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Barstow casino compact extended

31 May 2007

BARSTOW, California -- As reported by the Desert Dispatch: "Despite the expiration of a federal deadline for the offreservation casino project in Barstow, an agreement reached between the Big Lagoon Rancheria and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will prolong the life of the compact for more than three months.

"Today marked a deadline for land south of the Barstow Outlets mall to be taken into trust by the federal government, made into reservation land, and deemed eligible for gaming for a proposed casino resort involving two California tribes and a Michigan developer.

"Virgil Moorehead, chairperson for Big Lagoon, said that he agreed to extend the land into trust deadline with the state until September 17 and keep fighting for a casino in Barstow for a few more months.

"...David Miller, a spokesman for compact sponsor State Senator Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, said the extension gives the compact a bit of breathing room. The compact, reintroduced into the legislature by a bill sponsored by Wiggins, currently awaits an informational hearing in the Senate Government Organization Committee. Miller said that hearing might not occur until other casino compacts before the legislature clear the Assembly..."

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