Can The Pioneer Woman save Pawhuska?

Something is afoot in Osage county.

The political climate has been volatile all around the country lately, but the national temperature has been much more heated than on the local, civic scale. Well, at least in places like OKC where we have the Cool Tall Mayor and young, fresh blood serving on the council.

Things are much different in Pawhuska, where a successful petition is forcing a potentially game changing special election. From Fox 25:

Pawhuska is holding a special recall election next month and the Recall Committee says four of the five council members, including Pawhuska’s mayor, should be kicked out of office for how the police situation was handled.

[…]”We had this kind of slapdash firing of the police chief, and there’s a number of citizens who came to me and said ‘Steve, what do we do?'” said Steve Holcombe, a member of the Pawhuska Recall Committee.

Holcombe is a former city councilor and the leader of a group of citizens who successfully called for a recall election. They are holding the council responsible for the police chief’s firing and having no vision and no plan for the city that has turned into a tourist hot spot.

“What I was saying to the people that came to me here in this room was, ‘If you want to solve this issue with the police chief, then have a special meeting and maybe he gets rehired and maybe he doesn’t, fine, but if you actually want some sort of systemic change, you need to change the leadership of the city. You’ve gotta change the city council,'” said Holcombe.

Why was the police chief fired? I’m not a real journalist, so I don’t know. I was digging through the archives of the Pawhuska Journal-Capital and learned that Police Chief Nick Silva was fired, subsequently rehired, and then fired again. Everything I’ve read said he was beloved by the police force, interpret that how you may.

The Fox 25 article goes into more details about the recall election, and I have no idea who will be running, but there is one clear outlier who would crush anyone else: one Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman.

It’s a no-brainer. America has finally given in to its obsession with wealth and celebrity. As a state, we elected an inexperienced and non-voting businessman to our highest office. As a country, well, we all know what happened. Drummond is a shoe-in, and would provide that outsider, amateur gusto that Republicans champion over experience and detailed policy.

Aside from name recognition, Drummond has the financial resources to crush any other candidate who stepped in her way. She also knows more about seasoning cast-iron skillets than anyone who would oppose her, which is a very trustworthy trait.

Running on a platform of improved school lunches could be enough to bring in Pawhuska families to vote (even if some of the culinary changes aren’t particularly inspired). The only barrier to her election is whatever potentially racist skeletons she has hiding in her closet.

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  1. Back in January, the always-alert Pawhuska police stopped a semi hauling 18,000 pounds of industrial hemp from Kentucky to Colorado – for running a red light at 3AM. I didn’t remember that Pawhuska even HAD a stoplight. (Don’t ask why they were passing through Pawhuska. I don’t know.)

    The two drivers and two accompanying security guards in another vehicle were arrested and jailed for “aggravated trafficking.” When the DEA made tests of the product, some of the samples tested at .04% or .05% of THC, slightly above the legal limit for industrial hemp of .03%.

    Six months later, the Osage County DA dropped all charges against the four men, although he still claimed that the product really was illegal but that the four men were duped into thinking the product was legal. Nevertheless, all four men spent a lot more time in the hoosegow than they should have. I have never found out what happened to the hemp. I doubt that anyone in Pawhuska smoked it, with good product with 100 times more THC available at numerous local dispensaries.

    No wonder the chief of police was fired. This may be a problem that even the Pioneer Woman can’t solve.


    1. As I understood it, the route thru Pawhuska was chosen as the most direct route from the grower (in Kentucky?) to the processor that would avoid major cities in Oklahoma. With the law being so new, they thought it might be easier to stick to the back roads. They didn’t count on the ignorance of small-town cops. I believe all the product was left outdoors and ruined and the processor was planning on suing the police department. I don’t know what came of that. The pawhuska police department Facebook page had some really entertaining posts from the public when that happened.


  2. Good Grief… it’s SHOO-IN! Not shoe -in.


    1. If the shoo fits, wear it.


  3. Real politicians have been fucking this place up for last last couple of generations, so I’d be more confident in an outlier turning things around. It might upset some apple carts, we see what’s happening in the national level, but let the chips fall where they may, I say!


    1. Hell yes, with donald as the example what could possibly go wrong?


    2. President who corruptly uses power to force country into investigating political rival in exchange for military aide = upsetting apple carts. Crazy times.


      1. That’s all hearsay. Pay no attention to the White House’s transcript of that phone call!


  4. You’re right. You’re not a journalist. The chief was hired, fired, then hired again, not fired again.


    1. You sound like a lot of fun at parties


  5. Speaking of outliers, doesn’t the Pioneer Woman live out on a ranch, outside the city limits? Just wondering.


    1. Yes, that’s one of this piece’s many errors. (On the chance that this gets through moderation.)

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