was labeled a child prodigy by the age of 4, when he was discovered by Cleveland’s Roman Possedi, a protege of the famous (in accordion music circles) Frank Yankovic and owner of a Las Vegas polka club that attracted the world’s best ac-

“Ranger Doug”

Joey “The CowPolka King”

Too Slim

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cordion players. Miskulin became Yankovic’s apprentice. By age 11 he was performing professionally, and cut his first album the next year. Over the years, Miskulin has recorded with big-name stars, including Paul McCartney, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Ricky Skaggs and

Roy Rogers. He’s received his own Grammy for his work producing an album of Yankovic’s accordion music – the first album of polka music ever to win that award. In addition to accordion, Miskulin plays bass, banjo, piano, guitar and organ, and sings.

What’s in a Man caught driving without license name? A lot By Kathleen Lourde The band got its name when Ranger Doug and Too Slim were wandering around a record store in the 1970s and saw a brand-new album composed of old tracks by the Sons of the Pioneers. “The cover looked like it was made of carved leather,” remembered Ranger Doug, “and the album was called “Riders in the Sky.” And Too Slim said, ‘That’s it! That’s our name!’ and I said ‘Yeah, that’s it!” The song is about an old cowpoke who goes out riding as a storm builds in the distance. He stops to rest on a ridge, and sees something impossible: in the darkening sky, he sees a “mighty” herd of cows “plowing” through the black and roiling clouds. As they came toward him, he could not help but stare, and he noticed with fear that their brands

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were still on fire! And their hooves and horns were made of iron and steel. And then, behind the herd, he saw something else approaching – riders, howling and calling out to the uncaring storm, “yippie yi ay, yippie yi oh.’ They were riding hard and fast, and they were skeletally thin, and covered in sweat. Their horses were snorting fire as they galloped full-tilt to try to catch the herd the riders knew would never be caught. As the hellish chase passed before the old cowpoke, one of the riders called the cowpoke by name, and said, “If you want to save your soul from Hell a-riding on our range, then, cowboy, change your ways today or with us you will ride, trying to catch that Devil’s herd across these endless skies.”

By Marione Martin A driver not wearing a seatbelt caught the attention of a deputy who then recognized the man as not having a valid license and having warrants out for his arrest. According to information in the case, Woods County Deputy Sheriff Adam Honeyman was stopped at a stop sign at Missouri and Broadway in Waynoka about 6:14 p.m. on Oct. 12. He saw a vehicle pass with the driver not wearing a seatbelt. He also recognized the driver as Monte Lane Lopshire. He knew Lopshire did not have a valid Oklahoma driver’s license and that he has active felony warrants through Major County. Honeyman turned around and activated his emergency lights, conducting a traffic stop on the 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. He asked Lopshire for his driver’s license. Lopshire confirmed he did not have one. Instead he handed the deputy an Oklahoma identification


It created in them an ideal they would seek the rest of their lives, not only for themselves but to bring to life and celebrate in others. Riders in the Sky appears to be striving for more than just making good music. They are on a mission of sorts – a mission to make the world a nicer, happier place. The Riders call it “The Cowboy Way.” They even wrote a poem trying to say clearly what they mean when they use that phrase. The poem centers around concepts like courage, truth, gratitude, strength, nature, helping others, not being prejudiced, and standing up for what you believe. The concert is the latest installment of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Concert Series. Tickets for the performance are

$15 for adults and $10 for students, and may be purchased at Holder Drug, the Graceful Arts Center, the NWOSU Bookstore and the Rialto Movie Theater. They will also be on sale at the door. Season tickets for the concert series are $40 for adults and $20 for students. The remaining concerts

in the series are Ted Vigil: A John Denver Tribute on Dec. 10; The Fantasticks on Feb. 19. 2014; and Fullset on March 11, 2014. Riders in the Sky’s albums can be purchased (or you can listen to some clips first) at their online store: merch.

card. Honeyman detected an odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. He asked Lopshire to have a seat in his patrol vehicle. Inside the patrol vehicle, Honeyman could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage about Lopshire’s breath and person. He asked if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages, and Lopshire replied, “Yeah, a lot.” Lopshire was unable to perform some of the standardized field tests for alcohol due to existing medical conditions. The one test administered showed six of six clues. A preliminary breath test was also administered. Lopshire was placed under ar-

rest and read the state’s implied consent to test. He refused to take the state’s test, saying “There’s no point.” His vehicle was released to his wife. Lopshire was also found to have an unsealed flask containing tequila in his back pocket. He admitted to drinking from the flask throughout the day. Monte Lane Lopshire, 62, of Waynoka has been charged in Woods County with DUI and driving a motor vehicle while license is under suspension, both misdemeanors.

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East Central crushes the Rangers in a 64-14 defeat

By Leslie Nation The Rangers faced an offensive powerhouse in their first standoff on the road against an Oklahoma team in the East Central University (ECU) Tigers on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tigers Start With A Commanding Lead ECU won the toss and elected to receive the ball for the start of the game, and they were looking to put the game away early. Starting their first possession from their 28, quarterback Spencer Bond handed off to his go-to tailback Jojo Snell three times for a total of 19 yards. After that, Bond went to the air for the first time to L. Anderson for another first down and 11 yards to put them in Ranger territory. With a commanding presence on the field, the Tigers continued to chip away at the Ranger’s defense and in six more plays and 32 yards Bond found Anderson for a six-yard touchdown pass. After 10 plays and a touchdown, the Rangers had their turn to respond, starting from their 18. In last week’s game, starting quarterback Reid Miller made some huge improvement in the air throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. This week, he was looking to make the same impact for his team as he started out with a huge 19-yard pass connecting with Cameron Allen for a first down. After a running play to Javari Liggins was busted up for a twoyard loss, Miller went to the air again this time in the hands of Davontaa Bryant, but the ball was fumbled and recovered by ECU’s Carlos Nazario. The Tigers’ offense was back on the field to try and extend their lead starting just shy of the half field strike. It took ECU only five plays for them to get within scoring range at Northwestern’s nine. For Snell it was an easy run up the gut of the Rangers’ defensive line as he ran for his first touchdown of the game to lead 14-0. Northwestern started their new drive with 7:35 left in the first quarter, and barely a minute was off the clock before the ECU’s offense was back on the field. Miller had to scramble from the Tigers’ pressure before throwing a pass intended for Jeremi Anderson, but ECU senior Reuben Tiller picked it off. The Tigers started a new drive from their 30, but after 10 plays and 56 yards the Rangers were able to limit them to only a 30-yard field goal by Trevor Hunt. ECU had two more touchdowns before

