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Scott Antone Ellestad

Posting Date: 06/05/2014


Scott Antone Ellestad, age 62, passed away at his home in Mesquite, Nevada on June 4, 2014 with his loving wife Barbara by his side.  [Read more]


MCJ bids adieu

Posting Date: 03/31/2014

By Barbara Ellestad


Itís with a lot of tears, sadness, and love for all of you who have supported the Mesquite Citizen Journal over the last few years that I bid farewell. Today is the final day of publication for the MCJ. [Read more]


Lonettiís Water focus of VVWD lawsuits

Posting Date: 03/20/2014

By Barbara Ellestad


The civil and criminal lawsuits involving Virgin Valley Water District former officials focus on water rights previously owned by John Lonetti. Those rights are associated with his 430 acre ranch called Meadowland Farm south of Bunkerville. While Lonetti has not been charged in either of the criminal lawsuits filed by the Clark County District Attorney, he is part of the civil lawsuit the Water District filed against him and three former public officials.

Lonetti originally bought Meadowland Farm at an auction in 1987 when it was in foreclosure and moved there in 1990 from Las Vegas.
 [Read more]


Mesquite is Mad About Movies

Posting Date: 03/06/2014

By Linda Faas, MCJ Feature News Reporter


Oscar night has come and gone, rewarding films about the human spiritís triumph over the worst of human evils and space disasters. Does this mean Mesquite now heads for a slump of interest in movie drama and comedy? Not from recent indications among a growing group of locals. It seems that Mesquite is increasingly mad about movies! [Read more]


Testimony reveals antics of former VVWD General Manager

Posting Date: 03/06/2014

By Barbara Ellestad


Michael Winters, former Virgin Valley Water District General Manager, has been charged with Intentional Misconduct in a civil lawsuit filed by the Water District. The jury trial is expected to begin April 23 in Clark County District Court and is estimated to last as long as six weeks.

Three others are included in the lawsuit; former VVWD Chief Hydrologist Michael Johnson, retired Nevada Deputy State Engineer for Water Resources Robert Coache, and John Lonetti, Jr., who owns the Meadowland Farm in Bunkerville.
 [Read more]


Former VVWD Hydrologist admits ownership in water right trade

Posting Date: 02/20/2014

By Barbara Ellestad


JOHNSON ADMITTED HIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT WITH LONETTI

Just two months remain before a jury trial begins in the Virgin Valley Water Districtís civil lawsuit against four men involved in two water right transactions allegedly gone bad. Itís been almost three years since the civil lawsuit was filed against former VVWD General Manager Mike Winters, former VVWD Chief Hydrologist Michael Johnson, retired Nevada Deputy State Engineer for Water Resources Robert Coache, and John Lonetti, Jr., a wealthy Bunkerville rancher and owner of Cucina Italiana restaurant among other businesses.

Over the next few weeks, the Mesquite Citizen Journal will publish a multi-part series of articles describing activities of Johnson, Winters, Coache, and Lonetti in their own words based on their sworn testimonies in the civil lawsuit preparation.
 [Read more]


MCJ Editor Publisher slaps back at subpoenas in Water District lawsuits

Posting Date: 12/19/2013

By Barbara Ellestad


ANONYMOUS EMAILERS NEED TO GO AWAY UNTIL THEY KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS

[Editorís note: What follows is a first-person account using both news reporting and editorial comments. Links are available at the end of this article for four legal filings made Wednesday in response to subpoenas, all six subpoenas served on me and the MCJ, a Nevada Supreme Court Shield Law ruling, NRS 49.275 Shield Law, and all of the articles published on the MCJ regarding the VVWD lawsuits. See this article published Tuesday on the MCJ for more background information MCJ Editor Publisher slapped with six subpoenas in Water District lawsuit]

On Monday, Dec. 16 I was served six subpoenas demanding that I produce documents, records, videotapes, audiotapes, notes and any other information I have gathered in the course of my job as a reporter and Editor Publisher of the Mesquite Citizen Journal in connection with the current legal cases involving the Virgin Valley Water District (VVWD).
 [Read more]


MCJ Editor Publisher slapped with six subpoenas in Water District lawsuit

Posting Date: 12/17/2013

By Barbara Ellestad


[Editorís note: What follows is a first-person account using both news reporting and editorial comments. Links are available at the end of this article for all six subpoenas served on me and the MCJ, a Nevada Supreme Court Shield Law ruling, NRS 49.275 Shield Law, and all of the articles published on the MCJ regarding the VVWD lawsuits.]

Perhaps attorneys for four men involved in the Virgin Valley Water District lawsuits are not familiar with Nevadaís Shield Law which protects reporters, former reporters, or editorial employees of any newspaper, periodical or press association from disclosing published or unpublished information or the source of any information obtained by reporters and editorial employees.
 [Read more]


MCJ Sets New Policy for Article Comments

Posting Date: 03/11/2013

By Barbara Ellestad


From the day the Mesquite Citizen Journal began almost two years ago, I promised readers that I would follow the truth wherever it led. I believe I've done that.

But more than that, I've always held the MCJ to the highest standards of integrity and honesty. I've always signed my name to everything I've written. My articles have been based on facts that I've discovered through hours of research, interviews, documents, and attending countless meetings. If I alleged wrongdoing by public officials, I've backed that up with facts.
 [Read more]


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