Casino decision looms

On February 18, 2015, in News, by barstow

By MIKE LAMB STAFF WRITER BARSTOW — A decision on the proposed local Indian casino could be made at any time, and the Super Wal-Mart project is still going forward, city officials said. Those announcements and an update on a scaled-down aluminum plant project were provided by the city manager and planning manager at the [...]

Barstow Casino still has life

On November 6, 2014, in News, by barstow

Official: Prop. 48 outcome has no impact on project By Jose Quintero Staff Write BARSTOW — State voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed a Native American tribe build a casino on non-tribal land near Fresno.      The proposed casino would have been located approximately 40 miles from the North Fork Rancheria [...]

Vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 48 for off-reservation casino

On September 29, 2014, in News, by barstow

By The Times Editorial Board California voters have generally supported Indian gaming, which has served, among other things, as an economic lifeline for Native Americans living in poverty. But what happens when a tribe can’t reasonably put a casino on its reservation? Should tribes in remote or environmentally sensitive areas be allowed to develop casinos [...]

Lenwood could see economic boom

On April 26, 2014, in News, by barstow

Casino, aluminum plant projects could bring 3,000-plus jobs to area By Mike Lamb LENWOOD – Motorists driving past the Lenwood Road overpass project toward Barstow see firsthand the results of decades of economic decay: Run-down buildings, businesses barely hanging on, others long closed. There are two major projects on the horizon, however, that could change [...]

BIA advances off-reservation casino projects in California

On April 22, 2014, in News, by barstow

Two California tribes are finally seeing action on their off-reservation gaming proposals. The Bureau of Indian Affairs published notice in the Federal Register today of two final environmental impact statements. One is for the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indiansand the other is for the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians. Both tribes are seeking to build casinos [...]

Casino’s final impact statement released

On April 21, 2014, in News, by barstow

By Mike Lamb BARSTOW – A proposed $160 million casino and resort off Lenwood Road near Interstate 15 has been cleared of any major negative impact on the environment by the U.S. Department of Interior. The final environmental impact statement released Friday, which must proceed through a 30-day comment period, represents a major hurdle cleared [...]

Casino plays a role in community’s comeback

On January 4, 2014, in News, by barstow

Rohnert Park on road to revival By JEREMY HAY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Marilyn Ponton, Rohnert Park’s normally low-key development services manager, laughed and spoke in exclamation points as she said, “We’re on the map! We’ve been discovered!” The Friendly City’s economy, if not quite booming yet, is making loud noises as 2014 starts. The shift [...]

Barstow Station ranked busiest stop in the West

On December 12, 2013, in News, by barstow

By Jose Quintero BARSTOW – USA Today has named Barstow Station the busiest rest stop in the West for Thanksgiving travel. USA Today’s Nov. 20 report used data from the mobile application Foursquare to compile a list of the busiest rest stops in the country based on the volume of check-ins last year from Nov. [...]

California has not hit the saturation point for casinos: Thousands swarm to the Graton casino on opening day

On November 6, 2013, in News, by barstow

Thousands swarm Graton casino on opening day San Francisco Chronicle Justin Berton Seventy-year-old Mary Lopez left her Fremont home just after 3 a.m. to line up in the cold air outside the Graton Resort & Casino, ignoring whatever controversy remains about the behemoth operation and instead focusing on dreams of slot machine riches. “I know the [...]

Increases in Tribal Gaming Revenues Bode Well for Native American Communities

On September 26, 2013, in News, by barstow

Increases in Gaming Revenues Bode Well for Indian Country Gale Courey Toensing An increase in Indian gaming revenues in 2012 of almost three percent offers “economic encouragements” for Indian country, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). The commission released data in late July showing revenues generated by the Indian gaming industry in 2012 [...]