Author Archives: Laura Eastes

Holiday Pop-Up Shops has operated in Midtown for five years. Retail participants include local businesses. (James Harber / provided)

Shopping small is trending in Oklahoma City as the holidays near

Shopping small is trending in Oklahoma City as the holidays near

In the age of e-commerce and low prices at big-box stores, is OKC supporting local retailers?

The City of Oklahoma City has poured $28.4 million into a four-phase renovation of Santa Fe Station. (Laura Eastes)

With Santa Fe Station renovations complete, the focus is on connecting more modes of transit to the hub

With Santa Fe Depot renovations complete, the focus is on connecting more modes of transit to the hub.

StarSpace46 co-founder Tommy Yi believes Oklahoma City “has all the makings of what could be the next major tech city.” (Photo Laura Eastes)

Continuing the pioneer spirit, Oklahoma City booms toward a thriving tech community

Continuing the pioneer spirit, Oklahoma City booms toward a thriving tech community.

Phil Grover leads efforts to establish Sovereign Community School, a charter designed to meet the needs of Native American students. (Photo Laura Eastes)

First charter school proposed for Native American students and non-Natives in Oklahoma City

First charter school proposed for Native American students and non-Natives in Oklahoma City.

According to National Park Service, Chickasaw National Recreation Area requires about $19.7 million in maintenance. (Photo Laura Eastes)

In Oklahoma, the National Park Service estimates there are $19.9 million in deferred maintenance

In Oklahoma, the National Park Service estimates there are $19.9 million in deferred maintenance for sites.

Community members from left Amber Jones, Joe Dorman, Miranda Hines, Scott Bell and Mitchell Rozin behind Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and OK Foster Wishes’ gift drive for foster children and teenagers encourage the community to donate. | Photo Laura Eastes

OICA and OK Foster Wishes are on a mission to spread holiday cheer to foster youth in the state and need the community’s help.

OICA and OK Foster Wishes are on a mission to spread holiday cheer to foster youth in the state and need the community’s help.

At Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, children’s memory cards of their lost loved ones hang on the wall. (Photos Laura Eastes)

An OKC nonprofit wants to help children and families through loss this holiday season

An OKC nonprofit wants to help children and families through loss this holiday season.

A newly created coalition plans to bring a ballot initiative before Oklahoma voters to decide whether to raise the state gross production tax to 7 percent to address low teacher salaries. (Photo Laura Eastes)

A newly created coalition is drafting language for a state ballot initiative that would raise the state gross production tax to fund a teacher pay raise

Raise gross production tax and get a teacher pay raise? One coalition is moving forward with its proposal.

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