Archive | January, 2015

Elko Thug On Run After Beating Man

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan


An Elko man accused of beating another almost to death is still at large and considered armed and dangerous said Elko county under Sheriff Claire Morris Wednesday.

Eric Alvarado, 34, of Elko and Jared E. Beebe, 28, of Elko are accused of beating and stabbing another man in the hills near Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital. Alvarado and Beebe then left the scene.

“I think they left him for dead,” Morris said.

But The victim survived and was able to stagger to the hospital, where he notified the sheriff’s office of the attack. He also provided law enforcement with a vehicle description.

ldaydinnerThe vehicle was later located and stopped. Alvarado was in the car, and he was arrested for attempted murder. His bail was listed at $500,000.

Deputies continue to search for Beebe, who has not been found.

“He is a well known thug,” Morris said. “He has a couple of hiding places one is on the reservation. We will get him.”

Morris said it appears the attack was related to drugs in some way, but he was not sure of the details. One of the two men also allegedly brandished a gun during the attack, but the weapon has not been located.


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Elko GOP Hosts Lincoln Day Dinner

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan


The Elko County Republican Party (ECRP) annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday February 6, will feature a celebration of Ronald Reagan’s 104th birthday and three speakers: Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei, newly elected Elko County Commissioner Delmo Andreozzi and Dr. Annette Tejeiro, Republican Congressional District 1 candidate who will discuss Nevada’s political scene and the lifting of the Cuban embargo from her perspective as a Cuban-American. The dinner will be held Friday, February 6 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Elko and will be catered by Luc Gerber of Luciano’s and Freeman an A Redneck restaurants in Elko.

ldaydinnerFestivities will begin at 5:30 pm with a VIP reception at Highland Village of Elko Retirement Apartments, 2850 Ruby Vista Drive, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet local. State, and federal Republican officials. Reservations for the VIP reception are $25.00 per person.

centracom1501No host cocktails will be served beginning at 6:00 pm at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Elko at 782 Country Club Drive, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm featuring a smoked prime rib carving station, king salmon in basil-lemon sauce, chicken piperade, salad, balsamic vegetables, Parmesan potatoes, and bite sized desserts. Dinner will be followed by speakers, a live auction including a half of a beef and a Ruger 10/22 Take Down model rifle with ammunition, and raffle items including a Savage 17 HMR rifle with ammunition (raffle tickets can be purchased at the dinner). A silent auction will be conducted throughout the evening.

western1412Dinner is $65.00 per person or $6500.00 for a table that sets eight; the VIP reception is separate at $25.00 per person. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Fewrecaquabruary 3 online at through Lynne Hoffman via email to or by phone at 738-3920. MasterCard and Visa will be accepted online or at the door; checks should be made payable to the Elko County Republican Party and mailed to PO Box 326 Elko, NV 79803.

For more information please contact Lynne Hoffman at 738-3920 or vista the Elko Republican Party website at elko.nevadago[.us

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New Local Tax Service

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan


Just in time for tax season a new bookkeeping opened its foors this week.

Owned and operated by Susie House— House Bokkeeping and Tax Service opened new offices at 801 Pueblo Blvd. in the old city hall right across the street from the post office.

Mrs. House started out in banking as a Branch Manager in Monmouth IL, went on to Insurance and Investments, Licensed in Stocks and Bonds, with a Series 6 and 65 license. Insurance Auditing

She relocated to West Wendover with her husband John eight years ago. zmr. house works for the Peppermill Casinos as an IT Analyst. She took a job as the secretary for the Controller at Montego Bay Casino and has since worked in Auditing, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Financial Analyst, Staff Accountant, Assistant Controller and Controller of Montego Bay Casino.

ldaydinnerThis year she has finally achieved her lifelong dream of owning her own business.

Mrs. House graduated from Liberty University Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Accounting. She is currently finishing her Masters of Accounting at Liberty. Her business is licensed and registered in the State of Nevada and the City of West Wendover as “House Bookkeeping and Tax Services LLC. Mrs House is a State of Nevada Licensed Notary, State of Nevada Registered Agent (She can form and License new and existing businesses also known as a Registar) She is an IRS E-File provider and Licensed, Bonded Tax Preparer, QuickBooks Pro Adviser. Member of Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals, Lifetime member of The International Honor Society in Psychology, and Lifetime member of Sigma Beta Delta.

Web address and company phone: 801-872-2272


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But Nothing Happens in Beziers

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

There is a large town or small city in the south of France called Beziers.

Pronounced BeZEE AY and not Bezeers.

It is a town we know well and love quite a bit.

It is the home town of our wife and every ten years or so we made pilgrimage to it.

It is a place where nothing much happens— Ever!!

