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Tortoises push back casino plans

17 July 2008

TWENTYNINE PALMS, California -- As reported by the Desert Trail: "Discovery of tortoises on the 160-acre site of the Nüwü Casino and RV Resort has likely pushed back the opening of that casino 30 to 60 days.

"That is the word from Rod Wilson, spokesman for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, which has proposed building the casino and RV park on reservation land south and east of the intersection of Adobe Road and Baseline Road.

"Discovery of the endangered species, Wilson said, required the tribe to add to its already extensive environmental as-sessment for the project..."

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