Briefly.In Oklahoma

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Enid will dedicate a $4 million plant today which will allow the firm to introduce its "Oklahoma chicken fried steak" to the entire nation.

Advance Meats currently distributes meat products to 22 states. The new, 25,000-square-foot plant will eventually increase the Advance workforce by 100 for a total employment of 250.

Projected sales are $32 million annually.

Hauck Named Publisher of Enid Paper ENID - Ed Hauck, who has spent the past 17 years as publisher of a North Dakota newspaper, has been named publisher of the Enid Morning News and Enid Daily Eagle.

Hauck, 53, comes to Enid after spending 25 years at the daily Dickinson (N.D.) Press. He was born in Marshall, N.D., and has lived in Dickinson most of his life. He began his duties at the Enid newspapers Wednesday.

Navajo Sculptor Exhibit to Open ANADARKO - A special exhibition, "Young Navajo Sculptors," will be displayed at the Southern Plains Indian Museum and Crafts Center, State Hwy. 62 E in Anadarko, beginning Sunday.

In Sunday's preview event, sculptors Oreland C. Joe, Greg Johnson and George Benally will be present to discuss their work. The show will remain on view until April 20.

Sculpture by Greg Johnson

Environmentalists to Fight Project WASHINGTON - Oklahoma environmentalists threaten to take their fight to the courts if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission fails to rescend its decision on a water supply project.

The FERC approved a license Wednesday to Fort Smith, Ark., for a license for its Lee Creek water-supply project. With approval in hand, the city has all of the federal permits and licenses it needs to begin construction of the controversial water-supply reservoir. But environmentalist opponents renewed their pledge to fight the project in court.

The state still must approve a dam-safety permit and a drinking-water permit, but city officials say they don't expect difficulty obtaining those.

Opponents have 30 days to ask FERC for a rehearing.

The stream rises in northwestern Arkansas, crosses the state line into Oklahoma, and then returns to Arkansas to empty into the Arkansas River. The dam would be built in Crawford County, northwest of Van Buren.

State officials in Oklahoma, where the watercourse is called Lee's Creek and is prized as a free-flowing stream, say they're still studying their options. But an official with the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation said Wednesday a lawsuit will be filed if FERC's decision stands.

``There's no doubt whatsoever,'' said Chet Bynum, a Norman doctor who heads the federation's scenic rivers committee. ``I think there will be an administrative appeal and-or a lawsuit.''

Fort Smith officials said they will now focus on financing construction of the $25 million to $30 million reservoir and on trying to win Oklahoma's support for the project. City officials plan to meet with Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon and Attorney General Robert Henry early next month in an effort to discuss the state's concerns, Fort Smith city administrator Strib Boynton said.

YMCA Branch Plans Dinner The Young Men's Christian Association Central Branch will hold its fourth annual benefit auction dinner at 6:15 p.m. Monday, March 28, at Applewood's Restaurant, 4301 SW 3rd St.

Guthrie Inn Selected for Program Harrison House, a Guthrie bed-and-breakfast inn, has been selected as a site for Elderhostel, and international educational program for adults. …

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