Osage County

Osage Supreme Court rules that Minerals Council must follow ethics laws

The Osage Nation Supreme Court issued a strongly worded opinion Friday afternoon ruling in favor of the nation’s attorney general, who had filed against five minerals councilors who refused to file annual ethics disclosures. The opinion also says that the minerals councilors’ mistrust of the 10-year-old Osage Nation government is “misdirected.” The “most egregious offenses […]


Barnsdall couple hurt, woman seriously, in motorcycle wreck

A  35-year-old Barnsdall woman was seriously injured on a motorcycle accident near Bartlesville early Sunday, acceding to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. A report by Trooper Randall Cordero says that Joe Slone, 39, was driving a 2001 Harley Davidson on Gap Road two miles south of Bartlesville at 12:25 a.m. with his wife, Kylie Slone, when […]


Young Barnsdall man killed in accident

A Barnsdall man died in a truck accident less than two days after his 21st birthday when he lost control of his vehicle and was partially ejected from it, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Jacob Lanphear was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 south on County Road 2409 near Birch Lake when he left the […]


Stealth legislation to redistrict courts raises stink

Click for timeline graphic: duncan timeline A bill that would eliminate some of District Attorney Rex Duncan’s judicial adversaries flew under radar last week, passed the Senate, and then ran headlong into intense opposition from judges, lawyers and myriad others who work in the courts. House Bill 2416, filed at the behest of Duncan, began life […]


A cruel and tragic end

A cruel and tragic end

This is a first-person account of the events leading up the the death of Mark Aldridge; the author both knew Aldridge and was involved in discovering that he was dead on Jan. 15, 2016.   Mark Aldridge, a man who had a promising career as the chief executive and chief financial officer of several hospitals […]


Pawhuska man arrested for Kansas murder of estranged wife’s boyfriend

Pawhuska man arrested for Kansas murder of estranged wife's boyfriend

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pawhuska man Wednesday afternoon on a fugitive warrant out of Kansas, where he is charged with first degree murder and arson in the death of his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Thad Christopher Green, 32, is accused of killing Cameron Wawrzynaik, 35, at Wawrzynaik’s home just outside Independence, Kan. Kansas […]


U.S. smacked down in federal suit against Osage Wind development

U.S. smacked down in federal suit against Osage Wind development

U.S. District Court Judge James Payne has ruled against the United States, which sought to force Italian utility giant Enel to pay for minerals — rock — that is used to build its wind development in Osage County. The ruling does not bode well for a similar case by the United States aimed at stopping […]


The Week in Photos

The Week in Photos

Mother charged in Holt case

Mother charged in Holt case

The mother of two brothers charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rick Holt has been charged with being an accessory after the killing by instructing the youngest son to erase texts and GPS data that were evidence of the crime. Ann Marie Reece, 47, was arrested Wednesday morning on the charge and soon […]


Tales of Two Lawmen

Tales of Two Lawmen

On the sunny morning of Sept. 9, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office was hard at work on the Rick Holt homicide, but in one corner, two legends of law enforcement sat back and didn’t pay it any mind. They had already earned their stripes and had many a murder and many a kidnapping behind them. […]


Fables Cast in Bronze

Fables Cast in Bronze

Dan Jones, a sculptor based in Kaw City, has spent three years on a single-minded mission to save stories that have long been told by his Ponca elders and Osages. The tales are being lost because of the tribes’ oral traditions, so he decided to cast images of the fables in bronze and concrete. On […]


Two brothers charged with Holt murder

Two brothers charged with Holt murder

Two brothers were charged Tuesday afternoon with first-degree murder with deliberate intent, conspiracy, kidnapping and the desecration of the corpse of their alleged victim: Rick Holt, a popular Pawhuska cowboy, oilfield worker and man about town. Jeremy Keith Reece, 31, and Tyler Wayne Reece, 18, were arraigned on the charges Tuesday afternoon in Osage County […]


Osage Minerals Council rejects proposed overhauled of drilling regulations

The Osage Minerals Council voted Wednesday to reject a suggested Congressional overhaul of the federal drilling regulations in Osage County. Released earlier this month, the three-page proposal from the offices of Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, “Regulatory Challenges Facing Osage Oil and Gas Estate,” offers three potential responses in an effort to “improve the […]


A patrol car joyride ends with arrest

A patrol car joyride ends with arrest

When you take a joyride in a sheriff’s patrol car, remember to turn off the flashing red and blue lights. According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, a petite woman wriggled her handcuffed hands from behind her back to her front, then wriggled through the hole in the cage separating the front compartment of the […]


Beloved woman killed in car accident

Already reeling from the violent death of Rick Holt, Pawhuskans took another hit in their collective gut on Wednesday, when nine people from town were involved in an accident near Bartlesville that killed Betty Reber and seriously injured her husband John, the beloved former leader of the school band. Four other Pawhuskans were injured in […]


Life of a Cowboy

Life of a Cowboy

The image of a true cowboy brings to mind Pawhuskan Jack Cheves. He’s a cowboy. He has always been a cowboy. He raised all of his children on ranches in Texas and Oklahoma. He worked on the Oxley ranch near Pawhuska for 28 years, until retiring a few years ago and moving closer to town. […]


Eaves charged with murder

Thomas Mongrain Eaves was charged in U.S. District Court with second-degree murder on Wednesday, and the criminal complaint against him says that his story waffled vastly after he delivered the dead body of Starr Pennington to Pawhuska Hospital early Aug. 25. The complaint by FBI agent Jamie Cavitt says that Pennington, 42, died of blunt-force […]


Man dies right before molestation trial

Man dies right before molestation trial

Jack “Rusty” Cheshewalla, who was poised to go on trial next week in Osage County District Court, was found dead Monday morning at a house in Pawhuska Indian Camp. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate his death. Neither the FBI nor the Osage Nation Police Chief, Nick Williams, returned calls on […]


The Week in Photos

The Week in Photos

50 Years at the County Fair

Rose Yount is a master seamstress. She sewed every dress but one that her daughter ever wore until she graduated from high school, and made her wedding dress after that. These days, she quilts. A lot. Even so, she has only entered the Osage County Fair once: A long sleeve dress, in brown with blue […]


A Lovable Rascal, Mourned

A Lovable Rascal, Mourned

Holt’s disappearance – then death – rocked people of Pawhuska, where almost everybody knew him from his rodeoing, working in the oilfield, socializing at the Pawhuska Country Club and bar, and being a constant and friendly presence – and having a way with the ladies – around town.  Two brothers have been arrested and are […]


BIA in hot seat in Pawhuska

For almost two hours Wednesday, the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs was in the hot seat at the Pawhuska Business Development Center. After a few introductory remarks, BIA head Mike Black took questions, comments and complaints from community members concerned about whether his agency is impeding local drilling operations and fully honoring its […]


Brothers implicated in disappearance, death of Pawhuska oilman and cowboy

Brothers implicated in disappearance, death of Pawhuska oilman and cowboy

Two brothers have been implicated in the apparent death of a well-known Pawhuska oilman and cowboy who disappeared Saturday morning from his home south of town and whose body has not yet been recovered. The disappearance and death of Rick Holt, 46, stunned Pawhuskans, who offered up prayers and other well-wishes when they believed he […]


Chief: Keep OCC paws off trust

A flurry of long-distance politicking was unleashed late last week by rumors that some oil and gas producers want the Oklahoma Corporation Commission take over oil and gas regulation in Osage County. Such a step would require an act of Congress, since the rights of Osage shareholders to the mineral estate are governed by the […]