Archive | March, 2015

STEVE PERRY BUYS RUSTY PALMS $450,000 AT AUCTION

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Former Wendover, Utah Mayor and local entrepeneur Steve Perry was the winning bidder for the Rusty Palm in a sparsely attended auction Thursday.

Perry’s winning bid of $450,000 was less than double the $250,000 opening call.

According to the rules of the auction the bid must be approved by the seller, Celtic Bank, who also has first right of refusal.

The Rusty Palms won final approval from the West Wendover City Council in November 2008 and construction began almost immediately and continued through the winter on the estimated $2.5 million project. However while workers began building Weinstein began to receive troubling news, several of the businesses who first expressed interest in began to receive troubling news, several of the businesses who first expressed interest in coming to the Palms either backed out or went out of business as the Great Recession began to take its toll in Utah.

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 Facing prospects of a diminishing list of possible tenant Weinstein began to look for ways to save his investment and found one– turn it into a casino.

The only hitch to the plan was West Wendover 150 room hotel room minimum ordinance passed the year before.

Six years ago the council passed an ordinance severely restricting new casino development and putting a requirement that a new casino had to have at least 150 hotel rooms before it could win council okay.

The restrictions are not unique to West Wendover. Indeed several Nevada cities have similar restrictions on the books.

However in West Wendover’s case the city has not seen a new casino since 1986 with the exception of a small slot operation inside the Pilot Truck Stop.

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Micaela’s Triumph: Happiness Endures

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Mickie Costanzo 2010

Mickie Costanzo 2010

Micaela “Mickie” Costanzo was remembered this weekend by the track meet that bears her name with sadness of her untimely passing yet at the same time joy in her memory.

Celia Costanzo & Patty Eklund

Celia Costanzo & Patty Eklund

If she were still alive Mickie would be nearing her 21st birthday and while what she would have been or would have accomplished in the four years since her death is speculation, one truth that few would argue is that Mickie would be happy.

Happiness that she both embodied and engendered in others was the common thread that ran through all of her eulogies four years ago. Even today when those who knew her speak of her, their tears are quickly followed by smiles and memories of the pretty girl who made people happy simply by being there.

wrecaquaTime passes differently at different ages. For her parents and teachers it seems like only yesterday that Mickie herself was competing in track. But for high school students four years is a different generation. This most recent track meet was significant in that for the first time since she was killed no one on the track either competed with or against Mickie Costanzo. Yet still she is remember and she will be for quite some time thanks to the efforts of her family and her school.

In addition to her track meet, her photo and her basketball jersey take a significant place in the West Wendover High School Gym. There is also a scholarship in her name and there is talk of naming a street after the young woman. Mickie Costanzo will not soon be forgotten. In fact the pretty girl who always smiled is becoming a role model for local girls and a legend for everyone.

centraBut as this daughter of Wendover is mourned and her memory is kept her killers are well on their way to living oblivion. In their most recent annual mugshots both killers exhibit a deadness in their eyes common to inmates.

The lives of Toni Fratto and Kody Patten in their respective prison are excruciatingly monotonous and at the same time incredibly tense.

Kody Patten prison mug 2014

Kody Patten prison mug 2014

Toni Fratto prison mug 2014

Toni Fratto prison mug 2014

Nevada’s Maximum Security Prison in Ely, Patten’s current home is called the “Graveyard”. According to former and present inmates Ely Max earned its name due to what they call the larger than normal number of deaths at the facility than other prisons.

“Ely State Prison is a place of death, stagnation, misery, pain, loneliness and indeterminate lock down. If you were to take a walk on one of these depressing tiers back here in “the hole,” you would hear many disembodied voices ring out, yelling in anger and frustration, trying to tell you how bad it is for us in here, in between the isolated confines of steel and stone.” Wrote an inmate under the pseudonym of ‘Coyote’ “…I can see why Ely State Prison is labeled “The Graveyard,” there are so many deaths there. It is a locked down, maximum security prison, all but half of one unit – the workers unit – which is on one side of Unit 8…”

Patten was sentence to life in prison with no possibility of parole. While Patten escaped a death sentence with a guilty plea he may come to regret it.

refundhrThere has not been an execution in Nevada in over 30 years and Death Row is considered the nicest place to do time by inmates and guards. The most common cause of death in ESP general population is suicide.

While fellow killer Toni Fratto received what could be considered a more lenient punishment it is so only as a possible

According to law Fratto must serve at least 10 years of her life sentence before she is eligible for parole and then at least eight years of the enhancement for use of a deadly weapon before she could see a release from prison. With her time already served in the Elko County Jail taken into account Fratto could conceivably serve just 17 more years in prison before she is released.

But while possible it is considered extremely unlikely that Fratto will serve the bare minimum of her sentence. Most first parole requests especially for violent crimes such as Fratto’s are denied almost as a matter of course. In addition, relatives of the victim are always notified and invited to attend and participate in parole hearings by the board.

Most would agree that anyone from Mickie Costanzo’s family will plead with the board to release their daughter’s killer early is an extremely unlikely scenario. Much more likely would be a passionate request to keep Fratto behind bars longer.

hr2The biggest factor in just how long Toni Fratto will remain behind bars is of course Toni Fratto and even the most generous assessment of the girl’s character does not bode well for an early release.

