Oklahoma community – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 22:37:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T143024.308.png Oklahoma community – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ 32 32 Farmer worried about quadruple homicide at Oklahoma marijuana grow op https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/farmer-worried-about-quadruple-homicide-at-oklahoma-marijuana-grow-op/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 22:37:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/farmer-worried-about-quadruple-homicide-at-oklahoma-marijuana-grow-op/ Neighboring farmer worried after quadruple homicide at Oklahoma marijuana grow op He said since they started building the operation and moved in a few years ago, they felt nothing good would come of it. Updated: 4:37 PM CST November 21, 2022 Hide transcript View Transcript STAGE ALL DAY. WELL, ABBY, ZACH, IT STARTED AS A […]]]>

Neighboring farmer worried after quadruple homicide at Oklahoma marijuana grow op

He said since they started building the operation and moved in a few years ago, they felt nothing good would come of it.



STAGE ALL DAY. WELL, ABBY, ZACH, IT STARTED AS A HOSTAGE SITUATION LAST NIGHT. NOW WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED AND LOOKED JUST BEHIND THIS CRIME SCENE TAPE AT A MARIJUANA FARM, THEY FOUND FOUR PEOPLE DEAD, ONE INJURED AND NO SUSPECTS IN SIGHT. THEY ARE ALL THEY ALL KNOW EACH OTHER, DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE RELATED. THEY WERE COLLABORATORS, BUT CERTAINLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS WE ALL BELIEVE WERE FAMILY WITH EACH OTHER, FIVE VICTIMS, FOUR DEAD AND ONE TRANSPORTED TO AN OKLAHOMA CITY HOSPITAL ALL AFTER SHOOTING OSBI SAYS MEN AND WOMEN AMONG VICTIMS . THEY HAVE NOT RELEASED THEIR NAMES OR AGES, INVESTED. THE GATORS SAY THE SUSPECT WHO KILLED THEM HAS NOT BEEN Caught AT THIS TIME. WE HAVE THE SUSPECT THAT IN MIND WE HAVE NO SPECIFIC INFORMATION TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION AT THIS TIME. THE QUADRUPLE HOMICIDE OCCURRED SOMEWHERE ON WHAT INVESTIGATORS SAY IS ABOUT 10 ACRES OF LAND. THEY HAVE NOT CLARIFIED WHERE THIS TOOK PLACE. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION. OUR PART IN TERMS OF INVESTIGATING THE FILMING IS THE SCENE ITSELF IS ABOUT TO COMPLETE, BEING IN IS HERE HOW THE NARCOTICS COLUMBIA THEY WILL TRANSITION ON AND AND CONDUCT ANY WORK THEY WILL DO AT THIS POINT AHEAD. OBM WILL WORK TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE GROWTH TRANSACTION WAS AUTHORIZED AND LEGAL. THERE ARE DIFFERENT HOUSING UNITS AROUND. IT SEEMS THERE ARE PEOPLE LIVING ON THE GROUND HERE AND WORKING HERE. AND OBSI DOES NOT BELIEVE THE SUSPECT IS IN THIS AREA. THEY SAY THEY WATCHED THE GROUND FROM HELICOPTER AND WITH DRONES, BUT THEY SAY THEY HAVE A SUSPECT IN MIND. LIVE REPORTING IN KINGFISHER COUNTY, ALYSE JONES KOCO 5 NEWS. OH MY GOD. ELISE, JUST JUST HORRIBLE. AND SO MANY QUESTIONS STILL REMAIN, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE. THIS ROCKED THIS RURAL AREA AND THE SMALL TOWNS NEARBY. KOCO ALEXANDRA GREGG WILLIAMS CONTINUES NOW COVERING OUR TEAM AND ALEX IS LIVE NOW. ALEX, YOU HAVE TALKED WITH THE LAND OWNERS WHO ARE NEAR THIS MARIJUANA GROW. YES, ABBY AND ZACH, I HAVE SPOKEN WITH A CATTLE RANCHER WHO SAYS HIS LAND IS ALL AROUND HERE, AROUND THE MARIJUANA FARM. AND HE SAYS WHEN THEY STARTED THE OPERATION AND MOVED JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, HE KNEW NOTHING GOOD WOULD RESULT. SINCE THEY PASSED THIS LAW, I WAS AFRAID THAT THIS HAPPENED. LIVESTOCK RANCHER DAVID BRYAN OWNS LAND SURROUNDING THE MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION IN LACEY AND SAYS SINCE THE OPERATION STARTED THEY HAVE BEEN CONCERNED. MANY PEOPLE ARE REALLY AFRAID OF IT. AND WE CANNOT BE BECAUSE WE HAVE RAISED EVERYTHING AROUND AND HAD TO KIND OF GO. BUT PEOPLE TOLD ME THAT EVEN AS GRANDMOTHER SAYS THE LAND WAS SOLD TWO YEARS AGO, VERY. CLAIMS CONTACT. I mean, when they’re very private, you can make them weigh anything that had a door. THEY REMAIN CLOSED ALL THE TIME UNLESS THEY ARE ENTERING OR LEAVING. BUT IT’S JUST YEAH, I NEVER HAD A GOOD FEELING ABOUT IT, HE SAID. ARMED GUARD OUTSIDE BUILDINGS, ADDED TO FEELING OF MALAYSIA AS OUTRAGE. I WANT, IT WAS NO, OBVIOUSLY NOBODY WANT. I WANT, AND UNFORTUNATELY, THAT’S WE ARE AFRAID. THE COMMUNITY ALL SHARED THE SAME FRUSTRATION WHEN THEY LEARNED YEARS AGO THAT THERE WILL BE A MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE. PEOPLE WILL HAVE FORECASTED THIS BECAUSE THE STATE WAS NOT READY TO FACE IT. AND AND THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS. AND EVEN TO KNOW THAT AS WE KNOW, THE SUSPECT WAS NOT CATCHED AND HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY I TALKED TO SAY THEY WILL REMAIN WORRIED AND CONCERNED

