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Crews Monitor Ash Fire

Fire Crews Monitor Ash Fire

June, 15, 2016
submitted by Deb Schweizer, US Forest Service

The Ash Fire, a lightning-caused fire, was ignited and detected on June 12th. It is approximately two acres in size and is burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness southeast of Mulkey Meadows.

Smoke may be visible along the Highway 395 corridor north of Olancha. Please do not report this fire.

There is currently no threat to life or property. The fire is burning is a mixture of mahogany, pinyon pine, and Jeffrey pine at 8,500 ft. The fire is burning in steep, rugged, and inaccessible terrain. Fire spread is primarily from rollouts; burning material that gets loosened, rolls down the steep slope, and ignites vegetation below.

Fire crews are monitoring the fire and using bucket drops from helicopter to help direct and slow the fire spread. The fire behavior is low intensity, burning the sparse dead and down vegetation in the area. Crews plan to use a confine/contain strategy to slow the fire’s spread towards Wormhole Canyon.

More than 300 lightning strikes occurred in the southern district of the forest. Crews will also continue to monitor the area for sleeper fires, which may have ignited during the storm, but will begin to show smoke as conditions get warmer and drier.

From air
Photo provided.
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Bishop Tribe Primary Election Results

Top 5 Advance to the General Election

June 15, 2016
By Arnie Palu

Bishop Paiute Tribal voters navigated a crowded ballot Tuesday casting their votes for Tribal Council.  Voters had their pick of 26 candidates advancing the top 5 to the general election.  The general election is set for Tuesday, July 12 when voters will select three for seats on the Bishop Tribal Council.  The five candidates moving forward are Brian Poncho, Jeff Romero, Gerald Howard (incumbent), Earleen Williams and Kristopher Hohag.

A total of 539 ballots were cast in Tuesdays primary.

Brian Poncho,  196
Jeff Romero, 164
Gerald Howard (incumbent) 144
Earleen Williams, 135
Kristopher Hohag, 131

Alan Williams 19
Elbe Brown, 25
Jonathan Frankson, 39
Diane Hart, 58
Thomas Mitchell, 60
Clarissa Mashburn, 61
Harry Williams, 63
Alena Wagener, 66
Gloriana Bailey, 69
Shondeen Stone-Chavez, 71
Lee Chavez, 86
Quina West, 90
Michael Rogers, 91
Kelly Toiyagaduh Stone, 95
Gertrude Brown (incumbent) 99
Monty Bengochia, 101
Allen Summers, 106
Ronald Napoles, 111
Meryl Picard, 111
William Turner (incumbent) 115
Raymond Stone IV, 116

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Guilty Plea for Defacing Rock Formations

Guilty Plea and sentence for woman charged with defacing rock formations in 7 National Parks

Death Valley and Yosemite among the targets

submitted by the Department of Justice
June 14, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. —Casey Nocket, 23, of San Diego, pleaded guilty today to seven misdemeanor counts of damaging government property. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto sentenced Nocket two years’ probation and 200 hours of community service, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert and National Park Service Chief of Law Enforcement Charles Cuvelier announced.

In addition, Judge Oberto ordered Nocket banned from lands administered by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Army Corps of Engineers during the period of probation. A hearing to determine the amount of restitution Nocket is required to pay will be held at a later date.
According to court documents, over a 26-day period, Nocket damaged rock formations within seven national parks by drawing or painting on them using acrylic paints and markers. She posted numerous pictures of the drawings on her social media accounts. The parks are in four federal districts: the Eastern District of California, the District of Oregon, the District of Utah, and the District of Colorado.

Acting U.S. Attorney Talbert stated, “The defendant’s defacement of multiple rock formations showed a lack of respect for the law and our shared national treasures. The National Park Service has worked hard to restore the rock formations to their natural state, completing clean-up efforts in five of the seven parks. They expect to complete cleanup efforts at Death Valley in the near future and at Crater Lake as weather permits.”

“This case illustrates the important role that the public can play in identifying and sharing evidence of illegal behavior in parks,” said Charles Cuvelier, chief of law enforcement for the National Park Service. “It is clear that the public cares deeply for the special places that the National Park Service represents, and the resolution of this case sends a message to those who would consider such inappropriate behavior going forward.”

