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JetSuiteX Adds New Service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County

Mammoth Lakes Tourism and JetSuiteX has announced the addition of new direct flight service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA).

It’s one of several new routes to be offered this winter season, joining new daily service on United Airlines from Denver International Airport (DEN) and new United service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Combined, these new flights, along with existing service on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the JetSuiteX flight from Burbank (BUR), make Mammoth Lakes easier to get to than ever before.

Flying under the “public charter” designation, JetSuiteX flights offer travelers a semi-private flying experience. With no lines and easy parking adjacent to the private terminal, passengers can arrive minutes before departure time. Business-class legroom, free snack and beverage service and zero baggage fees on skis and snowboards all come at a price that’s very competitive with commercial airlines.

“The flying experience that JetSuiteX offers is second to none and we’re thrilled to announce the expansion of the service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County,” said John Urdi, Executive Director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism. “As our visitors can attest, JetSuiteX is one of those things that almost seems too good to be true until you fly it for the first time. We’re excited to give our Orange County visitors that experience this winter.”

Service to Mammoth Lakes (MMH) from both Burbank (BUR) and Orange County (SNA) will begin on December 20, 2018 and continue through April 7, 2019. Tickets are available for purchase at JetSuiteX.com. Service will be offered on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday.

“We’re thrilled to relaunch our JetSuiteX seasonal service to Mammoth Lakes this year with flights from both Orange County and Burbank,” said Alex Wilcox, Founder and CEO, JetSuite, Inc. “We created JetSuiteX to give people a fast and fun way to fly, which means that travelers to Mammoth Lakes this ski season will be spending less time in airports and more time on the slopes.”

Check http://www.visitmammoth.com/ for more information and to get started booking a vacation to Mammoth Lakes.

McDonald’s Supports Local Law Enforcement

Coffee is more than just your favorite morning beverage; it’s a connector, a culture, and a community-builder. McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine plan to use coffee to help connect the community and law enforcement. On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, McDonald’s locations in the Owen’s Valley will host “Coffee with a Cop” events in conjunction with local law enforcement. This event is an extension to the “National Coffee with a Cop” day. The local event brings Bishop Police Department officers; Inyo County Sheriff’s Office deputies; California Highway Patrol officers and the community members they serve – together over coffee – to discuss community issues, learn more about each other and build relationships in an informal, relaxed environment. All “Coffee with a Cop” attendees will receive a free small cup of McCafe® coffee, courtesy of your local McDonald’s.

As McDonald’s Owner/Operators, being involved in the community is the cornerstone of our business. And supporting our local law enforcement and first responders, who put their lives on the line to protect and serve our citizens, is a priority for our organization”, said Kevin and Lis Mazzu, local McDonald’s owner-operators. The first local “Coffee with a Cop” event was held back in January, in conjunction with ‘National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ and proved to be an excellent opportunity to connect with Inyo County residents, answer questions, hear concerns, and provide an opportunity for citizens to meet their local law enforcement.

Area residents are invited to attend the ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events on

Wednesday, October 3rd, at both McDonald’s locations in the Owens Valley:

Bishop – McDonald’s at 562 N. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Bishop Police Department and California Highway Patrol

Lone Pine – McDonald’s at 601 S. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol
  • KIBS / KBOV radio will be doing a live remote broadcast from this location

McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine will continue to work with local law enforcement throughout the year to host additional ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events with the goal of improving relationships between law enforcement and community members – one cup of coffee at a time.

Bronco’s Offense Explodes at Home Against Whittier Christian

The Bishop Bronco Varsity Football Team lit up the scoreboard on Friday as the played host to the Whitttier Christian Heralds. The Broncos didn’t waste anytime getting on the scoreboard as Jayden Braithwait would rush it from 46 yards on, on the Broncos first play of the game.

The Point After by Christian Morales was good and the Broncos had the early lead 7-0 with 9:14 left in the first quarter.

Then on their next possession, Clay Omohundro would connect with Luke Mclean from 26 yards out the Broncos would add another six. The PAT was good and the Broncos increased their early lead 14-0.

With the first quarter at 2:53, MCClean would connect with Manny Talavera, on a five yard pass, on Talavera would rush it in from about 40 yards out and the Bronco scoring continued. Morales would make good on the PAT and the Broncos would increase their lead to 21-0.

Keeping the first quarter scoring going, Luke McClean would rush in from 23 yards to add to the Bronco lead. Morales would continue with his good PAT’s and at the end of the first qaurter the Broncos led 28-0.