Neighboring farmer worried after quadruple homicide at Oklahoma marijuana grow op

He said since they started building the operation and moved in a few years ago, they felt nothing good would come of it.

A nearby farmer is worried after a quadruple homicide at an Oklahoma marijuana grow op. , I was afraid that would happen,” said David Bryan, the farmer.| MORE | Law enforcement is investigating a quadruple homicide in Kingfisher County Bryan, a cattle rancher, owns the land surrounding the marijuana grow operation and said they have been concerned since the operation began. “A lot of people were really scared of it and we couldn’t because we farmed all around it, but people told me they didn’t like driving through there,” Bryan said. He said that the land had been sold two years ago. “Very spooky, very private. or whatever. They had a door that they kept closed all the time. Unless they were coming or going. But yeah, I never had a good feeling about it,” Bryan said. He said an armed guard outside the buildings added to the feeling of unease. a few years ago there was reportedly a marijuana grow operation in their neighborhood.

A nearby farmer is worried after a quadruple homicide at an Oklahoma marijuana grow op.

He said since they started building the operation and moved in a few years ago, they felt nothing good would come of it.

“Ever since they passed this law, I was afraid this would happen,” said David Bryan, the farmer.

| MORE | Law enforcement is investigating a quadruple homicide in Kingfisher County

Bryan, a cattle rancher, owns the land surrounding the marijuana grow operation and said that since the operation began, they have been concerned.

“A lot of people were really scared of it and we couldn’t because we were farming all around it, but I’ve had people tell me they don’t like driving there,” Bryan said.

He said the land was sold two years ago.

“Very spooky, very private. You couldn’t wave to them or anything. They had a door that they kept closed all the time. Unless they were arriving or leaving. But yeah , I never had a good feeling about it,” Bryan said.

He said an armed guard outside the buildings added to the feeling of unease.

“It was outrageous. I mean nobody honestly wanted that, but unfortunately that’s what we were afraid of,” Bryan said.

