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Not So Fast route 120 West

Caltrans Postpones the Opening of California State Route 120 West

Mono County – Due to storm activity, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has decided to postpone the opening of the lower gate on State Route 120 west to the Yosemite National Park entrance.  Caltrans will reassess the weather and road conditions next week to determine if the highway is safe for the traveling public.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Dr. Johnson, Hantavirus season is here

Tis the season for Hantavirus

April 28, 2016
Submitted by Inyo and Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson

Although mice carry the hantavirus all year, this is the start of the season when humans typically begin activities that put them at risk of being exposed to the hantavirus.  Spring cleaning activities, such as opening up closed buildings that have been unused overwinter, often provide habitats for deer mice and become sites for human exposure to the hantavirus.  Although hantavirus infections are relatively rare, it is not unusual for us to have several cases per year in the Eastern Sierra. Deaths have already been reported this year from Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The risk of death is significant. Individuals cleaning areas where the mice may be present are well advised to heed the recommendations below in order to avoid exposure.

Hantavirus is carried by certain species of rats and mice, and especially the deer mouse.  Infected rodents shed the virus in their urine, droppings, and saliva.  The virus can be transmitted to people when infected mouse urine, saliva, droppings, or nesting materials are stirred up, temporarily aerosolizing the virus, which can be breathed in by humans.

We recommend the following precautions:

  • seal openings that may allow mice to enter homes and workplaces;
  • remove brush, woodpiles, trash, and other items that may attract mice;
  • tightly close garbage cans, pet food containers, and other food
  • wear protective gloves to handle dead mice or to clean up nesting areas, urine, or droppings;
  • before cleaning up nests or droppings found inside, open windows and doors to ventilate the area for at least 30 minutes;
  • do not stir up nests by sweeping or vacuuming. Dampen areas before clean-up;
  • use a disinfectant or 1-to-10 bleach-water mixture to clean up dead rodents, nests, urine, and droppings.


    Early symptoms of hantavirus infection include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches. These symptoms may be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Later symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath. If hantavirus is suspected, people should contact their health care provider immediately. Remember, infections with hantavirus may feel like the “flu”; however, it is no longer flu season!

Manzanar Pilgrimage this Weekend

47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is this Weekend

April 28, 2016
Submitted by the Manzanar National Historic Site

INDEPENDENCE, CA—Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in special events surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 47th Annual Pilgrimage this weekend. All are welcome and the events are free. This year, the Pilgrimage coincides with the Sesquicentennial of Inyo County and the Centennial of the National Park Service (NPS).

This Friday, April 29, the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern California Museum. Located at 155 Grant Street in Independence, the museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life, the “Life on the Lake” photo exhibit, and many other aspects of local and regional history. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. On Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, the center will extend hours by opening at 9:00 a.m. The center offers extensive exhibits and an award-winning film, as well as special Junior Ranger activities for kids. In addition to the book store, Manzanar History Association is hosting Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale through mid-May. A 1943 mural painted by Tamekichi Carl Hibino, on loan from the Eastern California Museum and recently conserved by the National Park Service, will be displayed on the auditorium stage.

Just outside the Visitor Center, Block 14 features a restored World War II-era mess hall and two reconstructed barracks. The barracks exhibits offer an in-depth exploration of the challenges and changes people faced in their daily lives at Manzanar. The mess hall exhibits highlight the logistics and politics of food in Manzanar.

Some of Manzanar’s most impressive archeological features are Japanese rock gardens. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, Madelon Arai Yamamoto and volunteer archeologist Mary Farrell will be at the restored Arai family fish pond in Block 33 to greet visitors and share stories about the pond’s discovery and excavation. Recent archeological work, completed with the help of 40 volunteers, uncovered numerous features in the administration area where most camp staff lived and worked.
The Manzanar Committee’s 47th Annual Pilgrimage Ceremony begins at noon, Saturday, April 30, at the Manzanar Cemetery. UCLA Kyodo Taiko drummers will kick off the event at 11:30 am, followed by the procession of camp banners at noon. Daion Taiko from Orange County Buddhist Church will also perform during the program. The theme for this year’s Pilgrimage is “Kodomo No Tame Ni: For The Sake Of The Children – Liberty and Justice For All.”

Dr. Cathy Irwin, educator and author of Twice Orphaned: Voices from the Children’s Village of Manzanar, will be the keynote speaker. Manzanar’s Children’s Village was the only orphanage in all ten camps, and home to 101 Japanese American children. Some were orphans before the war, others because of the war.

