City Council plans to send letter of concern over proposed casino

The Medford City Council plans to send a letter to federal officials expressing concerns over a proposal by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino, but the council on Thursday stopped short of opposing the project.

Councilwoman Karen Blair said at today's council meeting that based on her analysis the city needs to take a position almost immediately in opposition to the casino to attain firm legal standing with federal agencies.

"Please formally oppose the Coquilles' action," she said.

Other council members disagreed with opposing the project on such quick notice, preferring to express concerns and reservations about the project after staff members analyze the potential impact on Medford.

The Coquille Indian Tribe recently purchased Kim's Restaurant and Roxy Ann Lanes along South Pacific Highway in Medford. The tribe has agreed to lease the Bear Creek Golf Course, next to the two buildings. The tribe will attempt to place the property in a U.S. government trust to start a process that could lead to reservation status.

— Damian Mann

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