The community shared the same frustration when they learned years ago that there would be a marijuana grow operation in their neighborhood.

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OKC Thunder Invited to White House Tour; Preview of the documentary ‘Seeds Of Greenwood’ https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-thunder-invited-to-white-house-tour-preview-of-the-documentary-seeds-of-greenwood/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 00:31:37 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-thunder-invited-to-white-house-tour-preview-of-the-documentary-seeds-of-greenwood/ On a day off earlier this week, the Oklahoma City Thunder visited the White House for a visit and also to discuss the social justice issues the team is trying to address through its Thunder Fellows program. . For the team, the experience has been completely removed from their normal mid-season routine, and the players […]]]>

On a day off earlier this week, the Oklahoma City Thunder visited the White House for a visit and also to discuss the social justice issues the team is trying to address through its Thunder Fellows program. .

For the team, the experience has been completely removed from their normal mid-season routine, and the players say they will never forget.

“So many things that I had no idea,” Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said in an interview afterwards.

For Gilgeous-Alexander and his teammates, the tour and the glimpses into federal politics were eye-opening.

“Kind of another side of the world that obviously as basketball players we don’t see,” he said. “But I personally learned a lot, I’m grateful for this opportunity.”

In return, the Thunder shared their unique perspective on social justice with the White House, screening part of their film Seeds of Greenwood. The documentary follows the inaugural class of Thunder Fellows, a program created “to fill gaps in racial wealth and opportunity” in the Tulsa community. Developed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Creative Arts Agency, it “aims to open up new opportunities in sports, entertainment, and technology for black high school and college students in the Tulsa area.”

“It was truly an amazing experience,” said Reece Robinson, one of the inaugural class of Thunder Fellows.

Robinson and her classmate Nzinga Collins were both invited to the White House screening.

“Certainly amazing,” Collins said in an interview. “I never thought I’d be here in the White House watching a trailer for a movie I’m in.”

“Coming here today and being called upon by all these individuals who work so high,” Robinsons said, “was really…really motivating. Maybe I could see myself here one day.”

“We’re incredibly proud of the program and especially proud of the kids who represent it,” Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault said, “and for them to be there with us today was awesome.”

The visit was a perfect fit with Thunder’s philosophy of developing the “whole” player, or the whole person – a chance for players to discuss federal policy with the administration while showcasing the team’s own efforts. home.

“We always talk about growing as basketball players,” Gilgeous-Alexander said, “but the best growth in life is as human beings, and seeing these kids almost transform in such a short time is special. They have a bright future and I’m glad to be part of this program to help them in their lives.”

All in all, it was a good trip to the nation’s capital for the Thunder: a productive day at the White House on Tuesday and then a thrilling win over the Wizards on Wednesday, thanks to a last-second three-pointer from Gilgeous-Alexander.

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Former Ada Kaden Cooper star signs with Sooners https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/former-ada-kaden-cooper-star-signs-with-sooners/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 01:22:12 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/former-ada-kaden-cooper-star-signs-with-sooners/ Former Ada forward Kaden Cooper signs with OU Men’s Basketball Kaden Cooper comes home. The 6-foot-6 wing, who transferred from Ada High School to The Skill Factory in Georgia, plans to return to Oklahoma for college. The OU men’s basketball program announced Monday that Cooper has signed with the Sooners. “Kaden is the type of […]]]>
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Oklahoma State Senator Blake Stephens wants to ‘lock the clock’ | Community https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-state-senator-blake-stephens-wants-to-lock-the-clock-community/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 18:03:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-state-senator-blake-stephens-wants-to-lock-the-clock-community/ Senator Blake Stephens, R-Tahlequah, continues to advocate for daylight saving time (DST) to be the official time all year in Oklahoma. Stephens has advocated for DST legislation since being elected to the Senate in 2020. The Sun Protection Law was passed unanimously by the US Senate earlier this year and is awaiting review by the […]]]>

Senator Blake Stephens, R-Tahlequah, continues to advocate for daylight saving time (DST) to be the official time all year in Oklahoma.