Maytha Alhassen, a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, and a contributing author to I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim, will be a featured speaker.

Owens Valley native and former Inyo County Fourth District Supervisor Robert “Bob” Gracey will be honored with the 2016 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award. The award, named for the late founder of the Manzanar Committee, recognizes Gracey’s efforts to manage the environmental clean-up and transfer of the historic Manzanar Auditorium to the National Park Service. Gracey’s work made the auditorium’s restoration into the current Manzanar Visitor Center possible. Gracey also facilitated a land exchange expanding the national historic site to its current 814 acres, protecting key historic resources.

The Pilgrimage program concludes with the traditional interfaith service and Ondo dancing, after which park rangers will offer walking tours to those wishing to explore Manzanar.

The Manzanar At Dusk program begins at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Lone Pine High School located at 538 South Main Street (Hwy. 395) in Lone Pine. The program offers participants opportunities for intergenerational discussions and sharing. The program is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions of Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, and UCSD.

At 10:00 a.m., Sunday, May 1, Dr. Cathy Irwin will present a special program on the history of the Children’s Village in the West Theater of the Manzanar Visitor Center. Dr. Irwin will be available to sign Twice Orphaned: Voices from the Children’s Village of Manzanar in the book store Saturday as well as after her program Sunday morning.

With the exception of Friday evening’s reception and Saturday evening’s Manzanar At Dusk program, all events will take place at Manzanar National Historic Site located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, nine miles north of Lone Pine, and approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles. There is no food service at Manzanar. Please bring a lunch or snacks and water. Wear sunscreen, a hat, comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Bushling, Broncs Blast Bishop

Kern Valley Varsity teams top Bishop Union

April 27, 2016
by Arnie Palu

Rival Kern Valley got the best of the Bishop Broncos Tuesday.  Kern Valley’s varsity baseball and softball teams topped Bishop via the 10-run mercy rule.  Bishop exacted a measure of revenge by winning both JV games.  Bishop Union will continue their home stand Friday hosting Rosamond.  The varsity boys game will be live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here on the listen live link.

Varsity Baseball
Kern Valley 15
Bishop Union 3  (5 innings)

Kern Valley’s Zack Bushling hit a 1st inning breaking ball into the trees outside right field,the rest of his day would be a walk in the park.  Bushling’s 2-run home run started a 3-run first inning and set the stage for a KV win.  After allowing Bushling to rattle the tree limbs in the opening inning the Broncos walked him three times, twice walking Zack intentionally…with the bases loaded.  In a move of ultimate respect, or perhaps fear of property damage, the Broncos choose to walk in a run rather then allow the Kern Valley junior a chance to knock in multiple runs.   Following their 3-run first inning KV scored a single run in the 2nd, three more in the 3rd and blew the game open with a 8-run 4th inning effort.

Justin Yates, 4 innings pitched, 15 runs, 8 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Zack Deleo, 1 inning pitched, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 strikeout.

Patrick Mitton, 1 for 2, single, hit by pitch, run.
Brodie Maloney, 1 for 3, double, RBI, run.
Michael Kubiak, 2 for 3, 2 singles, RBI, 2 run.
Zack Deleo, 1 for 3, single.
Ryan Graves, 1 for 3, single.
Cal Omohundro, 2 for 3, 2 singles, RBI.
Lorenzo Parra, 1 for 2, single.
Peyton Wagoner, hit by pitch.
Aaron Chinzi, walk.

HDL Varsity Baseball Standings
Rosamond 4-0
Kern Valley 3-1
Bishop Union 2-2
California City 1-3
Frazier Mt.  0-4

Varsity Softball
Kern Valley 15
Bishop Union 0 (5 innings)

The Bronco Varsity Girls played with just 9 Tuesday.  Coach Stacy Van Nest indicates the Broncos played well early, but the hard-hitting Broncs pulled away late.

Little Eva Lent, 5 innings pitched, 10 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.
Peyton Tetrick 1 for 2.

Coaches Comments, “We played with 9 again and had three innings of great ball. We were simply out hit today but I know we can adjust and come back stronger the next time we play.  We are now 8-9 overall and 3-1 in league play. Next up Rosamond at home on Friday.”  Stacy Van Nest

JV Softball
Kern Valley 16
Bishop Union 17

Coach Patty Cummings reports that the Bronco JV jumped on top 16-9 and held off a tough KV team 17-16.  Bishop held KV with the potential game tying run on 3rd base.

