Local News

Jail time for Fairgrounds theft

Bishop resident Rebecca Bragdon began serving her 180 day jail sentence in Independence this week. Bragdon was sentenced in late November. The former employee of the tri-county fairgrounds pled guilty this past August to a felony charge of theft of public money. According to the Inyo county district attorney’s office the the charges originated from the theft of cash and the unauthorized use of the fairgrounds gas card. The total amount stolen was just over 24 thousand dollars.

In addition to 180 days in county jail, Bragdon must pay restitution to the tri-county fairgrounds and also was ordered to pay the fairgrounds for the forensic accountant that was used to determine the total amount stolen.  Bragdon will also be placed on 5-years of probation and has been ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

Dana Crom handled the case for the Inyo County district attorneys office.

The California Highway Patrol aided in the investigation.

Rotary Santa Mile

The Bishop Rotary Santa Mile is back for a 4th year.  The Race runs on the Bishop Christmas Parade route just before the parade begins Saturday December 6th.  Registration is just $10 for adults and $1 for students.  Pre-registration is available at Sage to Summit on main street or race day registration begins at 10:15.  The Santa Mile begins at 10:45.  The race starts and ends in front of the Chamber of Commerce at the Bishop City Park.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female, plus prizes for fastest costume (Santa, Elf, Reindeer, ect) and Kids prizes also.  All proceeds fund the Bishop Rotary Clubs projects.

NFR watch party

The Bishop Elks Lodge #1603 is hosting a National Finals Rodeo Viewing party to benefit the student athletes of California High School Rodeo, District 9. On Saturday, December 13 there will be a full  Tri-tip dinner including dessert, no host bar, silent auction and 50/50 raffle for $15.00 per person. In addition to supporting a great cause attendees will enjoy the NFR Final Go on a big screen TV, a no-host bar and the chance to participate in a Fantasy Rodeo competition. For information including tickets or to donate a silent auction item contact Jon Himelhoch at 760-920-0189. Tickets can also be purchased at the Tri-County Fairgrounds office Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Sally A. Symons

CEO, Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds


Bishop Chamber Events

The Bishop Chamber of Commerce is hosting a variety of holiday events.  Starting with this Fridays Tree Lighting Ceremony.  You are invited to join the Chamber for Bishop’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the City Park. Kids can visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 4:30-6:00 pm inside the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, pony rides and live entertainment.  Performances by Rainbow Preschool Kids, BUHS Choir and Clark Curtis will begin at 5:30 – the tree will light at 6:00 pm.

Following the Tree Lighting, stroll downtown and get a jump start on your holiday shopping.  Many merchants will offer free refreshments & special deals.  Have your Street of Lights map stamped by at least six participating merchants for a chance to win prizes & gift certificates.  Grand raffle prize is $500!  Raffle at 9pm in front of Mountain Rambler Brewing.  
Saturday at 11am is the main street Christmas Parade.  This year’s theme is “Connecting Christmas Past with Christmas Future.”

Marching Bands, Floats, Horses, Classic Cars and Santa!  After the parade, kids can visit with Santa in the park gazebo.  Thanks to Altrusa of the Eastern Sierra, each child will receive a free book and special treats!

Warren Street Update

Warren Street Utilities Construction Update 5.
Work on the City of Bishop water and sewer construction project along Warren Street has moved to Academy Avenue and is expected to continue there for 2 or 3 weeks. The contractor has begun work on new water lines and sewer lines the full length of Academy.
New water line will be constructed from Main Street to Fowler Street and new sewer line will be constructed from near Main to Warren along Academy. In addition, new water and sewer
service pipes will be constructed to properties along the street.
Road closures are required while work is underway and temporary water and sewer shutoffs are necessary for some construction operations. Notices of the water shutoffs will normally be
distributed two days in advance. Patience with these shutoffs is appreciated.
Although the contractor’s effort is now focused on Academy, additional work is also expected in the intersection of Lagoon and Warren Streets in the next week or so. All utility work is expected
to be completed this month. Construction of street improvements along Warren Street is expected to start as early as January and last into May 2015.
This construction in downtown Bishop impacts traffic on city streets west of Main Street and will cause inconvenience and delays. Closures include full intersection closures. When intersections
are closed, you will not be able to get through the intersections. Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and hidden hazards will require attention, even when work is not underway.  All efforts will be made to maintain access to businesses and to minimize the impacts and restrictions, but drivers, riders, and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient.

