Battle Over Proposed Spokane Casino Continues - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Battle Over Proposed Spokane Casino Continues

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) - Spokane County commissioners were barred from commenting when business leaders opposed to a new Indian casino asked them for help in defending Fairchild Air Force Base.

The Spokesman-Review reported that commissioners are bound to remain silent under a deal in which the county would receive payments to offset the effects of the Spokane Tribe's casino and hotel development.

Commissioner Mark Richard defended the intergovernmental agreement that requires commissioners to remain neutral on the casino project, which is under consideration by the U.S. Department of Indian Affairs.

The Spokane Tribe's casino proposal is a hotly disputed issue in Spokane County, in part because it is located very close to the Kalispel Tribe's Northern Quest casino resort on the western outskirts of Spokane.

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