Winning Pitcher
Selia Amisone
Offensive Statistics
Julie Cepeda,  3 for 3, 2 runs.
Alondra Ojeda,  1 for 2, 2 runs.
Corie Campbell, 1 for 3, 3 runs.
Selia Amisone, 1 for 2, 2 runs.
Drew Dondero, 2 for 3, double, run.
Gracie Soto,  2 runs.
Jasmine Romero, run.
Jenna Andersen, 1 for 1.

Coaches Comments,”It was such a great team effort again by these girls.  Everyone added something to get the win, I’m  so proud of them for their great attitudes and sportsmanship.  The standouts offensively for the day were Julie cepeda going 3 for 3 at the plate and Jenna Andersen driving in the go-ahead run.

JV Baseball
Kern Valley 6
Bishop Union 7

Bishop scored 4 runs in the 5th inning and then the go ahead runs in the 6th.  A Trace Sapp Sacrifice Fly scoring Lukas DiAngelo put the Broncos on top.

Trace Sapp, 3 1/3 innings pitched, 3 runs, 4 strikeouts.
Cade Pascale, 2 and 2/3 innings pitched, 2 runs, 4 strikeouts. (Win)
Hunter Beal, 1 inning pitched. 0 runs. (Save)

Lukas DiAngelo, walk, reached on error, stolen base, 2 runs.
Matt Rosga, 2 walks, 2 runs.
Trace Sapp, 2 for 3, single, double, sacrifice fly, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases.
Jalen Watterson, 1 for 4, RBI.
Hunter Beall, reached on error, run.
Cade Pascale, reached on error, run.
Christian Landeverde, 2 walks, 2 stolen bases.
Chance Villar, walk.
Odie DeMoss, run scored.

Bronco Catcher Brady Womack had a great game defensively.

Cover Photo, Kern Valley’s Zack Bushling. Photo by Gary Young.

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Merry Fishmas

Eastern Sierra General Trout Season opens Saturday

April 28, 2016
Submitted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 30, one hour before sunrise.

Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. Because of the increased rains this winter, CDFW expects most lakes to be open and available for fishing.

Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season opening and closing dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits and gear restrictions.

Anglers are advised to check specific area regulations and opening dates in the 2016-17 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation booklet ( for regulations specific to each body of water.

In 2012, CDFW regional staff created the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide to provide anglers with a quick, informative and accurate account of the distribution of fisheries in back country high elevation lakes. This guide does not address front country waters, defined as lakes and streams that are accessible by vehicle. Most of the lakes lie within U.S. Forest Service lands managed as wilderness and usually require back country permits for overnight use. Most back country fisheries are based on self-sustaining populations of trout and do not need regular trout stocking to maintain fish populations. The guide can be found at (under Hunting, Fishing, Education).

Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra is expected to be one of the most popular opening day destinations for anglers from around the state. In past years, an estimated 10,000 anglers have turned out for the opener, and approximately 50,000 trout are caught during the first week of the season. Typically Crowley is planted with hundreds of thousands of small and medium sized trout, and because of excellent food sources in the 5,280-acre reservoir, these trout grow to catchable sizes and weigh at least three-quarters of a pound by the opener. About 10 percent of the trout caught at Crowley during opening weekend weigh over a pound and a half. These fish are from stocks planted in previous years or are wild fish produced in Crowley’s tributary waters.

Anglers are asked to be particularly vigilant when cleaning fish and fishing gear at Crowley Lake and in the upper and lower Owens River Drainage. The New Zealand Mudsnail was discovered several years ago in the Owens River Drainage, and CDFW would like to prevent mudsnails from spreading into other waters. To avoid spreading New Zealand Mudsnails and other aquatic invasive species to other waters, anglers are advised to dispose of their fish guts in bear-proof trash cans, rather than throw them back into the water. Wading gear should be properly cleaned before using in new waters.

All persons age 16 and older must possess a valid California fishing license to fish within state lines. Freshwater fishing licenses can be purchased online at or at regional CDFW offices or other license agents. Anglers no longer have to display their license visibly above the waist but they must have it in their possession while fishing.

cover photo, KIBS/KBOV News/Sports director Arnie Palu

Bishop Union hires Palu

Palu accepts teaching position at Bishop High

April 27, 2016

Bishop Unified School District Statement

The Bishop Unified School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Arnie Palu has been hired as a teacher at Bishop Union High School.  Mr. Palu will be working in the Career Technical Education department at BUHS teaching classes related to the Arts, Media and Entertainment and marketing industry sectors.  His position will include journalism, media production, and student leadership.  Mr. Palu will also take the helm as Head Varsity Football Coach for the Broncos. 

