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Barricaded Subject In Custody-Code Red Lifted

October 14, 2017
11:10am

What started out as a Fire Call of wires down, around 5am Saturday morning, turned into a more serious situation.

Various Law Enforcement Agencies were called out to assist with a reported barricaded subject.

A CodeRED notification was activated for residents to SHELTER IN PLACE in the area of West Line to Diaz between TuSu and SeeVee for barricaded subject possibly armed.

At around 1030, Law Enforcement was able to make contact with, and, detain one male subject. The residence was cleared by law enforcement a short time later.

The Code Red was lifted a short time afterwards.

KIBS/KBOV will release more information, once it is received from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

Bronco’s Buck Bronc’s

The Bishop Bronco’s opened league play last Friday night with a sweet victory over rival Kern Valley. Final score was 54-16.

Luke McClean
Hunter Waasdorp with the “almost” catch

Led by Sophomore QB Luke McClean the Bronco’s scored early and often. McClean only had 8 passing attempts in the entire game for 107 yards.

Beastmode defense with Patrick Flanigan and Lorenzo Parra
Group effort

It was the dominant rushing game that had KV on their heels the entire game.

McClean ran for 102 yards with one score. Senior RB Mike Molina carried the ball 15 times for 121 yards.

Luke back to pass

Freshman Steven Paco had a breakout game with two rushing TD’s.

Steven Paco smiling for the camera on his TD run
Paco on defense.

Arturo Lemus ran the ball 8 times for 76 yards and 2 TD’s also.

Lemus fighting for yards
Mike “Sweet Guns” Molina with his INT for a TD

Solid Defense and great work from both the “O” line did the trick with the league opener.

Next up, road trip to Rosamond where the Roadrunners defeated Silver Valley on Friday night by a final score of 30-27.

Jacobsen Family Releases Statement-Las Vegas Shooting

An official statement has been issued by the Jacobsen Family regarding the Las Vegas Shooting and the condition of Gabe Jacobsen:

Over the weekend of October 1st Gabe and Whitney Jacobsen attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas with their family from the Las Vegas area and a local friend, Breanna Core.

The group was present at the time of the attack and while attempting to take cover from the gunfire and shield his wife Gabe Jacobsen was shot; the bullet traveled through his arm and into his chest. At that point the group fled from their location with Whitney and Gabe ultimately making it to a Las Vegas area Hospital.

Gabe’s condition at this point continues to improve and, while he is still looking at a long road to recovery, he is now out of the Intensive Care Unit and in the next lower level of care. Whitney and Gabe are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that they have received from the local community and beyond.

Whitney has stated that it is touching and uplifting to receive the response they have and they are tremendously grateful. Along with their heartfelt appreciation to all who have reached out in support, they would also like to request continued prayers for all that have been effected by this tragedy.

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Rockfall In Yosemite National Park: One Dead, One Injured

A series of rockfalls occurred yesterday afternoon from the Southeast face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Seven rockfalls occurred over a four-hour time span, with the initial rockfall happening at 1:52 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time.

A preliminary estimate for the cumulative volume of all seven rockfalls is about 16,000 cubic feet (450 cubic meters), or about 1,300 tons. The irregular “sheet” of rock that fell is estimated to be 130 feet tall, 65 feet wide, and 3-10 feet thick. The source point is about 650 feet above the base of El Capitan, or about 1,800 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley (which is at 4,000 feet in elevation).

After the initial rockfall, Yosemite National Park Rangers and the Search and Rescue team entered the area looking for people at the base of the rockfall. Two people were found, resulting in one fatality and a serious injury. The victims, a couple visiting the park from Great Britain, were in the park to rock climb but were not climbing at the time of the initial rockfall. The male was found deceased and the female was flown out of the park with serious injuries. The National Park Service is working with the Consulate to notify family members. Until family notifications are completed, the names of the victims are not being released. All other people in the area have been accounted for and search efforts have been concluded.

Rockfalls are a common occurrence in Yosemite Valley and the park records about 80 rockfalls per year; though many more rockfalls go unreported. The rockfall from El Capitan was similar in size and extent compared with other rockfalls throughout the park, though it is not typical that that there were victims.

It has been 18 years since the last rockfall-related fatality in Yosemite National Park. In that incident, rock climber Peter Terbush was killed by a rockfall from Glacier Point June 13 1999. There have now been 16 fatalities and more than 100 injuries from rockfalls since park records began in 1857.

Yosemite National Park remains open and visitor services are not affected by the rockfalls.

INYO COUNTY PURSUES AIRLINE SERVICE CERTIFICATION

With improvement projects continuing to be completed and efforts to obtain necessary Federal certification ongoing, the Bishop Airport is closer than ever to being able to offer commercial air service for the Eastern Sierra.

Fresh off the heels of Phase II of its Passenger Traffic Study, which included both short- and long-term flight forecasts subsequently approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Inyo County Board of Supervisors earlier this month authorized the County’s longtime airport consultant to begin work on obtaining the certification needed to accept commercial aircraft at the Bishop facility.

