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State, Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations Release Joint Statement in Response to SCOTUS Decision in McGirt Case

OKLAHOMA CITY – The State of Oklahoma, Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations released the following joint statement today following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case.  

The State, the Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole Nations have made substantial progress toward an agreement to present to Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice addressing and resolving any significant jurisdictional issues raised by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

The Nations and the State are committed to ensuring that Jimcy McGirt, Patrick Murphy, and all other offenders face justice for the crimes for which they are accused. We have a shared commitment to maintaining public safety and long-term economic prosperity for the Nations and Oklahoma.

The Nations and the State are committed to implementing a framework of shared jurisdiction that will preserve sovereign interests and rights to self-government while affirming jurisdictional understandings, procedures, laws, and regulations that support public safety, our economy, and private property rights. We will continue our work, confident that we can accomplish more together than any of us could alone.

OSU Press Release 

(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, July 9, 2020) — Oklahoma State University awarded degrees to 3,840 students this past spring, including 2,432 Oklahomans, according to the Office of the Registrar.

Graduates are listed by their hometowns, along with degree and subject area. Degrees earned with distinction — summa cum laude (with highest honor), magna cum laude (with great honor) or cum laude (with honor) — are noted to the right of the degree earned.

View the Oklahoma graduate list here. The complete list of graduates is available here.

Note: *** To search Oklahoma State University's spring 2020 graduation list, enter your search term in the top left field and click the appropriate corresponding search category to locate your results. To search by state, enter the state abbreviation. For example, to search for Oklahoma students, enter OK.

 

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

Thursday, 09 July 2020 14:11

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 July 9, 2020

OSDH Press Release

As of this advisory, there are 18,496 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

There are three additional deaths; none occurred in the past 24 hours.

  • One in Muskogee County, male in the 65 or older age group.   
  • One in  Oklahoma County, male in the 50 - 64 age group. 
  • One in Pawnee County, female in the 65 or older age group. 

There are 410 total deaths in the state.

For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Confirmed Positive Cases

18,496

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

383,258

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

404,600

**Currently Hospitalized 

453

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

1,893

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

410

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

**This number is a combination of hospitalized positive cases and hospitalized persons under investigation, as reported by hospitals at the time of the report. The data reflect a change in calculation and should not be compared to prior data. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-07-09 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on McGirt v. Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s congressional delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives issued the following joint statement. The case and resulting opinion relate to the authority and jurisdiction of the Five Tribes of Oklahoma – Muscogee (Creek), Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole Nations – to prosecute crimes on their tribal territories

  

“Today, the Supreme Court provided a long-awaited ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma on an issue concerning the Five Tribes of Oklahoma and all Oklahomans. We are reviewing the decision carefully and stand ready to work with both tribal and state officials to ensure stability and consistency in applying law that brings all criminals to justice. Indeed, no criminal is ever exempt or immune from facing justice, and we remain committed to working together to both affirm tribal sovereignty and ensure safety and justice for all Oklahomans.”

Text of the Supreme Court’s opinion is available here.

(Note from OKWNEWS.com owner, Donna Deaton: There is some good Oklahoma history referenced in the above Supreme Court's opinion. It isn't too difficult to read and better helped me understand their ruling. It's also a glimpse into how the US Supreme Court operates. In reversing the ruling of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, the US Supreme Court may have opened the state for additional lawsuits and future new appeals as well. Here is the final ruling of the highest court in the land:

"The federal government promised the Creek a reservation in perpetuity. Over time, Congress has diminished that reservation. It has sometimes restricted and other times expanded the Tribe’s authority. But Congress has never withdrawn the promised reservation. As a result, many of the arguments before us today follow a sadly familiar pattern. Yes, promises were made, but the price of keeping them has become too great, so now we should just cast a blind eye. We reject that thinking. If Congress wishes to withdraw its promises, it must say so. Unlawful acts, performed long enough and with sufficient vigor, are never enough to amend the law. To hold otherwise would be to elevate the most brazen and longstanding injustices over the law, both rewarding wrong and failing those in the right. The judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeals of Oklahoma is Reversed.")

Thursday, 09 July 2020 13:08

Kiger Meets With Cameron City Leaders

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Lundy Kiger, R-Poteau, met with Cameron City Council members at their monthly meeting Monday, July 6, to discuss and update city leaders on the ongoing issues with new large poultry houses being developed close to their community. Kiger explained to members that he continues to get calls frequently on the eight large houses located on the west side of town close to the school and the Choctaw Housing Development.

