Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.

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  • Pigs run and swim for cookies at the Oklahoma State Fair

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    As she eyed the pool of water in front of her and the Oreo cookie at the other end of it Saturday morning at the Oklahoma State Fair, Swifty the pig didn’t seem interested in going for a swim.

  • Convincing residents in Oklahoma to conserve water can be a hurdle to drought planning efforts, officials say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    There are plenty of hurdles to curbing a state’s water use, but somewhere near the top of the list is making residents understand why conservation is important, water policy leaders from several states including Oklahoma, said Friday.

  • Water conservation is critical to energy industry's viability, industry officials say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    After four years of drought, water conservation has become essential to keeping Oklahoma energy companies viable, industry officials said Thursday. Industry leaders joined weather forecasters, climatologists and officials from several Western states Thursday at the Western Governors’ Association’s drought forum at the National Weather Center in Norman.

  • Oklahoma City marchers will call for greater action to combat climate change

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    A group of environmental activists, clergy and others are planning a demonstration Sunday in Oklahoma City to call for greater action to combat climate change. The march is one of several being held in cities across the country in conjunction with the People’s Climate March, a demonstration in New York.

  • Water users try their hands at drought mitigation during a simulation in Norman

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    In the real world, decisions about whether to expand a reservoir or install water pipelines aren’t decided by a roll of the dice. But during a drought simulation Wednesday in Norman, Oklahoma water officials planned major infrastructure projects based on dice throws.

  • Oklahoma State Fair bubble-blowing contest leaves contestants with sticky faces

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    During the Oklahoma State Fair’s Biggest Bubble Contest on Saturday at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, a field of about 15 contestants were given 90 seconds to blow as many bubbles as they could while judges measured the bubbles with plastic calipers.

  • The eyes of Texas are upon you: Oklahoma motorists get bills for years-old toll road charges

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    The North Texas Tollway Authority, which operates turnpikes, toll bridges and tunnels in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, recently began sending bills to Oklahoma motorists for toll charges they accrued on Texas roadways, in some cases years ago. The move has left many Oklahoma drivers frustrated and confused.

  • Cold front brings cool, rainy weather to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Cooler temperatures are expected to continue in the Oklahoma City area Saturday. National Weather Service forecasters predict sunny skies and high near 68 degrees.

  • Oklahoma State Fair's Space Tower still soars in fairgoers memories

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Long a favorite feature of the Oklahoma State Fair, the Space Tower closed in 2010 because of mechanical issues. Although the tower still stands at the park, fair officials doubt it will ever be open for rides again.

  • New U.S. Department of Agriculture tool will help Oklahoma farmers and ranchers predict drought, researchers say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Weather researchers are developing a new tool they say could give Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as much as a month’s warning when drought conditions are on the way. The Evaporative Stress Index is a system being developed by the United States Department of Agriculture that uses satellite data to predict drought.

  • Wild West showman, 'America's Got Talent' contestant will highlight Oklahoma State Fair's Centennial Frontier Experience

    By Silas Allen
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Wild West showman Loop Rawlins will be one of many performers at the Oklahoma State Fair’s Centennial Frontier Experience this year. Rawlins, an Arizona-based trick roper and gunslinger, was a contestant recently on the NBC program “America’s Got Talent.”

  • Oklahoma City reservoir levels fall, but water supply remains in good shape

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Water levels at Oklahoma City’s reservoirs fell during an abnormally dry August, but city officials say the city’s water supply is still in good shape. Over the past 30 days, central Oklahoma saw an average of just 1.78 inches of rain, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

  • Despite rains, dry conditions linger in western Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Despite several inches of rain that fell in parts of the state Monday night, Oklahoma’s drought situation worsened over the past week. Hot, dry, windy conditions caused the drought to intensify in the western part of the state, where conditions were already driest, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday.

