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Montello Flooded From Dam Breach And Two Rescues From An Highway Trooper and Fire Department

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Howard Copelan


By Wednesday, Twentyone Mile Dam near Montello, broke and caused flooding to the Union Pacific Railroad line near Lucin, Nevada and flooded the town of Montello.(photo credit Union Pacific Railroad)

Highway Trooper Rescues Two

Tuesday February 7th, around  6 p.m. in the evening, a couple in a car heading toward Wells , traveling north on US 93, encountered a portion of the road flooded, and started to hydroplane. Battle Mountain Highway Trooper Jim Stewart said they went off the right shoulder and into a washed out area. The water was starting to go in from the hood into the vehicle where the two passengers were.  Highway Patrol Trooper Sergeant Jeff Howell arrived on scene and came to the rescue of the two passengers by making them go to the back of the vehicle and then getting them out of the car from the back doors. Then he took them to Wells to dry out and make arrangements to be picked up.

Thanks to the trooper, Medical personnel were called to check on the well-being of the accident victims, who were found to have no injuries.       

Three Volunteer Firemen from Ryndon Fire Department Rescue Another Couple

  In another incident, Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitt told us that another vehicle near Ryndon and Osino (outside of Elko), with a couple from Elko, also trying to move through moving waters had to be rescued. We talk to John Pitt (nephew of the Sheriff) at the Elko County Fire Protection Dist. He said that three Volunteer Firemen from Ryndon Fire Department were able to help the couple with their 4 wheel Drive heavy brush truck (that they use on wild land off terrain).

Twentyone Mile Dam near Montello Flood The Town

By Wednesday, Twentyone Mile Dam near Montello, broke and caused flooding to the Union Pacific Railroad line near Lucin, Nevada and flooded the town of Montello.

Nevada’s state water engineer says an earthen dam that burst near the Utah line passed an inspection last summer.

Jason King, state engineer for Nevada’s Water Resources Division, said Thursday the dam used to hold water for rural irrigation in Elko County received a “fair” rating in June on a scale of “poor, fair and satisfactory.”

He said in an email that inspectors recommended some improvements, including the removal of deep-rooted vegetation and the monitoring of areas where seepage occurs.

But that there were “no issues identified as needing immediate attention.”

King said the Twentyone Mile Dam that broke near Montello on Wednesday is considered a “low hazard structure,” which means any breach is not expected to cause loss of life.

A rural county in northeast Nevada has declared a state of emergency due to heavy rains that caused an earthen dam to burst, washed out a state highway and triggered flash flooding near the Utah line.

Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts says county commissioners approved the state of emergency Thursday as his deputies searched for anyone who might be stranded.

No injuries have been reported. Authorities say there appears to be extensive damage to several ranches and farms. Most of the region remains under a flood warning.

Pitts says about 30 residences have been impacted by the floodwaters in Montello since the Twentyone Mile Dam broke Wednesday afternoon. A 10-mile stretch of State Route 233 remains closed.

Pitts says the emergency declaration will make the county eligible for state assistance.

Authorities say a state road remains closed and impassible after an earthen dam failed in a rural area of northeastern Nevada, releasing fast-moving water that covered low-lying roads and forced the rerouting of trains.

The National Weather Service said Thursday that flash-flood warnings have expired, but flood warnings remain in effect near Montello. Meteorologist Brian Boyd says most of the water that’s built up behind the dam after heavy snow and runoff has now been released.

The Nevada Department of Transportation says State Route 233 remains closed to the Utah border.

A spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad says the waters forced delays or rerouting for more than a dozen freight and passenger trains.

Justin E. Jacobs says crews are assessing washed out and damaged areas. It’s unknown when service will be restored.


Near Reno last Sunday and now in Elko, Wells and surroundings Flood Warning everywhere as the snow and ice melt due to sudden rise in temperature.


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Wendover Ladycats Going To Basketball State Championship

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

Wendover Lady Cat #10, Amanda Murphy with the ball. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher)

Wendover Lady Cat #10, Amanda Murphy with the ball. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher)

With their coach Kate Henderson and assistant coach Nick Tangaro, the Wendover Ladycats are heading to State Championships.

