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Rash Of Lone Deaths/Suicides Plague Tooele County

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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Ron Matekel found dead Montego Bay Casino employee parking lot

A rash of dead bodies is taxing the Tooele County Sheriff’s office.

“We average about one unaccompanied death a month,” said Tooele Sheriff’s Detective Travis Scharmann. “But from March to may we have had 17. Tooele city has had about the same number not to mention the four or five found in Grantsville. We have never seen anything like this.”

According to the Tooele County Detective most of the unaccompanied deaths are suspected suicides or drug over doses.

“There really isn’t a pattern to any of this,” he added. “The economy is okay. And these aren’t teens involved in a suicide cult.”

Two weeks ago the wave hit Wendover with the suicide of William Matthew Richmond a 35 year old Salt Lake City man found on a hill facing the Wendover Catholic church.

“We received an attempt to locate and welfare check request from Salt Lake police on May 1st,” Scharmann said earlier this month. “Richmond was described by the reporting party as potentially harmful to himself. His body was found May 7th, dead from an apparent gunshot would. From the state of decomposition he could have been out there for three or four days, roughly at about the same time we were notified he was missing.

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William Matthew Richmond found dead near Wendover Catholic Church

A few days later yet another body was discovered this time on the Nevada side of Wendover in the employee parking lot of the Montego Bay Casino. And this death struck the Tooele county sheriff’s office particularly hard.

Ron D. Matekel, 50, a former deputy of the department was found dead in his car alone on May 15. No cause of death has been released.

Matekel’s death did not make the Tooele County death statistic but Elko County’s. While Tooele’s neighbor has a much higher average unaccompanied death rate it has experienced no where near the upsurge in the last three months.

Averaging up to eight unaccompanied deaths per month Elko County has seen a small uptick this spring with 23 reported in the months of March and April.

“It is probably just a statical anomaly,” Scharmann added. “Hopefully it will drop in the coming months. The good news is that for the first time since March we have gone a whole week without a death at the end of May.”

 

 

 

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Ely Max Murder Case/ Did The Wrong Con Die?

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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Michael “Big Time” Ofeldt at hearing earlier this year in White Pine District Court

Did the ‘wrong’ inmate die in an Ely Prison murder plot two years ago?

Correspondence including emails and notes allegedly from Prison Investigators and Sheriff’s Detectives appear to support inmate Michael “Big Time” Ofeldt’s defense that he was defending himself when he killed cell mate Erik “Bingo” Houser.

ofeldthauserOn May 29, 2011 inmate Erik Houser was found dead in a cell he shared with James Ofeldt who was subsequently charged with the murder.

Set to go to trial this July, Ofeldt’s attorneys have laid at least a preliminary case of self defense and according to more than a few pieces of correspondence between prison officials and the White Pine county Sheriff’s office they may have enough to raise at least a reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors.

Documents obtained by the Advocate at least suggest that both investigators from the prison and the White Pine County Sheriff’s Department did not dismiss that angle out of hand.

According to those and other documents Ofeldt was fingered for killing to seal a truce between two white prison gangs the Aryan Warriors and the Skin Heads. Ofeldt, the correspondence suggest was accused of being a snitch by the Aryan Warriors and to do the job Erik “Bingo” Houser was picked for the job.

According to the story, Houser who had little if any gang ties was ordered to befriend Ofeldt and offer to share a cell with him. Ofeldt eventually agreed and so did the prison administration. They moved in together about a month before the killing.

wrecgradadSometime after they began sharing a cell Ofeldt was approached by on of the leaders of the Aryan warriors to trade a plexiglass knife Ofeldt had fashioned. Ofeldt, according to the story gave up the shank but began to realize that the weapon was meant for him.

Most of the evidence supporting the story boils down to prison gossip, however at least some of the documents reproduced in this issue suggest that some prison staff were alerted to possible problems regarding Ofeldt and Houser well before the killing occurred.

The documents also indicate that several inmates knew that a killing had taken place shortly after the event but were surprised that it was Houser and not Ofeldt who was the victim.

The documents obtained by the Advocate also suggest surprising lax conditions at the prison. According to one stamped 00053 food was delivered twice to the cell Ofeldt and Houser were sharing before it was discovered that Houser had been killed.

