Osage County

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, […]


United States seeks order to stop wind farm construction

The United States Department of Justice filed suit today in U.S. District Court in Tulsa accusing the companies building the wind farm west of of Pawhuska of illegally mining minerals owned by the Osage Nation. In the complaint, U.S. Attorney Danny Williams and the U.S. Department of Interior are asking that the construction activities be […]


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 […]


Skiatook mayor resigns

Randy Sien, the mayor of Skiatook, has resigned in the wake of a bout of bad health. In an announcement he made on Facebook, Sien said he will be replaced Nov. 14 at midnight by City Councilor David Sutherland. A few weeks ago, Sien was hospitalized after receiving CPR and said his cholesterol was out […]


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 […]


Halloween!


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 […]


Judge mum on wind ruling

Judge mum on wind ruling

A judge said he has made up his mind how he is going to rule on a wind development’s request to reverse a decision of the Osage County Board of Adjustment, but he gave little hint of what that decision would be at a hearing Thursday. “I’m going to go back home and write out […]


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 […]


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

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., […]


BIA wants lawsuit tossed

Multiple motions to dismiss a pending federal lawsuit regarding the Osage Mineral Estate are now on file with the Northern District of Oklahoma. In pleadings submitted Monday and Tuesday, attorneys for more than a dozen oil and gas entities, including Osage Energy Resources; Devon Energy, Clear Mountain Production; Kaiser-Francis Anadarko; Chaparral Energy, and Marco Oil […]


Winning smiles

Winning smiles

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released regional fast-pitch softball brackets Tuesday afternoon and several area teams are still in the mix. After winning its three district games Thursday by a combined score of 37-1, Class A Barnsdall (23-10) will travel west to the Enid area to play Pioneer-Pleasant Vale at noon on Thursday. Woodland […]