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$hort Bishop City Council Meeting

Bishop City Council Meets in Special Session

by Arnie Palu

Three Bishop Police Department items were on the agenda for today’s special meeting of the Bishop City Council. The City Council took action to approve former Chief Chris Carter as short term interim chief. City Administrator Jim Tatum noted that Carter will serve as interim police chief on an as needed basis at a rate of $54.52 per hour. The short term agreement has Carter on board through the month of October. Tatum noted that the department is hoping to have a Lieutenant in place October 26th. Tatum indicated that the new Lieutenant would then serve as interim chief while the 4 to 5 month search for a Police Chief is finalized.

The firm completing that search had their revised contract approved today. The City Council voted 4-0 approving a professional services agreement with Ralph Andersen and Associates for the recruitment of a police chief. The agreement notes the recruitment firm will be paid an amount not to exceed $26,000.

Prior to the third action being addressed, Councilman Joe Pecsi and City Administrator Jim Tatum excused themselves from the council chambers. The third item up for action today centered on the council naming a firm to investigate the claims of a letter signed by 7 members of the Bishop Police Department. The “Letter of No Confidence in Police Chief Chris Carter” was delivered to local media and the city council on September 17th. The letter included accusations against City Administrator Jim Tatum, City Councilman Joe Pecsi, and then Police Chief Chris Carter. Accusations to be included in the investigation will include, but not be limited to, misconduct, violation of established policies, conflict of interest, compliance with a formally negotiated memorandum of understanding, misuse of government resources and violations of the Police Officers Bill of Rights. Following a short discussion the three remaining council members, Karen Schwartz, Mayor Pro-Tem Laura Smith and Mayor Patricia Gardner voted to approve the professional services agreement with Norman Traub Associates. The agreement indicates that the city of Bishop will pay the investigators from Yorba Linda $200 per hour plus expenses. Also, in the event the investigator is required to provide testimony at a post-investigation hearing, deposition or trial, the fee is $250 per hour plus expenses.

Council member Schwartz raised concerns about the expense with Acting Legal Council Peter Tracy indicating the investigation could take months to finalize. Mayor Pro-Tem Smith acknowledged the expense saying however, “This needs to be done”.  Mayor Gardner commented, “We have to look into all the allegations”.   The agreement was approved on a 3-0 vote.

There were zero members of the public at Tuesdays 11am special meeting.
Ted Carleton of the Sheet and myself were the only two in attendance.
Councilman Jim Ellis was absent and excused.
The Bishop City Council will next meet on Tuesday, October 13.

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Youth Football Bags Big Bear

Bishop Youth Football wins 3 at Big Bear

The Bishop Youth Football teams traveled to Big Bear this past Saturday winning all three games.  Next up the Broncos will host Boron this Saturday at Bishop Union High Schools John Schwab Field.  Games will begin at 9am for Division one, 11am for Division two and 1pm for Division three.

Division One
Bishop 38  (5-0 record)
Big Bear 19

From Coach Jim Reynolds:

Vinney Begay  1 carry for a 40 yard touchdown, 1 reception for 10 yards,  and 3 assist tackles.
Michael Spratt 1 assisted tackle.
Elijah Reynolds 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles,  1 carry for a 78 yard touchdown run, 1 60 yard kick off return, 1 kick off recovery.
Preston Pool-Harjo 1 solo, and 3 assisted tackles.
Darrick Cortez 1 fumble recovery.
Jesse Dewey 1 carry for 6 yards.
Travis Askins  2 assisted tackles.
Carlos Suarez Jr 1 carry for a 22 yard touchdown, 6 solo tackles, and 2 assisted tackles.
Cherish Dixon  1 solo tackle, 1 assisted tackle and 2 carries for 15 yards.
Ishia Lee 1 assisted tackle.
Chucky Delgado 1 solo tackle.
Justin Pettet 1 assisted tackle.
Charlie Lewis 1 solo tackle and 3 assisted tackles.
Damon Terrazas  1 carry for a 22 yard touchdown run, 1 50 yard kick off return for a touchdown, 1 assisted tackle, and 2 solo tackles.
Devaun Mitchel 2 assisted tackles and 1 solo tackle.
David Smith 1 assisted tackle.
Richie Talavera 1 carry for 25 yard touchdown, 6 assisted tackles and 3 solo tackles.
Brody Berkovatz  2 assisted tackles 1 carry for 6 yards.
Chance Dixon 2 solo tackles.
Levi Williams 4 assisted tackles, and 1 solo tackle.

