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Wolverine Cross Country Season Starts

Posted on 04 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

The team preparing for the race last Friday, August 25th in Twin Falls, Idaho (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

The cross country Wolverines had they first competition last Friday August 25th, in Twin Falls. Kim Reamer, head coach of the West Wendover cross country team said that “the team did not have any medalers but that was expected at the first meet of the season”. Her rooster has seven seniors returning and three new comers: Joel Rodriguez, Jorge Aquirre, Colton Smith, Daegan Wilcox, Triston Franco, Elijah Haynes, Jacob Holloway, Zach Smith, Omar Rodriguez, and Cristian Rodriguez.

Jorge Aguirre (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

          Jorge Aguirre was the team last year top runner, who place second in the regional championship and placed fifth at state with a personal record of 16:48.

Joel Rodriguez (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

Joel Rodriguez placed sixth at regionals and used a PR of 17:39 during the state meet for an 11th-place finish.

Colton Smith (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

Daegan Wilcox (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

Daegan Wilcox also ran a personal record at state, placing 23rd with a time of 18:28, rounding out the top 10 at regionals.

Colton Smith (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

Colton Smith, West Wendover’s fourth-fastest runner, ran the Wolverines’ fourth straight PR at state in 18:50 and ranked 31st.

Triston Franco (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

At state, Triston Franco placed 41st with a time of 19:42,

Elijah Haynes (photo credit cross country coach Kim Reamer).

followed by PRs of 20:07 by Elijah Haynes and 21:05 from Zach Smith now sophomore – placing 45th and 49th, respectively. And Jacob Holloway also returns.

Coach Reamer always keep her team motivated and working hard. She would like to see her returning runners improving throughout the year. She doesn’t know yet how good her freshman runners are, but she thinks that they are built to run.

Reamer hopes to see some of the competition from the Las Vegas area for the first time on Oct. 6 at Winnemucca, and may be on Oct. 12 in Elko.

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Geri Wopschall Around The County

Posted on 04 September 2017 by Howard Copelan

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



White Pine County Board of Commissioners August 9, 2017

Public Comment

Burton Hilton- “The Ruth Club is now in WPC’s name and will on the next agenda for any   rules or requirements for use by Simplistic Solutions.”

Fire Commission Chief’s report-

Calls: 69 Calls for service

Medical emergencies: 54, up 15 from last month

Medical assist: 7, down 1 from last month

Care Flight Transfers: 16, down 3 from last month

Hospital to Hospital transfer: 7, same as last month

Fire 4, 3 Wildland, BLM assist

Chief Woolever-

  One problem we are having is that all of our vehicles have to be California emission standards. This causes a problem, because the vehicle will shut down. I thought we were supposed to be exempt , but it seems as though we’re not and after so many miles the engine will shut down. This means more maintenance cost for any diesel engine. This can happen while trying to put out a fire or any rescue.

  I am talking to other fire chiefs to get this law changed.

Howe “Why are we effected by California emissions?”

Woolever “The manufactures have to do it this way.”

Wheable “So are they not working, do they just stop working?”

Woolever “If the light comes on it has to be taken care of immediately. We do not want to be transporting a patient and have a vehicle stop.”

Perea “I had a problem with the emissions when I had a flat tire in a fire truck. The action of tilting the  vehicle to replace a tire cause the truck to shut down and would not start again.”

   ( Sounds like there is a definite problem and should be taken care of, emergency vehicles should not have this concern. I do understand that they do not have gas operated emergency vehicles for Fire or EMT.)

Discussion/Action/Possible Direction- regarding what the County Fire District is supposed to do when the City Fire Department is dispatched into the county incident.

Woolever “We are still responsible for our district and we need reports.”

Rivera (City Fire Chief) “We send the report when we send you the bill.”

McKenzie “We need it sooner than that.”

Rivera “We can work this out.”

Bybee “As soon as you get your report done email it out to Tim. I think that’s all that needs to be done.”

Wheable “I have no problem with you calling Tim and having him go to your station so you can discuss any incident that happens. It does affect our insurance, etc.”

Bybee “Just shoot the chief a copy of your report each time.”

Rivera “If he requests it.”

Wheable “You do need to contact the chief whenever you’re doing things in the county.”

  (From personal experience, I have found communications in White Pine County to be very little and far between. I feel the right-hand always wants to know what the left hand is doing. We are all part of the same community and we need to communicate.)


Disciplinary action for Woolever was tabled until investigation is complete.


Public Hearing – changing ordinance 474, of the White Pine County code as to adopt impound fees matching those levied by the City of Ely.

   The county has had a higher impound fees for animals then the city has for years. This is going to change and the fees will be the same.

5/0 to change fees


   Many grants were approved, Chief Woolever found grants from 2012 and 2014 that had not been used. He has contacted the agency’s and had them extended.


Discussion regarding compiling a list of public health issues facing White Pine County. Chairman David Byun

   Dr. Byun would like to start a public health education in our schools. This would cover many topics that face our community and our youth. He Will be putting articles in the paper.

