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Anthony Casino far from sure thing

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By Jay Miller

The Jemez casino at Anthony doesn’t look nearly as sure today as it did a month ago when the Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a very rosy draft environmental impact study of the proposal.
Evidently the draft was prepared by the Jemez Pueblo for the BIA’s consideration. The negative side of the proposal was not mentioned. But now it is coming out.
The Jemez Pueblo wants to build a casino at Anthony, south of Las Cruces to attract the large population in the El Paso and Juarez area, which don’t have casinos.
Jemez has the misfortune of not being located on a major highway. So it has petitioned the BIA to allow it to locate a casino on land it would purchase almost 300 miles to the south.
Obviously few people from Jemez would work at the site but the income from the casino would be very helpful. And Anthony, in an economically depressed area, could benefit from the jobs.
Santa Fe businessman Gerald Peters also is involved in the deal. He would build and operate a hotel at the site. An application by the Jemez and Peters was rejected during the George W. Bush administration. But the current administration is reviewing those rejections.


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