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Elk City News: Elk herd feeds alongside horses


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

— As you can see by the photo, the Elk City elk herd looks pretty good! I get to see them a lot since I drive by them on my way to work at the hotel. The only time, obviously, that they aren’t there is in the heat of hunting season. The elk and the horses get along fine. In fact, when Tim feeds his horses, the elk just stand a little apart from the activity! Remember, these are not domesticated elk.

Dixie had a full winter schedule, according to the Dixie Diggings newsletter. Toni Tash has been doing the newsletter on a quarterly basis for 4 ½ years but her life is changing. There will be a new editor, Julie Olive. If you would like to receive a newsletter, contact Walta McCarley at

Our thermometer read as follows this past week: Wednesday, the 4th it was -11; Thursday, the 5th, it was -30; Friday, the 6th, it was -16; and Saturday, the 7th, it was -20. Weather like the “old days,” as some of us who have been around here a long time like to say!

Birthdays: Beverly Farmer, Samuel Hickman, Jasper Thompson, Natalee Lamar, and Eva Stibal.

History: With that note about the power company last week, I will share in this column some of what it took to get electricity to Elk City in the coming weeks. The Elk City Development Committee was started in 1958 with the top priority of getting electricity here. Members were Louis Alley, Wally York, Don Nitz, Jim Louis, Bob Tomlinson, and C.E. (Pop) Cummings. They started a letter writing campaign to Congress and in the spring of 1958, Gladys Alley started gathering signatures on a petition to both state and federal delegates.


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