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Armed Feds Take On Nevada Rancher As Beef Prices Soar

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Howard Copelan


Just as the price of beef hits record highs the federal government agents have shut down the last Nevada cattle ranch in Clark County.

Armed federal officials and contract cowboys were brought in this week to execute a 2013 court order and remove the trespassing cattle.

cows“It’s high time for the BLM to do its job and give the [endangered desert] tortoises and the Gold Butte area the protection they need and are legally entitled to,” senior Center for Biological Diversity scientist Rob Mrowka told the Mesquite Local News. “As the tortoises emerge from their winter sleep, they are finding their much-needed food consumed by cattle.”

The herd belonging to Clive Bundy, also hinders the plants’ ability to recover from wildfires, tramples rare species, damages ancient American Indian cultural sites and endangers recreationists, Mrowka added.

The Bureau of Land Management website says Bundy has defied trespass laws for more than two decades, ignored rules and fees that other cattle ranchers have observed and refused “repeated attempts to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” according to TheBlaze. While Bundy stated that he owed the BLM $300,000 in back grazing fees, spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon put the figure closer to $1.1 million.

blmadThe roundup of the approximately 900 unwelcome cattle could cost as much as $3 million. But the 68-year-old Bundy has remained unintimidated.

Since 1993, Bundy has been battling the agency, as well as the National Park Service, the Center for Biological Diversity and the courts, to graze his cattle on 150 square miles of Gold Butte scrub land in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. He stopped paying his grazing fees back then, saying he “fired” the Bureau of Land Management as land manager. His Mormon ancestors had tilled the unforgiving soil since 1887, long before the 1934 Taylor Grazing Act allowed the federal government to seize control, TheBlaze reported.

“I have raised cattle on that land, which is public land for the people of Clark County, all my life. Why I raise cattle there and why I can raise cattle there is because I have preemptive rights,” he asserted, explaining to TheBlaze that this includes the right to forage, too.

Furthermore, Bundy has argued that it is the United States trespassing on Clark County, Nev., land, not he, and that he is a better steward of the land. He points out that the manure from his cows fertilizes the soil, that he’s built water sources for wildlife, and that his cattle prevent the vegetation from growing overly dense and creating a fire hazard.

The round-up comes at a time when the retail price of beef has hit historic high and is not expected to go down anytime soon.

wrecfraudThe retail value of “all-fresh” USDA choice-grade beef jumped to a record $5.28 a pound in February, up from $4.91 the same time a year ago. The same grade of beef cost $3.97 as recently as 2008.

According to market analyst the extreme weather that hit most of the Midwest and eastern seaboard thinned the nation’s beef cattle herds to levels last seen in 1951, when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America.

“We’ve seen strong prices before but nothing this extreme,” said Dennis Smith, a commodities broker for Archer Financial Services in Chicago. “This is really new territory.”

Ironically the portion of the country that escaped the ‘polar vortex’ was the south west including Nevada.

nicholeadIndeed the relatively mild winter in the Silver State was welcomed by the ranching industry which was hit hard by last year’s deep freeze that thinned out local herds.

“We had a great calving season this year,” said Elko County rancher Geoff Dahl. “And with the price of beef this could be one of our best years. Fortunately we don’t use BLM land to raze our herd anymore. Back in the 1960’s and 70’s we had a real good relationship with the agency but things began to change. Instead of public/private partnership it has become hostile and obstructionist to the ranching industry. And a lot of their policies make no sense. They try to stop what they call invasive species except for horses which are protected. Bundy’s family has been ranching in Clark County for over 100 years and the desert tortoise actually depends on cow dung as a major part of its diet.”

Lightning-halfpageThe standoff has also elicited a response from Nevada governor Bryan Sandoval less for the action itself than the manner in which it is being done.

“Due to the roundup by the BLM, my office has received numerous complaints of BLM conduct, road closures and other disturbances. I have recently met with state legislators, county officials and concerned citizens to listen to their concerns.” The Nevada governor said in a press release.

