In lieu of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Osage County Commissioners will meet on Tuesday morning at the Osage County Courthouse.
Kelly Bland, Executive Director of the Tourism Oversite Committee, will be on hand to give a report. The County Commissioners will then vote to approve numerous items that Bland discussed.
There will be discussion and possible action regarding hiring a full-time engineer and possibly selling equipment from District No. 2 at an auction in Elk City.
The Commissioners will also talk about appointing members to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.
The meeting begins at 10 o’ clock in the morning for those interested in attending.
Registered voters in Osage County have less than a week to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them by the Feb. 12 primary election.
Tulsa, Cleveland and Shidler all have school board elections, while the City of Pawhuska and Sand Springs will also have elections.
Absentee voters may apply in person at the County Election Board Office in Pawhuska or send their application by mail, fax or email. An online version can also be filled out and submitted automatically atwww.elections.ok.gov. Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may submit an absentee ballot.
For more information, contact the Osage County Election Board at 918-287-3036 or email OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov. Their office is located at 630 Kihekah Ave. in Pawhuska.
Rachel Scott was the first person gunned down at the Columbine High School shooting nearly 20 years ago, but her legacy will live on forever. Rachel's Challenge is a program named in her honor and its mission is to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent positive change in themselves, schools, communities and businesses.
Ali, a presenter for Rachel's Challenge, spoke to students at Pawhuska Schools Thursday morning.
Ali is one of 30 to 40 presenters around the United States who spread the word about Rachel. Last year alone, they reached 49 states and gave 1,500 presentations. Aly has been with Rachel's Challenge for 10 years and has gotten to know the Scott family throughout the years. Here, Ali explains how the Scott family knew they had to begin doing something to honor Rachel.
Ali knows that he is making a positive impact on people's lives.
There will be a community wide event at 6 this evening at the Constantine Theatre. Admission is free to the public.
For more information on this program, go to rachelschallenge.org.
The Skiatook Chamber of Commerce will have its annual banquet on Feb. 9. The event is scheduled to start at 7 in the evening.
Organizations wishing to participate in the banquet should contact the chamber of commerce to discuss a level of partnership. There are multiple sponsor tables to choose from ranging anywhere from presenting sponsors to dignitary sponsors.
For more information, call 918-396-3702 or email email@example.com.
The Constantine Theatre in Pawhuska will be holding a Rachel’s Challenge assembly on Thursday for students and community members alike to talk about the importance of treating everyone like equals. Rachel Scott was the first person to be shot down at the Columbine High School Shooting nearly 20 years ago. Jourdan Foran, Regional Partnership Manager for Rachel’s Challenge, explains.
The school was looking to change the attitude around its school and that is when they contacted Foran about Rachel’s Challenge.
After applying for a grant that was paid for by the Pawhuska Community Foundation, the school was able to get the group to come. The elementary school will hear an encouraging presentation on how they can become a better person and treat others better. Students in middle and high school will learn who Rachel is and talk about challenges they face each day. There will also be a community presentation at night beginning at 6 in the evening.
Rachel’s Challenge is a national program. Last year they visited 49 states and hold around 1,500 events a year.
Andrew Ross and David Dirksen spent six nights in the Osage County jail for escorting a semi truck allegedly hauling 18,000 pounds of marijuana through Pawhuska. Both men have bonded out.
Dirksen tells the News on 6 that the two men are veterans hauling medicine for veterans. He adds the semi truck was full of industrial hemp and that they were transporting it legally from Kentucky to Colorado.
Sixty pallets were pulled out of the semi and authorities ran tests on the product, but Dirksen says the tests were flawed. He notes that they tested for ‘No THC’ or ‘THC.” Dirksen says industrial hemp will test positive for trace amounts of THC.
Ross and Dirksen tried explaining the difference to police last Wednesday when the truck got pulled over for failing to make a complete stop at the four-way stop south of Pawhuska.
The two men are due back in court in March and are charged with aggravated trafficking and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. They are facing 15 years to life in prison as well as a $500,000 fine.
The Cimarron Public Transit System will hold a community forum in Bartlesville on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Bartlesville Public Library in Meeting Room C. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 in the morning.
Cimarron Public Transit operates the CityRide program of Bartlesville and is requesting input from riders, local businesses, social service agencies, elected officials and the general public to assist in preparing for the future.
CPT Transit Director Laura Corff says the advantage of receiving open communication is to help the program better match service with needs. Corff adds priorities will be focused on sustainability and aligning available resources most efficiently to meet the greatest needs.
Feedback will be given to program staff in hopes of getting a better understanding of challenges and concerns from the community’s perspective. There will also be meetings in Pawnee, Ponca City, Sapulpa and Skiatook.
Pawhuska Public Schools have began using MAP data to track how well a student is doing in school. This system allows teachers to measure what a student knows at a given time and what he or she is ready to learn next. Indian Camp Elementary School Principal Amy Sanders explains how the program works.
Kindergartners can begin taking this test and Sanders says how well the students have done in their first year.
High school principal Lauri Lee has been encouraged by what she has seen as well.
Lee adds she is proud of the way her teachers have adapted to thenew way of teaching.
Beginning in fifth grade, this program will be able to predict what his or her ACT score will be as well.
At Monday evening's school board meeting in Pawhuska, Superintendent David Cash reviewed a survey that had been handed out to people in the community regarding various bond projects.
After hearing the results, it was evident that the community had many different opinions on what is most important to get fixed first.
At next months board meeting, there will be an agenda item addressing which individual bond issue board members should look at. Cash let the board members know what he thought was most important.
The next regular scheduled school board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 5:30 in the evening in the Administration Building.
If you have ever had the desire to share your knowledge of nature with others, your chance has finally come.
The Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve just north of Pawhuska is looking for guides to give relevant information to park visitors. The volunteer program promotes the Nature Conservatory’s mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
On Jan. 17, there will be an informational meeting at the Bartlesville Public Library at 7 in the evening. There will also be a meeting on Jan. 20 at 2 in the afternoon at the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa. If you are unable to attend these meetings, contact Kay Krebbs at 918-287-4803 or 918-855-7189. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer duties will be shared with others on a daily basis from Feb. 1 to Dec. 23.