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Plat book purchases spark last-minute election accusations

A contractor used by the Osage County Assessor Gail Hedgcoth has prompted her opponent to publish election-eve accusations that  she is “funneling taxpayer money” to her husband and suggestions that she is under investigation for “violating the oath of office.” The allegations by Republican Raymond Leach were printed in political ads in the Hominy New-Progress […]


Pawhuska Homecoming 2014

Pawhuska Homecoming 2014

State house race: Uphill battle for a Democrat

State house race: Uphill battle for a Democrat

For voters in State House district No. 36, the ballot will look familiar on Nov. 4. For the second consecutive election, Sean Roberts and Jim Massey will be squaring off to represent Avant, Barnsdall, Fairfax, Hominy, Pawhuska, Skiatook and Wynona in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. A resident of Hominy, Roberts first took office in […]


BIA orders halt to wind

BIA orders halt to wind

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has told Enel Green Power to stop quarrying rocks from the prairie west of Pawhuska or face potential legal action by the Office of the Field Solicitor. The letter, from BIA Osage Agency Superintendent Robin Phillips to Francesco Venturini, the president of Enel Green Power North America in Andover, Mass., […]


Old bank to get new owner

First National Bank in Pawhuska, which has been in the same family for more than 100 years, is changing hands. American Heritage Bank announced Friday that it will take over the historic bank pending approval by federal regulators. The likely date for the final sale will be in the first quarter of 2015, American Heritage […]


Council approves grant applications

The Pawhuska City Council was scolded Monday for taking no action on an Osage Nation proposal to reroute and beautify Grandview Avenue, and in a fairly rare move decided to apply for Communicty Development Block grants to repair the dam and Lake Pawhuska and to build storm shelters at each of the city’s schools. At […]


Sanity trial set in murder

A former school teacher who is accused of murder in the shooting death of his mother is claiming he’s mentally incompetent and is scheduled to stand trial on that single issue in December. Special District Judge Stuart Tate ordered the trial last week to determine the competency of Robert Leroy Connor, who allegedly shot his […]


Triangle plans revealed

Brian Bickle, one of the people poised to renovate the Triangle Building in Pawhuska, put himself on the hotspot Monday night at the City Council meeting to answer questions about the project. The building, which has lain fallow for decades, has been a sore talking point for several years at the City Council, which periodically […]


BIA wants lawsuit tossed

Multiple motions to dismiss a pending federal lawsuit regarding the Osage Mineral Estate are now on file with the Northern District of Oklahoma. In pleadings submitted Monday and Tuesday, attorneys for more than a dozen oil and gas entities, including Osage Energy Resources; Devon Energy, Clear Mountain Production; Kaiser-Francis Anadarko; Chaparral Energy, and Marco Oil […]


One killed, his cousin hurt, in wreck that has a community grieving

A Pawhuska high school student was killed and his cousin injured Saturday evening on County Road 4301, the road that runs west toward Foraker through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified neither juvenile but friends and family said the accident at 5:45 p.m. claimed the life of Mikey Lynn and injured his […]


Winning smiles

Winning smiles

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released regional fast-pitch softball brackets Tuesday afternoon and several area teams are still in the mix. After winning its three district games Thursday by a combined score of 37-1, Class A Barnsdall (23-10) will travel west to the Enid area to play Pioneer-Pleasant Vale at noon on Thursday. Woodland […]


BIA walks out on Oil and Gas Summit

A pending federal lawsuit left many attendees at the Osage Minerals Council’s Oil and Gas Summit Wednesday in Tulsa with more unanswered questions than initially expected. According to the Journal Record, Osage Agency superintendent Robin Phillips balked at answering questions from producers and other attendees less than halfway through a scheduled question and answer session […]


Pawhuska gets new arbor, Congress adjourns

Pawhuska gets new arbor, Congress adjourns

Wrapping up two days early, the 2014 Tzi-Zho session of the Osage Nation Congress is in the books. After coming into the session facing a multi-million dollar shortfall for the coming fiscal year, Congress whittled division budgets across the board by 6 percent, putting the 2015 operating budget at $43,085,985 in tribal funds. The tribe’s […]


Road idea met with silence

The Pawhuska City Council, with no discussion, let a proposal to reroute and beautify Grandview Avenue die after it heard from several residents at a public hearing on Monday. When the public comment period of the hearing wrapped up, councilors said nothing and none of them made a motion to consider the Osage Nation proposal […]


BIA fields wind complaint

Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear filed a complaint with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday, alleging that the company actively building a wind farm west of Pawhuska might be crushing limestone excavated from the area and using it in wind turbine foundations. It is one of the peculiarities of life in Osage County […]


Bird Creek, with sewage

Bird Creek, with sewage

On Saturday afternoon, sewage bubbled out of the pavement on Trumbly Avenue in Pawhuska, running downhill in sheets and rivulets before gurgling in small waterfalls over the low-water bridge into Bird Creek. From there, the stinking mess, diluted in the slow-moving creek water, meandered forth through Barnsdall, Avant, Skiatook and on through Tulsa until it […]


Jury deadlocks on rape case

Jury deadlocks on rape case

The Osage County District Attorney’s Office will put a Ponca City man charged with first-degree rape on trial a second time after a jury deadlocked 6-6 on Wednesday night, unable to reach a verdict. The jury impasse capped the two-day trial of Beau Adam Biggoose, 25, who was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old […]


Avant man critically hurt in accident with deer

*** Update: Mr. Hendrix died Oct. 1 from injuries he suffered in this accident. *** An Avant man was critically injured Tuesday morning in a motorcycle accident on OK 11 near Barnsdall. James Hendrix, 56, was flown to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa after the 6:53 a.m. accident and was admitted in critical condition, according […]


Football season starts in earnest

Football season starts in earnest

Kane elected presiding judge

Osage County District Judge John Kane completed his term as President of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference at their July annual meeting in Norman. The Judicial Conference is the statewide association of trial and appellate judges for the state of Oklahoma. The Judicial Conference is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the continuing education of all […]


Triangle action promised again

The owners of the Triangle Building in Pawhuska said they were going to get cracking on the long-ignored structure on Tuesday, and so they did, sort of: They removed the fence around it that was blocking public sidewalks and moved window frames into the ground floor. Acting City Attorney W. Robert Wilson told the City […]


Coach goes on trial

Coach goes on trial

After a veritable blizzard of last-minute search warrants and new witness lists, the trial of former Pawhuska High School football coach got underway on Tuesday afternoon. After hearing from four witnesses, little evidence directly connected Scotty Ray Gilkey to the fireworks stand from which he has been accused of feloniously embezzling about $2,500 in the […]


Three arrests, three lawsuits

Osage County is asking a judge to reconsider a ruling in which he issues a summary judgment in favor of a Barnsdall man who claims he was falsely arrested three times. At a hearing on Friday, Wellon Poe, a lawyer for the Board of County Commissioners, said that Judge B. David Gambill had misconstrued several […]


Harris plea done, but barely

Harris plea done, but barely

Hemming and hawing nearly derailed the sentencing of Christopher Beatty Harris late last week, when a judge refused to accept his plea to rape and kidnapping charges, declaring that Harris was “playing games.” The hiccup was one of many that have marked the case as Harris has waffled on plea bargains, complained about his attorney, […]