Silas Allen
Local News 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.


  • Turner Falls reopens as recovery from flood continues

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Turner Falls, a city park in Davis, was closed for a week after the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill dumped several inches of rain across south-central Oklahoma on June 17 and 18.

  • Dragon boat races are a highlight of Stars & Stripes River Festival

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Dragon boat teams paddled on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City on Saturday as a part of the SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival.

  • Regents OK tuition hikes at state colleges, universities

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition increases at a meeting Thursday that college and university officials said are necessary to cover a $24 million budget cut in state higher education spending.

  • OKC councilor calls statewide ride-booking laws ‘ridiculous’

    By Silas Allen Staff Writersallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Council took steps to repeal Oklahoma City’s regulations and bring the city into compliance with state law to regulate ride-booking services like Uber and Lyft. Still, Councilman Pete White had strong words for lawmakers who voted to create statewide rules superseding city attempts to regulate the ride-booking services.

  • As spring ends, rainy conditions may continue

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Sunday marks the first day of summer, closing the books on a spring that has brought more than twice the normal amount of rainfall to Oklahoma. Forecasters predict wetter-than-usual conditions could continue through the summer.

  • UPDATE: One lane of I-35 open north and south after Arbuckle Mountains rock slide

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma Transportation Department has issued a travel advisory for southern Oklahoma. Motorists should avoid I-35 near Turner Falls due to the Thursday rock slide and ongoing work to stabilize the area.

  • OSU regents vote to raise tuition

    By Silas Allen Staff Writersallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges voted Friday to raise tuition at OSU's five campuses.

  • Heavy rain leads to three deaths, forces evacuations in southern Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill swept through southern Oklahoma on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, dumping as much as 11 inches of rain on areas that were already saturated from last month's heavy rains.

  • Bethany man takes three WWII veterans to Normandy

    By Silas Allen

    Staff Writer

    sallen@opubco.com

    | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Peter Plank, of Bethany, Oklahoma, is in Normandy, France, this weekend for the 71st anniversary of the World War II invasion.

  • After record rainfall, Lawton officials cancel cloud seeding contract

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    After Lawton, Oklahoma, saw its rainiest month on record, officials have canceled a contract with a Texas-based cloud seeding firm. The Lawton City Council voted last week to cancel the city’s contract with Seeding Operations and Atmospheric Research, or SOAR, a contractor based in Wichita Falls, Texas.

  • Two years after May 31 tornado, some Canadian Valley Technology Center programs return to El Reno campus

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Two years after a deadly tornado leveled the campus, some staff members at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno location began moving back to campus last week. The CareerTech center opened its new health building last week.

  • Southwest Oklahoma City residents watch Canadian River carry their land away

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Jaycee Bogart and her husband, Toby, watched the Canadian River take their land Friday afternoon. Since Monday, the river has carved away about 100 acres, say the Bogarts, who owned a 988-acre farm in southwest Oklahoma City, on the north bank of the river.

  • Rising river threatens southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    City officials warned some residents in far southwest Oklahoma City early Friday morning that a small lake is at risk of breaching its banks and flooding the area.

  • Oklahoma's drought is all but over after the rainiest month on record

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    About this time last year, farmers in southwest Oklahoma were struggling to coax wheat plants out of dry, dusty soil. Thursday, it was so wet that most of them couldn’t get into their fields.

  • More flooding likely as heavy rain returns to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    As another round of heavy rainfall sweeps across Oklahoma, forecasters are “confident” the state will see more flooding Thursday. Flood warnings are in place Thursday for areas along the Red, Cimarron, Washita and Canadian rivers.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin tours flood-damaged areas

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and other state officials toured flood-damaged areas in Purcell and the Lake Texoma area Wednesday morning.

  • Tornado in southeastern Oklahoma kills woman, destroys homes

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    A person who died as a result of a tornado Monday in Bryan County, Oklahoma, has been identified as 48-year-old Sandra Marsha Swinney, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner confirmed Tuesday.

  • Scientists work to help Oklahoma's wheat industry adapt to climate change

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Oklahoma researchers are developing strains of wheat that would be better able to cope with climate conditions that scientists predict the state could see by mid-century.

  • Hundreds gather to honor fallen service members at Memorial Day ceremony in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Speaking to a crowd of hundreds Monday morning at the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City, Brig. Gen. Hopper Smith asked them to consider why they had come there.

  • At least one dead, dozens injured across state after Monday's storms

    By Silas Allen and Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Severe storms and tornadoes resulted in one death, multiple injuries, and severe flooding across the state Monday. Several homes were damaged or destroyed, and several roads were closed due to high waters.




Silas Allen Sat, Jun. 27 2015 03:55:01 PM CST Geez, that could be anywhere. https://t.co/Y6PeqJxtrH
Silas Allen Sat, Jun. 27 2015 03:45:26 PM CST Joni Mitchell Had an Aneurysm and Cannot Speak, David Crosby Says LINK
Silas Allen Sat, Jun. 27 2015 01:55:21 PM CST RT @KBTXRusty: Arkansas man trolls TV station for those gay NBC peacock colors. Lol. LINK
Silas Allen Sat, Jun. 27 2015 12:16:24 PM CST RT @NPRinskeep: Some mornings, only a paper newspaper will do. LINK
Silas Allen Fri, Jun. 26 2015 03:26:36 PM CST @MadiLAlexander I have had the "We want to get married on the ocean!" line running through my head for 75 percent of today.
Silas Allen Fri, Jun. 26 2015 01:19:20 PM CST After being closed due to flood damage, Turner Falls reopens tonight. Look for my story in Sunday's Oklahoman. LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Jun. 25 2015 07:51:36 PM CST RT @ounwcm: Could see a few severe storms Friday. Shouldn't be too big of a deal. #okwx #texomawx LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Jun. 25 2015 07:14:45 PM CST RT @Seinfeld2000: knicks draft jimmy
Silas Allen Thu, Jun. 25 2015 04:08:52 PM CST @NathanPoppe Doesn't mean I won't.
Silas Allen Thu, Jun. 25 2015 04:01:54 PM CST @NathanPoppe Hooray, beer!
Silas Allen Thu, Jun. 25 2015 02:52:30 PM CST Yeah, and, uh, it was probably them that did the Houston Astros thing too. No question. https://t.co/Cv1wgQm6cF
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 02:22:40 PM CST More to the point: why would you want to? https://t.co/WMfO4cCms7
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 11:54:33 AM CST USAO requesting a 4.8 percent increase, or $10 per credit hour.
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 11:22:22 AM CST All these tuition increase requests come after higher ed took a $24 million cut in state funding. Schools have to make it up somehow.
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 11:20:39 AM CST Northeastern State is requesting a tuition increase of $8.75 per credit hour, pairing it with budget cuts elsewhere.
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 11:15:28 AM CST RT @jaclyncosgrove: I'm looking for Oklahomans who used subsidies to buy health insurance through the marketplace. If that's you, let me kn…
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 11:14:03 AM CST RT @KOSUMichaelC: "if I didn't have [Inhofe] holding up a snowball as proof climate change wasn't happening, that would be useful." http://…
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 11:03:20 AM CST Next up is ECU's John Hargrave, who requests a 4.9 percent tuition increase, about $9 per credit hour.
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 11:00:14 AM CST .@OTripleC is also requesting a $5/credit hour tuition increase, which is 4.68 percent.
Silas Allen Wed, Jun. 24 2015 10:59:21 AM CST Northern Oklahoma College is requesting a 4.8 percent increase in tuition, or $5 per credit hour.

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