Humane Society of Tulsa nears milestone as 2016 comes to a close

Vega, a greyhound rescued by The Humane Society of Tulsa earlier this year, was adopted Thursday. The humane society needs just eight more adoptions by the end of the year to reach 1,400. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier
The humane society is only eight adoptions shy of 1,400 "live outcomes" for the year, a number that is 1.5 times the amount from 2015.
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As Tulsa park systems limp along, park directors aren’t certain consolidation is the best fix

John O'Conner, left, and Howard Barnett from Tulsa Leadership Vision, Inc., brief city councilors Dec. 14 regarding the nonprofit's study of ways to ensure the long-term viability of local parks systems. KEVIN CANFIELD/The Frontier
The city of Tulsa’s park system comprises 142 parks. For years, it has struggled to maintain its facilities and staffing under ever-tightening budgets.
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Frontier Favorites: Our top stories of 2016

From the polls, to the courts, to everything in between, 2016 had something monumental happening almost every day. And we were there to document it all.
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Some Tulsa charities see donation decline but it’s not too late to help

Donations for some Tulsa nonprofits that serve the needy were down leading up to Christmas but there's still time to help. Various factors -- including recent cold weather, the energy sector and even technology -- have caused some Tulsa nonprofits to struggle.
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This man and his camera are documenting entire history of A Gathering Place for Tulsa

Photographer Shane Bevel has spent years documenting the construction of A Gathering Place For Tulsa. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier
Photographer Shane Bevel has shot and archived between 4,000 and 5,000 photos documenting the construction of Phase 1 of A Gathering Place for Tulsa park.
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A local veterans assistance program continues to grow but still needs help as Christmas approaches

Mary Ligon, left, and Scott Blackburn pose outside of the Coffee Bunker. Ligon founded the Coffee Bunker after her son, Daniel, committed suicide upon returning from the Iraq War. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier
The Coffee Bunker always needs funds, especially as it seeks to expand to a new location. But right now the organization is seeking several items for the teenagers it assists.
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The ideas are in. Now it’s time to submit your vision of Tulsa’s new flag

Joey Wignarajah, left, and Jacob Johnson, right, have created a project seeking to redo Tulsa's flag. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier
The group seeking to change Tulsa's flag is one-step closer to the finish line. But first, they need submissions from the public.
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Downtrodden following Trump’s victory, Tulsans find hope on Facebook

Laura Banks was upset following the presidential election. But she found solace in a Facebook group and a desire to support locals. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier
Rather than the unbounded optimism of pre-election night, the idea of a Donald Trump presidency filled the group's members with dread, and a desire to find a way to cope. Which gave Laura Banks an idea.
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River Parks enthusiasts, meet Janet Kendall, the quiet, steady force behind the park’s success

Janet Kendall, the longest-seeing employee at River Parks Authority, is retiring from her full-time position as administrative manager on Dec. 1. Kendall, 66, was the second employee ever hired by River Parks. KEVIN CANFIELD/The Frontier
Established in 1974, River Parks today comprises more than 26 miles of paved trails and 300 acres of Turkey Mountain.
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