Last week’s Madill Record (2/12/2015) reported “County Not Happy with Govt’s Handling of Beetle.” The American Burying Beetle (ABB) was portrayed as a costly obstacle to housing development, oil and gas pipeline construction, and road projects.  Our county commissioners apparently want it removed from the Endangered Species list to save money.  But there was no […]

In 2008, two land parcels at Lake Texoma State Park were sold to Pointe Vista Development (PVD) based on their agreement to construct a “four star hotel and convention center” by the end of May, 2014. Former Chesapeake Energy CEO and founder Aubrey McClendon, and Chaparral Energy CEO Mark Fischer became the new owners of […]

Public Relations and the Taking of Lake Texoma State Park In commercial advertising there are laws against “bait and switch” sales tactics. That’s when you are promised one thing for your money, and you are given something else. The “Promise” or item advertised is the “bait.” And the disappointing product or service you received is […]

The Failed Lake Texoma Redevelopment – Part 2

October 23, 2014

The Legal Problems Behind the Park Privatization In 2005, the Oklahoma state legislature overturned seven decades of recreation and parks policy in order to make it politically possible to push through the “privatization” agenda of a few developers and politicians. The attached timeline lays out the main events in the liquidation of one of Oklahoma’s […]

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The Failed Lake Texoma Redevelopment – Part 1

October 21, 2014

When Privatization Becomes Theft Beginning in the early 1980’s about the time Ronald Reagan was elected president, we started hearing a lot about deregulation, outsourcing and privatization.  Many government and industry officials felt that they could do a better job of voluntarily regulating themselves if they were given the chance.  They also felt that government […]

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Stop Pointe Vista’s Residential Development

October 7, 2014

Note: Oklahoma state auditor Gary Jones and the CLO are obligated to protect the public interest in Lake Texoma State Park which was wrongfully privatized in 2008.  Pointe Vista is attempting residential development at Chickasaw Pointe.  This and their petition for a new Rural Water and Sewer District to serve their residential rental project should […]

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Pointe Vista Seeks Rural Water – Sewage District

September 11, 2014

(Marshall County, OK) —  Pointe Vista Development owners Mark and Scott Fischer recently submitted a petition to the Marshall County Commissioners for a new rural water and sewer district to serve their construction of rental town homes at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course.  This “Area A” was the first of two land parcels purchased in 2008. […]

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Pointe Vista Continues Deceptive PR Tactics

August 13, 2014

Often when controversial issues enter the courts, a virtual firewall is erected between the litigants and the taxpayers.  Legal proceedings are assumed to be “too complex” for the general public, and they are simply ignored and go unreported until final rulings are issued. In the case of the state of Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land […]

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Who do Sen. Brecheen & Rep. Hardin Represent?

June 22, 2014

Last December, I invited OK State Senator Josh Brecheen and State Representative (Dist. 49) Tommy Hardin to a Kingston Town Hall meeting. We wanted to address two problems at Lake Texoma: Pointe Vista Development’s non-performance and breach of contract for a hotel and convention center, and our severely low lake levels. As an independent journalist, […]

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Pointe Vista Financing District is Dissolved

June 2, 2014

(Marshall County, OK) — The Marshall County Commissioners voted this morning to rescind and dissolve the Pointe Vista Development Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District which was originally approved on July 24, 2009.  “The TIF is gone,” said commissioner Chris Duroy who represents the town of Kingston. The TIF district was “comprised of approximately 2,655 acres […]

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