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Wife’s Divorce Action Sent Hendrix To Murder

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



While divorce usually means the end of a marriage, for Julia Hendrix the divorce she sought from husband Bruce was the catalyst for the end of her life and a day later the end of his.

According to White Pine Sheriff’s office and other confidential sources, less than a day before she was killed, Julia Hendrix told her husband, Bruce, that their marriage was over and that he would be hearing soon from her lawyer.

westernIf murder and suicide are signs of insanity, Bruce Hendrix then went insane. Not necessarily in this order he killed his wife, started a fire in their home and then went to burn down his business a week ago in Ely.

The crimes shocked Ely both because they were out rageous in and of themselves, but also because of just who the Hendrixes were. Described as quiet church goers, it was the second marriage for both and at least to the world they were a successful blended family.

H&R Block Christmas 2014According to a number of friends and relatives, while the two had their ups and downs, no one could imagine last week’s horrific events in the offing.

“A lot of people are still realing from it,” said White Pine County Sheriff Captain Scott Henroid. “Both were active in the community. Both were polite and easy to get along with.”

Julia Hendrix was a former teacher at the White Pine County High school. After she left the school district, she went to work for the state of Nevada first as a crime victems advocate and later at the Ely State Prison.  Husband Bruce had his own accounting firm. While not the largest fish in the local financial business pond,  the couple did live comfortably.

Supp Ins copy. Christmas 2014“We aren’t really aware if they had money problems,” Henroid added. “We don’t know why she was seeking a divorce but shortly after she told Bruce she was dead.”

According to witnesses, Hendrix was seen running from his home just moments before his house ignited into flames. Shortly after fire fighters arrived, the body of Mrs. Hendrix was discovered.

fosterHendrix has operated his small accounting firm for over 20 years in Ely serving mostly small businesses and private indivisuals. According to the Nevada state website, his CPA license was revoked in 2013, in addition to her job at the prison, his late wife was a Mary Kay Cosmetic agent.

Immediately after the murder and the arsons, Hendrix fled Ely and made his way south past his home town of Lund.

No one will ever know what Hendrix was thinking in the final moments of his life, however it may be safe to assume he was devasted by guilt for the murder and fear for what was to come if he was captured.

Great basin Christmas 2014He drove through Lund and then on to Shingle Pass. White Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported that a vehicle matching that of Hendrix was located near the pass in Lincoln. White Pine deputies along with Lincoln County deputies responded to the area. Deputies located the vehicle and near by located Bruce Hendrix dead from a   self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be handling the coroner case.  Investigation continues.


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Local Pornography Shop Forced To Shut Down

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



Put off by the city’s stance against a medical marijauna clinic, Jason Vance the owner of Va Va Voom home of X-rated videos, adult toys and naughty underwear closed its doors in Wendover earlier this month according to building owner Lars Pederson.

“He [Vance] was a little pissed off when the city council voted not to license a medical marijuana store until the federal government made it legal,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Evidently things aren’t going so well in retail sex products and he needed to branch out.”

Supp Ins copy. Christmas 2014In the 2000 election, the sell of medical marijuana was endorsed by well over 60 percent of Nevada voters but while theoretically legal  the state did not adopt any mechanism for the sale or purchase of pot for medical purposes until the 2013 legislature.  This April and over 13 years since the sale medical marijuana was first approved by Nevada voters buying and selling medical marijuana, will be legal at least by state law in various dispensaries in the Silver State.

But West Wendover and most other northern Nevada cities responded by adopting local ordinances that forbid pot shop dispensaries until marijuana is legalized nationwide.

Aqua Christmas 2014According to Pederson that pre-emptive strike spelled the end of Va Va Voom probably not to the anguish of any West Wendover City official.

Indeed Vance’s store formerly known as the Blue Boutique has been a thorn in the city’s side ever since it opened fifteen years ago.

