Work on Omak casino ends after human remains found

Omak, Washington (AP) 7-08

Work on a casino in Omak has been halted after human remains were found.

Colville tribal officials say a new location will be sought for the $24 million casino.

Work began July 7 after a groundbreaking ceremony at the site on U.S. Highway 97.

Tribal Chairwoman Jeanne Jerred says she doesn’t know how old the remains are or whether workers found the remains of more than one person.

According to a tribal news release, archeologists have been monitoring the site since excavation began.

The casino was scheduled to open next summer and was expected to employ 250 people with a $4 million annual payroll. Officials hoped it would generate about $20 million a year for Colville Tribal Enterprise Corp.