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Due to the extreme heat that has hit the area, and the amount of snow melt runoff, many roads in the area are experiencing, or are expected to experience, flooding.  Here is a list of current road closures:
Lower Rock Creek Road, from Pine Creek to Birchim Lane, CLOSED due to flooding. Alternate route for the community of 40 Acres is via Gorge Road. Date closed: 6/20/17

Pine Creek Road, west of Rovana, CLOSED due to potential for flooding. Date closed: 6/20/17

North Round Valley Road, north of Pine Creek Road, CLOSED due to flooding (bridge damage). Date closed: 6/20/17

Onion Valley Road, above Seven Pines, CLOSED – due to potential for flooding. Date closed: 6/20/17

Seven Pines cabin community, west of Independence, road CLOSED due to runoff crossing the bridge. Date closed: 6/20/17

North Lake Road, CLOSED due to runoff related road damage. Date closed: 6/17/17

Brockman Lane, between 395 and Dixon Lane, CLOSED due to flooding (runoff crossing road). Date closed 6/2/17

6/20/17: South Round Valley Road is flooded – not currently closed – anyone requiring access to this area is advised to use extreme caution.

Child Pornography Arrest-Bishop Police Department

A local man is in custody after being arrested on Child Pornography charges on Thursday, June 15th. According to the Bishop Police Department, the 25 year old, local male, identified as Caleb Joshua Metcalf was taken into custody after a joint operation with the Fresno Division of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.

Mr. Metcalf was located and arrested at around 9:19 am on North Main and Yaney Streets, Thursday morning. Mr. Metcalf was booked into the Inyo County Jail on Felony Charges relating to Child Pornography. Mr. Metcalf is being held on $150,000 bail. When we have more information we will pass it onto you.


The City of Bishop is partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to provide shade trees around businesses located in downtown Bishop. The program, made
possible through a generous donation from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, makes trees available to commercial property owners in downtown Bishop on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funding is available.

The tree planting program is intended to implement one of the strategic goals described in the City’s 2015 General Plan Economic Development Element goal to enhance the community and make
downtown an attractive destination. The tree program is anticipated to provide numerous benefits to Bishop, including downtown beautification, increasing the pedestrian friendliness of downtown,
providing shade for parking, providing traffic calming benefits along Highway 395, reducing stormwater runoff, replenishing groundwater aquifers, and reducing energy use associated with cooling.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power provided the City of Bishop with $20,000 to purchase trees and materials associated with planting and ensuring they become and remain
established, while the City of Bishop is contributing staff and materials to put the trees in the ground. Although potential program participants have several tree options to choose from, all the trees selected as part of the program are drought tolerant, appropriate for the unique Bishop climate, and cause minimal damage to sidewalks over their lifespan.

“These trees will make a significant difference in increasing the quality of life and improving downtown Bishop’s character as a beautiful destination for residents and visitors,” said City Administrator Jim Tatum. “The City is proud to be able to provide these trees to the business community, and appreciates
LADWP’s generous and lasting contribution towards improving the environment of our downtown.”

“Promoting sustainability is a key objective of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power,” LADWP General Manager David Wright said. “That’s why this program is a home run for the City of
Bishop and for LADWP, a huge partner in the Owens Valley community for over a century. It allows us to assist in the beautification of the City where our Northern District Headquarters is located, and increase the energy and water efficiency of local business owners. We couldn’t be more proud to provide this

The tree planting program is available to all commercial property owners in the City of Bishop. Preference will be given to applicants where trees and shrubs would have the greatest impact on be
increasing shade for parking and to improve walkability, traffic calming, where irrigation could be provided most efficiently, and where landscaping would provide the greatest return on investment in enhancing the attractiveness of the community overall.

Property owners interested in participating in the program are encouraged to contact Elaine Kabala at the City of Bishop to learn more about the project and obtain an application at
ekabala@cityofbishop.com or (760)873-8458.


Inyo County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Jeffrey Barnes on June 11th, while in custody at the Inyo County Jail, for attempted murder in connection with the May 23rd shooting in Lone Pine. On June 13th Barnes was arraigned and officially charged. Bail has been set at $770,000.
On May 23rd, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted with a request for a deputy to conduct a welfare check on an individual who had not shown up to work. After responding to the residence on Post Street in Lone Pine, deputies discovered a male subject inside that was the victim of a shooting. The victim was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital and later flown out for further medical care. Evidence at the residence indicated that this was not self-inflicted.
Barnes is the only suspect facing charges in the May 23rd shooting at this time. This case is considered an open investigation so anyone with any information that can assist is urged to contact Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383. You can remain anonymous.
Agencies assisting in the investigation include: Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Major Investigation and Narcotics Team (MINT), Bishop Police Department, Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.

California High School Rodeo State Finals Returns To Bishop

California High School Rodeo Contestants from around the State started coming into Bishop last week as they gear up for the State Finals.  All the action takes place at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. The State finals get underway Monday, June 12th, with the Welcome Complimentary BBQ & Chamber Introduction. Everyone is welcome to attend and is hosted by the Bishop Chamber and Fairgrounds. In addition to all the rodeo action, the Queen competition will be going on all week.

Rodeo contestants will try to make it into the Top 4 of each event, as the Top 4 of each event, will advance to the National Finals in Gillette, Wyoming July 17th-23rd.

On Friday night, Reining Queen Bailee Poole (representing District 6) will crown the new Queen!

