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STEP project inches towards late 2017 opening


November 30, 2017

Paul Delaney

A Nov. 1 photo of the Spokane Tribe's casino project near Airway Heights. The first phase of the Spokane Tribe Economic Project - or STEP - is slated to open soon, although officials are reluctant to provide an exact date at this time.

Just about a year after breaking ground, the Spokane Tribe of Indians' chair, Carol Evans, told the West Plains Chamber of Commerce at its Nov. 15 breakfast meeting that their Spokane Tribe Economic Project - or STEP - will open soon.

"Everything is moving along," Evans said, adding that separate lawsuits filed by the Kalispel Tribe and then the Spokane County Commissioners did not impede construction. "We figured we would prevail anyway," she added.

Despite a long 2016-17 winter where snow was on the ground for 75 consecutive days, the project has not strayed too far from a projected Decem...

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