Proper Water Damage Management

Water damaged room
Water damaged room

Water damage is not a good thing at all for the home. The water can spread all over the floor and damage many of the valuable items in the home. Water can soak into mattresses and other foamy materials and such mattresses can be rendered useless from then on.  You must be very careful how you handle water damage in the home. Make sure the problem is sorted out on time before things get out of hands. Make sure the source of the water damage is located and dealt with to prevent the water from causing further damage in the home. There are some very important things you must consider when handling water damage and some of these very important things will be made known below:

Save your properties

As hinted earlier, the very first step you must take when curtailing water damage is to locate the source and stop it. Afterwards, make all efforts possible to save some of your properties to ensure they do not get soaked and damaged by the water. The fist area to start is the flooded area. Make sure that all the items in those areas are first removed to ensure the water does not have access to them for any reason. Your jewelries, money, heirlooms and such things must be removed first and kept in very safe places. You can take your time to clean the items one after the other after you have successfully curtailed the source of the water damage.

Remove the pool of water

Do not allow the water to stay on the floor for too long. Once you have stopped its source of flow, the next thing to do is to remove the gathered water. The water spoils things further the longer it stays gathered. The pool of water must be pumped out as soon as you can find the time, but this should be done on emergency basis. Is the source of the water damage a natural flood? This means natural water level in that clime is possibly higher than normal.  Do not stop pumping out the water until it has gone below the level of your home. Never forget to remove the dirt and debris in the home along with the water.

How to get to work

Needless to say, you must put on protective gears when carrying out the water damage cleaning. Your rubber boots, respirator, mask and gloves must be intact all through to ensure the water does not have direct contact with your body. The water pool is almost always contaminated and your kids must not be allowed too close to it, the pump you are using in removing the water must be placed at the lowest possible spot on the flooded floor. A nylon rope can be used in lowering the pump in the event the water is rather deep.  Are you dealing with just minor water pool? A wet-dry vacuum can equally be used to remove the water. In most instances, water capacity of the vacuum cleaner is about 18.9 liters and this calls for frequent emptying when mopping up the water.

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District Court: Jury seated in murder trial

WINNEMUCCA — The trial for a man accused of shooting and killing his daughter last June is underway in the 6th Judicial District Court.

Leo Hunter, 54, (shown right) pleaded not guilty to open murder in November 2010.  He is represented by Public Defender Matt Stermitz.

Chief Deputy DA Kevin Pasquale represents the state; the case is being presided over by Judge Michael Montero.

The defense stipulated to the fact Hunter shot his daughter, Lenora Warren, who was 29-years-old at the time of her death.  She died several hours after the shooting while en route to Reno where she was being transferred for medical care.

The defendant is charged with open murder, which allows the jury to hear all the evidence then decide if the crime represents first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or manslaughter.

The defense is expected to argue the facts of the case do not represent first-degree murder.

During opening statements Stermitz told the jury Hunter intended to scare his daughter, not shoot her, when he went for the gun.

Warren was preparing to leave her parents’ house, along with her two young daughters, following a dispute over spilled soda.  During the dispute her father called her stupid in front of her daughters.  She told her mother she couldn’t take the verbal abuse anymore.

Hunter was apparently concerned about the safety of his granddaughters because he and his wife had come to believe Lenora Hunter was using drugs.

Pasquale will be seeking a first-degree murder conviction.

As he noted in his opening statements, Hunter did not act like a man who had just unintentionally shot his daughter.

He noted after the shooting Hunter did not call 911 or help his dying daughter.  He just watched as his wife, a nurse, attempted to give first aid.

The state’s primary witness is Stella Hunter, the victim’s mother and the defendant’s wife.

She has previously testified that Hunter hated his daughter and when he went for the gun he said, “I’ll do the time.”

Stella Hunter began her testimony on Monday (April 11).

WPD investigates death of man found unconscious Friday night

During the night of January 6, 2012 officers from the Winnemucca Police Department responded to the  report of an unconscious male  in the 200 block of Bridge Street. Winnemucca Police Department Officers arrived on scene along with Humboldt General Hospital Ambulance personnel.

Officers were told by people on scene that the male had been involved in a fight and had been punched. When Officers inquired further no witnesses were able to provide information or state what had happened.

