Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 2 a.m.
For more than a decade now, Beverly Hillbillies star Max Baer Jr. has been hoping to build his "Jethro Bodine's Beverly Hillbillies Mansion and Casino" near Carson City.
Baer said Tuesday the idea for the themed hotel-casino is still alive, but is on hold because of difficulties in financing projects during the recession.
"Unless Warren Buffett or Kirk Kerkorian want to loan some money,'' quipped Baer, who played the naive son Jethro on the long-running TV series.
In the meantime, Baer may be dealing with some big city lawyers who sued his company Monday in Las Vegas over an allegedly broken contract.
Urban Systems -- the Innovation Group of Basalt, Colo., filed suit in Clark County District Court against Jethro's Beverly Hillbilly Development LLC, claiming it's owed $31,656 for a casino and hotel market assessment and pro-forma operating statements it says it prepared for Baer's company.
Baer declined comment on the advice of his attorney.
KB Home is hosting a homebuying fair May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon that it says will highlight the advantages of purchasing a new home in today’s market, such as the $8,000 federal tax credit available to first-time homebuyers. Such first-time homebuyers and renters are especially encouraged to attend, KB Home said.
KB Home said it will showcase its environmentally friendly options offered as part of the company’s "My Home. My Earth." initiative. A brunch will be served and kids can enjoy face painting as well as arts and crafts.
Attendees are asked to RSVP by May 7 to 266-8340.
The event is at the KB Home Studio, 5655 Badura Ave., which is off Decatur Boulevard south of the southern 215 Beltway.
A Helldorado Days Donut Eating Contest is set for May 2 and will benefit Crime Stoppers of Nevada. It's sponsored by Boyd Gaming Corp. and Dunkin’ Donuts. Pre-registration and a $5 contribution to Crime Stoppers of Nevada are encouraged.
The first qualifying contest will be held on May 2 at noon on the grounds of the Lei Day Hawaiian Festival in downtown Las Vegas, with subsequent qualifying events on May 9. The first 500 participants will receive a Dunkin’ Donuts travel mug. The finals will be held during Helldorado Days on May 16.
Individuals who qualify for the finals will have the chance to win the grand prize of free coffee and donuts for one year, provided by Dunkin’ Donuts, along with dinner for two at Second Street Grill at The Fremont Hotel and Casino. Second and third place winners will receive free coffee for one year from Dunkin’ Donuts.
Participants can pre-register and find official rules at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations and B Connected players kiosks at the California Hotel and Casino; the Fremont Hotel and Casino; Main Street Station Hotel, Casino and Brewery; Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall; and the Eldorado and Jokers Wild Casinos.