Logan Layden http://kgou.org en Oklahoma's Largest Water Loan Goes To Norman To Fix Stressed, Stinky Treatment Plant http://kgou.org/post/oklahomas-largest-water-loan-goes-norman-fix-stressed-stinky-treatment-plant <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The Oklahoma Water Resources Board&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2012/12/06/how-oklahomas-credit-rating-affects-your-tap-water/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" title="StateImpactLink">uses the state’s good credit</a>&nbsp;to secure loans for communities and rural water di Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:35 +0000 Logan Layden 27365 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma's Largest Water Loan Goes To Norman To Fix Stressed, Stinky Treatment Plant Wind Power Projects Pick Up In Oklahoma, Despite Continued Tax Credit Uncertainty http://kgou.org/post/wind-power-projects-pick-oklahoma-despite-continued-tax-credit-uncertainty <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">A federal production tax credit on renewable energy production&nbsp;</span><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/02/03/wind-energy-construction-boom-fueled-by-threat-of-expiring-federal-tax-credit/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;" target="_blank" title="StateImpactLink">keeps ex Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Logan Layden 27108 at http://kgou.org Wind Power Projects Pick Up In Oklahoma, Despite Continued Tax Credit Uncertainty Norman Mayor And Residents Question Use Of City Drinking Water For Fracking http://kgou.org/post/norman-mayor-and-residents-question-use-city-drinking-water-fracking <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Many residents — and some members of the city council — didn’t know Norman’s drinking water is being used for hydraulic fracturing until&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The Journal Record&nbsp;</em><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/03/31/to-frack-wells-in-norman-driller-buys-city-drinking Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Logan Layden 27103 at http://kgou.org Norman Mayor And Residents Question Use Of City Drinking Water For Fracking Cast-off State Parks Thrive Under Tribal Control, But Not Without Some Struggle http://kgou.org/post/cast-state-parks-thrive-under-tribal-control-not-without-some-struggle <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Logan Layden 26992 at http://kgou.org Cast-off State Parks Thrive Under Tribal Control, But Not Without Some Struggle Some Parks Oklahoma Offloaded To Save Money Are Thriving Under Local Control http://kgou.org/post/some-parks-oklahoma-offloaded-save-money-are-thriving-under-local-control <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:57:30 +0000 Logan Layden 26528 at http://kgou.org Some Parks Oklahoma Offloaded To Save Money Are Thriving Under Local Control Bill to Allow New Tax On Limestone And Sand Mines Dead Until Next Year http://kgou.org/post/bill-allow-new-tax-limestone-and-sand-mines-dead-until-next-year <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><a href="http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2013-14%20INT/hB/HB1876%20INT.PDF" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" title="OKleglink">Representative Charles McCall’s bill</a>&nbsp;to allow counties to impose a tax on sand and limestone mining operations that sell their product elsewhere didn Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:24:00 +0000 Logan Layden 25988 at http://kgou.org Bill to Allow New Tax On Limestone And Sand Mines Dead Until Next Year Federal Flood Insurance Fix Still Means Higher Premiums For Some Oklahomans http://kgou.org/post/federal-flood-insurance-fix-still-means-higher-premiums-some-oklahomans <p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:40:00 +0000 Logan Layden 25899 at http://kgou.org Federal Flood Insurance Fix Still Means Higher Premiums For Some Oklahomans OKC Residents Living Off The Water Grid Owe Millions In Past Due Trash Bills http://kgou.org/post/okc-residents-living-water-grid-owe-millions-past-due-trash-bills <p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Logan Layden 25894 at http://kgou.org OKC Residents Living Off The Water Grid Owe Millions In Past Due Trash Bills Worsening Drought Exposes Host Of Other Problems For Lake Texoma Residents http://kgou.org/post/worsening-drought-exposes-host-other-problems-lake-texoma-residents <p>A<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">t the end of August 2013, Lake </span>Texoma<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.laketexoma.com/level" style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" title="LevelsLink">was full of water</a><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">. But drought, and decisions by state and federal officials have meant a drop in levels. That’s a big problem for Kingston, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Okla</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">, a community that depends on lake tourism for its local economy.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The Rooster Creek Bridge has been landmark at Lake </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texoma</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"> State Park since 1940. Yellow paint covers the&nbsp;</span><span class="ow1q442zaj" id="ow1q442zaj_5" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; border-top-color: transparent; border-right-color: transparent; border-left-color: transparent; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; float: none; text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(76, 76, 255); cursor: pointer; display: inline !important;">metal truss</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">&nbsp;structure that spans the creek as it opens into Oklahoma’s second largest lake.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">When the lake’s this low, you can walk right&nbsp;<span class="ow1q442zaj" id="ow1q442zaj_1" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; border-top-color: transparent; border-right-color: transparent; border-left-color: transparent; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; list-style: none; float: none; text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(76, 76, 255); cursor: pointer; display: inline !important;">under the bridge</span>, past dusty mussel shells, and out to piles of rock slabs set up as fish habitats. And they’re hard to see, but Bob Jackman says there are elephants in this lake, too.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:34:32 +0000 Logan Layden 25571 at http://kgou.org Worsening Drought Exposes Host Of Other Problems For Lake Texoma Residents Federal Government Shutdown Cut Visitation At Oklahoma Park Sites By Half http://kgou.org/post/federal-government-shutdown-cut-visitation-oklahoma-park-sites-half <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The U.S. government shutdown in October 2013 was the culmination of a national political fight over federal budgeting, but its effects were felt far from Washington, D.C., including at two federal park sites in Oklahoma.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:32:00 +0000 Logan Layden 25413 at http://kgou.org Federal Government Shutdown Cut Visitation At Oklahoma Park Sites By Half