Issue 104
September 2-8, 2002
Volume 3
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Bellagio Announces
Inspired Expansion Plans

LAS VEGAS - The $1.6 billion Bellagio, which has earned resounding applause as the most spectacular and romantic resort in the world, will soon delight visitors around the globe with a meaningful encore: the addition of a 925-room spa tower to create an unprecedented oasis of privacy in the elegant and exciting world of Bellagio.

The ambitious, $375 million expansion will begin construction in mid-2003 and is scheduled for completion in December 2004. In addition to the new rooms, the project will include a significant expansion of the Bellagio spa and salon, 60,000 square feet of new meeting space, 5,000 square feet of retail and a casually elegant restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"This project adds to our exciting world of firsts," said Robert Baldwin, President and CEO of Mirage Resorts. "With AAA Five Diamond status, Bellagio has become the undisputed leader in the luxury market segment of Las Vegas. The expansion will provide travelers with another unique experience. Guests will enjoy an unrivaled level of privacy, service and business connectivity right in the heart of the world's greatest playground."

With direct access to the newly expanded spa and salon, the spa tower will be strategically located on the south side of Bellagio's main pool and courtyard. In every room and suite, high-speed fiber optic cabling will ensure guests stay connected. Still, romantics can look forward to the comforting embrace of such Bellagio signature amenities as plush robes, oversized marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, and, of course, a nightly turndown service.

The arrival statement at the new spa tower entrance will be spectacular, inspiring guests as they pass through classical gardens before making a grand entrance through Bellagio's incredible conservatory.

From the conservatory, guests will experience glorious views of Bellagio's Mediterranean-style pool courtyards as they weave their way along a magnificent 50-foot glass walled

corridor to their spa tower rooms, which will be directly accessed via private elevators.

"Since opening in 1998, Bellagio has come to symbolize a wonderful place that can truly be called one of the greatest resorts in the world," stated Randy Morton, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Bellagio. "As a result of this dynamic undertaking, guests will experience an incredible yet exclusive journey. They will enjoy the rare privilege of choosing to be a world away, or being part of everything Las Vegas has to offer."

Upon completion, the 925-room spa tower will complement the resort's 3,005 deluxe rooms and suites. Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue eight-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet choreographed to music and lights. Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences including Picasso, a Mobil Five-Star/AAA Five-Diamond restaurant, a world-class art gallery, exquisite gardens, Cirque du Soleil's stunning performance of "O," luxurious spa services and an elegant casino. The resort's shopping promenade, Via Bellagio, features upscale shops including Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Prada, Fred Leighton, Hermes, Moschino, and Yves Saint Laurent. Bellagio is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE(TM).

Alturas Casino Celebrates Anniversary

KLAMATH FALLS, OR - The Alturas Casino will celebrate its third anniversary September 13-15.

“Everyone is invited to come help them celebrate in a big way,” Elaine Schreiner, casino marketing manager. “We started out as the smallest casino with just 10 employees and 20 bingo machines.”

In May 2000, a ballot measure was passed that allowed Nevada style gaming in California. The casino then changed its machines. The resulting growth means the casino now has nearly 100 machines, about 40 employees and live bingo five days a week. A small snack/smoke shop was also added.

“The casino is now one of the largest private employers in the Alturas area,” said Schreiner. “New employees are added as our business continues to grow. The casino strives to offer the latest and most popular machines, including the only Black Jack/Aces progressive gaming machine in California.

“Our goal is to continue to build a larger facility, and as we grow, have the friendliest casino in the state of California,” she said.

Schreiner said many employees had little or no casino work experience when they joined the team.

“They are now an experienced trained team, working together,” said Schreiner. “They pride themselves in our contributions to the local community, through monthly donations to service organizations and scholarships. The casino has considerable drawing power, bringing tourists into the area, which helps the community.

The weekend anniversary party will include drawings. Prizes include DVDs, televisions, a balloon ride, dinners at Alturas area restaurants and two Reno trips.

Live bingo will be held Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Free slot tournaments will be offered throughout the weekend.

Live music will be on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8 p.m. to midnight by The Rogue Radio Band. Country Jam will play Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

A special drawing on Sept. 7 will be for a free night’s stay at the Best Western Trailside Inn in Alturas for Saturday, Sept. 14. To enter the special drawing, send a postcard with name, address, and phone number by Sept. 6 to: Alturas Casino, P.O. Box 910, Alturas, CA 96101. Entrants must live within 50 miles of Alturas.

The casino is located on the south end of town on the Alturas Rancheria. From Alturas, turn left off Highway 395 onto County Road 56, between the park and the museum, about eight tenth’s a mile there is a sign at the entrance. People must be 18 years of age to enter the casino.

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