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WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) testified at the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s Member Day on Wednesday. Mullin advocated for his bill, H.R. 5829, which would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to inform each physician in the Veterans Health Administration of their individual opioid prescribing rate and require pain management training for the physicians with the highest opioid prescribing rates.


Remarks, as prepared for delivery:
“Thank you Chairman Roe and Ranking Member Walz for allowing me to share my thoughts on how to combat the opioid epidemic that is impacting our veterans.

Our veterans gave so much for our country and we owe them our unending gratitude. We have one percent of the population defending 100 percent of our freedom. My bill, H.R. 5829, the VA Opioid Prescribing Rates Accountability Act, would reduce opioid over-prescribing within the VA without any complex mandates or expensive programs. The bill simply requires the VA to show its doctors their individual opioid prescribing rates compared to their peers.

The top 10 percent of prescribers each year must then receive additional training on pain management. Reducing opioid over-prescribing and highlighting alternative pain management is something we can all support. Senator Jim Inhofe has taken the lead on this bill on the Senate side.

Again, thank you Mr. Chairman for allowing me to share my thoughts on a piece of opioid legislation that will better take care of our veterans. Thank you for your consideration.”


Press release


Carl Albert State College’s third baseman, Ben Klutts of Poteau, Okla., has been chosen as one of nine NJCAA Region II Division II baseball players to receive the 2018 Gold Glove Award.


The Gold Glove Award is a benchmark for athletic performance and a standard of excellence held by Region II Division II coaches, according to Randy Graves, CASC Athletic Director.


Ben Klutts is the third player in CASC baseball history to earn the Regional Gold Glove Award.


“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with Ben’s performance throughout his first year in collegiate baseball,” said Tyler Guthrie..... ‘He’s sure-handed and has a really strong arm for third base. Not only is Ben a wonderful player who is sure to have ample opportunities to sign with universities next year — but he’s an even better student and all-around person.”


May 17

Dr. John Montgomery program at 6pm, LeFlore County Museum – Poteau, OK


May 19

Democratic Fish Fry – Lake Wister- Wister, OK


May 21

Footsteps for Families- 5K 6pm – Poteau, OK  


May 25, 26 & 27

Poteau’s All Class Reunion – Poteau, OK


Upcoming Events


June 25

Chamber Classic Golf Tournament


July 4

Celebrate America


September 29

Old Frisco Trail ½ Marathon/ 15K


October 19 & 20

Balloon Fest


Recurring events

Historic Downtown Poteau First Friday events:

First Friday’s will run from April through September on Friday evenings of the first Friday of each month and will include a beer and wine garden in the Pocket Park as well as other events.


Strike A Lot Lanes

Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau group special – 3 hours of unlimited bowling and laser tag - $13.00 Pizza and soda bash included.

Wacky Wednesdays:

$1.00 Bowl Games (Shoe Rental $2.50) & ½ Priced Laser Tag


9-Pin Tourney Challenge - 7pm


Cosmic Bowl 9pm-11pm - 2 hr. unlimited bowling, $10 (shoe rental not included)

8pm-11pm; three-hour unlimited bowling and light show -$10 plus shoe rental


Bowlaraoke and Cosmic Bowl 8pm-11pm

Now Open on Sunday from 4-8pm.


Events at the Lounge in Poteau


Guy’s Night Out – Happy Hour Prices for guys All Night


Karaoke 9pm-Close & Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-12am


Thirsty Thursday = $2 large soda, games and shoes




Karaoke or scheduled band or event

Sunday's Fun day

Happy Hour 2pm-7pm

Pool tourney -5 pm

Press release

Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Harold Wright applauded the signing of SB 1516, a continuation of the Lay Caregivers Act, which was passed in 2014. The Lay Caregivers Act allows hospital patients to designate a lay caregiver upon formal admission to a hospital facility and requires hospitals to notify the designated caregiver of the patient’s discharge to the patient’s residence or another licensed facility. The law also requires hospitals to consult with designated caregivers regarding the aftercare needs of hospital patients.

