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Enid Animal Control, 1200 S. 10th, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is closed on holidays. The phone number is (580) 249-4910.

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Everyone can fish (while practicing social distancing) without a state fishing license on Oklahoma’s Free Fishing Days on Saturday and Sunday.

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Another demonstration in Enid is planned for noon Sunday in front of the administration building, at 401 W. Garriott. Enid resident Demetrius Office also is planning a town hall meeting with city officials and leaders, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Stride Bank Center.

With Phase 3 of the reopening of Tahlequah underway, many businesses are opening their doors with certain restrictions. Some have continued operating from behind closed doors. That has many local residents looking for ways to occupy their time.

NORMAN — Rallying in solidarity, citizens of Norman and areas across the state gathered for a peaceful protest on Tuesday afternoon.Sixteen-year-old Lirey Munoz, a soon-to-be-senior at Norman High School, organized this rally to protest racial injustice and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died at the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The protesters met in the Sooner Mall parking lot and began marching soon after to the Main Street bridge overlooking Interstate 35.“I saw everybody posting on social media about it, and I knew that if no one was going to do anything about it, then I will,” Munoz said. “I am protesting the injustice that black people face every day. We need to do more than just post about it; we need to do something about it.”Munoz said that the cops who have contributed to the unjust killings of unarmed black men need to be arrested, and for the police to listen to those rallying because they know what needs to be done.Everyone began to line the sidewalk facing Main Street, holding up signs and shouting chants such as, “No justice … No peace … No racist… Police,” “Black lives matter” and “Say his name … George Floyd.”“We are here to protest the wrong that has been going on,” Norman resident Batista Henderson said. “We believe that our lives matter just as much as everybody else's lives matter. It is so wonderful seeing the community come together out here; blacks, whites, hispanics and everybody else. I have a son and a daughter, and we are just as equal as anybody else, we should be able to drive our cars and not fear being stopped and pulled over and receiving terrible things just because of the color of our skin.”While standing on the bridge, protesters gave people the opportunity to share their story and how they feel.“Y’all, I am tired, I am tired of all of this,” one protester said. “This has gone on for too long. If you don't see the issue, that’s the issue. I’m tired being followed around the store like I’m about to steal something; I’m tired being scared when a cop comes up behind me when I’m doing absolutely nothing wrong. I’m tired of fearing for my own brother's life. There should be no reason you should be scared because of something you were born with.”Demanding justice, protesters began to march to the police station from the Main Street bridge, which is approximately a 3-mile walk.As they were walking, Norman police blocked intersections and directed traffic to keep the protesters safe. The Norman Police Department was able to speak with the organizer of the protest before it started.“That was extremely important,” Norman Police Chief Kevin Foster said. “It was nice to work things out so we don’t get anybody injured; either in traffic trying to come here or because of any type of counterprotest.”Once at the police station, the protesters laid on the ground with their hands behind their back chanting, “I can’t breathe.” Those words which were uttered multiple times by George Floyd as the police officer had his knee on his neck.They then got up and began to circle around each other, passing the bullhorn to other speakers. The community also showed up, filling the lawn in front of the police station and the parking lot adjacent to it.A Norman police sergeant joined the middle of the circle and chanted “Black lives matter,” into the bullhorn, which made the crowd erupt with cheers and applause.Members from the city government also showed up to the police station to show their support.“I think it’s important for people to be able to express their feelings with everything going on,” Norman Mayor Breea Clark said. “I’m tired that we still have to have events like this, and I’m sorry I couldn’t have been here earlier.”Mayor Clark said that she believes things need to change not only within the city, but in the nation as well.“I’m doing my part with the form of government we have, but it’s never going to be enough,” Mayor Clark said. “And that’s the frustrating part. I’m tired of having to apologize for all of these things; we have to change as a nation and I am so proud of all of these young people here right now speaking their truth and sharing their voices. We just need to listen; that’s the missing part.”Mayor Clark also mentioned that Norman will be hiring a diversity and equity officer and that the city also is joining the Government Alliance for Race and Equity.Mayor Clark ended her speech by chanting, “Black lives matter,” and all the protesters joined in with her.The protesters peacefully dispersed from the police station at around 5:15 p.m.

According to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the U.S. cattle industry lost an estimated $13.6 billion by early April this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many ranchers in the area have felt the losses while adapting to new ways of doing business.

In light of increased contact tracing efforts in the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) released a Contact Tracing Overview document to inform the public on what to expect when contacted by a health department contact tracer.

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A woman with four children who said her children had a friend over that night, according to the affidavit. She said the children wanted to sleep outside on the trampoline.

Pittsburg County commissioners are keeping current procedures in place regarding restricted public entry to the Pittsburg County Courthouse, even though Oklahoma began Phase 3 of the state's Open Up and Recover Safely Plan on Monday.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Across the large, orange barricade separating Oklahoma City police officers from marchers during the Black Lives Matter rally were laughs, conversations and hugs, as the two parties reached over the barrier to embrace and listen to one another.

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When the Euchee (often spelled Yuchi) tribe made first contact with the European colonizers, the members were located in settlements in eastern Tennessee, according to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

While some recent protests across the country have turned into violent altercations between protestors and police officers, the protest at Andrews Park Amphitheater on Monday was much calmer in comparison.

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City commissioners have several options to discuss during their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.: Lifting the state of emergency set to expire June 30; continuing phase two as planned; or adopting Gov. Kevin Stitt’s statewide Open Up and Recover Safely Plan.

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A protester caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the exterior of the newly refurbished state Capitol by spray-painting an obscenity on the historic building Sunday, May 31.

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Enid faith leaders and Mayor George Pankonin joined in a public service of mourning Monday for the 100,000 lives lost in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.

Is the climate changing? The truth about climate change is that the climate is changing, and has been constantly changing since the planet was first formed. Sometimes, the changes come swiftly in planetary terms and sometimes the changes take eons. But the climate is always changing, so let's put that discussion to rest.

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ENID - Funeral 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, Orion Baptist Church, Pastor Mickey Flynn officiating. Burial in Orion Cemetery under guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Stittsworth's. www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com