Wheable brought up the subject of a possible hepatitis B case in our county being contributed to home tattoo kits. In order to give tattoos you must have a license. Anyone getting tattoos from their neighbor or friend is at great risk. It is illegal to give somebody a tattoo with out a license.


Discussion/Action/Possible Approval – to provide subsidies to balance the FY 2018 budget of some of the special revenue funds based on available fund balance in the amount not to exceed $352,402.

EMS – $138,540., Fire District $175,181., Senior Center $6,285., Building and Planning $20,803. and Golf Course $11,593.

The funds are available.

It was stated that we knew the fire and EMS departments would have to be subsidized  for sometime.

3/2 Bybee and Stork against

Ely City Council August 10, 2017

Fire Chief report

July 20 thru August 2, 2017

7 Medical Transports

3 Non Transports

2 Jail Inmate Checks

1 Brush Fire (WPC) BLM Assist

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents (1 WPC) (1 Motorcycle)

1 Fire Residential

1 Fire Alarm (False Alarm)

17 Total Calls

A total of 65 calls for the month in July.

Public Hearing – Ordinance 706,  scale fees publications of public records at the request of a member of the public.

There will now be a $.50 fee per page for any publication you need after a seven days period of the meeting of documents you are asking for. If you ask for meeting minutes within seven days of the meeting they will be free.

5/0 approval


Discussion for Possible Action/Approval by the City Council to file a permanent Injunction action pursuit to an IRS 33–010 in the Seventh Judicial District Court against Randy Weaver for the ongoing construction of a commercial building located within the City of Ely at 690 N. McGill Highway.

Comments- Mr. Weaver said it is on personal property and would not have the public in it. He added 3 1/2 feet of fill to prevent flooding. He also felt putting a fire hydrant in was to expensive, because it would mean putting a plumbing under Highway 93.

   Many people spoke in favor of the Council giving Mr. Weaver a waiver. Steve Stork (speaking as a private citizen) stated that Mr. Weaver was bringing a new business in to our area and that the city needs the revenue from this business. We should not discourage new business from this area and there is the chance he would take his business Nye county.

  The City Attorney and the City Building Inspector explain that they had contacted Mr. Weaver 18 months ago, about obtaining the proper permits for this building. Because the property is listed as a flood zone, he would have to get permission from FEMA. Also he would have to have a building plan and contractor approved by the State Fire Marshal. It was also stated that there are three different ways to provide fire safety to the building and it did not need to go under Highway 93. When Mr. Weaver completes the steps outlined the city will issue him a permit.

   The City Council did not want to tear Mr. Weaver’s building down, or take him to court. They agreed to give him extra time to complete the necessary steps to make the building legal. No one is to enter the building are do any additional work on the building until all steps have been followed.

   (Everyone putting up a new buildings or even in addition to a building needs to have permits. They also need to have the building inspected. Personally I think Mr. Weaver has had plenty of time to comply with the law. The City Council has been very generous with him. Laws and rules are made for safety reasons. If the City Council had given him a waiver and turned a blind eye they could be responsible for anything that happened on that property.)

   (Too often and I have seen a blind eye turned to unpermitted things done in this county. This is part of the good old boys club. Everyone is subject to the rules. People cannot make up their own rules.)

Public Comment

Mr. Reierson, a property owner in Ruth was given a bill for $3500, for the teardown of the building on his property. He felt this bill was way too high sense they were only three walls standing.

Wheable asked if he had not received letters informing him this would be done. He replied yes I did and I called the building inspector.

Wheable “I did not receive any response from you, now I have to bring the Building Inspector in here. We can’t just demolish homes without notifying the homeowner and the homeowner needs to respond. There is a problem here.”

Homeowner “Yes there is a lack of communications between your office and your building inspector.”

Wheable – “Do you have any verification that you talked with the building inspector?”

Home Owner – “No I spoke with him on the telephone.”

  The company who did the teardown of three houses did not bid them individually, but as one project. So the amount was divided equally between the three property owners.

(I get the feeling that all three property owners  were billed the same amount. Although this house took less to tear down, the total bill cannot be paid if they reduce his portion of the bill. I am quite sure the other two property owners do not want to have their bill increased. I feel the county made a mistake on this one in billing them equally and I do not feel they are going to recoup their cost.)

(Lack of communications in White Pine County?)


Discussion/Action/Possible Approval – to respond to the correspondence from McGill town Council received August 16, 2017 concerning the mutual aid agreements with the city of Ely for Fire protection.

Letter from McGill Town Council

Re: Interlocal Agreement w/City of Ely for Fire Protection

The Honorable Board of County Commissioners,

      The McGill Town Council has received three draft copies of an Interlocal Agreement between White Pine County and the City of Ely  for Fire Protection. We do not know which one of the three drafts is the first, or if one of them is the final draft. Obviously, these negotiations have been ongoing for a while, but the Council is just learning about them.

