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Kelso man facing theft, burglary allegations in ilani casino heist

April 29, 2021, 3:46pm Clark County News

A Kelso man who’s barred from ilani allegedly made off with $12,500 in chips after breaking into the casino Tuesday morning, disguised in a gray wig and construction vest. Read story

ilani breaks ground on luxury hotel in north Clark County

April 23, 2021, 2:50pm Business

ilani has officially kicked off construction of a long-planned luxury hotel adjacent to the casino. Read story

ilani's primary customer base come from within 80 miles of the casino, but operators believe the hotel will attract a secondary market that lives beyond Southwest Washington.

ilani to add 14-story hotel, enlarge gaming space

ilani's primary customer base come from within 80 miles of the casino, but operators believe the hotel will attract a secondary market that lives beyond Southwest Washington.

October 3, 2020, 12:01pm Business

A major expansion at ilani will add a 14-story hotel, two new restaurants and more gaming space, according to the casino’s operators. In addition, ilani’s new 2,700-space, six-story parking garage is set to open next month. Read story

Bill Iyall, chairman of the Cowlitz Tribe, is pictured near the new ilani Casino in La Center on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2016.

Bill Iyall steps down as Cowlitz Tribe chairman, COO

Bill Iyall, chairman of the Cowlitz Tribe, is pictured near the new ilani Casino in La Center on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2016.

August 24, 2020, 10:44am Clark County News

The Cowlitz Tribe announced Monday that Bill Iyall has stepped down from his role as general council chairman and chief operating officer, effective Aug. 17. Read story

Security officer Stephen Henderson, center, wears a mask and gloves as he keeps an eye on the reopening while a thermometer, right, measures the temperature of guests at ilani. The casino says it has invested $1 million in safety measures, but workers have expressed concerns around enforcement.

ilani workers worried over COVID-19 precautions; casino says its approach is evolving

Security officer Stephen Henderson, center, wears a mask and gloves as he keeps an eye on the reopening while a thermometer, right, measures the temperature of guests at ilani. The casino says it has invested $1 million in safety measures, but workers have expressed concerns around enforcement.

July 16, 2020, 6:05am Business

COWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION — The evening before ilani reopened for business, some of its workers were greeted with an email from a table games coordinator. Read story

ilani pays $925K to jackpot winner

June 27, 2020, 5:21am Community

RIDGEFIELD — A visitor to ilani casino won a $925,068.86 jackpot while playing Everi Holdings Inc.’s “The Mask.” Read story

Security officer Stephen Henderson, center, wears a mask and gloves as he keeps an eye on the reopening while a thermometer, right, measures the temperature of guests at ilani Casino Resort on Thursday morning, May 28, 2020.

OSHA sends workplace safety notice of allegations to ilani

Security officer Stephen Henderson, center, wears a mask and gloves as he keeps an eye on the reopening while a thermometer, right, measures the temperature of guests at ilani Casino Resort on Thursday morning, May 28, 2020.

June 18, 2020, 7:16pm Business

Days after ilani confirmed a case of COVID-19 in an employee, the casino west of La Center received notice from the state of worker allegations over safety measures to protect employees from coronavirus. Read story

A nearly empty parking lot is seen Wednesday morning outside La Center casinos after concerns about COVID-19 led to their temporary closure. One of the casinos, New Phoenix, had already closed years earlier.

Reserve of $4.9 million will soften La Center’s revenue hit from pandemic

A nearly empty parking lot is seen Wednesday morning outside La Center casinos after concerns about COVID-19 led to their temporary closure. One of the casinos, New Phoenix, had already closed years earlier.

May 29, 2020, 6:00am Clark County News

La Center is expecting to lose nearly 34 percent of its general-fund revenue as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, drastically altering a previously promising economic picture. Read story

Jeramiah Wallace of the Cowlitz Drum Group, left, keeps the beat while celebrating the reopening of ilani Casino Resort with the crowd on Thursday morning, May 28, 2020.

Crowds line up for ilani casino’s reopening

Jeramiah Wallace of the Cowlitz Drum Group, left, keeps the beat while celebrating the reopening of ilani Casino Resort with the crowd on Thursday morning, May 28, 2020.

May 28, 2020, 10:33am Business

COWLITZ INDIAN RESERVATION — ilani reopened its doors Thursday following a 70-day closure due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read story

Gladys Knight (Associated Press file)

Gladys Knight coming to ilani in July

Gladys Knight (Associated Press file)

February 3, 2020, 11:41am Clark County Life

“Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight will perform at ilani’s Cowlitz Ballroom at 8 p.m. July 23. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 7. Read story