West Wendover went into the marriage business on Valentine’s Day, with the city issuing five marriage licenses and the mayor, Daniel Corona, presiding over four weddings on the first day.
“Yesterday was his first occasion for marrying couples,” West Wendover City Manager Chris Melville said on Feb. 15.
The ability to issue marriage licenses in the city opens new avenues for West Wendover. Couples can come to the city for a license and wedding and spend money locally, and local couples no longer need to drive to Elko for their marriage licenses.
“This provides the casinos new opportunities. Over time there may wedding chapels at the casinos,” Melville said. The Peppermill properties and the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino are already moving in that direction, he said.
Melville said four of the six licenses issued as of the afternoon of Feb. 15 were for couples from Salt Lake City. The city is giving gift baskets provided by local merchants for the first 10 couples getting their licenses in West Wendover.
One of the couples, Charles Wall and Tessah Smith, had hoped a year ago to marry in West Wendover, and they were disappointed then that they couldn’t get a license in the city, according to a report on the West Wendover website. They came to West Wendover this Valentine’s Day to become the first couple to wed there with a license issued in the city.
“My bride had her dream come true,” the groom was quoted as saying.
The mayor performed the marriage ceremony at the base of Wendover Will and said “this is an exciting day, and a day of firsts. Not only is this the first marriage where a license was issued by the city, but the first marriage in front of Wendover Will and the first marriage as mayor of West Wendover I have been able to perform.”
Wendover Will is now a welcome symbol for West Wendover. The giant cowboy sign was created for the Stateline Casino in 1952 and relocated to its current site on West Wendover Boulevard in 2005. The Stateline is now the Wendover Nugget.
Corona has the authority to marry after Nevada legislative action in the last session gave mayors that authority. He can’t charge for the service, however, according to the legislation.
West Wendover City Clerk Anna Bartlome now has the authority through Elko County Clerk Carol Fosmo to issue marriage licenses at city hall.
Elko County still receives the fees for marriage licenses, while providing computer access to Bartlome in West Wendover. She can only accept credit cards, which are verified at the Elko County Clerk’s Office.
“This wasn’t meant to be a money-raiser,” Melville said.
The county clerk’s office confirmed Thursday that the process is going smoothly, and the county will have a record of the marriage licenses at the clerk’s office in Elko.
Melville said the city started efforts on marriage licenses a decade ago and renewed efforts in 2016. He credited West Wendover Council member Jasie Holms with the final push.
The county approval came last September, but the city and county clerk’s office had to set up the system, and then the city decided to wait until Valentine’s Day to start issuing the licenses, Melville said.
West Wendover has put together flyers and information on marriage licenses and weddings, including the names of those in the city who can perform marriages, in addition to the mayor. The site is westwendovercity.com/love.
ELKO — Drivers have a new place to wash off road salt and off-road mud from their cars and trucks.
Express Car Wash opened last week on River Street next to the 12th Street Bridge, and offered free washes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Owner Chuck Petersen began construction last July, and said his new drive-through car wash can accommodate 120 vehicles per hour.
“We had three days of free washes last week, so Monday was our first day of business. We’ve been pretty steady ever since,” he said.
Four levels of cleaning and polish are available through the 120 foot long tunnel.
Manager Lisa Albitre explained, “It’s a ‘tier’ system, with all of the lower tiers included when you buy a higher tier. It’s mostly different shines and soaps available.”
All four tiers feature “Basic” access to the three rows of coin-free vacuum cleaners, which also include a compressed air gun for blowing out cracks between or under seats. The second tier, Silver, adds wheel and rim scrubbing. The top tier, Platinum, includes a Carnauba wax finish.
A one-time car wash starts at $8, and monthly Unlimited service starts at $29.99, which allows customers to clean their vehicles up to once a day. A microchipped FastPass sticker placed in the front window allows Unlimited access past the touch-screen at the outside gate.
Vehicles entering the wash tunnel first pass through the “Lava Shield” dispensing foamy soap. Red lights shining through the foam give it the appearance of red-hot lava pouring onto the dirty vehicles. A series of fans blow-dry the vehicles exiting the tunnel.
Jesse Hipes of Spring Creek brought in his three-week-new car for its first washing.
“I don’t like road salt,” Hipes said, adding that he liked the free vacuum cleaners better than coin-operated counterparts. His children enjoyed the experience of riding through the tunnel of foaming, spinning brushes, Hipes said.
Express Car Wash at 1130 River St. is open Monday through Saturday.
ELKO – All registered Elko County Democrats are encouraged to attend the Elko County precinct caucuses and county convention Feb. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at Adobe Middle School, 3375 Jennings Way.
Independent and Republican voters wanting to register as Democrats are also invited to attend. Voter registration will be available the day of the caucus.
“This is political participation at the grass roots level,” said Steve Anderson, chair of the Elko County Democratic Central Committee. “Anyone interested in being involved is welcome to attend. We will be voting on resolutions and selecting delegates to the Nevada State Democratic Party Convention being held in Reno June 23-24.”
In non-presidential election years, county caucuses are held to elect delegates to the county and state convention; elect members of the state central committee; and to receive and discuss proposed platform resolutions. Any registered Democrat who will be 18 or older by Nov. 6, 2018, can attend.
Local Dems will gather at 9 a.m. to register for the caucus, which will be called to order at 10 a.m. After a caucus chair and secretary are elected, local candidates will have an opportunity to address the group, then delegates and alternates to the county convention will be elected. In turn, these delegates will choose delegates/alternates to the state convention (which will be held on June 23-24 in Reno).
Dems interested in serving on the local or state Democratic Central Committees will also be chosen. Additionally, participants will be able to submit any proposed platform resolutions.
Elko County Democrats meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital conference room. The reinvigorated ECDCC has been working the past year on increasing visibility in the community, hosting candidate forums, reaching out to potential voters and creating alliances with community groups.
For more information, visit Facebook at elkocountydems, the website www.ElkoDems.org or email email@example.com.