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Fulcrum Bioenergy has purchased 11 acres in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center to build the first commercial-scale production facilities for converting municipal solid waste to ethanol.

The cost of the Fulcrum facility is $120 million and will include four separate buildings. Construction is set to begin later this year.

Fulcrum, based in Pleasanton, Calif., was launched early last year. It develops next-generation ethanol production in the United States.

When the plant comes on line in 2010, it is expected to produce approximately 10.5 million gallons of ethanol per year, and to process nearly 90,000 tons a year of municipal waste that would otherwise have gone to landfills.

The property is located on Peru Drive in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and the plant is the first of several projects that Fulcrum is currently developing across the country.

Fulcrum's process is expected to be environmentally benign; utilizing a gasification process that does not create significant levels of emissions like today's waste-to-energy incineration technology.

The Wild Horse Ranch was named brothel of the year for the fifth straight year by the Cyber Whoremongers Club at the group's awards dinner banquet.

VIP Medical Access has been selected for the 2008 Best of Carson City Award in the Physicians & Surgeons category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).

The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

Golden Gate Petroleum is putting the finishing touches on its service station and mini mart at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

It has installed 12 pumps, six for diesel and six for regular gasoline. The parking lot is paved and striped and the interior is being finished. It is hoped it can be completed and ready for operation by the second week in August or sooner if all goes well.

A feature in the mini-mart will be Port Of Subs sandwiches. There will also be a small casino with 15 slot machines as soon as the proper licenses are obtained.

J.P. Pilkinton of Coldwell Banker Itildo, Inc. in Minden has been named Realtor of the month for June. 2008. Pilkinton has been licensed in Nevada since 1992 and currently is the director for the Gardnerville/Minden Board of Directors.

Home Treasures will be opening a second location in the Carson Valley on Aug. 1 in the space currently occupied by the gift shop inside the Carson Valley Inn. The second location will feature some of the same lines and gift themes from the main Home Treasures store plus additional items available only at the CVI location.

The main Home Treasures store in the Carson Valley Plaza is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Home Treasures in the Carson Valley Inn will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information on Home Treasures, call 267-5310.

Business events this week:


"Bubbles & BBQ" NNDA board member recognition dinner. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Empire Ranch Golf Course, 1875 Fair Way Drive. Cost $40 a person, $75 a couple. For more information call 883-4413.


Ribbon cutting, grand opening and barbeque at Classic Lube & Oil starting at 11 a.m. at 1861 E. College Parkway. For more information, call the Carson City Chamber of Commerce at 882-1565.

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