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Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


Elks Lodge to hold event

for area youth this Friday

The Pawhuska Elks Lodge will hold a youth dance on Friday from 6-10 p.m. There will be a DJ, door prizes, pizza and other snacks.


Classes will be held

March 27 through May 1

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, which serves 19 counties including Osage County, will be holding a Diabetes Empowerment Education Program class at the Osage County Health Department in Pawhuska. There will be six sessions, all on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., beginning on March 27 and concluding on May 1. To register, call Devon Murray, Northeast Center of Healthy Aging education specialist, at 918-779-7367, or email her at The class will teach participants how to take an active role in managing diabetes.


Free Dump Day

coming March 30

Osage County commissioners will sponsor a Free Dump Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 30. Items can be dropped off at the District 1 county shops in Pawhuska, Shidler and Barnsdall; at the District 2 shop in Skiatook; and at the District 3 shops in Fairfax and Hominy. Items to be accepted include passenger tires without rims (no tire dealers), appliances/furniture, mattresses/box springs, and wood/brush. What will not be accepted includes household trash, household hazardous waste items, commercial or contractor trash and paint or other chemicals.


Ballot request deadline

is set for March 27

Only a little time remains for registered voters in Osage County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the April 2 city of Pawhuska municipal general, Tulsa I-1 Board of Education general, Ponca City I-71 Board of Education general, city of Skiatook municipal general, town of Sperry municipal general, town of Wynona municipal general and city of Barnsdall Municipal General Elections, Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. March 27 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 Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Chouteau 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:

Sample ballots are now available on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake.

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 a.m. to 4 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.

For more election-related information, contact the Osage County Election Board at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, call 918-287-3036, e-mail at or visit or


Skiatook closes

two polling places

Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau announced that the city of Skiatook has opted to closed Precincts 109 and 112 in Osage County for its city of Skiatook municipal general election scheduled on April 2.

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 district. There are no voters in these two precincts that are located in the city of Skiatook.

Any registered voters in Precincts 109 and 112 who believe that he or she may reside in the city of Skiatook and who has not yet received an absentee ballot application from the County Election Board should call the office immediately at 918-287-3036.