Division Two
Bishop 31 (4-1 record)
Big Bear 6

From Coach Chris Matteson:

Division 2 football came up with a big win in Big Bear, Ca on Saturday with a final score of 31 to 6. The scoring actions started with a Chevyo Marquez TD run. The next drive was fruitful with a 60-yard TD pass by Jakob Redmond to Colt Matteson for a TD. Cain Omohundro punched in the PAT. Chevyo, Kenan Piper, Jacob Redman and Colt Matteson were busy with sharing the rushing duties. Cevyo would score another TD in the 2nd quarter. Matteson would score 2 more rushing TDs, the last one after a great 30-yard reception by Andrew Steedle to put the Broncos in scoring position, bringing the score to 31 to 6. Overall the offense moved the ball at will with excellent blocking from the front line. Defensive tackles were led by Kennedy Batchelder, Cain Omohundro, Andrew Steedle, Deacon Trim,   Austin Van Nest and Elias Turner.  Overall the team racked up 239 total yards of offense.  Everyone got to contribute to the win and gain valuable experience. Bishop plays Boron this week at home.
Rushing total
Jakob Redman 8 for 53 yards.
Kenyan Piper,  4  for 20 yards.
Chevyo Marquez, 8 for 49 yards and 2 TD.
Colt Matteson,  4 for 24 yards
Cain Omohundro, 3 yards, PAT.
Colt Matteson, 60 yards and  3 TD.
Andrew Steedl, 30 yards.
Defensive leaders
Kennedy Batchelder,  12 tackles and forced fumble.
Elias Turner 6 tackles.
Andrew Steedle 6 tackles.
Austin Van nest 6 tackles.
Cheyvo Marquez 6 tackles.
Cain Omohundro  5 tackles.

Division Three 
Bishop 20  (3-2 record)
Big Bear 7

Coach Nate Morganstein:
MVP of the game is Jaydan Braithwaite.
-13 carries for 87 yards and 1 TD.
-3 receptions for 31 yards and 1TD.
-4 tackles.
– pancake block on a Kick off.

The offensive line deserves special recognition after starting slow with several high snaps.  The O-line ended up controlling the line of scrimmage and sustaining key “touchdown blocks”.  The O-line is beginning to take charge of this season.

Wes Pettet #7 had another amazing performance leading the team once again in tackles with 8.  Pettet also had 4 carries for 61 yards and 1 TD (a 50-yard run).

Tristan “TV” Valle #53 had 2 key blocks allowing Braithwaite & Pettet to score. Valle also had 6 key tackles.

#53 Tristan Valle and #1 Luke Mcclean. photo provided

Joey Molina #55 also had 2 key touchdown blocks getting to the next level allowing Pettet & Braithwaite to scor.  Molina also had 1 tackle.

Justin “Cowboy” Brooks #21 had 2 touchdown blocks on Braithwaite’s TD run & pass block.  Brooks also had 5 tackles.

#21 Cowboy Brooks, #55 Joey Molina, #53 Tristan Valle

Jason Vanmeter #70 had 2 tackles & helped drastically along with lineman Todd Dowers.

Luke Mcclean #1 had an exceptional game on all 3 phases.  Luke made 6 tackles and had 3 carries for 25 yards, along with 1 reception for 15 yards.

Manny Talavera #4 had a good game making an interception and a tackle.  Talavera also had 4 carries for 10 yards  and  1 reception for  30 yards.

Quarterback Clay Omohondro threw his 3rd touchdown pass in 3 games.

Darren Dondero, Jonathan Torres, and Jordan Cooper each made a couple of tackles and participated in this win.

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Dr. Bourne Indicted

Mammoth Doctor Indicted for Removing Archeological Resources

Statement from the Department of Justice

FRESNO, Calif. — Jonathan Cornelius Bourne, 59, of Mammoth Lakes, was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe after a federal grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against him, charging him with violations of the Archeological Resources Protection Act, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to counts one through eight of the indictment, in 2010 and 2011, Bourne transported archeological resources from Nevada into California that were found on public lands and were over 100 years old. Among the items removed were obsidian biface tools, Steatite pendants, and glass beads allegedly removed from a tribal cremation and burial site. Counts nine through 14 charge Bourne with unauthorized excavation and removal damage or defacement of archaeological resources in Death Valley National Park, Inyo National Forest, and Sierra National Forest. The Native American cultural artifacts taken in 2010, 2011, and 2014, such as dart points, stone tablets, and a juniper bow stave were over 100 years old.

According to counts 15 through 20 in the indictment, Bourne willfully injured property of the United States by excavating, removing damaging and defacing cultural artifacts on land administered by the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service in the Counties of Mono, Inyo, and Fresno.

