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July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7

James R. Upton Scholarship winner announced
The Distribution Contractors Association’s (DCA) board of directors authorized $4,000 annually for a period of five years, for the purpose of providing scholarship opportunities for students of the Cherokee Nation, in memory of former DCA Managing Director James R. Upton.

The James R. Upton Scholarship is awarded by Cherokee Nation Education Corp., a tribally chartered non-profit corporation, with the mission to provide education assistance to Cherokee citizens and to revitalize the language, culture and history of the Cherokee people.

This year’s winner was Meaghan Williams, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation based in Oklahoma. Williams is supporting the rank of the salutatorian at Sequoyah High School and is participating in concurrent enrollment at Northeastern State University. She also is involved in countless community service activities and hopes with more education to be able to come back and work as a linguist to help the Cherokee Nation.

Natural gas explosions in Texas
Two people were killed and three others were injured June 8 in a natural gas pipeline explosion in a remote part of the Panhandle. The five men were moving clay from a pit near the pipeline when a bulldozer struck it, causing the explosion.

Lipscomb County Sheriff James Robertson said one of the injured people was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Oklahoma City. Two others working near the explosion had injuries not considered life-threatening.

The blast near the small town of Darrouzett, a few miles from the Oklahoma border, is the second natural gas line explosion in Texas in two days. A line exploded near Cleburne, southwest of Dallas, on June 7 as utility workers were digging in the area. The operator of the auger boring machine was killed and at least seven more people were injured.

Authorities said workers with C&H Power Line Construction Services of Dewey, OK, were boring a hole for a power line pole when an auger hit a 36-inch natural gas transmission line.

The pipeline is owned by Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners. The line traverses the state and carries natural gas under high pressure.

Officials with OSHA and the Texas Railroad Commission are investigation the explosion.