Candidates for Mt. Wheeler’s Power Board have submitted biographies to The Ely Times to introduce themselves to district voters before being elected at their next annual meeting.

Bryant Barnson

Bryant Barnson has been a resident of Ruth, Nevada since 1966. Bryant and his wife ofBryant Barnson1 44 years, Gloria Barnson raised their three children in the community of Ruth. They have two sons who currently reside in Henderson, Nevada where they both work for Nevada Power as Lineman. Their daughter also resides in Henderson, Nevada and works as a cosmetologist. He is a proud grandfather of six grandchildren.

Bryant has made a career in mining. He worked for Kennecott from 1972-1978. He obtained further education at Sevier Valley Tech Building Trades in 1980 and then went on to work for Alligator Ridge Mine from 1980-1990. After his time spent at Alligator Ridge, he worked for Alta Gold Mine from 1990-1994, from 1994-1997 he worked for Mt. Hamilton Mine, and from 1997 until retirement in 2011, Bryant spent these years at the Ruby Hill Mine as the electrician and process maintenance foreman.

During Bryant’s mining career he has been in many ranks including several management positions often overseeing budgets, spending, employees, and various projects. With the knowledge Bryant has gained over his long career in mining and the overwhelming love he has for this community, which has always been his home, he would be a great asset to the Mt. Wheeler Power Board, bringing the expertise and opinion, of a very well rounded individual, to the important decisions being made.

Don Phillips

My name is Don Phillips, currently representing District 4 on the Board of Directors forDon Phillips1 Mt. Wheeler Power. I have served in this capacity for nine years.

My family and I purchased the Steptoe Ranch in the spring of 2000 and made White Pine County our home.

I have a great interest in this area which has provided me the opportunity to serve on the advisory boards for the Water Advisory Committee, PLUAC, White Pine Soil Conservation District and White Pine FSA County Committee, among others.

During my tenure on the board, a lot of work has been completed in our area such as new power lines installed and equipment updated, several sub-stations remodeled and completed for the betterment of the consumer.

My future objective is to continue to keep costs at a minimum for the consumer while producing and efficient product.

I would like to commend the members of the current board for their cooperative efforts in making Mt. Wheeler Power an asset to the county.

Experience is necessary to maintain as well as improve our power system, and I feel that I have the needed criteria. Your vote in my favor would be greatly appreciated.

Pete Mangum

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Mt. Wheeler Power membersPete Mangum1 of district 8. I was born and raised in White Pine County and have lived in Ely for the past 34 years. Prior to that I lived on the Glenn Lane Ranch in Preston. I attended grammar and high school in Lund. I have three daughters and one granddaughter, all born and raised here in White Pine County. I have a passion for serving my community, a willingness to learn and a desire to help others.

I have continued my education at Mt. San Antonio College, Utah Tech and Great Basin Community college. I am an Ely Volunteer Fire department firefighter, EMT, EMS and AHA CPR instructor as well as a Hazard Materials Technician. I was appointed then later elected as a trustee on the White Pine County School Board; currently serving as the Director for White Pine on the NASB and Chairman of the Safety, Facilities and Wellness Committee. I am a state of Nevada, Deputy Brand Inspector and recently retired as a Community Based IV UNR Coop extension 4-H/Youth Instructor.

I was honored to receive the Citizen of the Year award in 1992 and the Distinguished Service Award for NAE4HA that same year. In 2000 I was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by White Pine 4-H. Employee of the Year in 2012 by UNCE University Service Award and in 2006 and again in 2014 was awarded School Board Member of the year, as a New Board Member and then later as an Individual Board Member.

My civic and professional affiliations include membership of the Ely Volunteer Fire Department and the Nevada State Fire Fighters Association for 27 years. Member of Friends of NRA and RMEF, Ely Chapters and a White Pine 4-H leader for 35 years.

I would like the opportunity to bring my experience and dedication to the Mt. Wheeler Power board. I would appreciate your vote as District 8 representative.

Wilma Sanford

To all District 8 Customers:

I would like to introduce myself. I am you current director, Wilma Sanford and have Wilma Sanford1enjoyed representing District 8 consumer’s o the Mt. Wheeler Power Board. I am asking for your support to continue my efforts to serve you. I feel I have been successful in helping Mt. Wheeler to maintain its position of offering necessary services as well as safe and reliable power at the lowest possible rate.

I have lived in Ely for 53 years, during this time I have worked at the White Pine Hospital, was the Administrative Assistant for Great Basin College and was instrumental in raising the funds to build our current college. As past manager of the White Pine Public Museum I wrote grants that enabled the museum to increase its size.

As a member of the Mt. Wheeler Power Board I supported the purchase of computerized metering devices and infrared cameras that trouble shoot hot spots at substations. These are state of the art and money saving devices for Mt. Wheeler Power consumers. I supported the building of solar panels on the Mt. Wheeler grounds. I encourage you to view the panels and learn more about solar energy. I also encourage our members to check the rebates that Mt. Wheeler offers.

I have given my best efforts to keep informed of issues that effect each of us as customers during the substantial changes that have been happening in the utility industry with the new environmental rules.

As your representative I am always willing to listen to concerns and questions you may have and present them at board meetings.

I am proud of our Coop and the employees of Mt. Wheeler who take pride in the service that they provide to our community.

I want to express my thanks for allowing me to represent District 8 on Mt. Wheeler’s Power Board and ask for your continual support.


Wilma Sanfor