Northwestern was able to finally answer back and prevent the Tigers from winning in a shutout. With ECU leading 30-0, the Rangers started their possession in Tiger territory after a personal foul penalty on ECU gave them the good field position. After 12 plays and two costly penalties from the Tigers that kept the ball in Rangers’ possession, Liggins was able to score a one-yard rushing touchdown with 3:24 left in the first half. But with over three minutes left to go in the half, the Tigers were able to go uncontested for three more touchdowns to lead 50-7 at the end of the second quarter. Ranger’s Struggle for Control With Northwestern set to receive the ball in the second half they began their drive at their own 21 after an 11-yard return from Jarion Tudman. Miller had struggled all game in trying to connect with receivers, completing only six of his 15 passes for 70 yards in the first half. This half was starting out no differently as Miller completed only two out of his six. After nine plays and moving the chains twice, Alex Dorrell came out to punt from Northwestern’s 48. But ECU’s defense had the jump at the snap, and blocked the punt to return the ball for a 30yard defensive touchdown with 2:28 left in the third. ECU went on to score again late in the third quarter with less than a minute left off of a one-yard touchdown run by Justin Todd. With the Tigers in a commanding position at 64-7, Northwestern was looking at an extremely uphill battle in the fourth quarter. But the Rangers kept on battling, with Miller completing several passes to keep their possession alive, but it was late in the fourth with just over two minutes left before Northwestern scored. Nearly going a full half without a response to the Tiger’s defense, after 12 plays and L.T. Pfaff now in the backfield, Anderson received the handoff to take it in for a nine-yard touchdown. With that, the Tigers only needed to wind the play clock down to win the game 64-14. Game Stats for the Rangers After struggling to connect with his receivers in the first half with only 70 yards, Miller had a better game in the second, finishing with 18 completions of his 37 passes and 172 yards. Pfaff came in with over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter completing twoout-of-two for 24 yards.

Northwestern’s Davontaa Bryant snags a pass in early action against East Central at Norris Field in Ada Saturday, Oct. 19. Photo by Richard R. Barron/The Ada News Of Northwestern’s receivers, nine of them were able to put some numbers up. Mervin Stewart led the way with six catches for 48 yards, followed by Anderson with four grabs and 45 yards. Allen caught two to add 38 yards, Montrell Logan grabbed another two for 20 yards, and Reginald Harris snatched two for nine. Bryant, Tevian Parnell, Liggins and Tudman

each caught one for a total of 36 yards. Eight different Rangers were there to take the handoff in Saturday’s game to add to the offensive total as well. Zachry Doyle was Northwestern’s leading rusher of the game with 13 attempts and 71 yards. Tudman followed with five carries and 28 yards, and Liggins put up an additional 25 yards with

eight handoffs. Northwestern had a total of 360 yards on offense verses ECU’s 552. On defense, Alex Hemberger had nearly double digits in tackles leading the Rangers with nine to go along with his interception. Derrick Thompson followed him with seven, while Traveon Kelly, Keenan Santacruz and Chris Ladd each had six.

Northwestern running back Tedarryl Carmichael moves the ball upfield behind a Jacob McGuire block during first-half action against East Central at Norris Field in Ada Saturday, Oct. 19. Photo by Richard R. Barron/The Ada News

Rangers volleyball team sweeps Reddies for first GAC win NWOSU Sports Information Twenty-two defeats is a testament to how long and how hard Northwestern Oklahoma State had labored for its first Great American Conference (GAC) volleyball victory. But when that win finally came, the Rangers made it look rather easy. Northwestern – which revived its program prior to the 2012 season – crushed visiting Henderson

State in straight sets Saturday afternoon (25-16, 25-19, 25-15). “With new programs, there are a lot of landmark situations, and this was one of them,” said Northwestern head coach Gene Krieger, who took over the program last spring. “Earlier this week we got our first road win of the year, and today’s it our first conference win. We think the younguns are figuring it out.” Northwestern (4-16, 1-7 GAC)

won for the third time in five matches. Asia Pipkin led the Rangers with 13 kills and 10 digs, while hitting .500. Pipkin totaled 48 kills in just 10 sets for the week. Korina Lillard emerged for the second straight day. The sophomore came into the weekend with only 24 kills over the first 18

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Tigers top Rangers OBU staves off Ranger volleyball team’s comeback soccer team 4-1 at home

NWOSU Sports Information Asia Pipkin delivered 17 kills and 17 digs in Friday’s volleyball game, but Northwestern Oklahoma State couldn’t muster enough additional firepower to get by Ouachita Baptist University (OBU). Northwestern hit .096 for the match on its way to a four-set defeat Friday at Percefull Fieldhouse: 21-25, 14-25, 25-17, 18-25. Korina Lillard added nine kills and 15 digs to go with nine more kills from Elisa Bentsen, who hit a team-high .350 for the match. Tiana Barnett finished with 28 assists, while Kaydee Yukawa

chipped in 14. OBU (9-7, 3-4 GAC) hit .221 for the night and put a stop to a sixmatch losing streak. Northwestern (3-17, 0-7 GAC) will grapple with Henderson State (0-7 GAC) at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Rangers led early in the opening set, but a 6-0 OBU run turned things around. The Tiger lead ping-ponged between three and seven points for much of the set. Down 23-17, the Rangers ran off four straight points on a couple of Elisa Bentsen stuffs, followed by two Pipkin kills, but 23-21 is the closest they could get it.

OBU won 11 of the first 14 points in the second set to coast to an easy win. Northwestern finally came to life in the third. Down 15-12, they outscored the Tigers 13-2 the rest of the way. Pipkin and Lillard each had two kills, and Megan Hentschke helped close it out with a pair of service aces. The Rangers had a chance to force a fifth set, trading blows with OBU in the fourth until the score reached 16-all. Four attack errors and a service error, however, quickly shifted things in the Tigers’ favor.

No. 21 Oklahoma St gets 24-10 win over TCU By Alex Abrams STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Mike Gundy thought he had resolved his quarterback situation in the offseason and then again after the season opener. Turns out, the Oklahoma State coach isn’t done dealing with a quarterback controversy just yet. Clint Chelf made a case Saturday for why he should again be the starter, completing 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards with one interception as No. 21 Oklahoma State pulled out a 24-10 win over TCU. The senior, playing in his final homecoming game, replaced starter J.W. Walsh after the sophomore threw his second interception of the first half, an ill-advised throw into the middle of the end zone. Chelf responded after having his first pass intercepted and led the Cowboys on back-to-back scoring drives to help them build a 17-0 halftime lead. TCU (3-4, 1-3) also switched quarterbacks in the second quarter, but it didn’t help as the Horned Frogs struggled in their second trip to Stillwater in as many years. “We felt like we needed a spark on offense and so we made a change and played Clint,” Gundy said. “So we’ll evaluate our offense this week and our game plan for the next team and decide which direction we want to go.” Josh Stewart added 10 catches for 141 yards and had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving Oklahoma State enough offense to overcome four turnovers and a pair of missed field goals. “We doubled him, we played over the top of him and he still found ways to get there,” TCU

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coach Gary Patterson said of Stewart. Oklahoma State had hoped to get off to a fast start following its second bye week in a month, but other than Stewart, things didn’t go well at first. Stewart did everything he could in the first half, catching eight passes for 106 yards and giving the Cowboys a 7-0 lead with his 95-yard punt return toward the end of the first quarter. He fielded the punt at the 5-yard line, darted across midfield and made several nice cuts on his way to the longest punt return in Oklahoma State history. Stewart finished with 265 allpurpose yards, with 124 yards coming on punts to go along with his 141 yards receiving. Afterward, Gundy said it would be hard to disagree with the statement that Stewart was the “best player on the field” Saturday. “When you hear stuff all week about the level of secondary you will be playing against, it makes me want to make plays for my team,” Stewart said. “I had opportunities, and I just made the best of them.” Walsh finished 9-for-18 for 115 yards and two interceptions, but his status as Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback remains in jeopardy. Chelf beat out Walsh to start Oklahoma State’s season-opening win over Mississippi State, and he might get another chance to lead the Cowboys’ high-powered offense. “There were a couple of throws that didn’t look good, but I think there was a reason for that,” Gundy said of Chelf’s performance.

