Nevada feels Thunder from San Diego

Jun 10, 2003 4:09 AM

The latest threat to Nevada gaming opened for business in San Diego County with the official unveiling of the $215 million Thunder Valley Casino.

The Roseville Press-Tribune reports that casino operators are looking to welcome the expected large crowds of gamblers hoping to win big bucks at blackjack and Asian gaming.

The opening took place despite the threat of a lawsuit from a local group that threatened to shutdown the casino.

"Stations Casinos Inc., and the other entities involved know the risk," said Celia Nunez, the president of Citizens for Safer Communities.

Laughlin smoke signals

Nevada border towns like Laughlin may be facing the most serious threats with openings of Indian casinos such as Thunder Valley. "The future is growing more bleak," said Eugene Christiansen, a New York-based economist.

ALSO: The San Jose Mercury News reports that a citizens group hoping to preserve Bay Meadows Race Course is stepping up protests as developers prepare to formally propose tearing it down.