Most inmates at Ely Max, like Ofeldt and Houser, are locked down 23 hours out of 24. Food is delivered to their cells and not served in a cafeteria and prisoner counts are taken at least once every four hours.

If true and two meals had been delivered twice after the killing, Ofeldt had more than enough time to remove any incriminating evidence that would suggest the killing of Houser was not self defense but rather murder.

According the coroner’s report Houser was not killed by stabbing but rather by strangulation. And whether or not a shank was recovered is not mentioned in any of the documents the Advocate has obtained.

These most recently obtained emails as well as two previous emails already submitted into evidence directly contradicts information received by the Advocate that Houser was killed by Ofeldt for being a “race traitor”.

Originally sentenced to the minimum security Carlin Honor Camp, Houser walked away while on a work detail in 2008 with less than a year before parole. He was captured less than a week later in Reno and now deemed a flight risk was sent to Ely Maximum Security Prison where he was ordered to serve out his full sentenced with another six years tacked on for his escape.

Spring2013-halfpageOfeldt has a long and violent history both before and during his stay at Ely State Prison. Originally convicted of nine counts of armed robbery Ofeldt entered the prison system in 2004 and in the less than eight years served racked up 83 reports of violations of prison rules including over 30 reports of attacks on other inmates or staff at the prison.

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He was considered so dangerous that during his arraignment last month, he appeared not only handcuffed and shackled but was also flanked by two heavily armed guards from the prison’s elite special operations response team (SORT).

Judge Dan Papez found the potential of violence so great that he granted the prosecution motion that Ofeldt wear a stun belt during his upcoming trial. Ofeldt’s arraignment is now being webcast on www.coyote-tv.com.

Ofeldt’s attorneys do not however have to prove their client is an angel but rather that the late Eric Houser was no angel. Or at least bring up enough reasonable doubt that Ofeldt could have been defending himself in an attack initiated by Houser.

The prosecution may find itself having to prove that the emails from on correctional officer to another were the end result of an elaborate ruse devised by inmates to get their associate off.

 

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New WWES School Okayed

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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The Elko County School Board approved the floor plans for the new West Wendover Elementary School in Wednesday meeting.

The approval is the last step before construction on the new school begins this summer.

The new elementary is part of a $28.5 million project that also includes a retro fit of the current elementary school into a middle school.

The school board put the project at the top of the “pay as you go” agenda in last week’s meeting which means construction on the new school could start in 2014 and be completed in 2015.

Pay-as-you-go school tax revenue through the end of fiscal year 2013 is estimated at just over $39 million, according to the five-year plan.

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The need for a middle school in West Wendover was acknowledged almost since the West Wendover Jr/Sr high school opened in 1996.

However the project was sidelined in the late 1990’s when the price of gold collapsed and tax revenues in Elko County subsequently plunged. Talk of the new middle began again in the mid 2000’s but again the economy turned sour in the Great Recession and all building projects were put on indefinite hold.

In the meantime West wendover made due with stopped gap temporary trailers that now house about 50 percent of its elementary students.

While the expansion plan is said to solve the overcrowding issue at the elementary it has not escaped criticism especially for the retrofit to the middle school.

“See the master plan as it has been explained to me is that the district is now going to “retrofit” the elementary to house 6th through 8th grade.” wrote one anonymous parent in a letter published last month,  “Of course the actual building isn’t big enough to house almost 300 junior high sized children, along with a full staff of core and elective teachers.  So your 12 year old daughters will now get to make the trek across the parking lot a couple times a day to attend elective classes at the high school with the 18 year old senior boy.  The other option is to just get rid of junior high electives like, band, art, music and computer tech classes all together.  Of course the kids should be able to have their P.E. Classes in the elementary gym.  Not sure how many junior high sized kids you can fit in the elementary gym but hey they can just go play on the monkey bars.  Oh and speaking of the gym, if you have a child who is going to be in junior high, don’t plan on them getting to be able to attend any assemblies as the facility doesn’t and won’t have enough bleacher space for 300 eleven to fourteen year old kids to sit.”

Those objections are simply not true Zander said and added that the new middle school would have a new full sized gym as part of the project.

“Anyone who has any question or criticism of the project can call me directly at 1-775-738-5196,” he added. “Or they can e-mail me : jzander@ecsdnv.net. We are not trying to put anything over anyone and even though some might not believe this West Wendover is not being short changed by Elko.”

