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Healthy Lifestyles Talk gets to the ‘Heart’ of Your Health

As part of American Heart Month, Northern Inyo Healthcare District will host a Healthy Lifestyle Talk by Cardiology Specialist Dr. Rainier Manzanilla.

The talk, titled “Small Changes, Big Results: Getting to the Heart of the Matter when it comes to Your Health,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26 th , 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Inyo Healthcare

District’s Birch Street Annex. The annex is located at 2957 Birch St., Bishop. Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because conditions that lead to heart disease, such as obesity and high blood pressure, are happening at younger ages. With half of all Americans having at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease, Heart Month is the perfect time to learn about the risks for heart disease and the steps to help your heart.

Dr. Manzanilla is a cardiologist in the Los Angeles area and is affiliated with Adventist Health White Memorial. He has been in practice for more than 20 years and in that time has held a number of leadership positions including Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Chest Pain Center at White Memorial. In 1999, he received the Physician of the Year award at that same hospital and was entered into the hospital’s Hall of Fame.

In addition to his work in Los Angeles, Dr. Manzanilla makes frequent visits to Bishop to treat local patients at the Northern Inyo Associates Specialty Clinic, located on the NIHD campus’ Pioneer Medical Building. Dr. Manzanilla is currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Manzanilla’s Healthy Lifestyles Talk is being presented in partnership by Northern Inyo Healthcare District and Adventist Health.

Gina Louise Jourdan Obituary

Gina Louise Jourdan

Gina passed away at home on the morning of Feb.15, 2019 suddenly after a brief illness with her husband at her side. Gina was born Sept. 16, 1974 to Phil and Sharon Hodges in Santa Barbara where she met Brett and were married on Aug. 14, 1999. In 2001 they moved to the Owens Valley settling in Wilkerson. Gina was a cashier at Bishop K-mart for over 16 years and will be deeply missed.

Together Gina and Brett have been growing a large garden and raising chickens selling to local farmers markets. Her sudden passing has been a shock to family and friends.

Proceeded in death by her father Phil Hodges and maternal grandmother Louise Gray both from Santa Barbara, CA. She is survived by her husband of 19 years Brett, mother and stepfather Sharon and Jim Snell of Camarillo, CA, sister and brother-in-law Darnel and Matt Francis and their son Ethan of OR, Uncle Jerry and Gail Gray of Santa Barbara, and in-laws Brian Jourdan of Santa Barbara, Bobbie Jourdan Jr. of Roseville, Bonnie Jordan of Old Station, Bradley Jourdan of Bishop, and best little friend Leelain her Chihuahua.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at Brune Mortuary followed by a graveside service at West Line Street Cemetery.

A celebration of life will take place at VFW # 8988 following the service.

Mary Jeanne Yaeger Obituary

Mary Jeanne Yaeger was called to be with her Heavenly Father on January 22, 2019. She was 90 years old. Mary was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was born in Bessimir, Alabama on September 15, 1928 to Herman and Maydred Bains.

Mary graduated from Blue Mountain College with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Religion. She was employed at Eglin Air Force Base where she met the love of her life, Jack Yaeger. Jack would write her notes and leave them on the windshield of her car. They married in 1959 and spent the next 55 years together.

Mary was the quintessential Southern Lady sharing her kindness, gentleness, laughter, and gracious and warm hospitality with family and friends. After cleaning the kitchen from the evening meal, she would always ask, “Does anyone want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”

She devoted her life to the education of children. Her gift was reaching students and connecting with them on their level. Former students shared how Mrs. Yaeger touched their lives and impacted their future career choices.

Jack and Mary moved to Bishop following their retirement. They spent their golden years fishing the Owens River and spending time with their children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Mary is survived by her children, Julie Smith (Karen) of Los Angeles, Philip Yaeger of Costa Mesa, Jackie Robinson of Bishop, Mary Houghtaling (Jeff) of Crowley Lake, and Jeanne Woo (Jerry) of Mammoth Lakes; grandchildren Dalton, Nicholas, Cassidy, Sarah, Jack and Jade; great grandchildren, Jaxon and Creedence; sistersin-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley and John Allen, Marge and Dick Cole, Nancy Yaeger, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Jack Yaeger, predeceased her in September 2014. Mary’s strength came from her deep faith and she was a sweet Southern child of God. Her funeral will be Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Reception to follow at Whiskey Creek at 12 p.m.

