Archive | April, 2016

Breaking News: Armed Robbery At West Wendover Post Office

Posted on 27 April 2016 by Howard Copelan


The West Wendover Post Office robbed this morning, April 27th.(High Desert ADVOCATE’s staff picture)

The West Wendover Police Department got the phone call at 9:24 a.m. that a robbery just happened at the West Wendover Post Office. The robber, an unidentified man (or a woman?, sounding like a man), of small build (not too tall, not too wide), wearing a black hooded sweater, with his face covered by a black scarf, entered the Post Office and demanded the cash from the cash register. He also had his right hand covered and wrapped in a plastic with the appearance of holding a gun, pointing at the clerk, to led to believe he had a weapon. The clerk handed the register over the counter, and the suspect removed the cash(an undisclosed amount)  and fled on foot.

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The other clerk saw him going west, running past the car wash, then lost sight. Lt. Leninger told the High Desert ADVOCATE that the WWPD took their K9 officer with them when they answered the call, and the dog was able to follow the scent for up to half a mile, but due to wet weather, lost track after that. Detective Brad Hillaker is still investigating the robbery, and talking with the United States Postal Inspector Jake D. Bingham, who came from Salt Lake City Utah to investigate.

Even if he didn’t have a weapon, or never used it, this is an armed robbery of a federal building, who when he/she is caught, will lead the robber in Federal Prison for up to 20 years. And since this robber looks and acts very similarly as the robber of the Texaco Gas Station in Wendover twice previously, February 9th and March 9th, if it can be prove it is the same person, he will have 10-20 years twice added to his federal sentence.

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Breaking News: Woman Dies In A Three Vehicle Crash South Of Wells

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan



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South of Wells accident involving three vehicles              (Photo courtesy Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Burt).

Last Wednesday, at about 1:30pm, NHP Troopers responded to a fatal crash on US93, 61 miles south of Wells, Nevada.   Preliminary investigation indicates that Marcia Thompson, age 67, from Meridian, ID, was driving a 2009 Kia traveling South on US 93.

For unknown reasons, Ms. Thompson allowed her vehicle to cross the center line and enter the other lane, against coming traffic.  Gainhart Samuelson, age 69, from Petersburg, AK, was driving a 2016 Ford pickup traveling North on US 93. Also a commercial motor vehicle, driven by David Tarbaj, age 67, from British Columbia, was traveling North behind the Ford pickup.  The Kia and the Ford pickup sideswiped each other and rotated in the travel lanes.  The Ford pickup rolled over onto the east dirt shoulder coming to rest on its top.  The Kia stayed in the travel lanes and was broadside in the North bound lane when it was struck on its right side on by the tractor trailer.    Both the Kia and the tractor trailer came to rest on the west dirt shoulder on their wheels.

Marcia Thompson, didn’t survive the impact, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Ford pickup, Mr. Gainhart Samuelson was transported to Elko   Hospital (NNRH) with  moderate injuries, while the truck driver didn’t need further care. All three drivers were wearing their seat belts.

US 93 was blocked for approximately 2 hours while emergency crews worked the incident.

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White Pine, Elko, Eureka Counties Designated As Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan


Farms in Nevada, Utah counties made eligible for drought aid.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated White Pine County as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

  “Our hearts go out to those Nevada farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Nevada producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

  Farmers and ranchers in Elko, Eureka, Lincoln and Nye counties in Nevada also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

  Farmers and ranchers in Juab, Millard and Tooele counties in Utah also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

  All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on April 20, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

  Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan


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

County Commission Meeting And Fire Commission Meeting April 13, 2016

Fire commission –

Dissection of Fire Budget-

                                          Last year            Estimated this year

Salaries&Wages       $   155,002.                $   204,005.

Benefits                       $   166,538.                $    161,858.

Services&Supplies  $   380,895.                $   452,052.

Capital Layout          $   338,591.                $      98,150.

Totals                           $1,041,026.                $   916,065.             

Chief Waters explained all the on going classes. All classes seemed to be full. Hazmat training was a great success. (On a personal note, after talking to some volunteers, they are learning a lot and excited about the classes.)