Fratto a girl with no history of any child abuse from a large family and a loving home and a devout religious upbringing helped commit the most violent, vicious murders in Wendover’s history.

While her few defenders have blamed Kody Patten’s influence on the girl, the fact remains that Fratto came from a place few inmates in the Nevada woman’s prison can imagine let alone dream about.

And yet surrounded by this broad deep support network, Toni Fratto slaughtered a 16 year old girl because as suggested by her psychological report Kody Patten told her to or as suggested by Patten’s lawyers Fratto was cold calculating evil girl.

Whether as sheep or black widow Fratto’s personality does not bode well for keeping out of serious trouble at the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center.

bottRIThe prison located in North Las Vegas houses all Nevada women felons from those convicted of so called victim-less crimes to the most brutal vicious women in the state.

Although not as stressful or as violent as a men’s prison the facility has seen its share of inmate on inmate violence and even inmate on staff violence.

If Toni Fratto is a sheep there are easily over 100 female Kody Paten’s at Florence McClure to get her to do their bidding and if she is a black widow she will be one among many.

Either way Fratto could rack up a list of infractions that would kill her chances of an early release.

“For a very few of the inmates here, the minimum is a real goal and they keep their noses clean,” he said. “But you have to understand you aren’t dealing with normal people. They really don’t have control over their impulses. Most of the inmates here will serve everyday of their maximum sentence.”

In Fratto’s case her maximum is life.

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Gun Complaint Leads To Drugs

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Shawn Ratliff

A call to police about an assault with a fire arm found no weapon but some drugs, reported the West Wendover Police.

On March 22 officers responded to a report of an assault with a weapon. The victim of the incident claimed that Shawn Ratliff, 19 of West Wendover, Nevada, had brandished a firearm and threatened to shoot him. The victim said that Shawn had left the area riding on a scooter prior to police arrival.

bottRIRatliff was later located for an interview. During the interview he denied having a firearm or ever being in possession of a firearm. Ratliff was checked for weapons in his possession.  No weapons were located however Ratliff was found to be in possession of a schedule 1 narcotic. Ratliff was with another male identified as Advil Denslow-Castillo, 23, of Bountiful, Utah. Castillo consented to a search of his person and was also found to be in possession of a schedule 1 narcotic. Both subject were taken into custody without incident.

The original investigation began with the alleged assault with a deadly weapon. After interviews with witnesses and both parties involved the charge could not be coo berated immediately and still remains under investigation.

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Two Year Wait For Ely Dis-incorporation

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Ely voters will have two years to make up their minds on whether to disincorporate their city or not.

A bill passed this week in the Nevada legislature will put the question to Ely voters during the next municipal election in June 2017.

Originally the bill had scheduled the disincorporation vote to this year’s general city election but was delayed following a lobbying blitz by several Ely elected officials. Most spoke against the disincorporation and argued that it would be unfair to spring the vote on the electorate with just three months notice.

The legislature agreed and post poned the vote until 2017. Ever since the closure of Kennecott in the late 1970’s the idea of disincorporating Ely has raised its head. Proponents of the idea have argued that such a move would save vast amounts of tax payer dollars in uniting services and doing away with the costs of running a city.

hr2Opponents argue that the savings are not so great especially since the Ely and White Pine County have a joint police force already.

Underneath the pocket book issues could be however a general weariness in the legislature about dealing with Ely politics. One of the most bitterly divided communities in the state Ely and to a lesser extent White Pine County regular has recall elections or rather recall election movements the cost both time and money.

Often political disagreements are resolved by the courts.

In the latest uproar the Ely City Council made up of newly relocated “reformers” came up against the “good old boys” native Ely residents on the Rail Road Management board.

In what was called an effort to embarrass the Rail road Board the city council paid $10,000 for an audit of the Rail Road’s books.

centraWhile the audit found no evidence of criminal or financial wrong doing it did slight the board for sloppy bookkeeping. Both sides took the audit result as a sign of victory.

Although the pro-disincorporation movement could have the upper hand now the fact that the vote is now delayed for tw years could mean everything.

Ely and White Pine County could be on the verge of a gold mining boom with two major mines well into the permitting process. The influx of people and perhaps an economic boom could change everything once again.

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The World Turned Upside Down

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Time may not heal all wounds but it does put pain into perspective.

The pain and loss this entire community felt with the murder of one so bright and beautiful four years ago has been joined with a real appreciation for Mickie Costanzo and her wonderful family.

Throughout this ordeal Celia and Teddy and their daughters were lessons to us all on how to endure with dignity the most outrageous fortune.

It was an honor to know them and a privilege to tell their story.

Bowe Bergdahl feted as a hero by the administration is now charged with desertion.

Yet in this strange Orwellian reality who can be surprized?

Allies such as Great Britain and Israel are enemies.

Enemies like the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran are allies.

Obama leads from behind and calls complete and total defeats– victories.

There are some things we will never undertand and this administration’s foreign policy is one of them.

