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Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese is shown with Troy DeWitt, Tel DeWitt, Todd Brink and Rhodena DeWitt on Monday at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. The DeWitt family is from Gate, OK and Brink is from Caledonia, Michigan. Brink was among those who brought hay and other supplies to Oklahoma following the Northwest Oklahoma Complex wildfires that began on March 6, 2017.


Partnerhip forms from 2017 Beaver County Wildfires

A friendship forged from wildfires

In five minutes – just a month after massive wildfires – a friendship was forged that will likely last a lifetime.
On Monday at the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE), Troy DeWitt, an Oklahoma Panhandle ranch hand, and Todd Brink, a farmer and rancher from Michigan, acted as if they’d been friends since childhood.

The two partnered on a Maine-Anjou heifer that DeWitt’s 17-year-old son Tel was showing as a commercial heifer at OYE at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

The Northwest Oklahoma Complex wildfires began on March 6, 2017. The monstrous fires would burn for days across 318,025 acres in Oklahoma and 782,333 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas combined, according to Oklahoma Forestry Services.

Exactly a month later on April 6, a convoy of 21 semi-trailers and pick-up trailers left the Wayland Hopkins Livestock Auction in Wayland, Mich., headed west towards Knowles, Okla. to help ranchers whose farms and livestock were destroyed by the fires. Their intent, which they carried out, was to deliver hay, feed, milk replacer, fencing supplies, and clothing items to ranchers who were affected by the fires. Then they headed back home to complete the round-trip of about 2,300 miles.

Upon arriving in Knowles, DeWitt, who also serves as fire chief for the Gate Volunteer Fire Department, met and visited with Brink, who back home has a herd of cows with his father, grows row crops and works in a feedlot. The conversation spanned no more than five minutes.

"I never saw him again the rest of the time they were here," DeWitt said.

But that wildfire has ignited countless friendships through phone calls, emails and especially on Facebook.
DeWitt of Gate, Okla., and Brink of Caledonia, Mich., became friends on Facebook and one day the cowboy from Oklahoma noticed a post that caught his attention.

"Todd posted he had some show steers for sell and they looked good," DeWitt said. "I asked him if he had any heifers. He sent a picture and said, ‘She’s pretty good, but I think I know of another.’ He sent a picture of that heifer and then called me and said, ‘Do you want to partner on this heifer?’I said, ‘Sure.’"

DeWitt’s wife Rhodena posed a fair question, "Are you sure you know him? You’ve only met him once."

DeWitt said he couldn’t explain it. He just had a feeling, a feeling of trust.

"If someone drives nearly 2,300 miles to help out complete strangers, they’ve got to be good people," DeWitt said on Monday while standing in barn 4F at State Fair Park.
Then he turned and pointed at the heifer.

"Now, this heifer is part of a friendship that will last a lifetime," DeWitt said.
At the end of December, Brink brought the heifer to Gate. Then he called DeWitt a couple of weeks ago and said he along with fellow Michigan residents Charles Miller and his father Fred Miller, who drove with Brink last April, would be coming to OYE.

"I want to see all of the big shows," Brink said.
This one in particular, as Tel DeWitt shows the heifer.
Tel, a 17-year-old senior at Laverne High School, didn’t come to OYE a year ago because, as his father Troy says with emotion choking his words, "He chose to stay and help me after the fires."
Tel said the friendships formed with those from Michigan and other states following the fires is an example of good people who want to help others.
"If something happened to them tomorrow," Tel said as he nodded toward Brink, "I’d load up and head that way."




Darci and Katie in Nashville at Grand Ole Opry



Deadline for absentee

ballots is near in school

runoff election on April 3

Voters in Beaver School District who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the April 3, 2018, Beaver School Board Runoff Election should apply now. Voters must choose between Brock Russell and Kerry Stafford.s



Edmondson says legislature should be subject to sunshine laws

Transparency a start to restoring faith in government


OKLAHOMA CITY, March 12, 2018 – Secret meetings and backroom deals are the everyday norm at our state capitol. That is why gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson today is calling on Oklahoma’s legislature to fully subject its actions to public scrutiny.

The legislature has exempted itself from the Open Meetings Act and Open Records Act, but Edmondson believes the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Oklahoma Senate should be held to the same standards as other public bodies in Oklahoma.

