Medical helicopters like this one at OU Medical Center deliver and pick up patients at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon, but are forced to land on grass instead of a helipad.  (Photo Provided)

Drones flying high with no complaints

By Mindy Ragan Wood, Staff Writer

Drones have become a popular high-tech toy for youth this summer and can be seen hovering over neighborhoods, but so far cities aren’t implementing regulations. Piedmont City Manager Jason Orr said the city has no ordinances regulating drones. He also said he’s not aware of any complaints about drones in the Piedmont area. Meanwhile, Yukon City Manager Jim Crosby said to his knowledge there are no ordinances addressing drones in Yukon either, but he is aware of their growing popularity. “I just noticed when we shot firework on the 4th there were three drones taking pictures. I really don’t know of any complaints. As they become more popular we will have to address it, but right now I don’t think it’s needed,” he said.

Kelly Edwards, center, is escorted by Archbishop Paul Coakley and Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius Beltran after his ordination.  (Photo Provided)

Your Hometown Newspaper for 42 Years Helipad help Hospital sets fundraiser for helicopter pad construction

By Mindy Ragan Wood, Staff Writer

Integris Canadian Valley Hospital is raising money to install a helipad that will eliminate safety hazards for pilots and patients. Currently, helicopters transporting patients are forced to land on the grass, which can be a problem. Hospital President Rex VanMeter said the necessity also comes from an overall increase in transfers, both ground and air from other hospitals. “Three years ago, we received 30 patients from other hospitals into ours,” he said. “This year that number will be close to 200. Most of those are those by ground but we are seeing some increase to helicopter transfers. We don’t have a proper landing pad at all. From a safety standpoint it’s an important project.” VanMeter speculated the cause for an increase in transfers is due to diminished services elsewhere.

A flying drone conducts surveillance in a neighborhood.  (Photo by Mindy Ragan Wood)

Schaefer’s grandson ordained as priest OKARCHE - The grandson of Okarche residents Michael and Mary Ann Schaefer was ordained as a priest, making him the first in his family and parish to take vows. Kelly Edwards was ordained at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Hope in Oklahoma City on June 24. He will begin his ministry as an associate pastor in Enid at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. His mother, Michelle Schaefer, said she and her family were proud of him as they all celebrated the moment he consecrated his life to the work of the church.