  • Bartlesville residents clean up after strong thunderstorm

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Bartlesville residents and business owners were cleaning up Tuesday after strong winds blew away sections of roof, knocked down signs and caused damage to at least one apartment complex. A thunderstorm passed through northern Oklahoma Monday night, bringing heavy rain and high winds to Bartlesville.

  • Northern Oklahoma counties remain under severe thunderstorm warning Monday evening

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Several areas in northeast Oklahoma remain under severe thunderstorm warnings until 11:30 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported. Affected areas include: EAST CENTRAL OSAGE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA... WASHINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA... SOUTHERN CRAIG COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA... NORTHERN DELAWARE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA... OTTAWA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...  

  • No damage reported Monday after tornado touches down in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    No damage was reported after a tornado touched down in Craig County Monday evening, officials said. The National Weather Service’s Tulsa office issues a tornado warning Monday evening for areas in Craig County including the towns of Hollow and Welch.

  • Tornado touches down in southeastern Kansas, moves toward Osage County

    Silas Allen | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    A tornado touched down near Elgin, Kan., shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service reported. The tornado was moving southeast toward Osage County, OK. From the National Weather Service’s Tulsa office: ...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN OSAGE COUNTY UNTIL 945 PM CDT... AT 905 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED […]

  • Flood advisory issued for northwest Oklahoma counties

    Silas Allen | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory Monday evening for areas in northwest Oklahoma. From the National Weather Service’s Norman office: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A * URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... EAST CENTRAL MAJOR COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA... NORTHWESTERN GARFIELD COUNTY IN NORTHERN OKLAHOMA... SOUTHEASTERN ALFALFA COUNTY […]

  • Tornado warning issued Monday evening for northern Craig County

    Silas Allen | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The National Weather Service’s Tulsa office issued a tornado warning for northern Craig County Monday evening. The warning remains in effect until 7:30 p.m. Sunday. From the National Weather Service: * TORNADO WARNING FOR... NORTHERN CRAIG COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA... * UNTIL 730 PM CDT * AT 652 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING […]

  • Farmers in Texas County, Oklahoma's biggest water user, work to conserve

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Even in good years, Texas County, in the center of the Oklahoma Panhandle, is one of the driest, windiest parts of the state. But the county, sitting atop the Ogallala Aquifer, is also the state’s heaviest user of water.




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Silas Allen Mon, Sep. 22 2014 08:06:19 PM CST Here's an inning right here. #STLCards
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Silas Allen Mon, Sep. 22 2014 06:54:01 PM CST Not telling you guys anything you don't already know, but Tom Waits is weird.
Silas Allen Sun, Sep. 21 2014 08:38:53 AM CST I covered a pig race yesterday. LINK
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:22:06 PM CST RT @MLBGIFs: Party rockers in the house tonight. LINK
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:09:56 PM CST A TV station in Amarillo ripped and read a story of mine a few weeks back. I'd be mad, but they're the ones who have to live in Amarillo.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 08:59:34 PM CST Hey #Mizzou, if Florida State loses, maybe we get a break on Sportscenter tomorrow. Goooooo Clemson.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 07:03:10 PM CST Alright, that Kolten Wong Homer went a long way toward easing my Mizzou malaise.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:55:47 PM CST Alright guys, football sucks and the Cardinals could clinch a postseason berth tonight.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:42:33 PM CST I now hope every team in college football loses today. Is that possible? Can we do that?
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:41:18 PM CST Alright, #STLCards. Lift my spirits after that travesty in Columbia.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:38:51 PM CST ...untimed down. Huh.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:35:22 PM CST RT @Englishscope24: Moe Miracle?
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:34:41 PM CST @jallison94 This is an exercise in frustration.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:33:02 PM CST #$%&. #Mizzou
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:21:29 PM CST RT @Dave_Matter: That's five high snaps for Boehm, by my count.
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 06:20:48 PM CST What is going on with #Mizzou's center today?
Silas Allen Sat, Sep. 20 2014 04:13:05 PM CST Look at the wheels on Russell Hansbrough. #MIZ