     McGill has the population base, according to the state of Nevada Demographer’s estimates, for 2016, of 1.166 point compared to the city of Ely’s established population of 4.065. Our population fluctuates, as the Demographer’s shows our population was 1200 in 2014. Clearly, McGill is the second largest community within the boundaries of White Pine County, and yet nobody seems to think that it is a need to keep this community appraised of any proposed changes in regulations to fire protection , or emergency services.

     The McGill Town Council (including the 646 registered voters) feel that they are being left out of the loop during these negotiations, and would like to receive some type of explanation about the future of fire protection in this community.


Bob Winder, Chairman

McGill Town Council

Stork  – This bothers me. I can not attend all their meetings. The County’s Agenda is public and available to everyone.

Wheable – this is late, the agreement has been signed by both the County and the City.

(I agree with both Stork and the Town of McGill. McGill had a liaison who did attend most if not all meetings, were you more informed?  I have always found it very important to get your own information. You may have every agenda emailed to you. You may also have somebody attend the meeting to inform the Council.

   Every thing the County Commission votes on is important to every member of the county. They are the ones you voted into office and they are the ones that are spending your money. You need to know what is happening and you need to voice your opinion. This is the only way you look out for your communities interest.

   The Commission Liaison is a very important go-between and they should take their job very seriously. If you do not have time for these meetings (and there are a lot of them) you should not run.)

   (Remember – I will not be writing this article much longer and you NEED to know what your elected officials are doing, before they do it!)

Discussion/Action/Possible Approval  of a written plan of action to correct issues came to light during a close personal session of fire Chief/EMS director Tim Woolever.

   The commissioners considered putting a letter in Mr. Wollever’s filed. Perea  said there needs to be a public notice of the finding of this personal session. Wheable agreed and will be writing a press release.

5/0 to put a letter in the Chief’s file.

    (It appears that the writer of the email, accusing the county and the BLM of misconduct, cannot be reached.)

Discussion/Action – reschedule one or both Commission Meeting for the month of September.

5/0 to have one meeting in September, to be held on September 13.

There seems to be a problem with people using the old landfill in Lund. The Eagle Scouts will be cleaning up the area, but there needs to be signs put up and fines levied for people using the landfill to dump their garbage. It was stated that the health department should be posting. It was also stated that the BLM should be interested in this project.


Discussion/First Reading – Ordinance 478, Bill No. 8.23.2017, an ordnance repealing chapter 10 section 62 subsection 10 as regarding the lawful possession of marijuana not for the purpose of sale.

   The county has an ordinance against the use of marijuana. This ordinance will be changed allowing the possession of marijuana for personal use.

   Ordinance 478, Bill No. 8.23. 2017, an Ordinance repealing Chapter 17 Section 45 as regarding medical marijuana establishments.

  This change in the ordinance will allow medical marijuana sales establishments.


Leigh McOmber resigned from the Library Board of Trustees and Ramona Maestes was appointed to the Wildlife Advisory Board.


Possible approval of a request to transfer parcel number 003 -044–01, New Ruth club in Ruth, Nevada from White Pine County Board of Commissioners to Simplistic Solutions with possible deed restrictions.

  There was discussion on how the property should be restored according to all state laws, and the possibility if Simplistic Solutions dissolves, the property would be donated to another nonprofit group by Simplistic Solutions. It was stated that the County owns a lot of property that they have not been able to sell and they do not want this piece back.

5/0 to have the attorney write up a contract, this would include a four year time span in which all requirements must be met.

    A request from the Aquatic Center director to hire a new recruit for an assistant manager was tabled.

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Accident On The Salt Flats Kills 1 Injures 5: UPDATE

Posted on 17 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

Update on our breaking news of Wednesday morning:

Lt. Ron Johnson from the Tooele County Sheriff’s office said the crash was between a 1987 Ford pickup and a 2017 Toyota Sienna.

Johnson says the pickup contained four people — a 73-year-old male driver and three male passengers, ages 77, 48 and 65. We still don’t know the name of the 65-year-old man killed in the accident, as the office is still trying to contact the family first.

The driver of the minivan is a 74-year-old man, and a 75-year-old woman was a passenger.

Johnson says that for an unknown reason, the truck veered into the path of the minivan and hit it head-on.


The pickup truck involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning, not part of the races(Utah Highway Patrol office).

The van, the second vehicle involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning(Utah Highway Patrol office).

This past Wednesday morning, August 16th, a head on collision between a minivan and a pickup truck killed one person and injured a few more  on the access road at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crash had nothing to do with the racing.

Multiple medical helicopters were called to the Bonneville Speedway for the fatal accident.

Three ambulances, one already on the Salt flats and two more were called in, from the local Wendover Ambulance.

The pickup truck had four occupants and the minivan two. All the occupants were involved in the crash. One man, 65, died.

Lt. Ron Johnson from the Tooele County sheriff Office said that three were airlifted to the hospital and two were taken by ambulance. The three airlifted were more severely and critically injured. One is in very serious condition and two others have life-threatening injuries.

