Archive | February, 2017

Wendover Mourns Corbin Hillaker and His Two Siblings

Posted on 24 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

The Wendover community came Wednesday night in a vigil to honor the memory of Corbin and his siblings Jessica Spillett and Tate McKoy Spillett and to show support to the family in this very trying time.(Photo credit High Desert Advocate staff)

The Wendover community came Wednesday night in a vigil to honor the memory of Corbin and his siblings Jessica Spillett and Tate McKoy Spillett and to show support to the family in this very trying time.(Photo credit High Desert Advocate staff)

The Wendover community had a vigil in honor of the memory of Corbin Hillaker, the son  of WWPD Detective Brad Hillaker,Wednesday night at City Hall. Also to honor the memory his siblings Jessica Spillett and Tate McKoy Spillett and to show support to the family in this very trying time. The community was shocked, outraged and saddened by the events of Sunday in Idaho. Many came to stand, a few spoke. 

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Here Police Chief Burdel Welsh speak a few words on behalf of his department and his Detective Brad Hillaker, the father of Corbin.(Photo credit High Desert Advocate staff)

Annette Murphy long resident and always in cont act with children as she works at the West Wendover High School, could show the pain that everybody felt.

Police Chief Burdel Welsh had a few sober words in behalf of his department. And Chris Lund, a loved local preacher, also said a few words and conducted  the community in prayers.

(Photo credit High Desert Advocate staff)

Preacher Chris Lund conducted the community in prayers. (Photo credit High Desert Advocate staff)

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All this was after the Idaho Police had said that a father shot two of his children and his stepson while they were sleeping and then turned the gun on himself.

  Preston Police Chief Ken Geddes identified the victims as Corbin Hillaker(son of West Wendover Detective Hillaker) 15, Jessica Spillett, 6, and McCoy Spillett, 7.

   Geddes said the children were all shot while asleep in their beds by Tate Spillett, 37, who was the father of Jessica and McCoy, and the stepfather of Corbin. Tate was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Officers were called to the Spillett home on 200 South shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday when they discovered the four bodies. Spillett used a semi-automatic rifle to kill the children and himself, according to police.

   Jill Parrish, a friend of the family, said she was stunned to learn of the deaths.

    “I mean, honestly, what can you say? It’s beyond heartbreaking,” Parrish said. “This is the hardest process I have ever had to try to comprehend.”

    Spillett was in the process of getting a divorce with the children’s mother, who was living in Illinois, Geddes said. She has returned to Preston

   “I just want everybody to know that she does appreciate all the prayers,” Parrish said.

   Two fundraising accounts have been set up for the surviving family members to pay for funeral and other expenses.

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Wildcats Boys Basketball At State & Wendover UT PAL Basketball Teams

Posted on 24 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

Wildcats Boys Basketball At State

Here Jose Carrillo, Uriah Trammell and Ubaldo Carmona. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher).

Wildcats Jose Carrillo, Uriah Trammell and Ubaldo Carmona. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher).

The Wildcats won 82-42 on their last game, and they are now in the play- offs, and Thursday, Feb. 23rd, will play Mount Vernon Academy in Salt Lake City at the American Prep.

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Wendover PAL basketball will play WWPAL

Basketball March 8th

Girls 5:30 pm Boys 7:00 pm

(Police athletic league)

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Wendover Utah Boys PAL(photo credit Jim Trammel)

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Wendover Utah Girls PAL(photo credit Jim Trammel)

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PAL(photo credit Jim Trammel)

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Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Humboldt County

Posted on 24 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

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Farm Service Agency Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Counties in Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho due to Severe Snow Storm

  U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator, Chris Beyerhelm, announced that physical loss loans are available for four counties in Oregon, four counties in Idaho and one county in Nevada. Farmers and ranchers who have suffered major physical losses caused by the severe snow storm that occurred on Dec. 15, 2016, and continuing may be eligible for FSA emergency loans.

At the request of Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Acting FSA State Executive Director Daniel LoFaro, this Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued by FSA for Malheur County as the primary damaged area. Three Oregon counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Baker, Grant and Harney.

Producers in Canyon, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties in Idaho and Humboldt County in Nevada are also eligible because they are contiguous counties.

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“Damage sustained by the severe winter storm has resulted in significant loss for many farmers and ranchers in the impacted areas,” said Beyerhelm. “Disaster assistance programs offered by FSA including emergency physical loss loans offer much needed financial support for producers in the recovery process.”

Elko High School Drama anne frankEmergency loans may be made available to any applicant with a qualifying loss in the counties named above. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only.

Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers and ranchers to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agriculture operation, including stored crops and livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include: essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.

Producers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans for physical losses.

