Archive | March, 2016

Mayor’s Youth Recognition Award Recipients Presented March 2016

Posted on 29 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

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Mayor Carter introduced a new award last February, the Mayor’s Youth Recognition Award. Originally, the Mayor’s Youth Recognition Award was going to be given out at each city council meeting: at one meeting, the Elementary award, and two weeks later, at the next meeting, the High School award. But they reconsidered and decided to give both the awards for the Elementary School and the High school at the same meetings.

Recipients of this award are nominated by their teachers, administration or staff at each of the schools.  This award recognizes qualities of good citizenship, character and service.  Because of this, it is awarded to kids of all different academic levels.  The students who are selected are truly great examples to their peers and the community. 

Mayor Carter said, “Youth you who feel a connection to their community tend to think more positively about their surroundings, feel safer and often times, exhibit a better attitude towards themselves and those around them.  I am excited to bring this to our community with a student recognition night at each city council meeting.  I would like to invite all community members to come and celebrate with us as we honor these fabulous students within our community.”

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Identity Theft, Battery, Disturbing The Peace At Local Casinos

Posted on 28 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

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Cesar Marquez-Carrillo 32 of West Wendover, $25,000 (photo WWPD, courtesy Elko County Sheriff’s Office)

Cesar Marquez-Carrillo 32, of West Wendover, $25,000

 West Wendover PD received a phone call from a person in Texas saying that somebody in Wendover was using his name, date of birth and social security number to work in a local casino.

After verifying information with both the victim and the employer, the local PD were able to contact the man in question, who was using the victim’s name. This man was eventually identified as Cesar Marquez-Carrillo. Cesar was taken into custody while at work, and charged with identity theft and possession of false identifications and documents.

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Trina Aragon 27, Clearfield Utah, Battery and Disturbing the Peace

On March 19, 2016 WWPD officers responded to the Montego Bay casino about a fight. Trina Aragon had began an argument with another patron at a gaming table. Then threw a beer bottle at the victim, but causing no injuries. An altercation followed which was broken up by some security personnel. Trina was taken into custody for Battery and Disturbing the Peace. (no picture available)

March 20, 2016, William Carter 36, Pleasant Grove Utah, Domestic Battery

Officers responding to a call, about two people in an argument on Wendover Boulevard across from the Red Garter casino, questioned William Carter and his wife. Some witnesses to the scene told the officers that it looked like William had struck his wife. After interviewing them, including the witnesses, William was taken into custody on suspicion of Domestic Battery.

Also in another Casino, in Elko, Justin Harden, was arrested for Domestic Battery, and his bail was set at $3,140.


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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 28 March 2016 by Howard Copelan


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

White Pine School Board meeting was well attended with standing room only.  The main topic ( suggested by the administrators from each school not proposed by the school board) was the possible closing of the Lund Middle and High Schools. Proposed cuts are Jennifer Carter as K-1 Paraprofessional ($15,715), Connie Peacock as Specials Paraprofessional ($15,172), all athletic and co-curricular activities ($40,987), Tim Moser Middle/High School Teacher ($61,377) and Jeremy Ebbink Middle/High School Teacher ($61,377). This will save the district $194,628. The School District cut $1.6 million last year and didn’t fill positions of those who left to avoid layoffs.

  Many questions were asked and statements made, mostly in concern for the students. This will affect 11 students- grades 6-12, they will be bused, home schooled or move to another area.

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  Closing the school will have a cost, bus and driver will be a big cost. The maintenance of an empty building can also be expensive. For the students, after school activities and being close to home in case of illness or an emergency. The town of Lund will also have some possible loss of business and residents.

  The School Board was open to all comments. This is going to be a hard decision to make.

  It does seem money is a growing problem. The County Commissioners are looking for resources to finance their budget. One place the County can cut is payroll. The County payroll is pushing $6,000,000. You can check the payroll for 2014 on line at Transparent Nevada, 2015 should be posted soon. The citizens of White Pine County can no longer pay added taxes, fees or licenses. Decisions need to be made soon. The longer decisions are put off the more the budget will be falling short.

  The county is in  negotiations with the county employees union. They should be able to cut some costs.

  Campaigns are getting underway White Pine County. I am very pleased to see younger people getting involved. Being a Commissioner is not an easy job, but can be rewarding.