“Government belongs to the people,” Edmondson said. “Every meeting they hold, every document they create – those things do not belong to the legislature, they belong to the people. The legislature should conduct its business in the open, for all to see. Instead, the deals are done and then spoils are distributed in private. What we see in committee hearings and on the floor of the house and senate is simply ceremony.”

A recipient of Freedom of Information Oklahoma’s Marian Opala First Amendment Award, Edmondson has long been recognized as a champion of open government. 

“Legislators should know that their constituents are tired of closed-door meetings where corporate CEOs and high-paid lobbyists have seats at the table but everyday Oklahomans are kept in the dark,” Edmondson said. “We can begin to restore trust in Oklahoma government if our elected officials would only let the light shine in.”

Edmondson has pledged as governor to create an Office of Open Government with the sole purpose of ensuring compliance with state and federal sunshine laws.

“Good government dies in the dark,” Edmondson said. “Government agencies should follow the letter of the law but also the spirit of the law. Oklahoma’s openness laws were crafted to ensure that governmental agencies would be responsive to the people they serve. The intent of the laws is that the public be informed. From city hall to the state capitol, government agencies and public officials should stand on the side of openness.”

As attorney general, Edmondson frequently forced government agencies to be more transparent, including issuing an Opinion that declared government email records were public documents available for inspection, filling a gap in public access to electronic communications. Edmondson also created and taught a statewide, multiyear series of educational seminars designed to inform local, county and state officials, as well as the general public, about the requirements of Oklahoma’s sunshine laws.

“Open government is necessary for good government,” Edmondson said. “Our legislators  should not hide from us. The decisions they make and the laws they create impact every Oklahoman. We are their constituents and we have the right to hold them accountable for their actions. Legislative leaders should move out of the shadows and into the light.”  

A Navy veteran who served our country in Vietnam, Edmondson’s first job upon leaving the military was teaching speech and debate at his alma mater, Muskogee Central High School. Edmondson is a graduate of Northeastern State College and the University of Tulsa School of Law. He is a former district attorney and served four terms as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Learn more at




Steve Perry Opens Time Capsule

Many locals interested in capsule find

In the capsule was old newspapers, information about Beaver County

Historical treasure

Red Oak ended Forgan girl's season

Forgan vs. Red Oak

Thursday, March 1 - Yukon High School

7 pm

Forgan girls defeated No. 1 Lomega Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 and made the Class B Oklahoma State Playoffs.

Friday and Saturday games move to the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds

ALL THE WAY - The Forgan High School girls basketball team captured the Area championship Saturday night with a 46-34 victory over top-ranked Lomega. The Lady Bulldogs begin State play Thursday in Yukon.

Forgan's Basketball Season Ends at Yukon Thursday in First round With Red Oak


Leader & Times 

YUKON, Okla.— Sometimes the game of basketball is simply decided by who can put the ball through the hoop. And in the opening round of the Class B State Tournament, Forgan struggled to make shots while Red Oak found their stroke from beyond the arc, ending the Lady Bulldogs season with a 43-36 loss. 

“We didn’t get the result that we wanted,” Lady Bulldogs coach Travis Smalts said. “I thought our effort was there, but we didn’t shoot the ball well, and it basketball that makes things difficult.” 

Early on Forgan’s outside shots fell as Carson Slatten and Indy Curl each hit threes to give the Lady Bulldogs a 6-2 lead. Both teams struggled to hit shots in the first quarter, making a combined 5 of 17 shots. Forgan led 8-5 at the end of the first.  

The second quarter, saw Red Oak get red hot, hitting four threes to take a 17-14 lead into halftime. Red Oak extended their lead with a 7-0 run to start the second half, but Forgan answered right back with their own 7-0 run. 

The Lady Bulldogs continued to rally early in the fourth as Destiny Alston was able to get to the foul line and make her free throws count. Alston converted 10 of 13 in the game. Forgan trailed just 29-27 with 5:09 left. But foul trouble had Kylie Eagan on the bench with four fouls after tallying ten points in the first three quarters. 

Red Oak hit their seventh and eighth threes of the game, but Alston kept Forgan within striking distance until the game’s final minute. 

“The girls kept fighting until the end,” Smalts said. “We just could never get over the hump.” 

Forgan finished 11 of 38 (29%) from the field and just 2 of 10 (20%) from beyond the arc. Meanwhile Red Oak was 13 of 37 from the field (35%) and 8 of 20 (40%) from beyond the arc. Forgan made 12 of 15 free throws; Red Oak made 9 of 13. 

