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Stealth legislation to redistrict courts raises stink

Click for timeline graphic: duncan timeline A bill that would eliminate some of District Attorney Rex Duncan’s judicial adversaries flew under radar last week, passed the Senate, and then ran headlong into intense opposition from judges, lawyers and myriad others who work in the courts. House Bill 2416, filed at the behest of Duncan, began life […]


A cruel and tragic end

A cruel and tragic end

This is a first-person account of the events leading up the the death of Mark Aldridge; the author both knew Aldridge and was involved in discovering that he was dead on Jan. 15, 2016.   Mark Aldridge, a man who had a promising career as the chief executive and chief financial officer of several hospitals […]


Pawhuska man arrested for Kansas murder of estranged wife’s boyfriend

Pawhuska man arrested for Kansas murder of estranged wife's boyfriend

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pawhuska man Wednesday afternoon on a fugitive warrant out of Kansas, where he is charged with first degree murder and arson in the death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Thad Christopher Green, 32, is accused of killing Cameron Wawrzynaik, 35, at Wawrzynaik’s home just outside Independence, Kan. Kansas […]


Beloved woman killed in car accident

Already reeling from the violent death of Rick Holt, Pawhuskans took another hit in their collective gut on Wednesday, when nine people from town were involved in an accident near Bartlesville that killed Betty Reber and seriously injured her husband John, the beloved former leader of the school band. Four other Pawhuskans were injured in […]


The Week in Photos

The Week in Photos

50 Years at the County Fair

Rose Yount is a master seamstress. She sewed every dress but one that her daughter ever wore until she graduated from high school, and made her wedding dress after that. These days, she quilts. A lot. Even so, she has only entered the Osage County Fair once: A long sleeve dress, in brown with blue […]


ONPD cop kills man, leaves

An Osage Nation police officer who formerly worked for the Skiatook Police Department fatally wounded a man with his patrol pickup truck in Tulsa on Friday night. Officer Corey Blake Stewart, 26, was off-duty when he hit Shawn Rex Watashe, 55, near 73rd East Avenue and  East Admiral Place around 9:30 p.m. According to law […]


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 […]


Feds ask for injunction against Enel, demand halt to all excavating.

Feds ask for injunction against Enel, demand halt to all excavating.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma has filed an injunction seeking to stop the excavating on the prairie for the construction of an industrial wind farm. At issue: The mining of rock by Enel Green Power North America. Enel has denied it is mining but the federal government alleges that the company […]


Times wins top award

Times wins top award

The Bigheart Times, always a bridesmaid and never a bride in statewide press competitions, broke the cycle of being No. 2 over the weekend when it won the top award for newspapers of its size in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Press Association awarded the paper the Sequoyah Award Friday night, meaning the paper was judged the […]


They, too, served, and now will be honored in bronze

They, too, served, and now will be honored in bronze

Six women soldiers and a child arrived in Pawhuska this week, ready to be cast into bronze for a large Women Veterans Memorial in Del City. The sculptures – five women soldiers united by their hands around a flagpole and another National Guard solider sitting next to a child at a reflecting pool – are […]


Two fronts: Wind appeal No. 2 filed

Two fronts: Wind appeal No. 2 filed

  The Osage Nation filed an appeal of the Osage County Board of Adjustment’s decision to deny its request to stop construction of  what the tribe says is an improperly approved industrial wind farm on the prairie west of Pawhuska. The appeal, the second filed against the Board of Adjustment in two weeks, sets in […]


Fire chokes Hominyans

Fire chokes Hominyans

Kathy Hughs hasn’t had as much as a cold for the past few years, but last week, she was hacking as if she might have had tuberculosis. Her husband, Wayne, echoed her coughs with his own. He has had lung problems and is on oxygen, but since Mother’s Day, he’s been using oxygen more and […]


Rebuffed wind farm files appeal in district court

Rebuffed wind farm files appeal in district court

  TradeWind Energy, whose Mustang Run wind project was rejected by the Osage County Board of Adjustment, has filed an appeal in Osage County District Court. The Kansas company declares in the appeal that it was wrongfully denied a conditional use permit that would have cleared the way for it to erect 68 wind turbines […]


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 […]


53 years a piano teacher

53 years a piano teacher

  One by one on Sunday afternoon, girls and one boy, some nervous, others studies in confidence, walked up to the grand piano at First Baptist Church in Pawhuska and played. Every year for decades, Osage County children have made this trek, playing everything from Beethoven to Oklahoma!, from an excerpt from Dvorak’s New World […]


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 […]


Order in the Court

The Osage County Courthouse, ordinarily dead silent on Saturdays, was abuzz this past weekend with a sound rare on weekdays: Joy. The occasion: A round robin of mock trials that pitted homeschooling groups based in Tulsa and Bartlesville against each other, and featuring several Osage County children whose parents have opted for the more old-school […]


Mayor of Okesa alive, recuperating; assassination rumors false

Mayor of Okesa alive, recuperating; assassination rumors false

The Mayor of Okesa has not been assassinated. Instead, the ass has been relocated to a ranch where he is being cared for by a rancher with a soft heart for hooved critters. Rumors have been flying that someone offed the fuzzy brown donkey – jokingly dubbed the Mayor because most politicians are, um, asses. […]


Pawhuska City Council eyes clean-up campaign

  Back in May of 2007, a lot of Pawhuskans got riled up when the city went on a clean-up binge, slapping “abandoned vehicle” stickers on cars parked on the grass and enacting a variety of ordinances barring the storage of junked cars, boats and appliances on private property. Well, get ready: The council might […]


Mrs. Oklahoma!

Mrs. Oklahoma!

Michelle Wilson Evans has never been in a beauty pageant in her life. She was better known, a few years back, as a soccer star at Union High School in Tulsa who went on to win a college scholarship in that sport. But one day recently, she was getting her hair done in Tulsa when […]


Boil-water alert cautioned for Barnsdall

Boil-water alert cautioned for Barnsdall

Barnsdall’s water woes, which seem to be coming with great rapidity, left much of the city without water again on Monday and Tuesday after a leak was discovered under the concrete floor of the water plant. The city is under a voluntary boil-water alert until further notice and water plant manager Kathy Brown said she […]