Monday, April 19, 2010

Hawley has new emergency number!

The Hawley Fire Department has a new Emergency Contact phone number. Anyone needing emergency assistance from Hawley Fire should dial 839-2323. This number will ring their Firefighters and they will immediately respond to your need. Their old contact phone number 839-2828 will continue to ring the Nash Fire Department and should be used by those in the Nash area.

The Hawley Fire response area is basically north of the Salt Fork River, west of Red Hill Road, south of Highway 11 to the Alfalfa County Line. The Hawley Fire Department has 18 firefighters who have been trained in fire fighting, first aid and rescue situations. They also have 5 EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians) with additional training in emergency medical care. The department has 3 brush rigs, one pumper and one tanker. In addition they have a complete assortment of rescue equipment including the “jaws of life” along with basic First Aid equipment and supplies such as Oxygen and an ‘AED’ (Automatic Externally Defibrillator) for heart attack victims.

One can also notify the Hawley Fire Department by dialing “911” and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office will notify us of your call. Vinyl stickers are available at the Fire Station to place on your phone with our new number of 839-2323.

OU's 'Routes' now on the web

I don't know how many of you remember a past post about my visit to OU. While there, I was privileged to get to sit in and vote on the making of history - the university's first webzine. We got to vote on our top three choices for the name of the web site, and one of my choices - Routes - was chosen. (Not my suggestion. I just voted on it. I also liked Zoomer and something else, but without looking, I can't recall.)

Running into the past in the future

As I was uploading photos from our March mission trip, I started looking at other photos in my “Picture” folder. Most are personal family photos, but I have a few from the newspaper.

Bill may limit access to autopsy files

A bill limiting what the public may know from autopsy files involving homicides and cases in which the manner of death is either pending or unknown was unanimously approved by state senators on Thursday.

But the press and public have used autopsy reports elsewhere to uncover incompetency and corruption by police, medical examiners and coroners.

For example:

The FBI recently began investigating three post-Katrina police shootings in New Orleans because of a series published by ProPublica and others. Two experts said an autopsy report raised questions about one of the fatal shootings and its circumstances. One of the experts called the New Orleans coroner’s forensic work in the case “incomplete at best.”

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Food for seniors

A benefit concert to raise money for meals for senior citizens will feature country music legend John Michael Montgomery.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid.

Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased online.

Senior citizen centers across the state are facing enormous budget cuts this year, and more than likely, next year. Friday meal at many centers in Northern Oklahoma were cut late last year. Volunteers have filled the voids but need more help to continue funding for this tremendous effort to feed our elderly citizens.

Stewardship Week honors work of conservation districts

Stewardship Week will be celebrated April 25 through May 2, 2010.

Stewardship Week is one of the world's largest conservation-related observances. Since 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and OACD have sponsored the national Stewardship Week program.

During the week, local conservation districts work with media outlets, communities, faith-based groups and local schools to promote the concept of stewardship. The concept involves personal and social responsibility, including a duty to learn about and improve natural resources so we use them wisely and leave a rich legacy for future generations.

Prophetic eruption?

It’s official. I’m a college girl again!

I enrolled yesterday at NWOSU in Alva. If all goes as planned, I should be able to finish the Adult Education master’s program within two years, and if I have the strength, I will continue on for my doctorate.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hickman stands up against DOB bill

Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa, was one of two House committee members to stand up for the public's right and need to know on Thursday.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fish Fry Saturday! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Hawley Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting their 7th Annual Benefit Fish Fry. The meal will begin at 4:30 PM and will continue until 7 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a great meal and fellowship. The menu includes: deep fried catfish, hush puppies, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and dessert; for the non-fish lovers, chicken strips will be available upon request. Donations will be accepted at the door and all funds will be used to support the ongoing work of the HFD.

Photo frenzy

I’ve finished perusing and editing more than 600 photos from our trip to Arizona. About 500 more to go! I have until Sunday evening to finish, and it’s not looking good! I will be finished, though. I am notorious for hitting deadlines on the nose – by putting in countless late-night hours – and this is no exception. I have accepted the fact that I am a procrastinator.

Monday, April 5, 2010

State makes millions by selling personal information, but state legislators want DOBs of public employees kept secret

The state of Oklahoma makes tens of millions of dollars selling personal information about its residents, The Oklahoman and Tulsa World reported Sunday.

State troopers ask to jump on no-info bandwagon

The Oklahoma Troopers Association wants to join with a state employees
association in asking a judge to stop the state government from releasing
basic personnel information on state workers.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Home sweet home

The drive home from Arizona nearly two weeks ago was a tough one. I wanted to stop and breathe the air at every location. Mountain air. Valley air. Plateau air. Mesa air. God-filled air. Sunlit air. Cold air. Thin air. Warm, heavy air. Clean air. Free air. Air free from cell phones, Internet, money, pressures, life.