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Treasure Valley Racing files to intervene; tribe opposes similar move yesterday by Greyhound Park operator

Treasure Valley Racing, operator of Les Bois Park in Boise, today filed a petition to intervene in the court case in which the Coeur d’Alene Tribe is challenging instant racing in Idaho. In the petition, Treasure Valley Racing’s attorneys, Barker Rosholt & Simpson, argued that the company “depends for its continued existence upon the governor’s veto being sustained by this Court.” The company says it spent $4 million to purchase 200 instant racing terminals between 2012 and 2014, as part of a $10 million upgrade to Les Bois Park and would shut down if it could no longer have the gambling machines; you can read the petition here.

Also today, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe filed its response to yesterday’s petition from Coeur d’Alene Racing LLC, operator of the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls, which has 35 of the machines, to file a “friend of the court” brief and offer arguments in the case. The tribe's attorney, Deborah Ferguson, wrote that Coeur d’Alene Racing already had an opportunity to be heard during the legislative process, and argued that its position in favor of upholding Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of SB 1011 “is already well represented in this case and need not be duplicated.” You can read the tribe’s filing here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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