Commissioners vote to oppose casino in Medford, Ore.



MEDFORD, Ore. — The Jackson County Board of Commissioners has voted to oppose a proposed Medford casino, citing concerns about the potential need for more police, jail space and addiction-recovery programs.

The Mail Tribune newspaper reports the board will send a letter outlining its opposition to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Coquille Indian Tribe bought a bowling alley and a former restaurant in hopes of opening a casino along South Pacific Highway.

The Coquilles have asked the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to place 2.42 acres of the property in a government trust. That would start a process that could lead to reservation status for the site.

Local governments are asked to provide recommendations to the federal government on the proposal, but lack decision-making authority.