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Wendover Utah Man Arrested For Heroin and Robbery

Posted on 13 December 2016 by Howard Copelan


Hector Guerrero

West Wendover Police Department arrested a Wendover Utah man for drug charges after he was caught tossing some heroin into the bushes at a gas station. The Police was initially after him for stealing a cellphone.


 Lt. Don Lininger said the robbery was reported around 6:30 a.m. in which the victim claimed Hector Guerrero had taken his phone  and demanded cash for its return. Then when the victim argued for the return of his phone, Guerrero made a motion to his waist with his hand to make the victim believe he had a weapon, Lininger stated.

Guerrero then ran away. Later in the day he was spotted in front of the Red Garter casino. And as officers approached him, he fled on foot. He was chased a short distance across the street, and caught near the Pilot Travel center gas station.

“During the foot pursuit Guerrero threw an object into some bushes,” Lininger stated. “Upon retrieving this object, about 10 grams of heroin were located within it.”

Guerrero, 23, also had a warrant for his arrest issued from Pahranagat Valley Justice Court.

According to jail records, he was booked for suspicion of robbery, trafficking a controlled substance, resisting arrest and for the warrant.



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Wendover Shooter Facing Attempted Murder Charges

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan


Wendover Shooter, Anthony Chris Martinez (photo courtesy Utah State Prison)

  Anthony Chris Martinez is now facing attempted murder charges related to a police shooting in West Wendover Nevada.

But his family claimed the shooting could have been prevented had an officer with Utah’s Adult, Probation and Parole been doing his job.

Martinez’ mother spoke to his parole officer and told him her concerns, she told him:”We need to get help.”

She then said she was worried something like the Wendover shooting might happen. Martinez is now under arrest at the hospital.

Martinez was still on parole after serving time for gun and drug charges in Ogden.

  But in recent months, his family claimed Martinez was back on drugs and spiraling out of control.

They said they called his parole officer. But his response was “your son did come to me and  did tell me he had a drug problem but unfortunately we don’t have a bed open” his mother said to us.

   But they kept calling and texting his parole officer about his drug problem and failing to live up to conditions of his parole.

“This is not about a bed being available, this is about a man who goes to a parole officer and says I have a drug problem”.   They claimed Martinez was told unless he committed a crime they can’t send him back to prison.

A day before the West Wendover shooting incident, Martinez allegedly robbed a credit union in Ogden.The Utah Department of Corrections claimed Martinez was considered a

“moderate risk.”

  The agency plans to investigate what happened.

“Our policy requires a critical incident review following a major event. As part of our initial review we look at the offender’s risk level and their supervision requirements. We are now also looking at his case files and the details of his supervision prior to this incident. The results of this administrative review will determine whether the response to his supervision violations was appropriate and if personnel actions are required.

Many offenders on supervision struggle with substance abuse, housing and employment. These issues alone are not enough to return someone to prison based on the state’s Response and Incentive guidelines. Our job is to work with the offenders and provide them opportunities to address these issues, while also managing their risk to public safety.

  When public safety is threatened, we take immediate steps to hold offenders accountable for their actions. Ultimately, the choice to change their lifestyle or commit a new crime lies with the individual.

His mother agreed that her son was the one who committed the crimes.

“But I feel in my heart it should have never gotten this far,” she said to us.

  The family claimed Martinez will soon be transported to the Utah state prison once he recovers from his injuries. But he’s also facing several felony charges related to the police shooting. The Elko County district attorney filed felony counts against Martinez.  He’s charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of an explosive device.



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Two Injured Inmates In Carlin Prison Brawl

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan

Oscar Barreras and Sergei Potoyan (photo courtesy Nevada Department of Corrections)

Oscar Barreras and Sergei Potoyan (photo courtesy Nevada Department of Corrections)

A Nevada prison official says two inmates were treated at the local hospital, Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, for injuries after a brawl that may have involved as many as a third of the total 145 inmates at the minimum-security prison camp of Carlin, outside Elko.

  State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast said Monday that police and sheriff’s deputies from surrounding areas helped quell fighting after it erupted about 9:15 p.m. Sunday night at the Carlin Conservation Camp. “Staff deployed chemical agents to quell the disturbance, which had grown to an estimated 40 inmates, but the fight continued,” stated the Nevada Department of Corrections. “Staff called for assistance. Nevada Highway Patrol, Carlin Police Department and Elko County Sheriff Office SWAT responded to the scene and the fight ended quickly.

Keast says there were no reports that guards or officers were injured.

  She says prison officials are investigating what sparked the violence.

A spokesman for Elko County Sheriff Office said to the High Desert Advocate that inmates armed themselves with weapons fashioned from broom handles and towel racks.

  The sheriff identified the injured inmates as 31-year-old Oscar Barreras and 39-year-old Sergio Botoyan.

Sheriff Pitts said Barreras was intoxicated and Botoyan may have suffered a skull fracture.

  They were treated and released from the hospital, then transferred to Lovelock Correctional Center.

