Construction stopped on Yuba casino

Three months after breaking ground on Fire Mountain Casino in Yuba County near the Toyota Ampitheatre, the Enterprise Rancheria tribe discontinued construction citing problems with financing due to “frivolous lawsuits.”

In a prepared statement, tribal chair Glenda Nelson said, “The continued delay-and-obstruct tactics of a small number of opponents have temporarily forced our tribe and community into this situation. We still believe that the project will go forward, that key decisions will be made any day now, and the construction should take about a year once restarted.”

The tribes owning Colusa Casino in Colusa and Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, together with anti-gambling groups, sued the Interior Department in an attempt to prevent Enterprise Rancheria from acquiring the land they want to build on.

The Sacramento Bee quoted Doug Elmets, a spokesman for the United Auburn Indian Community (Thunder Valley’s owner) as saying, “It must be they’re looking to blame somebody for their inability to raise money to build an elaborate bingo hall off their reservation.”