“Overall, I thought he managed the game pretty well.” Patterson decided to make his own quarterback change in the second quarter after watching his offense struggle while falling behind by 17. Sophomore Trevone Boykin completed only 5 of his first 13 passes for 27 yards with two interceptions, but redshirt freshman Tyler Matthews couldn’t provide consistency. Matthews fumbled on his first play under center and failed to complete his only pass. Boykin returned to the lineup to start the second half, but he appeared to struggle with an injury and finished 17-of-35 for 188 yards and three interceptions. The Horned Frogs got within 17-10 when Waymon James slipped past Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett and scored on a 14-yard touchdown with 7:39 remaining. However, Rennie Childs’ first career touchdown on a 7-yard run with 6:04 remaining ended TCU’s hopes of sparking a second-half comeback. “When you play at somebody else’s place, you have to play to win,” Patterson said. “We hadn’t been down there (in the red zone) very often, but when you get down there, you have to get more than three points.” The Horned Frogs briefly found an offensive rhythm when Boykin connected with Deante’ Gray for a 69-yard reception with less than four minutes left in the third quarter. But TCU lost two yards on its next three plays and had to settle for a 35-yard field goal that cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 17-3.


-- surveys have shown that both Hispanic-American voters and Asian-American voters favor the national health care law by substantial amounts. For Republicans, the painful results of the 2012 presidential race -- Hispanic-American voters chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by a 71-29 split, while Asian-American voters chose the president by a 73-26 split -- were a stark reminder that the GOP must improve its standing with those groups. But the results of the new study show why Republicans are so sharply divided over whether comprehensive immigration reform should be part of that effort. Some advocates of comprehen-

sive reform have been positively apocalyptic in their predictions. When Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Gang of Eight, was asked last June about the GOP’s 2016 presidential field, he responded, “If we don’t pass immigration reform, if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016. We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party, and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform.” For others, the new study suggests that Graham’s prescription will make the Republican challenge infinitely more difficult. “It

is difficult to see how Republicans remain both a small-governmentoriented party and competitive in the face of the electorate that legal immigration is creating,” says Camarota. The GOP faces a hard enough job improving its standing among the 15 million new potential immigrant voters who will be here if nothing is changed in the law. Adding another 17 million through comprehensive immigration reform would steepen the hill considerably. When Republicans debate the politics of reform, those are numbers they should remember. (Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.)

NWOSU Sports Information Scoring goals starts with generating opportunities – something visiting East Central did often Friday. The Tigers’ soccer team outshot Northwestern Oklahoma State 29-5 on their way to a 4-1 Great American Conference victory. ECU struck first in the game at the 19:06 mark when Kourtney Holleman took a pass from Ashley Bradford and scored from 10 yards out. Bradford added a goal of her own just over 16 minutes later, sending a rocket off the inside of the cross bar that came down just across the goal line. Down 2-0 with just two minutes and change left in the first half, Northwestern’s Sarah Witty scored

her first goal of the season. Sabrina Pena dribbled into the left corner and sent a hard cross curling in front of the left post. Witty found position between herself and the keeper and bodied the ball into the net to make it a 2-1 game going into the half. Milan Galloway and Katie Glutz scored second-half goals for ECU. Northwestern head coach Kasey Mahaffey began her coaching career as an assistant at ECU, recruiting many of the current players. She’s 0-3-1 against them over the past two seasons. The Rangers will take the field again at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon for senior day against Southern Nazarene.

No. 18 Sooners bounce back to beat Kansas 34-19 By Dave Skretta LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops knew that Sterling Shepard could throw the ball. He had no idea that another wide receiver, Lacoltan Bester, may have an even better arm. The former high school quarterback hit Shepard in stride on a razzle-dazzle, end-around pass late in the first half Saturday, giving No. 18 Oklahoma a lead it would never relinquish in a 34-19 bounce-back win over Big 12 bottom-dweller Kansas. “Lacoltan just threw a great ball,” Stoops said of the 49-yard touchdown toss. “I told him giving

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him the game ball that he needed to give the quarterback some lessons.” Not that Blake Bell had a lousy afternoon of his own. Bell threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 53 yards, as the Sooners (6-1, 3-1) emerged from a Red River rout hangover courtesy of Texas to win their ninth straight over the Jayhawks. It was Oklahoma’s 15th straight win the week after playing the Longhorns. James Sims ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas (2-4, 0-3), but he didn’t have much

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matches this year. She tallied 22 on Friday and Saturday, including a career-high 13 against Henderson State University (HSU). “We’ve had two dimensions. Now we have a third one today with Korina,” Krieger said. “Hopefully down the line that becomes five or six dimensions.” Tiana Barnett had another solid match, breaking her own school record with 38 assists. After starting in a 4-0 hole, the Rangers came roaring back for a 6-5 lead, on their way to a ninepoint victory in the first set. In the second, Northwestern hit

.286 with 13 kills to quickly erase a 3-0 deficit. The third and final set of the day was all Northwestern. The Rangers hit .517 and led wire-to-wire in trashing HSU (3-16, 0-8 GAC) by 10 points. The Rangers now have six days off before hosting conference foe Arkansas Tech at 6 p.m next Friday. “Confidence is a funny thing,” Krieger concluded. “If we have it, it’ll be good for Tuesday, because we’re playing a team with a great reputation in Arkansas Tech. I’m excited to see if the confidence carries over.”

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Out Back Toy and Poker Tom Ward is back in the Oklahoma City oil and natural gas business Run raises $18,400 The annual Out Back Toy and Poker Run was held on Saturday, Oct. 12. Prior to the event, club members raised $10,235.50 from businesses and individuals who served as sponsors. Then on the day of the run, another $8,146.50 was raised from the participants and an auction, for a total of $18,400. The money will be used by the Out Back Riders to provide Christmas toys and clothing for youngsters in Woods, Alfalfa and Major counties who won’t have much of a Christmas otherwise. This Aline event started with a parade at 10:30 a.m. The Poker Run started at 11:30 a.m. with the last rider to be in by 4 p.m. Prizes in the run were $150 for the highest run, the next two hands earned $100 and

the lowest hand won $150. In a different twist, cars were also invited to participate. The winners were as follows: Jason Koehn of Fairview had high hand. Tommy Jamison of Carmen took second place. Third place went to Francie Hamilton from Fargo. The low hand prize went to Kim Jones from Cleo Springs. The 50/50 winner didn’t want to be named and donated it back to the kids. After the run, an auction was held. Among the items auctioned was a donated Toby Keith guitar bringing $2,900 in very competitive bidding. When the riders in the Toy and Poker Run returned they were treated to chili and hot dogs along with a drink.

