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Gibbons orders flags lowered for soldier

(AP) - Flags at the state Capitol Complex will be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of a Fernley soldier killed in Iraq.

Gov. Jim Gibbons issued the order on Friday to honor Army Pfc. Thomas Lyons. The 20-year-old soldier died Tuesday when an enemy explosion hit the truck he was riding in north of Baghdad.

Services for Lyons are scheduled Tuesday at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial in Fernley.

His wife, Delvin, is also an active duty soldier, and both were stationed at Fort Richardson in Alaska. The couple had their first child this spring.

Two other soldiers, also from Fort Richardson, died in the attack. They were identified as Staff Sgt. Shannon M. Smith of Marion, Ohio, and Pfc. Zachary T. Myers of Delaware, Ohio.

Mansion celebrates 100 years today

The Governor's Mansion will celebrate 100 years today with an open house from 2-5 p.m.

The event will include sales of a new coffee-table book about the mansion, its history and occupants over the years - "100 Years in the Governor's Mansion" by Jack Harpster; $20 of the $39.95 sale price will go to Nevada Families for the Treatment of Autism.

The mansion party will also sell prints of a new painting featuring the six living governors and other Nevada celebrities done by artist Steven Saylor with the money raised going to autism research.

Wild West Shootout championships set

The Wild West Shootout Gun Dog Championships is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17-20 on property adjacent to U.S. 50 East, eight miles east of the stoplight intersection of Dayton Valley Road.

There will be vendor booths and a family carnival at the same time. The carnival will be held from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 17-18 next to Dayton's Our Park. Carnival hours for Sept. 19-20 are noon to 10 p.m.

The sports expo event was canceled due to lack of vendors.

For more information, call Susan Skaggs, executive director of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce at 246-7909.

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