Group bets on gambling in De Beque

De Beque, Colo. - A group of De Beque residents is hoping gambling can boost the Western Slope economy.

The De Beque Wild Horse Gaming Committee is seeking an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that would add De Beque to the list of towns in the state where slot machines, blackjack and poker are allowed.

Gaming is currently limited in the state to Black Hawk, Central City, Cripple Creek and two Native American Indian Casinos in Southern Colorado.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, committee co-chairman Ryan Rose believes De Beque is a dying town that relied too much on oil and gas, and a downturn in the industry requires officials to find ways to diversify.