“I have expressed those concerns directly to the BLM. Most disturbing to me is the BLM’s establishment of a ‘First Amendment Area’ that tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution.

“To that end, I have advised the BLM that such conduct is offensive to me and countless others and that the ‘First Amendment Area’ should be dismantled immediately.

“No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans.

“The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly.”

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Will Lemich Suffer From Budget Red Ink?

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Howard Copelan



A possible tax increase in White Pine County could not come at a worse possible time for County Commissioner Mike Lemich and his re-election bid.

According to fellow County Commissioner Mike Coster the proposed county budget is some $1.8 million in the red and the only options for the commission is to either dip into the county’s rainy day fund or raise revenue either by an increase in fees or taxes.


“– At the first pass, including request for new items, is $900,000 over the current year.

– Total revenues (money we CAN spend) for the year is forecasted by the State of Nevada to be $900,000 below the current year.

– That means we have to cut $1.8 million, which is $900,000 BELOW the current year total revenue of $11,500,000, from the current budget and new requests.

FYI: 2013 revenue $12,400,000

2014 revenue $11,500,000

quinnad2015 revenue $10,900,000 (proposed),” Coster wrote in a facebook post. “…Like most of us personally, we need to live within our means. That means spending only what we are taking in.

Where to you recommend cuts? We have tentatively eliminated all vehicle purchases, new employees, and numerous other new items. That has solved $395,000 of the $1.8 Million shortfall. As mentioned above, some of the shortfall can be solved by drawing on our “savings” in the fund balances.

What do you think? Programs to be cut? Draw a lot from savings to maintain the amounts spent in the current year? Assess new taxes?”

While Coster said he would not support any kind of a tax increase, the option is certainly on the table and Lemich who is facing a primary election June 9th could be put in the unenviable position of being damned if he votes for it or damned if he votes for extreme budget cuts.

A public servant who has served on one governing body or another since the early 60’s Lemich has built a reputation of never shying away from a fight but this time around the deck seems stacked against him.

Elected to the County commission shortly after White Pine emerged from an embarrassing bankruptcy Lemich ran and was elected on his reputation as a fiscally responsible businessman.

wrecfraudThe fact that the county budget is suffering from a shortfall at all will almost certainly used by his opponents in the upcoming primary that perhaps another man could have handled things better.

Lemich is facing former Ely Mayor George Chachas and former County Commissioner Gary Perea.

Of the two challengers it is most likely Chachas will deliver most of the verbal broadsides. The two men have known each other practically all their lives and it has not been an amicable relationship to say the least.

Public disagreements between the two have often devolved into insult ridden shouting matches some that have come close to physical confrontations.

softballnuggetFormer commissioner Gary Perea is relatively mild mannered when compared to his two rivals and may be the chief beneficiary of the budget deficit.

When he was narrowly defeated in his own re-election bid two years ago, the county was in the black It has only been since he was gone that red ink began to flow again.


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XP Demise? Don’t Panic, Says Local Computer Man

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Howard Copelan



There really is no need to panic for computer users running Microsoft’s Windows XP despite the fact the operating system is no longer supported said local computer guru Quin Rice.

“Yes XP is no longer supported by Microsoft,” Rice explained. “But that is no reason to either pay for a costly up grade or costlier still, buy a new computer. Most people can simply down load for free a program called Windows Defender and they will be just fine.”


Quintin Rice

Released in 2001 Windows XP is the most popular operating system in the world. Almost one-third of PCs on the Internet, some 28%, are still using XP, according to OS watchdog site Net Applications.

And some 44% of businesses are still using it, according to mobile device management company Fiberlink.

According to survey by the High Desert Advocate, Windows XP is still the operating system or one of the systems used by various state and local government agencies and private commercial businesses even after the Tuesday dead line.

Even after Tuesday’s ‘drop dead’ date all XP PCs continued to boot up and operate from And they will continue to do even do that without Microsoft’s official support. The only difference is  that Microsoft will not fix bugs, add features, or — most importantly — patch newly found security holes.

