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Tahlequah Daily Press

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OKC man injured in motorcycle crash From Press staff reports KEYS – An Oklahoma City man was injured Monday morning when his motorcycle crashed on Lakewood Road. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Glen Howard Sears II, 42, was west-

bound on the county road, a mile east of Indian Road, when his 2009 Victory motorcycle ran off the right side of the road for an unknown reason and struck a ditch. Sears was flown by EagleMed to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was listed in stable condition with head and

Americans may give health care law a try WASHINGTON (AP) — Toss it or fix it? Anxious backers of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law are starting to see a flicker of hope. While polls show Americans remain sharply divided over the Democrats’ landmark legislation, they aren’t clamoring for its repeal. Instead, the public seems willing to listen to candidates who would give the overhaul a chance and fix or improve it as needed. That’s the signal from some surveys and a congressional race in a bellwether Pennsylvania district. It’s a pragmatic, somewhat counterintuitive outlook.

Boy Jennifer Pack, of Welling, and a 1-year-old passenger, were not injured. The crash was reported at about 3:38 p.m. Monday. The OHP said the condition of both Catron and Pack was apparently normal. The cause was listed as under investigation. Troopers said Catron

Hiker 10 feet of water. The body will be sent to the medical examiner, Chennault said. Chennault had said the particular cave at the focus of the search is an old mine on U.S. Corps of Engineers property that was excavated to build the Fort Gibson dam.

That could be a break for Democrats in the fall elections, since Republicans are campaigning hard for repeal of the health care law. “Though most Americans still do not favor the law, they tend to be leaning toward candidates who would give it a chance and make some changes, rather than those who would repeal it and start over again,” said Robert Blendon, a Harvard public health school professor who follows opinion trends on health care. The law seeks to expand access to coverage by setting up competitive insurance markets and providing tax credits for many who can’t afford premiums now.

internal injuries. The OHP report on the crash lists the condition of the driver as apparently normal, and states the cause of the crash was inattention or other reasons. It was investigated by Trooper Rodney Vick with assistance from Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and EMS.

Indian Cultural Center work may come to halt OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker says failure to pass a bond package for the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City could halt work on the project. Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole said Tuesday a $43 million dollar bond package that would have attracted another $45 million

in private donations didn’t get a vote on Friday — the final day of the 2010 Legislature. Coates says there is enough money to keep working for a few more months but that construction will eventually be forced to stop. The $170 million complex will cover 250 acres and include 125,000 square feet of building space.

Continued from page 1A was not wearing a helmet. Trooper Tommy Mullins investigated the incident, with assistance from Trooper Rodney Vick, Lt. Gary Isbell, the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Tahlequah City Hospital EMS and the Welling Fire Department.

Area woman reports fraud, missing items From Press staff reports A women talked to Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies Friday about alleged fraud and missing items. Amber Victory said a man approached her in a white van attempting to sell meat products. Victory told deputies she didn’t have cash, so she offered to trade him for a Kenmore deep-freeze she had. She said the man agreed

Anti-abortion groups claim state victory OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Abortion opponents hailed Oklahoma’s 2010 legislative session as a success, with the passage of seven separate bills to further restrict the practice in Oklahoma, including some considered the strictest in the country. But abortion rights supporters can claim one small victory — an eighth bill vetoed by the Democratic governor that the Republican-controlled Legislature did not override before it adjourned Friday.

OHP was transported by Tulsa Life-Flight to St. John’s Hospital with trunk internal and leg injuries, according to the OHP. He was listed in stable condition. A second passenger – Karen Mitchell, 58, of

Lawmakers this year passed eight abortion-related measures through the House and Senate. Gov. Brad Henry signed four and vetoed four others, but the Legislature, with the help of anti-abortion Democrats, successfully overrode three vetoes. The eighth bill, which would restrict insurance companies from providing coverage for elective abortions in Oklahoma, was vetoed by Henry in the legislative session’s final days.

Continued from page 1A Pryor – was not injured. The OHP said seat belts were not being used by anyone in the vehicle. Troopers said the driver’s ability was impaired, and lists cause of the crash as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Continued from page 1A Chennault said Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Gibson Fire Department, Tahlequah Fire Department, Muskogee Fire Department, Muskogee County Emergency Management and Muskogee County EMS were involved in the search Tuesday.

Traffic ‘Ally’ oop! Ally Montgomery, 12, was the second patron to leap into the Tahlequah City Pool when it opened on Tuesday. The pool is open from 1-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; and is also available for private parties. For more information, contact the Tahlequah Parks Photo by Teddye Snell Department.

said Christie, “and there were some falls.” Attendance at the Tahlequah Farmers’ Market may have had a slight decline, but officials said it was still successful over the holiday. “Our attendance was down slightly, but still we

Continued from page 1A were very pleased with the numbers,” said Jane Corbin, vice president of the market’s board of directors. She said early estimates showed around 200 adults visited the market, bringing with them probably 30 or so children.

