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  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: By hand or by email?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN and HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Sep 23, 2013

    20-40-60 etiquette: How should I handle professional correspondence when my handwriting is terrible? Is email OK? Christina Nihira joins the 20-40-60 etiquette panel as guest.

  • Cardin population drops to zero as buyout completed

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World | Updated: Wed, Nov 17, 2010

    CARDIN - On Tuesday as Kim Kuester drove to her Cardin home for the last time, she remembered the words she spoke so often as a teenager growing up in Miami.

  • Family struggles to cope in aftermath of Tar Creek

    By Matt Carney, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    A family struggles through lead poisoning, a botched home buyout, and crushing A family struggles through lead poisoning, a botched home buyout, and crushing misfortune in the wake of the Tar Creek Superfund site.

  • Filmmakers tackle subject of Tar Creek

    By Nathan Poppe, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    The Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma has become a topic of many films and books.

  • Children the worst victims of lead poisoning

    By Matt Carney, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Developmental delays, anemia and irreversible neurological and kidney damage are a few of the health problems for children exposed to high levels of lead and heavy metals associated with some Superfund sites.

  • Cleanup is slow process for Oklahoma sites

    By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    ARDMORE — The backhoes and the white Environmental Protection Agency mobile home are gone. For the most part, the Imperial Refinery Company Superfund site in Ardmore is quiet now. Though it is still on the National Priorities List, the Imperial Refinery site has reached the...

  • Superfund stigma often a hindrance for development

    By David Wolfgang and Leighann C. Manwarren, Staff Writers | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Superfund sites often face problems with redevelopment.

  • Superfund sites grow as money dwindles

    By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Oct 9, 2010

    Nationally, 23 sites were added to the Superfund list of the most hazardous contaminated sites. Only eight were cleared. Funding has has fallen since the end of a tax on energy companies.

  • Tar Creek trust violated meeting act, Oklahoma high court rules

    BY MICHAEL MCNUTT | Updated: Wed, Jun 23, 2010

    The state Supreme Court said the trust involved in the federal relocation plan for residents of Tar Creek should not have allowed appraisers and the state's secretary of the environment in a closed meeting.

  • Tar Creek settlement approved

    BY MICHAEL MCNUTT | Updated: Tue, Jun 22, 2010

    Special board approves $366,282 settlement to two companies that did demolition and cleanup work at the EPA Superfund site. Work was halted when it was determined the trust overseeing the work made a technical Open Meeting Act violation.

  • Tar Creek trust ruling has contractors at odds

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL | Updated: Thu, May 6, 2010

    The owner of a demolition business said Thursday he__8217__s not sure if he will submit a second bid on a project after a ruling found members of a Tar Creek trust had violated the state__8217__s Open Meeting Act. Rogers County District Judge Dwayne Steidley ruled Wednesday the Lead-Impacted...

  • Tar Creek buyouts create ghost town

    Updated: Sun, Mar 14, 2010

    PICHER — As the final residents prepare to move out of Picher, vandals move in with little fear of police, an official said. Picher is a former mining town at the center of the Tar Creek Superfund site, a 40-square-mile area polluted by decades of lead and zinc mining. An Army Corps of...

  • Picher's city offices to close today

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2009

    PICHER, Okla. (AP) — City offices in the mining-scarred town of Picher are set to close Tuesday, as most of the final few-dozen residents left make plans to leave the blighted area. Shuttering City Hall will mostly be a formality, since the northeastern Oklahoma town has been fading for...

  • Some of Picher’s holdouts concede it’s time to move on

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2009

    PICHER — Two years ago, Orval "Hoppy” Ray vowed it would take someone meaner than him to make him leave the town where he was born. But now the crusty, 84-year-old former miner is moving out, leaving behind a blighted, ghostly landscape, its soil, water and air poisoned by...

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe has Picher's stimulus funds frozen

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2009

    TULSA — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma says he has placed a hold on federal stimulus funds directed toward a housing authority in Picher, a fading mining town located in a Superfund area. State and federal buyouts of Picher residents in recent years have dwindled its population. The town...

  • In school auction, who’ll catch Picher gorilla statue?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2009

    PICHER — A concrete statue of the high school mascot is among the thousands of items from the Picher-Cardin School District that will be auctioned on Sunday. The 90-year-old school district graduated its final class of seniors in May, and it now will be absorbed by the Commerce and Quapaw...

  • Concrete gorilla statue to be auctioned Sunday at Picher school

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2009

    PICHER -- A concrete statue of the school mascot is among the thousands of items from the Picher-Cardin School District that will be auctioned on Sunday. The 90-year-old school district graduated its final class of seniors last month and will be absorbed by the Commerce and Quapaw districts....

  • Picher tornado accelerated plans to board up Superfund site

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL | Updated: Sat, May 9, 2009

    PICHER — One year after a tornado ripped through Picher, destroying one-third of an already dwindling Tar Creek community, a town official said there will be no memorial service or marker remembering the seven people who died that day. "Most people are just trying to go on and put it...

  • Historic building in Picher collapses

    By Sheila Stogsdill - State Correspondent | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2009

    PICHER – A decades-old building that was part of the original mining community partially collapsed overnight, city officials said this morning. The collapse was apparently not related to any old mining activities or weather problems but simply due to the age of the building, a spokeswoman at...

  • Final graduation set for Picher-Cardin schools

    JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS - Associated Press Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2009

    TULSA — Picher-Cardin Schools will graduate a final class of 11 next month, as the last residents leave an area of northeastern Oklahoma ravaged by decades of lead and zinc mining and a deadly tornado. There are only 49 students left in grades three through 12, whittled from several hundred a...



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