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Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:45

Four Hummingbird Feeder Hints

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


With Oklahoma's hummingbird feeding season in full swing and sizzling summer temperatures looming, biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Wildlife Diversity Program offer the following hints for a successful hummingbird season.


Fill Feeders Weekly
"We recommend refilling and cleaning your hummingbird feeders on a weekly basis," said Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist for the Wildlife Department. "A simple four-part water to one-part sugar solution should do the trick."

Most commercially available feeders have enough red coloration to attract the small birds; adding red food coloring to the sugar-water solution is not necessary.
Though hummingbirds will use a variety of feeder styles, those with a wide mouth are easiest to clean. "When sugar-water is left in the hot sun, harmful bacteria may begin to grow," Hickman said. "A bottle brush and hot, soapy water is the ticket to a clean feeder."


Ease Territorial Disputes
Hummingbirds may be our state's smallest birds but they have a lot of attitude, especially at feeders. "Adding multiple feeders -- out of sight of one another -- may help cut down some of the territorial disputes and allow more hummingbirds to feed," Hickman said.


Prevent Pesky Pests
For many hummingbird enthusiasts, ants, wasps and other insects are unwelcome visitors. To deter these "pests," consider feeders with bee or wasp guards. These plastic mesh covers prevent insects from reaching the sugar-water. Water traps can be used to dissuade ants. "I've found that water traps hanging above the feeder work better than those built into the feeder," Hickman said.


Make Your Backyard a Hummingbird Oasis
"Hummingbirds also love feeding from blooming flowers," Hickman said. "We've found that salvia, trumpet creeper, coral honeysuckle and bee balm are all frequently visited by hummingbirds." Learn more about wildlife-friendly landscape designs in "Landscaping for Wildlife: A Guide to the Southern Great Plains," available in the Wildlife Department's Outdoor Store.


The ruby-throated hummingbird is Oklahoma's most common hummingbird species. These birds begin arriving in our state in March and migrate back to Central America by early November. Two white eggs are laid in tiny nests built on a downward sloping tree limb from May to July.

Southwestern Oklahoma hummingbird feeders may be visited also by the black-chinned hummingbird.

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the management, protection, and enhancement of wildlife resources and habitat for the scientific, educational, recreational, aesthetic, and economic benefits to present and future generations of citizens and visitors to Oklahoma.


According to a press release from Mike Houck-Assistant AD/Strategic Communications, University of Oklahoma,  as the pleas have been entered in the court matter involving Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, the OU Athletics Department today announced sanctions in addition to what is required as part of the case.


Under those sanctions, Mayfield will be required to participate in university alcohol education and 35 hours of community service, some of which will include working with law enforcement, before the fall semester begins.


"As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team," Mayfield said. "I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position."


OU head football coach Lincoln Riley added, "Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program. He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and team has every confidence in him going forward."



For the Children: OICA Weekly Column

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


I have had the great pleasure of working with many youth-related programs through the years, but one of my favorites continues to be Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK). This class, held annually for high school juniors going into their senior year, selects around 50 Oklahomans to experience a week of activities that teach them about their home state.


For the past decade, I have had the opportunity to lead a two-hour seminar discussing the legislative process. I also lead a mock session for the YLOK, where participants sit at the desks of legislators, use their microphones and voting machines, and get a sense of how the process works by doing it themselves. I have fond memories of my own similar experiences as a student with the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, the OSU Student Government Association and even my first term as a state House member.


Each of these times was a learning experience, as should be the case with every aspect of our lives.


The legislative process is oftentimes difficult to understand, especially for those who do not experience it frequently. While many will remember the old School House Rock cartoon describing how Bill becomes a law on Capitol Hill, writing and passing legislation is slightly different at the state level. It takes time and patience to learn the rules and parliamentary procedures. It also takes experience to learn how best to effectively pass laws.


OICA became much more engaged in the lawmaking process this year, something we believe helps us to better pursue our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“ I consider the work we accomplished this past session highly successful; I am proud to say that 13 of the 21 bills on our priority list were passed and signed into law. In fact, that list actually underestimates OICA’s success, as it does not reflect some late, mid-session legislative additions or bad bills which we helped to defeat.


The statistic I am most proud of is this: when it comes to bills that directly impact child well-being -- such as improvements to the foster care system or child safety measures -- all 9 of OICA's priority bills gained final passage. In fact, the only bills we worked to support which did not make it through the process dealt with criminal justice reform modifications to keep families unified. Those bills will be brought back next year with a renewed effort for support. You can see our list of bills which we supported at, where you can also download our updated legislative process guide to help better understand the process.


