THE IOWA RACING AND GAMING COMMISSION HAS DECIDED TO OPEN UP APPLICATIONS TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BUILD A NEW LAND BASED CASINO IN WOODBURY COUNTY.
MAYOR BOB SCOTT SAYS IT WASN'T TOTALLY UNEXPECTED THAT THE STATE WOULD TRY AND SPEED UP NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN PENN GAMING AND MISSOURI RIVER HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT ON A NEW CONTRACT TO MOVE OPERATIONS FROM THE ARGOSY RIVERBOAT TO A NEW FACILITY:
MAYOR SCOTT SAYS THE CITY HASN'T HEARD FROM PENN GAMING IN NEARLY A MONTH. HE'S CONCERNED ABOUT THE 325 JOBS AT STAKE IF THE RIVERBOAT STOPS OPERATIONS WHEN THE CURRENT OPERATING CONTRACT RUNS OUT.
SCOTT SAYS THAT LAW REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 60 DAYS NOTICE BEFORE THE JOBS COULD BE TERMINATED.
THERE'S ONE MONTH TO GO BEFORE THE CURRENT OPERATING AGREEMENT ON THE ARGOSY RIVERBOAT CASINO EXPIRES.
A Sioux City man has been sentenced to over twenty-seven years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges.
27 year old Isaiah Earl Thomas had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing firearms after being convicted of a crime of domestic violence.
Thomas had a number of prior convictions for domestic violence which precluded him from lawfully possessing any firearms.
He is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
AN ALL STAR MUSICAL LINEUP WILL BE PERFORMING AT WINNAVEGAS CASINO THIS SUMMER AS PART OF RIVERFEST 2012 AND THE ANNUAL RIVER CADE CELEBRATION.
WINNEBAGO TRIBAL CHAIRMAN JOHN BLACKHAWK SAYS THREE NIGHTS OF MUSIC BEGIN FRIDAY, JULY 13TH WITH A COUNTRY LEGEND:
COUNTRY STARS JOHN ANDERSON AND MARTY STUART WILL ALSO PERFORM THAT NIGHT. THEN ON SATURDAY, JULY 14TH, THE HEADLINER IS CHRIS ISAAC. LOS LONELY BOYS WILL ALSO PERFORM ALONG WITH RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED, THE HITS OF THE 50'S AND 60'S TV AND RECORDING STAR PERFORMED BY HIS SONS.
ON SUNDAY, JULY 15TH, SPOKESPERSON DEANA (DEENA) WHISTLER SAYS WINNAVEGAS WILL PRESENT SOME LEGENDARY ROCKERS:
TICKETS FOR RIVERFEST GO ON SALE FRIDAY AT THE CASINO. YOU CAN ALSO ORDER THEM BY CALLING 1-800-HOT-WIN OR ONLINE AT WINNAVEGAS-DOT-BIZ.
The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has unanimously voted to open up an application process to any companies that would build a new, land-based casino in Sioux City or Woodbury County.
Commissioner Jeff Lamberti (lam-BER-tee) says it seems the best way to resolve uncertainty the working relationship between Penn Gaming, the existing, riverboat casino operator and MRHD, the non-profit that holds the gaming license for the Argosy Riverboat Casino.
State law requires a casino operator to sign an agreement with a non-profit group that would hold a casino license. That working relationship between Penn Gaming and MRHD has deteriorated to the point where the non-profit sued Penn Gaming because Penn threatened to sue any other casino operator that would consider building a casino in Sioux City.
Mark Monson is president of Missouri River Historic Development:
The commission also voted to extend the operating license for the existing casino until March 31st of 2013. The license was set to expire in a month.
Karen Bailey, director of public affairs for Penn Gaming says the company will "consider the extension."
Bailey won't rule out the possibility the boat might close when the existing license expires, but she says the company's "first priority" is to keep it open.