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Ut Desperada To Cop Plea For Murder Testimony?

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Howard Copelan

Angela Hill

Angela Hill

Will the state of Nevada drop attempted murder charges against Angela Hill in exchange for the woman’s testimony against her boyfriend and partner in crime for a double murder in Utah?

Angela Hill’s mother Denise Atwood appears to believe so.

In a long, often hostile interview with the High Desert Advocate Atwood said that her daughter now in the Elko County Jail awaiting trial on several major felonies including the attempted murder and shooting of Wendover woman Rattana Keomanivong would very soon be transferred to Utah where she would testify against Robert McFarland.

mcfarlandAlso in the Elko Jail, McFarland and Hill are accused of committing or being involved a host of crimes over the 2012 New Year Holiday including the double murder of an elderly Mt. Pleasant couple and the attempted killing of Keomanivong.

Hills’ efforts to ‘cop a plea’ at the expense of McFarland are not new and in fact date to the minute the couple were arrested after they straggled out of the Pequop Mountains after hiding in the Nevada outback for three days.

According to law enforcement officers present at the time of their arrest, as soon as she was separated from her partner, she accused him of putting her under an almost total mind control. A defense her mother still believes.

“The only reason she went with him to Nevada was because he showed her pictures of our house and threatened her family.” Atwood said. “She never was in any trouble before this and the San Pete police now say she had nothing to do with the murder of the Fullwoods.”

That was not completely true according to San Pete messenger publisher Suzanne Dean.

“The police did issue a clarification that the no longer believed that she waited in the car outside the Fullwood home while Robert McFarland killed them,” The publisher said. “Instead she left him off returned to where they were all staying and later picked him up several hours after the crime. She is still a definite person of interest in the crime.”

cen110The bodies of Woody and Ann Fullwood were discovered two days after they were killed and a day after Hill and McFarland were identified in the Wendover shooting.

As for Hill’s spotless record Dean laughed, “Her mug shot has been in our newspaper quite a few times,” she added.

In jail house interviews Hill placed almost all of the blame for the shooting and the other crimes squarely on the shoulders of her accomplice Logan McFarland and claimed she was another victim.

This ‘good girl in bad company’ defense was aided during the preliminary hearing by the testimony of Keomanivong who failed to remember certain parts of her statement to police at the time of the shooting.

Shot in the head the former Wendover gym owner still suffers from memory loss and other brain damage from her almost fatal wound. Since the shooting she has had to relocate to Las Vegas where she is receiving physical and mental therapy as well as preparing for the ordeal of the coming trial.

But while Hill defense may have benefitted from the grievous injury she allegedly caused, the Utah woman may have damned herself with her own words, and those words her lawyer fought hard to keep under wraps will now be heard by a jury.

hrblocknewThis January Elko District Judge Nancy Porter denied her attorney’s motion to suppress her initial interview with police.

While the exact content of Hill’s statement to police has not been released to the public, her comments were considered so inflammatory and incriminating that Hill’s attorney red Lee move to suppress them from being presented to a jury.

Lee argued that at the time Hill made them she was suffering from mental and physical exhaustion from spending to days hiding in Pequop Mountains as well as drug withdrawal.

However because Hill’s statement may critically if not fatally undermine her defense strategy, in her upcoming trial Porter allowed for the continuance for her attorneys to devise a new strategy.

If Hill will soon be traveling to Utah as her mother said, that new strategy could may have well been to admit to everything in Nevada and hope for leniency for her testimony in Utah.

The next date Hill is scheduled to appear in court is May 6th for a status hearing.


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Easter Loot!!! Record For Wendover Kids!!

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Howard Copelan



Wendover businesses and residents came up big in Easter doantions for Saturday’s Egg Hunt totalling close to $2,000 in cash and baskets. The loot will be for the finding this weekend.