All six people involved in the crash are from out of the state, visiting Utah or as crew members or as spectators for the car races.

The names of those involved have not been released yet, as the authorities are still trying to locate next of kin.

Speed Week organizers said that Speed Week is going on, racing has resumed, and will continue as previously scheduled through next weekend.

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Breaking News: Accident On The Salt Flats Kills One Injures Many

Posted on 16 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

The pickup truck involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning, not part of the races(Utah Highway Patrol office).

The van, the second vehicle involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning(Utah Highway Patrol office).

This Wednesday morning, August 16th, a head on collision between a minivan and a pickup truck killed one person and injured a few more  on the access road at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crash had nothing to do with the racing.

Multiple medical helicopters were called to the Bonneville Speedway for the fatal accident.

Three ambulances, one already on the Salt flats and two more were called in, from the local Wendover Ambulance.

The pickup truck had four occupants and the minivan two. All the occupants were involved in the crash. One man, 65, died.

Lt. Ron Johnson from the Tooele County sheriff Office said that three were airlifted to the hospital and two were taken by ambulance. The three airlifted were more severely and critically injured. One is in very serious condition and two others have life-threatening injuries.

All six people involved in the crash are from out of the state, visiting Utah or as crew members or as spectators for the car races.

The names of those involved have not been released yet, as the authorities are still trying to locate next of kin.

Speed Week organizers said that Speed Week is going on, racing has resumed, and will continue as previously scheduled through next weekend.

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Local Couple Finds Possible Explosive Device

Posted on 04 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

The Elko Bomb Squad was called Thursday to check on an explosive device in the Spring Creek area.(photo credit Elko Sheriff office)

On August 3rd, a local Spring Creek couple walking in an area west of Spring Creek, Nevada found what appeared to be an improvised explosive device and notified authorities. An investigation into was conducted which included the Elko Bomb Squad.

The investigation revealed the device, while being relatively sophisticated, did not contain any explosives or detonation mechanism. The device is being sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigations for further processing. Ron Supp, Elko undersheriff said the investigation continues into the matter.

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Arlen Hallbacka Passes Away

Posted on 02 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

The old Hallbacka’s gas station. (photo credit H. D. Advocate’s archives).

Arlen Hallbacka, born June 30th, 1949 passed away July 19th, 2017 of a brief illness. He was the business owner of a Conoco Gas Station, in West Wendover from 1995 to 2005. In 1999, he applied for a gambling licence and was given a limited gaming permit which translated in a few gambling machine, next to the food and other items. After loosing a leg and a foot to diabetes, him and his wife Arlene moved to Parhump. Wendover residents remember foundly of Arlen, and most of them still call the old Conoco Gas Station, now St Clair,  “Hallbaccka’s”.

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Letter To The Editor: Renewable Energy Supply From Hydroelectricity

Posted on 02 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

Over half of America’s renewable energy supply comes from hydroelectricity. More importantly, hydropower provides a solid base to maintain the reliability of the electricity grid. Hydropower can quickly go from zero power to full production making it extremely important to integrating intermittent wind and solar generation and exceptionally good at meeting rapidly changing consumer demand. By harnessing the energy of flowing water, hydropower provides safe, reliable, affordable carbon-free electricity.

Ironically, despite its century-long track record of clean energy production, State law does not recognize hydropower as “renewable”.

If, as a nation, we want to increase our use of solar and wind energy, we must also increase our use of hydropower and there is plenty of room for growth. According to a report by the United States Department of Energy, only 3% of the nation’s 80,000 dams currently generate electricity. We could increase our generating capacity by over 12,000 megaWatts by installing generators on existing dams. Think of the minimal negative environmental impact of adding generation to dams that already provide recreation, flood control and irrigation to grow food for a hungry world compared to the positive impact of generating enough renewable and affordable electricity to power more than 7.8 million homes.

In 2013, Congress unanimously passed, and President Obama signed, legislation to expedite licensing for building hydropower on existing dams. Nearly as miraculous as unanimous support in Congress was the fact that American Rivers, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers, and the hydropower industry both supported this legislation. Maybe that support reflects the overwhelming public support for hydropower. A poll by Princeton Research Associates International found that 81% of Americans believe that existing hydropower facilities should be maintained and 75% support expanding hydropower.

As the Board of Directors of Wells Rural Electric Company, we believe it’s well past time for Nevada’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to recognize hydropower as the flexible, reliable, affordable, renewable and carbon-free energy resource that it is.

Respectfully submitted,

by F. Scott Egbert, President

on behalf of The Board of Directors

Wells Rural Electric Company

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Two Suspects Steal Wendover Highway Patrol Car

Posted on 31 July 2017 by Howard Copelan

Wendover Highway Patrol car stolen by two suspects earlier (photo credit Wendover Utah Highway Patrol)

Utah Highway Patrol troopers are grateful for the help of some good Samaritans who let a trooper use their car after a pair of suspects stole the officer’s vehicle as he responded to a crash Sunday morning.

