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Medford casino meeting is open to all

I was wondering whether the community meeting on Feb. 3 regarding the proposed Cow Creek tribal casino is open to all of the neighboring towns or just Medford. If so, would our comments be "counted," or just people from Medford?

— Chris G., Central Point

Just a quick clarification before we get started with our answer, Chris. The Cow Creek Band Of Umpqua Tribe Of Indians isn't behind the proposed casino in Medford. It's the Coquille Indian Tribe.

The meeting, organized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is today, Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the North Medford High School Auditorium.

Anyone can attend, and your comments on environmental impacts of the proposed casino will be "counted" and taken into consideration, says Ray Doering, spokesman for the Coquille Tribe. Areas of concern that will be analyzed include impacts on traffic, transportation, land and water resources, noise and public safety.

You can also send written comments to Stanley Speaks, Northwest Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northwest Region, 911 N.E. 11th Ave., Portland, OR, 97232-4165. Include your name, return address and "DEIS Scoping Comments, Coquille Indian Tribe Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project" on the first page. Those comments must be received by Feb. 17. 

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