Osage County

Five alarms on Fifth

Five alarms on Fifth

At 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, my phone made a burbly noise I had never heard before. By the time I realized it was a Facebook phone call from Barnsdall City Treasurer Dianne Garrett, I had missed it. I inwardly cursed Facebook for trying to take over all forms of communication in the world. Then came […]


Oil producers ream BIA ‘vindictiveness’

Oil producers ream BIA 'vindictiveness'

The Osage Producers Association sounded a loud alarm Monday, saying that Osage County’s oil-based economy is starting to belly up and placing the blame squarely on the Bureau of Indian Affairs for “choking out drilling” by forcing those who produce a handful of barrels of oil a day to abide by the same regulations that […]


Grocer, former mayor, charged with theft

Former Barnsdall Mayor Rick Parker, who has lately been managing the grocery store in Pawhuska, was formally charged Tuesday afternoon with feloniously embezzling money from the store. According to the probable cause affidavit for Parker’s arrest, Pawhuska police officer Grant West took a report about the case on Feb. 13. West and Wikel found that […]


Minerals council bows up against oil rules

The Third Osage Minerals Council is pushing back against potential changes to the federal policies overseeing drilling in the Osage Minerals Estate. At Wednesday’s meeting, the council adopted a resolution calling for an indefinite moratorium on the approval and implementation of changes to the Code of Federal Regulations as recommended by a negotiated rulemaking committee. […]


Huskie, Bulldog grapplers earn tickets to state

Several Osage County wrestlers are heading to the state tournament based on their regional tournament performances Friday and Saturday. As part of the Panthers’ fifth place team finish at the Class 3A eastern regional at Sperry High School, four Barnsdall wrestlers earned berths to this weekend’s state tournament in Oklahoma City. In each weight class, […]


Man dies after ONPD tase

An Osage Nation police officer tased a man who was on top of a security guard and pounding him with his fists near the Tulsa casino on Friday night, and the man almost immediately died. Dead is Terry R. Price, 41, of Tulsa, a man with a record of shooting with intent to kill dating […]


Fire set to cover up murder

Fire set to cover up murder

A man who appeared to have been shot in the head several times was found burned inside his home on Sunday night, and on Monday an arrest warrant was issued for the man investigators believe committed both first-degree murder and arson. The gruesome scene was discovered around 9 p.m. Sunday on Pond Drive near Sand […]


Panthers send 4 to state

Panthers send 4 to state

The Barnsdall Panther wrestlers, led by Coach’s Shawn Wilson and Pat McCarty, made a respectable showing by placing in the fifth spot as a team at the 3A East Regional Tournament that was held Feb. 20 and 21 in Sperry.  Barnsdall placed above the other teams in their district – Tonkawa, Pawhuska, Newkirk, Morrison, and […]


Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

Fire threatens historic Barnsdall block

A massive fire broke out tonight in the former beauty shop and home of Marvin and Estelle Bridgeford, then spread to the original Bigheart Times printing plant and office, and was threatening the former Knights of Pythias Hall, owned by Ronnie Kelley and which houses several classic cars. When we left, heartbroken and hopeless, the […]


A teacher first, a coach second

A teacher first, a coach second

In an arena jam-packed with teens in singlets, an announcer booming over the loud speaker, parents screaming at the top of their lungs, and red-faced coaches bellowing at the corner of multiple mats, Shawn Wilson is always an island of calm. He rarely, if ever, raises his voice, even when the kid on the mat […]


One vote means no runoff in election

By the narrowest of margins – one vote – Patricia Wilson won a seat on the Pawhuska School Board last week without having to face the No. 2 vote getter, incumbent Tom Boone, in a runoff election. On Tuesday night, the Osage County Election Board believed that Wilson and Boone would be in an April […]


Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

Panthers, Lady Cougars score District wins

For several small school Osage County basketball teams, it is now win or go home time. With wins Friday and Saturday night over South Coffeyville and Woodland respectively, Barnsdall High School’s boys team (14-10) is homeward bound for the first round of the Class A regionals. The Panthers will play No. 4 Okay (25-1) at […]


Judge target of search

An an extraordinarily rare move, an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant against a Pawnee County judge, removing the judge’s work computer and other items. The warrant against Judge Patrick Pickerill was served on Jan. 28 and was signed by Clancy Smith, the presiding judge over the state Court of Criminal […]


4-day week may be in future

The majority of people who responded to a survey supported switching from a five-day to a four-day school week, according to results reported to the Pawhuska School Board on Monday, More than 58 percent – 428 of the 557 people who responded to the survey – said that they wanted to go to a four-day […]


Shooting yields 2nd arrest

A second person has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Pawhuska man in what police reports describe as a drug turf battle. Wesley Wayne Patterson, 23, was taken into custody on a charge of accessory to shooting with intent to kill. Skylar Ames, 23, was arrested shortly after the shooting of 20-year-old […]


Dark days in oil patch

Dark days in oil patch

Osage County is starting to feel the pinch from slumping oil and gas prices. Released Thursday, the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs Osage County’s unemployment rate at 5 percent, up 0.81 percent from the state wide rate and higher than all of its neighboring counties except Pawnee County. However, those […]


Tall of Fame

Tall of Fame

With lots of laughter and inside jokes, three men and one woman who inducted into the Pawhuska Huskies Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday evening. This year’s crop: Lauren Gould Garnett ’04, Louis Surber ’48, Jay Hurt ’62 and Kent May ’71. “Super inductees tonight,” said emcee Travis Finley, suggesting that a team made up […]


No charge filed on cop

Cleveland’s police chief told that city’s newspaper that District Attorney Rex Duncan has indicated he will not file a charge against a police officer and failed Republican candidate for Osage County assessor despite a request by Hominy police that he be charged with assaulting his estranged wife in front of their children. Duncan told the […]


Be gone, beetle

Be gone, beetle

It might sport Huskie colors, but the Osage County Commissioners are not fans of a large beetle that is one of the few to kindly rear its young next to a dead critter that they specially preserve with their own secretions. On Monday, with a bit of joshing and some expressions of frustration, the commissioner […]


DA in tiff with judge

DA in tiff with judge

Rex Duncan, the District Attorney for Osage and Pawnee counties, has sparked a kerfuffle on the Pawnee side of his jurisdiction by accusing a judge of issuing “sham” orders to create a drug court and to hire a bailiff, suggesting that the judge might have committed a felony. The target of Duncan’s ire is Patrick […]


Oil crisis wrecking county

As low prices at the pump continue, royalty figures from the Osage mineral estate continue to plummet. Speaking before the Osage Minerals Council Wednesday morning, auditor Jim Swan confirmed the continued slide. The average highest posted price for December was $55.53 per barrel – a drop of almost $20 from November’s average highest posted price […]


Wind hearing set

Wind hearing set

After two months of legal volleys on paper, U.S. District Court Judge James H. Payne is beckoning lawyers for the Osage Wind project and the federal government into his courtroom. On Monday, Payne set a scheduling conference in the blistering case on Feb. 26 at the federal courthouse in Tulsa, which will set out the […]


Minerals councilors face ethics question

Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones is asking a judge to decided whether tribal laws apply to the Osage Minerals Council, a group that has long averred it is autonomous and doesn’t need to bow to the new constitution. last week, Jones filed an ethics complaint against seven of the eight members of the Minerals […]


DA mulls charging officer

The District Attorney’s Office is reviewing paperwork to decide whether to charge a Cleveland police officer and recent candidate for Osage County assessor with domestic abuse. Hominy police were summoned by a child to the home of Raymond Leach’s estranged wife on Jan. 20, when he allegedly grabbed her by the arms and pushed her […]