“This indictment shows that the prohibited acts including the unauthorized damage, alteration, excavation, and removal of archaeological resources on federally managed public lands is a serious matter,” said U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Special Agent Mike Grate.  “We want to thank all the agencies involved for all the hard work in bringing this to closure.”

At the arraignment, Bourne pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance. His next court hearing is a status conference before United States Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on December 7, 2015.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Forest Service, National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Assistant United States Attorney Laurel J. Montoya is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Bourne faces a maximum statutory penalty of 98 years in prison and a $2,030,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Special Bishop City Council Meeting Called

Bishop City Council Meeting Tuesday

The Bishop City Council will meet Tuesday, October 6th at 11am.  The Special Meeting has been called to allow the Council to take three action items into consideration.

The agenda for the special meting includes action to approve a interim police chief agreement recently retired, former Chief Chris Carter.  Carter’s final day with the Bishop Police department was Wednesday, September 30th.  The short term interim police Chief agreement would pay Carter $54.52 per hour.  If approved, Carter would serve as interim chief for 30 days.

The second action item would approve a services agreement with Ralph Andersen and Associates for the recruitment of a Chief of Police.  If approved, the agreement would pay the recruitment firm no more than $26,000.

The third and final action item is a services agreement with a firm to investigate the claims of a September 16th “Letter of No Confidence” in then Chief of Police Chris Carter.  The letter signed by 7 members of the Bishop Police Department was addressed to the City Council and local media.  That letter included accusations against City Administrator Jim Tatum and Joe Pecsi and numerous claims against Chief Carter.  Those claims include misconduct, violation of established policies, and conflict of interest.   If approved by the city council Tuesday, the contact with Norman Traub Associates of Yorba Linda would pay the investigator $200 per hour plus expenses.  The City Council agenda indicates the cost of the investigation will be paid through the City’s general fund.

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Broncos fall to Paraclete

Bishop Union Falls to Paraclete

The Bishop Union High School football teams dropped a pair of decisions in Lancaster Friday night.  The Broncos Varsity fell 39-10 with the Junior Varsity losing 48-14.  The Broncos will now start High Desert League play with a road trip to Rosamond Friday night.  JV action begins at 4pm with the Varsity game following at 7pm.  The Varsity game will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here at by clicking on the listen live link.

Bishop Varsity at Paraclete

The Spirits sprinted out to a 25-0 lead this past Friday night before Bishop Union got on the board.  The Broncos running game hit their largest play of the year on a Ryan Graves 60-yard sprint with time running out on the first half.  The big gain set up a 20-yard Ethan Lamb field goal with just 6 seconds left in the 2nd quarter.

Trailing 25-3  at intermission the Broncos converted a pair of 4th downs to cap a 52-yard third quarter drive.  The final 28-yards through the air as Ryan Graves connected with Hunter Kampmoyer on 4th down.  The touchdown made things interesting at 25-10.  Paraclete took hold of the game with a 83-yard drive capped by a 6-yard Melquise Stovall touchdown run.  Up 32-10, the spirits put the game away with a bizarre 4th quarter touchdown.  The unusual play began with Paraclete’s Tyler Schatz attempting a field goal with 5 minutes to play.  The kick was blocked by Hunter Kampmoyer, the ball was scooped up in the backfield by the Spirit’s Aaron Cooper who ran around the bronco’s special teams unit for the score.

Individual Statistics
Ryan Graves,  8 of 15 for 73-yards and a TD.
Hunter Kampmoyer, 4 for 45-yards at a TD.
Graves, 14 for 64-yards.
Mike Molina, 7 for 17 yards.
Angel Santana, 12 tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery.
Anthony Miller, 11 tackles.
Hunter Kampmoyer, 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack.
Sean Brown, 8 tackles.
Tyler Ray, 7 tackles, 1 sack.
Marty Tiernan, 1 interception.

Junior Varsity

The Broncos fell to Paraclete 48-14.  Bronco quarterback Trace Sapp scored a pair of touchdowns with Lorenzo Parra picking up a two point conversion.  Freshman free safety Mark Mayhugh led the defensive effort.

Photos by Lorenzo Parra Sr.  See more at


#35 Lorenzo Parra
#77 Christian Landaverde
#3 Troy Ericson
left to right, #67 Ed Piper, #24 Zack Cunningham, #35 Lorenzo Parra
#4 Trace Sapp
#21 Mark Mayhugh
#67 Ed Piper, #58 Jarid Alpers
left to right, #77 Landaverde, #67 Piper, #4 Sapp, #3 Ericson
#24 Cunningham
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Harry Andreas Sr.

