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Casino Plan Has Many Foes As Governor Ponders Issue, Comments Run 2-1 Against Airway Heights Proposal

This sidebar appeared with the story: HOW TO COMMENT Citizens wishing to comment about the casino proposal to Gov. Gary Locke can call 360-902-4111, or fax 360-753-4110. E-mail can be sent through the governor’s web site at govemail.htm. Regular mail can be sent to: Gov. Gary Locke, Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 40002, Olympia 98504-0002.

Here are some of the supporters and opponents who have sent letters or e-mails, or called the governor’s office or the Washington State Gambling Commission about the Kalispel Tribe’s proposed Airway Heights casino: SUPPORTERS Ron Allen, president, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, D.C. Jeff Colliton, Spokane City Councilman Stuart Fricke, Arikara-Sioux tribal member from Grandview, Wash. Leann Purtill, president, Airway Sand & Gravel, Airway Heights Jerry Flood, chairman, Economic Development Committee of Medical Lake Chamber of Commerce Patrick Curry, president, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development; member, Blackfeet Tribe of Montana Janet Dilber, branch manager, Inland Northwest Bank, Airway Heights Mark Wakefield, owner, Wakefield Auto Parts & Sales, Spokane Kerry Lynch, president, Alliance Pacific public relations firm, Spokane Tom Flynn, president, Spokane Labor Council.

OPPONENTS John Talbott, Spokane mayor (signed petition) Betty Berge, vice president, Main Street Bar and Grill, Puyallup, Wash. Geneva Nash Ward, owner, Sportsman Cafe & Lounge, Spokane Karen Montecucco, owner, Silver Lanes, Spokane Shirley and Jack Williams, owners, Charley’s Grill and Spirits, Spokane Spokane Hotel-Motel Association Slade Gorton, U.S. senator John Shaffer, pastor, Manito United Methodist Church, Spokane Stuart Ellison, president, Spokane Restaurant and Hospitality Association Northwest Amateur Hockey Association (operates bingo hall) Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association (operates bingo hall).

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