FORMER WOODBURY COUNTY TREASURER BOB KNOWLER HAS CONFIRMED HIS NAME IS ON THE APPLICATION FOR A NEW NON PROFIT GROUP THAT'S INTERESTED IN BEING THE LICENSE HOLDER FOR A LAND BASED CASINO IN WOODBURY COUNTY.
KNOWLER SAYS HE WAS ASKED BY ARGOSY RIVERBOAT MANAGER LANCE GEORGE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GROUP:
KNOWLER SAYS HE DIDN'T KNOW ANY PAPERWORK INVOLVING THE APPLICATION HAD BEEN FILED, AND HE DOESN'T KNOW MUCH ELSE ABOUT THE GROUP.
HE SAYS HE THOUGHT THE EXISTING BREAKDOWN OF REVENUE SPLIT AMONG LOCAL ENTITIES WAS SIMILAR TO DEALS WITH OTHER IOWA CASINOS:
KNOWLER SAYS THE BEST OUTCOME WILL BE FOR PENN GAMING AND MRHD TO WORK OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES:
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.