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Breaking News: Four Vehicle Crash On Wendover Boulevard

Posted on 26 June 2016 by Howard Copelan


Saturday night, June 25th, West Wendover officers responded to a crash on Wendover Boulevard involving four vehicles.

Investigating officers found that Juan Salazar, 75 years old, of West Wendover, driving a White 1999 Chevrolet S10 pick-up, was traveling west on Wendover Boulevard when he struck the rear end of another vehicle stopped at a red traffic light. This caused a chain reaction that involved three other vehicles also stopped for the red light. Maria Flores (23) of Salt Lake City Utah was in the second vehicle, a Maroon 2007 Chrysler 300. The force of the impact caused the Chrysler to travel forward which struck the rear end of another vehicle stopped directly in front of her. The third vehicle was a Blue 2005 Subaru Wagon driven by a Maria Isaacs (55) of West Wendover. This vehicle was pushed forward and into the rear of the fourth vehicle, which was a Black 2013 Nissan Rogue driven by Maria Cornejo (53) also of West Wendover.

Scene 1

Nobody was injured, and all declined medical care. There were only minor to moderate damage to all the vehicles, one of which had to be towed from the scene. Only minor traffic delays occurred while the crash was cleared, and all lanes were opened within the hour.

Lt. Don Lininger said that Mr. Salazar had inadvertently pressed on the accelerator instead of the brakes while approaching the traffic at the red light, and that no Alcohol or speed were factors in this incident, and he was issued a citation.

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Local Wendover Man Arrested For Burglary

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan

Manuel Trejo 35, from West Wendover Nevada Burglary, Possession of burglary tools, Resisting arrest Bail posted at $25,420.00 (photo credit Elko County Sheriff Office)

Manuel Trejo 35, from West Wendover Nevada Burglary, Possession of burglary tools, Resisting arrest Bail posted at $25,420.00 (photo credit Elko County Sheriff Office)

Officers from the West Wendover Police Department arrested a local man Saturday on burglary charges, after property was stolen from a water reuse plant.

The theft was reported by the plant Friday, said Lt. Don Lininger.

During the investigation, the officers reviewed surveillance footage and spoke to some employees. Police were able to determine that a man — identified as Manuel A. Trejo, 35, of West Wendover — entered the facility during the night.

Officers attempted to contact Trejo at his residence. However, he would not respond.

“The owner of the residence told officers that Trejo was hiding in a storage room. As officers began to make entry Trejo allegedly tried to escape, unsuccessfully,” said Lt. Lininger.

All information is being reviewed by the Elko County District Attorney’s Office for charges, concluded Lininger.

Trejo was arrested at 1488 Pinion Place in West Wendover for failure to appear after bail for a misdemeanor; resisting a public official; two counts of buying, possessing or receiving stolen property; burglary; and possession of burglary tools.

His bail was listed at $25,420.

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Winnemucca Escapee Found In Elko

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan

James Westbrook Jr., 23, of Elko, escaped Humboldt Conservation Camp in Winnemucca, and apprehended Monday, June 20th 2016, in Elko. (photo credit Elko County Sheriff Office)

James Westbrook Jr., 23, of Elko,
escaped Humboldt Conservation Camp in Winnemucca, and apprehended Monday, June 20th 2016, in Elko.
(photo credit Elko County Sheriff Office)

Late Monday night, Elko Police officers apprehended one of two escapees from the Humboldt Conservation Camp in Winnemucca.

Around 10:48 p.m., Elko PD responded to a report of an injured person underneath the Fifth Street Bridge, near the river. They determined it was James Westbrook Jr., 23, of Elko.

“Officers had prior knowledge that Westbrook had been reported as an escapee from the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections,” said Lt. Ty Trouten.

Westbrook told police he hopped a freight train in Winnemucca, which was headed east toward Elko, where his father lives.

When the train arrived in Elko and neared the Fifth Street Bridge, Westbrook jumped from the moving train car and landed in the nearby rocks near the edge of the river,” said Trouten, explaining Westbrook sustained injuries from his landing.

Westbrook was treated at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital before being returned to the Department of Corrections.

The Department reported Westbrook and his fellow inmate Nicco Donavan Way, 25, walked away from the minimum-security facility over the weekend.

Way was found earlier Monday in Reno, said officials.