SB 1516 now requires the Oklahoma State Board of Health to request verification of compliance with the Lay Caregivers Act in hospital license and license renewal applications. Through this process, the Oklahoma State Board of Health will now have the ability to verify compliance through its inspection and survey processes.

Griffin was the principal Senate author of the bill and noted the important role unpaid family caregivers play in our communities. “According to AARP Oklahoma, each year unpaid family caregivers provide over $6 billion in uncompensated care to their loved ones,” said Griffin, R-Guthrie. “Being equipped to provide proper care to your loved one once discharged from the hospital can not only save money, but it can also save lives.”

“As the House author of the original Lay Caregivers Act, I was glad to see the progress that has been made in better preparing our family caregivers to care for their loved ones,” said Wright, R-Weatherford. “SB 1516 will further ensure that the Lay Caregivers Act is consistently administered across the state, providing for better care for our loved ones and saving our citizens money wasted on preventable readmissions to the hospital.”

AARP Oklahoma, which supported SB 1516, thanked Griffin and Wright for their support and commitment of Oklahoma’s family caregivers. “At any given time, there are between 500,000 and 600,000 Oklahomans providing some type of caregiving services and supports to a loved one, friend or neighbor,” said Sean Voskuhl, AARP Oklahoma State Director. “These services are crucial in enabling individuals—especially older Oklahomans- to remain healthy and in their own homes as long as possible rather than in costly long-term care facilities like nursing homes.”
Griffin and Wright expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans who spend a significant amount of their own time, money and energy caring for their loved ones. “Oklahoma is defined by its embracement of family, and caring for a loved one is one of the toughest, but most rewarding things one can do,” Griffin said.

“Our families are central to our society, and systematically incorporating them into the hospitalization process will only better their ability to provide care to their loved ones, ultimately increasing health outcomes and lowering costs,” Wright said.

Press release

Petition for Special Session would give chance to stop US 69 Bypass

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. George Faught today announced his support of a legislative petition authored by State Sen. Nathan Dahm calling for a special session devoted to overriding vetoes issued by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Article V, Section 27A of the Oklahoma Constitution allows for the Legislature to call itself into special session and set the guidelines without the governor’s input. Dahm’s petition would allow for the special session to take up overrides of Gov. Fallin’s vetoes from the 2017-2018 legislative term and allow for the members of the House and Senate to re-author and pass any measure Fallin has vetoed during her term, going back all the way to the 2011 legislative session.

“This would give lawmakers the opportunity to fix all the mistakes Mary Fallin has made and decisions she messed us up over the last eight years,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow.
One measure important to the Muskogee area that would be eligible to be heard during the special session would be Senate Bill 86. The legislation required the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) to perform an economic impact study before any planned bypass around a community is placed on ODOT’s eight-year plan and required the department to present the study to the municipality, which would need to approve the bypass before beginning construction. SB 86 passed the House by a vote of 62-27 and the Senate by a vote of 32-11.

“A veto override special session would give Muskogee another chance at stopping the U.S. 69 Bypass, and give input and protections to communities in the U.S. 69 corridor and across the state from future bypass projects,” said Faught, R-Muskogee, who served as the House author of SB 86.

Another potential measure eligible for a veto override is House Bill 1552, an important government transparency and accountability measure authored by Faught. HB 1552 would have brought much-needed reforms to the state’s regulatory process. It would have reformed the administrative rules process by restoring legislative control over government regulations, thus strengthening transparency and accountability and reining in unelected bureaucrats. HB 1552 passed the House by a vote of 71- 23 and the Senate unanimously.

“Gov. Fallin has failed Oklahoma citizens by vetoing legislation that is important to the Muskogee area and the state as a whole,” said Faught. “This veto-override special session would give us a chance to correct those problems, advance Oklahoma in a positive direction, and protect citizens from government overreach.”

Lawmakers are also considering overriding vetoes on pro-life, pro-gun, and government reform measures.

