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Wildhorse casino expands

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High Five
Monday, February 28, 2011

The Wildhorse Resort and Casino on Eastern Oregon's Umatilla Indian Reservation is undergoing a $45 million upgrade.

The reservation is quickly becoming a regional economic engine.

"What's going on at the reservation is driving what's going on in Pendleton," said Umatilla County businessman Wesley Grilley, owner of Grilley Management Services in Pendleton. "There is a hell of a lot of action going on out there."

The yearlong, 184,000-square-foot resort expansion is expected to add 116 new jobs, most of them permanent, full-time positions, said tribal spokeswoman Tiah DeGrofft. Wildhorse encompasses an RV park, 18-hole golf course and Tamastslikt  Cultural Institute in addition to the casino and hotel.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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