However most major bugs have were stamped out in the 13 years since the operating system debuted and few experts see a new plague on XP users being unleashed by evil hackers.

quinnadMost XP computers are at least five years old if not more and the reason they have kept on running the old operating system while four others have been released on the market can be summed up in two words: dependability and cost.

As its 13 years in operation attest XP is a work horse while not as flashy as the five newer Microsoft system that followed it gets the job done.

Indeed it was the experience with Windows Vista released seven years after XP that may have caused XP users to keep the old reliable system for 13 years.

Dubbed the worst launch of a new product since the New Coke, Vista was costly cumbersome and what was worse for many small businesses and private user it was often not compatible with peripherals like printers and scanners.

nicholeadUsers were often faced with the decision to either return to XP or spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on new equipment they had not budgeted for.

Many if not most returned to XP and have not budged since.

The fact that XP has lasted so long and has so many satisfied user also indicates an interesting trend in consumer electronics— durability.

wrecfraudIn the beginning of the computer revolution a machine was almost obsolete the moment it left the store.

Software and hardware upgrades were necessary just to stay in business.

But shortly after the turn of the millennium computer users began to notice that while near machines still carried with them a certain cachet older computers could still do the work they were required to do.

The times between major upgrades to systems even the largest ones grew longer and longer and computer manufactures saw order decline until last year when new computer purchases were eclipsed by tablets, smart phones and other mobile devices.

Because they are portable however an iPad or and Android will not be found running a sewer treatment plant or a police dispatch center. That job was left to the old reliable PC running XP.

Lightning-halfpageAnd while the program is now no longer getting support from Microsoft, according to Rice those machines still have a few good years left.

“If your PC does everything you want it to do, if you have no complaints I would not change it out,” he added. “ We can keep it running and we can keep it secure at a fraction of the cost of a new operating system or a new computer.”

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Over Reaction Revolution?

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

The genius at the BLM who decided to treat a cattle round-up like a military exercise should himself or herself be put in front of a firing squad.

The over reaction and over kill of Clive Bundy’s quixotic stand has created a legend and hopefully not a martyr.

There is simply no excuse in treating an American this way. We do not care what he has or has not done.

The picture of uniformed federal agents complete with automatic weapons and body armor is ridiculous bordering on the retarded.

Why not call up a couple of tanks too?

revolution?Revolutions get started by the state overreacting.

A demonstration brutally put down when it would have just petered out has been a mistake regimes have later regretted.

The original argument of right or wrong is erased by blood.

If violence ensues in Clark County, the issue of unpaid grazing fees and desert tortoises will be rendered irrelevant.

Instead it will be an issue of trust.

We trust our government if not to do the right thing always, but that it won’t kill us out of hand without benefit of trial.

If that trust is broken all hell will break loose.

Those crazy, right wing, nut jobs will not seem so crazy and much more middle of the road to a whole host of folks out there. And it will be perceived as the federal government making war against its own people.

So a firing squad might just be a good idea.

An over reaction?


Then again we are talking about someone who ordered Kevlar combatants with automatic weapons to round up cows.


We have more than a passing interest the state of Israel and thus we have more than a passing interest in the recently failed peace talks pushed by Secretary Kerry.

We made $20 that nothing would come of them.

A good bet we were never worried for the simple reason that for there to be peace with the Palestinians they must agree that there will be a time when hostilities will be over.

Ain’t gonna happen.

Settlements, borders, even the return of refugees are all sideshow issues that deflect attention from the one thing the Palestinians will never agree too.

The war is over.

We know that to continue to insist that it isn’t denies reality. But after 65 years of being fed a diet of lies and free food paid for by the UN reality really does not matter.

And so the imaginary battles will continue punctuated by acts of supreme barbarity.

Perhaps one day when the years of the conflict are counted with three digits there will be a Palestinian who will realize that half a loaf is better than none.


