Archive | November, 2012

Oil Boom Coming To Town? Drilling In Ferguson Springs

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

Will a new gold boom, this time of the black variety, be coming to Wendover, Ely and the rest of eastern Nevada soon?

Some of the largest oil exploration companies in and out of the country are betting yes and with drilling going on all over the state including just 20 miles south of Wendover they are putting their money on the line.

‘In my opinion, Nevada will be the largest oil state ever to have happened in the U.S., including Texas and California,’ oil exploration expert Chuck Laser told KLAS-TV last week in a bullish prediction.

Exploration giant Noble Energy has leased 330,000 net acres in Northeastern Nevada and is looking for reserves of half a billion barrels with an exploratory drilling program beginning in 2013.

The drill head located just 20 miles south of Wendover near Ferguson springs is owned by Pebble Energy.

It is leased on land owned by the Ibapah Goshute tribe and exploratory drilling begin last month.

Since the early 1980 geologists have looked at Nevada as a prime candidate for oil exploration.

In fact the most productive oil well in the entire country call the Silver State home. Located in Railroad Valley in Nye county the well has been astounding the oil industry not only by the volume of oil it produces but because it is an orphan. All efforts to develop a field of wells have proved futile.

Finally geologists theorized that the oil had to be coming from somewhere else and seeped into the valley.

Just this month an Irish company announced that they may have found the mother lode.

Using ‘ground breaking’ technologies U.S. Oil and Gas, of Dublin claims its first major drilling project in Hot Creek Valley, Nevada, may have found an enormous oil lake.

Preliminary reports suggested  a breathtaking 187 million barrels of oil,  although the company has insisted testing is not yet complete and the size of the oil field is not yet certain.

Research has been carried out in an area named Eblana 1, or ‘Nelly’, which is adjacent to oil-rich Railroad Valley.

“We are looking at two oil systems: light sweet crude with gas condensate and the normal heavier oil that is found in Nevada,’ U.S. Oil and Gas CEO Brian McDonnell told Las Vegas channel KLAS-TV.

‘What we would need to do is a number of wells to actually define the geological structure and how much oil would be maintained in the geological structure. One well is not enough.”

U.S. Oil and Gas is said to have leased 25,000 acres in the valley – and legal disclosures made to investors caused the company’s share price to rise by 1,000 per cent.

‘What we would need to do is a number of wells to actually define the geological structure and how much oil would be maintained in the geological structure. One well is not enough’

The firm used techniques developed by oil expert Karim Akrawi, which included 3D imaging and sonic screening to identify the best drilling area. Mr Akrawi said he is ‘very, very positive’ about the find.

It was always known that there was some oil in the state.  But the issue has been the economics.  Back in the early 80’s, when oil was at a then very high $30 a barrel, the economics of exploration and production still weren’t very attractive.  At $70 to $90 a barrel, the sales price vastly exceeding the lift cost causes the potential of Nevada to become far more attractive.

In addition to price fracking has put previously unrecoverable oil in reach.

Hydraulic fracturing is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer, as a result of the action of a pressurized fluid. Some hydraulic fractures form naturally—certain veins or dikes are examples—and can create conduits along which gas and petroleum from source rocks may migrate to reservoir rocks.

Induced hydraulic fracturing or hydro fracking, commonly known as fracking or fracking, is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas, and coal seam gas), or other substances for extraction.

Successful fracking has created an oil boom throughout the United States and will according to analysts help turn America into the largest oil producer in the world by the next decade.

And if preliminary tests yield anywhere near there forecasts, Wendover, Ely, Elko and Wells could become part of that boom.

Comments (1)

Three Vie For Council, Ex Police Chief Dark Horse?

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

Three and possibly four West Wendover men will vie for the empty seat on the city council meeting next week.

The seat vacated by newly elected Mayor Emily Carter will be filled next Tuesday as the first item of business of the Wet Wendover City Council.

According to City Clerk Anna Bartlome two men recently defeated councilman Johnny Gorum and Red Garter General Manager David Serafini have formally applied for the post. A third, Casey Snyder announced his intentions to apply for the seat in last Tuesday’s city council meeting. Mean while rumors are circulating that out going West Wendover Police Chief Ron Supp is also pondering applying for the post.

Of the four Gorum would appear to have the inside track. A long time political ally of Carter, Gorum came in forth in what was essentially a four man race in the November election.

Snyder came in third in last weeks election besting incumbent councilman Johnny Gorum by just four votes after all the ballots were counted.

