Coquille tribe says it plans casino in Medford
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon tribe that operates a casino in Coos County hopes to open one in Medford.
The Medford Mail Tribune reports the Coquille Indian Tribe has quietly bought a bowling alley and restaurant building and has leased an adjacent golf course.
Chief Kenneth Tanner said the tribe will seek to have the purchased property placed into a federal trust, paving the way to reservation status.
Tanner told the paper that Medford is "one of the last good markets remaining without a casino in Oregon."
He says plans are to level the restaurant for a parking lot and remodel the bowling alley, with part turned into a gambling area. He said getting the casino open could take two to three years.
The tribe has a casino in North Bend.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/