Best of 2004-05

A bird of prey, a chicken hawk flaps it’s wings as it flies away with a squirrel in a residential neighborhood in Enid, Okla.


Cleo Springs fire marshal Guy Robinson dowses smoldering raw potatoes inside charred remains of a tractor trailer involved in a five vehicle accident on U.S. 412 in rural Major County, Okla. Two semis traveling northbound collided with a three-vehicle caravan hauling custom wheat harvesting equipment to Apache, Okla. from Seward, Neb.

An Oklahoma State Patrol car rests on its roof after a trooper loses control during a high speed chase in rural Garfield county.

Savannah Blasi, 8, of Enid cringes as her mother Ginger sprays the back of her hair with glitter spray prior to competing in a cheerleading competition held at Chisholm Trail Exposition Center.

Gary Madison, an Enid Fire Department driver, carries a broken shovel after battling a grass fire along Chisholm Trail. Gov. Brad Henry has reinstated a no burn ban for most of Oklahoma.

Jordyn Irvin, left, raises her fist in the air while riding her bike through knee deep rain water after a severe thunderstorm.

Inside a charred window frame an Enid firefighter uses a flashlight to look around in a fully engulfed house fire in north Enid.

Blake Gabriel of Hennessey, Okla. is all smiles as he rears back to pitch a horseshoe during an Enid area Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association competition.

Airman 1st Class Amy Hanson, left, and 2nd Lt. Juan Lopez, of the Vance Air Force Base Honor Guard, bring the American Flag to tabletop during a flag folding ceremony at Monroe Elementary School’s Veteran’s Day Program with students, teachers and veterans standing in honor.

Chisholm High School senior Ryan Brakhage, right, has last minute help straightening out his tie from classmates Michael Morley and Jill Boeckman inside the high school commons area where 53 Chisholm Longhorns seniors assembly. All three seniors are National Honor Society Graduates with Morley giving one of five valedictorian addresses.

Shane Fowler of Enid, Okla. watches in excitement as he pulls back on kite string handles which control a trick kite Fowler sails during the 12th annual Westlake Kite Festival in Lahoma, Okla.

Santa’s elves Travis Nichols, right, and Patrick Little bump chests after jolly ol’ St. Nick arrives at Booker T. Washington Community Center. Vance Air Force Base personnel performed a skit for children and their families as part of a Christmas program. The 5th flying training squadron raised more than $2,000 to help the center for Christmas.

Enid Northern Oklahoma College sophomore outfielder Chance Jeffery gets caught and tagged out in a pickle between first and second base while playing Barton at David Memorial Ballpark.

Jake Thomas reaches out trying to catch a football pass thrown by a friend in the front yard of his home while bouncing up from a trampoline. Many children have been playing outdoors in unseasonably warm weather during Christmas break from school.

Enid Fire Department fire engine driver Andy Wall uses an oxygen mask to aid a dog named “Lucky” who was trapped inside a burning house. Lucky had to be carried out from his home to safety as Wall and animal rescue helped save Lucky’s life. (Published in Newsweek Japan)

Tom Mitchell of Hennessey, right, pilot of a powered parachute looks above with his passenger Jeff Jech of Fairview after becoming entangled in power lines in Hennessey, Okla. The two fliers took off from Hennessey High School’s practice football field before failing to reach proper altitude, wrapping their flight craft around electrical lines.

Heather Looper of Blackwell, Okla. shows the fangs of a rattlesnake to on-lookers with another snake rising up through her hooded sweatshirt at the 2005 rattlesnake hunt in Okeene, Okla.

Katie Friesen, a Emmanuel Christian School kindergartner, holds a small pumpkin while skipping through a pumpkin patch at Christ United Methodist Church. The 13th annual pumpkin patch has 2,676 pumpkins placed about the south lawn where school groups take tours and is open to the general public.

Sgt. Scott Miller center, has a grimmace on his face as he looks down while passing by a victim of a fatal house fire. Enid police officers use a blanket to shroud Linda Niemeyer’s body in the front lawn of her home.

A stop sign at a rural road intersection on U.S. 64 east of Nash gives an additional meaning with a large serve thunderstorm cell brewing in Grant County.

Jake Wiens, center, stretches with his catcher’s mitt to catch a baseball as Jake David Allen, left, leaps above to challenge Wiens for a catch. Several boys took time to play in the infield before the start of a Enid Majors intersquad game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

A John Deere tractor cultivates around a standing wheat field fire as 155 acres of unharvested wheat goes up in flames.Austin Goodwin closes his eyes while turning his head away from a blast of water from a friendly water fight with friend Josh Edmonds. The two neighbors battled one another with garden hoses from their homes at W. Park and S. Buchanan.

Enid Plainsmen sophomore quarterback Austin Box soars like an eagle after diving over a Sapulpa tackler late in the second quarter during a Friday night football game.

Staff Sgt. David Hartung from Scott Air Force Base reads sheet notes as he cradles and plays his tuba while performing with the Lincoln Land Brass at Monroe Elementary School in Enid, Okla.

Union Pacific railroad personnel investigate a train derailment north of Hennessey in which several box cars transporting passenger vehicles went off their tracks. A Ford Five Hundred model rests upside down on top of a railcar in the background.

A pedestrian crosses Independence Street toward the end of Enid’s business week and the start of a weekend snowstorm in Enid, Okla.

Headlight beams create a silhouette of a firefighter shining a flashlight in the front yard of a house fire at 1418 N. Davis. Thick billowing smoke clouds coat the surrounding neighborhood.


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