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White Pine County Is A Great Place To Do Business!

All of us at the White Pine County Economic Diversification Council (EDC) invite you to locate your business in White Pine County. Here you'll find a progressive, full service community combined with the uncomplicated quality of life of the rural west.

Businesses located in White Pine County enjoy all of the tax benefits and incentives available through the state of Nevada; reasonably priced industrial sites, commercial building space, and housing; a readily available, well trained work force; ample supplies of electrical power, water, and sewer capacity; a wide range of business services including low interest loan funds, employment and training programs, a commitment to business and industry within local government, and the assistance of the White Pine County Economic Diversification Program. The county offers outstanding medical and educational services, community-based activities for all ages, and unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities in our surrounding mountains.

We are pleased to be of service to you. We would enjoy talking with you about our area. We are happy to provide any additional information to answer your questions or to help you arrange a visit to our community. You can contact us at wpcedc@mwpower.net or call us at (775) 289-3065. Click here to request more information via e-mail.

Sincerely, Karen Rajala

County Profile

County Profile Details:

All data and information compiled by the White Pine County Economic Diversification Council.


Location:   Northeast Nevada

Area:   8,903 square miles

Elevation:   6,439-ft. (Ely)


Average Temperatures:

  • August:    65.5

  • January:  23.9

Average Annual Precipitation: 9.27"

Average Annual Snowfall: 49.1"

Average Growing Season: 90 days

Population: 9,000+


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Labor Force   2,886

Employment   2,783

Unemployment   103

Unemployment Rate   3.6%

(Employment Security Division, Sept. 2004)

(See Labor Force In Detail below...)

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Average Annual Wage   $27,820

Median Family Income   $47,300

Per Capita Income   $30,180

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Sales/Use Tax   7.125%

(No sales use tax on food items from grocery stores and prescription medicine.)

Real Property Tax (county)   3.6597 per $100 assessed value
(35% of Fair Market Value)

(See Taxes In Detail below...)

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Housing Units:

  • Owner occupied    2,988
  • Renter occupied   305
  • Mobile Homes      929

Household size   2.52

(Property tax assessment 2004)

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     Highway 50 (East-West)

          Westbound: Sacramento/San Francisco

          Eastbound: Connects with US 70 to Denver and East to Baltimore

     Highway 93 (North-South)

          Northbound: Twin Falls; Missoula; Alberta, Canada

          Southbound: Las Vegas; Phoenix; Mexico City, Mexico

     Highway 6 (East-West-South)

          Eastbound: Salt Lake City; Denver

          Westbound: Los Angeles; San Diego, Connects with Nevada SR 318;

          Southbound: Tonopah; Las Vegas


     Yelland Field: 5 miles from downtown Ely

  • Flight service station
  • Runways: (1) 6,000' lighted, (1) 5,000' unlighted


     Scenic Airlines: Daily flights to Las Vegas

     El Aero; Charter services and instruction for pilot licensing

Car Rental:

     Ely Rental Car;

     Ely Ford Lincoln-Mercury

Bus Service:

     Ely BUSS System Inter-City

Motor Freight Service:

     UPS, FedEx, Motor Cargo, Cooper & Sons, U.W. Freight Line, Inc.

(See Transportation In Detail below...)

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Public schools:

  • Elementary Schools in Ely, McGill, Lund, Baker

  • White Pine Middle School in Ely

  • White Pine High School in Ely

  • Lund High School in Lund.

Private Schools:

  • The Learning Link; a tutorial service

Higher Education:

  • Great Basin Community College, Ely Center (See Great Basin College below...)

  • University of Nevada off-campus courses; personal enrichment, certified vocational programs and Associate of Arts degree.

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Home of the Great Basin National Park, the County has many other recreational areas including Cave Lake State Park.

The community has an eighteen hole golf course, tennis courts, a three-field softball complex, and a combination baseball/football field. There are six community parks in the area. For summer activities there is a unique natural warm springs swimming pool in McGill. Winter offers cross country skiing trails, ice skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

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  • 11 Protestant

  • 3 Catholic

Medical Services:

  • William Bee Ririe Hospital

  • White Pine Care Center

  •  William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic

(See Medical Services In Detail below...)

Senior Services:

  • 2 Nutrition and activity centers.