The good Samaritans were William O’Briant and his brother, from Layton, heading back from a weekend in Wendover.

Later Sunday, police identified the suspects as 28-year-old Tommy Rodriguez of West Valley City and 32-year-old Brady Willes of Kearns.

Trooper Evan Kirby of the Utah Highway Patrol said they were called to a single-vehicle crash on eastbound I-80 at mile marker 21 near Wendover around 9:24 a.m.

“He found a vehicle rolled over and some citizens in a pickup truck that had stopped to help,” Kirby said of the trooper who responded. “The people involved in the crash were loading their personal belongings into the back of the truck and they had told the people who had stopped they would not like police contact and that they were trying to get a ride back to Wendover.”

The trooper ran the crashed vehicle’s license plate and learned the car was stolen, so he took the male and female who had crashed the car into custody. Kirby said the trooper placed both in handcuffs, and the male suspect, Rodriguez, was seated in the “cage” in the back seat while the female, Willes, was in the front passenger seat.

As the trooper was retrieving the suspects’ belongings from the civilian vehicle, and collecting possible evidence from the accident scene, the suspects stole the trooper’s SUV and fled toward Salt Lake City on I-80.

“He was still back there with the citizens, and the citizens offered the trooper to take their vehicle to follow the suspects in his car,” Kirby said.

The trooper started following the suspects while calling for backup, and Kirby said as the trooper closed in on his vehicle the suspects pulled over, exited the SUV and fled on foot. The pair ran over some raised railroad tracks nearby, and when the trooper lost sight of them he elected to await backup rather than pursue them alone.

Kirby said multiple agencies responded, and a Utah County Sheriff’s Office fixed-wing aircraft happened to be in the area assisting with an unrelated search and rescue call. That aircraft responded and was able to quickly locate the suspects, who were hiding in the desert and were still handcuffed. Police said both had managed to move their restrained hands from behind their backs to in front.

“The aircraft was crucial in keeping them located and down until we could get additional resources out to them,” Kirby said.

A helicopter arrived on scene and began issuing commands to the suspects over a loudspeaker as ground units arrived at the scene. The suspects were arrested without further incident.

Rodriguez was suffering from a minor breathing issue, so he was taken to a hospital in Tooele. Police say the breathing issue was “potentially from asthma, drug use, or the crash.”

Willes was also taken to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution. Kirby said it is common for pursuits in the west desert of Tooele County to end in a medical situation due to the heat and harsh conditions. Both suspects are expected to be OK.

Kirby said the trooper’s SUV only had room for one suspect in the “cage”, which is why the female suspect was handcuffed and placed in the front passenger seat.

“At this point we’re assuming the woman was driving, the man had no way to access the front seat,” Kirby said of the theft of the patrol vehicle.

Kirby said they are grateful to the outside agencies that responded to assist as well as for the help of the civilians.

“The citizens were just good Samaritans, I mean, honestly, they stopped to help the people that had crashed, just being good Samaritans,” Kirby said. “And then when they found out that [the suspects] were being arrested and there was more to the story and they stole the trooper’s car, again they stepped up and were willing to let the officer take their car to track down his car, so, all in all they were just really good people willing to help anybody.”

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Suspects in 18-Wheeler Heist Wanted From Utah To New Jersey

Posted on 31 July 2017 by Howard Copelan

Jason Earl from West Wendover  and Rebecca Ziglar from Wendover Utah(photo credit Wendover Police Office)

Two suspects arrested Wednesday in Clark County following an 18-wheeler chase have been identified by the Wendover Police Department, of Wendover, Utah, as Jason Earl Wright and Rebecca Ziglar.

Wright, from West Wendover, Nevada, and Ziglar, from Wendover, Utah, both face charges for possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding police. Police also charged Wright, 30, with resisting arrest and Ziglar, 33, with providing false identification, according to a Wendover Police Facebook post.

The Wendover Police Department has warrants for their arrest for theft and possession of a controlled substance.


Several agencies assisted in the arrest of Wright and Ziglar following a chase of an 18-wheeler reported stolen from Arkansas.

Sgt. Andy West, with the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop H, said the vehicle’s GPS located the 18-wheeler in Mississippi and troopers spotted the vehicle Wednesday on Highway 19 North, near Allen Swamp Road.

Police chased the 18-wheeler south on Highway 19 to Highway 11, then west onto I-20 and south on I-59, according to West.

West said law enforcement deployed spike strips to delay the vehicle, eventually stopping it around 11 a.m. at the 134 mile marker in Clarke County.

Initially, police in Wendover said Ziglar may be endangered after reporting her missing on June 19. Investigators said, “Wright may be detaining Rebecca against her will.”

Wendover police updated the case on June 23, however, to report that Ziglar was traveling outside of the state with Wright.

Wright and Ziglar are being held in the Clarke County Jail, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department.

Clarke County Chief Deputy Barry White said that both are wanted for charges in New Jersey and the extradition process will begin shortly. Until the two are extradited, Wright and Ziglar will remain in the Clarke County Jail, a process White said could take two to three weeks.

