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Barstow casino deals expire

20 September 2007

SACRAMENTO, California -- As reported by the San Diego Union Tribune: "Blocked by powerful tribal opponents, gambling agreements that authorized the Los Coyotes band of San Diego County and another tribe to build large, off-reservation casinos in Barstow have expired.

"The passing of a midnight Monday deadline to have land eligible for the joint project rendered the compacts "null and void," said a spokeswoman for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who negotiated the deals.

"However, the bid by Los Coyotes and the Big Lagoon tribe of Humboldt County to build side-by-side casinos along a popular route to Las Vegas may not be dead.

"...Jason Barnett, a spokesman for Big Lagoon, said 'the compacts have expired but that doesn't necessarily mean we're at the end here.'

"The administration also said Barstow remains its preferred alternative to a casino on Big Lagoon's environmentally sensitive reservation along the Northern California coast..."

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