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State briefs for March 15



Prescribed burn set at Martin Park Nature Center

Oklahoma Forestry Services will help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire at Martin Park Nature Center with a prescribed burn planned for Friday.The burn, conducted at the city’s request, will remove the buildup of dead grass, improve the wildlife habitat and boost the overall ecological health of the park, 5000 W Memorial Road.“A prescribed burn is healthy maintenance for parkland like Martin Park,” said City Natural Resources Manager Scott Copelin. “Burning the dry, dead grass now in a controlled setting will turn dangerous tinder into nutrients for the soil and help prevent a disastrous accidental or natural fire.”The burn area is the grassy meadow in the northwestern part of the park. The total burn area will be about eight acres.

The park will remain open during the burn, but access to the burn areas will be restricted.City firefighters and police officers will be on scene to monitor the fire alongside Oklahoma Forestry Services.


Cherokee Nation museums to host educational events

Cherokee Nation museums will offer free admission and host interactive activities such as make and take cultural art projects on Thursday.

Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

• Miniature gourd painting at Cherokee National Prison Museum, 124 E Choctaw St., Tahlequah.

• Cornhusk flowers at Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, 122 E Keetoowah St., Tahlequah.

• Turtle egg cartons at the John Ross Museum, 22366 S 530 Road, Park Hill.

• Finger puppets at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum, 470288 Highway 101, Sallisaw.

For information, call 877-779-6977 or go to www.VisitCherokeeNation.com.


Novelist C.H. Armstrong to read at SWOSU

The Westview Writers Series at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is sponsoring a reading by novelist C.H. Armstrong on March 25.

Armstrong, author of "The Edge of Nowhere," will read from her new young adult novel, "Roam."

The public is invited to the 6 p.m. reading in the Al Harris Library on the SWOSU campus. Admission is free.

Armstrong, a 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota for 26 years.

"Roam," about a homeless teen and her family, pays tribute to Harper Lee and the many life lessons taught through the character Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

"The Edge of Nowhere" was Armstrong’s first published novel and was inspired by her own family’s experiences in rural Oklahoma during the the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

For more information, contact Smith-Chesley at 580-774-3734.

Staff reports