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2 Found dead in Bishop home

July 8th
by Seth Conners

The Bishop Police Department responded to the 400 block of Hammond Street on Tuesday July 5th regarding two deceased people found inside their residence.  The preliminary investigation seemed to show a strained relationship between husband and wife that,sadly, ended in tragedy.
The decedents have now been identified as Dan and Dee Dean, a married couple who resided in Bishop for many years.  The couple was experiencing marital problems with divorce papers having been recently served.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Dean intentionally shot Mrs. Dean and then took his own life.  This was a planned event with no evidence of a protracted struggle.  Bishop Police Department urges the public to continue the kind and supportive thoughts to help those affected by this tragedy.

If anyone has information about the incident please call Bishop PD at 1 760 873 5866.



Former NIH doctor will undergo psychological evaluation

July 6th
by Seth Conners

According to District Attorney Tom Hardy, former Northern Inyo Hospital employee Dr. Anthony Schapera was appointed a psychologist on June 30th to determine whether he understands the proceedings against him, and to determine if he can cooperate in his defence.
The Bishop Police Department recently developed information showing that Schapera was in violation of a previous gun and ammunition restraining order.  The subsequent search by city and county law enforcement officers led to the seizure of various types of guns and ammunition.  Dr. Schapera was arrested and charged with manufacturing/importing/possessing/and sales of a zip gun…commission of a crime while on bail…and violating a gun violence restraining order.  He’ll be returning shortly to court to review his status as determined by the appointed psychologist, and to set future court dates.



California Health Care Foundation list Northern Inyo as a high performing hospital.

July 5th
by Seth Conners

The California Health Care Foundation recently notified the hospital leadership and staff at Northern Inyo Hospital of their recognition by the State of California as a “High Performing Hospital” based on maternity measures.
The recent recognition of NIH as one of the best 33 hospitals in the state is the result of an evaluation based on low cesarean section and episiotomy rates, and a high rate of exclusively breastfeeding mothers.
After hearing the news, Hospital CEO Dr. Kevin Flanigan was proud to know that out of 260 hospitals in California (some of them thought to be among the best in the world), NIH was in the top 33.  He notes that “it’s gratifying to see that NIH is therefore listed among the best anywhere”.
Acting Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Aspel praised the Obstetrical Team, including both physicians and nurses, for achieving this status.

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 Safer lobby hours at NIH go into effect July 10th.

by Seth Conners

As a continued effort to provide safety for hospital staff and members of the public, Northern Inyo Hospital has announced it’s new lobby hours to become effective on Sunday July 10th.
The new schedule will see the hospitals lobby open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.  People who require lab services during the week  are advised to arrive no later than 5:30 p.m., with the weekend lab hours remaining at 7:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Visitors after 6 p.m. will now be asked to enter through the Emergency Department entrance at the rear of the hospital where security will be posted.
These changes will reduce Main Lobby hours but will improve security by limiting access points to the healthcare facility during overnight hours.

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Heavy traffic expected in Yosemite this weekend

June 30, 2016
by Seth Conners

If travelers arrive at any of the Yosemite National  Park entrances this weekend they can expect delays of up to two hours.  According to park officials parking and traffic are expected to be especially challenging this weekend and travelers in the park should plan accordingly.  The park has added 300 new parking space to suppress some of the problems experienced in the past, however delays are still expected during peak hours.  The park strongly urges travelers to arrive very early to avoid some of the problems created by excessive traffic.
Park visitors are strongly encouraged to utilized the free shuttle busses in Yosemite Valley that has been recently expanded to reach as far El Capitan Meadow and Bridleveil Falls.  These busses use HOV transit lanes which are far more efficient than normal traffic lanes.

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Photo by Gary Young Photography


High winds and lightning pose potential problem for firefighters.

June 28
by Seth Conners

Although they are not out of the woods yet the areas surrounding Lee Vining are beginning to see the light at the end of the Marina Fire tunnel.  Acreage burned has remained at 654 acres since late sunday night and the fire is now 75 percent contained.  However, thunderstorms in the area could produce dry lightning and outflow winds up to 50 miles per hour.  This has firefighters worried because of the increased potential for new fires to flare up and spread rapidly.

As the containment line continues to increase unnecessary firefighting resources will be released accordingly.  This demobilization process will allow equipment and personnel to return to their home units or reassigned to other fires.

The investigation to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

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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