The City of Stillwater and the citizen Master Plan Committee are seeking public input for the Stillwater Transportation Enhancement Plan 2040 (STEP 2040).
City staff and committee members are updating the transportation plan for Stillwater.
Two public input meetings are scheduled to gather citizen ideas specifically identifying transportation goals and objectives and enhancement projects to improve all forms of mobility over the next 20 years.
Both public input meetings are taking place in room 121 at the City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave.:
Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.
and Thursday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to share an idea, call 405.533.8491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council recently recognized the town of Morrison in Oklahoma City for its achievement in earning Tree City USA, designation awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation, for their demonstrated commitment to healthy trees. The event, held at the Oklahoma History Center and attended by representatives from organizations across the state, celebrated the annual kickoff of Oklahoma’s Arbor Week which occurs the last full week of March each year.
“The communities, universities and utility companies we are honoring are the leaders when it comes to caring for trees, forests and natural systems in city and towns across Oklahoma.” said Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator Mark Bays. “Arbor Week is a great time for all Oklahomans to get out and plant trees and I encourage all communities to become engaged as a Tree City USA.”
Participants at the celebration heard presentations from OSU Extension professor Dr. Eric Rebek about future insect and health threats facing community trees and from Certified Arborist Neil Bilger of Oklahoma City Parks Department on how to best prepare for the uncertainties of these threats.
“We enjoy our local Arboretum and park as well as our Arbor Week program at the school,” said Susan Lalman, tree board president for the town of Morrison. “It is exciting to share the love and value of trees with our younger generation.”
Winners of the statewide Arbor Day Poster contest were additionally recognized at the event. The winning posters were created by Hannah Joo, first place, from Tracy Miller’s 3rd grade class at Terra Verde Discovery, Norman; Josey Inselman, second place, from Myla Steven’s 4th grade class at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School, Perkins; and Kelsey Fisher, third place, from Rhonda Stephen’s 4th grade class at Coleman Elementary. Sponsors for the contest include Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council, OG&E, and Oklahoma Project Learning Tree.
The Tree City USA program provides the framework for community forestry management across the United States. Morrison is among 23 distinguished Oklahoma communities to achieve this status by meeting core standards of sound urban forestry tree care.
Oklahoma Forestry Services encourages Oklahomans to use Arbor Week as a time to plant new trees and take care of existing ones. They are also asking residents to check with their local communities for Arbor Week celebrations and activities that will be taking place across the state.
For more information about becoming a designated Tree City USA community, contact Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, at (405) 522-6150 or www.forestry.ok.gov or The Arbor Day Foundation at www.arborday.org.
Pump prices remain relatively stable, with today’s national average price for regular gasoline holding at $2.29 per gallon. Oklahoma’s price average at the pump stands at $2.09 today, down a nickel from the March high of $2.14 recorded on March 2. Five states have a lower average today than Oklahoma.
“The latest Energy Information Administration report shows that Gulf Coast crude oil inventories dropped 2.4 million barrels for the week ending March 10, the result of a nearly 500,000-per-barrel drop in regional imports last week,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “The Oil Price Information Service reports that a unit fire at LyondellBasell's 302,300-per barrel Houston, Tex., refinery resulted in production cuts. The refiner ships most of its product north via the Magellan Pipeline.”
Current Price Averages per Gallon of Regular Gasoline:
Tulsa – $2.05, unchanged over the past month … up 28 cents since 3/20/16
OKC – $2.06, down two cents in the past month … up 25 cents since 3/20/16
Oklahoma – $2.09, down one cent in the past month … up 26 cents since 3/20/16
U.S. – $2.29, up one cent in the past month … up 31 cents since 3/20/16
The nation’s top ten least expensive markets are: South Carolina ($2.01), Tennessee ($2.04), Alabama ($2.05), Mississippi ($2.06), Arkansas ($2.08), Oklahoma ($2.09), Texas ($2.09), Virginia ($2.09), Louisiana ($2.10) and Missouri ($2.10).
The nation’s markets that have seen the largest yearly increases include: Washington (+61 cents), Utah (+60 cents), Alaska (+58 cents), Idaho (+56 cents), New Jersey (+55 cents), Oregon (+54 cents), Hawaii (+51 cents), Montana (+44 cents), Pennsylvania (+43 cents) and Connecticut (+40 cents).
