Politics

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 […]


DOC releasing convicts early

Oklahoma Watch Pushing to reduce prison overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has quietly changed its policies to give early releases to greater numbers of violent and sex offenders, according to agency documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch. The department is doing so by relaxing policies that determine which types of inmates can receive early-release credits, […]


US: Remove them

US: Remove them

With evident annoyance, the United States dropped its request for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of the Osage Wind project east of Pawhuska, saying that since excavation for the turbine bases had “been completed in hurry-up fashion” there would be nothing for the court to address. The government then fired an even stronger volley […]


Nation sues in own court

Nation sues in own court

The Osage Nation is bringing the wind farm fight to a new jurisdiction – its own. On Monday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Jones filed a petition in Osage Nation’s civil court for an injunction on behalf of the tribe against Osage Wind, Enel Wind and Enel Green Power North America in an effort to halt […]


Osage AG sworn in as special federal prosecutor

Osage AG sworn in as special federal prosecutor

Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones will be making more appearances in Tulsa’s federal courthouse in the near future. Jones, along with Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Sara Hill, is one of Northern District of Oklahoma’s first participants in the Tribal Special United States Attorney program, which allows for prosecutors to be cross-deputized and pursue […]


Parrish suit moves forward

Former Skiatook Fire Chief Dale Parrish’s lawsuit against the city for  breach of contract is moving forward toward trial in the wake of a judge’s rulling against the city, which had asked for a summary judgment. Parrish sued Skiatook in 2013, alleging that trustees Josh Brown, Debllie Cook and Randy Sien, acting together, had breached […]


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, […]


Judge: No stay on appeal

Judge: No stay on appeal

The Ottawa County judge who reversed the decision of the Osage County Board of Adjustment to deny a permit for a second wind project on the prairie went a step further on Monday morning, refusing to grant a stay of his order pending the board’s appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In a private telephonic […]


High court wants wind case

In a rare move, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered Friday that it would decide the Osage Nation’s appeals on wind rulings itself, rather than send the matters down to the Court of Civil Appeals. The tribe’s appeals center on the jurisdiction of the Osage County Board of Adjustment to issue conditional use permits that allowed […]


Major wind hearing set for Dec. 16

D-Day has been set in the pitched battle in which the federal government is seeking a halt to wind energy construction on the tallgrass prairie. U.S. District Court Judge James H. Payne has scheduled a hearing on the United States’ motion for an injunction to stop Osage Wind and its parent, Enel, from all earth-moving […]


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 […]


OST seeks advisors

The Special Trustee for American Indians is requesting candidate nominations for individuals to serve on the Special Trustee Advisory Board. The board’s purpose, as defined in the 1994 American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act, is to provide advice to the Special Trustee on all matters associated with the trust responsibilities overseen by the office. […]


Wind laws to be drawn up

Wind laws to be drawn up

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, charged with studying how to regulate and control the development of industrial wind projects, will move forward with creating rules concerning the decommissioning of wind farms in the state and determine regulations for public notice of wind farm construction. The commission, during a hearing Tuesday in Oklahoma City, decided, however, that […]


Feds: Stop Building

Feds: Stop Building

The federal government filed a motion in U.S. District Court on Tuesday afternoon asking a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to halt construction of Enel Green Power’s Osage Wind project on the prairie west of Pawhuska. By press time Tuesday, no judge had issued a preliminary injunction, which the United States asked be issued […]


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 […]


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 […]


Wind farm No. 4 in the works

Just as a judge appeared to have opened the door to unfettered wind development in Osage County, a wind company announced it is exploring building a possible fourth development in the southwestern part of the county. Amshore US Wind of Corpus Christi, Texas, made the revelation in a letter to Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing […]


Some weep as turbines rise

For three generations, Ford Drummond’s family has been ranching in the Osage. On Monday, as he often does, Drummond headed west out of Pawhuska on U.S. 60 to that magical spot west of Timber Hill, at the crest of a hill dominated by a rural water tower, a place from which one can behold tens […]


A Prairie View

A Prairie View

The “no” vote on a congressional bill that would have expanded the Osage Nation’s jurisdiction to stop the wind turbine construction north of Highway 60 has upset many. Sponsored by Congresswoman Alice Buffalohead, the bill would have expanded the Nation’s legal jurisdiction over the Nation’s former reservation lands in Osage law and enabled the Nation’s […]


5 man board claims tribe lacks power to prosecute

Motions to dismiss criminal charges against four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village were denied Wednesday, but the door remains open for a potential appeal. Attorneys for Joe Don Mashunkashey, Kenneth “K.C.” Bills, Frank Redcorn and Theodore Brunt argued that the Pawhuska Indian Village, along with the villages in Grayhorse and Hominy, are separate […]


BIA report is scathing

BIA report is scathing

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Osage Agency, where oil leases are tracked on a linen map and where other antiquated practices have run rampant, is in need of “sweeping changes,” according to a scathing evaluation issued last week by the Department of Interior’s Inspector General. Poor management at the agency has led to not only […]


Judge mum on wind ruling

Judge mum on wind ruling

A judge said he has made up his mind how he is going to rule on a wind development’s request to reverse a decision of the Osage County Board of Adjustment, but he gave little hint of what that decision would be at a hearing Thursday. “I’m going to go back home and write out […]


Groceries and more coming to Fairfax

Those who turned out for a town hall meeting in Fairfax on Thursday were united and excited that the Osage Nation is going to invest $3.3 million in the community – $3 million for an Osage child and senior center and $300,000 on capital improvements to reopen the Palace Grocery. The meeting was part of […]


Much PAC spending for GOP candidates

With Election Day less than a week away, candidates beat a trail to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to turn in third quarter financial statements. Election law requires candidates for a state- or county-level office who receive at least $500 in campaign contributions or spend that amount on campaign-related expenses to turn in regular financial disclosure […]