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Art Cherokee Heritage Center is a well-established tradition, from the former “Trail of Tears” productions to “Under the Cherokee Moon,” now in its fourth season, other artistic opportunities spring up each year. These new efforts provide additional outlets for area artists and economic benefits to their communities. Take, for example, “Tahlequah: The Art of Living.” Supporters called its debut last year a success. This year’s festival, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Tahlequah, will take place June 12. The event is designed to give local residents and visitors alike a taste of what is available locally — from listening to a musician to tasting new types of food, from watching a pot being fired to purchasing a painting for the living room wall. What about the economic impact? Organizer Donna Tinnin said last year’s event contributed about $93,000 to the local economy, in a 12hour period. The effects included 2-1/2 full-time equivalent jobs; $38,000 in household income to artists and others who benefited from it; $3,600 to local government; and $4,100 in

and loaded up the freezer, but she realized after he left that the man failed to leave any meat product. She also said about 30 Designer Inspiration sunglasses were missing after the man left. A report by deputies shows a van matching the description was stopped by another law enforcement agency, but the driver did not match Victory’s description, so the van was released.

state taxes. “It really does have farreaching impact,” Tinnin said. “And that’s just for the one event.” She expects this year’s festival to be even better, with more attending than the 2,500 who came out in 2009. “It’s grown tremendously. Last year we had about 22 artists. As of today [Tuesday afternoon], and I’m still accepting applications, we have 46 artists,” she said. Many of the artists perform traditional Cherokee crafts, such as pottery and basket weaving. Tinnin expects a large contingent of painters and other visual artists, with other specialists ranging from glass to chainsaw sculpture. Some just exhibited at the Blue Dome and Mayfest events in Tulsa. All are Oklahomans. “Nobody is coming from farther than 1-1/2 hours away,” Tinnin said. In addition, performers will appear through the afternoon and evening on the Cherokee Square and at Norris Park. Scheduled are performances by the Tahlequah Community Playhouse, internationally-acclaimed mezzo soprano Barbara McAlister

and her students, the Cherokee Nation Youth Choir, the Tahlequah Ballet Irish dancers, and a variety of musicians. Tinnin believes this is the sort of thing people want to see, whether they’re local residents or coming in from elsewhere. “That’s the type of tourism we have today. People have been to all the ‘touristy’ things and they like to see the way people really live. Experienced travelers don’t want to see the same thing over and over again,” she said. Tinnin has put together “Tahlequah: The Art of Living” while serving as a planning development specialist for Cherokee Nation Community Tourism. Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, which has become active in the past couple of years, is emerging as a major player in arts and tourism in Oklahoma, Garrett noted. She said when she was conducting the study, people she met from such places as London, Scotland and Germany indicated they came to Oklahoma to attend specific events. Many had a deep interest in American Indian culture and art and wanted to find out more.

“A lot of people come in to see the Native American side of Oklahoma. They come because they really want to learn. The arts play a role in our understanding of who we are,” she said. The Oklahoma Arts Council began the study after it did a strategic plan three years ago. Garrett said people wanted specific numbers, and the study provided them. Participation was wide, from the Panhandle to Oklahoma’s east border. “We have 5 million people who attend events from throughout the state,” she said. “Eleven percent of them came from outside the state, and they represent about 30 percent of the spending.” The figures provided by the study are actual expenditures and do not use the “multipliers” employed by many economic impact statements, Garrett said. For example, it didn’t include something she experienced last summer, while attending an event “out in the middle of a pasture” in July, when the temperature soared well above 100 degrees.Garrett stopped at a station about 30 miles away to get gasoline. “The man said, ‘I don’t

know what’s going on here, but everyone’s been stopping here to get gas today,’” she said. That man’s business received a direct impact from the arts, although he may not have known it. Arts activities have an ongoing impact on businesses that are open day to day, such as NDN Custom Frame and Print in downtown Tahlequah. Owners Lori Smiley and Stephanie Lusher started their shop a decade ago, as an art gallery and framing shop. Today, the demand for framing leads them to concentrate on this area, as well as such specialties as prints of local attractions and restoration of historic and family photos. “The number of artists continues to grow in this area,” Smiley said. “And the Cherokee Nation has made a lot of strides in promoting the arts.” In recent years, much of their work has come from Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which uses its casinos, medical facilities and other venues to showcase Cherokee artists, as well as photos from Cherokee history. Northeastern State Univer-

sity, with its summer music productions, Jazz Lab, and other showcases for up-andcoming artists, provides additional artistic bounty in the Tahlequah area. David Moore, executive director of Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, said art has a vital impact on a community economically, as well as enhancing the quality of life. “Not only is it an expression of our area’s culture, but it also provides jobs and a significant impact on our community,” he said. “We are blessed to have a lot of very talented people in our area.” Garrett believes art is not just something nice to have, but something essential to an area’s quality of life. “Everybody should have access to the arts, culture and tradition. It doesn’t make any difference who you are, where you are, or what you do. You need access to the arts,” she said.

Learn more The full report of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s study on the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations is available on its website,

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