If you’re interested in the proposed Cascade Locks casino, or just want to watch a rousing forum, then Tuesday is your day. The Portland Garden Club is hosting a pro-and-con panel discussion on the proposed Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Casino in Cascade Locks.
On hand to argue that a 500,000-square foot casino-resort is a good idea will be Louie Pitt, director of government affairs andÂ planning for the Warm Springs tribes, and Chuck Daughtry, general manager of theÂ Port ofÂ Cascade Locks.Â
In the other corner, saying that a project with parking for 3,700 cars might not be the best idea for a small town in the Gorge: Tiffany Pruit, chairman of Cascade Locks’ city council, and Michael Lang, conservation director ofÂ Friends of the ColumbiaÂ Gorge.
Also attending will be Congressman David Wu.
Says Dawn Kropp, conservation chairman of the Portland GardenÂ Club: “We created aÂ forum where our members and the public could learn about the process andÂ potential impacts of a casino in the Columbia River Gorge.”
The tribes’ casino proposal has the backing of Oregon’s governor and a number of Cascade Locks officials (though, given the panel at this forum, clearly not all) and is awaiting word from the US Department of the Interior. Interior officials must rule on a compact allowing the off-reservation casino, and also prepare an environmental impact statement for it. Both of those are expected in the coming months.
The event: 10 a.m. to noon, at the Garden Club, 1132 SW Vista Avenue,Â in Portland. Information: Dawn Kropp,Â (971) 219-7414.