Many of you contacted us yesterday to report that Local Area Watch website was unaccessible. The glitch has been eliminated, and we appreciate the reports of problems like that.
Also, some readers have been concerned about the lack of daily articles. Be assured that we are still going full bore here, and that the level of articles will increase again. We are a small organization, and periodically we need to devote all of our time to other matters. One big thing is the FOIA lawsuit we filed against the City of Grand Rapids to obtain the release of documents related to a possible property tax fraud. The judge has asked us and the City to file briefs so that he can make a final decision. So that has taken quite a bit of our time.
Another thing is our investigation of the Kent County chief medical examiner's conflict of interest and possible misfeasance by his private medical firm as a result. This is a serious problem caused in no small part by the way the Kent County Board of Commissioner outsources that top job. You'll hear more from us on this as the story develops.
Finally, there are important developments in the Boardwalk hazardous waste dumping scandal and all its tentacles reaching into the MDEQ, the City government, Fifth Third Bank, big-name contractors, and the local bar. Our exposure of the corruption behind the Boardwalk project helped to ratchet back an "Amway" culture for doing business in this town. With luck we will be able to report in the near future how these recent developments have resolved this scandal.
Meanwhile, keep checking here, and don't forget our excellent archive of past articles you might have missed.