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WEDNESDAY JUNE 2, 2010 Tahlequah, OK 2 sections, 20 pages


CARING FOR AGING PARENTS: It can be a big challenge.

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FOCUS Missing hiker found dead in cave LOCAL

By JOSH NEWTON Press Staff Writer

Fraud, missing items reported

FORT GIBSON – Cherokee and Muskogee county authorities Tuesday evening located the body of a Fort

A women talked to Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies Friday concerning alleged fraud and missing items. PAGE 2A

Roadblock skirt leads to arrest Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested two men Sunday after they allegedly turned around and left a checkpoint. PAGE 3A

‘Cherokee Moon’ to take stage “Under the Cherokee Moon,” starring Laurette Willis, will begin its fourth year with media night on opening night. PAGE 7A

THS baseball reaches finals The Tahlequah High School baseball team reached the championship game of the Keys tournament. PAGE 1B

Agnew to give next history talk Cherokee Nation’s June history talk will tell the story of the Cherokee origins of NSU. PAGE 10B

Alcohol, theft prompt arrests Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies dealt with several alcohol-related incidents over the Memorial Day weekend. PAGE 10B

NATION Obama demands oil spill probe President Barack Obama gave the leaders of an independent commission investigating the Gulf oil spill marching orders Tuesday to thoroughly examine the disaster and its causes. PAGE 5A

SCOTUS rules on Miranda Want to invoke your right to remain silent? You’ll have to speak up. PAGE 5A

WEATHER Wednesday night: Strong thunderstorm, 71 degrees. PAGE 5A



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Gibson hiker who was reported missing by his family on Monday. Joie Roland, 31, reportedly left his residence Sunday to spend time hiking and exploring caves north of Fort

Gibson, near the dam along State Highway 80. Family members said Roland, who knew the area and had explored caves before, always returned no later than 24 hours after leaving on

such an expedition. Rescue teams were called in and set up a command center near Flower Creek, about 2 miles south of the dam, to begin the search for Roland.

THE VALUE OF ART I In communities like Tahlequah, with a high number of artisans, sales translate into dollars for everyone.

Boy riding motorcycle dies in crash From Press staff reports WELLING – A 12-year-old boy died Monday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Randy Catron, of Welling, was riding a Suzuki 50cc cycle south from private property when he failed to yield to traffic on 813 Road, also known as Tailholt Road, about a half-mile east of Welling Road. A westbound 2000 Ford Contour struck Catron. Catron was pronounced dead at the scene from massive head, arm, leg and internal injuries, the OHP said. The driver of the car, 20-year-old See Boy, page 2A

By BETTY RIDGE Press Special Writer When you see a busload of tourists get off at the NSU Playhouse or turning into the Cherokee Heritage Center, you may not think immediately of the “cha-ching” of cash registers. Sure, these people are in Tahlequah for an enjoyable day or evening viewing the efforts of local performers. While here, they may pick up a painting or piece of pottery to adorn their home, reminding them of a pleasant time in Tahlequah. But those happy times also translate into happy economic times for a state troubled by plant closings, layoffs and other financial woes. A recent study by the Oklahoma Arts Council reveals the impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Oklahoma. Study results show the arts industry annually produces: • $314.8 million spent by organizations and their audiences. • $10,156 full-time equivalent jobs. • $211 million income paid to local residents in salaries, wages and entrepreneurial income. • $29.4 million to state and local governments from taxes and fees. Data for the study was collected from 247 nonprofit organizations and nearly 4,781 audience surveys taken between November 2008 and October 2009. Linda Garrett, research director for the Oklahoma Arts Council, was impressed by the reaction of audi-

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said Roland’s body was found in a lake inside a cave. He said authorities believe Roland may have drowned in about See Hiker, page 2A

OHP: Alcohol played part in truck rollover From Press staff reports

Lori Smiley of NDN Custom Frame and Print prepares to frame a print at the shop in downtown Tahlequah, one of many businesses Photo by Betty Ridge impacted by the arts in the local economy.

ences at events she attended — including a performance of “Under the Cherokee Moon” at the Cherokee Heritage Center. The play, by local author Laurette Willis, provides a series of vignettes of Cherokee life, from early contact with Europeans to Indian Territory days. “I learned a lot about the history of the Cherokee Nation,” she said, with a greater understanding of

Cherokee culture and what obstacles the Cherokee people have overcome to emerge as a vital nation, preserving traditions while adapting to contemporary society. People believe arts provide a place for them to gather, a social outing and a learning experience at the same time, she said. While outdoor drama at the See Art, page 2A

LOCUST GROVE – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a crash south of Locust Grove on Sunday was a result of the driver having his ability impaired by alcohol. A 2000 Ford truck driven by Jimmy Ray McClelland, 68, of Locust Grove, was northbound on a county road, about 6-1/2 miles south of Locust Grove, when the vehicle ran off the side of the road, traveled about 67 feet and struck a tree. The OHP says McClelland was not injured. Larry Sitsler, 59, of Locust Grove, a passenger in the vehicle, See OHP, page 2A

Memorial Day traffic good for business By JOSH NEWTON Press Staff Writer Area officials say thousands of people moved into Cherokee County over the Memorial Day weekend for some fun in the sun. Some people grew concerned as the weekend approached, thanks to a chance of thunderstorms. Some parts of the state battled that rain and inclement weather, but the sun remained visible in Cherokee County most of the weekend. For many local businesses, that likely meant a welcome increase in revenue. “I believe this has been the best Memorial Day weekend on the Illinois River in the history of my administration,” said Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Administrator Ed Fite. “We changed up the law enforcement a little bit, and had OSRC rangers visit with folks on the float operators’ buses before embarking on their trips.” Fite said the river was “kept fair-

ly clean,” and rangers issued only about 20 citations and perhaps a dozen warnings. Even for a holiday weekend, he said the river experienced aboveaverage crowds. “I was pleasantly surprised,” said Fite. “I was out most of the day on Sunday and the majority of the visitors were doing what they were supposed to.” Lake Tenkiller’s various campsites also saw a healthy dose of tourism. Visitors traveled from across the Oklahoma, and other states, to camp, fish, swim, boat and enjoy the scenery. Several tourists who had not made reservations said Saturday it was impossible to find a place to stay Friday night. “Campgrounds were full, and day-use areas were overflowing,” said Debbie Christie, a natural resources specialist with the U.S. Corps of Engineers Lake Tenkiller office. “It was just overflowing and really crowded.”

With what many described as perfect weather and good floating conditions along the Illinois River, swarms of visitors flocked to the area over Memorial Day weekend for some fun in the sun. Photo by Josh Newton

Christie said the crowds are expected to remain high during weekends through the July 4 holiday. She said there were only minor

incidents on the lake over the weekend. “One girl had a gash on her leg,” See Traffic, page 2A

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