Archive | March, 2017

Public Notice:Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. Statement of Non-Discrimination

Posted on 29 March 2017 by Howard Copelan

Raft River Rural Electric

Cooperative, Inc.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. is the recipient of Federal Financial Assistance from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and the rules of the U. S. Department of Agriculture which provided that prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s non-discrimination compliance efforts is Heber Carpenter, General Manager.  Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination my file a written complaint with this organization; or the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W. Washington, D. C. 20250-9410, or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discriminatory action, or by such later date to which the Director of the Office of Civil Rights or the Administrator of RUS extends the time for filing.  Identity of complaints will be kept confidential except to the extent necessary to carry out the purpose of the rules and regulations of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Published in the High Desert ADVOCATE March 23rd, 2017.

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Boys WWHS Vs WHS PAL Games

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Howard Copelan

Last Wednesday, the PAL teams of both Wendover, Ut and West Wendover battled in basketball games.

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Wendover Utah Boys PAL team.(photo credit Jim Trammell)


West Wendover Nevada Boys PAL team.(photo credit Jim Trammell)

West Wendover Nevada Boys PAL team.(photo credit Jim Trammell)

Looking at the chart below, Boys Teams Wins and Losses, both Wendover Teams are doing very well.  Wendover Utah and West Wendover Nevada headed into PAL Basketball tournament in Elko, Nevada March 13th-18th, the championship game will be Saturday March 18th at 12 noon.


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Ex-Elko Undersheriff Indicted In Credit Card Abuse

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Howard Copelan


A former Elko County undersheriff accused of misusing a county credit card has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors that’s expected to keep him out of jail.

Rick Keema pleaded no contest in district court on Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit theft by misappropriation.

In exchange for his plea, lawyers on both sides expect Keema to receive a suspended sentence and probation at his sentencing before Judge Nancy Porter on June 26.

Keema was accused of charging more than $3,000 in personal expenses to the county credit card.

Deputy District Attorney David Buschler says Keema would be fined $2,000 as part of his probation.

His lawyer, David Lockie, says he would be subject to 30 days in jail if he violates terms of his probation.

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Beehive Public Notices

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Howard Copelan



THE BEEHIVE TELEPHONE COMPANIES, are the recipients of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utility Services, an agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U. S. Department of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States, on the basis of color, sex, national origin, age, or handicap, shall be excluded in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organization’s programs or activities.  The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts is Jacob Warner, General Manager.  Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utility Services, Washington, D.C. 20250.  Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination.  Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.

Published in the High Desert ADVOCATE

March 9th and March 16th , 2017.


Lifeline Assistance – Who qualifies?

Low-income telephone assistance is available to qualifying low-income Beehive Telephone customers through the “Lifeline” and “Link-up” federal telephone assistance programs. 

Lifeline provides qualified customers with a monthly reduction on their telephone bill.

Link-up assists in paying for the installation of basic telephone service by reducing connection charges by 50% or $30, whichever is less.

Beehive Telephone customers who participate in at least one of the following programs are eligible for telephone assistance: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Housing Assistance, Nevada Energy Assistance Program (EAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (TANF), National School Lunch Program (NSL).

Beehive Telephone customers who do not participate in one of the above programs are eligible if their income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

For more information please call 1-800-629-9993.

Published in the High Desert ADVOCATE

March 9th and March 16th , 2017.

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Frontier Public Notice

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Howard Copelan



Frontier provides basic residential services for rates from $6.00 – $15.00* for flat rate service. Frontier also provides basic business services for rates from $12.00 -$27.92. Other taxes, fees, and surcharges may apply. Frontier offers single party service, touch-tone, toll blocking, access to long distance, emergency services, operator assistance, and directory assistance. Use of these services may result in additional charges. Budget or economy services also may be available. Frontier offers Lifeline service which is a nontransferable government assistance program that provides a $9.25 discount on the cost of monthly telephone service or eligible broadband products (where available) and is limited to one discount per household. In addition to Basic Lifeline, individuals living on federally recognized Tribal Lands who meet the eligibility criteria may also qualify for additional monthly discounts through Enhanced Lifeline and up to $100.00 toward installation fees through the Tribal Link-Up program. You may also qualify for an additional state discount where available If you have any questions regarding Frontier’s rates or services, please call us at 1-800-921-8101 for further information or visit us at


