Over a decade ago, the Commissioners of the Land Office crafted a reckless scheme to privatize Lake Texoma State Park. Five years earlier this was the most popular and profitable of 51 Oklahoma state parks. State tax cuts and park budget cuts ended that. CLO assistant secretary Keith Kuhlman was leading advocate for the Lake […]

The Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) filed suit against Pointe Vista Development in January, 2014 for breach of contract.  They also filed a “Notice of Pendency of Action (lis pendens)” with the Marshall County Clerk. This notice does two things.  It identifies “CLO v Pointe Vista Development, LLC” as case number CJ-2014-152 in […]

Making allegations of “conspiracy” or “collusion” by state officials is a hard thing to prove in less than a thousand words.  I edited my last commentary and submitted it to the Durant Daily Democrat. It’s on page 3 of the Sunday (6/14) edition.  It’s a better version, but same idea.  – s l willis CLO […]

Mediation, or Betrayal by the Land Commission?

June 8, 2015

Every successful conspiracy relies on secrecy and stealth.  That’s true for the Wall Street banks which caused the 2008 world wide financial crash, and got away with billions thanks to the lack of government prosecutions.  And it’s true for the privatization of Lake Texoma State Park which appears to have been set up from the […]

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Pointe Vista Still Seeking Sewer Services

April 23, 2015

One of the first people I met when I moved here in 2008 was Kingston resident Art Hackler. He has been one of the long time true believers in the conversion of Lake Texoma State Park, claiming it will bring jobs and opportunities for this side of the lake. After seven years of empty promises […]

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Oklahoma Targets Endangered Species Protection

February 18, 2015

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 […]

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Judge Missing In Action on CLO v Pointe Vista

January 23, 2015

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 […]

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The Failed Lake Texoma Redevelopment – Part 3

October 28, 2014

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 […]

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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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