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Salmon to shade them from the hot sun as it was Soft Opening Liz Jones a beautiful sunny day. We are hoping that “I work here and I love my job. The (continued from page 1): next year’s run of Spring Chinook will be (continued from page 1): employees are fun. There’s a lot of stronger and will allow a commercial and good energy. It’s better than working at Wells. We would like to thank them for subsistence fshing season. It was a great opportunity to be healthy: to Disneyland. My 9-month-old son will their food contribution. The Youth Council If you wish to learn about the run, swim, jump (for hours), and to have come here. It will help him be even more was critical in the setup of the food and ceremony, come join us. This is our some good, clean, fun, family time. active.” cleanup. Thank you to Marie Bird and culture. Let’s continue it. Don’t forget this Here is what Tribal Members had to Bones who performed the opening prayers ceremony is for the salmon -- it is key to say: Rodney Youckton blessing the event. a plentiful and safe harvest. Thanks for “I think it’s great for the tribe to expand, This year we rented and put up an attending and see you next year. Helen Sanders, Tribal Elder to create another enterprise and make awning for the Elders, and it worked well “It’s big and nice. I just live two miles different investments.” down the road. You look at it from outside Natalie Pickernell, age 16 and it’s huge, but from the inside, it’s even “My high school friends are envious!” more impressive. We seniors are excited about it.” Enrique Lopez “It gives our son Jordan a chance to be Janice Latch, Tribal Elder active in the winter. He gets a chance to “Awesome! I feel so proud. I’m busting run around and use his energy. Outside it’s with pride. I think all of us are! This is gloomy. But inside it’s like summertime.” ours!” Shayla Seymour Ida Roseander, Tribal Elder “I’m proud, but I’ve always been proud to “It’s beautiful. It will provide jobs for a lot be a Chehalis member.” of people. I’m really happy about it. Ten years ago, I couldn’t have imagined this. Kamryn Coillard, age 6 It would have been a dream that could not “It’s bigger and better than I thought. be done.” I want to come here once a week. It makes me feel happy.” Robert Wertz “This is a gift of prosperity from the Lisa Powell Chehalis people to the community. It will “Seeing my grandkids so happy, it makes create more jobs and help stabilize the me happy!” local economy.” David Youckton June Jones “It’s made us a major player in southern “It’s great, just like its name! I’m proud of Thurston County. With that comes my people who worked so hard to make responsibility. We are operating clean it happen. I’m so glad it’s for families. enterprises. We are providing jobs. Along with honoring the salmon, we honor the Elders by inviting them to I’m so happy because it’s something we I don’t see this as the end. We can keep be first in line. The smell of salmon cooked over an open fire filled the air. created for kids.” developing enterprises because of the tremendous growth potential in southern More gaming space, “open sky” ceiling, Gerald Jake Jones (Port Gamble Thurston County.” S’Klallam) and three-story admin building at the “It’s really awesome. Every tribe should Mel Youckton, Tribal Elder “I remember when we had a hard have one of these. I want Port Gamble to Lucky Eagle Casino build one of these in the next few years, employees and many budget restraints. time making payroll, when we had 15 before I’m too old to swim!” I used to worry. Now, I don’t worry. Kathy Pickernell “It will give our youth something to do, This is beyond outstanding! This makes our Chehalis people proud. But we still To meet its growing customer needs, of being under the open sky; interesting to have good, family fun. I remember must be careful. We need to continue to the Lucky Eagle Casino is adding 19,140 foor and wall treatments, and eye- we used to go to the river and inner tube. remember our relatives, our heritage and square feet to the existing casino’s gaming catching signage throughout the gaming These tubes reminded me of that.” where we came from.” foor. This will allow for an additional foor. 134 new slot machines, bringing the total A new state-of-the-art air ventilation number of slot machines to 785. The system is being installed to provide expansion is designed to allow the casino our customers and associates with a to grow up to the present legal limit of 975 comfortable environment for work and games. fun. The new non-smoking gaming area A three-story, 20,000 square foot will provide our guests direct access administrative building will replace the to a cashier cage and a non-smoking long used “modular” offces. The new environment with a separate outside offce building is located at the southeast entrance. end of the casino and will allow the many The new area will feature a cityscape departments to work under one roof theme including higher ceilings with a thus streamlining communication and fnish that will give our customers a sense coordination efforts. Dan Gleason, Tribal Elder, said, “We didn’t have anything like this when we were young. We didn’t even have electricity! I remember doing the blessing at the ground breaking ceremony. It was hard to image. It was like having a good dream.” Explaining Great Wolf Lodge Passes and Discounts The new casino addition will be open to the public in mid-to-late July 2008. Case and detail work will continue through September. The administrative building will be ready for occupancy in September. NON-GUEST PASSES DISCOUNT ROOM RATES Four times each year, every adult (21 Tribal members will be entitled to and older) Tribal Member will be invited purchase one guest room at a time at the to purchase passes to the water park for same rate as the “Friends and Family” of a discounted fee, without having to be an the Great Wolf Lodge employees. Non- overnight guest of the Great Wolf Lodge. guest passes and guest room nights will Each time, the tribal member will be able be subject to certain “black-out” dates. A to purchase up to six non-overnight-guest list of dates will be provided at the Tribal passes to enjoy the water park for one day. Center, or may be obtained from the Great The price for the non-guest passes Wolf Lodge. will initially be $10, and will be subject to Tribal Members may obtain a form future adjustments. from the Tribal Center, or one can be sent The Tribal Member may obtain a electronically via email. The completed “coupon” from the Tribe, which will be form will be submitted to the Great Wolf issued in their name. Upon presenting Lodge contact identifed on the form. the coupon at the Great Wolf Lodge, the The form must allow for at least two Tribal Member will be required to show weeks notice to schedule the stay, and a identifcation, and only the person who is confrmation number will be sent back to named on the coupon will be eligible to the requester. Loud parties or signifcant purchase the non-guest passes. room damage suspends this privilege. The total number of non-guest passes sold on any given day is subject to control Contact Chris Ortivez, Enrollment of the Great Wolf Lodge, and may vary Clerk, 360.273.5911 or cortivez@ The Tribe donated $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House on May 24, daily, based upon the number of registered, or any of the members 2008. The Foot Patrol is seen in the background and Joyleen McCrory guests at the time. If the lodge is full on of the Business Committee for more handing the check to Kaarin Stowell, Operations Manager with Ronald a date that is not blacked out, the Tribal information about non-guest passes and McDonald House. Center will be notifed. discount room rates.
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