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Bishop Youth Football claims Championships

Bishop Division 1 and 2 win titles

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Youth Football played host to the Antelope Valley Youth Football Championship games Saturday.  Bishop not only hosted, but had a team in each of the three division championship games.  The Broncos won titles in both Division 1 and Division 2 recording wins over Kern Valley and Boron.  Bishop’s Division 3 team fell to rival Kern Valley in the Division 3 title game.

Division 1

Bishop 40
Kern Valley 19

Coach Jim Reynolds guided the Division 1 Broncos to a championship Saturday finishing off a undefeated season.  The Broncos were paced by standout Elijah Reynolds.  Elijah’s big day included 5 rushing touchdowns on just 14 carries.  Reynolds rolled up 302-yards scoring on runs of  35, 18, 50, 70, and  40 yards.  Elijah also racked up a team high  7 tackles.   Vinney Begay had a strong game with 6 rushes for 20-yards scoring 2 extra points and collecting 5 tackles.  Damon Terrazas rushed 5 times for 40-yards including a 30-yard touchdown and made 3 tackles.  Carlos Suarez Jr scored an extra point and made a tackle.  Justin Pettet made 3 tackles, Chucky Delgado had a tackle, Ishia Lee made 3 tackles including a tackle for a 8-yard loss.  Richie Talevera collected 5 tackles, Preston Pool-Harjo 3, and Darrick Cortez 2 stops.

Coach Jim Reynolds Comments, ” I would like to thank all the coaches that helped this year, (James Pettet, Mike Harjo, Aaron Berkovatz, Jon Torres, and Team Manager Leslie Harjo), they helped in the success of this team.  We went undefeated (11-0).  I am extremely proud of each one of these kids.  I have seen them grow and learn the game of football. I was so excited for the kids to win a Super Bowl and experience the feeling.”   Thanks Jim Reynolds

Division 2

Bishop 22
Boron 19

The Division 2 game featured the top seed, undefeated Boron Wildcats and the underdog Bishop Broncos.  Boron entered the game with a 10-0 record including a pair of regular season wins over the Broncos, 30-12 and 43-14.
Bishop got on the board first with a clutch 3rd down touchdown pass from Jakob Redman to Colt Matteson.  Bishop’s 6-0 lead quickly became a 19-6 Boron lead at the close of the first half.  The Bronco defense shut down the wildcats in the second half allowing the team to mount a strong comeback.  Cain Omohundro keyed the defensive effort including a forced fumble.  Jakob Redman connected with Austin Halfen and Kenyan Piper for second half touchdown passes.  Reece Marsh drilled 2 point after kicks giving the Broncos at 22-19 win.
Coaches Comments, “Big rushing efforts from Chevyo Marquez and Kenyan Piper kept the drives alive for the Broncos. The offense line played the best game they have played all year against the bigger Bobcat lineman. It was a huge team effort to win this game.”

The Bishop Division 2 team is coached by Head Coach Will Lyons, Assistant coaches Chris Matteson, Thom Batchelder, Steve Omohundro, Ronny Georgeson and Chuck Steedle.

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Division 2 celebration. Photo Submitted
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Carol Fletcher

Carol Fletcher 1946-2015

Carol Fletcher age 69, was born in Matagorda, TX on September 23, 1946 to parents Gela Packard and Claude Stanley. Carol passed away on November 18, 2015 at Renown Hospital in Reno, NV
She married the love of her life Bud Fletcher on December 15, 1969.
Carol is survived by husband of 46 years, Bud Fletcher of Bishop, Daughter Stephanie Fletcher of Bishop and her children Jeffery Kliks and Elizabeth Kliks both of Bishop; Daughter, Michelle West of Las Vegas, NV and her two children: Dylan and Andrew West both of Las Vegas, NV.

Carol and family moved to Bishop in 1988. Carol followed her passion of art and fishing and drawing numerous photos of the Owens Valley. She loved to tie her own flies and take her grandchildren fishing whenever possible. She enjoyed traveling in the RV with Bud and taking cruises. Her love for her family had no end.


Independence Celebrates the Fruitcake!

