Tahlequah Daily Press

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  • NOPFA Board

    The city of Tahlequah has received its natural gas utility through the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority since 1962.
    NOPFA is a trust overseen by a five-member board of trustees. Its offices are inside the Tahlequah Public Works Authority building, and the TPWA handles NOPFA billing and collections.
    The NOPFA Board of Trustees sets the rates for natural gas service.

    March 15, 2014

  • TPWA Board

    Each month, all households around the city receive their monthly statements from the Tahlequah Public Works Authority.
    The TPWA bills and collects for the services it provides - water, electricity, wastewater treatment. It also handles the city’s billing for solid waste collection and stormwater drainage, and gas billing for the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority.
    Rates for TPWA services are set by its Board of Trustees.

    March 14, 2014

  • Online exclusive: Who's who with TPWA

    Each month, all households around the city receive their monthly statements from the Tahlequah Public Works Authority.

    March 13, 2014

  • Online exclusive: HB 2873 and religious freedom

    Following the introduction of House Bill 2873, which, had it passed in its original form, would allow business owners to refuse service based on “a person’s sincerely held religious belief,” and “a person [business owner] whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, in violation of the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act may assert such violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding ...”

    March 12, 2014

  • Cherokee County 2014 Junior Livestock

    March 5, 2014

  • House Bill 2535

    The full text of House Bill 2535, in its latest version, reads as follows:

    March 4, 2014

  • Save a Senior

    Save a Senior has become a big annual event in Tahlequah. After the Tahlequah High School Class of 2014, numbering 218, graduates on May 23, they will all be invited to an all-night party with food, activities and prizes.

    February 28, 2014

  • Online poll results: Abortion legislation

    The Daily Press conducted a poll of its online readers recent abortion legislation. Readers were told one of the first bills out of the chute this legislative session is one to further restrict abortion, and were then asked which statement most closely mirrors their view?

    February 26, 2014

  • Girl Scout Cookies

    There are a dozen styles of Girl Scout cookies, but typically a council chooses a few to market during the annual cookie sale.

    February 25, 2014

  • IMG_2832.JPG Cherokee National Prison Museum Cherokee National Prison Museum timeline The Cherokee National Prison opened in 1975, though efforts to establish the facility began decades before. The Cherokee National Prison Museum includes a timeline of the prison’s history. 1851 - The Cherokee National Council allocated $1,879 to build a prison, but funding was insufficient to begin immediately. 1873 - The council appropriates $6,000 from Cherokee Outlet lease fees to build the prison. 1874 - A call for contractors is published in the Cherokee Advocate. 1875 - Construction is completed. 1875 - The Cherokee Advocate moves operations to the prison for a year after the Cherokee National Supreme Court building is damaged by fire. 1876 - High Sheriff Samuel Sixkiller orders the construction of a 10-foot high fence, a garden and mechanical shops. 1900 - The Cherokee Nation pardons all convicted in its courts and all incarcerated prisoners after passage of the Curtis Act of 1898, which essentially abolished tribal courts in Indian Territory. 1903 - After fire razed the Cherokee Orphan and Insane Asylum, the prison’s facilities are adjusted to allow housing of displaced persons. 1904 - Cherokee County buys the prison to serve as its jail. 1925 - The third floor of the prison is removed during a renovation after the building was condemned. 1974 - The facility is included on the National Register of Historic Places. 1979 - Cherokee County sells the building back to the Cherokee Nation. 1986 - The Cherokee Nation Library and Adult Learning Center is housed in the building. 2010 - The Cherokee Nation begins a renovation of the building. 2011- The Cherokee National Prison Museum opens.

    February 22, 2014


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