Harry Andreas Sr. 1938-2015

Harry William Andreas Sr. was born on February 12, 1938 to the late Willie and Ester Andreas in Schurz NV. Harry passed away on October 2, 2015 in Bishop, CA., surrounded by family he went to be home with the Lord Jesus Christ whom he proudly served. Grampa Harry as everyone called him, touched the hearts of a lot of people. He was a very talented man who had a lot of hobbies during his walk on earth. “Grandpa” Harry was a great gardener and every year you could catch him sitting somewhere with a ice chest full of tomatoes and chilies, ready to sell them to anybody who wanted to buy some. Then it was off to the river to fish, that was another one of his passions. He would also, tie fishing flies that many of us would use for fishing, he also sold them to the local sporting goods stores along with anyone who wanted to use them. Grampa Harry’s greatest passion was his love for playing music with family and friends and was very proud to play music with his son Harry Jr. and grandsons Jeffrey and the late Harry III. Grandpa’s band was the great Harry Casino and The Gamblers Band” singing and playing favorites like Boney Maroney, White Lightening and Silver Wings. Grampa worked a lot of jobs in his lifetime, but the job he loved the most was Asphalt work, working along with family and friends until he retired and then it was “Fish On”. Gramp liked to fish at pyramid Lake and would take anyone who wanted to go. He caught a 13.5 Lb. cutthroat and received a certificate from the Nevada Fish and Game for it. It was then we all had to go fish Pyramid Lake, but Grampa still caught the biggest fish. Grampa Harry is preceded in death by his father Willie and mother Ester, brothers Robert, Donald (Dan), Clarence and Richie, grandson Harry W. Andreas III and nephew Michael Andreas, sisters Mary and Virginia. He is survived by wife Doris, daughter Jill, sons Richard Sr. and Harry Jr. and his wife Clarice, granddaughters Marnie, Jordan and Vonna, grandsons Jeffrey, Richard Jr. and Thomas also, brother John Sr. and his wife Felicia and great grandson Keiji Andreas, along with numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Grampa will be greatly missed by all of us. We love you “Grampa Harry”. There will be a Cry Dance on Thursday at Dusk at 661 Sewaye Lane on October 8. Services will be held Friday, October 9 at 11:00 Am at the Barlow Lane Gymnasium. Interment will follow at Sunland Cemetery. Luncheon to follow after the interment at the Barlow Gymnasium.

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Playhouse 395’s Murder Mystery

Playhouse 395 presents “Eat, Drink and be Murdered”

Playhouse 395 is proud to announce a special fall dinner murder mystery presentation “Eat, Drink and be Murdered”. This dinner show will be presented at the Mountain Rambler Brewery on Monday October 12th and Monday October 19th. The mystery begins at 6:30 when the McFadden’s and O’Riley’s get together to commemorate the 80th birthday of their family matriarch, Grandma Rose.

A distillery vat drowning, a secret ingredient and feuding families will make this a night to remember. Tickets are $40 each and include a delicious dinner, the theatre show and prizes awarded to the lucky dinner guest who correctly guesses the murderer and the motive.

Tickets are now available at the Mountain Rambler Brewery on South Main Street but seats are limited so be sure to purchase yours soon!

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BUHS Cross Country

Bronco Cross Country on the Sports Show

The Bishop Union High School Cross Country team chats with Arnie Palu on this weeks Saturday Sports Round Up.  The show is now available at the link to the left, or through the link on the home page. Coach Heidi Eldridge is joined by athletes, Jordan Kost, Arianna Pope, and Emma Place.  The Bronco Cross Country team has a home meet this week with High Desert League foe Rosamond.  The Broncos and the road runners take to the Tungsten Hills course Tuesday at 3pm.

This weeks show also features a interview with Mike McDonald from the Sierra Roller Hockey League.  Mike and the Cross Country kids make NCAA football picks….it’s not pretty.  Mike went 2 for 4 while the runners proved they are runners missing all 4 picks…but they were great sports.  Better luck next time.  Enjoy the show.

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Officials defend Rough Fire efforts

Rough Fire now over 151 thousand Acres

Top land managers are offering a Op/Ed defending and explaining the response to the Rough Fire.  The fire is now over 151 thousand acres and listed at 87% perimeter containment.  The lighting caused fire started on July 31st.   The forest supervisors and superintendent felt there was a need to clarify some common misconceptions about the Rough Fire.

The Rough Fire: The fire that continually defied suppression efforts.

We want to recognize the residents of east-side communities who lived with smoke from the Rough Fire for many weeks and we thank you for your patience while numerous valiant efforts to contain the fire were made.

We also understand that smoke affects one of the primary attractions of the east-side, which is the broad spectrum of recreational opportunities that people from throughout the world come to experience.

