Lars Larson on Cascade Locks Casinos

Let’s talk about that proposed casino at Cascade Locks.

You know, for a change I’m actually agreeing with Governor Ted Kulongoski. I think the Indians should be allowed to build a casino at Cascade Locks.

Let me give you some of the new information I got yesterday from Senator Rick Metzger whos running for Secretary of State. He’s a Democrat and I don’t often agree with him. But, when he points out that the Indians already own land which is considered part of their reservation except that land is right in the middle of Mark Hatfield State Park. Why in the world would we want them to build a casino there? But, they have the legal right to do it.

They would prefer, though, to build the casino at Cascade Locks, in a former industrial park, on the former site of a sawmill. Wouldn’t that be a great place to get cleaned up by the Indians. Have them build the proposed $400 million resort, employ 1700 Oregonians just as we head into a recession. Or would you rather simply ban it from there and have the Indians build in the state park?

That’s just dumb.

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  • time for a change

    I think it is time to allow any anyone to build a casino and break the monopoly

  • Jerry

    I say build it where they own the land. Make the site in Cascade Locks a new park.
    All this land swapping is a bad idea.
    Work with what you have where you have it.
    Simple enough.

  • carol

    Egads, I’m agreeing with Lars! First time since the M49 fiasco. How ’bout that award, Lars?

  • Publius

    I’m for building where you own the land. I think Lars is supporting the wrong side in this issue. I’m no fan of casino’s, regardless. However, if we’re going to build them, build them on your own land. Period. No more land swapping.

  • devietro

    I say anybody or any organization should be able to purchase land wherever they want and build a casino. I don’t like the idea of the land swap but I can live with it.

    Lets not forget that another tribe wanted to build a Casino inside Portland and as a bargaining chip was going to build a major league baseball stadium. The city said no way to that too.

    This state hates business its that simple.

  • eddie

    The state doesn’t hate “business”… because without business, who would they overtax and overregulate?

    No, the state hates competition. The state needs to get out of the crappy casino business (aging video poker and video slot machines that are bought second or third-hand from Nevada and tucked into every bar in town, makes for crappy little casinos), and the alcohol business. How anyone can argue that our alcohol abuse in this state is somehow less because the state handles every bottle personally is beyond me.

    This casino issue is 100% about the effect it would have on lottery machine use in the area, and the impact on other Indian casinos which are less easily accessible. Discussions that don’t focus on those two issues are simply smoke being blown…

  • Bad Boy Brown

    I’m all for the Casino in Cascade Locks. It’s time to throw these eco-weenies from the bus. I’m more than tired of their worthless arguements about “preserving” the Gorge. There is already lots of commercial development there and it’s not going away anytime soon. Also, these eco-weenies have done NOTHING to improve the area other than to try stopping every type of development – even those not visible from public spaces. Let’s put people to work here and give the Grand Ronde a run for their money!

  • Pat

    Jerry – the industrial park can not be converted to a “park”. Bear Mountain (one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of wood pellets) has a long-term lease (40 yrs) in the Industrial Park. SDS Lumber also has over 20 acres of the Industrial Park for another 25 years.

    Conversion of Heavy & Light Industrial zoned property to a have a resort similar in size to Skamania Lodge is good for the Gorge, visitors, and Gorge residents.

    I can view the Cascade Locks Industrial Park from my home in Stevenson and have reviewed the Warm Springs proposal carefully. It seems odd to all my out of town friends that I would support the Casino (having worked for the National Park Service and former leader of eco-tours in Alaska). The facts support the proposal.

    Finally, the “off-reservation” argument needs to be addressed. 6 of the 9 existing casinos are on land that was not part of their original reservation. Lawyers for the opposition are playing semantics. The process is essentially the same now but has a different name. Classic example would be the casino in Lincoln City. That casino site used to be a Red Lion and Lincoln City is not a reservation…


    The law’s to build have been followed to a T, the issue of enviormental impact is a farce, as the columbia is not the same columbia it was 100 year’s ago, the landscape has changed more during the last 100 years than it has in it’s entire history, seems to me that the gorge went to crap as soon as the indians left.
    This proposal will create job’s for the citizens of Cascade Locks, increase the economic stability of the region, and help the community of warm springs get back on the right track.
    As I understood it, Warm Springs is very dependant on the forest industries, and with the housing market crash, the timber market followed, forcing a 2 massive layoffs in Warm Springs largest private employer, Warm Springs Forrest Products…some 300 job’s over the last 7 years have been cut, those who held those job’s had families, I’m just guessing but at least 4 per family, not to mention the kids making kids and who they depended on, so this will infact affect close to 2000 people, almost half of the Warm Spring’s people’s total population, the Warm Springs People need this to happen, not want, does cascade locks.

    They have my support….and they should have your’s.

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