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Lone Pine Volleyball falls to Boron

Lone Pine now 6-6 in DML play

Submitted by Coach Mel Joseph:

Boron, CA – Lone Pine traveled to Boron Tuesday and fell in a very competitive five game match.  Lone Pine won games 1 and 2 (25-20, 25-16) then dropped games 3 and 4 (22-25, 23-25) setting up the tie breaker losing 11-15.  “We jumped all over the Lady Cats in the first two games and just could not finish in games three and four”.  “Boron is always a tough place to play, our game plan worked, it was just some key errors that got us; again, I was proud of our cohesive effort”.  Lone Pine is now 6-6 in the DML, and currently in 4th place, clinging to the final playoff spot out of the tough DML.  The Lady Eagles will now host the #2 ranked Desert Scorpions on Thursday (JV will start at 3:00PM) then finish out the regular season on Friday hosting Silver Valley.  Coach Joseph will honor his six seniors on Friday against the Trojans.  JV begins at 4:00PM

Individual Statistics
Setter Niki Martinez, 12/12 Serving, 2 Kills, 4 Blocks, 23 Assists, and 19 Digs.
Outside Hitter Abby Southey, 20/21 Serving, 5 Aces, 8 Kills, and 11 Digs.
Opposite Hitter Lena Cariou, 13/13 Serving, 2 Aces, 5 Kills, and 7 Digs.
Middle Hitter Taylor Corona, 3 Kills, and 5 Blocks.
Outside Hitter Katelyn Button,14/15 Serving, 5 Kills, and 7 Digs.
Libero Lacie Jones, 27/27 Serving, 5 Aces, 2 Kills, and 27 Digs.
Middle Hitter Katie Lacey, 11/12 Serving, 3 Aces, 8 Kills, 6 Blocks, and 4 Digs.

Junior Varsity
The Lone Pine JV got back to their winning ways defeating Boron 25-15, 26-24.  The JV’s are now 9-1 DML, 12-2 overall.
Individual stats:
Celia Ray- 10/11 serving, 3 aces, 5 assists, and 3 digs.
Shelby Chavez- 100% serving, 2 kills, and 6 digs.
Jessianne Joiner-  13 kills, 4 blocks, and 5 digs.
Berenice Gutierrez- 5 aces, 4 assists, and 3 digs.
Juliann Jones- 2 kills, and 4 digs.
Mariah Button- 100% serving, 2 kills, and 4 digs.
Marissa Honeyman- DNP.

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Bishop Rotary Clubs Make a Big Donation

Rotary gives big bucks for a big range

Submitted by Pat Nahin:

October 21st, Rotary Clubs of Bishop presented a “big check” in the amount of $9000.00 to Pastor Matt McPhee to help purchase a new commercial range with burners, griddle and 2 ovens for The Bishop First United Methodist Church.   A separate legal check was given to the Pastor!  Rotarian Ed Morse has been helping in the Soup Kitchen and recognized the need for a new range.  He suggested that the two Rotary clubs in Bishop apply for grants from the Rotary District 5190 plus contribute money from each club.  Rotary Club Presidents Kammi Foote and Sue Lyndes got together and accomplished receiving the grants and donations.  Pastor Matt is now shopping for the new Range with installation anticipated in time for the community Christmas dinner.

Pastor Matt said the Soup Kitchen was established to provide nourishing lunches to those in need.  An average of 75 hot, nutritious and freshly prepared lunches are served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon in the Bishop First United Methodist Center (205 N. Fowler St.)  In addition, showers are available from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The Church not only serves the homeless and those in special need, but also those who simply wish to join with others in fellowship.  Pastor Matt said the church is thankful for the many groups that partner with them to make the meal and shower ministry possible.

Contributions to the United Methodist Social Services are greatly appreciated.  They are now in need of a new commercial freezer!
The Rotary Club of Bishop and the Sunrise Rotary  are part of over 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders who meet to exchange ideas and take action to create positive change in their communities and worldwide.

For more information please contact Sue Lyndes at 873 4958.