“Citizens can go to to find out who their legislators are and how to contact them. I urge Muskogee area residents to call their legislators and ask them to sign Sen. Dahm’s veto-override special session petition. Give lawmakers another chance at stopping the U.S. 69 bypass, as well as overturning other vetoes of policy measures that would benefit Oklahoma citizens and businesses,” said Faught.

Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, represents House District 14, which covers portions of eastern Muskogee and western Cherokee counties, including the communities of Muskogee, Fort Gibson, Braggs and Webbers Falls. He chairs the General Government Oversight and Accountability committee.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 21:31

Putting patients at the center of KidneyX

May 16, 2018 By: Bruce D. Greenstein, HHS Chief Technology Officer




HHS and the ASN created KidneyX for the development of drugs, devices and digital health tools for diagnostics and treatment of kidney disease.

Dialysis patients typically spend 12 hours a week attached to a machine. I saw this firsthand caring for my mother, who spent the final 14 years of her life on dialysis. From her first day to her last, little changed in her treatment.


The current state of innovation for treatment of kidney disease is abysmal. Some 30 million Americans suffer from kidney disease, yet the solutions are nearly identical to what they were decades ago. People with chronic kidney disease deserve better from our healthcare system.


That is why the Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology have partnered to create the Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX). Together, we can rapidly increase the development of drugs, devices and digital health tools spanning prevention, diagnostics and treatment of kidney diseases.


KidneyX will engage various stakeholders, including nephrologists, physicians, and entrepreneurs. However, there is one stakeholder whose voice will always come first: the patient.

Today, at HHS headquarters in Washington, D.C., 10 patients suffering from chronic kidney disease met with HHS officials to tell their stories. Secretary Azar, along with staff from the FDA, CMS and NIH listened to understand how KidneyX can best support patients. I’d like to share the experience of Nichole Jefferson, who explains her journey with kidney disease:



“As a kidney transplant recipient, I am enthusiastic about Kidney X because it can save others from going through the turmoil I experienced. My kidney disease journey began in October 2003 with a visit to the emergency room. After hours of testing, I was presented with the shocking diagnosis of end-stage renal disease.


“During the emergency room visit I learned I would have to start dialysis immediately. I was somewhat familiar with dialysis because of an uncle who had experienced kidney failure in the early 1980’s. I was under the impression that in the 20-plus years that my uncle had experienced dialysis, things had changed, and it wouldn’t be as difficult as it was for him. Imagine my surprise when I realized there hadn’t been much change in the treatments and I would essentially have the same options and suffer the same horrible side effects of dialysis.


“Everyone was ‘sentenced’ to four hours of treatment, three days a week, on the same day at the same time, week after week after week. When evaluating this tight regimen along with my work schedule and LIFE, I chose peritoneal dialysis. Although I was able to be treated while I slept, it was not without complications. There were several bouts of peritonitis, some of which required extensive hospital stays.


“On June 12, 2008, I received the gift of life--a kidney transplant. The transplant allowed me to watch my daughter grow into a lovely young woman. While watching her grow, I wondered if she, too, would have this disease. Kidney X gives me hope that my daughter, along with future generations, will be able to avoid the agony I experienced with kidney disease. It is my aspiration that Kidney X brings alternatives and ultimately a cure for chronic kidney disease.”


Patients like Nichole deserve the same level of innovation as we’ve seen in treating heart disease and cancer. It’s time to move past the status quo. KidneyX is our solution.



To learn more about how KidneyX will support patients, and how patients will support KidneyX, visit


Press release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol 



Shortly after noon today (Wed., May 16), a small flatbed semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with round concrete risers was traveling eastbound on the Turner Turnpike near Sapulpa.


During the trip, a concrete riser or two fell from the trailer and broke apart in the lanes of travel, resulting in one fatality.


People in several vehicles were alleged to have seen the riser(s) fall and/or may have had to negotiate around the broken concrete pieces.


The OHP Traffic Homicide Unit would like to identify and speak with these individuals.


Anyone who has information is asked to call 1-866-OHPTIPS, or call Troop B HQ at 918-627-3881 and ask to speak to an investigator.


