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Pawhuska Journal-Capital


OSU Extension and Bird Creek Farm offer training

Oklahoma State Extension and the Osage Nation’s Bird Creek Farm are hosting a Hoop House Training. The event will be held Aug. 20, at Bird Creek Farms, 102 Midland St., and Dr. Lynn Brandenberger will be providing expertise on growing winter greens, soil fertility, irrigation, and other topics. Training will start at 10 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. Lunch is provided but please RSVP by Aug. 19 for food arrangements.


Hearing is set for Aug. 21

An Osage Nation Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant Public Hearing for 2021-23 applications is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Aug. 21, at the Osage Nation Law Building, 1711 Grandview.

For more information concerning the upcoming plan, contact the Osage Nation Child Care Department at 918-287-5363.


Party town hall meeting set for Aug. 10

The Osage County Republican Party will host a town hall meeting, lasting for about an hour, at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Elks Lodge, 546 W. Imperial Blvd. in Sand Springs.

Former State Senator Eddie Fields will introduce elected Republican officials, who will give updates on current happenings. Everyone is invited to join us and families are welcome. Free coffee, tea and cookies will be provided. The Elks Lodge will have beans, cornbread, pulled pork sandwiches and chips at a low price for those wanting lunch. Questions? Call or text 918-697-9763.

Visitors are welcome to find out what happened in the 2019 legislative session, how the new governor is working with legislators, changes the new Osage County assessor is making, or current and upcoming projects of the Osage County Board of Commissioners.


Deadline for Pawhuska school bond vote is Aug. 16

Aug. 16 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to vote in the Sept. 10 Pawhuska I00257 Special School Election, Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said.

Chouteau said that persons who are U.S. citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to vote in Oklahoma.

Persons, who have never been registered to vote, not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply. Persons should fill out and mail an Oklahoma voter registration application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Aug. 16.

Chouteau explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after Sept. 10.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Chouteau said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office at 918-287-3036 or email

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave., and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Chouteau said that applications also are available at our website or the state website, and voters can check their registration status at


Absentee ballots to be available

Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau has announced that the Pawhuska I00257 School has opted to close Precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 in Osage County for its Pawhuska I00257 School Special Election scheduled for Sept. 10.

State Law allows a school district to close a precinct if it’s not entirely within the district’s boundaries, and if there are fewer than 100 registered voters in that part of the precinct. There are 24 voters in precinct 102, two voters in precinct 103, 35 voters in precinct 110, two voters in precinct 111, 0 voters in precinct 113, one voter in precinct 301 and one voter in precinct 306.

Voters who are registered in precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 will receive an application for absentee ballots from the County Election Board. They can fill out, sign and return the application form to the County Election Board to have a ballot mailed to them. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the County Election Board no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. Voters who receive their absentee ballots by mail must return the voted ballot to the County Election Board by mail. Absentee ballots must be in the County Election Board’s hands by 7 p.m. on election day to be counted.

These voters also may vote by in-person absentee at the County Election Board office from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 5 or Sept. 6.

Any registered voters in precincts 102, 103, 110, 111, 113, 301 and 306 who believe that they may reside in the Pawhuska I00257 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.