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Tulsa Tech Helps Student Graduate After 30 Years

NEWS FROM TULSA TECH By DR. STEVE TIGER

When Thomas Ballard contacted his former high school to request a copy of his transcript, the information he received was quite a surprise. According to Jenks Public Schools records, the 50-year old resident of Pryor was lacking two credits in order to meet the state’s requirements for high school graduation.

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Workforce Strength Brings Jobs to Region

Growing the Tulsa Region By Mike Neal

Workforce issues don’t always get the attention they deserve, but there’s a simple truth in economic development that holds true no matter where you are: Workers bring jobs.

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Microbrews: Delicious and Environmentally Friendly

Tis the season for tailgating and Oktoberfest, all of which brings opportunities for having a beer with friends. So how can we turn sipping a cold brew into a more eco-friendly activity? Simple, buy local.

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Arkansas River Development Vital for Tulsa

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

Tulsans are fortunate to have a river running through this community that connects us to the north, south, east and west parts of town. By developing the river, we can create value for all communities within the city and our entire region that’s potentially a win-win for all.

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U.S. Energy Sector Awaits Strategic Plan

ENERGY WATCH By MARK A. STANBERRY

In 2008, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich broke ground in his book, Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, noting, “America is suffering from an artificial energy crisis that is also a dangerous national security crisis–artificial because America is gifted with enormous reserves of energy.” In 2011 President Clinton took up the topic in Back to Work, insisting, “The surest way to create jobs, cut costs, enhance national security, cut the deficit by up to 50 percent, and fight global warming is to change the way we produce and consume energy”.

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TFA Advocates Area’s Built Environment

ON ARCHITECTURE By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

In 1995, Executive Director for the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter AIA Elaine Bergman had a brainstorm. Tulsa needed an organization composed of design professionals and other interested persons that could be advocates for quality in Tulsa’s built environment. A secondary goal would be the protection of Tulsa’s historic buildings and the creation of an archival library of architects’ drawings and documents. Thus the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA) was born, with Bergman as its first executive director.

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Murray Jones Murray Led International Style

ON ARCHITECTURE By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

Architectural firms come and go, sometimes in one generation. Murray Jones Murray (MJM) is an architectural firm that flowered in the second half of the 20th century, with a substantial influence on Tulsa’s built environment. Today, it is only a memory in the minds of dozens of architects who worked there and the significant buildings they designed.

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The Vault Banks on Great Views, Classic Cuisine

LOCAL DINING By BLAKE AUSTYN

The Vault, while not far off the beaten track in downtown Tulsa’s Deco District, does take a little searching for first-time guests.

“But once you find it, you never forget it,” says Proprieter Libby Auld.
And the building is worth the search.

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Caution Urged When Driving in Work Zones

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than the needless loss of life and catastrophic injuries sustained from careless and inattentive drivers speeding through work zones.

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It’s Time to Act on U.S. Energy Independence

ENERGY WATCH By MARK A. STANBERRY

On the front cover of the May 22, 2014, Wall Street Journal, the caption reads “Leaders of China and Russia Drink to Momentous Gas Deal” with a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin toasting.

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Harwelden Mansion Maintains Original Beauty

ON ARCHITECTURE By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

On a rolling hill just south of downtown is one of Tulsa’s most distinguished Tudor residences. At 2210 South Main Street, it is distinguished because of the quality of its construction and the history of its occupants. Built in 1923 by wealthy oilman, Earl Harwell and his wife Mary, the four-story 13,000-square-foot mansion and its grounds occupies a full city block.

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Steakhouse Offers Views, Upscale Cuisine

LOCAL DINING By BLAKE AUSTYN

Zanmai, 1402 S. Peoria Ave., an upscale Japanese steakhouse, Hibachi and sushi bar, has been calling Cherry Street home since September last year.

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Drillers Stadium Holds Unique Appeal

OUT & ABOUT IN GREATER TULSA By EMILY RAMSEY

Baseball, the ultimate American pastime, is alive and well, I have decided. As is the other American pastime of hot dogs, pizza, beer and any other edible item that combines thousands of calories, gooeyness and the ability to be consumed minus fork and knife.

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Tulsa Mayor Details 2014 Fiscal-Year Budget

By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

The City of Tulsa has operated on the same two-cent sales tax for more than 30 years. In the last few years, with large downturns in the economy followed by only slight increases, Tulsa’s government is stretching that two cents as far as it will go.
In fact, Tulsa’s total sales tax collection growth has averaged a little more than one percent in the last 12 years. Sales tax revenues fund core services like police, fire, 911, traffic management and parks.

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Historic Tulsa Club Building to be Restored

By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

The slow deterioration of a once handsome building can be depressing and frequently puts a damper on nearby real estate development. So, it is very positive when this same building gets a chance at a second life; and so it is with the Tulsa Club Building at 115 East Fifth Street.

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