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Running Across America…

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

Karen Shepherd with Christina Lee passing through Wendover holding a Care package from Mrs Deanna Stewart’s junior high class, home made chocolate chip cookies.

Karen Shepherd with Christina Lee passing through Wendover holding a Care package from Mrs Deanna Stewart’s junior high class, home made chocolate chip cookies.

On July 7th, Christina Lee started running 3100 miles from New York City, and wanting to reach to San Fransisco in order to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation.The journey is taking her about 99 days of running, and she is doing it completely on her own, pushing all her belongings in a baby jogger named Thor. This young lady says:“…the fundraising goal is ambitious, but the people it benefits are even more ambitious.

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They toil every day in the shadows, sacrificing much for our country, but rarely do we hear about them unless tragedy strikes first. They deserve more America! Let’s show them how much we love and support them while they’re still happy and healthy!

If we can raise $31 for each of the 3100 miles run, we’ll be nearly at our goal. Will you sponsor a mile?”

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Advocate publisher, Corinne Copelan, saw the young lady running  along I-80, going west on the side of the eastbound way, monday October 27th. “It would have been dangerous to try to talk to her at that time, as I was going myself eighty miles an hour, and stoping suddenly was out of the question”. She was pushing a baby jogger in front of her, in a methodic cadanced run. Copelan thought of investigating this event later on, but an other Wendover Citizen, her friendKaren Shepherd, provided her with the answers and more. Again, this young lady’s name is Christina Lee, and she runs across America: to sponsor her you can go to the website: www.crowdrise.com/unningacrossamerica/

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Wells Rural Electric Company’s Lasagna Dinner

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

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WREC and 440 close friends gathered together to discus energy efficiency and their Electric Cooperative, support local students and share a meal. Wendover High capped Wells Rural Electric Company’s (WREC) 2014 Community Rallies in high fashion on Monday night with a lasagna dinner in the high school’s multipurpose room.  After all, when the Wildcat is dancing and the signs are shaking in front of Wendover High, a good time awaits inside.

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Your Electric Cooperative hosted the event to talk with owners about their electricity usage, promote programs like the Next Dollar Foundation and the account management app SmartHub, and help owners find the best possible solution for their energy-related needs. Owners who follow WREC on Facebook or Twitter, use the SmartHub app or contribute to the Next Dollar Foundation received a Wildcat insulated tumbler.

Wendover mayor Mike Crawford and Jerry Parkin, a WREC board director

Wendover mayor Mike Crawford and Jerry Parkin, a WREC board director

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“It’s a great thing,” said Wendover High principal Clint Spindler. “It’s tough for kids to raise money for their activities and their events. We greatly appreciate the fact that we’ve been invited to participate and we thank Wells Rural Electric for thinking of us here at Wendover High.”

Enoch Dahl helping young children and regular folks

Enoch Dahl helping young children and regular folks

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Vocational students participating in FCCLA (Future Career and Community Leaders of America) undertook the daunting task of preparing the food to feed the large crowd while numerous other student organizations got in on the action to make the event a huge success.

Veronica Hanson at the WREC booth

Veronica Hanson at the WREC booth

 

“The kids enjoy doing it and I think the community really likes the dinner as well,” Spindler said. “It’s a good fundraiser for the students. It really helps Wendover High.”

Wendover’s rally capped WREC’s four-event tour of the communities in its service territory. Along with similar events at Wells High, West Wendover High and Carlin High, the rallies combined to draw 2,551 owners, more than half the cooperative’s ownership, and raise thousands of dollars for student programs.

Ana Gonzalez at the WREC booth and Veronica Hanson in the back.

Ana Gonzalez at the WREC booth and Veronica Hanson in the back.

As a trusted community resource, WREC strives to engage with its owners on energy efficiency, conservation and their cooperative. If you have an energy-related question – whether it concerns WREC rebate program, saving a few bucks on your monthly bill or just general questions about your service – please contact your local WREC office, connect with the cooperative on social media or visit www.wrec.coop.