Kiger said people living in this area are inside 1,500 feet from the poultry houses that are grandfathered in under new state setback rules, but on hot days when the wind blows out of the west to southeast residents cannot escape the terrible odor.

“This reduces the opportunity for people living close to the barns to use their backyards for any activities,” Kiger said. “This also causes harm to school events such as the last graduation.”

Kiger said he received calls related to the graduation and from those who were setting up for the event that the smell was terrible, and people couldn't hardly stand it.

Kiger said anyone in the community that is harmed by this nuisance has the legal right to file against the facility for damage.

“When odor, noise or pollution from these or any houses crosses over into a private yard or community, this is trespassing and opens up the facility for legal action,” he said.

Kiger also informed council members that the Choctaw Nation is getting close to a final decision to support a lawsuit against the eight houses and should make a decision within the next few weeks. A community group of nine people in Texas filed a lawsuit against the third largest poultry integrator in the nation and won a settlement of $9 million, he pointed out.

Kiger said legal action isn't the desire of anyone, but if the poultry integrator doesn't want to work with the communities or county on where they locate these facilities then it doesn't leave the public any choice but legal steps. Kiger told the group that the poultry industry in Leflore County produces hundreds of good-paying jobs with over $21 million in annual payroll and just under half a million dollars in property taxes.

“We value this industry, Kiger said, “but the new larger houses being developed will also bankrupt many of the small family farmers who also have bank loans. That will devastate many people and most of our banks.” 

Kiger said he’s also received complaints about the other large poultry farm projects in the Cameron area, including the five built on Red Barn Road. There are 24 being developed on the west side of Castle Estates and 16 on the east side of Castle Estates, and similar lawsuits will likely be filed against those, he said. 

Kiger asked the city if they wanted to join their citizens in taking legal steps to help protect their town and property values, and said City Council members said they would discuss it with their city attorney, Marc Bovos. One City Council member said the smell is terrible. Kiger said he would report back when the Choctaw Nation makes a final decision on joining in on the lawsuit.

Lundy Kiger represents District 3 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes part of LeFlore County.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 19:52

Food Bank Chicken Recalled

 

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because BrucePac, a Durant, Okla. establishment, distributed approximately 16,800 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) diced chicken products that were misbranded. The product may contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label, due to potential cross contamination. A recall was not requested because the affected product is not available for consumers to purchase.

The RTE diced chicken items were packed on June 22, 2020. The following product is subject to the public health alert:

  • 25-lb. cardboard boxes containing 5-lb bags of “GRILLED SEASONED NATURAL DICED CHICKEN BREAST WITH RIB MEAT” with a CODE DATE: 061100 and PACK DATE 06/22/20.

The product bears establishment number “51205/P-51205” below the USDA mark of inspection. The product was handed out to consumers in the San Antonio, Texas area as part of a food bank program on June 29, 2020.

The problem was discovered by the firm during a product documentation review where they realized that there was potential cross contamination with marinade containing soy.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product could be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who received these products should be aware that they may contain soy. Consumers who have these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact Monica McLaughlin, Director of QSFS at BrucePac, at  or 503-874-3024.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to . For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/

 

WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) applauded today’s Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on “Addressing the Urgent Needs of Our Tribal Communities” after asking the committee to hold a hearing dedicated to the issues Tribes are facing. During his opening statement, Mullin also addressed the need to further this process with additional hearings on the subcommittee level. 

Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the full committee and the Health Subcommittee for listening to my concerns and having this important hearing. Natives deserve quality, reliable health care services as promised by the federal government. As a Cherokee, I grew up only going to tribally ran hospitals and know just how crucial the Indian Health Service and tribally operated direct service facilities are.

Last Congress, I co-chaired the IHS Taskforce which came up with several key areas in which we can improve the health care provided to 2.2 million Natives. IHS is not only terribly underfunded, but it’s also the only federal health care agency who doesn’t receive mandatory or advanced appropriations. IHS must also modernize its IT system and bring it into the 21st Century.

There is so much going on in Indian Country that applies to this Committee and we need to take a deeper dive. Again, thank you for holding this hearing. I urge the Committee to continue this process with additional hearings in the Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees.

