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According to a press release from Nikki Phipps Public Relations Manager of the Oklahoma Lottery, the Oklahoma Lottery announced that it expects to transfer $2.8 million more than what was appropriated to Oklahoma Education for fiscal year 2015. Contributions totaled more than $60 million for the fiscal year.


"As in previous years, the Lottery strives to exceed financial expectations and will continue to raise the bar in the effort to provide much needed funding for Oklahoma education," said Rollo Redburn, Executive Director.


More than $685 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.


"Giving back to Oklahoma Education," said Redburn, "is very important to not only this agency, but for all of our players as well."


About the Oklahoma Lottery
Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $685 million has been contributed to education since November 2005 with funds appropriated by the State Legislature to pay debt service on a higher education capital bond issue; to pay support salaries for public schools and for equipment, scholarships and other purposes at our career and technology education institutions.


For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 06:04

They felt the earth move, under their feet

 Fallin's Council acknowledges correlation between quakes and deep disposal wells


Patrick B. McGuigan – Capital Beat OK


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Coordinating Council of Seismic Activity met last week at the state Capitol.


As in the past, its deliberations took place out of the public eye after meeting members of the Council sat in Gov. Mary Fallin's large conference room.


Fallin, her Cabinet Energy and Environment Secretary Michael Teague and other members of the Council answered questions from reporters. Nothing said in response to questions was quite as start as the chief executive's opening remarks before more than a half-dozen cameras and a dozen or more print/online reporters in attendance.


Gov. Fallin said, "We all know now there is a direct correlation between the increase in earthquakes we've seen in Oklahoma and the disposal wells, based upon many different factors, whether it is volume or location or whether it is on a fault line, how deep that disposal well goes into the earth itself."


The state's chief executive said in public what her administration first began to detail last year at the state's website focused on the problem: "Oklahoma recognizes there is an earthquake problem in our state. We're trying to actively deal with it, come up with solutions and make sure they are based on scientific fact. That helps develop a response plan to address this problem and ensure that homeowners and business owners and agencies are all working together."


Fallin stressed that although the Council itself is not a rule-making group, its work has contributed to decisions from the state Corporation Commission and other agencies addressing the increase in earthquakes. She pointed out the depths for 347 injection wells have been reduced, and steps are being taken to to reduce depths for some 220+ others.


Teague, in his own opening remarks, praised the work of the Council, which includes government officials, academics and representatives of the oil and gas industry.

That's not to say the exchange with the journalists was without substance.


Reporters pressed, referencing "fracking" as a cause of increased earthquakes, but members of the Council remained largely agnostic on any such link.

The governor's news media spokesman, Alex Weintz, said the consensus thus far centers around "injection wells going deep," not fracking per se.


Secretary Teague declined repeated opportunities to call for additional legislative powers, or even for increased taxpayer funds to finance the research.

He said, "We think we're gaining ground with an administrative approach." Teague said he would sustain the Council's efforts to find private sector or grant resources to finance the ongoing work: "There are a lot of resources out there. This is going to take some time."


Gov. Fallin praised the administrative steps the Corporation Commission has taken.


The governor established the Oklahoma Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity last September.


Her move came after three years of steadily mounting seismic activity in the state.


From the start, Fallin put the Council under the leadership of Secretary Teague, the veteran of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers she recruited into her administration in 2013.


According to Adam Wilmoth, energy reporter for The Oklahoman, after last week's meeting Council member Chad Warmington, president of the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association, said concerning the injection well-seismological link:


"I think we've been saying all along — even when there wasn't a definitive tie in the public consciousness — that as long as the decisions are based on data and good science and not an overreaction, that we'll be fine. We agree with the approach."


Before the recent session, the state had been edging toward heightened scrutiny of oil and gas drilling activity, especially in the Arbuckle Basin, where much of the spike in earthquakes has occurred. However, several recent notable quakes, in the Logan County area north of Oklahoma City, took place outside the region where recent investigations have centered.


The state Corporation Commission, according to the website "has been implementing evolving directives for wastewater disposal operators, known as the 'traffic light' system, based on the general view that injection of disposal of wastewater into the basement rock presents a potential risk for triggering seismicity."


