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BREAKING NEWS ELY SHERIFF DAN WATTS WINS RECOUNT BY FOUR VOTES

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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WHITE PINE SHERIFF DAN WATTS WON AN INCREDIBLY NARROW VICTORY OVR PENNY JO ROBINSON CONFIRMED THE COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE FRIDAY. ACCORDING TO A PRELIMINARY RECOUNT WATTS BESTED HIS CHALLENGER BY JUST FOUR VOTES.

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Gorum Rebuffed, Flores Appointed To Council

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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In a politically savvy move West Wendover Mayor ignored a half a dozen or so appeals to appoint former Mayor Donnie Andersen to a vacant council seat and also a emotional plea from long time ally Johnny Gorum.

Instead Carter backed by councilmen John Hansen and Jerry Andersen tapped political newcomer Nick Flores to fill out the seat vacated twice in two months, once by Saul Andrade and most recently by Jill Darrington who has served less than a month after being appointed.

By going with Flores Carter stifled criticism that she was going against the ‘will of the people’ again.

floresGorum finished fifth out of a field of thirteen for one of three seats for the West Wendover City Council in the recent election. Despite the fact that former mayor Donnie Anderson bested him in the election coming in fourth, Gorum was considered a favorite.

A staunch ally of Mayor Emily Carter, Gorum has been on the council for nine years and has never taken a position opposed by either Carter or by City Manager Chris Melville.

While it was once city tradition that a vacant council seat be filled by the next highest vote getter in the previous election, Anderson’s chances of gaining the seat were always considered slim to none. He and Carter were often at odds when Anderson was the one who was mayor.

Additionally, Carter already broke that tradition when she appointed Gorum to a vacant seat two years ago. Like today, Gorum lost his bid for re-election but after a touching farewell ceremony, complete with a plaque, Carter re-appointed Gorum to the council a week later.

centraThe outcry resulting from that previous appointment may have doomed Gorum’s effort to return to the board.

Several of Anderson’s supporters brought the appointment of Gorum two years before despite that then Gorum finished behind Casey Snyder.

For his part Gorum appealed to Carter and the council to remember his nine years of service on the board and brought up project after project he had been a part of.

That plea however fell on deaf ears.

newmontFirst councilman Izzy Gutierrez nominated Donnie Andersen seconded by Jasie Holm which failed to pass 3-2. John Hansen then nominated Flores after disclosing that both he and Flores worked for the Peppermill Corporation. After Carter and Andersen made similar disclosures Flores won the seat on a 3-2 vote.

“I really don’t know much about the history between Emily and Donnie, it really shouldn’t be important today,” said Jasie Holm in explanation of her vote. “But the city has a major road construction project coming up on Florence Way and could have used Donnie’s experience. I just voted for the best person for the job.”

NV Boy Ad for 11:20:14Carter explained that Flores was her choice primarily because he was Hispanic.

“In the past year we lost two Hispanic councilmen,” she said. “The are a very important part of our community and should have representation.”

Carter’s explanation was not well received by the only Latino councilman before Flores joined him.

“I was not elected to represent the Hispanics in Wendover,” Guttierrez angrily said. “I represent everyone.

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Rookies Dominate New W. Wendover City Council

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Three brand new West Wendover City Councilmen took their seats Tuesday along with two returnees.

West Wendover Mayor Emily Carter swore in John Hansen, Jasie Holm, Izzy Gutierrez and later following his appointment Nick Flores joined them at the council table. Jerry Andersen who won the two year council seat in the last election was sworn in last week

Of the five councilmen only Gutierrez can be considered a true incumbent. Andersen who technically won re-election was appointed to fill a vacant seat just this February.

newmontBut because of retirements, resignations, and losses at the polls Andersen is the second longest serving councilman on the board.

But while made up mostly of political novices this new edition of the West Wendover City Council may be one of the most educated and business savvy since the city incorporated in 1991.

Hansen and Andersen are both high level executives in the Peppermill Corporation and Holm and Hansen own their own businesses. All sitting councilmen are also home owners in Wendover.