Stephens has advocated for DST legislation since being elected to the Senate in 2020.

The Sun Protection Law was passed unanimously by the US Senate earlier this year and is awaiting review by the US House of Representatives, followed by the President.

If approved, DST could become permanent across the country, with many states already having legislation in place to enact when the law is passed.

“Our time ‘has fallen’ [last] weekend and the negative effects are already apparent,” Stephens said.

“There is less time for farmers and ranchers to work in daylight, less time for outdoor sporting events, school activities, business operations and a host of other things. We can have a safer, healthier, more productive state without a daylight saving time change, and that’s why I will continue to push for Oklahoma to eliminate daylight saving time.

The lawmaker said numerous studies have shown that changes in the weather are associated with negative effects on health and mental health.

Many imbalances are created in the bodily systems during DST and the changes are also linked to decreased serotonin levels, increased anxiety and depression, higher blood pressure and many other possible negative effects and conditions.

Stephens previously introduced Senate Bill 843, but the measure did not move forward. Stephens said he plans to reintroduce his legislation before the 2023 session, which will be held on February 6.

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Oklahoma veterans are honored at “Flames of Memory” event https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-veterans-are-honored-at-flames-of-memory-event/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 04:46:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-veterans-are-honored-at-flames-of-memory-event/ Members of the Guthrie community paid tribute to veterans in a unique way Thursday evening. The Flames of Memory event at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum was moved indoors due to rain, but the celebrations continued. Families of veterans were asked to place a luminary – a bag placed with a flickering light – at the […]]]>

Members of the Guthrie community paid tribute to veterans in a unique way Thursday evening. The Flames of Memory event at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum was moved indoors due to rain, but the celebrations continued. Families of veterans were asked to place a luminary – a bag placed with a flickering light – at the event. | MORE | Normandy veterans organization receives $330,000 in ARPA funds “This was an opportunity to shine a light on veterans in our communities,” said Kristen Ferate of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Daughters of the American Revolution held the ceremony to remember Veterans Day. “I hope it will bring a personal connection to our liberties and liberties that we enjoy today,” Ferate said. Larita Arajon, US Airforce Major General and former Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Secretary, also attended the ceremony. She said many veterans have returned from war overseas with scars – both visible and invisible. “It’s very important that we have people who stand up and shake people’s hands and say, ‘Thank you for their service,'” Arajon said.

Members of the Guthrie community paid tribute to veterans in a unique way Thursday evening.

The Flames of Memory event at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum was moved indoors due to rain, but the celebrations continued.

Families of veterans were asked to place a luminary – a bag placed with a flickering light – at the event.

| MORE | Normandy veterans organization receives $330,000 in ARPA funds

“It was an opportunity to shine a light on veterans in our communities,” said Kristen Ferate of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Daughters of the American Revolution held the ceremony to remember Veterans Day.

“I hope it will bring a personal connection to our liberties and liberties that we enjoy today,” Ferate said.

Larita Arajon, US Airforce Major General and former Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Secretary, also attended the ceremony.

She said many veterans have returned from war overseas with scars – both visible and invisible.

“It’s very important that we have people who stand up and shake people’s hands and say, ‘Thank you for their service,'” Arajon said.

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1 dead, dozens injured as tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/1-dead-dozens-injured-as-tornadoes-hit-texas-and-oklahoma/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 07:27:57 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/1-dead-dozens-injured-as-tornadoes-hit-texas-and-oklahoma/ POWDERLY, Texas (AP) — Tornadoes tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring dozens more and leaving dozens of homes and buildings in ruins. The tornadoes hit McCurtain County, Oklahoma hard in the southeast corner of the state. Cody McDaniel, the county emergency manager, confirmed one death although […]]]>

POWDERLY, Texas (AP) — Tornadoes tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring dozens more and leaving dozens of homes and buildings in ruins.

The tornadoes hit McCurtain County, Oklahoma hard in the southeast corner of the state. Cody McDaniel, the county emergency manager, confirmed one death although he did not immediately provide details.