  • Meals on Wheels and RSVP services

  • Home Health Services

The county has complete programs for social services needs.

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Electricity through Mt. Wheeler Power, Inc., a rural electric cooperative serves the area. Propane gas, coal, and fuel oil are distributed throughout the county. Nevada Bell offers full subscriber telephone services.

Water & Sewer:

  • Ely Municipal Water Department

  • McGill-Ruth Sewer & Water District

  • Baker Water & Sewer GID

Garbage Collection: Ely Disposal Service, Inc.

(See Utilities In Detail below...)

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1 Newspaper: Delivered 1 day per week

3 Radio Stations: KELY-AM, KCLS-FM; KDSS-FM

Television relayed from:
Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Reno, NV;
Cable TV; Ely, McGill, Ruth

Western Union Office: Gorman’s Jubilee Market

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White Pine County’s business community includes contractors for a full range of construction needs including; excavation, concrete, electrical, fencing, painting, roofing, plumbing, air conditioning and heating. Services available include car rentals, automobile body repair, charter air service, assayers, automobile repair and supplies, wholesale distributors, delivery services, machine shops, welding, moving and storage facilities, photographers, title search, pilot cars, stenographers, escrow, printing, advertising, accounting, banking, legal, and insurance services.

The County’s businesses include nearly 400 firms providing many products and services. Accommodations include: 24 motels with 671 rooms, 42 restaurants, and 5 casinos.

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From the splendor and majesty of the Great Basin National Park to the historic settings of the old west, White Pine County combines Nevada’s progressive business climate with a serene, uncomplicated quality of life.

White Pine County is well positioned to support new industry and growth. Ely is the regional center for commerce and business for much of eastern Nevada. Located on the NAFTA highway (U.S. Highway 93), Ely is poised for future industry expansion and tourism.

A County owned industrial park is located three miles north of Ely across the highway from the municipal airport.

In addition to these benefits, White Pine County enjoys Nevada’s low business tax rates, environmental protection regulations designed to work with small business to help them comply with Federal and State requirements. Nevada’s Freeport laws are a benefit for distribution and retail outlets, and Nevada’s Right-to-Work law. The local government officials are committed to economic diversification and have pledged themselves to assisting new industries to locate and expand in White Pine County. The White Pine County E.D.C. is available to provide information to business and industries.

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Nevada has no:

  • Personal Income Tax

  • Inventory Tax

  • Estate and / Gift Tax

  • Franchise Income Tax

  • Corporate Income Tax

  • Income Tax

  • Chain Store Tax

  • Admissions Tax

  • Inheritance Tax

  • Franchise Tax

  • Special Intangible Tax

Other taxes common to many of the fifty states, but not Nevada:

  • Franchise   28

  • Corporate Income   46

  • Bank Excise Measured By Income   21

  • Sales Tax on Food   20

  • Personal Income   44

  • Special Intangible   4

  • Chain Store   6

  • Admissions   38

  • Inheritance and/or Gift Tax   11

  • Sales Tax on Utilities   47

Nevada Unemployment Compensation:

  • Contact: Ely Office of Employment Security Department
    480 Campton Street
    Ely, NV 89301
    (775) 289-1616

The standard rate of contributions is 3.0% on a wage base of $16,000.00. New employers will pay contributions at this rate for a period of 14 to 17 calendar quarters, depending on the date they become subject, after which a rate will be assigned ranging from .25 to 5.4%.

State Industrial Insurance:

  • Contact: Elko office - State Industrial Insurance System
    957 5th Street
    Elko, NV 89801
    (775) 738-2911

Accounts are classified by type of work. Rates are figured per $100 of payroll to a maximum of $36,000 per employee, based on the loss experience of the industrial classification.

City Business License:

  • Contact: City Clerk
    (775) 289-2430

Fees vary based on size and type of business

Fictitious Firm Name Fee:

  • Contact: County Clerk
    (775) 289-2341

One time fee of $15 for each fictitious firm name filed.

Modified Business Tax (Payroll Tax):

This tax is imposed on persons conducting business in Nevada. The tax is based on the total number of full-time equivalent employees. There is an annual fee of $100.

Combined Sales and Use Tax:

Tax charged on the sale of tangible personal property. Contact the State of Nevada Department of Taxation, Revenue Division, Tami Julian, (775) 753-1115.

