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Protecting the rights of rural Oklahomans
By Rep. Casey Murdock
Rural Oklahoma is losing legislative seats because of population shifts to urban areas, but rural interests still must be protected.
One such interest is farming. Small family farms in rural areas make up the bulk of farming operations in Oklahoma. They put bread, milk, eggs, vegetables and more on our tables. They do business the way their families have done business for generations. Yet, some organizations, such as the Human Society of the United States (HSUS), want to add legislation onto the small farmer that makes it incredibly hard to maintain this profession that has been the backbone of rural society since God planted a garden in Eden.
Small, rural farmers have a harder time absorbing new regulations than corporate farms that have greater flexibility in adapting.
There are many examples from around the country of excessive regulations and the potential they have to hurt the Oklahoma farmer.
Take for example the California egg market. An article in Modern Farmer explains the problem. For years, the HSUS has pushed for California egg farmers to build “bigger, kinder cages for egg-laying hens.”
In 2008, California voters passed a law to meet the requirements. But then, California lawmakers realized the fly in the ointment: the law put their state egg farmers at a disadvantage. They had to absorb the prohibitive cost of upgrading all of their facilities while out-of-state producers weren’t burdened by the same regulations, allowing them to sell eggs in the state at a cheaper price.
In order to keep California egg farmers in business, the law was expanded to cover all eggs sold in the state and later a federal judge decided producers from other states had to comply. So now, egg producers around the country are scrambling to rebuild facilities to supply the eggs from 20 million chickens that Californians eat each day. The result: a possible egg shortage in California and higher prices while other markets face oversaturation and depressed prices. As one person quoted in this article points out, this leaves the farmer in a world of hurt.
This is just one examples of overregulation that has the potential to hurt family farmers.
HSUS has been marching across the county pushing their agenda one state at a time. We have to stop them here in Oklahoma. Agriculture is one of the main drivers of our economy and we have to insure that our farmers and ranchers are allowed to use the practices that have made them successful for generations.
The bottom line is this is an issue of freedom. The government doesn’t need to intervene in our daily lives with excessive regulations. As long as I’m at the state Capitol, I’ll fight against this kind of overreach.
Butch Azar will be walking thru Boise City today (April 8) from Clayton, NM to Guymon, OK.
“Hi my name is Butch Azar, and I am a 68 year old Grandfather, and I will be walking 2,678 miles with the “US” Liberty Stick in hand, from Seal Beach California to the Vietnam Wall, and the Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C.” http://us.libertystick.org/
It was just announced that the Panhandle Regional Economic Development Coalition (PREDCI) will open an office in the PTCI facilities in Boise City. A PREDCI representative will be in Boise City the first Thursday of each month starting April 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Micheal Shannon, Executive Director released a statement saying “I want to invite everyone to drop by to visit, ask questions, and most of all communicate to PREDCI on how we can help with betterment of Cimarron County, through economic develop issues.” PREDCI was founded to help communities in the Oklahoma Panhandle with economic development efforts through marketing, working with existing businesses, organizing community and county volunteers for economic development purposes and representing the region to groups interested in the economic vitality. Shannon stated “A strong coalition of businesses and communities support PREDCI and I am ready to put together a dynamic direction for Cimarron County.”
Micheal Shannon, Executive Director would also like to thank PTCI for the office space.
It was March 1957 and the caption reads “THE MORNING AFTER the 56-hour blow of wind and snow In March, 1957, is illustrated in this West Main Street scene in Boise City. The residence with only the roof showing at extreme right of the Cimarron Implement Company was the home of Mrs. Barbara McDonnold, 79 years of age at that time. All windows and doors of the residence were completely snowed under. Neighbors dug to a window Monday following the storm and found her happy in spite of her temporary imprisonment.” with the fallowing pictures then and 59 years later.
The Boise City News has officially relocated to 19 North Cimarron in the old Bourk Hardware building. Founded in August of 1898, in the 118 year history of the paper this is only the fourth move. The first move was in March of 1910 when the business moved from its original office in Kenton, OK. This move took the business to 24 East Main Street, current home of Sanders Town & Country. It remained in that location from 1919 until 1938 until the third move to 105 West Main Street which was the home of the Boise City News since that time. The new office is filled with items and furnishings from different locations in the county. The front window is from the ticket booth in the Long Theater in Keyes, Ok. The front door is from the Granny Cafe in Keyes. The guest chairs were in the Crystal Hotel and the counter is from the old news office. The newspaper proudly holds the record for being the oldest continuously running business in Cimarron County. We will be having our grand opening March 30th and we invite you to stop by and check out the new office.
Here’s the News Channel 10’s Video of it.