Rebecca Ziglar was listed a few weeks ago as missing, or even kidnaped. Then a few days later was said, from a post on FaceBook, to be with ex-boyfriend Jason Wright, having a good time.

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Geri Wopschall Around The County

Posted on 31 July 2017 by Howard Copelan

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


July 22, 1017

Discussion of funding sources to major repairs on county/ city street roads.

    BJ Almberg – NDOT came to town and discussed clustering.  As you know we are short 200 to 300 people to qualify for some money to help to fix our roads.  NDOT will be going back to state highways.  It is a state highway department that determines the qualifications for getting grant money to redo roads.   NDOT will take it back to the state with our input.  There will be maps drawn up and we will see what we qualify for. It is approximately a 2 to 3 month process to if it things upgraded.

   We are trying to cut our maintenance of the roads down.  The county has chip machine that is not running.  We would like to see if it can be repaired and put to work on our roads to save money.

   Wayne Cameron – How about Public Transit money.  Isn’t there about two million dollars sitting in the Public Transit Fund account?

   BJ – That money is in the County’s account.  The road money comes from gasoline sales tax.  This is divided between the county and the city of according to paved square miles.  The county obviously has more square miles then the city does.  The money we are talking about is called public transit, the city share of that money is about $2000.  The road money goes to the county because it has some more paved roads.

   Wayne Cameron – I just want to know how the city can utilize some of the County’s money to improve the City roads.

   Richard Howe – The County has already heard dressed the transit concerns by way of the Ely bus from the role of money it receives.  We can’t go in to Ely streets.

Discussion – Update on city of Ely and White Pine County projects.

   Dave Berky  (City) – “We not going to be able to financially finish Murray Street, but we will be sealing the part that cannot be finished next spring.  Depending on what the county does with their machines, we may be able to chip seal it which would be far better.  This will be from first read all the way up to the Y.”

   Bill Calderwood (County) – “One of the things I am looking at is RTC and a five year plan.  We have a chipper machine that has not been used in years. 2004.  Two, we want to get the equipment up and running and do a lot of our own working in the house.  We have shippers and rollers and other equipment that I need to get into and evaluate.  I need to evaluate the roads and put them on a maintenance rotation.”

Tourism and Recreation Board July 22, 1017

Public comment:

Steve Stork – The Tourism and Recreation Board needs to get their agenda and backup material on the County’s web site.

(I agree with Steve, it would be very nice to look at the backup material on my computer and grant as an event.  I also feel it would save the tourism and recreation board some money.)

George Chachas – “I received my agenda the day before the meeting.  The law states you have to have an agenda three days before a meeting.  I still have concerns about the railroad meetings, I have not seen an agenda yet.”

Ed Spears – George receives his agenda of via snail mail.  We lobby in the now call mail, and if it is not our fault if George does not receive his agenda on time.  George needs to get it via the Internet or email.

Mark Bassett – “NNRy meetings are non government and do not apply to meeting laws.”

Discussion of /and the possible action: approval to set timeline for submittals of agenda items including all the supporting documentation is/ information no matter no later than 5:00 on Wednesday of the week prior to each board meeting.

4/0 Approval (Jolene Gardener absent)

Discussion and possible action: approval to contribute donations received from the July 4 breakfast to the  C.A. C. H.  In the amount of $755.

4/0 Approval

Discussion – Proposal from Jonathans Dishong for Hot Air Balloon and Salas Festival. Event will be held on August 26.

Discussion: – Presentation by Sandra Reed – proposed idea for Ecotourism

Sandra gave a great presentation about the Nevada correctional centers program on training wild horses and burros for adoption.  The BLM is holding several hundred horses, they do not want to kill them, and so having inmates train the animals, not only saves the lives of the wild horses but also helps the inmates.  The horses then go to auction where every.  Qualification  bids start $750.  The money collected from these auctions can go to feed and train the horses for the next year.

   Northern Nevada Correctional Centers will have saddled – trained wild horses and burro’s adoption on August 18 and 19th at the White Pine County fairground.  Adoption Pre-approval: download a BLM adoption application from the web site at https: / and email to Bruce Thompson at rthompso @  or call (775)-289-1800

Proposal from the great basin Service Club for Festivals of Trees – presented by Linda Derbidge

   Ed Spears “I find that I can no longer support this event with my finances.  With public comment and my having spent over $270,000 in the last 17 years, to take care of, purchased and repair the decorations for all the events that held at the convention Center on Christmas.

   (Ed loving Christmas and the citizens of Ely, has gone to great effort to brighten our Christmas with decorations.  I do hope the City of Ely join me in thanking him for all his service. )

4/0 approval to co-sponsor this event.

Approval of wage and salary increase for staff.

Caroline McIntosh suggested there should be a performance audit of each employee.  The Atty. said this could not be handled in an open meeting.  It was agreed upon that there would be a 2% wage increase.