‘Lifers’ on rise in Oklahoma By Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch More Oklahoma inmates are being sentenced to life in prison, outpacing national growth over the past several years, according to a report issued by the Sentencing Project. About one in 10 of Oklahoma’s roughly 26,700 inmates is serving a life sentence, in line with national rates. But since 2008, the number

of inmates serving life sentences in Oklahoma has grown by nearly 15 percent, from 2,191 to 2,515 in 2012. Nationally, the number has grown about 12 percent during the same period. Ashley Nellis, a researcher with the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit group that advocates for alternatives to prison, co-authored the report and cites harsh sentencing laws

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By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer for NewsOK The former chief executive officer (CEO) of SandRidge Energy Inc. and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has started a new Oklahoma City energy company. Tapstone Energy LLC has leased space in Oklahoma Tower. The company has “a handful of employees” and is looking for more employees and oil and gas properties, Ward said Thursday during the Bloomberg Oil & Gas Conference in Houston. Ward said he is funding the new company himself for now, but that he might consider bringing on other investors. “Usually my ideas tend to be larger than my pocketbook,” Ward said. “We might need help along the way if we come across an idea worthy of having a partner.” But for now, Ward said he enjoys working for himself. “If you were to go out and say I want XYZ private equity company to invest with me, they tend to be fairly graspy of what they want of my time. If I’m funding myself, I can wake up and decide if I’m going to work at the boy’s home or at the office that day,” he said. Ward received about $50 million when he left SandRidge. He also recently secured financing from Tulsa banker and

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oilman George Kaiser. According to documents filed with the Oklahoma County Clerk on Sept. 3, Ward used proceeds from his interest in the Oklahoma City Thunder as collateral for the private loan. The amount of the loan was not disclosed. Ward said he is still looking for properties to buy. He is focusing on producing properties rather than areas that will require extensive drilling, he said. “I like areas that are out of favor, maybe natural gas properties. I am long-term bullish on natural gas prices in the U.S.,” he said. Don’t expect Ward to take his company public anytime soon. “Today is the first time in decades that you have access to private capital,” he said. “When we started SandRidge and Chesapeake, the private equity market was different from what it is today. If we wanted to run a company of any size, it had to be in the public market because that’s where the capital was. That’s not the case today.” Ward’s recent experience with activist shareholders also may influence his decision to keep the company private. Ward was ousted from SandRidge in June after a proxy fight lasting several months. Ward on Thursday had clear advice to any CEO engaged in a battle with activist shareholders. “You always have to have your bags ready to be packed and have thick skin, don’t take things personally,” Ward said. “More than that, you just have to perform. Once you’re at a CEO level at a publicly traded company, your company has to perform, or you’ll be replaced. Investors are expecting to have performance in the company. If that doesn’t happen, you can expect to have to move on to something else.” Ward said he learned important life lessons during his recent struggle with SandRidge shareholders. “It was a reminder that as a CEO, you work for the investors and they have the right to ask

questions and to move forward the company how they see fit,” he said. “You’re an at-will employee. I was no different from anyone else. It reminded me that in life, it’s best to take an open-hand policy. If you grasp hold of things, it can be harder to let go. Knowing that when you come to work that you are an at-will employee and can leave at any time gives you an easier exit whenever that time comes.” If he had to do it over again, Ward said he would focus more on communication. “The way I think I could do something differently is to not be separated into camps where there’s not much communication during a proxy fight,” he said. “I think the more open communication there is with all investors, the better.” Ward said the issue at SandRidge focused on a low stock price, which has remained below $10 a share for much of the past three years. “I was in somewhat of a unique position in that I made a lot of money at what I did. I was isolated out from others because of that. And our share price hadn’t done very well in the last year before the activist investors were involved,” he said. “If we had a share price that would have gone up instead of down, I don’t think there would have been the same issue we had. In my position, I was being fairly compensated in what I was doing. In the case of the company, we weren’t progressing at a rate investors wanted us to. I look at it as their right to be able to let me go whenever they chose to.” Through the process, Ward said he also learned to not take things personally. “I think it’s natural to have a feeling that things are becoming personal when they’re really not,” he said. “There are usually reasons why an investor would question a company as to what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. Usually that would have to do with a share price that hasn’t moved up.”

Time again to shop for the best Medicare deal By Bob Moos, Southwest public affairs officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Now’s the time for Oklahomans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2014. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 until Dec. 7. Open enrollment is the best time to make sure your health and drug plans still meet your individual needs, especially if you’ve had any changes in your health. By now insurers should have notified you of any adjustments in your health or drug coverage or any changes in your out-of-pocket costs for next year. The average monthly premiums for Medicare Advantage

plans will inch up $1.64 to $32.60, while the average monthly premiums for basic drug plans will hold steady at about $31. Medicare Advantage remains a strong alternative for people who prefer to receive care through a private insurer rather than through Medicare’s original fee-for-service program. Enrollment in the private Medicare Advantage plans is expected to grow by 672,000 to 15 million people in 2014 – about 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries. Even if you’ve been satisfied with your health and drug coverage, you may benefit from reviewing all your options. Shopping around may save you money or improve your coverage. Oklahomans in Medicare’s

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original fee-for-service program can choose from 31 drug plans with monthly premiums ranging from $12.60 to $142.30 – about the same number of plans and premium range as last year. Look beyond premiums, though. The only way to determine the true cost of your drug coverage is to consider other factors like deductibles, co-payments and coinsurance. Medicare’s website – www. – has the best tool for helping you narrow your search for a new health or drug plan. Just click on “Find Health and Drug Plans.” After entering your ZIP code and the list of your prescriptions, you can use the “Medicare Plan Finder” tool to compare your coverage and out-of-pocket costs under different plans. The quality of a health or drug plan’s customer service should be considered, too. To help you identify the best and worst, the Plan Finder provides star ratings for each plan. A gold star will show plans with the highest, five-star rating, while a warning icon will alert

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Woods County Real Woods County Estate Transactions Sheriff’s Report Beginning book 1165 page 693 Real Estate Transfers Luke A. Anton & Kathryn L. Anton to Randy D. Floyd & Denise Floyd: Lot 4 in Block 1 of the Legion Heights 2nd Addition to the City of Alva: General Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Gary Alan Perks to Benny Perks: Lots 5 & 6 in Block 14 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: Quit Claim Deed. Marguerite McKee, by Attorney in Fact, Mark Walker to mark Walker: Northeast Quarter of Section 25, Township 27 North,Range 13, WIM, containing 160.00 gross acre, more or less: Quit Claim Deed. Robert D. Howell to Scott A. Baugh & Kimberly Baugh: Lot 11 in Block 1 of the Country Club Heights 2nd Addition to the City of Alva: General Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Zachary Fojtik to Christopher Jamison and Alishia Holdeman: Lot 6 in Block 3 of the Normal Hill Addition to the City of Alva: General Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Burchard John Denker Living Trust dated July 21, 1988,

Burchard John Denker Trustee to John T. Holt & Merinda S. Holt: the Southeast Quarter of Section 18, Township 24 North, Range 14, WIM: Quit Claim Deed. Yvette Nusser & Charles D. Nusser and Yvonne Carmichael to Jeffrey C. Boedecker & Cirsty D. Boedecker: Lot 1 in Block 1 of the Nob Hill Addition to the City of Alva: General Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Terry J. Hall, as Trustee of the Terry J. Hall Living Trust dated Jan. 7, 2011 and Carolyn J. Hall Living Trust dated Jan. 7, 2011 to Jeffrey L. Mapes & Cathy Michelle Mapes: the Northeast Quarter of Section 35, Township 27 North, Range 16, WIM: Joint Tenancy Warranty Deed. Mortgages Kyle D. Hughbanks & Trina D. Hughbanks to F & M Bank: all of Lot 12 and a part of Lot 13 in Block 4 of Indian Hills Subdivision to the City of Alva: $147,000. James A. Wiebener to BancCentral National Association: the Northwest Quarter of Section 22, Township 26 North, Range 14, WIM: maximum obligation limit $50,131.20.