The demise of Windows XP is a lesson for us all.

Here there was a perfectly good product.

Worked great for what it was designed for and it is put out to corporate pasture because?

Yes we know there is something called planned obsolescence.

But by the very numbers alone XP was not obsolete.

It still worked and worked well.

It just didn’t fit with the coporate model anymore.

A pretty sorry excuse to make people buy something else that does about the same thing XP did.

We hope they don’t at least not right away.

It could be a very good lesson that we aren’t buying what they are selling.

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Baseball Season Begins For Lucky Local Boys

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Howard Copelan



Under the tutelage of Coach Luciano “Lucky” Munoz a group of Wendover boys began their baseball season with a 10-0 loss to their rivals Grantsville.

“The kids that I have in this traveling leagues are from 10-12 years old.” Munoz said. “This will be the second season. We are doing this for better competition outside of Wendover. We were so happy to have a team willing to travel that far just for baseball. “We could not have done it without the help of Southern X-sposure and the Wendover nugget  and of course my family that helped me try to raise and donate money we get new better baseball equipment. If anyone else is still willing to help or to donate money to help buy more equipment please do or contact me I still have 15 more kids from 13-15 years old waiting to play in Elko. My kids will play in a tournament in May here in Wendover we were so excited to have all these games for the very special and talented kids from Wendover.

“We will also be doing a raffle to raise money on all the Wendover Nugget softball tournaments. For any information about how the team is doing please follow us on Facebook at coachluciano@”


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Prison On Trial In Ofeldt Murder Case?

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Howard Copelan


Change of appearance? Above, James “Big Time” Ofeldt as he looked on his first day of trial this week and below, Ofeldt at a hearing last year.



A trial that could open a very ugly can of worms at the Ely State Prison and perhaps shake the foundations of the entire Nevada Department of Corrections began this week in Ely.

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Accused of the 2011 murder of his cell mate Erik “Bingo” Houser, Ofeldt has never denied the killing but instead has insisted he was acting in self defense.

Over the past two years, his defense attorney, Charles Odgers has laid at least a preliminary case of self defense and according to more than a few pieces of correspondence between prison officials and the White Pine County Sheriff’s office they may have enough to raise at least a reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors.

nicholeadDocuments obtained by the Advocate at least suggest that both investigators from the prison and the White Pine County Sheriff’s Department did not dismiss that angle out of hand.

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According to those and other documents Ofeldt was fingered for killing to seal a truce between two white prison gangs the Aryan Warriors and the Skin Heads. Ofeldt, the correspondence suggested, was accused of being a snitch by the Aryan Warriors and Houser was picked for the job.

In a motion filed last year, Odgers accused the state of withholding evidence that proves Ofeldt, innocent of the murder but was acting in self defense. According to the motion prosecutors conducted several interviews with four other inmates identified as white gang members including the leader of the gang at Ely Max. In addition to keeping those interviews secret from the defense, Odgers claimed that in at least one interview the inmate not only admitted to being the gang’s leader but also to giving the order to Houser to murder Ofeldt.

quinnadWhile Ofeldt was allegedly facing a death sentence for the mere suspicion of ratting out a fellow inmate, those who have agreed to testify against him are allegedly being rewarded with better conditions and even transfers out of Ely Max to much nicer facilities at Lovelock medium security.

According to court documents the four inmates have since been transferred to the medium security prison in Lovelock. One of those four, whose names have not been released, is described as the leader of the prison gang who put the contract out on Ofeldt.

While life in Lovelock is by no means paradise, to inmates at Ely Max it is a much better place to do time.

wrecfraudUnlike the 23 hour lock down and numerous head counts in a place known by cons as ‘The Graveyard’, Lovelock Correctional Center offers a wide range of programs for all of the inmate population and an opportunity to enroll in educational classes in pursuit of a GED, high school diploma or college degrees. Lovelock’s Legislative approved program, Structured Living Program is one of the most successful. SLP initially started as a 10 week military-style institutional orientation program. With the popularity among inmates to enroll, this program quickly expanded to a six month regimen with opportunities for inmates to earn Merit Credits, attend classes, programs, education, attain jobs and participate in physical fitness training. Lovelock has begun offering inmates some vocational training in areas of dry cleaning, culinary food service, and automotive maintenance and repair. Lovelock also has its own medical and mental health staff serving the inmate population.