Video of Mullin’s remarks can be found at this link.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 14:14

Fishing Report for July 8, 2020

 

Northeast

Birch: July 5. Elevation above normal, water 80s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BIRC.lakepage.html. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Copan: July 5. Elevation normal, water 70s and clearing. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/CPLO2.current.html. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, live shad, shad and worms below the dam, along riprap, river channel and shorelines. Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, PowerBait, tube jigs and worms around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Eucha: July 4. Elevation normal, water upper 70s and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07191285. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, docks, rocks, shallows, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and shrimp below the dam, along channels, creek channels, docks and river channel. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and PowerBait around brush structure and docks. Crappie prefer minnows and can be found in decent numbers along brush piles. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Ft. Gibson: July 6. Elevation below normal, water 84 and 1 ft. of visibility. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FGIB.lakepage.html. White bass good on crankbaits, in-line spinnerbaits, sassy shad, spoons and topwater lures along creek channels, main lake and points. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and topwater lures around docks, main lake, riprap, rocks and shallows. Report submitted by Ben Haff, game warden stationed in Wagoner County.

Grand: July 4. Elevation normal, water upper 70s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PENS.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs,  buzz baits, crankbaits, jerk baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, docks, shallows, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Largemouth bass are being caught in good numbers on crankbaits and worms. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and shrimp along channels, creek channels, dam, docks, river channel, river mouth and spillway. Blue catfish are being caught in good numbers on the northern end of the lake in the Elk River arm on juglines using cut bait. Crappie good on hair jigs, minnows and PowerBait around brush structure and docks. Crappie that prefer minnows are staged around brush piles and docks. Report submitted by Riley Willman, game warden stationed in Delaware County.

Greenleaf: July 6. Elevation normal, water 79 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures along flats and points. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and worms in the main lake and along shallows. Bluegill excellent on jigs and worms along shallows and shorelines. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Hudson: July 5. Elevation above normal, water 81 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/HUDS.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure and points. Blue catfish fair on cut bait below the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Monte Reid, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Hulah: July 5. Elevation normal, water 70s and clearing. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/HULA.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits around points and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, live bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait, sunfish and worms below the dam, along riprap, river channel and shorelines. Crappie slow on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, PowerBait and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Joe Alexander, game warden stationed in Washington County.

Kaw: July 7. Elevation normal, water 80s and muddy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/KAWL.lakepage.html. Flathead, blue and channel catfish fair on crawfish, cut bait, shad, stinkbait, sunfish and noodling along channels, riprap, river mouth, rocks, shorelines and in coves. White bass good on crankbaits, jerk baits, live shad and spoons in the main lake, along riprap, bridges and humps. Report submitted by Spencer Grace, game warden stationed in Kay County.

Keystone: July 2. Elevation above normal, water 84. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/KEYS.lakepage.html. Blue catfish good on cut bait along channels. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits along shorelines. White bass good on small lures around points. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

Lower Illinois: July 5. Elevation normal, water 65 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=07198000. Rainbow trout fair on in-line spinnerbaits, nymphs and PowerBait below the dam and Watts area. Water flow is cycling and the best times are early morning and late evening. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

McMurtry: July 6. Water 91 and clear. Bass fair on plastic baits, crankbaits and jerk baits along weed beds, shaded areas and in coves. Flathead catfish good on live bait, worms and cut bait along channels and in coves. Saugeye good trolling cut baits rock points and sandbars. Crappie slow on live bait and jigs around docks and brush piles. Report submitted by Lake McMurtry Staff.

Oologah: July 5. Elevation normal, water 80s and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/OOLO2.current.html. Largemouth bass fair on plastic baits and worms in the main lake and around points. Crappie slow scattered around the lake at 15 ft. around brush structure and river channel. Paddlefish good snagging below the dam. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

Skiatook: July 5. Elevation normal, water 80s and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/skia.lakepage.html. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on live shad and spoons at 20-39 ft. along drop-offs in the main lake. Channel and blue catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and worms along flats. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Sooner: July 5. Elevation normal, water 70s and murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on cut bait, live shad and slabs in the dam and discharge. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and live bait in the main lake. Saugeye fair on jigs in the main lake. Report submitted by Stephen Paul, game warden stationed in Noble County.