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WWHS Student Takes 2nd in State Recyclable Art Contest

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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West Wendover High School student Macario Mendoza won second place in a state-wide recycled art contest last week for his submission “Hollow Peacock.”

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s Nevada Recycles program partnered with the Las Vegas Sands Corp. in a statewide recycled art contest to raise awareness of and interest in recycling.

artistMore than 100 artists statewide, ranging from students in kindergarten through 12th grade to adults, submitted photos of their artwork composed of recyclable materials. Entries included a diversity of innovative designs and imaginative artwork using materials such as tires, electronics, appliances, plastic bags, bottles, batteries, discarded paper, cardboard and aluminum cans.

Entries were judged based on overall appearance, originality, workmanship and use of recyclable material.

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Husband Beater Nabbed At Pmill

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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A 34 year old Utah woman was jailed early Monday morning after allegedly “wailing” on her husband in their hotel room at the Peppermill Casino.

Tiffany Chynoweth of Heramin Utah was arrested by West Wendover Police on one count of domestic violence shortly after officers found her husband bleeding and severely scratched in the hall outside the couple’s hotel room.

“She beat the sh#t out of me,” victim reportedly said.

According to West Wendover Police Chief Burdel Welsh alcohol was probably involved.

Chynoweth was booked on a $3,000 bail.

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Forensic Audit Underway At Ely Rail Road

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

 

 

trainThe controversial forensic audit of the Nevada Northern Rail Road began again Wednesday with a visit by auditor Nicholas Miller to the Rail Road offices.

Unlike the previous visit the auditor entered through the front door without having someone break in through a window.

“He was here today going through our files and books,” said Rail Road director Mark Bassett. “Everyone was very polite and professional.

The on again off again audit has been a pet project of city councilmen Marty Westland and Bruce Setterstrom ever since a regular audit a year go raised some concerns over loans Bassett made to the rail road.

ellisonrplaceWhile mostly stopping short of accusing Bassett of out right theft they did persuade their fellow councilmen that something fishy was going on at the railroad.

The audit was however delayed several times due to related lawsuits and counter suits involving the rail road. Last week Ely Mayor Melody Van Camp promised residents that they would know the results of the audit “soon”.

Rail road supporters have long maintained that the audit will find nothing amiss and the whole exercise is a waste of time, resources, and money.

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Gay Marriage Bombs In Rural Nevada

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

gayweddingWhile gay marriage has been legal in Nevada for well over a month few couples in the rural northeast part of the state are tyeing the knot.

According to Elko County Clerk Carol Fosmo just there have just been 3 or 4 licenses issued to same sex couples in the month and a half gay marriage was made legal.

This September a federal appeals court declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada, setting the stage for couples to marry in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed wedding capital of the world.

But while Las Vegas and perhaps Reno have seen an up tick in business more rural venues have not.

nbtIn addition to Elko no gay couple has applied for a license in Ely, Eureka, or lander counties.

Th real debate about gay marriage will come if or when a wedding chapel, county clerk or business is sued for refusing service to a gay couple on religious grounds.

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wrecto think about it,” said Fosmo early this year before the ruling, “And I really don’t know what I would do if it came to that.”

A devout conservative Christian, Fosmo like many if not most rural Nevada office holders was active in her church long before she became active in politics. And for conservative Christians, Muslims, devout Mormons and Orthodox Jews gay marriage is not just distasteful but an abomination not only between the two people involved but for anyone facilitating the union.

While gay activist liken their quest for marriage equality to the civil rights era when anti-miscegenation laws banned marriages across racial lines the theological differences are profound. While there are a few Christian sects that discourage interracial marriage, mixed race marriage is not forbidden in the Bible or the Koran. Homosexual relations are, and the ban is explicit.

Where mixed race and gay marriage are similar is not in the religious texts but rather in the secular non-discrim- ination laws that govern the land.

Already several wedding businesses have been targeted by both gay rights activists and state equality enforcement officers for refusing to provide services to gay weddings.

