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Jackson County to help evaluate impacts of Coquille Tribe's proposed Medford casino


MEDFORD, Oregon — Jackson County officials will be examining potential impacts of a proposed casino in Medford.

The Mail Tribune reports ( ) the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will decide Wednesday whether to authorize a memorandum of understanding between the county and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs involving the Coquille Indian Tribe's casino proposal.

The tribe's plan includes converting Roxy Ann Lanes bowling alley and the former Kim's restaurant into a casino with video gambling machines.

Under the agreement, county officials would participate in developing a draft and final Environmental Impact Statement.

Some elected officials have voiced concerns about the casino increasing addictive behavior and crime.

The Coquille Tribe operates a casino north of Coos Bay. They say the casino will bring jobs to Medford and stimulate the economy.

Information from: Mail Tribune,

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