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Analysis: For areas governed by the government of India, “opening up” must mean more than economics

Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, a native of Kashmir, is an educator and scholar based in Oklahoma.  Photo provided.

Nyla Ali Khan   As of Sunday (May 17), the government of India has extended the “lockdown” in most of the areas it controls, although news reports indicate some places could see easing of strictures on travel and commerce in those places where the COVID-19 nightmare seems to be easing. But references to a “lockdown” […]

A journey toward faith: Reflections from a mustard seed, to rest in Him

Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of 19. One hundred years on, on May 16, 1920, she was canonized as a saint. Mark Twain’s story about her is a work of love and admiration. Art: Early edition book cover.

  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City – As a lad, the Sisters of Mercy taught me and classmates at Bishop John Carroll School these words of Jesus: “I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it […]

Oklahoma Forestry Services delivers medical supplies to healthcare workers

Oklahoma Forestry Services Director Mark Goeller (standing) leads the daily briefing for the medical supplies delivery operation. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Normally associated with fighting wildfires and helping with forest management projects, lately Oklahoma Forestry Services personnel have been part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Forestry Services personnel are supporting the Oklahoma Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 emergency by delivering critical personal […]

OKC Zoo reopens with Outdoor Safari Walk

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has reopened offering the Outdoor Safari Walk to see many of the Zoo’s favorite animals.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Newspaper   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Since being temporarily closed for almost two months to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has reopened offering an all-outdoor experience. During the Outdoor Safari Walk guests will follow a one-way, 2-mile trail through almost […]

ReadOKC presents “Get in the Game” summer reading challenge

This summer the OKCPS ReadOKC program has issued a challenge for elementary students to read at least 20 minutes a day.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Although the 2019-20 school year ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic, during the summer break there will be time for Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) students to “Get in the Game” with ReadOKC. ReadOKC promotes the love of reading to OKCPS elementary students, […]

Otoe-Missouria Tribal Chairman responds to gaming association power play

John R. Shotton is chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. Photo provided.

The City Sentinel Staff Report   Red Rock, Oklahoma – Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John R. Shotton issued a press statement Thursday (May 7). It came after the tribe was suspended from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) on Wednesday for the remainder of the calendar year. Recently, Chairman Shotton signed a gaming compact with Oklahoma […]

Commentary – I was wrong in part, but now I am right in full: Stitt, Comanche and Otoe-Missouria green light a better future

Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher of The City Sentinel.  File photo

  Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel   In the May print edition of The City Sentinel newspaper, I crafted a rather cautious defense of the gaming compact Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt forged with the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. It was also posted online. Forgive me: I was wrong to be cautious, although […]

Glass artist Martin Donlin’s concept for new downtown parking garage approved

The Oklahoma City Convention Center parking garage art installation, designed by glass artists Martin Donlin, is set to begin mid-September. Art rendering provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – EMBARK and the Oklahoma City Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs are partnering to bring a six-level art installation to the new Oklahoma City Omni Convention Center parking garage this fall. The installation was designed glass artist Martin Donlin. The Central Oklahoma Transportation and […]

Donated pet food available for Oklahoma families impacted by COVID-19


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. —  With the help of GreaterGood and the Humane Society of Tulsa, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has donated hundreds of pounds of pet food all across the state to pet owners in need. The GreaterGood websites bring together communities that care, giving the […]

Oklahoma Supreme Court drops notary requirement for absentee ballot voting

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that voters have the right to self-notarize their absentee ballot for the June and November elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  File photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Today, May 4, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down state procedures requiring notarization for absentee ballots. A majority of the court cited the global pandemic in reaching its decision. The majority directed Oklahoma state Election Board secretary to allow voters to self-notarize ballots for the June […]

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