Staff Reporter 

STEP critics decry tribe-funded study


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An artist’s rendering from 2011 of what the proposed Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) could look like at final build out, with a casino and resort tower.

Last Wednesday, local representatives and business leaders opposed to the proposed casino and hotel in the Spokane Tribe Economic Project criticized the tribe’s recent study that claimed it posed no threat to Fairchild Air Force Base.

The Madison Government Affairs study, released last week and funded by the Spokane Tribe, said the only encroachment pertaining to Fairchild was the mobile home park in the southern portion of Airway Heights. Plans are currently underway to attempt to reduce the density in that area, which lies in the flight pattern of the air base’s planes.

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