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Lane Shelton Cops Plea, Avoids Trial

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

Lane Shelton

Lane Shelton

Lane Shelton has agreed to plead guilty to two felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for the Elko County district Attorney’s dropping of an attempted murder charge.

The plea bargain is too be finalized August 10th during a hearing before Elko District Judge Nancy Porter.

centraphoneShelton was arrested in late April after shooting at but missing his ex-wife with a pistol said sheriff’s spokesman.

“Evidently the two had been divorced but were still living together in Montello.” said Elko Sheriff’s Detective Nick Czegledi said at the time. “Allegedly there was a fight and Shelton reportedly shot at his ex-wife as she was leaving the house.”

Deputies were called and Shelton was arrested at the home without incident. He was charged with one count of attempted murder and given a $100,000 bail.

wrecaquaIn addition to facing the criminal counts, Shelton also was facing losing his property to the victim of the crime his ex-wife Mary Temoke.

temokeIn a legal advertisement which ran in the High Desert Advocate, Shelton advised that buying any of his property from Temoke might not be legal: PUBLIC NOTICE, reads the ad, Lane Shelton DID NOT give Mary Temoke authorization to sell any real or personal property.

However with the plea bargain and an estimated minimum of six years in jail keeping his things may now be the last thing on Shelton’s mind.

Shelton has received a large amount of moral support from Wendover area supporters for whom the plea deal may be devastating.

According to several facebook posts the man described as generous and gentle was only guilty of shooting at the roof of the home the couple shared and the charges against him were a gross exaggeration of what was in essence a domestic dispute.

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I-80 Pick-Up Killer Blood Alcohol 3 Times Over Limit

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

Paul Michael Mumford

Paul Michael Mumford

Paul Michael Mumford the man accused of causing a July 3rd multiple fatal car crash near Wendover had more than three time the legal limit of alcohol in his blood said Tooele County Attorney Doug Hogan.

According to blood test released Tuesday mum ford’s blood alcohol content taken shortly after the accident was 02.4 four time the 0.08 that defines driving under the influence in Utah.

“It is about the equivalent of drinking a 12 pack of beer in an hour or a bottle of hard liquor over the same time,” Hogan said.

Mumford was arraigned Monday on three counts of open murder in Utah’s Third District Court by the Tooele County Attorney’s office. It was his first court appearance.

shoshoneMumford is accused of killing Delphine John, 44, and her daughters Delilah Ramirez, 20, and Anaya Adame Orozco, 3, all of Farmington when he crashed head on into their SUV while driving on the wrong side of Interstate 80. The only occupant of the SUV who survived was identified as Jose Fidel Adame Orozco, 36 is now conscious after being a week in a coma. He was informed of his wife’s and children’s death shortly after he awoke.

“I understand he took it very, very hard,” Hogan said.

Mumford could be facing the death penalty said Gary K. Searle Chief Deputy Tooele County Attorney

Mumford according to Searle the number of deaths alone could qualify Mumford a trip to Death Row.

“One of the special circumstances in Utah law that makes one eligible for the death penalty is the number of deaths,” Searle explained. “If more than two deaths are involved one could be eligible.”

As the only victim recovers and as Mumford waits in jail the Tooele Attorney’s office is building its case against him.

Working with the West Wendover Police Department and with the cooperation of the city’s casinos investigators have collected security surveillance tapes and hotel records to review Mumford’s actions and where abouts the hours before the crash.

According to Utah Highway Patrol reports shortly before the crash several calls of an erratic pickup truck driver were received around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

centraphoneWitnesses told police the driver of a pickup truck identified as Mumford stopped in the median at one point, and another driver told him he needed to stop driving. Another driver, who had observed the pickup truck driver’s alleged reckless driving, also pulled into the median and confronted him. The pickup truck driver then turned around and drove away.  According to UHP, the pickup driver then made a U-turn and drove east on the westbound lanes, ultimately colliding head-on with the Suburban at 80 mph.

The Suburban involved in the incident had the engine knocked out of it.

According to the charging documents Mumford spoke briefly to UHP troopers after the crash.

“Mr. Mumford stated that he left Wendover and must have fallen asleep. He did not remember anything about the accident, ” according to the charges.

wrecaquaMumford then asked the trooper if anyone had been hurt or died in the crash. When the investigator told him yes, he stopped answering his questions and asked for an attorney, the charges state.

