Regional
10:31 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Group Fights Anthony Casino

Anthony, NM – Groups affiliated with the horse-racing industry say a proposed Las Vegas-style casino in Anthony would harm the 5,000 people statewide involved in the racing industry.

The executive director of the New Mexico Horsemen's Association says the casino will adversely impact horse owners, trainers, breeders, jockeys and create a ripple effect on businesses supported by the racing industry.

Sunland Park operators say a casino could cost the track 50 percent of its business and cut into state tax revenues.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the U.S. Department of Interior is soliciting input on a draft environmental study that will form the basis for an eventual decision whether to OK the casino.

The Jemez Pueblo plan entails building a 24,000 square-foot temporary casino, followed by a 103,500 square-foot permanent facility.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.