The small town of Idabel saw a church, medical center and school destroyed.

“There was total destruction on the south and east sides of Idabel,” Steven Carter, emergency management coordinator for McCurtain County, told the Texarkana Gazette.

Carter told the newspaper that people were still trapped Friday night.

Governor Kevin Stitt said search and rescue teams and generators were being sent to the Idabel area.

“Praying for Oklahomans impacted by today’s tornadoes,” Stitt tweeted.

Keli Cain of the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management said at least three other counties were also affected by storms, with flash flooding in some areas.

The National Weather Service said tornadoes were also reported in Texas and Arkansas, and a storm system was heading toward Louisiana.

In Texas, authorities in Lamar County said at least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed and 10 people were treated in hospital, two seriously injured. No deaths were immediately reported.

Judge Brandon Bell, the county’s top elected official, declared a disaster in the area, a step to get federal aid and funding. Bell’s statement said at least two dozen people were injured throughout the county.

A hard-hit community was Powderly, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of Idabel and about 120 miles (193 kilometers) northeast of Dallas. Powderly and Idabel are close to the Texas-Oklahoma border.

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management said the tornado touched down shortly after 4 p.m. and traveled north-northeast through the communities of Hopewell, Caviness, Beaver Creek and Powderly.

Randi Johnson, chief of the Powderly Volunteer Fire Department, told The Paris News that she did not know anyone had been killed but was aware of injuries.

“It’s going to take a long time to clean this up, but the community has come together,” Johnson said. “It’s really heartbreaking to see.”

Churches opened their doors to serve as shelters for those whose homes were affected.

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Oklahoma City Ballet creates an inclusive environment for The Nutcracker https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-city-ballet-creates-an-inclusive-environment-for-the-nutcracker/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 03:23:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-city-ballet-creates-an-inclusive-environment-for-the-nutcracker/ Oklahoma City Ballet wants to create an inclusive environment for anyone who wants to watch “The Nutcracker.” Thousands of people gather to watch “The Nutcracker” every holiday season, but this year families have another option when it comes to choosing which show to attend. “We created this sensory performance where we made some adjustments for […]]]>

Oklahoma City Ballet wants to create an inclusive environment for anyone who wants to watch “The Nutcracker.” Thousands of people gather to watch “The Nutcracker” every holiday season, but this year families have another option when it comes to choosing which show to attend. “We created this sensory performance where we made some adjustments for people with any type of sensory disorder or issue,” said Stephanie Pitts, Director of Community Engagement for OKC Ballet. Adjusted lighting and music levels will allow audience members to use technology such as cell phones and tablets and will also give viewers space to move around. “A lot of the rules we have in our other performances are meant to be broken in this one,” Pitts said. for everyone. The ballet has partnered with Autism Oklahoma to educate dancers on the importance of inclusivity to audiences. through a full performance. It’s a great performance not only for sensory issues, but also for toddlers, because it’s their first time coming to ballet and they can be a little restless,” Pitts said. Now, the dancers are preparing and have less than a month to learn a new routine and present it to you on stage in early December The Nutcracker will take place from December 10 to 18 and the sensory performance will take place on December 15 at 6 p.m. Civic Center.

Oklahoma City Ballet wants to create an inclusive environment for anyone who wants to watch “The Nutcracker.”

Thousands of people gather to watch “The Nutcracker” every holiday season, but this year families have another option when it comes to choosing which show to attend.

“We created this sensory performance where we made some adjustments for people with any type of sensory disorder or issue,” said Stephanie Pitts, Director of Community Engagement for OKC Ballet.

Adjusted lighting and music levels will allow audience members to use technology such as mobile phones and tablets and will also give viewers space to move around.

“A lot of the rules we have in our other performances are meant to be broken in this one,” Pitts said.

The goal is to show that dance is for everyone. The ballet has partnered with Autism Oklahoma to educate dancers on the importance of inclusivity to audiences.