As we begin the summer months, I hope our advocates have a time to recover from their hard work at the Capitol and feel a sense of accomplishment. We look forward to kicking off our legislative advocacy work at our annual KIDS COUNT Fall Forum, which will be held on November 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. It will be here that we begin to pinpoint our legislative goals for 2018. I hope you will consider joining us at this event and become a part of the solution, as well as learn more of the process so you can be an effective voice for children.


YLOK delegates debating policy on the floor of the Oklahoma House chamber


SAVE THE DATE: OICA Heroes Ball on August 10


OICA is hosting our first ever annual Gala, the Heroes Ball, on August 10 at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. The event will be a superhero themed party that honors members of our community who go above and beyond to help Oklahoma's children. We will post more information on in the near future!

About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.


Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“




By Sean Hubbard


STILLWATER, Okla. – While most Oklahoma State University students were cramming for final exams over the last few weeks of the semester, some upperclassmen in OSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering were preparing to give presentations to an auditorium full of their peers, professors and industry professionals.

Paul Weckler, BAE professor, teaches the senior design course sequence. In the yearlong class, students are responsible for developing engineering solutions for clientele with real-life problems.


The design course is the BAE Department’s capstone course, a culmination of the students’ undergraduate program. During the summer, Weckler spends time visiting with private companies and government agencies to identify potential clientele-based engineering problems that could be solved by BAE seniors.


The potential clientele are provided an overview of what it is like to work with senior design teams and their willingness to interact with students over the next 8-9 months is assessed. Early in the fall semester, Weckler presents the potential projects to students and he works with the students to form project teams that best align student interests.

This class is always different because the projects and students are always different. Sometimes the class deals with machinery projects, other times they might be dealing with environmental projects, or food processing projects. Many of the projects have come through the OSU Application Engineers Program, which provides engineering assistance to small rural manufacturing companies.


“While it’s time consuming for me, as an educator, it’s also very enjoyable, challenging and rewarding,” Weckler said. “It’s a win-win-win situation, and the winners are OSU students, Oklahoma businesses and government agencies, the state's economy and rural economies in particular.”


One group of students, the self-proclaimed “Landfill Ladies,” took on a project in collaboration with the City of Enid and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, working on solving some of the erosions issues the local landfill was having.


“There is a problem with erosion at the City of Enid Municipal Landfill and we are having an issue getting anything to grow on our side slopes at the landfill,” said Barry Brummit, environmental specialist for the city.


Katie Schlotthauer, Christian Ley, Hannah Blankenship and Amethyst Kelly adopted the project as their own and began working toward a solution during the fall 2016 semester. As this problem is not unique to the City of Enid, the team dug into previously conducted research to get an idea of what other communities have tried.


They decided to divide their test area into equal sizes and run several different tests against a control plot, which was left alone with no treatment. Each area featured a different way of trying to slow erosion so that grass could grow on the slope and help reduce erosion.


Not surprisingly, the test plot finished at the back of the pack, while the most successful plot incorporated a compost blanket laid over the entire area. While the team’s time was short at the landfill, they did see some grass grow, which was encouraging to the city.


“I thought the women did a marvelous job in the short period of time that they had to complete this project,” said Brummit. “The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality would like to extend the project into the next school year.”


That very well may be a possibility, as this class will continue well into the future.



Thursday, 15 June 2017 09:43

EOSC announces spring 2017 honor rolls

WILBURTON, OK (June 15, 2017) – Eastern Oklahoma State College has announced honor rolls for the spring 2017 semester.

There were 82 students named to the President’s Honor Roll, which requires a 4.0 grade point average in 12 or more credit hours during the semester. There were 224 students named to the Dean’s Honor Roll, after completing 12 semester credit hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average and no grade lower than a “C.”


Named to the spring 2017 semester lists were:





Adair County

Bunch – Kash Allen

Carter County

Ardmore – Jake Patterson

Choctaw County

Fort Towson – Brianna Blankenship

Hugo – Tyler Wickson

Haskell County

Stigler – Kodye Engle, Dante Miller

Hughes County

Stuart – Aron Nunn

Latimer County

Gowen – Cody Johnston

Red Oak – Austin Howell, Jacalyn Hulsey, Rainey Mauzey, Miranda Raney, Stanlee Underwood

Wilburton – Angela Brown, Sophia Bullard, Tomann Chatley, Kristin Mitchell, Sabrina Stanford

Leflore County

Heavener – Clara Brown

Wister – Chance Long

Logan County

Guthrie – Joe Scheihing

Wister – Chance Long

McCurtain County

Broken Bow – Jared Engler, Stephanie Ferguson, Synthia Gauldin, Cynthia Raub, Michaela Williams

