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Two wind suits tossed

Two wind suits tossed

A judge on Thursday threw out two of three lawsuits involving proposed wind farms in Osage County, dealing a blow to the Osage Nation’s efforts to stop a forest of industrial turbines from rising over the tallgrass prairie west of Pawhuska. Ottawa County District Court Judge Robert G. Haney, sitting by special assignment, dismissed both […]


Suit sparks oilfield rule change

Suit sparks oilfield rule change

A federal lawsuit is causing an uproar among many Osages and oil companies, who fear that a judge could order the halt of oil production in the county and thus potentially shut down Osage oil royalty income and cause a tax crisis for public bodies. The case, first filed in Osage County District Court but […]


City manager charged

City manager charged

  City Manager Paul McAlexander, under fire for telling a police officer not to arrest the city attorney for alleged drunken driving on July 3, has been charged with criminally obstructing the officer. The misdemeanor charge was filed Monday afternoon in Osage County District Court at the behest of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation […]


P-town avenue could be relocated

P-town avenue could be relocated

The Pawhuska City Council will consider re-routing Grandview Avenue from Ninth to 12th streets onto a roundabout that the Osage Nation is building as part of its $27 million re-do of its campus. The council cannot decide whether to approve the plan – which it rejected earlier this year – until the public has been […]


Vet student: DA is angel

Vet student: DA is angel

Chloe Charlton, a fourth-year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University, had a blow-out Friday near Sand Springs on her 12-year-old Land Cruiser, and within minutes an unexpected angel stopped to help her: Osage County District Attorney Rex Duncan. “I was going home to visit my husband in Little Rock and heard a boom,” Charlton said. […]


Lawyer: Suspect in two murders is mentally ill

Lawyer: Suspect in two murders is mentally ill

A preliminary hearing set for Michael Devin Stanley, who is charged with murder in the deaths of his great-grandmother and half sister, was delayed Thursday because his attorney requested his competency be evaluated. Stanley, 20,  of Skiatook, was charged with one count of murder in Osage County and another count in Tulsa County in January. […]


Warrant issued for Pawhuska City Manager

A warrant for the arrest of Pawhuska CIty Manager Paul McAlexander was issued in Osage County District Court on Monday afternoon. McAlexander, who is on vacation in Washington State and not expected back to work until next Tuesday, was formally charged with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. According to an affidavit by Oklahoma State […]


Osage school in the offing

Osage school in the offing

Going back to school for Osages could become a very different experience from the usual public school curriculum. Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear has already started working on creating a new school for Osages – and likely non-Osages – by forming a task force to look at establishing a world-class school along the lines of Cascia […]


Roof job could cost freedom

A young man from Pawhuska who was released from prison in May from two high-profile crimes in Ponca City was arrested anew, this time in Pawhuska for a roof-job burglary at the Handy Grocery. It could be a pricey arrest in terms of years: The defendant in the case, Terrrance Lucas Cottingham, 24, is on […]


Deal nixed; man gets 20 years

Deal nixed; man gets 20 years

A Kansas man who was hoping for probation after pleading guilty to six sex counts involving children had no such luck at sentencing on Friday afternoon, when a judge meted out a 20-year prison term. Mark L. Morton, 59. of Sedan, had a battery of supporters at the sentencing and had, at one point, hammered […]


Like father, like daughter

Like father, like daughter

There is now a second Lohah on the Osage Nation Supreme Court. On Thursday, Elizabeth Homer was sworn in as an interim associate justice of the Osage Nation Supreme Court, making her the second generation in her family to serve on the tribe’s judiciary. Her father, Charles Lohah, was the first Osage Supreme Court chief […]


Smokey Bear celebrates 70

Smokey Bear celebrates 70

The 70th birthday of a cuddly but silent American icon who wears 60-by 30-inch Wrangler jeans was celebrated in Pawhuska and Fairfax on Friday, a day ahead of the real birthday of Smokey Bear. In a dark, humble room that morning, a pair of Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency Wildland firefighters, Rann Tingtella and […]