The owners of Sweet Cakes in Oregon earlier this year for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple sighting their Christian faith for not serving the couple’s wedding.

suppstgThe couple – Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman then filed a complaint with the state of Oregon for Sweet Cakes’ refusal to bake their wedding cake.

Since then, the family owned bakery has received vicious attacks for politely refusing to bake their wedding cake, and on August 30 announced they will be closing up their shop, instead choosing to bake in the safety of their home. The bakery will sell to anyone regardless of their sexual orientation, but will not bake a cake exclusively for a same-sex wedding, because it goes against their Christian beliefs.

Also in August the New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed a decision against a photography studio that was sued after refusing to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony in 2006, saying the First Amendment does not permit businesses that offer services for a profit to choose whom to serve.

h&rThe threat of possible criminal or civil action against local JP’s and clerks who oppose gay marriage on religious grounds is in many ways similar to liberal JP’s who supported marriage equality privately in the soon to be by gone days when same sex marriage was against the law of the land with perhaps with

“I will always defer to state law,” said former West Wendover JP Lara Grant, when she was asked about performing gay marriage despite being in an open same sex union relationship her- self.

But for many JP’s on the other end of the political spectrum deferring to secular law may not be that easy. Officiating a gay wedding for many is not just a question of legal or illegal but one of heaven or hell.

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The Last Wild Horse Round Up

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District has concluded the Silver King Highway and Triple B Nuisance Wild Horse Gathers. The BLM gathered and removed 117 wild horses from in and around the Silver King and Triple B Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.

ellisonrplaceThe District removed 48 excess wild horses from in and around the Silver King HMA, about 120 miles south of Ely, that were a safety concern on U.S. Highway 93 and damaging private property, resulting in property owner complaints. Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Silver King HMA is 60-128 wild horses. The current population is 404 wild horses.

The District removed 69 excess wild horses from the Triple B HMA, about 30 miles northwest of Ely, that were damaging private property, and harassing and breeding domestic stock resulting in landowner complaints. AML for the Triple B HMA is 215-250 wild horses. The current population is 1,242 wild horses.

centraThe 117 wild horses removed from the range were transported to the National Wild Horse and Burro Center at Palomino Valley (PVC), in Reno, Nev., to be prepared for the BLM’s adoption program. Un-adopted wild horses will be placed in long-term pastures where they will be humanely cared for and retain their “wild” status and protection under the 1971 Wild Free- Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The BLM does not sell or send any wild horses to slaughter.

newmontThe Silver King Highway Nuisance Wild Horse Gather began and concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The Triple B Nuisance Wild Horse Gather began on Thursday, Nov. 13, and concluded on Friday, Nov. 14. An Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) veterinarian was on site daily through the gathers to evaluate animal conditions and provide recommendations to the on-site BLM wild horse and burro specialist for care and treatment.

Additional gather information is available on the district website at http://on.doi.gov/1lGnDYC

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Veterans’ Day Poster Winners

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

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WWHS Honor Rolls GOLD SILVER BRONZE 7th To 12th

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

WWHS Honor Rolls GOLD 7th To 12th

7th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold) (No Picture available)

Eveleth Vanessa, Gonzales Asia, Gonzalez Jesus, Hillstead Hannah, Holloway Benjamin, Liggens Madison, Medina Esperanza, Williams Jerrick.

8th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold) (No Picture available)

Bell Ashtin, Boatman Sydney, Correa Eric, Eveleth Vanessa, Gabbert Zachary, Kampman Aiden, Luna Yoseline, Pinedo Leslie, Soriano Jesus, Sweat Alexis, Trujillo Leslie.

9th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold) Chavez Isabel, Haynez Elijah, Luna Sigifredo, Ruiz Josue, Ruiz Raul, Salas James, Smith Colton, Wilcox Daegan.

9th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold) Chavez Isabel, Haynez Elijah, Luna Sigifredo, Ruiz Josue, Ruiz Raul, Salas James, Smith Colton, Wilcox Daegan.

