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Published in: on June 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Santa Fe Trail Daze 2008

John Vannatta is 2008 SFTD

Parade Marshall

The 2008 Santa Fe Trail Days Parade Marshal is John Vannatta, of Keyes.

“I think this is quite an honor. I really didn’t expect it,” Vannatta said.

John was born July 30, 1920, in a four-room house on his mother’s homestead, just west of Keyes, to Oscar Willis and Sylvia Hazel Vannatta.

Vannnatta is living proof that lightning will strike twice in the same place.

“I’ve been struck by lightning twice and shot twice, (a home invasion), and I’m still here,” Vannatta grinned.

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Published in: on June 18, 2008 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Two Couples Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

Balenseifens to Celebrate 50 Years of marriage


Together they have found a friendship, raised a family, and built a beautiful marriage. You are most warmly invited by the children and grandchildren of Howard & LoRee Balenseifen to participate in the joyous celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary A come and go reception will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 2 to 4 PM  At the Keyes Church of Christ

Your love is a treasured gift,we request no other.


Walkers to Celebrate 50 years of Marriage




Bricey Walker and Birdie Ritter were married on June 14, 1958 in Guymon, Oklahoma. They presently reside in Keyes, Oklahoma, where they have lived for the past thirty two years. The couple have four children, James D. and family, who resides in Tulsa , Oklahoma, Jacque and family reside in Boise City, Oklahoma, Bill and family who reside in Dallas, Georgia and Darryl and family reside in San Jose, California…The couple has ten Grandchildren. A family celebration is planned in July in Santa Fe, New Mexico…

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Published in: on June 17, 2008 at 11:24 am  Leave a Comment  

High Winds Gets Carport


A small carport owned by and kept behind The Boise city Christian church was overturned by high winds early Thursday morning. Below, Mike Barnes of The Boise city Body Shop makes it right, and places the building back in it’s place.


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Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 9:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dan Faulkner, District 1 Administrator of the Year

Dan Faulkner, Superintendent of Boise City Public Schools, has been named District #1 2008 Administrator of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA). Faulkner is one of 20 administrators in Oklahoma selected for this prestigious honor,
Dr. Randall Raburn, Executive Director of OASA, has announced.

Superintendent Faulkner, along with 19 other 2008 District Administrators of the Year, will be honored at the OASA awards banquet on Wednesday, June 4 during the Annual Summer Conference hosted by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA). The conference will be held June 4-6 at the Meridian Conference Center in Oklahoma City.

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Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 8:28 pm  Leave a Comment  


Ron Strecker, CEO of Panhandle Telephone Cooperative Inc., (PTCI) received the SPIRIT of Rural Independent Competitive Alliance (RICA) award. RICA is a national trade association that assists its members with competitive issues at the United States Congress, and the FCC. The SPIRIT award recognizes an individual’s efforts in representing the competitive communication industry. Mr. Strecker received this award in recognition of the “Panhandle Plan” for which he authored. The Panhandle Plan provides a method for competitive communication providers to receive support dollars for their high-cost networks, based on the cost of those networks. The Panhandle Plan was filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 11, 2008, and is one of a few proposals that the FCC and communication industry is evaluating.

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Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 8:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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John Terrell and Fera Shokat were married March 15, 2008 at Eureka Springs, Ark., in a small ceremony with family in attendance. A reception was held in their honor in Blackwell, on March 29. the couple are making their home in Blackwell. Fera is an attorney in Ponca City, with the Burlie and Terrell Law Firm, John is an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper.

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Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Grandson Receives Fire Academy Diploma

Zachary Butt, the great-grandson of Nina and the late Albert Kohler, and grandson of Jimmy and Sally Kohler of Boise City, received his diploma from the Amarillo College Fire Academy.

The diploma was presented by his father, Andy, an instructor at the academy.

Zachary is the son of Andy and Holly Butt, of Amarillo.

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Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  



Members of the Boise City, Modern Woodmen of America camp, agent John V. Smith, recently hosted a benefit dinner for 10 year old, Cesar Armas, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The benefit dinner quickly became a community effort as many individuals, groups and organizations joined together to raise money to help defray medical expenses for Cesar. The event, raised $9,358.87. This includes $2,500.00 matched by Modern Woodmen’s home office through the organization’s matching Fund program.

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Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Good Bar-B-Que Comes To Boise City

Bob and Carol Gayler BringTaste and Style to BBQ

Carol and Bob Gayler take the order of a customer at Gayler’s Chuckwagon and Catering, north of Boise City.

What began as dinners served for friends, has become an avocation for Bob and Carol Gayler. That avocation will lead to a 100 to 125 meals being served on Saturday night during Santa Fe Trail Daze, at a catered event for the Boise City High Alumni. The event will be at the school cafeteria.