Great basin Christmas 2014Selling everything from sexy lingerie to X-rated videos to what are politely called marital aids the store fell partly under the city’s often contradictory Sexually Oriented Business Ordinance.

It was officially labeled “not the kind of business we want here” shortly after it opened in 2000.

ambulanceVance’s store survived various undercover police investigations, building inspections, and even tax audits. Through all of the official and unofficial oversight he calls harassment, Va Va Voom kept on Vavooming.

And while the store drew criticism of what was inside, city officialdom saved its outrage for what was outside the store.

In the summer of 2006 Vance decided to paint his building yellow– bright yellow. Then mayor Josephine Thaut drove past the new store and moved heaven and earth to get Vance to repaint it including threatening his business license.

WREC Christmas 2014At first Vance thought about toning down the color to appease city fathers but then decided not to.

A dyed in the wool capital “L” Libertarian, Vance publicly fought the city on the grounds that no official had the right to dictate the color of any business. After checking the code, the city agreed with Vance and promptly drafted a new ordinance that gave it the right to dictate the color of paint a business could use.

Since Vance painted his building before the law was passed, he was not encumbered by it. The first business was the Limon market which drew the city’s attention for painting fruit on its outside walls.

fosterVance did however put the city on notice that not only would he not seek official approval in future paint jobs, but that if the city tried to enforce its new law against him, he would sue on the grounds the law violated his freedom of speech.

Since then Vance became a firebrand denouncing what he saw as an overly repressive city climate.

westernVance’s enthusiasm fighting city hall began to wane during the Great Recession of 2008. Already weak from competion on the internet, the nationwide economic slow down was the final straw for hundreds of retail sex shops across the country. The fact that Wendover’s house of ill repute weathered that storm is a tribute more to the repressive atmosphere in Utah where local and state laws effectively banning the growth of retail adult entertainment stores, gave Wendover a leg up to weather the storm for at least a little longer.

That stay of execution lasted about six years and without a new revenue creator Vance closed the store.

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Ely Facebook Revolt Page Shut Down

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



A once popular Ely local politics facebook page was shut down this month by its administrator.

According to White Pine County Commissioner Mike Coster who also contributed to the page,  the shut down occurred after a popular revolt by its members.

But page administrator Audrey Clark begged to differ or at least not completely agree.

H&R Block Christmas 2014The page— White Pine and Ely Politics was begun in March 2013 by Ely resident Audrey Clark as a local politics forum coinciding with Ely’s municipal election season.

“I started the group as a way for me to learn about politics. I really knew nothing and thought it would be a great and fun way for me to learn, little did I know the ruckus it would cause! I am truly amazed how the group grew and transformed. A lot of people joined and seemed to enjoy having a place to discuss issues and try to find answers to things.” said Clark last year.

westernInitially the page had a large impact on local politics.

Boasting a little over 250 members, the White Pine & Ely Politics page was credited by many with tipping the scales in a close city election.

“I have been told by many who live here in Ely that this group helped them become more informed on the issues then they have ever been in the past! This I find to be a great thing!!” Clark wrote in an e-mail.

“The election turned out to be quite a nail biter. When the early votes came in I was a bit disappointed. But when the next results came in I was Jumping out of my seat! Things had taken a turn for the better!!” Clark wrote.

Great basin Christmas 2014Soon after the election, the number of members grew to over 700.  In addition to holding an open forum Clark’s Facebook page also featured videos of various public meetings all or most taped by Ely businessman George Chachas.

It was a dispute over those meeting that was the catalyst for the closure of the group.

“Audrey put them up on her page,” Coster said. “But then they were put up on youtube. Audrey got upset and began to boot people off. She booted me off as well.” Coster recounted. “By the end of November I think she was down to about 117 and then I noticed the page was just gone. It is a shame too. Before she began booting people, it was a very nice page.”

Supp Ins copy. Christmas 2014Until the November election, Clark had a strict no booting policy for her face book page.

“We can disagree without being disagreeable,” she once said.