10th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold). Botello, Cindy Copelan, Louie Evans, Alec Soriano, Jasmin Stanger, Vanessa

10th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold). Botello Cindy, Copelan Louie, Evans Alec, Soriano Jasmin, Stanger Vanessa.

11th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold) . Carter, Jaxon Haynes, Jeric Holloway, Briana Maldonado, Cristian Salazar, Alfredo

11th Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold)
 Carter Jaxon, Haynes Jeric, Holloway Briana, Maldonado Cristian, Salazar Alfredo.

 Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold) . Becker, Blaine Gabriel, Elena Guerrero, Mariana Trujillo, Gustavo

Grade Special Recognition 4.0 and Higher (Gold)
 Becker Blaine, Gabriel Elena, Guerrero Mariana, Trujillo Gustavo.

WWHS Honor Rolls SILVER 7th To 12th

7th Grade Superior Achievement  3.5 to 3.99 (No Picture available)

Correa Itzel, Hansen Perron, Medina Luis, Morley Thayne, Morris Tristen, Smith Zachary, Velasco Crystal.

8th Grade Superior Achievement  3.5 to 3.99 (No Picture available)

Carter Gunner, Escobedo Lexcie, Escobedo Monica, Gonzalez Jose, Kelly Tommy, Lopez Stephanie, Peterson Kaden, Pinedo Alexia, Quintero Natasha, Ramirez Lizandra, Rojas Elias, Torres Andrea, Trujillo Daniel, Valenzuela Felisha, Vargas Krystal, Yadon Jeffrey.

9th Grade Superior Achievement  3.5 to 3.99  Aranda Nikolai, Carrillo Daniel, Cervantes Ricardo, Collazo Jacqueline, Flores Mayra, Kyllonen Zac, Lopez Lilia, Luna Nancy, Luna Sofia, Martienz Fabian, Medina Tre, Perez Jocelyne, Robles Dante, Vargas Raul, Velasco Loren.

9th Grade Superior Achievement 3.5 to 3.99
Aranda Nikolai, Carrillo Daniel, Cervantes Ricardo, Collazo Jacqueline, Flores Mayra, Kyllonen Zac, Lopez Lilia, Luna Nancy, Luna Sofia, Martienz Fabian, Medina Tre, Perez Jocelyne, Robles Dante, Vargas Raul, Velasco Loren.

10th Grade Superior Achievement  3.5 to 3.99 Haro Noemi, Kainmehr Robyn, Morley Dylan, Price  Braden.

10th Grade Superior Achievement 3.5 to 3.99
Haro Noemi, Kainmehr Robyn, Morley Dylan, Price Braden.

11th Grade Superior Achievement  3.5 to 3.99 (Silver) Guiza Isabel, Hansen Trevor, Ramirez Mario, Shupe Savannah, Zamora Adrian.

11th Grade Superior Achievement 3.5 to 3.99
Guiza Isabel, Hansen Trevor, Ramirez Mario, Shupe Savannah, Zamora Adrian.

12th Grade Superior Achievement  3.5 to 3.99 (Silver) Castaneda Viviana, Contreras Stephanie, Gentry Ryann, Hansen Kaden, Mendoza Macario, Moore Taylor, Phillips Charitee.

12th Grade Superior Achievement 3.5 to 3.99
Castaneda Viviana, Contreras Stephanie, Gentry Ryann, Hansen Kaden, Mendoza Macario, Moore Taylor, Phillips Charitee.

WWHS Honor Rolls BRONZE 7th To 12th

7th Honors 3. to 3.49 (Bronze) (No Picture available)

Abrams Raeauna, Aguirre Ashley, Chavez Nelson, Contrereas Juan,  Cornwell Kali, Cuevas Diego, Cuevas Genesis, Gonzalez Fatima, Holm Hannah, Ratliff Cory, Soriano Michael,.

