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Stolen Vehicle Hot Pursuit And A Crashed Fence

Posted on 08 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

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On Monday, February 1st, West Wendover PD responded to a call for a stolen car two days prior, the thief being Jose Rodriguez. Jose admitted taking the vehicle to a family member, who in turn called  the police. Jose left the area before the police arrived, however the officers spotted him walking on the side of the road. When the officer attempted to make contact with him, he ran away. After a brief foot pursuit Jose was located hiding in a storage container behind the West Wendover High School and was taken into custody.

During the pursuit, an officer that was following Jose in a patrol car through an empty lot had been unable to stop prior to striking a fence. The damage was considered minor to both the fence and the police car, and no one was injured.


Other Arrests:

On January 28, Michelle Tabudlo, a 34 years old woman, came to the police department to claim a piece of lost and found property. Local officers soon learned that the woman had a warrant for her arrest from Henderson Nevada with a charged listed as possession, receiving stolen vehicle. Michelle was taken into custody without incident, and while being searched, the officer found a hypodermic needle on her, which resulted in an additional charge for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.


On January 29, officers who knew that Shawn Ratliff, a 20 years old man from West Wendover, had a warrant for his arrest,  saw him in as a passenger  in a vehicle, and initiated a traffic stop. Shawn was taken into custody for the warrant without incident. While searching him, they found on him a glass pipe and small amount of narcotics. This resulted in additional charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.


On February 1st, Wendover officers responded to the Montego Bay casino to assist their security personnel with a man, Joshua Pearson, 40 years old, from  Salt Lake City. They were detaining him for attempting to cash a fraudulent check. Joshua said that he had received a check through the mail and was just trying to cash it, prior to being detained. The officers contacted the company that the check was issued from and learned that it was  in fact, a fraudulent check. Pearson was taken into custody.

On February 1st, officers were contacted by the Peppermill casino security and told that a 47 year old female by the name of Laura Larsen, from Salt Lake City Utah, had been removed from their property and warned to not return or else face a trespassing charge. When that woman returned to the Peppermill later that day, she was detained by the casino security. She was taken into custody for the sole charge of trespassing without incident.

On February 3rd, officers took a report of a stolen vehicle from the Wendover Nugget. During regular patrol the officers soon spotted the vehicle travelling on Wendover Boulevard. They did a traffic stop and the driver was identified as Brad Steward, a 34 year old man from Midvale Utah. He was taken into custody for grand larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle. During his search, the officer found several keys and fobs for all makes and models of vehicles suggesting that Brad may have been able to use these items on multiple vehicles. He was charged with possession of burglary tools.

A passenger in the vehicle was released after officers learned that he had only been picked up after asking for a ride to Salt Lake City.

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 08 February 2016 by Howard Copelan


There are a couple of things we have taken official action on. In December we did take action on transferring duties from EDC, why are we excepting time cards from EDC? We did take formal action to form a committee to talk to the city on fire, then in an informal action we said we weren’t going to follow this format. I think this is opportunity lost.”

Road Commission

Snow removal took 235 hours of over time.

   Public Hearing on plan to enhance telephone system for reporting emergency services. Each phone number will be charged $.25 and each trunk (PBX) will be charged $2.50 a month.

Approved to go to committee.

  Elected Officials B 1.  Authorizes the creation of the Position of Deputy Attorney I-Civil in the DA office.


  Road Commission A 1. Authorities forming a committee to place on the ballot an annual increase of motor vehicle tax. Mike Wheable “This statute is very confusing.” This tax is an annual increase for 10 years.


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NDOT Aviation Safety Report :

(8. A procedure used any time the runways are cleaned or being maintained. No a recommendation to close the airport.)

Airport Capital Improvement Plan:

   To bring the airport back will take 5 years at the cost of $11,029,441.00, Federal Funds – $10,340,101 and Local Funds – $689,340.00.

Department Heads C 3.

    Four Brokers submitted proposals for White Pine County Employee Benefits.  Commissioners voted to approve a have a committee to recommend Broker to commissioners. Richard Howe voted no. Commissioners should review, not a committee.


Philosopher Camus wrote “Always go too far, because that’s where you will find the truth.”

