Casino plans surprise Medford officials

Councilman Bob Strosser said the casino idea raises lots of questions

Medford officials were surprised to learn about the Coquille Indian Tribe's plans to build a casino in Medford.

“We obviously didn't know about it,” Councilman Bob Strosser said. “It is somewhat of an unknown to us.”

He said the fact the tribe is interested in locating a casino in Medford is some evidence that the tribe considers Medford a viable community.

However, Strosser said he hasn't formulated an opinion about whether a casino is a good fit for Medford, saying he has too many questions about the project.

“I have some of my own apprehensions,” he said. “But I'll take a wait-and-see attitude.”

Strosser said he's more familiar with the tribe that owns Seven Feathers in Canyonville.

The Coquille Indian Tribe has acquired Roxy Ann Lanes and the former Kim's Restaurant in hopes of opening a Medford casino along South Pacific Highway. The tribe also has agreed to lease Bear Creek Golf Course, adjacent to the two buildings.

-- Damian Mann