While prices have been flat in recent weeks, a long-term bearish sentiment continues to underscore the global oil market as speculation about the balance between OPEC cuts and U.S. production drives the market. Last Friday, OPEC’s Joint Technical Committee met to review compliance and participant’s level of adherence to the production cut agreement. Following the JTC meeting, Russia agreed to drop total production by 300,000 barrels per day by the end of April and pledged to maintain that level until the deal expires at the end of June. Saudi Arabia followed the compliance meeting with news that it may consider working with partner countries to continue the cuts beyond the June agreement deadline.
Even with OPEC’s compliance in the 90 percent range, U.S. production continues to cut into any rebalancing efforts by OPEC and non-OPEC countries. On Friday, oil service company, Baker Hughes, reported that the U.S. rig count increased again last week when producers added 14 drilling rigs, bringing the total rig count to 631 in the United States. Traders will continue to watch whether OPEC and non-OPEC members make moves to further cut production in an attempt to balance the global oil supply. At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI was up three cents to settle at $48.78 per barrel.
A unique program that gives graduate music students at Oklahoma State University the opportunity to gain professional experience by playing main stage concerts with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has been renewed.
The OSU Department of Music and TSO recently announced the renewal, which will also give the five string students involved (two violins, one viola, one bass, and one cello) professional training with the orchestra while they pursue their Master of Music degree at OSU.
Financial support, provided by the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation, makes the program possible at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center for a two-year span. Only one other program in the country has a similar partnership with a professional orchestra and OSU’s program was the first.
“It is invaluable for what we do as performers,” said Laura Talbott Clark, associate professor of violin and viola at OSU. “Performing with the TSO greatly enhances the odds a student will land a job as a professional musician after graduation.”
The program has increased in popularity since its inception four years ago with the number of student applicants doubling over the last two years. Interest in OSU’s Department of Music is expected to increase dramatically as well with the anticipated 2019 opening of OSU’s McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, and a residency with the New York Philharmonic scheduled that same year.
“We are thrilled the TSO and the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation have agreed to continue to support our graduate-level string students,” said Dr. Howard Potter, head of the Department of Music at OSU.
The Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation Graduate Fellowship in String Orchestral Performance also provides each recipient with tuition waivers applied toward obtaining their master’s degree.
“Tulsa Symphony is proud to be the artistic performance partner and join forces with the OSU Graduate Music Program and the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation to expand the scope of graduate education for orchestral string majors,” said Ron Predl, executive director of the TSO. “We believe this innovative artistic and educational partnership may well become a model for other universities and orchestras to emulate across the country.”
The OSU Department of Music is committed to enriching lives through music education, performance and research. With more than 100 years of heritage, the department presents more than 200 concerts, master classes, guest artist events, and student recitals that are open to the public and enjoyed by community residents as well as OSU faculty, staff, and students. The department offers 20 graduate degrees and each year welcomes participation from more than 2,000 non-music majors.
A four-car crash near Wellston claimed the lives of two children and their grandmother.
The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, in the eastbound lanes on Turner Turnpike at Wellston. All eastbound lanes were closed, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol after the wreck but reopened Saturday night.
The victims identified as 50-year-old Linda Irie, of Norman, and her 9-year-old granddaughter and 5-year-old grandson, were killed as a result of the crash.
OHP says the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
JCPenney revealed which stores it will close nationwide after announcing plans to shut down between 130 and 140 stores a few weeks ago. The list of 138 stores includes four Oklahoma locations.
In February, the company announced it delivered a net profit in 2016 for the first time since 2010. However, it says that the brick-and-mortar stores couldn’t compete with online companies.
As a result, JCPenney is closing 138 stores nationwide. The company says they also plan to close one supply chain facility in Florida and relocating one supply chain in California.
The following JCPenney stores in Oklahoma are set to close:
Pioneer Square Shopping Center in Stillwater
Altus Plaza in Altus
Ne-Mar Shopping Center in Claremore
Ponca Plaza in Ponca City
The overall store closures will impact approximately 5,000 positions nationwide, the company announced.
Most of the stores that are closing are expected to begin the liquidation process on April 17 with most of them closing in June.
Three young teenagers were involved in a fatal all terrain vehicle accident before 10 a.m. Saturday in southern Logan County.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said the three teens were either 13 or 14 years old.
A girl was diving the 4-wheel ATV East on Simpson Road. There were two male passengers.
Timmons said for some reason, the girl lost control of the ATV, and it overturned. The two passengers were ejected.
One of those two passengers died at the scene.
Paramedics took the other passenger to OU Medical Center, but Timmons said he didn’t have much more than scrapes, bruises and abrasions. The girl was unhurt.
FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:
It’s that time of the year – with severe weather season quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to make sure you are ready in case of an emergency.
Daylight savings time is a good time of the year to remind yourself to take precautionary measures regarding severe weather season.
The City of Stillwater reminds residents to complete the following steps to ensure you and your family is prepared in the event of an emergency:
Check batteries in your smoke detector and your weather radio
Activate/get NOAA weather radios
Check/change water, food and medicine in your shelter or survival kit
Change batteries in your flashlight and portable radio
Inspect fire extinguishers
Ensure that your cell phone charger is in good working order
Remember to also register your storm shelter with the City of Stillwater at http://stillwater.org/shelter.
Storm sirens are tested the first Tuesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. When the sirens are activated for a real emergency, an announcement will be made with expected actions.
Plan your days in advance when severe weather is possible, and always be weather aware.
More information on how to prepare for severe weather can be found at https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather.
FROM THE STILLWATER REGIONAL AIRPORT:
In anticipation of summer travel, American Airlines is updating its flight schedule at Stillwater Regional Airport (SWO) beginning in early June.
The airport will still offer two direct American Airlines flights both to and from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) every day.
Travelers leaving from or arriving in Stillwater can choose from the following flight times beginning June 4, 2017:
Departs DFW: 10:48 a.m.
Arrives SWO: 12:06 p.m.
Departs SWO: 12:31 p.m.
Arrives DFW: 1:45 p.m.
Departs DFW: 4:25 p.m.
Arrives SWO: 5:40 p.m.
Departs SWO: 6:05 p.m.
Arrives DFW: 7:21 p.m.
Travelers who have questions regarding their flight schedules should contact American Airlines at 800.433.7300.
More information about the airport is at http://flystillwaterok.com/.
Book flights with American Airlines at https://www.aa.com/.
Authorities are looking for three inmates who escaped late Thursday night from the Lincoln County Jail.
According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's office, 23-year-old Brian Allen Moody, 41-year-old Sonny Baker and 23-year-old Mark Dwayne Robbins escaped at about 11 p.m. through the jail's ventilation system.
All three inmate were incarcerated for property crimes, authorities said.
Authorities said the inmates stole two Dodge pickup trucks, including a grey pickup truck with a gun inside from Chandler. They then drove to Midwest City, where they used debit cards that were in the truck.
Midwest City police said they checked on some addresses but have not found them or the truck.
Moody stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 102 pounds. He has blonde hair and hazel eyes. He's from the southwest part of Lincoln County.
Baker stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue yes. He's from the southwest part of Lincoln County.
Robbins stands 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 156 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He's from the Shawnee area.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's office at 405-258-1191.
From the Department of Public Safety:
A personal injury collision occurred on Thursday, March 16th (2017) at approximately 1:02 pm on the Turner Turnpike near Mile Marker 178 westbound, approximately 1 mile west of Stroud, in Lincoln County.
Mysti Totten (26) of Tulsa was driving a 2012 Toyota Camry when she struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the Turner Turnpike.
Totten and her passenger a juvenile (9) from Edmond are reported to have not been injured.
The pedestrian (31) of Oklahoma City was transported by Air-Evac to St. Johns Hospital (Tulsa) where he was admitted in critical condition.
The 40th annual Stillwater Arts Festival is more than just a place to view and purchase art. The City of Stillwater has prepared a weekend full of fun activities and live entertainment for you to enjoy with your family and friends.
The first Friday, Food Trucks & Tunes of the year will kick off Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m. Some of Stillwater’s most popular food truck vendors will be in attendance, along with a live entertainment lineup featuring Good Company and the Val Gladden Band.
The Stillwater Arts Festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22 and continue Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment, artist demonstrations, a children’s activity area and more. Approximately 50 juried artists will be selling a variety of artwork, jewelry, and other crafts.
“We are very pleased to be able to present such a wide variety of music at both Friday, Food Trucks & Tunes and the Stillwater Arts Festival,” said Tony Wright, Stillwater Arts Festival’s Entertainment Coordinator. “We believe this will allow us to showcase regional performance art along with the traditional artists. We are fortunate to live in a community where the people support all facets of art.”
The 2017 Stillwater Arts Festival is partnered by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Downtown Stillwater, the Oklahoma State Museum of Art, Multi Arts Center and the Arts and Humanities Council of Stillwater.