Several academic studies have pointed to the link between a jump in disposal of wastewater resulting from the half-decade jump in oil and gas drilling, and the increased number of earthquakes in the Sooner State.


A June 18, 2015 report published by "Science Advances" is perhaps the best-known of these studies.


The investigation by R. Rall Walsh III and Mark Zoback at Stanford University examined historic data, concentrating on the last five years of seismic activity.


The abstract of their report summarized, "In three study areas that encompass the vast majority of the recent seismicity, we show that the increases in seismicity follow 5- to 10-fold increases in the rates of saltwater disposal. Adjacent areas where there has been relatively little saltwater disposal have had comparatively few recent earthquakes.


"In the areas of seismic activity, the saltwater disposal principally comes from 'produced' water, saline pore water that is co-produced with oil and then injected into deeper sedimentary formations. These formations appear to be in hydraulic communication with potentially active faults in crystalline basement, where nearly all the earthquakes are occurring.


"Although most of the recent earthquakes have posed little danger to the public, the possibility of triggering damaging earthquakes on potentially active basement faults cannot be discounted."


The Walsh-Zoback analysis was posted online less than two months after a New York Times report detailed the state government's abandonment of "years of official skepticism" about possible links between drilling and seismic activity. At the Time, Michael Wines summarized, "Oklahoma's government ...embraced a scientific consensus that earthquakes rocking the state are largely caused by the underground disposal of billions of barrels of waste water from oil and gas wells." ... Creation of Oklahoma's website "coincided with a statement by the state-run Oklahoma Geological Survey that it 'considers it very likely' that waste water wells are causing the majority of the state's earthquakes."


These words are included in an overview of data available at that site:


"We know that Oklahoma experienced 109 magnitude 3+ earthquakes in 2013 and five times that amount in 2014.


The pace of earthquake activity has accelerated this year. The current average rate of earthquakes is approximately 600 times historical averages.


"While we understand that Oklahoma has historically experienced some level of seismicity, we know that the recent rise in earthquakes cannot be entirely attributed to natural causes. Seismologists have documented the relationship between waste water disposal and triggered seismic activity.


The Oklahoma Geological Survey has determined that the majority of recent earthquakes in central and north-central Oklahoma are very likely triggered by the injection of produced water in disposal wells.


"Oklahoma's response to the recent rise in earthquakes is constantly evolving based on the growing body of knowledge dedicated to exploring the issue. The resources on this page inform our understanding of Oklahoma's earthquakes and provide the foundation for our regulatory response."


The website features elaborate, and cumulatively shocking, details on the surge of earthquakes, drawing on information spanning decades of energy industry history.


Members or staff for the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity at the August 4 Capitol meeting included Fallin, Weintz, Teague, Warmington, Tim Baker and Charles Lord (Oklahoma Corporation Commission), Mike Paque (Groundwater Protection Council), state Rep. John Enns, R-Enid, Mindy Still (Oklahoma Energy Resources Board), Mike Terry and Kim Hatfield (Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association), Dr. Jeremy Board and Professor Austin Holland (Oklahoma Geological Survey), and Teague's deputy, Craig Sundstrom.


Not present at the session were academics from the University of Oklahoma's Mewborne School of Earth & Energy, Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens School of Geology and the University of Tulsa's Department of Geo-sciences.


However, representatives of all three institutions have participated in the Council's deliberations.


Critics of the Council and of Fallin's administration contend recent steps have come several years too late, but Fallin and Council members defend the efficacy of what they call unprecedented levels of cooperation among government officials and elements of the energy industry.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 14:53

Voter Registration Deadline is September 18th


Friday, September 18th, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the October 13, 2015, Pocola School Board Election, LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.


Steele said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.


Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, September 18th.


Steele explained that applications postmarked after that time still will be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after October 13th.


The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration.


The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter's precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Steele said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.


Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 103 N. Church St., Poteau, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county.


Steele said that applications are also available at

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:27

Terry Lynn Jobe Obituary

Terry Lynn Jobe, 50, of Bokoshe, OK passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015 in Poteau, OK. Terry was born April 18, 1965 in Marlin, TX to J.C. & Betty Lou (Bardin) Jobe.


He was a carpenter.


Terry was preceded in death by his parents.