Sean Van Maanen Obituary

Sean Donald Van Maanen or Sean Don as his family called him 26, of Bishop California died February 11, 2019 at his home. Sean was born April 3, 1992 in Sonora California and then moved to the Bishop area shortly after with his family. Sean attended Bishop Elemtary, Home Street Middle School and JKBS. Sean enjoyed working, riding and working on his bike, and hanging out with his friends and family.

Sean is survived by his Mother Brenda Van Maanen and her husband Bobby Shunkwiler of Bishop, his Father Donald Goss and Candy Cotton of Long Beach, his Biological father and step mother Robert and Pam Ferguson of Apple Valley. His Brothers and Sister, Jason Park, Julie Park, Jonny Park, Casey Van Maanen, Scott Van Maanen and Thomas Van Maanen all of Bishop. His sister and Brother in laws Jenny Park, Brandy Park, Rachel O’Leary, Stu Butterfield and Tom Smith of Bishop. His Neices and Nephews Michael Maxey-Park, Brandon Bissel, Jason Park, Lexi Park and Hailey O’Leary. The love of his life Jackie and her 4 beautiful children Dominick, Kirsten, Scarlet and Layla. Aunt and Uncle Verna and Chris Zak. Cousins Laura, Brad and Tyler and their children. Step brothers and sisters Lisa and Chris Johnston, Sierra, Starla and Ashley Shunkwiler. Step neices and nephews Darren, Levi, Hunter, Delaney, Chet, Demi, Ruby, Kaiya, Draiden and Brinley. And numerous great aunts and uncles aross Iowa, Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin.

Sean was preceaded in death by his grandparents Garret and Birdy Van Maanen, Elmer and Ester Goss, step father Raymond Charlie, Step brother Danny Charlie, cousin Ryan Temeyer and his nephew Robert Bar.

Celebration of life will be held on March 2nd 2019 at 1:00 at Izaak Walton Park in Bishop.

Tia Barfield Dominates Master’s Wrestling Tournament

Last week, two of the five wrestlers on the Bronco wrestling team competed in 2-day Master’s tournaments in Lemoore. In Master’s tournaments, the top wrestlers qualify for the state tournaments, which are this week.

Senior Mark Mayhugh wrestled in a very tough weight class at 128 pounds, where there were 10 ranked wrestlers, including the top two ranked wrestlers in the state. Mark got a tough draw right off the bat, facing the Number 2 ranked wrestler and although he
wrestled well, he lost. In the consolation bracket, Mark won a match and then faced another tough wrestler and lost by a score of 0-2.

Coach Hodges said, “Mark went out there and wrestled his best. He is a great kid and one of the best wrestlers Bishop has ever had. He is planning on wrestling in college, which will be a first for Bishop as we have never had someone continue wrestling at college.”

Senior Tia Barfield, wrestling at 162 pounds, stormed through her Master’s tournament with no points scored against her. On the first day, Tia pinned her first two opponents in 29 and 44 seconds respectively. On the second day, Tia met the same two girls she saw
last week at the CIF tournament. She scored pins in both matches, finishing off her opponent in the finals in just 45 seconds. Tia becomes the second Master’s Champion wrestler from Bishop; the first was Randy Rogers back in 1985.

Coach Mark Hodges said, “Tia became eligible only in late December. Even so, she has a record of 25 wins and 1 loss. Tia impresses everyone with her wrestling prowess. Unlike many wrestlers, her goal is not to ‘make it to state’, but rather to win the state championship. Tia will be competing in the State Tournament in Bakersfield starting Thursday, where she is currently seeded #4 in the state. Tia and Mark become just the 5th and 6th Bronco wrestlers to ever make it to a Master’s tournament, which is testament to how good they are.”

Broncos Streak Past the Scorpions in the First Round of CIF-CS Play

The Bishop Broncos Boys Basketball team have advance to the second round of the CIF Playoffs for Division 5. Bishop beat the Desert Scorpions in their third meeting of the year against the team from Edwards Airforce Base. It was a battle between the second and third placed teams in the High Desert League, with the lower seeded team upsetting the Scorpions 68-62.