Westbrook was convicted in September 2015 of burglary and drug charges and sentenced in Elko District Court to 16 to 72 months.

This conviction was in relation to a June 2014 burglary, where Westbrook stole approximately $13,000 from Joe’s Roadside Market on Fifth Street.

Westbrook fled to Reno after initial contact with police, according to Free Press files.

The Elko County District Attorney’s Office charged Westbrook with burglary and grand larceny valued at $3,500 or greater in August 2014. Westbrook also had an alternative charge of grand larceny valued between $650 and $3,500.

He was arrested in Humboldt County in November 2014.

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Man Goes To Trial For Repeated Attempted Murder

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan

Sean M. Dean, 49, charges of assault, battery and burglary will go to trial for six days in August. (photo credit Elko County Sheriff Office)

Sean M. Dean, 49, charges of assault, battery and burglary will go to trial for six days in August. (photo credit Elko County Sheriff Office)

Sean M. Dean, 49, previously entered pleas of not guilty to five charges related to the December stabbings: attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon; battery with the use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm; two counts of battery with a deadly weapon; and battery resulting in substantial bodily harm.

An Elko man accused of assault, battery and burglary charges pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday at the Elko District Court.

Sean M. Dean, 49, will go to trial for six days in August. Dean faces seven charges: battery with the use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm; battery with a deadly weapon; assault with a deadly weapon; possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony offense; burglary with the use of a firearm; burglary; and being a habitual criminal.

The trial who was supposed to last about four days, will last six or more days, as Elko District Judge Nancy Porter decided to extend it by dividing itin two parts, for various reasons, mainly because of Dean was previously charged as a felon, so now he is a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dean cannot own a firearm because of his 2014 conviction of battery by means of strangulation, according to the criminal information filed in April.

Dean has been convicted of six felony crimes between 1986 and 2014 — including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle — in the states of Nevada and California.

The charges were from Nov. 12, 2015, when Dean reportedly struck Christina Hodges in the head and face with a handgun (or hard object), and causing prolonged physical pain, and permanent disfiguring her with a scar to her face.

Count three of assault with a deadly weapon alleges Dean drew, held, showed and or pointed a handgun at Hodges while acting in an aggressive manner and threatening her.

Both burglary charges state Dean entered a building on South Fifth Street to commit theft, and had the intent to assault Christina Hodges and Kyle Olsen.

Count five alleged Dean was in possession of a firearm or other deadly weapon while committing a crime at the residence.

Dean was due to appear last Tuesday at the Elko District Court in another case connected to a December arrest charging attempted murder.

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The Other Side of Philip K. Dick

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan

The Other Side of Philip K. Dick

imgres“It happened back when I was still immortal.”

Nevada author writes unflinchingly honest memoir about Philip K. Dick’s last ten years.

For many, the name Philip K. Dick is synonymous with drug use, crazy visions, and great science fiction. Since his death, many of his books and stories have made it to the big and little screens in Hollywood: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and recently The Man in the High Castle.

But what is the truth behind the myths of PKD?

Silent for over thirty years, one of his closest friends has now shed some much-needed light onto the last ten years of his life. As a college student in Fullerton, CA, Maer Wilson first met PKD in 1972 and began a friendship that would last ten years.

Her account tells a different story from the lurid tales told in the past. And gives some insight into the stories of his visions as well as his day-to-day life.

From the book cover:

“As a literary figure, Philip K. Dick is popularly perceived as a crazed, drug-addled mystic with a sinister Third Eye. Nothing could be further from the truth – the Phil I knew was a warm, humane, very funny man. Maer Wilson understands these truths far better than I, and The Other Side of Philip K. Dick casts a welcome shaft of daylight upon the real PKD, as opposed to the dark, distorted caricature Dick has become.” Paul M. Sammon, Author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner

What is the truth behind the legend of Science Fiction great, Philip K. Dick?

In spring, 1972, Phil Dick moved to Fullerton, CA, where he met Theatre student Mary (Maer) Wilson. Amid marriage proposals, marathon talk-fests and a love for music and films, they forged a strong friendship that would last the rest of his life.

Wilson’s quirky, yet unflinchingly honest, memoir reveals a funny, compassionate and generous man. She captures an inside view of one of our literary greats – a brilliant writer who gave the world some of its most revered Science Fiction.

