On this edition of ST, we welcome Robert J. LaFortune, a former Mayor of Tulsa, and Ann Patton, a locally based writer, activist, and former journalist. Patton has a new book out, for which LaFortune wrote the Foreword; it's a collection of essays on and photos of the Arkansas River, and it's called "The Tulsa River." But to what degree is Tulsa truly a "river city"? And are the age-old questions about riverfront development in this community changing -- or else taking on new meaning -- given the eventual creation of A Gathering Place on Riverside Drive?
In a time of cutbacks and teacher layoffs, the Jenks School District gets a gift of more than one-million dollars. The donation is announced at Jenks West Elementary. The money comes from a private fundraising effort spearheaded by parents of Jenks school children. The idea is to use the money to reduce class sizes for kindergarten through 6th grade. Danny Christner is one of those heading up the donor effort. He says this money will be used strictly for hiring more teachers to reduce class sizes, but the plan is for the private dollars fundraising to continue.