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As you read this, it’s early in the cherry blossom time in Japan, a time when hundreds of thousands of people would normally engaged in hanami or cherry blossom viewing. 

As much as I didn’t want to write about this darn virus again, it’s all I can think about. 


They may look like cute and furry garden pets, but they really are more of a pest than a pet. Caterpillar pests are common on many landscape and garden plants and can cause mild to severe damage depending on plant species and number of caterpillars present. 

 Readers frequently ask me just how I come up with topics for my weekly “Time Out” installments, especially since this has been a regular labor-of-love for me since August 2015.

This has been an exciting week for rare bird alerts. At Boomer Lake we observed both the Neotropic Cormorant, which is a bird that has been coming to the area for the past five years, but it takes eBird several years to count what might be a vagrant. The American Tree Sparrow was also seen i…

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Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce announced Saturday that the City of Stillwater will be following Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Norman in issuing orders for residents to shelter in place that will probably take effect Tuesday morning.

We have seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, industries, and cultures worldwide. The travel and tourism industry has virtually come to a halt in an effort to flatten the curve and save more lives. We asked Visit Stillwater Chairman of the Board Chris Norris how our local …

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Measures taken by state and local governments to combat the spread of COVID-19 are requiring residents to temporarily accept limitations on some of the freedoms they took for granted until now. It’s not a comfortable process for anyone.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The state has procured 10,000 COVID-19 test kits but will continue to prioritize its public health supply for Oklahomans who are already hospitalized or classified as most vulnerable to the virus, officials said during a Friday briefing.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Humans are social animals and some, like Westwood Elementary art teacher Suzanne Tackett, are so social they don’t do well in isolation. Tackett says the term “raging extrovert” would be a fair assessment of her personality.

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Due to the escalation of COVID-19 infections in Payne County, with five cases of the illness now confirmed, the Payne County Budget Board held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss the county’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Oklahoma State University is closing all campus buildings to visitors Wednesday in compliance with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive order closing non-essential business.

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After an hours-long standoff, police apprehended a Stillwater man who was accused of making threats and brandishing a rifle Tuesday night.

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The mayor issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency within the City of Stillwater on March 15, and two supplemental proclamations were issued on March 16 and 17 establishing additional restrictions. On Monday, a fourth proclamation was issued with additional restrictions effective…

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Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce signed a declaration Monday night ordering the closure of personal service providers like hair salons, barber shops, health clubs, spas, tattoo parlors, massage parlors and nail salons within the city limits until 12:01 a.m. April 5.

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Stillwater restaurants Mexico Joe’s and Eskimo Joe’s are closed effective Monday night. In addition to the restaurants, Joe’s Clothes World Headquarters at 507 W. Elm Street, Stan Clark Companies offices and Eskimo Joe’s Promotional Products will also be closed through April 6, Kendra Morela…

Finding credible resources can be challenging, especially in times like these, when information is changing rapidly. As your librarians, we want you to know that even though our doors are closed, we are here for you. One of the things that we can provide right now is reliable information and…

OnCue is donating more than $30,000 of non-perishable food and personal care products to several local food banks, pantries and soup kitchens in response to increased community needs surrounding COVID-19. 

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Governor Kevin Stitt addressed concerns of a statewide lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19 during a news conference Sunday afternoon. Stitt reiterated that Oklahoma would not forcibly shut down businesses like bars or restaurants.

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With schools across Oklahoma closing at least through April 6, kids will be spending more time at home for the foreseeable future. If you weren’t already homeschooling, you probably weren’t prepared to keep your kids occupied and mentally stimulated when sending them off to school isn’t an option.

Nothing should ever be taken for granted. Whether it’s our freedom, job, love life or most importantly, our health – nothing in life is guaranteed. This world-wide crisis has put a lot of things into perspective for a lot of people.

After talking to producers this spring, it seems there is an anomaly happening with difficult births. We all know that many things influence a calf’s birth weight, but even producers who pay close attention to the obvious factors like genetics or cow size might find themselves helping a cow …

Rare birds include the Neotropic Cormorant, which has been visiting Boomer Lake Park and Boomer Creek since 2015. The Neotropic Cormorant is common within a limited range, predominating on smaller and shallower fresh water. 

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