Here is a complete list of the entertainment lineup for each day:
Friday, April 21
6 p.m. – Good Company: Good Company is one of Oklahoma City’s top high-energy show bands. They headlined the 2016 Wine and Arts Festival in Guthrie, OK, and offer a wide variety of music styles ranging from 1940s love songs to today’s most popular hits.
8 p.m. – Val Gladden Band: Val Gladden and his band are long-time audience favorites at a wide variety of venues right here in Stillwater. A staple at many community events, the Val Gladden Band always delivers crowd-pleasing music.
Saturday, April 22
10:30 p.m. – Tyrel Draper Band: The Tyrel Draper Band, a Stillwater native, offers a unique red dirt sound. Draper started his music career in high school in Justin, TX. During college, Draper assembled a band and started performing around Oklahoma.
12:15 p.m. – Monica Taylor, Nathan & Shelby Eicher, and Jared Tyler “Songs from the Mountains to the Prairies."
2 p.m. – The Red Dirt Rangers: The Red Dirt Rangers formed in the late 1980s right here in Stillwater. The band offers a variety of music from old favorites to new compositions.
4 p.m. – Aaron Woods Band: The Aaron Woods Band is an icon for red dirt music lovers. They have put a twist on traditional music to appeal to today’s audience.
Sunday, April 23
Noon – Cover 2: Cover 2 adds their own twist to popular songs, focusing on the lyrics in an intimate setting.
1 p.m. – Tyler Seims: Tyler Seims’ craftsmanship for putting a twist on old songs is a crowd-pleaser.
2 p.m. – Tres Dudes: Tres Dudes’ deep roots in music offers a wide variety of sounds for their fans.
3:15 p.m. – Mariachi Lopez: Mariachi Lopez is one of Oklahoma City’s favorite mariachi bands. Their authentic music and dress make their performances a fiesta for the eyes and ears.
4:15 p.m. – Richelle Sigrist: With over 20 years of experience singing, Richelle Sigrist recently released her first album. She is known for her original song writing.
For more information about the 2017 Stillwater Arts Festival, contact Stephanie Kinder at 405.533.8435 or email email@example.com.
The Stillwater Sister Cities Council is now accepting entries for the Sister Cities International Young Artists/Authors Showcases.
This year’s theme, “We’re Going Places,” showcases the importance of travel and exchange in achieving peace. Young artists and authors are encouraged to draw/write about their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships and their goals to present their vision of where the future will lead.
All entries must be delivered to the City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave., by 5 p.m. April 14 to qualify for the local competition. Stillwater Sister Cities Council will submit the local winners to the international competition.
The contest has categories for art, essays and poetry and there is no cost to participate. Participants must abide by the eligibility requirements below.
Participants must be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time the 2017 deadline.
All entries, with completed entry forms, must be received on or before 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017, by the Stillwater Sister Cities Council located in the City of Stillwater Community Center at 315 W. 8th Ave.
There is no cost to the students to participate in the local competition.
The Stillwater Sister Cities Council will pay all entry fees/return fees to Sister Cities International competition for the local winning entries.
Only two-dimensional (2D), unframed artwork. All media is encouraged except for photography.
Dimensions of the art and matting must not exceed 24 in. x 36 in.
All entries must be supported by matting if applicable. Do not frame the entry.
The council will select one art entry, which will receive a $100 cash award, and it will be entered in the international competition.
Five U.S. and five international finalists will be selected.
One U.S. artist and one international artist will be selected as grand prize winners. Each will receive $1,000 and the artwork will go on an international tour to select cities across the U.S.
Judging will take place in late May, and winners and finalists will be announced in June.
Young Authors (Two categories: Essays and Poetry):
Essays are not to exceed 500 words.
Poetry is not to exceed 25 lines.
All entries must be typed in English.
Judges will evaluate entries on theme interpretation, composition and grammar.
All work must be original and inspired by the theme.
One essay and one poetry winner will be selected from the local competition in each category (essay or poetry). Both authors will be awarded a $50 cash prize and entered in the international competition.
International Awards 1st Place Personal Essay - $1,000
International Awards 1st Place Poem - $1,000
Two finalists will also be selected from each poetry and essay category.
The six winning entries will be published on the Sister Cities International website, medium bog and displayed at the annual conference in Virginia Beach, VA.
Judging will take place in late May, and winners and finalists will be announced in June.
Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.
For more information, contact the City of Stillwater Community Center at 405.533.8435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: May 1, 2017, deadline on the form is for the international competition. All entries must be delivered to the City of Stillwater Community Center by April 14, 2017, to qualify for the local competition. The local winners will be submitted to the international competition by the Stillwater Sister Cities Council.