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WWHS Becker Dominates

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

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West Wendover Track phenom Blaine Becker took home firsts in the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints in last Friday’s meet. click link for full results:Results Micaela Costanzo Meet 2015

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PUBLIC NOTICE: City of West Wendover Ordinance No. 2015-02

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

PUBLIC NOTICE OF FILING OF CITY OF WEST WENDOVER ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO N.R.S. 266.115

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that City of West Wendover Ordinance No. 2015-02, with Summary and Title as follows, was filed with

the City of West Wendover Clerk on March 17, 2015:

Summary: West Wendover Ordinance No. 2015-02 Amends the West Wendover City Code Entitled “Sewer Regulations” by Allowing the Right of Way Toll on the West Wendover Municipal Sewer Utility to be Established by Resolution of the City Council and Other Matters Appropriately Related Thereto.

Title: An Ordinance Amending Title 6, Chapter 3, of the West Wen- dover City Code Entitled “Sewer Regulations,” by Amending the Right of Way Toll by Providing for the Toll to be Established by City Council Resolution on the West Wendover Sewer Utility and Other Matters Appropriately Related Thereto.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that copies of the Ordinance are available for public examination and distribution upon request at the office of the Clerk of the City of West Wendover, Nevada, at 1111 N. Gene L. Jones Way; that said Ordinance was proposed and read by title on March 17, 2015, and that the City Council intends to take final action on the adoption of said Ordinance on its regular meeting on the 7 day of April, 2015 as a regular measure.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the City Council of the City of West Wen- dover, Nevada, has caused this Notice to be given by reference to the Title and Summary of the proposed Ordinance.

DATED this 18 day of March, 2015.

City of West Wendover

EMILY CARTER, Mayor

PUBLISHED: March 26, 2015.

PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE MUST BE AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS BEFORE THE DATE SET FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE ORDINANCE.

Published in the High Desert ADVOCATE March 26, 2015.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: City of West Wendover Ordinance No. 2015-01

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

PUBLIC NOTICE OF FILING OF CITY OF WEST WENDOVER ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO N.R.S. 266.115

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that City of West Wendover Ordinance No. 2015-01, with Summary and Title as follows, was filed with the City of West Wendover Clerk on March 17, 2015:

Summary: West Wendover Ordinance No. 2015-01 Amends the West Wendover City Code Entitled “Water Regulations” by Amending the Right-of-Way Toll by Providing for the Toll to be Established by City Council Resolution on the West Wendover Municipal Water Utility and Other Matters Appropriately Related Thereto.

Title: An Ordinance Amending Title 6, Chapter 2, of the West Wen- dover City Code Entitled “Water Regulations,” by Allowing the City Council to Establish the Right-of- Way Toll on the West Wendover Municipal Water Utility by Resolution and Other Matters Appropri- ately Related Thereto.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that copies of the Ordinance are available for public examination and distribution upon request at the office of the Clerk of the City of West Wendover, Nevada, at 1111 N. Gene L. Jones Way; that said Ordinance was proposed and read by title on March 17, 2015, and that the City Council intends to take final action on the adoption of said Ordinance on its regular meeting on the 7 day of April, 2015 as a regular measure.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the City Council of the City of West Wen- dover, Nevada, has caused this Notice to be given by reference to the Title and Summary of the proposed Ordinance.

DATED this 18 day of March , 2015.

City of West Wendover

EMILY CARTER, Mayor

PUBLISHED: March 26, 2015.

PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE MUST BE AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS BEFORE THE DATE SET FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE ORDINANCE.

Published in the High Desert ADVOCATE March 26, 2015.

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PUBLIC NOTICE FRONTIER

Posted on 27 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

PUBLIC NOTICE

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Published: In the High Desert ADVOCATE March 26, 2015.

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BREAKING NEWS: STEVE PERRY BUYS RUSTY PALMS $450,000 AT AUCTION

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Former Wendover, Utah Mayor and local entrepeneur Steve Perry was the winning bidder for the Rusty Palm in a sparsely attended auction Thursday.

Perry’s winning bid of $450,000 was less than double the $250,000 opening call.

According to the rules of the auction the bid must be approved by the seller, Celtic Bank, who also has first right of refusal.

The Rusty Palms won final approval from the West Wendover City Council in November 2008 and construction began almost immediately and continued through the winter on the estimated $2.5 million project. However while workers began building Weinstein began to receive troubling news, several of the businesses who first expressed interest in coming to the Palms either backed out or went out of business as the Great Recession began to take its toll in Utah.

HR BlocK 2015 AdFacing prospects of a diminishing list of possible tenant Weinstein began to look for ways to save his investment and found one– turn it into a casino.

The only hitch to the plan was West Wendover 150 room hotel room minimum ordinance passed the year before.

Six years ago the council passed an ordinance severely restricting new casino development and putting a requirement that a new casino had to have at least 150 hotel rooms before it could win council okay.

The restrictions are not unique to West Wendover. Indeed several Nevada cities have similar restrictions on the books.

However in West Wendover’s case the city has not seen a new casino since 1986 with the exception of a small slot operation inside the Pilot Truck Stop.

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