Please contact FSA for more information on loan eligibility and the application process. FSA office information is available at http://offices.usda.gov. Additional FSA disaster assistance program information is available at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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Shed Hunters Urged to Respect Wildlife and Habitat

Posted on 24 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

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Shed antler hunting is a great hobby that gets families out into Nevada’s vast expanses during late winter and early spring, but those who wish to hunt sheds have a duty to do it responsibly and legally, in order to minimize stress on winter-weakened wildlife and avoid impacts on habitat.

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   Some people might not realize that elk and mule deer shed their antlers in the winter months, and many members of the sporting and non-sporting public alike, head out to the winter ranges where animals concentrate to collect shed antlers for a wide variety of uses. Prior to this winter, it had been several years since Nevada’s wildlife had experienced extreme winter conditions, and this year’s badly needed precipitation has come at a price. Animals are more vulnerable to stress than they have been in several years due to the increased energy expenditures associated with staying warm, moving through deep snow and searching for food.

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   “Wildlife is stressed across Nevada, particularly in the winter range,” said Chief Game Warden Tyler Turnipseed. “It’s critical that shed hunters, hikers and anyone encountering wildlife give them plenty of space. Harassing wildlife is a crime.”

    In extreme cases, people use motorized vehicles or other means to pursue deer and elk, hoping the act of chasing them will cause their antlers to drop off. It’s a crime to harass wildlife that carries an array of fines and penalties, including suspension of all hunting, fishing and trapping license privileges. Motor vehicles can also cause severe damage to winter range habitat, particularly when off road motorists make multiple tracks crisscrossing the range.

   “Shed hunting is a lot of fun, and if people do it carefully and on foot, it can have little to no impact on wildlife and habitat,” said Turnipseed. “Every year we hear of instances of improper shed collecting, and in a year like this, responsible shed hunting can make a difference for many winter-stressed animals.”

   The state of Utah has enacted an emergency statewide closure on shed collecting from Feb. 3 – March 31, creating concerns that many Utah residents may come to Nevada to collect sheds. More people can increase stress to an already

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Opinion

Posted on 23 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

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Our heart bleeds with the family of Corbin Hillaker, as loosing a child of any age, is and always will be, the worst possible thing to happen to parents. We grieve profoundly and sincerely for this young life and his siblings taken so young.

  Wendover showed his sorrow and support, and came together in a vigil in the honor of those three kids and in particular in honor of Corbin Hillaker.

  Many stayed silent, but their presence talked loud. A few did speak and voiced what most of everybody else was thinking.

  We know as a child, we saw our mother and father grieve profoundly for our 21 year old brother, who died in a car crash coming to the bar-mitzvah of an other brother of ours. Later on, we lost  yet an other brother to thieves who killed for money and greed, while that brother who was a young jeweler, was delivering a beautiful piece of his making. Our mother never recovered from the second occurrence.

  And so just like no words can heal, and the pain can just dull over time but never can go away, we sympathize with the family and friends.

  In contrast, Gene L. Jones will be missed but we all know that he had a long and productive life, so the sorrow is quiet and subtle. He did protected this country by serving in the military in War World II.         And he did served this community by leaving here and working at the State Line for 46 years. And this town didn’t forget, and named the street who goes to the City building after him.

  We also learned sadly of the passing a few weeks ago of an other beloved long time Wendover resident, Ginger Purcell. She babysat our kids a few times, mostly our two oldest, and many many other kids around Wendover. Everybody new Ginger, and we all remember her foundly. Then she also worked at the West Wendover High school, and many other kids learned to appreciate her. But the kids she took care of were “her kids”, and they all loved her.

But before all of that, she had a whole different career promoting and managing her partner and husband Warren Purcell, a Country Music local boy. She is survived by her son Justin Purcell.

  Rest in peace all of you Corbin, Jessica, Tate, Gene, Ginger.

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In Memory Corbin Adrian Hillaker

Posted on 23 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

Corbin Adrian Hillaker was reunited with our Heavenly Father on February 19, 2017. He was born on March 28, 2001 to Bradlee Hillaker and Summer Layton in Ogden, Utah. From the moment he was born he brought so much joy and happiness to everyone that knew him. He could make anyone laugh in any situation. He chose to find the positive in everything, which we all need to take his lead from. 

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Wolverine Boys Basketball At State/ Girls at Divisionals

Posted on 23 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

The Wolverine Varsity is going to state for the first time since 2012. (photo credit Kim Reamer)

The Wolverine Varsity is going to state for the first time since 2012. (photo credit Kim Reamer)

By Coach Don Sharp

The West Wendover basketball team is headed to state this weekend for the first time since 2012. The team has a record of 19-8 overall and 11-3 in conference. They took second in the divisional tournament this past Saturday on a heart breaking loss to Pershing County 75-68. It was a hard fought battle with the Wolverines leading most of the game only to fall behind in the last four minutes. We had some missed defensive assignments and missed some easy shots down the stretch. Even though they lost in the division championship game the team has really came together over the past month and hope to knock off the number one team from the south Adelson High School. We do not know a lot about Adelson other than they are bigger than us in almost every position but we feel we are ready. The team has played a tough schedule, facing larger teams and we hope that it will pay off when we get to Las Vegas. We have seven seniors on the team that have played together for a long time and nothing would be better than to send them out with a championship. The Wolverines are led by seniors Zade Elton and Bryan Flores alongside junior Saul Palacious. Tip off for the semi-final game is Friday at 3pm pacific.

