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' Fire ghters receive training W Vet. 131, No. 4 By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer PERKINS Meridian Tech- nology Center is helping area volunteer re ghtersleamhow to save lives. Using state appropriated volunteer re ghter funds, the school recently helped the Perkins Fire Department cover the cost of a 16-hour vehi- cle rescue technician training ' course that equipped attendees with the skills they need to rescue people from serious crashes. More than 20 volunteer re- ghters from across the state recently attended the two day training. Communities who sent representatives included Perkins, Carney, the Iowa Tribe, Tonkawa, Shawnee and Enid. The rst day was held at the Perkins Fire Department and covered content such County tables minutes again By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer PERKINS The Payne County Commissioners Monday tabled approval of minutes from its Sept. 29 meeting after District 2 Commissioner Chris Reding took issue to comments made during that meet- ing from Ben Burnsed, a County Clerk employee, who appeared to oppose having Kevin Woodward continue as Payne County Sheriff. Last week the Commis sioners tabled the Sept. 29 minutes at Reding s request because he was unable to attend the meeting. The Commissioners approved having a summary of the (Sept. 29) minutes to vote on at its meeting next week. Burnsed previously Fer the week at Thursday, abet -' as understanding the vehi cle rescue environment, new vehicle technology and patient care. The second day provided attendees with skills to size-up a scene, a vehicle, safe lifting and cribbing techniques to overturn a car or truck, and extrication techniques. Perkins Fire Chief Joe Barta describes the course as one the most critical training re ght ers have. When it comes to working automobile accidents, vehicle extrication is extremely haz ardous, not only to the resouer but'to the victim as well, he explained. At that moment, you are the most important person in an accident Victim s life. Since there is not a lot of time when it comes to working with people who are critically injured, Barta indicated that rescuers need to be familiar appeared at the Commis- ' sioners Sept. 21 meeting to challenge the residency of Woodward in Payne County and had asked the commis- sioners to appoint the newly elected Sheriff, Joe Harper, to assume the of ce. . Harper won the August Republican primary run-off and will take of ce as Sher iff on Jan. 4. - Burnsed asserted at the Sept. 29 meeting that Reding had a con ict of interest in renting a house to Wood- ward. The Commissioners previously unanimously approved retaining Wood- ward as interim sheriff. There is no con ict of interest, Reding said. The only conflict is me get- tingin the way of what he (Burnsed) was wanting to do. Since it s not true and it s not founded on anything with the layout of the car so they can safely stabilize the victim. This means they have to know where the airbags are located, where the battery is housed, and be familiar with the car s wiring. If there s a victim trapped in a car, you actually don t remove the victim, Barta explained. You remove the car from around them. This rrright mean that you remove the top, take the doors off or even roll back the dash. The techniques used will vary on the situation. Rescuers have to work quickly and ef ciently becauselivesaremilyatstake. The second day of the main ing provided an opportunity for attendees to gain valuable hands-on experience with the extraction tools to learn the most ef cient methods to clear the way for rescue. Gary Cames, owner of Okie Motors but his statements,I wanted it removed. I don t think it is necessary for future people to read baseless accusations. At the end of the day it is not right, and I am not going to pass the minutes. Reding said after the election, Woodward moved his family back to Coyle but needed a place to live in Payne County to meet a residency requirement. He said he rented a house ' in Stillwater to Woodward until the end of the year. He (Woodward)has been showing up (to work), so he hasn t vacated his job, Reding said. He just wasn t living in Payne County at the moment, but he needed to live in Payne County to continue on as Sheriff. In the meantime, once we gured out that was a problem, I ith assiStance from Meridi ages an Perkins fire department volunteer Dillon Grider, center, assists with a vehicle extrication -during a training hosted by Meridian Technology Center. Photo provided in Stillwater, donated his busi- ness s space and provided salvagedcarsforthe trainingas a form of cOmmunity service. Renal-lines,Directorof Adult Training and Development at Meridian, coordinated the session and seemed the state funds to offset the cOst of train- ing. Instructors from the Fire Services Training department at Oklahoma State University delivered the content. The effect of these classes has real impact, Chief Barta concluded. On a scale of one to lO,theyrankabout 15.They truly save lives. Barta said Perkins will be get- ting two replacement vehicles including a re engine laterthis month, and a new four-door rescue truck in January, which will replace a 1992 rescue truck. Barta said volunteer re ght- ers are still needed, and those individuals interested can pick up an application'at Perkins FIRE, Page A2 Free meal program extended By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer PERKINS - The Per kins-.TryOn School Dis trict got some good news recently from ' the United States Department of Agri- culture (USDA), which is funding the district s school meal program for the rest of the academic school year due to COVID l9. The challenge has been getting information to par- ents and students to take advantage of the free meal program said Carrie Kinsey, child nutrition director for . P-T Public Schools. She said the information about the USDA, as well D COUNTY, Page A4 as the school menu, has been posted on the school s website, but not everyone including in-person stu- dents, and those studying remotely, have utilized the meal program. The USDA has extended the summer feeding pro gram, so all children are still eating free breakfast and lunch on the main line meal,Kinzie said. We got word this week from the USDA that they are going to extend that through the rest of the school year. Kinzie said due to the ongoing COVID-l9 pan- demic, the USDA is trying to help school districts with free meals. They said circumstances in the communities have not changed because of COVID and they are going to fund the program, she said. They stepped up and said they were going to help families during this time. This is the rst they have