8th Honors 3. to 3.49 (Bronze) (No Picture available)

Alvarado Manuel, Barajas Jonathan, Cataneda Ivan, Cervantes Zayna, LaCombe Cannon, Lopez Jeraldin, Mckee Ashlyn, Naranjo Moncerrat, Peralta Emily, Reedy Parker, Soraino Jeffrey, Trujillo Emmanuel, Trujillo Jose, Vite Mariela.

9th Grade Honors  3. to 3.49 (Bronze) Carrillo Abraham, Cecena Karen, Cerna Eric, Collazo Estphania, Cook Kodi, Dorado Renzo, Gonzalez Eduardo, Hernandez Colten, Holloway Jacob, Isaacs Sarah, Juarez Rodriguo,  Lara Anthony, Perez Eduardo, Rodriguez Joel, Sharp David, Tello Britney, Torres Ana, Vite Mayra, Wirth Dylan.

9th Grade Honors 3. to 3.49 (Bronze)
Carrillo Abraham, Cecena Karen, Cerna Eric, Collazo Estphania, Cook Kodi, Dorado Renzo, Gonzalez Eduardo, Hernandez Colten, Holloway Jacob, Isaacs Sarah, Juarez Rodriguo, Lara Anthony, Perez Eduardo, Rodriguez Joel, Sharp David, Tello Britney, Torres Ana, Vite Mayra, Wirth Dylan.

10th Grade Honors  3. to 3.49 (Bronze) Benjamin Daniel, Contreras Asusena, Elton Zade, Esparza Anahi, Hansen Shelby, Hernandez-Montes De Oca Jair, Quintero Roberto, Ramirez Christopher, Reamer Sydney, Ruiz Veronica, Sanchez Antonio, Sweat Lenna, Thorn Alyssa.

10th Grade Honors 3. to 3.49 (Bronze)
Benjamin Daniel, Contreras Asusena, Elton Zade, Esparza Anahi, Hansen Shelby, Hernandez-Montes De Oca Jair, Quintero Roberto, Ramirez Christopher, Reamer Sydney, Ruiz Veronica, Sanchez Antonio, Sweat Lenna, Thorn Alyssa.

11th Grade Honors  3. to 3.49 (Bronze) Arteaga Anthony, Bair Mckenna, Botello Alondra, Carrillo Haran, Carrillo Rigoberto, Chincz Wiktoria, Clymens Ryan, Correa Luis, Duncan Tessa, Espinoza Ervin, Estrada Maria,  Hernandez, -Montes De Oca Luis, Limon Bianca, Lopez Cyan, Lopez Jorge, Martinez Marcela, Parra David, Sevilla Giovanna.

11th Grade Honors 3. to 3.49 (Bronze)
Arteaga Anthony, Bair Mckenna, Botello Alondra, Carrillo Haran, Carrillo Rigoberto, Chincz Wiktoria, Clymens Ryan, Correa Luis, Duncan Tessa, Espinoza Ervin, Estrada Maria, Hernandez, -Montes De Oca Luis, Limon Bianca, Lopez Cyan, Lopez Jorge, Martinez Marcela, Parra David, Sevilla Giovanna.

 

12th Grade Honors  3. to 3.49 (Bronze) Buxton Nathen, Chavez Noe, Correa Angela, Flores Natalie, Guymon Makala, Hernandez German, Hernandez Oscar, Landeros Brandon, Marin Yovany , Martinez Dalia, Mendez Christopher, Perez Kathya, Robles Daja, Rodriguez Martin, Ruiz Virdiana, Saiki Ryan, Smith Ashley, Trujillo Leslie, Villa Karla, Villarreal Adriana.

12th Grade Honors 3. to 3.49 (Bronze)
Buxton Nathen, Chavez Noe, Correa Angela, Flores Natalie, Guymon Makala, Hernandez German, Hernandez Oscar, Landeros Brandon, Marin Yovany , Martinez Dalia, Mendez Christopher, Perez Kathya, Robles Daja, Rodriguez Martin, Ruiz Virdiana, Saiki Ryan, Smith Ashley, Trujillo Leslie, Villa Karla, Villarreal Adriana.

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