A warrant for cash-only $400,000 bail was issued for Mumford.

Mumford had a long history of drinking, driving and violence according to Salt Lake County Jail records.

Going back at least as far as 2000 Mumford was arrested no less than six times most of the charges either stem from DUI’s, public intoxication or domestic violence jail records indicate.

There is however a nine year gap between an October 2005 arrest for hit and run and a June 2014 arrest of domestic assault.

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Forensic NNRY Audit Could Cost $60,000+

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

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The $10,000 set aside for a forensic audit of the Nevada Northern Rail Road might be a down payment but would in no way cover the total cost, said one of the leading Certified Public accountants of San Francisco Geoffrey Kulik.

“If we were asked to do a forensic audit of a similar sized organization in San Fransisco I would guess the cost would be easy between $35,000 to $45,000 and perhaps double that,” Kulik said Wednesday. “There is a big difference between a regular audit where you check the books and make sure that the company is running under GAP (General Accounting Practices) and a forensic audit where you are looking for criminal wrong doing like fraud. I don’t know what the cost structure is like in Nevada but it can’t be that much different than California.”

Wilson BatesEarlier this month the Ely city council voted to budget the forensic audit at the urging of Councilman Marty Westland and over the strenuous objections of the Rail Roads director Mark Basset.

This is the third call for a forensic audit of the NNRY in six months the earlier this year the council held off on the funding and appointed a committee consisting of city councilmen and rail road board directors to better liaison between the council and the rail road.

According to Westland said the committee hasn’t help answer the council’s questions.

“We haven’t gotten answers to the questions we had from the committee,” Westland said.

shoshone“The trustees have never given a written request of concerns to the management board, so how are we supposed to give answers when we don’t even know the questions,” Bassett said. “What Westland forgot to mention was that there were no city council members in attendance at the last ad-hoc committee meeting.”

The Ely City council is currently involved in what can be described as a power struggle with the NNRR.

Officially the dispute is over irregularities in the NNRR audit and the council has run what critics call a full court press for more extended over sight of the Nevada Northern Rail Road operations.

According to both sides last year’s audit of the NNRR revealed a $72,000 loan by NNRR director Mark Bassett to the NNRR comprised of uncompensated business expenses to the railroad.

While it is against general accounting practices for an employee of a company to “loan” money to the same company NNRR supporters claim that the so called red flag raised in the audit is but an excuse in a long grudge match against Bassett and Ely city councilman Marty Westland.

centraphoneTo back their up allegations Bassett and board members released a long list of Westland actions both before and after he was elected to the city council in 2011 where he inserted himself into NNRR operations including setting up a rival corporation, using the NNRR logo, writing up unfounded safety violations, and interfering in a grant application that may have cost the rail road over $10 million.

“I think it is odd that no one said anything about the previous year’s audit that had some of the same issues,” Bassett said at the time. “It was only after the last election where Marty got some of his cronies elected to the council that it comes up.”

In the last city election the self described reform movement took the majority on the Ely City council.

“During the election they complained that the so called Good Ol’ Boy network was using the city council to pursue personal vendettas,” said NNRR board chairman John Gianolli. “Now they are doing it.”

While admitting that he had indeed set up a corporation in 2008 that would seem to be in competition with the NNRR, Westland said that now defunct enterprise existed only to run the northern non-historical part of the rail road.

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Pint Sized Woman Attacks 3 Deputies

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Danielle Thompson

A pint sized blonde from Montello took on a contingent of Elko County Sheriff’s Deputies last week and ended up in jail on a $10,685 bail for her efforts.

Danielle Thompson, 28, of Montello was arrested on three counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of attempting to escape and on count of giving false information to a police officer last week after deputies were summoned to her home by her boyfriend.

“He told us she was suicidal,” said Elko under Sheriff Clair Morris. “But she wasn’t exactly despondent when our three deputies arrived.”

shoshoneIn fact Morris said the 5’ 4” woman took all three of them on, punching kicking and fighting while they tried to arrest her. Finally after the struggle she was bundled into the police vehicle and driven off to jail. But Thompson was not finished.

“She slipped her cuffs and tried to kick out the window,” Morris added. “The deputies had to stop and re-cuff her.”