Donations: Bartlome Family,, Aqua Engineering, Bob & Kathy Durham, Wireless Beehive, PM/RB/MB, Gordon & Deanna Smith, Egbert Cleaning, Caren Dixon, Gerry & Nancy Anderson, Wendover Cinemas, Wendover Utah, Mike & Sharon Spillman, Newmont Gold, ASES, McMullen Insurance, Supps Insurance, WREC, Grayont Western, Johnny & Sandy Gorum, Hanson’s Self Storage, WWES – PTO, Wendover Dental Care, Wendover Nugget

Basket/gift donations: Bob& Carla Loncar, Bonnie Gorton, Gary Corona, Heidi & Gary Lewis, Jamey & Gordon Richardson, Karen & Randy Shepherd, Phil & Lynn Gregory, Shawn Melissa & Logan Gregory, Jaime and Ashtin Bell, Sherrie – Anoynomus donor, Burger King – french fry coupons


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CentraCom Celebrates 110 Years Of Connections

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Howard Copelan



In the early 1900’s, Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company installed the first telephone service in Sanpete County by bringing telephone lines into Mt. Pleasant, Utah. But the company refused to extend service just six more miles to reach the town of Fairview. Ezekial Cheney, Elsberry Garlic and Oscar Norman decided to remedy this problem by establishing Utah’s first independent rural telephone company.

On July 4, 1903, their partnership, called Fairview Telephone Company, received a franchise to construct a local telephone system in Fairview. At the time, the novelty of telephone service was only affordable by the more wealthy citizens. In their first year, Fairview Telephone Company only sold and installed a total of four telephones.

The following year the company joined forces with the new electric light company and jointly constructed telephone and electric light lines in the community. by the end of 1904, a number of new telephones had been installed in homes and businesses.

After several changes in ownership in ensuing years, Roy B. Cox purchased the entire telephone system on July 1, 1919. The business remained in the Cox family from that day forward.

During the 1920’s and 30’s, many men who lived in Fairview worked miles away in coal mines located at Scofield and Clear Creek, Utah. These miners would be away from their families for months at a time. Back then, long distance calls were charged by the length of wire the signal had to travel. Calls from Scofield were routed through Salt Lake City. Even though the men were only about thirty miles away, calls were so expensive most couldn’t afford to call home.

cen110Roy solved this problem by building a line directly over the mountains. Using a Model “T” Ford pickup truck and horses, he strung a line on trees wherever he could, and used poles through the clearings. The Model “T” was the company’s only installation vehicle at the time. When the arduous task was done, husbands and fathers from Sanpete Valley could affordably communicate on a regular basis with their families back home. Roy’s actions set a precedent for the way long distance calls are billed that survives to this day.

The business was always a family project. Different members of the family would take turns operating the magneto switchboard, installing the old crank-type magneto phones, or helping construct new open-wire telephone lines.

In the winter of 1939, a tragic accident befell the Cox family that very nearly altered the succession of the company. Roy’s son, Iven, was trying to restore service following a disastrous snow storm. Unbeknownst to him, a high-voltage power line had fallen and come in contact with the bare telephone wires. As Iven tried to unravel the telephone wires he came into contact with the high-voltage and was very nearly killed. After a long hospital fight he miraculously survived the electrocution, but the accident left him without his right arm and took off two of the fingers on his left hand.

Undaunted by the results of the accident, and refusing to consider himself handicapped, Iven took over management of the business from brother-in-law, Bernal Harvey, in 1940. He operated the company continuously until his retirement in 1979.

But perhaps the greatest contribution Iven made to the benefit of the company was teaching his son, Branch, the telephone business. Branch’s “education “ started when he was a young lad just old enough to accompany his father on service calls and construction projects and culminated in his appointment to run the company after Iven retired in 1979.

Branch Cox

Branch Cox

The demands of running the construction and technical side of the business made it difficult for Branch to effectively deal with the day-to-day paperwork and minutia of running the business office. One of his first acts was to retain the services of his cousin, Eddie L. Cox, to deal with that side of the business. It was one of the most far-sighted and fortuitous decisions Branch ever made. The different but highly compatible strengths of the two men would prove to be the catalyst that in just two decades would catapult the company from being just another tiny, one-horse rural telephone company to the very top of the rural telco industry in the region.

At the time Branch took over, the company only had three employees; Branch, Eddie, and Mike Bringhurst. Mike did service calls and helped Branch with construction projects.

Branch and Eddie immediately began to modernize and expand the company’s operations. While Branch set about improving the outside plant, Eddie went to work modernizing the business office. By 1983 the company had installed its first computer system and was performing its own internal billing service. For the first time in its history, the phone company was getting its bills out on time.


Eddie Cox

Just when things appeared to be going smoothly, disaster struck. On April 14th, 1983, a massive landslide in Spanish Fork Canyon dammed a major waterway, buried the only highway leading through the canyon, and buried a major national east/west railway. In a matter of hours, the Thistle central office facility and all the phone lines leading through Spanish Fork Canyon were under ninety or more feet of water.