Snyder was applauded by the audience and received the public endorsement of two councilmen, Izzy Gutierrez and Gerado Rodriguez when he announced in last week’s meeting that he would apply for the vacancy. However Snyder may fall one vote short in the council vote.

Traditionally in West Wendover the mayor nominated the next highest vote getter in the previous election in this case that would be Snyder. However the Wendover ambulance general manager has made no secret of his opposition to past council policies that Carter played a major role and his specific disagreement with the proposed bailout of the Wendover Gas Company which Carter championed.

However the council’s ratification of a Gorum appointment is not a sure thing. Of the four councilmen to be voting only Roy Briggs could be considered sure to go along with the appointment. Gutierrez would probably vote against as well as Rodriguez. It would be up to Andrade to either kill the nomination by either voting no or abstaining. If he votes aye the tie would be decided by the Mayor Carter.

The appointment Snyder movement is said to be gaining ground among some members of the city council and the public at large.

A petition is also circulating in the city.

Serafini’s entry into the contest and perhaps Supp’s as well adds to the intrigue in this political game of musical chairs.

Comments (1)

Legislature Query In Perea Affair?

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

The Nevada Legislature could launch a full blown investigation in Gary Perea affair when it convenes in January said Assemblyman John Ellison.

“I am going to call for it, if no one else does,” Ellison said Wednesday. “What happened to Mr. Perea is simply outrageous. And if there was something illegal about this someone should go to jail.”

With less than a month before the November election Perea was forced to resign from the White Pine County following a ruling from the Nevada Gaming Commission that the two term commissioner could not serve as a county commissioner and hold a gaming licensee.

“It took them eight years to notice,” Perea said. “The investigator assigned to my case I had to resign and I have to suspend my campaign. He also said that I could apply for a waiver that would cost $18,000 and that even if I left office immediately I would be liable for a fine. My name will still be one the ballot but along with it will be a note that I must decline to serve.”

Three weeks later and well after early voting had begun, Perea was given a clean bill of health by the Nevada Gaming commission not only to remain on the commission but to seek reelection.

The commission made its ruling after receiving a letter from White Pine District Attorney Kelly Brown that stated that Perea was in no way in violation of any Nevada revised statute or had a conflict of interest being a county commissioner and a gaming licensee.

According to that ruling of the Gaming commission Perea need not apply for a waiver and does not face the threat of fines.

Perea owns the Border Inn in Baker Nevada, a small tourist hotel that also sports a tiny casino and bar.

Perea revived his campaign but with less than two weeks before the election and with early voting all but completed the damage proved fatal. He lost his race by about five percentage points.

A series of e-mails and letters to and from the Gaming Commission appears to confirm Perea’s contention that he was given a choice by gaming investigators to either resign his office and withdraw from reelection or pay $18,000 for waiver to continue his political career.

click link for letters: Gaming Letters

The correspondence obtained by the Advocate begin in July and end in mid October shortly after Perea publicly announced that he was withdrawing from the race and resigning from the commission.

When interviewed earlier this month, Frank Streshley Chief of Gaming Tax and License insisted that Perea resignation and withdrawal were mostly of Perea own making and implied the white Pine Commissioner perhaps over reacted.

The correspondence however suggests that Perea was acting in accordance to and under the advice of gaming agent Jason Molitz rom Las Vegas.

One of the most active White Pine Commissioners Perea was one of a handful of reformers that brought the county out of bankruptcy eight years ago and back into solvency. He also led the fight against the Las Vegas water grab and several sources speculated that the sudden interest in his 40 slot machines was politically motivated by the Las Vegas dominated Gaming control Board.

While any direct links between the SNWA and the gaming investigation have yet to be found the nature and the timing of the investigation has certainly raised eye brows in White Pine County.

First elected in 2004 Perea has had to undergo yearly audits by gaming investigators who knew of his political position as a White Pine County Commissioner. With his name on the county letter head his employment on record with the state Perea made no attempt to hide either where he worked or what he owned.

Both Assemblymen John Ellison and state Senator Pete Goicoechea said they would call for and support a full scale investigation of the Gaming Control board and give special attention to any relationship official or unofficial of the SNWA.

“I think it stinks,” Ellison said. “And if there is SNWA involvement heads might role.”

The fact that a Republican Assemblyman and a Republican Senator are taking up the cause of a Democrat County commissioner also illustrates that the political division in Nevada is less about party lines than it is about county lines.

