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Hitting the Open Road

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Road trips aren’t just nostalgic this year ... they’re necessary. Due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, people are seeking close-to-home vacation spots to entertain themselves and their families. Between quarantines, distance learning and an influx of Zoom meetings, Oklahomans are needing a getaway like never before.  The road trip format provides the backdrop for...

How Oklahoman Are You?

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 Beloved Tourist Hotspots Tourist spots are popular for a reason – they’re great! These include the Tulsa and Oklahoma City zoos – which offer just about every animal under the sun and amazing amenities – the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, the Myriad Botanical Garden in OKC and the Tulsa Botanic Garden. They’re...

A Fine Dining Renaissance

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Photos by Nathan Harmon Downtown Tulsa’s Summit Club – perched on the top three floors of the Bank of America Center – is in the midst of a transformation so dazzling you’ll need to see it to believe. Over the last several months, the team has been hard at work renovating the...

A Look Inside Wounded Knee

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Before the 1973 siege at Wounded Knee, Native Americans had “to live the lie, and put their ‘Indian-ness’ away,” says Richard Ray Whitman, an Oklahoma City resident who traveled to South Dakota soon after the occupation began and stayed until a cease-fire agreement was reached. The occupation – led by 200 Oglala Lakota...

The Tulsa Mayoral Race Heats Up

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Candidates looking to challenge Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum are campaigning during a summer like no other. “We are in a really challenging year in Tulsa, with the global pandemic, a national recession, significant budget drops for cities across the state and a tremendous amount of turmoil around longstanding...

A Briefing on Tribal Nations

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Developing Infrastructure Iron Horse is not your run-of-the-mill industrial park, says James C. Collard, director of economic development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  When the Canada-based Pro Pipe opens its $5.5 million factory at the tribal-owned park later this year, it will be doing so in the only active foreign trade...

Summertime Sowing

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With average temperatures in the 90 degree range during the Oklahoma summer, residents trying to keep their lawns and gardens thriving should heed tips from the experts. Kathy Caviness of Caviness Landscape Design in Arcadia has some great pointers for homeowners and renters who take pride in their summer plants.

A Century’s Worth of Lessons

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Brenda Alford’s grandparents did not speak to her directly about the horrors of the Tulsa Race Massacre. But after she grew up, she realized she had often overheard conversations about the devastation that began on May 31, 1921, in the Greenwood District and its prosperous Black Wall Street. She learned that her grandparents, James and Vasinora...

Painting the Town

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Costa Rica native and Canadian County transplant Carlos Barboza made a name for himself early on. In elementary school, a teacher refused to grade his art homework, accusing his parents of doing it for him. “My mom went to school and proved that I did it,” says Barboza. Artistic prowess...

All Roads Lead to Service

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Somewhere along one of Tulsa’s busiest avenues is a little gate; hundreds of cars zip by it every day without noticing the home hidden there. If you’re one of the lucky few to be invited inside, you’ll find a sense of comfort.  “Oh, feel at home,” says the owner, Shannon Smith. “It’s not...