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Taboose Fire Jumped Containment Lines

Last night, the Taboose Fire jumped its containment lines when sustained 40-50 mph winds caused spot fires.

The fire is estimated to be 4,000 acres with 10% containment. Last night, firefighters focused on structure protection for the nearby communities.

Extreme fire behavior has been observed. The Birch Creek community is under mandatory evacuation. Tinnemaha Campground is closed and being used for incident response.

Taboose Creek Campground is under an evacuation advisory.

Tinnemaha Road is closed. The Birch Creek Trail, Red Lake Trail, and Taboose Creek Trails are closed.

The forest will work Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to locate hikers in the area.

DENNIS QUAID AND THE SHARKS COME TO THE TRI COUNTY FAIR

 

Dennis Quaid and The Sharks have been performing in front of thousands of people receiving rave reviews. He is not just another actor turned rockstar, he is a rock star.

Dennis Quaid is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. He performs many original plus classic hits such as “Spill the Wine”, “Gloria”, and many more.

The band’s origins can be traced to one night when Quaid went to see actor Harry Dean Stanton and his longtime band (appropriately named the Harry Dean Stanton Band) perform at an L.A. club.

Quaid was invited to join the band onstage. At first reluctant because of his decade long layoff from music, Quaid finally did perform with the band and was successful enough that James, also a member of Stanton’s band, approached Quaid about starting a group of their own.

James quickly began recruiting others for the band and it wasn’t long before Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, which specializes in “rock ‘n’ roll and country-soul,” was performing at L.A. clubs.

The band even throws in a Jerry Lee Lewis song or two in the mix, such as “Great Balls of Fire,” which Quaid has firsthand experience performing, having played “The Killer” in a 1989 biopic.

Quaid said the shows are as much fun for those in attendance as they are for the band. “(The audiences) have a blast, which is all we want,” he said. “I make a complete and utter fool of myself. I think that’s the only way to have fun (onstage), instead of trying to pretend to be cool and all the rest of that stuff.”

Dennis Quaid and the Sharks will play at the Tri County Fair on Friday Night.  The Valley Sons will open and the show starts at 7:30pm. Your paid admission to the fair gets you in the Arena for the concert !! VIP tickets are available at the fairgrounds.

 

BRONCO VARSITY BASEBALL VICTORY OVER KERN VALLEY

Matthew Rosga had a freak injury and broke his leg in practice before the season even started.  After months of rehab he did get to take the mound in his Senior season to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was a great moment before the game even stated. Even the rival KV Bronc’s game him a round of applause.

It was a tight game through 4 1/2 innings with the Kern Valley Broncs leading by a score of 1-0. Bishop had chances but could not capitalize.

Then the bottom of the 5th happened. Bishop got a hit and then the Kern Valley pitching went sideways. There was a stretch where KV pitching either walked Broncos or beaned them with pitches.

When they finally found the strike zone again Bishop was leading 4-1 with just that one hit in that crazy sequence . Then with the bases loaded Bronco batter Austin Thomas came to the plate with the bases loaded. Austin smacked a powerhouse double in the gap and cleared the bases with the Bishop Broncos taking a 7-1 lead.

Austin delivering the adrenaline shot in the bottom of the 5th that the entire team needed to power on to a 10-2 final score.

Ace Selters got the start and pitched good, getting himself out of a few jams that could have changed the outcome of the game early on.

Wes Pettet was inserted into the lineup in the 6th inning and had a RBI double scoring Austin Thomas.

A much closer game then the score showed but the Bishop Bronco are rolling on in the CIF playoffs.

The Lindsay Cardinals from the Central Valley are making the trip to Tatum Field on Wednesday May 15th. Game time is at 3:15. Come out and support your Bishop Broncos. One more victory and they are off to the finals again.

 

Photos by Gary Young Photography.

 

EVERY 15 MINUTES

The Bishop High School with the CHP and the Inyo County Probation Department  reenacted  a drunk driving crash scene this afternoon on Pine Street next to BUHS.

A true to life scene is created to challenge Juniors and Seniors to think about drinking and driving, personal safety and the responsibility of making good decisions.

The hope is that students understand the impact of their decisions on family, friends, community and beyond.

Parents, please take a moment and talk with your kids about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Thank you Inyo Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Bishop Police Department, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Inyo County Probation and Bishop High School. And thank you to all the students who participated.

 

 

Caltrans winter driving tips

Caltrans winter driving advice

submitted by Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter.  The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your carCheck your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition.  Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed.  Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623) or check the internet at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time  – Slow down.

 

Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel.  If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure.  If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal.  Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

 Black Ice Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces.  Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees.   Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots. 

 Be observant Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

 Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle.  Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

 ChainsAll vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control.  Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order.  Chains must be installed on drive wheels.   Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive.  Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced.  Chain installers may be available to help install your chains.  They are not Caltrans employees.  They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains.  If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number.  Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains.  When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.”  Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.  

 Chain Control Information:
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.

R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels.  Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.    

R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire.  With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”.  If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked.  Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions.  You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire. 

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions.  To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve.  During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway.  Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures.   Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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Dos Palos Routs the Broncos

The Bishop Broncos season has come to a close. Arnie Palu’s team were unable to advance to the second round of CIF Central Section play, losing 41-6 to the Dos Palos Broncos.

Bishop were unable to stop Dos Palos, who were big, physical, and fast. The Broncos of the Western Sierra dominated the game from start to finish.

 

In the first quarter, Dos Palos were able to score on their opening possession, thanks to a Ronald Johnson 50 yard run. Johnson took the ball to the right side and was surrounded by a sea of blue, but was somehow able to cut back inside and take it to the house making it 7-0.

