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South County Search & Rescue Command Center Dedication

Dedication Ceremony, Lone Pine

On Saturday October 18th the South County Search and Rescue (SAR) Command Center, located at the Lone Pine Airport, was officially unveiled and dedicated to soon-to-be-retired Undersheriff, and longtime SAR Commander, Keith Hardcastle.

Dedication Ceremony
Dedication Ceremony

The building once served as a Forest Service helicopter base center. When the Forest Service transferred their operations to the Independence airport, the building was used mainly as storage.  About six months ago the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office acquired the badly damaged building, and with the help from inmate labor and volunteer SAR members transformed the dilapidated building into a functional command center for south-county SAR operations.

Undersheriff Keith Hardcastle began his career in 1985 as an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy; he has been a SAR Coordinator since 1994.  “When I began as a Coordinator for SAR it was a different era – there were no cell phones, no on-the-fly mapping technology; map and compass was how we got the job done,” said Hardcastle.

Sheriff Lutze went on to say that, “Undersheriff Hardcastle has been involved in countless SAR missions and his scope and depth of knowledge in local terrain has saved many lives.  His legacy when he retires on December 30th will be leaving behind a highly trained and dedicated SAR team made up of volunteers and Sheriff’s Deputies who are both hardworking and knowledgeable. Undersheriff Hardcastle has been instrumental in training new coordinators and the Search and Rescue team will be in excellent hands with Deputy Nate Derr and Deputy Brian Hohenstein.”

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Eastern Sierra / Inyo County / South County Search & Rescue / Lone Pine Airport / SAR Command Center / Lone Pine / Dedication Ceremony

 

Monday Night’s Powder Puff Football Game

Powder Puff Football Kicks Off BUHS Homecoming Week

BUHS Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.
BUHS Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.
Homecoming 2014 at Bishop Union High school kicked off in grand fashion Monday night with the traditional powder puff football game. The senior class held off a determined junior class for a 13-12 victory.
BUHS Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.
Boys Cheer Stunts at the Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.
The Senior class was captained by Tessa Wright, Tamia Shoshone, Courtney Beaudean, and Miranda Barnes. The Junior captains include Jordan Boxley, Ciena Martinez, Kristy Dohnel, and Selena Duenas.
BUHS Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.
BUHS Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.
The Seniors scored first on a 10-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tamia Shoshone. Brenda Gonzalez would connect on the point after putting the seniors on top 7-0. The Juniors countered with a pair of touchdown runs by Selena Duenas and Maria Jimenez. Both Junior conversions where no good, putting the Juniors up 12-7. The seniors would take the lead back on a 30-yard touchdown run by Tanaya Morelock. The speedy senior sprinted into the endzone giving the Seniors the lead for good.
Defensive standouts for the Seniors included Tessa Wright (interception), Kayla Interbeiten, Tamia Shoshone, Gabby Morales and Miranda Barnes (interception). The junior defense was led by Ritz Garcia, Katrina Biehl (interception) Jordan Boxley, Kristy Dohnel, Selena Duenas, Maria Jimenez and Audrey Bear who recorded back to back sacks giving the Junior one last possession, however the Seniors would hold on for the win.
BUHS Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.
BUHS Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game, 10/20/2014. Photo by Steve Dutcher.

 

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Homecoming Week & Bronco Blue at BUHS

Bishop Broncos Kick Off Homecoming Week with Powder Puff Game, Look Ahead to Parade & Big Game

Bishop Union High School is having their 2nd annual homecoming parade this Thursday evening at 530pm.
The parade travels from the high school field down Home Street.  It will turn right on Sierra street and terminate at the Tri-County Fairgrounds at about 6pm.
Please come out and see this year’s floats and royalty.  There will be a bonfire, music, and food vendors at the fairground from dusk until about 9pm, so bring your appetite too.
The Bishop Broncos will be having their homecoming football game versus Cal City this Friday night at the Bronco Stadium.  Come out and cheer on the Broncos and see this year’s Homecoming Royalty and winning floats.

Homecoming Royalty Candidates

Freshmen Prince & Princess:  Jordan Kost & Jade Whiteside
Sophomore Prince & Princess:  Ryan Rennie & Carly Todd
Junior Prince & Princess:  Brian Lemus & Selena Duenas
Latino Prince & Princess:  Alex Gonzalez & Destiny Forehand
Native American Student Association Prince & Princess:  Thomas Montoya & Leticia Gonzales
Senior Princes:  Elijah Alexander, Will Hongphan, Desmond Frank, Quaid Stone, Ty Tucker
Senior Princesses:  Olivia Grah, Madison Keesler, Gabriella Morales, Carly Sample, Tessa Wright

Powder Puff Football Game – Juniors vs. Seniors

Tune into Arnie’s News on-air, today for the lead sports story covering last night’s Powder Puff game.

