Tribe Tries Again for Amador County Casino - Monday 15th of May 2006

IONE, California As reported by the Sacramento Business Journal: "Details for a $200 million casino near Ione could be hashed out this summer by Amador County and the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians again.

"A tribal plan for Flying Cloud Casino was rejected last year by the governor's office because it failed to include the impact on the surrounding area.

"The tribe pulled that plan, hired an environmental consulting firm and started from scratch again this year.

"To get the governor's OK to operate a casino, tribes must complete Tribal Environmental Impact Reports, which must detail ways to address problems from the development.

"The tribe is proposing a 70,000-square-foot casino, featuring 2,000 slot machines and 80 gaming tables. It would have at least five restaurants, meeting space, lounges and an entertainment venue. The development would include a nine-story, 3,000-stall parking garage. The casino would have parking for 3,500 vehicles.

"Seventeen acres of the 67-acre Rancheria land would be used for the development. The rest of the land would be designated as an archaeological and biological resource protection area...

"The casino would be about 30 miles from Sacramento and Stockton, amid the burgeoning wine districts of Amador and El Dorado counties.

"Flying Cloud Casino would be just slightly smaller than the successful Thunder Valley Casino outside of Lincoln and Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks. It would be larger than the Jackson Rancheria Casino, about 10 miles further to the east.

"Amador County officials want a smaller casino. But Flying Cloud is the same size as the previous plan, with a promise of more detail on the environmental study. Jones & Stokes in Sacramento is handling the environmental report for the tribe...

"The county remains concerned about impacts on law enforcement, roads, fire protection, the environment, traffic and public safety, said Amador County administrator Pat Blacklock…

"The county continues to challenge whether the tribe has the right to operate a casino on the land. The tribe has had federal opinions in its favor from regulatory agencies but no legal decisions, Blacklock said…"

Other news from around the same time

Changing Bingo Cards on Class II Slots - Monday 15th of May 2006

John, I live in Texas and play frequently at Windstar Casino, which is an Indian "Bingo" Casino. M....


Lotto Sales Surge Past £5bn - Monday 15th of May 2006

UK As reported by the Evening Standard (UK): "Lottery operator Camelot, said it had been helped by....


Las Vegas Visitor Count Breaks Record - Sunday 14th of May 2006

by Chris JonesLas Vegas Gaming WireLAS VEGAS The March winds blew yet another travel industry reco....


Daly Book Details Slot Losses in the Millions - Sunday 14th of May 2006

NEW ORLEANS - As reported by the Times-Picayune: "… In 1991, he was an eager-eyed 24-year-old roo....


Wisconsin Tribe Considers New Casino - Sunday 14th of May 2006

WISCONSIN - (As reported by the Baraboo News Republic): "Ho-Chunk Nation leaders are considering a ....


Indian Gambling Officials Urge Regulation by Compacts - Sunday 14th of May 2006

by Tony BattLas Vegas Gaming WireWASHINGTON, D.C Indian gambling officials on Thursday told a Hous....


Mergers and Acquisitions: Hard Rock Sold for $770 Million - Sunday 14th of May 2006

by Hubble SmithLas Vegas Gaming WireThe Hard Rock Hotel, a pop icon in Las Vegas with its signature....


Isle Plans Expansion in Florida Market - Sunday 14th of May 2006

FLORIDA As reported by the QC Times: "Isle of Capri Casinos will expand its gaming offerings in so....


Blind Curve Casino Bus in Collision - Sunday 14th of May 2006

BLACK HAWK, Colorado As reported by the Rocky Mountain News: "A casino bus hit a utility truck hea....


Biloxi Mayor Says Casinos Will Again Revitalize Region - Sunday 14th of May 2006

by Howard StutzLas Vegas Gaming WireBILOXI, Mississippi Mayor A.J. Holloway watched during his fir....