It took me about two seconds to say "Yes" when the publisher of Salem Weekly, A.P. Walther, asked me via an email if I'd be interested in writing a story about the unbuilt section of Lone Oak Road that the City Council is asking the public to pay for, after the developer, Larry Tokarski, walked away from his obligation to make the road improvements.
The front page story appeared in this week's issue of Salem Weekly. You can read it online. Here's a PDF file of the story as I sent it off to Walther.
Download Salem Weekly Lone Oak story PDF
This shows the importance of Salem having an alternative newspaper. Before I heard from Walther, I toyed with the idea of seeing if the Statesman Journal, our daily newspaper, would be interested in doing a story on this subject.
But since Tokarski's real estate company, Coldwell Banker Mountain West, is a major advertiser in the Statesman Journal, I figured that the chances of the newspaper running a story that put Tokarski in a bad light were slim to none.
So it was great that Salem Weekly gave me 1,500 words for a story about Tokarski leaving Salem citizens with his $7.5 million unpaid development bill.