Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital


The long service of two departing county officials — Sheriff Ty Koch and District 2 Commissioner Scott Hilton — was recognized during a Wednesday reception at the Osage County Courthouse.

Both men served the county’s citizens for more than 25 years.

Koch, of Fairfax, worked for the Osage County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, including 11 as sheriff.

Hilton was District 2 County Commissioner for 20 years and was a county employee for six years before he was elected. The Skiatook resident lost his seat in the November general election.


Osage Immersion Community Pow Wow will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan 14, at the Wah-Zha-Zhe Cultural Center.

Master of ceremonies will be Ryan RedCorn, with Titan Harris serving as youth emcee. Head singer will be Russ Mashunkashey. Arena director is Otto Hamilton and Joseph Duty will be youth arena director. Cooks will be Donna Barrone and Jessilyn “Addie” Hudgins; youth cooks are Sam Harding and Luna Jacobs. (A meal to be served immediately following the dance.)

For more information, call 918-287-5317.


The First United Methodist Church is having its annual Turkey dinner on Thursday, Jan. 19.


Friday, Jan. 20, is the last day to register for voting in the Bowring C-7, Pawhuska I-2 and Shidler I-11 Annual School Elections, as well as the City of Pawhuska Nonpartisan Primary Election and the Republican Special Primary for County Commissioner District No. 1.

All of those elections are scheduled for Feb. 14, Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said.

Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, January 20, 2017.

Conner said applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after Feb. 14.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Conner said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office at (918) 287-3036 or email

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Conner said that applications also are available at, and voters can check their registration status at


TULSA — Gilcrease Museum is to be the site of an Osage County Tourism Forum later this month.

The free event — entitled “Dimensions of Osage Tourism” — is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.

Sponsored by the Osage County Industrial Authority, the forum will provide education, resources and network training. It follows an earlier one held last August.

Osage County’s Tourism Committee encourages all interested persons to attend — especially anyone who is connected with county attractions, lodging and retail establishments.

Tourism opportunities are to be discussed by related stakeholders, the organizers said. Lunch is being provided by the Osage Casinos.

Those planning to attend the forum are asked to contact the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce at (918) 287-1208, or Additional information can be obtained from Eddy Redeagle at 637-1464.

Gilcrease Museum is located at 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road.


KAW CITY — Kaw Lake Association will be hosting the annual Eagle Watch & the Eagle Watch by Horseback on Saturday, Jan. 21. For more information, call 580-762-9494.