Some of those documents seem to imply that some prison staff knew days or even weeks before the killing occurred that something was up between Ofeldt and Houser and ignored warnings from other inmates.

While Houser except for the escape attempt that land him in Ely Max had a mostly clean or not particularly violent record, Ofeldt was a different story.

In juvenile detention, jail or prison since he was nine years old the inmate is if anything a poster child for all that is wrong with the prison system.

blmadFrom the day he arrived in 2004 Ofeldt has apparently been at war with Ely State Prison waged against both staff and fellow inmates alike. According to his prison disciplinary report, Ofeldt has spent almost half his so far nine years in prison under one form of discipline or another and close to four years in solitary confinement otherwise know as disciplinary segregation.

Most of the infractions Ofeldt was punished for were from fighting and assaults on other inmates to assaults on guards. His longest stretch in solitary began on October 31, 2009 and ended shortly before he killed cell mate Houser in May 2011.

That long stretch in isolation could also play a role in his defense.

Last year, Judge Dan Papez found the potential of violence so great that he granted the prosecution motion that Ofeldt wear a stun belt during his upcoming trial.

Ofeldt was recently examined by Dr. John Matthew Fabian PSY.D., J.D., ABPP. According to his website. Dr. Fabian is one of a few national expert witnesses who is both board certified in Forensic and Clinical Psychology, and Fellowship Trained in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Lightning-halfpageIn a phone interview with the High Desert Advocate Fabian said he was asked to evaluate whether or not Ofeldt may have felt his life was threatened when the inmate killed Houser.

While Fabian did not mention whether Ofeldt long periods of isolation could form a part of an insanity defense, the months if not years he spent in solitary would certainly figure on his state of mind.

The effect of solitary confinement on mental health has been studied and discussed by psychiatrists since the 1930s. According to psychiatrist Stuart Grassian, a specialist in the area, inmates are more likely to under-report than to over-report its effects (i.e., “Some of the guys can’t take it—not me”).

Recently some have argued that evidence for a unique syndrome is insufficient and accused its proponents of bias because they advocate for prisoners in legal cases relating to solitary confinement. A study conducted by the Colorado Department of Corrections found that solitary confinement did not undermine mental health, and suggested that inmates in isolation often had mental health problems that should not be attributed to the isolation itself.

softballnuggetThe International Red Cross considers Solitary Confinement  to be a form of psychological torture when the period of confinement is longer than a few weeks or is continued indefinitely. Negative psychological effects have been documented, leading one judge in a 2001 suit to rule that “[Solitary confinement] units are virtual incubators of psychoses—seeding illness in otherwise healthy inmates and exacerbating illness in those already suffering from mental infirmities.”

According to sources the reluctance to play an insanity defense and admit to weakness may have been one of the reasons Ofeldt sought to fire his attorneys earlier this year. The inmate’s attitude may have changed.

In a hearing earlier this year Ofeldt volunteered that he had trouble paying a attention and suffered from attention deficit disorder.

Ofeldt has changed more than his attitude instead of the shaved head and goatee of the hardened inmate of last year, Wednesday in court he was clean shaven and sported a full head of hair

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Wendover Clubs Rock Feb. Las Vegas Strip Lays Eggs

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Howard Copelan



Wendover was one of the few bright spots on a very dismal February Gaming Win report released last week by the Nevada Gaming commission.

Wendover clubs reported a 9.13 percent increase in total win to $15.1 million.

It was the second largest increase of the fiscal year which ends in June and comes after a phenomenal 20 percent increase from January.