Eagletown – Courtney Keeney

Valliant – Tara Cantrell

Watson – Justin McLemore

McIntosh County

Eufaula – Jacob Kelley, Katie Thompson

Muskogee County

Wainwright – Mary Barnard

Oklahoma County

Oklahoma City – Brent Stephens

Warr Acres ­– Winslow Lybrand

Pittsburg County

Alderson – Ethan Ardese

Haileyville – Angela McAlister, Jada Pingleton

Hartshorne – Breanna Beaty, Quinten Laub, Tessia Purvis, Troy Ray, Raeanne Zozula

Indianola – Kristin Eller

Kiowa – Tori Gillispie

McAlester - Jennifer Burch, Bridget Blue, Elizabeth Breslin, Loren Cox, Joshua Duff, Bryan Evans, Alissa Geffken, Caleb Herring, Ryan Hongell, Hannah Huddleston, Megan Kraft, Kaleb Lester, Skyeler Mendenhall,

Amy Newman, Cassandra Sparks, Rebecca Ward, Jeremy Williams, Cheyenne Wood

Pittsburg – Alissa Maloy

Quinton – Steven Jean, Samuel Simco

Pontotoc County

Ada – Tierra Christian, Parker Henderson

Pushmataha County

Antlers –Emily Matcham, Ashley Self

Clayton – Justin Bland

Moyers – Brittany Vega

Tuskahoma – Kylee Simpson

Tulsa County

Tulsa – Philip Scott




Shawnee County

Topeka – Brittany Strauss




Denton County

The Colony – Morgan Foster

Harris County
Cypress –
Keely Frazier

Nacogdoches County

Nacogdoches – Zachary Johnson




Saskatchewan, Canada – Rylee Denomy

London, England – Nicholas Keyamo

Labare, Paraguay - Juan Sebastian Rodriguez Lopez






Atoka County

Atoka – Shaye Angel, Ryan Broughton, Cassidy Spradlin

Beckham County

Carter – Brock Carter

Elk City – Madison Hughes

Carter County

Wilson – Kassidy Morse

Choctaw County

Ft Towson – Amanda Joslin, Whitney Hedrick

Hugo - Lacee Head, Madison Huskins, A'Breon Jackson, Tucker Reese

Soper – JaeLeigh Holder

Comanche County

Lawton – Reed Webb

Creek County

Bristow – Shelbie Fields

Perkins – Jessica Howard

Grady County

Tuttle – Jarrod Halphen

Haskell County

Kinta – Kyle Allen, Lane Davenport, Zana Johnson, Joshua Sexton

Stigler – McKinnah Denny, Callie Long, Sarah McKinney

Kiowa County

Mountain View - Nathan Davis

Latimer County

Gowen – Christopher Ainsworth

Panola – Wesley Corcoran

Red Oak – Cassie Bates, Christine Sockey

Wilburton – Leila Aaron, Warner Bedford, Michelle Boddy, Bryanne Coody, Tegan Crum, Amber Deela, Mark Delisle, Joanna Fite, Kimberly Glasco, Tyler Haney, Amanda Hawthorne, Jesse Heflin, Jessica Hood, Ricky Jiles, Michelle Jones, Skyler Jones, Martin Juventus, Chelsey Karstens, Bethany Rosson, Emily Sharp, Molly Sharp, Caleigh Taylor, Chris Taylor, Djulinda Then, Elijah Underwood, Trey Varnell

LeFlore County

Cameron – Ashton Evans

Heavener – Mariah Noah

Talihina Jarit Baxter, Jacob Dewbre, Frederick Norman

Lincoln County

Prague – Alex Dickson

McCurtain County

Bethel – Amber Bailey

Broken Bow – Taylor Atchley, Linda Choate, Jerry Crow, Alex Froslie, Johnathon Giddens, Michaela Hobson, Kyle McKinney, Myra McKinney, Kyla Rolen, Coby Shelton

Eagletown – Pamela Carney, Zachary Leonard

Haworth - Brianna Campos, Mickie Carter, Rachel Lipsey, Devon Wall

Idabel – Patrick Cobb, Erin Denton, Leslie Dicketts, Caitlyn Ives, Jamie Kizer, Eusebio Santillano

