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BUHS Hoops Awards

BUHS Girls Basketball awards

The 2014-2015 Bishop Union High School girls basketball team celebrated their season at their recent awards banquet.  The broncos won the High Desert League Championship running through the HDL undefeated.  Coach Rebecca Andreas led the team to the outright HDL title this year after splitting the crown last year with rival Kern Valley.  Led by senior captain Tamia Shoshone, the Broncos dominated the HDL with Shoshone earning the title of league MVP.

Tamia Shoshone- Most Valuable Player
Sabrina Barlow- Best Defensive Player
Maria Jimenez- Best Offensive Player
Topah Scherer- 6th Girl
Sophia Thomas- Most Improved Player

Tamia Shoshone- Most Valuable Player
Maria Jimenez- 1st Team/All Academic
Sabrina Barlow- 1st Team
Little Eva Lent- 2nd Team
Topah Scherer- 2nd Team
Cienna Martinez- Honorable Mention

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Eldan Thomas Miller

Eldan Thomas Miller 1983-2015

Eldan Thomas Miller, 32 was born March 5, 1983 to Philaine and William Miller. He passed away on March 25, 2015 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

Eldan had the biggest heart. He was always happy, and he was very giving and always willing to help. He enjoyed wood splitting, pine nut picking, drawing and being outdoors. He was the type of person to give the shirt of his back if asked. He was a great big brother and son. He will be forever missed.

Eldan is survived by his Brothers Soloman Michael Miller and Samuel Ira Miller; Sister Billie Georgina Miller; Grandpa Chester Kinney; Grandmother Hazel Miller, Uncles James Miller, Lloyd Miller, David Miller, Alvin Miller, Bryan Miller, Wilfred Miller, and Clinton George Barlow; Aunts Helen Spratt, Evelyn Miller, Marion Miller, Judith Kinney, Berdina Renfro, and Rebecca Jeff; and numerous cousins and friends.

Eldan was preceded in death by his parents Philaine and William Miller; Grandfathers Ira Miller and George Barlow Sr.; Grandmothers Phyllis Kinney and Dorothy Barlow; and Aunt Adrienne Barlow.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Sunland Indian Cemetery on S. Barlow Lane in Bishop. Pastor Linda Spratt will officiate. A Cry Dance will follow.

A potluck will be held at the Head Start/Bishop Indian Community Center at 405 N. Barlow Lane, following services.


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Kelsey Collins

Kelsey Collins

A celebration of life is pending for the resident of Sisters, Oregon.  Collins was a long-time resident of Mammoth Lakes.

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, our friend, sister, confidant and all around angel, Kelsey Collins, chose to end her life here on Earth.
Kelsey Collins was an acclaimed author, elder advocate, healer, and vivacious speaker acknowledged by her peers for her expertise in elder care and her life’s work towards redefining the caregiver-caregivee experience.
Kelsey’s daily, moment by moment practice was to keep her heart wide open, no matter what. She assisted and inspired others to do the same, by reminding us that we don’t die any differently than we live. Her book, “Exit Strategy,” reminded us that we have control over how we think about death, and possibly even the way it will look when we transition from this world to the next.
“We are all going to exit at some point, and perhaps our own exit strategies will help to live each day we have here more fully, genuinely and lovingly.” ~ Kelsey Collins
That was Kelsey through and through. She was preceded in death by her son Chase, and the love of her life, Bruce Capitan, who crossed over in October of 2009.
There will be a Celebration of Kelsey’s life this coming summer on the backside of Horseshoe Lake, one of her favorite places to meditate in the Mammoth Lakes area. Date and time TBA.


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Lone Pine Drops 2 at Boron

Lone Pine baseball and softball fall to Boron

The Golden Eagles struggled on the road Tuesday falling to the Boron Bobcats.  The softball team lost 14-0 and the baseball team came up short 5-1.  Lone Pine will be back on the road Thursday to Acton for a Desert Mountain League showdown with Vasquez.

Varsity Softball
Lone Pine  0
Boron   14

Lacie Jones pitching- 4 k’s, 9 hits, 2 walks.
Juliann Jones 1/3
Lacie Jones 1/2

Coaches Comments, “More errors than innings is not a good thing.  The good news is, we defended some bunts and slaps successfully, and kept playing hard.  Young group, I am waiting for them to play to their potential against these more intimidating teams.”  Coach Liz Jones

Varsity Baseball
Lone Pine  1
Boron   5

Preston Huerta, 2 for 3.
Doug Moore, 2 for 3.
Dylan Noland, 3 innings pitched, 3 runs allowed.
Brad Greene, 2 innings pitched, 2 runs allowed.
Ryan Cappello, 1 inning pitched, 0 runs, 3 strikeouts.