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Drive Only On Open Roads And Trails This Spring

Posted on 14 March 2017 by Howard Copelan

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Ely District asks everyone recreating on the public lands this spring to drive only on open roads and trails.  The ground is saturated and driving off-road leaves ruts that erode soils and scar the land for years to come.  It encourages others to follow.  And, it spreads non-native and invasive plants, and noxious weeds.  Driving off-road can also result in a fine.

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Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle

Posted on 12 March 2017 by Howard Copelan

Heartbreaking memoir by shell-shosked widower recalls adventure, fear, chaos, doubt and reinvention

without-explanation-coverBy Rod Jasmer

It was going to be the trip of a lifetime. An enchanting trek through the Guatemalan jungle, viewing the mystical Mayan Ruins, a breath-stealing sunset from atop an ancient temple, a magical entourage of a million fireflies. Then suddenly, this wonderful adventure became a nightmare. This is just the start of Without Explanation: A True Story of Love and Loss in the Jungle (March 21, 2017) by Rod Jasmer.

            Adventurer, geologist and single father of three, through Without Explanation, Jasmer shares intimate thoughts, devastating real-world incidences, and heart-breaking single-parent challenges that will hit home with anyone who has ever loved someone with all of their heart. Baring his soul as he details what it means to tragically lose the love of your life, he outlines a roller coaster of hope and despair that would span the longest days of his life. As he and his friends frantically fought for his wife Valerie’s life, they found themselves far from the necessities most of us take for granted at home—a familiar language, state of the art medicine, government allies and more. Meanwhile, three children were thousands of miles away, tucked in their beds, blissfully unaware of the desperate fight to save their mother’s life.

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“Writing Without Explanation has been cathartic for me,” shares Jasmer. “As I continue to process the events and the great loss of life I have felt over the years, the raw emotions surge and I assume the burdens once again and am haunted when I think about the void my children have faced growing up without their mother. But perhaps others will find solace and strength through the description of this ordeal. The very fact that you are reading this reassures me that memories of Valerie will endure.”

Without Explanation was lovingly, yet painstakingly, produced over thirteen years to include a story of anticipated adventure and remarkable courage, of heartache and disbelief, and of hope and fear. Yet, at its very core, is a life-altering tragedy and a story of love and devotion. In fact, amid the heart-breaking twists and turns, there were encounters with brave and selfless people who made a lasting impression during this horrific time.

Each chapter of Without Explanation is chilling and raw. The book shares a voyeuristic look into the chaos that hit Jasmer in the jungle of Guatemala and the challenges that awaited his new life back home in America. It also includes illustrations that depict special places and objects to Jasmer and his wife.

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The following is an excerpt from Without Explanation, “A horrible grief weighed on my body and those of my companions. I wanted to go back to last night, back to my old life. My mind was easily drawn into “if only” scenarios: if only we would have done this or if only we had not done that. An atrocious sorrow was just below the surface, inviting me to give in to its vastness. I tried to temper these feelings by thinking about getting Val’s body out of the hospital and back home as soon as possible. Though sobbing and mourning were part of each minute, I needed to do more than just sit and cry. Thoughts of my children and possible dramatic changes in their lives flooded into my mind. Consequences for my children were painfully difficult to comprehend.”

Rod Jasmer grew up on one of the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, where he remained to complete high school and his undergraduate degree. He eventually moved to Idaho to continue his study of geology. It was there that he met his future wife, Valerie. In late 1987 they married, he received his graduate degree, and within a few months they packed almost all of their combined possessions into six suitcases and moved to Australia on permanent resident visas. They travelled extensively during their time Down Under, including an extended five-month overland trek throughout Southeast Asia. Upon their return to America, they started a family, and their three children were born over the succeeding five years.

