Yukon business owner brings home brachiosaurus

For Lyle Jameson, it was a Jurassic undertaking. The 27-foot brachiosaurus statue had been stationed alongside Interstate 35 for more than two decades, serving as a roadside attraction and attention-getter for Statuary World. The business has since closed, but the dinosaur – nicknamed Big Jim – remained, and was part of an auction of remaining…

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Is Yukon Realtor the ‘Worst Cook in America?’

A former Yukon High School teacher is set to appear Sunday as a contestant on Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.” Denise Schroder said her sister suggested she try out for the show. “She said I was made for it,” Schroder said, laughing. “It’s not exactly a compliment, when someone’s watching a show about the…

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Local farm used as site for upcoming film

For those in Yukon, a family friendly film set to release in 2021 might look a little familiar. “Joey and Ella” follows the adventures of a little girl and her new friend, a talking baby kangaroo that was separated from her mother in a jewelry heist. “It was important for us to find a picturesque…

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Eateries reopen dining rooms under COVID-19 guidelines

For many local eateries, Friday marked a return to business – almost – as usual. “It has a different feel,” said Jeff Havern, a managing partner of Primo’s Italian Restaurant in Yukon. Primo’s was one of several restaurants to reopen on Friday, after Gov. Kevin Stitt announced on April 22 that restaurants would be allowed…

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Family opens supply stand to help neighbors in need

One Yukon family has taken a church lesson to heart and opened a free supply stand to help area residents with necessities. Vincent Murillo, 14, Carlen Otts, 11 and Allanis Otts, 9, along with their mother Janille Otts started what they call a “grab and go” stand around March 20, as part of a challenge…

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Watch keeps track of family’s role in Yukon

Don Eskew’s roots in Yukon run deep. According to family research, Eskew’s family has called the community home since 1900, when James and Lucinda Eskew arrived by train with two of their eight children. “William (Eskew) rode in the baggage car with their animals and equipment, and the rest of the family rode in the…

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Yukon food pantries work to meet increased need

In the wake of a pandemic and the closure of non-essential businesses, Yukon’s food pantries are struggling to keep up with increased need. “We’re seeing a big increase in numbers,” said Sherri Rogers, director of Yukon’s Manna Pantry. “We’re getting calls from other places that we don’t serve, because there’s apparently quite a few food…

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Student input sought for post-COVID prom, mobile meals units launched

When it comes to the 2020 Mustang High School prom, officials are falling on the school’s greatest resource — its students. “Ceremonies and rites of passage are going to look very different,” said Mustang Superintendent Charles Bradley during a live-streamed special board meeting Tuesday. “It’s unfortunate for kids, and it’s unfortunate to parents.” Prior to…

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Board votes to delay $47M bond election

The Mustang School Board voted Tuesday to postpone its $47 million bond election to Aug. 25. The election had originally been set for April 7. Before voting, Superintendent Charles Bradley laid out the board’s options, which included canceling the election altogether and revisiting it at a later date, or postponing the vote. Bradley provided the…

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