The Ely Times http://www.elynews.com News for Ely, Nevada Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:49:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Donaciano “Don” Lujan http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/donaciano-don-lujan/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/donaciano-don-lujan/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6051 , 78, returned home to his Heavenly Father on October 11, 2014 in Great Falls, Montana. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Donaciano and Floriencia (Martinez) Lujan, he was the second youngest of six children. At a young age of 14 his mother passed away and he came to live in McGill, NV with […]

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Lujan1, 78, returned home to his Heavenly Father on October 11, 2014 in Great Falls, Montana.

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Donaciano and Floriencia (Martinez) Lujan, he was the second youngest of six children. At a young age of 14 his mother passed away and he came to live in McGill, NV with family. Learning early in life how important working was, he was a jack of all trades, working as a self taught mechanic and always held two jobs to support his family. In 1954 he married his wife of 60 years, Inabelle. He went to work for KCC Copper in McGill for 29 years working his way up the ranks and retiring with his last position of Boiler Room Engineer. He and his wife moved to Casper, WY for eight years retiring from Getty Oil. Afterwards, he went back to Nevada for a few years working at various companies in Ely: Hyland Motors, Murdock Metal and Paint, White Pine Motors, Norcross Service, Richfield Service Station and Placer Dome. He was also licensed and certified through P&H Shovel for heavy equipment.

At age 53 he received his GED from White Pine High School. He was a member of the Ely Elks Lodge 1469 for 38 years wearing the titles of Tyler, Inter Guard, and Chaplin. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Other hobbies included go-cart racing and stock car racing. He also always enjoyed building and remodeling his home in McGill.

He moved to Great Falls, MT for a final retirement, but continued to work daily with wood working projects, magic, and church activities. He found a passion and much joy in magic. He loved making his own tricks and figuring out how others worked. Don loved performing for all, especially the Boy Scouts, and young children at birthday parties and seniors. He was very proud that the International Brotherhood of Magicians acknowledged his work and published an article on his self made tricks in their magazine.

Don had a great love and relationship with The Lord. He received both his Aaronic Priesthood and Melchizedek Priesthood.

He is preceded in death by four brothers, one sister and both parents.

He is survived by his wife, Inabelle (Beveridge) of Great Falls, MT; children, Timothy (Susan) Lujan of Ely, NV, Marie (David) Morris of McGill, NV, Therasa (Gary) Deschenes of Great Falls, MT, and Donna (Manual) Madrid of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren Selina and Jonathan (Lujan), Robert, Heather and Meranda Nicholes (Harrison), Bryanna Richards, Nichole Hruska and Colt Deschenes, and Rebecca, Joey, and Felicia (Madrid); eleven great grandkids; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home. Interment to take place at a later date.

The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Cambridge Court for their recent care of Don.

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Country Financial rep says she’s here to stay http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/country-financial-rep-says-shes-stay/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/country-financial-rep-says-shes-stay/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:47 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6056 As a Financial Representative for Country Financial in Ely, Christie Lane said that her favorite thing about her line of work is getting to know people. “The best part of the insurance business is the relationships you build,” Lane said. Since moving to Lund from Los Angeles in 1987 and then over to Ely after […]

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Financial Representative for Country Financial Christie Lane says she enjoys helping people plan for retirement. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Financial Representative for Country Financial Christie Lane says she enjoys helping people plan for retirement. (Garrett Estrada photo)

As a Financial Representative for Country Financial in Ely, Christie Lane said that her favorite thing about her line of work is getting to know people.

“The best part of the insurance business is the relationships you build,” Lane said.

Since moving to Lund from Los Angeles in 1987 and then over to Ely after that, Lane said that the one of the biggest differences going from a big city to a small community was spending time with her clients, and watching their families and financial needs grow.

“By getting to know each other, they get to know what I can do for them,” Lane said.

What Lane does do ranges from offering home and auto insurance policies, to scheduling yearly meetings with long-time clients to help them understand how they are progressing on a custom built retirement plan. While Lane admits that many of her first time customers walk in the door specifically looking for home and auto, she said that through asking questions, she often finds that Country Financial can benefit them through policies and plans they might not have been aware of.

Of those types of plans is life insurance. Lane has found that most people believe that they can’t afford life insurance, or at least believe that they can’t. But often times, after sitting down with them and going over the actual benefits, and how plans can be catered to almost any budget, Lane said that for most people it can become “another part of being financially secure.”

“I find that when they know exactly what they are paying for, it isn’t so hard to pay for,” Lane said. “It’s to protect what they have now and plan for the future.”

But life insurance is only a piece of the financial puzzle. For many, the real concern is retirement, and wondering if they will have enough money put away to live off of the way they would like. Lane said that it can be a scary topic because it can feel overwhelming, but the trick is to break it down into “baby steps.”

“Everybody has a different idea of what financial security means. Retirement is the same way. Some people want to have plenty of money reserved, others are focused on retiring early,” Lane said. “That is why I work with them to figure out what their goals are and come up with a unique plan to help them reach those goals.”

Lane meets with her clients to go over their plans at least once a year, to keep them up to date. She said that as people’s lives change, so to do their retirement plans. One thing that won’t change though, is who her clients deal with each and everytime.

“It’s about longevity. I tell people that I have been apart of this community since 1987 and I’m not going anywhere,” Lane said.

For more information on County Financial’s different policies and plans, contact Lane at 775-289-2886.

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Delusional candidates think wealth can be created by robbing Peter to pay Paul http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/delusional-candidates-think-wealth-can-created-robbing-peter-pay-paul/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/delusional-candidates-think-wealth-can-created-robbing-peter-pay-paul/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:43 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6096 Vice President Joe Biden breezed through Nevada one afternoon earlier this month, stopping long enough to pitch the idea of increasing the federal minimum wage 40 percent from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, saying this would not cost jobs and would pump $19 billion into the nation’s economy. “All of this is disposable income, and […]

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Vice President Joe Biden breezed through Nevada one afternoon earlier this month, stopping long enough to pitch the idea of increasing the federal minimum wage 40 percent from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, saying this would not cost jobs and would pump $19 billion into the nation’s economy.

“All of this is disposable income, and it gets straight into the economy,” Biden said, which is utter Keynesian nonsense because it is nothing more than redistributionism, taking money from some pockets and putting it in others.

President Obama has called for raising the minimum wage. Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has repeatedly championed a higher minimum, though our junior Sen. Dean Heller has voted against it.

It is an issue in some of the four congressional races on the ballot.

Asked about the minimum wage issue after his Democratic opponent came out in favor of raising it not to $10.10 but to $15, Republican Rep. Joe Heck, whose 3rd Congressional District covers the southernmost reaches of the state, replied, “The last thing our economy needs is another mandate from Washington that will cost us jobs. Raising the minimum wage will not increase jobs, expand opportunity, or be a silver bullet to reduce poverty. Instead, it will cost mainly young and low-skilled workers the chance to get a start in the working world and learn critical job skills that will help them transition to more gainful employment.”

In fact the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 could cost a half a million jobs.

But opponent Erin Bilbray told the Las Vegas newspaper, “I believe this will help the economy and make it stronger. I think when you give the middle class money it helps us all.”

In the 4th Congressional District, covering the southern half of rural Nevada and northern Clark County, Democratic incumbent Steven Horsford has supported the $10.10 minimum pay.

“I don’t support continuing to give corporations and billionaires tax subsidies and tax loop holes when we can’t give minimum wage workers — who make $14,500 — a raise,” Horsford said during a debate with Republican opponent Crescent Hardy.

For his part Hardy shrugged off the issue and replied, “To bring it to $10 an hour — it ain’t no big issue.”

In the 1st Congressional District in urban Las Vegas, incumbent Democrat Dina Titus has issued a statement saying, “I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to earn a decent wage for a hard day’s work, whether they’re a young worker trying to earn money for college or a single mother supporting a family. In short, the minimum wage is about fairness …”

Republican opponent Dr. Annette Teijeiro replied to an inquiry by saying, “The myth of creating a ‘living wage’ by government fiat is just that, a myth. Artificial government mandates do not create prosperity and in some cases create financial ruin.

“As a small business person, I understand that if my payroll budget is tight then the only way to accommodate a mandated government wage increase is to fire enough workers to afford the increase or to increase the cost of the products and/or services I sell.  So the end result of a government mandated minimum wage increase are more payroll taxes paid by the employer and the employee, and less workers to be able to pay for this new expense or higher prices to afford the payroll increase costs.”

In the northernmost part of the state, the 2nd Congressional District, Republican incumbent Mark Amodei in 2013 voted against raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and his Democratic opponent apparently has not made an issue of it.

