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Subject: Thank you
From: William Schneider <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, July 28, 2017 7:56 am
Cc: Troy Nelson <email@example.com>
Thank you for meeting with us yesterday. We really appreciate it.
Once completed we also will take you up on your generous offer to post a press release on the resort.
Please let me know if you have any questions on Red Rock activities. As I mentioned our next big task is to sink a deep water well and hopefully hit the Fox Hill acquire. We are working with the regulators now to learn all of the requirements we will need to comply with for this project.
Considering the problems over the past 17 months involving the federal campground at Lake Tschida's Koehlers Point, the Red Rock Resort, the former owners (Corey and Jennifer Roth) and now you and your partner (Troy Nelson) I have decided not to photograph, film or write news articles or editorials for any reason including the Red Rock Resort.
After pondering everything that was discussed in the recent meeting between myself, you, your office manager (Karrie Bauman), Mark Stelter of New Leipzig and Wayne Nagel of Heil, I have also decided to close my news website. However, it will remain online for those who still want to read the news articles, editorials and review all the videos. Although the issue with the Red Rock Resort is not the only reason it is the most compelling and time consuming one and has actually become unworthy of covering as news.
I have had my fill of photographing, filming and reporting on the many controversial issues in Grant County. I speak in particular the long running debacle involving the Red Rock Resort, Corey and Jennifer Roth, Len Lindbo and all of the former Red Rock Resort Facebook supporters managed by Corey and Jennifer Roth who have written that I am gay and also a transgender living in Elgin on food stamps and collecting welfare.
No one in Grant County has had to put up with the antics, death threats and stalking more than I have by my coverage of the Nazis in Leith (while also being an associate producer of the movie "Welcome To Leith"), the corrupt Grant County elected officials and government employees, the Roths and now yourself. The final nail in the coffin for my decision was the email you wrote to the Lake Tschida manager (Michelle Psyck) (of which I obtained legally) where you wrote she assisted me in committing a crime thus making her an accomplice. This is unforgivable and I see this as also being libelous in nature.
As we discussed in the meeting I do believe that you and your business partner have been dealt a bloated bill of goods by the Roths when you and your business partner (Troy Nelson) purchased it from them and as a result you now have to deal with the fallout. The Roth's past behavior with the general public and those I have known and spoken to who lived at the Red Rock Resort no longer want anything to do with the resort and several of them have moved out.
I doubt there can be any way to reverse the damage the Roths have done involving your business. I will no longer take part in reporting, filming or photographing anything to do with the resort, which may ease your concern with me.
In the meeting you spoke of your plans to improve public relations and looking at new research into the water issues. While this and your plans for more boat ramps, docks, slips and even a marina are praiseworthy I believe you are asking for more than the physical area at Koehlers Point can support and that the Tri-Cities Joint Job Development Authority (TCJJDA), the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDGFD) may even consider or allow.
I also believe that Red Rock Resort will eventually be grossly overdeveloped for the size of the area and will be damaging to the environment and the private landowner in particular who is sandwiched between Red Rock Resort and the federal campground. It may even reduce the income generated by the 10 campsites due to the eventual overcrowding by some of your tenant's usage.
If the income generated by the 10 campsites is reduced to an amount which is too costly for the TCJJDA to maintain then I envision the TCJJDA either not allowing camping at Koehlers Point or dropping its partnership with the BOR for the area which, could eventually result in the BOR closing it down creating a walk-in-wildlife area only with no camping or boat launching much like the BOR did last year when no agreement could be reached on the road issue.
According to the easement granted to Grant County by the Roths this would cause the small portion of the road you now own to be closed to the public thus generating yet another debacle for everyone concerned. This would be disastrous for all of the general public including your tenants. Considering the campground at Koehlers Point brings in very little income compared to the rest of the lake there are other areas with more physical space that improvements have been in the planning stage for several years that could be developed.
I can attest to this as I mentioned in the meeting that I am also the developer of the Lake Tschida website and the administrator of the lake's reservation and accounting system.
While all of your plans are a worthwhile undertaking (albeit mostly for your tenants I believe) it would also be an expensive gamble for you during public hearings to get them approved by the Grant County Commission, the TCJJDA, the BOR, USACE and NDGFD considering how the Roths have treated these government officials in the past.
Although moving forward and overlooking the past obstructionism created by the Roths those memories are entrenched in most people's minds and will likely never be forgotten especially their dragging North Dakota US Senator John Hoeven into the issue.
I do take offense at your request to have Mark Stelter and Wayne Nagel (TCJJDA members) serve as arbitrators in an unofficial private meeting you could have arranged between the two of us simply by emailing me. In my opinion this is a Corey Roth tactic to have witnesses present. Moreover I feel it was a scheme devised to involve 2 TCJJDA government officials to implicate them in conspiring with me thus creating a conflict of interest and a TCJJDA association with my news website.
After much thought about the meeting I also feel that I was being played in order to prevent me from producing news articles, editorials and videos of anything that concerned your business and the statewide attention it has received over the past year and a half both on television and in the newspapers.
I continue to stand by my 1st amendment rights as a news reporter/photographer as well as a citizen.
However, I will no longer involve your business with news coverage or offer
any help as it is just too time consuming and of very little interest to the
I wish you luck in your future ventures at Red Rock Resort.
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