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Osage Nation files suit against wind project in tribal court

Osage Nation files suit against wind project in tribal court

The Osage Nation is bringing the wind farm fight to a new jurisdiction – its own. On Monday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Jones filed a petition in Osage Nation’s civil court for an injunction on behalf of the tribe against Osage Wind, Enel Wind and Enel Green Power North America in an effort to halt […]


Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel’s Osage Wind project

Feds call off temporary injunction, now ask for removal of all structures at Enel's Osage Wind project

The United States is asking to withdraw its request for an injunction to stop the construction of the Osage Wind project because the wind company claims it has already dug all of the pits to install turbines. In addition, the United States struck back at Osage WInd and its owners, ultimately the Italian utility Enel, […]


County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

County to appeal ruling in Mustang Run case, setting off a long delay for Enel Green Power

The Osage County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Tuesday night to appeal a judge’s ruling that ordered it to approve a conditional use permit for the Mustang Run wind project, effectively throwing that development into what could in an untenably long delay for developers. The board met in executive session for about an hour with […]


Osage Congress to move wind fight into tribal court

Osage Congress to move wind fight into tribal court

As part of an emergency session, the Fourth Osage Congress passed legislation Monday that could potentially move the tribe’s fight against wind farm companies into yet another courthouse. With most of its wording pulled directly from the Osage Constitution, ONCA 15-09 extends the tribe’s civil jurisdiction to all activities and people within the tribe’s territory, […]


Groceries and more coming to Fairfax

Those who turned out for a town hall meeting in Fairfax on Thursday were united and excited that the Osage Nation is going to invest $3.3 million in the community – $3 million for an Osage child and senior center and $300,000 on capital improvements to reopen the Palace Grocery. The meeting was part of […]


Third grade reading tests vary widely in Osage county

The raw numbers from this spring’s state reading tests are in and school districts across Oklahoma are figuring out what to do next. On Friday, the Oklahoma Department of Education released the results of the statewide third-grade reading tests. Third grade students who scored within the range of one of three categories – advanced, proficient […]


TradeWind denied permit for wind farm on Osage prairie

To joyous applause and luluing on Thursday, the Osage County Board of Adjustment denied TradeWind Energy a conditional use permit to build a 68-turbine wind farm west of Pawhuska. The board voted 3-0 against the project with one member, Terry Loftis, abstaining, apparently because he has a construction contract with Ladd and Ree Drummond, on […]


Jackson under fire from tribe for wind votes

Jackson under fire from tribe for wind votes

Osage County Commissioner Bob Jackson never made the fact that he had been offered a wind lease for his land near Grainola a secret, but the Osage Nation and Minerals Council say his votes on wind issues should never have been cast because he had a clear conflict of interest. In a stern letter delivered […]


Wind battle heats up

Wind battle heats up

  The Osage Nation, joined by a coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and others are in a full-court press to stop the construction of two large industrial wind farms on the tallgrass prairie west of Pawhuska, even as bulldozers started last week stripping swaths of land. “It looks like they’re building a city out there,” said […]


County ‘clarifies’ wind rules

  In an attempt to move a huge wind farm construction project forward, the Osage County Commissioners approved a “clarification” to the county’s wind ordinance, specifying that the commissioners may delegate their authority to the Board of Adjustment. The move met strenuous objection by the Osage Nation, which has filed two legal petitions challenging the […]


Fairfax to get new child and senior center

  After plowing through almost two dozen nominations and more than 30 bills and resolutions in its last four days, the Osage Congress’ 2014 Hun-Kah session is now in the books. Among the pieces of approved legislation is a $3.2 million appropriation for a new childcare facility and senior citizen center in Fairfax. Noting the […]


Hearing set for wind farm

TradeWind Energy, the second wind farm to set its sights on Osage County, has filed an application for a conditional use permit that will be the subject of a public hearing. The application was filed Thursday at the Osage County Planning Commission and will be heard by the Board of Adjustment at the Osage County […]


4H Junior livestock show

4H Junior livestock show

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

StandingBear and Gray, Red Corn and Proctor, to face off in Osage elections for top tribal positions

