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Butte Copper King Set To Close Sunday

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50 employees are set to lose their jobs when the Butte Copper King Hotel closes its doors this Sunday.

According to owner Ken Burningham, unless a buyer purchases the hotel it will be closed by next week.

The 350 room hotel also serves as a convention center, and has a restaurant and a public swimming pool.

Burningham says it is fiscally irresponsible to keep the building open.

Future events being held there are being canceled, including the annual St. James Hospital Gala, where 400 guests were expected to attend in March.

"We've had it at the Copper King for the last two years," said Kate Olney with St. James. "So the staff there is like family to us. They have treated us incredibly well. We have had the event for four years over at the Civic Center. The chance from the Copper King to the Civic Center will be a smooth transition."

Burningham says the Copper King can employ up to 70 folks during the summer months.

He says he is considering turning the building into a self-storage facility.

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