Results are in – Bartlesville Passed all 4 Propositions, but…


All four propositions passed.  However, Proposition 2 (which included Price Tower Park and Amphitheater) passed by a much thinner margin at a little over 66%; the other propositions passed by about 79%, 83% and 81% respectively.  A voter turnout of 4,138 people made this decision for a city with a population of approximately 34,748.   Bartlesville is in a declining population mode which means fewer people will be paying into the property tax base to cover these bonds.   That is about 8% of the population voting in this special election.

Maybe we should eliminate special elections and have these matters on general election ballots so that more people would participate.  Just a thought…

For more info on what was actually on the ballot and how much money we just authorized spending – see my previous article here:

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Results are in – Bartlesville Passed all 4 Propositions, but…


Oklahoma – Special Elections by County on March 6th – THIS IS YOUR VOTE REMINDER!

Here is a listing of all the special elections by county across Oklahoma (it is a pdf file and downloadable):

Only problem is it doesn’t give you the ballot wording on bonds. It does give you candidate names on the ballot in those cases. But you will still have to do your own research!  This will simply tell  you if there is an election in your area.

For my friends in Bartlesville, here is the ballot wording for all the money on the table for us in the City of Bartlesville.
Bartlesville March 6 2018 SampleBallot

Bartlesville March 6 2018 SampleBallot PDF file downloadable (via this website)

Bartlesville March 6th SampleBallotPDF file downloadable via

In summary:

  • Proposition No 1 – City Equipment Projects – $1,995,000
  • Proposition No 2 – Parks and Recreation Facilities Projects – $8,260,000
  • Proposition No 3 – Street Projects – $5,120,000
  • Proposition No 4 – Storm Drainage Projects – $1,125,000

GRAND TOTAL (if all approved) $16,500,000

Sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars

What happens in a declining population base?  Can we really afford all this?  Will property taxes really remain the same?

I am so mad about the bundling of the much extravagant and unneeded amphitheater in proposition 2 – I may just vote no across the board.  I mean if they would do that on item 2 who knows what is buried in the other items!

My philosophy is when in doubt vote no and this time there is no doubt on Proposition 2 in my mind!

If you want more information on why to vote no on Proposition 2 visit on facebook Vote No on the Price Tower Park

My earlier post on topic is here.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Oklahoma – Special Elections by County on March 6th – THIS IS YOUR VOTE REMINDER!


Updated: Washington County GOP Chili CookOff-Dahm wins!

Senator Nathan Dahm wins Washington County GOP Chili Cook Off – congratulations and thanks to all the candidates who participated!


Original event announcement below:

Chili Cook Off 2017 Flyer (pdf version)

Featuring CD1 Candidates:

Andy Coleman  Nathan Dahm  Tim Harris  Kevin Hern  Danny Stockstill

Sunday, November 12, 2017 3PM

322 East Don Tyler – Dewey, OK 74029

Tickets: $10 for Adults * $5 for 12 and under

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Washington County GOP Chili Cook Off 


R3publican: Oklahoma Republican State Convention Highlight – Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Resolution

Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Resolution 


WHEREAS, We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness;

WHEREAS, The Oklahoma Republican Party Platform states: “God is the Author and Creator of life and that all human life, both born and unborn, should be protected.” (Republican Principles) ; and it later states: “We believe that at the point of conception, a person is granted the rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.”    -(B. Right-to-Life and Medical Ethics);

WHEREAS, Abortion is considered a crime under Oklahoma Statutes 21-861 and 21-862; and

WHEREAS, The 10th Amendment states that “[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.-”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Oklahoma Republican Party calls upon the Oklahoma Legislature, Governor, and Attorney General to only support and enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings which give an unborn child the right to life:.

RESOLVED, The Oklahoma Republican Party calls upon the Oklahoma Legislature to pass legislation and calls upon the Governor and Attorney General to enforce said legislation to completely abolish abortion in Oklahoma:.

RESOLVED, The State Party Chair and State Republican Executive Committee is directed to support the passage of legislation that protects ALL life of unborn children and to utilize reasonable Party resources necessary to promote such abolition legislation in the 2018 Oklahoma Legislative Session; and.

RESOLVED, A copy of this resolution shall be sent to the Governor, Attorney General, Oklahoma Senate Pro Tempore, Senate Floor Leader, Oklahoma House Speaker and House Floor Leader.


“Presented by: Andrew Lopez, Dee Dobson, Joe Palmer, Dave Spaulding, Amanda Teegarden, Gary Lanham, Wayne Hill and Kenny Bob Tapp”

Passed by the body of the Oklahoma Republican Party state convention May 6, 2017

R3publican: Oklahoma Republican State Convention Highlight – Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Resolution


National Day of Prayer at Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville May 4th

Thursday, May 4th 6:30 PM

The Voice of the Martyrs
1815 SE Bison Rd.
Bartlesville, OK 74006

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – National Day of Prayer at Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville May 4th


Stem Cell Therapy for My Cat Ivory

… a story about potential help for cats experiencing kidney failure
by Sandra Crosnoe

Ivory Nov 12 2016 copy.jpegFriends and family know that once upon a time there was Peaches and Ebony and Ivory. Ebony and Ivory were born in 2002 on the Hall estate in Keller Texas. Peaches was a rescue cat who came along shortly after the other two and was quickly the smallest but the feistiest of the bunch. Ebony died in 2011 (heart attack/stroke) and Peaches in 2013 (liver failure) and that leaves only Ivory to take care of me.

