Pawhuska

Pawhuska Homecoming 2014

Pawhuska Homecoming 2014

Life, on life’s terms

At his lowest tide, Ross Mashunkashey was bad. He drank a fifth of whiskey a day, by the good grace of family lived in a camper hooked up to someone else’s electrical service, and he was angry at the world, blaming everyone else for the hole into which he had dug himself. “I started drinking […]


Old bank to get new owner

First National Bank in Pawhuska, which has been in the same family for more than 100 years, is changing hands. American Heritage Bank announced Friday that it will take over the historic bank pending approval by federal regulators. The likely date for the final sale will be in the first quarter of 2015, American Heritage […]


Triangle plans revealed

Brian Bickle, one of the people poised to renovate the Triangle Building in Pawhuska, put himself on the hotspot Monday night at the City Council meeting to answer questions about the project. The building, which has lain fallow for decades, has been a sore talking point for several years at the City Council, which periodically […]


One killed, his cousin hurt, in wreck that has a community grieving

A Pawhuska high school student was killed and his cousin injured Saturday evening on County Road 4301, the road that runs west toward Foraker through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified neither juvenile but friends and family said the accident at 5:45 p.m. claimed the life of Mikey Lynn and injured his […]


Police need help in hit and run accident

The Pawhuska Police Department is looking for anyone who has any information in regards to the following event. Just before midnight on 10-16-14, Dustin Green of Pawhuska was struck while riding his bicycle on Main Street, near the Stone Ridge apartments. The vehicle that struck the Green did not stop and fled the scene.  The vehicle has been described […]


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 […]


BIA fields wind complaint

Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear filed a complaint with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday, alleging that the company actively building a wind farm west of Pawhuska might be crushing limestone excavated from the area and using it in wind turbine foundations. It is one of the peculiarities of life in Osage County […]


Bird Creek, with sewage

Bird Creek, with sewage

On Saturday afternoon, sewage bubbled out of the pavement on Trumbly Avenue in Pawhuska, running downhill in sheets and rivulets before gurgling in small waterfalls over the low-water bridge into Bird Creek. From there, the stinking mess, diluted in the slow-moving creek water, meandered forth through Barnsdall, Avant, Skiatook and on through Tulsa until it […]


Football season starts in earnest

Football season starts in earnest

Triangle action promised again

The owners of the Triangle Building in Pawhuska said they were going to get cracking on the long-ignored structure on Tuesday, and so they did, sort of: They removed the fence around it that was blocking public sidewalks and moved window frames into the ground floor. Acting City Attorney W. Robert Wilson told the City […]


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 […]


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

City manager charged

City manager charged

  City Manager Paul McAlexander, under fire for telling a police officer not to arrest the city attorney for alleged drunken driving on July 3, has been charged with criminally obstructing the officer. The misdemeanor charge was filed Monday afternoon in Osage County District Court at the behest of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation […]


P-town avenue could be relocated

P-town avenue could be relocated

The Pawhuska City Council will consider re-routing Grandview Avenue from Ninth to 12th streets onto a roundabout that the Osage Nation is building as part of its $27 million re-do of its campus. The council cannot decide whether to approve the plan – which it rejected earlier this year – until the public has been […]


City manager: 2 weeks no pay

City manager: 2 weeks no pay

The Pawhuska City Council met behind closed doors for 90 minutes on Tuesday evening then issued a decision regarding City Manager Paul McAlexander, who told police not to arrest the city attorney for drunken driving on July 3: McAlexander will receive a letter of reprimand and will be suspended from his job for two weeks […]


Cattleman of the Year

Cattleman of the Year

Frederick F. Drummond, a man who left the banking industry to take over his family’s ranch when his father fell ill with cancer in 1958, was named the Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year over the weekend. He earned the title not through the prowess of his cowboying skills, but through his business acumen and lifelong […]


Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five hurt in accident between Wynona and Pawhuska

Five people were injured in an accident on OK 99 near Pawhuska on Wednesday morning. Two of the injured were flown to Tulsa hospitals but were reported to be in stable condition, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Hospitalized were Kaylee McCullough, 16, of Wynona, one of the drivers, Chris McCullough, 38, of Lexington, and a […]


Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

Video: City manager tells officers not to arrest attorney

The Pawhuska Police “Body Cam” video showing the city manager at the scene of the accident is available at http://youtu.be/Z2m14m8VfAE   In response to an Open Records Act request Monday, Pawhuska Police released a July 3 video in which the city manager clearly tells officers not to arrest City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III after […]


Smoking law passes

It is time to stop smoking in Pawhuska. At least in public places and indoor workplaces. The City Council on Monday night passed a far-reaching ordinance that makes it a crime to smoke tobacco or e-cigarettes in most businesses that are open to the public and in publicly owned buildings. The ordinance will also affect […]


Gullett: A tireless worker

Gullett: A tireless worker

Cecil M. Gullett III, a man whose work schedule knew no limits, died suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday night in Pawhuska, where he was the caretaker of the Osage County Fairgrounds. He was 39 years old, and leaves behind his wife and three children, upon all of whom he doted. The suddenness of […]


Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

Harris sentencing delayed; AIM wants to take a look at case

The formal sentencing of a man who pleaded guilty to rape charges in Pawhuska has been delayed because the American Indian Movement is stepping into the case. Christopher Beatty Harris was to have been sentenced June 25 after he pleaded guilty to rape on June 20 and agreed to a 20-year sentence with all but […]