The final precincts reported in just before 9:30 Tuesday evening in the Osage County Primary Elections. The Primary election drew low numbers in total voters, with only approximately 3,200 across all precincts.
In local elections Osage County Under-sheriff Lou Ann Brown came away with the nomination over Deputy Sheriff Charles Cartwright in the Democratic Primary for Osage County Sheriff. Brown took just under 62% of the total votes.
In the Republican race for Osage County District 2 Commissioner, candidate Kevin Paslay took in more than 80% of the total vote over candidate Joel Blankenship.
In other races, incumbent US Representative for District 3 Republican Frank Lucas took 73% of the vote over Desiree Brown, and Incumbent Democratic State Senator Kevin Matthews won over Darrell Knox with 68.5% of the vote. Stay tuned for more election details on KPGMradio.com
Skiatooks Fantasy in the Sky This Sunday
Independence Day is quickly approaching and there are no shortage of events to attend. In Skiatook Exchange Bank will be presenting the 2016 “Fantasy in the Sky” Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 3, at the Skiatook Municipal Airport located at 1501 South Lombard Lane.
The event will host live music from 6 to 9:30, including the band “Infinity” followed by the fireworks display. There will be food vendors will be available, and parking and admission are free.
Bring the whole family and don't forget your lawn chairs and blankets so you can sit back and enjoy the fun filled evening. For more information contact the Skiatook Chamber of Commerce at (918)396-3702.
The Commissioners discussed end of year preparations at the meeting of the Osage County Commissioners Monday morning. They approved several contracts for the Osage County Juvenile Detention Center, signed a municipal order for the County Clerk and County TTreasurer's office, and updated lease agreements.
District 2 Commissioner Scott Hilton briefly discussed the progress of getting EMS to service the Barnsdall/Avant area. Hilton said they must wait until the end of the month to see what the final budget, and determine where the funds will come from. The item will most likely be on the agenda next week, as it will be the first meeting of the new fiscal year.
The Osage County Board of County Commissioners will meet again next Monday at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
Osage County Residents will be heading to the polls Tuesday, June 28, for County's Primary Election. Polls will be opening Tuesday morning at 7 and will remain open until 7 o'clock that evening.
Registered voters will be asked to provide photo identification. Those who cannot provide ID, those whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information shown in the Registry, may always cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day if the voter’s information can be verified by the County Election Board.
Voters will be voting for:
Republican Primary - United States Rep District #3- Desiree Brown and Frank D. Lucas
Republican Primary - State House Rep District #36- Chuck Bretanus and Sean Roberts
Republican Primary - State House Rep District #66- Jadine Nollan and Emily G. DeLozier
Republican Primary - Osage County Commissioners District #2 – Joel Blankenship and Kevin Paslay
Democratic Primary - State Senator District #11- Kevin Matthews and Darrell Knox
Democratic Primary - State House Rep District # 73- Regina Goodwin and Jonathan Townsend
Democratic Primary - Osage County Sheriff – Lou Anne Brown and Charles Cartwright
Libertarian Primary - United States Senator- Robert T. Murphy and Dax Ewbank
For additional election information visit the Osage County Election Board located at 630 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, or call (918) 287-3036.
