Esmeralda County Auction Items 2 3 4 5 2014

Esmeralda County Auction Items 2 through 5

The second item on the auction list for 2014 is parcel 001-072-03. This item is lots 1 through 10 of block 200.   This lot is on the west side of Valley View Street north of Miners Avenue, in the Northern portion of Goldfield.  This is highlighted as a red parcel.  Starting bid price is $1,175.

The third item on the auction list for 2014 is parcel 001-073-01. This item is lots 1 through 4 of block 199.   This lot is on the east side of Valley View Street north of Miners Avenue, in the Northern portion of Goldfield.  This is highlighted as a blue parcel.  Starting bid price is $1,325.

The fourth item on the auction list for 2014 is parcel 001-073-03. This item is lots 6 through 25 of block 199.  This lot is on the east side of Valley View Street north of Miners Avenue, in the Northern portion of Goldfield.  This is highlighted as a green parcel.  Starting bid price is $2,300.

The fifth item on the auction list for 2014 is parcel 001-075-03. This item is lot 1 of block 197.   This lot is on the northwest corner of Miners Avenue and Cedar Street, in the Northern portion of Goldfield.  This is highlighted as a violet parcel.  Starting bid price is $690.


These parcels will be auctioned on August 2, 2014.

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Goldfield Auction Item 1 2014

Esmeralda County Auction of Parcel 001-047-03

The first item on the auction list for 2014 is parcel 001-047-03. This item is lot 25 of block 212.

This lot is on the northwest corner of Broadway and Park Avenue, in the Northeastern portion of Goldfield.

Starting bid price is $1,150.

This parcel will be auctioned on August 2, 2014.

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Goldfield Auction 2014

Goldfield Days Annual Land Auction to Be Held on August 2 2014

The County of Esmeralda is holding it’s yearly property public sale a few days early this year. On Saturday, August 2, the department of the treasurer will auction off eighteen parcels in the town of Goldfield. In addition, there will be one parcel from Lida and a mining claim. If you have never went to an auction in Goldfield, you owe it to yourself to take in the sites and sounds of the lovely Goldfield Days festival. The affair is also a very good possibility for the real estate investor to pick up a parcel or two at very good rates. The County of Esmeralda has basically no building department and very limited zoning regulations, so this provides the citizens an stunning level of opportunity on their personal kingdoms. You could score a lot of land your start your own empire.
Goldfield is about a two and one half car trip north of Las Vegas, and about twenty five minutes south of the rural desert oasis of Tonopah.


Will Fracking Leave any Water for Rural Nevada?

A rural county has joined an environmental group in challenging an oil and gas lease sale in central Nevada that could open 270 square miles of public land to hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. Lander County and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed formal administrative protests over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s July 17 sale of leases in 102 parcels around Big Smokey Valley between Austin and Tonopah. Both parties say fracking involves an enormous amount of water and they’re concerned about its effect on the nation’s most arid state at a time of severe drought. Fracking occurred for the first time in Nevada in March.

Lander County Commissioner Dean Bullock said the county’s protest was filed on behalf of ranchers and farmers who are concerned that fracking could end up taking water away from them. They question how exploration companies will obtain the necessary water, he said, and why the BLM plans to allow the companies to lease land that many ranchers and farmers were interested in buying for grazing and growing alfalfa.

“The bottom line is we’re supporting ranchers and farmers of the county,” Bullock told The Associated Press. “They want us to help them out so we can get more information about what the lease sale involves.” Oil and gas developers employ hydraulic fracturing to boost production. The technique pumps water, fine sand and chemicals into wells to fracture open oil- and gas-bearing rock deposits.

The process has been controversial amid concern that fracking gone wrong could taint groundwater with hydrocarbons or fracking fluids containing toxic substances. Fracking typically requires from 2 million to 5.6 million gallons of water for each well and can lower water tables, reducing water available to communities and wildlife, said Rob Mrowka, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity.

“Fracking in other parts of this country has repeatedly shown the practice to be dangerous both for human health and the environment,” he said in a statement. “It poses an imminent threat to one of Nevada’s scarcest resources – water – as well as clean air and wildlife habitats.” His organization is calling on the BLM to cancel the lease sale as part of a shift toward safer energy sources.

BLM spokesman Christopher Rose said the protests were under review and a final decision may not be reached until close to the sale date. “It is important to understand that due to (lease reform), parcels can be deferred in whole or part up to the day of the sale,” Rose said in an email.

Rose said all parcels identified for potential sale that fell within sage grouse habitat were deferred and will not be offered as part of the sale. In addition, the lease notice identifies measures that can be taken to protect endangered species, cultural resources, migratory birds, wild horses and other land uses under the BLM’s multi-use mandate, he said.

Houston-based Noble Energy is pursuing fracking to reach oil deposits on public and private lands in portions of Elko County. Company representatives have said fracking is a proven technology to safely develop Nevada’s oil and gas.

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Jason Taaffe has Taken a Plea Deal

A suspect in the July 2013 murder of a Silver Peak man has reportedly taken a plea deal in the case and will be sentenced on a single charge of second degree murder next month.

Jason Taaffe, 34, was originally charged with first degree murder in the death of Charles H. Kinkel III, after admitting to police in December that he had shot the man after he said he allegedly witnessed Kinkel attempting to molest a 10-year-old girl.

The charge was reduced to one count of second degree murder in exchange for the suspect’s guilty plea.

Co-defendant Coleman Ward, 42, has reportedly not accepted any kind of deal from the DA’s office at this time.

Kinkel was first reported missing on July 24, 2013 after his wife attempted to call him several times unsuccessfully to wake him up for work that morning.

When she received no answer, she called his boss at the mining company he had just started with, who said Kinkel hadn’t shown up for work that day.

The distraught wife then called police, who subsequently found Kinkel’s silver 2010 Toyota Matrix near the junction of U. S. Hwy. 95 and State Route 265 on July 25, 2013.

More than four months later, Kinkel’s body was discovered at the bottom of a well, a gunshot wound in his head on Dec. 15, 2013 by two people collecting firewood near Silver Peak.

Taaffe and Ward were arrested five days later.

According to the police report, Taaffe and Coleman conspired to “take Charles hunting” as revenge for what he’d allegedly tried to do.

“Jason said he took a pistol and 7.62 Mosin Nagant rifle with Coleman and Charles in Coleman’s pickup and went into the hills south of Silver Peak to a place he was unfamiliar with that had three old buildings and a covered well,” the police report states. “Jason told me (the investigator) that he walked around for a couple of hours with Coleman urging him to just do it until Jason shot Charlie in the head.”

Before dumping Kinkel’s body in the well, Taaffe told police he took the victim’s wallet and car keys. After returning to Silver Peak, Ward allegedly drove Kinkel’s car to Blair Junction. Taaffe followed and picked up Ward, returning to Silver Peak afterward. Taaffe, according to the arrest report, told police he threw Kinkel’s car keys and wallet into the desert near a construction yard and went home.

Police were able to recover the suspected murder weapon at Taaffe’s residence. After writing out a confession, Taaffe was placed under arrest and transferred to the Tonopah jail.

Ward, however, denied having anything to do with Kinkel’s death when interviewed by police. He told deputies that Kinkel was alive the last time he saw him.

As of Thursday afternoon, both men were still listed in custody in Esmeralda County.

Taaffe is scheduled to appear in court on July 16 for sentencing.

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