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Archive for: August, 2013

Freshwater Conservation Program benefits nature and people

Discharge otherwise known as flow is measured in the Canadian River at the Four Canyon Preserve by Freshwater Conservation Program Manager Kimberly Elkin using a Sontek Flowtracker. These measurements are used to determine the depth, velocity and discharge (or flow) of the Canadian River at a set point in the river. Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma.

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter One of the newest initiatives of The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma is the Freshwater Conservation Program. During the last year, the Conservancy has laid the foundation for this important program to ensure the sustainability of human health in addition to watershed protection. “The State just completed its Comprehensive […]

Let’s talk about stuttering. You’re not alone.

A professor of Personal Finance and Economics at Rose State College, Craig Dawkins, who stutters and leads the “Speak Out” National Stuttering Association adult support group in OKC, speaks to the 2013 graduating class at Rose State. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter One of the markers of early childhood is the first word. From that first word comes the ability to form phrases and sentences, or to talk – what Merriam-Webster defines as: to deliver or express in speech; or to use (a language) for conversing or communicating. Well, what about […]

BREAKING NEWS: Long-time Oklahoman reporter Michael McNutt to join Fallin staff

Michael McNutt

By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog OKLAHOMA CITY – Michael McNutt, longtime State Capitol bureau chief for the Sooner State’s largest newspaper, will soon join Gov. Mary Fallin’s staff, Oklahoma Watchdog has learned. A source close to the Fallin administration confirmed McNutt will begin working for the Republican governor next week. McNutt will serve […]

Taft’s delayed opening was because it was unsafe for students and parents. So why were teachers required to work?

Taft Middle School

By Stacy Martin Managing Editor If Taft Middle School was unfit for students to occupy early this month, why did teachers have to work there during potentially hazardous construction, unbearable heat, plus a day when its attached gymnasium floor was re-coated in toxic lacquer? The City Sentinel asked those questions of numerous people, but the […]

Mayor hopeful Ed Shadid launches campaign emphasizing neighborhood interests over special interests

Photo cutline: Dr. Ed Shadid, a spinal surgeon and Ward 2 City Councilman, spoke last week to over 1000 interested Oklahoma City citizens during his mayoral campaign Launch Rally held at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market.  Photo by Mary E. Sine.

CORRECTION In this week’s (August 29) print edition of The City Sentinel, in the sixteenth paragraph of a story about Ed Shadid’s campaign for mayor, we incorrectly used the word “billions” when Councilman Shadid actually said “millions.” The two-sentence sequence should read: He also pointed out that of the 20 cities planning to add streetcars, […]

REMEMBERING ODILIA DANK – a graceful lady, and an Army of One


By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Odilia Dank, whose funeral service was held last Saturday, was a key player in the advance of school choice, right-to-work, legislative transparency and a host of other reforms in the Sooner State. The first Republican to chair a legislative committee on education, her niche in Oklahoma history, including the […]

ACLU of Oklahoma files suit to remove Ten Commandments from State Capitol

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and the national ACLU have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments Monument located at the State Capitol. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter As reported earlier by The City Sentinel, The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and the national ACLU have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments Monument located at the State Capitol. “The monument’s placement at the Capitol has created a more divisive and hostile state for […]

Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra special drive benefits Moore Schools music program

Members of the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra performed at a special concert last week, in conjunction with a meeting of the Moore Schools Board of Education. The orchestra led an effort that has replaced 100 musical instruments destroyed in the May 20 tornado. The ensemble performing at Central Junior High included Brian Gorrell  (Tenor Sax), Jay Wilkinsen (Trumpet), Jason Cademy (Guitar), Justin Walke (Drums) and Larry Moore (Bass).

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher A wildly successful post-tornado effort has resulted in donation of more than 100 band instruments to benefit the Moore public school band program. The Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra brought together businesses, music fans and school patrons to replace instruments destroyed when the May 20 tornado devastated Highland East Junior […]

AIDS Walk OKC teams with local photographer to create Red State Project. Project seeks AIDS/HIV models

“Red State: a Portrait of HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma” is a digital storytelling project designed by Oklahoma artist Ashley Griffith in partnership with AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City to provoke thought and dialogue regarding the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Oklahoma. Photo by Ashley Griffith

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The board of AIDS Walk of Oklahoma City and local artist Ashley Griffin, owner of A.K.A. Gallery of the Paseo district, have joined forces to raise awareness about Oklahomans living with HIV and AIDS in a project titled, “Red State: A portrait of HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma.” John Greer, AIDS […]

AIDS Walk OKC unites walkers, runners, and four legged folks to support those with HIV/AIDS

Left to right:  Co-chair Scott Hines; sponsor, Jim Roth; and attorney, Richard Ogden participate each year in the AIDS Walk in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo by Dwayne Jones

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter With fall fast approaching, it’s time once again to grab your sneakers and leashes and join the 2013 OKC AIDS Walk. This year it is themed “Each Step Brings Hope.” It is set for Sunday September 22 in downtown Oklahoma City. The event is family friendly with the Walk, […]

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