The facts are on the side of the opponents of raising the minimum wage.

James Sherk, a senior policy analyst in labor economics at the Heritage Foundation, told Congress a year ago that every dollar increase in minimum wage really only raises take-home pay by 20 cents once welfare benefits are reduced and taxes are increased, meaning the $10.10 proposal nets only 57 cents an hour. Sherk noted a number of workers would lose their jobs and go from $7.25 to zero.

Then there are the affects on prices for everyone.

Mark Wilson, writing a policy analysis for Cato Institute, reports that a “comprehensive review of more than 20 minimum wage studies looking at price effects found that a 10 percent increase in the U.S. minimum wage raises food prices by up to 4 percent and overall prices by up to 0.4 percent.”

Raising the minimum wage would send damaging ripples throughout the economy.

Thomas Mitchell is a longtime Nevada newspaper columnist. You may email him at thomasmnv@yahoo.com. He also blogs at http://4thst8.wordpress.com/. Awarded first place by Nevada Press Association in 2014 for community columns and for editorials.

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Judge rules in railroad lawsuit http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/judge-rules-railroad-lawsuit/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/judge-rules-railroad-lawsuit/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6033 After hearing two days of arguments from both sides, former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rose reach a ruling for preliminary injunctions regarding the lawsuit filed by the Railroad Management board against the Ely City Council. In his ruling, Justice Rose found the Ely City Council and Railroad Board of Trustees  in violation of […]

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Former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rose issued his ruling on Oct. 15 regarding the NNRY management board lawsuit. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rose issued his ruling on Oct. 15 regarding the NNRY management board lawsuit. (Garrett Estrada photo)

After hearing two days of arguments from both sides, former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Rose reach a ruling for preliminary injunctions regarding the lawsuit filed by the Railroad Management board against the Ely City Council. In his ruling, Justice Rose found the Ely City Council and Railroad Board of Trustees  in violation of Nevada’s Open Meeting Law during their Aug. 7 city council meeting in which the council removed the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the management board from office.

As part of Rose’s ruling, both John Gianoli and Steven Leith would be immediately reinstated as the two heads of the management board and their two appointed replacements, Judy O’Brien and Terry Walker, were null and void due to there being “no legally recognized vacancy” for them to fill.

“The vote to remove Mr. Gianoli and Mr. Leith was illegal and void. They are returned to their prior positions on the Management Board,” Rose stated in his ruling. “I can’t do this unless I find irreparable harm and I do find irreparable harm because we had abundant statements that these two gentlemen were the two top-ranking men on the board of trustees and because it was and is a very difficult time for the board members at this time. And for all the other reasons the plaintiffs have stated I find irreparable harm unless this immediate action and temporary injunction is issued.”

The judge said that he determined there were violations to the law due to the agenda item for that meeting not being “clear and concise” as the law requires. He also pointed out that the law requires three days notice to be given for the meeting and also to any public persons who will have their competence called into question.

“I also find that NRS 241.033 requires that whenever the competence, character or alleged misconduct on any member or public person is to be taken they are to be given notice of that fact. Three days in advance. No notice, as stipulated, was given,” Rose said. “This is so you cannot have removal or sanctions imposed by ambush. And that appears to be what has happened.”

Judge Rose’s ruling also stated that there was no violation in the June 26 meeting of the Ely City Council, where the council approved spending $10,000 for a forensic audit of the railroad’s books. The audit, which had been on for weeks waiting on a ruling from the judge, will continue as planned.

“I think that agenda item was sufficiently clear and sufficient. So no injunction relief will be given with regard to the authorization of the forensic audit or its continuation,” Rose said.

Several smaller violations of Nevada’s Open Meeting Law were also found regarding information that should have been available in the public’s information packet before the council’s meetings and also who should have been contacted about that. The judge said that the City’s Attorney Richard Sears should have stepped in to stop the council before they ever violated the law in these ways.

“I know it is not your custom to violate the law but you did. And if you didn’t know about it then your attorney certainly should have and told you not to, and when you moved to file your attorney should have stood up and said you cannot do that,” Rose said after stating his ruling. He then added that “I have heard none of that and that certainly should have happened. I get angry when you don’t follow the law because it is my duty to enforce it.”

Rose’s ruling on the preliminary injunctions is not the final say in the lawsuit, but it will be the legally binding say until a final verdict is reached in trial. As of yet, no date has been set for trial.

Before adjourning the court, Justice Rose warned both parties that their continued fighting will only hurt the “goose that lays the golden eggs,” referring to the railroad. He called this a “new time for the railroad” and that while in the past, both the Board of Trustees and the Management Board had acted as “co-equals” that this City Council and Board of Trustees do have the authority  and that the current management board would have to “get used to it.”

“So, with those kind of cautionary remarks about continuing, I would much prefer to see you try to work it out,” Rose said.

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Ladycats leading league http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/ladycats-leading-league/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/ladycats-leading-league/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6089 The wins just keep coming for the White Pine High School Ladycat volleyball team, as their back to back straight set wins on the road at Needles put their league record to a first-place 11-1. According to coach Kenna Almberg, things couldn’t have gone much better. “ We both dominated our competition and had some […]

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Ashlyn Huntington goes up for a kill against Needles in the Ladycats back to back wins. Huntington finished with 16 kills to lead the team. (Kelly Ernest photo)

Ashlyn Huntington goes up for a kill against Needles in the Ladycats back to back wins. Huntington finished with 16 kills to lead the team. (Kelly Ernest photo)

The wins just keep coming for the White Pine High School Ladycat volleyball team, as their back to back straight set wins on the road at Needles put their league record to a first-place 11-1. According to coach Kenna Almberg, things couldn’t have gone much better.

“ We both dominated our competition and had some pretty good stats,” Almberg said.

The “good” stats she mentioned included 46 kills from the varsity team, led by junior Ashlyn Huntington with 16. The rest of the team got in on the action with Debra Kingston recording eight, Emily Bischoff with seven and six for Jerilyn Ogden.

“All together we had 22 aces and passed well as a team,” Almberg said of the team’s performance.

At the beginning of the season, Almberg predicted that the Ladycats would really start to click at this point. So far, so good.

“We have been running our offense really well and the girls seem to be connecting on the court,” the coach said. Things should prove to be a bit tougher for the Ladycats on Thursday, as they will again go on the road to face the 12-4 Pahranagat Valley Panthers at 6:30 p.m. though the game is non-conference so a loss wouldn’t hurt the team’s standing.

Almberg said that she is still happy that her team will get to face off against the Panthers in what she expects will be a “competitive” match.

The Ladycats will then travel to Mountain View Christian on Saturday for an 11 a.m. game against the 12-15 Saints.

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Hotel adds sports book to offerings http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/hotel-adds-sports-book-offerings/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/hotel-adds-sports-book-offerings/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:59:56 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6036 When the Gaughan family purchased the Hotel Nevada among other properties in Ely back in February, they said they planned to build upon the property’s already solid foundation. Thursday marks perhaps the biggest addition made by the new owners yet, as the Hotel Nevada will introduce the first live betting sports book to Ely. Working […]

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When the Gaughan family purchased the Hotel Nevada among other properties in Ely back in February, they said they planned to build upon the property’s already solid foundation. Thursday marks perhaps the biggest addition made by the new owners yet, as the Hotel Nevada will introduce the first live betting sports book to Ely.

Working with the sports wagering gurus at Las Vegas Dissemination Company, the Hotel Nevada’s new sports book will offer “unique” betting lines created solely for Ely bettors. According to Jay Vaccaro of LVDC, the sports book inside the Hotel Nevada will start by offering betting on all major sporting teams as well as parlay cards and prop bets, such as which NFL team will win the Super Bowl.

“We wanted to offer something unique to locals. We are going to find out what Ely bettors like and then we are going to try and cater to them,” Vaccaro said.

The new sports book will replace the William Hill betting machine that had been inside of the Hotel Nevada. Vaccaro said that having a live sports book will offer many advantages over the previous, franchised out betting machine.

“People will be able to talk to us and tell us what they would like to see. We can answer their questions and try to find ways to make them happy,” Vaccaro said.

The addition of the live sports betting has apparently been the plan for the Gaughan’s all along for the Hotel Nevada. Vaccaro said that the hotel’s half owner John Gaughan brought up the idea to him shortly after buying his share of the property.

“He’s been in the sports book business a long time and that was one of the first things he wanted to do in Ely,” Vaccaro said.