The Merrell to Merrell connection provided Dos Palos with even more of an advantage, when quarterback, Michael Merrell found his brother, Zane Merrell for a reception inside the five yard line. The ball was placed on the one yard line, and fullback, Ryan Ramirez punched it in, giving Dos Palos a 14-0 lead.

Bishop were thrown a lifeline when it was 21-0, thanks to standout cornerback, Mark Mayhugh intercepting the ball in his own endzone for his ninth pick of the season. This accomplishment allowed Mayhugh to become the second ranked player in the state of California pertaining to interceptions.

Mayhugh get the INT

The senior defensive back finished his season just one interception away from tying state leader, Chase Jones of Mission Prep in San Luis Obisbo, who leads all players in the state with ten interceptions.

Although Mayhugh was able to cause a turnover, the Broncos were unable to capitalize. Bishop turned the ball over going the other way, after a pass was intended for Mark Mayhugh, but was intercepted after a deflection.

It wasn’t until late in the game that the Broncos were finally able to score. Sophomore quarterback, Clay Omohundro threw an arching pass right into the hands of Mayhugh, who went in for the score.

Mayhugh with the lone TD for the Broncos

After the game, Coach Palu praised the opposition’s efforts saying,Tough way to end a fine season. Hats off to Dos Palos they played well and took advantage of our miscues.” Although Palu was disappointed with the result, he heaped praise on his team’s coaching staff and players when he said. “Thank you to our seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program. Thank you to our wonderful coaching staff and their families for their time and dedication to our kids.”

The Broncos finished their season with a 7-4 record. Many key players will be returning next year, including Tristan Valle, Luke McClean, Steven Paco, and Wesley Pettet.

Broncos Strong 2nd Half.. 59-24 VS Rosamond

The Broncos continued their winning ways Friday night beating Rosamond 59-24 for their fifth consecutive victory. The five straight victories mark the first time that head coach, Arnie Palu has accomplished such a feat.

Although the Broncos ended up winning comfortably, they were not team who got first blood. The Rosamond Roadrunners opened the scoring with a monster run from star running back, Charles Anthony Watson. The senior running back, cut to the outside and broke away from the Bronco secondary for an 80-yard run midway in the first quarter.

However, the Broncos soon responded with a one-yard touchdown on a Luke McClean keeper, making it 7-6 thanks to the Christian Morales extra point.

Later, running back, Wesley Pettet punched in a rushing touchdown right on the doorstep, which expanded Bishop’s lead to eight points. A few moments after the score, Christian Morales converted a 20-yard field goal, and the Broncos went up 17-6

Rosamond quarterback, Colby Adams was able to cut the deficit by throwing a strike on the far side to Davion Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown. The junior quarterback’s ability to escape the pocket and find his receiver made it 17-12.

The second half was much less competitive, mostly because the Bishop defense were suffocating their opponent with back to back scoop and scores. Mark Mayhugh was able to score his second defensive touchdown in three weeks, when a fumble was forced inside the Rosamond five-yard line, Mayhugh was there to collect the ball for the touchdown.

Bishop’s biggest run of the night came from Steven Paco, who used his vision and speed to blow by defenders for a 55-yard run. Paco’s touchdown made it 45-12 late in the third quarter.

Palu’s team ended up expanding their commanding lead, and the game ended 59-24, with Rosamond scoring a few garbage-time points in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos are on the road against Boron next week, with an opportunity to inch closer to a High Desert League title.

Missing Juvenile from Chalfant Valley Update

Update 10/16/18
The search continues for Chalfant resident Karlie Guse.
From the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, “Many have asked if there is more information on the search for Karlie Guse. Other than a confirming sighting in the area of Highway 6 and White Mountain Estates on the morning of her disappearance, we have no new information to report. We have deployed multiple resources, including helicopters, scent dogs, Search and Rescue teams and off-road vehicles, to thoroughly search the surrounding neighborhood and high-desert terrain.
Search team flying a grid pattern looking for Karlie.
Interviews of family and friends have been conducted, as well as a forensic investigation into her social media and electronic devices. Despite every effort, Karlie still has not been located. If you know anything that will help us find Karlie, please call 760-932-7549, option 7.
MISSING JUVENILE
UPDATE 10/14 7 am
The search for Karlie Guse continues this morning. We are bringing in scent dogs, helicopters and ground resources. We are NOT accepting volunteers at this time. We understand and appreciate the desire to help, but please allow the professionals to do their work without interference and distraction. Thank you to everyone who shared this post. Please continue to spread the word and increase awareness of Karlie.Original Post 10/13 6 pm
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile from Chalfant. 16-year old Karlie Lain Guse was last seen in the early morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018, on Ponderosa Street near White Mountain Estate Road in Chalfant. Karlie may be disoriented and does not have any personal belongings or cell phone with her. If you have seen Karlie or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please call Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 760-932-7549, option 7.Karlie is a white female, 16 years old, 5’ 07”, 110 pounds, dark blond hair and blue eyes. We do not have a description of her clothing.

 

 

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Bronco Varsity Win in Kern Valley

Lake Isabella- The Bishop Broncos took on the Kern Valley Broncs in their first game of Desert Mountain League play on Friday.

Although the game was close for most of the game, Bishop were able to come out on top by pulling away in the fourth quarter. The final score of the game was 24-9.

Bishop had a difficult time getting the offense to click for most of the game, turning the ball over three times. However, as the game went on, the Broncos were able to get things going on the ground.

Running backs, Wesley Pettet and Steven Paco combined for 229 yards on the ground, as well as two touchdowns.

The Broncos are riding the momentum of a four-game winning streak, with a 5-2 record on the season. Head coach, Arnie Palu’s team will host Rosamond next game on October 12th for their second game of Desert Mountain League play.

Photos by Gary Young Photography