ALASKAN CONS CONCERN NEVADA GAMING

April 04, 2002 11:19 PM
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The Nevada Gaming Board did not figure that the new Lake Las Vegas planned casino hotel would involve several Alaskan convicts.

The hotel plan calls for 7,000 native Alaskans to share in the gaming profits at the 350-room Ritz-Carlton resort called the Village at MonteLago.

Cook Inlet Region Inc. has a 47 percent interest in the Ritz-Carlton, along with a 50 percent share in the neighboring Hyatt Regency.

Board member Scott Scherer, in a Las Vegas Review Journal report, said he would vote against the plan if "unsavory shareholders" in Cook Inlet receive gaming profits.

"It used to be we were concerned about those unsuitable not profiting from gaming," Scherer said. "I am sure among the 7,000, there are some who are unsuitable."

However, Board chairman Dennis Neilander predicted that an agreement could be reached with Cook Inlet so that MonteLago's plans could proceed.