Archive | November, 2014

West Wendover Mayor’s Council Choice Racist?

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

West Wendover Mayor Emily Carter

West Wendover Mayor Emily Carter

Newly appointed West Wendover City Councilman Nick Flores distanced himself from remarks made last week by Mayor Emily Carter that she  voted for him because he was Hispanic.

“I really don’t think Emily meant what she said,” Flores said Monday. “We all misspeak from time to time and this is probably the case. As it is as a city councilman I will represent all the citizens of West Wendover no matter where they come from.”


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Carter’s remarks given as an explanation at the end of last Tuesday’s meeting were immediately contested by City Councilman Izzy Gutierrez, the only other Latino now serving on the council.

“I was elected to serve everyone regardless if they were Hispanic or Latino or white,” Gutierrez angrily responded from the council table.

As part of her explanation Carter reminded the council that it had lost two Hispanic councilmen in the past year, Saul Andrade and Gerado Rodriguez, who both resigned.

“They are the majority in Wendover,” Carter said. “And they should be represented.”

While perhaps well intentioned Carter’s comments could land her and the city in trouble with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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The commission might become even more interested in a complaint if it is filed since one of the other applicants to the council seat was Johnny Gorum who is African American.

According to the census report about 60 percent of West Wendover residents identify themselves as either Latino or Hispanic.

Until two years ago West Wendover, like many communities with Latino majority had extreme difficulty in attracting Hispanic politicians to run for office let alone win.

Johnny Gorum

Johnny Gorum

Latinos make not only 60 percent of the city’s total population, Latinos own over 35 percent of its small businesses and own about a third of all homes. However despite being in the majority until 2012, just three self identified Hispanics have sat on the city council and just Mike Miera and Gutierrez won a seat in their own right. The dearth of Latino presence also extends to city jobs. There are no Hispanics among the city’s top administrators and department heads. Hispanics are also absent in the city’s front office and while a handful have been hired in the police force and public works department the number of Latinos working for the city is in no way proportional to their presence in the community.

The vast majority of West Wendover’s Hispanic community hails from the Zacatecas State in Mexico. Populated by a mostly rural agricultural class, Zacatecas is one of the poorest states in Mexico with its chief export is its people. And since the early 1980’s West Wendover has become the home to thousand of its sons and daughters.

h&rAccording to some counts about half of the estimated 3,000 Wendover Latinos have since become American citizens and while that number may be an exaggeration even a thousand Latino voters could have dominated city politics since incorporation in 1991.

In spite of what the Mayor said, Flores appointment may have been less to do with where his family came from than it does with where he works––the Peppermill Corporation which also employs the three council members who voted for him: John Hanson, Jerry Andersen, and Emily Carter.

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Passenger Train station Up For Council Approval

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan



The long delayed dream of passenger rail travel from Wendover to all points east or west will take a step closer next month when the West Wendover City council is expected to approve the construction of a new train station in coordination with Amtrack.

h&rLong in the works the new station will replace the old facility in Wendover, Utah and hopefully will become a stop on the famous California Zephyr’s route between Chicago and Oakland, California.

Currently the famous train passes through Wendover around 1:00 AM west bound and 7:30 PM east bound but does not stop.

NV Boy Ad for 11:20:14While the idea of adding a Wendover stop was originally pushed by the local gaming industry, it is also gaining support from the public at large.

Currently travel to any location outside of Wendover is restricted to either automobile or bus. The addition of regular rail transportation could be a boon not only to the tourist industry but also to locals who wish to avoid the four hour round trip drive to either Elko or Salt lake.

Cost of a ticket to either Elko or Salt Lake could be under $30.


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Elko Sheriff’s Most Wanted

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan






The Elko County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Tyler Jack Neumann and Ruben Richard Roman  both  wanted on a felony warrants

Tyler Jack Neumann is wanted for burglary Roman is wanted for possession controlled substance.

Tyler Jack Neumann is described as a white male adult born September 27, 1990. He is 5 feet 07 inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. He has black hair and blue eyes.

Ruben Richard Roman is described as a white male adult born November 26, 1955. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of either man may contact the Elko County Sheriff’s Office at 777.2514, Elko Dispatch at 777.7300, Secret Witness at 738.4357, or your local law enforcement agency.

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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Watts Confirmed Victor n Tight WP Sheriff’s Race

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan



White Pine County Sheriff Dan Watts said he would move ahead with his plans to modernize his department following his narrow victory in the November election.

“I met with a lot of people during the campaign,” Watts said Monday, “ And we will do our best to address their concerns.”