Eight more flu-related deaths have been reported this week in Oklahoma, one of them in Payne County, bringing the total number of flu deaths since the beginning of September 2016 to 64, according to the Oklahoma State Health Department.
One of the latest deaths was reported in Oklahoma County. The others were in Cleveland, Garvin, Kay, Payne, Pontotoc, and Tulsa counties.
More than 2,000 Oklahomans have been hospitalized due to the flu this season.
One of the most popular and famous international brass troupes is visiting Stillwater to entertain fans of all genres. Mnozil Brass has captivated audiences across the globe with their blend of immense virtuosity and theatrical wit. They will be performing in Oklahoma State University’s Seretean Center Concert Hall on April 4 at 8 p.m.
What began in Vienna, Austria in Josef Mnozil’s Tavern has become so well-known in concert circles that Mnozil Brass now holds more than 120 concerts a year around the world. The ensemble came together as an offbeat performing septet in 1992 and now tour internationally sharing their iconic and clever musical talent.
“Mnozil Brass may not be a household name, but it should be. Their music capabilities are unmatched, but it the delivery of the music that has a definite wow factor,” said Brandon Mitts, Arts, Culture and Entertainment manager. “They are hilarious and magical. I wish everyone at OSU and in the Stillwater area could see this performance. It will be positively inspiring.”
Mnozil performs a wide repertoire of music. The group is known for its humorous presentations of classical favorites, jazz standards and popular hits, such as a unique cover of Queen’s 1975 hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.” They utilize traditional brass instruments and more unusual instruments such as the customized rotary valved trumpet and bass trumpet. Many of their performances also incorporate other elements such as humor and lyrics making for a truly colorful performance.
Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults and $10 for OSU students and children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.okstate.edu or by phone at 405-744-7509. Tickets will also be available at the Seretean Center Concert Hall the evening of the performance beginning at 6:30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The Mnozil Brass performance is the final installment in the 2016-2017 OSU Allied Arts series. For decades, the OSU Allied Arts office has brought top-notch talent to the Oklahoma State University campus. The Allied Arts office seeks to enrich the lives of students through the arts. Allied Arts will host eight performances during the year. For more information about Allied Arts and Mnozil Brass, visit alliedarts.okstate.edu.
The College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) recently hosted the Boy Scout Merit Badge University in the new Engineering South Annex at Oklahoma State University.
Twenty boy scouts from Stillwater Troop 802 received badges in categories that included engineering, emergency preparedness, family and citizenship in the world.
The training the scouts received at OSU to help them earn the merit badges is a product of a university and community partnership that includes CEAT Dean Paul Tikalsky, Dr. Daniel Shoup from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Jim Martin from the Spears School of Business, all of whom helped instruct the scouts. OSU’s Fire Service Training led the emergency preparedness instruction with help from Rob Hill, Stillwater director of emergency services.
Coming to Hot 93.7’s Hot Morning Show from Stillwater Animal Welfare is the Pet of the Week, Howland! Whose name suits this one year old pup very well as he his a Beagle and loves to chat. Howland stands about 15 inches tall which makes him a nice small dog that could fit in many different living situations. Now if your household was looking for something different, he is not the only pet looking for a forever home right now. Visit the Animal Shelter at 1710 South Main in Stillwater and see the numerous adoptable pets, as they are quite full for the time being. In the case that you lose your pet, or see one in the Stillwater area that seems as if it has gotten out of its home, contact the Stillwater Police Department/ Animal Welfare to assist!
Hear the full interview with Animal Shelter Director, Mary Dickey below.
Thank you to our sponsor: Trinity Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort
FROM THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION:
The following closures will take place this week for ongoing bridge reconstruction at I-35 and SH-15 (mm 203) north of Perry in Noble County:
I-35 traffic will be diverted to the on- and off-ramps at SH-15 (mm 203) from 8 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday and additionally from 6 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.
SH-15 will not have access to I-35 from 8 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday and from 6 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.
I-35 remains narrowed to one lane in each direction at SH-15.
The SH-15 bridge over I-35 is closed through summer 2017.
SH-15 traffic remains detoured to SH-74, US-412, US-77 and US-60.
The speed limit is reduced in this area and motorists are advised to plan for delays.
The $8.8 million bridge project started in early January and is expected to complete by late summer 2017. Two additional I-35 bridges will be reconstructed at Fountain Rd. and Bender Rd. in Noble and Kay counties as part of the contact with OBC Inc. of Edmond.