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S Old Settlers Harvest Fest is only a month away! See story on page 5A Perkins, oklahoma Hom of steve willincjham "PAYNE COUNTY'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER" Wednesday-Thursday Edition August 22-23, 2001 111 No. 48 ii; • • • man lnj at s Sheets man was severely ; an accident at the south of Perkins 45, was rushed lahoma City via the acci- to foreman the accident before 1 p.m. that he and another noticed smoke com- ge machine acent to the men attempted to Rescuers race to load Leon Vasquez into a MediFlight helicopter Vasquez's leg was nearly severed when we was dragged into a uez, who was following an accident at the sand plant one half mile south of dredging machine. the dredger. When Perkins on US 177Aug. 16. Journal photos by Cindy Sheets e Unable to contact him men started toward to check on Vasquez, they found that his pant Department personnel, andVasquez was flown to Okla- his leg and felt that he would re- leg had caught on an auger in- Payne County deputies quickly homaUniversity Hospital where cover well since the main artery said when they side the dredger. The auger responded to the call for help. he underwent surgery on his leg. in his leg had not been severed. t halfway to the ma- dragged Vasquez into the ma- The rescuers transported Aspokesperson forContinen- According to the spokesper- /answered chine, ripped his pants off and Vasquez to the shore with a tal Concrete Co. of Cushing, son, Vasquez was upon his feet them his leg had nearly severed his leg below the small boat, then loaded him into owner of the sand plant, said on Saturday and is continuing to knee. an ambulance to wait for a Vasquez is doing well. do well. the men reached Perkins police, Stillwater Fire MediFlight helicopter to arrive. Surgeons were able to reattach meat purveyor will on board of directors - An Okla- lor has been companies, As- Wes Beane Ralph's Quality will serve on the Directors of the orga- AAMP represents tl,800 small and me- meat processors, , Wholesalers, retail- ers. catere , home food service and meat industry suppliers and consultants. Beane also serves as Ex- ecutive Direc- tor of the Oklahoma- Texas Meat Processors Association (OTMPA) He was elected to that position in 1994. OTMPA is an affiliate member of the American Association of Meat Processors. The two-state organization is comprised of more than 75 meat processors, suppliers and meat industry ad- visors. Stillwater Fire Department personnel, Payne County deputies and Perkins police officers prepare to move Leon Vasquez from an ambulance to a helicopter waiting to transport him to Oklahoma University Hospital Thursday. Community Calendar • August 23, 6:30 p.m. - Gen- eration GAP meeting at the First Baptist Church. • August 23, 6:30-8p.m. - Perkins-Tryon Middle & High School Open House. • August 23, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins-Tryon Band Boosters meeting at the band room. • August 25, Perkins Car Show at Roscoe-Emerson Park. • August 25, 6 p.m. - Perkins- Tryon FFA Booster Club back to school picnic at Evan's Ag i Farm. • August 27, 6:30 p.m. - Perkins Lions Club meeting at Harland Wells' home. • Sept. 3 - Labor Day - no school. • Sept. 4 - Perkins City Com- i mission meeting at Perkins i Fire Station. • Sept. 4 - Perkins-Tryon School Board meeting. • Sept. 6, 12 p.m. --Chamber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. • September l l, 7 p.m. - Friends of the Library will meet at the Old Church Cen- ter. • Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. - VFW Post #7322 and Ladies Auxil- lary meetings. • Sept. 12, 6 p.m. - All Sports i Booster Club meeting in high school library. ' • Sept. 20, 12 p.m. -Chamber of Commerce meeting at Li- ons Den. • Sept. 22 - Old Settlers Har- vest Fest in downtown Perkins. Thankyou for tour subscription! Your subscription is impor- tant to us. Thank you to the following people who have renewed, or are new subscrib- ers, to The Perkins Journal: Perktns-l yon: Rebecca Giuerrieri In State: Bill Roberts, Jr., Jay; Lorene Kinnamon, Rose Ann Red, Stillwater Voters to decide fate of right to work on Sept. 25 Grandma used to make Crowd swarmed the buffet table during the Perkins Center's Birthday Luncheon Aug. 17. The is held monthly at the center, located at the First Streets. Journal photo by Cindy Sheets for water/sewer available from state The Resources Board bonds soon to for financing wa- 'er improvement Oklahoma. the agency issues $50-$75 million in revenue bonds approximately every other year, said Joe Freeman, chief of the board's Financial Assistance Division. That amount generates enough funds to extend 35 to 40 See Loans - page 4B State Question 695 will be re- organizations approval of an ferred to a vote of the people by employee to get or keep a job. the Legislature in a special elee- The measure bans other em- tion on Tues., Sept. 25. ployment contract requirement. This question is reprinted here" Violation of this section is a exactly as it will appear on the misdemeanor. ballot, followed by a brief ex- SHALL THE PROPOSAL planation by the Oklahoma BE APPROVED? Press Association (OPA) Capi- _._.__YES, For the proposal tol News Bureau. ____NO, Against the pro- posal BALLOTT1TLE State Question 695 is the State Question No. 695 "right to work" proposal, a pc- Legislative Referen- rennial issue in the Legislature dum No. 322 that will go to a vote of the This measure adds a new sec- people for the first time since tion to the State Constitution. It 1964. adds Section 1A to Article 23. It would prohibit contracts be- The measure defines the term tween labor and management "labor organization." "Labor or- that require a worker to pay ganization" includes unions, dues or a bargaining fee as a That term also includes commit- condition of employment in tees that represent employees, union workplaces. The measure bans new em- Senate Joint Resolution 1 by ployment contracts that impose Sen. Dave Herbert, D-Midwest certain requirements to get or City, passed the Senate 31-17 keep a job. The measure bans and the House 73-28. Neither contracts that require remaining chamber initially could muster in a labor organization to get or the two-thirds majority to ap- keep a job. The measure bans prove a special election date. contracts that requireotherpay- However, since this meant it ments to labor organizations to might have been delayed until get or keep a job. Employees November 2002---during the would have to approve deduc- elections for governor, U.S. tions from wages paid to labor Senate and Congress, the ad- organizations. The measure ministration and legislative bans contracts that require labor leaders later agreed on Sept. 25, In the 1964 general election, however. with right to work on the ballot, Right to work has been a top Democrat Fred Harris upset priority throughout the tenure of Republican Oklahoma football Republican Gov. Frank Keating, coach Bud Wilkinson for the who maintained it was essential U.S. Senate. The state's politi- to attract jobs and raise the cal makeup at that time was much more heavily Democratic, See Voters - page 2B • still on state by Cindy Sheets Journal Publisher It looks like work to improve US 177 between Perkins and Stillwater is on the horizon. Bill Anderson told Perkins Chamber of Commerce members that he and Harland Wells recently attended a meeting with Depart- ment of Transportation Director Gary Ritter regarding the widen- ing of US 177 project. Congressman Wes Watkins asked Anderson and Wells to attend the meeting to represent Perkins interests in getting the project started. Anderson said $12 million is needed to complete the project. Watkins was able to get $8 million allocated for the construction. However, $5 million had been allocated for road construction south of Perkins. A five-year study showed that ten times as many injury and death accidents have occurred on US 177 between Perkins and Stillwater as the strip of US 177 south of town, Anderson told the group. Therefore the funding has been shifted to the busier stretch north of Perkins. See US 177 - page 2B