“I tell you folks, all politics is applesauce.

Politicians and Politics” Will Rogers

   Way too many items are brought before the commission and never completed. Everything that is worth putting in the agenda is worth being considered and have a discussion.

   The EDC office should be closed, if in the future it can be reopened if necessary.  The county can not afford to hire a new department head.

  NDOT Aviation Safety Report .

  This is a shame. How can the county commissioners say they want business and jobs in White Pine and allow the inter-structure to deteriorate to this degree? The county should have a 5 to 10 year plan to maintain the valuable assets we have and budget money to pay for the maintenance.

   Rick Stork presented a good plan to bring back the airport. This plan should not have been necessary, the county should have been on to this years ago. Now will the county be able to come up with their share, which is 6 cents on the dollar?  I should take wagers on this.

   Laurie Carson was surprised to hear the airport went from fair to poor. Two years ago when the fair rating came in, something should have been done. We can not settle for fair. I am afraid I do not understand the commissioners or maybe the voters who put them in (I apologize I did vote for them).

  In reference to the meeting with the city on the subject of fire departments. I do know the county and city had meetings in 2010 and know it didn’t turn out well. This does not mean, with different board members, things could not go better this time. Never is a very long time.

  Any tax proposed by the county will not help, it will only decrease the number of taxpayers. It would be far more profitable to increase the number of taxpayers. The county doesn’t seem to understand this concept.

  Once again I encourage you to call the commissioners and give them a piece of your mind, they need it.

Laurie Carson   293-3134

Mike Coster       293-2933

Richard Howe    287-2851

Carol McKenzie 238-5384

Gary Perea.         293-7356

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Coming Events:

February 12-13 & 19-20 Winter Photo Shoot  289-2085

February 20 Bristelcone Birkebeiner. 9am

March 2-4 – Nevada State Bar Conference. Convention Center

March 4 – Fresh Food Distribution 735 Ave N, 3:00

March 4 – Art Bank Opens

March 19 – Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet. Convention Center

March 19 – Turkey Vulture Stretch 5K

April 9 – Volunteer Appreciation Dinner-invitation Only. Convention Center

April 19 – Native American Art – Art Bank

April 22 – 24 – Nevada Archeological Society. Convention Center

April 26 – 28 – Native American Conference. Convention Center 289-8877

May – 6 – PEO Art Auction

May 13 – NORC 1/2 & 1 Mile Shootouts SR 490

May 13 – Nevada Open Road Parade of cars

May 14 – NORC Car Show Broadbent Park

May 14 – Little League Pancake Breakfast.  7-11 am Broadbent Park

May 15 – NRCO Race Day!!


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Two Officers Sworn In and One Officer Promoted

Posted on 08 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

Mayor Emily Carter, Officer Alejandro Sanchez with Tarin Ratliff, Officer Cutter Love with his mother Cathy Love, Chief Burdel Welsh. Photo Lt.Don Lininger

Mayor Emily Carter, Officer Alejandro Sanchez with Tarin Ratliff, Officer Cutter Love with his mother Cathy Love, Chief Burdel Welsh. Photo Lt.Don Lininger

At the West Wendover City meeting of Tuesday February 2,  two officers were sworn into duty, and one was promoted to Sergeant by Mayor Emily Carter and Chief Burdel Welsh. Officer Alejandro Sanchez was five years old when his family moved to Wendover Utah. He graduated from the Wendover Utah High school prior to starting work with the Utah Department of Transportation. He soon began to have an interest in law enforcement, and he began his law enforcement career with the city of West Wendover in April of 2015.  Officer Cutter Love also is a life long Wendover resident and graduated from the West Wendover High School in 2011. He worked with the local fire departments and participated in various ride along programs prior to beginning his law enforcement career. He was also hired as an officer in April of 2015. After completing a 14 week field training program,  both Sanchez and Love attended a 14 week Nevada Police Officers Standards and Training (NvPOST) program in Carson City, where they both graduated in November 19, 2015.

Ofc. Alejandro Sanchez says “I am happy to serve my hometown and am proud to be a part of it. I have received a lot of support from the community and I am willing to give back in any way possible. There is still a lot to learn but I am more than willing and I am up for the challenge”.

