ALTUS - With temperatures still in the high 90s and beyond, and Oklahoma in the grips of persisting drought, the city's water chief is asking folks to use the water wisely.
Altus Public Works Director Robert Stephenson told the Altus City Council on Tuesday night that he has received numerous telephone calls in the past two or three days in regard to water rationing, “people wanting to know, ‘Are we rationing water ... if not, why not?' and so on.”
While the city is currently not taking any water rationing actions, Stephenson said, “We're asking people to make wise use of the water that we have. We currently have an ample supply but I would just challenge people, if you don't need the water, don't use it. And if you need it, use it but don't waste it.”
The city's main water source, Tom Steed Reservoir, is down about 8 1/2 to 9 feet but still is providing an ample supply of water to the three member cities.
In action taken Tuesday:
- The Altus Municipal Trust Authority tabled authorization of an energy and water conservation program targeting some 290 fifth and sixth graders until school officials affirm the go-ahead for the program as the new school year gets under way.
Conducted by Resource Action Programs, the educational effort addresses the thought and processes of electric energy and water conservation as well as classroom activities and textbooks. Also, each student would receive energy-saving lightbulbs and water devices for use in their homes.
Stephenson explained that money for the program - not to exceed $10,000 - has already been appropriated and that $35 Memorial brick installation held
ALTUS - Members of the 97th Medical Operations Squadron/Dental Flight paid a lasting tribute to the friendship of man and a yellow Labrador retriever by purchasing a personalized Main Street Altus memorial brick for installation around the Courthouse Square.
At a recent bricklaying ceremony on the Courthouse Square, Altus Air Force Base Dental Clinic personnel honored the Dental Flight commander with a gift brick inscribed “SAM, 1992-2006, beloved pet of Lt. Colonel Dave Robinson.”
To order a personally inscribed brick for installation in the sidewalks around the Courthouse Square, contact Margaret Worrell, Main Street Altus president and brick chairman, at 580-482-6584 or Amy Jo Cobb, Main Street Altus program director, at 580-482-2277.
Lt. Col. Robinson's dog Sam died in April before Robinson's permanent change of station to command the Dental Flight at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. “Sam's death was a great loss; Lt. Col. Robinson was very attached to him,” said Master Sgt. Dave Pelino. “Their journey together started 14 years ago, and the clinic wanted to leave a lasting tribute to this friendship which ended at Altus.”
In a letter from Korea, Lt. Col. Robinson wrote to members of his Altus Dental Flight, “Many of you were on various trips