Osage County

Gilkey charges dropped

Gilkey charges dropped

Scotty Gilkey, the former Pawhuska High School football coach whose lawyer described him as the victim of small-town vindictiveness, will face no more embezzlement charges connected to a fireworks stand. On Friday, despite the stated intentions of District Attorney Rex Duncan after a jury acquitted Gilkey of felony embezzlement from Pawhuska schools, the prosecution  dropped […]


DOC releasing convicts early

Oklahoma Watch Pushing to reduce prison overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has quietly changed its policies to give early releases to greater numbers of violent and sex offenders, according to agency documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch. The department is doing so by relaxing policies that determine which types of inmates can receive early-release credits, […]


US: Remove them

US: Remove them

With evident annoyance, the United States dropped its request for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of the Osage Wind project east of Pawhuska, saying that since excavation for the turbine bases had “been completed in hurry-up fashion” there would be nothing for the court to address. The government then fired an even stronger volley […]


Nation sues in own court

Nation sues in own 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 […]


Osage AG sworn in as special federal prosecutor

Osage AG sworn in as special federal prosecutor

Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones will be making more appearances in Tulsa’s federal courthouse in the near future. Jones, along with Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Sara Hill, is one of Northern District of Oklahoma’s first participants in the Tribal Special United States Attorney program, which allows for prosecutors to be cross-deputized and pursue […]


3.3lbs of weed, guns

Osage Nation Police and county deputies raided a house last Tuesday in Pawhuska’s Indian Camp and discovered more than three pounds of high grade marijuana, a large amount of cash and guns. Arrested then released on a $250 bond set in tribal court was Theodore Brunt, 64, who lives on Wakon Iron. According to an […]


A Skiatook Merry Christmas

A Skiatook Merry Christmas

Huskies mull 4-day school

With schools across Oklahoma facing a teacher shortage, the Pawhuska district is considering condensing its weekly calendar in an effort to draw in more quality applicants. A work group of teachers, parents and community members with Pawhuska Public Schools are researching potentially moving the district to a four-day week, something already in place at Woodland, […]


Judge: No stay on appeal

Judge: No stay on appeal

The Ottawa County judge who reversed the decision of the Osage County Board of Adjustment to deny a permit for a second wind project on the prairie went a step further on Monday morning, refusing to grant a stay of his order pending the board’s appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In a private telephonic […]


High court wants wind case

In a rare move, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered Friday that it would decide the Osage Nation’s appeals on wind rulings itself, rather than send the matters down to the Court of Civil Appeals. The tribe’s appeals center on the jurisdiction of the Osage County Board of Adjustment to issue conditional use permits that allowed […]


Not found: Texas Twisters

Not found: Texas Twisters

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a suspect cockfighting farm in the southern part of the county but it yielded no arrests. The place was full of gamecocks, but it is not illegal to own such birds unless there is proof they are used to fight. And the deputies did not […]


Caroling in the Cold

Caroling in the Cold

Major wind hearing set for Dec. 16

D-Day has been set in the pitched battle in which the federal government is seeking a halt to wind energy construction on the tallgrass prairie. U.S. District Court Judge James H. Payne has scheduled a hearing on the United States’ motion for an injunction to stop Osage Wind and its parent, Enel, from all earth-moving […]


Candidates file for school board, city council

Of the 15 school board seats up for grabs across Osage County school districts this February, only one drew more than one candidate as of the close of the challenge period Friday afternoon. The Pawhuska City Council, which has three seats open, will not see a change in regime: Travis Finley, Mark Buchanan and interim […]


Birdhouse auction this Sunday

The annual Artist Birdhouse and Apron Auction to benefit Pawnee/Osage CASA will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pawhuska on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 4-6 p.m.. Local artists will participate in this unique event, an annual tradition for art enthusiasts and CASA supporters. One-of-a-kind birdhouses and aprons will be auctioned off to […]


OST seeks advisors

The Special Trustee for American Indians is requesting candidate nominations for individuals to serve on the Special Trustee Advisory Board. The board’s purpose, as defined in the 1994 American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act, is to provide advice to the Special Trustee on all matters associated with the trust responsibilities overseen by the office. […]


Enel paying deputies for security

Enel, the company building the Osage Wind project on the prairie, is paying off-duty Osage County deputies to provide security around the construction area. The police presence at the project is notable: Sheriff Ty Koch said that two deputies are generally out there 24 hour a day, adding that their primiary missions are to protect […]


Gridiron dreams dashed for Skiatook

Gridiron dreams dashed for Skiatook

Skiatook’s dream season came to an abrupt end Saturday night before a standing room only crowd at Yukon’s Miller Stadium. Lawton MacArthur jumped ahead early and never looked back en route to a 39-12 win over the Skiatook Bulldogs (12-2) in the Class 5A championship game, giving the Highlanders their first state title in seven […]


Barnsdall Hoops!

Barnsdall Hoops!

Wind laws to be drawn up

Wind laws to be drawn up

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, charged with studying how to regulate and control the development of industrial wind projects, will move forward with creating rules concerning the decommissioning of wind farms in the state and determine regulations for public notice of wind farm construction. The commission, during a hearing Tuesday in Oklahoma City, decided, however, that […]


Feds: Stop Building

Feds: Stop Building

The federal government filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Tuesday afternoon asking a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to halt construction of Enel Green Power’s Osage Wind project on the prairie west of Pawhuska. By press time Tuesday, no judge had issued a preliminary injunction, which the United States asked be issued […]


McCartney selected for top job out of 9 candidates

The Pawhuska City Coucil received nine applications for the city manager’s position and opted to keep the man they piked for interim city manager: Mike McCartney. City Attorney W. Robert Wilson said that the city would not release the names or resumes of the other eight candidates, citing an exemption to the Oklahoma Open Records […]


Accident darkens Pawhuska

A car accident left a large swath of Pawhuska without electricity on Friday evening after a man snapped a utility pole on Lynn Avenue. According to a Pawhuska police report, Roger Dale Minney was heading north on Lynn near Columbus at 8:24 p.m. when he drifted off the roadway, struck a traffic delineator and several […]


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 […]