Ofc. Cutter Love says “I am proud to serve the community that I grew up in”.

Mayor Emily Carter, Sergeant Cathrin Petro with her mother Dawn Petro, Chief Burdel Welsh. Photo Lt.Don Lininger

Mayor Emily Carter, Sergeant Cathrin Petro with her mother Dawn Petro, Chief Burdel Welsh. Photo Lt.Don Lininger

Sergeant Cathrin Petro grew up in Hawk Run Pennsylvania, graduated from West Branch Area High School in 1996, and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in Criminology, class of 2000. She then moved to Nevada to begin her law enforcement career in 2002 with the West Wendover Police Department. Sgt.Petro was promoted to the rank of sergeant in November 2015. She says “I really enjoy working for the citizens of West Wendover and hope to do so for many years to come”.



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How to Tell If Congress Is Working Again

Posted on 08 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

How Hard Are Members Of Congress Willing To Work To Fix The Institution And Address The Key Issues Facing Our Country?

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By Lee H. Hamilton

There have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again. They’ve talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate appropriation bills rather than using omnibus bills, and letting committees lead on legislation rather than hoarding all power in the leadership offices. Perhaps most important, they’ve acknowledged that Congress has many bad habits, and insist that they want to restore a healthy legislative process.

This has to be heartening to any American concerned about the level of dysfunction to which Congress had sunk. The question is, how can we tell if Congress is actually fixing itself? For as promising as the rhetoric might be, there’s a long way to go before words and reality meet on Capitol Hill. Here’s what you should keep your eye on:

First, differences in emphasis separate the leaders of the two houses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan is intent on pressing forward with key policy proposals that would anchor a bold Republican legislative agenda. But that’s because the Republican majority in the House is not generally believed to be at risk. Over in the Senate, things are different: control of that body next year is up for grabs, and McConnell seems to be focused on maintaining his party’s majority. For his members, boldness is a risk. This difference could lead to slim production.

So look to see how many and which issues the two leaders really push forward. Will they advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in some version, or let it slide until the elections are past? Will they tackle tax reform? How about authorizing support for the war against ISIS? Ryan has already removed one key matter — immigration reform — from the table. Will other pressing issues also bite the dust?

The second big indicator is whether Congress has the political will to fix itself. Most members say publicly that they don’t want gridlock and are dedicated to making the institution function smoothly. The key measure of whether they really mean it is the attitude they take toward their political adversaries. If what you hear on Capitol Hill is nothing but distrust, then they’re not serious. If they’re willing to negotiate and compromise with one another — as happened at the end of last year, with the passage of an omnibus spending package — then there’s hope.

Third is what you might think of as the rolled-up-sleeves test. How hard are members of Congress willing to work at addressing the key issues facing the country? So far, the evidence is disappointing. The legislative schedule put out by the congressional leadership is, to be blunt, lax. On average, members of Congress will be working about nine days a month. They’ve given themselves four stretches of ten days off at a time. They’ll be off for 52 straight days in July, August and September, and then another 39 days in a row in October and November. Yes, it’s an election year and they want to campaign. But you cannot run a government that is not in session. The best we can hope for is an obvious sense of urgency when members of Congress are in Washington. Look for it. If you don’t see it, little will get done on Capitol Hill.


I should say that not all the responsibility for restoring Congress rests at the federal level. The states, too, have a key role to play. Will they get serious about how they draw congressional districts, so that politicians no longer have the luxury of picking their voters rather than the other way around? Will some states continue to pursue efforts to make voting harder — which, like gerrymandering, has the effect of shoring up the extremes in Congress? Will states make the effort to modernize their voting systems, so that the democratic process has a chance of working with minimal friction?

In the end, good intentions and fine rhetoric don’t accomplish much. I hope you’ll keep an eye on Congress and cheer for its members to act in accord with their own advice. If they do, Congress will take a giant stride toward improved performance.

Lee Hamilton is a Distinguished Scholar, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.


