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Spokane Tribe Partners With Hard Rock

Spokane Tribe
Spokane Tribe

The Spokane Tribe has decided on a brand name for their casino project on Spokane’s west plains. The name is likely to help the project, if the casino gets approval form the Washington governor's office.

The Spokane Tribe has signed a letter of intent with HRHHIP, LLC to use the Hard Rock Hotel and casino brand name at its proposed casino. Tribal chairman Rudy Peone says the highly recognizable name fits in well with Spokane’s history as a gathering place.

Peone: "In bringing Hard Rock to the Spokane metropolitan area, it’s only going to add to the regions reputation as a regional shopping hub. And it’s been that forever, ever since the tribe immemorial has been there. That's what Spokane was, Spokane Falls, for travelers for fish , for trading, and Spokane has always been a part of that.”

Peone says the facility will have a music theme, like other Hard Rock establishments, and feature a live music venue in addition to the Casino and hotel. It is expected to bring 5,000 jobs to the region.

The facility is still not a done deal, as the entire project must still be approved by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. The casino received federal approval from the Interior department of June 15th.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.
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