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West Wendover Elementary School Veterans Day Poster Contest

Posted on 12 November 2017 by Howard Copelan

West Wendover Elementary School Veterans Day Students’ Posters from Miss McCall Hasquet Art Teacher.

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Wendover Lee’s Liquor Store Grand Opening

Posted on 10 November 2017 by Howard Copelan

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Newmont Notes this Month

Posted on 03 November 2017 by Howard Copelan

School District Donation

Newmont External Relations Representative, Jaymie Donovan recently presented Todd Peherson, Director of Elementary Education, this year’s Elko County School District grant check for a total of $80,000. Newmont is proud to support and invest in local education.

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Semi Hazmat Spill Closes I-80 Between Wells & Elko

Posted on 20 October 2017 by Howard Copelan

Thursday October 19th, 2017, Update:

I-80 OPEN from Elko to Wells. Near crash site, traffic diverted to one lane. Expect delays through that area.

Wednesday October 18th, 2017:

Lt. Wurster from Nevada Highway Patrol said I-80 Closed at the mile marker 323 in both directions. It seems that the driver of a semi truck fell asleep at the wheel going West on I-80, drifted through the median lane/middle of the road, and his trailer’s tailturned over. The trailer was containing “amonium bisulfate”, also known as ammonium hydrogen sulfate,  a white, crystalline solid. It is the product of the half-neutralization of sulfuric acid by ammonia. HazMat stand for hazardous materials and items. So not only the hiway was closed because of the turned trailer, but mostly because a Hazmat cleaning crew was called in. Wurster said that no one got injured due to this accident.

NDOT closed I-80 in both directions between Elko and Wells due to that crash and the hazmat spill.

By 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, the road was still closed as the clean up crew was still at work.

Lt. Wurster was hoping the roadway could reopen by late Wednesday night, or Thursday morning, but nothing was sure yet.

Nevada Highway Patrol says drivers can use State Route 229 (Secret Pass) as an alternative route. New alternate route–Carlin-SR278 to Eureka, Eureka to Ely US50, Ely to Wells US93.

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Tribal Cmmunities Invited to Summit on Sustaining Water Resources and Agriculture

Posted on 11 October 2017 by Howard Copelan

The Native Waters on Arid Lands Project helps tribal communities in the Great Basin and American Southwest adapt to climate change and build resiliency for their water resources and agriculture.(photo credit University of Nevada, Reno)

On Nov. 13, in Reno, tribal high-school youth will have a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, such as extracting DNA from a banana and hiking through the Truckee Meadows to see how water has shaped the area. The activities are all part of the Native Waters on Arid Lands Youth Day, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., presented by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension to teach tribal youth in the Great Basin and American Southwest about agriculture, water resources and changes in climate.

The Youth Day is a new event that has been added to the annual Native Waters on Arid Lands Tribal Summit, now in its third year, being presented this year Nov. 15-16 in Sparks, Nevada. The Summit is part of the Native Waters on Arid Lands Project, which helps tribal communities in the Great Basin and American Southwest adapt to changes in climate, with a focus on water resources and agriculture.

“Through the Native Waters on Arid Lands Project, we’re partnering with Native American tribes in the region to identify challenges and opportunities for sustaining water resources and strengthening tribal economies in the face of climate change,” said Loretta Singletary of University of Nevada, Reno, co-project director for the Native Waters on Arid Lands Project, which is organizing the annual educational events as part of its broader integrated research and Extension outreach initiative. 

The Youth Day is at the Desert Research Institute, a partner in the project, 2215 Raggio Parkway in Reno. For more information about this educational event, contact Meghan Collins, 

The Native Waters on Arid Lands Tribal Summit will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave. in Sparks. The cost is $250 before Oct. 28 and $300 beginning Oct. 29 and covers meals and refreshments. 

Session topics for the Summit include:

  • Native Waters on Arid Lands research updates
  • Ground-Surface water
  • Traditional knowledge and ecology
  • Economics and water
  • Tribal ranching and conservation practices
  • Tribal Education Forum

The Native Waters on Arid Lands Youth Day and Tribal Summit are funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture – Agriculture Food Research Initiative. The Native Waters on Arid Lands Project was one of five integrated research and Extension projects nationwide selected for USDA funding.

