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Elko native battles cyberthreats in U.S. Navy

FORT MEADE, Md. – A 2010 Elko High School graduate and Elko native helps protects America from cyberthreats as a member of Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group, known as NCWDG.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Shelbee Neace is a cryptologic technician collection.

“The cyberspace domain is a dynamic environment where new threats and complex problems emerge on an increasingly frequent basis,” said Capt. Brian Luke, commander, NCWDG. “It is only through the technical expertise and professional dedication of our Sailors, civilians and other partners, that NCWDG is able to meet these challenges. Their unique qualifications and specialized skills serve to satisfy fleet and combatant commander needs, and enable warfighting decisions.”

Practically all major systems on ships, aircraft, submarines and unmanned vehicles are networked to some degree. This includes most combat, communications, engineering and navigation systems. Although connectivity provides the military with speed, agility and precision, it also opens attack opportunities for adept cyber adversaries.

Neace plays a crucial role in defending against cyberthreats in support of the command’s mission to conduct cutting-edge technical research and development to create, test and deliver advanced cyber, cryptologic and electronic warfare capabilities to the U.S. Navy using rapid prototyping and acquisition authority.

Networks are under continuous threats of attack by a broad array of state actors, terrorist organizations, “hacktivist” groups, organized crime and individual hackers, according to Navy officials. Motivations include personal gain, information theft, discrediting the United States, sabotage, political gain, denial or degradation of the Navy’s access to cyberspace.

As the information age presents the world with new technological challenges, the Navy relies on its own cyberexperts to shape our presence in cyberspace. NCWDG military and civilian personnel, including Neace, work closely with tactical commanders to develop cyberspace operational capabilities for strategic objectives.

“My grandfather was in the Navy, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Neace said. “I knew I wanted to work in intelligence, and CTR sounded very interesting.”

Neace also said she is proud to serve at the forefront of technology innovation and cyberoperations, helping to protect America from threats around the world.

“Joining the Navy has been the best thing I’ve done so far. I have already completed a lot of the goals I set, and I have many more to go, but I’m on track,” Neace said. “I’m really proud of my experiences. I take pride in wearing my uniform every day.”

The future of U.S. maritime power depends on the Navy’s ability to achieve their vision for cyberspace operations, based on careful consideration of the threats, trends and challenges facing the Navy in cyberspace.

“I received my Information Warfare pin in four months,” Neace said, who explained that the pin recognizes her as a subject matter expert in her field. “My mom raised me right and made me very driven and work-oriented. It has helped me in my Navy career.”

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Bonanza Goldfields Corp. adds to Golden Gem project

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas–based mineral exploration and mining company Bonanza Goldfields Corp. entered into an agreement with Middle Verde Development Co. to add the Idaho and Broken Hills patented mining claims to its Golden Gem Project. The Golden Gem Mine, 10 miles north of Kingman, Arizona, adjoins the Idaho and Broken Hills Mines.

The Idaho and Broken Hills claims recently became available when Middle Verde, a related party, acquired these claims in a land exchange with an unrelated party.

An early BONZ exploration objective at Golden Gem is the eleven reported veins distributed over a 500-foot distance southwest of the main Golden Gem mine shaft. This area of interest continues onto the Idaho and Broken Hills claims, which BONZ intends to evaluate for bulk gold and silver potential as a possible future open pit mine.

BONZ expects that the addition of Idaho and Broken Hills, with other pending corporate transactions with Hondo Minerals and Middle Verde, will add critical mass to the Golden Gem Project. Further expansion and consolidation of the Golden Gem land position is in progress and will be detailed in subsequent announcements as the transactions are completed.

The Golden Gem, Idaho and Broken Hills Mines are among a total of 12 mines in the BONZ Chloride portfolio. Located on more than 500 acres of private land, the other mines are (from north to south) the Badger, Hercules, Rambler, Payroll, Molly Gibson, Arizona & Montana, Towne, Summit and Daisy Twins mines. There is also land for a mineral processing facility on the Terminal Millsite, which is adjacent to the Molly Gibson and A&M Mines. The BONZ assay office is on Tennessee Avenue in the town of Chloride.

BONZ is exploring gold and silver properties in the Comstock and Goldfield Mining Districts of Nevada, and the Chloride, Oatman and Congress mining districts of Arizona.

Hondo Minerals Corp. is a Nevada-based mineral exploration and mining company that is exploring its Thunder Mountain and Mizpah Extension gold and silver properties at Tonopah. Hondo is a major shareholder of BONZ, and BONZ is exploring Hondo’s Arizona properties.

Carson museums team for railroad history day

CARSON CITY – The Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Railroad Museum are teaming up for a day of history about one of the state’s most beloved artifacts and the rail line on which it operated.

The 142-year-old Glenbrook locomotive – originally built to help transport lumber from the Tahoe Basin to the silver mines of Virginia City – was donated by the family of lumber magnate D.L. Bliss to the Nevada State Museum in 1943. For much of the next four decades, it was on display outside the museum, where it was admired by thousands of visitors. In 1980, the locomotive went to the Nevada State Railroad Museum, where it was restored to working order over a 31-year-period.

On Sept. 28, railroad historian and author Stephen Drew will first team with the Nevada State Railroad Museum’s chief mechanical officer, Chris DeWitt, to tell the story of the Glenbrook from the time it was built in 1875 through the painstaking restoration process. Later the same day, Drew will be the featured speaker at the Nevada State Museum’s monthly Frances Humphrey Lecture Series, expanding on the subject of “Lake Tahoe’s Railroads.”

“By teaming up, the museums can provide a more in-depth look into this colorful chapter of Northern Nevada’s railroad history,” said Nevada State Museum Director Myron Freedman.

“Shop Talk with Stephen Drew and Chris DeWitt,” takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 S. Carson St., and includes a book signing by Drew. The pair will discuss the important role the Glenbrook played in delivering timber from the shores of Lake Tahoe to the mines of the Comstock; and the restoration completed in 2015.

No reservations are required for this event. The cost is $6 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and younger. For information, contact Adam Michalski at (775) 687-6953, ext. 224, or

At 6:30 p.m. at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Drew will give a presentation on “Lake Tahoe’s Railroads.”

In the 1870s, the Comstock Lode created an insatiable appetite for Tahoe’s virgin pine forests. The timbers would shore up underground mining and build communities approaching 40,000 inhabitants. As the mining boom subsided, the rail lines were repurposed for the burgeoning new industry of tourism.

Drew has been researching railroads of the Comstock and Lake Tahoe region for 45 years. He recently retired after 35 years as chief curator of the California State Railroad Museum. He is the author of the book “Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad.”

Seating is limited in the museum’s South Gallery. The cost is $8 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and younger. To reserve your seat, contact Mary Covington at 687-4810, ext. 224 or email