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Inyo County Counsel Retiring

County Counsel Announces Retirement

Independence – Marge Kemp-Williams has announced that she will retire as the County Counsel for Inyo County on December 30, 2015.

After meeting with the Board of Supervisors on August 21, 2015, to confirm what the Supervisors want her to work on between then and December 30, Kemp-Williams advised the Personnel Director that she intended to retire at the end of the year to spend more time with her family.  Ms. Kemp reached retirement age in 2014.

Kemp-Williams joined Inyo County in 2013, after serving as the Senior Deputy County Counsel in Colusa County for a little over five years.  Her roots were in private practice where she represented businesses and public entities after graduating from the University of Wisconsin thirty-two years ago.

“The private-public mix Marge brings to the table has benefited the County well,” said Chairman of the Board of the Board of Supervisors Matt Kingsley. “Marge brings insights to business transactions and contract construction that enables her to work with the Board and County Administrator to re-evaluate prior approaches to realizing Board goals.”

“Her strict construction of the law provides a solid foundation for analyzing the issues facing the County, while her open mind allows creativity in responding to those issues,” added Kevin Carunchio, Inyo County Administrator.

The County Counsel is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Carunchio said the County will commence the recruitment process to hire a new County Counsel this week. He said this would include giving the Board of Supervisors an opportunity to evaluate executive recruitment firms to assist in the process.

Kemp-Williams has agreed to work with the County until her successor is found, but expressed a strong hope that would occur by January 2016.  Between now and then, she will continue her dedication and commitment to reaching the legal goals she has set with the Board.

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It’s Game Day Volleyball Fans

Bishop Union hosts Lone Pine

A battle of the Owens Valley’s top volleyball teams is set for this afternoon.  Bishop Union will host Lone Pine at Gus Klekas gymnasium.  JV action will begin at 4pm, with the Varsity dual to follow.  Long time Lone Pine Head Coach Mel Joseph leads the Golden Eagles into a battle with Coach Linda Frigerio’s Broncos.

Lone Pine opened the 2015 season with a strong victory over Kern Valley while the Broncos opened the season with a strong showing at the Yerington tournament.  The Broncos finished 3rd in the Lions tourney.

After Today’s (Wednesday, Sept 9th) clash both Bishop Union and Lone Pine will compete in the Mammoth Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Yosemite Fire

Wildfire in Yosemite National Park

Tenaya Fire Currently at 500 Acres

A wildfire above Yosemite Valley began Monday afternoon, September 7, 2015. The “Tenaya Fire” is currently at approximately 500 acres and is burning above Yosemite Valley. The fire is located along both sides of the Lehamite Creek Trail from the north rim of the Valley to the Tioga Road. Smoke from this fire is visible throughout the park.

Full suppression efforts began Tuesday  which include approximately 60 firefighters, six air tankers, and three helicopters. Additional resources will arrive in the park Wednesday.

Trails on the north rim of Yosemite Valley south of the Tioga Road and east of Yosemite Creek are closed.

Currently there are no threats to structures and no injuries have been reported.

There is no containment at this time. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

COVER PHOTO BY GARY YOUNG

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Fair CEO Asked to Step Down

Sally Symons Resigns

As the 2015 Tri-County fair was starting up, CEO Sally Simons was asked to step down.  The 2015 fair opened on Thursday, and the board of directors asked Symons to step down Friday.   Board President Paul Dostie confirmed that Symon’s final day as CEO was this past Sunday.

Reached for comment, Symons said that she was not given a specific reason for the boards decision, but confirmed the board asked her to step down.  Symons began her post as CEO in March of 2014.

The board consists of Dostie,first vice president Robert Levy, second vice president Joanne Parsons, and directors Jacque Hickman and Nina Weisman.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors to the Tri-County Fair (the 18th District Agricultural Association) will be Thursday, September 17th at the City of Bishop office meeting room at 10am for a financial analysis meeting.  The board will then continue their meeting at 1pm in the boardroom of the main office at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

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Bishop Youth Football

Bishop Youth Football back in action

Bishop Youth Football returns to the field this Saturday with three games.  The ball games will be played at Big Pine High School.  According to Bishop Youth Football president James Pettet the games will be played at 9:00 am,11:00 am, and 1:00pm vs Trona.  The two youngest teams (division 1 & 2) are 8 man and the oldest team (division 3) is 11 man.

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Yerington downs Bishop Union

Bishop Union has tough trip to Yerington

The Lions roared with pride Friday night downing Bishop in both Varsity and Junior Varsity play.  The lions topped Bishop Union by a combined total of 80-12.  The Junior Varsity could not stop the Lions ground game falling 36-6 while the Varsity fell victim to several Lion big plays dropping a 44-6 decision.

