Students in Lana Mayhall's kindergarten class sample green eggs and ham
after reading the book by the same name. The students, like many others across the country, were celebrating the birthday of reknowned chilldren's author, Dr. Seuss.
(Staff photo by Karen West)
Senate shenanigans set up water sales
By Doug Russell
A last minute switch in the Oklahoma State Senate brings a convoluted plan to siphon the water out of Southeast Oklahoma, at the expense of the state's poorest region, a giant step toward completion.
Monday evening, state Sen. Mike Schulz substituted a bill that had passed committee — in its entirety, to set up the organization that would be responsible for selling Oklahoma water out of state. The bill, the Oklahoma Water Center Act, would set up an organization called the Oklahoma Water Center to oversee water use in Oklahoma, as well as the sale of what many have called "the next oil." According to the bill, the Center would "assist in the implementation of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan" and "shall recommend to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board a water pricing structure and allocation of funds collected from the sale of water …"
And that's just the beginning.
There is no Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, because the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Study, as authorized by the legislature, is not scheduled for release until the fall. As for pricing, "J.D. Strong, of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, told me just last week that the Comprehensive Water Study doesn't include pricing at all," said state Rep. Brian Renegar. (more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)
The holes for one
Fundraising golf tournament planned
by:Doug Russel News Editor
Oklahoma City police officer and Stigler resident Chad Peery remains in treatment, now in a rehabilitation center, and many in Haskell County are praying for him and his family.
Many others are doing what they can to help the family in its time of trial.
Take the Stigler Health and Wellness Center and Masonic Lodge No. 121, for example.
The two groups are joining forces to host a fundraising 18-hole golf tournament for the Peery family on March 26.
"All proceeds will go to the Peery family," said Health and Wellness representative Ann Burch.
Chad Peery was off duty when he was asked by employees of Dan O'Brien's Pub in Oklahoma City to help escort some men outside. Two of the men turned and jumped him while another held back those who tried to go to his aid. (more on this story in this week's Stigler News Sentinel)