Partners in the project include University of Nevada, Reno; The University of Arizona; First Americans Land-Grant Consortium; Utah State University; Desert Research Institute; Ohio University; United States Geological Survey; and the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program in Nevada and Arizona. Co-project directors include Singletary, along with Staci Emm of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; Maureen McCarthy of University of Nevada, Reno; John Phillips of First Americans Land-Grant Consortium; Bonnie Colby, Karletta Chief and Trent Teegerstrom of The University of Arizona; Kynda Curtis and Eric Edwards of Utah State University; Mike Dettinger of United States Geological Survey; Derek Kauneckis of Ohio University; and Beverly Ramsey of Desert Research Institute. 

For more information or to register for the summit, visit, or contact Extension Educator Staci Emm, or 775-945-3444, ext. 10, or Summit Organizer Vicki Hebb, or 605-222-2062.

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Elko Bomb Threat Suspect From Spring Creek

Posted on 10 October 2017 by Howard Copelan


Casey Overacker, 34 year old from Spring Creek, arrested for Elko bomb threat.

Police arrested a Spring Creek man they believe carried out the most recent telephone bomb threat that forced evacuation of the Elko County Courthouse. Sheriff Jim Pitts said 34-year-old Casey Overacker was taken into custody this week after an investigation that included use of new technology. Overacker is being held on just over 20-thousand-dollars bail at the Elko County Jail.

Bail set at $22,412.


Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts

Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts says that if Overacker get convicted, he, the sheriff, hope he can go in front of the judge and  submit the cost that this incident entailed for Overacker to pay on top of the bail: all the lost time for all the county courthouse employees, the cost of all the manpower from the Elko County Sheriff department and the Elko County Fire department, as this was a very costly crime for the county.

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59 dead and 527 injured in shooting on Las Vegas Strip/with updates through Tuesday evening

Posted on 02 October 2017 by Howard Copelan

The gunman in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on October 2, 2017, has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Monday morning.

More than 59 people were killed and at least 527 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.

64-year-old Stephen Paddock

Posted October 2nd, updated October 3rd:

Police released the updated death toll in the early morning hours after a horrific night of violence that turned a concert into a scene of carnage. Though initial reports put the death toll at 20, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police tweeted later that at least 50 were dead. But the death toll as now raised to 59 dead and from 400 to 527 injured in hospitals, with twelve in critical conditions.

Police said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev., was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which he was firing at the crowd.

This Blood Drive will help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, as the hospitals are in very big need of blood.

“Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone wolf attacker,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. “We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat.” The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is a joint city-county force headed by the sheriff.

Authorities said the gunman appeared to have begun firing at 10:08 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the concert venue across the street.

Officers entered the room and engaged the suspect and “he is dead, currently,” Lombardo said, adding that authorities have no evidence of a motive. “We don’t know what his belief system was at this time.”

Police said they have succeeded in locating a woman, identified as Marilou Danley, who was believed to be traveling with Paddock and is listed as living at his address in Mesquite, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. “We are confident we have located the female person of interest,” the department said on Twitter.

Mesquite Police Officer Quinn Averett, a spokesman for the department, said about 10 Mesquite officers were at the home early Monday morning, holding a perimeter.

Authorities found several firearms in the suspect’s hotel room, Lombardo said.

One of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert, Lombardo said. Several other officers from Nevada and California, both on and off duty, were wounded by gunfire, officials said.

“A tragic and heinous act of violence has shaken the Nevada family,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said on Twitter. “Our prayers are with the victims and all affected by this act of cowardice.”

President Trump tweeted his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to the victims and their families.

University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said the hospital was treating “many patients” with gunshot wounds in the wake of the shooting. There were so many that citizens were arriving at the emergency room with gunshot victims loaded into their cars, local media reported.

The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals.

Authorities established a command post and triage center, and shut down parts of the Strip in the hours after the shooting. Hotel guests blocked from returning to their hotels were shuttled to a center equipped with metal detectors.

