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Barstow casino compacts may expire

13 September 2007

BARSTOW, California -- As reported by the Desert Dispatch: "The state Senate adjourned for the 2007 legislative session at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday and failed to approve the agreements necessary for the Big Lagoon Rancheria and Los Coyotes Indian tribes to build a casino in Barstow.

"The Barstow casino compacts, signed by the governor on Sept. 9, 2005, will expire if not passed by both houses of the state legislature by Sept. 17, 2007. Tuesday was the last day for the senate to pass any legislation.

"Tom Shields, spokesman for BarWest, LLC. blamed the failure to pass the contract on 'wealthy Indian gaming tribes' and said the 'legislature failed to do the right thing.'

"He said that the project had the support of Barstow city officials, Indian tribes and major environmental groups who are opposed to the Big Lagoon tribe building a casino on a environmentally sensitive lagoon on their Humbolt County reservation.

"...Sabrina Lockhart, spokeswoman for governor's office, said that the governor was 'disappointed by the legislature's failure to approve the compacts.'..."

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