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Justin Charlie Temoke

May 31, 1983—January 5, 2019

Justin Charlie Temoke, beloved son of Samuel Temoke & Julie Henry, passed away January 5, 2019 in Elko, NV. He was born on May 31, 1983; he grew up in the area of Ruby Valley and Elko, NV. He is a graduate of Elko High School and Great Basin College (Diesel Mechanics). He is preceded in death by his Grandfather, Frank Temoke, Jr., Uncle Frank Temoke III, Great-Grandparents Frank Temoke, Sr. & Teresa (Knight) Temoke.

Justin leaves behind 2 sisters and 1 brother; Jayme Temoke, Ashley Temoke, and Sam Temoke, Jr.

Justin spent free time being an avid outdoorsman with his hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking, and camping. His greatest adventure was working with the BLM, firefighting. He knew that life was meant to be filled with family and friends, laughter, kindness & adventures. He packed as much as he could into each day & constantly pursued his passion.

Justin will be missed by many, but as he would say, tomorrows another day.

The family thanks all that have been provided by family & friends.




Christopher "Topher" Ryan Rakestraw

August 9, 1992—January 5, 2019

Christopher ‘ Topher’ Ryan Rakestraw was born August 9, 1992 at Beale AFB in California. He graduated Carlin High School in 2011. He was active in Track, Wrestling, Drama and Choir in School. He was a lover of heavy metal music, movies photography, art and fishing. Self taught he could pick up a guitar and play almost anything. He loved everything Harry Potter and Star Wars.

He is preceded in death by his mother Francis Anguiano Sampley, Grandfather George Taylor Jr, and Grandmother Mary Edwards.

He is Survived in death by his parents Scott and Toni Rakestraw, Siblings Robert Rakestraw (Dede), Bethany Rakestraw (Luke), Christian Taylor (Taylor), Lorianne Rakestraw and Dylan Sampley, Grandparents Salvador Anguiano, Janice Taylor, Randy and Sandy Staples, and Cindy and Ron Lorenzo, Numerous Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

Celebration of life will be held Saturday January 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the Carlin High School Gym.

Police Log: Jan. 9, 2019

Jan. 9

Chelcie R. Brunson, 32, of West Valley, Utah was arrested at the Rainbow Casino for forgery, burglary, and intent to utter fictitious bill, note or check. Bail: $30,000


Peter S. Fields II, 47, of Phoenix was arrested on Interstate 80 on a warrant for failure to appear on a traffic citation. Bail: $275


Eli L. Nye, 19, of Elko was arrested at Elko County Jail for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail: $2,280


Travis J. Pine, 27, of Winnemucca was arrested on Mountain City Highway for headlamps not illuminated when required, open container of alcohol in vehicle, driving without a driver’s license, driving under the influence, and displaying bogus vehicle registration, plates or title. Bail: $2,160


Michael C. Shippy, 35, of Elko was arrested on Mountain City Highway for driving with a revoked driver’s license. Bail: $355

Reid calls Trump 'amoral', wants a Romney 2020 run

LAS VEGAS — Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid said Thursday that he thinks President Donald Trump has no conscience and said he’d like to see Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney challenge Trump in 2020 for the GOP nomination for president.

“I’ve had dealings with the man,” Reid said of Trump. “I think he’s amoral. I don’t think he has a conscience.”

Reid, the 79-year-old Democrat who served as Senate Majority Leader, said in a radio interview with KNPR in Nevada that the partial government shutdown over Trump’s push for a U.S.-Mexico border wall is an example of Trump’s behavior.

Reid said the border wall does not have popular support, but the shutdown over it is causing people to suffer financial harm.

The White House did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.

Reid said later in the interview that he didn’t think there was much more Democrat Hillary Clinton could have done to defeat Trump in the 2016 election, calling Trump’s win “an aberration.”

“It was a time in the country that they were looking for something different,” he said. “And believe me, they got something different with Trump.”

Reid, who is seen as a political kingmaker and remains a sought-after endorsement among Democrats, said he has met with many candidates considering a run for president in 2020, including former Vice President Joe Biden.

Reid said that it’s well-known that Biden is thinking about running and would be the front-runner. But the only thing that may be holding him back is the 76-year-old’s age, Reid said.

“Everyone is waiting to see what Joe Biden is going to do,” he said.

The Nevada senator said he has also discussed potential bids with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, California Sen. Kamala Harris and California billionaire Tom Steyer, who bowed out Wednesday.

“Any of them would be good,” he said, adding, “That doesn’t mean that I’m going to be out beating the bushes for any one of them” ahead of Nevada’s nominating caucus next year.

Reid was asked whether Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer had been an effective replacement of the Nevadan. “I think the world of Chuck Schumer, and I would never, ever second-guess what he’s doing,” Reid said.

Reid said Thursday that he and Romney had differences in the past. But he said he likes Romney and thinks he’s “a moderate voice the Republicans need.” He also insisted that he had claimed Romney hadn’t paid “his fair share of taxes,” rather than no taxes and said he was glad he had raised the issue.

Reid hammered Romney on his taxes during the 2012 presidential race, including an unsubstantiated claim that Romney paid no income taxes for a decade and criticism about his choices to keep money in Swiss and Cayman Island accounts.

“I think he would be a great foil against Trump,” Reid said Thursday. “I think Republicans may even allow him to be nominated, to be the Republican nominee. That would be good for the country.”

A message seeking comment from Romney’s office was not returned Thursday.

Reid also disclosed that his health is strong and he’s doing fine despite a pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year.

“I’m doing fine. Everything is working out well,” he said. “I’m strong and have a pretty good life I think.”

