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Jail busy over holiday weekend By BOB GIBBINS Press Staff Writer Cherokee County Detention Center staffers worked through a busy Memorial Day weekend, Administrator Loyd Bickel said. Bickel told the Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority that the detention center reached a population of 161 inmates Monday. He said 97 were booked between Thursday evening and Monday evening. “We didn’t have to bring in any additional staff,” he said. “We were able to handle it.” Bickel said the 161 inmates constituted the most ever housed in the detention center since it opened in January 2007. Bickel said the population was still more than 100 Wednesday, with 111 inmates being housed at the time of the CCGBA meeting. Fifteen of those inmates are women, and seven had immigration holds.

What’s next The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority will be Wednesday, June 16 at 9 a.m. in the conference room at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Fourteen inmates are awaiting transportation to a Department of Corrections facility when bed space becomes available. Three, Bickel said, are doing county jail time. Twelve were being held in the booking area, and one of those is a juvenile. The board approved payment of $37,060 for renewal of the detention center’s worker compensation insurance. The insurance is through the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma. A wire transfer of $74,799.48 was also approved. The transfer is payment on the detention center.

Man reports vandalism Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies took a report Monday from a man concerning vandalism to his property. Tim Knight, of Nautical Adventures, said a window was shot at the business. Alan Coffin said last week a rock was thrown through his window. Billy Barnes reported his name being forged Tuesday. Robert Holbird said Friday that thieves took computers and cameras from his property. Marilyn Bryce said Friday that guns, jewelry, knives and a razor were stolen. Carmen Evan filed a report Sunday concerning the theft of a silver 2003 Chevrolet van.

Goodwin full new trial, but perhaps Goodwin could reappear for sentencing on the manslaughter count. Jurors recommended a 20-year sentence, which Norman imposed before granting a new trial. King’s

Crash flowed near the Arby’s restaurant. Robertson said the Hutchinson vehicle was attempting to turn into the Arby’s parking lot when it was struck. Tahlequah police and fire-

Wilson ing on health care reform. At the time, Scheirman was the Oklahoma director for Doctors for America, a group which worked to achieve health care reform. In April, following the passage of the federal health care bill, Wilson warned against Oklahoma opting out of the law. At the time, two bills were circulating the state Legislature that, if passed, would allow the state to withdraw from the national health care system. “The idea that Oklahoma is going to take better care of health care than the federal government is inaccurate,” said Wilson in a previous

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Eric Barnard said Sunday a vandal keyed his vehicle. Erica Bland said Monday her 2005 silver Dodge Neon was taken. Kevin Pritchett, 35, was arrested Thursday for public drunk and resisting arrest. A charge of destruction of county property was added when Pritchett allegedly damaged a window on a sheriff’s office vehicle. Joshua Caleb Lancaster, 26, was booked Sunday for possession of controlled drug, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, feloniously pointing a firearm, public drunk and resisting arrest.

Continued from page 1A appeal, as well as Goodwin’s appeal of the conviction, was dismissed late last month by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. The case will now proceed toward Goodwin’s second trial on the charges. Continued from page 1A fighters, along with Tahlequah City Hospital EMS and Cherokee Nation marshals, were at the scene. TPD Lt. David Huffman, who is investigating the crash, will submit a detailed report.

Continued from page 1A report. “We cannot afford to support the system we have now. It costs each one of you $550 more per year to keep what we have.” Wilson said Wednesday he plans to file paperwork with the state, as well as the Federal Election Commission, to seek the post. He will make a formal candidacy announcement next week. Five Republicans have already announced plans to oppose Boren, but Wilson is the first Democrat. Wilson, who faces term limitation in 2012, will retain his Senate seat even if his congressional campaign is unsuccessful.