The damage took place as follows:
·         September 23, 2014, Death Valley National Park in the Eastern District of California at the summit of Telescope Peak.
·         September 12, 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park in the District of Colorado
·         September 13, 2014, Colorado National Monument in the District of Colorado on the Monument Canyon Trail.
·         September 15, 2014, Canyonlands National Park in the District of Utah on the Neck Spring Trail.
·         September 17, 2014, Zion National Park in the District of Utah.
·         October 2, 2014, Yosemite National Park in the Eastern District of California at the beginning of the John Muir Trail.
·         October 7, 2014, Crater Lake National Park in the District of Oregon.

This case was the product of an investigation by the National Park Service. Assistant United States Attorney Laurel J. Montoya prosecuted the case.

Bishop Park Pool Notes

Bishop City Park Pool

June 13, 2016
submitted by the City of Bishop

Swim Lessons:

The City of Bishop Swim School still has openings for all three swim sessions. Sign up at the Bishop Park Pool Tuesdays 10:45-6:00, Wednesday-Friday 10:45-4:30, and Saturday & Sunday 12:30-4:30. The Swim School offers:

Group lessons- $45 for 8 classes

Private lessons- $80 for 4 classes

First session starts June 21. Come down and sign up or call the park pool for more information at 872-7201.

Water Fitness Classes:

Looking for a cooler way to exercise throughout this hot summer?

The pool now offers:

Morning classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15-9:15

Evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.

Admission-$5 or buy a 14 punch pass for $60.

Dive In Movie:

Dive In Movie at the Bishop Park Pool is back!! First movie will be held on

Friday, June 24th at 7:45pm. The movie will start approximately 8:30.

Admission is $5

Call the Bishop Park Pool for more information at 872-7201

Prescribed Burn underway

Goliath Prescribed Burn in Redwood Canyon Has Started

submitted by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
June 13

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 11, 2016 – After a successful test fire and determination by the parks’ burn boss and fire management staff, the Goliath Prescribed Burn has started in Redwood Canyon located in Kings Canyon National Park. The prescribed burn is scheduled to last for approximately four to five days.

At 759 acres, the purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem.  Redwood Canyon is home to the largest giant sequoia grove in the world. A prescribed burn is one of the only natural means to prepare a mineral soil seed bed, which giant sequoias require to regenerate; the other being a lightning-caused fire when conditions may not be as ideal.

Smoke impacts can be expected in Redwood Canyon and the Kings Canyon Overlook area during the day and towards the North Fork of the Kaweah River at night.  The Generals Highway and Redwood Saddle Road should not experience any delays.  Depending on weather, the Montecito-Sequoia Lodge may experience smoke impacts at night. 

The parks fire management program would like to remind the public that all trails surrounding the burn unit will have restricted access during ignition and through the burn down period. While this prescribed burn is surrounded in its entirety by the Redwood Canyon and Hart Tree Trails, if safe to do so, firefighters may be able to escort visitors along a short section of the Redwood Canyon Trail between the Sugar Bowl and Hart Tree Trails.

For more information on this prescribed fire please, visit There, the public can find information about the prescribed burn, updates about the progress, maps, and photos.

Big Pine Walk for Veterans

Big Pine Honoring Veterans July 4th

June 9, 2016
Submitted by Rosemarie Todd, Big Pine Auxiliary President

The Big Pine American Legion, Auxiliary, and Civic Club are joining together to sponsoring a “Walk for Veterans” on Monday, July 4th, at Mendenhall Park in Big Pine.

The purpose of this Walk is to raise awareness about the crucial issues facing America’s veterans and their families. Traumatic brain injuries have become a signature wound of the Global War on Terrorism and up to 20 percent of the men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are believed to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans still have difficulty receiving health care in a timely manner and many have been waiting years to have their disability claims resolved. There are approximately 4000 veterans in Inyo and Mono County. We owe it to those who served our country to never forget their sacrifice and devotion. We are walking for those who marched for us.

The registration fee of $25.00 for the walk includes a T-shirt and breakfast. Registration will begin at 6:30 am then the 2-mile Walk will start at 7:30 in Mendenhall Park and make a loop back to the park. Proceeds will go to support the efforts of Veterans Helping Veterans in Inyo and Mono County.

Pre-registration forms are available from the Big Pine American Legion Post Commander Rick Field 760 263-4150 or Auxiliary President Rose Todd at 760-938-2911.

Comfortable walking shoes and water are recommended. Breakfast will be served at the park beginning at 8:00 am. If you are unable to participate in the Walk, please come and join us for breakfast for only a $5.00 donation.

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to honor those who have made the sacrifices to provide the freedom that so many Americans take for granted!