4/0 Approval

Discussion for possible action: update of 2017 strategic plan to include setting the responsibilities and timelines board member Caroline McIntosh.

It was this cusp to contact a web site called Getaway Today.  This web site allows you to book an event and pay for it over time. ( I have used this system several times when booking cruises.  It is a good way to go.)

   Caroline wanted a time limit on getting this into our system.  Shane said it may take longer than you think  to contact and negotiate.  Then it would take time to get our events on their calendar.

  It was decided to check into this website and report back to the board when information is available.

4/0 approval

Geri Wop

Ely City Council  July 13

Fire Chief’s Report

There were 34 calls last month, 330 so far this year.

City Attorney- back flow device

  The deadline of June 30 to come up with a plan or have devices installed.

Four of the property owners have and installed  the backflow devices. Sahara motors, Ely Shoshone Tribe, Robinson Nevada Mine and Bonanza Oil’s I have all installed the devices.

  Highland Terrace (115 West Highland Dr. and 110 JV Walker), and Hardeep Singh (1400 & 1425  Alterman St.) have contacted Ahlver Plumbing to have the backflow device installed.

   Moattar Properties (1301 Altman, 900 Avenue M, 1550 High St. and 195 15th St.)

R&R Properties and Management (100 and 1011 South Pioche Highway) and Thompson Properties (800 E. Aultman have taken no action).

  All of these property owners were served with a notice on or about May 19, 2015 and again on June 24, 2015 do have these backflow prevention devices installed on their commercial property in Ely Nevada.

   All of these property owners do face the possibility of having their water shut off if they are not in compliance. One option for the City is to levy a fine of $100 a day for noncompliance. If the water is shut off there will be a displacement of people. And the owners of the property would be responsible for placing their renters. One problem is there’s no place to place him.

   There will  more notices going out to additional property owners shortly.

5/0 vote to levy a fine with an appeal plan.

   Review of City Treasure Trask’s July 6, 2017 Memo to the Mayor. This is regarding General fund financial concerns. You will have seen this letter in last weeks paper.

  There were some concerned about new fees set up by the court that were placed in the wrong fund. There were several accounting errors and money is put into wrong funds. Monies were put into the General Fund that were to go into other funds such as the Streets Fund.

  $162,465.00 was put into the General Fund that belong in other funds. In A short period of time you’re spending more money than you receive. Your budget needs to be reviewed monthly.

  The Mayor did say she was pissed off with all the rumors and accusations surrounding this letter. The Mayor wanted to make sure that it is in the newspaper that the City is not going to be taken over by the Department of Taxation.

Stephen Bishop was appointed as Municipal Judge Pro-Temporae.

   Approval to renew the city of Ely’s membership in White Pine Chamber.

4/1 decline

   Appointment George Chachas

City Attorney: I feel that Mr. Chachas  should not be appointed. Mr. Chachas owes the City $1100.

George was not appointed

 Approval of Resolution 2017-09 to add “Intraosseous Infusion Therapy” fee.

Ambulance Service Fee.   5/0 approval

      For reading  of an ordinance No. 706. Record management to comply with the requirements of NRS 239, public records and address of processed by which public record request shall be process by city personnel, providing a fee schedule for production of public records at the request of the member of the public

Geri Wop

White Pine County Commission Meeting July 12, 2017

Public Comment:

Law inforcement dinner at the Elks Lodge, July 21 at 5 o’clock. The cost will be $15.

   County Fire Department  calls June 17 to July 11

   Calls: 78 calls for service

Medical Emergencies: 39, up 15 from last month

Medical Assist: 8, down 2 from last month

Care flight transfers: 19, down 4 from last month

Hospital to hospital transfers: 7, up 5 from last month (This is transporting from Ely to another hospital such as Salt Lake. This does bring in come into the county fire station.)

Fire: 3, 1 wildland and BLM assist

Special event: 1

Public Assist: 1

   Training Completed:

Monthly EMS/ Fire

    Wildland Refesher

   Upcoming Training:

Monthly EMS, now accredited for CEU’s for a year

FF 1&2 training

Advanced Wildland Firefighter Classes

  A. S-211, Power Saws – 7-22-17

  B. S-212, Portable Pumps. 7-24-17

Wind Farm Disaster drill. 7-26-17

   Fire Chief  Tim Woolever    

   Monthly stitistic’s reports will only be given out on the first meeting of the month.

Baker fire was out in 4 hours. There will be a cost for all the air craft.

     Discussion/Possible Action  Mutual Aid Agreement with the City of Ely.

   The agreement is very long, but the City charges every time they are called out, the County charges after 24 hours.

McKenzie “The only thing that concerns me is the $50.00 Administration Fee from the City and the County doesn’t have any thing like that. I thought this was going to be mutual and we treat each other is the same way, but I guess not.”

(If the County doesn’t charge for the first 24 hours, how can one say anything is equal.)

Wheable “The City has laid out all their rates and they bill us for every call out. We give them the first 24 hours. The Commission has voted to approve this before. We know almost all of our assets to the City fall under that 24 hours. So frankly this agreement says they bill us when they help us, but we do not bill them when we help them.”