Homecoming Football Game

BRONCOS vs Califonia City
Friday
JV Game at 4:00
Pre-game festivities & parade
Varsity Game at 7:00
Half-time field show and Crowning of King & Queen
BUHS will be selling game tickets in the main office WednesdayThursday and Friday.  Wednesday andThursday from 8am to 4pm.  Friday from 8am to 1pm.  Don’t stand in line to get into the big game, buy your tickets early.

Spirit Days:

Monday, October 20:  Jersey Day
Tuesday, October 21:  Twin Day
Wednesday, October 22:  America Day
Thursday, October 23:  Pajama Day
Friday, October 24:  Bronco Blue Day
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Bishop Broncos Varsity & JV Football: 10/17/2014

Bishop Broncos Varsity Football Recap

The Broncos battled for all 48 minutes but fell short in their upset bid of powerful Sierra Canyon.
The Trailblazers held off the upset minded Broncos 20-15. Bishop slides to 4-3 on the season and will return to High Desert League play this Friday hosting California City for homecoming.
The game will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV, and online at KIBSKBOV.com.
Bishop’s opening drive Friday night started at the Trailblazers 30 yard line after a 55 yard kickoff return by senior Clyde McCoy. Bishop would drive deep into Trailblazer’s territory before Jarod Dossy connected on a 25-yard field goal.
Sierra Canyon countered with an 80-yard scoring drive capped by a Kaiser Butler 25-yard touchdown. After quick starts, both offensive units would struggle for remainder of the half. Senior linebacker J.J. Cammarata made a pair of tackles for loss stalling drives and Junior Defensive end Hunter Kampmoyer sniffed out a screen pass, making a tremendous interception – stalling another Sierra Canyon drive.
The scoring drought would end with 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter when SC’s Kaiser Butler rambled in from 2-yards out putting Sierra Canyon up 14-3. Bishop came right back with a 73-yard drive capped by J.J. Cammarata 4-yard touchdown run. The point after was missed, putting the score at 14-9.
Sierra Canyon appeared to put the game away with a touchdown pass from quarterback Kohl Hollinquest to Ryan Rogero. The scoring strike came with just 1:38 to play. The Broncos hit a big play to stay alive with quarterback Ryan Graves connecting with Hunter Kampmoyer on a 64-yard touchdown with less than a minute to play. The Broncos attempted an onside kick, but an illegal touching penalty gave the ball to the trailblazers. A pair of Sierra Canyon kneel downs allowed the trailblazers to escape with the win.

Individual Offensive Statistics:

 

Passing, Graves 7/15 104 yards and a touchdown.
Receiving, Kampmoyer, 6 for 102 yards and a score.
Rushing, Ty Tucker 18 carries for 103 yards. Graves 18 carries for 90 yards.

JV Football

Bishop fell behind 39-0 to Sierra Canyon but rallied to score two 4th quarter touchdowns losing 39-12. The loss moves the JV record to 4-3. Bishop will return to league play this Friday hosting California City at 4pm.

Individual Statistics:

Passing, Brodie Malloney, 2 for 2 43-yards and a touchdown.
Receiving, Lorenzo Para, 1 for a 30-yard touchdown. Moran West 2 for 11 yards.
Rushing, Joe Mayhugh 14 carries for 71 yards. Izaak Morgenstein 6 for 22 yards. Mike Molina 4 carries for 10 yards and a touchdown.

Defense Moran West 14 tackles, Lorenzo Para 8 tackles, Hunter Waasdorp 6 tackles, Noah Connor-Becket, Tony Marquez and Mike Molina 5 tackles. Molina had a quarterback sack and Tristin Johle had an interception and fumble recovery.

Saturday Sports Roundup

 

The new show is loaded now online. It features a bronco varsity recap, and discussion on bishop motocross with Casey Dean. Will be available until next Monday, October 27th.

