by Kim Hynes (TOPEKA, Kan.)
The Sumner County casino project is on hold, for now. Tuesday, the Lottery Review Board voted to send the Chisholm Creek proposal back to the Lottery for negotiations.
The vote came after casino developers asked for an extension. Lakes Entertainment President Tim Cope says the landscape has changed since they negotiated the initial contract. He says new information in recent weeks about a tribal casino in Park City has them wanting to make changes. He says there's a good possibility the Secretary of Interior could approve the tribal casino in the near future.
The Wyandotte Nation owns ten acres of land in Park City, near Wild West World. Years ago it applied to have the land put into a trust. The Department of Interior has the application and will eventually decide what to do with it. If it opts to put the land in a trust, the Wyandotte Nation can open a Class 2 gaming facility almost immediately. That means bingo type games and no table games.