Mammoth Lakes, Calif (May 19, 2018) – On Thursday, May 17th officials from Alaska Airlines informed Mammoth Lakes Tourism that they would be discontinuing air service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH). Current daily non-stop air service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will continue through November 30, 2018.
Airline officials cited retirement of the Q400 aircraft as well as a nationwide pilot shortage as reasons for ending the service that has been in place for Mammoth Lakes since 2009. Other Alaska Airlines markets impacted by these service cuts include Sun Valley, ID; Bellingham, WA; Pasco, WA; and Eugene, OR.
According to Air Planners CEO Kent Myers; “The pilot shortage is having a major impact on air service across the country.” Myers went on to say, “No domestic airline is escaping the pilot shortage; all the legacy and regional carriers have been impacted.”
Mammoth Lakes Tourism is in discussions with other major airlines to not only replace the discontinued Alaska Airlines service from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN) for winter 2018-19, but to possibly expand into new markets as well.
New winter 2018-19 service announcements will be made as soon as they are finalized.
On a perfect weather day, the Bishop Broncos Varsity Baseball Team advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Central Section CIF Les Schwab Boys Baseball Championships (Division 6), by defeating the Kern Valley Broncos, at home 17-1.
The Broncs would get on the scoreboard in the first inning and take a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the first. After Justin Yates walked, Mike Kubiak would hit a monster fly ball that would be ruled a ground rule double to left field.
Brodie Maloney would follow with a double to center field that brought Yates and Kubiak around to score to take the lead 2-1.
Next up was Cal Omohundro who would hit the second double of the inning bringing Maloney home. Going to the top of the second the Broncos had the lead 3-1.
From that point on, it was all Bishop Broncos as they would hold Kern Valley scoreless the rest of the game.
In the Bottom of the second Lukas Di Angelo would reach first on an error. With two outs, Kubiak would hit a ground ball to left. That would bring Maloney to the plate.
With a 1-1 count, Maloney would get the games only home run as he would hit rocket that landed on the boys locker room roof and make the score 6-1.
Lorenzo Parra would follow Maloney with a triple. Omohundro came to the plate and a single to the opposite field, scoring Parra.
Heading to the third inning, the Broncos would hold on to a 7-1 lead.Both teams were held scoreless in the third inning. In the Fourth, the Broncos would add to two more runs on a hit by Parra and a sacrifice fly by Omohundro and increase the Bronco lead 9-1.
In the fifth inning, the Broncos added four more runs and another four in the six inning.
Justin Yates, on the mound for the Broncos, went six innings to get the win striking out six batters, one walk and allowing just four hits.
Austin Thomas would come in to close the game in the seventh inning facing four batters, with one walk and two strike outs.
The final score Bishop Broncos 17 runs, 17 hits and 4 errors. Kern Valley Broncs 1 run, 3 hits and 4 errors. The number one seed, Broncos, advance to the semi-final game on Tuesday. As the number one seed, the Broncos will host the Semi-Final.
The Broncos will face the #5 seeded Team, the Riverdale Cowboys, who defeated Orange Cove 7-2. Riverdale has an overall record of 14-15 and the Broncos enter the game with an overall record of 14-5-1.
On Sunday, May 13th shortly after 8:00pm, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies, Bishop Police Department Officers, and California Highway Patrol Officers responded to a home invasion at a residence in the Highlands Mobile Home Park. Prior to the arrival of law enforcement, the suspects fled the scene in a silver Hyundai Elantra.
According to information that was obtained through interviews, a verbal dispute led to three suspects forcing their way inside of the residence where two victims were then assaulted. Four firearms were taken from the residence; one of the firearms was determined to belong to one of the suspects, Timothy Fossum, who is a convicted felon.
The three suspects were identified as: 46 year old Timothy Fossum from Bishop, 48 year old Henry Diaz from Bishop, and 39 year old Tianna Martinez from Bishop. Warrants for their arrests were obtained and issued for robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, battery with serious bodily injury, elder/adult abuse, grand theft of a firearm, and burglary.
Investigators from MINT (Major Investigation and Narcotics Team) responded to the scene that evening, and assisted in the investigation. The following morning, search warrants for several locations were obtained. At one location, the suspects were located and arrested without incident. The stolen property was recovered from the location.
