Archive | May, 2014

UT Women Busted In Holiday Check Forging Caper At Red Garter

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan

Jaqualine Long

Jaqualine Long

 Rhonda Elliot

Rhonda Elliot

Alicia Timms

Alicia Timms

A gang of three Salt lake area women were busted in Wendover this Memorial Day for running a mobile check forgery plant from inside their car, reported WWPD.

Alicia Timms, Rhonda Elliot, and Jaqualine Long were arrested at the Red garter Casino on various charges stemming from their attempt to cash a phony check at the cashier cage.

According to West Wendover Police reports, officer’s from the West Wendover police department responded to a local casino to investigate a report of a patron attempting to cash an alleged fraudulent check.

During the investigation officer’s identified Alicia Timms of Taylorsville Utah, as well as Rhonda Elliot and Jacqueline Long both from Salt Lake City Utah.

wrecfraudDuring interviews with witnesses and the three females involved it was learned that Timms had attempted to cash two checks from two different companies on the same day. Both checks were examined and allegedly counterfeit. Timms was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

Elliot was in possession of two alleged counterfeit payroll checks as well as drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

Long was in possession of two alleged counterfeit payroll checks.

A vehicle registered to Long was found to have computer equipment which was believed to be used to create the payroll checks. This equipment was seized for further investigation into the fraudulent activity.

Check forgery has become a multi-billion dollar scam in the United States and casinos are specially targeted during holidays and three day weekends with thieves counting on the high volume of tourists cashing legitimate checks.


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Naked Horde May Not Be White Pine County Bound

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan



Rainbow family members have discounted a posting from one of their own that seemed to indicate this July’s gathering would be held somewhere in White Pine County.

“Hi. This is a great article that quotes well known sources and strives to show various points of view. Thanks for that. However, there are two major factual errors…” wrote self identified Rainbow Family member Piper on the High Desert Advocate’s web page. “First, the gathering proper is seven days long (July 1-7). Some people do show up early to set up and stay late to clean up but they are typically on site for longer than ten days. Calling it a ten day event is not correct.

wattsad“Second, claiming that there are only four potential sites and that all of them are in white pine county is absolutely false. I am one of the people who has volunteered to check out sites this year. I’ve checked a lot of potentials and haven’t even gone to your county,” she continued. “That’s not to say that someone hasn’t (or won’t), but speculation is unrealistic before June 14, which is the date that a public council will begin the process of site selection. For the most part, people talking about possible sites on the internet lack the facts known by those of us who are actually walking them, and basing a conclusion on their opinions is not logically sound.”

rainbowmapThe map showing the four possible sites has since been removed from one of the group’s unofficial Facebook pages. However while the reaction to the group’s coming has been mixed most of the comments posted on local pages has been friendly or at least not right hostile.

“If i were younger i would join them, they remind me of the good old grateful dead heads.. Most are senior citizens,” wrote Max Kerr on the Facebook page White Pine & Ely Politics.

“Dany..hope it does bring in revenue. .However resided in a small community..Tons was spent on the clean up but the businesses received very little. They stayed in their own group..Spent very little down town.” added Tammie Brownlow.

“Here they come! Yeehaaw!” wrote Christopher Lani on the page belonging to White Pine County Nevada Politics Unleashed.

Established in the early 1970’s the Rainbow Family is loose connection of hippies and other counter culture types that meet annually in a national forest somewhere in the United States in the beginning of July. Gathering populations have been recorded between 15,000 to 25,000.

pereaadThe last “Family” gathering in Utah was in 2003 near American Fork in the Ashley National forest. The last time the Rainbows came to eastern Nevada was over a decade ago at the Great Basin National Park and the last time they ventured into Elko county was 25 years ago to the Jarbidge area.

Money is not used (or not encouraged) at the gatherings and camps set up kitchens to feed people wither free of charge or in a barter system.

Many members express a desire to find “higher self-awareness”, to become one with nature and their fellow humans, or connect to a universal consciousness.

