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Happy Christmas

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Once again the Peppermill Corporation did itself proud by generously donating its concert hall for a High School concert.

The thrill of the children playing on a grown up stage is wonderful to watch and for them glorious to remember.

There are few, if any other, casinos who would generously offer their show rooms or concert halls to high school kids. The donation is not just the space but also the staff and their expertise.

We will be web-casting a low resolution video of the event. But for a real video shot in High Definition simply call west Wendover High and place an order.

A $10 donation is requested, which really isn’t much when compared to the wonderful memory captured for eternity.

West Wendover’s Christmas display both the secular Santa Claus display and the religious crèche are not actually over 2,000 years old even if they do look that way.

Seriously it is time to get a new display if not for religious reason then for municipal pride.

While we rejoice to the freedom of Alan Gross others thoughts go to Jonathon Pollard who has spent three decades behind American bars.

Yes what he did was wrong but given all the other scumbags who have committed far worse crimes and received far shorter jail terms, Pollard should go free especially when he poses no threat to our country’s security.

It really should not be harder and less rewarding to being an ally of the United States than in being its enemy.

Yet Cuba wins the door prize just for freeing an old man they arrested on trumped up charges five years go.

Mean while Pollard sits in super max.

Let him go Mr. President.

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Wendover Santa’s Helpers Donations

Posted on 12 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

248The West Wendver Fire Department will be accepting Christmas gifts at the West Wendover Fire Station for Santa’s Helpers from now until De- cember 23rd up until 7pm that eve- ning. The fire station is open from 8am-7pm, Monday-Sunday, 7 days a week and closed during lunch from 12pm-1pm. Toys would be greatly appreciated ranging from ages of 2-15 years old.


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Shop With A Cop

Posted on 12 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

As most of you know, the Elko Shop with a Cop will be Saturday, December 13th.  This program is for 100 less fortunate children that may not get a Christmas this year.  Law enforcement and emergency personnel will meet at Flagview Middle School (behind the convention center) at around 7:30 and will be paired up with a child.  Breakfast will be served and then around 8:45-9:00 am,  we will convoy lights and siren (yes kids in the patrol cars and fire trucks!)  down Idaho Street to KMART.  Once at KMART,  the children will shop with us and receive a $200 voucher to spend on Christmas.

When they are done shopping,  the gifts will be wrapped, and we will return the children to their parents in front of the store.

The Shop with a Cop program is funded through donations from the community and local business.  This will be our 21st  year doing Shop with a Cop!!!

Please thank the community for all the generous donations!!!

Trooper Jim Stewart

Nevada Highway Patrol–Elko

Public Information Officer

Firearms Coordinator


*** If anyone is interested in donating to this program, they can always stop by the NHP office (next to DMV), Elko PD, or Elko Sheriff’s Office or mail a check to “Shop with a Cop”,  P.O. BOX 522,  Elko,  NV  89803.   All proceeds go directly to Elko’s Shop with a Cop program.   Individuals or business that donate more than $300 will receive a Shop with a Cop plaque and/or a year plate****

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Anti Vaxers Are Lethal Morons

Posted on 05 December 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We start out this week with two corrections and one apology to City Councilman Jerry Anderson.

We misspelled his name last week putting an “e” where the ‘o” is supposed to be.

We are sorry and we sympathize.

We also erred by identifying Councilman Anderson as a current employee of the Peppermill when he retired several years ago. Again we are sorry.

About a year ago we read about some Muslim morons in Africa who refused to let their children be vaccinated on the grounds that is was a Jewish/Christian conspiracy to make them infertile and/or impotent. Thus polio, a disease that was declared almost extinct a generation ago was making a comeback on the dark continent.

It seems as though stupidity is another potentially fatal disease and it has spread to our home.

The anti-vaxers screwy ideas would be just as funny as the Muslim morons but for the fact they threaten our children and our elderly.

Perhaps we should start reservations open to all who see a nefarious plot to take over the world via a measles shot or a whooping cough dose.

