Group asks Kempthorne to reject Catskills casino

A new group called Catskill Mountainkeeper is gathering signatures for a petition to send to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.

The group wants Kempthorne to reject the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's land-into-trust application. The tribe wants to build a large resort in the Catskills.

The group also paid for a billboard against the casino. It reads: "What's the point of living in the Catskills if the traffic's as bad as in the city?"

When he was governor of Idaho, Kempthorne opposed off-reservation gaming.

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Billboard shows casinos' bad side (The Middletown Times Herald-Record 8/29)