Bishop Union High School’s varsity will look to bounce back with a Friday night trip to Mammoth.  The Junior Varsity will have a bye week with Mammoth unable to field a Junior Varsity team.  The Varsity match up is set for a 7pm kickoff at Gault/McClure stadium and will be broadcast live on 100.7 KIBS and streamed live here at kibskbov.com.  Rock Baker and Arnie Palu will have the play by play.

Varsity Football vs Yerington

The Bronco special teams allowed three Yerington touchdowns Friday night as the Lions rolled to a 44-6 win.   Harrison Cisneros returned a punt 77-yards for a score in the first quarter starting the Lions big night.  David McFalls later blocked a punt and recovered the lose ball for a second quarter touchdown and Harrison Cisneros ran in a third quarter fake punt 49-yards capping Yerington’s special teams scores.  The Lion’s David McFalls also contributed to the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.  Yerington’s quarterback Dakota Aiazzi completed two long touchdown passes including a 85-yard screen pass to Cisneros and a 54-yard bomb to Reese Neville.  The Lion’s Daniel Sciarani drilled a fourth quarter field goal capping the Lions night.  Sciarani also intercepted two Bishop passes.

The lone Bronco score was set up by a fantastic defensive play by linebacker Sean Brown.  On Yerington’s opening play of the second half the Junior stripped the ball from Cisneros setting up the Broncos at the Lion 28-yard line.  Ryan Graves capped the short drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Varsity Stats
Passing
Ryan Graves, 11/15, 116 yards.
Recieving
Hunter Kampmoyer 6 for 79 yards.
Izaak Morgenstein, 2 for 35.
Rushing
Mike Molina, 10 for 29 yards.
Ryan Graves, 1 TD.
Defensive
Hunter Kampmoyer, 14 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss.
Angel Santana, 11 tackles.
Alan Torres, 9 tackles.
Sean Brown, 8 tackles.

Junior Varsity Football

The Bishop Union High School Junior Varsity opened strong forcing a Yerington punt and then marching down the field for a score.  Sophomore Lorenzo Parra rumbled into the end-zone putting Bishop on top 6-0.  Yerington would then put their rushing game in high gear rolling to a 36-6 victory.  Lorenzo Parra led the way for the Bronco JV offense and defense.

The Bishop Union High School JV will have a bye this week and be back in action on Friday, September 18th with a trip to Vasquez.  The JV have also picked up a game Friday September 25th hosting Boron at 4pm.

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#35 Lorenzo Parra
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#22 Chad Reeves
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#28 Hunter Waasdorp
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#4 Trace Sapp
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C #72 Jay Watterson, G #58 Jarid Alpers

All Photos  By Lorenzo Parra.  visit http://www.lorenzoparra.com/#!/index

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4 arrested Friday

Local Compliance check executed Friday

A circling helicopter Friday in the Bishop and Big Pine area was part of a multi-agency effort.  Several local law enforcement agencies teamed up to conduct probation and parole compliance checks.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department Statement:

On Friday, September 4, 2015 at approximately 7am a multi-agency operation was conducted in the Big Pine and Bishop area.  Approximately 34 locations were checked for compliance to ensure that the person or persons who are living there are adhering to the terms and conditions of probation or parole.

Four arrests were made during the operation:
Brian Dehaven 34-years old: Violation of Probation (3-day incarceration)

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Brian Dehaven

Rachel Chandler 39-years old: Violation of Probation ($50,000 bail)

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Rachel Chandler

Felis Landa 27-years old: Outstanding Warrant, Violation of Probation, Possession of Controlled Substance, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Brandishing a Weapon, and Vandalism ($50,000 out of Inyo County, and no-bail out of Mono County)

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Felis Landa

Justin Wilcott 53-years old: Outstanding Warrant ($5,000 bail)
*All arrest were made without incident

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Justin Wilcott

This operation is an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the citizens and to maintain compliance with those individuals who have been placed on supervision after the conviction of a crime.  “We want to ensure that the persons placed on supervision continue to meet the obligations they agreed to, and at the same time ensure the public’s safety,” stated Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze.

The following agencies participated in today’s operation: Bishop Police Department, Mono County Sheriff, Inyo County Sheriff, Inyo County Probation, California Highway Patrol H80, and Olancha Fire Department’s Tactical Medic Team.

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Lone Pine Volleyball downs Kern Valley

Lone Pine Volleyball Starts Strong

The Lone Pine high school volleyball program opened the 2015 season with a pair of wins over Kern Valley.  The Golden Eagle Varsity and Junior Varsity protected their home court notching wins over High Desert League opponent Kern Valley.