Below is the list of Precinct Locations
Following is a list of the precinct polling places in the June 28 elections:
Precinct 101 – Bowring School, 87 CR 3304, Bowring
Precinct 102 – Strikeaxe Non-Profit Water Office, 811 CR 2425, Okesa
Precinct 103 – Shidler Community Building, 269 S Cosden, Shidler
Precinct 105 – McCord Senior Citizens, 115 Mary Road, Ponca City
Precinct 106 – Burbank Town Hall, 105 S First St, Burbank
Precinct 107 – Presbyterian Church, 101 E 12th St, Pawhuska
Precinct 108 – Calvary Baptist Church, 620 E 15th St, Pawhuska
Precinct 109 – Osage Hills School, 225 CR 2706, Bartlesville
Precinct 110 – Barnsdall City Hall/PSO Building, 409 W Main, Barnsdall
Precinct 111 – Assembly of God, 413 Highland Ave, Wynona
Precinct 112 – Avant Community Center, 306 S Havens, Avant
Precinct 113 – Shidler Community Buidling, 269 S Cosden, Shidler
Precinct 201 – Church of Christ Annex, 1900 W Rogers Blvd, Skiatook
Precinct 202 – Transformation Church-Greenwood, 1519 W Pine, Tulsa
Precinct 203 – First Baptist Church, 825 W Rogers Blvd, Skiatook
Precinct 204 – Osage Oaks Church of God, 2100 W 93rd N St, Sperry
Precinct 205 – Black Dog Fire Station, 495 N 52nd W Ave, Tulsa
Precinct 301 – First Osage Baptist Church, 236 S Main, Fairfax
Precinct 302 – New Hope Christian Fellowship, 161 N 5th St, Fairfax
Precinct 303 – Braden Community Center, 1022 Braden School Rd, Ponca City
Precinct 305 – Prue City Hall, 202 S Main, Prue
Precinct 306 – First Assembly of God, 313 S She She, Hominy
Precinct 307 – First Baptist Church, 202 S Price, Hominy
Precinct 308 – Keystone Hills Baptist Church, 161 New Prue Rd, Sand Springs
Precinct 309 – Rock Fire Dept. Station #1, 7716 Zink Rd, Skiatook
Precinct 310 – Gilcrease Hills Club House, 1919 W Seminole St, Tulsa
Precinct 311 – Gilcrease Hills Club House, 1919 W Seminole St, Tulsa
Precinct 312 – Community Assembly Church, 2247 N State Hwy 97, Sand Springs
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A 29 Year-Old Arkansas woman died from heat-related injury Monday in Pawhuska. Meaghan Blair was serving as an adult supervisor for the Osage Prairie Pioneer Trek, an event hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints.
During the event, participants dress in traditional 1800s pioneer attire, sing, dance, and hike for many miles to learn about the Mormon Pioneer exodus. The original exodus was from Nauvoo, Illinois to now Salt Lake City, Utah.
Blair has not been the only heat-related casualty from the camp, five minors were taken by EMS for treatment last week, three of which were unconscious at the time EMS arrived.
According to the Latter-day Saints website, the Osage Prairie Trek provides handcarts and water for participants, each handcart must carry 10 gallons of water to accompany participants.
Blair was at the end of the groups seven mile hike when she collapsed and began seizing from heat stroke. Blair is survived by her husband and two children.
A Crowdfunding Program has been set up for the Blair family through YouCaring.com follow the link to donate http://bit.ly/28PU8Fk
The meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners Monday morning was business as usual, especially considering the quickly approaching end of the fiscal year. The Commissioners received a report from John Blickensderfer from Guy Engineering regarding the Eight Year CIRB Road and Bridge Plan, during which Blickenderfer announced the changes to the plan from last year due to the $50 million state budget cuts to CIRB funds.
Kyme Vincent from the Osage County Nutrition Program discussed awarding bids for Food, Dairy, Paper and cleaning products. Vincent brought forward an issue with the previous low bidder, Graves Menu Maker, where they had received multiple shipments of dairy products which were outside of acceptable temperature, and unable to be used.
Vincent also mentioned that Graves had implemented a minimum order cost for shipments and requested the commissioners to make an alternate choice. The commissioners awarded the bids for Food and Paper and Cleaning supplies to US Foods and will return to ordering Dairy products from Hiland Dairy.
The Osage County Board of Commissioners will meet again next Monday at 10 o'clock at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
Commissioners Accept Bids for EMS
Friday morning the Osage County Commissioners held a Special Meeting to accept proposals from Emergency Medical Services wishing to cover the currently vacant Barnsdall and Avant area. Samaritan EMS out of Tulsa originally approached the commissioners earlier this month about providing service, but at the Monday meeting both Bartlesville EMS and Miller EMS wished submit a proposal. The Commissioners held the meeting Friday to offer any perspective Ambulance Services the opportunity to bid.
