Wood Village Casino Backers Fold Campaign

More than $6 million spent on Measures 82 and 83

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Proponents of Ballot Measures 82 and 83 made the surprise announcement this afternoon that they are calling off their campaign just three days before ballots for the Nov. 6 general election go in the mail.The news comes after two Canadian investment groups pumped more than $6 million into an effort to get voters to warm up to the idea of a private casino in Wood Village they called "The Grange." In ...   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Know: Home on the Grange

What's a grange?

Dr. Know
In cycling the highways and byways surrounding Portland, I’ve run across several old buildings with names like “Tigard Grange” or “Milwaukie Grange.” What’s a grange? Were these the pi   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Casino Backers Threaten to Sue Over Opponents' Campaign Ads


Proponents of two ballot measures that would authorize a private Wood Village casino are threatening to sue the measures’ opponents over an ad that mocks the project’s name and raises questions about the casino’s main investor. Last Thursday, casino opponents, who call themselves It’s Still a Bad Idea Committee, released their first television ad. The ad slammed the proposed Wood Village casino ...   More
Monday, September 17, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

Grand Ronde Tribe Promotes "Vegas-Style" Gambling, Decries "Vegas-Sized" Grange


Opponents of a proposed Wood Village casino released their first television ad Thursday, deriding the project called the Grange by redubbing it "the Grunge.” The ad—created by Still a Bad Idea PAC and paid for primarily by the owners of Oregon’s largest existing casino, the Grand Ronde tribe—notes that corporate backers’ of Measures 82 and 83 are a Canadian gambling giant Clairvest. A graphic ...   More
Friday, September 14, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

Crapping Out

A state analysis finds a private casino would cost Oregon millions every year.

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Between now and the Nov. 6 election, promoters of a vast new 3,500-slot-machine casino in Wood Village hope to keep voters’ attention...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grange Won't Sue Grange Over Casino Name


The Grange can keep calling itself the Grange, at least until November.Wood Village casino backers caught a break today: The leaders of a national rural advocacy group have decided not to sue over the use of the name "the Grange" for the proposed project at the old Multnomah Kennel Club greyhound track. In return, the developers will acknowledge in their casino ballot-measure campaign that the Grange ...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 AARON MESH

A Brief and Incomplete History of Things Named "The Grange"


 The backers of a Wood Village casino on the November ballot revealed yesterday the project's scope—and a name: The Grange. The site of the proposed venture is the old Multnomah Kennel Club greyhound track, a once-vibrant Oregon attraction that is now a decrepit mess overgrown with weeds and blackberry bushes. The Canadian investment group Clairvest wants to turn the 31-acre plot into a resort ...   More
Friday, August 24, 2012


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