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Colorado man arrested after human remains found in suitcases

DENVER (AP) — Authorities in Colorado have arrested a man police believe is a suspect in a case involving the human remains of an adult man that were found in two large suitcases near a trail in southwest Denver. The Denver Police Department said...

 

Democratic wins could strengthen Biden's legislative push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's victory in November was tempered by concerns that he would face Republican opposition in the Senate that could stymie him at every turn. Those worries eased this past week when Democrats swept two Senat...

 

Pope Francis 'astonished' by mob attack on US Capitol

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told an Italian broadcaster that he was “astonished” by the mob attack at the U.S. Capitol due to the democratic traditions of the United States. The pope said in an interview with Mediaset that the private...

 

EXPLAINER: Who has been charged in the deadly Capitol riot?

Dozens of people have already been arrested and prosecutors across the U.S. have vowed to bring to justice those who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, sending lawmakers into hiding as they began their work to affirm President-elect Joe...

 

After deadly siege, lawmakers ask why police so outnumbered

WASHINGTON — The police were badly outnumbered. Only a few dozen guarded the West front of the Capitol when they were rushed by thousands of rioters bent on breaking into the building. Armed with metal pipes, pepper spray and other weapons, the...

 

The Latest: California sees record COVID-19 deaths

LOS ANGELES -- California health authorities on Saturday reported a record high of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strained under unprecedented caseloads. The state Department of Public Health said the number raises the state’s death toll...

 

GOP seeks to push Kansas to right over governor's objections

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature is set to convene its annual session Monday with GOP leaders seeking to wrest control of policy from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly amid their ongoing disputes over how to handle the COV...

 

Curfew reprieve extended for Oklahoma bars, restaurants

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has extended a temporary restraining order allowing bars and restaurants across Oklahoma to stay open past an 11 p.m. curfew issued in November by Gov. Kevin Stitt in an effort to slow the spread of the...

 

Tinnitus

Buzzing, clicking, whooshing or chirping in your ears sound familiar? You are suffering from tinnitus. One in seven people worldwide experience some form of it and it can be constant or intermittent....

 

Random Thoughts

By the mid-1880s thousands of miles of railroad tracks crisscrossed the American West, making travel somewhat easier for the people who lived there. During the previous two decades the U.S. government...

 

Coffeetime

It was an absolutely beautiful brisk fall morning, and Sam just couldn’t resist making his trek to the downtown bank on foot, normally done by car. The idea was irresistible – some exhilarating fresh air, and much-needed exercise, plus the chance...

 

Two killed in ATV wreck Thursday

Two men were fatality injured in an ATV wreck in Major County on Thursday. The crash occurred at 1:45 a.m. on County Road 45 one-tenth mile west of County Road 266. The location is 1.1 miles west and...

 
 By Paul Monies    Local    January 10, 2021

Hospitalization increase leads Integris to open its COVID-19 wings at Portland campus

A surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Oklahoma City has led Integris Baptist Medical Center to open its Portland Avenue campus to treat patients with the coronavirus. The hospital system s...

 

COVID-19 cases increase to nine in Woods County

An additional Woods County confirmed positive case of COVID-19 was added to the Oklahoma State Department of Health reports on Wednesday. That brings the total cases to nine with five recovered and...

 

Summer Reading continues through July at Alva Public Library

If you can't bring the kids into the library, then the library will reach out to them. Although the Alva Public Library is still closed to those under 16 unless accompanied by a parent, the staff is...

 

Covid-19 and Pascal's Wager

Blaise Pascal was a 17th-century French philosopher grappling with a question that had troubled many philosophers before him: how does one rationally prove the existence of God? Pascal decided that God’s existence cannot be proved. Instead, he...

 

Calendar

Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Nathan Braudrick. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva and can be found on the web at www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. Sunday: Sunday school is at...

 

Katie Hill's fervent Christianity seems well-suited to strong winds and wide-open spaces

When Rev. Katie Hill gets really passionate about what she's saying, her eyes tear up. It can happen several times in a single heartfelt conversation. It's just a fact of life, like the fact that she...

 

Airport commission to consider repairs to PAPI lights

The Alva Airport Commission will hear about repairs needed to the PAPI lights and evaluate the airport manager at Monday’s regular meeting. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the airport...

 

Law enforcement: We'll be ready for Joe Biden's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, they'll be ready. The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will be held on the same risers in the same spot at the U.S. Capitol where a violent, pro-Trump mob descended last week. But the two events aren't even...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    January 10, 2021

Oklahoma House leaders promise 'big things'

The top two leaders of the Oklahoma House of Representatives promise lawmakers will work on “big” policy measures in the pending legislative session, although they provided few specifics. “We are going to work on big things this year for the...

 

Madrid now seeing patients in Alva and Freedom

Some people decide on a career early and pursue a straight path to that goal. That wasn't the case for Steve Madrid, PA-C. He went from working in an auto parts store to becoming a medical lab...

 

CHESTER HENRY 'CHET' SHELITE

Graveside services for Chester Henry Shelite will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2021, at the Capron Cemetery with Rev. Drew Kirtley officiating. Interment is under the direction of Marshall...

 

Saluting school board members

Dear Editor: The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month – a time to salute the important role and dedication of board members in their volunteer work and celebrate public education. In Alva Public Schools,...

 

DONALD CLAYTON HUGHES

Born May 1, 1938, in Aline to Orval and Mildred Hughes, Don grew up in Aline, Oklahoma, and in the Aline Methodist Church. He graduated from Aline Public Schools in 1957. He attended Northwestern...

 

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