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Make plans to celebrate Fourth of July at the Chickasaw Boomer Blast Fireworks Show presented by the City of Stillwater.

The annual show, which is free and open to the public, is held in Boomer Lake Park at the corner of Washington Street and Lakeview Road. The 20-minute fireworks show begins at 9:35 p.m.

“This year’s fireworks display will be bigger and better than ever,” Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Kinder said. “We’re really excited to see the community gather together, enjoy the park and celebrate the holiday again.”

Boomer Lake Park and Splash Pad will be open to pedestrians on Sunday, July 4; however, car access to the park will be prohibited after 5 p.m. and Lakeview Bridge will be closed at 7 p.m.

Parking is available at Stillwater High School’s Pioneer Stadium, Cimarron Plaza and along public streets. Event goers are encouraged to use the Kameoka Trail to walk to Boomer Lake.

Stillwater Radio will host a live remote at Boomer Lake from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Residents can listen to the show on KSPI Hot 93.7 FM.

The City of Stillwater recognizes and thanks the following contributors for their support of the annual fireworks show: Chickasaw Telecommunications Services Inc., Grand River Dam Authority, Oklahoma State University, Kicker, Stillwater Noon Lions, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Central Electric Cooperative, Rotary Club and Stillwater Radio.



The Stillwater Arts & Humanities Council and the City of Stillwater are seeking artists to submit sculpture designs for a public art display at the northeast corner of 6th Street and Western Avenue.

The artwork chosen for this corner will serve as the catalyst for a larger, more comprehensive initiative called the Gateway Project. The Gateway Project includes the identification and implementation of gateway signs, district boundaries, wayfinding, and public art.  

"The selected sculpture will welcome everyone into the heart of Stillwater and become a defining element within the community," said Rebecca Brienen, President of the Arts & Humanities Council of Stillwater. "We encourage artists to come forward with creative ideas that capture the spirit of our community."

About the Design Site
·         Well-traveled entrance into Stillwater
·         Current signage will be removed
·         This area will potentially be a part of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation upgrades in which Highway 51 will be resurfaced and reconfigured
·         The expected time frame for the upgrades is 3-5 years and a portion of the land may be used for a right turning lane

The Stillwater Arts & Humanities Council, with the help of some sculpture search committee members, has committed to raising $40,000 to $50,000 to fund the project.

Download the Official Artist Request for Proposal to view design and submission criteria. Submissions are due by Sunday, August 1.

For more information visit artstillwater.us.



A routine call to the Stillwater Police Department led to the lifesaving actions of Officer Tanner Galbiso on May 21.

Galbiso, who has been on the Stillwater force since 2017, and Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson responded to a disturbance in west Stillwater and found a young man slumped against a house, sitting in a pool of blood from a large wound to his right arm. His skin was pale and he was fading in and out of consciousness.

Without hesitation, Officer Galbiso located the arterial bleeding and applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm. Life Net transported the victim to the Stillwater Medical Center for treatment. The man had cut his arm after punching a window during the disturbance.

“Stillwater Medical Center reported to us that Officer Galbiso saved the young man's life by his quick actions and accurate placement of a tourniquet,” said Stillwater Chief of Police Jeff Watts.

“All Stillwater Police officers are trained and equipped with the ability to use the tourniquet to save a life. Officer Galbiso's actions represent the professional police service provided by the Stillwater Police Department to our residents,” Watts said. “We’re proud of Tanner’s work and congratulate him on saving a young man’s life.”

Galbiso's supervisor has nominated him for the Stillwater Police Department's Life-Saving Award.



The City of Stillwater’s May 2021 sales and use tax collection totaled $3,226,636. The collection is based off March transactions that were reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in April and apportioned to the City in May.

This is an increase from May 2020 total collections of $981,158 (43.69 percent) and is due to a rise in retail sales, food service sales and hotel occupancy in March.

