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Balko Local Livestock Show

Held Saturday Feb. 3, 2018

The Balko Livestock Show was held on Saturday February 3, 2018, in the Agriculture arena. There were four species of animals there: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Pigs.

In the Cattle division, Grand Champion Heifer went to Kelby Sager, and Reserve Champion went to Halle Littau. The Grand Champion Prospect Steer went to Gavin Sager, and Reserve Champion went to Kodie Fleming. The Grand Champion Market Steer went to Kendal Frantz and the Reserve Champion went to Adam Creason. In the Showmanship round, the Junior Showman was Kodie Fleming and the Senior Showman was Adam Creason.

In the Sheep division, the Grand Champion and the Reserve Champion Ewe went to Paige Halpain. The Grand Champion and the Reserve Champion Wether went to Danny Nelson. In the Showmanship round, the Junior Showman was Simon Nelson, and the Senior Showman was Danny Nelson.

In the Goat division, the Grand Champion Doe went to Kodie Fleming, and the Reserve Champion went to Rebbecca Freeman. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Wether went to Kodie Fleming. In the Showmanship round, the Junior Showman went to Kodie Fleming.

In the Pig division, the Grand Champion Gilt went to Aspen Freeman, and Reserve Champion went to Jasmyn Mesa. The Grand Champion Market Barrow went to Jasmyn Mesa and the Reserve Champion went to Nathan Cook. In the Showmanship round, the Junior Showman was Aspen Freeman, and Senior Showman was Nathan Cook.

Written by the Balko FFA Reporter, Britney Woodbury.

15 Beaver exhibitors, 30 Hogs, 4 Beef, 4 sheep and 2 Goats

                    Participated in the Beaver Local Show Saturday, Feb 10.

The Beaver Local Stock show was held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Beaver County Fairgrounds.

15 Beaver FFA and 4-H exhibitors participated in the cold temperatures inside and out.

4 beef, 4 sheep, two goats and 30 hogs were exhibited.

Goats: Katelyn Estrada had the Grand Champion goat, Reserve Grand Champion goat and Champion Showman.

Ewe: Avery Harrison had the Grand Champion Ewe and Angela Pell had the Reserve Grand Champion Ewe and Avery Harrison had the Champion Showman.

Cattle: Sid Slatten had the Champion Angus, Hereford, Maine and Simmental calf, and Grand Champion, Reserve Grand and Showman beef.

Gilts: Sid Slatten had the Champion Hamp, Champion Cross while Carson Slatten had the Reserve.

Both received the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion prize.


Beck: Landri Bennett Champion and Dalton Perry Reserve.

Duroc; Camdyn Bennet, Champion.


Class 1. Preslee Bennett 1st and Jess Brown, 2nd.

Class 2 Avery Harrison 1st and Reese Porter 2nd.

Class 3. Ethan Frantz, 1st, and Champion; Hadley Cates 2nd and Reserve and Devyn Porter 3rd.

Spot. Camdyn Bennett 1st and Champion and Devyn Porter 2nd and Reserve.

York: Skylar Perry 1st and Champion.


Class 1. Jess Brown 1st Hadley Cates 2nd and Ethan Frantz, 3rd.

Class 2.

Landri Bennett 1st, Preslee Bennett, 2nd, Skyler Perry, 3rd, Dalton Perry, 4th and Chris Mills 5th.

Class 3; Landri Bennett, 1st and Champion. Preslee Bennett 2nd and Reserve. Camdyn Bennett 3rd and Ethan Frantz 4h.

Grand Champion Landri Bennett and Reserve Preslee Bennett.

Camdyn Bennettt was the Jr Swine Showman and Landri Bennett was the Sr. Swine Showman.



Beaver County Health Department Offering Flu Shots at No Cost

As the flu season brings record-breaking numbers of hospitalizations and deaths across the state, the Beaver County Health Department is offering flu shots at no cost to recipients.

Reports from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) indicate 3,440 flu-associated hospitalizations, and 153 deaths statewide since the season began in September. These numbers surpass any other flu season since the OSDH began tracking in 2009.

Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase. A flu shot is encouraged for anyone over the age of 6 months who hasn’t been immunized. It is especially recommended for those over the age of 65, those who suffer from chronic heart and lung conditions, and pregnant women.

“It is not too late to get a flu shot,” said Terri Salisbury, regional director. “It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. Flu season runs through May, so it is important to have protection as soon as possible.”

The Beaver County Health Department has high-dose vaccine for senior citizens that may not be available from health care providers. The vaccine must by administered by the end of May.

In addition to getting a flu shot, it is important to practice frequent hand washing and prevent the spread of germs by covering your sneeze and cough. Those who are having flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and chills are encouraged to stay home from public gatherings until they are able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot at no cost should contact the Beaver county health department at 580-625-3693 for clinic times and further information. The clinic is located on Highway 270 South in Beaver.


Total votes for Special election

CASEY MURDOCK (REP) 6,184 67.97%

AMBER JENSEN (DEM) 2,914 32.03%

Beaver county vote

CASEY MURDOCK (REP) 673 71.60%

AMBER JENSEN (DEM) 267 28.40%


CHUCK MADSEN 66 17.10%


BROCK D. RUSSELL 138 35.75%












JOHN MOSES 143 59.34%

SALLY HULING 98 40.66%


2018 Beaver County Junior

Livestock Show

Beaver County Fairgrounds

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sponsored by

Beaver County Junior Livestock Association

84th Annual

Woodward District


Junior Livestock Show

Woodward, Ok

February 23, 2018

100th Oklahoma Youth Expo March 6 to 16, 2018 Oklahoma City



BHS ROYALTY - Beaver senior Natalie Linville was honored last Tuesday as the 2018 basketball homecoming queen. She was crowned by king, junior Jesus Gonzales. Others in the court were, from left, freshman candidate Jaydon Mills and escort Clay Pugh; sophomore candidate Lauren Weber and escort Carson Bolinger and junior candidate Juliet Chaloupek and senior escort Gage Scott. The flower girl was Sage Rivera and Mason McLemore.


January 2018

Beaver fifth graders networking with postcards

Fifth graders at Beaver Elementary School in Oklahoma are networking in a big way: through the power of postcards. At the beginning of the school year, students were challenged by their teacher, California transplant, Courtney Ridens, to engage in a postcard exchange that would connect them with students in schools across all 50 states. The challenge, created by fellow Bay Area teacher, Erin Levy, was originally established as a project for her own students to send and receive postcards from all 50 states - whether from friends, family, or distant connections.

However, thanks to the power of social media, the postcard exchange has evolved into a behemoth of a collaborative effort, with participants from nearly 400 schools on an international scale engaging one another through facts about their towns, states, and countries. It has become a positive and creative way for teachers to work with students in a differentiated setting: blending their writing, research, and history skills, while engaging in a project that will be shown off to a grander audience than the eyes of their own peers.

When Ms. Ridens signed up Beaver’s fifth grade classes in August, the group was registered to the fourth of 11 potential postcard groups, ultimately receiving signups from 56 schools across 44 states in their section, and one additional signup from a school in Morocco. There are few requirements for the project, other than the importance of correctly labeling postcards. Students are reminded to ensure their names, schools, and pertinent information are included in the letter. Of the 56 schools, Beaver’s fifth graders have so far received postcards from 21 schools from every region of the United States.

In order to create an effective letter, students spent time reading postcards as they came in, making notes about each: what grabbed their interest, what they wished was included, and what they would like to make sure was embedded in our class’s letter. Ms. Ridens often lead the whole class in brainstorming sessions, gleaning what they felt was absolutely necessary to include in their cards to other schools. Students wanted to share Beaver’s population, local hotspots, and the unique weather patterns throughout the state. They also wanted to help people understand what it means to say they live in the "panhandle," after Ms. Ridens told them stories of people in California not recognizing the state, itself, looks like a pan.