County Commission (Partisan) – 4 Year Term

Seat 2  Mike Coster              Republican   775-293-2933

Seat 2  Shane Bybee            Republican   775-289-6200

Seat 2  George Chachas      Democrat    775-289-3570

Seat 3  Steven Stork             Republican  775-397-3550

Seat 4   Richard Howe           Republican  775-287-2851

Seat 4  Johnathan Dishong   Republican  775-299-8040

Seat 4   Ralph McClintock     Democrat     702-592-7442

Seat 4   Rusty Lewis               Nonpartisan 775-296-2103

Baker GID (Nonpartisan) 4 Year Term

Seat B2  Dan Dore

McGill/Ruth GID (Nonpartisan) 4 Year Term

Seat E   Melissa Spear    775-289-8374

White Pine Hospital  District Trustee (Nonpartisan) 4 Year Term

District 3   Dale Derbidge   775-289-4689

District 3   Leslie  Martin     775-289-2049

District 4   Wade Robison   775-289-0298

District 4   Todd Brewster    775- 289-2995

School District Trustee (Nonpartisan) 4Year Term

Subdistrict C  Angie McVicars     775-289-2479

Subdistrict  D  Mary Kerner    775-293-0809

Subdistrict  D   Jessica Trask   

Subdistrict  F    Shella Nicholes   775-296-1429

Subdistrict   G   Denys Koyle   775-234-7324

Subdistrict   G   Candice Campeau

Soil Conservation District (Nonpartisan) 2 & 4 Year Terms

Seat BB 4 Year Term  Jeff Weeks

TV District No1 (Nonpartisan) 4 Year Term

Seat A   Art Olson   775-289-4038

Seat C   Tony Whittaker 

Looking like an exciting year.

Geri Wop

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Coming Events:

March 29 – USDA food distribution 3:00, 735 Ave N. First Baptist Church.

April 8 – Fresh Food Distribution 3:00, 735 Ave N. First Baptist Church

April 9 – Volunteer Appreciation Dinner-invitation Only. Convention Center

April 19 – Native American Art – Art Bank

April 22 – 24 – Nevada Archeological Society. Convention Center

April 26 – 28 – Native American Conference. Convention Center 289-8877

May – 6 – PEO Art Auction

May 13 – NORC 1/2 & 1 Mile Shootouts SR 490

May 13 – Nevada Open Road Parade of cars

May 14 – NORC Car Show Broadbent Park

May 14 – Little League Pancake Breakfast.  7-11 am Broadbent Park

May 15 – NRCO Race Day!!

May 23 – USDA Food Distribution.


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Updated Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan Will Help Make Nevada Roads Safer

Posted on 28 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

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The Nevada Departments of Transportation and Public Safety and other partners have updated the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan in a continuing effort to save lives on Nevada roads.

     Traffic safety partners across the state have recently updated the plan with enhanced enforcement, engineering, emergency medical and educational strategies in six areas most critical to Nevada traffic safety: pedestrian, intersection, seatbelt and motorcycle safety, as well as reducing impaired driving and limiting lane departure crashes by focusing on distracted driving. The strategies range from maximizing enforcement of impaired, distracted and other dangerous driving habits, improving roadway visibility of pedestrians and intersections, as well as educational efforts to remind everyone to safely share the road. The goal is cutting the 2008 yearly traffic fatality average in half by 2030; ultimately reaching zero fatalities on Nevada roads.

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    “Every death and serious injury on Nevada roads is a tragedy. Every death is a family member, a friend or loved one who will not be coming home,” Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon explained. “When each person thinks about themselves and their loved ones, the only acceptable traffic safety goal is zero fatalities. That’s why, for our state, there is no other acceptable goal than zero fatalities.”

     “We are laser-focused on the driving behaviors and issues that are tragically causing the most deaths and injuries on Nevada roads,” NDOT Chief Traffic Safety Engineer Ken Mammen explained. “We continue implementing life-saving strategies in each area. As we continue those efforts, we want to remind everyone on the road to watch for each other and share the road.”


  Nevada’s first strategic highway safety plan was developed in 2006 when the state reached an all-time high of 431 traffic fatalities. The newly-updated safety plan analyzed recent statewide traffic safety data and brought together traffic safety partners across the state to outline causes and strategies to combat the most dangerous driving behaviors on Nevada roads. Since implementation of the first safety plan, traffic deaths have dropped from an average of 1.95 deaths per every 100 million miles traveled in 2006 to 1.1 fatalities per 100 million miles in 2013. While the number of statewide traffic fatalities per every 100 million miles traveled has dropped, the overall number of fatalities has increased since 2012, with 326 traffic deaths last year.

