Summits to Focus on Drug Abuse
Last October, Police Chief Chuck Jordan and I accepted an invitation from Commissioner Terri White with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to meet with the Oklahoma Overdose Prevention Committee. We realized our state had a problem, but we didn’t realize that more people died last year from prescription drug overdose deaths than car crashes.
Glass, Metal or Plastic: Recycling By the Numbers
After mastering the habit of tossing recyclables into the recycling bin, you may find yourself like me – wondering what packaging would be best to buy in the first place. This is not an easy topic to decipher!
Local Partners Repurpose Historic Firehouse
Driving east on the Broken Arrow Expressway, a couple of blocks west of Utica is an outstanding example of an adaptive reuse building. Formerly the City of Tulsa Fire Station Number 8, this project at 1400 South Trenton is the creative work of architect James Boswell.
We Need to Support Our Energy Industry
It has been over two years since my book “America Needs America’s Energy: Creating Together the People’s Energy Plan” was released. During that time frame, I have had the opportunity to speak throughout the U.S.
Gene Shell a Winner in Long Career
Gene Shell never was a man to give up. To surrender. To quit.
Not in the game of baseball. Not in the game of life. Not in a wartime foxhole.
Gene Shell is a fighter. A scrapper. Always has been.
Arkansas River Development Vital for Tulsa
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.
Workforce Strength Brings Jobs to Region
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.
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.
Tulsa Tech Helps Student Graduate After 30 Years
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.
TFA Advocates Area’s Built Environment
In 1995, Executive Director for the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter 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 () was born, with Bergman as its first executive director.
Murray Jones Murray Led International Style
Architectural firms come and go, sometimes in one generation. Murray Jones Murray () 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.
The Vault Banks on Great Views, Classic Cuisine
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.
Caution Urged When Driving in Work Zones
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than the needless loss of life and catastrophic injuries sustained from careless and inattentive drivers speeding through work zones.
It’s Time to Act on U.S. Energy Independence
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.
Harwelden Mansion Maintains Original Beauty
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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