(Photos: Inyo County Jail Booking Photos: Henry Diaz, Tianna Martinez, Timothy Fossum)
On the evening of Monday, May 7, 2018, officials at the Eastern Sierra Unified School District received an email which stated:
Subject: Staff Notice (APS) Reply-To: APS Media <email@example.com> I will make this simple. 3 PVC pipe bombs placed under school transport will explode. I will then set off the main pipe bomb hidden in the school. Pay us $5,000 USD Via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will tell you how to remove our devices.
The threat was immediately reported to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. It was not specific as to date, time or location. The language used in this email was nearly identical to that described in an official alert regarding hoax emails that was distributed to law enforcement earlier that day. An internet search revealed that a group called the “Apophis Squad” was claiming responsibility for the emails, which were sent to many schools. This group conducted a similar hoax in April of this year. Their goal is to disrupt schools and create havoc for law enforcement throughout the United States and United Kingdom.
Even though it was clear that this was not a credible threat, as a precaution, Sheriff’s deputies went out immediately on Monday night to check every school bus. All of the buses were found to be safe, and there was no evidence of a threat at any of the schools. Sheriff and school personnel checked school facilities again on Tuesday morning and determined the schools to be safe.
At no time were any students, staff or school visitors in any danger. In this circumstance, we were certain there was no threat. To prevent unnecessary panic or spreading of rumors, Sheriff Braun requested that the hoax be kept confidential, and Superintendent Don Clark abided by that request. Once school was in session, the existence of the hoax was disclosed by Sheriff Braun.
Both the Eastern Sierra Unified School District and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office will take every measure possible to protect the safety of students, faculty and school facilities.
360 Degrees of Adventure, Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s Virtual Reality video was officially honored for 360, AR, VR and Emerging Tech at the 3rd annual Brand Film Festival at The Paley Center for Media on May 3, 2018.
The festival showcased the marketing industry’s most artistic, creative, and effective branded content films, selected by a high-profile jury comprising top creatives from advertising, PR, digital, production, film, and media.
“We are truly honored to be included in this year’s list of honorees,” said Whitney Lennon, Director of Marketing for Mammoth Lakes Tourism. “This award is a true testament to what can be accomplished by a small, but passionate group of dreamers who thrive on creating a true human connection.”
This year’s jury chair was Jae Goodman, CEO of Observatory (formerly CAA Marketing), a long-term advocate of brand filmmaking as the natural evolution of interruptive advertising whose watershed moment came when he found himself fast-forwarding through one of his own ads while watching TV at home.
“Cinematic storytelling is now fundamental to brand marketing, and the Brand Film Festival celebrates the most creative films in that context,” said PRWeek VP, editorial director, Steve Barrett. “Video of all types, from short-form executions of just a few seconds to long-form documentaries of 60 minutes or more, is now a central part of the marketing playbook.”
The Brand Film Festival honors a new generation of marketing storytellers, while rewarding the brands, agencies, and craftspeople leading the way in their fields.
“The caliber of films this year was remarkably high, and competition to be selected for the festival intense,” said Barrett. “To be chosen for this year’s festival, brands really needed to show the jurors something they hadn’t seen before. This year’s honorees really do represent the best of today’s branded films.”
The Bishop Bronco Baseball and Softball Teams ended their regular season play on Thursday. The Boys Varsity Baseball and Girls Varsity Softball Team traveled to Frazier Mountain for their final game.
In the Boys game, the Broncos would end the regular season with a victory over Frazier Mountain 14-3 and improve their league record to 8-2.
The Broncos wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, first, in the top of the first inning. Justin Yates would start by hitting a single to center. Mike Kubiak would step up to the plate and was hit by a pitch. Yates would score from second base, on a wild throw, getting the Broncos on the score board. Brodie Maloney was next up for the Broncos and would pound out a triple that would allow Kubiak to come around and score.
Going to the bottom of the inning, leading 2-0, Frazier Mountain would get one run back to cut the Bronco lead to one run.
In the top of the second inning, Lukas Di Angelo would score and the Broncos would go to the bottom of the second inning with a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the second inning, the game became really interesting and Frazier Mountain would score two runs and we would go to the top of the third tied at 3.
The Broncos and Ravens would both be held scoreless in the third. Then, in the fourth, the Broncos would wake up the bats. With one out, Matthew Rosga would get on base on an error. Di Angelo would get a base hit. Yates stepped into the batters box and with a 2-1 count would get a triple and bring home Di Angelo. Kubiak would follow that up with double to center scoring Yates. The Broncos weren’t finished as Maloney would hit a double to left and Kubiak came around to score. Parra was next at the plate and hit a triple that allowed Maloney to visit home plate. Hunter Beal followed Parra with a single and bring Parra around. When the top of the fourth inning was finished the Broncos would score six runs and take the lead 9-3.
