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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Sky Ute Casino Resort reaches milestone
(2007-11-01)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A milestone occurred at the largest construction project occurring in La Plata County.
Construction crews placed the tallest steel piece of the project on the roof at the site of the Sky Ute Casino Resort.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: The roughly 400 construction crews and laborers that have worked on the future Sky Ute Casino Resort site were honored in a ceremony as they placed the highest point of the building on the roof.
Members of the Southern Ute Tribal Council spoke out and gave thanks to the workers.

TRIBAL COUNCIL: THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT WENT INTO THIS BUILDING. AND YOU CAN TELL BY ALL THE HARDHATS THAT YOU SEE HERE THAT THERE WAS A LOT GOING ON. AND SO WE ARE APPRECIATIVE. IT MEANS A LOT TO THIS TRIBE, A LOT TO THE PEOPLE, SO WE THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE THANK YOU FOR THE BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS THAT YOU PUT INTO IT AND ALL THE EARTH THAT WAS MOVED. THANK YOU ALL FOR DOING THAT WORK AND DOING IT SAFELY.

After several blessings of the site by tribal elders, there was also a flag ceremony.
Two veteran tribal members presented some of veteran workers on the site with the American flag to place on top of the tallest steel piece.
Randy Saur, General superintendent of the project talks about the importance of the ceremony.

RANDY: THE CEREMONY IS BY NATURE, TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE TALLEST PART OF THE STEEL THAT GOES UP, AND REACHING THAT ACCOMPLISHMENT WITH NO ONE GETTING HURT ON THE PROJECT. SO WE HAVE HAD NO ACCIDENTS ON THIS PROJECT, WE'VE HAD NO DISABILITIES ON THIS PROJECT, NO ONE DIED ON THIS PROJECT. SO WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS WITHOUT HURTING ANY OF OUR WORKERS.

Chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Clement Frost says that without the workers, the tribe's vision of the project would not be fulfilled.

FROST: AND I THINK IT'S THROUGH THE TREMENDOUS EFFORTS AND SKILLS OF OUR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS THAT HAVE BROUGHT SOME OF OUR VISIONS TO REALITY HERE.

Senior project manager Jesse Lee says this project could not be done without teamwork.

JESSE: I MEAN A PROJECT OF THIS SIZE REQUIRES TEAM WORK AND THAT'S HAPPENED FROM DAY ONE EVEN WELL BEYOND GROUND BREAKING. THE CONCEPT CAME ABOUT WELL OVER A YEAR AGO AND EVERYONE'S WORKED TOGETHER TO GET IT WHERE IT'S AT.

Saur and Lee describe what they think the tallest part of the building looks like.

LEE/SAUR: EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN DESCRIPTION OF IT. AND I CALL IT A BIG LEAF. BUT ANYBODY COULD, YOU COULD ASK ANYBODY WHAT THEY THINK IT LOOKS LIKE. THERE'S A BIG COLUMN THAT GOES THROUGH IT AND IT LOOKS LIKE A BRANCH HOLDING IT UP.

Completion date on the project is slated for the winter of 2008.

From KSUT Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner
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