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Journey was wonderful. daunting. “When you head Enlow also said that for “These smiling faces and up those growing moun- the riders, learning their well-wishers will be the last tains, it will be difficult,” own family history makes thing these riders will said Smith. “When you hit the journey personal. The remember before undertak- the plateau, you’ll wonder riders will make stops along ing this journey,” said what our ancestors did to the way at specific points of Brown. “All 10 were select- make it through. You’ll have interest along the Trail of ed by an advisory commit- many opportunities to Tears and will be provided tee, and the chaperones reflect, and I hope you with relevant history lessons understand the lessons of to help make connections made the ride last year.” Chaperones for the trip our history – to do as well or between the past and the present. include Baron O’field, Jer- better than our ancestors.” Enlow said his experiFite, who is also general rad Dry, Kolton Holmes and Sarah Holcomb. Supervisor ence was life-changing, and counsel and assistant to the for the ride is Todd Enlow, helped him view his citizen- president at Northeastern State University, said that group leader for CN Leader- ship more clearly. “There are three things for her, the ride is symbolic. ship. All five made the ride you learn on this ride,” said “Many Cherokee people in 2009. Dry told the new crop of Enlow. “First, you learn suffered the devastating Cherokee history by experi- effects of the Trail of Tears,” riders what to expect. “I’m looking forward to encing it yourself; second, said Fite. “Despite their it,” he said. “We’ll become a you learn your own family forced removal, this is a family. If we work together history; and third, you learn journey to educate, rememand encourage each other, it your strengths and abilities ber and commemorate the to go beyond what you think survival of the Cherokee will go really quick.” people. This is a very symPrincipal Chief Chad you can do.” Smith also participated in Remember the Removal 2009. Although he will not be making the trip this year, he had words of advice for those who are. “When I decided to take this journey, I didn’t know what to expect,” said Smith. “I had some apprehension. What I do know is this will be a series of lessons you won’t forget – lessons in leadership and teamwork. You’ll begin to understand history has lessons we should pay attention to, and how important our government is to us.” The ride includes treks through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri before returning to OklaRemember the Removal 2010 riders prepare to leave homa, including mountain- for Georgia. Four of the 14 riders and chaperones ous regions that even expe- include, from left: Jordan Nelson, Kaleb O’Brian, Kurt Photo by Teddye Snell rienced cyclists may find Rogers and Kolton Holmes.

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VFD like all the other [volunteer] fire departments in the county.” The board’s “big question” on its status was answered in May by EODD Rural Fire Coordinator Jackie Carner, who confirmed IRVFD is a Title 18 department. Carner said Title 18 departments are formed by a group of residents in an area who need fire protection. Martin said he’d always assumed IRAVFD is a Title 18 department. “If we were Title 19, we’d have to offer retirement and the same benefits the bigger departments have,” said Martin. “If I’m not mistaken, anyone we have who is over 45 [years old] wouldn’t be eligible.” Carner said a Title 18 department has a board that governs its budgets and operations. “They generally are funded by membership fees, fundraisers and donations,” said Carner. “They are eligible for state funds, such as ‘operational grants’ that are passed by the different [Councils of Governments] around the state.” Carner said Title 19 fire departments are countyauthorized and governed by boards that are, at least initially, appointed and set up by the county commissioners. “After the initial establishment period, annual elections are held [to] vote on one or more board members,” said Carner. Title 19 departments are eligible for county funds as well as state funds, said Carner. A third category for departments - Title 11 includes those like Tahlequah and Muskogee that are created by city ordinances and fall under the authority of a city

bolic, traumatic and important part of the Cherokee culture and heritage. I can think of no other way to honor my heritage than to participate in ‘Remember the Removal.’” The Trail of Tears took place over the winter months of 1838 through 1839. An estimated 16,000 Cherokees were forced at gunpoint to remove themselves and their families from their homes, farms and communities. After being held in federal stockades until deep winter, they were subsequently herded on overland and water routes that moved through the present-day states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. More than 4,000 Cherokees died along the various routes. Rogers, a 21-year-old Tahlequah resident, believes his ancestors’ past has helped make him who he is today, and is looking forward to the ride. “I see this as an amazing event that I would like to a part of,” said Rogers. “I feel that it will strengthen me physically and mentally. I hope to learn more about specific events that occurred throughout the removal.” Riders are slated to make the final 2-mile leg of the journey from Stilwell to Tahlequah on Wednesday, June 23. As weather and terrain permits, the group will camp along the route some nights, while other nights will be spent in commercial lodging.