According to Clark the real reason she shut down the page was because her computer went kaput.

However, Clark added that even if her computer problems were solved she would not restart the page.

“No body can say anything nice about anyone any more,” she said. “Frankly I’ve had it.”

Although gone from the web, Clark’s experiment was a success, at least for copy cats. Today, they are at least seven other facebook pages  with similar content as Clark’s original.


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High Desert Hanukah

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



While Wendover’s casino lights shine like a beacon from across the Bonneville Salt Flats, the most unexpected luminescence comes from eight small bulbs lit just for one week in December.

“I was really amazed when I saw them.” said one traveler, “Who expects to see a menorah in a small town in Nevada?”

westernWhile any number of large cities across the west boast a Hanukkah Menorah, finding one shining in a city with a population of less than 5,000 is not only rare it is unheard of, that is with the exception of West Wendover.

   In a survey of 10 Nevada and Utah cities with comparable or greater populations, none besides West Wendover could make a similar boast.

H&R Block Christmas 2014The menorah was added to the city’s holiday decorations in 1995, joining a secular Santa Claus and a Classic Christian Nativity Scene.

“The message we intend to give is that of our motto– Come Grow with Us.” said then Mayor Walt Sanders. “We want to be an all welcoming all inclusive community.”

Cinemas christmas 2914While the city’s motto has since changed to Waiting with Open Arms– the menorah commemorating the successful Jewish revolt against the Syrian Greeks still stands. Lasting eight days the festival begins on December 16th and ends on December 24th.

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Despite Budget Cut, College Keeps Teaching

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



Despite facing a 20 percent cut to its budget, Great Basin College is maintaining and even expanding its outreach effort to communities in rural Nevada.

Great Basin College offers two-year and four year degrees in a variety of disciplines. It offers Associate of Applied Science degrees in the areas of business, computer office technology, criminal justice, early childhood education, industrial technology, and nursing. Additionally, it offers four year degrees in elementary and secondary education, applied science, nursing, and integrated studies. As a comprehensive college, the institution provides instruction and training for students interested in career and technical education, or those on an academic track towards an advanced degree. Certificate programs and short-term training programs also exist in several business, secretarial/administrative assistant, and industrial arts fields.

Great basin Christmas 2014Community colleges like Great Basin are considered the best value in the ever increasing costs of a college education.

In addition to costing a fraction of what is charged per credit hour at private and public universities, community colleges are located much closer to home.  For instance, GBCC’s main campus is in Elko, just two hours away from Wendover, while the nearest university is in Reno 400 miles away.

Despite or perhaps because they are a good alternative to the much more expensive state university, funding for community colleges is often first to be cut from the overall education budget when times are tough.

nbtxmasJust this year GBC was told to expect a 20 percent budget cut.

“It is absolutely outrageous,” said Assemblyman John Ellison, “there is nothing better than the community college system. At Great Basin, a high school graduate can study two years and walk out with a degree that will get him or her a $88,000 a year salary. That is more than double and half the time as the average four year degree. But we cut the funding of the community colleges in favor of the universities.  And I will tell you that most of the funding doesn’t go to the students but to pay the salaries of the professors.”

Ellison says he remains committed to funding higher education with a goal of restoring the budget for Great Basin College and other community colleges in the state. An assemblyman in District #33, Ellison was also picked as Speaker Pro Tempore by GOP lawmakers, a position he says should give rural Nevada more clout going into a tough budget cycle.

fosterGreat Basin College has its main campus in Elko, in northeastern Nevada. Residence halls are available at the Elko campus. Branch campuses also serve the communities of Battle Mountain, Ely, Pahrump and Winnemucca. Satellite centers are located in nearly 20 communities across rural Nevada.

Yet even while facing sever budget cuts, GCB administrators are planning an ambitious outreach to those 20 satellite communities in the Great Basin network.

In Wendover, for example, popular West Wendover High School Science teacher Brian Kelly will take on new duties as the lab instructor for Great Basin College’s introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, this spring semester.