“I found this book engrossing and authentic – a truthful and serious account of the last part of Phil Dick’s life by someone who was a fundamental part of it and who has the skill to write about it. There is evident love and friendship in this book, but also honesty. This was the Phil Dick I knew.” James P. Blaylock, World Fantasy Award-Winning Author

The memoir is scheduled for release on August 9, 2016 and is now available for pre-order. Wilson is an author and resident of Southern Nevada.

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Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan

Obama and Clinton Attack the Middle Class

President Obama and Hillary Clinton constantly talk about their efforts to help the middle class. Yet their policies often directly attack middle-income earners. Consider two recent examples: Obama’s proposal to impose a $10 per barrel levy on oil, and Clinton’s boast that she would drastically reduce the use of coal for energy.

Obama calls his proposal a “fee” under the pretext that he is collecting the money from oil companies. Don’t be fooled. Corporate taxes are inevitably passed along to consumers. So we’ll all feel this new fee at the pump.

Gasoline is already one of the nation’s most heavily taxed consumer products. On top of the federal government’s current take of 18.4 cents a gallon, state gasoline taxes range from a high of about 50 cents per gallon in Pennsylvania to a low of 12.25 cents in Alaska. Everyone who drives pays those taxes, regardless of how poor they are.

Since 42 gallons of gas can be refined from one barrel of oil, the president’s $10-a-barrel tax works out to about 25 cents per gallon. So all told, those who live in states with high gas taxes could end up paying $1.00 per gallon just in taxes.

American households use on average about 1,000 gallons of gas per year. So Obama’s oil tax would cost the average family an extra $250 yearly — a hit much harder on low- and middle-income workers than the upper class.

A tax is called regressive if it hits the poor the hardest. Liberals have created a cottage industry attacking any tax they believe to be regressive — unless, apparently, Obama is the one proposing it.

Congress understands this fact, and so left out the tax in the latest transportation budget. But the White House has now threatened to veto any such bill that fails to include this $10-a-barrel levy.

Obama’s oil tax will cost some Americans their jobs — but not nearly as many as Clinton’s plan.

“We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton told a CNN Town hall. And she didn’t stop with coal, “Now we gotta move away from coal — and all the other fossil fuels.”

Clinton’s plan is a blatant attack on the middle class. The oil and natural gas industry supports about 8.4 million full- and part-time jobs. The vast majority of these jobs pay middle- to upper-middle income wages.

A few days after her blunder, she went to West Virginia to try and clean up her mess. People will have to decide for themselves whether this statement does the job: “I don’t know how to explain it other than what I said was totally out of context for what I meant because I have been talking about helping coal country for a very long time.”

She also says she wants to provide unemployed coal workers with health care benefits and let them keep whatever pensions they had. Of course, if she weren’t putting them out of a job, the federal government wouldn’t need to do that. And she claims that she will be replacing their fossil fuel jobs with clean energy jobs. Yes, West Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

If Obama and Clinton actually worried about the middle class, they would drop their plans and get the government out of the business of choosing energy winners and loser. Because the ultimate losers will be the middle class.

By Merrill Matthews

Merrill Matthews is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation in Dallas, Texas.

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan


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

Regional Transportation Commission June 16

Updates from the City of Ely projects

  Dave Berky , Street department  will be increasing road work to be completed this year. Included are Winter Road and the whole Terrace area, 15th behind the Hospital ,Mountain View , 16th, Park Ave and Ave I all are to receive a micro seal coat to extend the life of the road by 10 years. The estimates came in lower than expected, so we are able to cover more roads. Works starts in July.

  Murry Street project should start at the end of this month. We will not be able to start the asphalt this year, but will take care of the pipes, we will have to live with dirt filled trenches for a while.

County Projects

  Bill Miller, County Road Department, Duck Creek road to be micro sealed, the mowing of weeds is to start on all county roads. (The cheat grass has grown quite high due to the rains we’ve had lately. It is extremely important to get it cut down before it dries out and we have a significant fire danger.)


Decision to increase the Public Transit budget.

  Purchase of a snow truck for McGill, truck originally planned to purchase is unable to carry the weight of the snow. One with a heavier capacity axle is needed and will cost $80,000 more than planned. There is money in the county road department to cover the purchase. Purchase was approved.