“The plan we have adopted addresses the single most pressing problem in West Wendover– the shortage of space at the elementary school,” Zander said. “The is where the bottleneck is and has been for quite some time.”

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Ely Bikers Make Wendover Run

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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bikercancerThe Tina Baer Benefit ride from Ely to Wendover Saturday drew 25 bikers and several cars in what was described as a smashing success.

The 120 mile run was hosted by The Twisted Jacks Social Club. In a related development the 40 year old Wendover Run by Salt Lake Harley Davidson was cancelled this year after the motor cycle club and Wendover casinos could not agree on a day for the rally.

“Talked to the organizers in Salt Lake City, they told me that they wanted the event on Saturday, so the event was a better fit in Salt Lake.” Wendover, Utah Mayor Mike Crawford wrote on his facebook page. “In all fairness to the casino’s they donate alot of money and other stuff for the ride. Its just sad that the Harley people choose to stop coming!”

 

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Single, Childless, Old

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

When we were children once in a while we would catch a story from the old folks.

We scarcely paid attention because they were, well, old and the problems of the old really had no bearing on us.

We really did not care about the Great Depression or World War II that was ancient history almost as old as the pyramids.

What did prick up our ears were the horror stories. We are not talking werewolves or vampires, but children.

Those related by distant relatives or friend of friends about how an old one weak in mind and body was bamboozled or bullied by their own children into giving up everything they owned for nothing and then put in a home for really old people, to die a miserable death in filth and poverty.

It really was not what was said but how they were told.

For a child to betray a parent was thought of as a completely shameful act.

We suppose the telling of them had a purpose and they did get our attention.

And when our time came to take care of our old people we did.

So we guess they worked.

This week we were contacted to provide some help for an old teacher who despite a good pension found it difficult to make ends meet.

We did not ask the circumstances or the reason why for the troubles, but we did begin to think.

Childless and unmarried he still lives alone and while dozens of former students did offer to help out this time we could not help but wonder what the future holds.

He is a beloved teacher, but every year there are thousands and thousands of similarly never married no children people entering the ranks of the retired.

Never in the history of the world will there be as many single childless elderly in a society.

And who will take care of them?

Care giving is only part of the problem.

We are certain that the horror stories we heard as children will become ever so much more common.

Only it won’t be the sons or daughters but more and more perfect strangers who look upon the vast population of the elderly single and childless as a buffet to plunder.

Who will protect them?

Yes there are laws against thievery and embezzlement.

There are evens laws against elder abuse but is a 75, 80 or 90 year old with a host of physical problems and perhaps with a bit of dementia able to file a police report? Or make a coherent complaint to a social worker?

We shudder to think that for our generation the real horror stories will not be told because for the vast majority of these old and lonely people there will be no one to tell them and no one to care to hear them.

One could argue that these single childless elderly have only themselves to blame. Like the grasshopper in the tale they enjoyed the present without a thought for the future.

But on the other hand this vast population actually believed the line of the new great society.

We saw freedom to an extent never before seen in human history. Freedom to travel, freedom to not have children, freedom to divorce and the freedom to reinvent ourselves.

But every freedom comes with a price and we shudder to think that the bill is coming due.

Freedom is another word for nothing left to lose.

 

 

 

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Million Dollar Drug Babes Busted In Ely

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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Sadith Chavez-Perez and Carla Regalado

Two Las Vegas women are in the White Pine county Jail, each on a $1 million bond after a routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust.

Sadith Chavez-Perez and Carla Regalado were arrested Thursday on several drug charges after deputies discovered well over three pounds of the meth were discovered in their car after the duo was stopped for speeding.

“They were clocked at 80 miles per hour on the Ely/McGill road (60 mph speed limit),” said White Pine County Sheriff. “They drove right up behind a patrol car.”

A search of their vehicle discovered 3.32 pounds of meth. Given the amount of the drugs it is likely the product was pure and had not yet been cut with filler products. Street value of the meth could range between $40,000 to $80,000 depending on where it is sold.

Situated on US 93, a major transit route for illegal drugs large bust such as this one are becoming more common in Ely and White Pine County.

