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Archive for: May, 2015

Oklahoma Sierra Club decries the passage of Senate Bill 809

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Seismicity Map - 1970 to January 20, 2015.

Staff Report On the next-to-last day of the 2015 legislative session, the Oklahoma Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 809. This bill aims to repeal prior law allowing local governments to regulate oil and gas drilling and waste water disposal in their municipal jurisdictions. Oklahoma Sierra Club Director Johnson Bridgwater responded to this action […]

Local activists hold rally to support diplomacy – not war

From left: Mary Francis, member of Americans Against the Next War (AANW), Nathaniel Batchelder, Director of The Peace House, Garland Pruitt, President, NAACP Oklahoma City Branch, and Jalal Farzaneh, member of AANW stand in ‘support of diplomacy – not war’ during a recent rally at the corner of N. Penn and NW Expressway in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Local organizations supporting the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers held a public show of support with a demonstration on Friday, May 15 in Oklahoma City. A peace rally on the four corners of Pennsylvania Ave. and NW Expressway invited drivers to honk in support of “Diplomacy […]

Paseo Arts Festival survives rains, re-opens today at 10 a.m. (rain-free for a few hours!)

In the middle, Clifton Henri of Chicago, pictured here with Paseo Arts Festival Chairman Collin Rosebrook (left) and Paseo Arts executive director Amanda Bleakley (right), was designated “Best of Show” for his photography at the 2015 Paseo Arts Festival. Monday (May 25), he is hanging out at Booth 34. The Festival's closing day begins at 10 a.m., with no rain in the forecast until mid-afternoon.
Photograph by Maddy Haigh

by Patrick B. McGuigan Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – The Paseo Arts Festival, 2015 edition, survived two days of driving rain, and reopens at 10 a.m. today (Monday, May 25) with no precipitation expected before mid-to-late afternoon. At Sunday night’s artists and sponsors dinner, the “Best of Show” designation went to photographer Clifton Henri of Chicago. […]

Analysis: As winds blow, and waters flow, the dollars grow … Subsidies erode, but don’t end


by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2015 session of the Oklahoma Legislature ended Friday evening. The wettest spring in living memory continues, restoring lake levels and ending a drought that has lingered for a decade. At 23rd and Lincoln Boulevard, House and Senate leaders congratulated themselves on getting to the finish line, crafting […]

Is the OKC Thunder title worthy?

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Back to the future: How a healthy Thunder will go all the way by Mark Rodgers Sports Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – We’ve grown spoiled by deep playoff runs around here lately. The Thunder have dominated the late spring and early summer landscape, not only in sports but the entire culture of OKC. Watching these NBA […]

Oklahoma City residents asked to call 211 to report flooding

Severe flooding overtook much of the Oklahoma City metro on Saturday, May 23 as seen in this photo taken at NW 18th and May Avenue.  Photo by Justin Cliburn

Staff Report Oklahoma City residents whose homes were flooded by the Memorial Day weekend rains are asked to call 211 beginning at noon on Sunday, May 24 to report if their homes, mobile homes or apartments were flooded. The information will be used to identify portions of the City that may have been flooded and […]

Miracle or Providence? Oklahoma House unanimously encourages OU to return ‘Shepherdess’

“Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” by Camille Pissarro

by Patrick B. McGuigan Editor OKLAHOMA CITY –  As the end of the 2015 legislative session neared there were a few bills still under consideration as the House of Representatives pressed to finish its business and adjourn “sine die.” On the floor of the chamber in the state Capitol, Speaker of the House Jeffrey Hickman, […]

Sister Cities OKC honors former Gov. George Nigh with Global Vision award

Gov. George Nigh

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Each year Sister Cities OKC recognizes an individual for outstanding leadership. They recognized a leader who has fostered its core mission, promoting the image, economic development, culture, business and educational projects connecting OKC and the world. “Connect globally, thrive locally.” The Honorable George Nigh, former governor of Oklahoma, was awarded the prestigious Sister […]

Working late, to leave early: Oklahoma state budget proposal assailed but may pass soon

Oklahoma State Capitol

by Patrick B. McGuigan City Sentinel Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – A budget proposal with support from Governor Mary Fallin, House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman, R-Fairview, and Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, is not particularly popular, but many legislators indicated a willingness to pass it this week. At 11:08 p.m. Wednesday night, ending a marathon […]

Schools First: A Town Hall Meeting on Tax Increment Financing in OKC – hosted by Councilman Ed Shadid

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Staff Report On Thursday, May 21, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Tower Hotel (Formerly the Marriott), 3233 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City, OKC Councilman Ed Shadid will host a town hall meeting on Tax Increment Financing in Oklahoma City. To provide public financing of a convention center hotel, for which $70-120 million +land +parking has been asked […]

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