Coming Friday

- The Topaz Lodge's casino will be closed until June after a Tuesday fire damaged the structure. The Lodge's hotel, gas station and store will remain open. Page A1

- Claude Kelly of Reno liked to spend his weekends outdoors, riding his motorcycle on Northern Nevada's back roads, metal detecting and taking walks in the woods. Page A1

- The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce is losing both its president and executive director this month. Record-Courier Publisher Janet Geary, the chamber's president, is leaving to for Coos Bay, Ore., where she will be president of a newspaper group. Chamber Executive Director Skip Sayre is taking a position in Albuquerque, N.M. Page A1

- Frustration over 14 years of waylaid plans to resolve downtown Minden's parking problems boiled over Wednesday with Town Board member Dave Sheets apologizing to residents "for not getting the job done." Page A1

- A proposed room tax increase would pay $15 million for Douglas County's portion of the construction of a convention center in South Lake Tahoe. Page A2

- New retail and a completely revamped Greater Nevada Credit Union were reviewed and approved by the Gardnerville Town Board on Tuesday. Page A2

- A total of 209 pinwheels will be spinning on the front lawn of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center today to reflect the number of child abuse and neglect cases in the county over the past year. Page A2

- The mother of a 22-year-old burn victim faced the man accused of setting fire to her son's leg and said she had one question. "I would just like him to tell me why," she said Wednesday. Page A3

- A convicted sex offender faces up to four years in Nevada State Prison for failing to register with authorities within 48 hours of his arrival in Nevada. Page A3

- Here comes the Easter Bunny to Carson Valley. About 300 children, ages 5 and younger, burst through the ribbons to gather 5,000 eggs at Lampe Park at the annual tot egg hunt on Thursday. Two more egg hunts are planned for Sunday, at Lampe Park and Walker Community Center. Page B1

- Bob Stewart will speak at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Thursday. His subject will be Aurora, a ghost town in Mineral County. Stewart is a former natural resource agency liaison and public relations officer for the Bureau of Land Management. Page B2

- Now that the flames are out, owners of Topaz Lodge and casino have to face what to do next. First on their list is the welfare of their employees, and they hope to reopen by June 1, if not Memorial Day weekend. Page B2

- Sierra Sierra Enterprises opens the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Series in Las Vegas this weekend. Page C1

- The Douglas High baseball team came back to defeat Manogue Tuesday in Minden. Page C1


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