On Cultural Encounters and Tangents

Barred –

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”.

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Teen Tracks

by Alley Jackson, Intern

 

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.

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Capitol Corner

by Gus Blackwell, Rep.-61

Speaker Pro-Tempore

Last week I received several phone calls from distraught landowners about a proposal from Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to redo the curves on State Highway 136. The plan smoothed out the two curves right before the Texas state line. The problem was the plan put a highway between an existing house and its barn and riding arena. It also would destroy half of two irrigated quarters of farmland.

Thank you to the 200 plus people who signed a petition at the Texas County Fair to ask ODOT to reconsider its current plan to change State Highway 136. I spoke to Division VI Director, Robert Ward on Monday and he agreed to look at other options on this road. On Thursday, I spoke with ODOT Director, Gary Ridley, and he also agreed to scrap the present plan and look at other options.

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Blair’s Flair

by Barbalee Blair

The pre-K through 12th years of school are about a lot of things, and down the road we all hold memories of our school days. The Felt students got a special dose of memories to be made right along with some studies in geology, history, and geography. On Monday, August 15, 2008, we were able to build some special memories with a school bus heading to see the river run!

Word has it that the Beaver River last ran twelve years ago, but that it was a trickle rather than a gusher. Some have said the last time it ran bank-to-bank as it did on Monday, August 15, was twenty some years ago. Whether those dates are accurate or not, only the oldest of Felt’s students have any memories of a reason for the bridge between Felt and Boise City. Now there is definitely reason and lots of people are back to working on water gap fencing.

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Jenkins Jottings

by Principal Kim Jenkins

WE NEED YOU TO BE THERE!!! Thursday evening at 5:30, there will be an organizational meeting of the Boise City Parent/Teacher Organization. I am challenging you to attend this meeting-this organization is the “link” that we need for a successful school year. Officers will be elected and several projects will be discussed. This one hour will be the best investment of time that you can make and this organization certainly reiterates the focus of the 2008-2009 school year which is to “Push the bar above the line will be the goal in 2009”. I have enlisted the help of individuals in the community to assist with a telephone campaign to encourage the parents of high school students to attend this meeting. I am going to offer the following rewards for membership: if a class achieves 90 to 100% membership-pizza party, 75%-DQ ice cream cone, 50%-10 minute early-out to lunch. This organization is open not only to parents but anyone in the community who is interested in the education of students at Boise City Schools.

PLEASE bring your $5.00 and be a part of this important organization.

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Amarillo Photographic Artist Will Show Work at Cimarron Heritage Center

 

 This Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Cimarron Heritage Center will host a reception in honor of the showing of photographs shot by Dusty Reins, of Amarillo, and Cimarron County’s Shelley Fowler.

The exhibit is titled “Chasing the Light in Cimarron County” and features photos taken all over the county by Reins and Fowler.

Reins is the nom de plume, of Marvin Morgenstern, of Amarillo.

By phone to the Boise City News, Morgenstern/Reins explained that he was a Mass Communications major at Texas Tech in the 1970s when he came up with the name.

“I had recently gone to work for a country radio station. I needed an on air name, and I’d been using Morgan Stern on another venue, and it didn’t work. I was going between classes, and I got hit with dust, rained on and then dusted again…I became Dusty Reins.”

Reins is a 1971 graduate of Amarillo’s Caprock High School.

“I have been doing photography since grade school, and when I got to Bowie Junior High they had a yearbook, so I joined. Later I took photography classes at Tech.”

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Off the Cuff

by Shelley Fowler

I have been trying to think of an apt analogy that would convey with clarity how I’m feeling about the photo exhibit Dusty and I are preparing to share with all of you. The only image that keeps popping up in my brain is that of Lady Godiva riding a white steed down cobblestoned streets!

After pondering the “why” of such an odd comparison I realize that it is indeed quite fitting! For I am preparing to be (figuratively, of course) naked before the world, allowing whosoever chooses to view, examine, critique and hopefully appreciate parts of my body. Or rather, parts of my body of work that express and expose pieces of my soul as seen through the lens of a camera.

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The Rivers Run; Beaver, Cimarron, Come Down After heavy Rains

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Area Gets Two More Towers to Research Wind as Power, County Has at least Five

This tower went up seven miles west of Boise City on property owned by the Dwayne Hegwoods. Another is northeast on Jere and Verlene Hughes’ place.

 

 

 At Right: Instrumentation to measure wind direction and speed is used at various heights; the tower is 199 and one-half feet.
  

 

 

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Ag Enhancement and Diversification Grant and Loan Deadline is October 1

 Oklahoma City-Grant and loan application deadline for the next Oklahoma Agricultural Enhancement and Diversification program is October 1.  State agriculture officials are urging all producers with innovative ideas to apply.

   Agricultural diversification grants of up to $5,000 are available as well as interest-free loans in three categories: Cooperative Marketing Loans, Marketing and Utilization Loans, and Basic and Applied Research Loans.

