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Casino takes another STEP closer to Airway Heights

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The Spokane Tribe of Indians is a little bit closer to building a hotel and casino in Airway Heights due to approval from the federal government. The Spokane Tribe of Indians is a little bit closer to building a hotel and casino in Airway Heights due to approval from the federal government.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is a little bit closer to building a hotel and casino in Airway Heights due to approval from the federal government.

But, Greater Spokane Inc. thinks this could be a safety risk to Fairchild Air Force Base due to its proximity.

"We want to be clear we are in favor of the casino, we just aren't in favor of the location," said Steve Stevens, CEO of Greater Spokane Inc.

They also think it could threaten the future security of the base, as does Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

"We want to make sure we are in a position to safeguard this base," said Stevens.

The base brings $1.3 billion each year to the Spokane community, but, the Spokane Tribe of Indians is confident they can boost the economy too, by adding 5,000 jobs.

The entire community is going to benefit from the jobs provided there," said Rudy Peone, Chaiman of the Spokane Tribe of Indians.

This is the first time the Spokane Tribe of Indians has a legal timeline for their project. Now, the governor has 1 year to approve or deny this development.

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