Police initially investigated reports of a “suspicious device” down the street, outside the Luxor Hotel, but said later there appeared to be no explosive devices related to the incident, other than that used by the SWAT team breaching the room where the suspect was.

When the shooting started the country music festival was underway across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Mandalay Bay. The Jason Aldean performance was underway when a sudden gunfire shots errupted.

Some witnesses say the shots appeared to be coming from an upper floor of the hotel. Dozens of people dropped to the ground, screaming, while others ran, some in pairs or in groups with their arms linked.

The shooting went on for more than 30 seconds before the music stopped, and another burst was heard later.

“Get down, stay down,” one woman shouted. “Let’s go,” another voice said. Another wave of gunshots followed soon after.

Aldean was quickly pulled off stage, and soon after the band was brought off as well.

Two men near Mandalay Bay said they heard someone in a helicopter with a bullhorn yelling, “Go! Go! Go!” as the incident unfolded. Others said they saw police and SWAT teams streaming into the hotel.

Aldean, who was into his fourth or fifth song when the shooting began. The crowd began to stampede.

Alarm spread up and down the Strip as news of the shootings spread.

Everyone just took off running from the White Castle and the hotel” said a witness. “Employees and customers went downstairs to hide in the break room. We were here now, 15 of us, with customers. We were safe but we did not know what was happening.”

The entire area was put on lockdown.

Several off-duty Bakersfield police officers were attending the concert when the gunfire began, officials said. Bakersfield Police Lt. Jeff Burdick said they were not in a position to return fire.

One Bakersfield officer was wounded the gunfire and was taken to a hospital for treatment, but is expected to survive, Burdick said.

“Our officers were actually attending the concert as civilians,” Burdick said, adding that the agency has accounted for every officer known to be there.

Officials at McCarran International Airport reported that some flights were diverted in the immediate aftermath of the shootings. “Expect delays,” the airport said on Twitter.

Hospital personnel across Las Vegas were paged to work, local media reported.

Parts of Interstate 15 near the Strip were also shut down, and hotel guests across the city were being ordered to shelter in place. The freeway reopened later, but off ramps near the Strip remained closed through much of the night.

The shooter prepared well in advance, made a transfer of $100k to the Philippines in the days before the shooting, were is girlfriend is from, set up cameras at his hotel room to see possible people coming to his room, and he had devices attached to 12 weapons allowing semiautomatic rifles to mimic fully automatic gunfire.

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New Grease Monkey Grand Opening

Posted on 28 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

L to R: Raised in Wendover, Robert and Mike Spillman, here at their new business Grease Monkey and Monkey Shine before the grand Opening this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (photo credit High Desert Advocate)

    The Spillman family is a Wendover family for more than sixty one years. Mike, Robert and Richard, the three brothers invested in the new “Grease Monkey” business are only three out of four brothers, and out of eleven children, with seven sisters, four still leaving in Wendover. Their parents arrived in Wendover in 1956, moving from Nebraska. The father worked at the potash plant and the mother besides raising with her husband eleven children, from which eight were born here in Wendover, also worked at the post office, and at the port of entry. All four brothers when younger, worked with Ray Crawford at his garage, and remember him foundly.

    The three brothers decided to go into business about three years ago, said Mike. They bought the land a little over a year ago, from the old police station site, and cleared the concrete this past January 2017. They started construction with “Ascent” company, with the ground breaking this past March. The new business who opened a short month ago on August 28th, and they now are having they grand opening these three coming days of Thursday, Friday and Saturday with specials.  

    Mike and Robert said that they are planning on opening other businesses in the rest of the lot that they own, in the future, but didn’t tell which kind yet.

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West Wendover High School HOME COMING SCHEDULE

Posted on 25 September 2017 by Howard Copelan


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Posted on 25 September 2017 by Howard Copelan


HOMECOMING BBQ, Sponsored By Wells Rural Electric Co.


Monday, September 25th 6:30 p.m.

Come Join us at the WestWendover

Jr/Sr High Homecoming BBQ

at the West Wendover High Football field

Completely FREE Event!!

Booster Club will have Wolverine Apparel for purchase

Fun for the entire family!

Bounce houses, Food & entertainment



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