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Christmas Crash!!

Posted on 28 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

100_0468An unlucky driver hit the parked and marked Nevada Highway Patrol cruiser just two days after Christmas reported the West Wendover Police Department.

Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in this incident. Officers are continuing the investigation and anticipate that charges of driving under the influence with injuries will be reviewed by the Elko county District Attorney’s office.

ambulanceAccording to the WWPD press release the driver of the Chrysler minivan was traveling south on Tibbets Boulevard when it crossed over the center line and into the opposite travel lane. The minivan continued across the travel lane until it struck the left front end of the Utah Highway Patrol vehicle that was parked facing north.

nbtxmasBoth the driver and a passenger of the minivan were taken to a Salt Lake City area hospital for non life threatening injuries. The highway patrol vehicle was unoccupied at the time of the incident


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Gold Rush Coming Soon!!! Long Canyon Ok Expected

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



Construction on the Long Canyon Gold Mine could begin as early as January, said Mary Korpi, Newmont’s Director of External Relations.

“The project’s approval should be in the Federal Register by January 5th,” Korpi said in a telephone interview with the High Desert Advocate last week. “Depending on the weather we can begin construction.”

click federal register citation: 2015-00067

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Strong hints of gold in the Pequop mountains were found in the late 1990’s. However about the same time serious exploration was suspened when the price of gold crashed from over $1,000 an ounce to under $300.


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All exploration projects were put on indefinite hold as the mining industry struggled to stay afloat.

That moratorium on exploration lasted a little over a decade when the market began to rebound and small independent mining operations began to look again for gold, hoping that they would find  something that the big boys over looked.

That risk paid off in spades in the Pequop Mountains with the efforts of Fronteer Gold.

Literally a mountain of gold ore lies in the once long over looked Pequop Range now in advanced exploration.

 Estimated to need 500 workers during construction and 250 miners once operations are ready, the Long Canyon mine could add at least 1,000 people to the area and that may be just the tip of a gold boom in eastern Elko County.

That new work force could add a total of 1,000 new residents to the area and kick off an economic boom.


“The Long Canyon project, with its Carlin trend-like metallurgical and geological characteristics, complements our existing project pipeline in Nevada”, stated Richard O’Brien, Newmont’s President and CEO. This combination of assets will allow Newmont to leverage our expertise and extensive infrastructure in the region. Based on the work conducted to date by Fronteer Gold, as well as our own due diligence, we believe that Long Canyon holds the potential to grow beyond 3 to 4 times Fronteer Gold’s current stated resource estimate, with an attractive average gold grade of approximately 2.3 grams per tonne. “

H&R Block Christmas 2014“We think this could have as much potential as the Carlin Trend,” Geologist Moira Smith said four years previous. “It is truly remarkable.”

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What is even more remarkable is that the Carlin Trend mines are less than 80 miles to the west and are one of the most developed gold mining operations in the world, with the most sophisticated equipment and a cadre of geologists that could staff a large department at any major university.

Western mech. christmas 2014Still no one bothered to look for more of the yellow stuff that was sitting less than a tank of gas away in eastern Elko County for almost 40 years since the Carlin Trend was first discovered.

In fact, over the past 35 years, most “experts” said that there was simply no gold to be found in eastern Elko County and that exploration would be a waste of time and money.

“In 2000 there were some promising digs out here,” Smith said. “But then the price of gold dropped to under $300 an ounce.”

Great basin Christmas 2014Exploration was resumed in 2005 and with the price of gold at record levels there is a possibility that the east half of Elko County could join the western half with gold mines. Smith was however also at a loss to explain why an area so close and so similar geologically to proven and developed reserves was ignored for close to 40 years.

In addition to having ‘smoking hot’ ore, the area is a stones throw from Interstate 80, has no endangered species living anywhere near it and does not have any significant archaeological sites located on it.

Like the geologists the recent past, ancient Native Americans also apparently ignored Long Canyon.

Ignored no longer, the mine has the potential to radically alter the economy and the lives of eastern Nevada, residents of Wendover and Wells. The two cities who once looked with jealously at the boom in Elko and Carlin could soon have a mine to call their own.Newmont is uniquely capable of developing Long Canyon faster and cheaper than almost any other mining company in North America. With one of the largest gold mines operating not more than 60 miles to the west, Newmont has the equipment and the manpower to begin full scale operations the day after it receives the final okay from the state and federal governments.