Watts beat challenger Penny Jo Robison by just four votes confirmed the White Pine County Clerk’s office after a preliminary recount was concluded last Friday.

While the victory was extremely narrow Watts was the only county incumbent to win re-election this time at the ballot box.

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Local Interfaith Creche Holiday Donation Drive

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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ELKO —For the past two years, under the tree-shaped shelving on the partition wall and becoming part of the display at the Elko Regional Interfaith Christmas Crèche Exhibit has been seen a multitude of colorful gift-wrapped packages that has grown larger each day of the exhibit.

These gifts are donations to help the homeless through the cold winter months.

h&rTo ensure the gifts are distributed properly, the Crèche Exhibit works with Joshua Tree Shelter. Joshua Tree Shelter is actively engaged in providing a long-term solution to address the needs of the homeless in Elko, but also recognizes there are immediate needs until the Shelter is built.

wrecaquaAfter distributing some of the gifts donated at last year’s exhibit, Jennifer Kidwell, founder of Joshua Tree Shelter, sent a message letting the Crèche Committee know how much the items were appreciated by those receiving them.

“I believe I won’t have anything left by the time I reach a majority of them. I wish you all could see their appreciation, saying thank you repeatedly, the smiles…very heart warming!!”

This year, the Crèche Exhibit will again be collecting gifts of new (or almost new, clean, and useable) items for Joshua Tree Shelter to distribute to the homeless.

centraphoneSuggested item include: socks, heavy grey socks and white over-the-calf tube socks; men and women’s heavy outdoor wear; hats with flaps, gloves, scarves; boots for both men and women; long underwear; sweatshirts; tarps; solar lanterns/lights; and sleeping bags (cold rated).

The 10th Annual Interfaith Crèche Exhibit opens Thursday, December 4 and runs through Sunday, December 7, at 3001 North 5th Street in Elko, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Donated gifts can be brought in before the exhibit on Wednesday, December 3 or anytime during the exhibit.

There is no charge to attend exhibit, or other activities associated with the exhibit. For more information and musical performance schedule visit or

More information about Joshua Tree Shelter and its mission is available on their website

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Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan



4.0 and Higher (Gold) 

7th Grade 

Tucker Powell.

11th Grade

Lidia DelGadillo

12th Grade 

Shaunae Bateman, Vanesa Cuevas. Jessica Cuevas,

h&rSuperior Achievement  

3.75 to 3.99 (Silver)

7th Grade 

McKenna Castagno,

Estefania Duran,

Alan Henderson,

Citlaly Lujan,

Yardira Rodriguez,

Angelica Rojas,

Vanesa Torres-Cortez.

8th Grade

Tania Duran,

Kelly Martinez.

centraphone9th Grade

Paloma Montalvo,

Jason Shepherd.

10th Grade

Sal Cansino.

11th Grade

Aurora Rodriguez

12th Grade 

Minerva Daum,

Jasmine Maldonado.


3.0 to 3.74 (Bronze) 

7th Grade

Adriana Ramirez,

Fernando Cuevas,

Ruben Duran

Bryan Hernandez,

Janie Homer,

Yanae Marquez,

Edu Montes,

Julian Munoz,

Allysa Murphy.

8th Grade

Natalie Aboite,

Angelica Badillo,

Brenda Bermejo,

Yulisa Castañeda,

Adriana DelGadillo,

Yaneli Deuñas,

Jackie Garcia,

Elizabeth Miramontes,

Laura Ruiz,

Diana Solano.

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Mathew Bean,

Ubaldo Carmona,

Isaela Chavez,

Eduardo Gomez,

Travis Hardman,

Rebeca Montes,

Jennifer Munoz,

Amanda Murphy,

Makala Nagel,

Amanda Ramirez,

Alex Rodriguez,

Joanna Valle.

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Tyler Cabello,

Jennifer Carrillo,

Daniel Cecena,

Abraham DelMuro,

Ana Gonzalez,

Luz Hernandez,

Andrew Kennedy,

Bryan Martinez,

Marco Perez,

Moises Rojas,

Dace Sweat.

11th Grade

Lupita Castañeda,

Alondra Guzman,

Brittney Medina,

Ahtziri Miramontes,

Enrique Trujillo,

Jeovanny Villegas.

12th Grade

Blas Aguirre,

Jonathan Botello,

Estephania Gonzalez,

Nick Herrera,

D J Higley,

Jackie Luna,

Jasmin Mendoza,

Kyler Murphy,

Angelica Serna,

Landyn Shepherd,

Jerica Solt,

Damion Valadez.


Carter Not Racist, But Not Honest Either

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We don’t believe West Wendover Mayor is a racist nor was she acting like one in last week’s council meeting despite her ill chosen words.