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Breaking News: Elko County Commissioner And Freedom Fighter Grant Gerber Passes Away

Posted on 27 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber, a longtime lawyer and conservative political activist, has died from injuries he suffered three weeks ago when he fell off a horse in Kansas while protesting a federal crackdown on livestock grazing. He was 72.

Described by his allies as a freedom fighter, Gerber was surrounded by family and listening to his favorite songs when he died late Saturday at a Salt Lake City hospital, his son, Travis Gerber said.

Grant Gerber grew up roping horses in Elko County before he entered the U.S. Army. He was awarded the bronze star for his service in Vietnam and rose to the rank of captain of a Special Forces mountain climbing and ski team, his son said.

“Grant Gerber was a true patriot,” Nevada Assemblyman John Ellison told the Elko Daily Free Press (http://tinyurl.com/oloz7p3)

“Elko County lost one hell of a freedom fighter, a torchbearer for freedom,” added county Commission Chairman Charlie Myers.

Over the past two decades, Gerber was at the forefront of the fight for private property and states’ rights, beginning in the 1990s with a battle with the U.S. Forest Service over protection of the threatened bull trout and access to a national forest road near the Nevada-Idaho line.

Ex-Assemblyman John Carpenter helped him organize the “Shovel Brigade” that defied the Forest Service, using picks and shovels to reopen the road to Jarbidge by hand on July 4, 2000. He said that will be part of Gerber’s legacy.

“The road’s open and it’s going to stay open, no question about that,” Carpenter said Sunday.

In recent years, Gerber focused on ranchers’ rights, opposing the listing of the sage grouse as a threatened species and promoting a “Smoked Bear” advertising campaign that argued federal cutbacks on grazing were fueling wildfire threats at the expense of deer and other wildlife on public lands.

Gerber was leading the “Grass March/Cowboy Express” horseback ride from California to Washington, D.C., when his horse stumbled on a prairie dog hole in Kansas and he was knocked unconscious, Travis Gerber said. He said his father was examined and released from a hospital in St. Louis, and completed the journey to the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 16.

He was on his way home last week when he complained of nagging headaches and checked into a hospital in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Doctors discovered internal bleeding, and he was transferred to a hospital in Salt Lake City where he underwent surgery on Thursday.

“He was an exceptional man,” he said, “but we know his spirit lives on.”

On the cowboy express website, here are a few of the comments about this wonderful man:

…“Grant passed last night at 11 pm. He was surrounded by his family telling stories of his life, listening to his favorite old country songs, with his hat and boots nearby. Grant was an exceptional man, but we know his spirit lives on. Thank you all for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. Grant is truly loved and will be missed by all.”…

…“I’m so sad hearing of grants’s passing. He was a wonderful man. He died for a cause he felt strongly about may his family find solace in that. My heartfelt prayers are with his family. He has moved on to greener pastures and may God receive him with open arms. Rest in peace, Grant.”

…”We lost a huge supporter of our Western heritage.

Our deepest condolences to the Gerber family. Ride on Grant the Lord gained an Angel.

For every beast of the forest is mine and the cattle upon thousand hills….”

…”There are no words……only tears and memories”…

…”Sorry to hear this:( may his family and friends have strength at this time. May his last memory be that he died doing something that he believed was right for the ranchers near and far. Ride on Grant.”…

…”Elko county has lost a strong wonderful man.”…

…”It only makes me wonder what trouble there must be in heaven with grazing rights for the good lord to call back such a great person but I’m sure Grant is right in the middle of it…”

…”This is a great loss to the State of Nevada. Grant generously gave of himself to make Nevada and our entire Country a better place!”…

…”Elko Co and the state of Nevada lost a great man, citizen and patriot last night. Grant’s legacy will live on in his family, friends and with the other patriots that will carry the torch of freedom he left for us…”…