NDOT (Nevada Department of Transportation

Statistics for White Pine

Aging County Drivers

19% of drivers are under 30

30% of drivers are between 30 & 50

51% are over 50

Fatal crashes are up, 2014- 0 fatalities, 2015 – 4 fatalities.

Projects being considered for White Pine –

Us 93 at SR 318 add turn lanes from Las Vegas to Ely

Change destination of 93 and 318

Bypass at McGill

Roundabout at US 6 and Future truck stop

Bypass at Hiko

Turn lanes – 11th St to Aultman / Turn lane to Great Basin / Sacramento Pass

US 50 – Road through town

Cummings Lake – Wildlife crossing / Realignment of bypass / Dam needs repair

Passing Lanes – 318 / 6 / 93

Pedestrian lanes – US 6 / US 50 – crossing for school children at Ridleys / Family Dollar and visibility of crossing at Ramada and La Quinta.

There will be a lot of road work going on in White Pine over the next few years, your patience will be strained but required.

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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JUNE Calendar:

25  – Renaissance Village open10-4 p.m.

24 – Cocktails & Cannons Boat ShowRamada Inn5-7 p.m.775-289-3720

25 – Cocktails & Cannons Race DayCave Lake1 p.m.775-289-3720

25 – Cocktails & Cannons Fireworks Show    ““9 p.m.775-289-3720

25 – White Pine GymkhanaFairgrounds

28 – VFW Tuesday DinnerVFW Hall6-8 p.m.

JULY  Calendar:

3 – WPHS Class of 1971’s 45th Reunion

2, 9, 16, 23, 30  – Renaissance Village open10-4 p.m.

1 – FUN FRIDAYSculpture Park   4-7 p.m.775-289-8877

2 – Athletic Boosters BFDCounty Park5 p.m.775-296-0474

2 – Class of 1966 ReunionConvention

16 – National Speleological  Society, luncheon & entertainment at County park and the unveiling of the new mural on the Park View Motel

AUGUST  Calendar:

5 –   FUN FRIDAY CHILI COOKOFFSculpture Park    4-7 p.m.775-289-8877

6 – 7 ARTS in the PARK at the County Park  Sat, 10-6p.m./Sun.10-4 p.m.775-293-0012 

12 -13 White Pine RODDERS car show County Park Fri. Noon-6, Sat. 10-4 p.m.

18 –        Chamber/Elks Lodge Dinosaur Races & Mixer 5 p.m.775-289-8877

19 – Ranch RodeoFairgrounds 10-5 p.m.


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White Pine Primary Elections Results

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan


Two Republicans, Incumbent Richard Howe and Shane Bybee will be running in November elections  for County Commissioners.

Howe barely passed challenger Johnathan Dishong by 17 votes, with a total of 390 votes (51.11) percent to Dishong’s 373 (48.89 percent). Howe will fight Ralph McClintock(Democrat) who ran unopposed and Rusty Wallace, Independent.

Bybee past incumbent Mike Coster, with a total of 464 votes (59.18 percent) to Mike Coster’s 320 votes (40.82 percent). Bybee will have to fight for Seat 2 against challenger George Chachas, a Democrat, who ran unopposed in this primary.

Steven M. Stork Republican, ran unopposed for Seat 3.

Both Angie McVicars, for School District Board  Subdistrict C, and incumbent Shella Nicholes, for School District Board Subdistrict F, ran unopposed, will run in the coming November Elections.

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Mojave-Southern Great Basin RAC Recreation/Planning // BLM Adds Public Scoping Meeting

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan


Mojave-Southern Great Basin RAC Recreation/Planning

The Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council’s (RAC’s) Recreation and Planning subcommittees will meet Thursday, June 30, in the Midway conference room at Henderson City Hall, 240 Water Street, in Henderson, Nevada.  The Recreation Subcommittee will meet at 1 p.m.  The Planning Subcommittee will meet at 3 p.m.