She was being racial and there is a difference that is all too easily forgotten in this hyper sensitive era.

Racism for those who never experienced it really cannot be described in words it must be felt. But apart from all of its other ingredients of shame, humiliation and exclusion there is a healthy helping of fear.

And we don’t believe either Nick Flores or anyone else was made afraid by Emily Carter’s speech.

Flores himself might have been in embarrassed but he did accept the appointment.

Besides every one in the room knew that Flores ethnicity had less to do with his appointment than his employer. All other things being equal if Flores had been working for any other company besides the Peppermill he would not have been nominated and he would not have won on a 3-2 vote.

What we find difficult to swallow is Carter’s essential dishonesty by omission.

It would have been so much more refreshing for Carter to say “I pick Nick because he is a co-worker of mine and our employer’s interests should be protected on the city council.”

There is no shame in honesty unless one is acting ignobly and is self aware.

Perhaps Carter has told us more in her lie than by telling the simple truth.

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Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan




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Gorum Rebuffed, Flores Appointed To Council

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan



In a politically savvy move West Wendover Mayor ignored a half a dozen or so appeals to appoint former Mayor Donnie Andersen to a vacant council seat and also an emotional plea from long time ally Johnny Gorum.

Instead Carter backed by councilmen John Hansen and Jerry Andersen tapped political newcomer Nick Flores to fill out the seat vacated twice in two months, once by Saul Andrade and most recently by Jill Darrington who has served less than a month after being appointed.

By going with Flores Carter stifled criticism that she was going against the ‘will of the people’ again.

floresGorum finished fifth out of a field of thirteen for one of three seats for the West Wendover City Council in the recent election. Despite the fact that former mayor Donnie Anderson bested him in the election coming in fourth, Gorum was considered a favorite.

A staunch ally of Mayor Emily Carter, Gorum has been on the council for nine years and has never taken a position opposed by either Carter or by City Manager Chris Melville.

While it was once city tradition that a vacant council seat be filled by the next highest vote getter in the previous election, Anderson’s chances of gaining the seat were always considered slim to none. He and Carter were often at odds when Anderson was the one who was mayor.

Additionally, Carter already broke that tradition when she appointed Gorum to a vacant seat two years ago. Like today, Gorum lost his bid for re-election but after a touching farewell ceremony, complete with a plaque, Carter re-appointed Gorum to the council a week later.

centraThe outcry resulting from that previous appointment may have doomed Gorum’s effort to return to the board.

Several of Anderson’s supporters brought the appointment of Gorum two years before despite that then Gorum finished behind Casey Snyder.

For his part Gorum appealed to Carter and the council to remember his nine years of service on the board and brought up project after project he had been a part of.

That plea however fell on deaf ears.

newmontFirst councilman Izzy Gutierrez nominated Donnie Andersen seconded by Jasie Holm which failed to pass 3-2. John Hansen then nominated Flores after disclosing that both he and Flores worked for the Peppermill Corporation. After Carter and Andersen made similar disclosures Flores won the seat on a 3-2 vote.

“I really don’t know much about the history between Emily and Donnie, it really shouldn’t be important today,” said Jasie Holm in explanation of her vote. “But the city has a major road construction project coming up on Florence Way and could have used Donnie’s experience. I just voted for the best person for the job.”

NV Boy Ad for 11:20:14Carter explained that Flores was her choice primarily because he was Hispanic.

“In the past year we lost two Hispanic councilmen,” she said. “The are a very important part of our community and should have representation.”

Carter’s explanation was not well received by the only Latino councilman before Flores joined him.

“I was not elected to represent the Hispanics in Wendover,” Guttierrez angrily said. “I represent everyone.”


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Rookies Dominate New W. Wendover City Council

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan



Three brand new West Wendover City Councilmen took their seats Tuesday along with two returnees.

West Wendover Mayor Emily Carter swore in John Hansen, Jasie Holm, Izzy Gutierrez and later following his appointment Nick Flores joined them at the council table. Jerry Andersen who won the two year council seat in the last election was sworn in last week

Of the five councilmen only Gutierrez can be considered a true incumbent. Andersen who technically won re-election was appointed to fill a vacant seat just this February.

newmontBut because of retirements, resignations, and losses at the polls Andersen is the second longest serving councilman on the board.

But while made up mostly of political novices this new edition of the West Wendover City Council may be one of the most educated and business savvy since the city incorporated in 1991.

Hansen and Andersen are both high level executives in the Peppermill Corporation and Holm and Hansen own their own businesses. All sitting councilmen are also home owners in Wendover.


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