There they can happily live out their ignorant, paranoid lives without endangering the rest of society.

For those who see evil behind everything we cannot argue with. Facts mean little. Results mean less and dead babies and old people don’t count.

Last year we took a train from Elko to Reno for a funeral of our old debate coach. It was a wonderful trip except for the part of having to wait for it in Elko at 3:00 am. It was freezing.

We thought how nice it would be to be able to catch it in Wendover and sleep through the night until arriving in Reno.

Hopefully soon it will not be a pipe dream and train travel will come to Wendover.

Perhaps with the opening of the Long Canyon Mine there will be more of a demand from the projects employees for both east bound and west bound directions.

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Carter Not Racist, But Not Honest Either

Posted on 28 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We don’t believe West Wendover Mayor is a racist nor was she acting like one in last week’s council meeting despite her ill chosen words.

She was being racial and there is a difference that is all too easily forgotten in this hyper sensitive era.

Racism for those who never experienced it really cannot be described in words it must be felt. But apart from all of its other ingredients of shame, humiliation and exclusion there is a healthy helping of fear.

And we don’t believe either Nick Flores or anyone else was made afraid by Emily Carter’s speech.

Flores himself might have been in embarrassed but he did accept the appointment.

Besides every one in the room knew that Flores ethnicity had less to do with his appointment than his employer. All other things being equal if Flores had been working for any other company besides the Peppermill he would not have been nominated and he would not have won on a 3-2 vote.

What we find difficult to swallow is Carter’s essential dishonesty by omission.

It would have been so much more refreshing for Carter to say “I pick Nick because he is a co-worker of mine and our employer’s interests should be protected on the city council.”

There is no shame in honesty unless one is acting ignobly and is self aware.

Perhaps Carter has told us more in her lie than by telling the simple truth.

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We Are Thankful

Posted on 21 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

We have a lot to be thankful for this year the very fact we are here is cause for celebration.

Our wife Corinne is a true woman of valor. For three months she single handedly put out the High Desert Advocate without interruption while at the same time nursing us back to consciousness in Salt Lake City and taking care of our son Lou 130 miles away in Wendover.

We do remember once waking afraid for our business but then hearing her on the phone discussing page layout with our printer we drifted back asleep secure in the knowledge that all would be well. When we married 32 years ago the rabbi told us that marriage was a partnership and that we needed to be there for each other. Corinne did all that and more.

We are thankful for our son Shalom (Sam) who flew out from Israel to help us out for a month. And help us he did in more than one way. We are thankful for our other two children in Israel, Anna and Arieh  who gave their mother so much emotional support while we were ‘out of it’ and all but dead to the world.

We are thankful for our son Lou whose life was thrown upside down and who handled it without a word of complaint.

We are thankful for our sisters Carol, Laurie, Diane, and Debbie and brother David who despite not speaking with us for at least a decade came out to visit us.  And we are thankful for the dozens of calls, cards, flowers and plants from relatives, friends, clients and suppliers. When we became lucid again after four weeks in Cardio ICU the tokens of affection were nice to see.

Finally we are thankful for Dr. McKeller and his cardio surgery team for saving our life not once we are told, but several times.

We hate to disappoint anyone but we had no near death experiences. We saw no light at the end of a tunnel no dead love ones.

We did know however that we were prayed for and loved by dozens of the living and we are thankful for that.

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Vaughn Clair Sorensen 1923-2014

Posted on 14 November 2014 by Howard Copelan

pbitOn November 5th, 2014, Vaughn Clair Sorensen passed away peacefully. He was born August 24, 1923 in Mount Pleasant, UT to Harold and Dorcus Sorensen; the last of nine children.

He married his sweetheart, Leatha Vance in June 1946, and settled in Wendover, UT.  They had three children, and moved to Bountiful, UT in 1956 where they had two more children. They raised their family in Bountiful, enjoyed ten years in St. George, and spent 3 1/2 years together in Colorado Springs, CO, where mom passed away on September 4th, 2011 after 65 years of marriage. He spent the last 2 1/2 years surrounded by his loving children, and passed away in the comfort of his son’s home in Winnemucca, NV.