According to Public Works Director Clint Quilter, Wadell Engineering Corporation will be developing a draft Part 139 Airport Certification Manual (ACM), which, after the promising results of the Phase II Passenger Traffic Study, felt like the next logical step for the County as it looks at commercial air travel from a regional perspective.
“Requirements for Part 139 operations are flexible with regard to scope and timing. The draft ACM will provide a starting point for discussions with both the FAA and the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) regarding these requirements,” Quilter said. “The County is enthusiastic about moving to this next step.”

Wadell has subcontracted with Ben Castellano and Art Kosatka, universally acknowledged experts in the field of airport compliance and security. Under Phase I of this effort, they will create the Airport Certification Manual, train airport personnel in Part 139 requirements, create an Airport Emergency Plan, and prepare an initial Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and security assessment. Phase II, which has yet to be approved, will entail finalizing certification and security plans and actions required for airline service.

In the meantime, the County will be wrapping up more improvements at the airport this fall. A $1.8 million project to rehabilitate the aircraft parking apron is about 50 percent complete, and comes on the heels of pavement crack repairs, pavement sealing and paint markings, and terminal area security fencing installation that were completed in March to the tune of $1.6 million.
Since 2013, when the County entered a Master Agreement for airport improvement project planning and engineering services with Wadell Engineering Corporation, $7.9 million worth of work has been done at the Bishop Airport.

Airports cannot accept commercial aircraft without Part 139 Certification, and the Bishop Airport has not had a Part 139 Certificate since the 1990s. Also required in order to accept commercial aircraft is a letter of interest from an airline, which Inyo County received from Allegiant Air earlier this year. In its February 2017 letter, the airline stated it has the resources to connect service with a 156-seat A319 two times a week, initially, from Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, LAX, and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, contingent on Bishop Airport meeting the airline’s needs as well as state and federal regulations.

The County is confident it can do both, and points to Allegiant Air’s initial interest as a good sign for the future of Bishop Airport and reliable commercial air service in the Eastern Sierra.
“Allegiant’s interest along with the results of the Phase II Passenger Traffic Study demonstrate that in addition to an ability to enhance reliability at Mammoth, there is an appetite for air service above and beyond that currently supplied,” Quilter said.

The FAA itself has supported the County’s efforts to improve the Bishop Airport with approximately $7.1 million in grant funding thus far to help cover the costs of the improvement projects. An informal review of the Bishop Airport by a regional FAA representative also informed the list of projects developed by the County’s consultant.
And while lighting fixes and runway repairs were found to be necessary, the facility overall has many attributes working in its favor, including significant acreage (895), lack of airspace constraints, minimal crosswinds/wind issues, wide runways (150 feet), long runways (7,500 feet), two federal NAVAIDS on site, three separate runways, unlimited runway lateral clearance and night use, no limit to runway directional use, and the ability to host aircraft as large as 757s, 737s, and 319s. The runways are also incredibly strong – stronger than even the County had previously thought.

According to Quilter, recent testing revealed runway strengths to be much stronger than the previously estimated strength of 240,000 pounds allowable for dual tandem aircraft (two sets of two wheels).
“In conjunction with design of the apron project, non-destructive testing was done on all of the airport pavement,” he said. “While these are substantial engineering documents, a key take away are the strengths of Runways 17/35 and 12/30. Runway 17/35 has a dual tandem allowable load of 408,000 pounds and Runway 12/30 has a dual tandem allowable load of 600,000 pounds. What this means is that Bishop Airport can easily accommodate some very big commercial aircraft.”

Residents of Inyo County have been vocal for many years about the Bishop Airport being developed for the purpose of economic development. The County and Board of Supervisors are committed to exploring the option of commercial air service at Bishop Airport – and working with neighboring jurisdictions to provide the best commercial air service possible, in terms of number of flights and reliability, on a regional level.

The Board believes great things will be coming to the Bishop Airport and is hopeful the entire Eastern Sierra will benefit as a result.

Bishop Broncos Fall To Ontario Christian-Next Up Silver Valley At Home

Bishop Broncos Fall to Ontario Christian

The Bronco team led by head coach Arnie Palu

On Friday, September 15th, the Bishop Broncos traveled to Ontario Christian to battle the 3-0 Knights. Both Bishop and Ontario Christian scored a touchdown in the first to go to the Second Quarter tied at 7. In the Second Quarter, the Knights exploded for 13 more points to the Broncos 3. Going into halftime, the Knights had the lead 20-10.

Mike Molina picking up some yards behind Lorenzo Parra

In the Third Quarter, the Knights held the Broncos scoreless while adding another 7 points.

Cal Omohundro grabbing the interception

In the Fourth Quarter, the roles were reversed as the Broncos scored 7 and held the Knights to no points. However, the Knights would hold on to win 27-17.

Arturo Lemus fighting for yards

 

Broncos Quarterback, Luke McClean went 6 for 12 passing for 41 yards. Leading Rushers for the Broncos were Mike Molina, 16 carries for 81 yards, and Lorenzo Parra 2 carries for 28 yards.

Sweet reception for Lorenzo Parra from Luke McClean

The Broncos accumulated a total of 344 yards on the night with 3 interceptions from Arturo Lemus, Cal Omohundro and Tristen Valle.