In the second quarter, the Heralds were finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to a 35 yard field goal to make the score 28-3.

 

With just under two minutes remaining in the second quarter, Mclean would hand off Jayden Braithwait would rush to the end zone from 43 yards out. That set up Morales for another point after attempt. With a low snap, Morales picked up the ball and was able to make it to the get to the end zone, untouched for a two point conversion.

Going to the third quarter, with 11:08 remaining, McClean would rush it in on a quarterback keeper to score another Bronco touchdown. Again, Morales would make good on the point after and the score was 43-3. With 6:30 left in the third, Morales would add another three on a field goal from 23 yards out and the Broncos lead was 46-3.

Finally, with 5:49 remaining in the game, Omohundro would find Mark Mayhugh from 11 yards out to add another six points. Morales would add the final point for the Broncos on a good Point after and the Broncos went on to route the Whittier Christian Heralds 53-9.

 

Clay Omohundro passed for 79 yards and Luke McClean connected for 62 yards. On the ground, the Broncos were led by McClean who rushed for 95 yards, Jayden Braithwait added 46 and Clay Omohundro 21. Through the air, the Broncos were led by Jayden Braithwait who caught for 46 yards and Mark Mayhugh caught for 42. Defensively, Manny Talavera had 7 tackles, Ian Murphy 6 and Darren Dondero, Jon Torres and Hunter Beal each added 5.

The Broncos will hit the road this Friday to Ridgecrest to take on the Burroughs Burros. We will have the Varsity game for you on 1230AM, KBOV, with Rock Baker calling all the action. Pre-game aire time 6:50 and kick is set for 7pm.

Broncos Come Up Short Against Rim of the World

The Bishop Broncos played host to the Rim of the World Scots on Friday evening. IN the Junior Varsity game, the Broncos JV Team continues to dominate.

The Broncos defeated the Scots 36-6 to pick up their 3 win and go 3-0 in the early season. The Broncos scored their first 21 points in the first half of play.

With the win, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 77-6.

In the Varsity game, it was another defensive battle for the Broncos. Rim of the World came out, on fire, in the first quarter scoring their first touchdown on the second play, from the Scots first possession, as Running Back Debendictis, would rush in to the end zone from about 60 yards out to the Scots the early lead.

The point after attempt was good and it was 7-0 Rim of the World.

From then on, it was a defensive battle for the most of the first half. However, with just under two minutes remaining in the first half, the Broncos would recover a Rim of the World fumble. That would lead to an interception by Rim of the World. Then, the second turnover by the Scots, would be recovered by the Broncos at the 18 yard line.

Quarterback, Clay Omohundro would come into the game and after pushing the Broncos close to the goal line would set up one last play. With the clock at 5.1 seconds Omohundro would bring the Broncos to the line and drop back for a pass and connect with Steven Paco in the back of the end zone. The point after attempt was good by kicker Christian Morales and we would go into half time tied at 7.

The game would remain tied going into the fourth quarter until Rim of the World would get a rushing touchdown, from about 5 yards out, to give the Scots the win. The Broncos drop to 1-2 in the early season.

Clay Omohundro would pass for 83 yards on the night. Luke McClean led the Broncos on the ground with 8 carries for 26 yards and Steven Paco would carry 3 times for 13 yards. Through the air, the Broncos were led by McClean with 38 yards, Jayden Braithwaite 31 yards, Luis Esparza 26 and Paco had 16 with the Broncos sole touchdown.

Defensively, Darren Dondero had 15 tackles on the night, Tristan Valle had 12, Kade Edminston 11 and Manny Talaveras and Wesley Pettet each added 9.

Coach Palu said, “Great effort by the Broncos. RIM is a very good, physical team and we battled them to the finish. I’m really proud of our effort. We have another tough game this week as Whittier Christian come to town”.

Since Whittier doesn’t have a JV team this year, the JV’s will be heading to Delano on Thursday to pick up a game. So, there will only be a Varsity game this Friday night at 7pm.

*Photos by Gary Young*

Boot Fire Update

The Boot Fire is currently 6,873 acres and 3% contained. The Boot Fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain approximately 9 miles southwest of Walker and 15 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California. There are currently 400 personnel on the fire. The incident command post is set up at Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Station, 1166 Larson Lane, Coleville CA.