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West Wendover Basketball and Wrestling

Posted on 07 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

Ladies Wolverines 

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By Tyler Peterson

WW Girls Varsity is currently 17-4 overall and 7-2 in league.  They are currently tied for 1st place with Incline in the league and have 3 league games remaining. The WW Boys Varsity is currently 11-11 overall and 4-5 in league, they are holding onto 5th place and competing to get into 4th place, so they can be in the tournament and have 3 league games remaining.

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WW Boys Basketball Game scores:

WW  55  Battle Mountain 66

WW  55  North Tahoe 52

WW  68  Incline  46

Boys JV is 18-1

WW 45  Wells Varsity 61-1st loss of the season

WW 70  North Tahoe  29

WW 64  Incline  43

Boys Freshman just concluded their season finishing 12-2

WW 61  Wells JV 16

WW 72  White Pine JV 65

WW Girls Basketball Game scores:

WW 53  Battle Mountain 51 ​

​WW 56  North Tahoe 34

WW 63  Incline 48

Girls JV is 14-3 overall

WW 59  Incline 11

WW 25  White Pine 50

Our wrestlers have been going to big tournaments and doing well.  They are preparing for the league Championships in West Wendover on Saturday February 13th. Wrestling starts at 9:00 am.
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Posted on 07 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

Despite Iowa, Trump Could Easily Be The Next Reagan


If any one thing has become obvious in this past week, it is that Donald Trump most certainly can get elected president. He lost to Ted Cruz in Iowa by only a scant number of votes and got seven delegates to Cruz’ eight.  While the media is making huge hay, this should be a wake up call to a giant. Let’s see what happens in New Hampshire.

  Most certainly, he would do a better job representing the interests of the average guy (and gal) than anybody who has been there since Ronald Reagan.

  Now the first thing that some of those establishment “conservatives” will howl is how can I invoke the name Reagan in the same breath with the name Trump?

  Apparently, those faux conservatives don’t know or can’t read much history.

  They like to think of Reagan coming out of his mother’s womb in Tampico, Illinois as the perfect conservative. It is doubtful that he thought those great thoughts when he was the President of the Screen Actors Guild and a Democrat. Which he was, for a great portion of his life.

  So why can that transition happen to Reagan but not Trump?

Let’s do this:

  Instead of talking about the downside of a Donald Trump presidency, let’s imagine what he might do.

  He can’t be bought and he doesn’t need the job.

  That means he is immune to the Wall Street lobby which convinced the establishment that they were too big and important to fail.  My guess?  If Goldman Sachs gets into the same situation they were in back during 2008, they will be in Chapter 11 and deservedly so.  I could not imagine any truly independent businessman like Trump bailing out an insurer (AIG) which wrote bad insurance policies which were knowingly bought by investment banks to cover bets against an economy they created.

  The Bush and Obama administrations never really understood what happened.

I can guarantee you that Trump did.

A lot of problems in government are created by bad hiring.  Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as Secretaries of State come to mind.  Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff.  Have I made my point yet?  If you are Barack Obama and you hire someone for an important job for whatever the reason and it doesn’t work out, the taxpayers get  Or, Lois Lerner at the IRS. Or a dead Ambassador to Libya. Or the crazy ayatollahs in Iran with a nuclear weapon.

  You don’t get to be worth $10-billion (with a B) by hiring stiffs like the ones I mentioned above.  And Trump didn’t.

  He understands how to hire top talent.  And, as President, he would have his pick of the best.

  You probably cannot run government—which is not supposed to make money—exactly like a business.  But you can run it by using business-like principals. The way things are now, government doesn’t have any incentive to serve its customers well unless there is someone in charge who is not afraid to say, “You’re fired”.  Trump has done that. Both on and off TV.

  I’ve always said about Barack Obama that his politics were not the worst part of his administration. It is his level of incompetence.

  Competence is much more important in a leader than a particular political persuasion.

  That said, it would be nice to have a leader who is not only competent but understands how the real world works.

Trump has been tested time and again in the real world and has passed those tests with flying colors.  With very few exceptions, the rest of the people on the stage seeking the job are professionals at telling you what you want to hear and then doing as they please when they get elected.

  The first time they fool us, shame on them. In most cases, that’s already happened.

  But we now know what they will do. Why give them another chance to do it to us? At least at a time when we have a better choice?

