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October 9, 2015 at Texhoma field 7 p.m.



Balko students work with

Apollo 13 heroes for project


Three days after classes began in August, five Middle school and High School students from Balko Public Schools were working side by side with Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, Skylab astronaut Jack Lousma, and Apollo 13 Flight Directors Gerry Griffin, Wilt Windler, and Glynn Lunney as participants in the "Apollo 13 Redux" program at the CosmoSphere International Science Education Center and Space Museum in Hutchison Kansas. Along with ninety-five other, mostly adult, participants, the students assumed the roles of back-up flight controllers, astronauts and contract engineers to solve an equipment failure that threatened to abort a simulated moon landing mission.

"Meeting with and being taught by the Apollo 13 astronauts was one of the greatest experiences I have had," said High School Student Anthony McCurley, "but even better was realizing that we could hold our own with the adults on our team. We presented our information and opinions confidently and they took us seriously and included us as equal partners. It was a challenging and personally validating experience for all of us."

Participants in the program were divided into teams of ten. Members of each team assumed a specialized role as either a mission control flight controller, an engineer who helped design the spacecraft, or a member of the backup crew. Working under the pressure of realistic countdown to mission abort, the participants received briefings from the Apollo 13 astronauts and Flight directors relevant to their assigned roles to help them identify possible causes for the crises and possible solutions. Each team then created a mission procedure that was presented to the entire group for evaluation.

"Participating in programs like this engages our students and benefits them in two important ways." said Balko Superintendent Larry Mills. "They allow the students to experience the real world applications of the lessons that they are taught in the classroom, making them relevant to the students’ understanding of the world. Also, these programs have the power to inspire students to dream larger and reach higher, they allow the students to become interested and excited about their futures in ways they may not have thought about before and to see themselves as capable participants in those fields and careers".










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 team competition, the Beaver Fire Department once again took the top honors, despite a small challenge from the KKBS Radio morning crew from Guymon, which finished in second place thanks to a pair of "ringers" in Welty and Martin. The Beaver firefighters combined for a distance of 354-9 with the KKBS group tossing 349-1 thanks to a pair of 100-foot tosses from the girls.

Placing third was a group of Beaver students - Tomas Konkel, Hunter Wilkerson, Ryder Linville and Jacob Hobgood - who tossed a total of 348-2.

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.

Other results were not given.


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.


Remembering Black Sunday

April 14, 1935

80 years ago today (Tuesday, April, 14, 2015) in the heart of the Dust Bowl a major dust storm pushed its way across the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles.

This storm was dubbed “Black Sunday” and took place on April 14, 1935. It was one of the worst dust storms in American history and caused immense economic and agricultural damage. It is estimated to have displaced 300 million tons of topsoil from the prairie area in the United States.

The “black blizzard”, or dust storm, hit the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma first on the afternoon of April 14. It then moved south, hitting Beaver, OK around 4:00 p.m., Boise City around 5:15 p.m. and Amarillo, TX at 7:20 p.m.

The storm was harsh due to the high winds that hit the area that day. Along with the drought, erosion, and the unanchored soil, the winds caused the dust to fly freely and at high speeds.



Balko Wind Farm project continues as more Wind Farms
are being constructed South of Bryan's Corner
on US 83. 162 will be in place soon.


     "Pink out" week a smashing
      success, over $4,000 raised

      Beaver, Forgan STUCO groups give to four families. . .

During the annual "pink out" week last October, the Beaver and Forgan Student Councils combined to raise over $4.000 with the various events devoted to support those with cancer.

Events included t-shirt sales, the glow walk and the groups made various items for the auction that was held during the football game. Sponsors were Nancy McVay from Beaver and Tara Albert from Forgan.

"We want to give a huge thank you to the Beaver and Forgan communities for their generosity during our pink out week in October," McVay said. "Because of our great communities, Forgan and Beaver’s STUCO raised over $4,000 that was given to four different families."

Last Tuesday, two of the families were awarded money. Mrs. Mary Tibbetts and Haley (Pierson) Nichols were both given checks to help with their battles. Also, money was given to Mary Martinez and Heath Thomas, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant.