Freeport Tax Law:

Personal property which is moving in interstate commerce through or over the territory of the State of Nevada, or which was consigned to a warehouse, public or private, within the State of Nevada, from outside the State of Nevada for storage in transit to a final destination outside the State of Nevada, whether specified when transportation begins of afterward, shall be deemed to have acquired no situs in Nevada for purposes of taxation and shall be exempt from taxation. Such property shall not be deprived of such exemption because while in the warehouse the property is assembled, bound, joined, processed, disassembled, divided, cut, broken in bulk, re-labeled or repackaged.

Tax Abatements and Deferrals:

  • Contact: Commission on Economic Development
    108 E. Proctor Street
    Carson City, NV 89701
    (775) 687-4325

Businesses that meet qualifying criteria and are consistent with Nevada goals for economic development and diversification can apply to the Commission on Economic Development for these tax programs: Sales and Use Tax Abatements; Sales and Use Tax Deferrals; Business Tax Abatements.

Property Tax:

  • Property tax rates / Assessment
    Contact: County Assessor
    (775) 289-3016

The White Pine County property tax is one of the lowest in the nation. The tax is distributed to various jurisdictions, but is paid to the County Treasurer.

Rates are based on actual use, regardless of zoning, valued at Fair Market value of the year preceding:

Annual tax rates for representative housing values and tax rates:

Per $100.00 assessed value - 2002-2003 tax rate:

County 3.6597  
Ely 3.6597  
McGill 3.6597  
Ruth 3.6597  
Lund 3.6597  
Baker 3.6597  

Examples of annual property taxes based on house valuation:

House valuations x 35%*
25,000 x 35% $ 8,750   $320.25
50,000 x 35% 17,500   $640.50
75,000 x 35% 26,250   $960.75
100,000 x 35% 35,000   $1,281.10

Example of property tax for industrial Park property:

$10,000 per acre selling price
x 5 acres
x .35 state ratio*
$17,500 assessed value
*State ratio:  35% of Fair Market Value
$17,500 assessed value
x3.6597 County tax rate
$640.45 tax amount for five acres

Based on replacement cost. New less 1 ½ % depreciation per year of actual age to a residual of not less than 25%.


Gas Tax:

Road Department - 6.35
Regional Transportation Commission - 9.0

Cigarette Tax:

$.35 per pack
30% total price all others, including pipe tobacco, cigars, cigarette cartons, etc.

Liquor Tax:

The City levies a liquor tax of $75 per quarter for sale on premises and $75 per quarter for package sales.

Applications must be made through the Sheriff’s office (775) 289-8808.

Room Tax:

Contact: White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board
Bristlecone Convention Center (775) 289-3720

A county wide room tax is collected and expended by the County Tourism and Recreation Board. The tax is 10% of the amount of rental on each hotel or motel room (for stay of 28 days or more).

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White Pine County’s work force includes a wide variety of occupations and skill levels in its primary employment sectors of mining, government employment, services and trade. White Pine County residents have training and experience in: diesel mechanics, electricians, maintenance mechanics, drillers, blasters, mill operators, welders, heavy equipment operators, truck drivers and lab personnel, as well as security personnel, general laborers, clerical workers and administrative staff. Government employment includes the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the Nevada State Department of Prisons at the maximum security prison and the Ely Honor Camp, as well as the state and local governments and the school district. Services and trade employment is concentrated in tourist related businesses including motels, restaurants, casinos and the community’s retail trade establishments.

Unemployment is currently at 3.6 percent, fluctuations in the gold and copper market, turnover, and the spouses of employees relocating to White Pine County to work in the mines and at the state prison provide a readily available work force. In addition, job opportunities in White Pine County attract interest from qualified applicants from all areas of the United States. The Employment Security Division is linked with America’s Job Bank and the Internet to recruit skilled workers from all over the United States.

Average Wage Total Annual
Mining 150 $76,960 $13,852,800
Construction 100 $31,820 $3,182,040
Manufacturing 40 $30,596 $1,233,872
TCPU 80 $36,764 $3,308,760
Trade-Retail 570 $16,484 $10,714,600
Trade-Wholesale 60 $31,152 $1,896,067
FIRE 100 $28,912 $2,831,200
Service 580 $18,772 $12,201,800
Government 1350 $35,100 $47,385,000
TOTAL 3080 $32,377 $93,596,360

The work force data collected by the Nevada State Employment Security Division shows an upward trend due to the re-opening of the Quadra, Ltd. Robison Mine in 2004.