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James Kenneth Price http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/james-kenneth-price/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/james-kenneth-price/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:59:38 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6054 James Kenneth Price age 68, of Ely, NV went to his heavenly home Friday, October 10, 2014.  He was born to Elvin K. and Amy L Perry Price on September 9, 1946 in Ely.  James joined siblings Kathleen, Mary Lou, Bob, Bill and later John joined the family. James graduated from the local grade school […]

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James Kenneth Price age 68, of Ely, NV went to his heavenly home Friday, October 10, 2014.  He was born to Elvin K. and Amy L Perry Price on September 9, 1946 in Ely.  James joined siblings Kathleen, Mary Lou, Bob, Bill and later John joined the family.

James graduated from the local grade school and White Pine High School.  He tried keeping in touch with many classmates during reunions.  James “JP” (as most everyone knew him) enjoyed his life. He worked for Kennecott Copper in McGill, NV for a short while and then found and operated his own business, JP Handy man. James enjoyed the out of doors gathering firewood. He made many good friends who stayed with him to the end.  James loved being an active member of many car clubs such as Fantasy Car and Truck Show, Steptoe Cruisers, White Pine Rodders Ely, NV and The Prophets Reno, NV.  His granddaughter Samantha was a big part of his car club and car show life.  He looked forward to acknowledging the war memorials and was proud of the American Flag and of his heritage.  JP loved doing acts of love anonymously.

James is survived by his son Jimmy (Misty)  Price; daughter Tammy Harvey; grandchildren; sisters Kathleen (Curly-deceased) Hewlett, Mary Louise (Ivan M.) Lee, Bob (Sandra) Price, Bill (Judy) Price and John (Susan) Price and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. at Mountain Vista Chapel.  A potluck luncheon will be held at 1:00 P.M. at the Ely Volunteer Fireman Hall. Friends and family are invited.

In lieu of flowers donate to your favorite charity or Nardi Girls Scholarship fund at Nevada Bank and Trust or White Pine Rodders Scholarship fund in care of First National Bank of Ely.

JP will be missed by all those who knew him.

May you finally rest in peace from your illness.

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WPHS reunion planned for 2015 http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/wphs-reunion-planned-2015/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/wphs-reunion-planned-2015/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:59:18 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6060 The weekend of July 2 through July 4th, 2015 promises to be the most fun-filled Reunion of all time. White Pine is hosting “The Kennecott Years Reunion.”  This is for all WPHS Alumni and families who lived in the area during the years Kennecott was in operation. The events start on the evening of Thursday, […]

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The weekend of July 2 through July 4th, 2015 promises to be the most fun-filled Reunion of all time. White Pine is hosting “The Kennecott Years Reunion.”  This is for all WPHS Alumni and families who lived in the area during the years Kennecott was in operation.

The events start on the evening of Thursday, July 2nd with a big name band concert in Broadbent Park.

Events are planned for all three days. The agenda is posted on the Facebook page WPHS All Class Reunion 2015. Registration of $60.00 per person (includes t-shirt, concert ticket, wrist band and schedule) can be sent to the Kennecott Reunion, PO Box 150855, Ely, NV 89315. Registration due by April 1, 2015. Please include your t-shirt size. Please reply on Facebook if you plan to attend by December 1.

This event has been a long time coming. Anyone who remembers the Reunion in 2000 or the Celebrate the 60’s in 2010, knows how much fun you can have spending your July 4th holiday in White Pine.

Please pass the word along to alumni you are in contact with. Come join us for the big event! Save the Date! July 2-4, 2015.

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Bobcats shutout in Needles http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/bobcats-shutout-needles/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/bobcats-shutout-needles/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:59:12 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6092 The White Pine High School team took a step back from their homecoming win, getting blown out on the road 55-0 against Needles on Friday. Coach Quinn Ewell said that he knew the game was going to be tough heading into it, but that he was proud of the team’s attitude throughout the loss. “They […]

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The White Pine High School team took a step back from their homecoming win, getting blown out on the road 55-0 against Needles on Friday. Coach Quinn Ewell said that he knew the game was going to be tough heading into it, but that he was proud of the team’s attitude throughout the loss.

“They were pretty much just a better team than us,” Ewell said. “But even though we were outmatched, the players kept playing tough and kept their heads up the whole game. That was something I was really proud of.”

Ewell said that he is not going to focus on the blowout. Instead, his team has been focused on their gameplan to shutdown their next  opponent’s best athlete.

“Next up we have Mountain View, who I think we have a good shot at beating. They’re a really pass oriented team because they have a great athlete in their quarterback. We’ve been working all week on practicing containing him in the pocket and working our coverage downfield,” Ewell said.

The approach better suits the Bobcat defense according the coach. Mountain View’s spread formations allow the Bobcats to better utilize their quickness to make plays. Something that wasn’t so much a factor against the bigger, run first offense of Needles.

The Bobcats will play Mountain View on the road on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.

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Editorials http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/editorials/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/editorials/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:58:39 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6098 Laxalt looks to pursue interests of Nevadans more than Miller in AG race The race for attorney general of Nevada matches two scions of political families, Ross Miller, son of former Gov. Bob Miller, and Adam Laxalt, grandson of Paul Laxalt, who served as both governor of and U.S. senator from Nevada. Their genes are […]

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Laxalt looks to pursue interests of Nevadans more than Miller in AG race

The race for attorney general of Nevada matches two scions of political families, Ross Miller, son of former Gov. Bob Miller, and Adam Laxalt, grandson of Paul Laxalt, who served as both governor of and U.S. senator from Nevada.

Their genes are irrelevant, but their records and philosophies are telling.

Democrat Miller is term limited from seeking re-election as secretary of state and is seeking to move into another of the statewide constitutional offices. Republican Laxalt was a Navy lawyer who served as prosecutor and general counsel and volunteered to go to Iraq. For the past several years he has worked for a Las Vegas law firm.

Unlike the current attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto, both candidates said they would have followed the governor’s constitutional order to file litigation in federal court over the imposition of ObamaCare.

On the issue of federal public lands that affect the economy of rural Nevada, Laxalt has promised to “aggressively file lawsuits against Fish and Wildlife and the EPA regarding the sage grouse.” He noted that the Oklahoma attorney general has a filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the sage grouse listing effort.

He said he would push to give the state more control of federal lands, possibly using a 1996 vote of the citizens of Nevada to do just that as a springboard. He noted that in the East the federal government controls less than 5 percent of the land but 85 percent of the land in Nevada, even though a recent task force found Nevada could profit from control of the land.

Showing his Republican bona fides, Laxalt noted, “President Obama and his federal agencies have trampled more rights and pushed further into our lives than any president in history. They’ve ignored every check and balance in our constitutional system. The attorney general is the only elected office in the country right now that can effectively provide a check against this federal overreach.”

Laxalt also noted Miller’s partisan behavior as secretary of state, often aggressively litigating against conservative groups that failed to register as political action committees and file intrusive financial reports of spending and contributions.

In 2011 a judge slapped Miller’s wrists for a shoddy interpretation of the law that would have given Democrats a political advantage in a special election to fill a vacant congressional seat.

Miller also voted to give more than $1 million in tax money to a company that installs solar panels in competition with existing Nevada companies.

We believe Laxalt as attorney general would aggressively pursue the interests of Nevada over that of power-grabbing federal bureaucrats and, therefore, endorse his candidacy.

 

Schwartz offers best plan for how to invest in Nevada’s future

The office of treasurer is another of this year’s musical chairs.

Treasurer Kate Marshall is term limited from seeking re-election as treasurer, so the seat is being contested for by Democrat Kim Wallin, who is term limited from seeking re-election as controller, and Republican Dan Schwartz, a private businessman with 35 years of financial and investment experience.

Wallin is a graduate of UNLV with a business degree and major in accounting. Schwartz holds an MBA in finance from Columbia and is a member of the Illinois Bar.

The treasurer oversees issuing state-backed bonds, is responsible for returning unclaimed property to its rightful owner, managing scholarship funds such as the Millennium Scholarship and, perhaps most importantly, investing the state’s general fund money that is not needed immediately to pay the bills.

Schwartz points out that Wallin is an accountant and not an expert in investing. “The accountant counts the money, the treasurer invests it …” he said. “Look at what Kate Marshall has done. She’s a lawyer. She actually loses money on the general fund,” noting that her investments don’t generate enough return to cover fees and inflation.

Schwartz said one problem with state investments is that there is a prohibition against investing in the stock market, where money could earn 2 to 9 percent a year, and he would like to see that changed. He noted the state retirement system invests in stocks and earned more than 17 percent this past year.

“We Nevadans are short-changing ourselves,” he said, admitting it could be risky in the short-term but not so much in the long-term.