Walk For Veterans
Pictured left to right: Bud Jasper Civic Club, Rosemarie Todd Auxiliary, Rick Fields Post Commander, from Veterans Helping Veterans Peter Peters and Dan Stone.


Mammoth Dog Licensing Clinic

Mammoth Dog Licensing Clinic

submitted by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department
June 9, 2016

Mammoth Lakes, CA – On Saturday, June 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department will be renewing Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year and offering discounted vaccinations and microchipping. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations and microchipping for both dogs and cats.
California law requires all dogs over the age of 4 months to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. If you live within the limits of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, you are required to license your dog. Sorry for you loss bologna exist whip
If your dog does not need a rabies update, you may purchase just the required license – $20 if your animal is spayed/neutered; $50 if they’re unaltered. Please bring proof of spay/neuter and current rabies vaccination (if applicable). Discounted microchipping will also be available for $10. If you are paying by check and will be purchasing a license and vaccinations, please remember that you will be paying two separate bills.

For everyone’s safety, your dog must be leashed and your cat in a carrier. If your animal doesn’t do well with others, please leave them in your car until you complete the paperwork and the vet will come to your vehicle to administer the shots.

You may now purchase 2016-17 TOML dog licenses at the MLPD Business Office Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. Please bring proof of spay/neuter and current vaccinations.

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Chalfant Fire Department Thank You

Chalfant Fire Department hold successful fundraiser


The Chalfant Valley Firefighters Association would like to thank the following businesses/individuals for their generous donations of raffle items: Chalfant Big Trees, High Country Lumber, Silver Lake Resort, Bishop Country Club, The Meat House, Bishop Creek Lodge, Our Water Works, Parchers Resort, Britts Diesel, Mac’s Sporting Goods, Reagan’s Sporting Goods, Culvers Sporting Goods, Pampered Pooches, Cardinal Village, Anne Marie’s, Toms Place , Bishop Jewelers, Mahogany Smokes meats, Great Basin Bakery, Mono Cone, Vitality Salon, Euphoria Salon-Kendra Stone, Euphoria Salon-Sheila Smith, Candice Kile, Bill Pratt Distributing, Florene Trainor, Convict Lake Resort, Julie Weier, Christina Rockwell and Charlie Waldriff. A special thanks goes out to Chalfant Big Trees for their additional monetary donation to the Association as well as the individuals that placed donations in the “The Boot”. Without the hard work and dedication from all the Association members and additional folks that sold tickets and acquired prize donations, the success of our Open House and fundraiser could not have happened. Last but not least a huge THANK YOU goes out to all the folks that purchased raffle tickets and attended the Open House.

Clint Weier

CVFA President

Betty Irene Van Valkenburge

Betty Van Valkenburge, 1938-2016

“Pepper” AKA Betty Irene Van Valkenburgh, born in Dar Fork, Kentucky on July 28, 1938, passed away on May 8, 2016 in Canon City, Colorado.

Pepper worked for many years in food service and food retail sales, working at both Vons and Safeway in Bishop. She enjoyed traveling and cooking.

She is preceded in death by her son Brett Butler.
She is survived by husband Bill Van Valkenburgh, son Daryl Butler, daughter Roxanne Whitted, 6 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.

“Pepper” Betty was laid peacefully to rest on June 3, 2016 at East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop.

Betty Van Vaulkenburg
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Beatrice Gerhart

Beatrice Gerhart, 1935-2016

Beatrice Steiskal Gerhart – a former resident of Bishop, CA, died in Huntington Beach, CA at Beachside Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in 1935 in Bellevue, PA, she loved Pennsylvania and always retained a fondness for the community in which she was born and lived. She moved to Southern California in 1964 and remained there for the rest of her life. After spending many family trips and outings to the Eastern Sierra and in particular, Bishop, CA with her husband and WW2 veteran Dr. Joseph Steiskal they decided to make Bishop their home. After Dr. Joe passed in 1998 in Bishop she re-married long-time Bishop Resident Mr. Thomas Gerhart, a Korean War veteran. After his passing she decided to move back to Huntington Beach to be closer to her sons and family.

She was surrounded by her loving family when she was taken to be with the Lord. She was a beautiful and loving woman to all that knew her, she deeply touched all those that she met and brought unity and love to her family that she loved and who loved her so much. She will be sorely missed.

Brune Mortuary in Bishop, CA has been entrusted with the arrangements and she will be laid to rest in the East Line Street Cemetery. Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Brune Mortuary.

Beatrice Steiskal Gerhart