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Wendover July Gaming Increase

Posted on 17 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

Nevada’s non-restricted gaming licensees reported a total “gaming win” of $997,972,643 for the month of July 2017. This amounts to a 1.73% decrease compared to July 2016, when licensees reported a gaming win of $1,015,558,545. But it was not a decrease everywhere. West Wendover had over a million increase, compare to 2016, the rest of Elko county had a 3/4 of a million increase.The Boulder strip had close to 11 million increase, also Downtown Las Vegas had a 31/3 million increase, North Las Vegas with almost 31/2 million increase, Laughlin with a 21/2 million increase,    … But Las Vegas Strip had close to 471/2 million decrease, Clark county a 20 million decrease, The State collected $69,150,680 in percentage fees during the month of August 2017 (Percentage fee collections are through August 28, 2017), based upon the taxable revenues generated in July 2017. This represents a 1.08% (or $738,816) increase compared to the prior year’s August, when percentage fee collections were $68,411,864.

Percentage Fee Collections for the Month of August 2017

The State collected $69,150,680 in percentage fees during the month of August 2017*, based upon the taxable revenues generated in July 2017. This represents a 1.08% (or $738,816) increase compared to the prior year’s August, when percentage fee collections were $68,411,864.

 

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Breaking News: Wendover Juvenile Found and Rescued

Posted on 13 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

The railroad underpass were officer Pantelakis discovered the missing juvenile around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night.(photo credit High Desert Advocate)

This past Tuesday a 13 years old young man, going to the West Wendover middle school, was missing. The family alerted the local West Wendover police at around 5:45 p.m. of him not returning home. As a juvenile, we will withhold his name, but the family was frantic as they had a tragedy a few years back about an other juvenile very close to them. This young man was missing due to a seizure and a black out from it. Chief of Police Burdel Welsh told us that the police department, the Fire department and volunteers were on the look out for him, the whole evening, until he was discovered by officer Pantelakis, who found him after 9:00 p. m. along Florence way, between Mesa and Silver, under the railroad tracks. He was still having seizures, and was transported by ambulance then helicopter to Salt Lake City Primary Children’s Hospital. He was back in Wendover the next day, Wednesday.

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Lady Wolverine Isaacs and Boatman Wins First and Second

Posted on 13 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

Sarah Isaacs(right) and Sydney Boatman(left) from the lady Wolverine Golf Team won 1st and 2nd at White Pine golf course in Ely. Picture in the middle is Wolverine golfer Rebecca Wahlstrom (photo credit coach Kathy Durham).

By Stevens Isaacs

The West Wendover High School Girls Golf Team opened the 2017 season of the Eastern Section of Northern Nevada 2A Division at White Pine County golf course in Ely, Nevada, Thursday August 31. The West Wendover girls could not compete for the team event due to the late arrival of two players. However, Sarah Isaacs finished first individually with a score of 86 closely followed by Sydney Boatman with a personal best 91. Rebecca Wahlstrom also competed for the Wolverine’s. A trio of Elko girls filled out the top five with scores of 100, 102 and 103. Elko was first in the team event with Wells second.

Lady Wolverine Golf Team at White Pine golf course in Ely. (photo credit coach Kathy Durham).

Lady Wolverine Golf Team at White Pine golf course in Ely. (photo credit coach Kathy Durham).

Lady Wolverine Golf Team at White Pine golf course in Ely. (photo credit coach Kathy Durham).

Rebecca Wahlstrom, Sarah Isaacs,coach Kathy Durham and Sydney Boatman at White Pine golf course in Ely (photo credit Stevens Isaacs).

The next tournament was Thursday, September 7, at Chimney Rock golf course in Wells, Nevada, The Wolverines should be at full strength and eligible for the team trophy.

And the girls are playing right now, Wednesday September 13, in Wendover.

We will give you an update as soon as we can.

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Marriage Licenses For Wendover

Posted on 11 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

West Wendover Councilwoman Jasie Holm worked hard and patiently toward getting “Marriage Licenses” for her town.

