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Stillaguamish Bet on Bigger Casino

4 January 2006

WASHINGTON – As reported by the Seattle Times: "The Stillaguamish Tribe plans to expand its Angel of the Winds Casino in the coming year, capitalizing on an operation that has pumped millions of dollars into the small tribe.

"The casino, north of Arlington in rural Snohomish County, will grow from about 22,000 square feet with 455 video slot machines to about 37,000 square feet and 675 machines.

"It employs about 250 people and expects to add about 75.

"'We're a small casino getting to be a medium-sized one. I don't ever see us getting to be a Tulalip,' said General Manager Dave Seufert, referring to the Tulalip Tribes' prominent casino off Interstate 5 at Quil Ceda Village, about 11 miles to the south.

"Stillaguamish Executive Director Eddie Goodridge Jr. said the move is less an expansion than a move toward the tribe's original plan to build a 45,000-square-foot casino. Those plans were scaled back when development costs were higher than anticipated and an initial lender backed out of the project…"

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