Jasmer’s professional career includes purchasing and starting a number of companies, and he currently works as an environmental and business consultant to Union Pacific Railroad and other national clients. After the death of his wife in 2004, travel and adventure continued to be a pastime for this single dad. Jasmer spends as much time as possible outdoors, doing most any activity the four seasons allow. He splits his time between living in Linwood, Minnesota, and Park City, Utah.

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Posted on 12 March 2017 by Howard Copelan

Here are all the updates on the Entertainment in Northern Nevada, Wendover Concert Hall and Movies at the Cinemas, Ely Theatre, Ely Happenings, Jackpot’s  Cactus Pete…ENTERTAINMENT




Geri Wopschall Around The County: White Pine County Commission February 22nd, and Great Teachers and Leaders Round Table March 2nd

Posted on 12 March 2017 by Howard Copelan

G-Wop-e1466378432492-150x150-1Philosopher Camus wrote “Always go too far, because that’s where you will find the truth.”

Great Teachers and Leaders Round Table Discussion White Pine High School, March 2, 2017

Discussion was led by Adam Young, Superintendent of White Pine County School District, with the guest speaker Dr. Anthony Mohammed.

Lunch was prepared by the culinary students. (it was an excellent lunch.)

Dr. Mohammed “I think it was wise for Mr. Young to invite people from the community, because one of the greatest assets you have is the community school system. It is the place where our future is developed.

  One of the greatest developments of American democracy is the public school system. We have a even  playing field and you don’t have to be rich, taxpayers come together in this institution for you to be developed. In the period from 1940 to 1980 we were the real world’s leading educational system. Other countries started to catch up to the game. What is innovative today quickly becomes a relic, what was great in 1950 is antiquated in 2017.

  We were in a industrial age. With automation, manufacturing is done with robots and countries where the labor is cheaper. So schools play an important role in the future. What are you going to need, more doctors, more innovators. You can get this from your school system. We cannot lose sight of the fact that we need to educate our young people for the future.

Nichole Baldwin “I know you’ve seen where we fall in the ranking. And you’ve seen what’s taken place in other places you’ve gone. What do you think we can do here to improve?”

Dr. Mohammed “The worst thing that has come out of this last 15 years of this reform movement has been ranking. You don’t rank your fire departments. What difference does it make to do ranking, it does nothing for the kids. The only thing the school district need to do is compete with is your  own. Be a better district tomorrow than you are today. We are 28th in the world in reading and 35th in math. Should we applaud the kids in Singapore? We need to get better and I recommend a book to you called Visible Learning.

  What can your teachers start do to do? There are four practices that are very very promising. One is the act of teacher collaboration. Teachers need to work together .”

Quote from Dr. Mohammed’s article

“Keep the collaborative focus on the four essential questions; What do we want students to learn? How do we know if they have learned? How do we respond when students don’t learn? and How do we respond when students have learned? These four corollary questions were designed to keep the collaborative team focused on the real work, student learning. To stay totally focused on these corollary questions takes discipline and peer pressure. When times get tough, it is easy to start to venture into other topics and vent frustration over things that are outside of our control. Make a commitment to stay focused on these four questions and your efficancy will increase.”

  While discussing this theory with several adults, they agreed that one person could instruct them and they could not understand, but another person comes in and instruct some and they understand everything. We all learn differently and sometimes it just takes the right teacher.

  The use of chrome books was also brought up. The chrome books are great for students who are self driven. Not all students have this and they need explanation and training in the chrome books. When I spoke with several students and their parents, I found that a lot of assignments that were completed and sent to the teacher, could not be found and the student received an F on that assignment.

  Cooperation between the parent, the student and the teacher are needed to teach our children. Hostile attitudes not help.

  Just my thought – having accredited teachers does give the teachers confidence in their teaching. I feel there should be a way to have loans available to people who want to become teachers. Loans that with a 5 to 10 year commitment to teach in White Pine County should be forgiven.

Dr. Muhammad has a Facebook page “new frontier 21” that is very informative. I suggest that teachers and parents alike go to this page.

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White Pine County Commission February 22

    Public Comment – Laura Oslund  Executive Director of PACE Coalition spoke about health services PACE could help provide White Pine County. PACE provides after school program for the DEN. Contact info.

