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March is an exciting month for all birders as migration really begins to kick up after winter hopefully lets down its harsh chill. For the first half of the month, we will be seeing the King Rail, American Golden-Plover, Snowy Plover, Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers (the Least was actually s…

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As we slowly ease back into the travel scene after a year of “hunkering down”, during today’s weekly installment, I will highlight a relatively uncomplicated international vacation. This compact tour is a little more than a week in duration, and the traveler has to unpack/pack only twice. My…

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Heart disease is a term that refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease (CAD).  CAD affects the blood flow to the heart. Having this condition can decrease the amount of blood flow and as a result can cause a heart attack. Heart disease is th…

Positive news last weekend included the fact that we were out of the deep freeze, which meant a great deal to all of us.  Being in an unnatural cold snap for such a long time period literally allowed us to walk about again. After the snow melted a couple of days later, it was so much better.

Many Americans return “thanks” or “say a blessing” when they set down to eat. In Japan everyone says “ita daki masu” which means “let us eat” before starting their meal. 

Our shelter is still the primary place to bring a pet found in the city limits of Stillwater; however, you must call before bringing a pet to the shelter. Please call us if you have lost your pet or found a pet.

The extreme cold and snowy weather has arrived at a very unfortunate time for spring calving cow herds. Cows and heifers are beginning the calving season and some newborn calves are certain to be cold stressed after arrival. Getting those cold stressed calves back to normal body temperatures…

The past week gave us plenty of unexpected weather in a nutshell. Before we realized it, the heavens opened up with freezing rain, snow (twice no less), and minus double-digit wind chills. This left most of us with surprise, considering we’d been privy to some of the warmest weather that we …

Now that this part of the country has gotten above the sub-zero temperatures, early spring gardening activities soon will kick into action. While this area isn’t known for producing pineapples or oranges, gardeners can produce tasty strawberries.

Love hurt early as a teenager when I realized I’d never have a date with Bobby Sherman or David Cassidy. I ripped down their life size posters, threw away my pillow which said, “love is never having to say you’re sorry” and began my hunt for true love. 

Who doesn’t like to get “more bang for the buck?” The concept of combining an herbicide and a fertilizer may be good in theory, but may not work in every situation. Several potential problems exist when using this approach.

Saint Valentine’s Day, or just Valentine’s Day, will be celebrated in many countries, mostly in the Western world tomorrow. 

Random personal thoughts, as we all continue to slowly try to return to a better place during every day life, and, hopefully, some reminders of our former “normal” times.

Payne County rare birds for the week of Feb. 3-9 include Western Grebe, Mountain Bluebird, Say’s Phoebe, Gray Catbird, Black Scoter, Ring-necked Pheasant, Audubon’s Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Oregon Dark-eyed Junco. Those were excellent findings for the period, some of which were multiple bi…

Love hurt early as a teenager when I realized I’d never have a date with Bobby Sherman or David Cassidy. I ripped down their life size posters, threw away my pillow which said, “love is never having to say you’re sorry” and began my hunt for true love. 

Saint Valentine’s Day, or just Valentine’s Day, will be celebrated in many countries, mostly in the Western world tomorrow. 

It’s been a year since we learned what it means to live during a pandemic. I still don’t understand how it happened, or why, but most importantly, no one has the answer of when it will end.

Payne Country rare birds for the week include the continuing Mountain Bluebird and Ring-necked Pheasant at the Ski Point grasslands of Lake Carl Blackwell. This declining bird was originally an Asian transplant in this country. For those that are uninitiated with the species, they are easily…

Our shelter is imposing new policies during Stillwater’s state of emergency. Until all City of Stillwater restrictions have been lifted we will not be taking owned pets except for in emergency situations. We will be taking in found pets from inside the City limits of Stillwater.  Please call…

Most, but not all Americans like their space or “elbow room” and sort of feel sorry for those who live in countries with much higher population densities. On long weekends or holidays, many city dwellers like to get out of the cities and find a quiet place, going back to where they grew up, …

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The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Directors is seeking to empower Oklahoma youth to improve health outcomes for future generations. Teens are facing increasing threats to good health as rates of vaping and obesity continue to climb in Oklahoma and nationally.

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Although it still is several weeks away, the spring season will be here soon. This means gardeners still have some time to get their pruning chores done. Keeping trees and shrubs pruned is vital for good health. It also keeps the landscape looking neat and cared for.

Diabetes is a group of diseases that negatively affect how your body uses glucose or blood sugar. This is an issue because glucose is important to our health, it is an important source of energy for our body. It is also a main fuel source for our brain. Individuals affected by diabetes can e…

Our shelter is imposing new policies during Stillwater’s state of emergency. Until all City of Stillwater restrictions have been lifted we will not be taking owned pets except for in emergency situations. We will be taking in found pets from inside the City limits of Stillwater.  Please call…

What is shio? It’s the Japanese word for salt, one of the most abundant and least expensive seasonings or condiments on the planet. But, it hasn’t always been so. For centuries it was used to preserve food and, as such, it was very valuable. During the days of the Roman Empire, Roman soldier…

The glitter stuck to the tiled floor is the only remnant from the party Saturday night, with the exception of several smears of Nutella on the Futon cover.

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Gardening enthusiasts are counting the days until the soil temperature is warm enough to start getting new plants and shrubs in the ground. They’re visualizing the new colors, the different textures and the general look of the landscape.

Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue is pleased to share our kittens of the week with you!  Daiquiri and Mojito want you to know that they will bring great joy and good luck if you adopt them. These 6-month-old siblings believe that two kittens are better than one. Forget blondes; black kittens have more…

Three January Wednesdays during The Twilight Zone brought major change to our country -- those being the Jan. 6 rioters’ takeover of the Capitol, the Jan. 13 Trump Impeachment by the House of Representatives and the Jan. 20 Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamela Harris.

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Our shelter is imposing new policies during Stillwater’s state of emergency. Until all City of Stillwater restrictions have been lifted we will not be taking owned pets except for in emergency situations. We will be taking in found pets from inside the City limits of Stillwater.  Please call…

WASHINGTON – Native sons who rose from small towns to touch the hearts of worldwide audiences, Garth Brooks and Woody Guthrie represented Oklahoma during Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden.

Our iconic 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, is frequently quoted uttering his famous words, “There is nothing to fear except fear itself”.

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