Principal Randy Cook believes, “Arnie Palu will have a tremendous positive impact on our students both in the classroom and on the football field for years to come.”

Mr. Palu shared, “”I’m beyond excited for this new opportunity at Bishop Union High School. Covering BUHS athletics for 15 years at KIBS/KBOV and being a part of the Bronco football program has allowed me to build strong relationships with students and now this move will enable me to focus my full attention on working with young people. Leaving KIBS/KBOV is not easy, but joining the staff at BUHS will allow me the opportunity to pass along my passion for journalism. As we begin this new adventure I would like to thank my friends and family for their support.  This transition would not be possible without the love and encouragement of my wife.  Kelliann and I are in this together to help make a positive impact.  We are eager to get started. Go Broncos!”

We are extremely excited to begin working with Arnie Palu here at Bishop Unified and we know he will be a great addition to an already outstanding staff at BUHS.  Go Broncos!

Barry Simpson

Palu, a native of Nebraska, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has served as news and sports director at KIBS/KBOV since September of 2001.  Palu has been a member of the JV football staff at Bishop Union for 8 seasons including 5 seasons as head coach.

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Jeanette Bartlett

Jeanette Frances Bartlett 1948-2016

Jeanette was born June 12, 1948 in San Pedro CA. to Nick and
Frances Gargas. She passed away on April 21, 2016 after a lengthy
battle with rheumatoid arthritis with her beloved son Nick by her
Jeanette married Gregory Bartlett, also of San Pedro on October 7,
1967. They raised three children Nick, Gina, Andrea along with
two grandchildren Nicky and Anthony Salas all from Bishop
Jeanette and Greg moved to Bishop in 1985 after Jeanette had
worked 20(+) years as an administrator at Anderson, Bennell and
Croft Medical Group, which serviced the merchant seaman
community out of the Port of Los Angeles. Jeanette had many
interests that included owning and operating a boutique in Bishop
while working full time at Northern Inyo Hospital for 23 years.
She also raised cutting horses for 30 years with her husband and
son, producing more than 100 quality animals which went on to
compete in the cutting and reined cow horse arenas.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband Greg Bartlett and
her Father Nick Gargas, also her great grandson Julian Salas.
Jeanette fought hard to overcome all of life’s obstacles and never
let anything prevent her from accomplishing her goals and living
out her dreams. She was expertly cared for by Bart White PA and
Dr. Tim Crall of Sierra Park Orthopedics as well as their caring and
respectful staff.
Jeanette is survived by Mother Frances Gargas, sister Patty Gargas,
son Nick and daughters Gina and Andrea, grandsons Nicky and
Anthony Salas, Sean Brown and the apple of her eye, youngest
grandson James Doll, and finally her partner in crime, her
Chihuahua Betty Marie. Betty misses Jeanette greatly and is lost
without her.
Family was Jeanette’s primary focus and priority number one. She
will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Services will be held at
11:00 AM, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Brune Mortuary, Bishop.

120 west opening to the Yosemite Gate Friday

CalTrans says 120 West will open to the Yosemite Gate this Friday

April 26, 2016
Submitted by CalTrans

Anticipated opening of California State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite National Park Entrance Gate is scheduled for Friday, April 29th at Noon.

 Mono County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing the road to open State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite Park entrance gate.  It is anticipated that the road will reopen from winter closure on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at noon, weather and safety permitting.  Caltrans’ number one priority is safety for the traveling public and highway maintenance crews.    State Route 120 west will remain closed at the Yosemite Park entrance.

This partial opening is dependent upon favorable weather and verification that the highway is safe for users.  If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may not be able to open the highway as anticipated.  Please check local highway conditions before planning to use SR 120 west.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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Bronco Baseball vs. Frazier Mt.

Broncos bounce Frazier 27-9

April 25, 2016

Bishop Union jumped out to a 16-0 lead and cruised to victory Friday.  The Broncos improve to 2-1 in High Desert League play and host rival Kern Valley Tuesday and Rosamond Friday.  Thanks to Gary Young for the great photos.