Coaches Comments, “I believe we are starting to come together. Few things we need work on but we have lot of talent out there just need to start coming together as a team.”   Coach Mike Button

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Traffic Delays On 395 at Mono Lake

Big Rig Accident Clean up causing delays

Traffic Delays expected today on highway 395 just north of Lee Vining at Mono Lake.   A accident this morning just after 5 am resulted in a big rig trailer overturning.  There were no injuries reported.  CHP, and cal-trans are on scene working to clean up an overturned big rig trailer.   The accident scene is 1 mile north of the community of Lee Vining near picnic grounds road.  That portion of highway 395 is only 2 lanes.  The trailer is blocking the northbound lane and a portion of the the southbound lane. Traffic is being escorted around the trailer, however full closures and delays should be anticipated. There were no injuries in the collision.

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BUHS Bronco Football Meeting

Bishop Union High School Bronco Football Meeting

A player and parent meeting for all interested in Bishop Union High School Football is set for Thursday, April 9th at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the room next to the Library at BUHS. The meeting will include information on spring football, summer activities and spirit packs. All Bronco Football players and their parents are encouraged to attend. Spring football for BUHS starts on Friday, May 8th.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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Alabama Hills Day

“Alabama Hills Day” Shaping Up To Be Best Ever!

submitted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group:

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Co-sponsored by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Inc.
& the Bureau of Land Management – Bishop Field Office

In partnership with the Lone Pine Film History Museum

Come celebrate the 4th annual “Alabama Hills Day” on Saturday, April 11th from 9am to 3pm in Lone Pine, CA. The purpose of the event is to celebrate this scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups/activities that access & interact with the Alabama’s.

Co-sponsored again this year by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and the Bureau of Land Management the event showcases the rich history and unique landscape of this area just outside of Lone Pine.

“This day-long event is intended to promote the unique landscape and the multitude of activities that allow everyone to enjoy this incredible natural resource” said Kevin Mazzu – event leader and board member of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group (AHSG). “This year will be our most exciting event ever, with 17 unique activities taking place in the Alabama Hills. You can rock climb with Mt. Everest summiteer Kurt Wedberg, pan for gold with the Lone Pine Gem and Mineral Society, get a private VIP tour of the Lone Pine Film History Museum with executive director Bob Sigman, go on a grand auto excursion around the entire area with Doug Thompson, try your hand and GPS on geocaching or meet legendary mountain climber Peter Croft. Kids (and their parents) can participate in one of our new – Healthy Communities – youth oriented ‘Kids Explorer’ hikes complete with an on-the-go lunch from McDonald’s!”

Co-sponsor Steve Nelson, BLM – Bishop Field Office Manager added: “We are proud of our partnership with the AHSG and the community of Lone Pine. Working together we have collaborated on managing the land, developed interpretive and educational materials and improved the responsible use of this resource, by the over 100,000 visitors we receive each year. We are also excited to release, at this event, a new interpretive map and brochure for the Alabama Hills!”

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Inc. would like to invite the public to participate in this special event. Adults and children are welcome and attendance is free! Bring your family and friends and come out to show your support for the Alabama Hills and enjoy a unique learning experience!

Nearly 70 different exhibitors and sponsors will be lending their support for the scenic Alabama Hills at “The Building” – Convention Center at 325 South Main Street, Lone Pine, California. The Lone Pine Film History Museum will also host a variety of exhibits, films and lectures for the general public to enjoy and be educated about this fantastic natural landscape. Various field trips and a stewardship event will also take place in the Alabama Hills themselves: Take a helicopter flight; ride your mountain bike; search for a geocache ‘treasure’; take your dog for a canine hike; rock climb; join a horseback riding, birding, movie or native plant & insect tour; learn to map read and pan for gold; get a VIP tour of the film museum; motor tour the ‘Hills’; join in to help with a trail restoration project or just take a hike!

KIBS/KBOV radio will be on-hand from 10 am until noon to do a live remote broadcast, MC’ed by Gary Young who will interview people that are passionate about the Alabama Hills. Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care will also be on hand with some of their special “critters” making an appearance!
The AHSG, Inc. is committed to the stewardship of the Alabama Hills and partnering with the BLM to protect the jaw-dropping beauty of this semi-primitive landscape with continued access for such diverse groups as hikers, motorists, photographers, rock climbers, campers and fisherman as well as allowing important economic activities like commercial filming, cattle grazing and hunting to continue. Balancing all these needs is what makes the Alabama Hills so special to so many people and necessitates its protection. Legislation has recently been introduced in Congress that will designate the Alabama Hills a National Scenic Area!

Please join the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, our partner the BLM, and all our stakeholders in supporting the future of this fantastic landscape by participating in our 4th Annual “Alabama Hills Day” on Saturday, April 11th, 2015!