It is the reason why our father-in-law chose it over the much more happening Paris, Nice or Marseilles when he was looking to relocate from Algiers,

Nothing happens in Beziers!! For a veteran of World War II who found his family in the middle of an Arab revolt that phrase was less of a curse than an invitation.

We first met Beziers during our war. We got special leave during a fire fight outside of Beirut and five hours later we with our wife landed in Beziers.

And for three glorious weeks nothing happened.

It was not just us or just then.

Nothing was happening in Beziers since the 12th century.

That was when the southern French wanted a little bit more autonomy from the king in Paris.

The king did not approve and sent his favorite mass murderer Simon de Montfort to reason with the folk in Beziers.

De Montfort killed every one in town,

Every one died even those who loved the king.

After a while Beziers was repopulated by folk from the country side.

But since the great Bone Fire the new townsfolk made sure that nothing would ever happen again in Beziers.

For the most part they succeeded beyond anyone’s expectation.

The placid burghers of Beziers barely noticed the French revolution and the revolution paid no attention to Beziers.

Napoleon visited once to inaugurate a new fountain and then left because nothing ever happens in Beziers.

The trench warfare of World War I was far away and never intruded on the bucolic life of Beziers,

When France fell in World War II and Vichy took over, Beziers was ignored.

The leader of the French resistance Jean Moulin was a son of Beziers but went off to fight the Nazis in Paris because nothing was happening in Beziers.

After the war Beziers named a school after him but the kind of had to.

Beziers is known for the song “Some Where Beyond the Sea” that was written by the Beziers native Charles Trenet at the Beziers train station board out of his mind with three hours to kill.

The other thing Beziers is known for is it was the first choice for Euro Disney but the town fathers turned down Mickey Mouse and sent him and his friends and their dollars to Paris,So nothing still happens to Beziers.

Until this week when six Chechen Islamist terrorists were captured in their Beziers apartment plotting blowing up something.

Suddenly everything has changed.

Wonderful boring Beziers has French Legionaries patrolling the streets.

The are camped outside the synagogue our father-in-law founded. Our family still there are worried more than they have ever been.

Something is happening in Beziers.

And it is evil.

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Julia Faye Shoup Passes At 58

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan


Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me.  Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find me…..

JULIA FAYE PELTIER SHOUP, 58, received a call from her soul-mate, Bob, telling her it was time to come home, and home is now where she finds herself reunited with many friends and family that she missed so dearly, including her father Bob, mother Nona, and baby brother Marty.  It’s a beautiful place where she will spend her time socializing, dancing, and of course singing those beautiful melodies with the love of her life, Bob Shoup.  Music and Love are guaranteed, food is delicious and there isn’t a pound to be gained.   She left detailed instructions for her family to celebrate her mission here, which has now been completed; minimal adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated.

Julia was born on January 9, 1957 and raised in Wells, Nevada spending most of her childhood on the Peltier Ranch in Clover Valley.  She graduated from Wells High School in 1975 and was active in high school rodeo.  Following high school Julie pursued a career in Nevada’s gaming industry working at several popular casinos throughout Nevada including the Stockmen’s and Red Lion in Elko, and the Peppermill in Wendover. Bob and Julie were married on February 2, 1986 and from that moment on she was his “Sweet Lady”. Julie never left Bob’s side; Bob passed away in May of 2012.

“Julie”,  as known by most, left several family members here on earth to look after each other including her two handsome brothers, Robert (Jeanie) Peltier, Jim Peltier, and three beautiful sisters, Diane (Larry) Humphrey, Sandy Watson, and Brooke Peltier.  She was also adored and will be missed dearly by her nieces and nephews, Richard (Kristen) Peltier, Payton Peltier, Shelby Peltier, Mark Ledezma, Pamela Williamson, Jeff Humphrey, Kelly Pitts, Rachael Cooper, Amanda Peltier, and Allison Peltier.

The family is planning an early May Celebration of Life in honor of both Julie and Bob at the Peltier Ranch in Clover Valley, Nevada.  Details will follow at a later date. 

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Moonlight Snow Shoeing Comes To Angel Creek

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan



by Chris Hanefield

 Take it outside!  Snow or no snow, moon or no moon, join other outdoor enthusiasts, Cedar Creek Clothing, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service as we explore by moonlight the hills in and around Angel Creek Campground near Wells, Nev., beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

HR BlocK 2015 AdThe first of this winter’s two evening snowshoe events, the two-hour hike is perfect for all ages and skill levels.  Participants will enjoy the pop and crackle of a warm campfire, free hot chocolate with marshmallows and the camaraderie of friends in a fun-filled, family atmosphere.  A second event is tentatively scheduled this March.