  It’s highly unlikely that Trump could do any worse than the professional politicians and there is a pretty good chance he could be the next Ronald Reagan.

  Given the situation our country is in, we need to hire the best guy for the job and that would appear to be Trump.

Guest Opinion Fred Weinberg



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Posted on 07 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

What To Bring The Tax Preparer

While a plate of cookies may be nice to bring a hostess, what your tax preparer would prefer (at least in the office) is that you bring in the proper paperwork. Here’s a list of the most likely paperwork to provide:

What You’ll Need

1. Last year’s return, the last two years if this is your first appointment. Chances are much of the information—Social Security numbers, address and the like—will be the same, saving everybody time and reducing the risk of errors.

2. Your W-2. W-2s must be mailed to employees by January 31. They show your income and how much you’ve already paid in income taxes. If you’ve had more than one job this year, you need a W-2 form from each of them.

3. 1099s. If you’re a freelancer or part-time worker, you should have 1099 forms from everyone for whom you’ve worked this year. These forms are also used to report earned interest, cancellation of debt, dividends received and proceeds from broker transactions.

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4. Receipts for donations. Keep the receipts for all charitable event sponsorships, money or food for holiday charities and any other money donations. Keep a list of items and the values you assigned them along with the receipts for any household goods, toys and clothing donations. If you volunteer, keep a record of your mileage and other expenses.

5. 1098 forms. Homeowners can deduct mortgage interest. Also deductible are student loan interest and tuition paid to colleges and universities.

6. If you have a home office, you can deduct some of your rent, mortgage, utilities and so on. Bring any relevant receipts.

7. If you’ve been looking for work, bring receipts for whatever the search has cost you—transportation, paying to join a job search website, hiring a résumé writer or taking relevant courses.


This list should get you started, but a tax expert such as an enrolled agent (EA) will let you know about any additional documentation needed to complete your return.

Enrolled agents are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in tax matters and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

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For further information and an appointment,

call your local H&R Block at 1.775.664.3727 in Wendover

or walk in at 1715 Wendover Blvd,
or for Ely, call 775.289.4411 or walk in at 905 Aultman Street.



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Winter Steam Photo Spectacular In Ely Nevada

Posted on 07 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

Historic Operating Railroad Steam Engines, Rolling Stock,

and Maintenance Equipment

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If you think you were born one hundred years too late to witness the glory of steam railroading, then I have good news for you: you weren’t. There still exists a place where steam locomotives rule the rails.

Hidden away in the high desert of east central Nevada is a time capsule like no other, the Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Landmark. Annually during the first two weekends in February, time travel is possible. Come to Ely Nevada, set your watch back a century, and photograph railroading as it was in the last century.

The Nevada Northern Railway is not a mishmash of equipment from different railroads or different countries, nor is the equipment prettified or garish. This is the original railroad equipment in the original paint schemes in the original setting. All of this equipment has been on the property for decades and in a couple of cases more than a century, all of it still operating on the original track that was graded and laid a century ago.

This was the time when steam moved mountains. The real business of this railroad was copper and copper was king! It was the reason that the railroad was built in the first place and ore trains ran day and night, year round. The demand for copper was insatiable. It was the miracle metal that made all of the newfangled inventions, such as the electric light and the telephone, possible. Today our trains still move from the mine to the mill—steam powered, of course.

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What can you expect during the photo shoots? World-class photographic opportunities, steam locomotives pulling vintage freight and passenger cars that are original to the railroad. Here, trains are still made up with wooden cars whose origins date back as far as 1872. The crews will be in period dress, adding to the experience.
So why come to Ely in the winter? If you think that Steam locomotive 93 looks good on an 85-degree day in August but wait till you see it on a frosty February day. Billowing white clouds of steam plus plumes of black & gray smoke towering above the canyons and valleys. Snow? Weather on the high desert is capricious! It can range from blizzard conditions to cobalt blue skies sometimes within minutes. In the past we’ve experienced every type of meteorological conditions that wintertime Ely experiences, including shirtsleeve weather. But regardless of the weather, the show goes on.

Participants have won numerous photo contests, recording timeless scenes of a historical railroad that are second to none. Many of the “Winter Spectacular” photos rival the best that National Geographic has to offer.