It was about 10:45 a.m. on Friday morning when as yet unidentified man, estimated to be in his early 30s handed a teller at The First State Bank of Boise City a note demanding money.
The note, as of yet unreleased, purportedly threatened to set off bombs in the bank and the Boise City Elementary and High Schools if the teller didn’t empty her money drawer. The teller complied and the man, visible on security cameras exited the bank.
He is then thought to have climbed into either a cream or off-white mini-van or small SUV, perhaps with Louisiana tags. The vehicle was driven away by a woman in her 30s reportedly wearing a pink blouse.
The direction of travel was thought to be east on Highway 412/3 toward Guymon. However, if the duo drove east they could have turned toward Stratford or angled toward Elkhart as well as traveled to Guymon. As of Saturday morning the area of search had been widened to a 500 mile radius.
Before leaving the bank he left what could have been an explosive device. The bank was evacuated.In reaction to the multiple threats the Boise City schools were also quickly evacuated, and the students taken to two safe locations; school was later dismissed. The schools in Felt were also reportedly evacuated and the Keyes school went into a lockdown mode.
Police Chief Dale Harper, Under Sheriff Derek Kincannon, and Patrolman Tonya Hicks quickly threw up crime scene tape around the building.
Harper then contacted OSBI Agent Morgan Wilkinson and calls also went out to the FBI in Woodward and Oklahoma City.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad flew from Oklahoma City, and one trooper suited up and made multiple entries into the bank before making the decision that the device was not an explosive.
The two Boise City Schools were also cleared of explosives using bomb-sniffing dogs.
The robbery is similar to one executed in Noble, just south of Norman earlier this month. That robbery is also under investigation by the FBI and the couple is suspected of committing both robberies.
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2010 FBI Oklahoma City
Contact: Special Agent Gary Johnson
Robbery of First State Bank Branch in Boise City
Below are several photographs taken from today’s robbery of First State Bank, 20 Southwest Square, Boise City, Oklahoma.
At approximately 10:36 a.m. this morning, a white male entered the bank and provided a demand note to a teller. The robber said there was a bomb at a local school, and he set a device he described as a bomb on the teller counter. It was later proven to be a hoax device. There was nothing found at the school.
The robber gathered the money and fled with a white female in a white minivan or SUV. They were believed to have traveled east on Highway 412 from Boise City. No one was injured and no explosive devices were located. The same individual is believed responsible for the February 12, 2010, robbery of First Fidelity Bank, 900 N. Main Street, Noble, Oklahoma. In the February 12 robbery, the suspect was seen driving a maroon four-door car.
The individual who entered the bank was described as a white male, shoulder length brown hair, 5’9″, 170 lbs., in his mid 30’s, wearing a Aussie style hat with a leather band, a hip length black leather coat, a purplish-colored collared shirt, blue jeans, and black cowboy boots.
The female who remained in the car was described as a white female, heavy set, in her early 30’s, shoulder length light brown hair, who was wearing a pink shirt.
The investigation is being conducted by the FBI, Boise City Police Department, Cimmaron County Sheriff’s Office, the District 1 District Attorney’s Task Force, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The FBI’s bomb technician was also on the scene to examine the device left at the bank.
If anyone has any information, please contact the FBI at (405) 290-7770 (24-hour number). A reward of up to $2000 is being offered by the Oklahoma Bankers Association.
Apology about last week’s article: I said that Jeremy Wariner’s 400 meter race was August 23 but it turned out to be the wrong date. I usually try to check with two or three sources before I write such information but in this case, after a lengthy search, I only found one website and it stated that it would be on the 23rd. Later in the week I found the more trustworthy nbcolympics.com which gave all the schedules, plus videos and fun athletes’ information.
No, I didn’t get to see Jeremy run his race. I wondered why my television showed archery, taekwondo and weightlifting most of the day. I kept waiting for the women’s (and toddlers) gymnastics but they never showed. It finally dawned on me that Korean TV only showed games in which there were Korean competitors. The only Phelps swim race that I saw was the one in which a Korean also swam (the Korean got the silver). I tried to watch the replays of Jeremy and Michael Phelps on nbcolympics.com but a caption popped up that said “sorry, viewing is prohibited outside of the United States”.
As the saying goes, “There’s no place like the Oregon coast.” I will agree with that 100 percent. This past weekend I went on vacation with my family to Oregon. We spent two nights there.
Our vacation started on Thursday as we headed to the coast. Our first stop was Astoria, Or. to check in to the Bed and Breakfast my mom got for us. After that we headed for the beach. But before we went to the beach, we all decided to go to a town called Cannon Beach and go to the Ecola State Park. In this state park you can get a view of Haystack rock and you can also see a light house in the distance. The view was beautiful because you could see on and on.