Archive | October, 2015

Wendover Air Base Service Club Returned To Former Glory For Veterans

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Above and below the service club after renovations, left USO show at the club 1944.

club2After six months of extensive renovations and about $1 million the Wendover Airbase Service Club has been restored to its 1943 condition and is sparkling in new paint, flooring, and fixtures.

The Service Club was one of some 668 building built between 1939 to 1943 at the Wendover Airfield.

wrecvets“That so many are still standing is a testament to the builders craftsmanship,” said Airport Manager Jim Petersen. “Franky I don’t think they were building to stand the test of time but to win the war.”


The newly refurbished Service Club 
at the Historic Wendover Airfield will be open to the public at an open house on Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 3 pm.   Refreshments will be served during the open house which will run until 6 pm at which time a Salute to Our Heroes will be conducted by the 88th Bomber Squadron, Civil Air Patrol in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Patriotic music, service flag presentation, and veterans, family members and friends are invited to stand by their service flag as each anthem is being played. 

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Burnum Family Lawyer Gallagher Is Tough As Nails

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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The family of a Wendover Police detective who committed suicide this July has retained a noted personal injury attorney Barbara Gallagher to represent them in a possible lawsuit against the city of West Wendover or perhaps the dead detective’s counselor.

Burnum took his own life on the Independence Day weekend. The suicide shocked the community and rocked the Police Department. Shortly later Burnum’s sister alleged that her brother had told his superiors of suicidal feelings shortly before his death.

“Our family is aware that calls were made within days before Donald’s death to WWPD. The chief as well as the city manager have been contacted about the situation and asked what steps were taken after the calls were made. The city has refused to speak with us any further on the matter,” wrote Burnum’s sister Lyssa Thompson in a prepared statement to the Advocate. “As a member of the community I feel that after such notification there is a duty to protect the officer involved, the police department and the community seeing as a officer carries a firearm and has been reported unstable. We would like to see a protocol put in place so that if faced with the situation, action would be taken to get the officer help, to take steps to assure safety and to possibly save a life.

wrecvetsOfficers, detective, firefighter, ambulance medic etc. Respond to and experience things that others cant even imagine. As we go about living our lives they are experiencing things that most can not imagine. Murder, rape, molestation, suicide, illness and so much more. The effects this can have on that person can be life altering to say the least.

Donald loved serving his community, helping people, protecting people and seeking out justice for people. Serving for over 20 years on West Wendover police department i think he deserved the same.

Donald was a loving, caring, hard working, compassionate man who served our community with pride and he will deeply be missed by so many.”

According to investigators, the Advocate interviewed  Burnum displayed no obvious signs of depression or emotional distress in the days leading up to his death. He left no note and no easy to find text message or e-mail to explain his actions.

According to both Thompson and to brother Kurt Burnum, Donald not only told fellow police officers that he was despondent but may have related that he was feeling suicidal.

“He told me he was feeling suicidal,” Kurt Burnum said in a telephone interview with the High Desert Advocate. “But when I called the police department all I could speak to was a secretary and no one called me back. When I called back the chief wouldn’t take my call.”

During the interview Kurt Burnum admitted that he was on mental illness medication and had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic.

ellisonvetKurt Burnum also said that his brother was diagnosed with clinical depression and that his medication had been recently changed by his mental health care giver. Lyssa Thompson also confirmed that Donald Burnum was on medication for depression.

Both siblings agree that their brother’s medication had been recently changed within in a month of his suicide and both insist they have been stonewalled by the city administration.

“Other than being notified of his death nobody from the PD has contacted the family unless returning the calls about this situation,” Lyssa Thompson added in another email.

According to mental health experts contacted by the High Desert Advocate it is not all that rare that police, military or others in high stressed jobs to complain to their cohorts but not to their superiors.

CentraComVeterans-Day-Adcorrected-e1416341608293“We do have a duty to detain someone whether a police officer or not if we believe that he or she poses a threat to himself or to others,” said West Wendover Police Lt. Donald Lininger. “But that bar is very high. This was a tragic situation I don’t know what could have been done to prevent it.”

According to the mental health professionals contacted by the Advocate, suicide is incredibly hard to prevent for a person determined to take his or her own life, even if successful in the short term, there is no guarantee that the attempts will not stop. Where Burnum’s family may have a case is not against the city or the police department but rather against the mental health provider who changed Burnum’s medication.

Gallagher has extensive experience in suing for both personal injury and product liability. In 2015 her firm was named one of the ten best for client satisfaction in Nevada.

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Utah Thief Stays In Casino Crime Scene, Gets Arrested

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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A Utah man is in jail after breaking this cardinal rule in thieving: leave the scene of the crime!