Eleventh Annual Internationally Acclaimed Independence Fruitcake Festival

Fruit-A-Con, “Welcome to the Fruitcake Universe!”

submitted by Mary Roper

Superheroes and comic strip characters along with a variety of fruitcakes and eggnogs will be making an appearance on December 12th in Independence, California. This year, in the tradition of Comic Con, the Fruitcake Festival will be honoring the fact that fruitcake is, indeed, the food of Superheroes. There will be live music, fabulous prizes and interesting fruitcakes and eggnogs!
The possibilities are endless for creating a winning fruitcake. Categories include oldest, traveled the farthest, best of theme, most solids, and judges’ award. Our fruitcake judges employ mechanical, empirical and philosophical techniques to select winning fruitcakes in those categories.
There will be an opportunity for you to take the mic and brag about your fruitcake or eggnog. However, please leave your kryptonite at home. You must play nice with Superman.
Most people participate by wearing theme-oriented costumes. This is not required, but in the past we have found that a good many people like to dress up more than their fruitcakes. The Costume Contest is just the place to show off your creativity and the “Best Costume” prize is awarded to the person with the loudest applause.
No need to eat dinner before you come. The Owens Valley Growers Co-op will be serving up mac & cheese and a salad for $5. To boost your energy for the evening, coffee is available at the bar.
This is the only “internationally” acclaimed Fruitcake Festival. Such venerable periodicals as the Washington Times, Country Living Magazine, and, of course, NPR have written us up.
This is a FREE event with the caveat that you must bring a fruitcake or eggnog to gain entrance to the Festival. Homemade fruitcake or eggnog is preferred. The eggnog can be transported to the festival in a milk jug. Please label it as “leaded” or “unleaded.” We have refrigeration on site. The eggnog is always served in elegant punch cups at the bar. It is worth the trip to Independence just for that fact alone.

Location: Legion Hall, Independence, CA
Date/Time Dec. 12, 2015 — 6 PM
Call 760-878-2046 or email for more information

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Don’t Drink and Fry

Mammoth Lakes Fire Department warns of Cooking Dangers

Three Times as Many Cooking Fires Occur on Thanksgiving as on a Typical Day

submitted by Mammoth Lakes Fire Department:

The holidays should be a time of food, fun and festivities but it is also a time for extra caution. Thousands of home fires across the nation are caused by holiday cooking activities. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment and many of these fires are caused by unsafe cooking practices.

NFPA’s latest cooking estimates shows that there were 1,550 cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2014, reflecting a 210 percent increase over the daily average. Home cooking fires also spike on other major U.S. holidays, including Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Memorial Day weekend. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

While the number of cooking fires spikes on holidays, it’s also one of the leading causes of home fire year-round. Between 2009 and 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 162,400 home cooking fires per year. These fires resulted in an annual average of 430 civilian fire deaths, 5,400 reported injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

Be on alert and keep these tips in mind this holiday cooking celebration:
⦁ Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Regularly check on food that’s simmering, baking or roasting, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
⦁ Keep things that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains away from the cooking area.
⦁ Be alert when cooking. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
⦁ If you have a small (grease) cooking fire on the stovetop and decide to fight the fire: Smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
⦁ If you’re cooking a turkey using a disposable aluminum pan, consider doubling up and using two pans to avoid a puncture, as dripping turkey juices can cause an oven fire.
If you have a cooking fire:
⦁ Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
⦁ Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
⦁ If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, a popular cooking method on Thanksgiving. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns and other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil used. If a fryer is used, please be extra careful and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you have any questions or wish additional information, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at 760 934-2300

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NICU training at Mammoth Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Training Held at Mammoth Hospital

submitted by Mammoth Hospital

Mammoth Hospital recently invited a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team to Mammoth for a special training on life saving skills for newborn babies.

Neonatologist, Dr. Anand Rajani from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno led the instruction along with Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Abby Van Den Broeke and Respiratory Therapists Curt Partain and Hank Perry.

Mammoth Hospital Labor and Delivery nurses and Pediatricians, ED physicians, and respiratory therapists participated in collaboration with a team of nurses and physicians from Northern Inyo Hospital. Teams were instructed on techniques including umbilical line placement, a procedure that enables quick access to an infant’s bloodstream to deliver lifesaving medications. Also demonstrated were neonatal IV placement for the nurses and various lectures on issues relevant to the critically ill newborn.

