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Back to Basics Reminders Always a Good Idea

TRASH TALK By BETH TURNER

The numbers show it: Tulsans love recycling. I’ve always believed that amazing things happen with good people, planning and budgeting. 

What am I talking about? Only the best problem to have:  Tulsa’s curbside refuse customers are filling up those big blue bins with materials we can’t yet recycle. Why is that a good problem? Because it means we’re all learning that we would rather see something recycled than thrown away. Thanks to this much interest in recycling, manufacturers will start taking notice and create end-of-life plans for packaging that make sense.
 
Just the Facts
Right now,  Tulsa’s waste management reports show that while recycling numbers are up, Mr. MRF (American Waste Control’s Material Recovery Facility) tosses 30 percent of what winds up in those big blue bins back into the trash. Things that seem like they should recycle such as plastic hangars, old bicycle tires, batteries and jar lids.

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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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Student Pursues Nursing Career After Loss

NEWS FROM TULSA TECH By DR. STEVE TIGER

Jennifer Williams is quick to voice the happiness she feels working as a licensed practical nurse at University Village, one of the leading senior living communities in Tulsa.

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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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Tulsa Press Club Embraces History, Future

OUT & ABOUT IN GREATER TULSA By EMILY RAMSEY

I can’t help but feel like I’ve walked into a different period of time when I pass through the doors of the Tulsa Press Club in downtown Tulsa. Admittedly, that same feeling may come over a person who is walking the halls of many of downtown’s historic buildings–the Mayo Hotel, the Philcade Building, the Philtower, to name a few.

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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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America Needs America’s Energy

ENERGY WATCH By MARK A. STANBERRY

Forty years ago, in the spring of 1974, a group of oilmen and business leaders came together in Tulsa to form The International Society of The Energy Advocates. The reason the organization was primarily formed was to counter the OPEC (Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries) embargo. The 1973-74 embargo sent a shock through the world, oil production was cut along with shipments to the U.S.

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Art Deco Buildings Set Tulsa Apart

ON ARCHITECTURE By ROGER COFFEY, AIA

From the mid 1920s to the early 1940s, a period of less than 20 years, Tulsa’s population grew from 75,000 to just less than 150,000. During that time, more than 50 significant Art Deco structures were built, including nine residences. Although at least 25 percent of these structures have been demolished, those that remain are eye-catching and for many of us, pleasing to look at. They are a piece of our history, a slice of time well worth remembering. For those who grew up in Tulsa as I did, it is hard to imagine our city without them.

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STEM Graduates Prepare for College and Beyond

NEWS FROM TULSA TECH By DR. STEVE TIGER

Tulsa Tech recently held a reception similar to an athletic scholarship signing day to recognize many of the college-bound graduates of the school’s prestigious STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Academy. Representatives from area colleges and universities, along with former instructors, family and friends, all gathered to honor the students as they each signed letters of intent.

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