“Party don’t mean much out here,” Ellison said. “There is Las Vegas and the rest of us. We have to look out for each other in the rurals.”

Comments Off on Legislature Query In Perea Affair?

Gunter Makes History

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

Lieutenant Sandra Gunter became a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the country, a female chief of police.

Gunter was named interim chief with the retirement of Ron supp earlier this month. A resident of West Wendover since the early 1990’s, is one of just a handful of WWPD officers who began their career in the department and have never left.

A mother of three and a grand mother of one Gunter is one of a very select few– women to run a law enforcement agency in the United States. According to statistic female sheriffs or chiefs of police make up less than one percent of those positions in the country.


Comments (2)

WWHS Students See Bully

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

By Lou Copelan

Almost the entire of West Wendover High School student body attended the special viewing of the movie Bully Wednesday in Elko.

Bully is a 2011 film documentary directed by Lee Hirsch, depicting bullying in several U.S. schools in Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

The movie begins with the parents of Tyler Long, a 17 year old high school student, who committed suicide after a life of being bullied.  They organize a meeting at their town hall about bullying and the measures that should be taken against the act.  They blame the school district for not taking bullying seriously, and that the death of Tyler Long was consequence of the schools poor governing of students. Bully then continues with the back-to-back story of three different bullied kids, Alex, Kelby, Ja’ Meya, and parents whose kids have committed suicide as a result of harassment, Kirk and Laura Smalley, and David and Tina Yong.

Alex is a 12 year old sweet natured kid who is a victim of bullying, primarily on the bus.  Bully shows how he has been poked, hit, and even strangled by his fellow classmates, while assuring his parents that it is “no big deal.”

Kelby is a 16 year old girl who have turned out lesbian.  While she has accepting friend, she has been picked on by not only her peers, but also her teachers.  She says that on the first day of school, when they were all picking seat, she sat down, and everyone near her got up and pick a seat far from her.  Even with all of this mistreatment, Kelby does not want to move, as she would be, “letting them win,” which her parents accept.

Ja’Meya is a 14 year old Mississippi girl who after years of harassment on the hour-long bus ride home, stole her mother’s pistol a brought on the bus, “not intending to shoot, but just to scare them.” She faced three months incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility until all charges were dropped. 

Following the death of their 11 year old son, Ty Smalley, the Smalleys take measures to prevent other children from suffering their child’s fate.  At the start to the new school year, the Smalleys launches an anti-bullying organization, Stand for the Silent. Stand for the Silent is a organization that is meant to inform children about the dangers of bullying and how to stand up for themselves.

David and Tina Long are the parents of Tyler Long,  who hanged himself after years of bullying from classmates.  David and Tina Long mourn for the loss of their son and they demand accountability from his school who miserably failed to protect as the Longs have tried.

After watching the film, West Wendover teachers Patricia Eklund and Jennifer Miera lead a discussion about bullying and how students can prevent it by being a friend to someone who has been picked on and not to pick on anybody, no matter how much “you are messing around.”


Comments Off on WWHS Students See Bully

Thank You Neighbors

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

We thank all of all of our friends family and perfect strangers who expressed their concern and good wishes for our son Arieh over the last two weeks.

While we have said this many times before, it bears repeating again.

This place we live in, this place we raised Arieh along with his two brothers and sister is a remarkable one. Indeed if we did not experience it ourselves often and repeatedly we would simply not believe it.

We know the support we received not only in the last two weeks but over and over again has very little to do with ourselves. We know we are not that likeable much less lovable.

Rather the goodness comes from good people and it is an honor and a privilege to call you dear readers– neighbors.


Ferguson Springs was a special place for our family. We hunted frogs there for 20 years and was one of two springs pure enough within 20 miles of us to perform ritual cleansing.

In fact the water was so pure and the area so pristine that one of our son theorized that it could be one of the very few places on earth where a golum (a Jewish bogeyman) might be created.

Well we dodged that bullet.

We went to the springs Wednesday to have a look at the oil drilling.

It ain’t so pure anymore and we doubt very much that a frog survives.

But while we mourn the soiling of the springs, we have no regrets about the oil rig and wish it success in finding oil.

Life and living are full of trade offs.

We will give up frog hunting and find another spring for golum making in exchange for energy independence and good jobs for our children.

It has always struck as odd the call by some in the environmental movement to oppose everything and everything that could possibly alter the status quo.

Clean air and clean water are important and we must be vigilant to protect it.