     NDOT dedicates approximately $21 million annually in federal highway safety funds to roadway safety projects and programs. Additionally, the Department is dedicating approximately $10 million in state highway funds to pedestrian safety improvements primarily in Clark and Washoe counties this year. The Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada Department of Transportation have also partnered to place additional troopers and vehicles to enforce safe driving through road work zones. In addition, zero fatalities public education campaigns have reached 97 percent of Nevadans with traffic safety education.

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Namuli Film Tour Salt Lake City

Posted on 28 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

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Namuli is a community-backed film about the spirit of exploration and what happens when a team of biologists, conservationists and rock climbers set off on a daring and unconventional expedition into one of the world’s least-explored and most-threatened habitats, Mt. Namuli in Mozambique.

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The film will be showing ​on April, 1​3​th, 7pm​ ​at​ ​The Front Climbing Gym (1470 400 W)​ along with a presentation by Majka Burhardt, professional climber and director of Namuli.

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The film follows an international crew as they push the bounds of friendship, climbing conventions, and scientific research on the 2,000-foot granite face of Mozambique’s second highest mountain, Mount Namuli. The film features expedition leader Majka Burhardt, a professional climber, author, and social entrepreneur; also professional climber Kate Rutherford, Brazilian entomologist Flavia Esteves, South African entomologist Caswell Munyai, and Mozambican herpetologist Harith Farooq.

Watch the trailer at:​

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Opinion: Do What for Our Children?

Posted on 28 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

Do What for Our Children?

Throughout almost all history, life was very different in a key way than it is today.  It was worse, in a way that experience over the last 300-plus years in developed economies has made it difficult for folks now living in them to understand.

However, due to negative social, political and economic trends in recent decades, greatly accelerated in the last seven years, we are headed part way back to that grim aspect of the past.  Let me explain.

Before about 1700, your lot in life generally was much the same as your parents’ lot.   If they were poor, you’d probably be poor, too.  If they were wealthy, likely you too.

We still hear that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, but it really isn’t so.  Economic mobility has been a key aspect of the difference between the last three centuries and the eons before.  Income mobility in advanced economies has waxed and waned over the decades, and declined somewhat in the last quarter century, but it is still much greater than before 1700.

But economic mobility is actually caused by the bigger change that began mainly in England in the late 1600s and spread to Europe and America, and since World War II to other parts of the world.  That change is robust economic growth – a term that makes eyes glaze over but is central to human flourishing and individual fulfillment.

Economists now understand that economic growth is driven by the social, political and economic institutions, practices and policies a society adopts.  Above all, the ones that increase economic growth include the rule of law, limited government, protection of private property rights, and the freedom to trade and make contracts that are generally enforced by law.

These advances caused economic growth to rise from levels near zero to much higher levels.  They promote growth in wellbeing for most individuals and overall economic growth of society.  Also, economic and social mobility.  For all these reasons, they lead also to human flourishing and individual wellbeing and fulfillment.

Pre-1700 annual growth of 0.25 percent per person increased incomes by only seven percent in 28 years – a difference so small that it seemed nothing changed in a generation.

But the advances listed above ignited economic growth about ten times that rate – about 2.5 percent per person per year – and led to the Industrial Revolution and the modern world.  At that rate, incomes doubled in a generation, changing completely the quality of life and people’s expectations.  Especially so with increased economic mobility.

This experience changed hugely the perceptions and basic beliefs of people and thus the fabric of society from ancient fatalism to modern notions of opportunity, progress and individualism.


However, the continuing and recently accelerated retreat from these principles has over the decades slowed economic growth from 2.5 percent to about 1.0 percent annually.  At that rate, the next generation will enjoy income and wealth levels that are only two-thirds of what they would be with 2.5 percent growth.  Instead of an annual family income of, say, $90,000, they will have only $60,000.

If we continue the erosion of freedom, opportunity and economic growth due to the ever more statist policies and practices embraced since the 1960s, we consign our children to a much diminished future.  So, economic growth – enlarging the pie – is the central public policy goal, and we must nurture policies that promote it and oppose those (especially increasing government taxes, spending and regulation) that reduce it.

Growth and opportunity are the real interest of our children, not increased government spending on failed policies.

By Ron Knecht

“Knecht, elected overwhelmingly to the post of Nevada Controller is one of the few elected officials of either party who, a) has performed his job flawlessly and; b) has the backbone to speak up against his own political party all at the same time” says Fred Weinberg.

