The fourth-annual Osage County Cattlemen’s Ball begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Osage County Fairgrounds Ag Building.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 per person. Advance tickets are available at $20 apiece from Becky Rasberry at American Heritage Bank (918-287-2919) and Sue Allen at Pawhuska’s First National Bank of Sedan (620-725-3106). In Shidler, advance tickets are being sold by OCCW President Megan Collomin (580-716-3788).

Music for the event will be by the Rick Cook Band. For more information, contact Crystal Themm at 918-504-8869. Tickets are not required for children 12 and under.


Pawhuska Public Library and OSU Extension horticulturalist Kenda Woodburn will present the opening session of “Gardening with Kenda” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 . Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, Woodburn will add to your gardening knowledge. This first session will include a Seed Exchange, so bring those extra seeds from your gardening projects and swap with your neighbors and friends! The noon hour programs will take place in the Library’s community room, and will be in a Brown Bag Lunch format. The Library will supply coffee and water. Contact Pawhuska Public Library, 1801 Lynn Avenue in Pawhuska, 918-287-3989, for information.



The Western Osage County Beekeepers Association will celebrate its first-year anniversary by hosting an all-day beekeeping workshop Saturday.

Beekeeping expert Michael Bush (author of “The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally”) is to conduct the workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Osage Cove Fire Department, 58701 Highway 60.

Cost for attending the workshop is $20 per person. The club will provide meats and drinks for Saturday’s potluck lunch. For more information about the workshop, call or text Jeff Coykendall at (580) 401-3551, or send an email to:

The 14-member WOCBA club formed in February 2016 “to generate interest in beekeeping.” It meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month (except December) at the Osage Cove Fire Department, which is located off U.S. 60 and Keeler Road near Kaw Lake Dam.



Portrait photographs of Osages from late 19th and early 20th centuries will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Osage Nation Museum, 819 Grandview Ave.

“Enduring Images: Osage Photographic Portraiture” goes on display next week and runs through Aug. 26, museum officials said. An opening reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

In addition to hundreds of portrait photographs selected from ONM’s permanent collections, the exhibit includes more than 1,000 photos of a private collection that was recently donated to the Osage Museum by Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn.

Officials are hoping museum visitors will help them identify subjects of some of the portraits, and in providing background information for other photos.

“Often times, it only takes one generation for knowledge to be lost,” ONM Curator Hallie Winter said. “To ensure the stories and information related to these photographs are preserved for all future generations, the museum is relying on our community to add information to our collection and actively contribute to the cultural preservation of our heritage.”


Gov. Mary Fallin issued a two-week burn ban for Osage and 52 other counties because of extreme weather conditions and extraordinary fire danger.

The governor’s burn ban supersedes all county burn bans in place. It expires Feb. 24. In addition, all counties bordering Osage were included in the burn-ban area.

“Critical fire weather and worsening drought have created conditions very conducive to wildfires,” Fallin said. “A burn ban is now necessary to reduce the risk of preventable wildfires and to protect lives and property.”