Terry J. Hall, as Trustee of the Terry J. Hall Living Trust dated 1/7/2011 and Carolyn K. Hall, as Trustee of the Carolyn K. Hall Living Trust dated 1/7/2011 to BancCentral National Association: the east 2 feet of Lot 15 and all of lot 16 in Block 36 of the Original Town, now City of Alva: maximum obligation limit $108,000. Scott A. Baugh & Kimberly Baugh to Primesource Mortgage Inc.: Lot 11 in Block 1 of the Country Club Heights 2nd Addition to the City of Alva: $120,828. Christopher Jamison and Alishia Holdeman to Primesource Mortgage Inc.: Lot 6 in Block 3 of the Normal Hill Addition to the City of Alva: $82,653. Jeffrey L. Mapes & Cathy Michelle Mapes to Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma: (1) Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 27, Township 27 North, Range 16, WIM; (2) Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 34, Township 27 North, Range 16, WIM; (3) northeast Quarter of Section 35, Township 27 North, Range 16, WIM: $212,000.

Woods County Court Filings 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 Ike Wayne McCullouch, 21, Long Beach, Calif.: Two counts of Distribution of controlled substance ($826) outstanding warrant. Misdemeanor Filings Monte Lane Lopshire, 62, Waynoka: (1) DUI; (2) Driving a motor vehicle while license is under revocation ($1,153.60). Civil Filings Rylee Cheyenne Litton: Name change ($135.70). Nationstar Mortgage LLC vs. Jessica Heath et al: Foreclosure for an amount $10,000 or more ($228.70). American Collection Services vs. Braden Anthony Toohey: Money judgement for an amount $10,000 or less ($205.70). American Collection Services vs. Anita Raynae Malone: Money judgement for an amount $10,000 or less ($205.70). Marriage Licenses Issued Oct. 10: Peter D. Nesseralla, 47, of Alva and Courtney D. Harzman, 37, of Alva. Divorce Filings Oct. 7: Christopher Craig Kramp vs. Virginina Ann Kramp: Divorce granted. Oct. 8: Yvelle Nusser Pfleider vs. Clinton Todd Pfleider: Divorce granted. Oct. 9: Starlette Hall vs. Pedro Ramirez: Divorce granted. Oct. 10: Amber Marie Kohlrus vs. David Jacob Kohlrus: Divorce granted. Traffic Filings Jeremy Justin Straight, 22,

Pratt, Kan.: Transporting open container of beer ($316). Dustin Lee Campbell, 21, Cleveland: Overweight over 10,000 pounds ($655.50). Maatthew Scott Fecher, 24, Pratte, Kan.: Transporting open container of beer ($316). Christopher M. Clukey Jr., 32, Newpaltz, N.Y.: Operate a vehicle with expired registration ($211.50). Jose Angel Flores, 18, Pratt, Kan.: Transporting open container of beer ($316). William Perry Alexander, 43, Washington: Operate vehicle with improper class driver’s license ($211.50). James Earl Hoadley, 38, Fargo: Operating motor vehicle without valid driver’s license ($256.50). Robert Andre Sampson, 34, Oklahoma City: Failure to provide security verification ($211.50). Randy Lee Spooner, 51, Batesville, Ark.: Failure to stop at stop sign ($211.50). Hilario Lujan Hernandez, 49, Kermit, Texas: Transporting open container of beer ($316). Raymond Everett Cambron, 29, Kremlin: Driving left of center in marked zone ($211.50). Ryan Sean Utterback, 18, Alva: Reckless driving ($455). Bobby Justin Compton, 25, Woodward: Operating motor vehicle with defective equipment ($211.50). Terry Leslie Slemp Jr., 31, Tarkio, Mo.: Transporting open container of liquor ($246). Nathan J. Drummond, 32, Tarkio, Mo.: Transporting open container of liquor ($246). Arthur Elliott Reece Parrish, 22, Fairview: Operating motor vehicle in manner not reasonable and proper ($256.50). Steven Tyler Adair, 22, Fairview: Operating motor vehicle in manner not reasonable and proper ($256.50). The following individuals were cited for speeding: Adrian I. Puentes, 25, Rio Rancho, N.M.: 72 in 65 ($188.50);

Cody Alan Callison, 28, Cookson: 77 in 65 ($226.50); Christopher M. Clukey Jr., 32, Newpaltz, N.Y.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); William Dustin Walker, 29, Silas, Ala.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Kamaree Leigh Lewis, 19, Alva: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Colby Christopher Bouziden, 20, Alva: 80 in 65 ($226.50); Joel R. Reyna, 53, Scott City, Kan.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Clayton Leon Dennis, 27, Drumright: 82 in 65 ($241.50); Timothy P. Kennedy, 43, Cumberland Foreside, Maine: 85 in 65 ($241.50); Roger Brent Cunningham, 61, Oxford, Kan.: 72 in 65 ($188.50); James Earl Hoadley, 38, Fargo: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Rachel Michelle McKinzie, 26, Thayer, Kan.: 82 in 65 ($281.50); Ricardo Lozano-Espino, 30, Yukon: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Vika Sao, 32, Norwalk, Calif.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Daniel Lee Thompson, 38, Red Oak, Texas: 84 in 65 ($241.50); Clay Solomon Bouziden, 22, Alva: 80 in 65 ($226.50); Kameron Charles Brooks, 21, Tuttle: 82 in 65 ($241.50); Norman Edward Banks, 35, Fairfield, Calif.: 75 in 65 ($188.50); Carson Ray Delong, 20, Alva: 65 in 55 ($188.50); Gary John Garrett, 35, Poteau: 95 in 65 ($341.50); Wayne Lemare Burks Hall, 18, Alva: 87 in 65 ($281.50); James Andrew Wiebner, 49, Alva: 65 in 55 ($188.50); Sheila Kay Gilchrist, 59, Alva: 83 in 65 ($241.50); Desiree Nicole Vandiver, 30, Enid: 80 in 65 ($281.50); David Lee Collins, 34, Loxley, Ala.: 86 in 65 ($281.50); Wayne Ernst Goll, 62, Enid: 81 in 65 ($241.50 state dismissed). The following individuals were cited for failure to wear seatbelt ($20): John Norris Naron, 32, Hearne, Texas; Joshua L. Holliday, 34, Blackwell; Joelle Rebecca Jacobs, 24, Cherokee; William Perry Alexander, 43, Washington; Robert Andre Sampson, 34, Oklahoma City; Andrew Riley Wollert, 21, Lamar, Colo.; Dakota Cheyenne McKinley, 16, Alva; Kevin Lee Luttrell, 51, Elk City.