Here is the rest of the competition schedule:

Tuesday June 13th: 11:30am Queen’s Luncheon @ Schat’s Bakkery, 12:00-4:00pm Volleyball Tournament, Official Opening Ceremonies & Patriotic Night 7pm – Come Show Your Support by wearing Red, White & Blue,  9:30pm-12am Dance in Charles Brown Auditorium Black/White Theme

Wednesday June 14th: Family Night 7pm – Get Your Entire Family In For Only $20!

Thursday June 15th: 5pm Special Rodeo-Lawn Area in Front of Home Economics Building. Cancer Awareness Night 7pm – Show Your Support For The Fight Against Cancer By Wearing Pink, Cowboy Prom at 9:30pm Charles Brown Auditorium

Friday June 16th: 6pm Senior Citizens Night & Final Rodeo Performance/Crowning of the New State Queen

Saturday June 17th: 9am State Champions Announced & Awards-Top 10

All Show Buttons are $20 & single Rodeo Tickets are $7 with Senior and Students Discounts all week and are available at the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce.  Be listening for your chance to win Show Buttons on KIBS!



May 31, 2017 [Bishop, CA] – Bishop Union High School’s Duncan Reid has been honored at the 2016-17 “Scholar Athlete of the Year” by AltaOne Federal Credit Union, KIBS-KBOV radio AND Sierra Wave radio. The award ceremony took place at AltaOne’s Bishop member service center. Reid receives a $1,750 scholarship, courtesy of AltaOne, Sierra Wave and KIBS-KBOV.
In addition, the two other finalists, Elizabeth Morgan and Makayla McDevitt, each earned $1,000 scholarships.

AltaOne Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Ted Huntington served as master of ceremonies for the evening. Huntington commended all nominees and winners for their effort and dedication, while recognizing their parents’ commitment to their children.

Bishop Union High School Athletic Director Stacy Vannest coordinated the program on behalf of the high school.

Bishop Union High School coaches nominated one athlete from their sport, based on their academic performance and team leadership. In addition, each of the chosen students wrote an essay on their future aspirations. An independent judging panel graded each nominee. Huntington noted that all the award candidates had very impressive academic and athletic records.



“Be the Community’s Choice” – AltaOne’s vision statement
The original sense of neighborly responsibility that led to the formation of the Credit Union at China Lake in 1947 laid the foundation for this highly professional organization capable of meeting a vast array of financial needs for our members.

Since 1947, AltaOne’s strength, wisdom, professionalism and prudent management have helped the organization realize consistent growth. Today, AltaOne’s asset size exceeds $640 million, with 54,000 members.

2016-17 Scholar Athlete Nominees: (left to right) Duncan Reid, Alan Torres Campos, Danielle Derousseau, Ryan Rennie, Kailyn Boxley, Ryan Graves, Victoria Begay, Jayda Meza, Elizabeth Morgan (kneeling).


Coach Palu and Curt Van Nest raising money in the Pie Auction !

The Bishop Bronco Football program had a Spaghetti Fundraiser on Friday night with tremendous success ! The Bishop Loins Club was serving up the great food and 160 total servings were had by all. There were a total of 26 Pies and Cakes donated for the Auction with Kurt Van Nest doing his best “auctioneering” to raise money for the Bronco Football program. In total, $4000.00 was raised!

Bronco Varsity coach Arnie Palu would like to thank Pete at Community Printing, The Bishop Lions Club for the awesome food, Auctioneer Kurt Van Nest , Mission Linen , The Tri County Fairgrounds and Ken and Alice Lloyd. And of course everybody who attended the Bronco Football Fundraiser !!


Bishop VFW Post 8988 Burglary-Bishop Police Department

The Bishop Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance is apprehending the individual, or individuals, responsible for breaking into VFW Post 8988 in Bishop.

According to Bishop PD, the break in was discovered by an employee around 8am Saturday morning, June 3rd. The employee discovered the back door had been pried open, as well as the safe.

Speaking with a representative with the VFW, no memorabilia was taken and the hall was not defaced in any way. The suspects were able to break into the safe and took around $3000 in cash, including about $1300 from the Annual Mule Days Poppy fundraiser.

The only other damage, besides the safe, was to three doors.

At this time there are no leads and the investigation continues and anyone with information is urged to contact the Bishop Police Depart.

Bishop Police Department Runs Decoy Operations in Attempt to Reduce Underage Drinking

The Bishop Police Department cited one clerk for selling alcohol to minors and also cited adults who purchased alcohol for minors on May 17, 2017.

The actions were the result of a Minor Decoy Operation and Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation.

The Minor Decoy Operation involves minors who work under the direct supervision of officers and attempted to purchase alcohol from thirteen retail licensees in the City of Bishop.

Those who sold to the minor face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, ABC will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business. That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.

In addition to the Minor Decoy Operation, Bishop Police Department also conducted a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation. A Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation identifies adults who purchase alcohol for people less than 21 years of age. Through this program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

The Bishop Police Department is conducting the compliance checks to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.

Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law
enforcement throughout the state since the 1980’s. When the
program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling
to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a
routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities as low as 10 percent or even below.

In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of
underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that licensees are complying with the law.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Education and Teen Alcohol Enforcement Program Grant, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Bishop Police Department – 207 W. Line Street – Bishop – CA – 93514 – (760) 873-5866