…”We will truly miss him! Heaven has received another Great Spirit! May his spirit be remembered throughout all our lives, and that we may grow stronger for knowing such a Great Man!”…

…”Happy Trails Cowboy. Thanks for riding for freedom. May God Bless those you left behind to carry on.”…

…”He was a true American cowboy with a great cause! We here in Catharpin VA will miss him. He was a lot of fun for the few short days we met and we dearly have lost a true friend. We will meet again cowpoke and ride a long way. God Bless you!”…

…”it was truly an honor to ride from Winnemucca to Carson City with Grant and on the cowboy express he went out with a bang doing what he loved in what he believed in”…

…”Grant was a fighter, with the heart of a lion and the tenacity of a bulldog. He was always in my corner, and I know many others felt the same.”…

…”We only had the pleasure of knowing Grant for a little while. We became acquainted during the grass march in Lander County. Grant made a grand impression on us. His stories were wonderful. We will miss him.”…

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Joint Forces With West Wendover Arrest Tulsa Murderer

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Erik Williams, the suspect in an east Tulsa homicide of October 8th, has been arrested this past Tuesday, October 21st, in a West Wendover casino.

Nicki Holman, Arrest Specialist at the Metro Narcotic Task Force  (Salt Lake City, West Valley, South Salt Lake, etc…), said that a joint effort from multiple agencies help to the arrest of Williams. The forces involved has been the Tulsa Oklahoma Police force, The Salt Lake City DEA office, The DEA Metro Narcotic Task Force*,The Nevada Highway Patrol, The Tooele Utah Highway Patrol, The Tooele Sheriff Department, and the West Wendover Police Department.

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37-year-old Erik Williams,  was identified as the suspect in the October 8th murder of  24-year-old Christian Shockley at the Colonial Park Apartments

in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Reports say Williams drove to the complex in a 2003 Tacoma pickup truck. Witnesses said Williams got out of the truck and shot is ex-girlfriend Christian Shockley, then drove away.

The Tulsa police said it was anything but random, and that Williams was looking for Shockley.

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“Some people said they were fighting, they would have domestic violence in the front yard of their house. That relationship recently ended maybe three, four, five days ago. He had been using methamphetamine and that put him in a state of mind where he’s not thinking clearly,” said Tulsa Police Sergeant, Dave Walker.

Tulsa Police said Williams fled to a nearby apartment complex, Autumn Ridge, where he abandoned his truck. They watched it for ten hours, but he never returned. They since found another car he used and they have that too.

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“Even though we stole his car so to speak, he’s getting around somehow. So there’s people out there that are in his underground, they’re helping to conceal him, and we’re trying to reach out and touch those people, and eventually those people will be the ones that lead us to him,” said Walker a few days ago.

When the shooting happened, police said the witnesses were able to describe the truck well so it didn’t take long to identify their suspect. Though his only conviction was for public intoxication, police said in his vehicles they found drugs and guns and believed he was growing more violent.

“He premeditated a murder. He drives up, sees her, gets out of his truck, pulls his gun, shoots his ex-girlfriend in front of a lot of other people, so obviously he targeted her, and then got back in his truck and left and then put his plan in motion to escape and so far he’s been successful doing that,” officer Walker was saying two days ago.

As we go to press, Williams was arrested without incident, and is now in Nevada Custody.

*The Task force was created in 1993, and its goal was to identify and disrupt drug trafficking organizations, with a recent focus on disrupting heroin distribution. The task force which includes Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes.

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WWHS Girl Golf Team At State

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

The girls that attended State were: Sarah Isaacs, Florisel Rodriguez, Nayely Medina, Claudia Gutierrez, Miriam Rodriguez, and Shelby Hansen. Sara Vera is shown in the picture but didn’t attend State do to an injury.

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Sarah Isaacs, Florisel Rodriguez, Nayely Medina, Claudia Gutierrez, Miriam Rodriguez, and Shelby Hansen. Sara Vera is shown in the picture but didn’t attend State due to an injury.