Despite the melee no deputy was seriously injured Morris said. As for Thompson she is in the Elko County Jail but not under suicide watch, Morris said

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Rural NV Accidents Up Dramatically

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

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     CARSON CITY, Nev. – While the number of statewide traffic deaths dropped slightly in the first half of 2014 compared to the same time last year, traffic fatalities in many rural Nevada counties saw a staggering increase, the Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation report.

     Preliminary numbers show that 124 traffic fatalities occurred on Nevada roads in the first half of 2014 through July 7, a decrease of nine deaths over the same time last year.  But, amid a statewide decrease, eight Nevada counties saw an increase in traffic fatalities during the first half of 2014:

Wilson Bates Elko              800% increase:  8 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013

Lyon              600% increase:  6 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013

Eureka          300% increase:  3 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013

Humboldt    300% increase:  4 fatalities in first half of 2014, 1 fatality in first half of 2013

Lander          300% increase:  3 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013

Churchill      100% increase:  1 fatality in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013

Storey          100% increase:  1 fatality in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013

Washoe       100% increase:  22 fatalities in first half of 2014, 11 fatalities in first half of 2013

 centraphone     “These are so much more than numbers. The loss and toll on individuals and families is monumental for each and every traffic fatality, which is why Nevada’s goal is zero fatalities,” Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon explained. “We continue working together to put strategies in place to save lives and prevent serious injury. Specifically in rural areas, we install centerline rumble strips and put many other traffic safety enhancements in place. But, traffic safety ultimately relies on each and every person on the road, and we’re reminding everyone to be safe every time they’re on the road.”

     “This year, we’ve also seen a statewide increase in traffic deaths involving motorcycles,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Stewart added. “It’s just another reminder of how important it is to pay attention and share the road at all times. That means always watching out for other vehicles and pedestrians and always focusing on the road. And of course, wearing a seat belt is a must; every trip, every time.”

wrecaqua     Overall, Nevada traffic fatalities dropped to 267 in 2013 after reaching an all-time high of 432 in 2006 when the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan was developed. The plan brings Nevada traffic and safety advocates together to implement strategies for cutting the yearly traffic fatality average in half by 2030, with the ultimate goal of zero traffic deaths on Nevada roads.

     Motorists should always follow these safe driving tips:

fandagoAlways Buckle Up

Don’t Drive Impaired

Be Pedestrian Safe

Focus on the Road

Stop on Red

     To learn more about Nevada traffic safety, log on to www.zerofatalitiesnv.com.

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Fire Updates/Distant Fires Send Nevada Their Smoke

Posted on 18 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Thanks to eastern Nevada’s peculiar geography the old adage “where there is smoke, there is fire” needs a little modification.

“Smoke visible to eastern Nevada residents is the result of wildfires in neighboring states, e.g., California, Idaho and Oregon.  There are currently no fires of significant size in Lincoln and White Pine counties.” advised Bureau of Land Management Public affairs specialist Chris Hanefield.

“For the past week we and other offices have been getting calls. residents see and smell smoke. They are, but it is not coming from fires anywhere near here.” Hanefield said.

The reason for this phenomena is geography. Eastern Nevada lies on the second largest steady wind routes in the world second only to the Great Rift Valley stretching from Africa to southern Asia.

Wilson BatesMasses of air blow steadily south in the winter and north in the summer. Birds take advantage of the free ride during their migrations and so does smoke. Smoke from a fire in California will drift across Nevada and once it hits the trough will find itself thousands of miles north or south.

There are however fires close by as well, Hanefeld added.

“Currant, Lund and Railroad Valley residents may see smoke from the estimated 80-acre Bear Trap Fire, burning high inside the Grant Range Wilderness, in Nye County.  The fire is not a threat to human life or property.  The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District is managing the fire.” Hanefield said.

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Some eastern Nevada residents and visitors may occasionally see smoke from two Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District-managed wildfires.  The fires pose no threat to human life or property.

The approximately 50-acre Hampton Fire in the Mount Moriah Wilderness, about 60 miles east of Ely, is visible to residents in Baker, Nev., and Garrison, Utah, and to visitors at Great Basin National Park.   The 205-acre Bear Trap Fire in the Grant Range Wilderness, about 60 miles southwest of Lund, can be seen by residents of Currant, Duckwater, Sunnyside and Railroad Valley.

wrecaquaBoth lightning-ignited fires are burning in mixed conifer in steep, rugged terrain.  The District is managing the fires in accordance with the Forest Land Management and Fire Management plans.  The plans increase public and firefighter safety, reduce the threat of future catastrophic wildland fire, increase native vegetative diversity and improve wildlife habitat.