“I’m so excited to break down any hurdles someone might have when attending one of our performances, whether it’s sensory issues, whether they can survive a full performance. C “It’s a great performance not only for sensory issues but also for just little ones that it’s their first time coming to a ballet and maybe they’re a little uncomfortable,” said Pitts.

Now the dancers are getting ready and have less than a month to learn a new routine and present it to you on stage in early December.

The Nutcracker will take place December 10-18 and the Sensory Performance will take place December 15 at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center.

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Will we see a winter surge of COVID? https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/will-we-see-a-winter-surge-of-covid/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:30:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/will-we-see-a-winter-surge-of-covid/ (NEXSTAR) – Doctors and public health experts have long warned of winter, when outdoor activities move indoors, making it easier for airborne viruses to spread quickly. and infect more people. More than two years into the global COVID-19 pandemic, with vaccines and boosters plentiful and effective antiviral treatments ready to use, are we still worried […]]]>

(NEXSTAR) – Doctors and public health experts have long warned of winter, when outdoor activities move indoors, making it easier for airborne viruses to spread quickly. and infect more people. More than two years into the global COVID-19 pandemic, with vaccines and boosters plentiful and effective antiviral treatments ready to use, are we still worried about a winter surge?

“Unfortunately, there will be many people who will be infected,” predicted Dr Ilan Shapiro, director of medical affairs at AltaMed in Los Angeles. “This virus actually knows how to catch us. It follows humans, which means we’re going to be together, we’re going to be in these spaces with poor ventilation, and COVID-19 loves that.

Despite the widespread availability of vaccines last winter, we still saw a massive increase in COVID-19 cases, driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The omicron variant has continued to mutate, spawning many subvariants, and has continued to infect many people over the past year.

That’s actually good news for this winter, explained Dr. Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine and infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

“We have incredibly high levels of population immunity this year, which is really different from last year when BA.1 hit, which was the first omicron variant,” Gandhi said. “At that time…we still didn’t have the levels of vaccination that we have now, and we hadn’t had repeated waves of infection.”

These repeated waves of omicron infection helped build people’s immunity against the virus, Gandhi said. “We’ve had so many natural exposures in addition to vaccinations, [creating] hybrid immunity, which article after article shows that hybrid immunity is stronger than immunity induced by vaccination or immunity induced by infection alone. … so I think it’s very different in the winter of 2022 than in the winter of 2021.”

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, chief medical officer at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, told WGN Radio he also hopes we’ll see more of a “rise” than a “surge” this year.

“I don’t see anything right now telling me there’s going to be a surge, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared,” Kopin said. “I hate to say this, but this COVID virus isn’t done with us. It’s still here.

The three doctors stressed the importance of getting the new COVID-19 bivalent booster.

About 19.4 million doses of the new vaccines have been administered, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means that less than 6% of the American population has received one.

It’s especially important for older people to get the most up-to-date booster, Gandhi said. “I think the population that needs that booster dose the most is over 65, so I think that’s where we have to put a lot of effort to get an extra dose closer to the end of the day. winter.”

Gandhi cited a recent British study published in The Lancet which found that the population aged 80 and over, people with multiple co-morbidities, people with chronic kidney disease and those on immunosuppressants are most at risk of serious complications from kidney disease. COVID. These people should make sure they get another booster shot before winter, she added.

If the number of cases starts to rise in your community over the next few months, Shapiro said, you should be prepared to bring back your face masks to avoid getting sick.

“Winter is coming and it is a reality. We won’t have winter 2020. We don’t want winter 2021. We are in 2022, when we know what can actually protect us in our communities,” Shapiro said.