Justin Brooks getting to the Ontario Christian QB

The Broncos will host the Silver Valley Trojans (2-0) this Friday. The JV game starts at 4pm and the Varsity at 7pm. The Varsity game will be broadcast on 1230am KBOV.

Big Thanks to Lorenzo Parra Photography for the great photos.

MONO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

During the early evening of September 7th, defendant Amelia Markarian, age 65, of Mammoth Lakes, was driving northbound on Highway 395, just south of Highway 89 in Mono County. Due to her intoxication she failed to negotiate a right-hand turn and crossed over the solid yellow line dividing the roadway. She collided head-on into the victim’s vehicle, being driven southbound by Coleville resident Christopher Harper, killing him instantly.

Further investigation revealed that Ms. Markarian had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit. She was charged by the Mono County District Attorney’s office with second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving while under the influence of alcohol and with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more and causing great bodily injury. She was arraigned on September 12th in the Bridgeport courthouse, and pled not guilty. She is being held on $2,000,000 bail. Her next court date is October 10th.

(Booking photo Mono County Jail)

Bishop Police Department Activity-False Report/Robbery

On September 12, the Bishop Police Department responded to a report of a female claiming she was being held against her will. Responding units determined this was a false report. The female, identified as Elizabeth Jamie Walders age 29 of Bishop, was arrested for an out of County warrant and transported to the Inyo County jail.

Then on Wednesday, an adult male friend of the female, was arrested for strong arm robbery against another man. The robbery occurred on Tuesday evening, in the Whitney Alley. The male was identified as Matthew Jacob Gonzales, age 28 and was arrested at the Bishop City Park.

Gonzales is being held on $100,000 bail and is charged with one felony county of Robbery and one felony count of Battery with Serious Bodily Injury

(booking photo Inyo County Jail)

Fatal Traffic Collision on US-395

On Thursday, September 9, 2017, at 5:40 PM, California Highway Patrol Bridgeport responded to a two vehicle, head on traffic collision on US-395 south of SR-89. A black Ford F-150 pickup, driven by Amelia Markarian from Nixon, Nevada, was traveling northbound on US-395, while at the same time a green Dodge Dakota pickup, driven by Christopher Harper from Coleville, California, was traveling southbound on US-395.

Mrs. Markarian failed to negotiate a right-hand curve and allowed her Ford to cross over the solid yellow line. The Ford struck Mr. Harper’s Dodge head-on. Due to the impact from the collision, Mr. Harper sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mrs. Markarian was care flighted to RENOWN medical center in Reno, Nevada.

Mrs. Markarian was placed under arrest for suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of this collision. At this time the collision is still under investigation by Bridgeport Area California Highway Patrol.

First West Nile Virus Illness Confirmed in Inyo County

Inyo County Health Officer, Dr. James Richardson, announced on September 6, 2017 that a human case of West Nile virus (WNV) acquired in Inyo County has been confirmed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and a second report of possible WNV is under investigation. This marks the first ever confirmed human case of WNV in Inyo County.

The individual, who very likely acquired the illness in the Bishop area, has recovered fully.

A majority of people who are bit by a WNV-infected mosquito will not experience any symptoms. However, about 20% will experience flu-like symptoms that last a few days and resolve on their own. A very small number- about 1 out of every 150 people who contract WNV- will develop a more serious neurologic illness that may lead to lasting neurological damage or death. Three WNV-related deaths have been reported statewide so far this year, according to the California West Nile virus website.

People 50 years of age and older, and individuals with diabetes or hypertension, have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications. If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately.

A record seven WNV positive mosquito samples have been collected in Inyo County so far this year. According to Rob Miller of the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program (OVMAP), “West Nile virus was last detected in 2011, and in that year only one positive sample was found”. Extraordinary runoff conditions and associated water spreading activities by the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) this summer have led to an enormous increase in mosquito breeding habitat throughout the Owens Valley.

OVMAP appealed to the LADWP for their help in providing resources to conduct aerial mosquito control operations in order to manage mosquito sources that are inaccessible from the ground. LADWP agreed to provide these resources to help protect the residents and visitors to the Owens Valley, with aerial operations commencing on August 31 and ending September 1.

Nate Reade, Agricultural Commissioner for Inyo County, said he “praised LADWP’s offer to assist” and that resources provided by LADWP will “most certainly reduce the threat that mosquitoes pose to our towns in the Owens Valley”.

“While residents and visitors may begin to see a significant reduction in mosquito activity following aggressive mosquito control operations, it is still very important for individuals to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites in order to avoid West Nile virus infection,” says Dr. Richardson. “We strongly recommend that you follow these steps to avoid mosquito bites:”

Use mosquito repellent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535. Some oil of Lemon eucalyptus and Para-Menthane-Diol products provide similar protection.

Avoid outdoor activities if possible during dawn and dusk. This is especially important during the first two hours following sunset, when species that spread West Nile Virus are actively biting. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
Wear long sleeves and pants. This provides additional protection when used in conjunction with insect repellent.

California’s West Nile virus website, http://www.westnile.ca.gov includes the latest information on WNV activity in the state.