council, Carner said. Martin said he told board members if they wanted to be a Title 19 department, they needed to follow those rules and regulations. Foster said one of his main concerns centered on whether the board’s new bylaws were properly established, or were in violation of state laws. Hood said before he drafted the bylaws that were adopted last June, he was unable to find bylaws under which the board was operating. “I was led to believe we had bylaws,” said Hood. He said a “disgruntled” man expressed concern over the department’s bylaw status, and “come to find out, we did not have a good, controlled set of bylaws.” Hood said the only thing available was a copy of another fire department’s bylaws IRAVFD had been given as a guideline so it could draft its own set of rules. Foster said the new bylaws give the board power “to pretty much do whatever it wants.” Hood said the new bylaws include no central power. “There’s no king anywhere in the fire department,” said Hood. Foster, who was elected chairman during the department’s March 9 annual meeting, said Martin was concerned about the board’s actions. He said Martin felt the IRAVFD had always been a Title 18 department, and that some board members were trying to run it as a Title 19. “Evidently, the board adopted new bylaws back in June [2009] that were written for a Title 19-type fire department,” said Foster. “I think

Chief Martin had concern over if the board is holding meetings in accordance with open meetings laws. [He] basically had his hands tied, and began to distance himself.” Minutes from the March 9 annual meeting show Martin was approved unanimously by board members as the IRAVFD chief for 2010. Following that meeting, the board entered its regular monthly meeting, and Martin began to give his chief’s report, which included detailing plans to name an assistant fire chief and a captain. “We’re twice as big as most of the departments and we’re not like a lot of them,” said Martin. “We have hundreds of thousands of visitors on the river every summer.” He’d lost one assistant chief to a bigger department, so he wanted to pick a new one, plus add the captain’s slot. During the report, Foster said, another board member leaned over and told him Martin could not appoint the positions without the board’s approval. “I think members of the board didn’t feel comfortable,” said Foster. “I’d been chairman literally all of five minutes; I had just taken over.” So Foster said he told Martin he would have to submit the appointments in a letter to the board, which would then have to give its approval. Foster said Martin became frustrated, and mentioned he “might take the summer off.” Martin said he did say something like that, but later told them he’d “had it.” Board minutes show he and several others then left the meeting. Martin said there was also discussion at the meeting

about the condition of the department’s airboat, which had been a source of controversy when it was purchased a few years ago. Martin said the vessel had been left outside, uncovered, all winter. He said he wanted to get some type of portable structure to cover it, but the board wouldn’t agree. Martin said the new board seemed to “micro-manage everything.” Hood said the board “leaned on [Martin] a little too much for questions.” “He was burning out, getting frustrated with the board,” Hood said in May. “I think with the bylaws and such, he was so busy, he could not keep up with all the changes, and probably felt his hands were being tied.” Martin said he doesn’t feel he was doing anything wrong, and pointed out one change made by the board involved how the chief was selected. Firefighters with the IRAVFD used to pick the chief, he said, but the board now takes that responsibility upon itself. “Mac was a good guy, a good friend, a good family person,” Hood said. “He still has a lot to offer this district, and always had a lot to offer.” Martin, who’s been with the IRAVFD for most of the past 20 years, still considers himself a firefighter, having logged days and nights with the department that took his focus away from his business. Martin said the board is supposed to meet soon to elect four new members to fill vacancies. IRAVFD has two stations - one at Scraper and one at Steeley Hollow. Staff Writer Bob Gibbins contributed to this story.


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