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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 06 November 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Library Board meeting October 27

  Update on Library expansion – Construction will go ahead, parking for the handicapped is an issue.

  Grants – NSL grant to provide new educational stations, with games for all grade levels. The library will come up with the match and will not count on the county.

  Lori Romero stated the grants have gone from 4 pages to 11 pages.

  There will be no board meeting in November. December 8 will be the next meeting.

  The County budget cuts are coming up and this is a worry to the library. A request is made to tell Commissioners the library can not endure a 10% cut.

County Commission meeting October 28

Laurie Carson was absent due to surgery. Get well soon.

  Public Comment

  George Chachas said he missed the last commission meeting because he was not notified. He said the agenda was sent to him days after the meeting.

  Bill Miller reported the debris on a Cherry Creek road has been removed. The party placing the debris there has not been identified as of yet, so who is to be billed for the removed has not been determined.

The fence in question has been removed. Bill did report there is other debris that needs to be cleared.

Bald Mountain Mine Expansion – some roads are not on the maps and ownership needs to be determined. Contracts need to be made for the county to maintain roads.

  Bunny Hill – Ely Bus, there are 3 buses, one needs a new engine, one needs repairs and one is running. Attempt is being made to get the money for a new engine.

  Jim Garza – report on Camp Success, scheduled work should be completed this spring.

  Lori Romero said she is just waiting to see dirt moving on the Library Expansion.

 bathlumber (1) Mike Wheable stated that the felony rate is up. Domestic violence is one reason that the rate is up. This may be that there is not more crime, but more are being prosecuted.

  Mike Wheable read a letter thanking White Pine County for joining the complaint in a lawsuit concerning the sage grouse land use. Mike felt this needed some research as to the vote on the subject. White Pine did give money, but did we agree to be complainants?

  Bill Calderwood spoke on the Pennington Foundation Grant.

This will be used to build an amphitheater by the duck pond.

  Carol McKenzie stated a need to remove the Ely Time logo from the Administration building and label it correctly. Carol also addressed the problem with parking in front of the building. There is only one handicap parking place and at lunch time patrons of the restaurant across the street fill all spots. Several Solutions were discussed. One was to have the city put in parking lines on the restaurant side of the street to prevent parallel parking (Mike Coster). Mike Wheable questioned as to the ownership of 11th. It may be a state owned street, NDOT seems to have a say on what goes on.

  Gary Perea discussed the water rights application and possible abandonment of these applications.

  Kathy Ricci asked about hiring a full time assistant for the pool. Richard Howe stated he does not see a need for a full time person. The county has a hiring freeze and this should included replacements. Megan Brown stated she is spending her time Supervising the pool workers and not getting other things done.

 R Place Veterans (old:new) 2015 Mike Coster, “The pool is open 57 hours a week and reporting 120 hours as part time assistant.” “Will the hours increase to 160?”  ” We should wait until summer.”

  Carol McKenzie,”She knows what she needs, kids who work at the pool need supervision.”

The vote  passed 3 to 1. Richard Howe voted for and Mike Coster voted no.

  Jim Garza asked to review the option to award all DOE Grant Funds to Killian Technologies. Passed

  McGill and Ruth fire trucks need to be financed with a loan. Elizabeth Frances came up with several options. They can each get a loan at FNB at 3.7%, USD at 3.25% or a county loan at 2.00% for 10 years. A discussion about a possible 5 year guaranteed loan at 2.00% and re-evaluate at the end of this 5 years. Loan amounts are $82,100.00 for McGill and $36,700.00 for Ruth. Commissioners will have a public meeting concerning these two loans.

 Polar Express 2015 1-2 page Carol J. Ferguson was appointed to the Baker Advisory Board.

  Bunny Hill – Road closures for next years SSCC – approved

Last weeks question and answer:

   To whom did Mahatma Gandhi write for advice on diet and exercise?

A: Strongman Charles Atlas

New question:

What did Hyman Lipman do in 1858 that made life easier for students?

Opinion

G Wop

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

Commissioners – Where are the hard choices we were promise?

Tourism – What happened to the signage committee?

Veterans_2015_Newmont_HDA2The GID really impress me the minute I walked in. They were having a ethics and procedure class. This is important to all boards.

  If you become delinquent in paying your water bill, can you afford a $35.00 fee to turn it on again?