He served honorably in the Army during WWII from May 1943-January 1946 while with the 118th Medical Battalion in the Pacific. He then settled back into civilian life working for Husky Oil Refinery where he retired in 1985.

Dad enjoyed the people he met and loved telling stories about his life experiences. He enjoyed singing, camping, fishing, and hunting with his children, grandchildren and other family and friends. He always grew a big garden, supplying friends and neighbors with produce.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, four brothers, and four sisters.  He is survived by five children; Tom (LeAnne), Ken (Janet), Ed (Sandra), Bill (Becky), Linda (Kenny) Minear; 18 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was a loving and caring husband and an adoring father and grandfather. His influence and love will be missed by all, but his legacy will live on in his family forever.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 14, 2014 at Russon Brothers Farmington Mortuary, 1941 North Main.  A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday morning 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment-Lakeview Cemetery.   Online guest book at

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Notes From the Cardio Ward

Posted on 12 September 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Nothing like a heart attack at 30,000 feet in the sky to give one a new perspective on life.

Considering that less than a week ago we were laying flat on our back in a Barcelona Hospital we have come a long way in a very short time.

First of all these are the thanks we owe to so many people.

First and foremost of course is our wife Corinne. She stayed by our side holding our hand and putting up with us the whole time. Then our son and daughter Shalom and Anna who from Israel arranged everything from getting kosher food for us (not a small task in Barcelona) to arranging our flight back to home. Many thanks are also due to Chabad of Barcelona and the Jewish Federation of Barcelona for not only delivering food but visiting us.

Words cannot also express the gratitude we have toward Dr. Elena Garcia and the entire staff of Hospital de Bellvitge who literally saved our life and a huge thank you to Michelle Giovo and the Giovo family for taking care of our son Lou those extra days and keeping him calm. Thanks also Jamey Brunner Richardson.

Also thank you all for your kind wishes. We are probably more aware than anyone else that this is our third brush with eternity in five years. We promise to be better.

We began covering the Ely Railroad 30 years ago.

To be honest back then there wasn’t much to cover, just an old steam engine that sometimes ran and sometimes did not.

The development of the project in these 30 years has been nothing less than astounding.

Barring any unforeseen evidence of criminality we can’t believe anyone on the current city council asked his or herself the big question: What comes next?

Sure getting rid of the hated good ol’ boys might provide some with satisfaction but at what price?

How long can anyone dance and make merry on ruins?

Sooner rather than later one should realize that destroying is much easier than building and once broken somethings cannot be repaired.

Winning is not everything and sometimes it is nothing.

The decline in the number of school children in West Wendover should be taken as a warning that all is not well in this little burg.

Coupled with the dismal numbers of businesses the drop in students indicates that long after the national and statewide recessions were declared over Wendover is still shrinking.

That is the cost of not doing business or rather creating a climate so hostile to small entrepreneurs that they never come, never hire new workers who never start new families who don’t go to school.

Apart from having a pristine city code, there is no upside to stagnation.

We would be remiss if we did not mark this September 11 as we have the 13 before it.

The attacks of 2001 profoundly changed this country and shaped and shaded the destinies of our families.

We used ponder what might have been had September 11, 2001 had just been an ordinary day.

Now with so much history behind us in so short a time that is just a waste of time.

Here is the one truth that unfortunately we seem to have to learn again: There are people out there dedicated with all their might and resources to killing us and nothing short of surrender or killing them will stop it.

The fault lies not with us but with them.

There is no finding accommodation with evil.

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People Who Need People

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

By the time you see this dear readers we will be in Israel.

Having gone to the holy land five time in the past seven years we really had not to planned to make another trip this year.

Actually we planned to remodel the bathroom and kitchen.

But then the war broke out and with three children and two grandchildren there we have to go.