Monthly Report

March 2016 Stats:

Structure Fire – 1,

Vehicle Fire – 1,

Medical Aid – 50,

Motor Vehicle Crash – 6,

Wildland Fire – 1,

Agency Assists – 24, City response to county – 1,

County response to city – 2.

  Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement and Annual Operating Plan with White Pine County Fire District and USDA Forest Service and USDI Bureau of Land Management.

   This is a 4 year agreement and more expenses will be reimbursed to the county than they were in the passed years. The agreement is discussed every year and does not expire.


Mike Coster “Mr. Howe as per your phrasing of the motion suggests  we want to work on this before the final budget”

  Richard Howe “yes”


FY2017 Budget Proposal for the Agricultural Extension.

  Juan Carlos will become the new director for the White Pine County agricultural extension.

   Proposal includes the elimination of one employee and the State office will pay all bills and will collect from the county with an itemized list of bills.


Update of Ambulance Standby Fees.

Fees changed to a flat fee, not a per ambulance fees.

  The fee will be $100.00 an hour for up to 4 ambulances.

  Bunny Hill “I just don’t want you to charge us out of business. I am with the Horse Races and Silver State car races and we bring people into Ely.”

  Howe “We have to be consistent because we have an investment in this too”

  Coster “Are we ruling out waivers of the fees?”

  McKenzie “We don’t know what will come up, there could be extenuating circumstances that we don’t know about.”


  (This leaves the door open for waivers, but not for a per ambulance charge. The ball game will pay the same as the car race and horse race.)


Elizabeth Frances was awarded Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

  (This is well deserved.)

A 30 day extension due to weather for the extension was approved.

Coster – no

Mike Coster “I see no reason for this and will abstain. It is up to the contractor to provided written evidence as to why the delay”

Coster “Moved to table this until this until we have an application or any other documentation to support this”   Motion dies due to no second.

Mike Wheable – To direct all Advisory Boards to provide the County Clerk with timely copies of audio recordings, minutes, and agenda of all public meetings. Agenda minutes should be public with in 30 days of a meeting.

  Perea “Do we have to approve minutes before they are made public or can we put they on line and mark them drafts?”

  Carson “The District Attorney should come up with verbiage as to the policy for public meetings and the liaisons should report this to the boards and councils.”

  (This is so important, if you don’t know when there is a meeting – how can you attend and if you want to know about the meeting – you should get the minutes in a timely fashion. The Clerks can not provide the information, if they receive late or incomplete information.)

Need a formal request form for the public and employees to receive documents with in 5 days or given an answer as to why the request can not be filled.

Burton Hilton, County Assessor

Refund taxpayer of Unsecured Account in the amount of $15,598.33 for over assessment of Mining Property Tax.

  The Mine was taxed for 2 pieces of equipment not in White Pine County. This was not a mistake of our Assessor.


Judge Steven Bishop, Justice of the Peace

To pay Justice of the Peace as previously approved and budgeted with raise and longevity.

  The raise was put in to the budget, but not paid. There was a motion to set the Justice salary at $63,403 at that time. We are talking a $2,500 raise.

  Bishop  “July 11, 2012 the motion was to pay, it was budgeted for.”

  Frances “Yes it was in the budget.”

  Carson “Do we have to retro pay?”

  Wheable “Yes”


Clerks office is to be closed  2 days prior to closure of registration (May 23 and 24) for June 14th.

Approved, Perea- no

  Aquatics Center to offer Jr. Lifeguard program.


  1/2 %  hotel/motel tax for outdoor recreation, going to golf course, for this coming year.

The discussion was interesting and they agreed there should be an ordinance drafted to cover this fee.

Coster asked to have this tabled and was approved.

  (Note. It appears Assemblyman Ellison, Commissioner Coster and I are in agreement on the fuel tax. This is not good for rural counties. More attention needs to be paid to the 40 page Bill, before we know exactly what it says.)

