Archive | July, 2016

Bail Set For Pokemon Go Shootout Suspect In Vegas

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

Elvis Campos (photos courtesy of LVMPD)

Elvis Campos
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Las Vegas park (photos courtesy of LVMPD)

Bail has been set at $95,000 for a man accused of shooting at a Pokemon Go player he was allegedly trying to rob in a Las Vegas park.

A judge also appointed the public defender’s office on Tuesday to represent 18-year-old Elvis Campos.

Campos faces felony charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, robbery, battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say Campos demanded items before dawn Monday from several people playing the popular smartphone game.

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One player who police say had a concealed weapons permit drew his own gun and exchanged fire with Campos.

Police haven’t said who fired first or how many shots were fired.

The public defender’s office said a lawyer would be named soon for Campos but that no one could comment until that attorney is selected.

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Toxic Algae Bloom Swarms Utah Lake

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

FILE - This July 14, 2016, file photo, shows discolored water caused by an algae bloom near the Lindon Marina in Utah Lake in Lindon, Utah. A huge toxic algal bloom in Utah has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi River, sickening more than 100 people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean water. The bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae has spread rapidly to cover almost all of 150-square-mile Utah Lake, turning the water a bright, anti-freeze green and leaving scummy foam along the shore. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Discolored water caused by an algae bloom near the Lindon Marina in Utah Lake in Lindon, Utah. Utah Lake (Photo credit Rick Egan)


A huge toxic algae bloom in Utah has closed one of the largest freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi River, sickening more than 100 people and leaving farmers scrambling for clean water for days during the hottest part of the year.

The bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae has spread rapidly to cover almost all of 150-square-mile Utah Lake, turning the water bright green (anti-freeze like) with a pea soup texture and leaving scummy foam along the shore.

“It smells like something is rotting,” said Jason Garrett, water quality director for the Utah County Health Department. “We don’t have an idea of how long this event will last.”

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Toxic algae is a problem around the country. An enormous outbreak in Florida is now fouling beaches on the Atlantic coast, and a 2014 outbreak at Lake Erie left more than 400,000 people in the Toledo area without tap water for two days.

Utah Lake doesn’t provide drinking water, but its closure has caused big problems for people who use the lake for swimming, fishing and other activities and for farmers with thirsty crops.

Utah Poison Control says it has fielded hundreds of calls related to the bloom, including some 130 involving people who have reported vomiting, diarrhea, headache and rashes.

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The contamination spread to the Jordan River, which supplies irrigation water to dozens of farmers around Salt Lake City, about 45 miles north of the lake. The problem occurred amid days of triple-digit temperatures as growers prepare for farmers markets and try to nurture crops such as corn and fruit trees at key points in their development.

“We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this crop, maxed out every dollar we have,” said Luke Petersen, who farms about 100 acres of tomatoes, summer squash and other produce in Riverton. “We’re real worried about it.”

Farmers got some relief on Friday after the state lifted a week-long advisory against using the water for food production. Officials cited new test results that show lower-than-feared levels of dangerous toxins produced by the bacteria.

Meanwhile, the Bonneville School of Sailing has had to cancel more than a dozen groups since the lake was closed.

“This will be a real hit,” said co-owner Todd Frye. He loves the mountain-rimmed lake and has worked to change the decades-old perception that it’s murky and polluted. New efforts to clean out bottom-feeding carp are improving the water quality, but he worries the algae bloom will be a blow to its image.

The lake is largely fed by treated wastewater as well as agricultural runoff, said Erica Gaddis, assistant director for the Utah Division of Water Quality.

Longstanding drought conditions have made the water especially low and stagnant. Combine that with hot summer weather and Utah Lake became a perfect petri dish for the cyanobacteria.

There are chemical and biological treatments for the problem, but using them on such a large bloom would be unprecedented and possibly harmful, Gaddis said.

For now, authorities are waiting for the bloom to run its course and clear, hopefully aided by a drop in temperatures or a storm that could stir up the water and reduce stagnation.

To stave off new blooms in coming years, the state is looking to reduce the levels of toxic algae-feeding phosphorous and nitrogen in wastewater that’s pumped into the lake. That could be difficult, however, because cities served by those plants include some of the fastest-growing in the nation.

“We’ve been loading the Utah Lake in one form or another for 150 years, and it’s catching up with us,” Gaddis said.

