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Osage Nation files suit against wind project in tribal court

Osage Nation files suit against wind project in tribal court

The Osage Nation is bringing the wind farm fight to a new jurisdiction – its own. On Monday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Jones filed a petition in Osage Nation’s civil court for an injunction on behalf of the tribe against Osage Wind, Enel Wind and Enel Green Power North America in an effort to halt […]


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 […]


Barnsdall man killed on Javine Hill

A Barnsdall man was killed on Javine Hill Road on Saturday when he drove his car off the roadway then overcorrected and rolled, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Leslie Lee Bird, 77, died at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa after he was flown to the hospital after the 11:20 a.m. accident 2.5 miles south […]


Charges declined in Sand Springs stabbing death

Charges declined in Sand Springs stabbing death

A man from Sand Springs was killed by a longtime friend of his early Sunday during an apparent domestic dispute, according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley Wayne Seaton, 27, died in the four-person altercation that occurred on Indian Oaks Drive north of Sand Springs. The Osage County District Attorney’s Office declined to file […]


Wind farm No. 4 in the works

Just as a judge appeared to have opened the door to unfettered wind development in Osage County, a wind company announced it is exploring building a possible fourth development in the southwestern part of the county. Amshore US Wind of Corpus Christi, Texas, made the revelation in a letter to Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing […]


Some weep as turbines rise

For three generations, Ford Drummond’s family has been ranching in the Osage. On Monday, as he often does, Drummond headed west out of Pawhuska on U.S. 60 to that magical spot west of Timber Hill, at the crest of a hill dominated by a rural water tower, a place from which one can behold tens […]


Osage Congress to move wind fight into tribal court

Osage Congress to move wind fight into tribal court

As part of an emergency session, the Fourth Osage Congress passed legislation Monday that could potentially move the tribe’s fight against wind farm companies into yet another courthouse. With most of its wording pulled directly from the Osage Constitution, ONCA 15-09 extends the tribe’s civil jurisdiction to all activities and people within the tribe’s territory, […]


A Prairie View

A Prairie View

The “no” vote on a congressional bill that would have expanded the Osage Nation’s jurisdiction to stop the wind turbine construction north of Highway 60 has upset many. Sponsored by Congresswoman Alice Buffalohead, the bill would have expanded the Nation’s legal jurisdiction over the Nation’s former reservation lands in Osage law and enabled the Nation’s […]


5 man board claims tribe lacks power to prosecute

Motions to dismiss criminal charges against four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village were denied Wednesday, but the door remains open for a potential appeal. Attorneys for Joe Don Mashunkashey, Kenneth “K.C.” Bills, Frank Redcorn and Theodore Brunt argued that the Pawhuska Indian Village, along with the villages in Grayhorse and Hominy, are separate […]


BIA report is scathing

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency, where oil leases are tracked on a linen map and where other antiquated practices have run rampant, is in need of “sweeping changes,” according to a scathing evaluation issued last week by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General. Poor management at the agency has led to not only […]


After spill, landowner sued

After spill, landowner sued

In a reverse twist of the usual oilfield lawsuit, Grand Resources is suing a landowner on whose property a saltwater and oil spill occurred this summer. On Friday evening, Grand sued the U.S. Department of Interior and Clint Osburn in U.S. District Court. alleging that the federal government has neither rules to define damages to […]


Groceries and more coming to Fairfax

Those who turned out for a town hall meeting in Fairfax on Thursday were united and excited that the Osage Nation is going to invest $3.3 million in the community – $3 million for an Osage child and senior center and $300,000 on capital improvements to reopen the Palace Grocery. The meeting was part of […]


Much PAC spending for GOP candidates

With Election Day less than a week away, candidates beat a trail to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to turn in third quarter financial statements. Election law requires candidates for a state- or county-level office who receive at least $500 in campaign contributions or spend that amount on campaign-related expenses to turn in regular financial disclosure […]


Osage County getting a piece of $6.3 billion in road projects

This year, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation  are continuing their efforts to move forward with an Eight-Year Construction Work Plan that will improve state and U.S. highways, interstates, roads and bridges in Oklahoma. It is the focus of these two organizations to bring together contractors, elected officials and […]


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 […]