Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Briefly.In Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Briefly.In Oklahoma

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TULSA - Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards said Tuesday he has decided to oppose a proposal for a tallgrass prairie preserve in Osage County, a stance calculated to kill any chances such a measure might have in Congress.

But proponents are not ready to ""quit and go home,'' said Rick Jameson, executive director of the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation.

""It is in no way, shape or form the end of the effort,'' Jameson said. ""Not every avenue has been explored.''

Edwards left the door open for new proposals for a tallgrass prairie preserve, but said he would not consider a measure that would endanger oil and gas production in the county or that was widely opposed by local farmers and ranchers.

The Oklahoma City Republican said he also was concerned about estimates the preserve could cost $85 million.

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A $5.3 million loan for the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Inc. of Norman has been approved by the Rural Electrification Administration, Sen. David Boren, D-Okla., said Tuesday.

The cooperative, which serves customers in seven counties in central Oklahoma, will pay 5 percent interest on the loan. The funds will be used to finance service for 4,040 additional consumers, 227miles of distribution line and other system improvements.

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TULSA - Robert M. Howe has been elected chief operating officer, executive vice president and a director of MAPCO Inc. of Tulsa, James E. Barnes, president and chief executive officer said.

Howe was senior vice president-petroleum and president of MAPCO Petroleum Inc.

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Charles Anderson has been named Oklahoma Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture to succeed Clyde Bower who retired in December.

Commissioner Jack Craig said Anderson assumed his new duties Saturday. He was selected from nine applicants from within the department.

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ENID - County commissioners have agreed to lease the mineral rights to the Garfield County courthouse square to Wheatland Oil Co. …

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