Bishop Broncos / Bishop Bronco Varsity Football / Saturday Sports Roundup / Bishop Motocross / Casey Dean / Bishop / Eastern Sierra / Sierra Canyon / Bishop Bronco JV Football

Yosemite National Park Possible Fee Increase for 2015

Yosemite News Release
October 20, 2014
For Immediate Release

Yosemite National Park Proposes Entrance Fee and Campground Fee Increase

30 Day Public Engagement Period Begins Today 

Yosemite National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park.  The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass.  The park’s annual pass would increase from $40 to $60.  The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle.  Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the regular pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for the Access and Military passes.  The current park entrance fees have been in place since 1997, when a seven day pass was increased from $5 to $20 per vehicle.  According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and Statistics, $20 in 1997 is equivalent to $29.64 in 2014.  This fee change will allow Yosemite to maintain consistent revenue while adjusting accordingly for inflation.
The additional revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, additional park programs and transportation services, and increase resource protection.
Yosemite National Park is also evaluating current campground rates to determine if camping fees are adequate to sustain campground operations.  The current campground rates have been in place since 2006 and range between $5 per night to $20 per night for family sites and $40 per night for group sites.  The park is proposing to raise camping fees with fees ranging from $6 per night to $24 per night for family sites and $48 per night for group sites.  The park will utilize comparable campground rates and public feedback to determine if an adjustment to campground fees is warranted.
A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, Monday, October 20, 2014 through Thursday, November 20, 2014.  Feedback will be accepted via email at: yose_planning@nps.gov and via U.S. Mail at: Superintendent Attention Proposed Fee Increase P.O.  Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389.  The public is also invited to an open house in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, located behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which will include public engagement.
The new fees could be implemented in early 2015.  However, the implementation schedule may vary based on the results of civic engagement.  The park will develop an implementation schedule that supports local communities and interested stakeholders.
The park is a strong economic engine for the region and local communities.  Previous fee increases have had no negative effect on visitation levels.  This fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country.
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Yosemite National Park / National Park Service / Yosemite / Fee Increase / Entrance Fee / Campground Fee

Eastern Sierra Public Health Team Addresses Ebola Situation

EASTERN SIERRA PUBLIC HEALTH

MEDIA BRIEF

Richard O. Johnson, M.D., MPH 

Public Health Officer: Alpine, Inyo, and Mono County

October 16, 2014

Ebola Perspectives and Local Response

We are all saddened, and overwhelmed with all of the information available to us, regarding the Ebola situation. I will attempt to share what we know and don’t know, and close with what we are doing locally. Included will be specific guidance for you as you seek to apply all of this information to your own household. This situation, and guidance is rapidly changing, and we will keep you informed of any significant details that affect you personally.

Africa

A terrible tragedy is unfolding. Although there are officially over 8,000 cases, over 4,000 deaths, and about 300 healthcare workers who have died, the actual numbers are much greater. It is estimated that there may be up to 10,000 new cases per week soon, with estimates of up to 1.4 million cases by January. The much publicized efforts to provide treatment are futile unless there is an accompanying mass effort to prevent new cases from developing. The affected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The Democratic Republic of Congo has a separate outbreak, and Nigeria and Senegal have successfully managed to snuff out small outbreaks. So, we are currently talking about only 3 countries.

The Virus

Ebola virus disease outbreaks have occurred in other locations in Africa since the 1970’s, but this is the first time in the West African region. This is also the largest outbreak, and the first to migrate into crowded urban areas. The virus exists in the forests of Africa, carried by non-human primates such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and dukars. Bats are also probably involved. The spread to humans comes from contact with this “bushmeat”, as hunting these animals and eating the meat is an essential source of protein for people living in these areas.

The Illness

Infected humans then spread the disease to each other through direct contact with virtually any bodily fluid. Bodies being prepared for burial through complicated cultural rituals are also extremely contagious for at least a few days. A very important fact is that a person is NOT contagious until they actually begin to show symptoms. The incubation period (time from exposure to becoming ill) is 2-21 days, usually 8-10 days. Initially, persons develop fever, headaches, muscle aches and weakness, and sore throat. After about 5 days, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea begin. This is followed by a rash, and then overwhelming multi-organ system failure, accompanied by bleeding, and death. Fatality rates are estimated to be about 70%, with the young and old being most seriously affected.

The United States

4 individuals infected with the Ebola virus have been brought to the US for treatment in one of the special bio-containment units set-up after 9/11 specifically to deal with this kind of infection. All have under treatment or have recovered, and no staff or other contacts have become sick.

In addition, a resident of Liberia flew to Dallas after being exposed to the virus. He eventually got sick and died. Of special note is the fact that non of  Mr. Duncan’s family and friends, nor the medics or healthcare workers who took care of him during his first hospital visit, ambulance transport, or ED visit – none of whom were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) have become sick. We are past the 21 days of risk for all of them.

Now 2 very dedicated and courageous critical care nurses who cared for him in his final days have also become ill. Although they are highly qualified and trained, the procedures and equipment they used were inadequate to prevent them from being exposed to infectious body fluids.