Ivory is 15 years old (2017) and recently she was getting pretty lethargic, loosing weight and not grooming herself properly, so I took her to Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic in Dewey on January 25th. They did a blood analysis on her and found she was in early stage renal (kidney) failure.

The recommendation was special prescription k/d cat food, fluids subcutaneously routinely, and Azodyl which is a pricey probiotic for cats. I set about to implement these lifestyle changes and research renal failure in cats at the same time. None of these things is a cure for the disease.

My good friend Donna Gustafson, who had helped me take Ivory to the vet, told me about a show she had seen on a cat with kidney failure who got stem cell therapy and did very well. The show was on the Pet Channel with an Alaska vet named Dr. Dee and a cat named Honey. It was segment 9 on Season 2 on Amazon with the following description:  

9. Operation Baby Owl Rescue

Dr. Dee and her husband Ken respond to an emergency, flying to rescue six baby owls whose parents were killed by an eagle. At Animal house, Dr. Dee’s dog becomes a blood donor for a lab with an auto-immune disease, and a cat undergoes stem cell therapy.

TV-14 CC Language: English Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: September 23, 2016

I purchased the segment so I could watch it. Then I called her office to ask how to find someone in my area to talk to about help for Ivory. I called Dr. Dee to see if she had any contacts for the lower 48:

Dr Dee Thornell

Phone (907) 479-2800

Her office promptly returned my call and  referred me to Vet Stem Cell:

Karina Benish, MSEd., RVT / Vet-Stem Regenerative Veterinary Medicine

12860 Danielson Court, Suite B  Poway, CA  92064

Direct Line_ 858-218-8650


Email  Karina Benish kbenish[at]vetstem[dot]com

I contacted Vet Stem Cell and they referred me to Dr. Caren Lawrence at VCA Woodlands in Tulsa

VCA Woodland South Animal Hospital
Caren Lawrence DVM
9340 S Memorial
Tulsa, OK 74133
United States

I talked with her by phone about the procedure and the price and learned that she could do the surgery to extract the fat cells and send them to Vet Stem Cell to convert to stem cells. The stem cells are overnighted back and then reinjected into Ivory intraveneously. We scheduled the surgery for February 7th.  I must admit the surgery and recovery from the extraction of the fat was a little more traumatic than I anticipated.  But Ivory did just fine and the people at VCA were all wonderful.  The key thing is to not wait until your cat is really debilitated from the disease to try to get enough fat for the stem cell extraction/therapy.  If you are going to do it, do it as early as you can in the disease process.

I took her back in on February 9th for the first stem cell injection intravenously and the second on February 16th.  We had enough to ‘bank’ for a future injection if needed.  Here are some pics of her getting her stem cells.

I am continuing Azodyl only giving one pill per day instead of 2 recommended for two reasons – price and lifestyle (have you ever tried to pill a cat?).  I am also giving her fluids subcutaneously about once every two weeks, whenever I have help and think she needs them.  The recommendation is for more like once a week, but also if/when she gets lethargic.  That is not happening any more, but I don’t want it to either!

We have switched over to K/D prescription diet almost completely just supplementing with other food to try to boost appetite a bit.  I also add a little water to the food per the suggestion of Dr. Hinz to help her get a little more water.  I was giving her vitamin B complex in a little squirt bottle when I gave her her pill for a while.  But appetite seems good now and I have stopped that for now.

Vet Stem Cell folks asked for a 30, 60, and 90 day report on Ivory. We were a little early on the 30 day vet visit (back to my local vet in Dewey, Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic), but got a good report. Her Bun/Creatin numbers were both down. I am hoping we get back in the normal range next visit, but Dr. Lawrence said we might see improvement for two or three months. Here is the March 7th lab test:  Bun went from 48 down to 40 and Creatin went from 3.0 to 2.7.

Photos:  Dr. Caren Lawrence,, Ivory and David Ramage

Special thanks to Dr. Erin Haxton and Dr. Elizabeth Hinz at Arrowhead Veterinary Clinic for all their love and care for Ivory during this process as well.  I have opened the comments on this post and would love to hear your stories on topic and be glad to answer any questions too.  I hope to add updates here to this unfolding story in the future.

In addition to all the medical things I am doing related here,  I should mention that  I have been praying for Ivory’s healing and often lay hands on her and ask for the Lord to restore her kidneys and give me wisdom about what/when to do for her.  He has taught me a lot about His love and care for me through the years and I believe that I can trust Him in this matter as well.   I do believe that the prayers of others make a difference, so if you are a praying person, please keep us in your prayers!

Some additional information on costs has been added to the comments below.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Stem Cell Therapy for Ivory


New Series for New Moms — Dear Mama by Rachael Joy Tapp

If you are just starting a family or well on the way you don’t want to miss this series.  i’ve only known Rachael Joy Tapp for a few years, but it seems like we’ve been friends forever.  She has wisdom beyond her years.  She lives in the Panhandle with her husband, Joshua and their children.

Rachael and Joshua lost their first child during the pregnancy. They have a precious two year old daughter, Hadassah, and just recently gave birth to premature twins, Levi and Gideon.  So she has a bit of life experience but she wraps that in practical tips and guidance from above.   I know you will enjoy each segment so be sure to connect with her and her blog.   I will try to add links to this post as they are released.

Here is her own bio in her own words.

Here is the series announcement.

Article one: Dear Mama, Who Just Gave Birth

Article two: Dear Mama, Who Wonders why Kids are like This

Article three: Dear Mama, Who Is Going on a Trip

Article four: Dear Mama, Who Thinks I Don’t See

Article five: Dear Mama, There is No Room for Fear

Article six:  Dear Mama, Learning to Feed the Family

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Dear Mama Series

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