Of course locomotives, rolling stock and tracks are a big and obvious part of this railroad. But its just part of what makes a railroad work. You also need the infrastructure: Engine house, machine shop, carpenter shop, blacksmith shop, depot and dispatcher building. Oh and don’t forget, the locomotives go nowhere without stopping at the coaling tower and water standpipes. We have those too, the original ones!

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Considered by William L. Withuhn, Curator emeritus, History of Technology and Transportation at the Smithsonian Institution, “Among all railroad historic sites anywhere in North America, the Nevada Northern Railway complex at East Ely is-no question in my view-the most complete, most authentic, and best cared-for, bar none. It’s a living American treasure and a stand-out one. Historic tracks, original depot and office building, Engine house, Freight Station, three original steam locomotives, five historic and rare wooden passenger cars, Kennecott diesel engines, 60 early freight cars, working machine shop, foundry-even the coaling tower and water tower that are icons of the site-everything is still there.”

12333061_10101528970008900_1291093101_oWe’ll have steam pulling a wooden passenger train made up of a RPO/baggage car and passenger car. Should there be a mishap on the tracks here, we’ll send for the big hook; a century old operating steam powered wrecking crane. This wrecking crane is pulled by a century old 2-8-0 steam locomotive that looks like it just rolled out of the American Locomotive Company shops. The wreck train consists of the crane, flat car, tool car, outfit car and, of course, a caboose. Of course, once the tracks are cleared, it’s time to get on with the business of railroading. Freight trains can once again roll and so will ore trains. Most of the freight in the last century moved in boxcars. No self respecting railroad would be without boxcars – and the N. N. Ry is no different. A fleet of wooden boxcars with arch-bar trucks, built in 1912 are in top condition and are ready for their next load.

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A Shift In Earth’s Magnetic Poles May Hold The Secret To Climate Change

Posted on 07 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

New Thesis Change The Nature Of The Debate

NASA, with its different agencies, explores the fundamental physical processes involved with the Sun, Earth, and other planets by collecting information about the flow of energy within the solar system. The curved line with yellow arrows in this graphic illustrates the characteristics of the North/South Magnetic pole path through the earth.

NASA, with its different agencies, explores the fundamental physical processes involved with the Sun, Earth, and other planets by collecting information about the flow of energy within the solar system. The curved line with yellow arrows in this graphic illustrates the characteristics of the North/South Magnetic pole path through the earth.

NASA/NOAA Magnetic North Pole Shift 1900 – 2015 The NASA/NOAA Magnetic North pole location data proves the scientifically based predictions of Charles Hapgood 100 years ago. NASA has also reported that the magnetic pole phenomenon is spatial; that is, it comes from space and is independent of the earth geometric north pole dynamo system.

NASA/NOAA Magnetic North Pole Shift 1900 – 2015
The NASA/NOAA Magnetic North pole location data proves the scientifically based predictions of Charles Hapgood 100 years ago. NASA has also reported that the magnetic pole phenomenon is spatial; that is, it comes from space and is independent of the earth geometric north pole dynamo system.

As scientists study the causes and severity of climate change, they have looked to Earth’s atmosphere for answers.

But that may be the wrong place to find a satisfying and correct solution, says William Goodenough, author of “The Three Concepts of Climate Change: Is AGW Politics or Science?” (

Instead, the key to unlocking the global-warming riddle could lie in the planet’s magnetic poles, which have been shifting from their traditional locations at the same time that the Earth has experienced erratic, unpredictable behavior with the weather, he says.

“It seems very likely that a magnetic-pole shift event is causing the unstable weather conditions we are experiencing today, and could cause sustained changes to the Earth’s climate conditions,” Goodenough says.

If true, that would mean that climate change is being driven by natural forces, and not by humans spewing CO2 into the atmosphere, as many scientists and politicians claim, Goodenough says.

According to NASA, NOAA, and the ESA the magnetic North Pole has been creeping northward from Canada toward Russia – by more than 1,000 miles – since the early 19th century, when explorers first located it precisely.

“It is moving faster now, actually, as scientists estimate the pole is migrating northward about 40 miles per year, as opposed to about 10 miles per year in the early 20th century,” NASA reported in 2012.

