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A wind turbine blade passes through the U.S. Highway 60 construction zone 10 miles east of Pawhuska last week en route to the Osage Wind development site 20 miles west of town. Approximately two miles east of the pictured location, work was recently completed on the Flanagan South oil pipeline project — which crosses 50 miles of Osage County on its 600-mile route from central Illinois to Cushing. Mike Erwin/Journal-Capital

FEDS CHANGE LEGAL TACTICS IN BATTLE WITH DEVELOPER

Dec 17, 2014 12:06pm

TULSA — After learning the excavations they deemed “improper” had already been finished, federal attorneys have withdrawn their request for an injunction that would have temporarily halted...

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The two candidates for Osage County District One Commissioner, Randall Jones (left) and Bob Jackson (center), watched Friday as local election officials recounted the more than 3,500 votes from the Nov. 4 general election. A day-long recount confirmed the re-election of Democratic incumbent Jackson by 43 votes over his Republican challenger. Osage County Election Board member Becky Blackwood (standing) supervises handling of the ballots by precinct workers Dee Chambers (on her right) and Kathy Scott (to her left). With their backs to the camera, precinct workers Macy Strom and Ginny Sutton are recording the results. Jack Buzbee/Journal-Capital

Recount confirms Jackson as winner

Nov 19, 2014 1:44pm

A day-long recount Friday confirmed incumbent Bob Jackson as winner of the Nov. 4 general election for the District One seat on the Osage County Commission.

Jackson, a Democrat from Grainola...

A crew of Osage County District One employees lift the Christmas star atop the Osage County Courthouse into place last Friday — proof positive that the holidays are upon us. The lighted star has become a popular local tradition. Workers involved in this star raising experience were Jerry Howerton, James Hendrix, Pee Wee Easley, Aaron Stone, Ron Poulter and David Lockman — plus Cotton, Marty and Youngblood. Jack Buzbee/Journal-Capital

Priests named as marshals for local Christmas parade

Nov 19, 2014 1:44pm

With Thanksgiving just a handful of days away, the season’s first snowfall has made the impending holiday season impossible to ignore.

Longtime community supporters Dr. Bob and Linda Priest...

Opponents of wind farms hold information session

Nov 19, 2014 1:44pm

Just hours after the first industrial wind turbine was completed Monday in Osage County, opponents of two area wind-energy developments vowed to continue their efforts to halt construction of the...

Judge orders permit for wind farm

Updated: Nov 19, 2014 1:44pm

Rotor blades were installed Monday on the first turbine to be completed at the Osage Wind energy project site 20 miles west of Pawhuska.

Over the past week, approximately a dozen of the 400-...

Tax breaks for energy companies have soared since 2010. This drilling rig is pictured in Garfield County. Billy Hefton/Enid News & Eagle

State business tax breaks more than double

Updated: Nov 19, 2014 1:44pm

Key industry tax breaks in Oklahoma have more than doubled over the past four years and are now costing the state well over half a billion dollars a year, state records show.

The two dozen...

District Court Proceedings

Nov 19, 2014 1:45pm

The following charges have been filed recently in Osage County District Court:

CRIMINAL FELONIES

November 13

Jodee Chance Bennett, Skiatook — Domestic assault and battery by...

Deputy position filled in emergency services

Updated: Nov 19, 2014 1:45pm

A current county employee has been named to become the deputy director of Osage County’s Emergency Management/Safety Department, it was announced last week.

Katherine “Katie” Davis — who has...

DHS helps low-income Oklahomans with heating costs this winter

Updated: Nov 19, 2014 1:45pm

OKLAHOMA CITY — A limited amount of winter heating assistance funds will be made available across the state through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is...

The first sections of 400-feet towers began going up last week on the prairies west of Pawhuska for Osage Wind, an energy-production project. The 150-megawatt wind farm is to include 94 turbines scattered over approximately 10,000 acres along U.S. Highway 60 near Burbank. Jack Buzbee/Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Judge rules in favor of area wind project

Nov 13, 2014 10:30am

A district court judge has ordered an Osage County regulatory board to grant a permit allowing for construction of a second wind energy development west of Pawhuska.

Mustang Run Wind Project...

In spite of years of legal maneuvering between wind energy companies and opponents, wind farm construction is underway in western Osage County. This photo was captured last week approximately 13 miles west of Pawhuska, near the Shidler turnoff. Kathryn Swan/Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Monday night meeting set for contentious wind energy issue

Nov 12, 2014 1:10pm

A coalition of Osage County citizens has scheduled a public meeting on industrial wind factories for Monday evening.

Protect Osage Coalition will be offering information on the wind-energy...

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