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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 01 November 2016 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

Economic

Diversification Council

October 18, 2016

  Update regarding White Pine County Commission’s decision to become a member of the Northeastern  Nevada Regional Development Authority.

  Elaine Blackham “The Commission have seen fit to do away with Dohn’s position, so Dohn will be leaving us on November 1. God only knows what they are going to do with me, they are in the process of revamping my job description.”  “This is because when the Great Basin Rural  Authority disbanded this made our Inter Local Agreement  with the Governors office null and void. This agreement had covered Dohn’s wage.”

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  The dues to be members of this group will be $11,000 annually. The City of Ely was asked to join and they agreed. The dues will be split according to population, City of Ely  will pay $4,500 and the County will be paying $6,500. Meetings are held monthly in Elko.

  Elaine made a very good presentation to the County Commissioners about joining the Northeastern  Nevada Regional Development Authority earlier this year and the Commissioner voted to join.

  (I have great hopes for this new group to help White Pine County advance economically. We do need economic development, we have relied heavily on only tourism.)

   The NNRDA will be handling all reports and grant writing for White Pine County. Elaine will be the contact person, as needed. With Elaine’s new job description, she will have other activities to preform.

  The question was asked by Virginia Terry “Is this more for economical development rather than tourism?” Both will be included, (tourism is a big part of our community, but we do need some economic development).

   Elaine will have a new title as Community Coordinator.

The EDC board is short five people and will be asking people from the mine, the newspaper the prison and other business owners to join.

BDC board is also asking for someone to be advanced support services, which includes minutes and agenda posting for white pine county.

Contact Wayne Cameron  at the Chamber if you are interested in any of these for positions.

White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board

October 20, 2016

Report on The Fair Labor Standards Act. This new labor act states any employee who learns less than $45,476 must be converted to nonexempt status and paid overtime wages. This rule goes into affect on December 1, 2016. This would mean a salaried person becomes a hourly paid person. If you’re salaried normally you do put in overtime and do extra activities.

  Wade Robinson spoke about a new event. Guess that would have mountain and street bike to race the train from Ruth back to the station.

The event was approved to proceed.

  A letter was received from the State Bar of Nevada, concerning family law section executive Council as decided to move the 2017 family law convention. They plan to try out a new location with larger convention facilities.

(I heard previously that this could  happen. One of the things I did was talk to some employees of hotels and motels (who did not receive tips.). The impressions the guest gave them was that the prices have gone up and they could no longer afford to stay in Ely. A truck driver that I work with, also said that he had to change where he stayed overnight or had to drive to another town. He went to check into his usual $35 a night room, only to find that his room had more than doubled. This is a problem for Ely, are we pricing ourselves out of business. This is not a reflection on the Tourism and Recreation Board.)

Public Comment

Mike Coster stated he received emails form Lawyers who attended and none had seen capacity as being a problem, but they did mention expense and not feeling welcome.

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Park Service Sweetens Deal On Great Basin Snack Bar to $175 K Annual, Still No Takers

Posted on 21 August 2015 by Howard Copelan

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With no serious takers to manage the concessions stand at the Great Basin National Park, Rangers extended the application deadline and sweetened the deal according to a press release this week.

“The National Park Service) is soliciting for proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate food & beverage and retail services at Lehman Caves Visitor Center located within Great Basin National Park.” read the release. “A Prospectus was issued on June 4, 2015 that outlines the details of the business opportunity and how to apply. The Prospectus has been amended to reduce the concession franchise fee from 5% to 1.5% and extend the deadline to October 14, 2017.”

Ely Horse Races-2“It is really a great opportunity,” said Ranger Steve Mietz. “Last year it grossed of $175,000 in revenue. Of course there are expenses but with the reduction of the franchise fee from 5.0 to 1.5 percent it could be very profitable.”

According to the National Parks Service webpage, Concessioners fill a vital role in helping the National Park Service (NPS) carry out its mission. Private companies are drawn to working with NPS in order to offer services to park visitors, which are not provided directly by the government. Concessioners specialize in these operations and are thus able to provide quality services at reasonable prices. By welcoming the private sector as a partner in park operations, the National Park Service broadens the economic base of the region and communities surrounding the parks.

elkofairIn concert with other NPS divisions, the Commercial Services Program administers more than 500 concession contracts that, in total, gross over $1 billion annually. NPS concessioners employ more than 25,000 people in a variety of fields during peak seasons, providing services ranging from food service and lodging, to whitewater rafting adventures and motor coach tours. As stated in the Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, concession operations “are consistent to the highest practicable degree with the preservation and conservation of resources and values of the park unit.”

centraThe downside of being a concessioner particularly for Great Basin is of course the isolation. The closest community is the hamlet of Baker and the closest town is Ely 100 miles to the west. The current concessioner is retiring.

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Wendover Will Celebrates Birthday

Posted on 13 June 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

 

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As part of Nevada’s 150 anniversary the city of West Wendover threw a party for Wendover Will the iconic mechanical man who welcomed tourist to the Silver State on the Utah/Nevada border and later relocated about four miles on Wendover Boulevard. Wendover will turned 62 this year.

cleanhydro1Also as part of the celebrations an art contest was held and the winners announced during the party:

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Art Contest Winners

Fine Art Contest

2014 1st Place

Cheryl Bishop – Clay Sculpture

1st Place – Cheryl Bishop – Clay Sculpture – $250 and Silver Wendover Will Medallion

2014 2nd Place

Paulina Naranjo – Acrylic Painting

2nd Place – Paulina Naranjo – Acrylic Painting – $150 and Silver Wendover Will Medallion

2014 3rd Place

Tianah Sweat – Acrylic Painting

3rd Place – Tianah Sweat – Acrylic Painting – $75 and Silver Wendover Will Medallion

Drawing – Catherine Weyland – $50 and Silver Wendover Will Medallion

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Elementary School Coloring Contest Winners ($25 and Silver Wendover Will Medallion-each):

Kindergarten – Johnathan Chavez

1st Grade – Hadley Hillstead

2nd Grade – Ammie Marquez Salas

3rd Grade – Lisbeth Mercado Duran

4th Grade – Valeria Gonzalez

5th Grade – Jacob Romero Gomez

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Elementary Drawing Winners (Brass Wendover Will Medallion):

Fabian Jaramillo

Luis Salas

Pilar Rojas

Veronica Torres

Blake Beardsley

Carson Morris

Angel Trujillo

Cruz Rodriguez

Vitor Audiffred

Nevaeh Covarrubias

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Property Tax Up 5%? West Wendover City Council Meeting March 18, 2014

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Howard Copelan

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WEST WENDOVER CITY COUNCIL MEETING MARCH 4, 2014

Posted on 05 March 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Council Begins Planning For Nevada’s 150th Birthday Bash

Posted on 08 August 2013 by Howard Copelan

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No Apologies Yet To Rebuffed Businesses From City Council

Posted on 17 July 2013 by Howard Copelan

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West Wendover City Council Meeting June 4, 2013

Posted on 05 June 2013 by Howard Copelan

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Burdel Welsh New West Wendover Police Chief

Posted on 22 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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W. Wendover City Council Ups Pay For Still Not Hired Police Chief

Posted on 08 May 2013 by Howard Copelan

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