Thursday, April 30, 2015

Please See My Other Blog

I have restricted my commentary on this blog until the May 9 Amarillo City Council elections are done. This decision is to distance my personal activity during the election season from the consulting role I have with ABC7. Postings here will be restricted to hard news for the time being.


For commentary and other information, please visit my relatively new blog “The Quintessential Curmudgeon.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Report: David Wallace claims Amarillo one of 413 creditors

A newly published report in the Sugar Land Sun lists some of David Wallace's creditors and that the former master developer has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.Read the full report here.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Amtrak derails Amarillo's hope for passenger train service

The bad news for Amarillo broke in the Santa Fe New Mexican at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief will remain on its route through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. The hope for a reroute from somewhere in Kansas along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Transcon is not happening according to the story in the New Mex. The upshot is that Amarilloans will not see train travel in the foreseeable future and the city leaders now much figure out what to do with the old Santa Fe station on which they spent millions of taxpayer dollars.

Friday, March 27, 2015

How Much Has Changed?

In the process of rebuilding my main desktop computer from scratch, I ran across an old file I’d almost forgotten about. It’s an interview by now City Councilor Ellen Robertson Green when she hosted the KACV (now Panhandle PBS) program “Face-to-Face.” I am not certain when the interview was done or when the show aired, but I think it’s in Spring 2009. Based on the references in the interview. In the context of what is occurring now with the City Council and the election in May, I think you’ll find the interview interesting.


 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Developer files bankruptcy

David Wallace, one partner in the now-defunct mater developer for the city of Amarillo, has filed for personal bankruptcy. This information comes via the Joplin Globe's Sarah Okeson in a story posted to that newspaper's website 30 minutes ago. The Turner Report, a Joplin-based blog also reported on the filing.

The bankruptcy filing comes not far behind a posting in the  that revealed that the only successful project Wallace completed was an $84,000 swimming pool in his back yard.


Readers of The Amarillo Independent will recall the extensive reporting on these developers when Les Simpson, the publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News, was president of the Downtown Amarillo Inc. board. He and DAI Executive Director Melissa Dailey came to the then City Commission in November 2010 pushing hard for a quick decision to embrace the now disgraced development firm.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Real journalism has its risks

I don’t believe anyone who signs up to be a reporter has a death wish or purposely puts himself in danger. But, all journalists know that sometimes the job entails risks, especially when the reporter and the news outlet are equally committed to exposing corruption. According to the Santa Fe NewMexican, those risks come home to roost at just such a newspaper Saturday at the weekly Rio Grande SUN in EspaƱola, N.M.

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