Good morning and welcome to February 7th, 2012!


Enid Area Weather:

Welcome back to winter!  We’ve escaped the wrath of “Old Man Winter” thus far with barely anything to cry foul about.  We’ve been really lucky.  However, Tuesday’s forecast definitely portends a slight change to what we’ve been experiencing.  You can expect plenty of cloudiness and only a high near 41 degrees.  Expect the winds out of the North to gust up to 28 mph.  So, wind chill will definitely make things colder.  The good news?  It might snow.  There is a 40% chance of precipitation and it will likely be in the form of the snowy variety.  Accumulation is expected to be light according to the National Weather Service.

Snow Accumulation Forecast

Snow accumulation forecast (graphic via National Weather Service)

Enid Area News:

As we reported yesterday, there are now several vacancies on City of Enid Advisory boards and commissions.  If you have an interest in helping shape your community and serving your fellow citizens, you might want to check the story out.

As expected, Enid Public Schools is going through the process of redrawing district lines.  This will no doubt effect a lot of kids, who will now have to change schools.  This move comes about by the creation of one new school, Prairie View Elementary, and the building of a new Garfield Elementary.  While the details are not available yet as to those exact lines, as soon as Route 60 can find out more, we will publish it.  Until then, here is some information from the ENE.

Tonight the Enid City Commission will be meeting and discussing a variety of issues.  Easily the most newsworthy is the tabled vote on adopting changes to the city parking code.  Those interested can attend the City Commission meeting at the Administration Building at 401 West Garriott Road.  The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. while the study session will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the lower level conference room.

Other News:

Do you like bacon?  Do you like milkshakes?  Then you should totally drive to Oklahoma City and go to a Jack-in-the Box.  They’ve got your hook up.  Bacon ShakeHere are the ingredients:  Made with real vanilla ice cream, bacon flavored syrup, whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.  Mmmmmmmmm……Sounds goood doesn’t it?

Gov. Mary Fallin announced that tobacco use on state property is now prohibited.  She signed an executive order banning the use of any sort of tobacco product on state owned property, leased property, or buildings or facilities.  This would include state parks.  Yep, so stick that in your pipe and don’t smoke it.  No smoking at the parks anymore.  Meaning our kids don’t have to see your cigarette butts anymore.

Also during her “State of the State” address, Gov. Fallin outlined a new plan to help reduce state income taxes.  Essentially, if your a couple and make under $30,000 you will pay no state income taxes now.  A couple making over $70,000 will see their state income taxes slashed in half.  The plan is to eventually phase out the state income tax altogether as our state’s economy grows.

Well, that’s all for this morning.  Try not to act like a lunatic when you see snow falling and decide to drive like an idiot.  It’s just frozen water.  I promise it won’t kill you, UNLESS YOU DRIVE LIKE AN IDIOT.  Or if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when another idiot is driving.  Lesson:  Stay away from idiots.