City manager: 2 weeks no pay

City manager: 2 weeks no pay

The Pawhuska City Council met behind closed doors for 90 minutes on Tuesday evening then issued a decision regarding City Manager Paul McAlexander, who told police not to arrest the city attorney for drunken driving on July 3: McAlexander will receive a letter of reprimand and will be suspended from his job for two weeks […]


Cattleman of the Year

Cattleman of the Year

Frederick F. Drummond, a man who left the banking industry to take over his family’s ranch when his father fell ill with cancer in 1958, was named the Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year over the weekend. He earned the title not through the prowess of his cowboying skills, but through his business acumen and lifelong […]


11k raised for fallen friend

11k raised for fallen friend

Chunks of dirt flew through the air Sunday afternoon at the Osage County Fairgrounds Arena as a community came together in support of a fallen colleague. Osage County Fairgrounds manager Cecil Gullett III died of a heart attack earlier this month at age 39, leaving behind a wife and three children. In response, several area […]


4-day school spreads

Area school districts are beginning to prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year with one looking at a new schedule. Based out of Fairfax, Woodland Public Schools is moving to a four-day week this year, making it the second Osage County school district after Barnsdall to utilize a compressed calendar. Earlier this year, the school board […]


7 Hurt in car accident near Skiatook

Seven people were injured in a one-car accident Tuesday morning on Osage Park Road near Skiatook. Four of those were admitted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, including the driver. Cheyenne Moore, 18, of Lonoke, Ark., Trevor Haynes, 18, of Tulsa, an unnamed 16-year-old girl from Tulsa and Tyler Masingale, 20, of Tulsa. All were […]


Speed blamed for wreck

A Hominy man was critically injured in a wreck on Friday on County Road 2350 in Osage County near Cleveland. Joseph Morrill, 32, was taken by personal vehicle to Cleveland Hospital then by ambulance to St. Francis in Tulsa after the July 25 accident, which was reported about 10:30 a.m. According to the Oklahoma Highway […]


Man drowns at Keystone

A man was discovered drowned at Walnut Creek State Park on Monday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Osage County Sheriff’s office. Boaters at Keystone Lake found the body of George Blanchard, 49, of Tulsa, around 6:30 a.m. Monday, according to the OHP. Blanchard appeared to have been fishing and no foul play is […]


Commissioners make demands of phone companies

The Osage County Commissioners passed a a resolution Monday requiring telephone companies to inform them in advance of line installations – a preemptive strike aimed at a telephone company effort to pass a state law that would force commissioners to get all utility lines located before doing road work, including mowing. The battle is one […]


Skiatook woman hurt in motorcycle accident

A Skiatook woman was injured in a motorcycle accident Sunday in Interstate 244 in Tulsa, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Shandre Winsby, 25, was admitted to an unnamed Tulsa hospital in stable condition with trunk, arm and leg injuries following the 2:51 p.m. accident near the West 51st Street South overpass, according to the […]


Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five people were injured in an accident on OK 99 near Pawhuska on Wednesday morning. Two of the injured were flown to Tulsa hospitals but were reported to be in stable condition, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Hospitalized were Kaylee McCullough, 16, of Wynona, one of the drivers, Chris McCullough, 38, of Lexington, and a […]


Child abuse cases dropped

Felony child abuse charges against a woman whose five-year-old foster son suffered internal head injuries in late 2012 were dismissed last week, at least the third time in the past several months that such a case has been dropped by the District Attorney’s Office. The case against Cari Eckhart, 27, of Skiatook, was dismissed without […]


Logan sworn in at OST

Logan sworn in at OST

Vince Logan, an Osage with roots in Hominy, was sworn in Friday as the Special Trustee for American Indians, a post that has been vacant since 2009. As the fourth trustee in history – and the second Native American in the job – Logan will oversee about $4.4 billion in assets held in trust by […]