The City of Stillwater’s sales tax collections in May 2021 were $2,867,998, which is up $839,362 (41.38 percent) from May 2020.

The City of Stillwater’s use tax collections in May 2021 were $358,638, which is up $141,796 (65.39 percent) from May 2020.

Hotel/motel tax remitted to the City in May 2021 totaled $67,094, which is up from May 2020 collections by $38,327 (133.23 percent). The Hotel Room Tax Annual Budget was amended on January 25, 2021, from $800,000 to $500,000.

In Oklahoma, sales tax is the largest source of recurring revenue for municipalities, and the novel coronavirus has brought many challenges and unknowns related to the dependability of that revenue source. Changes in how businesses in the community operate and in the shopping habits of citizens as well as the canceling of community events all jeopardize the reliability of local sales tax revenue.

Although Stillwater has experienced only modest effects to sales tax since the start of the pandemic, it is important to keep in mind that the City is also not experiencing overall growth, which is the desire for our local economy. Lack of growth in local sales tax generation limits future opportunities for expanding City services and capital investment. The City continues to monitor sales tax collections closely as the community begins to reengage in public activities and events, and businesses rebound from the effects of COVID-19.

For more information about the budget and taxes, visit the City’s Financial Center at http://stillwater.org/budget.



Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) has announced that Isabel Ley, a rising senior at Stillwater High School, is the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District.
Isabel’s art, “Symphony”, will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a full year, along with other congressional district winners from across the nation.
“I’m thrilled that Isabel Ley will represent the Third District of Oklahoma in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. I’m always amazed to see the wonderful and creative pieces of art put together by young artists of the Third District. I know I, and all my fellow Oklahomans, look forward to seeing Isabel’s artwork hang in the halls of the Capitol," said Congressman Lucas.

About the Congressional Art Contest
 Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide competition for high school students interested in the arts and looking for an opportunity to showcase their creativity. The annual contest recognizes and encourages artistic talent of young constituents across the nation, including those living in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District.
Each district winner’s artwork is displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.



Stillwater’s Renewable Energy Task Force is seeking community input as it pursues its goal of providing recommendations to the City Council by the end of 2021.

The Stillwater City Council approved the creation of the ad hoc advisory committee in February 2020 and also passed a resolution expressing a commitment to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. The task force consists of Stillwater citizens, and representatives of local educational, business and industrial entities.

The task force is working to create clean energy goals and benchmarks that are based on input from individuals, organizations and groups most affected by Stillwater’s current energy systems.

The group’s efforts have been slowed by the pandemic, but the task force has begun meeting regularly. The committee has formed two work groups, Energy Out and Supply. The Energy Out work group is looking at ways to increase efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with ideas like electric vehicles, waste reduction and efficient buildings.

The Supply group is exploring ways to increase the supply of renewables available with ideas like solar panels, distributed generation and community solar.

Task force member Robin Cornwell said, “Science tells us the climate is changing, and preparing now will make our community more resilient to the problems ahead. In seeking solutions, it's important to ask three questions about any project: is it economically feasible, is it environmentally sound and is it socially responsible?”

She added, “I can't wait to see the great ideas we come up with for transitioning Stillwater to clean, renewable energy!”

Kristine Waits is also serving on the task force and said, “Joining this task force came after I looked into adding solar panels to our home. I learned that Stillwater needed to make its policies more supportive of solar. I wanted to be a part of that change. It’s my hope that we will make changes today so that my kids won’t have to deal with these issues tomorrow.”

“We are eager to hear from the community as the task force carries out this important initiative,” said Becky Taylor, task force liaison and Chief Civic Innovation Officer for the City of Stillwater. “The community appreciates the work and commitment of the task force members as Stillwater explores a transition to clean and renewable energy.”

To learn more about the task force, including recaps of previous meetings, and to provide input, go to the Renewable Energy Task Force on the City’s Speak Up Stillwater page.

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