HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT SATURDAY
* TEMPERATURE: AFTERNOON HEAT INDEX VALUES AROUND 105 ARE
EXPECTED THRU SATURDAY.
* IMPACTS: THOSE EXPOSED TO THE EXTREME HEAT OVER A PROLONGED
PERIOD MAY DEVELOP HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE, RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING AND KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE AND ALSO WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK, THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1.
STILLWATER LIBRARY TO CLOSE JULY 30TH FOR REPAIRS
The Stillwater Public Library will be closed Wednesday, July 30, from 9 a.m. until completion of electrical work being done on the building. Online services such as eBook lending and database use will not be affected.
According to library director, Lynda Reynolds, the library is expected to reopen sometime between 11 a.m. and noon. Library users are encouraged to call 405-372-3633 or check the library’s webpage at http://library.stillwater.org before visiting.
An online message will also be posted in the event of rain, which will postpone the electrical work and library closing.
For more information, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 8106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED CROSS LOOKING FOR DONORS AS BLOOD SUPPLY REPORTED AS LOW
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.
“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO for the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood is needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
OKLAHOMA GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL
Oklahoma’s pump price average for regular gasoline has tumbled 18 cents since hitting $3.53 on June 27, according to FuelGaugeReport.AAA.com. The state average has declined for 14 straight days and is now $3.35 per gallon. Nationally, the average price of gas has fallen for 24 consecutive days. Today’s price, $3.565 per gallon, is the lowest since April 2.
AAA reports these price drops are due to abundant refinery production, even as geopolitical tensions gain global attention. Russia and Ukraine returned to the forefront this past week when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Additionally, intensifying violence between Israeli and Hamas forces in Gaza has drawn headlines and concerns that the conflict could have a broader regional impact.
Despite these events, oil markets have shrugged off global concerns, although West Texas Intermediate rose yesterday $1.46 per barrel to close at $104.59 after falling to a multi-month low below $100 a week ago. Meanwhile, domestic refinery utilization reached its highest level of the year last week, which has helped to push gas prices lower.
Prior to the crash of Flight 17, the Obama Administration announced a new round of sanctions against Russia’s energy and financial sectors. Members of NATO and the European Union are also debating stronger sanctions against Russia, which could potentially impact global markets.
There are four states today with lower state gas price averages than Oklahoma: South Carolina, $3.296 per gallon; Alabama, $3.314; Missouri, $3.339; and Tennessee, $3.346. Pacific states continue to lead the nation with the highest prices, led by Hawaii, $4.34; Alaska, $4.15; and California, $4.04.
ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT SEEKING MORE ENTRIES
Lights on Stillwater, a favorite event for the Oklahoma State University community for more than 20 years, is set for Wednesday, August 20, and organizers are looking for vendors who wish to participate.
Lights on Stillwater allows local businesses and organizations the opportunity to interact with OSU students the first week of the fall semester. The event draws more than 8,000 students and local residents.
The North Plaza on the Hall of Fame side of Boone Pickens Stadium will serve as the location for this year's Lights on Stillwater, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association at OSU, which recommends booth registration forms be completed and received, along with appropriate fees, by August 1. Booth space starts at $75. Registration forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the SGA office, there is a $25 late fee for registration after the deadline.
The number of booths available is limited due to space restrictions, so SGA urges you register as soon as possible to reserve a spot.
For more information, contact Charlie Gibson or Susan Simmons at (405) 744-6500.
CAREER TECH INTERIM DIRECTOR NAMED
The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education this week named Marcie Mack, deputy state director and chief operating officer at CareerTech, as interim director.
This action follows the board's acceptance of State Director Robert Sommers’ resignation, effective Aug. 15.Mack began working at the department in July 2013 and has been instrumental in coordinating continuous improvement efforts for the system and other major initiatives, including the revamping of the data system
Mack previously served as assistant superintendent at Autry Technology Center, one of the 29 technology centers within the CareerTech System.
For more than 19 years, she worked at Autry Technology Center, serving in various capacities including support, instruction, information systems and administration. Mack has been involved in various community organizations and served in various leadership roles within local and state organizations.
Mack earned a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Oklahoma State University, where she also completed her master’s degree in telecommunications management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at OSU and has a true passion for high-quality education.
STILLWATER ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED; OTHERS SOUGHT
from the Stillwater Police Department:
On Sunday, 07-20-2014 at approximately 0032 hours, Stillwater Police Officers responded to the residence in the 1300 Blk. of S. Lewis for a reported armed robbery. Upon arrival, Officers discovered multiple people had been robbed in the front yard of the residence by three masked males brandishing handguns.
None of the victims reported being injured but the suspects were able to get away with an undisclosed about of money and property.
