Wright inducted into Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of
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
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
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
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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