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It was a historic day in December when we celebrated the final removal of more than 10,000 tons of nuclear waste that have plagued Sequoyah County and its citizens for decades. More than 500 semi-tractor loads removed the dangerous substances from the former Sequoyah Fuels Corporation site n…

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s Address to the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security Crisis on our Southern Border:

This week I experienced an extremely specific emotional reaction that I’d completely forgotten existed. I was watching Top Chef, a show I’ve been a long time fan of but have mostly always had to binge once it's dropped on Hulu thanks my “cord cutting” ways. Thanks to the generosity of friend…

The Claremore Chamber of Commerce has two great events that are occurring in January.

My grandfather and grandmother I am pretty sure never uttered a profanity word in their entire lifetime. They just didn’t do it. Grandma even got upset once when one of their nephews referred to his father as “the Old Man.”

New Year’s resolutions aren’t a bad thing, but I sometimes wonder if in our quest to start the new year with things we need to fix, we can easily start our new year thinking about what could go wrong instead of what could be right. A favorite author of mine, Annie F Downs, says she doesn’t d…

There is Christmas overload out there. There’s pop culture’s current love/hate relationship with cheesy Christmas movies created for TV by probably twenty different television networks. Plus, there is so much Christmas music out there to choose from, some of it terrible and some of it deligh…

Cherokees have long held the tradition of coming together to support our families, friends and communities. As one of the most respected shared values within our culture, I am proud to say it remains at the forefront of the work we do every day for our people here at the Cherokee Nation.

My husband Randy and I are doing something very different for us. We are staying here in Claremore for Christmas and missing with being with our sons and their families this holiday. Our kids live in the far reaches of the country. The oldest is in Idaho, our middle son is in South Carolina …

As another year comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future with hope for happiness, good health and peace. This year has brought a lot of different challenges and provided me and my family many great opportunities to connect with people in our c…

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Voter turnout during the Nov. 6 mid-term election for the state of Oklahoma was incredibly invigorating with 1,186,385 or 56 percent of citizens casting a ballot in the governor’s election. And while this number has Oklahoma moving in the right direction, another number released by the state…

What makes a city unique? What are the characteristics that make Claremore different than any other town in Oklahoma? I think about this sort of question a lot. If I’m in the car, driving to the grocery store, I think about it. As I’m in line at the bank, I think about it. As I’m supposed to…

I attended a high school that had philosophy as a required class. So I’m probably in a very strange demographic that actually has read some of the writers and thinkers mentioned in each episode of NBC’s “The Good Place”, which, with the strangest premise in network television, is about a wei…

Our community is in a giving spirit this holiday season! First we saw a tremendous fundraising effort for the Will Rogers Memorial Theatre and last Friday evening for the Safenet Services Festival of Trees. Both organizations were able to meet their goals and will be able to do great things …

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As of my writing this, we’re two episodes into the Bravo series “Dirty John” about the complicated, real life abusive relationship between John Meehan and Debra Newall. And I already know how it's going to end. Not because I’m so brilliant. Not because its so obvious. But because I’ve listen…

Okay, a true confession – I love the Hallmark Channel and everything warm and fuzzy their movies represent. Especially the Christmas movies. I get that there isn’t much drama and we are going to see a perfect ending, but I like happy television when there is so much chaos on broadcast channe…

The Christmas shopping frenzy is in full swing. Between Black Friday sales that happen on Thanksgiving day, actual Black Friday, and Cyber Monday everyone is hunting for bargains.

I attended the RSU Fundraising Scholarship Breakfast on Friday. It was great to see so many businesses and community leaders in attendance supporting the students that are attending the university. We were privileged enough to sit at a table with one of the scholarship recipients, Hunter Nix…

As our country has aged over the past 242 years there is something we must always realize and never forget. So many things we take for granted have come with a tremendous cost, not to mention sacrifice.

As we near Veteran’s Day on Sunday, 11/11, I want to give my profound thanks to those that have served and are serving our great nation. I particularly give thanks to two of our sons, Master Sgt. Jayson Geisler, Idaho National Guard and Gunnery Sgt (GySgt) Michael Johansson, US Marine Corps,…

Off and on over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching an episode or two of Netflix’s “The Good Cop”. It’s the streaming service’s first procedural and features Josh Groban and Tony Danza as a father and son odd couple. If you liked the creator Andy Breckman’s other show, “Monk”, you will pr…

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum has loomed over Claremore as long as I can remember. It has loomed over Claremore as long as most people in Claremore can remember, I suppose. But, the striking architectural fixture atop “Will’s hill” could have been something else very easily.

“Don’t judge others, and God will not judge you.  If you judge others, you will be judged the same way you judge them. God will treat you the same way you treat others”—Matthew 7:1-2 (ESV).

I’ve been a fan of holiday episodes of television episodes since I was a kid, and Halloween episodes are no exception. But, I’m also not really that into horror. So if I’m going to find myself watching TV waiting for trick-or-treaters to come to door, I won’t be watching “Scream.” If you, li…

As election day nears I think of the meme that was on Face book this past weekend. It drew a correlation between the number of people who would rush to the convenience store to purchase a lottery ticket in hopes of improving their lives, but wouldn’t take the time to vote for exactly the sam…

Back before film makers started turning out gruesome and bloody slasher movies, Hollywood’s Universal Studio frightened the dickens out of me. Okay, maybe I was only nine at the time. Still it made me look under the bed before climbing in it.

I love”Doctor Who” and I did before it was nerdy kid cool. I was watching it in 2007 while I was living at home and my siblings kept asking me what kind of cheap cheesy PBS show I had gotten into. Of course, that whole sentence is ridiculous but they were teenagers, so we can forgive them. I…

A couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of attending Musician’s Haven’s five year anniversary celebration. If you weren’t aware, Musician’s Haven is a Claremore nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people to experience music in many different ways. For the past five …

The moment I hear Chris Carrabba, frontman of Dashboard Confessional, sing I’m in my late teens and early twenties, driving the long way home down 6th from my job at the movie theater in Topeka Kansas after a late night shift. I’m the only person on the road. The windows are rolled down. I’m…

They may all be approaching their seventh decade but for this weekend they all, to the last person, will probably be acting like teenagers once again.

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