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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

Coming Events:

Monday’s – Celebrate Recovery, 16 Shoshone Circle – 7pm (775-410-1341)

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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Wolverine Baseball Team at West Wendover Field

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan

Photos Credit Kim Reamer


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Wolverine Softball at West Wendover Field

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan

By Coach Jerome Reamer


Game 1:  West Wendover Wolverines Varsity drops high-scoring affair to Pershing County, 12-8

West Wendover Wolverines Varsity fell 12-8 to Pershing County in seven innings on Friday despite racking up 16 hits and eight runs. Sydney Reamer racked up three RBIs on three hits for West Wendover Wolverines Varsity. She doubled in the sixth inning and singled in the first and seventh innings. Home runs for Pershing County came when #5 homered in the first, fourth, and seventh innings. #5, #18, #10 and #7 helped lead Pershing County. They combined for 13 hits and five RBIs. After posting one run in the third, West Wendover Wolverines Varsity again scored one in the fourth. In the third, West Wendover Wolverines Varsity scored on an error, bringing home Anahi Esparza. Pershing County matched its two-run sixth inning with two more in the seventh. In the sixth, Pershing County scored on a groundout by #6, plating #18. It didn’t take long for West Wendover Wolverines Varsity to respond as it scored four runs of its own in the sixth. West Wendover Wolverines Varsity scored on a two-run double by Reamer, an RBI single by Claudia Razo, and a hit by pitch.

West Wendover Wolverines Varsity quickly matched Pershing County’s strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the seventh. West Wendover Wolverines Varsity scored on a two-run double by Razo.

Game 2:  West Wendover Wolverines Varsity loses 10-6 to Pershing County

Anahi Esparza had three extra base hits, but West Wendover Wolverines Varsity still fell to Pershing County 10-6 in seven innings on Saturday. The top of the first saw Pershing County take an early lead, 3-0. More runs came home for Pershing County when scored on an error and scored on a groundout by #7. West Wendover Wolverines Varsity survived Pershing County’s surge and put up four runs of its own in the first. West Wendover Wolverines Varsity scored on, an RBI single by Yesi Gonzalez, an RBI single by Nayda Rodriquez, and an RBI single by Madison Buxton. Pershing County brought home two runs in the second inning, and matched that run total in the third. In the second, Pershing County scored on a two-run single by #10, bringing home #22 and #5. Pershing County went up for good in the third, scoring two runs on an RBI single by #22.

Pershing County added three more runs in the top of the sixth. #18 kicked things off with a single, plating #5. That was followed up by #2’s double, scoring #18. One run in the bottom of the seventh helped West Wendover Wolverines Varsity close its deficit to 10-6. An RBI double by Esparza fueled West Wendover Wolverines Varsity’s comeback. #2 got the last out, as West Wendover Wolverines Varsity’s Sarah Isaacs.

Game 3:  West Wendover Wolverines Varsity falls 11-1 to Pershing County despite Sydney Reamer’s effort

Despite Sydney Reamer’s 3-3 performance at the plate on Saturday, West Wendover Wolverines Varsity took a 11-1 loss at the hands of Pershing County. Pershing County’s #5, #18, #10 and #6 combined for nine hits and seven RBIs. The first inning saw West Wendover Wolverines Varsity score its only run on the day on an RBI single by Yesi Gonzalez. The game’s last lead went to Pershing County thanks to a second inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on a two-run home run by #5. Pershing County got three-run rallies in the third inning and the fifth. In the third, Pershing County scored on an RBI single by #6, scoring #10.

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West Wendover High School Honor Roll

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan


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Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan

The Federal Government Can’t Replicate Private Drug Development

Cancer mortality is at an all-time low. That’s the good news. The bad news is that cancer still kills one in five Americans. We want better cancer treatments — and cures — for our loved ones and ourselves.

Ideally, the innovation responsible for the past and future progress against cancer and other diseases would come cheap. In reality, however, it is expensive — and necessarily so. Unfortunately, politicians such as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton have pounced on that fact to call for government price controls on drugs produced by private pharmaceutical companies.

One myth invoked to justify such action is that the prices the industry charges represent profiteering behavior. Another is that, since the science that leads to medical innovation allegedly arises from publicly funded research performed in academic centers, the government should manage or even take over drug development. Jared Bernstein, former economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, has put the plan succinctly: “Take excessive profit out of the equation and ramp up what is already a robust public medical research infrastructure.”

These are dangerous ideas that misrepresent the nature of drug development — and will lead to fewer new drugs and worse patient outcomes.

