Marshals assist with Cherokee County alcohol compliance checks

09/26/2012 08:40 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Marshals took part in alcohol compliance checks conducted at local stores on Aug. 22 in Cherokee County.

Marshals joined officers from the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission and Northeastern State University officers to ensure convenience stores and other businesses that sell alcohol do not sell to minors.

“Compliance checks have been found to the most effective strategy for enforcing underage drinking laws and decreasing sales of alcohol to underage youth,” Val Dobbins, Tahlequah’s Community Coalition for Compliance coordinator, said. “Checks encourage those who sell alcohol to police themselves. Our experience has been that club and convenience store owners in most cases want to follow the law and compliance checks are a good way to hold them accountable.”

The operation focused on “off-site” retailers such as convenience stores, gas stations and grocery stores. Of the 11 stores that were checked in the Tahlequah and Cookson areas, only one store sold to the underage decoy.

“This is very encouraging. I am happy to know that our area retailers are doing a great job of following the law and keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors,” Ben Barnett, prevention specialist for CN Behavioral Health, said.

A recent Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment shows 48 percent of 12th graders at Tahlequah Public Schools reported they drank alcohol in the last 30 days. When asked in the survey the source of their alcohol, 15 percent said they bought it without using fake identification.

CN Behavioral Health Prevention Services urges establishments that sell or offer alcohol to take advantage of free Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Training.

for more information or call 918-207-4977.


01/24/2015 04:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration is considering improvements on Highway 82 in Cherokee County that would begin near East Allen Road in Tahlequah and go north to near Gideon, according to reports. The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the University Center Ballroom at Northeastern State University. ODOT held a meeting in 2013 regarding the highway, and following that meeting the state performed studies on the corridor. ODOT officials said within that study they evaluated upgrading the existing highway. They plan to discuss their findings from the studies during the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be an open-house format. It will allow for some discussion with engineers and planners for the potential project. For more information, call Frank Roesler III at 405-521-2350 or email <a href="mailto:"></a>.
01/24/2015 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. –The Cherokee Nation and the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation NAHASDA Annual Performance Reports are readily available for the public to view and to make comments upon. The reports are available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Jan. 27 at the Cherokee FIRST department located in the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex and in the lobby of the HACN office located at 1500 Hensley Drive in Tahlequah. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to view</a> the report.
01/24/2015 08:00 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Businesses officials said before work on any site to be developed can begin they must do due diligence with regards to pre-development steps. Currently, that is where CNB officials area at on the Cherokee Springs Plaza project. Since the project’s September announcement, CNB officials said they have done several “behind the scenes” tasks in preparation for construction. From September to December, CNB officials said they met with Tahlequah officials to review city permit requirements, located all existing utilities and completed some infrastructure planning. They also they developed and posted a request for proposal for civil engineering work, completed the land survey for the site, as well as competed an aerial topography of the site for elevations and civil engineering design work. CNB Executive Vice President Charles Garrett said CNB officials selected a civil engineer in November for master planning and design and are conducting a traffic impact study that’s required prior to roads being designed or built. CNB officials said they also began civil engineering design of utilities, roads and temporary storm water, as well as identified what parts of the land would be submitted for a trust application. “(CNB) Developed, posted and selected a geotechnical firm to do a soils investigation report that is required by civil engineering for the design of foundations, utility and roads,” Garrett said. “In January we will be drilling 56 borings throughout the site. With the soil borings taking place, we will have the information required to develop a grading plan and start turning dirt to develop Phase I of the site.” In September, Garret said the first phase was establishing the infrastructure that creates access and provides the necessary utilities and the “civil engineering” portion of the project that would consist of road construction and pad sites where potential businesses will be developed. The continuation of the project will include two other phases, one being the construction of a new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah that will include a resort hotel, convention center and golf clubhouse. The third phase will create a retail strip, centering along Grand Boulevard, which will enhance the pedestrian and shopper experience. Overall, it is anticipated 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use space will be developed at an estimated cost of $170 million, officials said.
01/23/2015 04:00 PM
The Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board will be meeting via conference call at 9 a.m. CDT, February 6, 2015. To attend, please use the conference call information listed below. The meeting agenda is here. Dial-in: 866-210-1669 Entry code: 4331082 <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to view</a> the meeting agenda.
01/22/2015 01:37 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On Jan. 9, the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission approved a cutover plan that would allow Cherokee Nation Entertainment to operate its own simulcast signal through the tribe’s Will Rogers Downs Cherokee Casino. To operate the simulcasts, CNE previously contracted with the Oklahoma City-based Remington Park Dissemination Company. Simulcast is a simultaneous transmission of the same program on radio and television, or on two or more channels. The agreement between CNE and the Remington Park Dissemination Company was that Remington was to provide the off-track betting services at Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs and Cherokee Casino Sallisaw. “There was a decision on Remington’s part that they wanted to exit that agreement, and in order to transition the services that Remington has provided up to this point over to a new provider, which in this case is going to be a company that is created by CNE and ran through Will Rogers Downs,” Jamie Hummingbird, CNGC director, said. Hummingbird said the plan is to take what the Remington Park Dissemination Company had been previously offering in terms of signal, wagering and reporting and put that over onto the new CNE company, Will Rogers Downs Dissemination. “So it’s taking the services that were provided by one company, transitioning them over to another one and providing for all of the transitional services that are required, primarily the redemption of any outstanding wagering that have not been redeemed prior to going to a Remington system to a WRD system,” he said. Like the Remington Park Dissemination Company, Will Rogers Downs Dissemination will also be providing totalisator equipment that controls parimutuel betting. “Will Rogers Downs Dissemination will just simply be doing the exact same thing Remington Park would,” CNE Chief Operating Officer Mark Fulton said. “When they informed us that they would not be renewing the contract to provide those services our decision became ‘do we want to keep our facilities or parlors open at West Siloam or Sallisaw?’ and ‘yes we do.’’ Because CNE will no longer be contracting with the Remington Park Dissemination Company, Fulton said Cherokee Nation Businesses, which is CNE’s parent company, would save some costs but not a lot because it isn’t a heavy volume of business. “We don’t have a heavy volume of business that utilize that so it was probably more of an administrative burden to them (Remington Park Dissemination Company) then the revenue they were generating,” he said. Fulton added that the creation of Will Rogers Downs Dissemination would not need CNB board approval. “The operating agreement is executed and falls within the authorities that already exist. It’s not a new entity for large revenue generation or profitability,” he said. Plans to have Will Rogers Downs Dissemination running are expected to be in mid-February.
01/21/2015 10:00 AM
AKINS, Okla. – A meeting regarding the proposed Plains & Eastern Company transmission power line that would run from western Oklahoma through the state into Arkansas to Memphis will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 27 at the Akins Community Center (Baptist Church). The community building is located about 4 miles north of Sallisaw. Organizers said the meeting is to inform and answer questions regarding the direct current or DC power line that, if constructed, would carry power generated by windmills in western Oklahoma to Tennessee. On Jan. 12, the Tribal Council approved a resolution opposing the construction of the transmission power line. The council voted unanimously against the 750-mile transmission line and is particularly opposed to the line running through Sequoyah County and is concerned it would affect Trail of Tears sites in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Organizers plan to have maps, printed material, petitions and handouts available at the meeting. For more information, call 918-315-0214 or 918-776-4320.