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Permit for TradeWind’s Mustang Run project tabled

Permit for TradeWind’s Mustang Run project tabled

A public hearing on a proposed wind farm did not go smoothly for TradeWind Energy on Thursday, when the Osage County Board of Adjustment tabled the matter for a month after hearing a litany of criticism about the project’s location. The Board was also served with a petition by Osage Nation attorneys at Akin Gump […]


Don’t mess with momma

Don’t mess with momma

Osage County Commissioner Bob Jackson really, really wants to fix the piece of metal moulding in the pediment of the Osage County Courthouse. Every time the wind blows, the hunk of metal flaps, moving a good foot. On Wednesday and Thursday, the county sent Larry Hand of Sooner Construction up to the area in a […]


A K9 goes 10-7

A K9 goes 10-7

Doc is a dog long on reputation among lawmen, who often declare that the 100-pound German shepherd is just plumb insane. He’s got so much attitude, backed up by size, that he has never had to apprehend a criminal. When he shows up, the bad guys just give up. For those who listen to police […]


Wheels for a better future

Wheels for a better future

Korey McGowen had a big win when he attended a retreat for burn victims a few weeks ago in Tulsa. He won a new car, not by sheer luck of the draw, but because he wrote the most compelling essay – and gave the most compelling interview – about why he needed one. The 17-year-old […]


Several incumbents face challengers in 2014 elections

Several incumbents in Osage County elected offices, from the chief judge to two county commissioners, are opposed in upcoming elections. District Court Judge M. John Kane, who has been on the bench since then Gov. Brad Henry appointed him in 2005, drew an opponent in Phil Best, a Skiatook attorney. Associate District Court Judge B. […]


Ballot order set for Osage elections

The ballot order is now set for the June 2 Osage general election. Officials with the Osage Nation Election Board conducted a random drawing Tuesday morning at the Wah-Zha-Zhi cultural center in Pawhuska to determine the order. The candidates will be listed on the ballot in the following order: Principal Chief 1. Margo Gray 2. […]


Foot-dragging on Triangle Building irks city as Drummond progresses on her building at great expense

Foot-dragging on Triangle Building irks city as Drummond progresses on her building at great expense

As renovations progress on the old Osage Mercantile building in downtown Pawhuska, city leaders are becoming increasingly annoyed by the eyesores near it – especially the Triangle Building, in whose shadow the emerging diamond sits. Ladd and Ann Marie “Ree” Drummond have spent much money and energy on the Osage Mercantile building; last week, they […]


Volunteers to go into fire: For the love of helping fellow man

Volunteers to go into fire: For the love of helping fellow man

In Osage County, as in many places, a handful of tireless volunteers keeps many key community functions going. Some cook for the hungry, others slave away at keeping towns tidy – and some rush into burning buildings or to wildfires to help save lives and property. Last week, one of those firefighter volunteers, Les Potter, […]


One charge reduced to accessory in Skiatook murder case

One charge reduced to accessory in Skiatook murder case

  Two defendants in the shooting death of a Skiatook home builder were bound over for trial last week but the District Attorney’s Office is unhappy with a judge’s decision to reduce the charge against one from first degree murder to accessory. Aaron Clay King, 31, and Amanda Nicole Auten, 32, had both been charged […]


Ambulance fee approved; only opt-out set for May

Ambulance fee approved; only opt-out set for May

Come June, households that get utility bills from the City of Pawhuska will see a $4 charge added to support the ambulance service, but customers can opt out of the charge in May. The charge will ensure those who pay it will get free ambulance service, whether they are uninsured or insured, said City Manager […]


Three Osage candidates fined for campaign finance violations

Three Osage Nation executive branch candidates have been hit with fines for missing the March 25 campaign finance reporting deadline. Principal Chief candidate Margo Gray, who finished second in the March primary, was among the candidates who submitted a tardy finance report. She has since turned in the necessary documents and certified compliant by the […]


Osage County Health Department offers Prenatal Class

The Osage County Health Department will offer a new prenatal class on the third Friday of each month at 3:30 pm. The first class will be held Friday, April 18, at the Health Department at 1115 E. 15th Street in Pawhuska. One of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s flagship issues is reducing infant mortality.  […]


Osage ballet fundraiser set for April 25

The Osage Ballet will a fundraiser on April 25, from 7– 8:30 p.m. at the Harwelden Mansion in Tulsa. In addition to an art auction, the fundraiser will feature a fashion show inspired by Native American clothing by designer Wendy Ponca of Fairfax. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will […]


Wind hearing set for April 10 at fairgrounds

Mustang Run, the second wind project planned for Osage County west of Pawhuska, filed its conditional use permit application on Monday, setting the stage for a public hearing on the issue on April 10. The hearing, next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska, is expected to bring some opposition though […]


Man pleads to mail fraud in case involving car titles laundered through Osage Nation

Former Pawhuska resident William “B.J.” Smith changed his plea Tuesday morning in connection to a luxury car theft ring that involved more than 125 vehicles purchased across four states. After initially pleading not guilty last year, Smith pleaded guilty to six counts Tuesday before Judge Catherine Perry in the Eastern District of Missouri. Among the […]


Examiner-Enterprise report on tightening birth control access sparks outrage against St. John Health System

A report by the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise that Jane Phillips Medical Center had barred its affiliated doctors – which includes those in Pawhuska and Barnsdall – from prescribing contraceptives solely for the use of birth control set off a litany of protests in the past week. Last week, the newspaper reported, based on anonymous sources, that […]


Casino robber looking at 7 years to life

A Tulsa man pleaded guilty today to brandishing a gun during a robbery at the Osage Casino in Tulsa, United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma said Tuesday.   Dominique Amoia McDowell II, age 19, entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Court Judge John Dowdell to the […]


Osage Congress weighs term limits, banishment of non-natives

With 24 bills and four resolutions to consider, the Osage Nation Congress is back in session month. The first of two annual regular Congressional sessions, the Hun-Kah session began Monday morning and is scheduled to run through April 28. The session may be extended by up to three days if necessary. Among the items up […]


21 File for Osage Nation Congress

The filing period for potential members of the fourth Osage Nation Congress closed Monday afternoon. Pending certification by the Osage Nation Election Board, 21 candidates have submitted paperwork to run for the six seats on the June 2 general election ballot. Listed in chronological order by when they filed for office, the candidates include: Alice […]


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 […]


Coaching to a national title

Coaching to a national title

Pawhuska High School’s loss is Highland Community College’s gain. Three years ago, Pawhuska native B.J. Smith applied for a head coaching position at his alma mater. He was passed over for another candidate and instead headed north to Highland Community College in Highland, Kan., about 75 minutes northwest of Kansas City. Since taking over the […]


Out of prison, then back to jail

Out of prison, then back to jail

An Avant man did a jailhouse turn and burn on Thursday of last week, when he was released from prison after serving three years for manslaughter then within hours managed to earn a spot in the Osage County Jail for assaulting several law enforcement officers. Russell Goddard, 40, got home to Avant and made his […]


New law makes burn bans a rarity

New law makes burn bans a rarity

As fires rage across Osage County, Osage County Commissioners were wanting to declare a burn ban – but a new law prevented them from doing so on Monday. Under a law that the state Legislature unanimously approved last year and that went into effect Nov. 1, 2013, commissioners can only mandate a burn ban if […]


Name the Osage County Courthouse Owls!

The Osage County Commissioners have spoken. Now it is time for the People’s Choice Award in the contest to name the Osage County Courthouse owls. Cast your votes here! Vote for two! We have babies on the way. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QQVZ9QJ