Councilwoman Jasie Holm worked over a year behind the scenes to bring to West Wendover the most coveted “marriage Licenses”. For many years, may be more than twenty, West Wendover residents knew it would be a wonderful new venue to be able to offer to Utah and surroundings a possibility to come to Wendover, and get married. Las Vegas style marriage is very well known to appeal to many for the care free and fun way to get married. Elko County finally agreed to give the town of West Wendover the means to have marriage licenses. The couples wanting to get married will have to pay by credit card at the satellite Clerk’s office of West Wendover.

 

 

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More Recognition for West Wendover Police Officers

Posted on 10 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

Left to right: Chief of Police Burdel Welsh, P. Turner, T. Ramirez, C. Petro, C. Love, M. Pantelakis, B. Hillaker, D. Lininger (photo credit WWPD office)

This past Tuesday, September 6, 2017 six members of the West Wendover Police Department, P. Turner, T. Ramirez, C. Petro, C. Love, M. Pantelakis, B. Hillaker received a new recognition from the City of West Wendover and Mayor Corona for their efforts resulting in the apprehension of a suspect wanted from the Salt Lake City area for several felonies.

Mayor Daniel Corona, Officer B. Hillaker and Chief of Police Burdel Welsh.(photo credit Lt. D. Lininger from W.W. P. D. office)

 

Mayor Daniel Corona, Officer C. Love and Chief of Police Burdel Welsh.(photo credit Lt. D. Lininger from W.W. P. D. office)

Mayor Daniel Corona, Officer C. Petro and Chief of Police Burdel Welsh.(photo credit Lt. D. Lininger from W.W. P. D. office)

Mayor Daniel Corona, Officer M. Pantelakis and Chief of Police Burdel Welsh.(photo credit Lt. D. Lininger from W.W. P. D. office)

Mayor Daniel Corona, Officer P. Turner and Chief of Police Burdel Welsh.(photo credit Lt. D. Lininger from W.W. P. D. office)

Mayor Daniel Corona, Officer T. Ramirez and Chief of Police Burdel Welsh.(photo credit Lt. D. Lininger from W.W. P. D. office)

Last August 9, 2017 , the Unified Police Department personnel visited the West Wendover Police Department to present Division Commander Awards to the six West Wendover Police Officers. The six members of the West Wendover Police Department had received recognition of their efforts resulting in the apprehension of a suspect wanted from the Salt Lake City area for several felonious crimes. Unified Police Department personnel visited the West Wendover Police Department to present Division Commander Awards to the six West Wendover Police Officers.

On July 12, 2017, Detective Adamson and Detective Wilson developed information that robbery suspect, Thomas Riessen was in West Wendover. They responded to the area and contacted local law enforcement.

Lt. Leninger said that upon arrival, the detective met with Sgt. Hillaker, Sgt. Petro, Officer Turner, Officer Ramirez, Officer Love and Officer Pantelakis. Once Riessen’s location was determined the law enforcement team created a plan to safely and effectively take Rieseen into custody without exposing the public to any potential threats.

With Riessen in custody, Unified Police could clear six bank robberies and two Metro PCS cell phone store robberies. This includes four bank robberies in the Unified Police Department jurisdiction, one in Salt Lake City, one in Sandy and the two Metro PSC stores (one in Salt Lake City and the other in West Valley City).

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Breaking News: A Man accused of kidnapping Ex-girlfriend Caught in Elko Nevada

Posted on 08 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

John Baerthlein, 75, arrested in Elko for kidnapping is ex-girlfriend.

A man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail assisted living center on Wednesday has been captured in Elko Nevada.

After an extraditable warrant was issued, John Baerthlein, 75, was arrested at the Best Western motel in Elko, Nev., with the assistance of Elko Police. His ex-girlfriend, Alexis Carol, 67, was safe and has been placed in protective custody.

Carol suffers from dementia, and Baerthlein removed her from the facility on Wednesday afternoon unlawfully as he doesn’t have power of attorney over her.

