Notice of Completion of a Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report
for Public Review
The Karuk Tribe (Tribe) has released a Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report (TEIR) for the Karuk Tribe Casino Project.
Proposed Project: Karuk Tribe Casino Project
Project Location: The Proposed Project would be constructed on portions of two parcels located immediately east of Interstate 5 in the southeast corner of the City of Yreka in central Siskiyou County, California. The 60-acre project site includes 10 acres of land held in trust by the United States for the Tribe and 50 acres owned in fee by the Tribe; all gaming facilities would be constructed on land held in trust.
Project Description: The Tribe proposes to develop a Class III Gaming Complex in two phases. Phase I would include a 36,497 square-foot casino facility to accommodate approximately 500 gaming machines and 8 table games, a 120-seat restaurant, and on-site parking (approximately 334 stalls). Additional parking (approximately 222 stalls) would be developed on the adjacent tribally-owned lands south of the gaming parcel with access to the project site provided from Sharps Road. Phase II would include the addition of approximately 20,000 square feet to the gaming complex to add approximately 300 gaming machines, 8 table games, a new 100-seat restaurant, and associated facilities. In addition, Phase II would include an 80-room, 48,000 square-foot hotel and an additional approximately 500 parking spaces. Water supply and wastewater disposal services would be provided by the City of Yreka Public Utilities Department.
45-Day Public Comment Period: November 7, 2013 to December 27, 2013. Written comments may be submitted to the Tribe at the following address, and must be postmarked by December 27, 2013.
Attn: Scott Quinn
P.O. Box 1016
Happy Camp, CA 96039
Availability of Draft TEIR: Copies of the Draft TEIR are available for review at the following locations:
City of Yreka Offices: 701 4th Street / Yreka, CA 96097
Siskiyou County Administrative Office: 1312 Fairlane Road / Yreka, CA 96097
Siskiyou County Library, Yreka Branch Library: 719 4th Street / Yreka, CA 96097
Karuk Tribal Housing Authority, Yreka Office: 1836 Apsuun Road / Yreka, CA 96097
P R E S S R E L E A S E
For Immediate Release: October 17, 2013
For More Information: Eric Cutright, IT Director, Karuk Tribe: 530-493-1401
KARUK TRIBE AWARDED SIX MILLION DOLLARS TO BRING BROADBAND TO RURAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
- Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative is a joint collaboration between the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe and will provide broadband and Internet access to the communities of Orick, Orleans, Johnsons, Wautec and Weitchpec
Redding, CA - Today the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) awarded the Karuk Tribe $6,602,422 from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to install 82.3 miles of fiber optic cable to the remote region of Northern Humboldt County. The project, called the Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative (KRRBI), is a joint collaboration between the Karuk Tribe and the Yurok Tribe to provide broadband and Internet access to the communities of Orick, Orleans, Johnsons, Wautec and Weitchpec.
“The Karuk Tribe is very excited about the recent broadband award,” says Karuk Tribal Chairman Russell Attebery. “This will provide business opportunities and jobs. Communications in rural areas have always been difficult. This project will help solve the communication problems we have faced.”
Vital community and government institutions will benefit from the project, including health care facilities, schools, rural fire camps, fire stations, public safety installations and several other state, federal and tribal government offices. The communication and economic development opportunities that grow from this project will be “essential to the future of the region”, according to IT Director Eric Cutright of the Karuk Tribe.
The fiber optic portion of KRRBI runs along highways 101, 96 and 169, and on Bald Hills Road. The fiber will connect with existing fiber optic networks owned by Siskiyou Telephone in the east and Suddenlink Communications on the coast. In each community along the fiber route, a mix of wireless technologies will be utilized to provide service, including WiFi, microwave and white space radios. In addition to collaborating with the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe has partnered with native owned businesses EnerTribe and Native Link Communications.
The California Advanced Services Fund has helped to bridge the “digital divide” in unserved and underserved areas of the state since 2008. CASF’s original funding was $100,000,000, and in 2010 the funding was increased to a total of $225,000,000. Earlier this month, Governor Gerry Brown signed Senate Bill 740, which again expanded the CASF program by another $90 million, to $315,000,000 and extended the program through the year 2020.
SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Private, Nonprofit
Organizations Following Disaster Declaration for Karuk Tribe
Release Date: September 6, 2013 MediaContact: Richard Jenkins
Release Number: CA 13753-01 Phone: (916) 735-1500
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private, nonprofit organizations (PNPs) located within the Karuk Tribe following President Obama’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance (PA) as a result of a wildfire that occurred July 29 – August 01, 2013, announced Jeanne Hulit, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. PNPs that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.
Issued: August 9, 2013
For Immediate Release
Orleans, California –
On the afternoon of August 8, 2013, the Karuk Tribe declared a state of emergency due to the numerous fires within their Ancestral Territory. The Salmon River Complex is currently at 9,188 acres and only 16 percent contained, with an evacuation advisory in effect for the communities of Sawyers Bar, and surrounding neighborhoods, increasing the ongoing health and safety risks to our people, property and environment. The Orleans Complex is currently at 7,498 acres and only 8 percent contained, with numerous closuresof campgrounds and Highway 93 is closed at the Highway 96 intersection, limiting access to these isolated communities in need of food, water, air filters, and other essential items due to the impacts of the forest fires.
At a meeting on Wednesday, ForestService and Incident Officials from both complexes updated the Karuk Tribal Council on the status of the fires, highlighting the fact that steep terrain, low visibility, and limited access is hampering efforts to build containment lines. Tribal Chairman Russell Attebery thanked the Incident Management Teams saying, “we know firefighting is extremely hard work and we are very thankful for all of the efforts of local, regional, and national crews that have responded to these fires in our Ancestral Territory. We want the fire fighters to stay safe out there.”