Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Check out new casino
Saturday, Feb. 4, the tribes at Warm Springs opened their new temporary casino in the city of Warm Springs, on the highway, a joyous occasion for the tribes.
It's architecturally a reflection of Celilo Falls, designed to be subtly understated with no sign of bright lights or neon. The colors help it blend in to its surroundings much as the museum across the highway does.
The casino is being called temporary as the Warm Springs tribes still look forward to being in Cascade Locks; in fact Greg Walden said in his opening statement that he expected to have driven 17 miles to the casino, referring to the Cascade Locks location.
Among the guests were a representative from the governor's office, various legislators and one of my favorites, ex-governor Vic Atiyeh.
The food was excellent; we had salmon and lamb and it was as good as any I've had in any of the Portland restaurants. There is a gift shop and plenty of games and machines; and the air is completely changed in the building every 5 minutes to maintain purity.
It's a great drive down through some beautiful country on a trip through Central Oregon either as a destination or on the way to other points. When you get a chance go and check out Oregon's newest casino owned and operated by our neighbors at Warm Springs.
Studying feverishly for my test entitled "Political Posturing in the Nation's Capitol," I realized it wouldn't take long - there was only one question which asked: "Who consistently gives the president an overenthusiastic avalanche of accolades, adoration, respect, praise and approval?"
My answer was Barack Obama.
Gosh, I hope I get a good grade on this test and it doesn't hurt that I gave the teacher a Hood River apple!
I am writing in support of Brian Aaron's candidacy for Hood River District Attorney. I have known Brian both personally and professionally for over 20 years. In that time, Brian has always demonstrated his dedication to his clients, and his principles.
In his work in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, Brian has always worked hard to see that his clients' positions were presented clearly and forcefully to the court and other parties involved in their cases.
Brian has an ability and willingness to listen to all sides of an issue, and to work with others to resolve even what seemed to be impossible disputes. However, when necessary, he has never lacked the will to be prepared and to do the work necessary to present a client's case at trial.
I believe his dedication and empathy for those he represents would be a great service to the people of Hood River County.
Re: Country Club Road realignment project, please keep us in mind (commercial vehicles and bicycles); a place to chain up trucks before getting onto the hill and bike lanes would be great.
I would also like to respond to the "Take bikes seriously" letter (Feb. 15); I couldn't agree more. Bikes are not always toys. Please slow down for intersections and expect the unexpected - that goes for bikes and cars.
My work truck weighs approximately 40,000 pounds empty and that doesn't stop people from rolling through a stop sign to get ahead of the big truck that might slow them down or anybody on wheels.
Please ride and drive safe this year.
An event happened this week that should not go by without note: The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest happened this Wednesday at the Columbia Center for the Arts.
Thirty-five Hood River Valley High School students got up one at a time to recite two poems in front of their peers, a panel of judges and a few lucky audience members. With only words to guide them the students put on a show that left me in awe.
The amount of effort and time put into this performance by each student was remarkable. Even though this was a competition, I would say that every person in that room won; even those of us who were only there to listen.
It was a privilege to be at the Warm Springs Indian Head Casino dedication on Feb. 4. The event was "a temporary celebration" as some were calling it, with their goal of still coming to Cascade Locks.
The attendees were in high spirits, hearing speeches about how the new casino on Highway 26 would be the beginning of a new tribal economic development plan, being an anchor for new businesses as well as providing more jobs.
Councilman Moses reminded everyone that the project took less than a year to complete, saying, "We wanted this project to happen at the speed of business, not the speed of government." Past Gov. Victor Atiyeh reiterated the tribes' goal of coming to Cascade Locks by saying, "This is just a stepping stone to the River." Congressmen Greg Walden said, "This is a great celebration but I was hoping the trip would only be 17 miles away."
The casino architecture artistically represents Celilo Falls, fishing platforms and the Columbia River. The Warm Springs people are not giving up on their hopes to someday return to the River, be it a casino in Cascade Locks or Hood River. This goal is continually obvious, and as Vice Chairman Ron Suppah says, "We are a patient people!"
Many local residents are still in support of a resort/casino being on port property in Cascade Locks. It's only right that the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has a chance to return to their home Nch'i Wana (The Great River).