Early Voting Begins Today!

Early voting begins today! Seventy-five of Oklahoma’s 77 counties will go to the polls on April 2. You can cast your ballot this Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at your designated County Election Board. Remember, you do not need a valid excuse to vote early. To view a sample ballot, go to: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/. Our Online Voter Tool can also help you find your polling place, confirm your registration, or check the status of your absentee ballot. For a complete list of elections, go to:https://www.ok.gov/elections/Election_Info/Upcoming_Elections/index.html.

Registered Voters Increase to Over 2.1 Million

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Nov. 1, 2018

Voter registration soars ahead of General Election

(Oklahoma City) – Official voter registration statistics released Thursday show a net increase of more than 104,000 voters this year, with total registration well over levels for recent gubernatorial elections.

The Oklahoma State Election Board does an official voter registration count on November 1 in years where there is a General Election. This year’s count showed 2,120,843 people registered to vote, almost 100,000 more voters than at this time four years ago.

Republicans had 1,003,182 voters, with 781,091 Democrats, 8,675 Libertarians and 327,895 Independents.

“These numbers are very encouraging, particularly following the exceptionally high turnout from this year’s primary election,” Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said. “It is important to keep in mind that registration is just the first step. We need people to get out and vote November 6.”

Long term trends continued to show the share of the vote increasing for Republicans and Independents at the expense of the Democratic Party, although all parties saw an increase in registrations this year. Republicans, Libertarians and Independents have their largest number of voters ever.

The number of Republicans rose to more than 1 million, the first time any party has had a million voters since the Democratic Party did in 2010.

To view historical voter registration statistics or to download a voter registration application, visit http://elections.ok.gov.

Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

From the Oklahoma State Election Board
October 10, 2018

(Oklahoma City) – Oklahoman’s have until Friday to register to vote or update their registration in time for the Nov. 6 General Election, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said today.

“It’s critical that people confirm their voter registration information and make any necessary changes before the deadline,” Ziriax said. “Elections are our chance as voters to have a say in our government, and that starts by making sure you are registered to vote.”

Voters can check their party affiliation, polling place and other registration information, view a sample ballot and track absentee ballots using the Online Voter Tool on the State Election Board’s website. It can be accessed at http://elections.ok.gov.

Voter registration forms, used to change any registration information, can be downloaded from the website, as well. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.

Voters must either deliver their voter registration forms in person or mail and have them postmarked before the deadline.

Those who are already registered to vote may update their information online. Voters can change their residential or mailing address within their current county and update their party affiliation. Address changes to a new county, name changes and new voter registrations will require a completed paper form, which can be downloaded on the website.

The General Election will allow voters to choose candidates for state and federal offices including Governor, state officers, U.S. Congressional seats, state legislative races, district attorneys and nonpartisan judicial races.

For more information, visit http://elections.ok.gov.

Early Voting Starts Today for Runoff Primary

(Oklahoma City) – Voters can begin casting ballots Thursday during early voting for the Aug. 28 Runoff Primary Election, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said today.

In-person absentee voting, or “early voting,” will be available at all 77 county election boards across the state and at satellite locations in some counties. Early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

All three of the state’s recognized parties have at least one statewide runoff. Registered Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians may vote in their respective party primaries. The Democratic Party has opted to allow registered Independents to vote in its primary, but the Republican and Libertarian Parties opted to close their primaries to Independents.

There are 35 state and federal runoffs on the Republican ballot and 12 runoffs on the Democratic ballot. Libertarians will have one race on the ballot, a gubernatorial runoff.

You can view a sample ballot or check the status of your absentee ballot by using the Online Voter Tool at http://elections.ok.gov.

Vyve Upgrades Pawhuska TV and Internet

‎Friday, ‎August ‎3, ‎2018

Pawhuska, OK USA

I started out this morning intending to look over the new services made available to our town by Vyve Internet. I met with the regional VP of operations, Ken, at the community center. I had a lot of questions, and if he didn’t have the answers, he brought a technician in on our conversation. He was extremely helpful.

I have to say that I’ve had some reservations about what this company had to offer because of the past history of the different names associated with our Cable TV / Internet company.

Before this week, Vyve offered SD TV on a limited number of channels. Their internet capabilites were not up to the current needs of most people, let alone an experienced internet / network technician like myself. I e-mailed the corporate office about that several times over the past couple of years. Ken seemed to remember one of them.

This week’s rollout of 105 Mbps internet along with the HD Television services brought much needed upgrades to our community. The limited basic is now a full CATV offering of the broadcast channels that are available over the air if you have a tall enough antenna and enough coaxal amplifiers. I’m grateful I don’t have to put one up – I don’t need the lightening strikes – and they’ve put in fiber optic to their neighborhood nodes and new amplifiers where needed.

The channels are clear and all the channels that are HD have a full HD picture on your TV screen. Even those channels that are broadcast in SD are sharp and clear now. Most folks will prefer to have the channels offered in the Basic package as well as some of the other packages they now have available.

For internet, the package they offered this past week of 105Mbps for $39.95 a month is really a bargain. The package makes the assertion that the price to you will not change for one year. At the end of each year, the price will increase by only $10.00 a month for the next year until you reach the retail price for the plan which is $109 a month. That is still a very competitive price for the 105Mbps and it will take about 7 years to get there. You, however, are not under any contract and may cancel with no penalties at any time should you be dissatisfied for any reason.

My personal experience was terrific. The day I ordered the package it was installed and working perfectly the same day. Because the team was in town to upgrade all the current customers to High Definition TV boxes, I had 3 technicians working quickly to get me connected. One on the pole, running a new wire. I had no cable to the house, but that was resolved in a hurry. One on the outside, and one tech on the inside running wire to the new modem. They left after everything was up and running.

My transition to Vyve was very transparent on my end. All I needed to do was plug in my devices to their modem, whether by wire or by wifi. A technician was handy in case I needed help. I didn’t need very much, though, and before long I only had 1 computer on my old connection.

With a terabyte of data a month, everyone in the house should be able to do all the streaming and I can maintain my 5 websites better. The first weekly update I did today to one of them went much faster. Uploads of pictures and information has never been so quick. The speed that I’ve experienced so far is worth every penny – even at the full regular price.

All in all, I’m completely satisfied with the experience and look forward to pushing the limits over this next month. By then, I may let go of my old internet provider completely!


Casey’s to Open Thursday

Our newest neighbor, Casey’s General Store at the intersection of Highway 99 and U.S. 60 (Main Street), will be opening at 6 am on Thursday April 26, 2018.

Previous reports from Casey’s corporate offices said they would be open the last week of April, then by April 27th.

I dropped by to visit with Angela, a supervisor at the new store. Casey’s will bring some good options to Pawhuska. They will have some baked goods, pizza and some of the standard fare for corner convenience markets.

The Grand Opening will be on May 11th and 12th. There will be quite a few special offers during this event.

I hope everyone can make some time to drop by and say hi starting at 6:00 am tomorrow.

Casey’s General Store

Casey’s General Store to Open in April

The construction site is busy and Casey’s General Store’s latest addition to Pawhuska, Oklahoma nears completion.

I checked with Casey’s earlier about the opening date for their new store. The best information I could get from them set the last week in Apri for their opening.

You can check out more information about our newest neighbor at https://www.caseys.com/.

Thank You Veterans

This Saturday, November 11th 2017, is the national holiday of Veteran’s Day.

Let’s all take a few minutes to honor those who are putting their lives on the line to maintain our freedom.

A very special thank you to each and everyone of you who serve in the Armed Forces of these United States.

We are proud of your service. You are in our prayers.


For more about Veteran’s Day as a national holiday, click here.