Wendover Ladycats won against Dugway’s Mustangs last Tuesday, February 7th and  last Wednesday, February 9th, against the Intermountain Lions and this placed them to go to State. They Started traveling Tuesday, February 14th  to the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, UT and have their first play Wednesday, the 15th at 10:00 am against Monument Valley’s Cougars.

If they win, the next day Thursday the 16th,is the Quarter Finals and they will play at 8:30 p.m. the winner of Brice Valley against Milford due to play the previous Wednesday night at 11:30 p.m.

Let us wish them good luck!

Wendover Lady Cats Tanya Duran, Yaneli Dueñas and Adriana DelGadillo on defense. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher).

Wendover Lady Cats Tanya Duran, Yaneli Dueñas and Adriana DelGadillo on defense. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher).


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Wildcats Hit the Baskets

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

Wendover Wildcats are having a good season.

Here Jose Carrillo, Uriah Trammell and Ubaldo Carmona. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher).

Here Jose Carrillo, Uriah Trammell and Ubaldo Carmona. (Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher).

Roger Maldonado drilling away.(Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher)

Roger Maldonado drilling away.(Photo J. Mike Ringholz Art Teacher)


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Opinion: Americans Need Help Fast

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Howard Copelan


Glenn Mollette

The new medical insurance premium for my wife and I will be just a few dollars shy of $2,000 per month for 2017. This amounts to a total of $24,000 for the year. Should either of us have a serious illness or medical procedure then our out of pocket expense will be $11,000. Therefore we could potentially be out $35,000 in medical expenses in one year.  I hope we aren’t but the potential is always there. Of course, that would be better than a $100,000 medical expense or being shoved into bankruptcy because of medical bills. It is easy in today’s world to rack up several hundred thousand dollars in medical expenses.

   President Trump appears to be moving fast on his promises.  I hope he acts fast on affordable health care because it’s killing me.

   I continue to hear from people who have achieved Social Security disability status. They were declared disabled by a doctor and were eventually legally approved. This not only means a nice monthly check from Social Security but it means medical care provided by the American taxpayers. Sadly, there are lots of reports of people who have obtained crooked attorneys with connections to crooked doctors who know a crooked Judge who help them get approved for disabled Social Security. I’m for anybody that is truly disabled to have this help from the American taxpayers. It’s bad for America when people lie and fake an illness to get a disability check.  Unfortunately when the government is writing checks multitudes line up to get their share whether they deserve it or not.

   If I live a few more years I can apply for a full Social Security check and I will have Medicare. We will only have to pay for my wife’s medical insurance for a little while and thus life will go on.  The point is that most of us are feeling the pain of health insurance costs. Mr. President we need help fast.

    Hospitals and doctors have been gouging the government and insurance companies for a long time. For years the government and insurance companies have paid it but things are changing some. Insurance companies are no longer paying for everything or paying the full price they are being charged. One doctor recently told me that he has to bill the insurance company about three times more than he would normally charge a patient to just receive close to the amount he needs for a procedure.

    While our new government leadership is supposedly working on a plan to fix medical care they need to fix the rising cost of a college education. Too many college graduates are racking up $60,000 to over $100,000 in debt with horrendous interest rates being charged by some lending institutions. Colleges know they have a gravy train. Thousands of students across the country who meet the conditions can receive $5,815 in government money paid directly to their college of choice. Colleges then tack on thousands of dollars more that families or the students often have to borrow. Colleges in turn build bigger buildings and incur more debt that in turn requires more and more tuition from struggling students and families.

   Many federally funded colleges pay big salaries. One college President in Kentucky made about $400,000 a year at a tiny private Christian college. That’s not that huge as some Presidents today are making close to a million dollars a year. What is interesting is that his Board of Trustees promised him this same salary package upon his retirement for the rest of his life plus medical insurance, an apartment, a car and even his cell phone. Where does this money come from? The money comes from federal grants that we the taxpayers pay and from struggling students who rack up big debts so that a retired college President can receive almost $400,000 a year and additional perks for the rest of his life. Sadly, a lot of academic institutions are crumbling across this country. There are numerous cases of campuses closing and being sold to bigger institutions or closing altogether.

