City manager unveils ‘flat,’ $53M budget

Yukon city employees would receive a 3% cost-of-living increase, along with step raises under a proposed $53 million budget reviewed by the city council Wednesday in a special meeting. City Manager Jim Crosby described the proposed $53,261,169 budget as “flat.” It is up only slightly when compared to the city’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget. Crosby…

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Yukon sales tax shows growth

As Yukon city officials prepare to meet Wednesday to discuss what City Manager Jim Crosby calls a “flat” budget, they got some good news. The city saw its first increased sales tax report in more than six months when compared to both the previous month and last May. The report, which was produced by the…

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Flooding closes roads, prompts rescues

Portions of Interstate 40 and State Highway 66 were among the roads that were closed Tuesday as floodwaters inundated the area, officials said. Andrew Skidmore, the director of Canadian County Emergency Management department, said dozens of roads were closed throughout the county after more than six inches of rain fell between Monday and early Tuesday.…

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Ex-teacher enters blind plea to sex charges

A former Yukon teacher has admitted that she had a sexual relationship with a student. Hunter Joanne Day, 23, entered a “blind plea” to charges of a second-degree rape and soliciting sex through technology during a hearing Tuesday. She could face up to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced at 1:30 p.m. June…

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Annual food drive benefits Manna Pantry

Despite Saturday’s rain, letter carriers in Yukon and Piedmont delivered tons of food for Manna Pantry. Jennifer Wild, president of the board for the local emergency food pantry, said heavy downpours Saturday morning may have reduced the amount of food that was donated. Still, more than 22,000 pounds of nonperishable food was donated, and more…

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Heavy rain storms take toll on Canadian County

Washed out roads, stranded motorists, burning oil storage tanks and collapsed mobile homes were all part of the story Wednesday after storms dumped more than four inches of rainfall on the area. Fire and rescue crews spent much of Wednesday trying to help motorists who drove into floodwaters. At least three people had to be…

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Yukon receives new fire truck, strikes deal with OKC

The Yukon Fire Department has a new big, shiny red toy fire truck, and it arrived Monday. The fire department showed off its new engine just before the start of Tuesday’s city council meeting. The engine will be housed at Station 2, which is on S. Fifth Street. It will replace the current Engine 2,…

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Yukon teachers to get $2k pay raise

Yukon teachers are in line to have the highest starting salaries in Canadian County. The Yukon School Board voted Monday to increase the starting pay for Yukon teachers by $2,000 per year. That would bring the salary for a first-year teacher at Yukon with no experience to just over $40,500 per year.  They currently make…

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Badges on Buses sting nabs four drivers

A woman who was talking on her cellphone was one of four people stopped this week during the Yukon Police Department’s Badges on Buses effort. Maj. Matt Fairchild said the woman told officers that she drove past a bus that was stopped with its red lights flashing and a stop sign extended because she never…

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Tourism impact on state, Yukon, focus of Mayor’s Breakfast

Tourism is a multi-million dollar industry, and Yukon has a big role in that. From Route 66 to Christmas in the Park, Yukon attractions draw thousands of visitors to the area each year, said Jennifer Mullins, the director of travel promotions for the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation. Mullins was the keynote speaker Friday…

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