Politics

State house race: Uphill battle for a Democrat

State house race: Uphill battle for a Democrat

For voters in State House district No. 36, the ballot will look familiar on Nov. 4. For the second consecutive election, Sean Roberts and Jim Massey will be squaring off to represent Avant, Barnsdall, Fairfax, Hominy, Pawhuska, Skiatook and Wynona in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. A resident of Hominy, Roberts first took office in […]


Council approves grant applications

The Pawhuska City Council was scolded Monday for taking no action on an Osage Nation proposal to reroute and beautify Grandview Avenue, and in a fairly rare move decided to apply for Communicty Development Block grants to repair the dam and Lake Pawhuska and to build storm shelters at each of the city’s schools. At […]


BIA walks out on Oil and Gas Summit

A pending federal lawsuit left many attendees at the Osage Minerals Council’s Oil and Gas Summit Wednesday in Tulsa with more unanswered questions than initially expected. According to the Journal Record, Osage Agency superintendent Robin Phillips balked at answering questions from producers and other attendees less than halfway through a scheduled question and answer session […]


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 […]


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 […]


Osages rid selves of Hulah

Osages rid selves of Hulah

The Osage Nation is unloading itself of one Osage County park that has proven to be a financial millstone but is considering taking over operation of another park that might hold the promise of paying for itself. Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear said Monday that the nation has sent the Army Corps of Engineers a […]


Osage County proposes social media campaign and hires new EM Director

You might spend a lot of time on Facebook, but some companies want to be handsomely paid for posting updates and tweeting on behalf of the Osage County Tourism  Oversight Committtee. On Monday, county commissioners opened bids for OCTOC’s proposed social media campaign. Five companies bid. The lower: Green Country Marketing, which said it would […]


Suit sparks oilfield rule change

Suit sparks oilfield rule change

A federal lawsuit is causing an uproar among many Osages and oil companies, who fear that a judge could order the halt of oil production in the county and thus potentially shut down Osage oil royalty income and cause a tax crisis for public bodies. The case, first filed in Osage County District Court but […]


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 […]


Warrant issued for Pawhuska City Manager

A warrant for the arrest of Pawhuska CIty Manager Paul McAlexander was issued in Osage County District Court on Monday afternoon. McAlexander, who is on vacation in Washington State and not expected back to work until next Tuesday, was formally charged with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. According to an affidavit by Oklahoma State […]


Osage school in the offing

Osage school in the offing

Going back to school for Osages could become a very different experience from the usual public school curriculum. Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear has already started working on creating a new school for Osages – and likely non-Osages – by forming a task force to look at establishing a world-class school along the lines of Cascia […]


Like father, like daughter

Like father, like daughter

There is now a second Lohah on the Osage Nation Supreme Court. On Thursday, Elizabeth Homer was sworn in as an interim associate justice of the Osage Nation Supreme Court, making her the second generation in her family to serve on the tribe’s judiciary. Her father, Charles Lohah, was the first Osage Supreme Court chief […]


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 […]


Commissioners make demands of phone companies

The Osage County Commissioners passed a a resolution Monday requiring telephone companies to inform them in advance of line installations – a preemptive strike aimed at a telephone company effort to pass a state law that would force commissioners to get all utility lines located before doing road work, including mowing. The battle is one […]


Logan sworn in at OST

Logan sworn in at OST

Vince Logan, an Osage with roots in Hominy, was sworn in Friday as the Special Trustee for American Indians, a post that has been vacant since 2009. As the fourth trustee in history – and the second Native American in the job – Logan will oversee about $4.4 billion in assets held in trust by […]


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 […]


New Osage chief lauded

New Osage chief lauded

Prompting a round of applause and a chorus of lulus, Geoffrey Standing Bear was sworn Wednesday morning in as principal chief of the Osage Nation at the tribe’s Ponca City casino. A former assistant chief under the tribe’s previous form of government, Standing Bear served a four-year term in Congress and received more than 70 […]


Pawhuska gets some grants

At its meeting Monday evening, the Pawhuska City Council got the news that downtown Streetscape funding is about to be released, giving the green light to spruce the place up. City Manager Paul McAlexander said that he also got the good news that the state has approved a $160,000 grant for the new Ben Johnson […]


Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney cited for DUI

Pawhuska City Attorney Jesse J. Worten III was charged with drunken driving on Thursday afternoon after he plowed through a neighbor’s yard then high-centered his convertible on a curb. The incident prompted controversy not for its facts but for how the matter was handled by the city, which opted to file the DUI charge in […]


Wind fight on three fronts

Wind fight on three fronts

The Osage Nation and Minerals Council sued the Osage County Board of Commissioners, Board of Adjustment and Osage Wind LLC  last week, seeking to stop construction of a 94-turbine wind farm that was approved in 2011 in what the nation describes as an illegal action by the Board of Adjustment. The filing of the petition […]


Eagle suit filed

Last year, Osage County was ground zero in the battle that pits bird conservationists against wind power. Osage Wind, which is bulldozing roads and turbine pads on the prairie 13 miles west of Pawhuska as court battles loom over the legality of its permit to do so, had asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]