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Thu
22
Jun

Four hummingbird feeder hints from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife’s diversity program

With Oklahoma's hummingbird feeding season in full swing and sizzling summer temperatures looming, biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Wildlife Diversity Program offer the following hints for a successful hummingbird season.

Fill Feeders Weekly

"We recommend refilling and cleaning your hummingbird feeders on a weekly basis," said Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist for the Wildlife Department. "A simple fourpart water to one-part sugar solution should do the trick."

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Tue
20
Jun

Leaving your children or pets unattended in a hot car can kill them

By Shirley Todd

In the United States, an average of 37 children die each year when they are left in a hot car.

The deaths of 13 children have been reported in the US since January of this year. According to the San Jose State University Department of Meteorology, which released a study on kids in hot cars earlier this year, children and pets should never be left in a car, even if the window is cracked. Experts say, with an outside temperature of 80 degrees, the inside of the car can heat up quickly: 10 minutes to 99 degrees; 20 minutes to 109 degrees; 30 minutes to 114 degrees and in 60 minutes, the inside of a car can heat up to 123 degrees.

 

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Tue
20
Jun

Bristow News honored at OPA Convention

The Bristow News was honored with five awards at the Oklahoma Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest banquet during the OPA Annual Convention held recently at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The Bristow News received first place in the layout and design category in the semi-, twin or tri-weekly division of OPA member newspapers. The division includes more than a dozen respected newspapers such as the Edmond Sun,

Grove Sun, El Reno Tribune, Okmulgee Times and others. The Bristow News received a second-place award in the sales-promotion category, third place in news content, third place in personal columns and third place in community leadership.

 

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Tue
20
Jun

USDA Grants CRP Waiver Request from Reps. Lucas, Marshall, and Thornberry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted a 90-day extension of emergency grazing on CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) lands for areas of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas affected by recent wildfires. This comes in response to a letter sent by Congressmen Lucas, Marshall, and Thornberry to the USDA asking the agency to extend CRP acre eligibility for farmers and ranchers negatively impacted by the March wildfires.

“I’ve lived all my life in Northwest Oklahoma, but I have never seen anything of the magnitude of these fires,” Congressman Frank Lucas said. “USDA’s extension of emergency grazing on CRP acres will no doubt help ease the burden for farmers and ranchers in our part of the country by providing them with additional flexibility while forage is reestablished and fencing is rebuilt. I thank Secretary Perdue for working with us on this critical matter to help support producers impacted by these devastating wildfires.”

 

Tue
20
Jun

Remember food safety when firing up the grill this summer

With warmer weather on the way, many Oklahomans will be firing up their grill. Summer is typically a time of creating funfilled memories and delicious meals; however, if the meal is not prepared properly, it could be a source of foodborne disease. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service, foodborne illness peaks during the summer months, as harmful bacteria tend to grow faster in warmer, more humid weather.

Food safety isn’t just for the food manufacturing plants, it is important in the home as well, said Peter Muriana, food microbiologist for Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center

 

 

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Tue
20
Jun

UCO College of Liberal Arts awards scholarship to Bristow student

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts recently awarded a scholarship to Bristow resident Cara Johnson in recognition of her academic excellence and outstanding service to the university. Johnson, a professional media major, received the Dr. Woody Gaddis Photography

Endowed Scholarship, worth $500.

 

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Tue
20
Jun

Area students make Spring Honor Roll at University of Oklahoma Norman campus

Several local area students made the spring honor roll at the Norman campus. From Bristow were Nicholas Busby, Calen M. Cline, Rylie C. Cox, who also made the President ’s Honor Roll Kaylen Marie Kelly,

Eric W. Parker and James Z. Smith. From Kellyville was Ragan K. Auxter. From Mannford were Kyle Allen Kachelmeyer and Landon W. Sherwood. From Okemah was Andrew F. Banta, also making the spring President’s Honor Roll. Students from 311 communities are on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus honor roll for the spring 2017 semester

 

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Tue
20
Jun

Sixty nine percent of Oklahomans are leaving vacation time on the table, fifth highest percentage of all the states

Project: Time Off, an initiative of the U.S. Travel Association that encourages American workers to take their unused vacation time, released a new research report today,

“Under-Vacationed America: An Analysis of the States and Cities that Need to Take a Day.” AAA is a travel industry coalition partner of Project: Time Off. Key findings from the Under-Vacationed America report include: Fifty-four percent of Americans did not use all their vacation time in 2016, leaving a collective 662 million vacation days on the table. If Americans were to use that time, it would generate $128 billion in direct spending – an overall economic impact of $236 billion.

 

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Tue
20
Jun

Bristow Day Campers learn the importance of bees

Jim McNabb and Marcella McNabb show their bees to campers

 

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Tue
13
Jun

Right Path Riding Academy receives donation from Enbridge Energy

The Right Path Riding Academy received a $500 donation from Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. for their Horse Tales Literacy Project. Pictured from left, Keith Gardenier, with Blaze; Tina Hummel, Kaine Gardenier, on Okie; Sarah Ocker, Joshalyn Ocker, Lane Johnson, on Bud; Brent Rush, from Enbridge Energy, Victoria Groves, Mary Record, on Trigger; Brynn Kelly, Ashlynn Gregory, Dakota Gardenier, with Skipper and Abby Ocker.

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