done this in the. 31 years that I have been here. Kinzie said she hopes more families will take advantage of the meal pro- gram. A lot of families are struggling and they could save that money that they are having to spend on lunches, she said. That might help make the differ- ence whether they pay the electric bill or not. State Representative candidates respond to Stillwater LWV questions STILLWATER The Stillwater League of Women Voters posed the follow ing questions to Oklahoma House of Representatives ' District 34 candidates Trish Ranson and Aaron Means. Should Oklahoma s voting system be changed to make it easier for voters? If so, how would you change it? Poll Workers in Oklahoma are getting harder to recruit. What can be done to assure that everyone can easily vote? What measures would you support? MEANS: The most import- ant question here is how can we ensure the integrity of our elections. Oklahoma must not lower standards that verify each individual is eligible to vote. Anything less threatens our Consti- tutional Republic. Mass mail-in ballots can be very problematic. In '2004, US Congressman Jerry Nadler (D) was quoted as saying, paper ballots are extremely susceptible to fraud. In 2012, the New York Times published potential prob- lems relating to voting by mail. Therefore, We should ask how can we maintain a voting system that guarantees only eligible voters can cast a single vote without ballot harvesting and without voter fraud. RANSON: Oklahoma s voting system is generally safe and easy. Registration, early voting, and election day voting are straightforward. Absentee voting is more complicated for security rea 1 sons, but it could be easier. The pandemic has proven Man gets jail term for threats to By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent STILLWATER A Per- kins man has been given a six-month jail term for twice threatening to kill Perkins Police Of cer Kyle Howard, whom he admitted he also spat on while intoxicated and resisting arrest. Patrick Rosse Daugherty, 39, was on probation for his rst threat to kill the of cer when two months later he again made the same threat, court records show. Daugh- erty admitted making both threats, court records show. In court last week, Associate m Classifieds an? i Comics I983, I History $13.8 I Obituaries >A2 I Opinions >A4 i Pubtic Records has District Judge Stephen Kistler- rekaed the probation Daugh- erty had been given in July of 2019 forthreatening to kill the of cer in January. The judge ordered Daugh erty to serve 150 days in jail for that rst threat, pay the . cost of his incarceration, have a substance abuse evaluation, perform any recommended treatment, undergo random drug tests, and show proof of employment or full-time student status. Fer the second threat in September of 20 19,the judge ordered Daugherty last Week to serve 30 additional days 39le business is nished sfastpiich softball business, at hand has now been . nished. The Lady Warriors held o a late BingenOney' rally for a 6-4 win ms; Saturday a emoon. i Sparta a Bi in jail, along with three con current 30-day jail terms for spitting on the of cer, being intoxicated in public and resisting arrest. On his' release from the Payne County Jail, Daugherty will be on felony probation for one year and l 1 months under the judge s order last week, court records show. When the Perkins of cer was taking Daughertyto jail after the second threat, Pat- rick stated he would hunt me down and put me in the dirt. I take this as a credible threat due to his Violent nature, Howard wrote in an af davit. that we can eliminate the notary requirement. We can then simplify instructions. As absentee voting becomes easier, we can encourage it to help voters and address staff- ing challenges. We should continually investigate computer system upgrades, including online registra- tion, signature-matching technology, and chip-card identification. Online voting will happen some- day, but security remains a question. I would also support making election day a state holiday. kill of cer Patrick has told me in the past he would shoot cops. Pat- rick has a conviction in Payne County for threatening to kill me. Patrick is a loose cannon and I am not sure what he will do and when he will do it. Once at the jail, Patrick stated he was going to step all over my heart. He later stated he wanted my forgiveness. I told him I forgave him when he threatened to kill me with a gun. I am not forgiving him anymore. ' He stated It s not a threat anymore. It s af promise, the Perkins of cer wrote in his af davit. What to watch TV listings, soap updates, trivia, and horoscopes. Tetavisien Guide at Inside Each Senator and Rep- resentative in the state leg- islature as well-as each US Representative from OK now represents the same number of people. Do you think the system Oklahoma currently uses for redistrict- ing after each census should be changed to reduce the power of elected o icials to set district boundaries, also known as gerrymandering? MEANS: Gerrymandering is not the of cial name of the process by which Okla homa legislative districts boundaries are established. The-correct term is Redis- tricting. Oklahoma s popu- lation which includes large cities, small,towns, private properties and goVemment owned properties is dis- persed across our state in irregular patterns. If all res- idential communities were laid out as perfect squares or rectangular grids, we could easily eliminate irregularly shaped voting districts. One possible solution is to require a justi cation for each irreg ularly shaped extension that would be added to voting districts. Additionally, jus- ti cations can be required for excluding communities, which otherwise could lie 'within a district. RANSON: Our goal when redistricting should be to ensure that each vote has its full and fair impact. Redis- tricting overseen by majority legislators too readily ends in gen'ymandering, unfairly tip- ping the scales of democracy. Also, because of our 12-year term limits, few legislators have historical knowledge of redistricting processes or district demographics. Some people have proposed com- puter driven redistricting, but computer models will re ect programmer biases and knowledge gaps. I pro- pose that Oklahoma establish a nonpartisan districting commission, such as out- lined by Common Cause. By retaining historical records, following best practices, and avoiding partisanship, a commission Would be the fairest approach. What is the best way Okla- homa can fund Medicaid expansion? Do you support 814? MEANSi If Medicaid expansion was the best choice for Oklahoma, we would not have to nd a way > LWV, Page A2 I III 'II III 04879 08865 , : aiiOKicom Si Ghanaian FDIC + .