Pawhuska

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


A rescue turns ugly

A rescue turns ugly

On Monday morning, in stifling heat, a ragtag bunch of 10 dogs were saved from lethal injection in Pawhuska. Their time had come: One pit bull had been held for more than two weeks in the city pound, well beyond the 72 hours that dog owners have to claim their pets. Among the others: A […]


Wild Rides (Cavalcade photos)

Wild Rides (Cavalcade photos)

Come October, Osages intend to operate IHS

Facing a loaded and potentially expensive agenda, the fourth Osage Nation Congress reconvened Monday for the start of its seventh special session. Of the 19 pieces of legislation filed for the special session, 15 are funding bills, including four that would allocate almost $16 million in revenue from fiscal year 2016 for the tribe’s entitlement […]


Temps are sizzling and so is Cavalcade (photo gallery)

Temps are sizzling and so is Cavalcade (photo gallery)

Fourth of July 2015 (photo gallery)

Fourth of July 2015 (photo gallery)

Fire, food, fun and dancing.

Fire, food, fun and dancing.

“Like a well-oiled machine” doesn’t begin to describe the efficiency with which Osage cooks prepare and deliver a hot meal for hundreds of people, indeed they’ve worked out an assembly line that would give Henry Ford a run for his money. Cadres of women prepare many pounds of vegetables and haul out two-gallon bags of […]


Oil producers sue BIA

Oil producers sue BIA

The Osage Producers Association is going for broke in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The trade organization contends that new oil and gas regulations issued by the BIA are not only “arbitrary and capricious” but unconstitutional. OPA is also seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the rules from going into […]


Triumph over all barriers

Triumph over all barriers

Haley Mouser is Pawhuska’s first state champion high jumper, and she got there by jumping four inches higher than she is tall and overcoming a weak left leg born of a club foot. The Pawhuska High School senior has now jumped a personal best 5 feet 8 inches at two successive meets – including the […]