Photo by Pat Nahin, Pictured from left to right, starting at the back: Eric Butner, Phil McDowell, Ed Morse, Nancy Hardy, Wynne Benti, Will Richmond. 2nd Row: Ramona Delmas, Pastor Matt McPhee, Ellen Siegel, Pastor Erin Maddox McPhee, Rick Litman Kneeling down: Tom Hardy, Kammi Foote, Sunrise Rotary President, Sue Lyndes, noon Rotary President, Jeff Griffiths
Photo by Pat Nahin, Pictured from left to right, starting at the back: Eric Butner, Phil McDowell, Ed Morse, Nancy Hardy, Wynne Benti, Will Richmond. 2nd Row: Ramona Delmas, Pastor Matt McPhee, Ellen Siegel, Pastor Erin Maddox McPhee, Rick Litman Kneeling down: Tom Hardy, Kammi Foote, Sunrise Rotary President, Sue Lyndes, noon Rotary President, Jeff Griffiths

Cover Photo, Ed Morse, Pastor Matt McPhee and Sue Lyndes

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Salvation Army Places Building Project on Hold

Steep Increase in Project Costs Cited As Cause

Statement from the Salvation Army:

BISHOP, CA (October 27, 2015):  Due to increasing project costs exceeding available resources, The Salvation Army will put on hold plans to construct a new, permanent facility on Mac Iver Street in Bishop.  The Salvation Army met with key stakeholders yesterday, to review options to raise additional funds needed to fulfill the project budget, or to identify a suitable existing property for renovation to meet the needs for both corps and thrift store operations.

“The Salvation Army will continue to work with community leaders to determine the next steps toward finalizing this project,” said Lt. Col. Cindy Foley, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division.  “We’re hopeful the community can help us find a solution.”

The Salvation Army, which has served Inyo and Mono Counties since 1997, rents two locations in Bishop to operate its critical safety net services, worship programs, and thrift store operations.  The intent of the new facility was to alleviate the ongoing costs of leasing space, while providing an adequate space to meet the expanding needs of the community.

The Salvation Army provides a variety of services to the local community, including assisting families and individuals in emergency situations with basic human needs such as emergency food, clothing, health services and shelter. Volunteer job training, youth programs, marital and personal counseling are also provided, as well as referrals to rehabilitation programs.  Seasonal assistance is offered through The Salvation Army during the holidays, providing meals, food boxes, clothing and toys to families and individuals in need. The Salvation Army has a team of disaster response trained volunteers on stand-by, ready to deploy and assist with both local and regional disasters, including forest fires and large-scale accidents on Highway 395 (an example being the Round Fire earlier this year). And finally, The Salvation Army offers affordable goods through its Family Thrift Store, and sales from the thrift store help fund local programs.

Despite the delay of construction, The Salvation Army will continue operations in existing leased space on W. Line Street and N. Main Street.  All contributions toward the building capital campaign have been earmarked accordingly and are being held for when this project is ready to move forward.  No building capital campaign monies have been used to fund daily operations.
More information about the programs and services offered by the Salvation Army of Bishop can be found online at, or on Facebook at

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BUHS Seniors dominate Powder Puff Football Game

BUHS Seniors Win 26-0

Homecoming 2015 is underway at Bishop Union High School.  The festivities kicked off in grand fashion Monday night with the traditional Powder Puff football game pitting the Junior girls vs the Senior Girls.  The Seniors make quick work of the Juniors winning 26-0.

Senior Quarterback Kristy Dohnel (a star on the BUHS soccer team) started the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run.  Following a quick 4 and out by the Junior offense the Seniors added to their lead with a 4-yard touchdown run by Ritz Garcia, also a standout on the Bronco soccer team.  ASB president Katie Doonan nailed the point after kick putting the Seniors on top 13-0.

Senior Track and Field standout Selena Duenas scored the third senior touchdown racing around the junior defense.  Doonan drilled the point after making the halftime score 20-0.

The strong senior defensive effort continued in the second half with great play from Kristy Dohnel, Maria Jimenez, Audrey Bear, Katrina Biehl, and Cienna Martinez.  Martinez picked off a Junior pass in the second half dashing any hopes of a Junior comeback.

The halftime show featured the Powder Puff cheerleaders William Moore, Carson Reid, Bailey Nolan, Holden McIndoo, Joel Talamantes, and Andy Watt.  Their stunning, high flying halftime show entertained the crowd but also drew a penalty flag from volunteer referees Lee Cox and Eddie Davis.