The Hampton Fire was first reported at about 3:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 16.  The Bear Trap Fire was reported at about 12 p.m., Tuesday, July 15.

The next Bear Trap and Hampton fires update will be Monday, July 21, provided there is no significant fire activity.

For more information, contact Fire Information Officer Chris Hanefeld at (775) 289-1842 or chanefel@blm.gov or go to Eastern Nevada Interagency Fire at https://www.facebook.com/ElyFire.  You can also follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ely_Dispatch.

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Eligible For Death Penalty/ I-80 Pick-up Killer Charged With Three Murders

Posted on 11 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

Paul Michael Mumford

Paul Michael Mumford

Paul Michael Mumford the man accused of causing las Friday’s multiple fatal car crash could be facing the death penalty said Gary K. Searle Chief Deputy Tooele County Attorney

Mumford was charged Monday on three counts of open murder in Utah’s Third District Court by the Tooele County Attorney’s office. according to Searle the number of deaths alone could qualify Mumford a trip to Death Row.

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“One of the special circumstances in Utah law that makes one eligible for the death penalty is the number of deaths,” Searle explained. “If more than two deaths are involved one could be eligible.”

shoshoneMumford was charged in 3rd District Court with three counts of murder, all first-degree felonies; or in the alternative manslaughter, all second-degree felonies; or in the alternative automobile homicide, all second-degree felonies. In addition, he was charged with DUI, a third-degree felony and reckless endangerment, a class-A misdemeanor.

Mumford is accused of killing Delphine John, 44, and her daughters Delilah Ramirez, 20, and Anaya Adame Orozco, 3, all of Farmington when he crashed head on into their SUV while driving on the wrong side of Interstate 80. The only occupant of the SUV who survived was identified as Jose Fidel Adame Orozco, 36 is still clinging to life in a coma.

According to Utah Highway Patrol reports shortly before the crash several calls of an erratic pickup truck driver were received around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses told police the driver of a pickup truck identified as Mumford stopped in the median at one point, and another driver told him he needed to stop driving. Another driver, who had observed the pickup truck driver’s alleged reckless driving, also pulled into the median and confronted him. The pickup truck driver then turned around and drove away.  According to UHP, the pickup driver then made a U-turn and drove east on the westbound lanes, ultimately colliding head-on with the Suburban at 80 mph.

The Suburban involved in the incident had the engine knocked out of it. Alcohol or drugs may have been involved, police said.

centraphoneUHP confirmed an Delphine John and her daughters Delilah Ramirez  and Anaya Adame Orozco died in a crash. The fourth passenger in the vehicle, the father, is in critical condition. Utah Highway Patrol said it appeared the teenager and infant were not wearing seat belts.

Mumford, the driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital and is expected to live. The family had been on their way on a camping trip for the fourth of July holiday.

The crash occurred around 7 p.m. near mile marker 29, 30 miles east of the Utah/Nevada border.

According to the charging documents Mumford spoke briefly to UHP troopers after the crash.

wrecaqua“Mr. Mumford stated that he left Wendover and must have fallen asleep. He did not remember anything about the accident, ” according to the charges.

Mumford then asked the trooper if anyone had been hurt or died in the crash. When the investigator told him yes, he stopped answering his questions and asked for an attorney, the charges state.

A warrant for cash-only $400,000 bail was issued Monday for Mumford.

Mumford has a long history of drinking, driving and violence according to Salt Lake County Jail records.

Going back at least as far as 2000 Mumford was arrested no less than six times most of the charges either stem from DUI’s, public intoxication or domestic violence jail records indicate.

There is however a nine year gap between an October 2005 arrest for hit and run and a June 2014 arrest of domestic assault. Indicating that either Mumford had cleaned up his act, moved to another jurisdiction or was incarcerated. There are no records however of an inmate matching Mumford’s name or birthdate in the Nevada prison system nor is any available from the Utah Prison system.

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Newmont’s Long Canyon Ready To Rock In December

Posted on 11 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Long Canyon Miner

The Long Canyon Mine is on its last leg of permitting process just in time perhaps as gold enters a super cycle.

According to a press release from the company “The public recently responded with 34 letters in regards to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Long Canyon Project. Of the 34 letters, 17 expressed support for the North Alternative site plan going forward as analyzed.   The remaining letters expressed concerns to some degree or made suggestions on how the project could be improved.