  The lower base usage rate should not be a big deal to most people. Just cut your usage by taking a shorter shower.

   

Tourism Meeting

  All members appeared to have gotten a good nights sleep.

  I am glad Ed put an end to a rumor. Rumors do need to be taken care of quickly, if left to linger they seem to become fact!

Aqua Veterans'Day -b 2015  The approval of the Christmas Dinner with no charge is a good one. The library should have been handled in the same way. Question, is there any guide lines as to who gets the free card and who does not? I believe there should be so other Organizations does not think they need the facilities free.

  Installing the demand controller is a must. I wonder if other city and county buildings have them.

  I am afraid I was not aware of how much the revenue room tax provides to the Tourism Board, $409,000.00 does seem like a lot.

  The NSS 75th anniversary convention being held in Ely next year will bring revenue to White Pine County and Ely.

Please join us from July 16-23, 2016 in Ely, Nevada as we celebrate our past 75 years and look forward into the future of caving.

Welcome to the Great Basin of the American West!

  I did not hear anything about the signage committee. I hope they are working hard. We need signs, please do not drop the ball!

Supps Veterans Day 1-2 page 2015Ely City Council

  Why is the city fire department maintaining the county trucks? I know agreements and contract between the county and city are hard to come by. There seems to be very little cooperation between the two. This may be a good thing. The county needs money and the city seems to be doing fine, no…the roads are a mess.

  A full time inspector for a four week job at $10,000 seems a little over kill. This seems to me an inspection 3 time a week would cover things, or inspections at different stages.

  We can thank the council for not voting for a landscaping ordnance. This is a nice western town and should not look like anything else. This ordnance would only add expense to new business.

Geri Wop

NBT Veterans Day 1-2 Page 2015

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Today– Joy, Retrospection– Tomorrow

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Howard Copelan, Publisher

Last week we were going to mark our year anniversary of coming out of our very near death experience and awakening from a coma but we got gloriously busy.

Our daughter Anna and her sons, our grandsons came for a visit and frankly we just were not in the mood to even think abut our little health troubles of a year ago.

Kites had to be flown and kittens had to be petted and trains had to be ridden, stories had to be read.

We had to play.

Play is serious work for an almost four year old and an almost two year old and they took to it like ducks to water.

Which reminds us that they went to the duck pond too.

We also saw rainbows and splashed in puddles.

To think a year ago doing those things would have been impossible heck six months ago they would have been damned difficult.

But last week we clicked our heels as our grandsons ran across the grass.

Yes it has been a year since we met death.

So what?

It is good to be alive today.

So much for retrospection.

It seems as though the Obama administration is finally coming to the realisation that the Islamic world view is not the same as ours.

We aren’t sure what happened but it looks like the light may have finally gone on.

We had hoped it would have gone on sooner, say like before the Russians invaded Syria or before Iraq ceased to exist as a country but better late than never.

The only question is now what?

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 30 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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October 19, McGill-Ruth Consolidated Sewer & Water General Improvement District (GID)

1. Resolution establishing new rate of $0 charge for emergency connection and disconnections due to water line break.

  Approved

2. Resolution establishing new rate for delinquent reconnection fee, $25. to $35.

  Approved

3. Resolution establishing lower base rate usage from 15,000 to 14,000. All customers are now allotted 14,000 gallons per month.

  Approved

4. Resolution to raise base usage fees by $8.00 and lower obligation fees from $15.00 to $7.00.

  Approved

New Business

The purchase of 2 used aerators from the City of Ely – $1,000.

   Approved

CentraComVeterans-Day-Adcorrected-e1416341608293Public Comment

Melvin Perkins would like to sell his well to Ruth. There is some question as to quality of water.  A mine representative said they will test the well free.

Recreation and tourism meeting October 22

  Public Comment

  Ed Spears wanted to end rumors about a trip to Germany. Nevada Tourism granted $5,000.00 for this trip. The trip did run over the grant money. Nevada Tourism covered this cost. There was no cost to Ely Tourism.

  Discussion to approve White Pine Ministerial Association Christmas Dinner use of the convention center free of charge. Approved

  Approval to replace dish stock. Approved

   Approval to install demand controller to electric service. Numbers were not all in , but this will save about $6,000 a year and recover installation cost in two years. Approved

  Financial report – revenue from room tax -$409,000.00 expenditures

-$330,000.00.