“This is a hobby that’s gotten out of hand,” Bob Gayler joked.

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Published in: on June 4, 2008 at 10:42 pm  Comments (1)  
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Remembering Area Vets

The Boise City V.F.W.’s Color Guard were part of Memorial Day Memorials at Cimarron County Cemeteries on Sunday. The group with a firing squad traveled to the Willowbar, Meralla, Garlington, Boise City, Bertrand, Wheeless, Mexhoma, and Kenton Cemeteries. 


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Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Guymon Veteran Honored by House


OKLAHOMA CITY –State Rep. Gus Blackwell sponsored retired Master Gunnery Sergeant P.A. Trujillo Jr., a Guymon resident, as Veteran of the Week for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, April 14-17, 2008.

 Trujillo is a highly decorated United States Marine Corp veteran with a military record of 20 years, including active service in the Vietnam War. He has received four Presidential Unit Citations, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal Community Service, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Combat Action Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

“Master Gunnery Sergeant P.A. Trujillo Jr. served our state and nation with honor,” said Blackwell, R-Goodwell “It is my hope the state of Oklahoma will always find a way to recognize our troops and thank them for their sacrifices.”

Blackwell said, through personal experience, he knows Trujillo continues to demonstrate the exemplary character of a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Trujillo, Jr. has remained active member of the Guymon area and surrounding communities by delivering Veteran’s Day talks to the students of Guymon High School. He has also been involved and highly supportive of the Message to America and Message to the Nations mission of gratitude to United States Service Veterans and is developing ways to assist and support active duty family members in the area.

Blackwell said the “Veteran of the Week” program is just a small way for the state to honor those who have served our nation with distinction.







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Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 1:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy 80th Birthday


Happy Birthday!!

May 28th was Maria Tooley’s 80th Birthday

Send her a card Shower at

Box 933, Boise City, Oklahoma 73933


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Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 12:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nikolas Austin Strickland

Alton and Ina McCune wish to announce the arrival of their latest great-grandson, Nikolas Austin Strickland, on April 28, 2008. He weighed seven pounds and seven ounces and was 19 inches long. His proud parents are Kevin and Melanie Strickland of Yoder, Colo.



Published in: on May 27, 2008 at 11:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Keldon Charles Allen

Eddie and Ginny Allen would like to announce the birth of their grandson, Keldon Charles Allen, son of Trevor and Tawny Allen. Keldon was born May 1, 2008 weighing 8lb. and 11oz. at 23 inches long. They would also like to announce the May 10th graduation of their son, Trevor from Texas Tech University. He received a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. He is employed with South Plains Compost of Lubbock, Texas and will be Managing their Dalhart, Texas location.

Published in: on May 27, 2008 at 11:27 am  Leave a Comment  

Local Injured in ATV Accident

Charles Nathan (Chuck) hawkins, of Boise City, was injured in an ATV accident Saturday afternoon.

The accident occured a 2:30 in the afternoon, two and one-half mils south and two miles east of Boise City, on prvate property.

According to a OHP report, Hawkins, 72, was attempting to turn a herd of buffalo when he made a sharp turn on a 2001 Honda ATV and was thrown from the vehicle.

Hawkins was taken by ambulance to Cimarron Memorial Hospital, stablized and then transferred to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas

He was listed as serious condition with head and trunk injuries.

Published in: on May 27, 2008 at 10:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Ingle—James to Wed

 Mike and Lisa Ingle of Joplin, Missouri are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Kira to John James, son of Tom and Debbie James of Boise City, Oklahoma. Kira graduated from Little Elm High School in Little Elm, Texas in 1999 and attended Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications in 2003 and her Masters degree in Counseling in 2007. She is currently employed at the Crisis Center of the Plains in Plainview where she is working toward her professional counseling license. John is a 1998 graduate of Boise City High School and attended Oklahoma State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance in 2002. He is currently employed at Hale County State Bank in Tulia, Texas as assistant vice president. The couple will wed June 21, 2008 at Central Christian Center in Joplin, Missouri. They will make their home in Tulia, Texas.


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Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 4:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

“When Weather changes History”

 Memories Though Not Fond


Cimarron County’s Lois (James) Garner, center, is filmed by a crew hired by The Weather Channel for a series titled, “When Weather changes History”. The series is currently interviewing several in the area about their memories of “The Dust Bowl” of the mid-1930s.  

Lois Garner squinted and tried to look beyond the bright lights as she’s questioned about her youth.

Garner, along with about seven others in Cimarron County are being asked to share their memories of the area during the “Dirty ‘30s” the “Dust Bowl” of the mid-1930s of the 20th Century.

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Published in: on May 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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