October 10, 2013 7:10 p.m. 16 cows out at Highway 45 and County Road 470. 7:30 p.m. One black cow out between County Road 430 and 440 at Johnston Road. October 11, 2013 1:50 a.m. Caller asking if we had booked anyone in yet. 7:27 a.m. Caller asking if individual was here. October 12, 2013 4:50 a.m. ICE called asking if we had individual in custody. 9:30 a.m. Call about cattle out 2 miles north of Greensburg corner. 9:45 a.m. Person calling to check if individual was still in custody. 9:55 a.m. Person called to say he’ll be in today to bond out individual. 10:16 a.m. Person called to confirm the cows out were individual’s. 11:00 a.m. Dispatch called to ask if anyone had been notified about the cows out. 12:40 p.m. Noble County called asking for copies of warrants for two individuals. 2:30 p.m. Noble County called to inform that two individuals

turned themselves in. 7:20 p.m. Call about cattle out on Avard road and 64 turning south on Avard road. 7:30 p.m. Call about cattle out on 281 near Hopeton. 7:55 p.m. Call from a guy saying a friend called him about cattle out on 281 south of Hopeton, informed us that the cattle belonged to individual. 8:08 p.m. Dispatch called informing us a cow was hit on 281 south of Hopeton. October 13, 2013 10:30 a.m. Individual’s father calling about what he received from inmate’s phone. 10:45 a.m. Caller asking if we had an inmate. 11:41 a.m. Person calling to check individual’s bond. 12:02 p.m. Person calling for bondsman number. 2:20 p.m. Waynoka Police Department calling about two individuals. 3:05 p.m. Individual’s brother calling to get info about her arrest. 4:22 p.m. Person calling about what soap individual can have. 9:00 p.m. Person called about individual’s bond amount.

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October 9, 2013 10:33 a.m. Golden retriever at 800 block of Santa Fe. 3:27 p.m. Person at Wal-Mart in yellow T-shirt and denim cargo shorts checking out, man matching description of wanted person. 4:31 p.m. Brown/white boxer loose in Waynoka, no collar. 5:11 p.m. Question on flyer for wanted person. 7:42 p.m. Individual with broken arm at Little Sahara State Park on north end, family on dunes. 8:04 p.m. Wanting report from police department. October 10, 2013 10:34 a.m. Semi rollover in ditch at 81 and County Road 480, no injury. 11:06 a.m. 911 call, need ambulance to radio station, individual fell off roof. 11:07 a.m. Notified air evac. 11:15 a.m. Take no further action air evac. 2:50 p.m. Officer notified to go to Alva Middle School for suspicious white male. 3:21 p.m. Prank call. 4:23 p.m. 911 call, regarding missing girl, called officer, okay to notify, girls located. 5:12 p.m. Silver vehicle with Texas tag going west on 64 with headlight out. 7:41 p.m. One black cow on Johnston and 430/440. October 11, 2013 5:28 a.m. 12 year-old having seizure at 1000 block of Barnes. 6:54 a.m. Black car by bus barn on Third Street, facing north on west side of street, Arkansas plates, car parked in puddle on grass, first-

time notice. 8:42 a.m. 911 call, non emergency, dog running around Freedom, pit or rot, light brown, front of bank. 2:43 p.m. Four individuals smoking cigarettes in alley at 600 block of Flynn. 3:45 p.m. Trooper with question on accident at Greensburg. 5:03 p.m. Talk to deputy referring vehicle that hit sign at Greensburg, gave Oklahoma Highway Patrol number. 6:43 p.m. Individual real dizzy at 1000 block of 10th. 8:04 p.m. Air evac in 45 minutes. 8:28 p.m. White Chevy pickup all over road on 64, pulled into Wal-Mart. 11:45 p.m. Individual with question on bill received. October 12, 2013 1:15 a.m. Domestic at 300 block of Locust. 9:20 a.m. Cows out south of Hopeton. 9:26 a.m. 911 call, semi vs truck on County Road 910 and Highway 11, flat-bed trailer, roadway blocked, maybe hurt. 11:59 a.m. Fender bender at 500 block of Lake Drive across from cemetery. 12:27 p.m. Possum at 1000 block of Choctaw. 1:15 p.m. Possum taken care of. 1:47 p.m. 911 call, female passed out at 1700 block of Murry Drive. 6:51 p.m. Grass burning on west side of 281 S. and Craig Road. 7:56 p.m. 911 call, person in cafe that is sweating, lost feeling in

hands. 8:32 p.m. Big pit bull almost on Oklahoma Boulevard. 9:39 p.m. Asking about lost dog. 11:40 p.m. 911 call, grey twodoor car driving 70 or 80 down Flynn. October 13, 2013 3:11 a.m. Red and white truck with mesh tailgate 6 miles south of Freedom on east side of road on Highway 50 just north of Cedar Canyon. 8:56 a.m. Contact jail referring warrant. 6:10 p.m. Fire in backyard at 900 block of Locust. 7:24 p.m. 911 call, hang up, called back, granddaughter must have messed with it, she’s so sorry. 8:55 p.m. Drunk driver at Sonic in tan 4 Ranger. October 14, 2013 4:12 p.m. Have shoplifter in back at Wal-Mart.

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6:18 p.m. Call for police department, told to call back during business hours. 6:30 p.m. Cattle out, two bulls, 1 mile south of 45 on County Road 330. 6:40 p.m. Man in driveway at 100 block of Aspen, blue two-door car, black beard and hair. October 16, 2013 7:56 a.m. 911 call, ran out of gas by Jiffy Trip, white Chevy Blazer. 11:00 a.m. Ambulance to twovehicle accident at County Road 320/Hughes. 11:17 a.m. 911 call, call in reference to minor accident at 320 and Hughes. The call center also handled the following calls: abandoned calls – 48, accidental calls – 8, pocket dial – 12, wrong number – 7, hang ups – 6, animal control – 5, sheriff – 57, police – 59, general info – 93, fire department – 16, ambulance – 7, road conditions – 2.


you to plans that have performed poorly for at least the past three years. Besides using, you can call Medicare’s toll-free help line at 1-800-633-4227 or consult your “Medicare & You 2014 Handbook,” which you have just received in the mail. One-on-one benefits counseling is also available through your State Health Insurance Assistance Program. In Oklahoma, you should call 1-800-763-2828. Thanks to the health care law, you’ll enjoy more savings on your prescriptions in 2014 once you land in the coverage gap, known as the “doughnut hole.” You’ll receive a 53 percent dis-


6:50 p.m. Welfare check on individual who was talking about suicide on FaceBook, popping pills and quick talking. 6:55 p.m. Person shooting pistol in Waynoka, middle bunk house. 7:49 p.m. 911 call, number to Alfalfa County. October 15, 2013 12:40 a.m. Fire alarm at 500 block of S. Nickerson. 3:46 a.m. 911 call, pickup at high rate of speed 3-4 miles west of Highway 132/11 westbound, swerving, tool box, dark colored. 10:09 a.m. Two dogs at 800 block of Locust. 10:11 a.m. Controlled burn at dog pound. 11:35 a.m. Controlled burn on County Road 1070. 11:56 a.m. 911 call, accident at Highway 11 and 81, semi vs suburban. 5:49 p.m. Black semi going through Avard doing about 60.