  The NSS 75th convention to be held in Ely from July 15 to 23. July 16 the NSS plans a park event for the residents of the area. The mapping of 120 caves in our area is in progress.

Public comment – signage? We need signs out side of town as well as signs or maps posted in town.

nbtvetCity of Ely Council

  Fire chief Ross Rivera stated the county has not brought equipment in for maintenance. Rivera stated the city needs to have a contract with the county.

  NDOT has questions on signage for nonused rail road tracks. There are a lot of tracks that run in the city and county that are not in use. Who should pay for these signs?

  Approval was given to Julie Spear for a special permit to breed and sell small dogs from a residence.

  A bid was approved for a sewer line. It was felt that a full time inspector at a cost of $10,000 was needed.

   Landscape zoning requirements did not get approval.

  

wrecvetsQuestion and answer :

What famous Englishman’s experiments with freezing meat in 1626 caused his death from exposure?

A: Sir Francis Bacon, philosopher, courtier, statesman, essayist.

New question:

To whom did Mahatma Gandhi write for advice on diet and exercise?

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G Wop

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

Commissioners – Where are the hard choices we were promise?

Tourism – What happened to the signage committee?

The GID really impress me the minute I walked in. They were having a ethics and procedure class. This is important to all boards.

  If you become delinquent in paying your water bill, can you afford a $35.00 fee to turn it on again?

  The lower base usage rate should not be a big deal to most people. Just cut your usage by taking a shorter shower.

   

Tourism Meeting

  All members appeared to have gotten a good nights sleep.

  I am glad Ed put an end to a rumor. Rumors do need to be taken care of quickly, if left to linger they seem to become fact!

  The approval of the Christmas Dinner with no charge is a good one. The library should have been handled in the same way. Question, is there any guide lines as to who gets the free card and who does not? I believe there should be so other Organizations does not think they need the facilities free.

  Installing the demand controller is a must. I wonder if other city and county buildings have them.

Veterans-Day-Ad_Newmont-e1416341869854  I am afraid I was not aware of how much the revenue room tax provides to the Tourism Board, $409,000.00 does seem like a lot.

  The NSS 75th anniversary convention being held in Ely next year will bring revenue to White Pine County and Ely.

Please join us from July 16-23, 2016 in Ely, Nevada as we celebrate our past 75 years and look forward into the future of caving.

Welcome to the Great Basin of the American West!

  I did not hear anything about the signage committee. I hope they are working hard. We need signs, please do not drop the ball!

Ely City Council

  Why is the city fire department maintaining the county trucks? I know agreements and contract between the county and city are hard to come by. There seems to be very little cooperation between the two. This may be a good thing. The county needs money and the city seems to be doing fine, no…the roads are a mess.

  A full time inspector for a four week job at $10,000 seems a little over kill. This seems to me an inspection 3 time a week would cover things, or inspections at different stages.

  R Place: veteran 2014We can thank the council for not voting for a landscaping ordnance. This is a nice western town and should not look like anything else. This ordnance would only add expense to new business.

Geri Wop

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Insane or Stupid?

Posted on 22 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.

Sometimes that kind of dogged determination is some thing to be admired other times it is just sad.

The Ely Mayor’s jihad against the Rail Road board is just sad. Try as she might she simply does not have the votes to change the board. And she never will.

The only thing these repeated votes she calls prove is that she is stubborn.

We don’t mind stubborn. We have been just accused of  pigheadedness ourselves. But three will always be more than two as even our three and a half (don’t forget the half) grandson knows.

Stubborn we can forgive even admire but stupid— not so much.

Tuesday in the middle of the day we went to fly kites with our grandsons. Yes it was a workday and yes we had work to do but we also had grandsons who delighted in flying a kite to the clouds.

How glorious it was.

And somehow all the worries and tribulations dissolved and dissipated to the squeals of children’s laughter. How wonderful it was to be alive and listening.

Saturday the student engineers from our local high schools will be competing against each other and two other teams. We urge everyone to come out and show some local pride. These children are the best of us and who knows someday they will help us get to Mars.

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 22 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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G Wop

Around the County

Commission meeting October 14, 2015

Public comment –

  Judi Bourbeau – commentated on the Pool schedule. She would like the schedule to remain the same.

  Bunny Hill – the SSCC will be moving their office to Ely. This is good news.

  George did not attend and was greatly missed. I do hope all is well.

