OAG Seal

MIKE HUNTER

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF OKLAHOMA


CLARIFICATION: The previous version of this release claimed the bids were only to remove chat from tar creek. This version clarifies the bidding process was for the removal of structures and toxic debris.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2018

Attorney General Hunter Releases Tar Creek Audits

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today requested and received approval from Judge Thomas Prince, who presides over the state’s Multicounty Grand Jury (MCGJ), to release the Lead Impacted Communities Relocation Assistance Trust (LICRAT) audits that were requested by the state’s previous attorney general in 2011.

With the audit, Attorney General Hunter released associated investigative files.

Attorney General Hunter said the release of the audits come at his discretion, as is the case with all investigatory audits presented to the multicounty grand jury unit.

“The politicization of this matter by an out of state special interest group is unnecessary and unwarranted,” Attorney General Hunter said. “The facts are clear:  The investigative audits looked into the bidding process for the removal of structures and to facilitate the removal of toxic debris, not the buyout and relocation of residents by the federal government. The matter which was the subject of the audits was reviewed by prosecutors in the Attorney General’s Office, the EPA under President Barack Obama and reexamined and scrutinized by newly hired, experienced criminal prosecutors in my office.  No one in the review chain described above found prosecutable evidence of criminal activity.

“My office continues to support transparency and remains committed to sharing information with Oklahomans in a manner consistent with the obligation to protect the rights of informants and individuals who are not charged with a crime. We will continue to defend the integrity of the multicounty grand jury process and those who appear before it.”

Since taking over as attorney general last February, Attorney General Hunter’s office has complied with 185 open records requests containing more than 95,000 pages.

Investigative Audits

The LICRAT audits are considered an 18f, or investigatory audit, which is requested by the attorney general to the state auditor when necessary to assist in investigations. Unlike other audits, an 18f is part of litigation and investigatory files of the Attorney General’s Office.

These files are kept confidential to preserve the integrity of the investigation. However, it is not uncommon to provide information within the investigative audit to the audited party after its completion to allow them to respond to or clarify information.

These files only become public at the discretion of the attorney general, or if criminal charges are filed and the documents become part of the court files.

No criminal charges were filed after the LICRAT audits were complete, therefore never making them an open document.

Additional Investigations

In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General, under then – President Barack Obama’s EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, launched an investigation after receiving complaints similar to what led to the state’s audits.

The EPA investigation revealed no evidence to support any of the allegations. No further action was taken by the federal government.

Read the Tulsa World’s article on the 2013 EPA investigation, here: https://bit.ly/2qjpL1r.

In 2017, after the lawsuit filed by the Washington, D.C. based special interest Campaign for Accountability, Attorney General Hunter tasked MCGJ Chief Joy Thorpe and Senior Deputy Attorney General Tom Gruber, both experienced prosecutors, with reassessing whether charges should have been or needed to be filed in the case.

Thorpe and Gruber both determined no larger investigation was necessary and that no criminal charges were warranted after review of the audits and MCGJ investigative files.

Responsive information was provided to the audits by the attorney for LICRAT Andy Lester.

Read Lester’s response to the audit, here: https://bit.ly/2EyBmPc.

Two Audits

The original audit was conducted before civil litigation caused the project to be re-bid. The original audit regarding the initial bidding process can be found, here: https://bit.ly/2GKlIlP.

Supporting documents can be found, here: https://bit.ly/2ICeOzK.

The second audit is the subject of the current litigation and what was investigated by multiple agencies. Read the second audit, here: https://bit.ly/2H8O2BY.

Supporting documents can be found, here: https://bit.ly/2qigQyf.

Supporting Material

Read Attorney General Hunter’s application to Judge Prince for the release of the audits, here: https://bit.ly/2JzxbXm.

Read Judge Prince’s response, here: https://bit.ly/2GQQ724.

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ATTENTION: Friday - 3.30.18

Congratulations Ms. Roberts:

Jeanette Roberts, English teacher at the HS, was named the Guymon Public Schools teacher of the year.  

