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Win, watch, winter: Play for a new truck, be scared on the lake and celebrate cold at area casinos

Santa Ana Star Casino is now qualifying its patrons for an upcoming cool October drawing.

Buckle up for the “Ride of Frankenstein.” Santa Ana Star Casino is giving one lucky person a new 2016 Chevy Colorado as part of the promotion. Get entries now through Oct. 29 for every 500 points you earn playing your favorite game using your Star Rewards Club card.

Santa Ana Star Casino is helping its patrons qualify now for a chance at a new truck in October. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

Santa Ana Star Casino is helping its patrons qualify now for a chance at a new truck in October. (Courtesy of Santa Ana Star Casino)

The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 29. Ten guests will be selected during the drawing. Nine will win cash prizes and one will drive away with a new Chevy Colorado.

Tonight, Santa Ana Star Casino wraps up September with rising electronic dance music star, Destructo. ILoveMakonnen, Hotel Garuda and Dateless are the supporting acts. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets run between $14.99-$19.99, plus fees. For tickets and information, visit Read more on Destructo.

INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS RESORT & CASINO: On Saturday, Oct. 1, Inn of the Mountain Gods wraps up its “Movies on the Lake” series with the horror film “Friday the 13th.”

The movie starts at 7:45 p.m., with moviegoers boarding their two- to four-person paddleboats from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each person will receive a picnic basket filled with a non-alcoholic beverage, popcorn, a choice of two candy boxes, or one candy box and one cotton candy. This event is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $20.

Celebrate the arrival of colder weather with the “Party on the Mountain” at Ski Apache in Mescalero. The bash will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15. The event includes live music, a longest drive golf competition, bounce houses and more.

The day also is the last chance for ski enthusiasts to purchase discounted season passes for Ski Apache starting at $550, as well as the last opportunity for summer recreation activities, like hiking, biking and playing nine holes of disc golf, until next summer.

For more information on these events, call 800-545-9011, or visit or

NAVAJO NATION GAMING ENTERPRISE: Recently, the Navajo Nation celebrated 10 years of gaming in September.

The Navajo Nation voted in favor of gaming in 2004. In 2006, Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise was created by the Nation.

The Navajo Nation has opened three casinos in the vicinity of three New Mexico cities. In 2008, Fire Rock Navajo Casino opened its doors in the Church Rock Chapter near Gallup.

The second Navajo casino, Flowing Water Navajo Casino, opened a couple of years later, in 2010. It is located in Tsé Daak’áán Chapter near Shiprock.

The third Navajo casino, North Edge Navajo Casino, opened in 2012 near Farmington.

The Nation also ventured into Arizona to open its fourth casino, Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Leupp Chapter, near Flagstaff, Ariz., in 2013, according to a Navajo gaming news release. Gaming generates $1.9 billion in economic impact to the region, the news release also states.

“Today, Navajo Gaming is four properties strong, has 1,200 employees, and distributed millions to the Navajo Nation and state governments,” Derrick Watchman, CEO of Navajo Gaming, said in the news release. “We have become a major economic engine, not only for The Nation, but for New Mexico and Northern Arizona.”

In addition to creating jobs, Navajo Gaming employees have received management and hospitality training, assistance earning their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, and ongoing professional development opportunities.

“In addition to strengthening our employees, Navajo Gaming will drive commerce, hospitality and economic opportunities as we continue to fulfill the mandate of the Navajo people and look toward to the next ten years of growth,” Watchman said in the news release.

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