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Earlier this month A Washington State man appeared before a federal magistrate judge to answer federal drug distribution charges after a Nevada Highway Patrol Officer, with the assistance of the Eastern Nevada Narcotic Task Force found 26 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $510,315. And six pounds of heroin valued at $67,500. In the tractor-trailer he was driving on U.S. Highway 6 in White Pine County, Nev.

wrecfixedadVictor H. Orozco, 38, of Grandview, Wash., is charged in a two-count federal indictment dated May 1, 2013, with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute heroin. He pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke and is detained pending trial. If convicted on either count, he faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.

Orozco, who was driving a tractor trailer containing watermelons, was pulled over by a Nevada Highway Patrol Officer on April 27, 2013, pursuant to a commercial vehicle inspection. Orozco consented to a search of the tractor-trailer. The Officer located indicators that possible drugs were being transported by Orozco and the Eastern Nevada Narcotics Task Force was called in to assist in the investigation. Officers discovered the methamphetamine and heroin wrapped in plastic under the sleeping compartment of the tractor in a large, black duffel bag.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Keller, in coordination with White Pine County District Attorney Kelly Brown, and investigated by the Department of Public Safety, Eastern Nevada Narcotic Task Force, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

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KS Lawman, Welsh, New WWPD Chief

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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Burdel Welsh

Burdel Welsh, a Kansas lawman will be the new West Wendover Chief of Police.

Welsh, 57, was appointed by Mayor Emily Carter Tuesday and unanimously endorsed by the city council in Tuesdays meeting.

A 35 year veteran of law enforcement Welsh hails from Tonganoxie, Kansas a city of about 5,000 in Leavenworth county.  In an election profile he submitted to the Tonganoxie Mirror in 2009 (reprinted below) Welsh wrote that he spent most of his career with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department leaving in 2005 as Under Sheriff.

After 2005 he was served as Police chief of Lake Quivira, Kansas  and in 2009 was elected to the city council of Tonganoxie. In 2010 Welsh resign his council seat and left Kansas to become Deputy Chief of Police at the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site (RTS), formerly known as Kwajalein Missile Range on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. kwai

The atoll lies in the Ralik Chain, 2,100 nautical miles southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. The population of Kwajalein Island is currently around 1,000 individuals, mostly Americans and a small number of Marshall Islanders and other nationals, all of whom have express permission from the U.S. Army to live there

In 2012 Welsh returned to Tonganoxie to run for Leavenworth County Sheriff. He lost the race and when the West Wendover chief’s job opened up with the retirement of Ron Supp in November was one of 45 candidates who submitted an application.

In several areas Tonganoxie is quite similar to West Wendover. It population at 5,000 is about the same and the town also has one high school, one middle school and one elementary school. It like West Wendover is also the third largest community in Leavenworth County which is also dominated by a much larger city that is the county seat and shares the same name with the county as Elko does here.

With Leavenworth county bordering the Kansas/Missouri state line, Welsh certainly has experience in interstate relations that often bedevil law enforcement operations.

kansastownBut while the two cities have much in common there are some important differences. Tonganoxie is by no means a tourist town. It was illegal to even buy a drink in Leavenworth county until the late 1980’s. And while Kansas does have a handful of legal casinos none are close to Tonganoxie.

Wendover on the other hand lives or dies by the entertainment industry. Boasting five major casino/resorts and a have a dozen of hotels on the Utah side the casino industry directly employs over 80 percent of the workforce including there of the five West Wendover City Councilmen and the mayor. While Tonganoxie population stays relatively stable year round, Wendover’s can swell up to four times or more its size during the weekends especially during the peak summer months.

Supp, his predecessor, angered the casino industry by setting up tourist jay walking stings and by proposing all alcohol servers including bartenders and cocktail waitresses and waiters undergo police back ground checks. The cost of which would have cost in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Another major difference is in demographics. According to the 2010 census Tonganoxie is over 95 percent white and English speaking with less than four percent of the population identifying as Hispanic or Latino.

West Wendover is a minority/majority community according to the same census with over 60 percent of its population identifying as Latino/Hispanic. And relations between the local police and the Hispanic community have been severely strained.

In 2011 Supp alienated the Hispanic community by having his officers actively participate in raid by Immigration that came with an assault helicopter. The action virtually shut down Wendover and led to the arrest of just ten suspects. Two of whom were released the same day after they could prove they were not illegal aliens.