WEN07112014A10Once all comments have been reviewed and responded to, the Bureau of Land Management will issue a Record of Decision for the Long Canyon Project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement, the press release continued. In addition to receiving the Record of Decision, Newmont must also obtain several State permits prior to commencement of construction activities. Four state permit applications for the Project were submitted to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) in March, April and May, which included the Class III Waivered Landfill Permit, Water Pollution Control Permit, Reclamation Permit and Dam Safety Permit.   Approval of the Class III Waivered Landfill was received from the Bureau of Waste Management in April.  The other permit applications are pending approval. Currently, work is ongoing in preparing several other additional Nevada State permit applications, which include the air, storm water, septic, potable water, and Elko County building.  Newmont anticipates having all state permits approved by the end of December.”

According to a previous Newmont Gold press release the Long Canyon project the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) was opened for a 45 day public comment period during which community members are invited to offer input that will ultimately help shape the development of the project.

The process began in 2012 and has cleared every bureaucratic hurdle remaining on track to begin construction in 2015.

While Newmont was dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ’t’ gold experienced a slump in 2013 trading and was trading around $1,100 an ounce.

centraphoneHundreds of workers were laid off by area mines in the western half of Elko County.

Some locals feared a return to the bad old days of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s when the market crashed to well below $400 an ounce triggering a local recession that devastated the economy.

At the turn of the millennium hundreds if not thousands of jobs were lost and rural Nevada was plunged into deep recession because of the gold death spiral. Experts were predicting that gold would never again seen the $700 an ounce mark of the late 1970’s, and the odds were long against the precious metal would reach again the $450 sweet spot that made gold ming profitable for Nevada mines.

However according to commodities analyst Gary Wagner gold may be headed for a two perhaps four year long “super cycle” that could push the price of the precious metal even beyond the highs of $1,900 an ounce last seen three years ago.

shoshoneWagner has been a technical market analyst for over 25 years. A frequent contributor to STOCKS & COMMODITIES Magazine, he has also written for many financial publications including Futures Magazine as well as Barron’s.

According to his commentary “Chart This” on the Kitco Precious metals website, Wagner said that even before the current crisis in the Ukraine gold had already bottomed out of it year long spiral that devastated the Nevada mining industry in 2013.

Those fears are in vain Wagner predicted and added that the signs are that gold is not only ready to return to record levels it may even eclipse them.

Even before the crisis in the Crimea gold had already returned to the $1,300 an ounce mark indicating that the market had recovered and that the sell off had stopped.

And now with the current political crisis the precious metal should recover its former highs and perhaps exude them Wagner said.

There are several reasons to be optimistic he explained first gold is regaining its luster as a safe haven for investors that was tarnished a year ago by the unexpected drop.

More practically is that gold knows no border. Should the Ukrainian crisis continue without resolution the West is sure to impose more economic sanctions and restrictions on trade with Russia. A sure way to sidestep those trade restrictions is instead of using dollars, euros or other currency is to make them in gold.

wrecaquaIn addition to political unrest in Europe there is also an economic crisis brewing in China and most recently the destabilizing of the Middle East. All that bad news is good news for the Nevada mining industry and the Nevada economy. Both for current projects such in the Carlin Trend and new ones such as Long Canyon Mine.

Even before the slide in the price of gold ended, Newmont Mine official insisted  of that work on the Long Canyon Mine project 30 miles west of Wendover would continue unabated.

“Of course we have had to adjust and reevaluate,” said Newmont Mining executive Mary Korpi. “Some projects have been put on the back burner but the Long Canyon project is not one of them.”

Newmont commitment to the project will probably not dissipate no matter what this year since it is still in the permitting/exploration phase and with the earliest construction start date estimated for mid 2015 any fluctuation in the price of gold this year is essentially irrelevant for the Long Canyon project.

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Nevadans In Mid East War Zone

Posted on 11 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

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Shoshona Zohar

For three northeastern Nevada families- the Zohars of Elko; the Khourys of Spring Creek and the Copelans of West Wendover; the war that erupted this week between Israel and Gaza is more than just news, it is about family.

All three have children, siblings or cousins in harms way in the Holy Land and all three are coping by keeping an eye on the television and computer, ear on the phone and their families in their prayers.

