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Klamath Tribes plan hotel and larger casino
by Ty Beaver, Herald and News 10/6/07
The Klamath Tribes are planning a $ 32-million expansion of their casino near Chiloquin that will include a larger gambling hall and hotel.
   The Tribesí General Council approved the project in late July.
   Rod Clarke, president of Klamath Tribes Economic Development Corporation, said the financial health of Kla-Mo-Ya casino indicates the project would continue to benefit the Tribes and their members.
   Funding for the project would come from a $23-million loan. Kla-Mo-Ya revenues would contribute an additional $9 million to the project.
   Conceptual designs call for a 30- to 40-room hotel and expanded casino floor. The current casino would eventually be turned into a convention center for events and concerts.
   Construction would be done in two phases.
   The new casino and hotel would be built first, north of the present building. The hotel would have recreation areas including an indoor pool while the casino would have a restaurant and space for other services.
   The second construction phase would convert the current casino into meeting space and an auditorium.
   Clarke said a beginning construction date hasnít been set, but the first phase is scheduled for completion by December 2009.
   Proposal requests were issued this week and Clarke said the Tribesí economic officials would interview prospective contractors in the coming weeks.
   Clarke said the recent payout to tribal members from casino revenues and the ability to find financial backing indicate the project is on sound ground.
   Conceptual designs can be viewed at Kla-Mo-Ya on Highway 97.

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