WORK FORCE DATA, 2000 - 2004
  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004*
Total Work Force 2850 2590 2760 2706 2928
Number Unemployed 100 110 90 81 95
Unemployment Rate 3.6 5.3 3.1 3.0 3.2
Total Employed 2750 2480 2670 2625 2833

*September 2004

  Number Employed Average Weekly Wage
Total All Sectors 3,027 $608
Natural Resources/Mining 176 $838
Construction 94 $444
Manufacturing 21 $396
Transportation/Utilities 514 $430
Information 25 $668
Finance 94 $437
Professional/Business 99 $729
Education/Health 677 $613
Leisure/Hospitality 465 $296
Other Services 49 $352
Public Administration 809 $891

The top ten employees based on the number of employers are listed but not by the specific number of employees, only by the general group (250 to 499, 100 to 249, etc.) They are (in rank order):

  • State Government

  • White Pine County School District

  • William Bee Ririe Hospital

  • White Pine County

  • Hotel Nevada

  • Bald Mountain Mine

  • BLM

  • Gormans

  • Evergreen at Ely, LLC (care center)

  • Norm Goeringer

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Workman’s Compensation:

(State Industrial Insurance) An application must be filed with a deposit, 3 percent of 2 month’s payroll. With the application, the State Industrial Insurance System will set up an account and review job classifications to assign specific rates.

Unemployment Insurance:

An application is filed with the Employment Security Division, Unemployment Division. No deposit is required. The Division will provide an employer package and number. Rates are based on gross payroll per quarter.

Nevada Occupational Safety and Health:

Nevada has accepted the federal regulations ver batim. If the company complies with OSHA, it complies with the Nevada statutes. No permits or notifications are required. The state makes unscheduled compliance inspections. For assistance, contact the training and consultation division, (775) 789-0546.

Right to Work Law:

Nevada is a ‘right to work’ state. Under NRS 613.280, employees cannot be denied employment because of non-membership in a labor organization. It is illegal for a labor union to strike or picket a company to force them to enter into contracts which make employment contingent on union membership; and, it is illegal for any labor union to try to force an employee to strike against his will.

Apprenticeship Programs:

Apprenticeship programs must be approved by the Nevada State Contractor’s Board, 9670 Gateway Drive, Ste. 100, Reno, NV (775) 688-1141. The Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, in Reno, (775) 784-5290, can assist in development of new programs.

For assistance in testing, screening, interviewing, and on-the-job training contracts, contact Ely office of the Employment Security Division, JOIN, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Great Basin College:

The Great Basin College, Ely Center, is a fully accredited community college in the University and Community College System of Nevada. The Center offers courses leading to Associate Degrees, university transfer courses developed for employees in partnership with industry. The Center also provides adult basic education and developmental courses.

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Company: Employees:
Ely State Prison 465
White Pine County School District 262
White Pine County 151
Reed Incorporated 105
Hotel Nevada 90
Holiday Inn 80



The Employment Security Division, JOIN, Vocational Rehabilitation, Great Basin College and the Economic Diversification Program in White Pine County work cooperatively to provide a wide range of services to new employers as well as those wishing to expand their operations. These services can include:

  1. advertisement for prospective applicants;

  2. application forms;

  3. collecting and pre-screening applications;

  4. testing applicants;

  5. scheduling and providing facilities for interviews;

  6. certifying applicants for federal and state programs;

  7. funding, organizing, and assisting to conduct classroom training programs; and

  8. funding and supervising on-the-job training contracts for new employees.

Employment Security Division:
Office Manager, Scott Hase
480 Campton Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-1616

Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN)
Office Manager, Judi Hase
480 Campton Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3061

Vocational Rehabilitation
Counselor, Robert Nichols
480 Campton Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-1675

Great Basin College, Ely Center
Coordinator, Mary Swetich
2115 Bobcat Drive
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3589

The Economic Diversification Council
Coordinator, Karen Rajala
957 Campton Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3065

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Mt. Wheeler Power, Inc.
P. O. Box 151000
Ely, NV 89315
(775) 289-8981
$8.00 per month
220 KWH 8.88 Cents/KWH
Next 580 7.40 cents/KWH
800 & over 5.60 cents/KWH
Small Commercial:
$10.00 per month
500 KWH 9.98 cents/KWH
Next 2000 8.838 cents/KWH
Over 2500 6.79 cents/KWH

For large commercial loads, rates available on request, heavy loads rates can be negotiated.