But on the other hand we have no intention of giving up our cars, our homes, our computers or those very easily purchased cheap and delicious foods available in our local market.

We doubt anyone else would.

So drill baby drill.



Comments Off on Thank You Neighbors

Wolverines Win State!!! West Wendover 27-Lincoln County 22

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

(Editor’s note to commemorate the WWHS Wolverine Championship season the High Desert Advocate is pleased to reprint the original stories of the championship published 10 years ago this week)

Playing without their marquee performers, the Cinderella West Wendover Wolverines brought home the Nevada State championship with a 27-22 nail-biter win over Lincoln County Friday.

“The win was especially great because it was a total team effort.” Said Wolverine Head Coach Brian Poole. “Everyone and I mean everyone stepped up when the had to.”

It was the first state championship in West Wendover’s seven year history (see related stories this page).

Even without its two star running back, James Nichols out because of academic ineligibility and Pedro Morquecho limited in play due to an ankle injury the Wolverines showed they were up to the challenge.

West Wendover took received the ball on the opening kick-off and went on a controlled march from their own 22 to the Lincoln County 8-yard line.

Lincoln held but a roughing the kicker call on Kade Brown during the field goal attempt gave West Wendover a first down on the four and two plays later Jared Hollibaugh bulled his way in to put West Wendover up by six. The point after try by Brown was good and Lincoln found itself down by seven.

It did not stay that way for long.

The Lynx responded on their next possession with a touch down of their own and after the first quarter the teams were tied.

All but the last two minutes of the second quarter belonged to the Wolverines. West Wendover scored three more times including once after a fumble recovering by Hollibaugh deep in Lynx territory. And the game appeared to be heading toward a blowout.

But after the fourth Wendover TD, the Lynx served notice that they would not go quietly into the night, with a 78-yard kick-off return from Lincoln star running back Bobby Ho for a TD. The successful two point try put the score at 27-15 at half time where it remained for the entire third and most of the fourth quarter.

While the Wolverine offense protected their lead by running the ball, the Lynx were thwarted time and time again by a stubborn West Wendover defensive line and pass coverage that bent but never yielded the big play.

Then with four minutes left to play Wendover was pinned down on fourth down inside its own ten. The punt from Brown was blocked and Lynx line backer Cory Phillips ran the ball in for a touchdown. The score was suddenly 27-22. Lincoln County was thinking comeback and West Wendover fans were terrified that the Lynx would pull a rabbit out of the hat just as the Wolverines did two weeks earlier against Battle Mountain.

With a little under four minutes to play the Wolverines recovered Lincoln County’s onside kick at mid-field. Then followed three quick downs and the Wolverines were on fourth down with nine yards to go with two and a half minutes to go.

Poole had the biggest decision of his coaching career to make. A punt from Brown could have put the ball deep in Lynx territory but then again the Lynx had just blocked a punt. On the other hand going for a first down would mean another four plays to eat up the clock. But not making the first would give the ball to the Lynx at midfield.

“The boys were confident they could make it,” Poole said.

So was the coach.

But over two hundred Wolverine fans held their collective breath as Quarter Back Mitch Dean took the snap from center faded back rolled right and hit tight-end Josh Gunter for ten yards and then some.

The stands erupted in a cheer more of relief than elation and the Wolverines spent the next four downs eating the clock.

The fourth down punt (not blocked this time) by Brown pinned the Lynx back behind their own twenty. Once again the Wolverine defense held for three downs. On fourth a desperation pass to midfield was caught by a Lynx receiver and with one second left Lincoln County had enough time for one more pass.

The toss was batted down and fittingly enough it was the Wolverine defense, which sealed the deal for West Wendover first State Championship.




Comments Off on Wolverines Win State!!! West Wendover 27-Lincoln County 22

West Wendover Justice Court November 21 & 27, Judge Reese Melville

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Ernesto Gonzalez Cortez/Citation Cr. Arraignment/No Valid License

Fausto Fernando Pozos-Acatitla/Show Cause Hearing/Domestic Violence

Carolin Glee McCaughey/Formal Cr. Arraignment/Driving on a Suspended License Sister State, or, in the alternative, No Valid  License

Shannon Kampmam/Formal Cr. Arraignment/Battery; Disturbing the Peace; Destruction of Property

Dolores Ursula Meira/Formal Cr. Arraignment/Domestic Violence, or, in the alternative, Battery


Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Eli Andy Sireech/Status Hearing/Domestic Violence – First Offense

