Wright inducted into Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters has inducted state Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, into its Hall of Fame.
Wright built a 10-watt AM station as an Explorer Scout project in 1960 and broadcast it over the airwaves in a Boy Scout exposition at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds. Wright became the managing partner of his first radio station, KRPT-AM, in 1975. He moved back to Weatherford in 1991 and bought KWEY AM/FM. He continues to own it today. He also owned the KHEN radio station in Henryetta from 1978 to 1983 and currently operates radio stations in Clinton and Cordell.
Wright was elected to the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters board of directors in 1978. He served as president of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters from 1986 to 1987. After serving as OAB president, Harold served as the chairman of the lobbying effort for the National Association of Broadcasters.
"I love the part radio broadcasting plays in small communities and the difference it can make," Wright said.
Jobless rates for 8 counties in double digits
Unemployment rates for eight of Oklahoma's 77 counties was 10 percent or more in January, according to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
McCurtain County had the highest jobless rate in the state in January at 12.1 percent, up from 11.9 percent in December and 10.7 percent for January 2009.
Other counties with unemployment rates of 10 percent or more for the month included Latimer, 11.7 percent; Sequoyah, 11.5 percent; Hughes, 11.1 percent; Okmulgee, 11.1 percent; LeFlore, 10.5 percent; Nowata, 10.1 percent; and Pawnee, 10 percent.
Nine counties had jobless rates for January of less than 5 percent.
Beaver County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the month with 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent in December and from 2.6 percent for January 2009.
Other counties with jobless rates of less than 10 percent for the month included Woods, 4.2 percent; Harper, 4.2 percent; Cimarron, 4.4 percent; Ellis, 4.6 percent; Roger Mills, 4.7 percent; Dewey, 4.8 percent; Murray, 4.9 percent; and Grant, 4.9 percent.
Oklahoma County, the state's largest county, had an unemployment rate for January of 7 percent, up from 6.3 percent for December and 5.5 percent for January 2009.
The state's second-largest county, Tulsa County, had a jobless rate of 7.8 percent in January, up from 6.8 percent for December and 5.3 percent for January 2009.
4 Oklahoma marinas fined for violating Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency has fined four Oklahoma marinas $7,000 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure regulations under the Clean Water Act.
Federal inspections at the marinas' bulk storage facilities in December cited violations including not having Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure plans. Also, inspections and tests required by federal regulations were not in accordance with written procedures and were not maintained for three years.
Personnel working at the marinas had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, discharge procedure protocols, and applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations. The inspections also found spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically. As part of an expedited settlement agreement with the EPA, the marinas have provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.
The marinas fined were Arrowhead Yacht Club and Marina, Afton, $2,100; Duchees Creek Marina, Porum, $1,800; Thunder Bay Marina, Afton, $1,700; and Snake Creek Marina, Cookson, $1,400.
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