Homecoming 2015 at Bishop Union High School continues tonight with the “Power Puff Volleyball Game” featuring the boys of BUHS testing their volleyball skills at Gus Klekas Gym.  Game time 7pm tonight (Tuesday).

Thursday the Bronco Volleyball team plays California City with JV action beginning at 2pm, Varsity to follow.  The game time has been moved up to allow all to make it to the Parade at 5:30.  The parade with head down Home Street ending at the Tri-county fairgrounds.  The bonfire will follow the parade in the fairgrounds main arena.

Friday football will feature the Broncos hosting 0-8 Frazier Mt.   Varsity only at 7pm.  Gates open at 6:00 with pre-game festivities beginning at 6:30.  You can buy your tickets in advance at the main office of BUHS.

all Photos by Gary Young

#17 Justice Piper leads the way for #20 Selena Duenas. #31 Little Eva Lent closes in.
Bailey Nolan stands tall with help from (L to R) Holden McIndoo, Joel Talamantes, William Moore, Carson Reid.
Bronco Fans!
Dohnel, Duenas and Garcia in the Senior team huddle.
#70 Jordan Boxley holds for #32 Katie Doonan
#52 Hanna Wassdorp on the run.
Senior Coach Angel Santana.
The trenches.
Waasdorp with the pass.
Waasdorp stopped by #70 Jordan Boxley
#31 Little Eva Lent.
#76 Audrey Bear, fired up!
Halftime Show!
Bailey Nolan showing great trust in his boys.
Joel Talamantes with the back flip.
Cheer team with coach Sheri Nolan and Sargent Danny Nolan.
Junior team photo.
#48 Danni Derousseau front and center of the Junior team.
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Officials Lifting Fire Restrictions

BLM and Forest Service Lifting Fire Restrictions

Inter-agency Press Release:

The Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Inyo National Forest announce that fire restrictions put into place for the Eastern Sierra this summer will be rescinded today, Monday, October 26, at midnight.

Recent rain and snow, combined with increased humidity, shorter days, and cooler night time temperatures have prompted the land management agencies to lift the fire restrictions put into place earlier this summer. Mike Beasley, Interagency Fire Management Officer for the Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest, urges the public to keep fire safety in mind to avoid resource and property damage. “While we are comfortable lifting the fire restrictions at this time, we urge the public to use common sense and exercise caution when recreating outdoors in order to decrease the chance of human-caused fires,” said Beasley.

A campfire permit is still required for those camping outside of developed campgrounds and can be obtained at visitor centers or online at

Important fire safety reminders for outdoor activities on public lands include:

  1. Prevent vehicle related fires by maintaining proper tire pressure, ensuring adequate tire tread, and checking your brakes for overheating. Avoid traveling or parking on brush or grass. Ensure chains are not dragging while towing.

2. Use of exploding targets, including Binary Explosive Targets, while recreationally shooting is both a fire hazard and illegal. Use of tracer rounds while target shooting is also a fire hazard and illegal. The use of steel-core ammunition, although legal, can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire.

 3. Motorcycles, ATV’s and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.

 4. Get your California Campfire Permit online at

 Help prevent wildfires…..One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire

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California City tops Bishop Union

Cal City picks up 1st ever win over Bishop Union

The California City Ravens football program notched it’s first ever varsity football win over Bishop Union.  Cal City used a power running game and converted 4 on-side kicks in route to a 34-17 victory.  The Ravens are 3-0 in High Desert League play while Bishop Union slides to 1-1 in HDL play.  Cal City will play at Kern Valley this Friday in a match up of HDL unbeaten teams.  Bishop Union will try to bounce back hosting Frazier Mt in a homecoming dual.   Friday’s homecoming game will feature only a Varsity game beginning at 7pm.

California City
The Ravens power rushing attack ground out 387- yards with both Kalani Madrona and Dylan Little eclipsing 100 yards.  As strong as Cal City’s running game was Friday night, it was a pass that put the Ravens on the score board.  Raven Quarterback Jystin Rice connected with Deonta Macloren on a 23-yard pass putting Cal City on top 6-0.  The Ravens then converted the first of their four successful on-side kicks.  The Bishop Union Defense would come up with a take away as Austin Jones tipped a pass to outside linebacker Hunter Kampmoyer.  Hunter returned the interception to the Ravens 19-yard line.  Ethan Lamb converted the pick into points hitting a 25-yard field goal.  Cal City then fumbled the ball away on their first play of their next drive.  Bronco Senior Logan Stephenson found the end zone from 8-yards out putting the Broncos on top 10-6.  California City would score on three of their next four possessions taking a 28-10 lead.  Cal City would hold the ball for a majority of the first half successfully recovering four on-side kicks.

