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Public Hearing for New Resort, Casino Planned for West Plains

This rendering shows the vision for the Spokane Tribe's proposed development on 145 acres of land west of Spokane. This rendering shows the vision for the Spokane Tribe's proposed development on 145 acres of land west of Spokane.

A public hearing is scheduled Monday to discuss the environmental impact of a proposed resort near Fairchild Air Force Base west of Spokane.

The Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) has two distinctive camps: one in favor of the new development, and another a deadest against it.

Watch live video of the hearing

The tribe wants to turn 145 acres of land near the Air Force base into a casino and retail area. They plan on spending $400 to make their dream a reality, with plans for restaurants, a hotel with indoor water park, and even a new police and fire station.

There are two big issues that stand in the way, however. First, opponents say the project could jeopardize the future of Fairchild Air Force Base, one of the area's largest employers. Secondly, critics worry the new casino, just miles from the Kalispel Tribe's Northern Quest Resort and Casino, would turn the town of Airway Heights into a mini Las Vegas.

KHQ conducted a debate between the two sides last Thursday. The coverage can be seen here.

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