Expressway Speed Enforcement

The Tulsa Police Department Mingo Valley Traffic Unit in conjunction with the Motorcycle Unit will focus on posted speed and hazardous moving violations on both the Broken Arrow Expressway (US 64/OK 51) and Mingo Valley Expressway (US 169), during the month of March 2013. Mingo Valley Traffic Unit and Motorcycle Officers will be randomly monitoring these expressways in the Mingo Valley Division throughout the week; they will be paying special attention to any marked construction zones on those highways. A citation issued for speeding from $150 to up to $500 and/or 10 days in jail; NO WARNINGS will be issued.

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Gatesway Unveils New Logo and Theme Line

Gatesway Foundation introduces a new logo and corporate identity line, with the help of More Branding + Communication of Tulsa.

Justin Johnson, principal with the firm, says the visual it created features not one but two elements reflecting the mission of the agency and its ultimate goal.

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Regional Collaboration, Advocacy Bring Regional Benefits


Since 2007, the Tulsa Regional Chamber has led a community-wide effort to advocate for the Tulsa metro at our state’s capitol with one unified voice. This advocacy tool, the OneVoice agenda, has grown exponentially since its first year, and legislators have grown to view the OneVoice agenda as the go-to reference when considering the region’s priority issues.

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Boulder Avenue Bridge Reopens

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the University of Tulsa Pep Band celebrated the re-opening of the Boulder Avenue Bridge Feb. 4. The bridge spans the downtown railroad tracks and connects First Street and Archer Street.

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Tulsa Mayoral Challenger Campaigns Underway

One of the most interesting mayoral campaigns in the history of Tulsa is unwinding as former city councilman and successful businessman Bill Christiansen and former mayor and statewide office holder Kathy Taylor have announced they are challenging the incumbent mayor, Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. Bartlett has said he will run for re-election.

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Regional Partners Announce Job Gains

The Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and regional partners in economic development reported at a Feb. 4 news conference that a near-record 907 primary jobs were added in January 2013. The announcement follows a trend of strong job creation catalyzed by a regional partnership dedicated to bringing high-paying employment and capital investment to the Tulsa region.

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Panel Convenes to Address Homicides

ATTENTION NEEDED: On Jan. 29, Mayor Dewey Bartlett hosted a televised forum to discuss the quadruple homicide at Fairmont Terrace and the needs of that area. John Durkee, news director for , far left, mediated the forum.

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Taking MLK’s Words to Heart


During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worked to make his dream of equality for all mankind a reality. He quite simply lived what he believed. He was a man of great faith, believing both in a higher power, and in the inherent ability of his fellow man to do the right thing.

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Family and Street Smarts: Walter Hugo Helmerich III


Walter Hugo Helmerich, was a friend and monthly luncheon companion for more than ten years. He was a great storyteller and the inspiration for Voices of Oklahoma – when he rejected the idea of writing his autobiography, which was suggested many times. Not only did he contribute his story to , but also he convinced his friend Henry Zarrow to do likewise. He also made a significant contribution to our program ( – long before there was an actual website. He recognized the importance of preserving the legacy of Oklahoma – one voice at a time. We would have included his story in any event but he holds a special place in our library and hearts.

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Bridenstine Votes for Regulatory Fairness and Efficiency

“This was a great day. I got to vote for regulatory fairness and for regulatory efficiency,” commented Congressman Jim Bridenstine following votes on two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. “Regulatory excesses of the past few years have been a severe impediment to economic growth.”

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Commissioner Fred Perry To Resign

County Commissioner Fred Perry announced Monday, Feb 11, that effective July 8, 2013 he will resign his position and retire. He plans to send a letter accordingly to Governor Fallin within a few days so that an election can be scheduled for a new district 3 commissioner in a timely manner.

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Free Yard Waste Collection Ends January 31

As part of the launch of the City of Tulsa’s new residential refuse and recycling program, the city provided free yard waste collection during the months of November, December and January to assist residents with the transition to the new pay-as-you-throw service.

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Rotary President Recognized

Past Rotary Club of Tulsa President Bob McKenzie, left, was surprised Jan. 16 with recognition from southern Arizona’s District 5500 for his participation in El Tour de Tucson, a 111-mile ride for charity, including a “Ride to End Polio.” Rotary District Governor Randy Brooks from Arizona, right, presented McKenzie a traveling trophy for raising $70,000 from Tulsa Rotarians and others.

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Brady Chocolatier Offers ‘Food Of The Gods’


Editor’s note: Newspapers is pleased to present a monthly column focusing on the unheralded enterprises and initiatives of all the resourceful, creative folks in and around Tulsa and the region. We will feature articles that explore the diverse ways innovative and successful people contribute their talents and ideas to make the Greater Tulsa community vibrant and second-to-none for quality of life.

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TRC Visits Site Consultant

The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s nationally-recognized economic development division sent staff to the Area Development Consultants Forum in Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 2-4 to strengthen relationships with consultants who help businesses find suitable locations for their operations. Such business attraction efforts support the goals of the Tulsa Regional Chamber-led Tulsa’s Future economic development program.

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