The Ravens scored first in the second half with Quarterback Jystin Rice scoring on a quarterback sneak capping a 59-yard drive.  Bishop would answer with a score of their own with Junior Quarterback Izaak Morgenstein stepping in for injured quarterback Ryan Graves.  Morgenstein called his own number on a option play scoring on a 4-yard run.  The Morgenstein touchdown making the score 34-17, and that would prove to be the final score.

HDL Standings (games remaining)
California City     3-0  (@KV)
Kern Valley            2-0 (CC, @BUHS)
Bishop Union       1-1 (FM, KV)
Frazier Mt              0-2 (@ BUHS, ROSA)
Rosamond              0-3 (@ FM)

Bishop Union JV at California City
The Bronco JV fell to Cal City 26-14.  Bishop fell down early 6-0, but moved even at 6-6 with a Hunter Waasdorp touchdown pass to Mark Mayhugh covering 29-yards.  Cal City responded with a pair of scores for a 20-6 lead.  With time expiring on the 2nd quarter clock, Bishop’s Trace Sapp intercepted a Raven passing returning the pick for a touchdown…however it was ruled that Sapp stepped out of bounds prior to reaching the end zone.  Sapp would get credit for a second half score punching in a quarterback sneak and 2 point conversion pulling the Broncos close at 20-14.  Cal City would put the game away with a 4th quarter touchdown winning 26-14.  The Bishop JV have a bye this week as Frazier Mt does not have a JV team.  The Bronco JV will wrap up their season the following Friday with a home game with rival Kern Valley.

Cover photo by Arnie Palu, California City sunset.

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Season Ending at Devils Postpile

Devils Postpile National Monument Announces Closure for the Season

Devils Postpile National Monument has announced that the monument will close for the winter on Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm. It is anticipated that the inter-agency prescribed fire (on Devils Postpile and Inyo National Forests lands) will occur Tuesday, October 27th. During the prescribed burn, the access road to the monument and all trails and access to the Devils Postpile formation will be closed and will remain closed for the season. The monument will open again at the start of the summer season in 2016.

According to the Inyo National Forest, the main Reds Meadow Road is anticipated to still be open, weather permitting, and the trail to Rainbow Falls will still be accessible during the prescribed burn. Traffic control will be in effect on the Reds Meadow Road during the time the prescribed burning occurs.

Prescribed fires reduce fuels for building protection by removing the amount of forest debris that can fuel an unplanned fire in hotter and drier conditions. Prescribed fires are dependent on the correct conditions for temperature, wind, relative humidity, and other factors. Under optimal conditions, fire crews conducting a prescribed fire are able to simulate a natural fire cycle. Fires can reduce forest competition and increase biodiversity of plant and animal life. In 2011, an unusual wind event resulted in the blowdown of thousands of trees, and this prescribed burn will reduce the risk of a catastrophic fire at the monument.

Deanna Dulen, park superintendent, would like to thank visitors for exploring and enjoying monument this season and invites everyone to join in the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration with Devils Postpile National Monument throughout the 2016 season.

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Man Charged in Sequoia Petroglyph Case


The Department of Justice, Office of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of California released the following statement in regards to vandalism at a nearby prehistoric petroglyph site.  Petroglyphs in Sequioa National Forest, Kern County, were damaged.

FRESNO , Calif. —Christopher James Harp, 58, was arraigned Friday, October 23rd in Fresno after a federal grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday, charging him with depredation of public lands, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Harp entered a plea of not guilty at today’s arraignment.