Creative events may include variety shows, campfire singing, fire-juggling, and large or small art projects. At one gathering, a cable car was rigged to carry groups of four quickly across the meadow. Faerie Camp was “alive with hundreds of bells and oddly illuminated objects.” Musicians and music pervade all Gatherings, at kitchens, on the trails, and at campfires.

The ubiquitous present of campfires especially among 20,000 flower children is likely to give forest rangers and locals fits no matter where the groups decides to gather. If instead of eastern Nevada the group picks the western part of the state, they could come into conflict with Federal National Forest Service and local fire services.

extended_outlookWestern Nevada as well as California and southern Oregon are in the throws of a three year old drought and the wildfire danger is listed as critical.

In 2006 the Gathering elected to take place without the permit. Three “incidents involving aggressive actions toward Forest Service personnel” were reported in a Forest Service June 29, as were two arrests for assault on Forest Service personnel. Additionally, the NIMT issued a total of 218 citations for violation of federal regulations.

nicholeadAt the 2008 National Gathering in Wyoming, an incident occurred whereby Forest Service officers tried to arrest a member of the group. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service said that about 400 participants in the Gathering began to advance, throwing sticks and rocks at the officers, although this was disputed by Gathering participants.[36] Pepper balls were then fired to control the crowd. Witnesses reported that officers pointed weapons at children and fired rubber bullets at gathering participants. The ACLU produced a report following their investigation of the incident in which they were critical of the officers for a pattern of harassment and using overzealous enforcement techniques, using small violations as a pretense for larger searches.

wrecfraud“I’ve been gathering since 1978 and the only problems The rainbow Family Of Living Light has ever had was LEO’s[Law Enforcement Officers] as they have been signing out the rainbow Family[short name] since 1972 in harassing kind peaceful folks just wishing to go Home as it called to Pray for One World Peace Love & Healing, in a sent it is the X-mass mass to pray.” wrote the self identified Rev, Martin Paul Cheney I, on the Advocate’s web page. “Now we do not see the LEO harassing folk that go to church on X-mess mass, so why is it ever year the rainbow Family has to put up with being harassed just to pray for world peace~! Any civil right lawyers out the reading this like a sure wining case? As I am sure that using the LEO past records of what they have paid out in over time[tax payers funds] would surely show that the LEO have been signaling out these group of peaceful folks since then..? what the government and folks do not want one world peace and love? In the times we are in now days it seems this is the only direction for humanity to go after they’ve tried war we see where this has gotten us no where.. Luvin U all”


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New West Wendover School Postponed, Bids Came Over Budget

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan

1305-Conceptual-Images-11x17-662x1024The new West Wendover Elementary School will be delayed anywhere from six to 18 months, said Elko County School district Superintendent.

This week base on recommendations from school district staff the Elko county School Board rejected all bids for the the elementary school.

“Every bid came in over the estimated budget,” Zander explained. “We will have to go back to the drawing board and maybe do some cutting.”

The new elementary was part of a $33 million project that also included a retro fit of the current elementary school into a middle school and a new road to alleviate traffic congestion and a ball field.

Lightning-halfpageThe 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.

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.

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

The district had planned for a maximum of about $33 million to be spent for the school, Zander said. Bids came in at nearly $40 million.

Board members they would not vote to accept the bid if it would mean postponing other projects in the district because of budgetary concerns.

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Wendover Up In April Gaming Win

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan



Wendover was one of just a few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster April according to the Nevada Gaming commission report released Wednesday.

Wendover casinos reported a total gaming win of $13.6 million up 4.31 percent from the same month last year and was only one of three of the 19 Nevada gaming districts or sub-districts to report an increase for April. Only the Las Vegas Strip and rural Carson valley also reported increases.

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“Win” is a gross figure, with no operating costs or other expenses deducted. And it’s casino revenue only _ separate from hotel, restaurant or bar revenues generated by the resorts.