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Wendover Gene L. Jones, age 95, Passes Away

Posted on 23 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

Gene L.  Jones, age 95, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2017, in Sandy Utah from complications incident to old age.

His wife, Sue, was at his side.

Gene was born December 16, 1921 in Salt Lake City, the youngest child of William Arthur and Elizabeth Jones. Gene spent his early childhood in Salt Lake City and also in Soldier’s Summit Utah. He and his mother moved to Wendover Utah when he was twelve years old.  Elizabeth worked as a waitress at the State Line Hotel. 

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Geri Wopschall Around The County

Posted on 23 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

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

White Pine County Board of Equalization

February 17, 2017

  This board meets once a year. The board members are Garey Harrison, Jolene Gardner and Larry Dunton. At today’s meeting Nichole Baldwin, Burton Hilton and myself were also present.

  The meeting deals with property assessments and should be of interest to everyone. Because of possible changes and property tax rules, the next meeting should be of interest to everyone.

Discussion/Approval to officially certified the absence of appeals filed within White Pine County.

Burton Hilton “We have no appeals for this year. There were adjustments. There were some that felt their value is higher than I have it. Once I showed them all of the data and the reason why they seem to be content.”

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Hilton – “We physically go and do evaluate about 20% of all the properties in White Pine County. We are bringing the county into the 20th century. We are re-costing them and before we used a factor, both ways are legal. By using the factor the state would say White Pine County 3%. This means all properties that weren’t physically re-appraised that year would go up 3%. Now with re-costing we are revaluing what is on a person’s property and not using the broad number the state gives us.  This leads to more fair and accurate assessments. Before there could be increases or decreases the value of the property. Most properties are checked every five years.

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   The question was asked – when someone buys a new piece of property are they taxed on the purchase price of the property. Hilton – “No, in Nevada there is replacement new cost less depreciation, RNCLD . We have to use Marshall and Swift Company and they determine the cost to build a similar new house today. So this is the basis of the value, then the less depreciation, which is the one and a half percent a year for 50 years. If the house is 50 years old or you get 75% in depreciation.

  There is discussion in the legislator to change the system of figuring property taxes it is called SGR 13. This would change Nevada’s property tax system to a market system. I am personally against it because we have a lot of older homes and the taxes could go up three or four times what they are currently.”

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Assembly Bill 43, submitted by the Nevada Association of Counties, would modify formulas used to calculate annual property tax increases and set a floor of 3 percent for annual commercial property tax increases.

The bill would not remove caps on annual increases of residential and commercial property taxes, which are set at 3 and 8 percent, respectively.

In response to a Review-Journal article about Clark County’s plan to lobby for AB43, Roberson said the bill is a “waste of time” and “has no hope” of becoming law.

“We currently have one of the lowest property taxes in the country and I want to keep it that way,” he wrote in an email to the Review-Journal. “There will be no compromise on this issue. I don’t believe there will be a single Republican in the legislature who will support AB43.”

Anderson took a softer stance.

“I’m not going to dismiss it outright. I think it’s something we need to vet and look at,” he said. “We recognize the need for some reform.”

NACO executive director Jeff Fontaine said the changes are crucial to stabilizing property tax revenue streams that local governments receive.

Formulas written in the law limited both residential and property tax rates to rising by 0.2 percent for the 2017 fiscal year in six of the state’s 16 counties, including Clark and Washoe.

“Property values are increasing, but you have virtually flat tax revenues,” Fontaine said. “It may mean that (counties) don’t hire another sheriff’s deputy to respond to public safety, it may mean that they’re not able to keep a library or recreation center open, it may mean they’re no longer able to provide meals on wheels or adult daycare.”

Democrats control both houses of the Legislature, and Fontaine is undeterred by Roberson’s resistance.

“We intend to pursue the bill and make our case before the Legislature,” he said.

Still, any bill the Legislature passes could be vetoed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval. He did not comment on the bill.

Contact Michael Scott Davidson at sdavidson@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3861. Follow @davidsonlvrj on Twitter. “Las Vegas review Journal”

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Newmont Notes

Posted on 23 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

Newmont Recognized for Top Sustainability Performance – and Largest Improvements – in Global Mining Sector…

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