The animosity that raid created may explain why when a serial petty criminal Trucker Morales slipped his bonds and escaped police custody after his arrest a year later he became a something of folk hero allegedly aided in his 30 days on the lam by the community.

There are currently no Hispanic officers in the West Wendover police Department.

The new chief’s biggest challenge might however be with the business community. Supp and his officers often tangled with many of them most prominently the owner of the local strip club and the owner of the adult book/video/ lingerie store.

Supp’s fight were not however just contained to the sin businesses he went head to head against the Wendover Ambulance company and then complained to the city council about the ‘unfair’ coverage he was receiving from the High Desert Advocate.

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In His Own Words, New WWPD Chief Burdel Welsh

(Editors note the following was originally published in the Tonganoxie Mirror in 2009. we are republishing it to give our readers some insight into the new police chief of West Wendover)

  Age: 52

Family: Married for 31 years to Cynthia Welsh, father of Jim Welsh (29) of Lawrence and Brian Welsh (26) of Tonganoxie. Both sons went through the Tonganoxie school system and graduated from Tonganoxie High School. Cynthia is the Treasurer/Business Manager for Trinity Lutheran Church, Leavenworth and Basehor Campuses. Jim is a police officer for the City of Lawrence. Brian is a police officer for the City of Leavenworth and an EMT-I and volunteer firefighter for the City of Tonganoxie.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and scheduled to complete a Master of Business Administration in May 2009 from the University of Phoenix. Numerous other occupational related certifications.

Occupation: Chief of Police, Lake Quivira, Kansas in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties

Political and government experience: Thirty-three years of government employment, serving with the Atchison County Sheriff’s Department as deputy and acting undersheriff; civilian employee for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Topeka; deputy sheriff with the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office; director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management; police officer for the University of Kansas, Lawrence; undersheriff for Leavenworth County; and chief of police for Lake Quivira.

Clubs or organizations: Sec-Treasurer for the Johnson County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, Member National Rifle Association, Wyandotte County Law Enforcement Professionals, Kansas Peace Officers Association, and Kansas Chiefs of Police Association.

Why are you running for a council seat?

Two qualified candidates had filed for re-election, but no one had filed for the third opening. I felt it was an opportunity to serve the community, and if someone else filed, the voters would have more than one candidate to choose from in the election. I hope my education and experience will make me one of their choices on election day.

What is your top priority for Tonganoxie and why?

wrecfixedadMy top priority is to develop a good working relationship with the other members of the city council. One vote will accomplish nothing. A council member must have the confidence and support of the other council members to swing the vote on issues. I recognize the experience and education that other members of the council bring to the table. I hope they will learn to trust and support my judgment. Together, we can face the current economic issues facing business and government and make the best decisions. Tonganoxie needs a strong team to lead the city forward.

What qualifications should voters know about you?

I have been a resident of Tonganoxie since 1991 and a Leavenworth County resident since 1978. Through the Sheriff’s Office, I worked in and around Tonganoxie, even when I did not live here. This has given me an historical perspective of where Tonganoxie has been and the direction it is going. Besides working for government, my wife and I have owned and operated small retail businesses for 27 years. This experience gives me another perspective on the issues facing the city and businesses. I hope my practical business experience, along with my education, will help me to formulate good decisions with the council.

What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how do you propose to take care of it?

I believe the economy is foremost on everyone’s mind. The news media puts the financial situation in front of us many times each day. The knee-jerk reaction is to close the doors and stop spending, but we must find a way to live within our budget and keep the doors of Tonganoxie open, seeking growth and new opportunity within our means. I believe we will come through the current economic downturn and we must be positioned to take advantage of the good times ahead.

What should the city do when it is facing cuts in revenue and slower growth?

The city must find a way to operate within its means, but keep the momentum moving forward in a positive direction. Some cuts have been made by the current council and these cuts will need to be re-evaluated on a regular basis. More cuts may be necessary, or some projects may be restored. Major capital projects must be timed to take advantage of the limited state and federal funds available. This may mean moving forward with projects in a time when some will say we should not be doing anything. Foregoing the opportunity to obtain state and federal funding will only cost more in the long term.

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WWPD Loses/Finds Suspect

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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A Salt Lake City man who briefly tasted freedom is back in custody after escaping from an unlocked West Wendover police cruiser Monday morning.