Lightning-halfpageWhile win indicates a casino market’s profitability another statistic “play” is an indicator of how casino workers are fairing. With some casino workers dependent on tips for up to half of their total income, play, the amount of money wagered by gamblers is a good indicator of how much casino workers received in tips and how many gamblers are actually in the casino.

Slots remained king in Wendover with a total win of $10.9 million up 6.8 percent from last year. Slot play at $194.9 million was up 0.5 percent. Slot hold increased from 5.25 percent to 5.58 percent.

Win from table games and sports betting was down 4.6 percent to $2.7 million. Play on the tables increased 1.3 percent to $13 million.

wrecfraudIn the balance of Elko County win was down13.67 percent to $7.4 million. Slot win was down 14.6 percent to $6.6 million. Slot play was up 1.1 percent to $105.2 million. Hold was down from 7.41 to 6.26 percent. Win from table games was down 3.5 percent to $714,000. Table play was up 0.2 percent to $3.4 million. Hold fell from 22.05 percent to 21.23 percent.

Nevada casinos won more than $852 million from gamblers last month, a drop of 0.27 percent from April 2013.

More than half April’s total gaming win came from the Las Vegas Strip which reported a total win of $463 million up 3.2 percent from last year.

pereaadBaccarat winnings on the Strip of $90.4 million were up $25.8 million or 40 percent, said Mike Lawton, senior control board analyst. Statewide, baccarat players wagered $648.7 million, an increase of $105.5 million or 19.4 percent. Luck also favored the house, which benefited from a hold percentage of nearly 14 percent, compared with 12 percent in April 2013.

Without baccarat, a high-roller game favored by Asian players, Strip gambling revenues would have dropped 3 percent or $11.5 million, while the statewide revenue total would have fallen 3.5 percent or $27.7 million compared with a year ago.

Online poker offered by three companies in Nevada generated $792,000 in April, a 14.5 percent decrease from March. In the 11 months online poker has been available in Nevada to in-state players, the game has generated $10.2 million in casino winnings.

The State collected $47,894,166 in percentage fees during the month of May 2014, based upon the taxable revenues generated in April 2014. This represents a 1.43% (or $675,526) increase compared to the prior year’s May, when percentage fee collections were $47,218,640.

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General Obligation (Limited Tax) Medium-Term Bonds

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan

(Form of Publication of Adoption of Ordinance)

(of the City of West Wendover, Ne- vada)

An Ordinance Providing for the Issuance by the City of West Wendover of its General Obligation (Limited Tax) Medium-Term Bonds, Series 2014 For Purpose of Acquiring, Constructing, Improving and Equipping a Building Project; Providing Covenants, Agreements and Other Details Concerning the Bonds, the Project and General Tax Proceeds; Ratifying Action Previously Taken and Pertaining to the Foregoing by the City and its Officers and Employees; and Providing Other Matters Relating Thereto.

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, and that such Ordinance was proposed on May 6, 2014 and was passed and adopted at a meet- ing held on May 20, 2014, by the following vote of the City Council:

Those Voting Aye:
Council Member Anderson Council Member Andrade Council Member Briggs Council Member Gorum Council Member Gutierrez

Those Voting Nay: None

Those Abstaining: None

Those Absent: None

The Ordinance authorizes the issuance of the “City of West Wendover, Nevada, General Obligation (Limited Tax) Medium-Term

Bonds, Series 2014” in the aggre- gate principal amount of not to ex- ceed $2,100,000 (the “Bonds”) in order to finance all or a part of the cost to acquire, improve, construct and equip a building project as de- fined in NRS 268.676 (the “Proj- ect”). The Ordinance sets forth the details of the Bonds, including, but not limited to, the maturity date, the interest rate and the terms of prior redemption thereof. The Ordinance provides the terms of registration, transfer and exchange, execution and delivery of the Bonds. The Ordinance provides the form of the Bonds and the use of the proceeds thereof for the acquisition, improve- ment, construction and equipment of the Project and the costs of issu- ance of the Bonds. The City makes a covenant in the Ordinance with respect to the exclusion of interest on the Bonds from gross income for purposes of federal income taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended to the date of de- livery of the Bonds. The Ordinance provides for the publication of the Ordinance in accordance with Nevada law.