The main source of public funding for medical research is the National Institutes of Health. But the NIH does not conduct the specialized R&D that creates new medicines. I know because enjoyed continuous NIH research funding for over 40 years, and no one is living one second longer or better for it. Moreover, no one is actively prohibiting NIH-sponsored researchers from developing drugs, but most don’t do so. That’s because academic culture values intellectually titillating discoveries, not the seemingly menial trial and error efforts that are necessary for practical advances.

This cultural divide between academe and industry is a prominent reason nearly 90 percent of recently approved medications received no public funding during development.

Moreover, drug development itself requires many specific sophisticated skills, which are almost nonexistent in universities. If the government were to subsidize such activities and take over clinical trial support, far less funding would be available for basic research which informs medical innovation.

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Universities have been happy to take undeserved credit for medical progress in hopes of more government funding. Yet, much of this money goes to administrative overhead and senior researchers’ salaries that academic managers are unwilling to pay. The pharmaceutical industry, in contrast, actually pays its employees — a far more secure formula for promoting R&D.

Progress against cancer and other diseases is all the more remarkable given the steep challenges faced by drug makers. Only about five in 10,000 potential new medicines make it to the human testing phase and are submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for approval — and most fail to achieve it. And it’s 100-times costlier to get a drug approved by the FDA compared to a half-century ago.

The NIH itself has noted that “drug discovery and development is widely recognized as one of the most financially risky endeavors in all of science.”

Drug prices are, in part, a reflection of that risk. The “excess profits” cited by Bernstein are the only way to surmount these daunting barriers.

Calls for the government to take over drug development are misguided. Dismantling the drug-development chain with price caps would serve only ambitious politicians, not the millions of patients who can benefit from the new treatments driven by private R&D.

By Dr. Stossel

Dr. Stossel is American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine at Harvard and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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THIS APRIL 27 : Public invited to review applications for Historic Preservation Fund Grants

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan

imagesCARSON CITY, Nev. – The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will distribute federal grant funds to nonprofit organizations and local and state agencies throughout the state to support historic building rehabilitation or restoration, public education, surveys, planning and National Register nominations. The funds, supplied by the National Park Service (NPS), come from off-shore oil and gas lease fees.


BY PHONE:  Members of the public unable to attend the meeting in Carson City can join by phone conference by calling 775-684-3448.

The public is invited to review grants applications that were submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office in February 2016 at a public meeting. Grants can support public education, surveys, planning, archaeological investigations and building restoration.

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:       State Historic Preservation Office
901 S. Stewart Street, 5
th Floor

                         Carson City, NV  89701

CONTACT:  Elyse Jolly, or 775-684-3450

The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office encourages the preservation of Nevada’s historic and prehistoric heritage through federal and state programs. It provides federal grants from the National Park Service to fund historic preservation activities in Nevada. The Office assists federal and state agencies, local governments, private nonprofit organizations and private citizens to preserve buildings and archaeological sites.

 (This meeting was supposed to happen the 20th)

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Wolverine Track and Field At Wells Invitational Gets 1st & 2nd

Posted on 26 April 2016 by Howard Copelan

Colton Smith took first place for the 800 meter with a time of 2:17.97, making him fourth in his division.

Colton Smith took first place for the 800 meter with a time of 2:17.97, making him fourth in his division.(photo credit Lou Copelan)

By Lou Copelan

The West Wendover Wolverine Track and Field ran fabulously and had excellent throws at last week’s Wells invitational track meet in Elko. The 4×800 meter relay team (Raul Ruiz, Jair Hernandez, Colton Smith, and Jorgue Aguirre) took second at the meet and beat their school record by almost one second. With a time of 9:24.15, they took first place in their division. Colton Smith took first place for the 800 meter with a time of 2:17.97, making him fourth in his division. Jesus Rosales took second place for the 110 meter hurdles, making him fourth in the division. The 4×400 meter relay team (Raul Ruiz, Jorgue Aguirre, Triston Franco, and Colton Smith) took first place with 4:00.37, making them fourth in the division. Jorgue Aguirre took second place for the mile with a time of 5:10, and still is second in the division with a personal record of 5:02. Raul Ruiz came in third for the mile at 5:19. Alexis Sweat ran 6:55 for the girls’ mile, making her fourth in the division.

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