In a radio debate Wallin and Schwartz took opposite stands on the Silver State Opportunity Fund, a $50 million private equity fund, which invests money from the Nevada Permanent School Fund. Wallin defended the fund as long-term investment. Schwartz derided it as a highly risky short-term boondoggle. He says it might generate $200,000 in revenue but cost $600,000 to $1 million in fees and marketing expenses.

Schwartz, if elected, would shut down the fund and use the money to create a microloan program for Nevada businesses that would create jobs and restore funding for the Millennium Scholarship, which is rapidly running out of money.

We believe Schwartz has the experience and knowledge of the investment world that would better serve the state’s bottom line and encourage voters to act accordingly.

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There is no “I” in team, as most coaches say, but there is in “injured.” White Pine High School’s Ladycat soccer team had to play two tough road games without one of their key offensive weapons in Lucy Fullmer over the weekend. The result was just as some might might, a lack of goals scored.

Ladycat’s coach Tyler Laity said that he doesn’t expect Fullmer to return for the rest of the season after sustaining an injury to her knee during a practice.

“It’s a tough loss not having her on the field. She was a big part of our offense and setting up plays,” Laity said.

The Ladycats lost at North Tahoe 6-1 on Friday and 4-0 to Incline on Saturday, bringing them to 5-6 in their league. It wasn’t where Laity wanted to be during this crucial part of the season, but he said that it is never too late to get back on track.

“There is still hope,” Laity said. “If we win our next few games we will earn an invitation to the state championship, and that would be huge.”

The Ladycats will get their chance at home on Friday against Pershing County at 4 p.m. and again on Saturday against Battle Mountain at 1 p.m.

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White Pine County Commissioner John Lampros shakes the hand of a Pony Express rider in front of the County Courthouse Thursday morning as part of an event to celebrate Nevada’s upcoming 150th anniversary as a state. (Garrett Estrada photo)

White Pine County Commissioner John Lampros shakes the hand of a Pony Express rider in front of the County Courthouse Thursday morning as part of an event to celebrate Nevada’s upcoming 150th anniversary as a state. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Members of the Nevada chapter of the National Pony Express Association worked with four rural counties to help commemorate the state’s upcoming 150th birthday in a unique way. Organized by Jim Garza, White Pine County Community and Economic Development Director, members of the Pony Express rode their horses up to the courthouses in White Pine County, Eureka County, Lander County and Churchill County to receive proclamations to be delivered to the Lieutenant Governor in Carson City.

The event began in Ely on the morning of Oct. 16. All five of White Pine’s County Commissioners stood on the steps of the County Courthouse as a rider from the NPEA rode her horse up to collect the county’s proclamation. John Lampros, Chairman of the county commission, gave a short speech about how White Pine County was proud to be a part of the state. Lampros handed the proclamation over to the rider, who then rode off.

Similar proceedings were held later in the day in Eureka and Austin. Each county had a commissioner hand a proclamation over to a Pony Express rider on horseback, who would then ceremoniously ride off into the distance.

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Written by Dr. Kevin Jensen, M.D.

William Bee Ririe Hospital Emergency Department Director

Recently the diagnosis of two patients in Texas who have contacted the African Ebola Virus has focused media attention on the latest of the “world pandemics”, Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever.  As the Director of Emergency Medicine for the William B. Ririe Hospital, I was asked to write this article to inform our local population of our own risks for coming in contact with this disease, and what our hospital is doing to be prepared for the arrival of possible Ebola cases to our area.

First, let me put some things in perspective.  Over the past 30 years as I have been practicing emergency medicine, it seems like every year a new “world-wide epidemic” has surfaced, sure to kill every one that comes in contact with it in a horrific manner.  I can remember, as can most of you, the “Swine Flu”, the “Avian Flu”, Anthrax, Botulism, various biological warfare agents, “flesh eating bacteria”, “Duck Flu”, and AIDS each coming along with great media hype, but gradually losing media attention as they became more known, and less of a threat than they were originally thought to be.  Each year, physicians in general, and emergency physicians in particular, have studied up on these illnesses and have found that standard universal precautions which are employed in most hospitals are sufficient to combat the spread of most of these diseases.   Protocols have been adopted, vaccines and antibiotics have been developed, and the “epidemics” have been quelled before they became much more than a small fire.  We no longer see huge world-wide epidemics such as the “Spanish Flu” of the early 1900’s, small pox or the “Black Plaque” of the middle ages.  There are many physicians now days who have never seen a case of measles, mumps, rubella or polio.  I suspect most will never see a case of Ebola.

So what do we know about Ebola?  The Ebola virus is not new. Most of the following information comes from the article from the US Center for Disease Control, (CDC) in the article, Ebola Fact Sheet, which can be found online at the website, http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf .  To quote the article “(The Ebola Virus) was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa.”  The virus seems to be cold intolerant as outbreaks have occurred only in warm, moist tropical areas, usually around the equator in Africa, (hence the first diagnosis in the US occurred in Texas, and as yet, there have been no cases in colder, dry climates such as White Pine County).  We don’t know much about the transmission of the virus, but it seems to be found in monkey populations and may be primarily transmitted from animal populations to humans via bats, and secondarily by human contact with raw animal products, especially feces.  When the first human in an outbreak becomes infected, it is almost always by contact with an infected animal.  Transmission from human to human is by way of direct contact with infected body fluids such as blood, feces, saliva, urine, vomit and semen.  The virus in the blood and body fluids can enter another person’s body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth.  There has been no documented transmission by respiratory droplets, such as coughing or sneezing.

The diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease is difficult at first, as it appears like many other common diseases.  Symptoms may include: Fever greater than 101.5°F, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, unexplained bleeding or bruising.  A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.  The diagnosis should be suspected in persons presenting with those symptoms who have had recent travel (within 21 days) to Africa or contact with the body fluids of a person known to be infected with Ebola.

So how is William B. Ririe Hospital preparing for an outbreak of Ebola, should it occur?  First, we practice the universal precautions to prevent the spread of disease, as recommended by the CDC, namely isolation of patients with Ebola, or any other infectious agent, from contact with unprotected persons in a room with reverse isolation precautions.  These rooms have an anti-room for healthcare workers entering the room to be able to don protective clothing, which is left in the anti-room upon leaving the patient room, to prevent transmission of any disease to other patients.  WBRH has recently undergone a series of health care inspections from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the College of American Pathologists, the Federal and Nevada State Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and others, and passed those rigorous inspections with only a few minor discrepancies in infection control, all of which have been corrected.  Our infection rate in orthopedic, general surgical, and obstetrical procedures is much lower than many of the large hospitals in Nevada. Also, our infection control nurse, Bethann Kane, and other key personnel have been involved in three panel meetings in the last two weeks, put on by the Nevada Rural Health Partners, in conjunction with the Nevada State Center for Disease Control, specifically addressing the prevention of spread of the Ebola virus.  New policies and practices have been developed as a result of those meetings, and I have volunteered to be a member of the state task force for the development of strategies for treatment of Ebola infected patients.  Practices and policies are constantly being updated as we learn more about the virus.

In short, though we have contact with travelers who are enjoying our local scenic beauty, I can’t remember any who have recently come from Africa.  Our cold, dry climate is protective of transmission of the Ebola virus, and I am not aware of any African monkeys in the area.  Though we have bats in the area, most are locals, though some migrate from Mexico, occasionally carrying rabies.  We, like most of the US, have a greater chance of being killed by accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, and smoking related diseases, including heart attack, stroke, and cancer.  So, we expect the common diseases and prepare for the worst.  In the meantime, wear your seatbelts, don’t text and drive, try to cut back or quit smoking, and don’t share needles with, or kiss any African monkeys.

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Dear Editor,

18 years ago, long before I became White Pine County District Attorney, I moved to Ely as a recent law school graduate. The people I worked with treated each other with courtesy and respect, including those on different sides of the issues. People worked hard, together, to benefit the community. While I believe this sense of community, and the sense to treat each other with courtesy and respect, is still true for many of us, in all my years of public service I have never experienced the divisiveness that is present today.

I have always expected campaigns for elected office to be hard fought and focus on what experience a candidate brings to hold office. But now, while I acknowledge that lies have been told about me in the past and I ignored them because they did not deserve a response, it has gotten to the point where I feel I must respond. The lies are now also directed at my family, and I have to respond. I will not discuss the character of my opponent Mike Wheable, or the character of Jamie Bedwell, the author of a recent letter to the editor, but to note that Ms. Bedwell has not lived in this community for some time, and I question her motivation. I have the following response to her letter.

