Oklahoma Blue Light Ceremony
The Oklahoma Chapter of Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) held their annual Blue Light Ceremony on November 5 at the Oklahoma Fallen Officers Memorial in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson and retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol Deputy Chief Mike Grimes spoke to families of fallen officers from around the state. In addition to the speeches, the event included a dinner and a 21-gun salute. C.O.P.S. is an organization that provides support to families of fallen officers in Oklahoma. C.O.P.S. hosts several events around the state to raise funds including their 16th Annual Run/Walk for The Thin Blue Line which will be held on Saturday, April 14. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Bruce Dees at 405.570.5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ViaAir Expands Austin Service with New Nonstop Flights to Oklahoma City
ViaAir has announced new nonstop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Oklahoma City beginning January 18. Nonstop flights are currently available for sale at FlyViaAir.com. Introductory fares from Austin to Oklahoma City start from $99 one way.
Flights from Austin to Oklahoma City are currently scheduled for departure from Austin at 5:05 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for a 6:25 p.m. arrival in Oklahoma City. Flights from Oklahoma City to Austin are currently scheduled for departure from Oklahoma City at 7:10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for an 8:30 p.m. arrival in Austin.
Founded in 1997, ViaAir is an aviation company offering daily scheduled flights, charters and AirCruise vacation packages. The airline operates domestic and supplemental operations and was the first to be certified in the FAA’s Part 5 Safety Management System, ensuring the highest level of safety in the aviation industry. The airline operates a fleet of Embraer ERJ-145s with 50 seats and provides guests with cost-effective, convenient and comfortable travel.
Newly Restored Santa Fe Station Now Open
An open house was held December 9 for the 80-year-old, historic Santa Fe Station, 100 S E.K. Gaylord Blvd. The station has been restored to its former opulence and will serve as Oklahoma City’s multimodal transportation hub.
The recently completed $28.4 million renovation helped restore original architectural and design elements of the station, improve the boarding platforms and other passenger areas and enhance the streetscape on E.K. Gaylord between Reno Avenue and Main Street.
Santa Fe Station is the northernmost station on Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer route, which runs between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth with stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore and Gainesville, Texas.
The Oklahoma City Streetcar, funded by MAPS 3, will also have a stop at the station. The streetcar will begin service in late 2018. Multiple EMBARK bus stops and Spokies bike share stations are a short walk from Santa Fe Station.
The station was built in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1934. The station’s architecture and interior epitomize the art deco era with carved and painted geometric designs, period chandeliers and aluminum canopies, door and window frames.