WREC Christmas 2014The college course will be offered at the West Wendover High School. BIOL 190 is one of the science courses that meets the general education requirement for associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees. For students interested in the GBC Associate of Applied Science, and Nursing degree, BIOL 190 is a Science Department requirement to be taken prior to or concurrently with Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 223). Dr. Rita Bagwe will be instructing the lecture portion of the class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. (Mountain Time) via interactive video in the GBC modular at West Wendover High School. Brian Kelly (West Wendover High School science instructor) will be teaching the lab on Thursdays from 4:30-7:15 p.m. (Mountain Time) in the West Wendover High School science lab. Students interested in taking BIOL 190 must sign up for both the lecture (class number 34842) and lab (class number 34843) courses.

ambulanceNV DCFS 10.25×10.5 MixSiblings AdAdditional interactive video spring semester courses include:

CRJ 220 (class #34569) Criminal Procedures – R. Mackay, Monday & Wednesdays 5-6:15 p.m.

CRJ 265 (class #34570) Intro to Physical Evidence – D. Zumwalt, Wednesdays 8-10:45 a.m.

ECE 262 (class #32881) Early Lang/Literacy Develop – M. Macfarlane, Thursdays 5-7:45 p.m.

Aqua Christmas 2014ENG 102 (class #34806) Composition II – S. Davis, Tuesdays & Thursdays 12-1:15 p.m.

INT 100 (class #34645) GBC Orientation – A. Rogers, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (1/10/15)

MATH 120 (class #34762) Fund of College Math – J. Paxton, Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m.

MATH 91 (class #34667) Basic Mathematics – R. Latham, Mondays & Wednesdays, 12-1:15 p.m.

MATH 95 (class # 34671) Intermediate Algebra – R. Anttila, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

H&R Block Christmas 2014MATH 96 (class #34671) Intermediate Algebra – J. Jung, Mondays & Wednesdays, 2-3:15 p.m.

MATH 96 (class #34746) Intermediate Algebra – R. Anttila, Tuesdays, Thursdays 5-6:15 p.m.

wrecaquaMany of the interactive video courses above are Internet enhanced, using an Internet-based classroom to do all or some of the following: exchange or “hand in” documents, take tests, and communicate with the instructor and other students outside of the “live” television class.

Supp Ins copy. Christmas 2014Community colleges like Great Basin are considered the best value in the ever increasing costs of a college education.

In addition to costing a fraction of what is charged per credit hour at private and public universities community colleges are located much closer to home. GBCC for instance main campus is in elko just two hours away from Wendover while the nearest university is in Reno 400 miles away.

Centra Christmas 2014GBC’s Spring Semester 2015 Course Schedule will arrive shortly. Please take a look at the online (Internet) selection of classes as well or go to and click on Spring Schedule. For academic advising information, please call 775.753.2180 or call the Admissions & Records office at 775.753.2102.

Great Basin College is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and governed by the Board of RegenThe college is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Veterans Day Poste Winners

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

vetwinWWHS co-winners Meagan Leggett & Savanah Shupe.

WREC Christmas 2014

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West Wendover Music Plays Peppermill Concert Hall

Posted on 18 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

For complete concert in High Definition Video contact Patty Eklund at 664-3940. A $10 donation would be appreciated.

WWHS Choir

WWHS Choir



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UPDATE HENDRIX FOUND DEAD Hendrix Murder/Arson Rocks Ely, Husband Suspect Still At Large

Posted on 12 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

On December 12, 2014 the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle matching that of Bruce Hendrix located near Shingle Pass in Lincoln County, NV. White Pine County Sherriff’s deputies along with Lincoln County deputies responded to the area. Deputies located the vehicle and nearby located Bruce Hendrix. Hendrix was deceased and during the investigation it was determined that he had died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will be handling the coroner case.  Investigation continues.