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Nuclear waste is stored in underground containers at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls.

Hearing planned on barrel ruptures at E. Idaho nuclear site

BOISE — A government board that makes recommendations on U.S. Department of Energy facilities plans to hold a public hearing concerning the rupture of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site.

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will meet in May in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ruptures at the Energy Department’s 890-square-mile site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

The board in a closed meeting last month opted for the public hearing involving the April barrel ruptures at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

Three of the four board members voted in favor of holding the meeting, while Bruce Hamilton abstained, citing his concerns about the location of the meeting. “The recent event at Idaho National Laboratory is worthy of further information gathering which could be facilitated by a hearing. Whether that hearing is best accomplished in Washington, D.C., instead of in Idaho is questionable,” he wrote.

Officials say there were no injuries and no threat to the public because of the barrel ruptures. Work later resumed at the facility.

Erik Simpson, a spokesman for U.S. Department of Energy contractor Fluor Idaho, said Thursday the company didn’t immediately have a comment.

The company has previously said all four 55-gallon barrels appeared to have ruptured the same day they had been packed. An alarm on April 11 alerted officials that one barrel ruptured.

The company reported that three Idaho National Laboratory firefighters who entered the earthen-floored structure on April 11 to extinguish a smoldering barrel reported other possible breaches, and crews outside heard some of the barrels rupture.

The barrels were initially buried in unlined pits in Idaho, but they were unearthed as part of a cleanup process. The company has said the facility had successfully processed about 9,500 barrels before the ruptures occurred.

The barrels were eventually going to be shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico, but they hadn’t yet gone through a certification process to allow that to occur, Simpson said.

At the underground repository in 2014, a barrel of radioactive waste ruptured after being inappropriately packed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The waste had been mixed with organic cat litter to absorb moisture, resulting in a chemical reaction.

The incident resulted in a radiation release that forced the closure of the repository for nearly three years and prompted an expensive recovery effort and a major policy overhaul for handling Cold War-era waste.

The Idaho site has been used for nuclear waste disposal and storage beginning in the 1950s. The federal government has been cleaning it up following court battles and several agreements with Idaho in the 1990s amid concerns by state officials that Idaho was becoming a nuclear waste dump.

LaVern Angus Inzer

December 15, 1924—December 27, 2018

LaVern Angus Inzer, age 94, known by most as Reverend or Preacher, passed away in Mesquite, Texas, Dec. 27, 2018.

Preacher Inzer was born Dec. 15, 1924 in Sayre, Arkansas, to Joseph Grady Inzer and Ora Josephine Carter. He was the youngest of seven children and the last living of the family. Reverend Inzer dedicated his life to the ministry when he was 17 years old.

While training for the U.S. Navy in Crows Landing, California, he met his future bride, Miss Elva Lorraine Hand at church in Modesto, California.

World War II took him to the South Pacific, where he survived the sinking of two aircraft carriers. When the war was over, he was discharged from the Navy in Algiers, Louisiana, and immediately sent for his bride-to -be. They were married in Louisiana in 1946 and then moved to Clinton, Mississippi, where he began his college education at Mississippi College.

While in college, LaVern and Elva began their family with the births of sons Stanton Vernon Inzer and Kenneth LaVern Inzer. After obtaining his degree, the family moved to Oakland, California, and LaVern began his ministry training at Golden Gate Seminary at Strawberry Point, California.

It was here that he found his love for missionary work. LaVern and Elva’s first church was Ora Loma, California ministering to the migrant workers, farmers and ranchers in the area.

It was here that Elva received her own nickname of “Miss Elva.” They then moved to Turlock, California, where they began ministering in a city environment.

While in Turlock, the rest of the family was born: Robert Wayne Inzer and Rebecca Lorraine Inzer. In 1959, the family moved to Winnemucca, Nevada, where LaVern became a circuit riding preacher much like days of old.

As he began planting churches all over Northern Nevada, he became known far and wide. He was known as a man who stood for what he believed and was known to challenge what was wrong.

In 1970, he and Miss Elva moved to Carlin, Nevada, to build the church there. They would remain in Carlin for the next 30 years ministering where needed. In 1998, he was recognized as the Nevada State Citizen of the Year for his service to those in need.

Reverend and Mrs. Inzer retired to Sunnyvale, Texas, in 2007 until their deaths.

Reverend Inzer is survived by his son, Stanton Vernon Inzer of Liberty Lake, Washington, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth LaVern Inzer (Minnie Edmundson Inzer Muniz) of Meridian, Idaho, his son, Dr. Robert Wayne Inzer of Sunnyvale, Texas, and his daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Lorraine Cramer, also of Sunnyvale, Texas. There are six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Preacher Inzer was preceded in death by his son Kenneth LaVern Inzer in 1992 and his wife of 58 years, Miss Elva in 2010.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 577 Walnut St., Elko, Nevada, on Friday Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Internment will follow at Carlin Cemetery in Carlin, Nevada.

Valorie Van Leeuwen

May 19, 1943—December 25, 2018

Valorie Van Leeuwen was a long time Elko County resident. Valorie passed away December 25, 2018. She was born in Salem, OR on May 19, 1943. After her marriage to Robert L Van Leeuwen, they settled in Elko in 1967. Valorie was active in Girl Scouting, and also women’s softball league. She loved sewing, antiques, growing flowers, gardening, hunting and fishing. Valorie and her husband Robert (Bob) together raised 3 daughters: Val Wines of Ruby Valley, NV, LaDonna Vietti of Goldendale, WA, and Kimberly Lynch of Yakima, WA. Valorie also had 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob in May 1990. The family will hold a private service in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

Manuel Balce Ceneta