Logically that statement does not make a lick of sense and our bathroom and kitchen really need the remodeling.

Our kids and grandkids are okay and our visit will have virtually no effect on whether or not they remain that way.

Still we have to see them, to hold them and to be in their presence.

Funny how so many people understand.

In fact it is universal.

‘Why you going there, now!?’ is the standard opener.

‘We got three kids and two grandkids there,” is our reply.

‘Oh say no more,’ is the standard closer.

Everyone understands, everyone gets it even those on the other side of the Israeli/Hamas divide even those hard core died in the wool anti-Semites.

It is a common human condition that when in times of stress we seek out family.

It is something so basic to our natures that it was probably around long before we became human.

Of course that means it is more basic that any philosophy, any religion or any of the millions of codes of conduct that have since been invented and some discarded over the millennia.

We actually have to learn how to hate the other and it takes years to truly master the lesson.

But the humans ain’t quitters and some of us learn too well.

Still we believe our instinct to be with our kin in this time of need could perhaps be expanded on.

We are all related, all sons of Adam and daughters of Eve no matter if one believes the first couple were covered in hair or shined like angels.

We are not asking to love ones enemies. People have been asking that for a couple of thousand years and it really has yet to take.

Perhaps we should aim just a little lower: be kind to a stranger.

For even the stranger is loved by someone and loves someone.

He is human after all.

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Peter Rhodes “Painless Pete” Eldridge 1952-2014

Posted on 21 August 2014 by Howard Copelan

mou0034895-1_20140819“Painless Pete”
Peter Rhodes “Painless Pete” Eldridge, 62, passed away Friday August 15, 2014 at his home in Sandy, Utah. He was born on March 12, 1952 to Harry and Phyllis Eldridge in Buffalo, New York. He was raised alongside his twin brother Paul and his older sister Debbie whom he shared close relationships with throughout his entire life. He attended Redlands High School, completed his undergraduate degree at San Diego State and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree at The University of Southern California in 1981. He married Julie Anna Brown at SnowBird ski resort in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 4, 1980. Together they settled in Sandy, Utah and raised three children Tyler (29), Zac (26) and Anna (23).
A man who often had few words, but was sometimes good for an unending conversation. A man of infinite love, Peter instantly became friends with all he met. He was always there to lend a hand, a listening ear or just a warm hug. Pete devoted his life to making those he cared about as happy and comfortable as possible. He loved spending time with his family and friends, leaving heart felt voicemails, woodworking, fixing things, being on his boat (mostly in the engine compartment), visiting Lake Powell and playing Fantasy Baseball with his twin brother. Peter and twin brother Paul were more than just brothers, they were the best of friends.
Peter earned his nickname “Painless Pete” after many years of providing comfortable and painless dentistry to his adoring patients in his Wendover, Utah and his Salt Lake area offices. Peter was no stranger to house calls and he often donated dentistry to those in need. 
Peter is survived and greatly missed by his wife Julie, his three children Tyler, Zac(Lynndsey) and Anna(Matt). He is survived by his brother Paul and wife Tami, sister Debbie and husband Dick. He is survived by his father-in-law Lafe Brown and mother-in-law Agnes Brown as well as his sisters in-law Lori Brown and Carol Fitzgerald. His many loving nieces and nephews, Jason(Melissa), Jeremy, Ben(Amy), Lafe(Sally), Kim, Ryan(Ashley), Blair(Nick), Riki(Justin), Riley, and expected nephew Harry also survive him. Pete leaves behind a great many others, too many to mention, who also consider him family. 
He is preceded in death by his parents Harry and Phyllis Eldridge, his sister-in-law Sue Castro, brother-in-law Lafe Brown and his beloved Saint Bernards Griz, KoKo and Bernie. 
There will be an open house memorial at his home 1961 Brady Creek Court in Sandy, Utah on August 30th from 3pm – 6pm. 
There has been a memorial fund set up in Peter’s name at – See more at:

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