    Mike Wheable spoke for George Chachas , who was unable to attend. George has issues with the Public Defender contract item, he believes looking at these dollar amounts,this should be put out for proposal.

Letter of support for Connect Nevada and others to improve and increase bandwidth of our local broadband.

5/0 vote to send letter

       Discussion/Update on work being done to account receivable on a County-wide basis.

  Stork “As airport manager I realize that having many contracts out there, we had no way of tracking income, money due, or penalties and fees we should be charging. In particularly I found one lease that was two years in the rear and I had to go collect that. We need a better way to keep track of the money due from leases and contracts.”

  Francis “We do have accounting of money coming in and going out. What we don’t have record of is money should be coming in outside tax bills.”

  Discussion/Action/Possible Approval – County department heads and elected Officials to provide the County Clerk with list of current and active leases and contracts by April 3, 2017.

5/0 approved

(What can I say. The County should know what contracts and leases are out there and have a system to track the payments and the Finance Dept. should have all this all this information.)

Resigning from Board Positions: John Chachas – Water Advisory

Gretchen Derbidge – AG 13/Fair & Rodeo

Brad Block – Wildlife Advisory

Appointments: Mattie Maes – Local Emergency Planning Committee (Alternate for Social Services)

Vote 5/0 approved

Burton Hilton – to refund $639.18 to taxpayer for three years taxes on land sold twice. “It is land that is close to Comins Lake and it is a title issue that goes back to the 1950s when the land was sold to CB Cattle Co. The State of Nevada acquired it for the Wildlife Management Area. The State wants to build a dock and ran into ownership problems. The land was sold in the 70s (by the same person who no longer owned) to the Texas Land Company. The Texas land Company has been paying taxes on this land and have asked for a refund of all the taxes I’ve been paying. We can only go back three years.”

5/0  approved

Discussion/Action/Possible Approval 60 day update from December 14, 2016 commission meeting regarding the county purchasing the New Ruth Club and conveying it to Simplistic Solutions pursuant to NRS 361–603 and an NRS 244–484.

   Hilton “The county would pay the due tax.(the County would be paying themselves with some going to EMS and Fire Department.) The county would acquire the property and convey it to Simplistic Solutions. Simplistic Solutions would convey it into a community service with various programs. Simplistic Solutions was to come back will in 60 days with a plan of action.”

Johnathan Dishong “ In your packet we answered some of the questions that the commissioners ask, one is of projects we have completed, cost of bring the property up to standard. There is one question that Mike Coster ask that was is not in your packet. That is that there are 75 students in Ruth. “

Perea “One of the things we ask is about funding. Do you have anything to report for funding to bring the building up to standard?”

Dishong “We are getting letters of support that have not come in yet. The problem is they want to make sure that we get the building, before they commit money to us.”

“I think Geri said it best, the worst thing that can happen is we get the property we cleaned it up and do repairs, if we fail the county gets a piece of property back that is sellable and is free of liens.”

   Howe “your request was that we pay the back taxes and give title to the property to you. I just don’t think the county should open that can of worms.”

  Dishong “It’s not going to cost anyone for us to clean the place or to get the liens of the building. Also the condition of the building would mean the county would have to tear it down in the future. And this building would cost more than other buildings to tear down. I see this as a win-win for both the county and the Town of Ruth.”

Bybee “I don’t feel that they can get real confirmation of funds and tell they have ownership of the building. I feel tearing this building down would cost in the $40,000 range. I feel we need to give them the opportunity to see this thing through. I feel we have nothing to lose, when you take into consideration the back taxes. “

Wheable “If we come back in two years and the building is not in habitable, we can knock it down a lot easier and less expensive than in its present condition, if you remember the process we have gone through to knock down the three houses.

Mckenzie “I’ve been adding up the liens on this property at $21,000 and if they can get these liens removed. I am all for it.”

Hilton “We have already started the process and the county will take possession  on April 20, 2017. At that time the commission will make the decision. At this time the commission would decide what restrictions to put on.”

4/1 Howe vote no

(One thing not mentioned is this would be for the whole community and would have computers tables etc. set up for the whole community not just students. Anyone could come in and video chat, do homeschooling, use the electronic library, etc.)

