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The drive to Eureka Springs from Oklahoma is a harbinger of what’s to come: The elimination of the word ‘hurry’ from your vocabulary. You really have no choice. As anyone who has driven the hilly, twisty-turny roads leading into northwest Arkansas will tell you, at some point, you come to grips with the fact that you’re just not going to...
Oklahomans demonstrated concern for their neighbors during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home, washing their hands and donning face masks for essential trips. Due to city or state mandates, many people closed or curtailed their businesses, knowing they might never recover from the financial setback. Gov. Kevin Stitt says that same level of common sense and caring...
Dr. George Monks, a practicing dermatologist with Tulsa Dermatology Clinic and the president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, explains OSMA's duties during the pandemic; the state of COVID-19 in Oklahoma; and how Oklahomans can stay healthy now and in the future. Q: What is the Oklahoma State Medical Association and what is its role in the state's healthcare landscape? A:...
Amid an already trying 2020, news sources have recently reported that a species of predatory insect has breached North America – the Asian giant hornet, disturbingly nicknamed the ‘murder hornet.’ Wyatt Hoback, associate professor of entomology and plant pathology at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, has answers to your questions regarding the hornet, its presence in the U.S. and its...
If you’re missing summer travel and the Oklahoma skyline, we’ve got just the thing:  a breathtaking collection of drone shots and photography by Miller Photography Tulsa. https://youtu.be/2HO6_xFDFgg
To honor healthcare workers, first responders and other essential employees in northeastern Oklahoma, the Oklahoma National Guard has organized a series of flyover salutes at area medical centers. Vipers from the 138th Fighter Wing will fly over the following places today, Thursday, April 30, staring at 2:11 p.m. The ONG urges those who wish to see the flyovers to...
Community gardens offer more than a bounty of fruits and vegetables. They also produce a sense of belonging for neighbors, an appreciation of nature for students, and partnerships between civic organizations and groups. Oklahoma has a range of such gardens, from spaces at schools and plots in parks to neighborhood farms. They are used for educational purposes, business opportunities, community...
Arnell Dean made his career choice as a teenager, thanks to Emergency, which ran on NBC for six seasons in the 1970s. The show’s paramedics, Roy DeSoto and Johnny Gage with Los Angeles County’s fictonalized Squad 51, were Dean’s heroes. “I watched it religiously,” says Dean, a 40-year emergency medical technician with EMSA in Oklahoma City. “Every episode, they saved...

A Notable Legacy

FiveMoments that Changed Musical History There’s a fundamental question about whether Oklahoma is musically different from any other state. Maybe people in Springfield, Missouri, or Little Rock, Arkansas, or, say, Bangor, Maine, also feel that their homegrown artists deserve more respect than they’ve received. Regardless, one assertion has been made hundreds or thousands of times, especially by people familiar with Tulsa’s...
Oklahoma on Film If there’s one popular concept that people from other states have learned about Oklahoma, it’s that the wind comes sweeping down our plains. Even though the cinematic version of Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Oklahoma! was filmed in Arizona, the movies that are shot entirely or primarily here often reinforce a wide-open image of Oklahoma, where...