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One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One dead, one badly hurt in crash near Skiatook

One man died and a child is in critical condition following an accident south of Skiatook on Wednesday morning. Dead is Thomas Blair Jr., 35, of Wagoner. Blair was driving a Chevy van on 52 West Avenue  about 10:13 a.m. Wednesday when a GMC pickup driven by Luis Dominguez-Vargas, 45, of Broken Arrow ran a […]


Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

The Pawhuska Police “Body Cam” video showing the city manager at the scene of the accident is available at http://youtu.be/Z2m14m8VfAE   In response to an Open Records Act request Monday, Pawhuska Police released a July 3 video in which the city manager clearly tells officers not to arrest City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III after […]


Smoking law passes

It is time to stop smoking in Pawhuska. At least in public places and indoor workplaces. The City Council on Monday night passed a far-reaching ordinance that makes it a crime to smoke tobacco or e-cigarettes in most businesses that are open to the public and in publicly owned buildings. The ordinance will also affect […]


Gullett: A tireless worker

Gullett: A tireless worker

Cecil M. Gullett III, a man whose work schedule knew no limits, died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday night in Pawhuska, where he was the caretaker of the Osage County Fairgrounds. He was 39 years old, and leaves behind his wife and three children, upon all of whom he doted. The suddenness of […]


New Osage chief lauded

New Osage chief lauded

Prompting a round of applause and a chorus of lulus, Geoffrey Standing Bear was sworn Wednesday morning in as principal chief of the Osage Nation at the tribe’s Ponca City casino. A former assistant chief under the tribe’s previous form of government, Standing Bear served a four-year term in Congress and received more than 70 […]


Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

The formal sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to rape charges in Pawhuska has been delayed because the American Indian Movement is stepping into the case. Christopher Beatty Harris was to have been sentenced June 25 after he pleaded guilty to rape on June 20 and agreed to a 20-year sentence with all but […]


Pawhuska gets some grants

At its meeting Monday evening, the Pawhuska City Council got the news that downtown Streetscape funding is about to be released, giving the green light to spruce the place up. City Manager Paul McAlexander said that he also got the good news that the state has approved a $160,000 grant for the new Ben Johnson […]


Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III was charged with drunken driving on Thursday afternoon after he plowed through a neighbor’s yard then high-centered his convertible on a curb. The incident prompted controversy not for its facts but for how the matter was handled by the city, which opted to file the DUI charge in […]


Wind fight on three fronts

Wind fight on three fronts

The Osage Nation and Minerals Council sued the Osage County Board of Commissioners, Board of Adjustment and Osage Wind LLC  last week, seeking to stop construction of a 94-turbine wind farm that was approved in 2011 in what the nation describes as an illegal action by the Board of Adjustment. The filing of the petition […]


1 day out, 10 more years in

1 day out, 10 more years in

Russell Goddard, the Avant man who may have set a record by being out of prison for 16 hours before he was put back in the slammer for allegedly assaulting a pack of lawmen, was ordered back to prison on Tuesday. Goddard, 41, was released from the James Crabtree Correctional Center on March 20 after […]


Eagle suit filed

Last year, Osage County was ground zero in the battle that pits bird conservationists against wind power. Osage Wind, which is bulldozing roads and turbine pads on the prairie 13 miles west of Pawhuska as court battles loom over the legality of its permit to do so, had asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]


Barnsdall too broke to remove speed bumps, give raises

Despite some exasperated comments on social media, the speed bumps – or speed Mt. Kilimanjaros – by Barnsdall’s City Park are staying put for the time being. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 3-1 not to remove the deteriorating speed bumps built long ago by Charlie Shreffler, who is now resting in peace. […]


Harris pleads to rape

Harris pleads to rape

Christopher Beatty Harris, the former Osage Nation fitness coach whose arrest caused much division in the Native American community in Pawhuska, pleaded guilty Friday to felony first-degree rape and kidnapping. The plea, entered just a few days before he was scheduled to go on trial for the crimes, was made in exchange for a fairly […]


Out of right field: Get gassed

Out of right field: Get gassed

An odd sight arose in the middle of right field at the Pawhuska High School softball field a few days ago: An oilfield drilling rig. No, no one is intending on erecting a pump jack out of left field as a new barrier to catching fly balls. As it turns out, the Osage Nation Minerals […]


Boone banned in June

Boone banned in June

The Osage Minerals Council voted Wednesday to ban one of its own from its offices, but how it will be enforced is anyone’s guess. Citing the need to protect its office staff, the council made the move to block Councilwoman Cynthia Boone from being in the council office under the terms of an anti-hostile workplace […]


54 years devoted to kids

54 years devoted to kids

For 55 years, Harold Huffman has devoted himself to children, for better and for worse. He spent 18 years teaching and coaching before settling into the job he has occupied for more than 36 years: Directing Youth Services of Osage County, the charitable organization that contracts with the state of Oklahoma to care for troubled […]


Washington meets a pack of Wynonans

Washington meets a pack of Wynonans

There is life outside Wynona. Thanks to the generosity of the community, which raised money for a year by selling baked potatoes and other items, a group of Wynona children winged off to Washington, D.C., on June 10 to see the capital. The group, 19 strong, toured the Pentagon and the Capitol, the White House, […]


Trout are out in Pawhuska

The state Wildlife Department says it spent a half-million dollars improving infrastructure at  Lake Pawhuska for the benefit of trout anglers, but will not stock the lake with trout again because it has been at odds with the city over lowering the lake level during trout season. Starting this year, the Wildlife Department will move […]


Ballfields for the future

Ballfields for the future

For Beth Reed and Jerry Mosley, the evolving spread near the old Pawhuska Hospital is not a field of dreams, but an economic sure thing that will benefit Osage County for years to come. If you’ve drive by it, you’ve seen bulldozers working, shaping the earth into what is starting to resemble softball and baseball […]


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 […]


Park to dumpsite?

*** After the Bigheart Times went to press, a spokesman for Becco Construction said that the company is not involved in the Northwest Passage development, may have been mistakenly named in this lawsuit, and has not been served with a lawsuit. *** Conservation easements are designed to leave a perpetual green space with abundant wildlife, […]


O’Neal trial delayed

The trial of a former candidate for the Skiatook City Council on charges that he shot at a dog in city limits has been delayed. Pearson Leon O’Neal was to stand trial this week but the matter was delayed until Sept. 25. O’Neal has asked that evidence of a previous conviction for a similar act […]


Calling all budding engineers

The Pawhuska Public Library will have two programs for budding engineers creating with LEGOS. If you like to learn how things work, go to Pawhuska Public Library Thursday June 19 at 1:30 p.m. or Monday June 23 at 1:30 p.m. Thursday’s program is geared to children kindergarten through 5th grade; Monday’s program is geared to youth 6th grade […]


Sirens loud, but grumpy

Pawhuska’s new storm sirens are loud enough to blast you into the next county, but the city’s radios have been a little grumpy communicating with the high-tech marvels. City Manager Paul McAlexander told the City Council on Monday that the problem appears to be with the police radio system, not with the sirens themselves. “We’re […]