1701 Avenue E
Ely, NV 89301
Suburban Propane
1700 Avenue F
Ely, NV 89301
Lyle’s Propane
P. O. Box 150426
Ely, NV 89301


Hick’s Trucking
1116 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3232


Chris’s Service
P. O. Box 456
Ely, NV 89301
Gale Oil
P. O. Box 151180
Ely, NV 89301
Reed Distributing
807 E. Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
Norcross Phillips 66
P. O. Box 441
Ely, NV 89301


Natural Gas: Natural gas is not available in White Pine County.
Geothermal: There are several geothermal hot springs in White Pine County.
None are currently being used for commercial ventures.


SBC - Nevada Bell:   611 (repair)
Customer service, New service, billing inquiries:   877-469-2355 (residential & commercial)
Requests for directories:   800-848-8000
Directory Advertising-order placement:   800-852-7624
Customer Service:   800-228-7102


Ely Disposal Service
348 Nevada Avenue
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2301
Residential: $15.37/month
Commercial: (one, two yard container)
    1 x week $58.42 month
    2 x week $104.35 month

Commercial compactor and Roll-off services are also available, ranging from $430 to $550 monthly.


The Ely Volunteer Fire Department consists of a 6-man paid force, and a 45-man volunteer force. They provide fire protection for the City of Ely, supplementing volunteer services in Ruth, McGill, Lund, and Baker as needed. The City has four front line pumpers, ranging from a 1950 to a 1986; with capacities ranging from 500 to 2,000 gallons. There are also two specialized rescue vehicles, a 1978 Dodge and a 1987 Chevrolet support unit with a Haz Mat trailer.

The City of Ely has a class 5 rating, and the Industrial Park has a class 6 rating. Full hydrant service exists in the Park.

Ely Volunteer Fire Department
501 Mill Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-6633

There are volunteer departments in the communities of McGill, Ruth, Lund, Baker, and Cross Timbers, formed under the County-wide fire District.


Ely Municipal Water Department
Ely City Hall
501 Mill Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2430

Water Rates:

Ely: Residential: $17.00 per month plus $ .13 per hundred sq. ft. outside water.
Commercial: $17.00 first 15,000 gallons plus $ .65 for each additional 1,000 gallons.

New Connections:

For each initial or new connection made to the water system, there shall be charged an initial payment in the form of a system obligation fee. For each residential or other housing unit, multi-family dwelling, apartment house, trailer court, commercial and industrial connection, the charge shall be as follows, based on the size of the connections:

Connection Size System Obligation Fee*
3/4" $790
1" $1,240
1 ½" $2,990
2" $5,140
4" $18,040
6" $40,040
8" $70,040
10" $110,040

Larger than 10" diameter connections will be charged a fee based on the ration of the area of the service connection requested to the area of a 1" diameter service, multiplied by the connection charge for a 1" diameter service connection.

Sewer rates:

Ely: Residential:   $21.00 per month
Small Commercial:   $21.00 per month (0-5 people working at establishment.)
Medium Commercial:   $27.50 per month (6-12 people working at establishment.)
Large Commercial:   $74.57 per month (Over 13 people or over 100,000 gal/month)
Hotel/Motel:   $13.00 $ $5.80 per room
Trailer Park:   $21.00 per space per month

McGill-Ruth Sewer and Water
General Improvement District
P. O. Box 1376
McGill, NV 89318
(775) 235-7701

Water Rates: Residential: $17.00 monthly
Commercial: $25.00 first 15,000 gallons plus $ .95 cents per 1,000 gallons
System Obligation Fee: $10.00 per month

Sewer Rates: Residential: $15.00 per month
Commercial: $3.00 plus $.0006 per gallon based on metered water use.

Baker Water & Sewer General Improvement District
P. O. Box 165
Baker, NV 89311
(775) 234-7211

Water Rates: Residential: $18.00 base first 10,000 gallons + $1.00 per 1,000 gallons.
Commercial: $18 base first 10,000 gallons + $.75 per 1,000 gallons.
Rates are based on 3/4" connection size for metered usage.