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OKC City Council reaffirms link with Criminal Justice Council https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-city-council-reaffirms-link-with-criminal-justice-council/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 23:14:36 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-city-council-reaffirms-link-with-criminal-justice-council/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Free Press) – The Oklahoma City Council addressed a number of issues on Tuesday, the most notable being: Choose to continue to be part of CJAC, Approve funding increases for MAPS 4 projects, and Receive reports on grant applications for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. budget increases in MAPS 4. subsidize cycling and pedestrian […]]]>

OKLAHOMA CITY (Free Press) – The Oklahoma City Council addressed a number of issues on Tuesday, the most notable being:

  • Choose to continue to be part of CJAC,
  • Approve funding increases for MAPS 4 projects, and
  • Receive reports on
    • grant applications for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
    • budget increases in MAPS 4.
    • subsidize cycling and pedestrian infrastructure requests for the bikewalkOKC plan.
  • Called the next municipal election for February 14, 2023, which will consist of filling council seats for wards 2, 5, 6 and 8.

Marty Peercy reports local government

CJAC

The city’s membership on the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council, or CJAC, represents most municipalities in Oklahoma County.

The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) should not be confused with the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority (known as the Jail Trust). The CJAC is a countywide organization formed to address criminal penalty reform issues, particularly as they relate to the beleaguered county detention center (jail).

The body is made up of elected officials, law enforcement, judges, service providers and the fabulously wealthy.

Criminal Justice Advisory Council
Leaders of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council conduct studies of issues related to the criminal justice system in Oklahoma County. Pictured are LR, Tim Tardibono, Executive Director; Clay Bennett, President; and Roy Williams, CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. (File photo from August 15, 2019) Brett Dickerson/Okla City Free Press

The Council is chaired by Clay Bennett and vice-chaired by Tony Tyler. In the absence of these members, meetings are chaired by the president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. The CEO of CJAC is Timothy Tardibono, who is employed in this capacity by the Chamber.

The original Jail Trust, the body responsible for running the prison, was conceived and largely selected by CJAC members.

CJAC members Sue Ann Arnall, MT Berry, Jim Couch and former CJAC member Tricia Everest were the original members of the Trust. Everest resigned from her seat on the Trust when she was named director of the state Department of Public Safety.

Midwest City exit triggers OKC agenda item

Recently, the Midwest City City Council voted to leave CJAC after a contentious city council meeting in which former and current police chiefs endorsed CJAC’s work. Some vocal critics and a critical city council member won.

CMM’s action triggered a charter provision requiring member municipalities to “reaffirm” their participation.

Ward 6 Councilor JoBeth Hamon* asked to remove this item from the consent file for discussion, asking for an explanation of the organization and its purpose, and to add transparency to the vote.

Tardibono addressed the Council, beginning with a recent article in The Oklahoman detailing the disparities between the OKC and Tulsa in “procedural justice”, meaning the processes for arrest, charge and incarceration of arrested persons.

  • Hamon said it was frustrating to see members of our community with power and influence not using their position to pressure the prosecutor and the courts to do a better job of helping to reduce incarceration in our county.
  • Nice demanded an explanation for Midwest City’s departure from the CJAC, but Tardibono said it would be inappropriate for him to presume to speak on behalf of the city council there, but called the meeting a long and difficult one, adding that It was not possible to have a civil conversation at this meeting.
  • Much of the conversation from there was about some Council members being tagged and ridiculed by local activists with little knowledge of city government versus county government. Nice said: “We are doing our job.”
  • Oklahoma City has very few residents sent to jail on municipal charges. Most charges laid by the city result in a personal recognizance (RO) obligation within ten hours of arrest.
  • Tardibono pointed out that a 2015 Vera Institute study showed more than 150 inmates in the jail at any given time were there on municipal charges. But, over the past two years, that number has remained below 10.
  • Nice said more people should know. The city does things differently from the county and district courts.
  • Tardibono pointed out that District Attorney David Prater dropped out of the CJAC process some time ago, but the two candidates currently vying for that seat had promised to join the organization. One such candidate, County Commissioner Kevin Calvey, already serves on both the CJAC and the Jail Trust.
  • Hamon said our DA not participating in legal reform is something people across the county should have known by now. She went on to say that the bail industry has too much power in the Oklahoma incarceration conversation.

