Pinnacle Entertainment is buying Aztar Corporation, which includes the Ramada Express property in Laughlin. The total value of the transaction is approximately $2.1 billion. Other Aztar properties include the Tropicana in Las Vegas, the Tropicana in Atlantic City, and two Casino Aztar river boats in Evansville, Ind., and Caruthersville, Mo.
Including current development projects, the combined company will have an expansive footprint with 12 major gaming properties in the United States and more than 8,800 hotel rooms and approximately 22,000 slot machines. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2006.
"For 2006, Aztar is committed to nearly $15 million in renovations for the Ramada Express. That commitment remains and we are proceeding with an $11 million renovation of our rooms," said George Stadler, President and General Manager of the Ramada Express,
In addition, the Ramada Express will be holding an Employment Fair on April 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ramada Express Pavilion Theater. To apply for a job, call 1-877-364-6402.
Tony Orlando will perform at Harrah's at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, in the Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater. The multi-talented performer has graced many stages, from concert halls to theaters to television, through the years. Orlando brings warmth, energy and genuineness in his performances. Tickets start at $25, call 702-298-8510.
After being coaxed by his friends Hank Medress and Dave Appell at Bell Records to record a demo of "Candida," Orlando unknowingly found himself owner of a bona fide hit. "Knock Three Times," which became the top song in 1971 selling more than six million copies worldwide, was followed by "Candida," Along with those hits came the birth of the singing group, "Tony Orlando and Dawn" featuring Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent.
In 1973, the group recorded "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" a song that is as entrenched in American culture as apple pie and baseball.
Tony Orlando and Dawn continued to produce more hits such. From 1973 to 1977, the trio hosted a successful television variety show. In October 2005, Orlando reunited with Hopkins and Vincent to release the CD "A Christmas Reunion." This marked the threesome's first musical reunion in almost 30 years.
The Demolition sponsored by the Morning Kiwanis Club of Bullhead City will take place at the Special Event Area at the Avi Resort on Saturday, April 8, at dusk. Admission is $10, $6 for students 6 to 16, and free to children five and under, call 928-763-2149.
The first town-wide event will be the Laughlin River Stampeded, 12th Annual PRCA Rodeo, March 30-April 2. This event will highlight the premier riders and ropers of the PRCA. Admission tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, call 928-230-1295.
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