Fire Commission – Brett Waters

  Comments on excessive calls from some people for EMTs. There needs to be more home health services to call. Mike Coster felt all calls should have an on scene evaluation.

  Insurance for buildings, etc. need to be evaluated. Who should do this Brett Waters or Elizabeth Francis? There is a need for new bids for insurance. New bids should take place in January.

  Brett is checking in to sharing the cost of a trained vehicle maintenance person to be shared with other counties.

  Sixteen local firefighters attended a HAZ-MAT class in Reno.

 zapateria The purchase of a fire truck for McGill was approved. This is to be paid for by a loan and McGill will have the income to pay the loan.

Grant Priorities – Elaine Blackham, White Pine County CDBC Representative

   Elaine commented  on 5 categories of funding and explained the requirements to qualify for each. The County is no longer eligible to apply for area-wide benefits.

   Using the 2010 Census the moderate to low income in White Pine County is under 51%. Therefore White Pine County does not qualify. Since 1982 White Pine has received over $4 million in grant funds.

Aquatics Center – Megan Brown

  Fall/spring program schedule. The pool will be open 57 1/2 hours a week. The times will remain the same, but closed on Sunday.

  Richard Howe felt it should be open on Sunday’s.

centraoct15Votes – 4 yes 1 no.

Bids for the Demolition  of the Annex Buildings – Bill Calderwood

(Amounts rounded off)

Oflaherty – $847,000.

Carson – $396,000.

Titan – $213,000.

Great Basin – $390,000.

Dirt Works – $249,000.

Walker – $222,000.

Reck Brothers $399,000.

JCR – $398,000.

Person – $370,000.

Country – $147,000.

Question asked about potential over rides, no this is to be full cost.

No landfill fees included in bids.

  Richard Howe asked about the time frame. With the Library extension and demolition at the same time there could be problems.

  Vote to except Country’s bid was 4 to 1 with Mike Coster abstaining. Mike Coster felt there was not enough information and there are questions.

  

wrec1015White Pine County Airport Advisory Board

  Tim Parish explained the Airport Operating Certification Part 139 should be given up before the up coming FAA inspection. The airport will not pass inspection and there could be fines levied by FAA.

  If we give up the  certification small commuter planes could still use the airport. Another advantage is that the airport will qualify for other grants.

  Down side is when the airport goes for Certification in the future, the parts of the airport that are grandfathered in will need to be brought up to date.

  Laurie Carson was quite upset about giving up the Certification.

This was approved.

I understand the item on scope and duties of Commissioner as Liaison was interesting, but had to leave before.

  As reported by Mike Coster – the commission discussed the role of the liaison and the need to work with the liaison with any potential department problems that another commissioner observed.

Question & Answer

How much hay was eaten daily by Jumbo, showman P.T. Barnum’s famous 6-1/2 ton elephant?

A: Two hundred pounds.

What famous Englishman’s experiments with freezing meat in 1626 caused his death from exposure?

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Opinion

G Wop

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

We all did miss George Chachas, he comes up with interesting things.

Has anyone heard anything about the hard choices the commissioners have to make? They have been very quite about the budget lately.

Fire Commission commented that repeated calls for help can be a problem, like the little boy calling wolf. People do need to remember the EMTs are there for emergencies, not for things you can go to the clinic for tomorrow. Mike Coster made a point about on site evaluation of the situation. Persons must remember calling for EMTs when not needed could cause someone who really needs help their life. Don’t call unless it is an emergency!

I do not know what insurance company/companies the county employs, but a department head should be able to ask questions and get answers. In this case we are talking about fire department buildings, equipment, etc and Brett Waters should have some say so.

HUD changing the manner of establishing new rules for low to moderate income does create a problem for the county. These new rules only have a small area north of the golf corse as qualifying. There is a question as to what low income and what moderate income is. How do we correct this. The county may have to hire a firm to recount and get up dated information. Just another cost.

Demolition of the Annex buildings is quite an undertaking and everyone was shocked with the bids. There is nothing close in price, $847,000. To $147,000. I agree with Mike Coster on this one, why such a big difference?

I have been in construction most of my life and someone missed the boat on this one. To be fair to all questions need to be asked and comparisons made. I have bad feelings about going by price.