“Living in a rural community, the nearest Children’s Hospital is many hours away,” says Pediatrician, Dr. Kristin Collins. “This training by NICU professionals allows us to continue to enhance our life-saving skills, and keep us well-informed on how to provide the best care possible for sick babies before the NICU team can arrive for transport. Maintaining an exceptional level of care is important to all of us who work in the Obstetric and Neonatal Department at Mammoth Hospital and continuing education is imperative to ensuring that happens.”

For more information on Mammoth Hospital’s Birthing Center and Obstetric Specialties, please contact (760) 924-4044 or visit

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Northern Inyo Hospital Event

NIH Reception welcomes new emergency care providers

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital:

Northern Inyo Healthcare District will host a “Meet and Greet” reception introducing some of its newest emergency care providers to the community.

The reception is set for Monday, Nov. 23rd, 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the main lobby of Northern Inyo Hospital. The physicians spotlighted during the event include:

  • Peter Bloomfield, MD, a veteran emergency care physician, has enjoyed time abroad, offering his services as an earthquake relief worker in Haiti, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize, and back home again as a Pharmaceutical Assistant at a Washington, DC free clinic. Dr. Bloomfield earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He earned a Masters in Public Health and his Medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. A residency at UCLA brought him west. In his off-time, Dr. Bloomfield practices yoga and meditation, and studies Kung Fu.
  • Anne Goshgarian, MD, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with Highest Honors from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. She earned her Medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Goshgarian completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Goshgarian provides voluntary medical care to many artistic festivals including Nevada’s Burning Man Festival and the Electric Daisy Carnival.
  • William “Will” Timbers, MD, hails from Vermont and grew up with a zest for outdoor living. An avid skier, accomplished high school and collegiate Lacrosse player, and climbing enthusiast, Dr. Timbers enjoys many of the outdoor activities Bishop offers and looks forward to learning more about our area. Dr. Timbers earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and his Medical degree from the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. He completed his Harvard-affiliated Emergency Medicine residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.Cover Photo by Arnie Palu

Bishop JV Mathletes 3rd at Kern Valley

Bishop Union JV Mathltes take 3rd at Kern Valley

BUHS JV Mathletes Team
Kern Valley, November 4, 2015

The Bronco’s JV Mathletes team traveled to Kern Valley on November 4, 2015 for their second meet of the year. In a tough round of competition, the JV Broncos brought home 3rd place team honors with a score of 24, trailing first place Desert with 36 points, and Tehachapi with 26 points. Nine schools and 72 students competed at the meet, with students on the teams individually completing difficult math problems in a timed setting.

Jeanine Lomaintewa and Jim Tomasek were the leading scorers for the Broncos with eight points each, followed by Dylan Fitt with six points, and Tami Lee and Carter Silva with four points each. Also earning points for the Broncos were Joey Proeger, Jennifer Velazquez, Nathan Gardea, and Sam Omondi. Five members of the team earned individual honors. Lomaintewa and Tomasek earned individual first place finishes, Fitt earned a third place individual finish, and Lee and Silva earned fifth place individual awards.

The JV team’s next meet will be on January 13 in Trona.

UCLA grad student found deceased

UCLA grad student found deceased

By Arnie Palu

The Inyo County Sheriffs department confirms the recovery of the body of missing hiker Michael David Meyers. On Saturday crews located his body in a recent avalanche debris field near Mt. Irvine.

Meyers, a native of St. Cloud Minnesota was reported missing on Sunday, November 15th. Family members indicate that Meyers went hiking in the Mt. Russell/Mt. Whitney area on Friday, November 6th. Meyers was expected to return to UCLA on Monday, November 9th. His 2002 gray Dodge Durango was located on Wednesday, November 18th near the Mt. Whitney overflow parking area. The Inyo Sheriffs department notes that the vehicle was spotted by a local resident while hiking in the Mt. Whitney trail head area. The Meyers family indicates that Michael had left a detailed itinerary of his rout up Mt. Russell on the vehicles dash board.