                                                       

 

NEWS RELEASE

DATE:  March 7, 2018

SUBJECT:  Grass Fires Near Guymon

POINT OF CONTACT:  Grant Wadley, Assistant Fire Chief/PIO

RELEASE DATE:  Immediate

 

Large Grass Fire East of Guymon

         Guymon Firefighters along with other Firefighters in Texas County responded to a large grass fire east of Guymon on Hwy 54 Tuesday morning.

              The Guymon Fire Department responded to the first report of a grass fire at 9:45am located 3 miles east of Guymon on Hwy 54 at the Beaver River Bridge.  “First arriving units found 2 separate grass fires that were 1 mile apart from each other on separate sides of the Beaver River”, said Assistant Chief Grant Wadley.  Both fires were being fueled by the 20-30mph winds and the extremely dry vegetation.  Guymon Firefighters immediately began to call other area Fire Departments to respond and aid in controlling and extinguishing this fire.

Fire started as a vehicle traveling east bound had a trailer of hay loaded on it.  A mechanical failure of either the tire or wheel caused the hay to catch fire as the vehicle was traveling down the highway.  Burning bales then began to fall off and land in the shoulder of the highway which then spread the fire into the open pastures.  By the time the vehicle stopped, 2 other points of fire were on the side of the road and spreading.

“11 Fire Departments from Texas County responded to this fire and contained it by 11:45am”, Wadley stated.  Fire crews remained on scene till near 3:00pm.  2 homes were threatened by this fire but no structures were damaged.  Several hundred head of cattle were saved and moved to safe areas during the fire as well.  In total, this fire burned 560 acres in just under 2 hours.  Texas County Districts 1, 2, and 3 responded with water tankers and road graders along with Seaboard Farms which also provided the same resources.

At 4:15pm, Guymon Firefighters also responded to a reported grass fire Tuesday afternoon 1.5 miles south of Guymon on Hwy 136.  A fire starting on the east side of the road in the ditch burned nearly an acre before Guymon Firefighters were able to extinguish it”, Wadley said.  Cause of this fire was undetermined.

All the Counties in the Oklahoma Panhandle are still under a Governor’s Burn ban due to the extreme fire dangers that still exists here.    It is imperative that everyone maintains awareness and notify authorities upon seeing any fire activity.

 

 

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Tornado siren test rescheduled

Seward County will not be testing sirens today at 10:00am, due to present weather conditions.

The Tornado sirens will be tested on wednesday March 7th at 2:00pm. The test of the

Emergency Alert System (radio and TV) will still take place today at 10:00 am.

Guymon

Meeting Agenda

03/08/2018 - Regular Meeting of the Guymon Utilities Authority - 424 N Main - 6:00 PM

 

1.

Call to Order

2.

Approval of Consent Agenda

2.1

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the February 22, 2018.

2.2

Approve the Purchase Orders for the Current Month

3.

Discussion and Possible Action on Approval of Resolution No 18-03 A Resolution Setting Utility Rates, Solid Waste Disposal Charges, Fees and Deposits and Establishing Procedures for Utility Connections, Disconnections and Reconnections

4.

Discussion and Possible Action on on Approval of Antenna Permit for T-Mobile Central LLC for Installation and Maintenance of a Communication Antenna and Associated or Related Equipment

5.

Discussion and Possible Action on Adding Ranee Harland to Depository Bank Accounts for the Guymon Utilities Authority

6.

Discussion and Possible Action on Approval of Pay Request No 1 to Slattery Construction in the Amount of $5,698.10 on the Lift Station and Force Main Project

7.

Discussion and Possible Action on Approval of Pay Request No 3 to Slattery Construction in the Amount of $22,249.47 for the Lift Station Rehabilitation Project

8.

New Business

9.

Adjournment

 POSTED: City Hall Window *** DATE: March 5, 2018 *** TIME: 5:00 PM *** The City of Guymon encourages participation from all it's citizens. If participation at any public hearing is not possible due to a disability, notification to the City Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting is encouraged to make the necessary accommodations. The City may waive the 48-hour rule if signing is not the necessary accommodation.