Pitts confirmed that 145 prisoners are held at Carlin Conservation Camp, which has three wings with “dorm-like” sleeping quarters. Inmates are not locked in individual cells.

  Approximately 20 inmates were being transported to higher-security facilities the day after the incident, according to the department.



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Five Nevada Counties To Recount Ballots

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan

Roque De La Fuente, asking for a recount.

Roque De La Fuente, asking for a recount.

Nevada election officials will recount ballots in five counties after independent presidential candidate Roque De La Fuente requested and paid about $14,000 for the effort.

   De La Fuente finished last in the state but this week requested a recount in Nevada, a state Democrat Hillary Clinton won. De La Fuente says he wants to counterbalance a recount Green Party candidate Jill Stein requested in Wisconsin, which President-elect Donald Trump won. Stein also has requested recounts in Trump-won states of Michigan and Pennsylvania.

  Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley said Wednesday that state law requires the five counties — Carson City, Douglas, Mineral, Nye and Clark — to begin the recount within five days and to complete it within five additional days.

  Thorley says if recount results show a discrepancy of at least 1 percent for De La Fuente or Clinton, a full state recount will be launched.



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Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan

imgresHow To Outwit Porch Pirates And Hackers

During The Holiday Shopping Season

  Americans’ love affair with online shopping continues to grow, and retailers predict a 7 to 10 percent increase in online sales this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.

While that news might make retailers giddy, security experts are reiterating their annual warnings that the convenience of online shopping comes with hazards. You could become the target of hackers out to steal your credit card or bank information, or “porch pirates” who prey on those packages left on your doorstep.

“Consumers need to take proper precautions if they don’t want their holiday merriment turning into holiday gloom,” says Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (, a company that specializes in cyber security.

Changing all your passwords frequently is one way to protect what’s yours. Deleting smartphone or tablet apps you don’t use is another smart move, Miliefsky says, because many of those apps may be malware that spies on you.

Even porch pirates – generally seen as low-tech thieves who simply cruise neighborhoods looking for packages – can go high tech by infiltrating your smartphone where they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.

“Both porch pirates and hackers count on people being lax with their defenses,” Miliefsky says. “But with a little preparation you can thwart their plans.”

He offers a few tips for doing just that:

• Shop online only from websites you trust. If you don’t know where the merchant is located, don’t shop online there. If they don’t have a corporate address or are located in another country, it could be iffy whether you ever see the goods you think you purchased. Also, if their shopping-cart experience is not an HTTPS browser session, then everything you type in – your name, address and credit-card information – is going over the Internet unencrypted, in plain view.

• Pay with credit cards rather than debit cards. If you experience identity theft, credit card laws allow you to keep all of your credit immediately, with no responsibility during an identity theft or fraud investigation. With a debit card, your bank’s policy can be to tie up your money in the amount of the fraudulent transactions for up to 30 days. Some have been known to take up to 60 days to resolve the issue.

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours where anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family also to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on work days, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping.

“It’s wonderful that you can go online and track down those hard-to-find gifts that aren’t available in local shops,” Miliefsky says. “Just make sure you’re taking measures to help keep you and your personal information safe. The holidays will be a whole lot brighter if you do.”

By Gary S. Miliefsky

Gary S. Miliefsky is founder of SnoopWall Inc. (, a cutting edge counter-intelligence technology company.



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Utah Denies His Anti-gay School Laws

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan


‘Culture of silence’, Equality Utah says curriculum laws barring discussions of homosexuality in public schools violate First Amendment rights to free speech.(Photo credit David Road)

  The state of Utah has denied it has anti-gay school laws as it defends itself from a lawsuit challenging restrictions on talk about homosexuality in the classroom.

The case quotes selectively from state law and school rules, which don’t contain the phrase “anti-gay laws,” state attorneys said several times in court documents filed Tuesday.

  The National Center for Lesbian Rights argues the ban on so-called advocacy of homosexuality stigmatizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Several states have similar laws. The Utah suit marked the first challenge since the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling.

The rules prevent teachers from giving basic, factual information about LGBT people, said attorney Christopher Stoll on Wednesday.

In one case, the mother of a kindergarten boy bullied for wearing girls’ clothes was told the law barred administrators from telling other kids it’s OK for boys to wear dresses, the Utah suit alleges.

Attorneys representing the state school board say officials did address the problem and developed a safety plan for the boy that the mother agreed was adequate.

The Utah law was part of a wide-ranging sexual education bill passed with little dissent in 2001.

It prohibits instruction on “advocacy of homosexuality,” along with contraceptives and sex outside marriage. The Utah State Board of Education adopted a similar rule the year earlier that applies to any class that covers marriage, childbirth or parenthood.

Supporters say the law bars talk in school about any kind of sex, and the court case could result in wholesale changes to other rules like emphasis of abstinence before marriage.

The lawsuit filed in October also challenges a law put in place in the mid-1990s that bans gay-straight alliance clubs at school.


Since then, the law has affected the purchase of psychology textbooks at a central Utah high school that struggled in 2005 to find any that didn’t discuss homosexuality.