Like the preceding month weather or the lack of it got most of the credit. In February 2013 Wendover was still in the grips of a deep freeze for most of the month.

wrecfraud“Win” is a gross figure, with no operating costs or other expenses deducted. And it’s casino revenue only _ separate from hotel, restaurant or bar revenues generated by the resorts.

While win indicates a casino market’s profitability another statistic “play” is an indicator of how casino workers are fairing. With some casino workers dependent on tips for up to half of their total income, play, the amount of money wagered by gamblers is a good indicator of how much casino workers received in tips and how many gamblers are actually in the casino.

In slots, win was up 7.7 percent to $11.4 million. Slot play was up 6.9 percent to $210.3 million. Slot hold increased from 5.4 to 5.44 percent. On the tables win was up 13.9 percent to $3.7 million. Play was up 9.0 percent to $15.6 million. Hold increased slightly from 22.44 to 23.44 percent.

In the balance of Elko County win was down 1.28 percent to $7.2 million. Slot win was down 2.2 percent to $6.3 million. Slot play was down 0.5 percent to $94.5 million. Hold fell from 6.74 to 6.63 percent. Win from table games was up 6.7 percent to $842,000. Table play was down 6.0 percent to $3.3 million. Hold increased from 22.56 percent to 25.62 percent.

Lightning-halfpageFor the whole state gambling revenue in February dropped 13.7 percent, a decline blamed on a huge drop in baccarat winnings.

Casinos statewide reported a win of $926.1 million in February, down from nearly $1.1 billion raked in during the same month the year before.

According to the most recent gaming figures baccarat play accounted for slightly over 25 percent of the states total January gaming win. Given the fact that well over half the profits generated by baccarat come from just six Las Vegas Strip casinos and fewer than 10,000 Asian high rollers it is understandable that any notion of some kind of disruption in flight traffic from Asia to Las Vegas is enough to cause casino execs, gaming commissioners and state and county assessors to reach for either anxiety meds, heart burn pills or both.

quinnad“It goes without saying the income generated by baccarat is very important,” said Michael Lawton chief analyst for the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Not only did China and the so called little tigers of Vietnam, Laos, Taiwan and Singapore weather the world wide economic down turn better than the rest of the world, their economies have also rebounded much faster and so has the demand for baccarat.

But while the new source of revenue is welcomed in the Silver State it is still very fragile.

According to analyst a short term bump would be significant turning a monthly report from a plus to a minus.

That happened in February, Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip there reported gambling revenue of $555.7 million, down 20.1 percent.

nicholeadClubs in downtown Las Vegas posted a 3 percent gain in gambling revenues to $43 million, while Reno casino revenue inched up nearly 1 percent to $44 million. At South Lake Tahoe, casino winnings fell 9.5 percent to $14.7 million.

February’s report for the first time broke out revenue from online poker. Nevada has three companies licensed to offer Internet poker to players physically present in the state. Online poker brought in $824,000, representing 8.9 percent of the $9.3 million total card-game revenue. Since its inception in Nevada 10 months ago, online poker has generated $8.5 million in gambling revenue.



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Ely Mom Still In Jail, Bail Slashed

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Howard Copelan



An Ely woman accused of abducting her own child is still in the White Pine County Jail despite have her bail reduced from $25,000 to $7,500.

25 year old Sharina Marie McGarrah returned to Ely and turned herself in to the Sheriff’s office last week after being told a warrant for her arrest.

According to reports McGarrah had taken her two-year-old daughter to Springfield Missouri without telling the child’s father.

nicholead“They apparently had joint custody and when the boyfriend showed up to her home to pick up his daughter on February 28th, no one was home,” said White Pine county under Sheriff Scott Henroid. “She returned to Ely after she was notified.”

While the charge against still remains the felony Removal of Child from Lawful Custody, McGarrah’s bail was reduced from $25,000 to $7,500 this week. As of Wednesday however the young mother was still in jail.