On the front line in Gaza 14 months ago, 2010 WWHS Graduate Arieh Copelan

On the front line in Gaza 14 months ago, 2010 WWHS Graduate Arieh Copelan

Hostilities flared earlier this week with rockets garages from the Hamas controlled Gaza and a heavy Israeli response by land sea and air. As of press time Hamas has launched about 400 missiles targeted at Israeli cities as far north as Haifa and as far west as Jerusalem. Israel has responded with over 500 strikes of its own. No deaths and only slight property damage have been reported from the Hamas attacks while in Gaza close to 70 people have reported to have been killed and extensive damage done to the strips infrastructure.

Well within Hamas’ missile range is the Israeli city of Netanya where both the Zohars and the Copelans each have a daughter living.

wrecaqua“Shoshana is fine,” said Baruch Zohar Wednesday. “We keep in touch by phone and computer. She is working and yes she is keeping safe.”

A former editor of the Elko Independent and 2008 graduate of Elko High School, Shoshana Zohar emigrated to Israel last year at the age of 24 shortly after graduating from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Her father, Baruch, is a native born Israeli who moved to Elko in the early 1980’s after marrying mother Pamela.

centraphoneShoshana lives less than a couple of miles away from fellow Nevadan, Anna Copelan Mowszowski, 30, who with husband Russell have two sons Oz two and a half and Ram a month and a half.

Daughter of Advocate publishers Howard and Corinne Copelan Anna emigrated in 2002 after she graduated from West Wendover High School. She graduated from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University in 2006 and then entered the Israeli Army for a two year stint.

According to Mowszowski shortly before a missile was sighted coming to Netanya Tuesday night she was awakened by the siren and moved herself and her two children to a bomb resistant safe room in her apartment.

The reason for both women’s relative serenity under the unprecedented missile attack is the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Developed by Israel and partially funded by the US the system destroys, what was once thought to be impossible, low flying short range missile.

shoshoneFirst deployed in the 2012 during a previous missile war with Gaza, Iron Dome has almost single handily take terror missiles aimed solely at civilian populations centers out of the equation.

In addition to Anna, the Copelans have two sons also in Israel. The oldest, Sam, a 2005 graduate for West Wendover High School is a captain in the Israeli Army reserves and was recently called up to secure the border on the Golan Heights. His younger brother Arieh a 2010 graduate of WWHS just finished his mandatory service in the IDF. While the younger Copelan was on the front line in the 2012 almost war in Gaza this time around Arieh is between postings from the standing army and the reserves and will probably be forced to sit this conflict out as a civilian.

Across the border in the West Bank city of Bethlehem is the home of Elko’s Khoury family. Arab Christians, the Khourys left their homes for Nevada in the 1960’s and 1970’s shortly before and shortly after the 1967 Six Day War when Israel conquered the disputed West Bank.

No member of the Khoury family would comment on this story.

But like the Zohars and the Copelans the Khourys can only watch and worry as their family abroad is once again in harm’s way.

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Lages Junction On Fire

Posted on 11 July 2014 by Howard Copelan

Ely resident Jay Crazier snapped this photo of the Lages fire 60 miles south of Wendover last week.

Ely resident Jay Crazier snapped this photo of the Lages fire 60 miles south of Wendover last week.

Three eastern Nevada wildfires are tonight contained or nearly contained.

Firefighters today fully contained the 9,100-acre Lages Fire, about 60 miles north of Ely in White Pine County.  Rehabilitation of the fire area is expected to continue for a few more days.

Firefighters continue to monitor the Cottonwood and Middle Ridge fires in Lincoln County.  The approximately 1,127-acre Cottonwood Fire, about 15 miles southeast of Pioche, is 90-percent contained.  The 10,304-acre Middle Ridge Fire, about 25 miles southeast of Caliente, is 89-percent contained.  Monitoring will continue until the fires are fully contained, which is expected by next week.

fandagoVisitors are reminded to exercise caution as flash floods in the recently burned areas will continue to be a potential hazard when rain storms are present.  Drier air is predicted and the chance of thunderstorms will decrease by Friday with temperatures returning to normal averages.

This will be the last fire update, provided there is no significant activity.

For more information, contact Fire Information Officer Chris Hanefeld at (775) 289-1842 or chanefel@blm.gov or go to Eastern Nevada Interagency Fire at https://www.facebook.com/ElyFire.  You can also follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ely_Dispatch.

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