Osage County

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 […]


Pawhuska gets new arbor, Congress adjourns

Pawhuska gets new arbor, Congress adjourns

Wrapping up two days early, the 2014 Tzi-Zho session of the Osage Nation Congress is in the books. After coming into the session facing a multi-million dollar shortfall for the coming fiscal year, Congress whittled division budgets across the board by 6 percent, putting the 2015 operating budget at $43,085,985 in tribal funds. The tribe’s […]


Road idea met with silence

The Pawhuska City Council, with no discussion, let a proposal to reroute and beautify Grandview Avenue die after it heard from several residents at a public hearing on Monday. When the public comment period of the hearing wrapped up, councilors said nothing and none of them made a motion to consider the Osage Nation proposal […]


Jury deadlocks on rape case

Jury deadlocks on rape case

The Osage County District Attorney’s Office will put a Ponca City man charged with first-degree rape on trial a second time after a jury deadlocked 6-6 on Wednesday night, unable to reach a verdict. The jury impasse capped the two-day trial of Beau Adam Biggoose, 25, who was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old […]


Avant man critically hurt in accident with deer

*** Update: Mr. Hendrix died Oct. 1 from injuries he suffered in this accident. *** An Avant man was critically injured Tuesday morning in a motorcycle accident on OK 11 near Barnsdall. James Hendrix, 56, was flown to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa after the 6:53 a.m. accident and was admitted in critical condition, according […]


Football season starts in earnest

Football season starts in earnest

Kane elected presiding judge

Osage County District Judge John Kane completed his term as President of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference at their July annual meeting in Norman. The Judicial Conference is the statewide association of trial and appellate judges for the state of Oklahoma. The Judicial Conference is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the continuing education of all […]


Coach goes on trial

Coach goes on trial

After a veritable blizzard of last-minute search warrants and new witness lists, the trial of former Pawhuska High School football coach got underway on Tuesday afternoon. After hearing from four witnesses, little evidence directly connected Scotty Ray Gilkey to the fireworks stand from which he has been accused of feloniously embezzling about $2,500 in the […]


Three arrests, three lawsuits

Osage County is asking a judge to reconsider a ruling in which he issues a summary judgment in favor of a Barnsdall man who claims he was falsely arrested three times. At a hearing on Friday, Wellon Poe, a lawyer for the Board of County Commissioners, said that Judge B. David Gambill had misconstrued several […]


Harris plea done, but barely

Harris plea done, but barely

Hemming and hawing nearly derailed the sentencing of Christopher Beatty Harris late last week, when a judge refused to accept his plea to rape and kidnapping charges, declaring that Harris was “playing games.” The hiccup was one of many that have marked the case as Harris has waffled on plea bargains, complained about his attorney, […]


Free Fair, Free fun

Free Fair, Free fun