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Two Bids for BC Casino

14 June 2006

BRITISH COLUMBIA – As reported by the Penticton Western News: "One South Okanagan community has two groups vying for casinos.

"Both the Osoyoos Indian Band and Rocky Mountain Turf Club from Lethbridge, Alta. are working on applications to the B.C. Lottery Corporation for two distinct gaming facilities for the town.

"'I think they both have their niche,' said Osoyoos Mayor John Slater.

"Both projects have merit, he said. Ideally, Slater said he would like to bring both the band and the Rocky Mountain Turf Club applications to the solicitor general as a package. The vast differences between the two facilities could be a benefit, as they will attract different clientele, he said.

"…Saturday Osoyoos residents will be voting in a referendum that is asking if they are in favour of 100 slot machines going into Desert Park. The machines will help subsidize the horse racing component, which is the focus of the revitalization project.

"While the Osoyoos Indian Band said they support the referendum going ahead, but they want residents to remember that the band has been pushing for a casino for nearly 10 years…"

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