Guymon

Meeting Agenda

03/08/2018 - Special Meeting of the Guymon Industrial Authority - 424 N Main Street - 6:00 PM Following the Guymon Utilities Authority

 

1.

Call to Order

2.

Approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting of December 21, 2017

3.

Discussion and Possible Action on Approval of Antenna Permit for T-Mobile Central LLC for Installation and Maintenance of a Communication Antenna and Associated or Related Equipment

4.

Discussion and Possible Action on Adding Ranee Harland to Depository Bank Accounts for the Guymon Industrial Authority

5.

New Business

6.

Adjourn

 POSTED: City Hall Window *** DATE: March 5, 2018 *** TIME: 5:00 PM *** The City of Guymon encourages participation from all it's citizens. If participation at any public hearing is not possible due to a disability, notification to the City Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting is encouraged to make the necessary accommodations. The City may waive the 48-hour rule if signing is not the necessary accommodation.

 

Guymon

Meeting Agenda

03/08/2018 - Regular Meeting of the Guymon City Council - 424 N Main - 6:00 PM

 

1.

Call To Order

2.

Attendance Roll Call

3.

Approval of Consent Agenda

3.1

Approve the Special Meeting of December 7, 2017 and Regular Meeting of February 22, 2018

Minutes 12-7-17 and 2-22-18

3.2

Approve the Purchase Orders for the Current Month

4.

Public Comments and Announcements

5.

Presentation Regarding PREDCI by Mike Shannon

Presentation

6.

Presentation on the YMCA by Tiana McCowan

7.

Presentation of Monthly Activities and Financial Report by Artist Incubation

8.

Presentation of Monthly Activities and Financial Report by Main Street Guymon

9.

Discussion and Possible Action on Approval of Revised Antenna Permit for T-Mobile Central LLC for Installation and Maintenance of a Communication Antenna and Associated or Related Equipment

10.

Discussion and Possible Action to Appoint Two Commission Members to the Guymon Area Arts & Humanities Commission to Fill Two Vacancies With a Term Ending in 2018 and in 2019

11.

Discussion and Possible Action on Adding Ranee Harland to Depository Bank Accounts for the City of Guymon

12.

Discussion and Possible Action on Declaring Property Surplus and Determining the Disposition

13.

Possible Executive Session Pursuant to 25 O.S. 307 (B)(1) to Discuss Resumes and Conduct Interviews for the Employment of a Part Time City Treasurer

14.

Discussion and Possible Action on Appointment of Part-Time City Treasurer Position

15.

New Business

16.

Adjourn

 POSTED: City Hall Window *** DATE: March 5, 2018 *** TIME: 5:00 PM *** The City of Guymon encourages participation from all it's citizens. If participation at any public hearing is not possible due to a disability, notification to the City Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting is encouraged to make the necessary accommodations. The City may waive the 48-hour rule if signing is not the necessary accommodation.

Guymon

Meeting Agenda

03/08/2018 - Special Meeting of the Guymon Airport Authority - 424 N Main - 6:00 PM Following the Guymon Industrial Authority

 

1.

Call to Order

2.

Approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting of December 14, 2017 and December 21, 2017

3.

Discussion and Possible Action on Adding Ranee Harland to Depository Bank Accounts for the Guymon Airport Authority

4.

Reports and Comments from City Manager and Council Members

5.

New Business

6.

Adjourn

 POSTED: City Hall Window *** DATE: March 5, 2018 *** TIME: 5:00 PM *** The City of Guymon encourages participation from all it's citizens. If participation at any public hearing is not possible due to a disability, notification to the City Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting is encouraged to make the necessary accommodations. The City may waive the 48-hour rule if signing is not the necessary accommodation.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2018 | Permalink

Putting More Pressure on North Korea

By: Congressman Tom Cole

 

After the recent closing of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, its neighbor, North Korea, continues to pose one of the most persistent U.S. foreign policy challenges which has spanned the past four U.S. administrations. It is the only country to have tested nuclear weapons this century and remains the greatest and most immediate threat in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area. The hope that North Korea will resume and continue talks with South Korea after the Olympics remains a question. Whatever the outcome, confronting the North Korean threat is critical, and the U.S. must be guided by a strong sense of resolve.