Less than 90 minutes after the polls closed Monday night, the unofficial results were in for the Osage Nation’s first primary election for its executive branch offices. With Geoffrey StandingBear receiving more than 60 percent of the votes cast in the principal chief’s race, only 12 ballots separated the second and third place finishers. Despite […]


Osage candidates debate in Hominy

Despite frigid temperatures, more than 70 people packed into the Hominy Co-op Building Saturday evening to hear from the eight candidates running for principal chief and assistant principal chief of the Osage Nation. Hosted by the Osage News and moderated by the Tulsa chapter of the League of Women Voters, Saturday night’s debates Each candidate […]


Woman and child injured in Fairfax wreck

A woman and child from Fairfax were injured in a one-car accident on OK 18 Jan. 31 north of Pawnee. Jennifer Ann Williams, 36, was driving a 2001 Honda southbound on Friday at 2:25 p.m. when she left the roadway, overcorrected and hit a tree, according to a report by Trooper Brian Rose. A girl, […]


Osage Nation charges four of the Five-Man Board

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Five-Man Board are now facing legal action from the tribe. On Thursday, the Osage Nation Attorney General’s office filed criminal complaints in tribal court against Kenneth “KC” Bills, Theodore Brunt, Joe Don Mashunkashey and Frank Redcorn for misusing public money. The complaints stem from the results of […]


Industrial wind farms: Been there, doing that

Industrial wind farms: Been there, doing that

As wind farm construction begins in the southernmost tip of the Flint Hills, many Osage County residents will soon be facing a new normal that, depending on the contractors and managers involved, could mean a number of things. Part of a family that has stayed in northern Kansas for multiple generations, Tom Weinhold lives and […]


Red Eagle loses bid to avert, delay removal trial

The Osage Nation Supreme Court rejected Principal Chief John Red Eagle’s constitutional challenge to the tribe’s removal procedures Thursday, allowing the tribe’s first impeachment trial to proceed on Monday as scheduled. On Friday, the court also denied Red Eagle’s request to delay the trial until March 30, saying the chief had had enough to top […]


2013: A look back

2013: A look back

Happy New Year and may 2014 be perpetually happy. Here is a look back at the stories we wrote about in 2013. January 3 The body of Timothy Hauser, 62, is found in a briar patch. He has been missing since leaving the Bartlesville casino early Aug. 9 and the discovery of the body leads […]


CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

CASA auctions off birdhouses, aprons

The local CASA fundraiser will have a new twist this year, one you can tie around your waist before cooking Christmas dinner: Hand-decorated aprons. “I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner,” said Helen Norris, project director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. “A person can only have so many birdhouses. I have […]


Bucks continue towards state, four others fall

Bucks continue towards state, four others fall

It was a rough go for most of the local football teams during the first round of the state playoff tournaments. Although each of the county teams qualified for the tournament, only one continued its season after Friday night’s games. The Hominy Bucks Class A football team was the only Osage County team to win […]


Sports Results from Nov. 5 – Nov. 11

RESULTS Friday, Nov. 8 Barnsdall football vs Depew 36-14, Barnsdall Hominy football at Drumright 41-6, Hominy Pawhuska football vs Adair 39-6, Adair Skiatook football vs Bishop Kelley 34-16, Skiatook Woodland football vs Rejoice Christian 46-0, Rejoice Christian UP NEXT Friday, Nov. 15 Shidler basketball vs Glencoe 6:30pm First Round of State Football Playoffs 7:30pm Barnsdall […]


Sports Results from Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

Sports Results from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4

RESULTS Friday, Nov. 1 Barnsdall football at Kiefer 57-43, Kiefer Hominy football vs Yale 42-20, Hominy Pawhuska football at OK Union 34-6, Pawhusak Skiatook football at McAlester 52-24, McAlester Shidler basketball at Olive Fest G: Riverfield 32, Shidler 26 B: Riverfield 46, Shidler 41 Woodland football vs Welch 52-6, Woodland UP NEXT Friday, Nov. 8 […]