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Ely/Wendover Train Service Delayed By Forensic Audit

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan


trainThe Nevada Northern Railroad’s relationship with S & S Rail appears to be the main subject of the forensic audit now being conducted on behalf of the Ely City Council.


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“That seems to be all that is being looked at.” NNRY Director Mark Basset said Tuesday.

“The auditor just this week sent me a request for 30 invoices and supporting checks and five deposits all connected with S & S Railroad,” Basset said Tuesday, “Hopefully when nothing wrong is found we can go back to business.”

wrecxmasPolitical squabbling between the city of Ely and its railroad management board derailed plans at least temporarily for a commercial rail line to Wendover said Basset.

“I had applied for a Tiger Grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) to refurbish and repair the line between Ely and Wendover,” Basset said. “The grant was supported by the entire Congressional delegation including Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller as well as Governor Brian Sandoval.”

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According to Basset, the multi-million dollar grant was all but approved until the Ely City Council  led by Councilman Marty Westland got involved and created just enough controversy for the grant to be withdrawn.

“…Once I requested the money all of a sudden my phone calls started being ignored. You don’t think that this statement from Marty’s website had anything to do with do you?” Bassett wrote in an email. “‘The Nevada Northern Railway Company is a transportation company dedicated to bringing safe, affordable transportation of nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain.’ From Marty’s bogus Nevada Northern Railway website.”


Bassett and other NNRR board members also alleged that Westland’s “bogus company” using the NNRR logo may have contributed to the denial of the NNRR $12 million grant application for upgrades to the northern line that would have made it able to ship ore from area mines to the Union Pacific line at Shafter about ten miles east of Wendover.

According to Basset the grant would have paid for improvements to the line so that freight could be transported by rail instead of trucked into Ely.

H&R Block Christmas 2014“The grant would have saved the (Robison) mine millions of dollars in transportion cost each year. Thus extending the life of the mine and protecting local jobs” Basset said.

On the return trip the train would haul mine waste back to Wendover that is also now being transported by truck.

Wendover Dental Christmas Ad 2014Beyond generating money, the grant would have turned the Ely rail road from a quaint tourist attraction to a real money making rail road.

Currently the rail road management board in undergoing a forensic audit ordered by the Ely City Council that is looking for wrong doing in the rail road’s books.

ambxGreat basin Christmas 2014“I believe they are most closely looking into our relationship with S & S Rail Road out of Utah.” Basset said. “Marty and others keep on harping that the City of Ely will be liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars if the arrangement is broken. First of all it isn’t true. The arrangement to store equipment is a trade out where both sides benefit. Hopefully their audit will clarify that.”

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Very Wanted Woman Arrested On 5 Warrents

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan


Julie Jacques


A Wendover woman was arrested this week on a variety of warrants from just about every court in Elko county.


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Julie Jacques was picked up on five different warrants from five different courts. The first warrant is for $1,002.00 for failure to comply with court order (pay fines- DV counseling- and community service) from the Wells Justice Court. The second was for $2,000  domestic battery out of the Elko Justice Court. The third $350 for petit larceny out of West Wendover. The fourth was for $10,000 from the Elko District Court for failing to appear at a scheduled hearing and the fifth is a no bail order for violating her probation.

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Gabriel ‘Red’ Cassorla Passes At 99 Years

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan


The patriarch of a northern Nevada fireworks family, Gabriel “Red” Cassorla passed away on November 28 at 99 years old.

Cassorla was predeceased by his wife, Sarah and  sister, Hannah Confino. He is survived by his loving sons, Earl and Steven; brothers, Morris and  Joseph (Francine) and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Cassorla was a former owner of Central Wholesale Grocery Corp.

13 years ago Red and sons moved west to Battle Mountain to open the Roller Coaster Fire Works.

  Although the town in Nevada’s High Desert may not be everyone’s cup of tea on the outside, inside Roller Coaster is paradise.  Anything anyone could want from mild to wild are on the shelves of the store in a remarkable pean to what is quickly becoming a bygone era: the back yard fireworks show.