Valliant – Austin Bullard, Brayden Christian, Charlotte Trusty

Wright City – Lane Tuck, Wade Young

McIntosh County

Eufaula – Alexander Curtis

Muskogee County

Muskogee – Shay Hoog, Kelly Kowis

Oklahoma County

Edmond - Taylor Broyles, Alberto Ramierz, Ryan Sanderson

Oklahoma City – Cade Fulton

Osage County

Skiatook – Davin Gummere

Payne County

Stillwater – Justin Ford

Pittsburg County

Canadian –Jerry Mefford

Haileyville – Caleb Cooper

Hartshorne – Rachel Baker, Cali Baughman, Camille Collins, Seirra Flores, Devan Howard, Emily Jackson, Jason Lindley, Mylan Mass, Molly Mattioda, Cassidy Morgan, Kaylie Stephens

Indianola – Alexis Goodwill, Preston Hubbard, Kayla Shropshire, Skyler Whitfield

Krebs – Keely Morgano

McAlester – Shelby Adkins, Cami Barlow, Zachary Baugh, Katelyn Beams, Kelse Berry, Donna Bryant, Molly Bryant, Tyler Byrd, Dakotah Cassell, Miranda Chapa, Lauren Coggin, Cheyenne Collier, Lexen Cook, Tanner Corder, Todd Dawkins, Kaylen Forehand, Jessica Garner, Sara Harmon, Madeline Jarrett, Britton Kelley, Chase Kennedy, Shane Koeninger, Ruth Lawson, Makayla Leak, Kaytlyn Mackey, Andrew McBride, Jonathan Mullins, Hannah Pearson, Kristen Perry, Staci Phelps, Augusta Reagan, Benjamin Redman, Michael Sadler,

Brice Smith, Morgan Smith, Brittany Steel, Eduardo Suarez, Martin Suarez-James, Billy Thibodeaux, David Thompson, Cianna Titsworth, Megan Vieux, Elisha Walser, Amanda Ward, Adisyn Webster, Brett Weeks

Quinton – Kameron Dugan, Blayne Heath, Lindsay McBride, Alexa Miller, Hanna Peters, Valarie Quinton, Courtney Taylor

Pontotoc County

Ada – Austin Simpson

Roff – Ashley Cornell

Pottawatomie County

Asher – Hunter Fowler

Wanette – Caleb Dubler

Pushmataha County

Antlers – Stephanie Melton, Brody Pettyjohn, Gabrielle Renteria, Bonnie Wolfe

Clayton – Nicole Johnston, Adele Jones

Finley – Kayla Ward

Nashoba – Monika Hamman, Prater Howze, Rebecca Needham

Rattan – Kayce Baze

Tuskahoma – Kristen Houston, Leandra Potter

Rogers County

Claremore – Cameron Smith

Sequoyah County

Muldrow – Timothy Burmaster, Kory Pollard

Tulsa County

Owasso – Logan Armstrong

Wagoner County

Porter – Ariana Riley




Benton County

Lowell – Chyanne Fogg

Crawford County

Van Buren – Taylor Anders

Perry County

Bigelow – Brent Southerland

Polk County

Mena – Heather Rothenay

Sebastian County

Fort Smith – Grady Coleman, Roy Gean

Washington County

Lincoln – Cole Umberson




Maries County

Belle – Paul Shanks

Miller County

Olean – Brett Looten




Brazoria County

Pearland – Ashley Ford

Dallas County

Dallas – Alexandria Dupree, To’Lishia Weasah

Garland – Morgan Ames

Grand Prairie – Anastasia Herskind

Denton County

Justin – Alexandria Francis

Kaufman County

Forney –Ashley Brewton, Jasmin Taylor

Tarrant County

Forth Worth – Desirea McGinnis

Travis County

Austin – Zane Johnson

Wichita County

Wichita Falls – Martin Garrett

Wise County

Rhome – Michelle Coker




Nassau, Bahamas –Jhon Mareus, Smarlin Tavarez

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Danilo Crespo, Joao Victor Padovan

Santa Catarina, Brazio - BrunoJaeger

Staffordshire, England – Natalie Eley

Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:41

Graham receives CASC Scholarship



Poteau, Oklahoma - Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce Candace Nicole Graham has received the Tony Kerbow Memorial Scholarship offered at CASC.


Candace is the daughter of Bobby & Charla Graham and a graduate of Poteau High School.


Candace plans to major in Pre-Professional and Biological Sciences.



Wednesday, 14 June 2017 23:47

Walker receives CASC Scholarship


Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce that Bailey Anne Walker is the recipient of a General Scholarship from CASC.

Bailey is the daughter of Mike and Stacy Walker and a graduate of Spiro High School.

She plans to major in Sociology/Psychology.





Poteau, Oklahoma - Some employees of The Community State Bank spent Flag Day at the local DAV Chapter #63 in Poteau to show their appreciation to our local Disabled Veterans.


Bank employees Michael Bailey and Justin Porter fired up the grill and cooked hamburgers to the local chapter.


