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J. Curtis Huckleberry

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WW)—Rain on Saturday brought some much needed relief to drought and wildfire stricken western Oklahoma. We picked up just under 1.8 inches of rain here at Broadcast Central. Oklahoma Forestry officials said firefighters are slowly but surely making progress against wildfires that have plagued western Oklahoma for more than a week. Two people have been killed and another 20 injured by the wildfires since they began. As of Sunday, the Rhea fire has burned across an estimated 288,694 acres in Dewey and Roger Mills counties and is 49 percent contained. The second largest wildfire, the 34 Complex, is 85 percent contained as of Sunday. It has burned across an estimated 64,432 acres in Woodward and Harper counties.

 

The potential for more wildfires is low through the week. Rain chances for western Oklahoma will pick up Tuesday and continue through Wednesday. A governor-issued state of emergency remains in effect for 52 Oklahoma counties, and a burn ban remains in effect for 36 western Oklahoma counties including Garfield. Additional county burn bans are in place for Alfalfa, Canadian, Grant and Major counties.

 

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PA)--Authorities are investigating the possibility of arson in connection with one of two large wildfires. Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander said last week that one person has been questioned, but not arrested, about a fire that began April 12, south of Vici. "We had some reports that someone may have started that fire and we looked at the burn pattern and there is some things that could support that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what happened," Sander said. That fire merged with a fire that began near Leedey. Dewey County authorities are also investigating a possible homicide case after a woman was found dead in her burned vehicle April 14, south of Seiling.

 

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FF)--The Enid Regional Development Alliance is hosting its annual Future of Food Forum Tuesday at the Central National Bank Center in downtown Enid. This year’s event will highlight the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the production of food and agricultural products in Oklahoma. The event is hosted in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative of Oklahoma and Kansas. There will be a couple of guest speakers. Registration will begin at 8:30 Tuesday morning, and the program will be from 9:00 a.m. -1:30pm. Attendance and lunch is free, but an RSVP is required. Contact Debbie Moore at debbie@growenid.com or by phone at 580-233-4232. A full agenda and the link to register can be found at https://growenid.com/upcoming-events/

 

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DA)--Three Enid men are facing prison time after being charged with first-degree robbery of a pizza delivery man earlier this month that netted less than $20. Enid News and Eagle reports 30 year-old John Daniel Pennington, 26 year-old Michael Charles Anderson, and 24 year-old David Lofton were arraigned on felony charges of first-degree robbery and felony conspiracy. The reported robbery occurred April 12 at Knight’s Inn in the 2900 block of S. Van Buren. A search warrant for the suspects’ room was obtained and served. Inside, officers found several red bandanas and black BB guns, according to the affidavit. Underneath a pillow, officers found $15 in bills and $3.15 in coins, which was about what was reported stolen from the delivery man. The three men face up to life in prison on the charges. They were ordered to return to court May 14 for a bond appearance and are being held in lieu of $20,000 bond each.

 

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HB)--Enid Police are seeking information about a recent home burglary. On April 16, a burglary occurred in the 1100 block of North Davis. The reporting party advised that during the daylight hours someone entered the residence without permission. The reporting party advised there were several guns stolen from the residence to include handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The value of the property and the damage was estimated in excess of $8000.00. Anyone having information that will could lead to the arrest or prosecution of this crime, or any other crime, is urged to call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 580-233-6233 or go to the website, www.enid.org/police/crime_stopper_tips.asp and submit a tip anonymously. You can also text your tip to “274637”. Just type Enid and then your message in the text box. You could earn a reward of up to $1,000.00. You will not be required to testify and will not be identified. 

 

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TC)--Two people filed for fill the unexpired term for Lahoma town clerk. Megan Murrow-Cooper and Con Pekrul filed for the office after the three-day filing period last week. The non-partisan election to fill the seat will be June 26.

 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recent report shows Oklahoma was among four states nationwide to wind generate at least 30 percent of the electricity produced inside state borders last year.

The industry report published by the American Wind Energy Association shows that Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota achieved that mark for 2017. The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma also ranked second in the country behind Texas for its nearly 7,500 megawatts electricity generating capacity provided through wind farms. The report says that the electrical generating capacity of wind farms grew last year by 9 percent nationally and by 13 percent in Oklahoma. Mark Yates is the Oklahoma director of the Wind Coalition. He says the industry has made significant strides in growing its generating capacity, especially in Oklahoma.

 

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WM)--There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you walk a mile in their shoes". Walk a Mile in Her Shoes™ is an international men's march to bring a stop to rape, sexual assault, and gender based violence. Join YWCA Enid at the local Walk a Mile, April 27th 11:00-1:30 on the Courthouse Lawn. Men in our community will participate by wearing a pair of red high-heels and "Walk a Mile" (or just a block). 

 

 

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BV)--Applications are being accepted for serving on many of the City of Enid’s boards and commissions. Applications are currently being accepted to fill vacancies on the Construction Board of Appeals. Vacancies to be considered for this board are as follows:

 

•                 One registered design professional who is a registered architect.

•                 One licensed electrical contractor or a licensed electrical journeyman.

•                 One registered design professional with mechanical experience, or a licensed 

                   mechanical contractor.

•                 One licensed mechanical contractor, or a licensed mechanical journeyman.

•                 One registered design professional with plumbing experience, or a licensed              plumbing contractor.

•                 One licensed plumbing contractor, or a licensed plumbing journeyman.

