Forum set for Wednesday

A YES SQ788 educational forum will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Osage County Health Department, 1115 E. 15th St., Pawhuska. It will be hosted by Tjuana Boulanger.

Learn about the endocannaboid and why it is so important. Author of the SQ788 Chip Paul, Chris Moe, aka Uncle Grumpy, and advocate Norma Sapp will educate and answer questions.


Training set in Claremore

Each year dozens of Oklahomans give of their time and energy to become volunteer mediators through the Early Settlement Mediation Program, a program sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The Osage County District Court uses program volunteers to assist parties with cases that are disputed on the small claims dockets as well as domestic cases, such as divorce and child custody matters.

Marcy Cox, the Early Settlement — northeast director, has scheduled a two-day mediation training session on June 12-13. This training will be held on the Rogers State University campus in Claremore, and will last from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day. There is no cost for the training.

“Applicants must complete the 20-hour training and commit to volunteering 10 hours mediating in the local courts,” Cox said. “Our volunteers often report they find mediating a personally rewarding and life-changing experience.”

Special District Court Judge David Smith presides over the weekly small claims docket in Rogers County, where the training will take place. After working with the program on numerous occasions, he offered an insight on how he sees the effectiveness of its involvement.

“This program has helped the court in many ways, in addition to helping make the community a more peaceful place to live,” he said. “I am happy to have mediators attend the small claims docket and look forward to meeting the new trainees.”

“Mediation is a powerful tool for resolving disputes,” Cox added. “When people are empowered to make their own decisions and given the opportunity to listen to each other in a non-judgmental atmosphere, they are capable of resolving their own conflict.”

The Early Settlement Northeast program serves Osage County and five additional counties in Northeast Oklahoma. If you are interested in the training, please contact the Early Settlement office at (918) 338- 8027, or email mcox@rsu.edu. For more information about the Early Settlement Mediation Program visit www.oscn.net and click on the “Early Settlement” link.


Summer reading program underway

Pawhuska Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, titled “Music and Sound,” began June 1.

Seventeen children from the general Pawhuska community, the Wah-Zha-Zhe Early Learning Academy, and the Osage Language Immersion School participated.

Parents, teachers, volunteers, and library staff assisted the children with experiencing music. Friday’s program opened with the sounds of the Osage language, presented by the Language Immersion School students. Next, volunteer musicians Tamika Sampson and Sarah Walker explained that the ukulele represented joy, which is to be shared with all people, and sang songs accompanied with the ukulele.

Following song time, volunteer Blythe Larrabee shared the story “Drummer Boy” and showed the children how to make a drum using a container and a balloon. Each child got to make and decorate a drum, and experiment with drum sounds. The library provided coloring sheets for each child to take home.

Summer Reading Program will continue from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Fridays through July 20. Each week different types of music and sound will be explored.

Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Applications available

Voters in Osage County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the June 26 primary election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. June 20, Chouteau urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office, 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: www.elections.ok.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot can track their ballot at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. June 26 to be counted.

Chouteau said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several excuses, and it is to the advantage of some voters to use one of them,” Chouteau said.

By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:

Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online by accessing http:/www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ 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.

Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online by accessing http:/www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ 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 and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible receive absentee ballots. These voters may apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website.

Sample ballots are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at http:/www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/ or at www.osage.okcounties.org for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the June 26, 2018, Primary Election. Sample ballots are also available at the Osage County Election Board office. Kelly Chouteau, 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 the precinct polling place on Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.

For more election-related information, call the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036, e-mail at oceb@sbcglobal.net or visit www.elections.ok.gov or www.osage.okcounties.org/