Through their collaborative efforts, students orally dictated a letter, and Ms. Ridens typed their exact phrasing onto the classroom’s SmartBoard, so students were able to visually see the letter come together. Through this, students were able to revise, scrap, and restructure the letter as they saw fit. Students were then given blank postcards and one requirement from their teacher: design how they chose, but keep it relevant to the town of Beaver, the state of Oklahoma, or both. Thankfully, Beaver School District has provided the classroom with 1:1 technology, meaning each student has their own Chromebook to work with during the school day. With this fortunate opportunity, students were able to research additional facts about Oklahoma and the town of Beaver to include on their cards while finding images that would be appropriate for their larger audience.

In one fell swoop, students cut, glued, signed, and addressed their uniquely decorated postcards to be sent around the country. Sharing their excitement to receive postcards from other schools, students were equally exuberant about sending cards that they know would take a grand journey through the mail, reaching students at other schools. Through the power of a button on social media, students were able to engage in a fun challenge that allowed them to connect with others in a now old-fashioned manner: through the power of a stamp




Oklahoma Senate District 27 final results; Murdock wins Republican primary

Murdock won Beaver County with 54.22 percent of the vote.

Murdock won Cimarron County with 63.15 percent of the vote.

Templin won Dewey County with 61.18 percent of the vote.

Templin won Ellis County with 36.29 percent of the vote.

Murdock won Harper County with 40.34 percent of the vote.

Templin won Major County with 41.68 percent of the vote.

Murdock won Texas County with 49.17 percent of the vote.

Templin won Woods County with 35.64 percent of the vote.

McClarty won Woodward County with 41.14 percent of the vote.

Overall, the votes are as follows:

-Tommy Nicholson: 117 1.78%

-Michael Medill: 59 0.90%

-Jeff Hall: 842 12.81%

-Travis Templin: 1,856 28.23%

-Casey Murdock: 2,181 33.17%

-Carolyn McLarty: 1,520 23.12%

TOTAL: 6,575 votes cast

For Senate District 27, Casey Murdock won the overall vote with 33.17% percent of the primary. He will move forward to the General Special Election to run against Democratic candidate Amber Jensen.


Beaver American Legion Post #149

the first Thursday of each month

at the Jones and Plummer Trail Museum

at 5:30 p.m. in the Calhoon Room





Nice crowd of folks that saw the 2015 Cow Chip Throw and got to participate when a chip would come apart and shower folks with the pieces
 Saturday, April 18, 2015
Drew Russell, son of Brock Russell of Beaver, set a new Men's Throw record.

Here is his toss Saturday, April 18, 2015

188 feet six inches

It was a record setting week at the 2015 Cimarron Territory Celebration, which ended Saturday evening with the 46th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest and demolition derby.

Huge crowds - including 300 or more people to watch the chip throw - were present at every event during the week.

"The celebration went very well," Chamber of Commerce president Brandon Porter said. "We were really pleased with everything from start to finish. We can’t express how much we appreciate our community for the support we get each and every year."

The 14-year-old men’s world chip toss record was broken Saturday by a BHS alum - Drew Russell, who tossed his chip 188 feet, 6 inches. The old record was 185-5. Last year’s champion - Jon Elfers of Beaver finished in second place, while James Pratt was third. Elfers threw his chip 150-11 and Pratt’s toss was 102-9.

And, for the seventh straight year, Teri Welty of Laverne won the women’s title. She threw the chip 100-1 and beat multi-time champ Dana Valentine Martin, who was second. Savannah Tillman, also a BHS alum, was third with a toss of 80-1.

In the VIP race, Liberal Mayor Joe Denoyer was first once again with a toss of 81-4 with State Representative Casey Murdock finishing second with a toss of 60-10.



Beaver County Sheriff's office rescue vehicle, It can be used to rescue someone injured at Beaver Dunes and then brought back and delivered to an ambulance. A Medlite Transport device to be installed in the vehicle was donated.
The vehicle was taken to the park and was able to travel all over the Dunes and is available to be used during a rescue. Friday, May 2, 2015.




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