Payne, Jason 42, West Valley Utah was arrested on one count of Grand Larceny at the Nuget Casino in Wendover.

According to police reports video surveillance depicted a male matching Payne’s description taking tools, a purse and other personal items belonging to the hotels employees out of the laundry/break room. While security staff and surveillance investigated the theft reports, a male matching the description of the suspect on video was located within the casino. Security detained this male and summoned the police for assistance. Payne elected to not comment or submit to an interview regarding the allegations against him.

Veterans-Day-Ad_Newmont-e1416341869854Payne was charged with Grand Larceny based on the total value of items taken being in excess of $650.

On Monday officers received a complaint of a male using his company credit card to make unauthorized withdrawals. The owner of 4 Wheel Towing out of Salt Lake City reported that an employee identified as Jason Artez had withdrew over $1,100 from ATM’s within the casinos in West Wendover. Artez only had permission to use the card for employment purposes such as buying fuel or tools. Officer contacted Artez at the Montego Bay casino for an interview. Artez was subsequently taken into custody for embezzlement and fraudulent use of a credit card.

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Green Power Race Season Kicks Off At Air Base Hanger

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Approximately 140 students from elementary and high schools from throughout Utah and West Wendover  met on Saturday, 24 October at the Historic Wendover Airfield for the first GEAR UP! Greenpower Exhibition.  Driving both the elementary school GOBLIN and the high school F-24 series electric cars, the students competed in a timed exhibition, each high school completing 18-laps with 6 different drivers.  With perfect weather, the students quickly adapted to this first of its kind event, and not only drove their vehicles, but completed minor repairs and adjustments.

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race1Prior to the actual exhibition, each student was given a safety briefing, a race etiquette briefing, and rules of the track.  Each high school’s F-24 raced against each high school and the team with the fastest time for the 18 laps was Manti High School.  Both Wendover and West Wendover High competed and the students from each school’s racing team are already at work making adjustments and modifications to their respective cars to increase stamina and staying power, both part of the judging criteria for future races.

The next race is scheduled for spring at a site to be determined.  At that point, each school will have completed initial modifications which will enhance the competitiveness of the event.

CentraComVeterans-Day-Adcorrected-e1416341608293The GEAR UP! Program is a federally-funded project with the goal of helping students from lower-income regions realize that post-high school education is a possibility.  The program in Utah is administered by Utah State University.

Greenpower is the trading name of a charitable organisation, the Greenpower Education Trust, whose objective is to inspire more young people to become engineers by presenting the engineering industry as an interesting and relevant career choice which could help to solve problems relating to the personal, social and emotional development of individuals and societies. The main idea is for teams of students between the ages of 9 and 25 to build and race their own electric powered race cars on top racing circuits.

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WWHS Futbol & Football Make State Playoffs

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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by Lou Copelan

West Wendover Wolverine boy’s soccer beat Battle Mountain in a great game with a score of 4-0 last Friday.  Their last game in the season before the state tournament will be at home against White Pine at 4:00, which will be their senior night.  The boy’s soccer team so far are first in the state, and will have their greatest challenge at the state tournament at Incline High School on November 6-7.  The boy’s soccer player of the week this week is Omar Corona/

The girl’s soccer team had a good weekend as well, beating Battle Mountain on Friday.  They will play against White Pine’s girls on Thursday during their senior night as well.  The player of the week for girl’s soccer is Marcela Martinez.

CentraComVeterans-Day-Adcorrected-e1416341608293Cross country did a great job at Spring Creek the is week with Jorge Aguirre taking first place and Joel Rodriguez taking third.  They will be going to the south divisional tournament this weekend looking to defend their boy’s division title.  The cross country athlete of the week is Rigoberto Carrillo.

Football had a rough senior night against Battle Mountain on Friday losing 45-0.  They are still going to playoffs, for the first time in a few years, in Yerington on November 6.  The football player of the week is Zade Elton.

Volleyball had a rough weekend against Incline and North Tahoe.  They lost every match, but played their hardest of the season.  This is their last game, as they just came up short of going to the playoffs.  The varsity volleyball player of the week is Anahi Esparaza, and the JV player is Jackie Collazo.

The cheerleader player of the week is Giovana Sevilla.

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Rural Nevada Opens Heart & Purse For Family of Slain McGill Teen

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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McGill and Ely are mourning the death of a 17 year old son, Jason Nelson killed in a traffic accident last Wednesday night.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol reports Nelson was driving a 1997 Honda Civic N/B on US93.  For unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the centerline and traveled into the S/B travel lane.

