CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

The Osage Nation Museum (ONM) and Osage Artist Ruby Hansen Murray will be conducting a Creative Writing Workshop from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Using guided writing prompts, workshop participants will develop stories or poems inspired by the paintings and artifacts in the retrospective exhibit Traditional Values/Contemporary Vision: Works by Gina Gray currently on view at the ONM.

Osage artist Ruby Hansen Murray is a writer and photographer, whose work appears in World Literature Today, The Rumpus, Yellow Medicine Review, Indian Country Today and As/Us. She received an MFA from The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She’s the winner of the 2017 Montana Creative Nonfiction Prize, awarded fellowships at Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Fishtrap. She offers creative writing workshops in settings as varied as the Port Townsend Writers Conference, the Northern California Osage, Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska and Suquamish Elementary in Washington. A citizen of the Osage Nation from the Hominy District, she lives along the Columbia River.

Open to all ages, no previous writing background necessary.

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ABOUT THE OSAGE NATION MUSEUM

The premiere destination to experience Osage history, art, and culture

Visit the Osage Nation Museum (ONM) in historic Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Our continuously changing exhibits convey the story of the Osage people throughout history and celebrate Osage culture today. Highlights include an extensive photograph collection, historical artifacts, and traditional and contemporary art. Founded in 1938, the ONM is the oldest tribally owned museum in the United States.

Admission and parking is free.

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FINE FREE FEBRUARY

During February, return your overdue books, DVDs, and other library materials in good condition to be returned to the library shelves, and have outstanding fines forgiven.

The Library is featuring February as the month of love for our self and others. Book displays will include St. Valentine and Valentine’s Day, romance, good manners, and healthy heart month. Other topics highlighted during February will be women’s sports, black history, and Presidents’ Day. Come by and check out a good book.

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS

Less than a week remains for registered voters in Osage County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the Feb. 13, city of Pawhuska nonpartisan primary municipal and the Pawhuska I-2 annual school elections. County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 7, to be processed in time for the election.

Absentee voters may apply in person at the County Election Board office or may send their applications by mail, fax, or e-mail. An online version of the form may be filled out and submitted electronically at www.elections.ok.gov. Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Conner said, however absentee voters can activate certain special conditions in the following circumstances:

• Registered voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may apply for absentee ballots only by mail, fax, e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

• Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply by mail, by fax, by e-mail, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

• Military personnel, residents of Osage County living overseas, and the spouses and dependents of each group may apply only by mail, by fax, or by e-mail. For more information and instructions, military and overseas voters may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website: www.fvap.gov/oklahoma.

For more information on absentee voting, contact the County Election Board at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska. The telephone number is (918) 287-3036, fax (918) 287-4820, e-mail at oceb@sbcglobal.net, visit www.elections.ok.gov or www.osage.okcounties.org.

Sample ballots are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the February 13, 2018, City of Pawhuska Nonpartisan Primary Municipal and Pawhuska I-2 Annual School Elections.

Sample ballots are also available at the Osage County Election Board office.

Andrea Conner, Secretary of the Osage County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, during regular office hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sample ballots also will be posted outside every precinct polling place on Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.

Ballots that will be issued to voters include the following:

City of Pawhuska Nonpartisan Primary Municipal Election

Pawhuska I-2 Annual School Election

For more election-related information, call the Osage County Election Board at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, e-mail at oceb@sbcglobal.net, visit www.elections.ok.gov or www.osage.okcounties.org.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION CHANGES

Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner announced today that the Pawhuska I-2 School District has opted to close Precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 & 306 in Osage County for its annual school election scheduled on Feb. 13.

State law allows a city to close a precinct if it’s not entirely within the city’s boundaries and if there are fewer than 100 registered voters in that part of the precinct that is located in the school district. There are 25 voters in precinct 102, 2 voters in precinct 103, 33 voters in precinct 110, 2 voters in precinct 111, 0 voters in precinct 113, 3 voters in precinct 301 and 1 voter in precinct 306 that are located in the Pawhuska I-2 School District.

Any registered voters in Precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 & 306 who believe that he or she may reside in the Pawhuska I-2 School District and who have not yet received an absentee ballot application from the County Election Board should call the office immediately at (918) 287-3036 or email oceb@sbcglobal.net.