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Plans are in the works to extend the USA Parkway expressway in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center another four miles to open up phase three of the massive industrial complex.

Staking the route of the extension is expected to begin shortly followed by grading over what is currently a dirt road to turn it into an extension of the four-lane USA Parkway, the main thoroughfare through TRI, which will eventually be 18 miles long stretching from I-80 to Highway 50. When the extension is completed next year the Parkway will be nine miles long or half way to Highway 50.

The new route will climb up over several rises and down into a 5,000-acre nearly flat valley called Bittleman Flats, which will become phase three of the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

When it is built out, the 104,000-acre Tahoe Reno Industrial Center will be the largest industrial complex in the world.

Public relations firm changing name effective Jan. 1

Brown & Partners Advertising, Public Relations and Public Affairs changed the name of its firm to B&P Advertising, Media and Public Relations.

The name change is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, the same day the firm unveils a new Web site at

The agency was founded in 2001 and affiliated with R&R Partners in late 2004. B&P continues to be independently operated by founding partners Johnston, Executive Creative Director Rob Catalano and Director of Account Services Rod Reber.

B&P, a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based R&R Partners, is a full-service advertising, media and public relations agency serving a broad range of local, regional and national clients in such categories as hospitality, gaming, technology, entertainment, environment, and real estate.

Gibbons appoints Carlson to state court reporters board

Gov. Jim Gibbons has appointed Severin A. Carlson, an attorney with Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw & Ferrario, to the Nevada Certified Court Reporters Board, which regulates and controls the practice of court reporting.

A native Nevadan, Carlson works in Kummer Kaempfer’s Reno office where he handles commercial and business litigation with a focus on shareholder, construction, property and water disputes. He is an active member of the State Bar of Nevada, a requirement that a practicing attorney must meet to serve on the five-person Board. Carlson’s term runs from Nov. 1 to Oct. 31, 2010.

The mission of the Certified Court Reporters Board is to encourage proficiency in the practice of court reporting as a profession; promote efficiency in court and general reporting; and extend to the courts and public the protection afforded by a standardized profession by establishing a standard of competency for those engaged in it