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February 10, 1936—February 8, 2018

On February 8, 2018 Robert Harmer (Sailor) passed away after a long illness. Sailor passed away at home with Deborah, his wife of 54 years at his side. Sailor was born on February 10, 1936 and was 2 days shy of his 82nd birthday.

Sailor was born in Brooklyn, New York to his biological parents, William Hanson and Elizabeth Braussau. Elizabeth passed away shortly after Sailor’s birth in November of 1936. William was a Merchant Marine and decided he was unable to care for Sailor. In 1938 Sailor was adopted by Frank and Jessie Harmer, who lived in Elko County, Nevada and lovingly brought Sailor into their home and raised him as their own. Sailor attended school in Lamoille, Elko and Reno and obtained his GED.

Sailor joined the United States Air Force in 1953 and served his county until 1957 upon receiving an Honorable Discharge. Sailor spent time in Salt Lake City, UT; San Antonio, TX; MacDill Air Force Base in Florida; along with his service in Africa, Mississippi and Morocco. Sailor received a national Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal during his military service.

After leaving the military, Sailor held numerous jobs until gaining a full time trucking job with Pacific International Express (P.I.E.) in 1964. Sailor drove trucks for P.I.E. until 1990 when they filed for bankruptcy and closed their doors.

Sailor married Deborah Hoffman on March 2, 1963 and together they had three children; Ladawna, Robert Jr., (Deidra) and Albert. Sailor had seven grandchildren; Leanna, Mathew, Robert III, Albert, Tashina, Jessie and Dylan, as well as, five great-grandchildren; Jamie Lynn, Joey, Brooklyn, Ember and Ansley.

Sailor was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Frank and Jessie Harmer; brothers; Francis and John Harmer and his twin granddaughters. Sailor had requested that half of his ashes be buried with Eugenio Baroni in Elko, NV and the other half of his ashes in the Harmer family plot in Lamoille, NV.

Throughout his life Sailor loved to help people with different projects, whether it was working on car, farm equipment, building things or making sure they had whatever they needed to complete their projects he had an open garage door policy for all of his neighbors and friends to work on their projects and was always willing to lend a helping hand or just supervising the work going on. He also like to fish and hunt when time permitted.

Sailor’s family and friends would like to thank those people and organizations that helped with his care in the last few years of his life. These include Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital in-patient care givers; ER doctors and staff; The Veterans Administration, the Horizon Hospice Care; New Horizon Hospice Care; New Horizon Health Care; The Guiding Light Hospice and Burns Funeral Home where Sailor was worried they wouldn’t know where he could be found.

Sailor did not want a memorial service, but requested a Celebration of Life to be held after his passing. The family will plan the celebration for Sailor at a later date and time. The family would request that instead of sending flowers, donations be made to any hospice organization in honor of Sailor and the hospice care he received the last few years of his life.

NRCS offers conservation webinars Feb. 21 and 28

ELKO — The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will conduct statewide webinars on its Conservation Stewardship Program in Nevada on Feb. 21 and 28.

“Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land,” stated a release from the agency.

NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in the program this year. Applications must be received by March 2.

“CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality,” the agency reported.

Benefits listed by the agency include improved cattle gains per acre; increased crop yields; decreased inputs; wildlife population improvements; and better resilience to weather extremes.

NRCS recently updated the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources.

“New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives,” stated the release. “These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.”

Programs are scheduled at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 21, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 28.

For more information contact the field office at 738-8431.

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Komatsu marks 10 years of autonomous trucks

Komatsu Ltd. celebrated the 10th anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System in January. Now, more than 100 AHS trucks operate around the clock, hauling three different commodities in six mines across three continents.

Based on the 10-year record of safety, productivity, environmental resistance and system flexibility in an array of mining environments, Komatsu plans to accelerate the pace of AHS deployment.

AHS trucks operate in Australia, and North and South America. In 2005, Komatsu began the AHS trial at Codelco’s copper mine in Chile and succeeded in achieving the world’s first commercial AHS deployment with Codelco in January 2008.

A second successful deployment followed in late 2008 at Rio Tinto’s iron ore mine in Australia, and Rio Tinto currently operates AHS trucks in four mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The entire AHS operation is controlled remotely and efficiently from Rio Tinto’s operations center in Perth, roughly 1,500 km from the mines.

Following those successes of AHS deployments, Komatsu supported Suncor’s pilot of AHS in a section of its oil sands mine in Canada in 2013.

By the end of 2017, the AHS recorded a world-leading, cumulative total of 1.5 billion tons of hauled materials.

To extend the proven AHS benefits to operations with manned haul fleets, Komatsu conducted and successfully completed trials of its AHS retrofit kit at Rio Tinto’s existing mine in September 2017. The kit, mounted on a Komatsu electric drive standard truck 830E (nominal payload: 220 tons), enabled the truck to operate in autonomous mode. As a result, Komatsu recently received an order from Rio Tinto for 29 AHS retrofit kits, to be installed on 830E standard trucks currently operating at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 4 mine.

Komatsu is also planning to enhance the AHS’s mixed-operation functions for blended fleet operations.

Heiselt Dean Turner

August 12, 1924—February 11, 2018

At the age of 93, Heiselt (Hi) Dean Turner passed away at the University of Utah Hospital on February 11, 2018, after a short illness. Hi was born on August 12, 1924, to John and Luella (Maud) Turner in Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho. He had four brothers: John, Lee, Donald, and Joseph and one sister, Joy.

Hi attended schools in Utah and all over Nevada before graduating from Wells High School in 1942. From 1943-1945, he served his country by joining the U.S. Army’s 246th C Engineering Battalion in Germany during World War II.

He worked numerous construction jobs in Utah, Idaho and Nevada. While working in Eureka, NV, Hi met Maxine Loudin. In 1948, they were married in Eureka, and he became the father to Jim and Tom.

Hi spent much time leveling ranchers’ meadows and building roads for sheep camps around Elko County and was part of the construction of the Wilson and Bull Run Reservoirs for the Petan Ranch.

For many years Hi was a partner in Ball Construction Co. During this time Heidie, Dennis and Bob were born into the family.

In the early 1960’s, Hi lost an eye when he was fighting fire on a dozer. Even being one-eyed, he still was one of the best finish blade operators and dirt movers.

He continued to live and work in Elko after selling Ball Construction to Boehler Construction and worked there until full retirement when he was over 80. At one point he and Maxine moved to their home in Spring Creek. She passed away in 1996.

Hi was preceded in death by his parents, his five siblings, his wife and son Tom. He is survived by Heidie Ortman (Larry); Dennis: and Bob (Cheryl); and numerous grandkids, great grandkids, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elko Basque House on February 17, 2018 at noon.

Private graveside services will be planned at a different time.

Police Log: Feb. 12

Feb. 12

Heather M. Debelloy, 31, of Elko was arrested at Mountain City Highway and West Sage Street for failure to appear after bail on a felony crime. No bail


Jessica Ivy, 26, of Roy, Utah was arrested on Interstate 80 at mile marker 360 for speeding 21-plus mph over limit and nonresident driving when privileges have been suspended, revoked or canceled. Bail: $770


Adelbert Johnson, 33, of Aurora, Colorado was arrested at the Shilo Inn for disturbing the peace. Bail: $355


Matthew T. Stratton, 35, of Tooele, Utah was arrested at Stockmen’s Casino as a fugitive felon from another state. No bail

The charges above do not imply guilt. Under the law, everyone is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.