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Microsoft And College of Business Partner For DigiGirlz Camp

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

Camp participants pose with a staff member at this year’s DigiGirlz camp held at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Ansari Business Building Thursday, July 21(and Friday, July 22) (Photos credit DigiGirls)

Camp participants pose with a staff member at this year’s DigiGirlz camp held at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Ansari Business Building Thursday, July 21(and Friday, July 22)     (Photos credit DigiGirls)

The University of Nevada Reno’s College of Business and software giant Microsoft partnered to present the seventh annual DigiGirlz camp for the high school girls from northern Nevada and California. The camp, which aims to break down the stereotypes associated with careers in technology, was held Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22.

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  This year’s camp featured sessions on drones, virtual reality, personal branding, electric sculptures, health and wellness and financially planning for college. Both the College of Business and Microsoft hope that by introducing girls to information about career opportunities and education paths available to them, DigiGirlz will help close the gender gap that currently afflicts the STEM community.

“We told the girls at the beginning of camp to keep an open mind and not to let fear dictate what you can and cannot do,” Lacee Thomas, program manager for DigiGirlz, said. “Break down the barriers, think big, dream big and go after it. There’s no reason why you can’t do something.”

The camp reflects Microsoft’s effort to recruit more women and minorities into their workforce. According to Microsoft, the number of women hired from universities has increased from 27.7 percent to 30.6 percent in the past year. It is believed that the increase can be attributed to programs like DigiGirlz. Not only does the program benefit young women aspiring to succeed in STEM fields, but it also aids the College of Business in recruiting some of the top students in the northern Nevada area. According to the college’s Director of Corporate Relations and Outreach Jim McClenahan, the program also helps girls learn the educational benefits of pursuing a career in the field from experts at the University.

  “When you bring young students to the University, they walk around and get to know it,” McClenahan said. “It helps them feel like they belong here. DigiGirlz, in partnership with the University, helps these young women feel like they belong here and encourages them to not only be interested in technology, but also actively pursue it as a career.”

  The partnership between the College of Business and Microsoft also afforded University staff to become involved. This year, Bret Simmons, associate professor of management, and Susan Welsh, technical program manager at the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Innovation Systems Center, taught sessions on personal branding and drones, respectively.

  For the first time, this year’s camp curriculum featured workshops designed to complement the STEM focus and included workshops around financial planning and health & wellness.

“These topics were introduced to round out the program and help these young women get a sense for the complete picture,” Thomas said.

To learn more about DigiGirlz, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/digigirlz.

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BLM Accepting Bids for Commercial Pine Nut Harvest

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting sealed, written bids for the commercial harvesting of pine nut units in the BLM Battle Mountain, Elko and Ely districts.  The deadline to submit a bid is 9:30 a.m. PDT, Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Bids should be mailed to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV 89301 Attn: Katie Walsh.  A separate certified check, bank draft, cashier’s check, or money order in the amount of $300 payable to the Bureau of Land Management, USDI must accompany the bid for each sale area.  The $300 deposit will be applied toward the purchase price, refunded, or retained for application toward payment of damages.

An oral auction is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. PT, Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely.  A written bid and security deposit are required to participate in the oral auction.

The prospectus, advertisement, bid forms, maps and sample contract are available at the BLM Ely District Office.  For more information, contact Katie Walsh, BLM Ely District natural resource specialist, at (775) 289-1867 or kwalsh@blm.gov

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New Utah Law Let Drones Crash at Wildfires

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaking during an interview in Salt Lake City, last March, about the possible bill legislators voted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, when they met in a special legislative session. (Photo credit Rick Bowmer)

Utah’s governor has signed into law a measure that makes the state the first to let authorities jam drone signals and crash the devices specifically for flying too close to wildfires.

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s office announced Monday that he signed the law over the weekend, just days after lawmakers met in a special session to pass it and a handful of other bills.

State Sen. Evan Vickers, who co-sponsored the law, says it technically allows firefighters and law enforcement to shoot down drones, but they probably won’t do that because it’s too difficult. Instead, authorities are expected to use technology that jams signals and crashes drones.

Utah passed the law after a drone recently was sighted five times over one wildfire, causing firefighters to ground their aircraft and slow their work.

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Mojave-Southern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council to Meet

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

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Council (Rac) at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Caliente Railroad Depot, 100 Depot Ave, in Caliente, Nev.  A tour of the Basin and Range National Monument is scheduled to begin at 8 a. m., Wednesday, Aug. 10.  The RAC will depart from the BLM Caliente Field Office, 1400 South Front Street, in Caliente

The RAC advises and makes recommendations to the BLM on public land management. Discussion items on Tuesday, Aug. 9, will include, but are not limited to, the Ash Springs Recreation Site, Basin and Range National Monument, and Greater Sage-Grouse. The meetings are open to the public and provide the public an opportunity to make comments to the citizen-based council. A public comment period is scheduled at 11:45 a.m.  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 agenda is available online at http://bit.ly/MOSORAC.

