Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the North Fork Rancheria's Proposed 305 Acre Trust Acquisition and Hotel/Casino Project, Madera County, CA, 8898-8899 [E8-2828]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2008 / Notices • • • • • rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 8898 • Hood River County Library, 502 State Street, Hood River, OR 97014. • Mosier City Library, 3rd Street, Mosier, OR 97040. • Stevenson Community Library, 120 NW Vancouver Avenue, Stevenson, WA 98648. • Fairview—Columbia Library, 1520 NE Village Street, Fairview, OR 97024. • White Salmon Valley Community Library, #5 Town and Country Square, White Salmon, WA 98672. Copies of the DEIS have also been sent to agencies and individuals who participated in the scoping process and to all others who had requested copies. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gerald Henrikson, (503) 231–6927. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribes have requested that the BIA take 25 acres of land in the City of Cascade Locks, Oregon, into trust on behalf of the Tribes. The Tribes would develop a resort and casino on the newly acquired trust land and lease adjacent lands (approximately 35 acres) from the Port of Cascade Locks for parking and other facilities related to the resort and casino development. The proposed casino project also would include a new interchange on Interstate 84 (I–84) and local transportation system improvements. A range of project alternatives is considered in the DEIS, including: (1) The proposed Cascade Locks Resort and Casino Project, (2) a Hood River alternative, (3) a Warm Springs alternative, and (4) no action. The DEIS addresses the potential effects of each of these alternatives on geology and soils, land use, water resources, air quality, noise, plants and wildlife, endangered species, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions (including environmental justice), transportation, public services, the visual environment, and hazardous wastes and materials. The DEIS examines the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of each alternative on these resources and identifies mitigation measures to address adverse impacts. March 03, 2008, 6–8:30 p.m. March 10, 2008, 6–8:30 p.m. March 12, 2008, 6–8:30 p.m. March 13, 2008, 6–8:30 p.m. March 17, 2008, 6–8:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Gerald Henrikson, Project Manager, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 911 Northeast 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232. You may also fax your comments to (503) 231–6791, or submit them electronically at the project Web site, http:// www.gorgecasinoEIS.com. (Note: The BIA cannot receive electronic comments directly via e-mail at this time.) Please include your name, return address and the caption, ‘‘DEIS Comments, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Trust Acquisition and Resort/Casino Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. The locations of the public hearings are as follows: • March 03—Kah–Nee–Ta High Desert Resort and Casino, Warm Springs, OR. • March 10—Port of Cascade Locks, Gorge Pavilion, Marine Park, 355 Wa– Na–Pa Street, Cascade Locks, OR. • March 12—Rock Creek Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA. • March 13—Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, OR. • March 17—Hood River Middle School Auditorium, 1602 May Street, Hood River, OR. If you would like to obtain a copy of the DEIS, please write or call Gerald Henrikson at the BIA address above or the telephone number for him provided below. An electronic version of the DEIS may be viewed at http:// www.gorgecasinoEIS.com. Copies of the DEIS are available for review at the BIA address above and at the following locations. • Port of Cascade Locks, 710 Lucy Lane, Cascade Locks, OR 97014. • Federal Highway Administration, 530 Center Street, Room 100, Salem, OR 97301. • Cascade Locks Library, 140 SE Wa– Na–Pa Street, Cascade Locks, OR 97031. • Multnomah County Library, Central Branch, 801 SW 10th Street, Portland, OR 97205. • Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Avenue, Gresham, OR 97030. • Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98663. • Hood River County, 601 State Street, Hood River, OR 97031. • Oregon Department of Transportation, Region 1, 123 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:58 Feb 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the mailing address shown in the ADDRESSES section during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Individual respondents may request confidentiality. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Department of Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.1. Dated: January 28, 2008. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–2834 Filed 2–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the North Fork Rancheria’s Proposed 305 Acre Trust Acquisition and Hotel/Casino Project, Madera County, CA Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians (Tribe), California Department of Transportation, Madera Irrigation District, City of Madera, National Indian Gaming Commission and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with the EPA for the proposed 305 acre trust acquisition and the construction of a hotel/casino project to be located in unincorporated Madera County, just north of the City of Madera, California, and that the DEIS is now available for public review. Public review of the DEIS is part of an administrative process designed to evaluate tribal applications that seek to have the United States to take land into Federal trust pursuant to 25 CFR part 151. Reviewers are advised that we will consider public comments carefully E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2008 / Notices prior to deciding whether to approve or disapprove this application. This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the DEIS. DATES: Written comments on the scope and implementation of this proposal must arrive by March 31, 2008. The public hearing will be held March 12, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or until the last public comment is received. ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Amy Dutschke, Acting Regional Director, Pacific Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include your name, return address, and the caption, ‘‘DEIS Comments, North Fork Rancheria’s Hotel/Casino Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. The public hearing will be at the Hatfield Hall, Madera District Fairgrounds, 1850 West Cleveland Avenue, Madera, California. The DEIS is available for review at the Madera County Public Library, 121 N. G. Street, Madera, California 93637, and at the Madera County Public Library, Chowchilla Branch, 300 Kings Ave., Chowchilla, California 93610. General information for the Madera County Public Library may be obtained by calling (559) 675–7871, and for the Madera County Public Library, Chowchilla Branch, by calling (559) 665–2630. If you would like to obtain a copy of the DEIS, please write or call John Rydzik, Chief of the Division of Environmental, Cultural Resource Management and Safety, at the BIA address above or the telephone number provided below. An electronic version of the DEIS may be viewed at http:// www.NorthForkEIS.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978–6042. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has requested that the BIA take into Federal trust 305 acres of land currently held in fee by the Tribe, on which the Tribe proposes to construct a hotel, casino, parking areas and other facilities. The proposed project is located in unincorporated Madera County, California, just north of the City of Madera and adjacent to State Route 99 (SR–99). The project site is bounded on the north by Avenue 18, rural residential land, light industrial land, and vacant land; on the east by Golden State Boulevard and SR–99; on the south by agricultural land and residential land; and on the west by Road 23 and agricultural land. The proposed action includes the development of an approximately 472,000 square foot hotel and casino VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:58 Feb 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 resort and associated facilities, which would include a main gaming hall, food and beverage services, retail space, banquet/meeting space, and administration space. Food and beverage facilities would include three full service restaurants, a five-tenant food court, a buffet, four bars and a lounge. The hotel would include 200 rooms, a resort style pool area and a spa. Approximately 4,500 parking spaces would be provided. Regional access to the project site is via SR–99. Road 23, Avenue 18, and Golden State Boulevard would provide direct access to the hotel/casino resort. A range of project alternatives is considered in the DEIS, including: (1) Preferred hotel/casino; (2) reduced casino; (3) commercial development; (4) North Fork Rancheria alternate site; and (5) no action. Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include land resources, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, socioeconomic conditions, environmental justice, transportation, land use, agriculture, public services, noise, hazardous materials, visual resources, cumulative effects, indirect effects, growth inducing effects and mitigation measures. Input from the public, including that from a public scoping meeting the BIA held on November 15, 2004, in Madera, California, was included in the development of these alternatives and issues. Public Comment Availability Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8899 Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1–6), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8.l. Dated: January 28, 2008. Carl J. Artman, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. E8–2828 Filed 2–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–W7–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [WY–923–1310–FI; WYW148913] Wyoming: Notice of Proposed Reinstatement of Terminated Oil and Gas Lease AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. Notice of proposed reinstatement of terminated oil and gas lease. ACTION: SUMMARY: Under the provisions of 30 U.S.C. 188(d) and (e), and 43 CFR 3108.2–3(a) and (b)(1), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a petition for reinstatement from Devon Energy Production Company, L.P. and Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP for competitive oil and gas lease WYW148913 for land in Converse County, Wyoming. The petition was filed on time and was accompanied by all the rentals due since the date the lease terminated under the law. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, Pamela J. Lewis, Chief, Branch of Fluid Minerals Adjudication, at (307) 775–6176. The lessee has agreed to the amended lease terms for rentals and royalties at rates of $10.00 per acre, or fraction thereof per year, and 162⁄3 percent, respectively. The lessee has paid the required $500 administrative fee and $163 to reimburse the Department for the cost of this Federal Register notice. The lessee has met all the requirements for reinstatement of the lease as set out in Sections 31(d) and (e) of the Mineral Lands Leasing Act of 1920 (30 U.S.C. 188), and the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to reinstate lease WYW148913 effective October 1, 2007, under the original terms and conditions of the lease and the increased rental and royalty rates cited SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs


Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the North Fork 
Rancheria's Proposed 305 Acre Trust Acquisition and Hotel/Casino 
Project, Madera County, CA

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono 
Indians (Tribe), California Department of Transportation, Madera 
Irrigation District, City of Madera, National Indian Gaming Commission 
and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cooperating 
agencies, intends to file a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 
with the EPA for the proposed 305 acre trust acquisition and the 
construction of a hotel/casino project to be located in unincorporated 
Madera County, just north of the City of Madera, California, and that 
the DEIS is now available for public review. Public review of the DEIS 
is part of an administrative process designed to evaluate tribal 
applications that seek to have the United States to take land into 
Federal trust pursuant to 25 CFR part 151. Reviewers are advised that 
we will consider public comments carefully

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prior to deciding whether to approve or disapprove this application. 
This notice also announces a public hearing to receive comments on the 
DEIS.

DATES: Written comments on the scope and implementation of this 
proposal must arrive by March 31, 2008. The public hearing will be held 
March 12, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or until the last public comment 
is received.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Amy Dutschke, 
Acting Regional Director, Pacific Regional Office, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825. Please include 
your name, return address, and the caption, ``DEIS Comments, North Fork 
Rancheria's Hotel/Casino Project,'' on the first page of your written 
comments.
    The public hearing will be at the Hatfield Hall, Madera District 
Fairgrounds, 1850 West Cleveland Avenue, Madera, California.
    The DEIS is available for review at the Madera County Public 
Library, 121 N. G. Street, Madera, California 93637, and at the Madera 
County Public Library, Chowchilla Branch, 300 Kings Ave., Chowchilla, 
California 93610. General information for the Madera County Public 
Library may be obtained by calling (559) 675-7871, and for the Madera 
County Public Library, Chowchilla Branch, by calling (559) 665-2630.
    If you would like to obtain a copy of the DEIS, please write or 
call John Rydzik, Chief of the Division of Environmental, Cultural 
Resource Management and Safety, at the BIA address above or the 
telephone number provided below. An electronic version of the DEIS may 
be viewed at http://www.NorthForkEIS.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Rydzik, (916) 978-6042.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Tribe has requested that the BIA take 
into Federal trust 305 acres of land currently held in fee by the 
Tribe, on which the Tribe proposes to construct a hotel, casino, 
parking areas and other facilities. The proposed project is located in 
unincorporated Madera County, California, just north of the City of 
Madera and adjacent to State Route 99 (SR-99). The project site is 
bounded on the north by Avenue 18, rural residential land, light 
industrial land, and vacant land; on the east by Golden State Boulevard 
and SR-99; on the south by agricultural land and residential land; and 
on the west by Road 23 and agricultural land.
    The proposed action includes the development of an approximately 
472,000 square foot hotel and casino resort and associated facilities, 
which would include a main gaming hall, food and beverage services, 
retail space, banquet/meeting space, and administration space. Food and 
beverage facilities would include three full service restaurants, a 
five-tenant food court, a buffet, four bars and a lounge. The hotel 
would include 200 rooms, a resort style pool area and a spa. 
Approximately 4,500 parking spaces would be provided. Regional access 
to the project site is via SR-99. Road 23, Avenue 18, and Golden State 
Boulevard would provide direct access to the hotel/casino resort.
    A range of project alternatives is considered in the DEIS, 
including: (1) Preferred hotel/casino; (2) reduced casino; (3) 
commercial development; (4) North Fork Rancheria alternate site; and 
(5) no action. Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include land 
resources, water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural 
resources, socioeconomic conditions, environmental justice, 
transportation, land use, agriculture, public services, noise, 
hazardous materials, visual resources, cumulative effects, indirect 
effects, growth inducing effects and mitigation measures. Input from 
the public, including that from a public scoping meeting the BIA held 
on November 15, 2004, in Madera, California, was included in the 
development of these alternatives and issues.

Public Comment Availability

    Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be 
available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. Before including your address, phone number, 
e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your 
comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including your 
personal identifying information--may be made publicly available at any 
time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal 
identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we 
will be able to do so.

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with section 1503.1 of the 
Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371 et seq.), 
Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM 1-6), and is in the exercise 
of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 
209 DM 8.l.

    Dated: January 28, 2008.
Carl J. Artman,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. E8-2828 Filed 2-14-08; 8:45 am]
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