NASA also says that is nothing new. Throughout Earth’s 4.5-billion-year existence, the space agency says, the two magnetic poles have swapped positions about every 500,000 years or so; however, poles shifts have not been identified or studied.

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Although the scientific community doesn’t link the shift to climate change due to its interdisciplinary nature, Goodenough says the connection is worth exploring and is demonstrable.

“Climate science is a murky science,” Goodenough says. “When dealing with temperature variations and trends that might be influenced by humans, we do not have an instrument that tells us how much change is due to humans and how much to Mother Nature.”

Goodenough’s background is as a technical analyst, not a climatologist, but it was while he was involved in his line of work – analyzing aerospace GPS capabilities – that he began to form his thesis.

Fascinated by the fact that Earth’s magnetic poles were relocating, he began a 12-year study that resulted in his analytical abilities converging with the climate-change arena, where political debates have gotten as much attention as scientific research.

The Earth has two magnetic sources of energy. The first is the Earth’s dynamo system that provides Earth’s shield and is expressed at the geophysical North and South Poles. The second is a magnetic bond between the Earth and the sun and is expressed as the North and South Magnetic Poles.

Goodenough says magnetic pole relocation affects Earth in two ways:

• It alters the direction of the enormous current flow through the Earth, theoretically causing magnetic chaos in the Earth’s core, which in turn weakens the Earth’s magnetic shield that protects the planet from damaging solar particles.

• It changes the direction of the interaction between the geophysical and the magnetic North Poles by moving the coldest area of the Arctic, thereby altering the climate. Each set of poles (North and South) interact to determine the temperature profile relative to their respective pole. “The altered pole temperature profiles cause significant climate change,” Goodenough says. “We are currently witnessing an unstable and changing climate. We are not experiencing abnormal total Earth temperature changes.”

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Although Goodenough is convinced that the shift of the magnetic poles is the true cause of climate change this thesis needs more study, and he says there are several interested parties that would benefit from such research.


“The fossil fuel industry is one example,” he says. “If we can show it’s a certainty that global warming is from this natural shift and not CO2, then fossil fuels wouldn’t have the bad name they do right now in all this.


“The reason there’s so much contention about global warming is pretty simple to understand. In climate-change science we basically cannot prove anything about how the climate will change as a result of adding extra greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. So we are left to argue about claims that can’t be proven. That’s what it boils down to.”

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Nevada Division Of Water Resources Measuring Water Levels & Workshops Scheduled On Abandoned Mine Lands Program Changes

Posted on 07 February 2016 by Howard Copelan

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Nevada Division Of Water Resources  Measuring Water Levels In Nevada Wells  February Through March

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Beginning the middle of February and continuing into March, staff from the Nevada Division of Water Resources, Office of the State Engineer, will be measuring groundwater levels in wells throughout various hydrographic basins in the state.

  The data collection is part of an ongoing effort to assess hydrologic conditions throughout Nevada. Division staff will be measuring water levels primarily in irrigation and stock wells.

Contact Mark Beutner at 775-684-2821 for more information.

  Water level measurements may be reviewed at

Workshops scheduled on Abandoned Mine Lands Program changes

The Nevada Division of Minerals will be holding two workshops pertaining to the amendment of certain regulations relating to its Abandoned Mine Lands Program in Chapter 513 of Nevada Administrative Code. The proposed changes increase the fee imposed on filings of mining claims by $1.50 per claim to fund activities in the abandoned mine lands program per NRS 513.094,  revise the provisions of rating and ranking dangerous conditions, revise the requirements for posting warning signs and methods of securing dangerous conditions, and repeals obsolete language. The proposed regulation changes are available on the Nevada Division of Minerals web site at:  The meetings are scheduled:


Tuesday, February 16, 2016         2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Legislative Counsel Bureau- 401 South Carson Street Room #2134 Carson City, NV 89701

Via videoconferencing to Legislative Counsel Bureau Las Vegas Room #4412E


Thursday, February 18, 2106       10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Nannini Administration Building 540 Court Street Suite 102 Elko, NV  89801


Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations or assistance at the workshops are asked to notify the Division of Minerals by calling 775-684-7043.



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