Evacuations: A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for residents and structures in the area of Fales Hot Springs, Devil’s Gate Pass and Swauger Creek, and for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Road Closures: 395 remains closed from Eastside Lane south of Walker, California to the north end of Bridgeport, California. Both towns of Bridgeport and Walker are accessible to travelers, with through traffic detoured into Smith Valley at Holbrook Junction, Nevada State Route 208 in Nevada, approximately 4 miles north of the California/Nevada state line, to assist travelers that are looking to detour around the closure. Sonora Pass (CA SR 108) is closed at the Mono Tuolumne county line to US 395. Please continue to follow Caltrans for updates http://www.dot.ca.gov/d9/index.html.

Recreation Sites Closed: Bootleg, Chris Flat, Sonora Bridge, and Leavitt Meadows Campground/Trailhead, and Leavitt Meadows Pack Station. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between CA SR 108 at Sonora Pass and Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass.

Values at Risk: Structures and residences along Highway 395 in area of Fales Hot Springs, Devils Gate, Swauger Creek, US Military Training Center, transportation corridor on Hwy 395 and State Route 108 (Sonora Pass), campgrounds and historical site, grazing allotments, sagegrouse habitat, watershed, and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

Interagency Marijuana Grow Eradication

On September 5, 2018, Inyo National Forest, in partnership with numerous law enforcement agencies, eradicated 8,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally on forest land. In addition, 100 pounds of processed plants were also seized. The grow site was in a remote area of the Inyo Mountains.

US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County District Attorney’s Office, and California Fish and Wildlife were involved in ensuring the grow site was safe to enter, securing the marijuana, and eradicating it in coordination with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

All agencies assisting in the eradication operation want to remind residents and visitors of the dangers that are inherent on illegal marijuana cultivation. If you become aware that you have come upon a cultivation site, leave immediately and do not attempt to engage with the growers. Once in a safe location, report as many details about the location to law enforcement.

Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems. As part of the illegal cultivation process, growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation.  The use of banned herbicides and pesticides is also common practice. Additionally, marijuana cultivation sites often contain large amounts of trash and create fire hazards in wildland areas.

Law enforcement officers continue to investigate the grow site. No arrests have been made at this time.

MAMMOTH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ADOPTS TIPNOW™ — A SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SAFETY REPORTING SYSTEM

Mammoth Lakes, CA – August 21, 2018 – Mammoth Lakes Unified School District (MUSD), in partnership with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD), has signed an agreement with TipNow™, the flag-ship campus safety product from Resiligence, Inc., based in Silicon Valley. TipNow™ is an anonymous reporting system that allows tips to be submitted through a variety of channels for officials to review and follow up as needed. This new system is an important step in MUSD and MLPD’s “See Something? Hear Something? Say Something!” campaign focused on improving campus and community safety.
 
TipNow™ is a tip collection and management system for anonymous tips originating from the mobile-app, text/sms and voice. TipNow™ facilitates automated notification to MUSD campus security personnel and MLPD personnel regarding non-emergency suspicious activity. Emergencies should always be reported by calling 911.
 
The new reporting system can help identify issues like:
 
Bullying
Depression
Potential Active shooter
Stalking
Drug dealing
Theft
Harassment
Unsafe conditions
Suicide
Hazing
Illegal substance consumption
 
The unique aspect of TipNow™ is its ability to keep the identity of the reporting user anonymous. TipNow™ enables the school administration or the MLPD to anonymously interact with the reporter.
 
“We are pleased that MLPD and MUSD could partner with a program that will improve both school and community safety. This new program is available now and easily accessible to download from the App Store. We encourage our students and parents to become familiar with TipNow™ and to use it whenever they are aware of an issue,” stated Lois Klein, Mammoth Unified School District Superintendent.
 
TipNow™ is also available to the Mammoth Lakes community to use to report suspicious activity around town. The system receives the information, encrypts the reporting phone number or email address, and then sends the information to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.
 
TipNow™ can help to identify issues like:
 
Active Shooter
Gang Activity
Drug Dealing
Theft
IP theft
Domestic Violence
Probation Violation
Child Abuse
Weapons Possession
Missing Persons
 
“Thanks to the MUSD partnership, TipNow™ can be used by anyone in the Mammoth Lakes community to anonymously report suspicious activities at any time.” states Chief Al Davis, “These reports will be sent directly to MLPD for follow up. We strongly encourage our community to use this new system so we can work together to keep our community safe.”
 
Report suspicious activities by using the mobile TipNow™app available on iOS and Android or by using the school specific number:
 
o Mammoth Elementary (760)-965-3070
 
o Mammoth Middle School (760)-965-3121
 
o Mammoth High School (760)-965-3177
 
o Sierra High School (760)-965-3186
 
For non-school related reports for community tips, please use (760) 647-8002
 
For more information on this program, please contact Lois Klein, MUSD Superintendent at (760) 934-6802 or Heather Johnston, MLPD Public Information Officer, at (760) 965-3702.