Working feverishly and against nearly impossible odds, Branch and Eddie located an operational new digital switch, transported it to Utah, built a new central office building, installed the new switch, rerouted and reconnected phone lines and had the whole system operational and back in service in only ten days time. Normal industry timetables for such a project were around one year. Their’s was a feat that netted the company considerable attention in the national telephone industry press.

In 1996, CentraCom became one of the first Utah rural telcos to provide its own internet service. That business is now one of the largest providers of Internet access in the state of Utah.

After remaining in the Cox family for more than 90 years, CentraCom’s successful operations and good management caught the eye of LICT, a company based in Rye, New York. LICT specializes in the purchase of small, well-managed rural telecommunications companies. During the disastrous stock market reversals of 2001 in the telecommunications industry, LICT was one of the the few national firms whose operations remained very profitable.

“We’re still a family,” says company president, Branch Cox. “The difference is that now we’re a much larger, stronger, more healthy one with a significantly brighter future for our employees and for the communities we serve.”

cenmarchThe largest expansion in the history of the company occurred with the purchase of the Precis Communications cable TV system in the Sevier and Sanpete Counties in 2005. This acquisition launched Cable TV service and expanded Internet service. This purchase included an extensive fiber optic network. Since the initial Precis Communications purchase, CentraCom purchased the Precis Communications system in West Wendover, NV. In 2010, CentraCom expanded into Juab County with the purchase of the Nephi, UT system from Comcast Inc. and the Fillmore and Delta systems in Millard County. With each acquisition, CentraCom has  invested heavily in rebuilding the systems and enhancing the service in each area. In 2013, a new fiber optic line will be completed connecting Delta and Fillmore with large capacity IP bandwidth.

The future of communications is in the large capacity of fiber optic networks. CentraCom has been on the leading edge of fiber optic network expansion in the state of Utah. CentraCom has the second largest fiber optic network in the state with a network that reaches nearly every area in the state. CentraCom is the leading provider of high capacity Internet circuits. This expansive network is  instrumental in connecting the rural areas of Utah and Nevada to a nation-wide network. The CentraCom fiber optic network is connecting nearly every school south of Salt Lake City, UT throughout its entire service area. Also, nearly every rural healthcare facilities in the CentraCom service area is increasing their ability to provide quality service with the high capacity connection on the CentraCom network provides. And soon, Millard county schools and healthcare facilities will be connected with instantaneous communications to the national network.

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Our Coldest Regards

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Howard Copelan


Howard Copelan

This is  quick note to any parents of future murderers, rapists or child molesters out there.

We really, really, really don’t care how you feel, really.

And we mean that in the coldest possible way.

Your kid commits a crime against an innocent we will report it.

Indeed we will go to town on the story and we could care less how you feel.

And if that bothers you say more than having a kid in your house that is already exhibiting antisocial and violent tendencies then maybe you should be getting outside help like NOW!!!!.

There are a whole lot worse things than being publicly embarrassed about a son’s or a daughter’s criminal behavior.

Being a parent of a victim, visiting a grave, trying to mend a broken soul in a violated body are horrors we cannot even imagine. The parents of murderers, rapists or child molesters got it easy compared to that.

So don’t waste our time or your bile.

You raised monsters, just say you are sorry and deal with it.


This week we celebrate the 110 anniversary of Centra Com.

While they are new t Wendover 110 years in operation is something that should be remarked on and saluted.

We found out we were dealing with a different kind of company a couple of years ago when we lost internet at 3 am.

We called up the hotline and got a live person in their offices!!!!!!

It was a miracle!!!

Not only were they there in person the techs carefully worked us through our problem and 15 minutes later we were back on line!!!

We didn’t even have to go to their back up plan which would have meant waking their local tech to come out to our office and fix things or failing that them moving our operation to a place where we could continue working.

Since then we can count on just one hand the number of times our service went out and it has always been restored within the hour if not in minutes.

That kind of service is probably why they have been in business so long.

There might be some providers in town who are cheaper (though we doubt it) but what is the point of getting a great deal on tv, phone or internet service if it doesn’t work and you have to wait till tomorrow or the next day or week to get it fixed?

Thus we say very proudly that we are customers of Centra Com and we would not have it any other way.

Congratulations on 110!!!