A massive search and rescue operation ensued. Inyo County crews worked with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter. The Inyo Sheriffs office indicates that additional resources were requested from the California office of Emergency Services. On Friday, November 20th approximately 40 search and rescue personnel from throughout the state, as well as a Chinook helicopter from the California Air National Guard were assigned. In the afternoon items belonging to Meyers were located in a recent avalanche debris field near Mt. Irvine. The Sheriffs Department indicates that additional resources were requested including search dog teams and sonar type equipment. On Saturday crews located the body of Michael Meyers in the avalanche area.

cover photo, Michael David Meyers, photo provided by the Meyers Family

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Lion on Llama crime in Crowley

Mono County Sheriff reports Dog mauled and Llama killed in Crowley

Report submitted by the Mono County Sheriffs department:

On Tuesday, November 17, a mountain lion attacked a dog near Mountain View Drive. The dog was badly mauled but survived the attack. On Saturday, November 21, a mountain lion attacked and killed a llama near Willowbrook Road. We do not know if both attacks were by the same mountain lion.

Mountain lions are solitary and elusive, and their nature is to avoid humans. They are most active at dawn, dusk and night. Mountain lions prefer deer, but they also eat pets and livestock. In extremely rare cases, people have fallen prey to mountain lions.
Although mountain lions are neither threatened nor endangered, they are a specially protected species in California, and it is illegal to hunt or otherwise take a mountain lion absent specific circumstances. Mountain lions that threaten people are immediately killed. Those that prey on pets or livestock can be killed by a property owner after the required depredation permit is secured. Moving problem mountain lions is not an option. It causes deadly conflicts with other mountain lions already there, or the relocated mountain lion returns.

To keep your family and animals safe, please heed the following advice:
• Do not hike, bike, or jog alone and avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active.
• Don’t leave small children or pets outside unattended.
• Keep a close watch on small children.
• Do not approach a mountain lion.
• If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
• If attacked, fight back.
• If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.
• Don’t feed deer; it is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.
• Deer-proof landscaping by avoiding plants that deer like to eat.
• Trim brush to reduce hiding places for mountain lions.
• Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
• Provide sturdy, covered shelters for sheep, goats, and other vulnerable animals.
• Don’t allow pets outside when mountain lions are most active.
• Bring pet food inside to avoid attracting potential mountain lion prey.
More information about mountain lions can be found on the California Fish and Wildlife website:

cover photo, file photo provided by the California department of fish and wildlife

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Bishop Union XC competes in CIF

Bishop Union High School Cross Country competes in CIF central section championships

Reid Brothers advancing to State

by Arnie Palu

Coaches Heidi Eldridge, Katie Kress and the Bishop Union High School Cross Country team traveled to Fresno for the Central Section CIF finals.  The Girls team finished 5th out of 17 teams while the boys finished 7th in the field of 32 teams.  Both Duncan Reid and Carson Reid qualified for the CIF State meet back in Fresno on November 28th.  Duncan finished 3rd with Carson bringing home 7th place.  The Bronco girls were paced by a pair of Freshman, Ariana Pope finished 10th with Emma Place in 13th.  The teams are coached by Heidi Eldridge and Katie Kress.

Boys Team Results
Team scores:
1. Kerman 49
2. Avenal 84
3. Rosamond 129
4. Coalinga 160
5. Taft 174
6. Kennedy 201
7. Bishop Union 210

Girls Team Results
DIVISION IV Team scores:
1. Central Valley Christian 20
2. Rosamond 96
3. Corcoran 129
4. Liberty-Madera Ranchos 134
5. Bishop Union 156

Team results courtesy of the Fresno Bee

Boys Individual Places
3. Duncan Reid, Jr.
7. Carson Reid, Sr.
61. Jordan Kost, Sr.
68. Nathan Gardea, So.
71. Dylan Fitt, So.
109. Jonathan Tait, Fr.
128. Sam Omondi, So.

Girls Individual Places
10. Ariana Pope, Fr.
13. Emma Place, Fr.
37. Jamie Shultz, Sr.
41. Chloe Almeida, So.
55. Kristen Lamb, So.
78. Aidana Lanane, Sr.
100. Catalina Alonso, Sr.

Photo provided by Coach Eldridge. BUHS cross country team stopped at McFarland home to the school and team that inspired the movie, “McFarland USA”.
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