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Newmont Notes

Posted on 05 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

Recently, Newmont North America had a great showing at the 2017 Elko Safety Olympiad with Mine Emergency Response Teams from their Long Canyon, Carlin, Cripple Creek & Victor, Phoenix , and Twin Creeks mine sites competing in the event. In its 31st year the event brought together 14 teams from Nevada, Utah and Wyoming to participate in the three-day competition that included judged scenario events in hazmat, medical, confined space, fire, ropes and triage categories. Newmont thanks all of the MERT members who participated in this beneficial skill-building experience.

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Wendover Middle School Opens

Posted on 04 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

The West Wendover new middle school opened doors Monday, August 28th, but the machines were still working long after the students went home. They were still not done Wednesday night. (photo credit High Desert Advocate)

7th and 8th graders arrive early Monday at the new school, but the entrance is not very “new”.(photo credit High Desert Advocate)

The West Wendover new middle school finally opened its doors to the 7th and 8th graders this past Monday. There were still a few problems who will need to be addressed in the near future.  The school is still sharing staff which means 7th and 8th graders must walk over to the high school for music, PE, art, some math classes, and other.  Three teachers also must walk over to the middle school to teach a class.  And the 7/8th graders have to go to the High school for lunch as well.  The building is not entirely done, so the reading specialists have no place to do their job yet, or the computers necessary to run the reading program for the students.  “It just seems to be unfair as the other middle schools in the district are fully independent schools.  Why aren’t we?  In my opinion unless they weren’t going to fully staff the middle school they should never have opened it” said one concerned parent.

The secretary, Alissa Lobato and the attendance secretary, Mayra Dorado. (photo credit High Desert Advocate)

Besides not having all the teachers necessary, the school is also understaffed at the office. There is a secretary, Alissa Lobato and an attendance secretary, Mayra Dorado. But the secretary’s assistant seems to be the reading program specialist (in need of a room and computers).

The nurses were also still learning their jobs. A nurse from the Elko County school district office, Mary Headley,  was training them for a few more days to be on the computer system of the district. It was a nice surprise to see that both nurses for the middle school were graduated from West Wendover High School. Nurse Maria Luna graduated in 1999, and nurse Estella Bauer, in 2010.

Mr. Reamer, now 8th grade math teacher at the middle school. He was 7th and 8th grade math teacher at the Jr. High. (photo credit High Desert Advocate)

We also talked to Mr. Reamer, who used to teach at the Junior/High, 7th and 8th, and now teach only the 8th graders. We asked him if he was teaching is youngest child, but he said that she will go to the high school to take her math class. We asked him about the school having a different mascot and colors than the West Wendover High school. He personally was happy with the school , and the school principal, Mr. Condie, as Reamer said that they were given the opportunity to get involved in the decision process and that it was a collective effort who brought them to have a new mascot, the Wolf (or Wolves), and new colors, blue and gray. And that the 7th and 8th graders still would be able to participate in some Wolverine events.

       A week ago we talked to Elko County school district superintendent Jeff Zander, who said that the school was ready except for the gym who would take an other week to be finished. But it was not entirely all. The front of the school had still workers and machines working the grounds. Holes and wires still worked on, gravel to be added around the trees, the school sign still saying”West Wendover Elementary”.  We also thought it was odd that the girls’ bathrooms had the old elementary school sinks, really low for 7th and 8th graders.

The girls’ bathrooms have the old elementary school sinks, meant for accommodating kinder-gardeners and up, but really low for 12 and 13 years olds. (photo credit High Desert Advocate)

The school buses, with the new white”Battle Born” in the new parking lot.(photo credit High Desert Advocate)

At the price tag that this rebuild came to, we were expecting everything spanking new. But the whole summer long the machines were working outside and it seems that only the parking lot and the gym got the money.

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Opinion: Why Do Some Old People Get Cranky?

Posted on 04 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

Dr. Glenn Mollette

By Dr. Glenn Mollette

I hear you already. All old people aren’t cranky. I have a friend who is 96 years old and is the delight of all who know her. She is independent. She works in her garden every summer. She drives herself to church and the grocery store. She exercises a couple of time s a day. She lives in a very small humble house but it’s her place and she takes care of her home.

Too often my wife and I are out and “hear” crotchety old people. Often they are battering the waitress about the service or the food. Often we get out of their way at the grocery store in fear of being maimed for life by a grocery cart. When visiting in Florida we look both ways when crossing the road more than once because of several occasions we’ve almost been run over by a senior adult.