Bishop’s Boys Team played perhaps their best game of the season last night. The main concepts that Bishop executed well yesterday were passing, movement off the ball, defense, and scoring off of turnovers. One player who epitomized all of those traits in the first round of CIF was Blaine Spoonhunter, who was constantly in motion, active on the defensive end, and set up his teammates for assists during all four quarters.

Perhaps Spoonhunter’s best play of the night came when he turned the ball over on a pass to the left wing, and sprinted back to block a clear-cut layup. After the rejection, the ball was quickly thrown down to the offensive end, and Spoonhunter scored on a layup from the right side.

Bishop began to pull away at the beginning of the third quarter, getting their lead up to fourteen at one point. The Broncos were able to capitalize off of some bad Scorpion passes, which led to easy buckets.

The large lead slowly dwindled as the Broncos were scoring two pointers, and the Scorpions were answering with three pointers. About midway through the fourth quarter, Bishop lost the lead, and trailed 56-55. The Broncos lost their lead because of Desert point guard, Jaleel Walker, who hit back to back three pointers. On Walker’s second three point attempt, he had enough focus to drain a three from the right wing while being run off the line by a charging Bronco player. The Junior point guard converted the four point play, and the game was tied up. The Broncos then lost the lead a few plays later, but ended up assuming control of the game late thanks to Cal Omohundro’s clutch free-throws.

Bishop will now head to Firebaugh to take on the Eagles in the seocond round of CIF Central Section play. We will have the coverage of this game on 1230 AM KBOV at 7:00 PM Friday night.

Mark Mayhugh, Tia Barfield Win CIF for the Broncos

Last week, two young ladies on the Bronco wrestling team competed in the girl’s 2-day CIF divisional playoffs in Tulare. Freshman Renee Ashworth wrestled at 123 pounds while senior Tia Barfield wrestled at 162 pounds. On the first day, Renee went 0-2 while Tia, who was seeded #1, pinned her first two opponents in 12 and 17 seconds respectively. On the second day, Tia pinned her next opponent in the semifinals in 1:29, which put her into the finals. In the finals, Tia dominated her opponent by a score of 13-0 before pinning herin the second period, earning her a first place finish.

Coach Mark Hodges said, “Tia’s record is now 30-1 and I was not present when she lost earlier in the season. In fact, I had yet to see a point scored against her. For this reason, I was surprised when she was taken down in the semifinals match, where she quickly did a reverse and then pinned her opponent. It was only after the match that I found out she had slipped.”

Tia will compete in the Central Section Master’s Tournament in Lemoore next week, where she hopes to qualify for the State Tournament the following week.

Also last week, the three boys on the Bronco wrestling team competed in the boy’s 2-day CIF divisional playoffs in Bakersfield. Senior Mark Mayhugh wrestled at 128 pounds, Freshman Billy McKinzey wrestled at 140 pounds and Junior Scott Hennarty wrestled at 154 pounds.

Both Billy and Scott went 0-2 while Mark, who was seeded #1, pinned his first opponent in the first period. On the second day, Mark went up against the #4 seeded wrestler in the
semifinals. Mark was in control the entire match and won by a score of 5-1, which put him into the finals where he met his good friend and rival from Desert High School. Again Mark prevailed, winning by a score of 4-2, making him a CIF champion. In the awards ceremony, in a vote by all the coaches, Mark was voted the MVP of the lower 7 weight classes!

Coach Mark Hodges said, “I am so proud of all 5 wrestlers on the team; they all wrestled their best, which is all any coach could ask for. To have 2 CIF Champions on a team of 5 incredible and a credit to their hard work. I was so happy for Mark when he won the MVP
award, of course I thought he was the best wrestler there, but I didn’t know so many of the other coaches felt the same way.”

Like Tia, Mark will compete in the Central Section Master’s Tournament in Lemoore next week, where he also hopes to qualify for the State Tournament the following week.

People Are Stealing Donations From IMAH Sierra Thrift Mall. Seriously?

News and Sports Director, Bradford Evans sits down with Executive Director of Inyo-Mono Association for the Handicapped, Beth Himelhoch to interview her about the problem of residents of Bishop stealing donations.  You can find the interview in the link below. https://soundcloud.com/user-627742700/imah-sierra-thirft-mall-stolen-property

James “Jim” Tatum (1958-2019) Obituary

James “Jim” Tatum, age 60, passed away on January 27th. He was surrounded by family at his home in Bishop as he concluded his courageous battle with cancer.

