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Coquille Casino Plans Move Ahead

Coquille Tribe

Dueling billboards along Pacific Highway in South Medford give a clue to a battle shaping up. 

The Coquille Tribe wants to build a casino on the former site of Kim's Restaurant. 

That explains the Coquille billboard.  The other is rented by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, which opposes the casino plan. 

Local and state officials have also spoken out against a Medford casino, but the Coquilles are moving ahead.  A public meeting is planned for February 3rd. 

Tribal Chair Brenda Meade and tribe deputy director Mark Johnston join us with an update. 

Scoping Meeting: February 3, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. until the last public comment is received:

North Medford High School Auditorium
1900 North Keene Way Drive
Medford, OR 97504

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.