Bartlesville EMS and Samaritan EMS were the only two services to provide proposals on Friday. Samaritan proposed it would be able to put a full time crew in Barnsdall using the existing Ambulance, which was donated by the Osage Nation, for $18,000 a month. Bartlesville offered to have two vehicles, including the existing truck, with a full time crew for $50,000 a month. The Commissioners accepted the bids, and stated they needed to review their budget and determine where the funds will come from. No action was taken.
The Commissioners will meet again for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday at 10 o'clock.
Special Meeting to Discuss EMS
The Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be holding a Special Meeting Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska. The Commissioners will discuss and possibly take action reviewing and approving proposals for EMS Coverage for the Barnsdall and Avant are to begin as early as July 1, 2016.
The Commissioners will also discuss a possible proposal from Hominy EMS to provide coverage of the Barnsdall and Avant area until a permanent service can take the vacant region. The Barnsdall and Avant region was left vacant on June 1 when Eagle Medical Transport left.
The Commissioners will accept RFP or Request for Proposals Friday morning, and the official RFP can be found below.
The Osage County Board of County Commissioners is seeking proposals for ambulance service for the Barnsdall and Avant areas to begin on or as near July 1, 2016 for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Please submit proposals before 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 17, 2016 directed to the Chairman of the Board through the Osage County Clerk, Osage County Courthouse, Room #201, Pawhuska, Oklahoma 74056. Mailing address: P.O. Box 87, Pawhuska, OK 74056. (918) 287-2615
Tuesday, at the June meeting of the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce, Chamber President Claude Rosendale discussed this year's very successful Big Heart Day. Although the Chamber went into the 63rd Annual Big Heart Day approximately $3,000 short in donations, as compared to previous years, the event was able to net more than $7,000 for the community of Barnsdall. By far the most successful event this year was the Fishing Tournament at Lake Waxhoma which expected around 80 to 90 competitors and received more than 130. The event ran out of fishing spots and parking before it ran out of prizes. Plans are in place to expect 200 competitors next year.
Rosendale also reminded the chamber that this Saturday, June 18, from 10 to 12:30 is the Lions Club Shotgun Training & Education Program, or STEP, at the Pharaoh Ranch at 728 CR 2530. The event is sponsored by the Barnsdall Community Lions Club and will host skeet shooting, archery, and BB gun training. Boy Scouts from Cherokee Area Council will be hosting the BB and Archery training and the event is free.
The Barnsdall Chamber will meet again July 12 at the Barnsdall Community Center at Noon.
Osage Nation Acquires Bluestem Ranch
The Osage Nation closed on the purchase of Bluestem Ranch Wednesday afternoon when Principal Chief Geoffrey M. Standing Bear, signed the final paperwork. The Osage Nation won the land bid from media mogul Ted Turner, Bluestem Ranch is a 43,000-acre parcel of land which was purchased by Turner in 2001. The Osage Nation plans to use much of the lands to preserve, protect and sustain a home for the threatened American Bison.
Standing Bear, signed the paperwork at Musselman Abstract Company . Standing Bear was joined for the closing by Assistant Chief Raymond Red Corn and CEO of Osage Casinos. Byron Bighorse.
The auction was sealed, therefore the purchase price between the Nation and Turner Enterprises Inc. was not disclosed. The deal was brokered by Standing Bear, Red Corn and Chairman of the Nation’s Tallgrass Economic Development team, Tim Tall Chief. The bid was approved by the Fourth Osage Nation Congress and submitted to the Turner group on December 23 of 2015.
Turner accepted the bid and wrote to Chief Standing Bear that the Osage Nation was the high bidder and the preferred buyer, and added, “It is my sincere hope that our transaction is the last time this land is ever sold and that the Osage Nation owns this land for all future generations.”