(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, October 20 , 2013.) BEFORE THE CORPORATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA APPLICANT: MIDSTATES PETROLEUM COMPANY LLC RELIEF SOUGHT: WELL LOCATION EXCEPTION LEGAL DESCRIPTION: SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 25 NORTH, RANGE 13 WEST, WOODS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA CAUSE CD 201306890-T NOTICE OF HEARING STATE OF OKLAHOMA: To all persons, owners, producers, operators, purchasers and takers of oil and gas and all other interested persons, particularly in Woods County, Oklahoma; and if any of the named individuals or entities be deceased or a dissolved partnership, corporation or other association, then the unknown heirs, executors, administrators, devisees, trustees, successors, trustees and assigns of any such deceased individual or dissolved partnership, corporation or other association; and more particularly owners in the following offsetting units: Section 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, 26, 27, & 28 Township 25 North, Range 13 West, Woods County, Oklahoma. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Applicant in this Cause is requesting that the Commission establish a well location with an appropriate allowable for the Mississippian common source of supply, as an exception to Order No. 584876 underlying Section 22, Township 25 North, Range 13 West, Woods County, Oklahoma, at the following location: Surface Location: To be determined and defined in the final order to issue in this cause; First perforation closest to the surface loc: No closer than 165 feet to the north line and no closer than 600 feet to the west line of Section 22; Final perforation No closer than 165 feet to the south line and no closer than 600 feet to

count on your brand-name drugs and a 28 percent discount on your generic drugs while in the gap. The doughnut hole begins once you and your drug plans have spent $2,850 for your drugs. If you’re having difficulty affording your medications, you may qualify for extra help with your drug coverage premiums, deductibles and co-payments. The amount of help depends on your income and resources. But, generally, you’ll pay no more than $2.55 for generic drugs and $6.35 for brand-name drugs. Thirty-four percent of Oklahomans with Medicare’s drug coverage now get such a break. To learn more about whether

you qualify for extra help, visit or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. Beginning this fall, many uninsured Americans will shop for health care coverage on the newly launched Health Insurance Marketplace. But the marketplace doesn’t affect you, since you already have health insurance through Medicare. Just as you’ve always done each fall, your attention should be focused on whether you’d like to make any changes in your Medicare health and drug plans. There’s no better time to check that coverage. Any changes you make will take effect on Jan. 1.

the west line of Section 22, Township 25 North, Range 13 West, Woods County, Oklahoma. The well is anticipated to be completed as a cement cased hole. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT the Applicant in this cause is requesting the following special relief: The Commission enter an order, to be effective as of the date of the execution thereof or as of a date prior thereto, and to authorize the Applicant or some other party recommended by the Applicant as operator for a well to test, as an exception to the above drilling and spacing order for the common source(s) of supply and location stated above. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT this cause be set before an Administrative Law Judge for hearing, taking of evidence and reporting to the Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT this Cause will be heard before an Administrative Law Judge on the Initial Hearing Docket at the Eastern Regional Service Office of the Corporation Commission, Room 114, 440 South Houston, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 8:30 a.m., on the 19th day of November, 2013, and that this notice be published as required by law and the rules of the Commission. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT any person interested or protesting the application please advise the Attorney of record and the Court Clerk’s Office of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission five (5) days before the hearing date above. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Applicant and interested parties may present testimony by telephone. The cost of telephonic communication shall be paid by the person and persons requesting its use. Interested parties who wish to participate by telephone shall contact the Applicant or Applicant’s attorney, prior to the hearing date, and provide their name and phone number. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN THAT this cause, if protested, may be subject to a prehearing or settlement conference pursuant to OCCRP 165:511-2.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that all interested persons may appear and be heard. For information concerning this action, contact Ryan O’Kelley (918) 947-5839 or Michael D. Stack, Attorney for Applicant, 943 East Britton Road, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73114; Tele (405) 286-1717; Fax (405) 286-2122. CORPORATION COMMISSION OF OKLAHOMA PATRICE DOUGLAS, CHAIRMAN BOB ANTHONY, VICE CHAIRMAN DANA L MURPHY, COMMISSIONER DONE AND PERFORMED THIS 16TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 2013. ATTEST: PEGGY MITCHELL, SECRETARY OF THE COMMISSION


(Published by the Alva Review-Courier on Sunday, October 20 , 2013.) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF WOODS COUNTY STATE OF OKLAHOMA In the Matter of the Estate of ERIN NICOLE SMILEY, Deceased. Case No. PB-2013-40 NOTICE TO CREDITORS All persons having claims against the estate of ERIN NICOLE SMILEY, Deceased, are required to present the same with a description of all security interests and other collateral, if any, held by each creditor with respect to such claims; and the necessary vouchers to the undersigned Administrator c/o ERIC N. EDWARDS, P.C., P.O. Box 5188, Enid, Oklahoma 73702; on or before the following presentment date: 24th day of December, 2013, or the same will be forever barred. DATED this 17th day of October, 2013. SCOTT W. SMILEY, Administrator Eric N. Edwards, OBA #15082 ERIC N. EDWARDS, P.C. P. 0. Box 5188 Enid, OK 73702 (580) 233-3003 (580) 233-4443 fax Attorney for Administrator


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Sunday 2-5 p.m. The Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva is open every day except Monday. For information or arranged tours, call 580-327-2030. Monday 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. 6:30 p.m. Alva City Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month in the council chambers of City Hall. 7 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at the First United Methodist Church. Call 917-855-9086 for information. 7-9 p.m. Alva Autism & Special Need Support Group will meet the third Monday of every month at the Alva Public Library. 7 p.m. Book discussion at the Alva Public Library on “Now in November� by Josephine W. Johnson, presented by Joanne Prewitt, NWOSU. Refreshments provided. 7:30 p.m. Alva Masonic Lodge #105 will meet. 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. Bingo is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. 2-5 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. 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. 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. Mrs. Tyree’s kindergarten class will visit at 12:30 p.m. Noon Alva Kiwanis Club meets at Champs Restaurant. 2-5 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 men’s meeting is held every Wednesday.