Let me move quickly here and say most of my friends are senior adults. I guess I have become one numerically but mentally I don’t want to really embrace this reality. However the other day at McDonald’s I was expecting to get the senior adult coffee rate and the cute young lady at the register said, “I’m sorry sir but you don’t look like a senior.” I paused a moment and almost smiling replied, “Uh, well, just how old am I,” I asked.  “I guess about 42,” she said.  I handed her the full $1.06 gladly for the coffee. “Well sir, am I right?” I replied, “Honey, you are good. You nailed it,” I said as I happily walked back out to my car to tell my wife about my pleasant coffee buying experience. By the way, my wife just shook her head when I relayed the conversation to her.

I don’t know for sure why some old people get cranky but I can just imagine. Lots of things change. Hearing changes, eyesight changes, hair grows in weird places, the body is simply no longer 18. For some reason Alice Cooper’s song, “I’m 18 and I don’t know What I Want,” just does not relate any longer. Cooper should come out with a new song, “I’m a senior adult and I don’t know what I want.” Now, that would be another platinum record for Cooper because many seniors are still a lot like they used to be growing up – trying to figure it all out.

Seniors face reality that their longevity is running out. Often money is tight because so many seniors haven’t saved much if any money. Social Security isn’t enough. The aches and pains are often only calmed by prescriptions and often retirement is not what they had envisioned.

Adult children factor into senior’s attitudes as well. Adult kids who still need the financial help of their old parents are a drag for everybody. Or, the adult children who simply still use mom and dad for merely babysitting or solving life’s crises take a bit of the spark out of the senior years as well.

Now let’s go back to my 96 year old friend. Recently her family invited her to go on a vacation with them for a couple of weeks. They said, “Mom, we are going to rent a condo for vacation and we want you to go with us on vacation and cook for us.” She smiled. She thanked them but said, “I don’t want to do that.” There, in that one sentence could be the secret to happy senior adult living – longevity with the independence to still make choices. Good luck!

Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated columnist and author of twelve books. You can now read his new book “Uncommon Sense”.  He is read in all fifty states.

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Eagle Scout Service Project Named NPLD 2017 Event

Posted on 04 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

 

Left to right: Boy Scout Skyler Carter, of Lund, Nev., discusses cleanup of the illegal dumpsite south of town with John Miller, BLM Bristlecone Field Office outdoor recreation planner.
(photo courtesy Ely BLM’s office)

Skyler Carter’s Eagle Scout Service Project is so big it requires dozens of volunteers, heavy equipment and help from a federal land management agency. The 14-year-old Lund, Nev., Boy Scout is spearheading cleanup of an illegal dumpsite south of town to help him earn his Eagle Scout Award.

Close up of a trashed Microwave among other things in this illegal dumpsite  (photo courtesy Ely BLM’s office).

“People keep dumping stuff here. We need to clean this up – it’s nasty,” Skyler, a Troop 66 Life Scout, said Wednesday. The Troop, charted to the Lund Ward of the Ely Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is part of the Nevada Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

“It’s a big project, but something has to be done,” agreed Jared Carter, Skyler’s father.

The one-third mile long dump cuts across White Pine County and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands and contains every kind of litter imaginable, from bags of household garbage to home siding and a hot tub.

John Miller, outdoor recreation planner for the BLM’s Bristlecone Field Office, said Skyler’s service project has been designated this year’s National Public Lands Day event with Skyler directing the effort. “Skyler’s already organized the community, enlisting those with equipment to haul sizable items, such as washers and dryers, to dumpsters placed onsite. Most of the bulkier pieces will be removed before the majority of the volunteers arrive to finish picking up on September 30,” Miller said.

Federal statutes specify fines of up to $1,000 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment for dumping trash and debris on public land. The BLM investigates illegal dumpsites with offenders held responsible. The BLM plans to post signs at the site to discourage future dumping. The BLM would also erect a sign commemorating Skyler’s service project.

To learn more about the NPLD cleanup or to volunteer, contact John Miller at 775-289-1800.

 

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