After discussion, the Board voted unanimously to reaffirm their participation in the organization, but asked for more frequent reporting on what the organization is doing.

MAPS update

The MAPS program office indicated that since collections of the one-cent sales tax exceeded forecasts, budget adjustments were necessary.

This adjustment will increase the budget available for all 16 projects and 19 specific sub-projects in the MAPS 4 package. A MAPS spokesperson said the important work involved in adjusting the budgets was to ensure that the extra money was evenly distributed.

Block grants

Council also received a presentation from the Planning Department on a list of block grant applications.

The federal government has allocated block grant funds across the country for infrastructure improvements.

Locally, this grant will be administered by the Oklahoma Association of Central Governments (ACOG).

Oklahoma City has competitive applications for projects using Block Grants for Surface Transportation and Block Grants for Transportation Alternatives, all related to cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to improve safety for non-motorized individuals.

Some of the projects may move forward with alternative funding if the federal grant is not approved.

The requests were all related to the bikewalkOKC plan. They are the following:

  • NW 63rd Northwest Freeway Bike and Pedestrian Project in North Ann Arbor for a bike and pedestrian project.
  • Intersection of West Reno and North Meridian for better security infrastructure.
  • South Eastern Avenue Bike Project from SE Grand to SE 59th.
  • South Santa Fe Bike Project from SW 74th to SW 104th.
  • Oklahoma City Community College’s South May Bike Project at Earlywine Park.
  • The Stockyards bike project dropped the railroad bridge over the Oklahoma River and along a railroad right-of-way southwest to South Agnew Avenue.
  • North Villa project of NW 10th in West Reno.
  • South Robinson Bike Project from SW 7th to South Grand.
  • Newcastle Road SW 29th Security Project in South May.
  • North Broadway NE 4th Street Improvement Project in North Martin Luther King.
  • NE 16th Street Bike Project from North Kelley to North Bryant.

The results of the applications will be communicated at the end of the year or possibly in January.

Municipal elections are called

The Council officially called a municipal election on February 14, 2023.

The general elections will concern wards 2, 5, 6 and 8.

  • Only those who live in the neighborhood will be able to vote for the candidates who will represent that neighborhood.
  • Municipal elections are non-partisan and therefore candidates will not have any political party next to their name on the ballot.
  • If a candidate is unopposed or receives more than half of all votes in their ward, they win.
  • If a second round is needed, it will take place on April 4.

The city council will meet again on November 8 at 8:30 a.m.


*Disclosure: Journalist Marty Peercy is the husband of Oklahoma City Council member JoBeth Hamon.


Last updated on October 25, 2022 at 6:36 p.m. by Marty Peercy

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Jokic and Murray lead tired Nuggets past Thunder 122-117 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/jokic-and-murray-lead-tired-nuggets-past-thunder-122-117/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 03:58:15 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/jokic-and-murray-lead-tired-nuggets-past-thunder-122-117/ DENVER (AP) — On the night the Denver Nuggets celebrated Nikola Jokic’s second straight MVP trophy and their superstar tied Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place all-time with his 78th triple-double, it was Jamal Murray who received the strongest hugs from his trainer and the biggest ovation from the public. “I haven’t felt that in a […]]]>

DENVER (AP) — On the night the Denver Nuggets celebrated Nikola Jokic’s second straight MVP trophy and their superstar tied Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place all-time with his 78th triple-double, it was Jamal Murray who received the strongest hugs from his trainer and the biggest ovation from the public.

“I haven’t felt that in a minute,” Murray said after scoring 16 points in Denver’s 122-117 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in his first home game in 18-plus month.

Murray, who missed last season with a torn left ACL he suffered in San Francisco in April 2020, sank a pair of free throws with 9.7 seconds left to give the Nuggets a four lead and Jokic capped the scoring by sinking one of two free-kicks with 2.5 seconds remaining when Murray came out hugged by coach Michael Malone and the sold-out crowd of 19,983.

Jokic had 19 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists for the Nuggets, whose steal after their big win at Golden State barely beat the sunrise on Saturday.

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