Putting the ‘local’ in Yukon

Recent news team additions improve Yukon coverage


We at your Yukon Progress hope you are enjoying the expanded local coverage provided by our news team.

I’ve been here at the Progress fewer than four years and was thrilled to recently start working alongside two experienced, quality journalists – Traci Chapman and Michael Pineda.

I’ve known Traci for more than a dozen years, starting when she was a reporter at the El Reno Tribune and later when she joined the Mustang Times.

She became our managing editor in mid-February and has been a welcome addition because of her great Canadian County knowledge and “nose for news.”

Traci oversees three publications – our flagship Yukon Progress and two weekly papers, the Piedmont-Surrey Gazette and Okarche Warrior.

I keep telling Traci she doesn’t have to write so much anymore now that she’s an editor (after 16 years as a reporter).

I can attest, it can be a challenge to switch hats. I had to after being an editor for 27 years.

Then, Publisher Randy Anderson pulled a real coup last month by bringing aboard Michael as staff writer for our Canadian County newspaper group. I had encouraged Randy to try and snag Michael after the Yukon Review announced it was stopping publication.

Even after just one year in Yukon, Michael has earned the great respect of many people across this city and county.

With more than 20 years working for community newspapers, Michael has proven his versatility as an excellent news reporter, sportswriter and photographer. He also can paginate pages.

Readers have certainly noticed how much better our Yukon and Canadian County coverage has been since Traci and Michael joined the staff.

We’ve increased the size of our twice-weekly print publications to include added content and more sections.

If you visit our website (yukonprogress.com), you’ll find even more news and ads that aren’t in the print edition.

Yukon is a busy community with so much to cover. Your Yukon Progress is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive local coverage of any community newspaper in Oklahoma.

And by “local” we mean Yukon and Canadian County.

If you want a subscription or have an interesting story to share, stop by our Yukon Progress office in the center of Yukon. We’re on the top floor of the Spring Creek Building at Holly and Vandament, just west of the entrance to Chisholm Trail Park.


WAY TO GO: The Central Oklahoma Ballet Co. has welcomed Chris Day at its newest board member. Central Oklahoma Ballet presents the annual production of “The Nutcracker” each December in Yukon.

Those of who attend get to see Chris perform the role of Godfather Drosselmeyer in this yuletide classic. Chris, who is quite a stage actor, is married to Larry Taylor’s daughter Alecia.

Larry has performed every year in The Nutcracker since it started more than 25 years ago on the small stage of the old Yukon Museum and Arts Center (Old Central School), 601 Oak.

For the past 20 years, the spacious Yukon Fine Arts Center (850 Yukon Ave.) has been home to Yukon’s Nutcracker.


Carolyn Leck

THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE: I want to personally thank Canadian County Treasurer Carolyn Leck for her 28 years of dedicated service to the citizens of this county. Carolyn decided not to seek a new four-term as Canadian County treasurer; Jay Arnold will succeed her in 2023.

I first got to know Carolyn when David Radcliff was our county treasurer. She’s worked at the Canadian County Treasurer’s Office since November 1994 and has been the elected county treasurer since 2010.

Carolyn had done an admirable job keeping Canadian County’s finances in order, and I wish her well in retirement!



Although Yukon’s school year has come to a close, it’s not too early to look ahead to 2022-23.

That’s right, the annual Yukon New Teachers Luncheon will be Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. The Yukon Chamber of Commerce needs your help collecting “swag” gift items to present to new teachers at Yukon Public Schools, Canadian County Technology Center, St. John Nepomuk Catholic School, and Southwest Covenant Schools.

This event has grown over the past three decades to include about 150 “new hires” each year!


While Canadian County Assessor Matt Wehmuller did not draw an opponent during the April 13-15 candidate filing period, there are two Canadian County offices up for grabs this year.

And both of these races will be decided in the Tuesday, June 28 primary election since only Republicans filed for the seats.

Voters in District 1 will decide between incumbent Marc Hader and challenger Tom Manske for District 1 county commissioner.

Meanwhile, Robert Merrick and Tracey Rider are squaring off for District 3 commissioner.

Remember, three-term incumbent Jack Stewart is not seeking a new term and is instead running against Hunter Zearley for the “new” District 18 State Senate post that covers most of Yukon.

Your Yukon Progress will soon be profiling candidates for Canadian County and state legislative races of local interest – including several Senate and House districts.