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Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon

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Plans have been revived to develop a casino in Hood River after Gov. John Kitzhaber rejected earlier plans for a casino in nearby Cascade Locks. Rudy Clements, chairman of the tribal gaming board, said he knows it will be an uphill battle and local residents will likely mount opposition, again. But a budget shortfall of $1.6 million has forced layoffs of 39 tribal government workers. Another 70 workers were laid off at the tribe's Warm Springs mill in central Oregon. "We're looking out for ourselves. We're coming. If they don't like it, that's tough,'' he said, adding the tribe estimates a casino would generate in excess of $100 million a year. Development costs are estimated at $150 million. A vote by tribal members would set the stage for development on 40 acres of trust land just outside the Hood River city limits and urban growth boundary, exempt from land-use rules governing the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Clements said the early proposal envisions a two-story casino with an adjacent six-story parking facility but could offer no timeline. John Arens, chairman of the Hood River County board of commissioners, said he hoped the tribe would work with the county on design and building standards.

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