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Graton casino’s earnings beat expectations

In the first glimpse into its financial health since its debut last fall, the Graton Resort and Casino recorded $101 million in net revenue for the first three months of 2014, according to a public filing by Station Casinos, the Las Vegas firm that manages the gambling complex next to Rohnert Park.

Rohnert Park on road to revival

Marilyn Ponton, Rohnert Park’s normally low-key development services manager, laughed and spoke in exclamation points as she said, “We’re on the map! We’ve been discovered!”

The Friendly City’s economy, if not quite booming yet, is making loud noises as 2014 starts. The shift in fortune buttresses city leaders’ claims that they have been laying the groundwork for an economic recovery and further development.

Month after opening, Rohnert Park casino’s impact hotly debated

A month after the Graton Resort & Casino opened to applause and trepidation and uncertainty, early reports likely provide fodder for both critics and supporters of the 3,000-slot-machine casino on Rohnert Park’s flank.

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 restricts five types of businesses

The Rohnert Park City Council makes no bones about wanting new businesses in the city. Just not all kinds, at least for now.

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.

$2 billion in projects along Highway 101 put Sonoma County to work

An unprecedented tsunami of development along Highway 101 in Sonoma County is putting thousands of people to work and pumping nearly $2 billion into the economy.

Up and down the spine of Sonoma County, more than a dozen big-budget projects are underway, creating or expanding centers for the arts, shopping opportunities, health care facilities, business offices, hotels, restaurants and a casino resort.

Taxi drivers hoping for Rohnert Park casino boom

From his property just west of Rohnert Park, Danny Nakash has watched with anticipation the rapid rise of the casino being built by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. It is a sight he long waited for because it signals what he hopes will be a boon to his business, Raz Taxi.

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.

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