Sarah Isaacs 121.1  Florisel Rodriguez, 158.0   Nayely Medina, 158.5     

Claudia Gutierrez, 154.8       Miriam Rodriguez,  164.3     Shelby Hansen 145.8    Girls golf team average GPA 2.9.

Sarah Isaacs received 1st team all league, Shelby Hansen received 2nd team all league . Team Seasonal average 573.67  . Captain Shelby Hansen

Co-Captain Sara Vera (missed the majority of the season due to a knee injury)       

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    The West Wendover golf team shoot a 560 the first day and a 547 the second day in Carson City. They ended up taking fourth place overall with a score of 1125. Sarah Isaacs scored a 107 the second day which was a personl best for her and she placed 7th in indivdual play. All the girls impoved their personal scores and worked hard as a team through out the seaon. Florisel Rodriguez is a senior and will be honered at the girls volleyball game this Friday night. I’m very proud of all of them and I am excited for next years golf season. (Coach Jennifer Lopez)

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Elko Most Wanted

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

Pasted GraphicThe Elko County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Mortensen, Chris Marley. Chris Marley Mortensen is wanted on a felony warrant for 3rd offense DUI.

Chris Marley Mortensen is a 51 year old white man. He is 5 feet 07 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

             The Elko County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Escobedo, Marsello. Marsello Escobedo is wanted on a felony warrant for 3rd offense DUI.

Marsello Escobedo is a 32 years old hispanic man. He is 5 feet 08 inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

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Sheriff James Pitts advises citizens to never attempt to detain or approach a possible wanted person, but instead, to please contact a local law enforcement agency to report this person.

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Northern Nevada Shooting Spree Leaves Dozens of Cattle Dead

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Nevada ranchers are offering a $20,600 reward after the shootings of some 60 head of cattle across Northern Nevada since mid-summer. Ten of the animals were killed and many of the rest were maimed or seriously wounded, said Ron Torell, president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association. The latest case was discovered Wednesday, he said, and the toll could climb as ranchers continue their fall removal of cattle from public rangelands. The

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shooting spree has occurred in remote areas over a wide swath of Northern Nevada stretching between the Winnemucca and Wells areas. “This kind of vandalism is nothing new, but in this number it’s quite unique,” Torell said. “We’ve had pockets of similar shootings in the past, but certainly not over such a widely scattered area.” The cattlemen’s association is working with local law enforcement authorities and the Nevada Department of Agriculture to try to track down the people responsible.

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In Elko County, the shootings have occurred north of Wells and in the Susie Creek area near Elko. In Humboldt County, shootings have been reported in the Martin Basin area north of Paradise Valley. Ranchers estimate the value of the animals killed or injured so far may exceed $250,000. They are unsure of the motive and whether the shootings are connected. “I don’t have any idea whether it’s someone with a vendetta against the livestock industry or young people out messing around,” Torell said. The shootings appear to be an extension of similar crimes that have occurred near Tuscarora and Midas over the past three years, he added. The number of cows killed or wounded in the two Elko County towns was not available.

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Because the shootings mostly have occurred in remote areas, the cattlemen’s association is asking for the public’s help to come up with leads for authorities.The reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. “We’re trying to put the fear of God into whoever is doing this with the reward,” Torell said. “If we can convict someone, we’re going to try to set an example with them. We need the eyes and ears of people on the ground to help us.” In the shadow of dozens of cattle being shot, ranchers in northern Nevada have begun their own reward fund to catch the culprits.

The Associated Press reports that the latest case was Oct. 15, bringing the total to approximately 60 head of cattle that have been been killed in northern Nevada since mid-summer. The AP says the shooting spree has occurred in remote areas between the Winnemucca and Wells areas of northern Nevada.
“We’ve had pockets of similar shootings in the past, but certainly not over such a widely scattered area,” Ron Torrell, president of the Nevada Cattleman’s Association, told the AP. “I don’t have any idea whether it’s someone with a vendetta against the livestock industry or young people out messing around.”
The reward, which to date totals $20,600, is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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Ely Inmate Killed Or Suicide?