At least one of the suspects was known to the victims and was later arrested at his residence for robbery with a dangerous weapon. This suspect was identified as 32 year old Courtland Davis. The Stillwater Police Department Investigations Unit is currently investigating this incident to attempt to identify the other two suspects involved.
Anyone with information about this robbery is encouraged to contact the Stillwater Police Department at 405-372-4171. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to 405-742-8327.
STILLWATER RESIDENTS CAN NOW APPLY FOR A SAFE ROOM GRANT
The City of Stillwater will be accepting applications for another round of safe room grants. The deadline to submit the Safe Room Voluntary Participation Form to the grants coordinator is Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.
For those who meet the criteria, they may receive a 75 percent rebate (up to $2,000) on a home shelter. The Criteria includes the following:
· The property on which the safe room will be built/installed must be within Stillwater's city limits.
· The property must serve as the applicant's primary residence.
· The applicant must be the property owner.
· The applicant must be able to pay for the safe room's purchase, installation and other fees associated with construction. Receipts are required for reimbursement, which will take approximately eight to ten weeks to process.
· There can only be one safe room reimbursement per homeowner.
· In-ground safe rooms must be within 100 feet of the house's foundation.
· The safe room must meet FEMA standards. For in-ground safe rooms, see FEMA standard code 321; for above-ground safe rooms, see FEMA standard code 361.
· In-ground safe rooms cannot be built in a FEMA-identified flood area.
According to Grants Coordinator Valerie Silvers, “It’s important that you receive an official letter from the City of Stillwater stating you are approved for the 75 percent rebate (up to $2,000) before you purchase your safe room. Otherwise, you won’t be reimbursed.”
Recent data shows the cost of a FEMA approved safe room can be anywhere from $2,480 to over $4,000, depending upon the size and style you choose. Aboveground safe rooms must be placed on a concrete slab, and the price for the slab is not included in the estimates listed above.
In the Stillwater area, the most popular choice for safe rooms are ones that are in ground, installed in either the garage floor or the yard.
For more information, contact Silvers at (405) 742-8345 or email email@example.com.
Safe Room Voluntary Participation Forms are available for pick up at the Stillwater Municipal Building at the Development Services Help Desk, 2nd floor or online at Stillwater.org.
RED CROSS OFFERS SUMMER HEAT SAFETY INFORMATION
Summer heat is here in Oklahoma bringing with it potential health hazards. The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma has steps people can follow as well as locations for our neighbors to beat the heat.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.
Everyone is at risk when temperatures rise above 90 degrees; and the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death if unattended. Signs of heat-related illnesses include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches. Persons with heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place, given cool water to drink and ice packs or cool wet cloths should be applied to the skin. If a victim refuses water, vomits or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.
The Red Cross also recommends the following steps to prevent heat-related illnesses:
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN, PETS IN THE CAR, the inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:
§ Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
§ Avoid extreme temperature changes.
§ Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
§ Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
§ Postpone outdoor games and activities.
§ Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
§ Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
§ Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
§ If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.
If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
HEAT STROKE IS LIFE-THREATENING
Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.
For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, people can visit redcross.org, download the Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Checklist, or download the free Red Cross First Aid. The app is available for iPhone and Android smart phone and tablet users in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. People can learn how to treat heat-related and other emergencies by taking First Aid and CPR/AED training online or in person. Go to redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.
CHECK OUT THE KSPI AM WEEKDAY LINE UP!!
From 7 to 9, mornings start with "Stillwater Magazine", hosted by Stillwater Radio News Director Bill Van Ness. Bill gets your weekday started by bringing you up to date with local news, state news, local sports, local weather and local happenings from around the area with special guests and topics.
"The Game" with Rex Holt airs from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Rex is the voice for Oklahoma State Wrestling, Oklahoma State Baseball and Stillwater High School Football and Wrestling. Each day Monday thru Friday, Rex gives you a realistic look at local high school sports, Big 12 sports, Professional Sports and hot topics of the day. Bill Van Ness joins Rex to add his sports insights to the program.
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IN THE LINE UP FROM 11A-2P is “THE JIM ROME SHOW”. Jim generates an electric atmosphere on the air that's dense with attitude, humor, and hipness. Rather than gunning for controversy and confrontation, Jim aims to engage and challenge his callers. His creative, bare knuckle approach, tempered by intelligence and vast knowledge of sports, has left him perched atop the sports talk world with America's sports radio fans in the palm of his hand.
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Former OSU basketball standout Doug Gottlieb hosts the 2P-5P afternoon show on CBS Sports Radio which is the nation’s newest and largest 24/7 major-market radio network.
Prior to joining The Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS. He also co-hosted a show on ESPN Radio. Gottlieb was a college basketball analyst on ESPN and did his first radio work on KSPI-AM in 2000.
Gottlieb was a college basketball point guard at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State
and was graduated with a marketing degree from OSU in 2000. He holds every assist
record at OSU and in the Big 12 Conference. He is tenth all-time in assists
in NCAA history.