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Wildcats On The Rise

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan


Landon Shepherd wins the jump ball in Frisay’s 70-65 win over IMC.

Landon Shepherd wins the jump ball in Frisay’s 70-65 win over IMC.

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Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



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We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

bankDear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon

115 West Ninety Fifth Street


Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

wrecxmasYes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Aqua Christmas 2014Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

Centra Christmas 2014You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

Great basin Christmas 2014No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

“Is There a Santa Claus?” reprinted from the September 21, 1897, number of The New York Sun.

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Not A Black or White Issue

Posted on 26 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We always feel left out when there is a debate about race.

Our family never owned a slave or participated in a lynching.

In fact the, first time an ancestor of ours arrived at American shores was on July 14th in 1863. Yes, that was during the infamous draft riots. After witnessing hundreds of black men being lynched and then set on fire from his ship he promptly bought a rerun ticket back to Lithuania. 40 years later his son came back this time to Philadelphia and stayed.

Today by virtue of our skin, we are considered ‘white’ and thus heirs to the racist heritage that bedevils this country.

We don’t think that is quite fair, especially when we are asked to pay reparations.

Considering how crappy it was for immigrants a century ago and how hard our ancestors had to work for their daily bread, calling them racists is down right mean and categorically wrong.

Our situation is not unique, in fact it is almost the norm.  Considering the fact that according to the 1910 census, at least a third of all Americans were foreign born, a lot of us are simply not guilty of the horrors of slavery.

Perhaps that is why there is a growing disconnect in the discussion about race. We never were connected in the first place.

A lot has been made about our first black president, but as he reminded us over and over again, his black father was a Kenyan and his white mother was from Kansas. Until he married a truly African American woman, his connection to slavery was as distant as our own.

Being disconnected from the issue give us a different perspective from the descendants of slaves and the descendants of slave owners.

Thugs should not be given a pass to rob stores just because their great great great grand parents were in bondage, nor should police should get a wink and a nod just because they come from a long line of “Good ol’ Boys”.

The accusation of racism becomes absurd when neither the accuser or the accused have any connection to the systematic oppression and exclusion of blacks in American history.

We are not saying that immigrant whites cannot be racists, but they and their descendants cannot be guilty of institionalised racism that was the law in this land until 50 years ago.

50 years is a long time and let us imagine 50 years from now.

On the bicentennial of the end of the Civil War will we still have Fergussons?

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Wife’s Divorce Action Sent Hendrix To Murder

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan


While divorce usually means the end of a marriage, for Julia Hendrix the divorce she sought from husband Bruce was the catalyst for the end of her life and a day later the end of his.

According to White Pine Sheriff’s office and other confidential sources, less than a day before she was killed, Julia Hendrix told her husband, Bruce, that their marriage was over and that he would be hearing soon from her lawyer.

If murder and suicide are signs of insanity, Bruce Hendrix then went insane. Not necessarily in this order he killed his wife, started a fire in their home and then went to burn down his business a week ago in Ely.

The crimes shocked Ely both because they were out rageous in and of themselves, but also because of just who the Hendrixes were. Described as quiet church goers, it was the second marriage for both and at least to the world they were a successful blended family.

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H&R Block Christmas 2014According to a number of friends and relatives, while the two had their ups and downs, no one could imagine last week’s horrific events in the offing.

“A lot of people are still realing from it,” said White Pine County Sheriff Captain Scott Henroid. “Both were active in the community. Both were polite and easy to get along with.”

Julia Hendrix was a former teacher at the White Pine County High school. After she left the school district, she went to work for the state of Nevada first as a crime victems advocate and later at the Ely State Prison.  Husband Bruce had his own accounting firm. While not the largest fish in the local financial business pond,  the couple did live comfortably.

Supp Ins copy. Christmas 2014“We aren’t really aware if they had money problems,” Henroid added. “We don’t know why she was seeking a divorce but shortly after she told Bruce she was dead.”

According to witnesses, Hendrix was seen running from his home just moments before his house ignited into flames. Shortly after fire fighters arrived, the body of Mrs. Hendrix was discovered.