Mrs. McVay wanted to thank the following donors as well: Beaver Co. Memorial Hospital, Bank of Beaver, First Security Bank, Herald-Democrat, Bittersweet, Slatten Farms and Howard Drilling.



The Beaver Ministerial Fellowship estimated 400 plus people were fed at the fairgrounds during Thanksgiving. An estimated $1700 plus was brought in for the Christmas Angel program.

Brenda Maness, left, Billy Cates and Rev. David Glascock prepare a take out dinner during the Community Thanksgiving Meal Nov. 27, 2014

Past Recipies


Almost completed going up

Wind farms to be constructed south of Bryan's corner 2015


Dear Joe,
It was nice to speak with you this morning.  Thanks for fielding the calls from various folks about the Plains & Eastern Clean Line.
As you mentioned, our website contains a lot of information about the project, including the status of the route and overall timeline
The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is undergoing an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), led by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and in coordination with the Southwestern Power Administration.
No decisions have been made regarding the final location of a route.  In the first quarter of 2013, the DOE presented for public comment the Network of Potential Routes, a series of one-mile wide corridors.  Comments received by the DOE during their public scoping process will be used to modify and refine the Network of Potential Routes to routes that are approximately 1,000 feet wide. Clean Line anticipates that an applicant proposed route and alternative routes will be published in the fourth quarter of 2014, concurrent with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The DOE will hold public meetings following the release of the Draft EIS and solicit public comments. The DOE is expected to identify a preferred route for the project in 2015 with the release of the Final EIS. The actual easement required for the project is expected to be approximately 150 to 200 feet wide. Ultimately, the Plains & Eastern Clean Line will utilize only one route.
If the regulatory schedule continues as planned, the project could begin construction in 2016 and begin delivering electricity as early as 2018.
It is possible that wind farms could be developed in Texas, Beaver, and Cimarron counties in Oklahoma, as well as in the Texas Panhandle, to access the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project to deliver their power to markets in Arkansas, Tennessee, and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast. 
The ultimate location and configuration of these wind farms won’t be known until the regulatory review for the project has been completed, and then all the commercial negotiations are completed.

Thanks again, and please feel free to reach out to me if you have any additional questions.
Christopher Hardy

Beaver Sale Barn in 1950s

Pictured is no salt cedar in  1950 with the sale barn in the photo


Photo courtesy Clifton Savoy Beaver Theater 1920s or 1930s??

Water runs over the Dam at Beaver Dunes Park Lake located
to the north of Beaver. May 10, 2010.

These are a few of sponsoring
businesses that support this

West Texas Gas
Beaver, Oklahoma

                Calvin, Cindy, Chuck
                      & Cyishia 

Beaver Ministerial Fellowship
Beaver County Library

Bennett Construction
Underground Utility
Construction; Backhoe;
Directional Road Boring

 Partners Oilfield Service, LLC
 HCR3 Box 165
 Beaver, Ok 73932
 Ronnie Morrison
 580-625-2239 office

Beaver Supply & Gift
"Hometown Service" 625-3453
231 Douglas
     Open Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
             Saturdays 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Beaver County Memorial Hospital     
Community Pharmacy
Community Clinics
at Beaver and Turpin
Beaver County  Nursing  Home 
Emergency Service (EMS)

Brent's Pics

The Herald-Democrat

Dr. Tim Becker, Dentist 625-3111

Beaver Oil Company

Beaver Ace Home Center 625-3102

Beaver Auction, LLC
Sale every Tuesday



The  Cimarron Territory Celebration and World Championship
Cow Chip Throw is always scheduled for the third Saturday in April

For Hunting information go to


Weather Service web sites at:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ama/    http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ddc/    Mesonet


Pictured above is the tornado that hit the Woodbury home. Vance and Barbara Woodbury both died from injuries when the struck their home about 1/2 mile from this location near the Northern Natural Gas plant east of Elmwood. The tornado hit their home Wednesday evening, March 29, 2007 . Photo courtesy Beaver County Sheriff's office.



 Above is a photo of the USS Mullinnix DD-944 which was used as a sink test back in the 1990's. The United States was testing new weapons. The ship was used during the Vietnam war but later decommissioned in the 1980's. The editor and publisher was stationed on the ship from 1963 until 1965.

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