Julia and Bruce Hendrix


atlAn Ely accountant is the subject of a statewide man hunt for the murder of his wife and the arson of his home and business.

Bruce Wayne Hendrix, 63, is wanted for the nuder of his wife Julia and the arson of both his home and business Monday evening in Ely, Nevada.

According to witnesses, Hendrix was seen running from his home just moments before his house ignited into flames. Shortly after fire fighters arrived, the body of Mrs. Hendrix was discovered.

NV DCFS 10.25x10.5 MixSiblings AdMr. Hendrix has not been seen since.

According to a White Pine county Sheriff’s Attempt to locate bulletin, Hendrix is driving a brown 1988 Chevrolet pick-up truck with a brown camper shell. The license number of the pick up is 559SDZ.

Law enforcement agents are advised to approach with extreme caution. According to the bulletin, Hendrix could be armed with at least one rifle, perhaps two.

Hendrix has operated his small accounting firm for over 20 years in Ely serving mostly small businesses and private idivisuals.

According to the Nevada state website, his CPA license was revoked in 2013. His late wife was a Mary Kay Cosmetic aganet.

According to neighbors, the Hendrixes were a quiet church going couple.


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Posted on 12 December 2014 by Howard Copelan


.The pilot and the only passenger in a small plane were moderately injured as they praciced take offs and landings at the Wendover Airport last week reported Elko County Under sheriff Clair Morris

According to a press release Paul Erich Bowden (pilot) and Marnie Bowden (passenger) were found by air port  personnel Ed Nelson and James Morris standing near the front of the crashed Cessna 182 aircraft.

wrecaquaMorris stated,  Bowden told him that they had been doing touch-n-go’s. Morris added Bowden told him that when he banked the aircraft something happened. One of the wings appeared to have contacted the ground and the aircraft crashed.

It appeared that the aircraft had rolled several times and the left wing was torn off. The engine was laying several feet in front of the aircraft and the torn off wing was several hundred feet in front.

Bowden was flown to the University of Utah medical center and Marnie Bowden was transported by ground ambulance.

centraphoneThe crash scene according to Tooele Airport personnel Ed Nelson and James Morris is located on United States Air Force property. NTSB was contacted and notified of the aircraft crash site and advised that the area is secure.

The aircraft a Cessna 182T is registered to Mountain Air Aviation LLC out of Fruit Heights, Utah.




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Wendover Police Chief Passes Physical, Keeps Job

Posted on 12 December 2014 by Howard Copelan



West Wendover Police Chief, Burdel Welsh, won job security and struck a blow for middle aged men the world over, by passing his physical with just 48 hours to spare on his dead line.

Welsh was hired in June 2013 and was given a year to pass the physical given by the Nevada Police Academy.

This June the 57 year old Welsh failed on his first attempt.

wrecaqua“I passed everything except the minimum run time,” he said. “So I requested and received a six month extension.

Welsh spent almost all of his free time training for the physical.

“Its a test normally given to cadets in their late teens to mid 20’s,” Welsh explained. “I am not going to lie and say it isn’t difficult for anyone with 50 plus year old knees.”

Welsh took the physical this Monday and passed even the timed run.

“I won’t say I aced it but a pass is a pass,” he added.

Shortly after his failed attempt in June the local rumor mill exploded with speculation that there was something corrupt about Welsh keeping his job while training for the retest.

centraphone“I was entitled to a six month extentsion,” Welsh said. “There was nothing wrong or under the table about it. I know their are some police officers and former police officers who may have a grudge, but I believe in transparency.”

Welsh, a lawman from Kansas, was chosen over several applicants both from inside the West Wendover Police Department and neighboring agencies.

As with most changes in leadership, Welsh’s arrival caused a voluntary in some cases and an involuntary leave taking from other officers.

If Welsh had not passed the physical the city council had several options open to it including giving Welsh leave to take the 14 week Police Academy course, to appointing him a civilian chief not permitted to be on patrol, to termination.



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