However we must dispute several sentiments shared with various east-side media outlets that suggest that this fire was a managed-lightning fire for resource benefit.

In particular, we must refute the idea that our firefighters did not do enough or that we, as land managers, underestimated this fire in initial attack and over the following weeks.

Allow us to share with you of the nature of the fire response.

When lightning ignited seven fires on the Sierra National Forest on July 31st, firefighters quickly contained all but one and fire managers suspected that one was going to be a problem.

Kings Canyon Drainage is known for its stunning beauty because of its dramatic steep cliffs that draw visitors from the world to enjoy this stunning scenery. It is also documented as the largest unbroken vertical rise in North America.

To a firefighter, it’s a no man’s land: steep, technical terrain that has been known for injuring firefighters over the years. It’s so steep that “rollouts” (burning material that gets loosened, rolls down the steep slope, and runs back up the hill) are a constant concern for fire crews. In fact, it is exactly how the fire progressed down the canyon. Aircraft and firefighters themselves can sometimes push the rollouts on these cliffs.

These conditions make it impossible to establish an anchor point for a firefighter to start a containment line. It’s not terrain that firefighters can safely engage a fire.

Add the fourth year of a drought. Add that this was ground zero for the worst die off of trees seen in the southern Sierra. Earlier this year, the U.S. Forest Service reported that 12 million trees had died in the southern Sierra Nevada, with areas along the Kings Canyon River Drainage hardest hit. Driving along the river drainage, you will see areas with up to 60% tree mortality. This area had missed several fire cycles, meaning there was a thick bed of dried fuels mixed with dead trees. Add continuous days of 100 degree (or more) temperatures.

Firefighters think about weather, fuel, and topography when trying to access fire behavior. The Rough Fire presented the worst of all three.   When fire managers added this all up, they knew they had a challenging fire to deal with. Never for a moment, and contrary to rumors, did fire managers ever consider anything but full suppression.  The problem was how. It was assessed by crews on the ground and by air, they reported the terrain too steep and that direct attack was not an option for safety reasons.

Aircraft cannot do it alone. Helicopters and tankers can slow the fire’s growth and reduce its intensity, but firefighters need to construct the containment line to stop the fire’s growth.
Once the fire became established, crew after crew of firefighters reported that they had never seen fire behavior like they were witnessing. It crossed dozer lines, roads, and rivers with incredible ease.

Firefighters found themselves working to defend Cedar Grove, Hume Lake, Grant Grove Village and Wilsonia, Balch Camp, communities near Wishon, the PG&E Power Plant, and Dunlap.
As the Rough Fire approached the sequoia groves of Giant Sequoia National Monument and in Kings Canyon National Park, firefighters worked to get the best fire effects possible. Giant sequoias are fire-adapted and germinate with the heat surge from the fire than opens the cones in the tree and releases the seeds to the nutrient-rich ash bed below—the catch was ensuring that this fire wasn’t too intense even for the sequoias.

Some of these communities experienced air that ranged from unhealthy to hazardous. Grant Grove Village and Wilsonia were evacuated first for smoke and remained evacuated for fire.
Numerous crews, including those on initial attack, made every effort they could to contain this fire. Many crews have been away from loved ones for most of the summer responding to fires throughout the west, many of which have also grown larger than historically seen and displaying unprecedented fire behavior. We are particularly grateful that, to date, our firefighters will make it home to their families and loved ones. One injury, in particular, reminded us how complex this terrain is; with the rescue being conducted by a roped-in technical rescue team.

So, we thank you for your patience and we recognize that you too have been affected by this fire. We also hope you will also take a moment to be grateful to all the dedicated men and women who worked tirelessly this summer to protect our communities and our infrastructure.

Dean Gould, Forest Supervisor of Sierra National Forest.
Kevin Elliott,  Forest Supervisor of Giant Sequoia National Monument/Sequoia National Forest.
Woody Smeck, Superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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Francis Lawrence

Francis William “Bill” Lawrence, 1934-2015

Francis William Lawrence, age 81, born in Tulare, California on July 23, 1934.  Francis passed away on September 29, 2015 in Bishop, California.  Bill was a cattleman for 50 years in Central California.

It is not what he has, not even what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.  Bill is survived by his brother Dan, his first wife Beverly, whom together they raised seven children. Bonnie, Babette, Brenda, Brad, Bridgette, Berdine and Barbie, and the blessings of 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

A Rosary will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Brune Mortuary 325 West Elm Street, Bishop, California followed by a graveside service at 10:00 AM Saturday October 10, 2015 at Big Pine Cemetery, 605 W. Crocker Ave., Big Pine.