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Elko District Judge Porter Completes Sentencing & Management of Sex Offenders National Judicial College

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Howard Copelan


RENO, NV – The National Judicial College (NJC) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Nancy Porter of the 4th Judicial District Court in Elko, Nev. completed

The Sentencing and Management of Sex Offenders: Central Regional Judicial Training, March 19-20, 2013, with The National Judicial College in Dallas, Tex.   This education program is sponsored under a grant from The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering & Tracking (SMART).

Topics included sex offenders and sexual victimization issues; assessment, treatment, and supervision of sex offenders; sentencing and its implications; and leadership within the court and the community. The National Judicial College was founded in 1963 and is the nation’s leading provider of judicial education.

The NJC is housed in a state-of-the-art building on the historic 255-acre campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. For 50 years, the NJC has been offering courses to improve judicial productivity, challenge current perceptions of justice and inspire judges to achieve judicial excellence.

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With courses held onsite, across the nation and around the world, the NJC offers an average of 95 courses annually with more than 3,000 judges enrolling from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 150 countries.

media30adSince it opened, the NJC has awarded more than 85,000 professional judicial education certificates.  The NJC and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges assisted the University of Nevada, Reno, in developing one of the nation’s first master’s and Ph.D. in judicial studies programs.

Both programs provide a formal academic setting in which trial judges can integrate technical and academic studies to attain an intellectual understanding of the American judiciary.

The NJC is also home to the National Tribal Judicial Center and an International Program. The College’s curricula include a Seminar Series, made up of courses that provide judges the opportunity to study diverse and interesting topics at historically and culturally rich locations across the United States.

Web-based courses are also offered enabling participants to explore a variety of subject areas online.  The National Judicial College has an appointed 18-member Board of Trustees and became a Nevada not-for-profit (501)(c)(3) educational corporation on January 1, 1978. Please visit the NJC website at for NJC news, ways to donate, course information and more.




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Newmont Appoints Mining Veteran Chris J. Robison as Executive Vice President of Operations and Projects

Posted on 29 March 2013 by Howard Copelan


Chris J. Robison


DENVER, March 25, 2013 – Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (“Newmont” or the “Company”) announced the appointment of Chris J. Robison as Executive Vice President of Operations and Projects today. Mr. Robison brings more than 32 years in the copper, gold, molybdenum, borates and talc mining sectors to his new role where he will oversee Newmont’s gold and copper asset portfolio on five continents along with the Company’s safety and security functions.

“Chris is one of the best operators in the industry and has developed a solid reputation for sustainably improving safety, costs and profitability at mining and refining operations around the world. He will be a driving force behind our efforts to improve mining fundamentals, build profitable production growth and translate that into value for our shareholders and other stakeholders,” said Gary Goldberg, Newmont’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Robison most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for Rio Tinto Minerals where he managed a global portfolio of mines, processing and shipping facilities, and delivered significant improvements to the organization’s profitability, health and safety, environmental and quality performance. Prior to that role, he was Chief Operating Officer for U.S. Borax Inc. with responsibility for mining, refining and distribution facilities on four continents. In the copper and gold sector, Mr. Robison also previously served as Vice President and General Manager, Mining and Concentrating for Kennecott Utah Copper, with responsibility for the Bingham Canyon copper mine, the Copperton Concentrator and Barney’s Canyon gold mine.

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Mr. Robison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Nevada’s Mackay School of Mines. He is also a member of the Society of Metallurgical Engineers and has served on the Board of Directors of the Utah Mining Association. He currently serves on the University of Nevada’s Mackay School of Mines Advisory Board.

media30adAbout Newmont

Founded in 1921 and publicly traded since 1925, Newmont ( is one of the largest gold companies in the world. Headquartered in Colorado, the Company has approximately 40,000 employees and contractors, with the majority working at core operations in the United States, Australia, Peru, Indonesia and Ghana. Newmont is the only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index and in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through high standards in environmental management, health and safety for its employees and creating value and opportunity for host communities and shareholders.


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Gas Buyout Still Dead Vote Will Not Change, $24,000 Wasted On Busted Deal

Posted on 22 March 2013 by Howard Copelan


After executing at least his third flip flop in two weeks, West Wendover City councilman Roy Briggs came down against going forward with the purchase of the Wendover Gas Company, killing the project Tuesday.

Briggs once one of the buyouts biggest supporters Briggs once again provided the crucial third vote or rather non-vote that dashed the hopes of gas company owner Nancy Green to sell her near bankrupt company.