My work experience includes 35 years of progressively more demanding decision making and management experience, not rookie experience as Ms. Bedwell claims. While I was completing my MBA, I worked at Wackenhut Services as a Junior Accountant. I worked my way up to Accounting Manager. After completing law school I started as a State Deputy Public Defender, and in just four years became the Supervising Deputy for the Ely Regional Office. I have been successful and progressed in every job I have had.  For ten years I supervised the Ely Regional Office of the State Public Defender.  I supervised the attorneys and staff and defended thousands of cases from barking dogs to murder. I participated in 38 jury trials that were tried to a verdict. I then became a Eureka County Deputy District Attorney in 2010, where I not only prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, but also advised and attended the meetings of various boards including the Board of County Commissioners.

I graduated from the same law school as my opponent Mr. Wheable; there students have the opportunity to work in a prosecutor’s office under the direct supervision of a lawyer and “prosecute” cases. For example, I prosecuted cases for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office during my time as a law student. Ms. Bedwell claims my opponent prosecuted cases for Sacramento County and the US Attorney’s Office. At that time he was not a lawyer; he was a student working under a lawyer. It is inappropriate to claim experience in a way that misleads the public about how extensive that experience really is.

To be clear, of the over 100 felony crimes Ms. Bedwell claims my opponent prosecuted as a lawyer, all but 6 (not 60 or 100, but 6) were settled and never went to trial. That description brings that claim of experience into the light. Despite that reality, the relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office is better than in past administrations due to my policies and the dedication of all the staff in the Office. Ask any Deputy Sheriff and I think they will tell you they work well with all of the attorneys and staff in the Office. The local law enforcement association has not endorsed either candidate.

Ms. Bedwell references a lawsuit filed by a former employee who resigned. Anyone can file a lawsuit for any reason, even if the allegations are false. The lawsuit relied upon by Bedwell falsely says that I convinced a Sheriff’s Deputy to batter the husband of the former employee because I was angry at the former employee for raising questions about the bad check diversion program run by the District Attorney’s Office to assist local businesses with bad or fraudulent checks. To be clear, I did not ask a law enforcement officer to batter anyone, the Deputy Sheriff did not batter anyone, I was not angry with the former employee for raising questions about the bad check diversion program, and I did not mismanage the account for this program. Instead, I requested an audit of the account, and after the results of the audit I requested a criminal investigation. 19 instances of suspicious transactions occurred before I took office. I was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division. I took immediate action to correct the cash handling procedures which had been in place long before I took office in order to prevent additional problems with cash handling.

Ms. Bedwell also complains that I applied for the open judicial position when Judge Papez retired. I had spoken to Judge Papez prior to becoming District Attorney and he told me he was heading into his last term and I should consider applying for the position after he retired, so I did.

She claims I take too much time off. I represent White Pine County’s interests at meetings of the Nevada District Attorney’s Association, meetings of the Public Lawyers Section of the Nevada State Bar, and other organizations. I have taken a few long weekends, and during those weekends I conduct business by email and cell phone. In 2012, I had 6 days off from January to June, including holidays and weekends. My opponent Mr. Wheable has attended just 2 or 3 County Commission meetings at my request since he started working for the Office 2 years ago. I handle almost all of the civil issues, and usually prosecute the most serious criminal cases, while deputies prosecute the balance of the criminal cases.

Her claims that I failed to act in two of the most serious criminal cases, Ybarra and Collman, are false. As soon as I was notified of the petition before the United States Supreme Court in Ybarra, I opposed the petition. This required me to gain admission to that Court upon the recommendation of two other members of that Court’s bar that are familiar with my character and competency. I was recommended to the Court by Judge Papez, the only attorney in White Pine County who was a US Supreme Court Bar member, and by a Deputy Attorney General in Carson City who I had tried cases against in the past. In Collman the petition was filed in the year 2000, over a decade before I held the Office of White Pine County District Attorney. When I took office in 2011, supplemental briefs had not even been filed. I studied the thousands of pages of transcripts, police reports, technical reports and legal arguments. I filed supplemental briefings on 74 issues, represented the State during 6 days of hearings, filed post hearing briefs, and I am now working on the appeal before the Nevada Supreme Court. There was very little action in the case for the ten years before I took office. I have worked very hard on the case since taking office.

Most of what Ms. Bedwell claims perhaps falls into the category of lies and mudslinging that I would ignore and identify as not worthy of response. But she also claims I supervised my girlfriend (now wife) at the State Public Defender’s office. That is not true. While I did supervise the Office, we did not date until I became a Eureka County Deputy District Attorney. We had no relationship outside of work until after I left that office. When we started dating, I notified my boss and she notified hers. We also notified Judge Papez and Judge Dobrescu and asked for an opinion from the Ethics Commission. We got everyone’s approval. John L. Smith, a columnist writing for the Las Vegas Review Journal, suggested that attorneys in Las Vegas should follow our example of ethical behavior. The Ethics Commission Opinion indicates we began dating while we were both still employed at the Public Defender’s Office. That is not correct, but we did not ask to have the error corrected because it was several months later, and at the time we were married and didn’t consider it to still be an issue. And while we could have kept the Ethics Commission Opinion private, we authorized publishing it to be completely transparent.

My wife Melissa is a Deputy Attorney General fighting domestic violence in White Pine, Lincoln and Eureka counties. I had no part in her hiring. I did not participate in any job interviews. Melissa has an office in the White Pine County Courthouse because it is geographically between Lincoln and Eureka Counties, and most of the cases she prosecutes are here in White Pine County. This office arrangement was in place long before I took office. She is paid by the State of Nevada and reports to a supervisor who works for the State in Las Vegas, just like the other Deputy Attorney General in Ely. Recently, I was asked by her supervisor if I had any input into her performance evaluation, and I refused to provide any input because I am not her supervisor. I have never violated any anti-nepotism policy.

So there you have it. I believe our government only works well when the people demand from their representatives the very best, and nothing but the truth. I pledge to continue to provide nothing but the truth. There have been many challenges in the last four years, and my only consideration has been to do what I believe is right.

Kelly C. Brown, 

White Pine County District Attorney

To the Editor:

It has now been over six weeks since the Ely City Council members took it upon themselves to climb up a ladder and into the second story window of the Nevada Northern Railway offices to access records during the one day each week that the Railway closes its offices.

Was this a break-in?   Was this legal?  There are conflicting opinions.

According to an article published in the newspaper, the sheriff’s department found no evidence that a crime had been committed, yet referred it to the district attorney’s office for consideration of criminal charges.

Many in our community, including myself, find it disconcerting that a group of people can take it upon themselves to climb into an office and take what they want without a search warrant.  The fact that this occurred when the office was closed makes the whole incident even more questionable.

To date, our county district attorney’s office has issued no statement about the legality of this intrusion.  Neither District Attorney Brown nor Deputy District Attorney Wheable, both of whom are currently running for the office of district attorney, has taken action on this matter.

Since neither of these men appears willing to take action in this matter, and given that there is a conflict of interest due to County Commissioner Mike Coster’s participation in this event, the reasonable next step is for one of them to request the Attorney General of Nevada to investigate this incident and decide if laws have been broken, poor precedents set, or if ethics violations may have occurred.

Mr. Brown and Mr. Wheable, this incident needs to have finality, not by ignoring that it happened, but by using the legal process to do what is necessary to resolve this matter for our community.

Susan Wetmore

Baker, NV

To the Voters of White Pine County,

The November election is approaching for White Pine County voters, who will have the option to select from two candidates running for White Pine County Sheriff.  As many of you recall, I proudly served with the White Pine County Sheriff’s office for 23 years and was Sheriff from 1983 to 1988.  Since retiring,  I have continued working in the public sector and have the opportunity to maintain a strong rapport with many of the citizens, so I feel I can offer first hand insight to the voters with regard to who is the best qualified candidate for Sheriff.  Dan Watts, a 27 year veteran of the White Pine County Sheriff’s Office, is clearly the most qualified.

The Office of Sheriff is an important position and requires a facet of skills to effectively serve as the “chief” law enforcement in White Pine County. It’s simply not enough to just want to “be” Sheriff; the Sheriff must have the education, experience and vision to lead the largest independently elected office in White Pine County.  Dan is a definite leader in all three of these areas.  He is the only candidate who has credentials in criminal justice. He understands the value of continuing education and training and will ensure the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office receive the best training available. Dan also maintains experience in the business aspect of  the Sheriff’s office.  The Sheriff must understand and have the know-how necessary to perform the administrative duties and functions beyond law enforcement responsibilities.  Again, Dan is the only candidate possessing these vital administrative ingenuities.

