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Timbisha Shoshone casino unlikely

26 June 2007

HESPERIA, California -- As reported by Victorville Daily Press: "Where the Timbisha Shoshone tribe once hoped to cash in with slot machines, busy parking lots filled with shopping carts now seem more likely.

"Carl Ross, a Las Vegas-based business park developer and the owner of Safari Properties, closed on the property on June 7, in partnership with Lewis Investment Company LLC, according to San Bernardino County Assessor's records.

"Ross now has part or full ownership of properties along the Interstate 15 corridor from Main Street to the Pilot Travel Center truck stop near Highway 395. One hundred acres are on the east side of the freeway, he said, and 250 acres on the west side.

"Ross, who built the Safari Business Center in Ontario, said he does not believe the tribe has enough money to make it a sound investment.

"...Casino developer Gary Fears of the Rinaldo Corp., which was originally supposed to build the casino with the Timbisha Shoshone, confirmed last November that he was interested in selling the property..."

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