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Former sitcom star Baer buys site

MINDEN — Max Baer, who played Jethro in the 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” has purchased a 2.5-acre parcel in north Douglas County for his proposed casino.

Baer’s acquisition of the land last week for $1.2 million from the Metcalf family trust followed his recent sale of the old Wal-Mart building in nearby Carson City for $8.5 million.

“I’m putting my money where my mouth is and buying the property,” Baer told Gardnerville’s Record- Courier. “This purchase demonstrates a commitment to Douglas County. It shows the people here that the process is moving forward.”

It was the first of two parcels the longtime county resident will need for his proposed Jethro Bodine’s Beverly Hillbillies Casino & Mansion.

He won’t purchase the remaining 20.78 acres, owned by Carson City businessmen Michael Hohl and Dink Cryer, until he has received the needed zoning changes and height variances for the casino, he said.

A special-use permit, height variance and zoning map amendment will be considered June 12 by the county planning commission. The zoning map amendment also will be discussed July 5 by county commissioners.

Variances would be required for a proposed 200-foot flameless oil derrick and readerboard.

The land purchase is only the latest attempt by Baer to build his casino in Northern Nevada.

He started with plans for a casino in Stateline, on Lake Tahoe’s south shore, and then sought a Reno location. In 2003, he paid $4.3 million for a closed Wal-Mart store in Carson City, but that move also was dropped.

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