Spavinaw: July 5. Elevation normal, water 70s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07191300. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits and topwater lures in coves and along shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure, dam and docks. Channel catfish good on cut bait and shad along flats and shallows. Report submitted by Kody Moore, game warden stationed in Mayes County.

Tenkiller: July 6. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TENK.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass excellent on crankbaits, plastic baits, rogues and tube jigs around brush structure, points, standing timber and ledges. White bass good on crankbaits and small lures along channels, flats and sandbars. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and small lures around brush structure, docks and standing timber. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Webbers Falls: July 6. Elevation normal, water 78 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/WFLO2.current.html. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures along weed beds. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait below the dam. Flathead catfish fair on live shad, sunfish and snagging below the dam. Report submitted by Josey Branch, game warden stationed in Muskogee County.

Northwest

Canton: July 6. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/CANT.lakepage.html. White bass good on crankbaits and slabs in the main lake. Striped bass hybrids good on sunfish in the main lake. Crappie good on minnows and worms in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County.

Foss: July 6. Elevation 3/4 ft. below normal with gates closed, water lower 80s and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FOSS.lakepage.html. Striped bass hybrids slow to fair on live bait in deep water. Walleye slow on worms. Crappie slow to fair on live bait. Catfish good on trotlines. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B & K Bait House.

Ft. Supply: July 7. Elevation below normal, water 80s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FSUP.lakepage.html. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and stinkbait along channels, dam, discharge and river channel. Noodling has picked up. Report submitted by Jason Badley, game warden stationed in Harper County.

Southeast

Arbuckle: July 4. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ARBU.lakepage.html. Bass fair on square-billed crankbaits, topwater lures and shaky head worms during early morning hours. White bass good schooling near the dam using a Long John. Crappie good on Milk Monkey jig around brush piles and around docks early morning. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: July 6. Elevation normal, water 76 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07332390. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, dough bait and punch bait along channels. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Bluegill, green and redear sunfish good on crickets, small lures and worms around brush structure, shorelines and weed beds. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: July 3. Elevation below normal, water 85. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BROK.lakepage.html. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, points and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: July 3. Elevation normal, water 84 and clearing. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/EUFA.lakepage.html. Blue and flathead catfish good on goldfish, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam, along rocks, shallows and dam. Spotted bass good on bill baits, crickets and small lures around docks, main lake, shallows and shorelines. White bass fair on grasshoppers, in-line spinnerbaits, jigs and small lures along flats, main lake and sandbars. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: July 3. Elevation above normal, water 78 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/HUGO.lakepage.html. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, PowerBait, punch bait, shad, stinkbait and sunfish below the dam, along channels, main lake, river channel and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure, channels, creek channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: July 5. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits in the main lake, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, shrimp and worms along riprap, weed beds and inlet. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: July 3. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07339000. Rainbow trout good on caddis flies, plastic baits, Power Bait and small lures along creek channels, rocks and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: July 3. Elevation normal, water 80. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/MCGE.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and plastic baits along flats, points and rocks. White and spotted bass good on lipless baits and topwater lures along the dam, flats and riprap. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: July 3. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PINE.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, plastic baits and topwater lures in coves and creek channels. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around standing timber. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, hotdogs, shrimp, stinkbait and worms along channels, main lake and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: July 3. Elevation normal, water murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/KERO2.current.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, grasshoppers, plastic baits and small lures around brush structure, rocks, shallows, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, goldfish, minnows, shad and sunfish below the dam, along channels, main lake, river channel, shorelines and tailwaters. Bluegill, green and redear sunfish good on jigs, minnows, small lures and worms along rocks, minnows, shorelines, weed beds and in coves. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: July 4. Elevation normal, water 81. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/SARD.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, hair jigs, jerk baits, jigs, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, creek channels, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and in coves. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, minnows, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: July 3. Elevation normal, water 78. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/DENI.lakepage.htmlLake fishing has been good the past week. Striped bass good on live shad, slabs and topwater lures along flats, main lake and river channel. Striper have been concentrated on the southern portion of the lake. Angers should get out early in the morning for the best bite. Smaller striper have been surface feeding in early mornings and late evenings. The larger striper are being caught mostly in deeper water along ledges. Crappie fair on hair jigs, live bait and minnows around brush structure and docks. Crappie are on deeper water brush piles and other structures in 20-30 ft. of water. Minnows are the best bait to use when targeting crappie. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Marshall County.

