Mizpah Future

RENO, Nev. (AP) - What remains of the once historic Mizpah Hotel
will be leveled -- possibly as soon as the first of the year.

All that remains is an asbestos report and a final insurance

Reno's Historic Resources Commission cleared the way for the
removal of the charred ruins of Reno's deadliest fire by voting to
approve an application for demolition of the 84-year-old structure.

The hotel across the street from Harrah's was severely damaged
in a Halloween night arson that killed 12 people.

The commission could have delayed approving the application for
up to 120 days, but ultimately agreed unanimously with the owners'
contention that the building could not be saved in a cost-effective