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White Pine County is centrally located in the inter-mountain west. Ely, Nevada sits at the junction of U.S. Highways 50 (east to west) and 93 (north to south). The community is served by Scenic Airlines, Ely BUSS, overnight express mail and motor freight service to surrounding urban areas.


Airline Service:

For reservations: Please call Scenic Airlines: 800-634-8601 Ely Ticket Counter: 775-289-9222

Flight Schedules Flight # Departure Arrival
Ely to Las Vegas 24 6:00 a.m. 7:50 a.m.
Las Vegas to Ely 25 6:00 p.m. 7:50 p.m.

(North Las Vegas Terminal)

Charter Air Service:

El Aero Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 150437
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-8804
Manager: Ron Cassinelli
One-way unscheduled flights to Elko, NV;
     $80.00 per person (M-F; weather permitting)
3-7 passenger; Fixed wing aircraft;
     $85.00 to $395.00 per hour
4-6 passenger; Helicopter;
     $525.00 to $795.00 per hour

Aircraft, hangar space and current rates available upon request.

Instruction classes for private pilot licensing offered.

T-Hangars for private aircraft available; contact Lance Gale (775) 289-3753 or (775) 289-3733.

Yelland Field:

The County’s municipal airport is located at Yelland Field, 5 miles from downtown Ely.

Runways: 6,000 ft., lighted
5,000 ft., un-lighted

Main runway, parallel taxi way, and apron at Yelland Field are designed for capacity of 100,000 lb. dual wheel, Boeing 737 Jet.

All other areas are designed for capacity of 12,500 lb., single wheel, twin engine jets.


430 Campton Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2877
Casino Shuttle and Dial-a-Ride - $1.00
Ely, Ruth, and Yelland Field Airport - $1.00
McGill and Ely State Prison - $2.00
Fixed Route $ .50 per ride

Shuttles to the Opera House in Eureka and to Elko, call for dates and times. Airport Shuttle Service provided by local hotels, phone numbers available at the airport.


Elee Ford / Lincoln-Mercury
295 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3095
Ely Rental Car
2281 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2277


United Parcel Service
780 Avenue F
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-4912
Federal Express
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3515
U.S. Postal Service
2600 Bristlecone Avenue
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-9276
The Mail Port
705 Aultman St., Suite 2
Ely, NV  89301
(775) 289-2727

Overnight or two day delivery to most urban areas in the western United States: Pick up and delivery service provided by UPS and FedEx.


Motor Cargo
HC33 Box 33415
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2104
Cooper & Sons
P. O. Box 667
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2572
U. W. Freight Lines
No. Industrial Way
Ely, NV 89301
(800) 221-1318

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Cities: Population 2000: Mileage:
Boise, ID 185,787 379
Denver, CO 554,636 691
Las Vegas, NV 478,434 229
Los Angeles, CA 3,722,500 547
Phoenix, AZ 1,321,045 499
Portland, OR 529,121 816
Reno, NV 180,480 317
Sacramento, CA 407,018 454
Salt Lake City, UT 181,743 259
San Francisco, CA 776,733 540
Seattle, WA 563,374 987

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White Pine County’s medical services and facilities are designed to meet residents’ and visitors’ emergency and primary medical care needs and to provide access to more specialized services on an as-needed basis. The county is currently served by two physicians in family practice, one general practice physician, one internal medicine / pediatric physician, three internal medicine physicians, one obstetrician gynecologist, one general surgeon, and one physician assistant. Ancillary medical staff include a nurse anesthetist, physical therapist, respiratory therapist, and radiologist. Emergency medical services are supported by a med-flight program to transport seriously ill or injured patients to specialized services in the surrounding urban areas.

In addition to the physicians serving White Pine County on a full time basis, visiting physicians from throughout the Inter-Mountain west provide monthly consultations and services in cardiology, ophthalmology, pathology, orthopedics, urology, internal medicine, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat specialties, dermatology, and plastic surgery.

White Pine County has an excellent program for referral to specialized medical services and facilities in Reno, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas and patients from White Pine County have access to highly regarded programs and physicians including the Primary Children’s Burn Unit, Eye Clinic, and Cardiology Departments in Utah. The community is served by Medical Link, a two-way interactive compressed video system to provide immediate access to specialists throughout the country.


