Politics

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 […]


Minerals Council sworn in

Minerals Council sworn in

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 […]


Barnsdall too broke to remove speed bumps, give raises

Despite some exasperated comments on social media, the speed bumps – or speed Mt. Kilimanjaros – by Barnsdall’s City Park are staying put for the time being. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the council voted 3-1 not to remove the deteriorating speed bumps built long ago by Charlie Shreffler, who is now resting in peace. […]


Boone banned in June

Boone banned in June

The Osage Minerals Council voted Wednesday to ban one of its own from its offices, but how it will be enforced is anyone’s guess. Citing the need to protect its office staff, the council made the move to block Councilwoman Cynthia Boone from being in the council office under the terms of an anti-hostile workplace […]


Sirens loud, but grumpy

Pawhuska’s new storm sirens are loud enough to blast you into the next county, but the city’s radios have been a little grumpy communicating with the high-tech marvels. City Manager Paul McAlexander told the City Council on Monday that the problem appears to be with the police radio system, not with the sirens themselves. “We’re […]


Substation could lead to city profit

The city of Pawhuska likely will take over maintenance of a 138Kv electrical transmission line that ties into a new substation north of Pawhuska. AEP-PSO installed the substation to handle demand, but instead of installing a new transmission line parallel to the existing Pawhuska line, negotiated with the city to use its existing line. City […]


Recount results in same totals

Recount results in same totals

All the vote counts add up and the 2014 Osage Nation election is finally in the books. At the request of congressional candidate Cecelia Lemon Tallchief, the Osage Nation Election Board conducted a recount Friday. The recount, which was not open to the public, lasted more than six hours and yielded the same results as […]


Election recount requested

Just like the campaign cycle and election night, the official end of the 2014 Osage Nation election has been extended. On Tuesday, Cecelia Lemon Tallchief formally requested a recount of the general election’s congressional results. Tallchief finished seventh among the 21 candidates for the six open seats in the Fourth Osage Nation Congress, 16 votes […]


Two fronts: Wind appeal No. 2 filed

Two fronts: Wind appeal No. 2 filed

  The Osage Nation filed an appeal of the Osage County Board of Adjustment’s decision to deny its request to stop construction of  what the tribe says is an improperly approved industrial wind farm on the prairie west of Pawhuska. The appeal, the second filed against the Board of Adjustment in two weeks, sets in […]


Election wait long and rough

Election wait long and rough

  After months of campaigning and alvery ong night of waiting on delayed results, the 2014 Osage Nation general election is in the history books. According to the unofficial results released Tuesday, departing Osage Congressman and former assistant principal chief Geoffrey Standing Bear received 71.24 percent of the more than 2,200 votes cast, propelling him […]


Osages head to polls Monday to fill offices, vote on Constitutional amendments

Along with a full slate of executive, legislative and Minerals Council candidates, Osage voters will consider six constitutional amendments when they head to the polls Monday. The first proposed change, introduced by William “Kugee” Supernaw, would change the language in article III, section 2 to guarantee that the lineal descendants of the 1906 roll can […]


When two chiefs collide

Of all the parking lots, in all the towns, in all the world, the two candidates for chief of the Osage Nation managed to find themselves colliding their cars together in Pawhuska at high noon on Wednesday. Yep. With just a week and a half before the election, Geoffrey Standing Bear and Margo Gray were […]


Congress puts brakes on casino expansion

For now at least, the Osage Nation Congress is putting the brakes on casino expansion. On Thursday, the Osage Nation Congress approved a resolution requesting the tribe’s gaming enterprise board hold any expansion efforts on the tribe’s Tulsa casino in abeyance until a 2015 financial plan is approved. If the expansion does eventually happen, it […]


Judge assigned wind appeal

Dynda Post, a native of Osage who presides as a District Court Judge in Rogers County, has been assigned to hear the appeal of TradeWind Energy, which was denied a permit to build an industrial wind farm west of Pawhuska earlier this month. TradeWind was denied the conditional use permit on May 8 by the […]


Rebuffed wind farm files appeal in district court

Rebuffed wind farm files appeal in district court

  TradeWind Energy, whose Mustang Run wind project was rejected by the Osage County Board of Adjustment, has filed an appeal in Osage County District Court. The Kansas company declares in the appeal that it was wrongfully denied a conditional use permit that would have cleared the way for it to erect 68 wind turbines […]


City council nixes proposal for Grandview

City council nixes proposal for Grandview

The Pawhuska City Council voted Monday night to reject a proposal by the Osage Nation to eliminate the neck-popping intersection at Grandview at Kihekah streets, saying that the city could not legally vacate a public street that is in active use. The tribe had proposed creating a new intersection, with landscaping and a sort of […]


Osage Congress back in session

Less than a month after the conclusion of its regular 2014 Hun-Kah Session, the Third Osage Congress will reconvene starting this week for a special session. Among the items to be considered during the special session is ONCA 14-40, which would set 2015 spending limits for several of the tribe’s funds, including capital improvement, general […]