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Nugget Softball Hits For Grand Slam

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Howard Copelan



The Nugget Casino scored big with its first softball tourney of the season when hundreds of players converged to Wendover.

The first place team, SVA, received 12 custom Wendover Nugget Jackets. The second place team, PMS/Desert, got 12 DeMarini Vexxum Backpacks. Tri-Lambs who cam in third won 12 custom Wendover Nugget shirts.

“We had three Wendover teams play in this tournament,” said event organizer Luciano Munoz. “Most of the teams where from Utah a few teams from Elko. We also had a home-run  derby in which all proceeds went to my kids baseball program. We expect the same results for are next tournament but are prizes will be even better.”

The next tournament styled “Battle of the Sexes” begins May 31st.


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Wendover Matriarch Karen Crawford Passes, Funeral Thursday 11 am

Posted on 02 April 2014 by Howard Copelan

20140401_102827On March 30, 2014 Karen J. Crawford left a world of loving friends and family to join her husband Ray Crawford in a reserved spot by his side in heaven.  Karen was born on February 20, 1941 in Ely, Nevada to parents John and Dorothy Cox.  Having a few short stays in Oregon and California, Karen spent most of her childhood and teenage years in McGill, Nevada.  She was a 1959 graduate of White Pine High School in Ely.  Following high school she was swept off her feet by a tall handsome man named Ray Crawford.  She married Ray in 1960 and moved to Wendover shortly thereafter.

Karen and Ray would live in Wendover for the rest of their lives.  They raised 5 children, although Ray really only wanted two sons; they both loved the 3 daughters and 2 sons just the same.  Those 5 children all grew up to be successful adults as the result of a loving and caring home.  All went on to form their own families resulting in a total of 8 grandchildren, 4 of those grandchildren also grew up in Wendover.   All her grandchildren had the full embrace of their grandmother’s love.

Karen was a fixture in the community of Wendover and her generosity was felt by many.  She loved arts and crafts and particularly loved to sew and quilt.  In fact she wrote a letter to her children that stated that she would always sew as long as she was able to do it.  Her children and friends admired her talents and a Karen Crawford quilt, night robe or dress was a prized and cherished possession.  She more than sewed; she was an artist, a doll maker and went through a ceramic phase that produced hundreds of kiln-fired pieces of work.  Karen didn’t do anything halfway.  She even operated a small fabric store for several decades to support her “habit” of sewing, doll making and ceramics.

Karen claimed to be a shy person when she was younger but she sure didn’t seem like a shy person in her later years of life.  She loved to see new places and meet new people and was not shy to strangers.  Karen would often strike up a conversation with anyone that would care to listen.  She spoke her mind and held little back.  Some would say that was a flaw but others admired her directness/candor and considered it just a thorn to the beautiful rose she was as a person.  Those that truly knew her could sense no malice in her directness and loved her regardless.

Karen was also a fighter.  She faced hardship and personal tragedy at both ends of her 73 years of life.  During Karen’s teenage years her mother left her father and she was tasked to raise her younger brother in a home without a mother.  In her later years she was faced with raising her youngest daughter for a time alone as her husband was temporarily taken away from her.  Only a few short years later, Ray was permanently taken away due to heart disease.  Just 2 years after Rays passing Karen was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – but survived for another 13 years!  That never-say-die attitude serves as an example to all that knew and loved Karen for the beautiful rose that she was.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Sonny Cox.  Survivors include brothers Kenneth and Dennis Cox; children Mike Crawford, Kerrie Supanich, Terrie Flaherty, Ted Crawford and Paige Giles; grandchildren Nick Phillips, Brittany Crawford, Kasey Crawford, Allison Supanich, Morgan Supanich, Zach Giles, Natalie Giles and Lexie Giles.

On Thursday April 3rd a viewing is scheduled for 11:00 – 12:00 and funeral services at 12:30.  A graveside service at the Wendover Cemetery will follow with a luncheon at 2:00.  The viewing, service and luncheon are to be held at the Wendover L.D.S. church.

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