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Archive for: April, 2014

Groups demand climate change action on Earth Day at State Capitol rally

A Float Beyond Coal event was held in Muskogee, OK in front of the OG&E Muskogee Generating Station to highlight coal water pollution. Photo provided

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, several organizations will express their concerns about the state of the planet. A “Rally for Climate Change Action” will be held at the Oklahoma State Capitol South Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. Event organizers say to the world: “Atmospheric Warming/Climate Change is real, […]

Reps. Floyd and Dank lead wave of MidCity political hopefuls

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  Staff Report, Special to The City Sentinel   This week, hundreds of women and men will file for elective state office in Oklahoma, including many here in the MidCity area. Key races will come for most of the statewide elective positions, including governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction – the latter expected to be […]

Water softeners can eliminate costly hard water issues

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By Todd Feehan CEO, Dad’s Plumbing A commercial customer recently incurred a $2,000 repair bill because his water softening system wasn’t set high enough to match the water level usage. The business’ water softener company tested the water and found that it had 17 grains of water hardness; typically anything over five grains is unacceptable. […]

A wind war for Oklahoma?

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Staff Report A new wind farm in Canadian County is provoking fear from residents in the area. Consisting of 135 turbines near Calumet is the Canadian Hills Wind Farm, developed by Apex Wind Energy. Another 120 turbines both in Canadian and Kingfisher Counties are planned. The company touts the “clean, safe and renewable” nature of […]

COMMENTARY: Once upon a time in Washington, a former POW remembered, and I listened

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    By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – Jeremiah Denton spent eight years (1965-73) as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, including time in the “Hanoi Hilton.” Hailed as a hero after his return to the U.S., Denton won Alabama’s 1980 U.S. Senate race. He was among the notable victors in […]

Surgery Center of OK: Saving taxpayers real money, in real time

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY — In mid-February, members of the Oklahoma County Budget Board approved, and then signed, a contract with Surgery Center of Oklahoma. In the long run, that one move may be regarded as among the most significant steps in county history to save taxpayers real money, in […]

Oklahoma pension problems: $823 million annual debt, or $3.4 billion in savings after 30 years?

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – This sentence make even a policy wonk yawn: The annual amortization cost for Oklahoma’s government pension plan is $823 million. Translated into plain English, as a leading pension reformer in Oklahoma puts it, $823 million amount is “what it costs to serve the debt from […]

Alessondra’s OKC Owl Cam hosts fundraiser for local food bank

The Oklahoma City Click family are hosts to the Tiger family, Great Horned Owls living in their second story planter box which they share with the public through their OKC Owl Cam on Ustream.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   This time of year a family living in north Oklahoma City are hosts to very special flock of feathered visitors that inhabit their second story planter box. The Click family, Jeff, a commercial real estate developer, his wife Deziray, a physician assistant, and their two daughters, Alessondra (8) […]

Local Sierra Club chapter lobbies for the environment at State Capitol

The Oklahoma Sierra Club Legislative Committee meets regularly during the legislative session to review legislative progress and to organize grassroots action, including Lobby Day at the State Capitol. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Throughout its history, the Sierra Club has been a passionate advocate for sound environmental policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Each year, the Oklahoma Chapter determines its legislative priorities, identifying proposals beneficial to the environment and those with potential adverse impacts. The Chapter works with elected officials […]

OCC brings communities together on issues of faith and justice

OCC member Bishop Michael K. Girlinghouse, Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (left) with The Dr. Rev. William Tabbernee, exective director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches located in Oklahoma City, Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma Conference of Churches fulfills a critically important role, while promoting the unity of Christ. It connects, motivates, and empowers the witness of Christians and other religious communities on issues of faith and justice. OCC is comprised of 16 denominations; 1500 local congregations; ecumenical, Interfaith, and community partners; […]

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