From this experience we can conclude that individuals are not contagious until they are symptomatic, and that the infection is not easily spread until later in the illness when both the increased presence of body fluids (vomit, diarrhea, sweat, etc.) and invasive procedures (breathing tubes, dialysis) puts medical staff at great risk.

California

There have only been 2 suspect cases with a high enough risk to be tested in the state, and both tests were negative. Social media reported a case of Ebola in “Riverside County, California”; however, the truth is that a suspect patient was being tested at the “Riverside Regional Medical Center,” which is actually in Newport News, Virginia. The test results were negative.

The Eastern Sierra

We have been in almost constant communication with federal, state, and regional partners for the last few weeks. Our priorities are to:

-       Ensure the safety of our first responder and healthcare worker community

-       Ensure the safety of our community in the Eastern Sierra

-       Provide high quality compassionate patient care if we have a suspect or proven case

The likelihood of a person presenting to our 911 system, clinics, or hospitals is very small; however, the Dallas experience shows that it can happen anywhere, and we need to be prepared to respond. We have been, and will continue to meet with all of our responder and healthcare community. We are providing training, guidance, and developing protocols for handling any situation that may arise. We have procedures in place for obtaining Ebola testing on a suspect patient. The expectation is that a suspect patient would need to stay in an Emergency Department for 1-3 days until a test result came back, and if positive, arrangements would be made to transfer the individual to a referral facility willing to accept a transfer.

 What actions should you be taking?

  1. Stay informed, but turn off the TV at some point!
  2. Stay connected with family, friends, and neighbors.
  3. I do not see any reason, or anticipate any reason, to change any upcoming travel plans you may have for the holidays or otherwise, unless you are going to West Africa!
  4. If you need medical care for any reason, e.g., have or need an appointment at a clinic, are scheduled to have surgery, need to go or be brought to the Emergency Department, there is no reason to consider changing your plans because of Ebola concerns. Given the current situation, your risk of exposure under those circumstances is ZERO!
  5. Create or update your personal preparedness kit – after all, we live in earthquake and wildfire country!
  6. Get your flu shot – we know the flu is coming to the Eastern Sierra. We do not believe Ebola will be coming, but we have a plan if it does!
  7. Wash your hands – frequently.
  8. Take a deep breathe, enjoy the fall color, get ready for winter, and stay well!

 

For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/ebola

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Ebola / Eastern Sierra / Bishop / Inyo County / Mono County / Alpine County / Local Response / Eastern Sierra Public Health

Obituary: Chalmers

Marie June Chalmers

Chalmers

 

1930-2014

 

 

Marie June Chalmers (84), Born in Sacramento, CA June 20, 1930 passed away October 10, 2014 in Bishop CA. Marie was preceded in death by her husband Albert in 2009. She leaves behind her loving daughters Debra, Janice, Christine and Linda, grandchildren Bryan, Sarah and Roman.

She moved to June Lake in 1970 before migrating to Bishop in 1997 with husband Al to escape the snowy winters of June Lake. Marie served in the lady bills and enjoyed playing bingo at the Elk’s lodge with friends.

She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of life for Marie will be held Sunday October 26 at 1:00 PM at the June Lake Community Center. A potluck social will follow.

Donations in Marie’s name can be made to the following: Bishop Elk’s Lodge (Lady Bills), Calvary Chapel of June Lake or Calvary Chapel of Bishop.

Obituary: Jeffery

Drucilla Mae Jeffery

Drucilla Mae Jeffery
Drucilla Mae Jeffery

 

Born April 27, 1919 in Maricopa, California. Died October 14, 2014 surrounded by her beloved family.

Dru moved to Bishop in 1958 with her family. Dru was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bus, her son Bill, and her grandson Darren. Dru worked as a receptionist for Dr. Denton for many years.

When she retired at 60 she moved to Fresno to work at World Wide Ministries where she traveled to Israel and all over the United States spreading the word of Jesus Christ. She was a devoted Christian and an example to many in her work and love for the Lord.

She is survived by her daughter Diane Corsaro and her son George Jeffery, her grandchildren, Darrell Davis, Darcy Miller, Denelle Carrington, Taylor Valencia, Jessica Jeffery and Sarah Wilson, and her great-grandchildren, Brad Davis, Jared Davis, Mitch Davis, Colton Carrington, Christian Jeffery (CJ) Carrington, Sophia Wilson, Collin Wilson, Jonah Bus Jeffery, Mikayla Valencia, and Nathan Valencia.

Dru will be missed by her family and all the many friends she made over the years. Her family would like to thank all of the caring, loving people at the Bishop Care Center for all they have done for her these last few years.

Services will be held at a later date.