 

Applications are also being accepted to fill vacancies on the Fire Civil Service Commission, ADA Access Board, Historic Preservation Commission (Resident of Waverly Historic District), Library Board, and Public Access Television Advisory Board (ETN).

 

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. local time on April 25. It is intended that appointments will be made by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at their meeting of May 1. The City Commission may, at its discretion, conduct interviews with applicants prior to such appointments.  Information and applications may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, Oklahoma, 73701 or by calling 580-616-7275. Application forms can also be downloaded from the City’s web-site,www.enid.org.

 

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FR)-- The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is accepting donations to assist with long-term wildfire recovery across Oklahoma. Donations will provide food assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires while they recover and rebuild. If you are looking for a way to help, visit regionalfoodbank.org/HelpOK. A $10 donation can also be made by texting DISASTER to 501501. Donations can also be made to the follow organizations to assist with relief efforts:

  • Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation - Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation with “Fire Relief” in the memo line and mail to P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148 or donate online at www.okcattlemen.org
  • Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Foundation - Make checks payable to the Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Foundation with “Wildfire Relief” in the memo line and mail to 2501 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 or donate online at www.okfarmingandranching.org
  • Oklahoma Farmers Union Foundation - Make checks payable to Farmers Union Foundation, Inc., with “Wildfire Relief” in the memo line and mail to the attention of Wildfire Relief at P.O. Box 24000, Oklahoma City, OK 73124.

 

 

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PP)--Members of the Enid High School Student Council are currently accepting nominations for the Pride of the Plainsmen Award. Those nominated for the award must meet the following criteria: (1) have attended, served, honored or supported EHS in some way, (2) have demonstrated the ideals stated in the Plainsmen Creed, AND (3) and have reflected a high degree of success in service to education, community or his/her career field. Members of the EHS Student Council will select the Pride of the Plainsmen honoree the first week of May. He/she will be recognized at the annual Class Day Assembly in May. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 2. For more information or to request a nomination form, contact Jessica Ransom, student council advisor, through the Enid High School office at (580) 366-8300 or email her at jlransom@enidk12.org.

 

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PP)--Members of the Enid High School Student Council are currently accepting nominations for the Pride of the Plainsmen Award. Those nominated for the award must meet the following criteria: (1) have attended, served, honored or supported EHS in some way, (2) have demonstrated the ideals stated in the Plainsmen Creed, AND (3) and have reflected a high degree of success in service to education, community or his/her career field. Members of the EHS Student Council will select the Pride of the Plainsmen honoree the first week of May. He/she will be recognized at the annual Class Day Assembly in May. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 2. For more information or to request a nomination form, contact Jessica Ransom, student council advisor, through the Enid High School office at (580) 366-8300 or email her at jlransom@enidk12.org.

 

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MS)--Main Street Enid is a finalists for a number of statewide awards. All finalists will be honored and the winners announced at the 29th annual Main Street Awards Banquet, May 8, at the Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center Hotel. There are 21 competitive award categories representing the “four points” in the Main Street Approach – Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality and Design. Panels of outside judges for each point review the entries and determine the winners. Topping the Enid program nominations is Main Street Program of the Year. The other award finalist nominations are:

 

*City of Enid Parks & Recreation for Premier Partner

*Annual Infographic for Best Community Education/Public Awareness

*Business Recruitment Package for Best Community Education/Public Awareness

*Maker Trail for Best Retail Event

*Bright Future Mural for Best Placemaking Project

*Downtown Mural Program for Best Sustainable Design Project

*Davis Law for Best Business Practices

 

Tickets can be purchased from your local Main Street Program representative for $45. For a listing of Main Street programs in the state, or for more information about the Oklahoma Main Street Program, please call (405) 815-6552 or visit OKcommerce.gov/mainstreet.

 

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GF)--A gubernatorial candidate forum sponsored by The Oklahoma Academy and originally set for Enid in February has been rescheduled for late May. The forum originally was scheduled for Feb. 21 but was cancelled due to inclement weather. Twelve candidates are invited: Norman Brown, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, former Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Dan Fisher, state Sen. Connie Johnson, state auditor Gary Jones, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Broken Arrow businessman Rex Lawhorn, Joe Maldonado, Bethany businessman Chris Powell, Tulsa businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Gary Richardson, and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt. The Oklahoma Academy is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization founded by Gov. Henry Bellmon in 1967 to bring public attention to policy issues, provide objective, thorough research, develop consensus public policy recommendations and act as a catalyst for positive change. The forum is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 29 at Central National Bank Center. The forum is free and open to the public. For information on the forum, call the academy office at (405) 307-0986 or email Jamie@okacademy.org. For information on The Oklahoma Academy, visit the website at www.okacademy.org.

 

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TT)--Oklahoma City All-Sports Association announced Wednesday the State Games of Oklahoma Tennis Tournament will be held in Enid this year. This marks the first time a State Games event will be held in Enid. The tournament will be June 29 to July 1 at Oakwood Country Club. Matt Lopez and Dwayne Campbell will be the new sport directors for the tournament. The adult tournament is estimated to include more than 100 athletes from across Oklahoma, and the competition is open for athletes of all abilities, from novice to expert. Partnerships between The State Games of Oklahoma and Enid Tennis Association, and Oakwood Country Club and Visit Enid office made the tournament in Enid possible, according to the organization. Registration for the tournament can be done at http://www.stategamesofoklahoma.org/tennis/. For information on the Tennis tournament and other State Games events, visit the official site at www.stategamesofoklahoma.org.

 

 

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