Eli Andy Sireech/Status Hearing/Domestic Violence – Second Offense


Norma Erika Marquez/Citation Cr. Arraignment/Failure to License Animal

Troy Glover/Citation Cr. Arraignment/Speeding

Teresa Lynn Richy/Citation Cr. Arraignment/Speeding

Yvonne Ochoa Villa/Status Hearing/Speeding

Eli Andy Sireech/Status Hearing/Domestic Violence

Comments Off on West Wendover Justice Court November 21 & 27, Judge Reese Melville

Elko District Court November 26, 2012 Judge Nancy Porter

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Howard Copelan





November 26, 2012

Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

   CR-FO-09-2677 Evan, Robert Lee (DA/Mierins) Sentencing (Theft by Drawing or Passing an Insufficient Fund Check in Exchange for Property or Services of a Value of  $250 or More)

   CR-FP-10-831 Valadez, Hector Hugo (DA/Lockie) Sentencing (False Imprisonment)

   CR-FO-12-659 Benedict, Rachelle Marie (DA/Gallagher) Arraignment (Attempted Uttering of a Forged Instrument)

   CR-FP-11-1529 Santarone, Laura Marie (DA/Whiteside) Arraignment (Possession of a Controlled Substance)

   CR-FO-11-1577 Mowery, Jessica Lee (DA/Whiteside) Sentencing (Conspiracy to Commit Burglary)

   CR-FP-12-353 Williams, James Edward (DA/Stewart) Sentencing (Possession of a Controlled Substance)

   CR-FP-12-173 Alegria, Keith Allen (DA/Stewart) Arraignment (Driving Under the Influence With Two or More Prior Convictions)

   CR-FO-12-751 Jacques, Julie Katheran (DA/Kilpatrick) Mandatory Appearance (Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle)

   CR-FP-11-478 Henderson, Brant E. (DA/Kilpatrick) Sentencing (Domestic Violence, Third Offense)

   CR-FO-12-413 Pena-Torres, Pedro (DA/Kilpatrick) Sentencing (Attempted Grand Larceny)


Comments Off on Elko District Court November 26, 2012 Judge Nancy Porter

Local Man 86’d For Face Book Posting?

Posted on 23 November 2012 by Howard Copelan

“U pick a dum ass mayor that help sell are parks to the peppermill Now i wonder what will she try to sell to them”

Did this facebook note posted just after the municipal election get a Wendover man 86’d from the Peppermill owned casinos?

According to the man who posted it the answer is yes. In an interview with the High Desert Advocate Wednesday Luciano “Lucky” Munoz reiterated he was banned from the Peppermill properties in Wendover shortly after he posted that message on his face book page.

A call from Advocate offices to Cameron Tancredo made by Munoz confirmed that as of Tuesday afternoon he was indeed banned from the property and would face the charge of criminal trespassing if he entered. However in a follow up call Tancredo informed Munoz that the ban was due to a scuffle he was in outside the casino some four months ago but also confirmed that the 86 had only been in place from early November.

“So I could bet at the casino for four months after the fight and then a day after I put this on my facebook page I’m 86’d not for what I posted but for a scuffle that took place outside of the casino,” Munoz said. “That really makes sense doesn’t it?”

According to Munoz the order to ban him from the casino came from sports Book Manager Fred White.

“Sam just called me to tell me I was 86. But Fred White was the one that told a sports book personal to have me 86 coz I put something on Facebook.” Munoz wrote in an e-mail to the Advocate.

A Wendover local Munoz says is an avid bettor at the casino’s ports book and according to the man he had previously been accused of being a runner.

“I bet and won a lot of money,” Munoz said. “They were pissed and tried to accuse me of being a runner.”

A runner is a person who receives bets from out of town and places them at a sports book. Telephonic betting is illegal in Nevada but with prepaid cell phones and debit cards proving it is almost impossible. In Wendover taking bets from Utah gamblers can be extremely lucrative and virtually without risk.

Regardless of whether Munoz is a runner or not, just one hour after he left the Advocate offices he reported that he had been called by the Peppermill offices and was told his ban was lifted.

“They told me (Peppermill Properties COO) Gary Lewis found out and he lifted it,” Munoz said.

But while Munoz is now welcomed, more or less, at the Peppermill casinos he is making one minor change.

“I put my face book settings on private,” Munoz added.

Newmont notes


Comments (5)

Click to visit these advertisers or websites

WREC CentraCom The Polar Express BLM Zapa