Highlights of 2008
Just to touch upon some of the highlights of 2008 we see that the beginning of 2008 was when our winter storm come through the first week of January 2008.
That 2008 Winter storm of January remained in effect from 6 P.M. MST through Sunday afternoon. The Animas River Basin, San Juan River Basin - including the Cities of Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Pagosa Springs and surrounding vicinities were in the Winter Storm Watch. AND ... Northeast Kansas was experiencing a Winter ice storm.
An Arctic low front dipped down through Colorado and New Mexico with frigid chilly temperatures of -4 degrees. As January 2008 ended another winter storm was rolling through.
The beginning of 2008 we shared a few bio's of northwest Oklahoma pioneers. Just a few of those pioneers were: Lynn G. White; William Franklin Harfield; George A. Harbaugh; Henry E. Noble; Romulus Z. Linney; John B. Doolin; Lewis A. Salter; Thomas Jefferson; William E. Eutsler; Raphael H. Ross; Samuel Truitt Carrico; Lee A. Walton; J. Everett Smith; Jay H. Reigner; William P. Campbell; William Thomas Little; Claud Baird; W. Milton Bickel; George W. Snyder; Joseph Lamar Griffitts; Lindsey Lowder Long, MD; .
As we move into the 2009 New Year, Durango, Colorado's regular gas prices are down to $1.85.9 while gas prices (with ethynol) in Perry, Oklahoma are showing up at$1.36.9.
Last Year gas prices in the first week of January, 2008 in Oklahoma and Colorado were hanging around $2.99.9. In March of 2008 gas prices were creeping up into the $3.21.9 figure in southwest Colorado while Oklahoma was seeing $3.15.9 gas prices and Oregon's gas prices were at $3.41.9.
Summer brought financial disaster that spread around the world. AND... American voters were being persuaded for their their November 2008 votes as McCain/Palin and the extremists of the Republican party pulled out all sorts of tricks from their political playbook.
November 2008 saw those American voters unanimously going to the polls to vote in the historical 2008 presidential election for Obama/Biden and the Democrats.
Ellis Raymer reminded us that the famous "Alva Rest Room" in downtown Alva, Oklahoma was located, "On the westside of the downtown square, in a little brown building just west of the fish pond, also located on the downtown square in Alva, Oklahoma. It was a resting place for the women folk, and similar to a pool hall for the men, a chance to visit, gossip and catch up on everything happening before returning back home on the farm by Avard."
The Dacoma School alumni of Dacoma, Oklahoma were preparing for an all school reunion around the last part of March, 2008.
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Comments: In the 40s a favorite restroom for me was the one in the basement of the courthouse. I used it frequently when delivering the "square route" of the Alva Review Courier. One point of interest was that the jail was down there. I approached a prisoner once and asked him what he was in there for? "He replied, I pushed an old lady's ducks in the pond". There was also interesting graffiti posted on the walls of the stalls. Some educational, some just plain nasty.
~Bill Barker 2008-12-28 18:47:00
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