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Oil producers sue BIA

Oil producers sue BIA

The Osage Producers Association is going for broke in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The trade organization contends that new oil and gas regulations issued by the BIA are not only “arbitrary and capricious” but unconstitutional. OPA is also seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the rules from going into […]


Avant man given life in sex case

Tony Arthur Robinette did not look surprised as deputy sheriffs handcuffed and led him from the courtroom after his conviction last Thursday on two counts of child sexual abuse. The jury recommended that the maximum allowable penalty be imposed for the charges – life imprisonment. The Avant man was convicted for two instances in 2013 […]


Triumph over all barriers

Triumph over all barriers

Haley Mouser is Pawhuska’s first state champion high jumper, and she got there by jumping four inches higher than she is tall and overcoming a weak left leg born of a club foot. The Pawhuska High School senior has now jumped a personal best 5 feet 8 inches at two successive meets – including the […]


Casinos over budget $30M

An interim report from the Office of Fiscal and Performance Review has some members of Congress questioning some of the procedures used in two Osage Casino expansion projects. Speaking Tuesday afternoon before the Osage Nation Congress’ Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Kelly Corbin outlined OFPR’s initial findings on Osage Casinos’ expansions in Skiatook and Ponca […]


Shoemake: He was a force

Shoemake: He was a force

When Shockley Shoemake found out he had terminal brain cancer three weeks ago, he had no regrets. “I’ve done everything I need to do, and I’m not afraid of death,” he said. He had, in fact, lived a life so full that it is hard to capture. He was a child of the Depression, who […]


In Summer, hungry must go to other countries

With students across Osage County out on summer vacation, many families are trying to figure out how to stretch their grocery budgets a little further without access to school meals. As part of its national school nutrition program, The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a summer meal program that allows schools and other organizations in […]


Kidnapping, rape trial gets under way

Kidnapping, rape trial gets under way

The first day in the trial of Carl Leon Mathis, the Osage County man charged with five felonies including kidnapping and rape, ended Tuesday with the prosecution’s opening statement. Mathis also faces charges of forcible sodomy and assault and battery. Mathis’ accuser is Shannon Eastman, with whom Mathis had a relationship from 1990 to around […]


Police: Man commits suicide while driving on Javine Hill

A Skiatook man committed suicide while driving Sunday evening on Javine Hill Road, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. John Michael Ross Huddleston, 40. shot himself while heading north on Javine Hill at 5:15 p.m.. according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. Trooper Romulus Gregory reported that Huddleston’s 2002 Dodge pickup then left the road, […]


DA recuses in GOP cop case

In the wake of a complaint to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office, District Attorney Rex Duncan has recused himself from a case involving a Cleveland police officer accused – but never charged – of assaulting his estranged wife in Hominy. Raymond Leach, who has previously worked for the Pawhuska and Hominy police as well as […]


Notary must pay over $10k

The former assistant fire chief of Cleveland, Justin P. Nienhuis, accepted a plea deal Tuesday in a case of false notarization. He was charged with 29 counts of falsely performing notarial act after notarizing a number of documents without fulfilling all requirements that the state sets for notaries public. He received a two-year deferred sentence […]


Drug Court battle, Round 3

District Attorney Rex Duncan is continuing to throw up barriers to the establishment of a drug court in Pawnee County by challenging a second order creating such a court and declining to participate in a meeting to organize it. Duncan is challenging three separate administrative orders creating the drug court mandated by Gov. Mary Fallin […]


Jury scam scare turns out to be benign

The Osage County Courthouse was in a state of mild panic last week , when a juror got a phone call that at first blush appeared to be part of a scam that suggested someone had hacked into a statewide system for jury selection. The incident had District Court Judge M. John Kane swinging from […]


Perjury case tossed, hard

The District Attorney’s Office, which pressed a perjury charge against a Cleveland man who subsequently won election to that city’s city council, saw the charge dismissed after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. At issue: A case that the candidate’s lawyer, Bransford Shoemake of Pawhuska, said was baffling from the moment the defendant, Keith Buntin, walked […]


Farewell Father Daigle

Father Chris Daigle, the priest who has led Catholic churches in Pawhuska,  Barnsdall and Shidler for a decade, is leaving – much to the distress of many of his parishioners. Daigle isn’t going far – he will become the parish priest for Fairfax, Hominy, and Cleveland. He is to be replaced, effective July 1, by […]


Council fights ethics laws

Six members of the Osage Minerals Council are seeking a judicial ruling that their body is so removed from the Osage Nation that they cannot be forced to abide by the tribe’s ethics laws. The six – Cynthia Boone, Galen Crum, Everett Waller, Katahryn Redcorn, Joseph Cheshewalla and Stephanie Erwin – are the target of […]


Council vows to fight oil rules

The Osage Minerals Council is pushing back against oil patch policy changes set to take effect this summer. At its Wednesday meeting, the Minerals Council adopted a resolution requesting a stay of the implementation of the pending changes to the section of the Code of Federal Regulations that oversees the drilling regulations in Osage County.  […]


Two hurt in head-on crash near Avant

One man was critically injured and another seriously on Friday near Avant in Osage County when one, distracted, went left of center and hit the other car  head-on, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Alexander Zaltosky, 19, of Tulsa, was flown to St. John Hospital and admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg and […]


Bigheart Day 2015 (photo gallery)

Bigheart Day 2015 (photo gallery)

Cop canned because of fatal hit and run

An Osage Nation police officer involved in a hit-and-run incident earlier this month does not work for the tribe anymore. On Thursday, Osage Nation Attorney General Holli Wells issued a statement announcing that Corey Stewart’s employment with the tribe was terminated due his involvement in a May 1 hit-and-run accident in Tulsa. The announcement came […]


Another pleas out in Reyes shooting

Kristen Ramey, one of four people accused of felonies in a Pawhuska shooting, became the second defendant to agree to a plea deal in which the charges against her were vastly reduced. In March, Ramey was charged with being an accessory to shooting with intent to kill in the January shooting of Reginald Reyes on […]


After sentencing, rustler dies

A Ralston man facing jail time for cattle rustling and dumping medical waste into the Arkansas River died Sunday in Oklahoma City. Twenty-seven year old Garrett Gibson was pronounced dead at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Citing HIPAA, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections declined to elaborate on how Gibson died other […]


Powerless after the storm

Powerless after the storm

Judy Young is the first to admit that her back yard in Pawhuska is “a jungle.” “I guarantee you it’s grown up back there,” she said Monday, taking a break on a porch swing under a mulberry tree at her home on 10th Street. There’s a reason, she says: She has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, […]


Oilmen’s input with BIA is slight

Producers are still digesting the federal policy changes coming to the Osage oil patch, but with a bad taste in their mouths. On May 11, the Bureau of Indian Affairs released its revisions to 25 Code of Federal Regulations part 226, which spells out the policies for leasing Osage County land to use for oil […]


County inaction slows HUD funds

A few months ago, the Osage Nation asked the County Commissioners for a standard tax exemption that comes with Native American housing developments funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. On the advice of their lawyer, District Attorney Rex Duncan, the commissioners refused to grant the Osage request […]