Weather, is 2006's top story

by C.F. David

by C.F. David

Will Rogers once said of Oklahoma 's weather, [paraphrased] “If you don't like the weather, wait a minute and it'll change.”

Those words were prophetic for Cimarron County 's weather in 2006.

A year ago this month, we were in a drought and under a burn ban. We have experienced the aforementioned drought, torrential rains, and in the month of December enough snow and ice that Highway 287 was closed three separate times.

January

Officer Tim Puclik was hired by the Boise City P.D. at six feet, nine inches, Puclik cast a long shadow.

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Boise City grad Veronica Puebla competes as a female body builder as she attends Central Oklahoma U.

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Clayton Michael Myers opens a tire shop and an exercise salon.

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A cat who climbed a Tri-County electrical pole is electrocuted and starts a 10 acre grass fire.

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The Frank Neatherlin family is briefly displaced by a fire in their home.

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Tanner Williams is seriously injured by a traffic accident near Texhoma.

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C&M Feeders are hit with a protest when they file for a CAFO regulation.

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Boise City Public Works, annex the old Milo Plant.

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February

Sgt. Robert Shank of Felt requests school supplies for Iraqi children.

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The Cimarron River Ranch is denied an attempt to force Tri-County electric to move power lines. They appeal the decision.

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A car stolen in Cactus, Texas is wrecked south of Bloise City .

March

The Cimarron County Livestock Show opens

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Shaunna Strusel of Fountain, Colo. begins as a columnist

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Cimarron River Ranch's appeal is denied by Judge Greg Zigler.

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Cattle thefts in Western Cimarron County are investigated.

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A Cimarron County Deputy murdered in 1909 is honored on a national memorial to fallen police officers.

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Practice commences for Kenton's Easter pageant.

April

Matthew Robinson, 23, and James Boyd 32, are arrested and charged with the theft of several calves.

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Jeremy Richardson, 15, is injured in a Moto-Cross accident.

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First Lt. Corbin Copeland, formerly of Keyes, returns from Afghanistan .

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An oil derrick owned by Bronco Drilling in Oklahoma City collapses in Southeastern Cimarron County . There were no injuries.

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The Westside Laundry closes.

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The juvenile driver of a car stolen in Cactus, Texas , and wrecked in Cimarron County , is charged as an adult. Anastacio Niavez, 16, is charged with 10 felonies including assault with a dangerous weapon for trying to run over a deputy.

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C&M Feedlot continues its fight for permits.

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The Panhandle Press Association in Amarillo , Texas inducts Roy Butterbaugh into its Hall of Fame.

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Sgt Robert Shank comes home from Iraq , and does an interview.

May

The Cimarron Heritage Center sets its Veteran's Memorial.

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Keyes High prepares for its 75th alumni Reunion .

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Keyes Sweet shop re-opens.

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A Boise City man, Eric Rosas 19, is arrested and charged with public intoxication, indecent exposure and attempted rape.

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Cimarron County prepares for Santa Fe Trail Daze.

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Patti McAllister, the four-year-old granddaughter of Terrell and Linda Gray of Boise City saves her mother's life (Tricia McAllister), by calling her grandmother Linda long distance from Los Lunas , N.M. when Mrs. McAllister collapsed in her home.

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Gordon Folkers and Sally Parker honored at Santa Fe Trail Daze as Parade Marshall and Queen.

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The Cimarron Heritage Center dedicates the Veteran's Memorial.

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Boise City Police officer Tim Puclik resigns, saying he was forced out during his probationary period.

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Cimarron County and Boise City are both searching for peace officers.

June

Dr. Jerry Vannatta, formerly of Keyes is chosen as OU's Academic Physician of the year.

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Robert Dale “Rocky” Cobb is killed when his motor cycle collides with an antelope.

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Five members of the Shane Thrash family are left homeless when their home is destroyed by fire.

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Homes along North Hammond and King Streets are damaged by high winds.

July

Keyes receives a new fire truck.

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Keyes Schools hire Ricky McCullough as superintendent.

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Dr. Gary Mathews tells the Boise City News that his contract with Cimarron Memorial Hospital won't be renewed.

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Emalee Hanvey of Keyes places 14th at the USAG trampoline and tumbling championships.

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Nathan Cobb is hired as a Cimarron County Deputy.

August

The court of criminal appeals denies Dewayne Fry's appeal. Fry was serving time for a violation of parole.

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SSgt James Chapman formerly of Keyes returns to Iraq for a second tour.

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Cimarron Memorial Hospital offers Dr. Mathews a contract. He refuses it.

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The Boise City News has its first four-color picture on its front page.

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Shadlyn Maness of Dalhart, granddaughter of Doe and Wayne Tooley and daughter-in-.law of Kenneth and Janese Maness is a horsemanship champion.

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Good Shepherd Catholic Church dedicates a stained glass window to Bob Hathaway.

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Water flows into Lake Carl Etling after heavy rains.

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OPSU is rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the U.S.' colleges.

September

Dewayne Fry asks for a sentence modification.

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Patsey Shields resigns as CEO of Cimarron Memorial Hospital.

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Discovery Oklahoma films in Cimarron County.

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Ferguson Plumbing has a van stolen and wrecked, a juvenile is arrested.

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The Cimarron County Fair opens

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Brim Health Care Services of Bozeman, Mont. refuses to take Cimarron Memorial Hospital on as a client.

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Dewayne Fry loses his attempt at a sentence modification.

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The Boise City Wildcat Softball team are District Champs.

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The Missoula Children's Theater presents Jungle Book at Felt.

October

The Boise City P.D. hires Rebecca Searl as a police officer.

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Cliff White is appointed Boise City Muncipal Judge.

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CFO Kevin Conner is appointed CEO of Cimarron Memorial Hospital.

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Cimarron County's School Land auction is uneventful. 121,587 acres brought $231 thousand.

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Cimarron Memorial Hospital refinances their note with a Clayton, N.M. bank.

November

The Keyes Schools suspend Supt. Ricky McCullough for “cause.”

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Paul Toon is appointed to the board of Cimarron Memorial Hospital.

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Barbalee Blair of Felt is the acting Supt. of Schools for Keyes, as the board considers dismissing Ricky McCullough.

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Matt Robinson is sentenced for his part in cattle thefts.

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The county sales tax supporting Cimarron Memorial Hospital passes.

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Summer James is chosen as a National Merit Scholar.

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Lt. Col. Rod Richardson (Ret.) killed in Iraq, is memorialized.

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The Clayton, N.M. National Guard, with Cimarron County citizens as soldiers, return from Iraq.

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A grass fire with origins Northeast of Boise City burns into Colorado and destroys 5,000 acres of grass.

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A collision Northwest of Guymon claims the lives of mother and son Laura and Matthew Edge of rural Keyes.

December

Shirley Hutchison, of Mexhoma dies as a result of injuries in a Nov. 16 wreck.

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C&M Feedlot wins its right for CAFO permits

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Highway 287 is closed because of ice and blowing snow.

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The Keyes C-Store sells to California investors.

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James Boyd moves toward a February trial on charges of cattle theft.

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A home of a young Keyes couple burns.

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On Dec. 20-21, Highway 287 is closed for the second time due to ice and snow.

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The Boise City News is purchased by C.F. and Linda David.

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Highway 287 is closed for the third time due to 22 inches of snow, and winds of 50 m.p.h. from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2.