Survivors include his wife, Trina of the home; his children, Cheryl Lynn & husband Seth Grigg, Taylor Lynn Jobe of Marlin, TX, Logan Chase Jobe of Bokoshe, OK; stepsons, Daniel Seiler of Spring, TX and Gaige Seiler of Marlin, TX; grandson, Mason Seiler of Chilton, TX; siblings, Curtis, Sammie, David & Richard Jobe; sister, Martha Nowaski all of Marlin, TX; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 10 am, Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.


Interment will follow Shady Point Cemetery, Shady Point, OK.


Pallbearers will be Jeffrey, John, Leslie and Dalton Jobe, Billy Holt, Kevin Holt Jr., and Chad Jackson.



The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

You may leave an online message at



The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, OK

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Harvesting a record animal was one item on Jean Thomison's bucket list. But this Copan hunter and angler truly never imagined that she would be checking that item off her list with the first black bear ever recognized in Oklahoma's Cy Curtis Awards Program.

"I would have been happy with any size bear. God just gave me the chance to harvest a big one," she said.

Jean used a crossbow to take the bear on private property in southwestern Le Flore County on Oct. 2, 2014, the second day of her first bear hunting trip. Her husband of 38 years, Ralph, was also on the hunt.

Oklahoma's first state-record bear scored 19 8/16. Skull length was 12 13/16 inches, and width was 6 11/16 inches. Scoring was conducted July 1 by Spencer Grace, game warden based in Kay County. Black bear skulls must score 19 or greater to be eligible for a Cy Curtis listing.

The bear was checked in the field by Jeff Ford, wildlife biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The 4-year-old male bear measured 77 inches in length and weighed an estimated 275 pounds.

Jean said it was easy for her to try bear hunting for the first time. "I grew up with two older brothers, so I considered myself a tomboy and was always up for challenges." She took up hunting and fishing when she and Ralph were married. "We both love to hunt and fish. We are both very competitive."

Ralph had hunted and harvested a bear previously. He said they "put in a lot of effort to hunt that bear."

Jean said the hunt area is a long drive from her home in north-central Oklahoma. "We went down there several times to fill bait barrels. It's three hours one way plus two hours on the mountain putting out bait, which makes for a long day.

"I was excited and a little nervous because we had to walk to the stand in the dark, not knowing what we might meet. I was in my stand about 10 hours the first day and didn't see anything."
Jean returned to her stand the next morning, and after a while she dozed off for a short nap. When she awoke, she started looking around. "Here came this big bear from behind me, going down the same trail to the bait barrel. The distance was only 14 yards when I took a good shot. My adrenaline was going 90 to nothing!"

She said she was hoping her bear was larger than the one her husband harvested previously, but she "knew that you don't get the option to choose the size."

The couple, owners and operators of Lakeside Taxidermy in Copan for 35 years, decided to use the hide of Jean's trophy bear to make a rug, which now hangs on a wall in their home.

Jean said she is now hoping to harvest a caribou or perhaps travel to Africa.

"Besides, I have one in the record book, and the main thing is that it was bigger than my husband's!"




Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:11

Carpenter Receives CASC Scholarship

Congratulations to Jalen Lane Carpenter.


He is the recipient of the General Scholarship Fund Scholarship offered at Carl Albert State College in Poteau.


He is the son of Bentley Carpenter and the Late Donna Carpenter.



He is a graduate of Kinta High School and a Physical Education Major.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:43

Poteau High School Community Pep Rally

Hey Pirate fans come out to the Donald W Reynolds's Center in Poteau on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm for a community wide Pep Rally.

Enjoy a Burger baskets for $5.00.

T-shirts will be for sale.

Come out and enjoy a Dance off competition and so much more.

Bounce around for the kids.

$5.00 armbands

Kick off the school year and show your support for all the players, coaches, band, dancers and cheerleaders.



Poteau High School Community Pep Rally - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:33

Pocket Park Robbed

The storage area behind the stage at the Pocket Park in Historic down town Poteau was broken into.

According to Eric Standridge, Executive Director of Historic Downtown Poteau. "Last week, we had our PA stolen from the storage area in the town square." It appears that the thieves may have come through a window area in the concession stand.

"We haven't had any real issues downtown in about two years now but over the last month things have gotten interesting," said Standridge.