Participants will meet at the Angel Creek Campground located alongside State Route 231 approximately eight miles south of Wells (take exit 351, turn right immediately and drive until you see the campfire or sign directing you to the campground).

ldaydinnerTo learn more or sign-up, stop by Cedar Creek Clothing, 453 Idaho Street, Elko; BLM Elko District Office, 3900 Idaho Street, Elko; or Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge-Mountain City Ranger District Office, 140 Pacific, in Wells.  You may also contact Zackary Pratt, at (775) 753-0212; Duane Jones, at (775) 738-3950, or Nancy Taylor, at (775) 752-1705.  The first 50 people to register will receive the free use of snowshoes and headlamps, provided by Cedar Creek Clothing.


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Posted on 23 January 2015 by Howard Copelan

On Thursday, February 05, 2015 at 1:00 PM Mountain Time, an auction will be held at Mesa Business Complex, 427 Mesa Street, West Wendover, Nevada 89883. Unit E- 10 was occupied by Carlos Benitez. A general description of the property to be sold: kids toys, toddler bed, 20” rims w/tires, Lincoln welder, Dynaglo space heater, TV, DVD player, 21-gal air compressor, tinting supplies, speaker box, dumbbell w/weights, microwave, ladder, radiant heaters, artificial Christmas tree, and other misc. items.

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Vera Skips Bail!! Fugitive Again!!!

Posted on 16 January 2015 by Howard Copelan



Montego Bay bandit Tony Vera is once again back on the lam after failing to appear for sentencing in Elko District Court Monday.

“I don’t think anyone was really surprised he did not show up,” said Vera’s court appointed defense attorney Gary Woodbury. “Frankly  I was surprised when he got such a low bail after showing that he was a flight risk.”

Vera was set to be sentenced on January 13 in plea bargain arranged by Woodbury and Elko County District Attorney Mark Torvinen. According to Woodbury, Vera, would have pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and would have a received a six to ten year sentence.

Vera had been looking a life in prison sentence for being an habitual criminal.

hr2Vera was captured at his girl friend’s house near Tucson, Arizona on March 13 one month after he along with Elbert Woodson allegedly robbed the Montego Bay Casino.

While on the run, Vera gave an exclusive interview to the High Desert Advocate. In it, Vera claimed that there were at least six persons involved and that he did not commit the actual robbery. But the biggest bomb Vera dropped was that very little of the $81,000 stolen was ever recovered by police.

According to Woodbury only $3,400 was recovered from Woodson’s car after it crashed leaving a little over $75,000 unaccounted for.

“You do the math,” Woodbury said at the time.

wrecaquaAccording to Vera he has had two previous felony convictions one for burglary and one for robbery. He finished a ten and a half year sentence in 2012.

“I was at Ely and then at Carson,” he said. “I got out in 2012 and came to Wendover.”

Woodbury confirmed that it would very likely that Vera would indeed be classified as an habitual criminal and would get a life sentence if he lost at trial.

According to police reports the robber was wearing either a mask or face paint during the crime so identification is impossible. However according to Woodbury the body type of the robber is not close match for Vera.

“It isn’t a close match because it isn’t me.” Vera said. “Like I said I was in Salt Lake when it went down. As soon as I heard about it me and another guy took off toward Wendover. I was on the overpass right at the road block the cops set up. I was the one who told Elbert about the road block that is why he turned off the freeway. I couldn’t have known about the road block if I was coming from Wendover could I? The only thing they have placing me in the casino at the time of the robbery is Lauren’s testimony. Why they believe her and not charge her I really don’t know.”

centraphoneWhile Vera claims he was not at the casino during the robbery he did admit that he had been there a week before during a previous attempt to rob it.

“It didn’t work out,” Vera said. “The original plan was to go to the Bonneville Gardens Apartments but I guess Elbert decided to go to Salt Lake.”

Even if Vera’s claims are true the fact that he was actually working in the casino and had a gaming card has lead many to question the Gaming control Board efficacy on back ground checks.

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Famous Rifle Found In Great Basin Natl Park

Posted on 16 January 2015 by Howard Copelan



Perhaps over 100 years ago but not before 1882 someone perhaps a hunter or a miner left a prized Winchester 1873 rifle against a tree in what would become The Great Basin National Park.

Given that this particular firearm was considered the greatest rifle ever made it is highly unlikely that it own simply forgot where he put it and went on with the rest of his life.

According to Nichole Andler, Chief of Interpretation at Great Basin National Park, “The rifle, exposed for all those years to sun, wind, snow and rain, was found leaning against a tree in the park. The cracked wood stock, weathered to grey, and the brown rusted barrel blended into the colors of the old juniper tree in a remote rocky outcrop, keeping the rifle hidden for many years.”

hr2“Engraved on the rifle is “Model 1873,” identifying it distinctly as a Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle,” continued Andler. “The serial number on the lower tang corresponds in Winchester records held at the Center for the West at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming, with a manufacture and shipping date of 1882. But the detailed history of this rifle is as yet unknown.”