It also led a school district to put a book about a lesbian couple raising children behind the library counter in 2013 and require parent permission to check it out. It was put back on the shelves after the ACLU sued.


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BLM Ely District Accepting Applications for Temporary Seasonal Firefighters

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan



The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is accepting applications for temporary seasonal firefighters.  Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, March 28, 2017, but those submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 10, will receive first consideration.

  Positions are available on engines, in Helitack and dispatch.   Successful applicants will serve in Caliente, Ely or Pony Springs.  Applications must be submitted online at, available through the following link:

  Length of appointment varies depending on agency needs and funding, but cannot exceed 180 days, excluding overtime and training.  The normal term of employment is from May through mid-September.  Salaries range from $11.30 and $15.49 per hour, depending on experience.

  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.  They must also be 18 years of age at time of employment and in possession of a valid driver’s license.  Selected individuals are required to complete a physical examination and drug screening prior to employment and are subject to random drug testing during their time of service.  Those in primary firefighting positions must also complete a “pack test” upon entering duty, which consists of hiking three miles over flat terrain in 45 minutes or less while carrying a 45-pound pack.

For more information, contact BLM Ely District Assistant Fire Management Officer Ray Maestes at (775) 289-1923.

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan


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

White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board – November 22, 2016

  Discussion on installing heaters in the board room. There were two bids submitted. One by JW Electric for $1390 and another by Gust Electric for $1875.00. The board decided on the bid from J W Electric.

  Discussion for possible action: US Department of Labor Compliance with New Regulations Regarding.

“Exempt employees are employees who, because of their positional duties and responsibilities and level of decision-making authority, are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Exempt employees are expected, by most organizations, to work whatever hours are necessary to accomplish the goals and deliverables of their exempt position. Thus, exempt employees should have more flexibility in their schedules to come and go as necessary to accomplish work than non-exempt or hourly employees.

There are strict criteria for meeting the exempt qualification. A manager can’t just decide to make someone exempt for ease of calculating salary, even if the employee agrees to it. To meet the conditions for exemption requires that a job meet specific criteria.

Here are some of the people who do meet the criteria.

Exempt Employees are Often Full Time Employees

The FLSA does not define what is a full time employee or a part time employee. What is counted as a full time employee is generally defined by the employer by policy. The definition of a full time employee is often published in the employee handbook.

A full time employee has traditionally worked a 40 hour work week with the expectation that exempt employees will work the hours necessary to accomplish their jobs. A non exempt employee must be paid overtime for time worked in excess of 40 hours.

Today, some employers count employees as full time if they work 30, 32, or 36 hours a week. In fact, fewer required work hours is considered a non-standard benefit in some organizations.

In many organizations, one differentiation between full time and part time employees is eligibility for benefits such as health insurance, paid time off (PTO), paid vacation days, and sick leave. Some organizations enable part time employees to collect a pro-rated set of benefits.”

  The overtime rules were proposed to chang and raises the salary threshold to $47,776 for a full-time worker effective December 1, 2016. This would eliminate overtime pay and comp  time. The employee in question earns $35,952.24 (a year) as a hourly employee, with comp time for overtime. With comp time being illuminated, the big question is if this hourly wage person was made a salaried person, would this save the board money? Setterstrom, Howe and Hansen raise the question as to how much overtime was there? The answer was “We don’t keep track of overtime we just estimate it.”  Hansen “Can we hire a part-time person to do some of the office work and save money?” Answer “We haven’t been able to train and keep someone in this position.”

  Luckily Nevada’s Attorney General along with several other states, did get a judge to put a stay on this for the time being. The board did not have to make a decision at this time.

   (My question is why isn’t all time recorded? How do they keep track of comp time? I know these people put in a lot of over time. They set up for every function and are on call for any problems that occur.)

Taxes collected from the room tax was $127,335.93. Distribution of this money was $92,518.15 to White Pine Tourism and Recreation, $20,632.52 to the Railroad, $1078.22 to White Pine County, $4619.02 to the White Pine County Golf Course and $4619.02 to the City of Ely.

  Report on the Nevada Northern Railway – locomotive 93 is now out of service until a waiver is received or  tubes are redone.

  Octobers ridership was 1378 passengers. Ridership was down 5% from previous years for this month. Annual membership was 7817. This is a decrease of 4% over the previous year.

  The charts for the November ridership were down, but with the polar express it is expected to rise.

Geri Wop


9 Chamber Christmas Party 6pm Prosecutor Hotel

25 Community Christmas Dinner 11-3 pm Convention Center

31 Volunteer Fire Department New Years Eve Parth


13-15 Fire & Ice

14 Fireworks Express

20-21 Sheepherders’ Ball

28 Rotary Ice Fishing Derby

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West Wendover High School Drama Class Play Silver’s SECRET A PIRATE ADVENTURE In Pictures

Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan

West Wendover High School Drama Class Play


Students worked hard with their drama teacher, Mr. Michael Christensen, but were very successful on a beautiful performance.





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Posted on 06 December 2016 by Howard Copelan







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