Archive | August, 2017

Accident On The Salt Flats Kills 1 Injures 5: UPDATE

Posted on 17 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

Update on our breaking news of Wednesday morning:

Lt. Ron Johnson from the Tooele County Sheriff’s office said the crash was between a 1987 Ford pickup and a 2017 Toyota Sienna.

Johnson says the pickup contained four people — a 73-year-old male driver and three male passengers, ages 77, 48 and 65. We still don’t know the name of the 65-year-old man killed in the accident, as the office is still trying to contact the family first.

The driver of the minivan is a 74-year-old man, and a 75-year-old woman was a passenger.

Johnson says that for an unknown reason, the truck veered into the path of the minivan and hit it head-on.

 

The pickup truck involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning, not part of the races(Utah Highway Patrol office).

The van, the second vehicle involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning(Utah Highway Patrol office).

This past Wednesday morning, August 16th, a head on collision between a minivan and a pickup truck killed one person and injured a few more  on the access road at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crash had nothing to do with the racing.

Multiple medical helicopters were called to the Bonneville Speedway for the fatal accident.

Three ambulances, one already on the Salt flats and two more were called in, from the local Wendover Ambulance.

The pickup truck had four occupants and the minivan two. All the occupants were involved in the crash. One man, 65, died.

Lt. Ron Johnson from the Tooele County sheriff Office said that three were airlifted to the hospital and two were taken by ambulance. The three airlifted were more severely and critically injured. One is in very serious condition and two others have life-threatening injuries.

All six people involved in the crash are from out of the state, visiting Utah or as crew members or as spectators for the car races.

The names of those involved have not been released yet, as the authorities are still trying to locate next of kin.

Speed Week organizers said that Speed Week is going on, racing has resumed, and will continue as previously scheduled through next weekend.

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Breaking News: Accident On The Salt Flats Kills One Injures Many

Posted on 16 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

The pickup truck involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning, not part of the races(Utah Highway Patrol office).

The van, the second vehicle involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning(Utah Highway Patrol office).

This Wednesday morning, August 16th, a head on collision between a minivan and a pickup truck killed one person and injured a few more  on the access road at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crash had nothing to do with the racing.

Multiple medical helicopters were called to the Bonneville Speedway for the fatal accident.

Three ambulances, one already on the Salt flats and two more were called in, from the local Wendover Ambulance.

The pickup truck had four occupants and the minivan two. All the occupants were involved in the crash. One man, 65, died.

Lt. Ron Johnson from the Tooele County sheriff Office said that three were airlifted to the hospital and two were taken by ambulance. The three airlifted were more severely and critically injured. One is in very serious condition and two others have life-threatening injuries.

All six people involved in the crash are from out of the state, visiting Utah or as crew members or as spectators for the car races.

The names of those involved have not been released yet, as the authorities are still trying to locate next of kin.

Speed Week organizers said that Speed Week is going on, racing has resumed, and will continue as previously scheduled through next weekend.

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Local Couple Finds Possible Explosive Device

Posted on 04 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

The Elko Bomb Squad was called Thursday to check on an explosive device in the Spring Creek area.(photo credit Elko Sheriff office)

On August 3rd, a local Spring Creek couple walking in an area west of Spring Creek, Nevada found what appeared to be an improvised explosive device and notified authorities. An investigation into was conducted which included the Elko Bomb Squad.

The investigation revealed the device, while being relatively sophisticated, did not contain any explosives or detonation mechanism. The device is being sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigations for further processing. Ron Supp, Elko undersheriff said the investigation continues into the matter.

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Arlen Hallbacka Passes Away

Posted on 02 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

The old Hallbacka’s gas station. (photo credit H. D. Advocate’s archives).

Arlen Hallbacka, born June 30th, 1949 passed away July 19th, 2017 of a brief illness. He was the business owner of a Conoco Gas Station, in West Wendover from 1995 to 2005. In 1999, he applied for a gambling licence and was given a limited gaming permit which translated in a few gambling machine, next to the food and other items. After loosing a leg and a foot to diabetes, him and his wife Arlene moved to Parhump. Wendover residents remember foundly of Arlen, and most of them still call the old Conoco Gas Station, now St Clair,  “Hallbaccka’s”.

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Letter To The Editor: Renewable Energy Supply From Hydroelectricity

Posted on 02 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

Over half of America’s renewable energy supply comes from hydroelectricity. More importantly, hydropower provides a solid base to maintain the reliability of the electricity grid. Hydropower can quickly go from zero power to full production making it extremely important to integrating intermittent wind and solar generation and exceptionally good at meeting rapidly changing consumer demand. By harnessing the energy of flowing water, hydropower provides safe, reliable, affordable carbon-free electricity.

Ironically, despite its century-long track record of clean energy production, State law does not recognize hydropower as “renewable”.

If, as a nation, we want to increase our use of solar and wind energy, we must also increase our use of hydropower and there is plenty of room for growth. According to a report by the United States Department of Energy, only 3% of the nation’s 80,000 dams currently generate electricity. We could increase our generating capacity by over 12,000 megaWatts by installing generators on existing dams. Think of the minimal negative environmental impact of adding generation to dams that already provide recreation, flood control and irrigation to grow food for a hungry world compared to the positive impact of generating enough renewable and affordable electricity to power more than 7.8 million homes.

In 2013, Congress unanimously passed, and President Obama signed, legislation to expedite licensing for building hydropower on existing dams. Nearly as miraculous as unanimous support in Congress was the fact that American Rivers, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers, and the hydropower industry both supported this legislation. Maybe that support reflects the overwhelming public support for hydropower. A poll by Princeton Research Associates International found that 81% of Americans believe that existing hydropower facilities should be maintained and 75% support expanding hydropower.

As the Board of Directors of Wells Rural Electric Company, we believe it’s well past time for Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to recognize hydropower as the flexible, reliable, affordable, renewable and carbon-free energy resource that it is.

Respectfully submitted,

by F. Scott Egbert, President

on behalf of The Board of Directors

Wells Rural Electric Company

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