 

24-year-old John A. Ramirez-Juarez was arrested Monday after first running a stop sign and then being found in possession of drug paraphernalia. Ramirez was cuffed and put into the back seat of the cruiser but once inside he was sober enough to notice that the electronic window still worked.

 

In a feat of daring do Ramirez lowered the window and climbed out of the car.

 

He didn’t get far on his own but with police help he made it all the way to the Elko County Jail.

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Facebook Page Rattles Ely City Councilman Bybee

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

942845_599226356768801_1628024923_nA facebook page has earned the ire of outgoing Ely City Councilman Shane Bybee and it is on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.

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Boasting 250 members  White Pine & Ely Politics has become a lively forum for ely residents to express their opinions on just about anything political in Ely and many of them have not been kind to either Bybee or to City Clerk Jim Alworth.

Last week Bybee put this item on the agenda: Discussion for Possible Action- Consideration of a response to misinformation circulating at this time regarding the city of Ely.

“I think it is kind of silly,” said founder of the facebook page Audrey Clark. “I started the page to give people a chance to comment on the issues they felt were important. If Mr. Bybee doesn’t agree with them, he is free to join and to post.”

“Thursday’s Ely City Council meeting will certainly have a lot of fireworks.” Wrote group member Wyatt Cox on his own blog. “One of the most controversial items is the item by retiring Councilman Bybee, “Consideration of a response to misinformation circulating at this time regarding the City of Ely.”

This item is aimed directly at this website and at the Facebook White Pine and Ely Politics group.

All this group asks, and all this website asks, is a little honesty in government.  And what we get from most of our sitting Councilmen and those at the top of our City Government is just that.  Very little honesty.”

As one would expect most of the posting pertain to the upcoming municipal election where it seems controversial City Clerk Jim Alworth is becoming a major issue.

Most recently coming off a confrontation with City Councilman Marty Westland, Alworth that almost came to blows earlier this year.

In the next agenda item Bybee is asking for an independent prosecutor to investigate Westland for ethics violations.

Bybee’s attempt to squelch the page may have the opposite effect and also may have given a boost to Bruce Setterstrom’s campaign to replace Bybee.

The only candidate in this June’s election to regularly post on the page Setterstrom wrote:

these are the agenda items for 5-23-2013 city council meeting. Tomorrow please attend if possible to defend your facebook rights. Please attend to show support for Marty Westland one of only 2 councilmen who has your back. And please attend to show you do care what happens in our city. Thank you all Bruce remember nothing changes if nothing changes.

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Everything was fine and then it wasn’t

Posted on 24 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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Nothing quite illustrates just how fragile our hold on life is than having a car smash against our bedroom wall just when we were going to sleep.

Or as our grandfather of blessed memory once said: Everything was fine and then it wasn’t.

So what lesson can we take from the event of Saturday night?

Only that life is precious and good and this is the one traffic accident that we can state categorically we weren’t at fault in any way.

Which for us is an achievement.

 

There is a nice little facebook page that has some councilman’s panties in a twist.

Everyone has a right to their own opinion and not a day goes by that someone opinion makes us angry.

But lord love a duck man you don’t put it on a council agenda.

Even if they are wrong and you got a note from the Almighty you don’t make it a public issue.

What’s next going after the guys who right on bathroom walls?

As incendiary rabble rousing facebook pages go White Pine & Ely Politics is about as pedestrian as a little old lady from Pasadena.

The folks who are members of it and the ones who are posting are simply taking advantage of the relatively new technology to voice their first amendments rights.

It is in that little thing called the Constitution, that piece of paper you swore to G0d to uphold and defend.

You can join the conversation or you cannot but are you seriously going to sick lawyers on these good people?

Get real and try for a small amount of shame.

 

Speaking of shame how about a little bit from our president?

We are old enough to remember one of the defenses of Watergate was that Kennedy and Johnson were just as bad.

To which we replied so what?

Bad is bad whether it came from a Democrat or a Republican. Bad was bad back then and it is just as bad now.

Sicking the IRS on groups and individuals, intimidating reporters, stealing their phone records is bad. It is also morally wrong and illegal.

What was that line?

There is no blue America, there is no red America, there is the United States of America.

We did get a thrill up our leg when we heard it too.

Too bad the guy who said now stinks to high heaven.

 

 

 

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