“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
Oklahoma City Public Schools already serving the areas (including John Rex)? Jim Couch: Charter schools have a mixed success story. There have been successful ones and others that have not been successful. That being said, I think we need to pursue any option we can to improve educational opportunities in Oklahoma City. Additional charter schools could be a part of that solution. Q: I'm worried that the high concentration of street construction is going to start killing businesses. For instance, we decided to go eat at Nic's the other night. It seemed that every street we turned down had a detour, was blocked off, had lanes narrowed, etc. It was a confusing nightmare. Then we got there and found that there was hardly any parking because most of the street parking in the area was surrounded by cones. When will this all be over? Jim Couch: Because of the renaissance of downtown Oklahoma City, we've redone a number of streets with Project 180 and now we are impacting the streets with construction of the streetcar. The end is near for the streetcar. About 90 percent of the track is down. We anticipate final completion of track by October and start up by December. The section of the Oklahoma City Boulevard between E.K. Gaylord and Walker hopefully will be done by late summer and will be a big help with traffic. Q: Does the city manager oversee the parks department? Just asking because a lot of them need new trees, better and more frequent upkeep, and a little refreshing. W... (C Central Chat: Oklahoma City manager addresses city's trash and treasure)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the park entrance, at Chestnut and DeForest avenues. Mayor Robert Garcia, councilmen Rex Richardson and Al Austin, and other city officials will be there. More information: 562-570-3150. (ng Beach officials to christen new wetlands park that was once the site of illegal trash dumping)
Portland, where it is crushed, melted and repurposed. As of June, certain plastic bags are being sent to Virginia-based, Trex, which will turn them into decking materials (see below). Paper and hard plastics are sold to manufacturers both in this country and abroad. Jamie explains, “the destination just depends on where the highest demand is, or where the best price can be found.” Much of the manufacturing of plastics is located in China and other Asian countries, so container ships returning to their point of origin are filled with our mixed recycling.That said, Jamie encourages consumers to contemplate the meaning of the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” and emphasize the first two sets of actions. “It is important to remember that the ‘Three Rs’ is a hierarchy. The act of simply tossing something into your mixed recycling cart does not automatically make you a ‘good’ person. You’ve simply out-sourced your problem. If you are truly interested in having an impact, start thinking about ways you can reduce your consumption, and reuse materials whenever possible.”Due to Jamie’s negotiations with Trex, Ashlanders now have a clear, concrete action they can take. Rather than throwing all soft plastics into the combined trash, we can separate our bags, bubble wrap, etc. into two categories of plastic: 1. clear or 2. containing some type of color (see Trex website for a full list of acceptable soft plastics: www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-partnerships/). Ashlanders can then bring these soft plastics down to the Ashland Recycling Center on Water Street at Van Ness (open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday).Ashland resident, author and anthropologist Nina Egert has been a lay environmentalist since the early 1970s. (steNot: Recycling center again accepting soft plastic for recycling)
High doses can elevate body temperature to lethal levels or cause cardiovascular collapse, extreme anorexia, dental problems and memory loss. Overdosing causes death from heart attacks or organ problems generated by overheating. To home inspector Jared Fenn, meth is a huge issue that no one seems to talk about. "It's a much bigger problem than people want to admit or realize," he said. "The problem here in Utah County is that it's 'Happy Valley.' Nothing goes wrong here and everybody's happy. But meth is a huge problem." He and his team in Orem work as home inspectors with the national franchise Pillar to Post. They inspect homes in Utah, Sanpete, Juab, Carbon, Emery, Sevier and Millard counties, often working with home buyers worried about buying a meth-contaminated house. Inspecting a residence for meth contamination is an extra service his business provides in addition to regular home inspections, much like radon or mold screening. "It's the first step in getting that peace of mind when you're buying a property," he explained. But when it comes to meth contamination, "there's really nothing that you can look for." "Of the houses we've had test positive, half of them were ones we never would've suspected," Fenn said. A common misconception is that only cooking meth causes contamination. But traces of meth gets into the carpet and the walls and the air ducts whenever users smoke in their homes. (eaning up contamination: What happens to meth houses)
By Dana Milbank, I had dreams of fire and fury like the world has never seen. But now I will sleep well, because Rex Tillerson told me I should.There is no “imminent threat” from North Korea, the secretary of state said Wednesday. “The American people should sleep well at night.”It was the latest and largest cleanup effort undertaken by President Trump’s aides since this administration took power. Their unorthodox message to an anxious nation and a panicky world: Don’t take seriously what the president of the United States says. On Tuesday, Trump delivered remarks about North Korea — words we now know to have been off the cuff — that pushed the world toward a nuclear standoff last seen in the Cuban missile crisis: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.” If it does make threats, the president said, “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”Many noted that the wording echoed Harry Truman’s warning at the time of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. But then came Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil chairman, to assure us that there is nothing to see. I...