Feud over!

After 10 days of not being on the air over DISH Network, CBS and affiliate stations are now being carried again. I do like a number of CBS as well as a few CW shows. I got past the local lock out by Griffin by going to the Web for a few shows. I had to watch last week’s Elementary. Welcome back CBS, and thank you Dish and Griffin Communications for finally resolving a months long dispute. Now if only they don’t do it again in 3 years!


Dish and KOTV Feud

It has been announced for some time now that DISH and KOTV would stop airing our local channels 6 (CBS) and 19 (CW) if they don’t come to an agreement by today (January 15, 2015). At 4 minutes before the deadline, KOTV cut their signal to DISH. According to the FCC, this re-negotiation of permission to carry the local channel comes up every 3 years. Unless the carrier has received consent from the local station, or an agreement insisting they be carried at no charge, they cannot legally carry the channel. The responsibility lies with Griffin Communication for the lack of renewal of agreement to broadcast on DISH.

I had corresponded with the owner of Channel 6 – the CEO of Griffin Communications about this possiblity of Channel 6 distribution on Dish being interrupted. What he said for Channel 9 is true for Channels 6 and 19 in Tulsa. Here is his response to my inquiries:

Dear Michael –

Thank you for reaching out to us regarding our discussions with Dish Network.

Currently, News 9 is negotiating with DISH Network to continue providing News 9and CBS programming to DISH. We want nothing more than to continue to provide quality, local and CBS programming to Oklahomans, but there is a possibility that DISH could drop News 9 & CBS programming starting Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.

As an Oklahoma based, family-owned company, we simply want to be fairly compensated for the product we provide DISH customers.  The amount we are asking is similar to what other cable and satellite systems are currently paying News 9. These funds are kept in Oklahoma to provide local News, Weather and Sports to our communities.

We appreciate you watching News 9 and we will update you on our progress as we continue to negotiate in good faith with Dish to avoid a possible service disruption.

Thanks again for reaching out.


David F. Griffin
President and CEO
Griffin Communications LLC

Our 15th Anniversary Begun

Pawhuska Dot Com has been available to the public on the World Wide Web since December 1999. This December marks the beginning of our 15th year.

Over the years, we’ve brought news, links to sites related to Pawhuska, and some personal observations.

This year, we’ve had over 13,000 views of the material we’ve shared.

I want to personally wish you a very Happy New Year 2015.

I’m looking forward to serving our community and county even more in the years ahead.

God bless,


ALCO Stores Prepare to Close

On November 21, 2014 Alco Stores corporate office announced they would be clearing out their inventory and shuttering all the 198 stores. Gift certificates and store credits will be honored through Thursday, December 4, 2014.

The previous week, the store chain had announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy procedures. They had intended to keep their stores open while they were restructuring.

We are sorry to see this local business close down, and hope the current retail businesses in our area make room for Alco’s former employees.


(You can refer to an article by ABC News here.)

(The Alco Store Website is here.)

Veteran’s Day 2014

Veterans – thank you for serving your country.  We remember and honor your service this November 11, 2014.

For the rest of us – if you happen to see a veteran while you’re out and about going through your day, please take the time to tell them, “Thank you!”


Tuesday Election 11/4/14

Yes, this is a post to my journal for the election coming tomorrow.

I have known John Kane for well over 10 years. I knew him first as a lawyer in Pawhuska, and occasionally assisted him with professional technical support. I’ve known him as a judge since his election years ago. And as a remarkable guitarist and very good singer.

I very highly recommend Judge Kane be retained. Osage County is honored to have a man of  his character and integrity serve its citizens in district court.

Please get out and vote this Tuesday, and please, let’s keep John Kane as our district judge.


Buffalo Joe’s Moved

The folks in Pawhuska watched as the Pizza Hut closed.  There were a lot of rumors and some gossip. After the dust settled, we found out the real story.

Buffalo Joe’s will be open in their new location at 6 a.m. on Thursday June 5, 2014.  We look forward to sharing more later.


Memorial Day 2014

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.” The commission is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity.”

From their recommendations, we encourage all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the United States of America.


9th Street Fire

On the evening of May 9th 2014, a house on 9th street caught fire. I passed by as the fire fighters were knocking down the flames. It appeared to have started in the front north west corner of the home.

I went by the fire station on the 10th to check out the report. There wasn’t any injuries due to the fire. The owners were at the hospital (out of town) and it appeared as though the fan in the front window had started the blaze.

I was grateful to find out there were no injuries, and the firemen quickly contained the fire and put it out.



The Backyard – An Interview

It was wonderful to meet with the owners of The Backyard restaurant today. Located on 205 Main Street in Pawhuska, I sat down and talked with Sergio (Gino) and Lily.

Gino came to us from Miami. He’s the main chef and owner. He learned his trade by managing a restaurant and steak-house.  He started cooking at home as a child. His family couldn’t keep him out of the kitchen.

Why is he in Pawhuska? That is the beginning of this story. Gino was a prize fighter, and fought for the world championship in welterweight boxing in 2000. He was 18, and very young for that career. The fight went to decision and the previous champion retained his title by 1 point. In a later fight, Gino broke his arm and was unable to continue as a boxer.

While he was prize fighting, though, he saved up. His mom, Odessa, taught him to save as much as he could from every job he had. She came with him and is helping him in his restaurant.

Gino met Lily, a young lady from Pawhuska, and came out on a vacation to meet her family here. He fell in love with the town and stayed.

At first the young couple considered buying a house in Skiatook. Then Gino saw a sign on main street – the Midway Cafe was up for sale. Thinking things through, he put everything he had into the restaurant. That way, instead of having a mortgage and working for someone else, he could work for himself and eventually get a home for he and Lily. Also, he has a positive impact on Pawhuska’s economy, employing 10 people at the restaurant.

It is a lot of work. His day starts around 5:30 am and the cleaning is done at night after 10 pm. This is his schedule 6 days a week. Taking inventory, doing the ordering and getting supplies, opening the restaurant, being there for breakfast and lunch. He’s grateful to have 2 other chefs for the morning and lunch shifts. Then he’s the chef until closing at 9 pm. Sunday he gets a little break by closing at 3:00 pm.

Breakfast is served all day long, and the food is really wonderful. If you haven’t stopped by, come by and meet our newest Pawhuska business.

Congratulations on your opening; Sergio, Lily, Odessa and all the crew at The Backyard restaurant, serving Cuban cuisine.


p.s. If you want to know Sergio’s last name, drop by and ask him while you order a meal – Mike.

Where the World and Pawhuska meet!