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BREAKING NEWS: Police Wants Your Help For One Missing Person And One Burglar

Posted on 17 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

The West Wendover Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in two active cases currently being investigated.

Ammon Kashiwagi, missing person

Ammon Kashiwagi, missing person

Missing Person:

The West Wendover Police Department needs the public help in locating Mr. Ammon Kashiwagi. Ammon is 39 years old, 5’08” tall, weighs about 175 Lbs with Brown hair and Brown eyes.

Ammon had last contacted his mother on March 03, 2016 via text message. Since that time he has not shown up to work, contacted family, friends or co-workers. Ammon was observed on surveillance video leaving his residence and driving away in a white 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck with unknown license plates.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Ammon they are encouraged to contact the West Wendover Police Department.

Information should be forwarded to Sgt.Abrams and/or Detective Hillaker.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the secret witness line at 775-664-3188 or email


Also, in a different case, this last February 9, 2016, just before closing time, an unknown man wearing a mask and dark clothes entered the Texaco fuel station and ordered the clerk to hand over all of the cash in the register. The suspect held an object in one hand wrapped in plastic to suggest that he had a weapon. The clerk complied with the man and handed him over an undisclosed amount of cash. The man then fled the area on foot.

Exactly one month later, on March 9, the same man returned to the Texaco wearing the same dark clothing and a mask. The man had again one hand wrapped in plastic to suggest that he had a weapon. He ordered the Texaco clerk to hand over all of the cash. The clerk complied and handed over another undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled on foot.

This man is still at large, and he is described as slander, and medium build, about 155 lbs to 165 lbs in weight, 5’4″ to 5’6″ in height.

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Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the West Wendover Police Department at 775-664-2930 and speak with Detective Hillaker.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the secret witness line at 775-664-3188 or email

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March 16 Golf Tourney: West Wendover Team Takes 1st, White Pine Golfers Take 1st and Second, W.Wendover Golfer Takes 3rd

Posted on 17 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

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March 16 Golf Tourney:

West Wendover Team Takes 1st

White Pine Golfers Take 1st and Second

W.Wendover Golfer Takes 3rd

West Wendover Wins Elko Junior Varsity Tourney

White Pine golfers took first and second, as Tyler Kane won the event with an 81. Teammate Collin Young claimed second with a round of 84, after defeating West Wendover’s Braden Price in the tiebreaker, playoff hole.

Price finished third.

Wendover Coach, Tyler Peterson, says Wolverines of West Wendover were one of two teams that shot below 500 on Wednesday March 16th, at the Elko junior varsity tournament at Ruby View Golf Course, claiming a five-stroke victory over White Pine.

West Wendover finished the round with a total score of 486 to claim the title, narrowly besting Ely’s mark of 491.

Ely: White Pine golfers took first and second, as Tyler Kane won the event with an 81. Teammate Collin Young claimed second with a round of 84, after defeating West Wendover’s Braden Price in the tiebreaker, playoff hole.

Wendover: Price finished third.

The Wolverines did not lose every playoff hole, however, as West Wendover teammates battled for the fourth and final medal.

After the playoff, the medal was awarded to Dylan Morley – besting fifth-place Luis Correa.

Chris Haycock shot a 91 for the Wolverines, and teammates Kaden Peterson and Isaiah Quintero finished with scores of 141 and 145, respectively.

Wells: Senior Paul Moschetti shot a 92 for Wells, but the Leopards only had three golfers competing and could not tally a team score.

Sophomore Brody Alton finished with a 105, and sophomore Luke Escamilla closed the round with a 129 for the Leopards.

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 17 March 2016 by Howard Copelan


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

County Commission Meeting March 9, 2016

Fire Commission

Discussion/Action/Approval – Payment to City of Ely of $6,000 for Fire

Protection. ($3,000 for fire and $3,000 EMS)

   Laurie Carson “I voted in agreement with this, I thought politically it was the correct thing todo. I am going to vote against it. I do not think that in regards to equity it is the right thing to do. I would rather do a cost per call, the more I think about it this would be more equitable.  Each fire department gets $5,000 a year for equipment and  maintenance. This $6,000 a month comes out of their budget. In January there was one assist from the city and the county gave one assist, February no assists. This is a wash.”

  (Carson is correct, too bad she did not think this way before voting to pay the city.)

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Richard Howe “We did make an agreement with the city to pay this, I agree we are not getting the bang for buck. We broke that agreement by not negotiating with the city. The gap between the city and the county is widening.”

