Add U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to the list of politicians opposed to a Medford casino.
The Mail Tribune newspaper reports the senators expressed their opposition in a letter to Kevin Washburn, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs with the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Oregon has nine casinos, each owned by a different tribe. The Coquille Indian Tribe has a casino along the central Oregon coast at North Bend and now plans to turn a Medford bowling alley into a casino with video gambling.
Gov. John Kitzhaber, Jackson County commissioners and the city of Medford have already voiced opposition. Kitzhaber has criticized it as violating his policy of one casino per Oregon tribe.