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Local residents invited to attend virtual community wellness discussion

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Ponca City, OK – Ponca City residents are invited to participate in a local virtual health and wellness online discussion event. The TSET Healthy Living Program in Kay County has scheduled a “City of Ponca City Online Public Discussion” to begin at 12:00 PM on January 26, 2021, via Zoom.
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Newkirk FFA Predator Hunt fundraising event

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Newkirk FFA will be hosting the 2021 Newkirk FFA Predator Hunt to teach the public hunting laws and environmental stewardship, decrease the number of predators, and include the community in an FFA activity. Registration for hunters will be on Friday, February 12th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Newkirk Ag Building, behind the Newkirk Middle School.
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Senate Redistricting Town Hall Meeting

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Thursday January 14, 2021 one of nine Senate Redistricting Town Hall Meetings was held in The Summit Conference Center at City Central. Senator Bill Coleman opened the meeting with introductions including Representative Ken Luttrell, Senator Roland Pederson, Mayor Homer Nicholson, and District Attorney Brian Hermanson. Coleman then introduced Senator Dave Rader, Tulsa, co-vice chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee and Jacob Eischen, Multimedia Communication Specialist at Oklahoma State Senate. Senator Rader opened the
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PCPS Superintendent responds to Governor’s new quarantine guidance

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Governor Stitt held a press conference last week and announced Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) new proposed guidance related to quarantine protocols for students in Oklahoma schools. The non-mandatory changes to quarantine protocols: • Pertain ONLY to students exposed in a classroom setting.
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Kaw Nation Tribal Court Judge Honored

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The Cherokee Nation has honored a Kaw Nation tribal court judge and veteran with the Medal of Patriotism. Robert Don Gifford, Chief Judge of the Kaw Nation Tribal Court and Cherokee Nation citizen, was recently honored for his 23 years of military service as both an active duty Army Judge Advocate (JAG Corps) and in the reserves, as well as his contributions to service members and veterans in his private practice. Mr. Gifford retired from the Army Reserves in 2019 with the Rank of Colonel. He served on active duty from 1996-2001 and served as a part of the United Nations mission to the Balkans during the war in Bosnia, as well as service at Fort Knox, Fort Sill, Germany, and the Pentagon. He was recalled to active duty in 2007 to work on the war crime cases at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on the cases of those who planned the attacks on 9/11, the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and of the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. Colonel Gifford, a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, also maintains a state-wide law practice with an emphasis in criminal law and civil rights and also serves as a part-time judge for five other Native American tribes. Judge/Colonel Gifford currently serves as the Chair of the Military and Veterans Law Section for the Oklahoma Bar Association.