Discussion / Action/Possible Approval of the lease extension between White Pine County and the State of Nevada acting through the Division of State Lands, for and on behalf of the Division of Forestry to include possible approval of a new lease rate and necessary terms regarding the location at White Pine County Industrial Park.

Blackham “This is a 20 year lease, they want to extend the lease another 20 years. They do realize that the $10 a year for lease will most likely be changed, but they would like a new lease.”

The commissioners discussed and decided to increase the lease from $10 a year to $500 a year. This is the Honor Camp. The basis for the increase is the taxes on the property would be $418.21 a year.

5/0 Vote

Discussion/Action/Posible Approval of the public defenders contract with Richard Sears, Dylan Frehner and Jane Eberhardy for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 in the amount of $155,000 each plus additional fees pursuant to terms and conditions of the contract.

  This contract would increase their wage by 11% and would decrease their hours from 1611 to 1550 each. Contract will be for two years.

Francis “Basically we have to look at the financial impact, this will be a cost of $30,000 to the county. The hourly rate would increase from $90 an hour to $100 an hour. According to the terms of the contract if they go over the prescribed number of hours they can bill the county for those hours. According to the number of hours they worked last year we could see a significant increase in cost.”

Stork “What were we paying the state public defenders when we use them?”

Frehner “Two years ago it was $390,000. But they did not cover everything we do.”

Howe “This is a significant amount of money and we can’t afford to give our own employees a 5% raise. We are going through the budget process ourselves next week. I don’t think the county can just go out and hand you money. We need to wait until after our budget hearings.”

  The question was asked in the last two years have the attorneys requested to be paid for hours worked over. The answer was no they have not, they were paid $435,000 a year for their services. New question was asked, with the reduction of hours will there be over hours pay? This cannot be answered at this time.

  It was brought up that the state legislators are considering mandating public defenders to all be state. Someone corrected this and said the legislators had dropped the mandatory state defenders, but if the county defenders did not do the job they would come in and take over.

5/0 to wait until after the budget hearings were set to consider any wage increase.

(George Chachas just made a recommended that these positions to be put out to bid. And I do agree with him. One thing I must say, I have always enjoyed listening to lawyers state their case. This one was no exception.)

Discussion/Update pertaining to the McGill slag ditch, flood issues, erosion of private property and legal responsibility.

History – The slag ditch was used by Kennecott.

1988 – the GID was give easement for over under and across the ditch from first street to the bottom of fourth Street

1989 – Kennettcott deeded to other entities

1999 – 55 ft. Was deeded to the county, but the county couldn’t trespass to maintain the ditch.

2014 – The county gave the property to the GID.

  Debris and run off are causing damage to private property and undermining a driveway and a garage.

It was decided that the county needs to work with the GID to maintain the ditch.

Geri Wop

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Wendover Clinic’s New Physician Assistant Chad Francom

Posted on 12 March 2017 by Howard Copelan


We talked to the new assistant physician Chad Francom at the Wendover Clinic, and asked him about himself. He said he started out at Weber State University and received a BS. Degree in Health Administration,” I always wanted to work in healthcare but wasn’t sure in what aspect.” He took an EMT class and then Paramedic class, also from Weber State, it was here that he gained a great love for direct patient care. “It was then that I knew that I wanted to be a provider and not an administrator”.

    He is  a 3rd generation firefighter/Paramedic retiree from Ogden City Fire Department. He followed in his family footsteps until he had the opportunity to attend the University of Utah Physician Assistant program.

Utah’s PA program focuses on family medicine and he did his elective focus in emergency medicine at the U of U. 

    Then he joined Nevada Health Centers for an opportunity to join a smaller community where he would have the chance to really know and understand his patients and their health challenges and conditions.” I came to Wendover a few weeks ago, and I hope to make a positive impact on the community in the years to come.”

   ” My family and I enjoy time outdoors from Montana to Moab. I have two wonderful children and 1 granddaughter. Barbeques and camp outs are just some of the fun we enjoy spending time doing in the summer months.”



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