The Ravens would be retired, in order, in the bottom of the fourth. And, the Broncos would continue where they left off going to the fifth inning adding five more runs. The Ravens were unable to score anymore runs and Broncos would win on the ten run rule.
On the mound for the Broncos was Yates, who would go the distance to get the win. In doing so, Yates would strike out 8 batters, walk 2 and allow 5 hits.
The Broncos now wait to see who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. Preliminary Play-off rankings have the Broncos ranked #1 in the Central Section Division 6.
It took a few innings for the Bishop boys to realize they needed to bring it. A slow start turned into a 5 inning win VS the Desert Scorpions on Thursday afternoon at Bishop High.
The first two innings were a continuation of the Rosamond game where the Broncos were embarrassed on their own field.
In the middle of the 3rd inning, Coach Omohondro pulled the team to the side and let them know exactly how he felt. It was memorable for me as I get the luxury of hanging out in the dugout during the games.
The Broncos decided to wake up after that pep talk and dropped 4 runs on the Scorpions in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
That coach “O” love carried over in the 4th inning with the Bronco bats finally living up to their potential, pounded out 10 runs against the Desert Scorpions.
Bronco Jr Jalen Watterson got the start on Thursday and pitched 4 innings giving up just 5 hits against the Scorpions. Jalen helped his own cause with his bat hitting a RBI double and a Home Run over the right field fence in that 10 run 4th inning.
Up next for the Bishop Varsity team in the Cal City Ravens coming to town next Tuesday for Senior Day at Bishop High School.
Cal City is a tough match up and this should be a great game for you all to get the “Bronco Flu” and come out and support the final regular season home game for our Bishop seniors.
On April 23, 2018, law enforcement was made aware of a troubling pattern of conduct and statements by student, Devin White, age 18, a senior at Mammoth Lakes High School. Mr. White’s conduct and statements led law enforcement to take immediate action to prevent the possibility of violence to school staff and students.
Starting late last year in the month of November, several statements of concern were made by Mr. White. In November, Mr. White made a statement to school staff that he wanted to make a bomb. Then during class, in February of this year, he made a gesture with his hands depicting shooting guns at his classmates. The following day, Mr. White made a direct threat to staff that he was going to “shoot up the school.” Finally, in April, right before the school’s spring break, staff overheard Mr. White being asked by another student when he was going to do it? During this time, Mr. White had also indicated to several students that he was going to bring an AR-15 to school.
On April 23, upon returning from the spring break, school officials shared the entirety of this information with law enforcement. Investigators with the Office of the District Attorney, working with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, confirmed that Mr. White did in fact have access to numerous firearms including an AR-15 style, semi-automatic rifle. Law enforcement was also aware of Mr. White due to several other investigations over the last six months including an alleged vandalism and possession of a Shuriken, a sharp metal throwing device which is illegal in California.
An arrest warrant and search warrant were obtained for the arrest of Mr. White and a search of his parent’s residence where he lives. Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in a joint operation with the California Highway Patrol and the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, executed the arrest warrant on Mr. White the next morning of April 24, and he was placed into custody without incident on his way to school. At the same time the search warrant was executed by law enforcement at the residence where numerous shotguns, handguns and an AR-15 style rifle were located and seized.
At this time, it is believed that Mr. White was acting on his own and no other individuals are suspected to be involved. Mr. White was arraigned on April 26, 2018 and pled not guilty to felony charges of criminal threats and possession of a shuriken. He is currently being held at the Mono County jail without bail. Mr. White’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 30, 2018 for a bail hearing.
The BUHS Volleyball and Baseball programs had their 7th annual Wine Tasting event last week and it was a smashing success, raising over $6000! Over 120 people attended, consisting of a great blend of repeat attendees and new faces alike!
The funds raised to benefit both programs would not be possible without the support and generosity of so many of our community members. Special thanks to the following business and individuals who donated prizes to our live auctions:
BUHS Welding and Auto shops
Joni Riggs of RugznJones
Body and soul
A&L Auto Shop
Mule Days-Tri County Fairgrounds
Mahogany Smoked Meat
Eastern Sierra Wholesales
And Most importantly, thank you so much to the student-athletes and their families for all of their volunteer time and work to continued success for our high school programs! Go Broncos!