Posted on 21 August 2015 by Howard Copelan
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.”
“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.
In 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.”
The 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.
Posted on 13 June 2014 by Howard Copelan
photos by Lou Copelan
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.
Also as part of the celebrations an art contest was held and the winners announced during the party:
City of West Wendover – Wendover Will Birthday Bash
Art Contest Winners
Fine Art Contest
Cheryl Bishop – Clay Sculpture
1st Place – Cheryl Bishop – Clay Sculpture – $250 and Silver Wendover Will Medallion
Paulina Naranjo – Acrylic Painting
2nd Place – Paulina Naranjo – Acrylic Painting – $150 and Silver Wendover Will Medallion
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
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
Elementary Drawing Winners (Brass Wendover Will Medallion):
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The West Wendover City Council approved an emergency purchase of propane in yesterday’s meeting while local schools and residents have been asked to turn down the thermostat as record lows are blamed for a propane shortage through the country.
According to Wendover Gas owner Nancy Green the shortage also caused classes at Wendover, Utah High School to be closed last week.
“They aren’t my customers,” Green said. “But I heard they ran out of gas and had to close last week.”
On Jan. 15, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval also declared a state of emergency as a “precautionary measure” to allow more propane deliveries in the state, the Associated Press reported. Record low temperatures below zero have gripped some parts of the state causing an acute supply problem.
Sandoval’s order temporarily waives the rules that typically allow only 14 consecutive hours of driving and require drivers to have at least 10 consecutive hours off duty before driving again. They also limit drivers to 60 hours driving over seven consecutive days and 70 hours over eight consecutive days.
Saturday Arizona Governor Janice Brewer declared a state of emergency for her state because of severe winter storm conditions this month and a related propane shortage.
According to the declaration Brewer issued, private-sector efforts to respond to the propane shortage have been stymied by hours of service regulations that limit the number of hours truckers who supply propane can work. As part of the declaration, Brewer has suspended those regulations for 15 days so any vehicle supplying propane in Arizona is not affected.
In addition, the Arizona-Republic reports that state law allows propane transportation only during daylight hours. The declaration is allowing for propane delivery in evening hours.
Posted on 17 October 2012 by Howard Copelan