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

John Christopher Carroll Photo Credit NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

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An inmate at Ely State Prison died Thursday in an apparent suicide.

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John Christopher Carroll, 35, was pronounced dead by emergency responders after being found unresponsive in his single cell, according to a news release from the Nevada Department of Corrections.

Medical staff had attempted to revive him, according to the release.

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Carroll was sentenced in February 2010 to five to 20 years in prison for attempted sexual assault in Clark County. He was serving a consecutive sentence of five years to life, with the chance of parole, for first-degree kidnapping.

An autopsy will be conducted by the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office.

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Game Wardens Investigating Massacre Of Six Ely Area Elk

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

State game wardens are looking for the poachers who illegally shot at least six elk in east-central Nevada and left three of the animals there to rot. (Photo: Photo courtesy NDOW)

State game wardens are looking for the poachers who illegally shot at least six elk in east-central Nevada and left three of the animals there to rot.
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ELY, Nev. (AP) — State game wardens are looking for the poachers who illegally shot at least six elk in east-central Nevada and left three of the animals there to rot.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is seeking the public’s help in the investigation into the killing of the four cows and two calves in two different locations in northern Lincoln County.

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“We’re out of leads on this, so any help we can get is appreciated,” NDOW spokesman Edwin Lyngar said Wednesday.

Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed said the sites are only about 10 miles apart but he doesn’t believe the cases are connected.

Almost all the meat had been left to rot on two cows and a calf found earlier this month on the west side of Mount Grafton near the White Pine County line about 40 miles south of Ely, he said. The first three elk carcasses were discovered on Oct. 5 near Patterson Pass about 10 miles further south.

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“This level of senseless wildlife crime is unacceptable,” Turnipseed said Wednesday. “People wait years for the opportunity to hunt and harvest an elk, and it is unconscionable that some thoughtless person would shoot so many of these animals and leave them to rot.”

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Illegally killing a big game animal is a felony in Nevada with fines ranging from $250 to $30,000 and can also include one to four years in prison and additional civil penalties. Leaving the animals to waste is a separate crime on top of the killing, punishable by up to a year in jail and $500 fine.

“There were many people hunting in this area, so we think someone may have seen something that might help us catch these criminals,” Turnipseed said in a statement. “We depend on sportsmen to help us solve these kinds of crimes because we can’t be everywhere at all times. This kind of egregious act should prompt outrage from the hunting community.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-992-3030.

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Newmont Legacy Fund New High

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Howard Copelan

Newmont2 10:23:14Our fifth annual Newmont Legacy Fund employee giving campaign has concluded, and I’m excited and proud to announce that not only did we meet our employee participation goal of 70 percent; we also set a new record for pledged dollars. Our Nevada employees alone have committed $1.095 million, which Newmont will match dollar for dollar to deliver a total $2.19 million that will be distributed among approximately 175 nonprofits and community organizations across northern Nevada next year.

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This is the third year in a row that 70 percent or more of our employees have participated in the campaign and helped us generate more than $2 million for our northern Nevada communities. You are the driving force that makes the Legacy Fund so successful. Your generous contributions of money, time, energy and talents to our communities make us all proud, and this remarkable milestone is, by itself, truly a reason to celebrate. Added to that achievement is the growth of our Legacy Fund Endowment Fund, which just this past summer ascended above the $1million mark. With your ongoing support and Newmont’s commitment of annual corporate contributions, the Endowment Fund will continue to grow by approximately $250,000 per year, building a substantial legacy that will help support our host communities long after Newmont has ceased operation in northern Nevada.

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“On behalf of Newmont, I extend my sincerest thanks to all of you for your boundless generosity and dedication, which continue to make the Legacy Fund an enduring success. Your commitment is helping to maintain healthy and vibrant communities where we live and work” said Tom Kerr, Senior Vice President, of Newmont North America.

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