Dan’s 27 year career at the Sheriff’s Office sets him in the lead position over his opponent. The Sheriff’s Office is comprised of over 33 employees working in bureaus that include public safety, emergency dispatch, corrections, coroner services and court security. Dan has worked in the public safety, coroner and corrections division, and is fully trained in court security. We often think of the Sheriff’s Office as strictly being for law enforcement purposes only, however, the Sheriff must have a much broader comprehensive public safety perspective.  Dan is committed to ensuring that our citizens receive the highest level of services across all of these bureaus.  In particular, Dan’s appointment as a Commissioner for Nevada’s Peace Officers’ Standard and Training is heavily centered around legislation, providing the necessary knowledge required to effectively provide law enforcement in our community  He also has vital experience in obtaining, implementing and managing grant funded programs. Clearly, Dan is the only candidate that possesses administrative experience, which is an irreplaceable asset for the budgeting dilemmas our county is continually challenged by.  Additionally, Dan networks with numerous Sheriffs and Chiefs not only within Nevada, but throughout the nation.  These professional connections provide unlimited law enforcement resources to our community.

Oftentimes, candidates for political office campaign on the all too familiar rant regarding the need for “change” and suggest that things are broken and need to be fixed.  Along those lines, what usually accompanies that rhetoric is the predictable pandering to the voting population who the candidates believe will help them get elected.  What gets lost in all of this political posturing is what matters most – providing high quality public safety services to the citizens of White Pine County. One of the most significant ways to damage or reduce a high level of public service is by making overwhelming changes to the personnel formation of the department shortly after assuming office.  This typically consists of multiple promotions and/or reassignments. Oftentimes, these changes are made because they can be made, not because they should be made. This “revamping” of the department’s structure reduces the knowledge and experience that exists with the personnel’s key positions within the agency.   The knowledge and experience that took years to develop can be eliminated overnight.  It is imperative that the voters not be misled by the unnecessary suggestion of the need for change.  A substantial transformation within the department would be a serious detriment.  Dan believes in accountability across the board in all areas of operations and has the experience to lead the Sheriff’s Office forward with up-to-date programs, technology, equipment and ideas, which include cost saving measures for our tax payers, while continuing to build upon the current successes and competencies which exist with current personnel that has taken years to develop.

As many of you know, Dan is also my son-in-law. However, I personally hired Dan as deputy in 1987, prior to him becoming a part of our family.  Not only are my wife, Patty, and I incredibly proud of how Dan has contributed to the loving foundation of our family for the past 25 years, but also how he and our daughter, Shellie, have raised 4 of our 10 grandchildren. Since moving to Ely, Dan has been fully devoted to the community that we are  proud to call home. I also feel compelled to acknowledge that throughout his entire law enforcement career he has continually strived to uphold the utmost professionalism and integrity within all capacities he has maintained at White Pine County Sheriff’s office, but especially as our elected Sheriff.

Again, I encourage you to carefully evaluate the Sheriff candidates in terms of education, experience, and vision for the future of our county’s law enforcement. I believe that careful consideration of each candidate will result in the conclusion that Dan Watts is the most qualified  hopeful and deserves your continued support and vote.

Respectfully,

Robert “Buddy” Sampson,

Retired White Pine County Sheriff

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White Pine junior high and high school rodeo results http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/white-pine-junior-high-high-school-rodeo-results/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/white-pine-junior-high-high-school-rodeo-results/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:57:01 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6064 The 2014-2015 Junior High and High School Rodeo season started Sept. 27. The rodeo season consists of 12 two day rodeos held in cities throughout the state of Nevada. Ely will play host to the end of the high school season when it will host the Nevada High School Rodeo finals in June 2015. The […]

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The 2014-2015 Junior High and High School Rodeo season started Sept. 27. The rodeo season consists of 12 two day rodeos held in cities throughout the state of Nevada. Ely will play host to the end of the high school season when it will host the Nevada High School Rodeo finals in June 2015.

The first two rodeos of the season are now over. The first was held in Spanish Springs on Sept. 27 and the second was held in Elko on Oct. 3-4. Here are the results for those that competed for White Pine County.

Spanish Springs – Sept. 27

3rd: Shay Zeman – Barrels (18.615)

4th: Shay Zeman – Poles (22.625

4th: Shay Zeman – Ribbon Roping (33.760)

Sun., Sept. 28

15th: Madison Panagopoulos – Breakaway (18.080)

43rd: Madison Panagopoulos – Poles (33.790)

6th: Shay Zeman – Barrels (19.318)

6th: Shay Zeman – Poles (23.522)

2nd: Shay Zeman – Ribbon Roping

Elko –  Oct. 4

7th: Madison Panagopoulos – Breakaway (21.280)

6th: Jamie Wines – Goats (11.450)

8th: Sadie Leyba – Goats (11.830)

16th: Catherine Odgers – Goats (14.930)

29th: Victoria Theurer – Barrels (22.782)

36th: Madison Panagopoulos – Barrels (22.782)

27th: Madison Panagopoulos – Poles (30.012)

17th: Shay Zeman – Barrels (23.731)

20th: Shay Zeman – Poles (39.421)

2nd: Shay Zeman – Ribbon Roping (27.370)

Sun., Oct. 5

12th: Catherine Odgers – Breakaway (7.35)

14th: Jamie Wines – Goats (13.420)

18th: Sadie Leyba – Goats (16.400)

37th: Catherine Odgers – Barrels (20.782)

40th: Victoria Theurer – Barrels (21.193)

13th: Victoria Theurer – Poles (24.287)

2nd: Ryan Benson & Ryan McKnight – Team Roping (15.430)

5th: Shay Zeman – Barrels (18.289)

22nd: Maggie Wines – Barrels (32.193)

7th: Maggie Wines – Poles (24.761)

16th: Shay Zeman – Poles (32.545)

We would also like to congratulate the following team members who have been selected to represent Nevada as members of the CINCH Junior High and High School Rodeo team:

Sadie Leybra, Jessie Leybra and Shay Zeman.

The next rodeo will be held at Alamo, NV on October 31-November 2. Bring the family and come support the White Pine County Junior High School and High School Rodeo Team.

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White Pine County Sheriff’s Blotter http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/white-pine-county-sheriffs-blotter-25/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/white-pine-county-sheriffs-blotter-25/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:54 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6043 Submitted by the White Pine Sheriff’s Office for Oct. 15-21. Information and spellings of names contained in the blotter are as released by the WPCSO. Information will not be withheld at the requests of persons whose names appear in the blotter or elsewhere in the newspaper that are leased by law enforcement agencies that include […]

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Submitted by the White Pine Sheriff’s Office for Oct. 15-21. Information and spellings of names contained in the blotter are as released by the WPCSO. Information will not be withheld at the requests of persons whose names appear in the blotter or elsewhere in the newspaper that are leased by law enforcement agencies that include the WPCSO, Nevada Highway Patrol, Ely Shoshone Tribal Police and other local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement agencies.

OCT. 15

Report of a problem with a subject — Officer made contact with an individual who was having mental problems. She was advised to contact her local doctor and seek medical assistance.

Report of an intoxicated subject — Officer received a report of an intoxicated subject who was passed out at a local bar. The subject was contacted and advised to leave.

Report of a welfare check — The individual was located and was fine.

Report of a reckless driver — Officer contacted the operator of the vehicle and advised him of the complaint the Sheriff’s Office had received about his driving.

Report of an alarm — False alarm.

Report of a truant student — Reporting party stated that her juvenile daughter was refusing to go to school. The daughter was contacted and advised of the consequences of her actions. A report was sent to Juvenile Probation.

Report of a problem with a subject — Reporting party stated that he is selling a home, but the person living next to the home keeps telling people not to buy it because the people that lived there before were drug users. The incident was documented.

Report of an endangered person — Officer received a report of an individual traveling through the Ely area that was listed as an endangered person. Officers located the subject and reported that he was fine. The Sheriff’s Officer that had requested the check on the individual was advised no problems were located.

Report of a vagrant — Officer received a report of a subject sleeping on a bench near a local business. The individual was contacted who called a friend for a ride home.

Report of an accident — Shannon Cessford of Ely was operating a vehicle traveling on Great Basin Blvd.  Tony Locke of Ely was operating a vehicle also traveling on Great Basin Blvd. As the vehicles went through the intersection of Aultman and Great Basin Blvd. Locke’s vehicle rear ended Cessford’s vehicle. An accident report was completed and Locke was issued citation for following too close.

New bookings — None.

OCT. 16

Report of a death — Officer reported that John C. Carrol age 35 an inmate at Ely State Prison took his own life. Carrol was taken to the Clark County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to confirm the manner of death.