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Obviously talking about Briggs shortly after the vote two weeks ago, Carter indicated that Briggs was thinking about changing his vote and proceed with the buyout. Carter told the council and the audience that wavering councilman was a major reason for her veto.

City Council meeting below

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However when the item came up on the agenda Briggs said that the cost of the gas company and the construction of the proposed natural gas pipeline was simply too great for the city to contemplate especially with an uncertain economy. He would not be changing his vote and if Nancy green was searching for a buyer, she would have to look else where.

media30adBriggs’ decision did not take her by surprise as early as the Monday before the meeting Green along with her attorney Jeff Crockett were informed that despite earlier signs that he would flip, briggs would not be changing his vote.

If Briggs reasons for not going forward on the purchase sounded familiar they were. Indeed they were some of the very reasons former West Wendover mayor donnie andersen gave when he vetoed the effort twice last summer and was twice over ridden with Briggs voting to over ride.

Even as late as last month, the purchase of the near bankrupt company seemed all but a done deal. Long a pet project of City Manager Chris Melville the idea was also supported by a solid three fifths majority of the city council, Briggs, Johnny Gorum and Saul Andrade and Mayor Emily Carter.

A $10,000 feasibility study prepared by Bob Springmeyer of Bonneville Research enthusiastically endorsed not only buying the beleaguered utility but also the natural gas pipeline in its synopsis. In total the city spent $24,000 in the process.

The feasibility study suggested that given the right conditions the city of West Wendover could purchase the gas company and operate it at either a profit or at least at the break even point.

hrblocknewThat conclusion also gave the council political cover to support the project and to answer critics that the council had not done its due diligence in researching the project.

But in the two weeks between the release of the study and the council vote opposition to the purchase of the as company and the construction of the natural gas pipeline was growing most significantly from casino executives who reportedly not only read the report’s synopsis but also the numbers behind the conclusion.

Wendover Gas has been in severe economic straights for over a decade primarily according to owner Nancy Green because the major casinos in town opted out of receiving their propane supplied through her companies gas lines and instead went with Wendover Gas’ own wholesaler.

According to the feasibility study West Wendover could purchase the gas company for just under $2.5 million and even without the casinos coming back on the system, the city could operate it without losing money and without raising rates.

serafiniIn Tuesday’s meeting Red Garter GM David Serafini touched on several discrepancies and suggested that the study was not only overly optimistic but completely ignored several major variables that could dramatically increase the costs of buying and maintaining the company.

The withdrawal of casino support may have been crucial to Briggs about face and Andrade failure to second Gorum’s motion. Both men along with Gorum and Mayor Carter are employees of the Peppermill Corporation and have been accused of in the past of tailoring their votes to their bosses demands.

While initially favorable to the idea when it was first proposed and until late last year several executives in the casino industry began to weigh the savings offered by natural gas to the cost of the pipeline and the debt burden it would place on the city and the cost that would have to be incurred to change over from propane to natural gas.

According to Peppermill President William Paganetti the panacea of natural gas came with a price tag too high for his company.

“The individuals making the proposal stated approximately $2 million would need to be invested to purchase a “gasification facility” in Wendover but it was unclear how that would be financed or who would own the facility.” He wrote in a letter last year.  “The individuals making the proposal stated they had no experience running an LNG facility for a municipality and they could only give a few examples of similar systems in operation. In order to switch to LNG the Peppermill would have to incur an estimated $487,500 in conversion costs, including the replacement of two boilers that could not be converted without losing factory maintenance and warranties.

wrecfixedadAs the largest tax payers to West Wendover that indebtedness would have a direct impact on the industries already considerable property tax bill. And at least for the purchase of the gas company it is over $2 million that West Wendover need not have to borrow at all.

“For the city to buy the gas company for $2 million is insane,” former Nevada Public utilities financial analyst Paul Kvam said last November. “Anybody could pick up its assets for maybe $10,000 next year on the courthouse steps. Getting all the pipeline infrastructure for almost nothing would make the operations profitable. Then with those assets you could think about building the pipeline.”

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The doubts whether the city could break even on the gas company was perhaps compounded with the question on the cost of the pipeline. While estimated in the feasibility report to cost just over $9 million Wendover has been burned before with overly optimistic projections.

To arrive at the estimate the study used a rule of thumb equation where the diameter of the pipe (4 inches) multiplied by the number of miles (62) multiplied by $40,000.

