Columns/Opinions

Tue
05
May

How The Anasazi Lived

Although the cliff dwellings and pueblos of the ruins in the four corners area are the most enchanting of structures, they were late comers in the Anasazi mode of living.The earliest dwelling places found in the ruins were the pithouses, which were really quite similar to the dugouts used in the American West even as late as the settlement of Oklahoma Territory.

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Tue
05
May

Washita County Museum News

Around the middle of the 19th century, cowboys in the West shot what coyotes and wolves they could and injected strychnine into animal carcasses to take care of the rest

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Tue
28
Apr

House Report

Legislators are now in the process of accepting or rejecting amendments made to their legislation in the opposite legislative chamber. If amendments are rejected, the bills enter into a conference committee, composed of both state representatives and senators.

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Tue
28
Apr

The Men Who Invented The Constitution The Summer Of 1787

Recently, while Zonelle was in India, I visited my friend and CHS classmate, Eddie Myers, at his Parker County Texas farm he owns with his wife, Barbara. We talked about many things. When I took my leave,
Eddie pressed a book into my hands and insisted that I take it as it was one of the things we discussed.

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Tue
21
Apr

Harsh Beginnings

…By LeRoy Jones
I am not an archaeologist and there is a definite limit to the knowledge I have about people who lived on our continent long ago. I mean a very long time ago. A long enough time ago that their ancestors who had come probably predated the time when Jesus was born nearly halfway around the world. I do not attest to the accuracy of the dates in question, nor can I tell you where the people came from or how they came. But they were there. The signs of their passing are indisputable. For want of a better word, they were called the Anasazi.

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Tue
21
Apr

Washita County Museum News

By Lonnie Yearwood

Shortly after leaving the presidency in 1909, Theodore Roosevelt led a group of hunters to Africa to collect animal specimens for the Smithsonian. His return to the United States the following year was celebrated with great fanfare in New York City. Among the celebrants were two small boys, Bud and Temp Abernathy, who rode their horses from Oklahoma to welcome the former president back. The previous year they had ridden their horses by themselves to New Mexico Territory and back.

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Tue
14
Apr

House Report

At the start of session, Gov. Mary Fallin was among those calling for a different legislative process. Many officials and legislators are frustrated with the way most state agencies slide by with little or no accountability or oversight from year to year.

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Tue
14
Apr

Working Hard for Oklahoma

Twenty years ago, on April 19, I was serving as Oklahoma’s lieutenant governor. That morning, I was in downtown Oklahoma City with over 1,000 attendees at the Metro Prayer Breakfast. We prayed, read Scripture and heard from speakers who gave testimony to the incredible things God had done in their lives.

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Tue
07
Apr

Washita County Museum News

On the afternoon of April 8, 1905, a private five-car passenger train pulled into Frederick in far southwestern Oklahoma Territory. On board was the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. He had come to hunt wolves in the Big Pasture, a huge as yet unsettled block of Comanche land east of Frederick and southwest of Lawton. His hunting party included wealthy Texas ranchers Al Bivens, Burk Burkett, and William T. Waggoner.

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Tue
07
Apr

THE PLEASANT VALLEY WAR

I always try to satisfy myself that I am giving a factual account in any story that I write. I have tried to write fiction, but I am just not very good at it. I have never been much good at making things up. That which happened more than 120 years ago in the northern part of the Tonto Basin of Arizona has presented a quandary to me. Quite a number of accounts have been written about it.

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