This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after June 12, 2014 i.e., 20 days after the publica- tion of such Ordinance by its title, together with an adequate summary of the Ordinance.

the City Council of the City of West Wendover, Nevada,
/s/ Anna Bartlome
City Clerk

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Lifeline Assistance – Who qualifies?

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan

Lifeline Assistance – Who qualifies?
Low-income telephone assistance is available to qualifying low-income Beehive Tele- phone customers through the “Lifeline” and “Link-up” federal telephone assistance programs.

Lifeline provides qualified customers with a monthly reduction on their telephone bill.

Link-up assists in paying for the installation of basic telephone service by reducing con- nection charges by 50% or $30, whichever is less.

Beehive Telephone customers who participate in at least one of the following programs are eligible for telephone assistance: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Housing Assistance, Nevada Energy Assistance Program (EAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF), National School Lunch Program (NSL).

Beehive Telephone customers who do not participate in one of the above programs are eligible if their income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
For more information please call 1-800-629-9993.

Published in the High Desert ADVOCATE May 29th, 2014 and June 5th, 2014 . 

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WWHS Artists Shine

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan

Back Row: Xena Mayle, Macario Mendoza, Briana Holloway  and Shelby Hansen holding Leyli Ojeda's art work. Front Row: Jessica Holloway and Elva Gamez

Back Row: Xena Mayle, Macario Mendoza, Briana Holloway and Shelby Hansen holding Leyli Ojeda’s art work. Front Row: Jessica Holloway and Elva Gamez

Once again the small but very talented continent of West Wendover High school students blew away the judges this time in the Elko County Art Show with two ‘Best of Show’ and two first place awards.

Held from April 28th to May 16th at the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko the show exhibits the best from county high schools and the best is from the West Wendover Art Department headed by Cheryl Bishop.

Lightning-halfpageWWHS students:

Briana Holloway – Best of Show  Painting

Leyli Ojeda – Best of Show  Mixed Media

Xena Mayle – 1st Place  Mixed Media

Macario Mendoza – Best of Show Pottery and 1st Place  Jewelry

Jessica Holloway – 3rd Place Pottery

Elva Gamez – 2nd Place Sculpture


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Birth Announcement

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan

10291077_10152145174467877_210583975419074554_nRam Ze’ev Mowszowski was born Sunday, May 18 to Anna and Russell Mowszowski of Poleg, Israel. The six and a half pound Ram joins big brother Oz and is the grandchild of Advocate Publishers Corinne and Howard Copelan of West Wendover, Nevada and Terry and Nathan Mowszowski of Ra’anana, Israel. 

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A Century Away From Extinction

Posted on 30 May 2014 by Howard Copelan

To the Class of 2014 congratulations!!

Graduating High School is the first milestone in you adult life.

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Funny thing is you really won’t remember this day well in 20 years and less in 30 or 40.

We hardly remember ours and we had to give a speech.

Since then we have been through a lot but our memories are fuzzy about those other milestones, except when it comes to our children.

We do remember with incredible clarity the graduations of our children.

Indeed when we look over the last half century of our own lives, the moments that are most dear to us were of our children, at best we played a secondary role and sometimes we weren’t even there at all except by telephone or computer.

Not having, not having children we cannot say whether life is worth living without them.

But it is so much more interesting with them.

The children you will have will be the most important people in your lives.

Sounds kind of silly and kind of selfish, yet it is nevertheless true.

If your generation does not make babies as every generation that has preceded it, the good, the bad and the glory of this species called homo sapiens will march into extinction like the dodo bird.

Kind of a scary thought that our civilization is just 100 years away from ceasing to exist.

But then it has always been.

It is a fragile existence.

As fragile as baby.

Guard it well.

And remember to take joy your baby’s smile.

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