The male adult, identified as Nathan Muniz, age 25,  was transported by ambulance to Humboldt General Hospital and later flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno.  At the time of the initial investigation, Officers were not made aware of the extent of Muniz’s injuries.  Once it became apparent that Mr. Muniz’s injuries were life threatening in nature, Detective Will Bourland initiated an investigation into the previous nights events.

The investigation by Winnemucca Police Department is ongoing. Once the investigation is concluded the case will be forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office for review and any applicable charges to be filed. Anybody with information can call Secret Witness at (775) 623-6969.

Gutierrez gets lengthy sentenced for drug trafficking

WINNEMUCCA — Whatever the plea negotiations, the ultimate sentence a defendant gets is up to the judge. Lesson learned for Ramiro Gutierrez, whose 4-10 year prison sentence for drug trafficking was more than expected.

As a result of a plea agreement, the defendant pleaded no contest to drug trafficking/methamphetamine level II, a category B felony.  Humboldt County DA Roger Whomes recommended a prison sentence of 3-7 years and defense counsel Robert Hager asked for a minimum of two years.

Gutierrez was in 6th Judicial District Court for sentencing on Tuesday (June 7) where Judge Robert Estes was apparently not in a minimum-sentence mood.

Referencing the defendant’s four children, Estes said, “I’d bet a $1 to a pinch of pig manure that you wouldn’t want someone selling methamphetamine to your children.  That’s what you were doing. You were selling meth to other people’s children.”

For medical reasons Gutierrez was not taken into custody immediately.  He was ordered to report to the Humboldt County Detention Center on July 7 and from there will be transported to prison to begin his sentence.

Gutierrez was arrested in 2009. The trial was delayed over the course of many months as the defense fought a long battle to have the original trial judge removed from the case over allegations of bias.

Hager also alleged Gutierrez was the fall-guy for actions taken by his girlfriend, the mother of his four children.  Hager alleged the girlfriend was actually the person involved in drug trafficking, but she was protected because of her father’s position with law enforcement and the court.

The girlfriend’s name is not being released here because she was not implicated in the drug trafficking.  Instead, she received a lesser charge and was ordered into drug court.

During sentencing, Hager noted the confidential informant working for law enforcement dealt exclusively with the girlfriend; the controlled buys occurred at the girlfriend’s house; when the search warrant was issued the drugs were located at the girlfriend’s house, not the defendant’s; the girlfriend tested positive for drug use, not the defendant.

Yet, it was Gutierrez who was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Hager noted people all over the world people are fighting for Democracy.  He commented, “It’s not just to have the right to go in and vote for somebody.  It’s to have a change in society so everybody is treated equally.”

He argued but for the involvement of the girlfriend there would have been no drug sales.

Judge Estes said he wouldn’t second-guess the DA’s Office decision in regards the charges, because there might be facts of the case unknown to him, but if he was DA there might have been someone else on the docket for sentencing along with Gutierrez.

Hager painted a picture of Gutierrez as a good employee and a good father who took financial responsibility for his children.

Hager commented, “From my own experience, and I’ve handled hundreds of drug cases, a one-ounce dealer, whether it’s ounce dealers of methamphetamine or ounce dealers of cocaine, they don’t have full-time jobs.  They make enough money based upon their income that they’re getting from drug sales.”

Yet, Gutierrez worked full-time and was thought of as a good employee, Hager said.

In asking for a lesser sentence of two years, Hager concluded it would be appropriate to look at the two parties involved in the case; to consider what happened to one and what happened to the other.

But Judge Estes was not prepared to let Gutierrez off the hook.  He noted at the time Gutierrez was arrested, the defendant had more than $6,000 in cash.

Estes said, “No one, except maybe a baccarat dealer at Caesar’s Palace, walks around with that kind of money in the trunk of their car.”

In addition to the money, at the time of the arrest authorities also seized drugs, smoking pipes and scales.

Estes sentenced Gutierrez to the 4-10 year prison sentence, he was ordered to pay all the usual fines, and was also sentenced to pay $500 in restitution for the money used by law enforcement in the controlled buys during the investigation.

BLM Announcement: Record of Decision for Ruby Pipeline released

The U. S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Monday, July 12, signed a Record of Decision (ROD) and Right-of-Way Grant (ROW) for the Ruby Pipeline Project, a proposed 678 mile interstate natural gas pipeline that crosses 368 miles of Federal land beginning near Opal, Wyoming, through northern Utah and northern Nevada, and terminating near Malin, Oregon.  The BLM Nevada State Director, as the designated Federal official, signed the ROD and authorized the ROW for the construction, operation, maintenance, and termination of the pipeline and associated facilities across lands under jurisdiction of the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the four states.

