"This is a critical community asset, and so there's just no way we're going to allow something like that to happen," Rogers said. "Absolutely, we would look at what further remedies there were."
A LONG ROAD
The saga started in November 2003, when the district named the foundation, which formed in 1978 to support KOCE, as the highest responsible bidder. The foundation had offered $32 million for KOCE, with only $8 million of it in cash and the other $24 million in credit. The district ruled that the foundation was the highest responsible bidder, surpassing Daystar, which had bid $25.1 million in cash.
Daystar sued the district, saying that its cash bid made it the rightful winner. In April 2004, a Superior Court ruled that the district had obeyed the law in awarding the station to the foundation, and the foundation officially acquired KOCE in November.