This week at the meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners, the Executive Director for American Therapeutic Riding Center Denise Ward requested use of the Clarence Brantley Indoor Arena. The Commissioners also opened bids for Road Oil, Concrete, Asphalt, and Sand, and they signed license and service agreements with Spatialest IT Services.
Denise Ward requested the use of the indoor arena at the Osage County Fairground along with two tractors for an event scheduled for November 5, 2016. American Therapeutic Riding Center will be hosting a barrel race along with other activities in November the proceed of which will go back into the non-profit organization. ATRC currently serves those with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities from eight counties and are located in Osage County. The Commissioners were unable to take action this week, they will need to review the calendar and submit the request through the DA's Office.
The Commissioners opened bids, and accepted all but one, for Oil, Lubricants, Asphalt, Sand, and Concrete. The accepted bids will be complied into a spreadsheet and accepted at the next meeting on Monday September 5, at 10am at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
Ownership of the 43-thousand acre Bluestem Ranch has been transferred to the Osage Nation. Federal dignitaries, Osage Nation officials, and the Chief Executive Officer of Turner Enterprises gathered on the ranch Wednesday to mark the occasion.
Principal Chief of the Osage Nation Geoffrey Standing Bear says Ted Turner contacted him last year with a proposition to sell the property.
The Osage Nation arrived in what is now Osage County from their former reservations in Missouri and Kansas in 1871. The final home of the Osages consisted of one million 470 thousand 59 acres. The Federal government divided it into separate parcels in 1906.
According to Chief Standing Bear, talks are under way to return the property to "reservation status" so that it will remain Osage Nation property forever.
Turner Enterprises used the property as ranch land, but Standing Bear says it will now have several purposes.
Standing Bear says the Osage Nation intends to protect and sustain the land for future generations of Osages.
It did not take long for the newly formed Pawhuska Merchants Association to get the attention of Pawhuska merchants and residents. If you have driven through downtown Pawhuska, you will see some major changes to the China Cafe, the store with the help of the Merchants Association were able to remodel their store front. The Pawhuska Merchant Association has only been formed for two months and has undertaken a large project, but as they have proven they are ready to get busy.
President of the Pawhuska Merchant Association Mary Jane Mashunkashey says it is all about helping the Merchants.
The China Cafe's storefront is just the first of the Associations planned projects. Their focus will be on members of the Pawhuska Merchant Association, as well as those who take part in the First Saturday event every month. If you would like more information contact any of the members of the Merchants Association or Mashunkashey at (918)804-8849.
Pawhuska’s Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond announced Thursday morning that she is hiring for her new Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska. Drummond calls the business a bustling bakery, a delicious deli, and a gorgeous general store opening in Fall 2016! The blog post states the Pioneer Woman Mercantile needs “outstanding, awesome, fun, motivated, hard-working folks to help bring the vision to life.”
Drummond says the business will her a manager for The Merc’s general store immediately, and she will fill that position in the next few days. Drummond is also gearing up for job fairs in the area in order to put together her bakery, kitchen, store and warehouse teams!
You should apply for the General Store Manger online. Drummond also announced a series of job fairs. Drummond needs kitchen staff for the deli, bakery staff to produce baked goods, baristas, and a retail team to staff the general store. There will be an online store as well, and with that comes the need for people to help organize, pack, and ship the items.
Drummond has scheduled three job fairs. The first event will be in Pawhuska, Saturday, August 27th at from 11 to 3:00 at the Constantine Theater, 110 W Main Street. The second will be in Bartlesville on Tuesday, August 30th from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Bartlesville Community Center. The third event will be held in Tulsa on Wednesday, August 31st from 11:00 to 3:00 at The Bond Event Center, 608 E 3rd Street.
Specific job descriptions and details will be available at the events. All job fairs are come-and-go, so take a resume.
PICTURE FROM THE PIONEER WOMAN
At the Monday meeting of the Osage County Board of Commissioners, Chris Brubaker from Samaritan EMS provided and update, Osage County Treasurer Sally Hulse discussed County Owned Property, and Charity Kossin gave a presentation on City on a Hill – Inpatient Treatment Center.
Brubaker informed the Commissioners that Samaritan had a successful first weekend in service. The new Emergency Medical Service responded to calls and transported patients without issue; Samaritan was also able to bring in a second crew to cover the Green Country Rodeo.
Charity Kossin from the City on a Hill Women's Inpatient Treatment Center gave a presentation to the Commissioners about the what the Sedan facility offers and requested the commissioners take into consideration providing funding for the Non-Profit organization or think about their services when drafting contracts in the future, the Commissioners highlighted the importance of the service and said they will keep them in mind.
Osage County Treasurer Sally Hulse brought forward an idea of holding an Auction to sell some of the 64 properties currently on the County's book. The County had acquired 50 properties during the last resale and has slowly been selling them off, however, and auction could enable the County to get the lots off the books at a higher price. Many of the properties which have been sold since the resale sell for between $200 and $1000 without additional bids, the only property to receive competitive bids sold for $4100. Last year alone the County put more than $60,000 into maintenance of reclaimed properties. An Auction will be tentatively scheduled for October.
The Osage County Board of County Commissioners will meet again next Monday at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
Friday August 12, the Osage County Tourism Committee, Osage County Industrial Authority, & Pawhuska Chamber Chamber of Commerce will be joining forces for the good of Osage County. Together they will be hosting a Tourism Forum at the Pawhuska Business Development Center at 1225 Virginia Short Street, from 10 until 4.
They will be discussing the economic and cultural benefits of tourism in Oklahoma, but they also want to hear what residents and tourists want to see and what will draw more tourist to Osage County. Come to the Forum to learn how Osage County is placed in the overall Oklahoma tourism market and what is next. Learn about the Osage County Tourism Committee and how they are spending your tax dollars to benefit Osage County.
The Forum will be held at the Pawhuska Business Development Center which was developed in 2012 through a partnership between Tri County Tech's Strategy Center, the Osage County Industrial Authority, the Osage Nation, and the City of Pawhuska.
For additional information contact Eddy Redeagle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (918)637-1464.
The Courtroom was nearly filled to capacity at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska Monday evening for the celebration of Commissioner Bob Jackson's service to Osage County. While Bob Jackson has only served as commissioner for 6 years he has served Osage County for 45. Jackson has in his words done a little bit of everything during his time, but being a Commissioner is what he is most proud of.
District #2 Commissioner Scott Hilton was master of ceremony for the Retirement celebration in a room filled with family and friends, and honored Jackson with a plaque and kind words.
Jackson began serving as District #1 Commissioner in 2009 after the death of Commissioner Clarence Brantley. Jackson will be replaced by his first officer Jerry Howerton on the Osage County Board of County Commissioners until an election for the District #1 seat can be held.
After nearly a month of preparation Samaritan EMS will begin taking calls Friday afternoon, pending state license approval. Brett Selvidge from Samaritan Ems once again briefed the Commissioners Monday morning. During the update Selvidge stated they had received mutual aid agreements with Hominy and Pawhuska EMS, and were still waiting for agreements with Bartlesville and Skiatook. He had stated that Samaritan has purchased two more vehicles to add to their fleet, now bringing their total to 14 trucks available, and the ambulance leased from Barnsdall has been repaired and will be operational this week. Selvidge said the last step will be moving the new trailer to the Ambulance barn in Barnsdall, but if that does not happen before Friday, Selvidge stated they will “make it work”.