TCSB employees, Danielle YsBrand, Delona Holcomb and Gwenda Taylor served the meal.

“We wanted to show our appreciation to our veterans for the service to our country,” said Gwenda Taylor, from The Community State Bank.

The bank also presented the local DAV chapter with a certificate of Appreciation for all they do.


dean and sandy qualls

Dean and Sandy Qualls getting ready to eat a hamburger provided by The Community State Bank


Wanda Ludwig, acting Treasurer for the DAV #63 accepts the certificate of appreciation from TCSB employees, Danielle YsBrand, Delona Holcomb and Gwenda Taylor.


The DAV meets the second Tuesday of each month. Meal at 6pm and Meeting at 7pm. (Group shot of Veterans and friends who enjoyed the meal on Weds.)


The Poteau City Council met in a special meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 for a public hearing on the proposed budget for the new fiscal year.

Most people attending the meeting were there to voice their concerns over an agreement with Wolf Ridge Country Club and the city, which gives  Wolf Ridge, $3,000 per month to help kids to become more interested in golf and something to do since the city pool is now closed due to badly needed repairs.

Several took to social media to voice their concerns and then several for the proposal and several against the proposal voiced their concern during the forum on Tuesday evening.

A concerned citizen, Jennifer Griffin, was the first to speak. “Wolf Mountain Golf Course is not in city limits, how can the city be subsidizing a privately-owned business that is not even in city limits,” said Griffin.

Mayor Jeff Shockley was asked if he was aware that if the Choctaw Country Club is ever unable to support itself that it cannot be sold and the golf course will go to the city of Poteau or the County for recreational purposes and Shockley stated he was not aware of that or any of the services of the Choctaw Country Club.

One big concern with those representing the Choctaw Country Club was that they were not approached by the city to see what kind of deal that could do.
“They (Wolf Ridge) were pro-active enough to come to us,” Councilman Clay Bennett.

There is a 30-day trial period – to see how many kids will utilize the course and see how many kids are interested in golf.

The forum ended and no vote on the issue was made on Tuesday, but the agreement contract will be finalized at the next city council meeting on July 3, 2017.


The board meeting will take place at city hall at 7pm.

Golf Course heated topic at Poteau City Council Public Hearing - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Ruling to save DOC, sheriffs millions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter,  a victory in an on-going dispute over inmate phone call rates and the costs incurred by the state corrections department and county jails for allowing those calls.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit threw out federal intrastate rate regulation, saying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacks legal authority to mandate rates for inmate phone calls that take place entirely within one state. The court faulted the FCC for “ignoring the terms” of the law and for “misreading” the court’s precedent.

The ruling also called the method for calculating the caps “arbitrary” for failing to include the costs incurred by jails and prisons to allow inmates to use the phones. The court criticized the FCC’s method by saying it “defies reasoned decision making,” “makes no sense,” “simply cannot (be) comprehend(ed),” and is “hard to fathom.”

The case brought by the attorney general is estimated to save the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) around $1.2 million per year and the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office around $375,000 per year. Other sheriff’s departments around the state will see similar savings because of the ruling.

Claiming a major victory for the state over unlawful federal regulation, Attorney General Hunter thanked the work of the Solicitor General’s Unit, which argued the case, and said the savings will enable the DOC and county sheriff’s offices to keep phones in facilities, which will allow inmates communications with their families. Meanwhile, prisons and jails will be compensated for the costs incurred in allowing those calls, including monitoring phone calls to prevent illegal activity and providing security while escorting prisoners to the phones.

Without these measures, phones could be used to intimidate witnesses and judges, smuggle drugs and other contraband into the facilities, and organize gang activity and murders outside the facilities.

“I appreciate Solicitor General Mithun Mansinghani for his hard work on this case and seeing it through to benefit the state,” Attorney General Hunter said. “The excessive cost would have been detrimental to the DOC and sheriff’s offices. This ruling will allow for inmates to continue communicating with their families on the outside while ensuring the calls are properly monitored.”

Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to challenge the FCC’s 2015 ruling to place caps on how much inmates can be charged for making phone calls. Soon after, eight other states and numerous sheriff’s offices across the country joined Oklahoma’s appeal.

DOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh applauded the state’s Attorney General’s Office for the work challenging the FCC’s ruling to benefit the corrections system.

“The court’s decision is a clear victory for the DOC, one that will give us the opportunity to generate funding for much needed programs and treatments for inmates,” Allbaugh said. “The DOC will also be able to continue properly monitoring inmate phones in the best interest of public safety. I appreciate the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office for their work in this case and reversing the unconstitutional decision by the FCC.”


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