Hendrix has operated his small accounting firm for over 20 years in Ely serving mostly small businesses and private indivisuals. According to the Nevada state website, his CPA license was revoked in 2013, in addition to her job at the prison, his late wife was a Mary Kay Cosmetic agent.

Immediately after the murder and the arsons, Hendrix fled Ely and made his way south past his home town of Lund.

No one will ever know what Hendrix was thinking in the final moments of his life, however it may be safe to assume he was devasted by guilt for the murder and fear for what was to come if he was captured.

Great basin Christmas 2014He drove through Lund and then on to Shingle Pass. White Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported that a vehicle matching that of Hendrix was located near the pass in Lincoln. White Pine deputies along with Lincoln County deputies responded to the area. Deputies located the vehicle and near by located Bruce Hendrix dead from a   self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be handling the coroner case.  Investigation continues.



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Local Pornography Shop Forced To Shut Down

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



Put off by the city’s stance against a medical marijauna clinic, Jason Vance the owner of Va Va Voom home of X-rated videos, adult toys and naughty underwear closed its doors in Wendover earlier this month according to building owner Lars Pederson.

“He [Vance] was a little pissed off when the city council voted not to license a medical marijuana store until the federal government made it legal,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Evidently things aren’t going so well in retail sex products and he needed to branch out.”

Supp Ins copy. Christmas 2014In the 2000 election, the sell of medical marijuana was endorsed by well over 60 percent of Nevada voters but while theoretically legal  the state did not adopt any mechanism for the sale or purchase of pot for medical purposes until the 2013 legislature.  This April and over 13 years since the sale medical marijuana was first approved by Nevada voters buying and selling medical marijuana, will be legal at least by state law in various dispensaries in the Silver State.

But West Wendover and most other northern Nevada cities responded by adopting local ordinances that forbid pot shop dispensaries until marijuana is legalized nationwide.

Aqua Christmas 2014According to Pederson that pre-emptive strike spelled the end of Va Va Voom probably not to the anguish of any West Wendover City official.

Indeed Vance’s store formerly known as the Blue Boutique has been a thorn in the city’s side ever since it opened fifteen years ago.

Great basin Christmas 2014Selling everything from sexy lingerie to X-rated videos to what are politely called marital aids the store fell partly under the city’s often contradictory Sexually Oriented Business Ordinance.

It was officially labeled “not the kind of business we want here” shortly after it opened in 2000.

ambulanceVance’s store survived various undercover police investigations, building inspections, and even tax audits. Through all of the official and unofficial oversight he calls harassment, Va Va Voom kept on Vavooming.

And while the store drew criticism of what was inside, city officialdom saved its outrage for what was outside the store.

In the summer of 2006 Vance decided to paint his building yellow– bright yellow. Then mayor Josephine Thaut drove past the new store and moved heaven and earth to get Vance to repaint it including threatening his business license.

WREC Christmas 2014At first Vance thought about toning down the color to appease city fathers but then decided not to.

A dyed in the wool capital “L” Libertarian, Vance publicly fought the city on the grounds that no official had the right to dictate the color of any business. After checking the code, the city agreed with Vance and promptly drafted a new ordinance that gave it the right to dictate the color of paint a business could use.

Since Vance painted his building before the law was passed, he was not encumbered by it. The first business was the Limon market which drew the city’s attention for painting fruit on its outside walls.

fosterVance did however put the city on notice that not only would he not seek official approval in future paint jobs, but that if the city tried to enforce its new law against him, he would sue on the grounds the law violated his freedom of speech.

Since then Vance became a firebrand denouncing what he saw as an overly repressive city climate.

westernVance’s enthusiasm fighting city hall began to wane during the Great Recession of 2008. Already weak from competion on the internet, the nationwide economic slow down was the final straw for hundreds of retail sex shops across the country. The fact that Wendover’s house of ill repute weathered that storm is a tribute more to the repressive atmosphere in Utah where local and state laws effectively banning the growth of retail adult entertainment stores, gave Wendover a leg up to weather the storm for at least a little longer.

That stay of execution lasted about six years and without a new revenue creator Vance closed the store.

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