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On Cultural Encounters and Tangents

A Sunday Drive –

Last weekend we got some new visitors in our church The younger of the two blond California men, who were fresh off the plane, had been newly hired to teach English at a local university while he works on his Ph.D. He came early to get settled in and then he’ll call for his wife and two younguns to come on over after a few days. His father tagged along to help him get settled in and to look around for a week. On Sunday Tom, Andy and I took them out to try to get them as “settled in” as you can do on a Sunday, which isn’t much. After having lunch in a Korean restaurant we hit the road (they are vegetarian so they will be limited in their Korean food offerings since most foods contain fish). We found out that they can’t get a cell phone without an alien registration card and a Korean credit card or a Korean citizen’s co-signature and their account. They can’t get a prepaid cell phone without a Korean alien registration card (which the university will later help him get). Thus, there was not much we could do without that dern alien registration card.

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Westan Trent Cryer

Born Aug. 3, 2008. He weighed seven pounds and four ounces, and was 19 and one-quarter inches long. Proud parents are Mick and Leona Cryer of Felt. Other excited family members include: Grandpa Melvin Cryer of Felt; Grandma Anita Smith, of Whitehouse, Texas, and a slew of aunts, uncles and cousins.
 

 

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Brittain-MacDougall

Dennis and Sheryl Brittain of Medford, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Leisa Brittain to Jeremy MacDougall of Enid. The couple will be married at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2008 at the First Baptist church, of Medford. Leisa is a graduate of Medford High School, and is a Website Partnership Developer for natural Enviornmental Systems in Enid. Jeremy is the son of John and Angelina Harper, of Las Vegas, N.M. He is a graduate of Enid High School and is a machine operator for Advance Food company in Enid. Grandparents of the bride are Frances and the late Jiggs Mark, of Medford; Mildred Kesler, of Pond Creek; Ben Gibson, of Enid; and the late Doris Ross, of Humphrys, Mo. Grandparents of the groom are Lupe and the late Pedro Alba, of Boise City, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harper, of Moorland.
 
 

 

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Teen Tracks

Living in Washington State helps me with my adventures of the world.

One of the world’s most famous structures is right here in Seattle. The Space Needle is one of the sights I have wanted to see and my wish has been fulfilled.

A little information about the Space is that it is a major landmark for the Pacific Northwest and a symbol of Seattle. The Space Needle was created and built for the 1962 World’s Fair. During this time of the Fair, the Space Needle had 2.3 million visitors. The Space Needle is 605 feet high and 138 feet wide and it weights 9,550 tons.

In my opinion, the view is amazing. One of the most breathtaking I have ever seen. But, it can be a little overwhelming ,with the magnitude of all the things you can see from the top.

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Capital Corner

by Gus Blackwell, Rep.-61

Speaker Pro-Tempore 

This week, I met with representatives from OG&E to get an update on the wind energy situation. They also met with Guymon officials to answer questions that they may have on the developing scenario. It was a great meeting that answered many questions.

OG&E has made a commitment to build the needed transmissions lines from Oklahoma City to Texas County. They are building a 345 Kilo Volt line from Oklahoma City to Woodward, which is a type of structure that is fairly common in their power grid. However, they have little experience with the 765 KV line from Woodward to Guymon.

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Tomato, Pumpkin Weigh-Offs Explained

by Deb Rebel

Kaley was next to a 211.4 pound, 56 day old Dill’s Atlantic Giant pumpkin. This variety was specially bred by Howard Dill of Windsor, Nova Scotia, who spent many years developing a large strain of pumpkin. Other growers have further refined the variety, breeding selected plants to get bigger and bigger pumpkins. This plant is of unknown crosses; and this pumpkin was grown as a bet. It was estimated at 235# before cutting, and the back was curved in, making it lighter. It was harvested Tuesday August 12th.

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Thousands of Sooners Have Yet to File for Economic Stimulus payments

According to information supplied by the I.R.S., more than 80 thousand Oklahomans have yet to apply for the economic stimulus plan initiated by President Bush and signed off on by the U.S. Congress.

Of those 80 thousand it is estimated that nearly 1,000 could live in Cimarron County.

Congress passed the legislation, in order to boost a flagging economy; eligible households, need but to file a 2007 tax return. Individuals can collect $300 and couples $600.

But the opportunity will be gone on Oct. 15, 2008.

The biggest groups yet to file are disabled veterans and individuals living on a retirement income. Often these people aren’t required to file a tax return, so many assume they are not eligible; nothing could be further from the truth.

The IRS has accounted for about 74 percent of these individuals, (about 20 million of them), but, another 5.2 million still haven’t applied, and they must before Oct. 15.

This check will not have any affect on any government benefits currently being received by the retirees.

The government will be attempting to contact by letter, each of the 5.2 individuals yet to file.

For more information you may call David Stell, in Oklahoma City at 405-297-4444. Or you may go on-line at www.irs.gov and click on newsroom for more information.

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Jenkins Jottings

by

Principal Kim Jenkins
Please make the following change on your calendar: The football game scheduled with Springfield on September 5 has been rescheduled for August 29. This will be the opening game for the 2008 football season.

Another calendar item to be noted is that school pictures and senior pictures are scheduled for Friday, October 3. Retakes will be November 14.

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