At the Varsity level Lone Pine won in four games, dropping game one 25-22, then reeling off three straight wins 25-21, 25-23, and 25-18.  Coach Mel Joseph’s comments, “After two weeks of intense practice it was nice to get on the court and play (against a worthy opponent), we played well at times and not so well at other times. As this team gains confidence and experience we will challenge any opponent we face.” As a team Lone Pine served 91% with 14 aces and hammered 32 kills. “Using this opening match as a stepping stone, we now know where the weaknesses lie and the area(s) of fundamentals that still need attention. As a coach I was very happy with the team attitude and their effort to battle”.

Varsity statistics

Niki Martinez 20/21 serving, 4 aces, 3 kills, 25 assists, 7 digs.
Abby Southey 20/21 serving, 2 aces, 10 kills, 10 digs.
Lena Cariou 15/15 serving, 4 aces, 2 kills, 14 digs.
Taylor Corona 7 kills, 1 block.
Katelyn Button 16/16 serving, 7 kills, 11 digs.
Lacie Jones 8/10 serving, 28 digs.
Katie Lacey 7/11 serving, 2 aces, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs.
Shyann Padilla 4 digs.

Junior Varsity

Lone Pine JV defeated Kern Valley in two competitive games 25-17, 28-26.

Junior Varsity Statistics

Celia Ray 6/7 serving, 2 kills, 9 assists.
Shelby Chavez 6/8 serving, 1 kill.
Jessianne Joiner 5/8 serving, 4kills, 5 digs.
Berenice Gutierrez 8/10 serving, 7 digs.
Juliann Jones 9/10 serving, 5 digs.
Mariah Button 5/7 serving, 3 kills.
Marissa Honeyman 6 kills.

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NIH at the Tri-County Fair

NIH Patient Portal sign-ups available at 2015 Tri-County Fair

Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital will be at the Tri-County Fair.  You can sign up for NIH’s new Patient Portal and find out more about reduced cost services and new health care providers.

NIH press release:

If you are looking for a convenient way to access your personal health record, Northern Inyo Hospital has the answer.
Volunteers from the hospital’s staff will help people sign up for the hospital’s new online Patient Portal program during the Tri-County Fair, Sept. 3-6. The volunteers will be located on the south side of The Charles Brown Auditorium.

Anyone who has spent the night in the hospital or who is a patient of The Rural Health Clinic, or the orthopedic, women’s and pediatric clinics may sign up for the Patient Portal. Once signed up, patients have an easy and convenient way to view test results, and clinic patients can request appointments and communicate with their health care team via secured messages.

The portal’s biggest benefit is that it gives participants the ability to view portions of their records online for free. They may also print copies of their records at home at no charge. This reduces the need for most trips to the hospital’s Medical Records department where people are charged for personal copies of their records.“Plus this gives them access to their records after hours, and on weekends and holidays,” explains Cyndee Kiddoo, Health Information Management Services (HIMS) manager.

Hospital Administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane said the Patient Portal technology is the wave of the future. “The portal technology allows our patients to take steps to manage their own care,” Alexander-Lane said. “Going forward we’re going to see more and more mobile health tools that emphasize wellness and really insert health care into people’s lives.”

To sign-up, participants must have an active email address.
The sign-up process will be kept short during the Fair. Hospital volunteers will ask participants to fill out a brief sheet of information. Within a week, participants will receive an email with a personal invitation to the Patient Portal’s secure sign-up area.

Anyone having trouble signing in may contact Cyndee Kiddoo for assistance at (760) 872-2152, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or after hours by email at Cyndee.Kiddoo@NIH.org.

In addition to the Patient Portal information, the NIH fair booth will have information on the hospital’s reduced cost services and new healthcare providers including Drs. Marty Kim, Louisa Salisbury and Allison Robinson.

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Jury Duty Phone Scam

Mono Sheriff warns of Phone Scam

by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports from residents throughout Mono County, specifically the Crowley Lake area, of a recent phone scam. We want to make everyone aware of the current phone scam you may experience.

The current phone scam includes a male caller stating he is Lieutenant Foster (or another name may be given) of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. He states that you failed to appear at jury duty and there is a $5,000 fine that you must pay. If the fine is not paid over the phone, someone from the Mono County Sheriff’s Office will come to your residence within 20 minutes and place you under arrest. The caller also will provide you with a fake Assistant District Attorney’s name and clarify that there has been an arrest warrant issued for you if the fine isn’t paid immediately.

This is a phone scam to try and access your personal financial information. Phone scammers are getting aggressive in their means to try and gain access to personal financial information.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be aware of this phone scam as it has created some panic amongst Mono County residents. Remember to never give personal information and credit card information over the phone. You should monitor your credit reports and your credit card and bank statements on a regular basis! Keep your identity and information protected!

If you would like to report any suspicious phone scams or verify that you have been a victim of a phone scam, please contact us at (760) 932-7549.

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