     Average Americans can’t handle what we are being handed in medical and college costs. We need help fast.

By Dr. Glenn Mollette

Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of eleven books. He is read in all fifty states.


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West Wendover Honor Roll

Posted on 15 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

Here is the Honor Roll for West Wendover, compiled by Barrie Sharp and pictures taken by Kim Reamer.

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WWHS Complaint Department & Lemonade

Posted on 14 February 2017 by Howard Copelan


The cast of the play”Complaint Department & Lemonade, after two successful performances. (Photo Kim Reamer).

The cast of the play”Complaint Department & Lemonade, after two successful performances. 

Complaint Department Play



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Weather Warning And Sheriff and Fire Department Warning

Posted on 14 February 2017 by Howard Copelan

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Weather Warning

    The National Weather Service in Elko Nevada has extended the * Flood Warning for… Rain and Snowmelt in… Humboldt County in northwestern Nevada… Northeastern Lander County in north central Nevada… Elko County in northeastern Nevada… Northwestern Eureka County in north central Nevada… A widespread overland flooding from excessive rain and snowmelt continues. Many dirt roads in the warning area have reported washouts or flooding. Minor flooding of structures is or has occurred with several reports in Elko County alone. Additional streams exiting the higher terrain and flowing into valleys are also likely flooding. Despite water levels receding overnight, additional light rain and snowmelt could renew or worsen flooding in the area. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Elko, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Carlin, Wells, Charleston, Valmy, Beowawe, Jiggs, Currie, Gibbs Ranch, Golconda, Montello, Dunphy, Oasis, Lamoille, McDermitt, Midas, Clover Valley and Deeth. Additional rainfall amounts of around one tenth of an inch are possible in the warned area.


Sheriff and Fire Department Warning


Elko Fire Protection District, Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Elko County Road Department and other agencies are working together and staying in close communication with the National Weather Service.

  Emergency personnel in Elko County are warning citizens to use caution when driving when there is standing or running water on roads after first responders rescued people stuck on washed out highways.

   U.S. Highway 93 from Wells to Lages Junction is closed, according to Nevada Department of Transportation. The highway was underwater Tuesday. Some of the flooding has receded, but NDOT is afraid the road may have been damaged, said Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts.

  The road to Montello, State Route 233 from Interstate 80 at Oasis to Montello is closed.

  “We’ve set up a direct line into the sheriff’s office for sandbags for any people that need some help. (For calls) that are a non-emergency that number is 777-2520,” Pitts said. “Call us there, we can help with sandbags. We can help with manpower.”

   Anyone who is availableto volunteer to help fill sandbags should also call the non-emergency number.

  Pitts and Elko County Fire Protection District Chief Linda Bingaman also warn people not to drive through water on a road, especially if it is running water.

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Approved Funding For The Training of Panasonic Employees

Posted on 14 February 2017 by Howard Copelan


  The Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development today voted to approve funding for the training of Panasonic employees at the Tesla Gigafactory through the Workforce Innovations for the New Nevada (WINN) Program, and voted for the approval of two companies that will create over 500 jobs in Nevada.aa

    “It is critical that Nevada’s workforce training programs be responsive to employers’ needs, and that is just what the WINN program was designed to do,” said Governor Brian Sandoval.  “Through WINN, GOED partnered with Panasonic, Hamilton Company, and Truckee Meadows Community College to develop a training program that will not only allow Panasonic to hire the trained employees it requires at the Tesla Gigafactory, but also allows for Nevadans with no advanced manufacturing experience to receive the training necessary to work in one of Nevada’s most promising and emerging industries.”

     The GOED Board approved a WINN Grant of $175,000 for the Panasonic Preferred Pathway (P3).

     The Panasonic Preferred Pathway (P3) is designed as an employment credential to teach the terminology, culture, safety practices, and basic skills found in manufacturing.  Students who complete the M1 Program will be considered for employment with Panasonic in an entry-level Material Handler position.  Completion of the M2 Program will make the worker/student eligible for promotion or placement as a Panasonic Production Operator.  Two additional levels of training (M3 and M4) will be developed in the future for worker advancement at the Panasonic facility.