According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigated, on May 15, 2018, the Pushmataha County Sheriff BJ Hedgecock requested OSBI investigative assistance with allegations of a Pushmataha County Correctional Officer having sex with an inmate.

After the OSBI investigation, Ashley Elizabeth Parra, 29, was arrested on a complaint of second degree rape.



Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:14

Mary Ann (Norton) Crumal Obituary

Mary Ann (Norton) Crumal of Heavener, Oklahoma was born August 23, 1945 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Gilbert and Anna Mae (Fox) Norton and passed away May 15, 2018 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 72.


She is survived by:

One daughter-in-law:
Michelle Baird of Tehachapi, California

One sister:
Evelyn Woodral of Heavener, Oklahoma

Numerous grandchildren

Host of friends and loved ones


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry Crumal; a daughter, Cindy Crocker; and a son, Kevin Baird.


Mary Ann was a resident of the area and a retired Baker. She loved spending time with her family and friends.


There will be a service at a later date.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


To sign Mrs. Crumal’s online guestbook please visit


Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:10

Fishing Report for May 16, 2018

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department 


Southeast Area Lakes 

Arbuckle: May 15. Elevation normal, water 73-76 and clear. Largemouth bass good on soft plastic baits, some being caught early on topwater. Smallmouth bass slow on swim baits and crankbaits. Spotted bass good on shakey head worms along rocks. Crappie slow around brush piles in deep water. White bass good near flats. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 14. Elevation normal, water 74 and clear. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait around brush structure, channels and below riffles and obstructions in current in deep water. Spotted, largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Trout fair on caddis flies and in-line spinnerbaits along channels, and deeper pools just off current. Rainbow trout are still present in deeper water. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 11. Elevation normal, water 64. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, flats, points, shallows and shorelines. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and stinkbait along channels, points, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 11. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass excellent on jigs, live bait, spinnerbaits, spoons and tube jigs in coves, creek channels, dam, river channel and tailwater. Crappie excellent on hair jigs, jigs and tube jigs in coves, creek channels and sandbar. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 11. Elevation normal, water 62 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, live bait and shad below the dam, along channels and river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and shorelines. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Konawa: May 11. Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, lipless baits and plastic baits in the main lake, around points and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, discharge and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on small lures and rooster tails along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 10. Stocked approximately 3,100 rainbow trout on May 10. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

McGee Creek: May 11. Elevation above normal, water 67. Largemouth and spotted bass good on flukes, jerk baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points and shorelines. Crappie and white bass good on minnows around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: May 11. Elevation below normal, water 66 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in coves and shallows. Crappie excellent on minnows along shallows. Channel catfish good on chicken liver along channels and in coves. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 11. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, bill baits, crankbaits, lipless baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs along channels, in coves, creek channels, points, riprap and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs along channels, creek channels, river mouth, shallows, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad and shad along creek channels, flats, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 11. Elevation normal, water 69. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, points, riprap, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, live bait, live shad, shad and sunfish along flats, main lake, rocks and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 12. Elevation normal, water 63 and muddy. Striped and white bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes, live shad and sassy shad along channels, creek channels, main lake, points and river channel. Striper fishing has picked up greatly, while the larger fish seem to be not as present, the numbers of fish are great, most being under 20" mark. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, in coves, creek channels, docks, riprap, rocks, shorelines and standing timber. Crappie spawn is beginning to slow down but fish are still being caught on the shorelines near rocks and brush structure. Jigs and minnows paired with a cork is the most effective way to catch crappie from the bank (Hint: Muddy water = Dark colored jigs). Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam, along channels, in coves, creek channels, main lake and river channel. Catfishing the main lake is good on cut shad with rod and reel as well as jug lining. Below the Denison Dam fishing is good when water flow is present. The past week Below the Dam has produced multiple Blue Cats over the 30 lb. mark. (Cut Bait and Liver). Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 11. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around points and shorelines. Blue catfish good on cut bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, main lake and standing timber. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

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