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The gambling news is abuzz with the planned construction of the Madera casino. Station Casinos is the Las Vegas-based gaming company that entered a development and management deal in December 2003 with the North Fork Tribe of Mono Indians to oversee construction and then casino operations.

Elaine Bethel-Fink, tribal chair of the North Fork, thanked the governor for approving the new compact, saying the decision “represents a significant step forward in our tribe’s dreams of self-sufficiency.”

The compact must next be ratified by the California Legislature and then approved by the interior secretary, said Charles Banks-Altecruse, a tribal spokesman.

North Fork wants to build a 2,500-slot casino, coupled with a 200-room hotel. In its second quarter earning report, Station Casinos estimated construction on the project “may begin in the second half of 2013” and expects the casino to be completed 18 months later.

The North Fork Tribe estimates the casino will generate 4,500 direct and indirect jobs, $100 million a year in economic activity and $5 million a year in community funding for Madera County.

So, Madera unemployment should be the lowest rate ever with good jobs, especially when you add in the high-speed rail project. Madera will be a bustling town.

Station Casinos also owns 50 percent of MPM, which manages the Gun Lake Casino in Michigan on behalf of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians. The company also recently secured $825 million needed to finance its project in Sonoma County, where Station Casinos and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria broke ground on June 18 on a 535,000 square-foot hotel-casino adjacent to Rohnert Park, 43 miles from San Francisco.

Well, we wanted jobs, jobs, jobs ... and we got them.

I imagine you can start to work on the Sonoma project and transfer into Madera. Start applying. We also need our local schools to provide casino management certification.

Loraine Goodwin, MD, JD,


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