William Bee Ririe Critical Access Hospital is a fully accredited 40 bed hospital which provides inpatient medical, surgical, obstetrical, and ICU services, long term care, out-patient services for surgery, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy, and 24-hour physician attended emergency room services. The hospital is equipped for diagnostic X-ray services including CT Scan, M.R.I. unit, and mammography.


William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic
6 Steptoe Circle
Ely, Nevada 89301
(775) 289-3612


The community has one medical center, the William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic. White Pine Care Center provides an accredited 99 bed geriatric and long term care facility located adjacent to the hospital and clinic; the Community Counseling Center is staffed by a Ph. D. Psychologist, four clinical psychologists, and one psychiatric consultant; the community has one optometrist, three dentists, a visiting orthodontist, and three full service pharmacies.


Economy Drug
696 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-4929
Steptoe Drug
504 Aultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-2671
Professional Pharmacy
6 Steptoe Circle
Ely, NV 89301
(775) 289-3420

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White Pine County offers a full range of educational services including early childhood programs, an excellent school district, adult education through Great Basin College, tutorial and alternative programs. Small class size, a high degree of personal attention and parent involvement, and the opportunity for students to pursue individual areas of interest all contribute to the quality education offered by the White Pine County School District. From elementary through high school, students travel on District sponsored trips to compete in athletic events, for band and drill team competitions, to participate in programs for career development and to visit college campuses.

The District’s total enrollment is 1,380 students, with individual school enrollment ranging from David E. Norman in Ely at 406 to Baker Elementary at 16. McGill Elementary School, with 146 students, has been nationally recognized as a Redbook, Blue Ribbon School. White Pine High School is a four year school which serves the students in Ely, McGill, Ruth, and Baker and has an enrollment of 389 students. White Pine Middle School serves students in Ely, McGill, Ruth , and Baker and has an enrollment of 299 students.  Lund Elementary School serves 42 students and Lund High School has an enrollment of 75 students, with both schools serving the Lund/Preston area. The average class room size throughout the District is 17 to 19 students.

White Pine County students excel in both their academic performance and extra-curricular activities. White Pine High School students participation and test scores on the ACT and SAT are above the state average, and graduating seniors have been highly successful in securing scholarship funds. Vocational programs include drafting, agriculture and agricultural mechanics (small engines and implement repair), carpentry, machine shop, business education, word processing, and accounting. Student activities include student council and leadership programs; National Honor Society; several special interest clubs; music and drama programs; and inter-scholastic athletic programs for both girls and boys including soccer, football, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, baseball, golf, and track.

Special education programs are offered for special needs children. Classes are offered for the handicapped in conjunction with regular classroom attendance when ever possible. The high school special education program includes both academic and vocational training.

Adult education programs are offered through White Pine County School District. An adult education class is offered during the day as well as in the evening to assist area adults in receiving either a regular high school diploma or finishing their GED program. The White Pine County School District also provides an adult education program for the inmates at the Ely State Prison and Ely Conservation Camp.

The NOVA Center with an enrollment of 7 students, offers a wide range of courses through an electronic high school that provides an alternative for adult students seeking their high school diplomas or continuing education and personal enrichment.

Private tutorial programs are available through the Learning Link, 775-289-4477


The County’s youngest students have the opportunity to participate in pre-school programs through the Magic Carpet Cooperative Pre-School (289-3732) and the Little People’s Headstart Program, (289-6113).


White Pine County is especially proud of it’s Norm Goeringer Vocational Skills Training Center campus, which was financed in large part through local private donations totaling over $1 million. The college is affiliated with the Great Basin College in Elko and is a member of the University and Community College Systems of Nevada. The College is fully accredited by the Northeastern Association of Schools and Colleges. The Ely center offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, a number of vocational certificates, university transfer courses, and community service and personal enrichment programs. The Center employs both full and part-time staff and offers a full curriculum through it’s on-site classrooms, in cooperation with White Pine High School, and through distance learning programs.

The 10,500 square foot facility is located on a 124 acre site on the south eastern border of Ely. It was opened in 1996 and is equipped with state of the art personal computer systems and inter-active teleconference capability linked to other universities and community colleges in Nevada, a science lab, and a multi-purpose classroom.

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