A new 2,000 square feet building at the site of the old Dr. Pepper plant building had been constructed and was almost complete when vandals broke out windows in the building back in June.

Another incident occurred at Bridgman Furniture when one of the back windows was busted. "It didn't break, thankfully, but you can tell a rock was thrown at it," said Standridge.

If anyone has any information on the vandalism or sees any suspicious activity should contact the Poteau Police Department.

The security light in the pocket park have been out of service for approximately a week. This could make it a little easier for vandalism and thievery.

Standridge, purchased a new bulb for the light on Monday.

Recently the Poteau City Council voted for Dobson Technologies to lay fiber optic line in Poteau.

This is good news for those in Poteau who will now have another choice in their internet providers.

Dobson Technologies has laid fiber optic for use for Carl Albert and Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center and now other businesses and individuals will now get the option.

According to representatives from Dobson the service will cost around $65.00 per month for service.

They plan to not only lay Fiber Optic line, but erect 5 cell towers throughout Poteau.

This will hopefully prompt more businesses to settle in this area and create more jobs and it will also give dissatisfied customers of Windstream the opportunity to get another carrier.


President Obama recently visited Oklahoma and promised a new initiative to provide internet service to rural America called the Connect America Fund.

This could be why Windstream recently announced that they have been given $175 million in federal funding to expand and support broadband services to about 400,000 rural locations in 17 states across the country.

States that will benefit are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

According to a press release the funds come from the Connect America Fund and will be released over the next six years. The Connect America Fund supports networks capable of providing high-speed Internet services in rural areas where market forces alone cannot support expansion.

Nationwide, the federal funding will help the company expand broadband services for more than 800,000 customers.

An OKW viewer sent this message to us on our Facebook page about his thoughts on the issue.

Letter to the editor

I just read the article in the Poteau Daily News (August 6th) about Windstream. The first thing I notice is they are using Tax Payer Money to boost their Internet connection to BELOW what the FCC considers Broadband.

The FCC definition of Broadband is 25/3 and Windstream is looking at an increase from their crappy 1/512 to 10/1. This is absolutely ridiculous and as tax payers we should not allow this money to be spent to only put a band aid on Windstream's system and they definitely shouldn't be allowed to call it broadband.

How about investing some of its own 1.4 Billion in revenues in the 1st two quarters of this year to increase this without tax payer money and run fiber to the premise instead of increasing a technology that is going by the wayside (DSL)! If it's not Fiber it should not be considered an upgrade.

I am so glad that soon there will be competition and Windstream will be forced to do something or get out.

It won't help much when people have an option to jump ship – they will the first chance they get.

I will be the first person off.

Sadly I and my parents/family have been Alltel/Windstream customers since they have been in business and this will be the year that we all leave to go elsewhere.

I will be proud to help another small business grow in our community and become a part of making Poteau a better place to live and work and possibly help bring more businesses to create jobs just by being a good local consumer.

Windstream you have failed and continue to fail at creating a good consumer product and service and your press announcement is a pathetic attempt at making you look better but it in fact makes you look like you take tax payer money and put in your pocket and only give to the community what you can get away with. It's time for you to step up or get out!

Tony Morgan



About Dobson Technologies
Since 1936, Dobson Technologies has remained local, family-owned and on the forefront of advanced information and communication technology.

Over the past 75 years, Dobson Technologies has been a leader in providing information and communications services to Oklahomans. Beginning in 1936 with Dobson Telephone, we have continually reinvented our products and services to remain on the forefront of advanced information and communication technology.

Though we've refreshed our brand over the years, Dobson's commitment to quality remains the same. Our unique combination of experience, stability and innovation enables us to provide our customers with state-of-the-art connectivity. Today, we offer statewide information technology solutions, telecommunications services and fiber optics solutions to all Oklahoman communities.

Dobson Technologies to lay fiber optic line in Poteau - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Johnathan Locke Davis 35, of Muskogee, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment, followed by 36 months of supervised release for Felon in possession of a firearm.


Charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crime Task Force. The defendant was indicted in February, 2015 and pled guilty in March, 2015.



The Indictment alleged that on or about November 2, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, firearms, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.



The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility in which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.



Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

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