Richard Howe’s question on time frame is a good one, but if both jobs go at one time the roads and confusion will be cleared in a shorter time. The two jobs may interfere with each other.

whssportsAirport Certification

This is a hard one. I do understand the reasoning for giving up the certification, but don’t fully agree. This is one thing we have that could bring business in to White Pine and because money went els-ware we lose it bit by bit. Did anyone compare the cost of fixing it now and bring it up to standard later when the grandfathered items must be replaced or moved?

One thing keeps coming to mind, could there be a private group who would be interested in coming in? If so would this be good?

The scope and duties of County Commissioners as Liaison is a very important subject. Evidently there was a problem and Richard Howe brought this up to get the proper cooperation from other commissioners when dealing with departments. It is quite valuable to know these things. It should be in writing not just understood and I believe along with ethics this would not be a problem.

In Public Comment the subject of how the selection of board or Committee members are chosen. I know there is a new form for applicants fill out, but does this indicate any knowledge of the committees job. I know we need lots to board members, please apply, but know what the board is about and who you represent .

Geri Wop

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Imaginary Train Itches

Posted on 15 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

The issue of the Ely train is kind of like an itch.

It rubs some people the wrong way and so they scratch and scratch and scratch.

Even if nothing awry is found they keep on scratching until they draw blood.

But the blood is from the scratching and not the itch.

In fact the itch wasn’t there at all.

It was all in the imagination of some very itchy people who picked at the train merely out of boredom or convenience.

It is sad to see so much time and so much effort expended is such a useless under taking.

The Palestinian knife revolt or intifada appears to be winding down.

Seems that the foreknowledge that stabbing people will get one immediately shot and killed is giving pause to even the most wild eyed crazed nut job.

Of course the Arabs and their sympathizers are moaning excessive force.

To which we say again so what?

Only a moron brings a knife to a gun fight.

For pure entertainment the GOP debates have it hands down over the Democrats.

We remember the time when it was the Democrats who provided so much emotion and bare knuckle brawling.

Now they are boring.

Just a bunch of old white people with worn out ideas older the most of our underwear.

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The Past Is Never Prologue

Posted on 08 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Howard Copelan, Publisher

Vladimir Putin we have been told by our good president and his good friends is a buffoon on the wrong side of history.

It is quite evident to those with a couple of brain cells that eventually Western values will win out and the brutal theocracies, dictatorships and autocracies will vanish from the face of the earth and we will all become enlightened.

Maybe.

Hitler, Tojo and Mussolini were doomed to failure and defeat from the first shots of World War II. So says the history books and the historians. It just took six years and over 100 million deaths to prove history right.

Hitler, Tojo and Mussolini were also mocked by world leaders as half literate thugs and buffoons before they lit the world on fire.

The fact that we are not speaking German today is proof how right our side was and always will be, right?

That kind of talk makes us very nervous. We cringe with every time our president makes a joke about Vlad or makes a crack at ISIS or Iran.

In a confrontation with Russia the smart money should still be on the West to win eventually. But what will the butcher’s bill be?

How many will  be slaughtered in the shadow of an evil empire and how many more will die on the battle ground before that shadow is lifted?

And that is only in the best case scenario that the West actually wins.

What if we don’t?

What if after decades of appeasement we find ourselves facing mad mullahs with nuclear weapons and a Russian bear hungry for another slice of Europe?

History always looks so neat and foreordained but it really isn’t.

We do know that in 50 or 100 years from now some pundit will say that a current future crisis reminds him of 2015 all over again.

Whether he says it in Russian or Persian or English really depends on us.

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Geri Wopschall Around the County

Posted on 08 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

 

12167060_926704480736465_267135943_n (1)How many times must a rumor be told

Before the truth is revealed?

All of this gossip is getting old,

And it is time for our wounds to be healed.

Don’t talk about someone behind their back

Unless you can say it to their face.

Don’t tell your secrets to soon.

Let them all out at the right time and place.

Make sure you can trust someone

Before you tell them your hurts and fears.

They might not be the person you think you know

Even after all these years.

I’m tired of the rumors, gossip, and lies.

Why can’t we all just get along

And put an end to all of these depressing cries?

By Madison

Rumors, gossip and lies are a common place in the county. Some of our officials past and present are quite capable of spreading what they deem necessary to get what they want. I know this for a fact. Many times I witnessed this done to others and myself, in many ways. Writing and having an opinion, I expect this and can handle it.