While the specific history of the aged Winchester rifle is as yet unknown, the opportunities for speculation are rich. Perhaps it belonged to a lone cowboy riding the high range. Perhaps it was set aside by a sourdough prospector in his search for a vein of rich ore. Whatever the actual story, it has the makings of a great campfire tale.

After museum conservation to prevent further deterioration, the rifle will be returned to the park and displayed as part of the park’s 30th birthday and the NPS centennial celebration.

wrecaquaWinchester rifles were readily available on the frontier and became hugely popular, with over 720,000 produced. This popularity has led the Model 1873 to be credited as “The Gun that Won the West”, and inspired the 1950 Western film Winchester ’73 starring James Stewart and directed by Anthony Mann.

Famous rifle as it was found.

Famous rifle as it was found.

Winchester established a One of One Thousand grade in 1875. All barrels were test-fired for accuracy during the manufacturing process. Barrels producing unusually small groups were fitted to rifles with set triggers and special finish and marked One of One Thousand to be sold at a price of $100. A second grade of barrels producing above average accuracy were fitted to rifles marked One of One Hundred and sold for a price $20 higher than list. Approximately 136 One of One Thousand Model 1873 rifles were sold with only eight Model 1873s of the One of One Hundred grade.

Production of the latter movie included a search for One of One Thousand and One of One Hundred rifles by Universal Studios with advertisements in sporting magazines and posters in sporting goods stores.

centraphoneIn 2013 Winchester brought back this iconic rifle. The rifle is manufactured under license from the Olin company by FN/Browning in the Kochi Prefecture of Japan by the Miroku Corporation. This marks the third of the classic Winchester rifle models to be re-introduced, the previous models being the Model 1892 and the Model 1894. The new model is available with a 20″ round barrel and chambered in .357 Magnum/.38 Special only. It is nearly identical in design to the original Model 73s including the trigger disconnect safety, sliding dustcover, and crescent shaped buttplate, but with two notable exceptions. An additional safety mechanism, a firing pin block that prevents it from moving forward unless the trigger is pulled, was integrated and the cartridge carrier was changed to eject used casings away from the shooter. The fixed, tubular magazine has a maximum capacity of ten rounds.

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Ex-Elko DA Gets Wrist Slap For Battery

Posted on 16 January 2015 by Howard Copelan



Former Elko District Attorney will not be going to jail much to the disappointment of local crooks in Elko County.

In a pleabargain with Prosecuting attorney Michael Bongard

Michael Bongard is also the assistant Nevada Attorney general for Ely

be in court again next week, Woodbury entered a guilty plea to disturbing the peace and was placed on probation for a year.

HR BlocK 2015 AdIf Woodbury compleats that year without any new charges his record will be expunged.

According to reports Woodbury got into a shoving match with part time deputy Joshua Gallegos who was working as a volunteer security officer at the 2013 Elko County  fair.

The confrontation between the young 20-something reserve deputy Gallegos and the 70-something Woodbury occurred when Fair staff members asked the volunteer officers to keep people from congregating on the walkway on the grandstands so that people sitting could watch the events.

wrecaquaGallegos and another reserve deputy were asking people to move out of the way when Woodbury, started swearing at the two volunteers and refused to move. The sheriff’s office provides security for the fair each year, Under sheriff Clair Morris said. Sworn deputies and reserve officers work the event together.

According to an affidavit filled by Gallegos, Woodbury  walked toward Gallegos, and pushed him from behind, causing Gallegos to step forward and down one step at the edge of the platform. Woodbury then reportedly told Gallegos he couldn’t be standing there.

Woodbury went to the concession stand, and the reserve deputies followed him and asked him to leave the fairgrounds. He reportedly said, “F— you, arrest me,” according to the criminal complaint.

A sheriff’s office detective spoke with Woodbury and asked him if he had pushed Gallegos, to which Woodbury reportedly responded, “God damn right I did.”

centraphoneThe sheriff’s office sent reports of the incident to the district attorney’s office last year, Morris said. The DA forward the complaint to the attorney general’s office because of a possible conflict of interest, Morris said.

Almost a year later, Woodbury was issued a summons of complaint for battery.

Woodbury served as district attorney for 16 years winning four elections by landslides.

He endeared himself to voters with a tough no nonsense approach to crime and readiness to call a spade a spade sometimes accompanied by profanity,

He now works as a private practice lawyer, has been appointed counsel for numerous defendants, and continues to do work for the county in a Jarbidge road lawsuit.

He was charged with battery, a misdemeanor. Under Nevada law, a person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if they commit battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer.”

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