 City fees-  $50 Administration ; $18.21 per hour per Volunteer

Group A rate $250. Per hour (use the full-size fire truck and other primary service vehicles with traditional service equipment.)

Group B rate $150. Per hour (smaller service vehicle with airbags, rescue ropes and other alternative service equipment)

Support Vehicles $100 per hour

Haz-Mat Units $350. Per hour

Extrication Equipment $250. Per incident

Materials are provided to the fire district at the City’s  cost for replacing them

Mileage will be calculated for all service calls at five dollars per mile with a 10 mile, $50 minimum charge

     County charges after 24 hours

Type 1 or 2 engine, three personnel minimum – $250. Per hour

Type 3 or 4 engine, 3 personnel minimum – $2,520. per day

Type 6 or 7 engine, 2 personnel minimum- $1,800. per day

Water Tender, 2 personnel minimum – $1192.50 per day

Ambulance (BLS), 2EMTs – 2 AM GB – $1760 per day

Ambulance (ILS), 2EMTs – 1 EMT plus 1 EMTB – $1,960. Per day

Command vehicle $50 hourly rate

Chief officer $52.48 hourly

Assistant Chief $41.01 hourly

Pump Driver Officer $41.01 hourly

Firefighter/EMT – 41.01 hourly

EMT Basic – $25.64 hourly

EMT Advanced- $28.72 hourly

Investigator – $52.48 hourly

Volunteer firefighter – $18.21 hourly

5/0 approval

    Preliminary Monthly Report

      Elizabeth Frances “We expected a $190,000 deficit for the fire department, but the deficit is actually $61,000.”

5/0 approval

    Howe asked Gary Perea to have a meeting with the EMTs, and Shane Bybee to have a meeting with the Fire Chief’s.

     McGill Volunteer Fire Chief felt that he and other Volunteers should’ve been able to be part of the discussion in making this agreement. He stated that without Mrs. Wopschall’s  information on White Pine Talking he would not have known of the agreement. He stated that at the last fire chiefs meeting there were only four that showed up, Laision  did not.

Stork stated that the agendas can be sent to anyone if they ask.

McGill Chief then replied I have a full-time job and cannot attend all of your meetings.

When I have to give up my hours, with no pay, I feel I should be part of the discussion.

Perea “They don’t know what support the commissioners give them. Both the city and the county would be in bad shape without our volunteers.”

   Discussion/Possible Approval– ordnances 475. Revealing a section of the ordinance pertaining to the discharge of firearms, shotguns, Pellet gun, air gun, or spring gun during the night time.

  A residents of Cross Timbers stated to case against allowing shooting at night. This will allow the members of the skeet club to have night shooting which will disrupt the neighborhood.

4/1 Approved Perea voted no

      (Until this revision of the ordinance, any night shooting had to get a permit from the sheriffs department. With this skeet club, when they have night shooting it may include up to 40 people. The ordinance did not allow for a group permit. This does allow  trappers, etc. to shoot without a permit)

    Discussion/Possible Approval– give NNRDA (Northern Nevada Rural  Development Agency) $10,000 to create a new strategic plan for White Pine County’s economic development.

The cost of this plan is $80,000. The city was asked to provide $10,000, but said they have no money. The director of the NNRDA has raised $20,000. There is a grant that has a 50% match.

Howe “We have had a EDC office since 1983 there has been no development. Previous strategic plans have not panned out.”

The first thing that the plan would provide is away for a job growth in the city of Ely It will take weeks or months for The study to begin after the money is raised.

5/0 Approval

   Budget Resolution 2016-39 to augment $140,000 into the general fund for the sales of county property. The property has not been sold so this money will not go into the general fund.

Budget resolution 2017 – 33, to augment the general fund with $36,000, not needed because a grant for $42,000 has been acquired.

White Pine Airport Advisory Board July 11, 2017

Update on Airport Usage

June Enplanements – 563

Private – 102

Commercial – 63

Medical – 17

Government – 49

   Report of a glider downed. The glider was flipped over in the air and lost it’s canopy. The pilot parachuted out and only had minor cuts and picked up by a BLM helicopter.  That night Steve Stork and Lance Gale flew over the site and located the glider, which was brought down the next morning.

     Report of a plane, out of Provo Ut, engine out and needed a emergency landing. The plane landed safely .

     Update/Report Courtesy Car for Airport

These cars are only available for airports. Yelland Airport is at the top of the list to receive one the first part of 2018.

     Update Airport Days

Everything ready and I hope everyone enjoyed the event.

    Report on Possible Airshow in June 2018.

Yelland Airport will be hosting an air race for Biplanes and Formula 1 planes. There should be 14 to 18 planes. Other races bring in 3,000 to 4,000 people, we will need bleachers.

Yelland Airport is ranked #1 in the world for the best place for gliders. 6 out of 10 records were made at Yelland. There is a daily up date on line at

Geri Wop

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