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 chanefel@blm.gov.

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Letter of Appreciation To The Public

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

Elko county agencies

To The Citizens of Elko County:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Elko County for the recent out-pouring of support and appreciation shown to all local law enforcement agencies. We have received many cards, letters, personal visits, telephone calls, and well wishes from members of our community during the past few weeks.

Amidst all of the tragic occurrences happening in other parts of the nation it is both gratifying and encouraging to receive this level of support and positive comments from our community. This out¬pouring of support from our fellow citizens to their law enforcement community is well noted and greatly appreciated.

Your law enforcement officers are fully aware of the necessity of open communication and transparency with the communities they serve and work diligently on a daily basis to earn the trust of the public. Public support is vital to the law enforcement mission which cannot be effective without the support of the community in which they are sworn to protect and serve.

Again, thank you for your continued support and trust.

Sincerely,

/S/  Jim Pitts /S/  Ben Reed, Jr.                                           

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Elko County Sheriff Chief, Elko Police Department

/S/   Dennis Fobes /S/   Burdel Welsh

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Chief, Carlin Police Department Chief, West Wendover Police Department

/S/   Charles Powell

Charles Powell

Captain, Nevada Highway Patrol, Department of Public Safety

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Opinion

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

Obama, Reid, Their Pet Judges and Prosecutors Running Star Chamber in Las Vegas

I would hope that the lawyers representing the Bunkerville 19 take the ridicules pretrial decisions all the way to the United States Supreme Court before they give in to the star-chamber the U.S. Attorney wants to run with the help of Presiding Nevada Federal Judge Gloria Navarro and her sycophant, Magistrate Peggy Leen.

  For starters, Navarro is trying her best to keep attorney Larry Klayman from representing Cliven Bundy. Additionally, they want to try all 19 together.

  Then, there is the fact that most of the 19 are still in jail with no bail. The prosecutors told the Judge that the 70-year-old Bundy was a danger to the community.  Bundy is a rancher who—during the 2014 standoff with the BLM—was mostly on his own 160 acres in rural Bunkerville.

  And now, Leen has actually ordered that much of the “evidence” be kept secret from the taxpaying public.

  These aren’t real secrets like the ones on Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server.

  Or the fact that it took the Obama administration almost four years to fess up about the reason for the Benghazi attack and admit that it was actually an act of radical Islamic terror.

  No, this is a personal vendetta of soon to be retired Prince Harry Reid who called Bundy and the people who gathered in 2014 in support of him at his ranch “domestic terrorists” all the while reminding Navarro and the prosecutors who was responsible for their appointments.

  Exactly what you want from the same judicial system which declined to prosecute Hillary Clinton for misusing classified information.

  And you wonder why Donald Trump won the Republican nomination and is on his way to kicking Ms. Clinton’s butt November 8.

  At its core, this is a case about government overreach, the First Amendment and the Second Amendment.

  Bundy has been fighting the Bureau of Land Management since 1991, when it decided that Bundy’s 950 head of cattle would eradicate the Desert Tortoise so they pulled his grazing allotments.  He and his ancestors had been running those allotments since 1877.

  It took until 2014—23 years—before the BLM actually did anything.  In that time, it became obvious that 950 head of cattle had not only NOT decreased the Desert Tortoise habitat but it is only listed as “threatened” as opposed to “endangered”.

  In 2014, they decided to round up and sell Bundy’s cattle.

  There followed a great outcry and many folks showed up at the Bundy Ranch to protest.  A lot of those folks were armed because Nevada is an open carry state and that is perfectly legal.

  While not a shot was fired, the BLM decided that given how stupid they looked, they would free the cattle and return them to Bundy.

  At the time, Prince Harry called the whole group “domestic terrorists” and promised Federal retaliation.

  The persecution of the Bunkerville 19 two years later is a fulfillment of Reid’s moronic promise.

  But this is America.

  We don’t keep political prisoners in jail, make evidence a state secret and deny people their choice of counsel.

  We don’t even do that to REAL criminals.

  The Obama administration looks at terrorism as a crime which should be handled by prosecutors.  Otherwise they would have killed the Bunkerville 19 with hellfire missiles from a Predator drone.  After all, the home base of the Predator is very close to Bunkerville. Even Khalid Sheikh Mohammed got his choice of lawyer.

  But as the Department of Justice has turned the Clark County Detention Center into Nevada’s very own gitmo it looks like Bundy is going to have to live in the shadow of the strip until a court says otherwise. What happened in Bunkerville stays in Vegas.

  Fortunately, there is a good chance that Donald Trump will win the next election, appoint a serious judge to replace the late Antonin Scalia and a sane prosecutor to replace Prince Harry’s friends.

