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Hook, Line and Sinker

Oklahomans are flocking to the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds to try their luck at catching fish. Sport fishing is enjoying a surge of popularity this year, says Skylar St. Yves, information and education specialist and fishing coordinator for the State Department of Wildlife Conservation. Oklahoma has great fishing spots throughout the state, he says, which include huge reservoirs...

Matt Pinnell

… state investment in tourism. How much money is appropriated for marketing is an ongoing discussion with the legislature and the governor’s office, but … our marketing budget must be competitive with other states. There is a clear return on investment for money spent to market your state. Many studies over a number of years prove this. Michigan and Texas...

A Town Using Its Noodle

Pauls Valley might consider a slight change in its nickname – from Queen of the Washita River to Queen of Quirkiness. The town presents itself that way. Take the Toy and Action Figure Museum. In 2000, city leaders and residents formed a committee to find ways to lure visitors. “At a meeting, I joked that my studio, which already had several...

A Mild Place in Arctic Harshness

The Lofoten Islands – beautiful, untamed and north of the Arctic Circle in the tempestuous waters of the Norwegian Sea – bely their location as grateful beneficiaries of the Gulf Stream. The outcropping off Norway’s northwest coast enjoys mild winter and summer temperatures of 34 degrees and 54 degrees, respectively. While not Tahiti hot, it’s warmer than most places on...