The ROD is for the selected alternative for the Ruby Pipeline Project, and the ROW is for the route certificated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with the inclusion of the Newmont and Southern Langell Valley reroutes.

The FERC is responsible for authorizing interstate natural gas transmission facilities under the Natural Gas Act and was the lead Federal agency for the preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released in January 2010 in compliance with the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act.  The BLM has the primary responsibility for issuing ROW grants and temporary use permits for natural gas pipelines across most Federal lands pursuant to the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920.  On April 5th, FERC issued its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Ruby Pipeline Project authorizing construction and operation of approximately 672.6 miles of 42-inch diameter mainline natural gas pipeline, approximately 2.6 miles of 42-inch diameter lateral pipeline, and related above ground facilities.

The BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Utah Public Lands Policy Coordination Office, and the Board of County Commissioners in Lincoln County, Wyoming, served as Cooperating Agencies in the preparation of the EIS.  The BLM decision is based on extensive environmental analyses; consideration of agency, tribal, and public comment; application of pertinent Federal laws and policies; and information contained in the Final EIS for project-related actions affecting the BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands.

A copy of the ROD is available at affected Federal, state and local government agencies and interested parties.  It will be available on the Internet at: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/info/nepa/ruby_pipeline_project.html and at the following Federal agency offices:
    BLM, Kemmerer Field Office, 312 Hwy 189 N, Kemmerer, WY
    BLM, Salt Lake Field Office, 2370 South 2300 West, Salt Lake City, UT
    BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV
    BLM, Winnemucca Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV
    BLM, Lakeview Resource Area, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
    BLM, Klamath Falls Field Office, 2795 Anderson Ave., Ste. 25, Klamath Falls, OR
    BLM, Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville, CA
    Fremont-Winema National Forests, 1301 S. G St., Lakeview, OR
    Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT
    Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR

An electronic copy of the ROD is available on CD by request via e-mail at: blmruby@blm.gov or by mail to: Mark Mackiewicz, BLM National Project Manager, c/o125 South 600 West, Price, UT 84501.  Questions concerning the ROD may be directed to Mark Mackiewicz at the above address or by phone: 435-636-3616.

HGH Board accepts construction bid

WINNEMUCCA — Phase I of Humboldt General Hospital’s expansion moved closer to realization last week when the Board of Trustees accepted a construction bid.

The low bid was submitted by R&O Construction at $9.4 million. Based out of Las Vegas, the company has extensive experience on large construction projects throughout the west – though they have worked primarily inNevada.

After years of discussion the process should now move forward rapidly. CEO Jim Parrish said once the contracts are signed the company will be ready to break ground – perhaps as early as the second week of July. The plan is to complete the outside work during the warm weather and the inside once cooler temperatures set in. Parrish said the project is good for the hospital and the community. He commented, “This is a very exciting project. It will be a challenge, but it will be very nice when we get it done.”

Phase I of the hospital expansion will add 30,000 feet of space to the existing structure and will include physician office space, a walk-in clinic next to ER, conference rooms, and will remodel existing space to allow the expansion of material management, which includes warehousing. The new physician office space will accommodate both full-time and visiting doctors.

The architect’s estimate for the project was 11.8 million and the hospital budgeted 12 million for the project. Five construction companies bid on the project with the highest bid being $10.4 million – way below estimate.

There has been some thought that because of the poor economy construction companies have become very competitive in their bidding, which leads to more affordable pricing.

Michael Clay Construction has been hired to represent the hospital during the construction phase. Parrish explained the local company will oversee the process on behalf of the hospital to ensure what’s supposed to be done is done every day of construction. For example, if something is required to have a 4-inch slab of concrete with reinforcements, there will be someone on hand to make sure there’s no shortcuts.

Parrish said the hospital plans to conduct extensive public outreach during construction to keep the public informed on access to hospital facilities.

Cold Case Files: The disappearance of James Erwin

WINNEMUCCA — On September 23, 2003 James Erwin disappeared from his home in Golconda.  The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in this missing person’s case.

Mr. Erwin was 50 years old at the time he disappeared.  Erwin is married and has four children.  Mr. Erwin also resided in the Winnemucca area as well as Golconda and was employed in the mining industry.