  At that point, the indictment on charges of conspiracy, assault on a law enforcement officer, carrying a firearm in a crime of violence, obstruction of justice, interference with commerce by extortion and aiding and abetting others in breaking the law may never make it to trial because sane people may be running the Department of Justice.

  If there was ever a reason to elect someone whose judicial philosophy is closer to Mike Pence than Barack Obama, this case provides a stark illustration.

By Fred Weinberg

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Ely Blotter

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

WHITE PINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE July 26

REPORT OF POSSIBLE DRUG ACITIVITY

Reporting party stated that she believes that her neighbors are involved in drug activity. Investigation continues.

REPORT OF A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT

City — reporting party stated that while her vehicle was parked and unoccupied it was struck by another vehicle. Investigation continues.

REPORT OF A PRIVATE PROPERTY ACCIDENT

City — Theresa Pierce of Ely was operating a vehicle and was backing up. She failed to see a vehicle behind her being operated by Sonya Mathews of Ely. Pierce’s vehicle struck Mathews vehicle causing damage. An accident report was completed.

WHITE PINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE July 25

REPORT OF A FRAUD

City — reporting party stated that someone had gained access to his credit on his PlayStation network account and had made several charges. Investigation continues.

REPORT OF A PROBLEM WITH A SUBJECT

City — officer received a report of several individuals selling items without a city business license. The area was patrolled, but they were not located.

REPORT OF A THEFT

City — reporting party stated that he rented his home to an individual and when she moved out she took several things from the home. During the officers investigation it was determined to be a civil problem.

REPORT OF A CIVIL PROBLEM

City —reporting party stated that an individual had not paid his rent on a motel room he was living in so he was evicting him. The incident was documented.

REPORT OF A FRAUD

Reporting party stated that his ex-girlfriend had opened up an online social security account using his information. He was directed to report it to the Social Security Office. The ex-girlfriend lives in another state and the crime had occurred in another jurisdiction. A report was completed.

REPORT OF SUSPICOUS CIRCUMSTANCES

City — reporting party stated that she observed several people looking in her windows at her apartment. She then observed someone had placed a note on her door, reference problems with children in the area. . The incident was documented.

REPORT OF A RECKLESS DRIVER

Officer contacted the operator of the vehicle and he was issued a citation for reckless driving.

New bookings:  Heather R. Carrasco / Serving time

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WHITE PINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE July 24

REPORT OF A ROBERY

Officer received a report of an armed robbery that had taken place at a local gas station in McGill. Officer reported that during his investigation a suspect was identified as Khristopher Nicholson age 18 of Ely. Nicholson was arrested and is accused of robbery with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon to commit robbery, aiming a firearm at a person, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of stolen property. Nicholson is accused of entering into the gas station aiming a firearm at the gas station clerk and demanding money. He is accused of hitting the clerk with the firearm. He is also accused of possession the firearm which had been stolen from a local Ely residence. Investigation into the incident continues.

REPORT OF PROPERTY DAMAGE

City — reporting party stated that an individual at a local motel had damaged the room he had stayed in. A report was completed.

  REPORT OF A THEFT

Reporting party stated that someone had entered their home and stole a firearm Investigation continues.

  REPORT OF AN ABANDONED VEHICLE

The report was given to the Ely BLM Ranger.

  REPORT OF A THEFT

City — reporting party stated that while she was at work someone stole her eyeglasses. A report was completed.

  REPORT OF A LOST HORSE

Reporting party stated that an employee of his had lost his horse. The horse was reported missing in the area of behind McGill.

  REPORT OF A POSSIBLE DRUNK DRIVER       

City — the vehicle was located parked and unoccupied.

  REPORT OF A PROWLER

Officer contacted the individual who was looking at places to rent. No other problems were located.

New bookings

Khristopher Nicholson / Robbery with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon to commit robbery, aiming a firearm at a person, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of stolen property/ Bail $125.00.

Lani L. Hawkins / Serving time

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Ely Fandango/Pow Wow and Entertainment

Posted on 29 July 2016 by Howard Copelan

Fandango Clouds2 - 2016 The Ely Shoshone Fandango is this weekend. All the skilled and beautiful dancers will participate to the Pow Wow all day long, to the sound of the drums. Different categories will allow for totally different styles. The dancers come from many states, and even Canada, as the Shoshone Tribe is the largest Indian Tribe.

Many booth will also be there for the delights of everybody. Famous Indian Tacos, and other foods will be served, stone jewelry, leather, and other kinds of crafts will be available. Games for adults and children alike will also be possible. It is an event to not pass, and the locals and people from everywhere will enjoy a good time.

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