 

 

While North Korea’s weapons program has been the main focus of concern, illicit activities such as narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting, and human rights violations still abound. In a recent round of new sanctions, the Trump Administration announced that it will target the illicit shipping practices of at least 56 shipping and trading companies (including vessels) that have been complicit in supporting the development of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. In addition to already imposed economic sanctions, these maritime sanctions are some of the strongest put in place to hinder North Korea’s ability to work globally and expand its nuclear capability. Robust coordination between our allies and other countries in the region is essential to applying pressure to North Korea, and China plays a key role as well.

 

 

China has provided food, crude oil, and other essential lifelines to North Korea as its largest trading partner; however, North Korean exports to China have declined by nearly 30% in 2017. China still continues to control trade between the two countries as a way to put pressure on the Kim regime and prevent “chaos and war.” If open conflict was to occur, there would be catastrophic and significant refugee flow over the borders from the Korean peninsula into China, which would have destabilizing effects throughout the region. Some Chinese leaders see strategic value in preserving North Korea as a “buffer” between China and South Korea. For this reason, China has not been a reliable partner in exerting and implementing U.N. sanctions, although it remains essential to diplomatic engagement and economic sanctions. The United States continues to emphasize cooperation with Japan and South Korea, and U.S. diplomats continue to rally the international community to loudly condemn North Korea’s unacceptable behavior. With U.S. and international sanctions, China’s ability and willingness to pressure North Korea could not be more critical.

 

 

North Korea’s emphasis on strategic and military capabilities comes at the expense of its own people, who continue to struggle with a lifeless economy and international isolation. Reports by the U.S. government and private organizations portray extreme human rights abuses by the North Korean government over many years. These reports describe a system of prison camps that house approximately 100,000 political prisoners. However, one hopeful note is that North Korea appears to be losing its ability to control information coming into North Korea from the outside world. Defectors have revealed that growing numbers of North Koreans are wary of government propaganda and have ways to access outside sources of news.

 

 

The ongoing progress of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program, provocative and destabilizing behavior, and a burgeoning biological weapons program are all reasons why engagement and the pressure of sanctions are essential. Peace will not be achievable without the complete cooperation and elimination of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and the end of its radical regime.

 

 

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DATE: 03-01-2018

HOUSED 46 INMATES

BOOKED: 2

RELEASED: 3

CIVIL PAPERS SERVED: 6

CIVIL PAPERS ATTEMPTED: 14

WARRANT SERVICE: 0

 

911 CALL – 6TH STREET, GUYMON – ACCIDENTAL DIAL – ADVISED GUYMON PD

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – CONLEN STREET, TYRONE – DEPUTY RESPONDED - 1 INDIVIDUAL ARRESTED

911 CALL – KNUTSON STREET, GUYMON – TRANSFERRED CALL TO GUYMON

MEDICAL RUN – MILE 52 AND ROAD FF – 1 INDIVIDUAL TRANSPORTED

ANIMAL CALL – HIGHWAY 136 AND KS/OK STATELINE – CATTLE OUT – OWNER CONTACTED

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – ADAMS – DEPUTY RESPONDED – MADE CONTACT WITH INDIVIDUAL

CIVIL MATTER – CONLEN STREET, TYRONE – DEPUTY RESPONDED - SPOKE WITH INDIVIDUALS

AGENCY ASSIST – 15TH AND MAIN, GUYMON – DEPUTY RESPONDED – ASSISTED GUYMON PD

COURT DETAIL, COUNTY WIDE PATROL AND TRAFFIC ENFORCMENT