    Qualifying participants for the M1 program will be awarded a scholarship for two credits of the M1 program plus admission fee ($229.50). Students will self-fund the remaining credits, but will be reimbursed for the cost of the modules upon completion (up to $914.50), unless hardship exists. Students will be given the option of registering in .5 credit modules that would limit out of pocket expenses to about $56.00 at a time where reimbursement of the module completed could be applied to the next module.

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“With each Board Meeting, we see companies who are not only interested in locating in Nevada, but passionately committed to investing millions of dollars and hiring hundreds of Nevadans to do so,” said GOED Director Steve Hill.  “With Stixis Technologies, over 400 jobs will be created in 5 years, with over 130 committed in year one alone.  The company represents a significant addition to Nevada’s IT sector.  Pacific Cheese is a Nevada company that has chosen to reinvest in Nevada through an expansion that will see nearly 100 employees added to its payroll.  For these companies and all of the others, it is important that Nevada’s business environment remain competitive both for our Nevada companies today and those we hope will come to our state in the future.”

The following includes more information on the companies:

Stixis Technologies (Clark County): The business will begin operations by creating 415 jobs over a five-year period and a total capital investment of $1,019,200. It is a technology services, consulting, and business solutions organization providing services to businesses, including computer programming, applications management and project management. Founded in 2009, the company provides services to clients across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, healthcare, digital media and entertainment, education, retail and government.

Pacific Cheese Company Inc. (Washoe County): The company will create 93 new primary jobs for Nevada in the first five years, with a total capital investment of $1.1 million. The company has been successfully operating in south Reno since March 2004, where it has expanded its operations in 2011 and again in 2013 while continuing to invest in the region. The family-owned and operated board cheese line supplies products to foodservice operators, retailers, food manufacturers, and restaurant chains around the globe.

The Board was given an introduction to the legislative priorities for GOED in the upcoming legislative session and these include proposed changes to NRS 231 and NRS 360 as well as legislation focused on Nevada’s emerging driverless vehicle industry and business license fees for film production companies.


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ACLU of Nevada Files Demands for Documents on Implementation of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Posted on 14 February 2017 by Howard Copelan


The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada joined the southern California affiliate in filing a Freedom of Information Act request today with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Los Angeles field office to expose how Trump administration officials are interpreting and executing the president’s Muslim ban, acting in violation of federal courts that ordered a stay on the ban’s implementation. The filing today is part of a coordinated effort from 50 ACLU affiliates, which filed 18 FOIAs with CBP field offices and its headquarters spanning over 55 international airports across the country.

    “We continue to believe that the executive order signed by President Trump is an unconstitutional Muslim ban that harms and discriminates against law abiding citizens, legal permanent residents, and visa holders. The only way to discover the total impact and true nature of this ban is to see who it is directed against and how many individuals under the guise of a national security threat and families have been affected by it,” said Tod Story, executive director ACLU of Nevada.


  Media reports indicate that CBP officials detained and deported individuals, even after federal courts ordered officials to stop enforcing the executive order following a court challenge from the ACLU and other organizations.

“It is imperative that the public learn if federal immigration officials are blatantly defying nationwide federal court orders that block President Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “To shed light on this critical issue of pressing public concern, 50 ACLU affiliates are using the Freedom of Information Act to expose Customs and Border Protection’s abuse of power.”

   The Trump administration has yet to inform the public of how many refugees, visa holders, and legal permanent residents have been affected by this action.

   The following ACLU affiliates participated in this coordinated FOIA filing:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona,

Arkansas, Colorado,

Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii,

Idaho, Illinois, Indiana,

Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,

Louisiana, Maine,

Maryland, Massachusetts,

Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,

Nevada, New Hampshire,

New Jersey, New Mexico,

New York, North Carolina,  North Dakota, Northern California, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, San Diego, California, South Carolina, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin,

The ACLU national release is available here:

About American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada:

The ACLU of Nevada is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the defense and advancement of civil liberties and civil rights for all people in Nevada since 1966.

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