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Ranger royalty announced: king, queen to be named Northwestern Oklahoma State University held its annual Ranger Royalty Banquet Tuesday and announced this year’s Freshman Queen, Sydnie Lowe from Neosho, Mo. Also recognized were the six candidates who are running for the titles of Ranger King and Ranger Queen, the winner of which will be announced on Oct. 26 during halftime of the Ranger homecoming football game. Lowe is a biology and chemistry major and member of Student Government Association (SGA), Rangers Excelling at Leadership (R.E.A.L), biology club, CORE and Zion Lutheran Church bell choir. She is the daughter of Gary Lowe Sr. Ranger King candidate Derrick Stephens, from Supulpa, is a junior majoring in criminal justice. He loves hunting, fishing and hanging out with the friends he has made at Northwestern. Stephens has been a cheerleader for five years and is sponsored by the Ranger Cheerleading squad. He is the son of Turner and Amanda Kindred. The second Ranger King candidate is Jake West. West is a senior health and sports science major from Tonkawa. He enjoys fishing, playing intramural sports, working at the Wellness Center,

and growing out his mustache. West is sponsored by the chemistry club. His parents are Tige and Kristi West. Patrick Wilson is the final Ranger King candidate. Wilson is a senior speech and theatre major from Aubrey, Texas. He is a drum major for the Ranger Marching Band, plays the french horn in the concert band and is a member of Castle Players. Sponsored by the Castle Players, he is the son of Harold and Martha Wilson. Ranger Queen candidate Jennifer George is a senior and an early childhood and elementary education major from Wakita. She is sponsored by the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA). George is a member of SOEA along with SGA, Northwestern Scholar Ambassador (NSA) and CORE club. She enjoys going on motorcycle rides and visiting her little cousins. George is the daughter of Kelly and Debbie George. The second candidate is Baylei Zehr, a senior from Copeland, Kan. She is majoring in English education and is sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. She has been a part of the sorority for four years. Zehr also is a part of SOEA, CORE club and NSA. She

Ranger King candidates (back row, from left) Derrick Stephens, Jake West and Patrick Wilson along with Ranger Queen candidates (front row) Jennifer George, Baylei Zehr and Paige Little will campaign to earn the titles of Ranger King and Queen during homecoming. Ranger King and Queen candidates will be announced during halftime of the Ranger football game on Oct. 26. enjoys going to sporting events and watching movies. Zehr is the daughter of Jay and Angie Zehr. The final Ranger Queen candidate is Paige Little. She is a junior and a biology/chemistry major from Edmond. She participates in SGA, NSA and Medical Sciences Club. Little is sponsored by NSA.

She enjoys running, photography and shopping. Her parents are Tom and Beth Menasco. Northwestern students will vote for the 2013 Ranger King and Queen Oct. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Center on the Alva campus. Ranger King and Ranger

Queen coronations will take place during halftime of the homecoming football game against Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game starts at 3 p.m. For more information about homecoming events, visit www.

Homecoming float entries, sketches due by Oct. 22

Sydnie Lowe was named the 2013 Freshman Queen during the Ranger Royalty Banquet held Tuesday. Lowe was chosen from five Freshman Queen candidates.

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and tough-on-crime approaches for the increases in life sentences in Oklahoma and across the country during the past few decades. “It’s the bad ideas of the 1990s that are starting to catch up with us,” she said. Locking up an increasing number of people for life further compounds overcrowding problems at prisons across the country and proves costly for budget-crunched states, Nellis said. Nevertheless, in discussions about prison reform, Nellis said reforming life sentencing laws and policies “are sort of left out of the conversation.” In the report, released in September, Oklahoma is also cited as one of the states with a high percentage of drug offenders serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, at 6.4 percent. Nationally, 2 percent of the inmates serving life sentences without

the possibility of parole are drug offenders, according to the report. Defenders of Oklahoma’s incarceration rate say the public believes in being tough on crime and the numbers of inmates in the prison system is likely to keep increasing. Here is how life sentences in Oklahoma, including those with and without the possibility of parole, break down by crime: • Murder/manslaughter: 1,935 • Sexual assault: 248 • Assault/robbery/kidnapping: 137 • Drug offense: 106 • Property offense: 10 • Other: 79 Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization that produces indepth and investigative content on important public-policy issues facing the state. For more Oklahoma Watch content, go to

The float entry deadline for the Northwestern Oklahoma State University/Alva Homecoming 2013, “Ranger Vacation: It’s a Family Tradition,” has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 22. Entry forms must be turned into the Office of Student Services on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, room 126, by 5 p.m. All entries will participate in the homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. Floats must be complete and in line by 9 a.m. in order for a portion of the judging to begin. Judging will take place before and during the parade. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on the Woods County Courthouse stage. When registering there are three float categories to choose from, campus organization or group, commercial business or off campus non-profit group. Participants will be in the running for prizes of $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. Entrants in the float contest are asked to design their floats according to the homecoming theme. Dress, music and photos based on the idea “Ranger

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Vacation: It’s a Family Tradition” could be used as part of the float design. In addition, each float in all categories will be considered for the President’s Award ($100 and engraved plaque) for the best overall float, and the Alumni Association Award ($75) for an exceptional display of Ranger spirit. Campus and non-profit organizations may qualify for up to $200 in reimbursement. These groups must provide receipts verifying expenses. The first five groups to turn in receipts will be reimbursed. Visit for entry forms, to receive specific information for reimbursements and rules/guidelines for float building. Office hours for the Office of Student Services are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All applications should include a sketch or design, including details, for approval. There also is a $15 deposit for groups using the Armory for float building. For application information and other questions, contact float chairman Dr. Aaron Mason at 580-3278522.


help. Jake Heaps was just 5 of 13 for 16 yards passing, the fewest yards through the air for Kansas since throwing for 15 yards in a loss to Nebraska in 2010. The Jayhawks tried to make it interesting in the fourth quarter, when they blocked a punt deep in Oklahoma territory. Sims promptly scored from 6 yards out to pull them within 25-19, but the extra point was blocked and returned by Aaron Colvin to give the Sooners two points. Oklahoma, which has won 21 straight following a loss, promptly went 75 yards the other direction. Damien Williams finished the drive with a short TD run with 4:19 left to seal the win. The defeat was the 24th straight in league play for the Jayhawks, who still haven’t beaten a Big 12

foe since knocking off former member Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010. Early on, it looked as if the Jayhawks might finally have found some answers. The Sooners still seemed to be smarting from last weekend’s 36-20 loss at the Cotton Bowl when Kansas forced them to punt on their first series. Sims then carried eight times for 63 yards on a drive that ended when Heaps hit Jimmay Mundine from a yard out for a 7-0 lead. Kansas stuffed Bell and the Oklahoma offense in the early going, and they got the ball back late in the first quarter. This time, Darrian Miller ripped off a 38-yard run, and Kansas took advantage of a pass interference penalty before Sims scampered 11 yards for a 13-0 lead. That’s when everything started to unravel.

The Sooners got within 13-6 on Bell’s 16-yard touchdown toss to Jaz Reynolds, and then Weis elected to take the redshirt off Cozart. The freshman quarterback went backward 11 yards in his first three plays under center, and the Jayhawks were forced to punt. Oklahoma came after it and blocked it through the end zone for a safety. The fancy Bester-to-Shepard pass moments later gave Oklahoma a 15-13 lead, and Michael Hunnicutt’s 37-yard field goal extended the advantage just before halftime. The Sooners threatened to put the game out of reach in the third quarter when Shepard hauled in his second TD pass, this time from Bell. But the Jayhawks kept within striking distance heading into the fourth quarter, when Oklahoma managed to finally put it away.

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