Destiny Alston was 2 of 6 from the field and 10 of 13 at the line to lead Forgan with 14 points. Kylie Eagan was 5 of 14 for 10 points despite foul trouble limiting her minutes. 

Forgan finishes the season 18-9 

“I’m proud of them,” Smalts said. “They’ve had to overcome a lot, and not just this year. We’ve fought through a lot of injuries and adversities to get here.” 


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



Beaver County Junior Livestock Show results



Kylen Kamp Champion

Dalton Perry Reserve


Jasmyn Mesa Champion

Kolby Kamp Reserve


Kylan Kamp Champion Res Grand

Rebecca Freeman Reserve


Ethan Frantz Champion

Reese Porter Reserve


Kylan Kamp Champion


Kolby Kamp Champion

Camdyn Bennett Reserve


Jasmyn Mesa Champion Grand

Skyler Perry Reserve


Intl Showman

Gavin Sager 1

Kendall Frantz 2 Jr Showman

Kelby Sager1

Kodie Fleming 2

Gavin Sager Supreme


Sr Showman

Sid Slatten 1

Britney Woodbury 2


Mary Morrison Champion Res Grand

Camdyn Kolbe Reserve

Dorset Ewe

Simon Regnier-Nelson Champion

Dannie Regnier-Nelson Dorset Ewe Reserve

Paige Halpain Champion


Camdyn Kolbe Champion Grand

Southdown Ewe

Simon Regnier-Nelson Champion

Suffolk Ewe

Camdyn Kolbe Champion


Jasmyn Messa Champion Res Grand

Commercial Gilt

Sid Slatten Reserve

Duroc Gilt

Aspen Freeman Champion Grand

Rebecca Freeman Reserve

Spot Gilt

Jasmyn Mesa Champion

County bred goat

Kodie Fleming Champion

Doe Goat

Kodie Fleming Champion Grand

Tel DeWitt Reserve Res Grand

Jr Showman Goat

Kodie Fleming 1

Rebecca Freeman 2

Kodie Fleming Supreme

Sr Goat Showman

Katelyn Estrada 1

Wether Goat

Kodie Fleming Champion Grand

Kodie Fleming Reserve Res Grand

Angus Heifer

Johnathan Regnier-Nelson Champion


Payton Freeman Champion

Tel DeWitt Reserve

Maintainer Heifer

Kelby Sager Champion Grand

P Herford

Hallie Littau Champion Res Grand

Hallie Littau Reserve

Shorthorn Heifer

Logen Freeman Champion

County Bred Lamb

Camdyn Kolbe Champion

Commercial Market Lamb

Camdyn Kolbe Champion

Avery Harrison Reserve


Camdyn Kolbe Champion Grand

Angela Pell Reserve


Dannie Regnier-Nelson Champion


Mary Morrison Champion Simon Regnier-Nelson Reserve


Dannie Regnier-Nelson Champion


Camdyn Kolbe Champion Res Grand

Continental Prospect

Kodie Fleming Champion Res Grand

Crossbred Prospect

Gavin Sager Champion Grand

Adam Creason Reserve

English Prospect

Sid Slatten Champion

Kendall Frantz Reserve

Intel Sheep showman

Avery Harrison 1

Jr Sheep Showman

Angela Pell 1

Simon Regnier-Nelson 2

Avery Harrison Supreme

Sr Showman

Dannie Regnier-Nelson 1

Mary Morrison 2

Paige Halpain Sr Showman

Angus Steer

Kelby Sager Champion


Adam Creason Champion

Tel DeWitt Reserve


Gavin Sager Champion

Wyatt Jett Reserve

County Bred steer

Sid Slatten Champion


Peyton Freeman Champion

Emelie Trentham Reserve


Sid Slatten Champion Res Grand


Kendall Frantz Champion Grand


Britney Woodbury Champion


Wyatt Jett Champion

Sid Slatten Reserve

County Bred Swine

Jasmyn Mesa Champion

Imt Swine Showman

Landri Bennett 1

Devyn Porter 2

Jr Showman

Aspen Freeman 1

Camdyn Bennett 2

Supreme Swine Showman

Landri Bennett Supreme

Sr Swine Showman

Skyler Perry 1

Sid Slatten 2



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

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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