Daily Archives: Dec. 11, 2009

Kansas to get ASARCO cleanup funds, too

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will receive $3.8 million from the bankruptcy of mining and smelting titan ASARCO to help with the state’s part of enviromental cleanup at abandoned mining operations in Cherokee County, a KDHE spokeswoman said Friday.

The money is part of a $1.79 billion settlement to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental authorities.

It is in addition to the $25.1 million ASARCO is giving the EPA for the Cherokee County cleanup as reported here Thursday. The money is expected to accelerate efforts to clean up contaminated ground and water in and around Treece, Baxter Springs, Waco and unincorporated areas of Cherokee County.

Dodge City casino to open at 1 p.m. Tuesday

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The Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City will open to the public at 1 p.m. Tuesday pending the approval of a controlled demonstration Monday.

The controlled demonstration will allow the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission to assess whether the facility’s management and employees adhere to internal controls for collecting and accounting for money, approve security and surveillance plans, and gauge the casino’s commitment to responsible gambling standards set forth by the commission. The casino’s computer systems will be monitored and tested, as well.

Boot Hill intends to operate until 5 a.m. Dec. 16, when it will close to prepare for an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony that will include Gov. Mark Parkinson.

The facility will reopen to the public following the ceremony and will operate 24 hours a day.

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