The subcommittees, through the Mojave-Southern Great Basin RAC, advise and make recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on recreation and planning.  Discussion items will include BLM special recreation permitting processes (SRPs), solar energy zones and transmission corridors.  The meetings are open to the public and provide the public an opportunity to make comments.  Public comment periods are scheduled at 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., respectively.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.    Written comments can also be submitted to the RAC Coordinator, Chris Hanefeld at the Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301.  The agendas are available online at

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to involve the public in planning and discussion of issues related to management of BLM-administered public lands.  The Mojave-Southern Great Basin RAC is one of three such councils in Nevada that accommodate this community participation directive. Represented on the council are commercial and non-commercial users including environmental, livestock, mining, Native American, and wild horse and burro interests and elected officials and state agencies.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District Office public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or

BLM Adds Public Scoping Meeting

The BLM has added an additional public scoping meeting in Tonopah. This public meeting will be held from 5 pm-7pm, Wednesday, July 6, in the Tonopah Convention Center Blue Room, 301 Brougher Ave., Tonopah.

The meeting times, dates and locations of the other public scoping meetings remain the same.  They are: 2pm-4pm, Saturday, June 25, Lincoln County High School, 1111 Edwards St., Panaca

4:30pm-6:30pm, Wednesday, June 29, Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas

The purpose of the public scoping period is to give anyone interested an opportunity to help the BLM identify issues and concerns that should be analyzed in the RMP and EIS.  The BLM is seeking public input on a wide range of potential issues, including but not limited to traditional uses, cultural and visual resources management, and outdoor recreation.  Commenters may also bring forward additional issues and concerns not already identified by the BLM.

The 30-day public scoping period concludes July 1, 2016 or 15 days following the last public meeting, whichever is later.  Written comments may be submitted at any of the public meetings or mailed to the BLM Basin and Range National Monument, P.O. Box 237, Caliente, NV 89008.  Fax comments to (775) 726-8111.  Submit comments electronically at  Please reference the Basin and Range National Monument RMP when providing input.

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Mosquito Elimination Recommendations

Posted on 24 June 2016 by Howard Copelan



Did you know June 26-July 2nd is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week?

The American Mosquito Control Association’s annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week aims to educate about the significance of mosquitoes and the importance of eliminating them.  Brett Dietrick, owner, Mosquito Squad, the largest and most experienced home and commercial mosquito control firm in the country, is putting mosquitoes on notice.

  “The only good mosquito is a dead one. I’ve seen first-hand how neighbors working together, following CDC guidelines and walking their yards, can have a huge impact in eliminating mosquito breeding grounds. This is not difficult, we just need to be vigilant,” says Brett. Removal of standing water is the most essential tactic in mosquito elimination, yet too few homeowners aren’t actively removing it, let’s work together to change that.”

The professional technicians at Mosquito Squad recommend the following tips to help rid neighborhoods of dangerous mosquito breeding grounds:

TIP over anything that holds or collects water. A bottle cap filled with water holds enough water for mosquitoes to breed. Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. Mosquito Squad technicians report that yards with bird baths, play sets with tire swings, tree houses, portable fireplaces and pits and catch basins are the biggest offenders.

TOSS any yard trash including clippings, leaves and twigs. Even the smallest items can provide a haven for mosquitoes to breed and increase the population.

TURN over items that could hold water and trash. Look for children’s portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts; in plant saucers, empty pots, light fixtures and dog water bowls. Eliminate these items or keep them turned over until used.

REMOVE TARPS that can catch water. Many homeowners have tarps or covers on items residing in their outdoor spaces. If not stretched taut, they are holding water. Check tarps over firewood piles, portable fire places, recycling cans, boats, sports equipment and grills. Mosquito Squad suggests using bungee cords to secure tarps in the yard.

TAKE CARE of your home. Proper maintenance can be a deciding factor in property values and mosquito bites. Regularly clean out gutters and make sure downspouts are attached properly. Mosquito Squad recommends re-grading areas where water stands more than a few hours, and to regularly check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven. Keep lawn height low and areas weed-free.

TEAM UP with neighbors. Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.

TREAT your yard. Utilize a professional mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on both humans and pets.   

Individuals who want a more comprehensive mosquito control treatment can utilize Mosquito Squad, which uses the latest EPA-registered mosquito control barrier treatments, larvicide and all-natural substances to eliminate mosquitoes from yards and outdoor spaces.

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With 200 franchise locations nationwide, Mosquito Squad specializes in eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor living spaces, allowing Americans to enjoy their yards, outdoor living spaces, special events and green spaces. The Squad, the first and original mosquito control expert, has delivered more treatments than anyone in the industry and has been a proud supporter of Malaria No More since 2011.  For more information, visit, and   

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