Garrett Estrada photoDonation

Kevin Robison of Mt. Wheeler Power and John Donner of CoBank donate a check to Dave Tilford of the Great Basin National Park Foundation Observatory inside a conference room at Mt. Wheeler Power’s headquarters in ELy on Wednesday. Mt. Wheeler Power donated $5,000 to the observatory, which was matched by CoBank’s  “Sharing Success” grant matching program to total $10,000 in donations to the national park’s planned observatory. Tilford said that the observatory has been in the planning stages for several years and will open in 2016 if it is fully funded by the end of 2015. Tilford said that the park received over 10,000 visitors for their three night a week telescope and solar viewing programs.