At that same location, Mr. Clifford Lavoy, age 42, from Sparks, NV, was driving a commercial motor vehicle (tractor trailer set of doubles) S/B on US93.  Mr. Lavoy saw the Honda Civic enter his travel lane and attempted to avoid collision by steering to the right shoulder.  The front and left side of the Honda Civic hit the rear trailer of the commercial motor vehicle.  After the collision, the Honda Civic rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in the N/B travel lane.

wrecvetsThe 17 year old was transported William B. Ririe hospital in Ely were he succumbed to his injuries.   He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the commercial motor vehicle, Mr. Lavoy, was not injured.

A fund has been set up to help defray the funeral costs. His mother Mary Nelson, posted on Go fund Me:

“Sadly the lord has called on my favorite little guy. Jason went home on October 21. He was 17 years old. Nothing I can say will express my heartbreak. Everyone that knew him absolutely loved him. There was never a dull moment around Jason.

My family was in shock at the news. We need help with Jason’s funeral costs. Already this community has offered so much support, I woke this morning to many text messages and facebook messages. I truly appreciate all the condolences you are sending me. It just shows me that I raised an amazing human being and he was so well loved.

ellisonvetI would like to arrange the funeral as soon as possible so any donation would help. Thank you all so much.”

Within hours after the story was published on the High Desert Advocate’s web-page the entire cost of the boy’s funeral expenses was covered by donations.

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Today– Joy, Retrospection– Tomorrow

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Last week we were going to mark our year anniversary of coming out of our very near death experience and awakening from a coma but we got gloriously busy.

Our daughter Anna and her sons, our grandsons came for a visit and frankly we just were not in the mood to even think abut our little health troubles of a year ago.

Kites had to be flown and kittens had to be petted and trains had to be ridden, stories had to be read.

We had to play.

Play is serious work for an almost four year old and an almost two year old and they took to it like ducks to water.

Which reminds us that they went to the duck pond too.

We also saw rainbows and splashed in puddles.

To think a year ago doing those things would have been impossible heck six months ago they would have been damned difficult.

But last week we clicked our heels as our grandsons ran across the grass.

Yes it has been a year since we met death.

So what?

It is good to be alive today.

So much for retrospection.

It seems as though the Obama administration is finally coming to the realisation that the Islamic world view is not the same as ours.

We aren’t sure what happened but it looks like the light may have finally gone on.

We had hoped it would have gone on sooner, say like before the Russians invaded Syria or before Iraq ceased to exist as a country but better late than never.

The only question is now what?

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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October 19, McGill-Ruth Consolidated Sewer & Water General Improvement District (GID)

1. Resolution establishing new rate of $0 charge for emergency connection and disconnections due to water line break.

  Approved

2. Resolution establishing new rate for delinquent reconnection fee, $25. to $35.

  Approved

3. Resolution establishing lower base rate usage from 15,000 to 14,000. All customers are now allotted 14,000 gallons per month.

  Approved

4. Resolution to raise base usage fees by $8.00 and lower obligation fees from $15.00 to $7.00.

  Approved

New Business

The purchase of 2 used aerators from the City of Ely – $1,000.

   Approved

CentraComVeterans-Day-Adcorrected-e1416341608293Public Comment

Melvin Perkins would like to sell his well to Ruth. There is some question as to quality of water.  A mine representative said they will test the well free.

Recreation and tourism meeting October 22

  Public Comment

  Ed Spears wanted to end rumors about a trip to Germany. Nevada Tourism granted $5,000.00 for this trip. The trip did run over the grant money. Nevada Tourism covered this cost. There was no cost to Ely Tourism.

  Discussion to approve White Pine Ministerial Association Christmas Dinner use of the convention center free of charge. Approved

  Approval to replace dish stock. Approved

   Approval to install demand controller to electric service. Numbers were not all in , but this will save about $6,000 a year and recover installation cost in two years. Approved

  Financial report – revenue from room tax -$409,000.00 expenditures

-$330,000.00.

  The NSS 75th convention to be held in Ely from July 15 to 23. July 16 the NSS plans a park event for the residents of the area. The mapping of 120 caves in our area is in progress.

Public comment – signage? We need signs out side of town as well as signs or maps posted in town.

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  Fire chief Ross Rivera stated the county has not brought equipment in for maintenance. Rivera stated the city needs to have a contract with the county.

  NDOT has questions on signage for nonused rail road tracks. There are a lot of tracks that run in the city and county that are not in use. Who should pay for these signs?

  Approval was given to Julie Spear for a special permit to breed and sell small dogs from a residence.

  A bid was approved for a sewer line. It was felt that a full time inspector at a cost of $10,000 was needed.

   Landscape zoning requirements did not get approval.

  

wrecvetsQuestion and answer :

What famous Englishman’s experiments with freezing meat in 1626 caused his death from exposure?

A: Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher, courtier, statesman, essayist.