Shortstop Michael Kubiak.
Coach Omohundro
Patrick Mitton
2nd baseman Aaron Chinzi
Kubiak putting on the tag.
Brodie Maloney
Coach Chris Walston sending Maloney
Kubiak is safe at third
Ryan Graves takes a cut
senior Zack DeLeo heading home
Lorenzo Parra takes one for the team…again
Cal Omohundro
Maloney dives into third with a triple
Maloney feeling his way to third
Lorenzo Parra
Senior Chance Womack
“Coach” Mitton with Brodie Malloney
Patrick Mitton deals to Brodie Maloney
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Broncos sweep Frazier Mt

Bishop Union Baseball and Softball take down Frazier

April 25, 2016
By Arnie Palu

Friday’s High Desert league home opening ball games began with sunshine and closed with wind and rain.  Bishop Union High School’s baseball and softball teams excelled in all weather conditions sweeping Frazier Mt.  The varsity boys and junior varsity girls put their games out of reach early with the varsity girls winning in walk off fashion.  The JV boys had the day off as Frazier Mt is not fielding a JV squad.
This week is a big one for the Broncos as they continue their home stand hosting rival Kern Valley Tuesday and Rosamond Friday.  The Varsity boys games are broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here through the listen live link.

Varsity Baseball
Frazier Mt. 9
Bishop Union 27

In the bottom of the 1st inning Bishop Union lead off man Patrick Mitton failed to reach 1st base, however the next 14 Broncos (including Mitton in his 2nd at bat) reached first base…all 14 scored.  By the time the Friday sun was covered by rain clouds the Broncos scored 16 runs on 10 hits.  Bishop Union added 4 runs in the 2nd inning, a pair in the 3rd and 4 more in the 4th.

Patrick Mitton, 2 innings pitched, 1 run, 0 hits, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Cade Pascale, 1 plus innings pitched, 6 runs, 7 hits, 3 walks.
Cal Omohundro, 2 innings pitched, 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.

Patrick Mitton, 1 for 3, hit by pitch, RBI, 2 runs.
Brodie Maloney, 3 for 4, walk, 2 singles, triple, 5 RBI, 3 runs.
Michael Kubiak, 1 for 3, single, walk, hit by pitch, 3 runs.
Zack DeLeo, 3 for 5, 3 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs.
Ryan Graves, 3 for 4, 2 doubles, single, 3 RBI, 4 runs.
Lorenzo Parra, 3 for 3, hit by pitch, walk, 2 doubles, 3 run home run, 5 RBI, 5 runs scored.
Chance Womack, 0 for 1, hit by pitch twice, 2 runs.
Cal Omohundro, 1 for 4, hit by pitch, single, 3 runs.
Aaron Chinzi, 1 for 1, 2 walks, hit by pitch, RBI, 2 runs.
Cade Pascale, 1 for 1, single, 2 RBI.

Varsity Softball
Frazier Mt.  10
Bishop Union 11

Senior Bailee Piper had a big day collecting 4 hits including the 8th inning walk off winner.  Limited to just 9 players due to State FFA and Avid trips, the Broncos held off a feisty Frazier Mt team.

Little Eva Lent pitched 8 innings 14 hits, 4 BB, 7 K’s.

Bailee Piper 4 for 5 with a triple, 4 RBI’s including the game winning RBI’s in the bottom of the 8th.
Hannah Waasdorp 3 for 5 with homerun 4 RBI.
Sabrina Barlow 3 for 5 with 2 doubles.
Peyton Tetrick 3 for 5 with a double.
Destiny Frank 2 for 4.
Ashley Worley 1 for 5 with a double.
Jordan Frankson 1 for 4.

Coaches Comments. “This was a true team effort with only 9 available players. The Broncos did an outstanding job with a very good offensive team and only 1 defensive error. Offensively we stepped up with 16 hits and many extra bases. We are now 8-8 overall and 3-0 in league play. Next up is rival Kern Valley at home on Tuesday.”   Coach Stacy Van Nest

JV Softball
Frazier Mt 12
Bishop Union 23

Selia Amisone, 9 strikeouts.

Alondra Ojeda, 1 for 2.
Selia Amisone, 2 for 4.
Corie Campbell, 2 for 4.
Drew Dondero, 4 for 5.
Jenna Andersen,  2 for 3.
Montana McIntosh,  3 for 5.
Gracie Soto,  2 for 3.
Jasmyne Romero, 3 walks.
Julie Cepeda, 2  walks, 2 runs.

cover photo by Gary Young.  BUHS catcher Brodie Maloney

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