Report of a reckless driver — Officer contacted the operator of the vehicle and he was advised of the complaint about his driving.

Report of an alarm — False alarm.

Report of a bad check — Reporting party stated that a customer had written a check that was returned to the business for insufficient funds. The check was collected and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for collections.

Report of a possible drunk driver — The area was patrolled, but the vehicle was not located.

Report of an alarm — False alarm.

Report of a barking dog — Officer contacted the owner of the dog and advised him of the problem.

Report of an accident/ private property — Marie Chrisman of Ely was operating a vehicle and was backing up. She failed to see a parked vehicle behind her being operated by Scott Johnsons of Cove, OR. Chrisman’s vehicle struck Johnsons vehicle causing damage. An accident report was completed.

Report of a domestic disturbance — Officer contacted the individuals involved who had engaged in a verbal argument. They were advised to keep the peace.

Report of an ambulance assist — Officer assisted an individual who had fallen and inured his head. He was taken to E.R. by ambulance.

New bookings — None.

OCT. 17

Report of an arrest — Officer reported that Bryan A. Fitzner Jr age 28 of Ely was arrested on a probation violation. During his arrested he was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Report of a domestic disturbance — Officer contacted the parties involved who were engaged in a verbal argument. The parties separated for the day.

Report of an arrest — Officer reported that Christopher McLaughlin age 38 of Wells, NV was arrested of an Ely Justice Court warrant.

Report of an accident — Renee Lazar of Ruth was operating a vehicle and backed over a retaining wall. An accident report was completed.

Report of a custody problem — Reporting party stated that his ex-wife is not following the child custody order. Both parties involved were contacted and advised to follow the current order.

Report of harassment — Reporting party stated that his old girlfriend now has a new boyfriend and he is concerned that the new boyfriend might cause problems with him. The incident was documented.

Report of possible drug use — The information was given to the TASK FORCE

Report of a suspicious vehicle — The vehicle was located and no problems were reported.

New bookings — Bryan A. Fitzner Jr / Probation violation / No bail / Possession of a controlled substance /Bail $15,000. Christopher McLaughlin / Ely Justice Court warrant, contempt of court / Bail $1,011.

OCT. 18

Report of a problem with a subject — Reporting party stated that she had her boyfriend move out. The boyfriend want his property, but she won’t be able to get it to him unit next week. The boyfriend was advised and the incident was documented.

Report of a theft — Reporting party stated that she had left some money in a friends vehicle and the money is now gone. Investigation continues.

Report of a citizen assist — Officer assisted an individual who was having problems getting a door open at her residence.

Report of a dog bite — Reporting party stated that his dogs started fighting and when he went to separate them one of them bite him. The reporting party received medical attention.

Report of a problem with a subject — Reporting party stated that he was cashing his winnings out at a local casino, but didn’t have his ID with him so they wouldn’t pay him. Officer reported that the incident was resolved.

Report of an alarm — False alarm.

Report of a welfare check — Officer contacted the mother and child and reported that they were fine.

Report of dog running at large — The owner of the dog was contacted and advised to keep her dog contained.

Report of a problem with a subject — Reporting party stated that she broke up with her boyfriend, but he keeps texting her. She also reported that when he was leaving her home he struck her car with his vehicle and left the scene. Officers are attempting to contact the boyfriend.

Report of an ATV disturbance — Officer received a report of several ATV’S riding on the city streets. The area was patrolled, but they were not located.

Report of a fire — The report was given to the Fire Department

Report of a vehicle parking in the roadway — The area was patrolled, but the vehicle was not located.

Report of a suspicious subject — The area was patrolled, but no one was located.

Report of a suspicious noise — The area was patrolled, but nothing was located.

Report of a barking dog — The owner of the dog was contacted and advised of the problem

New bookings — Ronald T. Gallegos / Serving time. William R. Gergen / Serving time.

OCT. 19

Report of a possible prowler — The area was patrolled, but no one was located.

Report of a civil problem — Reporting party stated that he sold a refrigerator to an individual and now the individual is claiming the refrigerator doesn’t work and wants his money back. The reporting party and the purchaser of the refrigerator were advised it was a civil problem.

Report of a possible drunk driver — Officer located the vehicle and contacted the occupants. During the officer’s investigation Tamara M. Amick age 51 of Catalina, AZ was arrested for obstructing a police officer. She is accused of provided false information to the officer about her identification. Timothy Welsh age 49 of Catalina, AZ was also arrested. He was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Report of a noise disturbance — Officer contacted several occupants at a local apartment. They were warned about disturbing the peace.

Report of an ATL — The individual was located and was fine.

Report of a parking problem — Officer received a report of a vehicle blocking an alleyway. The operator of the vehicle was contacted and advised to move his vehicle.

Report of a problem with a subject — Reporting party stated that she recently broke up with her boyfriend and he wants her out of their house. She was advised of her rights as a renter of the home.

Report of a domestic disturbance — Report was given to Ely Tribal Police.

Report of a suspicious vehicle — The area was patrolled, but the vehicle was not located.

New bookings — Timothy Welch / Possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open container of alcohol in a vehicle / Bail $10,000. Tamara M. Amick / Obstructing a police officer / Bail $355. Steven S. Linnell / Domestic battery / Bail $3,150 / Arrested by Ely Tribal Police. Simonne D. Thompson / Domestic battery / Bail $3,150 / Arrested by Ely Tribal Police.

OCT. 20

Report of a domestic disturbance — Reporting party stated that she had a verbal argument with her boyfriend. The two parties involved separated for the night.

Report of an accident — Charles Pope of Henderson, NV reported while operating his vehicle on a rural highway in Nevada he struck a deer causing damage to his vehicle. The incident was documented.

Report of a juvenile problem — Reporting party stated that her juvenile daughter befriended an individual on Face Book and they have been having inappropriate conversations. The reporting party had her daughter discontinue her contact with the individual and the incident was documented.

Report of a possible robbery — Reporting party stated that she had a friend’s medication and some personal property in a safe. She was moving the safe to a more secure location when she was attacked by a white male adult. The reporting party claimed she had been struck in the head by the attacker who took the safe and then fled the area. During the officers investigation the reporting party who was identified as Desiree D. Vaught age 43 of Ely was arrested for grand larceny, false report to a police officer and obstructing a police officer. Officers reported that Vaught had fabricated the story to cover up her theft of the items.

Report of a runaway juvenile — Officer received a report of a runaway juvenile from AZ. The juvenile was located in the Ely area. She was detained and later released to her guardian.

Report of a reckless driver — The area was patrolled, but the vehicles were not located.

Report of a possible sexual assault — Officers are investigating a possible sexual assault of a minor.

Report of a theft — Reporting party stated that while he was working on a slot machine at a local casino someone stole his tools. The suspect in the theft was identified as Rickey L. Avery age 47 of Ely. Avery was arrested for petit larceny, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Report of a possible prowler — The area was patrolled, but no one was located.

New bookings — Desiree D. Vaught / Grand larceny, false report to police and obstructing a police officer / Bail $10,000. Rickey L. Avery / Petit larceny, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia / Bail $15,000.

OCT. 21

Report of a death — Officer received a report of an unresponsive female at a residence in the McGill area. Officer reported that the female was identified as Tabitha E. Gruda age 35 of McGill. Gruda was taken to E.R. by ambulance, but was pronounced dead upon arrival. Gruda was transported to the Clark County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Report of a juvenile problem — Officer received a report of several juveniles smoking in a prohibited area. Officer contacted the juveniles and they were advised of the restrictions.

Report of a truancy — Officer reported that a juvenile had been truant at a local school for several days. The juvenile will be issued a citation for truancy and the report will be forwarded to Juvenile Probation.

Report of an arrest — Officer reported that Nikkey J. Bronson age 26 of Ely was arrested on a Ely Justice Court warrant for burglary.

Report of a sexual assault — Reporting party stated that she had been sexually assault while at a friend’s home. Investigation continues.

Report of an alarm — The alarm was determined to be a water pump alarm. The information was provided to the Water Department.

Report of a trespasser — The area was checked and no one was located.

Report of child endangerment — Officer received a report of several small children riding in a vehicle not wearing seatbelts. The area was patrolled, but the vehicle was not located.

Report of harassment — Reporting party stated that an adult male keeps texting her juvenile daughter and she wants it to stop. Officer is attempting to locate the adult male sending the text messages.

Report of an alarm — False alarm.

Report of a problem with a subject — Reporting party stated that a family member keeps entering into his home uninvited and taking his property. The family member was contacted and trespassed from the property of the reporting party.

