Amanda D. Bland


Unintentional extended hiatus

New Life, Old Life Green Road Sign Over Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

Well, kids. It’s been a while hasn’t it?

I finished out 2010 with a stint as the managing editor at Oklahoma State’s Daily O’Collegian student newspaper and was crowned editor-in-chief for the spring semester. It was gloriously laborious and rewarding. (You will never dissuade me of the inherent value of knowing essentially every facet of the process.)

Summer 2011 I completed my degree requirements and began an internship with the Tulsa World. Afterward, I was fortunate to be offered a full-time gig there covering breaking news and crime. In 2014, I transitioned to writing about our district court.

I plan to pull up highlights from my time at the World to post in coming days, so please stay tuned.

Spring 2010

Green Country police performance

New QuikTrip stores in Jenks and Glenpool

RVs evicted from Jenks mobile home community

Tulsa Library reading program powered by Teen Team

And, by the way, the candid was courtesy of yours truly. Not sure why they neglected to mention that.

Welcome to Jenks, Oklahoma

Etsy brings arts and crafts into the digital age

Flash flood driving hazards

A flash flood warning created high-water hazards on streets in and around Sand Springs on Monday.

North of Sand Springs, the Shell Creek Dam raised above the spillway, which is an unusual occurrence, said Frank Weigle with the public works department.

The spillway at Shell Creek Dam sits at an elevation of 725 feet above sea level.

Rain on Monday elevated Shell Creek Lake to about 727 feet, according to a reading taken at 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, the lake level reading decreased between 14 inches and 15 inches, to just below 726 feet.

The National Weather Service reported rainfall of about 3 inches between Monday and Tuesday morning at Tulsa International Airport, said a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

Meanwhile, Skiatook received 3.23 inches and Oilton, which received about an inch Tuesday morning, experienced 5.53 inches of rainfall since Monday morning.