Pawhuska

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 […]


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 […]


Tough guys take to the mats

Tough guys take to the mats

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, […]


Caroling in the Cold

Caroling in the Cold

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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