  I have only one problem, when something I care a great deal about is falsely gossiped about, I will respond. When the people of White Pine have the fresh food distribution threaten, I will fight back. One official now knows this. I am a nice person most of the time. Don’t challenge me, you will not like it.

  You can employ all your acquaintance to call the editor, comment about me on Face Book, hang up phone calls, talk to Sheriff Dan, send repeated emails and spread rumors all you want, but do try to affect the food  distributions!

  Most of the county is very supportive of my article, very few try to course problems.

A little history and facts about the program provided by Northern Nevada Mobile Pantry.

  Wayne Cameron from the Chamber had heard about the program and meet with Jenny Yeager, program director. Jenny came to Ely and said this was a good location for a food distribution.

  The first distribution  was set up at the Elk Lodge. Wayne called me and asked if RSVP could help hand out the food. Always eager to help, I had no problem getting many volunteers to help.

  After the distribution Jenny asked if I would find a location and head the program. I contacted Pastor Rick at the First Baptist Church. Paster Rick agreed and we have worked together to provide this service to the county.

  How it works. The recipients of the food must fill a form including finical information and family size. This information is sent to NN headquarters, none of the information is keep in Ely.  Jenny and her group monitor the information and notify Paster Rick or myself of anyone does not qualifying for the distribution and they are removed from the list.

I give special thanks to Wayne Cameron, Pastor Rick and all who give their time to volunteer.

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G Wop

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

One thing we need to remember is our officials are human even though we hold them to a higher standard. Officials need to remember we do hold them to a higher standard.  This may not be fair, but a fact.

I expect a official to act in a honest, respectful manner. I know officials would like the same, but we need to talk to them in a direct fashion. We have 5 commissioners and they do not know what you need or want. Sometimes they don’t listen, keep talking.

  Our officials need to ask us questions so we have some control in our lives and our community. Some do ask questions, but not many and not often.

  Please stay alert and participate in your community, ( your own life).

  I feel this also true in boards and committees.

  Northern Nevada Food Distribution is an important part of my and many others lives. I do take offense when there are false rumors being spread about this service. I do take them serious and personal.

  When a person picks up for a shut-in, they must bring a note from that shut-in. This does not mean they are picking up for themselves.

  There have been many who donate their time on this project : Bruce and Pat Setterstrom, Bunny Hill, Mike Coster, John Lampros, the County Volunteer Fire Department, Gary Cook of the Ely Times, RSVP, people of the church, the tribe and many more. I do thank you all.

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CentraCom Doesn’t leave You Hanging

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

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Howard Copelan, Publisher

We like to take the opportunity to sing the praises of one of our clients— CentraCom.

Yes it was disconcerting for us to see our little city grind to a halt last week when the internet went down for so many.

Not us because we have CentraCom but for so many others.

Funny when WREC started high speed internet service a dozen years ago we were one of the first to get on board and we stayed on board until WREC got out of the internet business five years ago.

Those were good days.

Yes wrecwireless was not without fault but when the connection broke we knew they were on it and would have it fixed before anyone went home that day.

It was simple good customer service you give to people who know where you live.

The company who took over from WREC was needless to say not the friendly neighborhood locally owned and operated company we started doing business with. And after just a couple of months of spotty service and even spottier responsiveness we went on line with CentraCom who recently took over the local cable TV.

Just like wrecwireless CentraCom is locally owned and locally operated. Its people from rural Utah started out 125 years ago providing telephone service to places deemed not cost effective enough for Ma Bell.

CentraCom goes the extra mile and makes damn sure no one goes home until everything is fixed.

We joke that it is because we know where they live but it is more than that. They are in a world full of strangers our neighbors. They will go above and beyond because that is what neighbors do.

The Ely Railroad is a never ending story that just keeps on chugging along.

Kind of like the scandals of the Clinton administration.

We Are Please to Welcome Geri Wopshall to our family of contributors right below

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G Wop Around the County

Posted on 01 October 2015 by Howard Copelan

G Wop

Around the County

White Pine County Board of Commission Meeting

9-23-15

Public comment

Sheriff Dan Watts read a letter from Sparks NV. The letter thanked White Pine Sheriff Dept. for help in the apprehension of a murder suspect. The suspect was living in Ely.  The Sheriffs keep tract of him until all paper work was completed to send him back.

  Sheriff Dan Watts reported on a fence problem in Cherry Creek. Investigation is complete and a letter is being sent to the owner of the fence to have it removed.

