Yukon City Council

Smaistrla reflects on city council service

Wiping tears from her eyes, Earlene Smaistrla said she has enjoyed her time serving Yukon as a city council member, and that she might not yet be done. Smaistrla was honored Tuesday by the Yukon City Council as she attended her final regular meeting as a member of the panel. She has served on the…

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Yukon voters make statement for change with Wootton victory

Voters in Yukon opted for change on Tuesday with political newcomer Jeff Wootton defeating longtime council member Earline Smaistrla for an open seat on the council. Wootton, a sixth-grade teacher at Yukon Middle School, received 957 votes, or 65.91 % of the ballots, compared to Smaistrla’s 495 votes, or 34.09 %. Wootton, who was making…

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Voters to choose from 6 city council hopefuls

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide who will serve on Yukon’s city council. The position is an at-large seat currently held by Earline Smaistrla, who has served since 2015. She is the vice mayor. Before that, Smaistrla served on the city council from 2000 to 2009. Smaistrla is being challenged by former…

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City of Yukon, church reach land deal

A much anticipated project that will add on- and off-ramps on Interstate 40 at Frisco Road took a major step forward Tuesday. The Yukon City Council voted to pay the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Yukon $26,500 for three pieces of property. The land will be used for rights…

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Yukon city council welcomes two new members

A military veteran and a long-time school counselor are the two newest members of the Yukon City Council. Richard Cacini and Shelli Selby were sworn into office Tuesday by Yukon Municipal Judge George Ramey at the beginning of the city council meeting. Cacini will represent Ward 1 while Selby will represent Ward 2. Cacini replaces…

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City of Yukon honors outgoing council members

While they will remain on the Yukon City Council through the end of the month, two members of the panel thanked the community Tuesday for allowing them to serve. Longtime city council members John Alberts and Richard Russell were presented with plaques honoring their services at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting. Alberts, who has represented…

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Selby claims Ward 2 city council seat

The women’s minister at a Yukon church, who previously worked in the Yukon school district and at Spanish Cove retirement village, now has a new title — city council member. Shelli Selby was elected overwhelmingly Tuesday to serve on the council, representing Ward 2. She defeated her opponent, Erick Westfahl, for the seat that is…

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Alberts looks back at time on city council

“This is our home and I take pride in our home. I do this stuff because I love my town. My home town,” John Alberts said recently. Alberts, who represents Ward 2 on the Yukon City Council is nearing the end of his second term serving the ward. He is being forced to step down…

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Candidates make a pitch for city council

Voters in Yukon will go to the polls Tuesday to fill a vacancy for Ward 2 on the city council. The seat is currently held by John Alberts, who is is term-limited. Three candidates have filed for the office. Ward Larson is a former city council member who left office after being term-limited. He served…

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Grant to help fund Yukon road project

Yukon officials say a $71,000 grant will be used reconstruct a section of road later this year. Yukon has been approved for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The $71,791 grant will cover about 50 percent of the project, said City Manager Jim Crosby. Work is planned for…

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