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New Airway Heights Casino Compatible With Fairchild Air Force Base'

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Building plans for a new casino is gaining momentum after a recently released Environmental Impact Study.
 
A 1-thousand page impact study released by the Bureau Of Indian Affairs and The Spokane Tribe Of Indians outlines potential positive and negative effects it could have on the community and nearby Fairchild Air Force Base. In the report it explores 4 different options of developing land just north of the Spoko Fuel in Airway Heights. Option 1 proposes a new 98 thousand square foot casino. Option two and three propose a scaled back version. Option four is no development of the land.
 
The BIA determined that building the casino as proposed, option 1, to be the best for the city of Airway Heights, the tribe and Fairchild Air force base. However the study found that building the casino would create "Unacceptable Traffic Conditions" in and around the site. The report said the tribe needs to implement and or pay a "fair share" of the traffic and road improvements with the city and county also kicking in funds.
 
The report shows the casino is also "Compatible with Fairchild and the Spokane Airport," and will not hinder regular operations. The Spokane tribe must also work closely with the base to address any "compatibility issues and noise nuisance issues" the casino or base may have. The study also suggests that since the casino is near the flight path of the base, that Fairchild is "not liable or responsible for damage from aircraft vibration, noise, vapors, exhaust, ect."
 
Northern Quest casino operated by the Kalispel Tribe is just two miles away from where the site of the newly proposed casino. There is a 45 day public comment period where anyone can weigh in on the findings of the study and the proposed casino. To read the full 1 thousand page report and express any concerns or comments log on to, www.westplainseis.com.
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