New question:

To whom did Mahatma Gandhi write for advice on diet and exercise?

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Philosopher Camus wrote “Always go too far, because that’s where you will find the truth.

Commissioners – Where are the hard choices we were promise?

Tourism – What happened to the signage committee?

The GID really impress me the minute I walked in. They were having a ethics and procedure class. This is important to all boards.

  If you become delinquent in paying your water bill, can you afford a $35.00 fee to turn it on again?

  The lower base usage rate should not be a big deal to most people. Just cut your usage by taking a shorter shower.

   

Tourism Meeting

  All members appeared to have gotten a good nights sleep.

  I am glad Ed put an end to a rumor. Rumors do need to be taken care of quickly, if left to linger they seem to become fact!

  The approval of the Christmas Dinner with no charge is a good one. The library should have been handled in the same way. Question, is there any guide lines as to who gets the free card and who does not? I believe there should be so other Organizations does not think they need the facilities free.

  Installing the demand controller is a must. I wonder if other city and county buildings have them.

Veterans-Day-Ad_Newmont-e1416341869854  I am afraid I was not aware of how much the revenue room tax provides to the Tourism Board, $409,000.00 does seem like a lot.

  The NSS 75th anniversary convention being held in Ely next year will bring revenue to White Pine County and Ely.

Please join us from July 16-23, 2016 in Ely, Nevada as we celebrate our past 75 years and look forward into the future of caving.

Welcome to the Great Basin of the American West!

  I did not hear anything about the signage committee. I hope they are working hard. We need signs, please do not drop the ball!

Ely City Council

  Why is the city fire department maintaining the county trucks? I know agreements and contract between the county and city are hard to come by. There seems to be very little cooperation between the two. This may be a good thing. The county needs money and the city seems to be doing fine, no…the roads are a mess.

  A full time inspector for a four week job at $10,000 seems a little over kill. This seems to me an inspection 3 time a week would cover things, or inspections at different stages.

  R Place: veteran 2014We can thank the council for not voting for a landscaping ordnance. This is a nice western town and should not look like anything else. This ordnance would only add expense to new business.

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McGill Teen, Jason Nelson, Killed in Traffic Accident

Posted on 22 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

6426327_fb_1445534928.6204_fundsMcGill and Ely are mourning the death of a 17 year old son, Jason Nelson killed in a traffic accident Wednesday night.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol reports Nelson was driving a 1997 Honda Civic N/B on US93.  For unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the centerline and traveled into the S/B travel lane.

At that same location, Mr. Clifford Lavoy, age 42, from Sparks, NV, was driving a commercial motor vehicle (tractor trailer set of doubles) S/B on US93.  Mr. Lavoy saw the Honda Civic enter his travel lane and attempted to avoid collision by steering to the right shoulder.  The front and left side of the Honda Civic hit the rear trailer of the commercial motor vehicle.  After the collision, the Honda Civic rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in the N/B travel lane.

Mock up Goshute P. Notice 1a (1)The 17 year old was transported William B. Ririe hospital in Ely were he succumbed to his injuries.   He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the commercial motor vehicle, Mr. Lavoy, was not injured.

A fund has been set up to help defray the funeral costs. His mother Mary Nelson, posted on Go fund Me:

“Sadly the lord has called on my favorite little guy. Jason went home on October 21. He was 17 years old. Nothing I can say will express my heartbreak. Everyone that knew him absolutely loved him. There was never a dull moment around Jason.

My family was in shock at the news. We need help with Jason’s funeral costs. Already this community has offered so much support, I woke this morning to many text messages and facebook messages. I truly appreciate all the condolences you are sending me. It just shows me that I raised an amazing human being and he was so well loved.

I would like to arrange the funeral as soon as possible so any donation would help. Thank you all so much.”

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McGill Child Killer Faces Death Penalty

Posted on 22 October 2015 by Howard Copelan


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A McGill man was formally charged with the murder of a three month old baby boy almost a year after the infant’s death.

Michael Curtis, 34, of McGill was arrested in Salt Lake City on December 20, 2014 the same day his child identified only as baby John Doe died at the Primary Children’s Hospital of Salt Lake City.

The child was initially taken to the William B. Ririe Hospital in Ely on November 25th. After a preliminary exam emergency room staff notified the sheriff office alleging the infant appeared to have been brutally shaken to death.

White Pine County sheriff’s deputies say an arrest warrant for open murder and child abuse was issued for Curtis after an investigation found the child suffered injuries to his brain, abdomen, rib cage and legs.

Mock up Goshute P. Notice 1a (1)Last week after being extradited back to Nevada Curtis was charged on one count of first degree premeditated murder and one count of open murder. Curtis trial date has not yet been set.

Curtis is eligible for the death penalty.centraoct15

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