Jim, a lifetime Bishop resident, was an incredible husband, father, brother, and community contributor. His love of the local community was evident in all of his professional and personal endeavors where he always went above and beyond to do for others. His accomplishments were numerous across his career: as a rancher, in his 20-year tenure as the CEO of the Tri-County Fairgrounds, as the Inyo County Deputy Public Works Director, and most recently as the Bishop City Administrator. His generous and make-it-happen spirit could also be seen in his roles as a Bishop Little League and Bishop Union High School Baseball Coach, a member of the local school board, and the beloved “tractor man” at the California High School Rodeo State Finals and other fair arena events. He was also known for his witty and playful sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and that unmistakeable whistle while he walked. His impact on the community will be enduring, but his presence will be sorely missed.

Jim’s loving family will continue to carry forward his memory, values, and commitment to community. They include his wife, Donna Tatum; daughter and son-in-law Kelsie Tatum Martinez and Jaime Martinez; son and future daughter-in-law Keith Tatum and Sara Galligher; brother and sister-in-law Von and Jayne Tatum; brother Lee Tatum; his family in-love, Polly, Larry, and Robert Renfro and Linda Holcomb; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Tatum of Bishop.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim on Sunday, February 10th at 1pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation in Jim’s memory to either the Bishop Union High School Jim Tatum Memorial Scholarship (301 North Fowler Street, Bishop, CA 93514) or the Friends of the Tri-County Fair Jim Tatum Memorial Fund (PO Box 607, Bishop, CA 93515).

New Principal Joe Garza Discusses Challenges for LPHS Students at Lone Pine Chamber Installation Mixer

Joe Garza, the new principal of Lone Pine High School was introduced to the citizens of Lone Pine Wednesday night. The Lone Pine Chamber Board of Directors were additionally installed at the same meeting.

Key members of the Lone Pine community, including Kathleen New and Jacque Hickman initiated the proceedings, with Principal Joe Garza being asked what he felt was the most important issue facing students of Lone Pine High School.

“I want my kids fully involved in the community and being active.” Garza said to attendees. “We have allowed our kids to be raised by television and the internet instead of by strong parenting. The responsibility relies on us to be more involved in our children’s lives.”

Garza went on to discuss the importance of unity when it comes to the community saying, “Bridges need to be mended in our town. Issues have been neglected with different sectors of the community who are in disputes. What we need is for the hospital [Southern Inyo Hospital], the chamber [Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce], everyone to come together for the collective good.”

When asked if there was anything that Garza needed assistance with, he discussed problems with the school’s library. “We have a library, nobody uses it and nobody check out books. Kids still read, but it isn’t the way we read. There are tons of interactive resources we have that are going to waste.” Garza expressed how serious he takes the issue of an empty library. “I will be there every day at lunch, encouraging kids to visit. We have air hockey tables, video games, and other things for the students to enjoy.”

Although Garza is doing his best to get students visit the library, he said that he cannot do it alone. “Labor contracts will not allow me to be in the library after school from three to four in the afternoon. I need somebody there to help me and help these kids. We need to get involved and help these students have positive experiences. I need volunteers Monday through Friday in the library.”

Garza was not the only point of focus during the event Wednesday night. The Lone Pine Chamber introduced their not-so-new Board of Directors. All members on the board had previously served on the Lone Pine Chamber Board. The list is as follows:

David Blacker – Death Valley Historical Association – Chairman

Chris Ellis – Coso Operating Co. – Vice Chairman

Bette Sisson – retired – Treasurer

Kathi Hall – Mt. Whitney Restaurant – Secretary

Loretta Dorame – Director

Chris Kostman – Adventure Corp – Director

Kurt Pauer – retired – Director

Valerie Diggs – Alta One Credit Union – Director

Billy Swaim – Dow Villa – Director

Boulder Creek RV Resort owner, Jaque Hickman welcomed the board members, saying that the Lone Pine Board of Directors are an example to all of us when it comes to service in the community.

“We should attend our government and community meetings.” Hickman expressed. “You can get a sense of how things are going in the community if you attend these events. If you disagree with things that are happening around you, it is important to get moving and do it yourself in order to foster meaningful change.”