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Graton Resort and Casino’s big moment arrives after decade of debate

One of California’s largest casinos opens Tuesday outside Rohnert Park after a decade of bitter debate.

Judge deals blow to lawsuit seeking to stop Rohnert Park casino

A Sonoma County judge on Thursday dealt a serious blow to opponents of the tribal casino being built outside Rohnert Park, ruling against them in a lawsuit aimed at halting the project that had been set for trial today.

Rohnert Park ‘invests’ in sewers

Rohnert Park will use its entire fund for public facilities — which consists of a one-time payment from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria — to build a long-planned trunk sewer line on the city’s east side.

Rohnert Park faces great unknown when casino opens Nov. 1

Rohnert Park officials are scrambling to prepare for a great unknown that has been years in arriving — what will happen when a 24-hour, 3,000-slot-machine casino opens on the west edge of the city?

‘We have no idea what the impacts will be,’ Vice Mayor Joe Callinan said Tuesday as the council reviewed the report of a city task force that is trying to answer that question.

After a decade of controversy, environmental studies, lawsuits and bureaucracy, the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino is expected to open Nov. 1.

Millions at stake as Rohnert Park-area fire agencies weigh how to divvy casino payouts

Talks are under way about how three fire agencies should divide a one-time $1.5 million payment that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is giving to Sonoma County to address impacts from the casino being built outside Rohnert Park.

Rohnert Park signs new casino revenue-sharing deal, gets $40 million more

Rohnert Park and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have agreed to a new revenue-sharing deal worth $40 million more than one they signed in 2003. The agreement is intended to more fully address the impacts of the casino the tribe is now building.

A first look at the Rohnert Park casino

The future shape of gambling in Sonoma County gained greater detail Monday as Station Casinos released the first official drawings of the enormous Indian casino under construction outside Rohnert Park.

Rohnert Park may use eminent domain to widen road near casino

Rohnert Park may use its eminent domain powers to acquire parts of several properties needed to widen Wilfred Avenue to accommodate the huge Indian casino now under construction.

The city in September signed an agreement with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the county of Sonoma under which the tribe is to pay the full cost of widening the street.

But officials say neither they nor the tribe have been able to reach agreements with five property owners to buy just under an acre of land still needed for the $10 million widening project from Redwood Drive to Stony Point Road.

Neighbors of Rohnert Park casino want wells monitored

For immediate neighbors of the Indian casino being built on the edge of Rohnert Park, worries about the project’s impacts have been underlined by years of dread that it will drain their wells dry.

Union jobs get boost from Rohnert Park casino construction

Five months after its tribal backers won final federal approval to move ahead, the largest casino resort in the Bay Area is starting to take shape on the northwest edge of Rohnert Park.

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