September 16, 2014

Tahlequah math teacher wins Oklahoma Teacher
Jason Scott Proctor, a high school math teacher from Tahlequah High School, was announced Oklahoma’s 2015 Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at the State Fair Tuesday morning. Proctor is the first winner from Tahlequah Public Schools and the second male teacher to win the honor in a row. Last year’s winner was Peter Markes, a music teacher from Edmond North High School. Proctor, 35, teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus at Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah Public Schools. He also coaches track at the school. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, holding his current position for eight years and teaching for a total of 12 years. bk

September 15, 2014

Pardon, Parole board discusses eligibility require
Members of the Pardon and Parole Monday discussed the possibility of implementing eligibility requirements for incoming applicants. Currently, applications to the Pardon and Parole board are accepted without any written policy on eligibility requirements. Deyer said the board "has no way of knowing whether this person ... bk

September 15, 2014

Askins hopes to bring about changes during time as
Coming off a four year hiatus from state government, newly appointed interim director Jari Askins said Monday she hopes to bring about positive changes to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, an agency in which she previously served as a board member and executive director. bk

September 15, 2014

Interim study cancellation allows shift in focus
Following the cancellation of the Oklahoma wine shipping interim study, IS-H14-077, the focus and conversation by those parties involved has now shifted to Oklahoma wine distribution via local liquor stores. Previously legislation and the approved interim study had revolved around shipping wines directly from Oklahoma wineries and issues preventing that from happening. Bruce Robertson, a representative with the OLWA, says the goal has not changed: to get more Oklahomans drinking more local wine. He thinks that the shift in focus will be "beneficial" for the state. bk

September 15, 2014

OWRB hosts inaugural Drought Challenge
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are set to host the state's inaugural Drought Challenge on Sept. 17. The challenge, which is also well known as the Water Supply Reliability and Management Challenge, will be held at the National Weather Center in Norman. The day-long event will be a refereed competition between four or five teams. The teams will utilize a fictitious watershed subjected to hypothetical multiyear droughts to solve different "scenarios" which are based on historic Oklahoma drought data. bk

September 12, 2014

Ethics Commissions enter acknowledgement agreement
The Ethics Commission approved an acknowledgement agreement Friday with Oklahoma Water Resources Board members Tom Buchanan, resulting in the complaint against him being dismissed. According to its agenda, the commission had received allegations alleging a violation of its conflict of interest rules by Buchanan, who has been a member of the OWRB since 2011. Neither the agenda nor the acknowledgement agreement details the specific action Buchanan was alleged to have performed. bk