  Richard Howe spoke about the Bald Mt. Expansion and of the glowing report received by our Senior Center.

  Judy Nelson read a letter from the aquatic exercise class in reference to the class teacher leaving. It was felt he was a good teacher.

   Carol McKenizie commented on the good work of the county fire department.

Item 5. Augmentation to McGill Town $11,900.00 for down payment on fire truck.

  Richard Howe was concern about excess equipment if the county and city combined.

  Brett Watters replied – each town is obligated to protect their community, outdated equipment does need to be replaced.

 A. Commission – change dates of meetings for the months of November and December. New dates are 11-18-2015 and 12-16-2015.

Special meeting/s can be called if needed.

 Ruth Test Well

Bid came in very high, $208,000.00. Grant is for $108,000. This project has been held up the Historic preservation group. The total cost of the new well  to homes is estimated at 1.4 million.

 Aquatic center report

Staff was 52, 20 have resigned and 2 let go. With a smaller staff the pool can not be open on Sunday.

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Suggestion made by Richard Howe is to close at 6:00 (closing time now is 8:00) on week days.

Airport

Steve Stork asked for a $6,800. augmentation to clean up the FAA building to get ready for the BLM lease. Rent will recover this amount.

Approved.

White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board

9-24-2015

Action on sending the .05 room tax to the city and county.

Public Comment

 Mike Coster apologize for words said in previous meeting.

 Judy O’Brian gave a comparison of golf fees charged in White Pine and other counties. Fees could go up $6.00 and not be out of line with others.

 Bruce Setterstrom  asked about having the tax sun set in two years. Yes this could be done.

 Other comments – “Tour & Rec has a budget of $970,000. Have the golf course as part of this budget.” “The golf corse makes a first class community. ” “The board  does not want to decide, passing the buck to the city and county.”

 Comments made by Mike Coster he wondered if any Hotel or Motel could opt out. No!

We need to shine up the golf corse. The room tax will be 13.5 within a year. This will make us second highest.

  The vote was 4 to 1 approving. Mike Coster was the only nay.

Opinion

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

The Library Board of Trustees is one of the most friendly meeting I have ever attended. The ladies really enjoy their jobs.

I did feel sorry for Diane, who wanted the meeting to last longer.

Commission meeting

 I found the commission mostly well mannered. Some texting did go on. I inquired about the texting and afraid I came unglued. The rumor and speculation in these texts about a program being spoken about in the meeting were unwarned and unfactual.

 It was great to hear the Sheriff Department getting recognition from another Department. Thank you.

  I understand Richard’s concern about excess equipment. Each of these towns are the first responders for their area and need equipment even if the two departments combine (which I do not feel is in the best interest of the county).

Special meeting of the Tourism and Recreation

 Decision to approve sending the half percent room tax on to the city and county for their approval.

 In my opinion this tax is not needed nor will it make the golf corse attendance improve. This will only discourage visitors from staying longer. When the Tour and Rec. Board ask for the 2% increase in the near future, the room tax will be 13.5%. This will make White Pine second highest in room tax in the state.

 My thinking is the Tour and Rec Board is to bring tourists here not discourage them.

 The golf course is county and city owned. The county does maintenance of the greens and the city provides the water. The golf rates were raised by 10% ($26.00), the fee should $30.00 or more to be in line with other courses.

The golf course is contracted out to Randy Lone. When the state took over, Randy was given a one year contract and the budge money of about $300,000.00 was put into a franchise fund. Randy was then given a contracted for 5 years, which is up in two months. The $300,000 is almost gone.

  The local golfers have dropped off and two tournaments were rained out. Revenues are down, what can we do about this?  My idea – local people go give it a try, Randy is an excellent teacher. A golf course is very quite, serene place to go. Call Randy for your next party, event or happening. This would be a good location for the next presidential debate. We need road side signage, it is a must to let the traveler know what we have.

  I know the course is in a bind now, the tax will take time and will only discourage people staying in White Pine.

 Many of the local hotels and motels were represented. None liked the tax and spoke very well against it. Maybe they need to look in to who is representing them. I feel if someone is representing me, my feelings should be voiced by my representative, is there something wrong with my thinking?

The board members have put out a lot of effort in their volunteer jobs on the board, but seem unwilling to look at any alternatives to tax. I have no problem with their hearts or love for the community.

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