Event Schedule

Lone Pine Film History Museum – Theatre Presentations

  1. 9:00 am Movie History Discussion Chris Langley

  2. 10:00 am Alabama Hills – Classic TV & Commercials Bob Sigman

  3. 11:00 am Alabama Hills Stewardship Group Kevin Mazzu

  4. 12noon Paiute Shoshone Culture Kathy Bancroft/Ray Hunter

  5. 1:00 pm Owens Lake Bird Festival Mike Prather/Audubon Club

  6. 2:00 pm Climbing in the Eastern Sierra Peter Croft

Alabama Hills Tours

  1. All Day Sky Time Helicopter Tours Leave from LP Airport

  2. All Day Rock Climbing Event Kurt Wedberg / SMI

  3. 8am – 10am Birding Walk Mike Prather / FOI

  4. 8am – 10am Horseback Ride Jennifer Roeser

  5. 9am – 10:30 ‘Dog Walk’ the Alabama’s Lynn Almeida

  6. 9 am – Noon “Walk and Work” Stewardship Event BLM / FOI

9:30am/11:30 ‘Kids Explorer’ Hike Healthy Communities

  1. 9:30am – Noon Native Plant & Insect Walk Richard P & Nancy H / ESIA

  2. 9:30am – Noon Gold Panning Workshop LP Gem & Mineral

  3. 10am – Noon ‘Fat Bike’ Tour Gigi Van Der Riet

  4. 10am – 1pm ‘Grand Motor’ Tour Doug Thompson

  5. 11am – 2pm Geocaching Event Bishop Geocache Club

  6. 11am – 1pm Interpretive Movie Tour Chris Langley

12:30pm/3pm ‘Kids Explorer’ Hike Healthy Communities

  1. 1pm – 2pm VIP Film Museum Tour Bob Sigman

  2. 1pm – 3pm Map/Orienteering Workshop Jon Turner

  3. 1pm – 3pm ‘Fat Bike’ Tour Gigi Van Der Riet

Note: All tours depart from the Lone Pine Convention Center

3pm Post Event Party at Mount Whitney Hostel & Hotel

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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White Mt Visitor Center Closing for renovation

White Mountain Visitor Center Temporarily Closing for Re-Design

 The White Mountain Visitor Center, located in Bishop, California, is temporarily closing for a re-design. The visitor center will close after business hours on April 3, 2015.

The redesign is expected to take three weeks to complete. The visitor center should re-open by April 27th, 2015. In the interim, visitor center staff will be partnering with the Bishop Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center to continue to provide information services, issue permits, etc.

The re-design is much needed.  A new visitor services desk, shelving, flooring and paint are part of the effort to more efficiently use space in this small, but busy, visitor center to provide better services to our visitors.  Many of the furnishings and flooring date back to the late 1970s.

The Inyo National Forest would like to thank the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) for donating part of the funds for the re-design and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce for sharing their space to ensure visitors to the Eastern Sierra continue to receive the range of information and services while the work is completed.

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Bennie Arebalo

Bennie Arebalo  1930-2015

Bennie Arebalo, age 85, resident of Bishop for 36 years passed away on March 27, 2015 at his home in Bishop.

Bennie was a loving father of 3 children. He left this world to join his wife, mother, father and brother. He was a very kind and giving man, those that knew him always talked about his laugh and loved to tell jokes to make people laugh with him.

Bennie is survived by his daughters Liz Arebalo of Atascadero, Carrie Davila of Atascadero and Mary McCorkle of Sacramento along with grandchildren Brandy of Victorville, Timothy of Colorado, Paul, Gary, Nichole, Carrie of Sacramento, Cherie of Orcutt, CA, Anissa of Sacramento and Siahna of Colorado. We will miss him with all our hearts.

A family service will be held for Bennie in his home town at a later date.


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Tonopah Arrest

Man Wanted for distribution of Child Pornography Arrested Monday

Submitted by the Nye County Sheriffs Department

In May of 2014, NCSO deputies were made aware of a vehicle parked in the Hot Creek ranch area. The report was that the vehicle had been parked there for several days with no activity. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle. It appeared that the vehicle had been parked as the occupant was out camping. There was a note found inside the vehicle that said “Out camping, will be back soon.” The vehicle was registered to David Erdman out of Florida.
Nye County Search and Rescue, along with NCSO Deputies, conducted an exhaustive search of the area.  Approximately 14 days of searching the surrounding area was completed with no results for the individual.  As part of the process of searching for the occupant of the vehicle, NCSO Deputies contacted authorities in Florida. It was discovered that David Erdman was the subject of a federal investigation for the possession and distribution of child pornography.  Federal agents explained that there would be a warrant of arrest completed within the next couple of weeks for Erdman.
After several weeks of searching with no results, the search for Erdman was called off in the Hot Creek Ranch area.  His vehicle was towed to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office where it was processed further, with no pertinent information located.  NCSO deputies concluded that Erdman was either lost in the area, or he had staged the scene to effect his disappearance.
Federal Agents did confirm an extraditable warrant was issued for the arrest of David Erdman in June of 2014.
This past Sunday, March 29th, a confidential informant contacted Sgt. Puckett with information on David Erdman. The informant explained that David Erdman was actually living at the Economy Inn in Tonopah and working as a maintenance person. The informant explained that Erdman was not at the motel at the time, but would be returning on Monday, March 30th to report for work at approximately 8:45 am. The NCSO then set up a surveillance sting for the capture of Erdman.
On Monday, March 30th at approximately 8:50 am, David Erdman was located in the parking lot of the Economy Inn motel. NCSO Deputies made contact and arrested of David Erdman without incident. He is currently being held at the Tonopah Detention Facility awaiting extradition to Florida.  Erdman is being held on a felony arrest warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography.


Suspect David Erdman, booking photo by Nye County

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