According to court documents, on September 6, 2015, an archaeologist with the United States Forest Service reported graffiti of numerous boulders at a location known as Rabbit Island, a large rock outcropping in the Sequoia National Forest in Kern County that was once the site of a large Tubatulabal Indian village. Agents found black asphalt sealer sprayed on rocks over about 100 yards, including damage to a prehistoric petroglyph of a bighorn sheep on the face of a large boulder.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Forest Service. Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. Frye is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Harp faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 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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Thursday Arrest

Bishop Man arrested twice

20-year old Darrell Maddox Jr was arrested Thursday.  The Inyo County Sheriffs department and California Highway Patrol participated.  The Inyo County Sheriffs department released the following statement:

At approximately 1:00am Thursday morning Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Darrell Maddox Jr, a 20-year old man from Bishop, was intoxicated and behaving erratically. When Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the location where Maddox was reported to be, Maddox attempted to flee on foot. Deputies were able to detain Maddox; however Maddox was uncooperative, refused a field sobriety test, and was ultimately taken into custody for resisting/obstructing. While en route to the Inyo County Jail, Maddox began kicking the patrol vehicle ultimately damaging the inside of the door. Maddox was booked for obstruction, and vandalism.  After being detained in a sobering cell, Maddox was released with a notice to appear.

Later in the day Thursday, shortly after 10:00am the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification that Maddox had assaulted an elderly man outside of Carroll’s Market in Big Pine. The victim reportedly picked Maddox up as a hitchhiker directly north of Independence. Maddox asked to be dropped off in Big Pine; once the vehicle stopped the victim reported that Maddox punched him in the face then stole his wallet and phone.

Two California Highway Patrol officers located Maddox on the east side of Big Pine. Maddox got into a physical altercation with the officers, striking one of the CHP officers, which prompted the deployment of a Taser. CHP arrested Maddox, but then transferred custody to Inyo County Sheriff’s Office for booking. Maddox was booked into the Inyo County Jail under the following charges: felony robbery, felony cruelty to an elder, obstruction, resisting arrest, and battery on Peace Officer. Bail has been set at $100,000.

cover photo, Darrell Maddox Jr, photo provided by the Inyo County Sheriffs department

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Bronco Volleyball wins thriller at Rosamond

Bishop Volleyball  wins in 5 games at Rosamond

It was a back and forth battle Thursday night between the Bishop Union High school volleyball team the Rosamond Roadrunners.  Bishop battled tough winning their second road, HDL game of the week.  The win moves Bishop to 4-1 in High Desert League play, good for second place behind unbeaten Frazier Mt.  Bishop hosts California City next Thursday October 29th and travels to Frazier Mt on Tuesday November 3rd.

Coach Steve Parks Report from Rosamond
Nothing was easy Thursday night in Rosamond.  Bishop Broncos
volleyball traveled to play the Roadrunners on their home court.
Bishop got off to a slow start with Rosamond’s strong serving but
fought back and almost won.  The first game went to the  Roadrunners, 23-25. 

The Broncos came back fighting in the second game, taking an early lead with Sydney Frigerio’s serves.  The Roadrunner defense turned back repeated attacks by Bishop but Bronco serving widened the lead.  Despite a surge by Rosamond, Bishop won the second game, 25-18.

Game 3 was a repeat of the second game, with aces by Frigerio, and the Broncos won 25-18.  Game 4 started the same way as games 2 and 3 but the Roadrunners fought back with great defense and took the lead from the Broncos.  Bishop tied it back up but Rosamond pushed back harder and the Broncos eventually lost 23-25.  However, the excitement began in the fifth game.  Bishop took an early lead again but the Roadrunner defense and offense dominated with a 13-7 lead over the Broncos in a game to 15 points.  The Broncos players dug deep inside themselves and began an incredible run that first tied the game 13-13 and then went on to win 16-14.  Rachel Turner’s serves and Carly Todd’s finishing kill gave the match to Bishop.

Individual Statistics:
Kiara Cox:  30 attacks for 8 kills.
Sydney Frigerio: 98 sets with 17 assists, 25 serves with 7 aces for 20 points.
Maria Jimenez:  28 attacks for 7 kills, 14 serves for 6 points, 21
serve receptions with 1 error.
LIttle Eva Lent: 38 attacks for 3 kills, 12 serves with 1 ace for 6
points, 18 serve receptions with 1 error.
Rebeka Riesen:  12 serve receptions.
Carly Todd: 30 attacks for 5 kills, 18 serves with 1 ace for 8 points.
Rachel Turner: 33 attacks for 5 kills, 16 serves with 6 aces for 10 points.
Ashley Worley:  10 serves for 3 points. 

cover photo by Steve Dutcher photography

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