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Tuolumne, CA — If everything stays on schedule, Black Oak Casino could open its new hotel by the end of this year.

Black Oak Casino General Manager Ron Patel was Friday’s “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Construction crews have been moving plenty of dirt south of the main casino entrance and have started the hotel’s foundation.

“If the current dry weather continues, construction will continue to move right along,” says Casino General Manager Ron Patel. “It is an exciting time for the Tribe.”

There will be 150 rooms spread across three levels. It will also include a conference center that can accommodate 200 people, and a restaurant.

Patel says the Tuolumne Band of Mi Wuk Indians still has plans to construct a nearby golf course and less than a hundred brand new homes, but those projects are likely a few years away.

Black Oak Casino is one of the top three employers in Tuolumne County, currently with a little more than eight hundred full or part-time employees. The number has fluctuated over the past decade and depending on economic times, Sonora Regional Medical Center and the Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown employ more people.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.