“It is a pretty basic formula,” said Wendover Gas trustee Steven Shute. “I have been involved in building pipelines for over 20 years and it is pretty accurate.”

But while the estimate is attractive it may not be accurate. First of all a four inch pipe may be enough to suit West Wendover current needs but much more, Kvam said.

“You have five casinos, the schools plus all the residential users,” he said. “That demand would take up a lot of the capacity of a four inch line especially if you include Wendover, Utah. Realistically to allow for the future growth and development natural gas is supposed to bring, the pipeline should be eight inches.”

shrinersThe doubling of the diameter using Shute’s formula would bring the pipeline cost to about $20 million.

Bringing natural gas to Wendover is an old dream. 15 years ago then Mayor Walt Sanders and City Manager Keyth Durham initiated talks with the company planning to build what would become the Ruby Pipeline. Those talks however led nowhere. The pipeline was still in its planning stage and the cost also estimated to be over $20 million for a spur line to Wendover was considered to be too high.

While Briggs’ sudden reversal may have been personally embarrassing for the councilman and also perhaps to Mayor Carter it did save face for both Gorum and Andrade who did not have to change their vote.

That was not the case last year when the ‘Peppermill’ councilmen suddenly had a change of heart in their support of a new ordinance that would have required every alcohol server to under go a police back ground check.

After strongly supporting the new ordinance through its first reading the group flipped after reportedly being told the new ordinance would cost their employer tens of thousands of dollars every year.

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Fast Food Bandit? Local Pizza Hut, Subway Burgled

Posted on 22 March 2013 by Howard Copelan


West Wendover, Nevada Pizza Hut


West Wendover Police are looking for clues in last weeks burglary of the local Pizza Hut.

According to WWPD Press release the crime occurred between closing time and the next days business on  March 14.

Thieves made off with an unknown amount of cash and also robbed vending machines in the store.

The crime is remarkably similar to the burglary of the local Subway Subs restaurant a month ago just over the border in Wendover, Utah.

No arrests have been made in that crime either.

Wendover, Utah Subway

Wendover, Utah Subway



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Dozens Vie For Chief’s Job

Posted on 22 March 2013 by Howard Copelan

Acting WWPD Chief Sandra Gunter

Acting WWPD Chief Sandra Gunter

Well over two dozen applicants have so far applied for the vacant West Wendover Chief of Police position, including acting chief Sandra Gunter.

According to sources in city offices most of the applicants hail from California a state hard hit by the Great Recession especially in the government services sector.

The flood of applicants is a far cry from the last time the chief’ job opened up  about ten years ago when fewer than five hopefuls applied for the job that ultimately went to then acting chief Ron Supp.

media30adGunter was named interim chief with the retirement of Ron Supp earlier last November. 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 grandmother of one Gunter is one of a very select few– women to run a law enforcement agency in the United States. According to statistic sfemale sheriffs or chiefs of police make up less than one percent of those positions in the country.


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Wendover Natural Gas Cooperative?

Posted on 22 March 2013 by Howard Copelan



With the Wendover Gas buy out dead, what is the future for propane users in Wendover?

Pretty much the same as the past said Wendover Gas Trustee Steve Shute.

“We are working on a filing to the Nevada PUC (Public Utilities Commission) right now,” he said. “Businesses, schools and residents will see no interruption in their services and perhaps they may not even see tanks replace piped in gas.”

wrecfixedadAccording to Shute another company may be interested in taking over Wendover Gas pipe system if that take over does not come with the company’s current debt load.

in addition to the real possibility that the pipe system will not become moribund Shute added that a natural gas pipeline far from being off the table could be very much alive and patterned on the local electric company.

“I think creating a co-op of users something like WREC is an extremely interesting possibility,” he added.

There are certain similarities between the energy situation of that created WREC and other rural electric cooperatives and natural gas today.

More than half a century ago rural America was served erratically at best by large Electric Utilities which had little incentive to provide power over large areas to relatively few customers.

Backed by the federal government rural co-ops were created and have become glowing examples how nonprofit companies can succeed.

hrblocknew“Under the right circumstances I could see a cooperative forming and financing the the feeder line to the Ruby Pipeline or perhaps extending a current or soon to be built feeder line services a mine.” Shute added. “Perhaps like WREC it would be owned by those it served.”

There are already a handful of natural as co-ops operating in the west some as part of an electric company others independent.

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