Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Turbiville resigns economic development post ahead of Bendagate lawsuit

A Republican former state lawmaker is fleeing a Deadwood post ahead of a lawsuit seeking information about likely criminal activity committed in the Rounds administration.
Citing the demands of serving as mayor for the past year, Chuck Turbiville announced Monday his resignation as executive director of the Deadwood-Lead Economic Development Corp. "Over that period of time we have assisted over 75 businesses to start up, to operate and to continue to grow,” he said. “We’ve loaned out several million dollars, and we have made a lasting impression on the cities of Lead, Deadwood and Central City.” [Tom Griffith, Rapid City Journal]
Black Hills Pioneer story here.

And:
Attorneys for Darley Commercial have requested about every document imaginable in connection with 11 South Dakota EB-5 projects, including Northern Beef Packers, a Deadwood casino, a Day County wind farm and a Huron turkey plant. [Scott Waltman, Aberdeen American News]
Overheard at a drunken music video shoot:
This is the last goddamned check I'm going to write to you assholes!
--Big Kenny Alphin, handing a check for $5M to Mike Gustafson.

Construction is reportedly obscenely over budget.

Jaci Conrad Pearson writes in the Black Hills Pioneer:
For the second month in a row, Deadwood gaming numbers are up over prior year, with November seeing a nearly 7 percent increase in gross revenues and nearly a 10 percent increase in the handle. This year's total year to date handle is $1,011,187,788 as compared to $1,057,862,061 for the same period in 2010. Sen. Tom Nelson, president of the Deadwood Gaming Association is cautiously optimistic about the “up.”
Hey, Tom: how many hen houses have you been hired to guard anyway?

Everybody smokes in Hell.

In related news, the slag pile still sloughing off into Whitewood Creek is in the Deadwood city limits.

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