KJ)--An Enid-based project is opening hundreds of temporary jobs to laid-off oil workers in northwestern Oklahoma. Within the last month, SandRidge Energy has cut 226 jobs at its location in northwestern Oklahoma. Last week, 172 employees lost their jobs in Oklahoma City. “Even though we’ve seen the price of oil going down, some of these layoffs we weren’t expecting,” said Brent Kisling, executive director of the Enid Regional Development Alliance. But Kisling said the Koch Nitrogen plant in Enid is opening up 200 construction jobs to local citizens. The plant is undergoing a $1.3 billion expansion. "The jobs that they have opened at the Koch Nitrogen plant do match up very well with some of the skill sets that are in the oil field,” Kisling said. Kisling said they are looking for backhoe, dozer, boom truck, forklift and crane operators. He said the jobs are expected to last between 12 to 18 months. Even though the jobs are temporary, Kisling said the experience will help bridge them to other opportunities of employment in the area. “It’s important for us that those families are able to remain in these communities,” Kisling said. Anyone interested in applying for any of the temporary jobs can go to kbr.jobs/enid/Oklahoma/usa/jobs or call 580-237-1913.
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DD)-- The Garfield County Sheriff's Office received a $15,000 donation Wednesday for construction of a planned K-9 training facility. Sheriff Jerry Niles told the Enid News and Eagle, Ray Davis of Enid called about the canine facility project that had been announced and wanted to help with the project. The facility would occupy the northeast portion of the property on West Oxford, and the project would likely be done in two phases. Niles said, "The Davis Family Trust has contributed in many ways to the Garfield County area in the form of college scholarships and other donations. We are humbled by the generosity of the Davis Family and others that are working to help up with this project. Our goal is to have a dedicated training area for all area law enforcement working dog teams to be able to train with and maintain their canine partner for years to come." Those wanting to donate to help build the facility can call Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at (580) 237-0244.
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DP)--The City of Enid has opened a second dog park. The Meadowlake Dog Park opened today. The park is open to both small and large dogs and is free to the public. It is the second dog park in Enid, with another located at Crosslin Park. The same rules for the Crosslin Dog Park will apply at Meadowlake Dog Park. Owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs, dogs must be licensed with tags visible and no more than two dogs per person are allowed.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch. Health Department officials confirmed Friday that 101 retirement-eligible workers already have accepted the voluntary-buyout offer that was made to 317 of the agency's 2,258 employees. Employees have until Feb. 29 to accept the offer. The offer includes a payment equal to 18 months of health-insurance premiums, a $5,000 incentive bonus, the employee's longevity pay, and the payout of accumulated annual leave. The agency projects 100 buyouts would cost $2.6 million, with annual recurring savings projected to be $7.2 million. The University of Oklahoma and Department of Human Services also are preparing buyout plans.
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DP)--City of Enid officials announced that Phase Two of the tree limb debris removal effort is underway. City spokesman Steve Kime said measurable progress has been made in the cleanup effort since the November and December 2015 ice storms. Over 8,500 tons of limb debris has been taken to the landfill by crews so far.
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CC)--Due to the President’s Day Holiday the City Administration offices will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday. The Enid Public Library and EPTA will also be closed on President’s Day. In addition, the Monday trash route will be collected on Wednesday. All other routes will remain the same for the week. City spokesperson Steve Kime said the Recycle Center will be closed on Monday, however the city landfill will be open from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Kime added the Meadowlake golf course will be open weather permitting on Monday.
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VG)--Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma will host its fourth annual Valentine Gala this Saturday. The emergency youth shelter houses abused and neglected children removed from their homes, or children on runaway status. The shelter provides food, counseling, mentoring, tutoring and other services provided by Youth and Family Services. The event will be Saturday night from 6:30 to midnight at Enid Event Center. The evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a photo booth, silent auction, live auction, dinner and live music by Oklahoma City band Super Freak. The event is cocktail attire and all proceeds will benefit YFS. Individual tickets are $60, and sponsorship deals are available in a variety of packages. To purchase tickets, go to www.yfsenid.org or call (580) 233-7220.
TH)--Congressman Frank Lucas will hold town hall meetings to be held in Enid, Medford, Kingfisher and Watonga on February 17th and 18th. All residents of these locations are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Congressman Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District and asking for input on legislation currently before Congress.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Medford Town Hall Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Medford City Hall
Enid Town Hall Meeting
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Gantz Student Center, GU 100 (north side of the Ballroom)
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Kingfisher Town Hall Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum
Watonga Town Hall Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
City Hall Grand Ballroom
VS)--The Vance Spouses’ Club is hosting a community-wide celebration and charity auction on April 16th. The event celebrates 75 years of partnership between the City of Enid and the military community, and it will feature a charity auction. All proceeds raised go directly back to local charities and scholarships. The 1940s vintage big-band themed event will take place in a hangar at Woodring Airport surrounded by relics of the past. The event is open to the public. For tickets, or more information contact Renae Lewis at 405-401-1727, Elena Gartland 904-502-0800, or Meg Hewes at 253-229-6528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BB)--The Beach Boys will perform May 22 at Enid Event Center. Tickets are $50 and $75, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the Beach Party, which will include dinner and music for $16 before the concert. Fans can order tickets by calling (855) TIX-ENID, going to www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall administration offices.
VG)--Grammy Award-winning artist Vince Gill will perform Saturday, June 4, at Enid Event Center, with fellow Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack opening. Tickets are priced at $45 and $65. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.
TB)--The Thunderbirds, the Air Force's elite aerial demonstration team, is coming back to Enid next summer. The team's 2016 schedule includes a scheduled performance July 23 at Vance Air Force Base. The appearance will be part of Vance's 75th anniversary celebration. The Thunderbirds have not appeared at Vance since the fall of 2008. An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 people attended that year's air show and open house.