WOUNDED WARRIOR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

On September 15th, the Wounded Warrior Annual Golf Tournament will once again be held at the Bishop Country Club.  This four-person scramble starts at 9am with a shotgun start. No handicap is required.

Entry fees, which include dinner, are $50 for members and $75 for guests.  Tournament Chairman Bob Waggoner reminds everyone that it sells out quick so early sign-ups are encouraged. Register at the Bishop Country Club or by call the Club at 760-873-5828.

Bishop and Mammoth Lakes individuals and businesses come forward to donate some amazing prizes. LEADING WITH PERRY MOTORS GENEROUSLY DONATING HOLE IN ONE PRIZES, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A NEW HONDA. There will be many other great prizes which will be announced later.

For more information call Col. Bob Waggoner at 760-920-6628.

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Center visit their website at http://www.woundedwarriorsmammoth.org/

 

Bronco Varsity Football Falls To Yerington in Three Overtimes!

The Bishop Broncos hosted the Yerington Lions, on Friday, in football action. In the Junior Varsity game, the Broncos improved their early season record to 2-0 as they would,once again, dominate the game. The Bronco JV squad logged 21 unanswered points, all in the second quarter, in their rout of the Lions. In their two early season games the Bronco JV Team has scored 47 points while opponents have yet to score any.

In the Varsity game, it was another defensive battle by both teams. The game was scoreless until just under nine minutes remaining in regulation when Luke McClean would run it in, from about 3 yards out giving the Broncos the lead 6-0. Kicker Christian Morales would make good on the point after and the Broncos led 7-0.

 

 

With just over six minutes remaining in the game, Lions Dante Reviglio would recover on a Broncos offensive turnover and rush it in. The point after attempt was good and the game would end in regulation tied at 7.

That set up overtime. Neither team was able to score in the first two overtimes and led to overtime number three. The Broncos would have the ball, first, with an opportunity to score from 25 yards out. However, the Lions defense was stubborn and held the Broncos scoreless, in overtime.

The Lions were able to work their way towards the end zone and Running Back Steven Keats would get the game winning score rushing it in from about 4 yards out.

Coach Arnie Palu said “ Another outstanding defensive effort, but Yerington managed a defensive score of their own in the 4th quarter to force overtime. We played 3 overtimes with the Lions breaking through for the win. I’m proud of my kids effort.”

Luke McClean would lead the Broncos with 60 yards rushing and Wesley Pettet contributed 56 yards. McClean also led the Broncos with 65 yards through the air and Clay Omohundro had 13 yards.

 

Wesley Pettet, also, led the Broncos with 12 tackles and Senior Patrick Flanigan had one sack on the night.

The Broncos will have a bye this week and get ready to host Rim Of The World on Friday, September 7th.

SAR Recovery on Middle Palisades Glacier/Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

August 20, 2018 2:25pm
 
On Saturday, August 18, 2018 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Interagency Dispatch Center in Bishop of a deceased male subject on the northeast face of Middle Palisades Peak. The third hand reporting party described the area as the “Red Rock Route” at approximately 12,900”.
On Sunday, August 19 two Inyo County Search and Rescue volunteers began walking to the area from the Palisades Glacier Trail Head. Helicopter H80 from CHP – Inland Division Air Operations was also requested.
 
As resources were responding, a caller from Indiana contacted Sheriff’s Dispatch to report her husband as overdue from a hike to the Middle Palisades Glacier area; the 61-year-old male started his hike on Friday, August 17 to Middle Palisades Glacier. In the late afternoon of the 18th, he texted his wife in Indiana saying he was behind and may need to camp on the trail. He also advised his wife that he should be fine to complete the hike on Saturday and not to call for assistance until very late Saturday if it was needed.
At approximately 7:15am on Sunday, a second report was received by Sheriff’s Dispatch from another hiking party advising of a deceased male subject in the area.
 
Shortly after 1:00pm H80 arrived in the area and was able to locate the victim. H80 met with the Inyo SAR members on the hiking trail and hoisted one of them to the victim. The second SAR member was able to access the scene on their own. The male victim was packaged and hoisted from the scene and flown to Bishop Airport. The victim was turned over to the Inyo County Coroner’s Office for further investigation. The identity of the victim and cause of death is pending from the Coroner’s Office.
 
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department wishes to thank the Inyo County Search and Rescue members and the crew of H80 for their assistance in this mission.