Wister: July 3. Elevation below normal, water 82 and cloudy. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WIST.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, bill baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures along channels, points, shorelines and in coves. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, goldfish, grasshoppers, hotdogs, shad, shrimp, stinkbait and worms below the dam, along channels, main lake, points, standing timber and tailwater. Crappie good on jigs, minnows, small lures, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, points, shorelines, standing timber and cedar brush. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Southwest

Altus-Lugert: July 6. Elevation below normal, water 76 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/ALTU.lakepage.html. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, docks and in coves. Walleye and white bass good on bill baits, crankbaits and minnows in the main lake. Channel catfish fair on grasshoppers, minnows, punch bait, stinkbait and worms below the dam, along flats, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Brandon Lehrman, game warden stationed in Greer County.

Ellsworth: July 5. Elevation below normal, water 77 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?07308990. Blue and channel catfish slow on cut bait, punch bait and shad in the main lake and around points. Saugeye slow on crankbaits and plastic baits trolling at 6-10 ft. in the main lake and around points. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Ft. Cobb: July 5. Elevation normal, water 80s and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/FCOB.lakepage.html. Channel and blue catfish slow on cut bait along channels. Report submitted by Brayden Hicks, game warden stationed in Caddo County.

Lawtonka: July 5. Elevation above normal, water 78 and clear. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/LTKO2.current.html. Blue and channel catfish slow on chicken liver and dough bait in the main lake. White bass slow on small lures and tube jigs around points and riprap. Report submitted by Mike Carroll, game warden stationed in Comanche County.

Tom Steed: July 6. Elevation normal, water 78. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TOMS.lakepage.html. White bass, striped bass hybrids and saugeye fair on crankbaits, jigs, minnows and trolling deep running crankbaits in the main lake and around points. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

Waurika: July 6. Elevation 3/4 ft. above normal, water 80s and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WAUR.lakepage.html. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait along channels and main lake. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits and spoons along shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Matt Farris, game warden stationed in Jefferson County.

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 14:07

Mullin It Over July 8, 2020

 

Thank You, First Responders

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Our country has been through a lot throughout the past four months. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and violence and rioting in cities across the country, it has been a trying time for everyone. Through all of this, America’s first responders have risen to the occasion for their communities. 

Doctors, nurses, and medical professionals have seen the effects of COVID-19 from the frontlines. From testing patients who are experiencing symptoms to providing care for those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, they have faced this challenge head-on without hesitation. Health care workers from Oklahoma have even traveled to some of the hardest hit areas of the country to lend a hand.

Nursing home and long-term care facility employees have also been working hard to care for residents. Many have stepped up while family members are not able to visit because of the pandemic. They have sat with them to keep them company, played games, and even exchanged videos with family members so they could see their loved ones.

Law enforcement officers across the country have also been facing a difficult time. While protecting peaceful protestors and communities from violence, many in the national media have made them out to be the enemy. The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and they deserve not only our gratitude, but also our prayers.

First responders have all put in long hours and put themselves in harm’s way in order to keep our communities healthy and safe. We all rely on them so be sure to thank our first responders for all they do for our communities, not just during times of crisis, but every day.

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Wednesday, 08 July 2020 14:03

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 July 8, 2020

 OSDH Press Release

As of this advisory, there are 17,893 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

There are three additional deaths; none occurred in the past 24 hours.

  • One in Kay County, male in the 50 - 64 age group.   
  • One in Oklahoma County, female in the 65 or older age group. 
  • One in Tulsa County, male in the 65 or older age group. 

There are 407 total deaths in the state.

For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Confirmed Positive Cases

17,893

*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 

376,930

*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 

397,647

**Currently Hospitalized 

458

Total Cumulative Hospitalizations

1,804

Deaths in the Past 24 hours

0

Total Cumulative Deaths

407

*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

**This number is a combination of hospitalized positive cases and hospitalized persons under investigation, as reported by hospitals at the time of the report. The data reflect a change in calculation and should not be compared to prior data. 

***The purpose of publishing aggregated statistical COVID-19 data through the OSDH Dashboard, the Executive Order Report, and the Weekly Epidemiology and Surveillance Report is to support the needs of the general public in receiving important and necessary information regarding the state of the health and safety of the citizens of Oklahoma. These resources may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be used in any way that would determine the identity of any reported cases.

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-07-08 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

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