   Mike Coster “For the first time I may see some value in the study. I am going to vote for this. I think this is to much, but to late in the game to opt out. We made the agreement.”

  Howe “ I think Gary’s idea of paying the money until June 30 and reconsider at that time as to continue or not.”

  This passed with Carson voting no.

   EMS/Fire Mutual Aid Agreement with Lincoln County. Approved.

(This agreement we have with all surrounding counties and some counties in Utah. Payment is only for special equipment or an event that lasts more than 24 hours.)

  ATV operation in White Pine County (out side Ely City Limits) Discussion Only.  Coster – this is for single seat atvs,

1. Driver must be a licensed driver. 2. Unlicensed driver must be accompanied by a licensed driver.  3. Lights must be on.

  Language for 2016 Ballot Question potential increase in sales tax, motor vehicle fuel tax.

  Language was not approved and tabled.

  New rates for the golf course will increase the income to the golf course about $15,000 a year. Item approved

   Steve Stork, Airport Manager asking for funds to replace the emergency generator. The old generator went out and is not repairable. A new generator will cost $77,000. Perea “Suggested to run a cable to Fire station one.” Coster “We have more problem with snow removal than power outages. I have no doubt that in White Pine County there was a day when cars lined up with headlights on.”  Perea “We need to talk to Med flight.”

Not approved

  Kathy Ricci, Human Resources:

Recruit and fill an equipment operator that became vacant on March 1.

Road department would like to forgo the 90 day waiting period. They are offering a lower wage to make up for the money saved in the 90 day waiting period.


  (This the first waiver asked for after the commission voted to wait 90 days before advertising for a employee replacement. The rule is one month old. If they can hire someone at a lower rate by not waiting 90 days, they can do it waiting. The commission has a problem of giving waivers. They either don’t think out the rules set, or never intend to keep them.)

  Public comment: Gary Perea gave George Chachas instructions on putting items on the agenda. Mike Coster wanted to know why his agenda item was removed with out a call (this is not the first time for this to happen).

  I have had items removed. Now tell me George’s items will actually get on the agenda! Maybe this is why people do not participate in the county commissioners meeting. I know the Chairman can remove items, but I do think his reason for doing so should be made public, so there is no  misconception of controlling the agenda.

  Another concern of mine is when items are tabled, it can take up to a year before they come up again. I also have experienced this , 8 months. Sometimes they never come up.

Geri Wop

Once again I encourage you to call the commissioners and give them your thoughts, they need it.

Laurie Carson   293-3134

Mike Coster       293-2933

Richard Howe    287-2851

Carol McKenzie 238-5384

Gary Perea.        293-7356

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Motorists Reminded to Drive Safely As Wildlife Migrations Begin

Posted on 17 March 2016 by Howard Copelan

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The Nevada Departments of Transportation and Wildlife and the Nevada Highway Patrol are reminding motorists to drive safely in wildlife-prone areas with the spring animal migration.

     “A large deer or animal can cause great damage to a vehicle, and more importantly, to motorists,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Stewart said. “We want to continue to remind motorists to drive carefully, in wildlife-prone areas and elsewhere. Look for deer/elk crossing signs and scan the road ahead for potential wildlife.”

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     “Spring deer migration in northeastern Nevada begins in March, depending on weather,” Nevada Department of Wildlife Public Information Officer Joe Doucette explained. “Deer often cross Interstate 80 and U.S. 93 in the northeastern part of the state, as well as other areas.”

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     In a recent five year span, there were nearly 2,500 reported vehicle-animal collisions across Nevada, including approximately 1,300 involving deer. Research estimates that more than 50 percent of such collisions go unreported, pointing to a potentially higher number of animal-related incidents.


     NDOT and NDOW have jointly installed one safety crossing on I-80 at Silver Zone Pass and five safety crossings on U.S. 93 north of Wells. The crossings are designed to reduce the chance of vehicle-animal collisions by carrying deer and other large animals over or under the roadway. The crossing walkways are covered with native soil to replicate the natural environment and encourage use by animals. Deer fencing is installed on both sides of the crossings to help direct animals to cross at the designated overpasses and underpasses. Research conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno shows that, during the first four migrations in which safety crossings were installed, more than 35,000 mule deer used a safety crossing; keeping them off the road and away from potential collisions with vehicles. Additional safety overpasses are scheduled to begin construction this summer on I-80’s Pequop Summit between Wells and West Wendover.



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