New bookings — Nikkey J. Bronson / Ely Justice Court warrant, burglary / Bail $10,000. Frank Miller / Probation violation / No bail / Use of a controlled substance / Bail $15,000.

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Junior High Students for September http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/junior-high-students-september/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/junior-high-students-september/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:32 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6066 Kegan Hexem and Alondra Valeria De La Cerda have been named Junior Students of the Month for September, according to Ely Elks Lodge. Hexem, age 13, is the son of Karl Hexem of Ely.  De La Cerda, age 13, is the daughter of Jorge and Margarita De La Cerda of Ely. Both are 8th graders […]

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Kegan Hexem and Alondra Valeria De La Cerda have been named Junior Students of the Month for September, according to Ely Elks Lodge.

Hexem, age 13, is the son of Karl Hexem of Ely.  De La Cerda, age 13, is the daughter of Jorge and Margarita De La Cerda of Ely. Both are 8th graders at White Pine Middle School.

The Junior Student of the Month program is sponsored by the Elks  Lodge in an effort to bring recognition to outstanding students in the area.

Multiple achievement, citizenship, scholarship and leadership are the basis for selection of Junior Students of the Month. Hexem has been active in baseball, football, basketball, wrestling, track and soccer.  His hobbies are playing video games and reading.

De La Cerda has been active in leadership at WPMS and works as a hostess at Margarita’s  restaurant.  Her hobby is rock collecting.

Pictured:  Kegan Hexem and Alondra Valeria De La Cerda (Ken Curto photo)

Pictured: Kegan Hexem and Alondra Valeria De La Cerda (Ken Curto photo)

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Nevada issues 255 gay marriage licenses in 1 week http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/nevada-issues-255-gay-marriage-licenses-1-week/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/nevada-issues-255-gay-marriage-licenses-1-week/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:55:49 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6045 Associated Press LAS VEGAS  — Of the 2,344 couples who lined up at marriage license bureaus across the state in the seven days after courts put an end to the state’s gay marriage ban, about 255 were same-sex couples. The figures were based on polling by The Associated Press of each county clerk. The numbers […]

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LAS VEGAS  — Of the 2,344 couples who lined up at marriage license bureaus across the state in the seven days after courts put an end to the state’s gay marriage ban, about 255 were same-sex couples.

The figures were based on polling by The Associated Press of each county clerk.

The numbers don’t signal a matrimonial jackpot but those with a stake in the wedding industry, like longtime Reno chapel owner George Flint, say it’s going to take time to see an impact on the state’s bottom line.

“Once the word really gets out that this is available in Nevada, I think we’ll get a lot more business than we’ve seen the last two weeks,” Flint said.

Northern Nevada could use the business. The 8,316 marriage licenses issued last year in Washoe County which covers Reno was the lowest the number has been since 1938.

“We needed the boost,” Flint said. Of the 99 weddings his Chapel of the Bells performed in the last two weeks, 12 were for same-sex couples.

Not surprisingly, the marriage license bureau serving the Las Vegas area in Clark County, open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight, still accounted for more than 80 percent of all the marriage licenses issued in that time, including same-sex marriage licenses. Washoe County issued 37 same-sex marriage licenses in seven days, about 18 percent of all the licenses that week.

“Frankly, we were expecting to issue more licenses than we have following the court ruling,” said Washoe County Clerk Nancy Parent.

In a few rural Nevada counties, not a single marriage license was issued for straight or same-sex couples in that time.

A June study from the Williams Institute at UCLA said the state could expect to see anywhere from 980 to 2,285 Nevada same-sex couples marry in the first year it was legal. The study said the new crop of weddings could bring $14.4 million to $33.5 million in spending in that time.

It’s the long-term impact that will be one to watch, said David Paisely, senior research director with Community Marketing & Insights, a San Francisco-based marketing firm that helps companies and organizations reach lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers.

“You just can’t expect a frenzy anymore,” he said, noting the proliferation of states with marriage equality. What destinations like Las Vegas and others can do now is simply reach out to newly engaged couples in the initial throes of wedding planning, not unlike straight couples.

Sure, California had a bit of a head start on neighboring Nevada when gay marriages restarted in 2013, but it’s not too late for Las Vegas, he said. For a time, same-sex couples married in certain places because they needed to, lacking few options.

Now they can wed where they want to.

“All the old rules are gone now,” he said.

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High School students for September http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/high-school-students-september/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/high-school-students-september/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:55:30 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6069 Christopher Adam Young and Tainui Jolee Brewster have been named Students of the Month for September, according to Ely Elks Lodge. Young has been a member of the National Honor Society his junior and senior years, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars for three years and a four year member of […]

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Christopher Adam Young and Tainui Jolee Brewster have been named Students of the Month for September, according to Ely Elks Lodge.

Young has been a member of the National Honor Society his junior and senior years, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars for three years and a four year member of the White Pine Singers. He is also a four year member of the Northeast Nevada Honor Choir and a member in Troop 71 with the Boy Scouts of America. Young was in varsity basketball two years, varsity golf team three years and is a captain on the WPHS soccer team.  He is a member of the 2013 Division III State Championship team and is the 2014 Division III Individual State Champion. Young is a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and currently working on his Eagle Scout rank. He was the editor for the WPHS journalism staff in 2013 and is a six time member of the All-State Academic Team. Young is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is the First Counselor in the 2014-2015 Seminary council.  His hobbies are basketball, golf and soccer, reading, eating, sleeping, participating in school and church activities, just doing anything fun and spending time with friends and family.

Brewster has been active in varsity soccer four years as a Captain and co-captain for two years. She is also active in varsity track and field and a member of the National Honor Society. She was a member of the WPHS Choir two years and was vice-president her Sophomore year. She is a member of the LDS Young Women’s Class Presidency. Brewster is an LDS Tri-State youth conference youth leader and was named All-Conference Soccer MVP her Sophomore year.  She has been named as Maxpreps/NSCAA Girls Player of the week for the State of Nevada.  Her hobbies are playing sports, specifically soccer, singing, cooking, baking, watching movies, collecting and viewing recipes, fashion, interior design and architecture.

Pictured:  Christopher Adam Young and Tainui Jolee Brewster  (Ken Curto photo)

Pictured: Christopher Adam Young and Tainui Jolee Brewster
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Owner pleads guilty in Vegas puppy store fire case http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/owner-pleads-guilty-vegas-puppy-store-fire-case/ http://www.elynews.com/2014/10/24/owner-pleads-guilty-vegas-puppy-store-fire-case/#respond Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:54:33 +0000 http://www.elynews.com/?p=6047 Associated Press LAS VEGAS — A 35-year-old former Las Vegas pet shop owner pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges that could get her up to 24 years in state prison for setting fire to the business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued earlier this year, a court official said. Gloria Eun Hye Lee pleaded […]

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LAS VEGAS — A 35-year-old former Las Vegas pet shop owner pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges that could get her up to 24 years in state prison for setting fire to the business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued earlier this year, a court official said.

Gloria Eun Hye Lee pleaded guilty Monday in Clark County District Court to arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty in a plea deal calling for the dismissal of 28 other charges against her, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said. She is due for sentencing Feb. 25.

Store security video shows Lee and a man who prosecutors identify as co-defendant Kirk Bills setting fire Jan. 27 to the Prince and Princess pet shop in southwest Las Vegas.

Court documents say Bills is the man seen on video pouring liquid from gasoline cans and igniting it while Lee collects files and leaves.

Bills, 28, a fledgling boxer who lost his first professional fight Jan. 24 in Indio, Calif., was arrested Feb. 7 in Crown Point, Indiana, and returned to Las Vegas. He remains jailed pending trial next month on 31 felony charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer, Roger Bailey, didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Lee, who was freed from jail in April on bail and house arrest, was accused of trying to collect a $3,500 insurance claim for losses from the fire. She is a U.S. citizen originally from South Korea and a convicted felon who moved to Las Vegas from California.

Sprinklers quickly doused flames, and no dogs perished. But the incident spurred outrage from animal rights advocates, drew protesters to the courthouse steps, and sparked a two-month legal tug-of-war over ownership of the rescued puppies.

Owners were found for 25 puppies through a raffle held in March with $250 tickets sold to benefit a local animal shelter. Two adult dogs were placed by a rescue group called A Home 4 Spot.

Prosecutor Shanon Clowers declined comment Monday about Lee’s plea. Clowers noted that Lee didn’t promise to testify against Bills.

Lee’s attorneys, Tom Pitaro and Ozzie Fumo, didn’t immediately respond to messages.

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