Coats for Kids

The 11th Annual “Coats for Kids” drive is underway.  KIBS/KBOV is again partnering with the Salvation Army to gather new or gently used coats for kids.  You can donate coats at Bishop K-Mart, Carl’s Jr. in Mammoth Lakes and Lone Pine, Steves’s Auto Parts in Bishop, and Suddenlink in Bishop.

Join us on Saturday, December 6th from 1-3pm at Steve’s Auto Parts and Friday, December 12th from 10am to 12 noon at Suddenlink for live remotes.  Stop buy during the live broadcasts!

Coats can be donated now through December 14th.  Thank you for participating and making this our best year!

Drug information event set

Narcotics 101 Education
Heroin, Marijuana, Meth, Spice, Ecstasy, and Oxy; these are just some of the illegal and prescription drugs being abused by adults and teens in our Eastern Sierra communities. But as a parent, how do you know if your child is using? What do you look for? What are the symptoms? These are the questions being asked of local school officials, counselors, and law enforcement by worried parents of teens and pre-teens throughout Inyo County. And these anxious parents are the reason for the “Parent’s Guide to Narcotics” event being held next week at the Bishop High Auditorium.

According to BUHS Principal Randy Cook, he was approached by a group of concerned parents regarding drug use by teens. “This group of parents was troubled. Not necessarily because they thought their kids were using illegal drugs, but because they had no idea what to look out for in order to catch them and stop them, if it happens.” Local law enforcement officers will be conducting the educational night and they plan on including as much detail as possible regarding drugs available in Inyo County. According to Cook, “the presentation will break down each drug and go over the basics; giving parents, grandparents, and other guardians tools to detect if their child is involved with drugs.”

The “Parent’s Guide to Narcotics” event will be taking place Tuesday December 9th at 6:30pm at the Bishop Unified High School Auditorium at 301 N. Fowler St. in Bishop. Expect to hear from law enforcement what each drug looks like, what they smell like, how they are ingested, and what symptoms a teen on each drug often exhibits. Additionally, the presentation will include drug packaging information, teach parents to recognize drug paraphernalia items, and identify the various slang terminology used.

To help with the evening’s education, a Spanish language interpreter will be giving real time translation for parents and community members for whom English is not their native language.

You do not have to be a parent or have a child in the school system to attend this event. This information could be of use to a variety of employers, coaches, clergy, and people looking for child care. All community members are invited to attend.

Playhouse 395 Auditions

Auditions Set for Playhouse 395’s

Spring 2015 Show, “Guys and Dolls”

Calling all actors, dancers and singers, we need YOU!! It’s time to start tuning those vocal chords and limbering up those dancing legs as Playhouse 395 proudly announces the 2015 spring production of the musical show “Guys and Dolls.” If you have ever harbored a secret desire to appear on the stage, or are a long-time “performance junkie,” your time has arrived.

Set in the 1940’s, gamblers, missionaries and night club performers mix it up in this hilarious satire about life on Broadway in New York City. All the big gamblers are in town for the biggest craps game of the year, but organizer Nathan Detroit needs money to set it up. Seeing a sure thing, Nathan bets high-roller Sky Masterson that Sky can’t talk missionary Sarah Brown into going to Havana with him. To Nathan’s dismay she accepts, and then the fun and fireworks really begin!

Auditions to take place at the newly remodeled Bishop High School Auditorium for “Guys and Dolls” to be held 9am to 5pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014, preceded by an audition workshop on Tuesday, December 9 from 6:30pm to 8pm with a possible Friday audition TBA for hardship on Saturday.  Director Dave Hardin says that he will need men and women of all ages, including older teens but, sorry kids, there are no roles for youngsters this time. There are even a few non-singing roles so give it a shot. The vocal audition should be accompanied and run between 60 and 90 seconds. Some simple dance moves will be taught at both the workshop and the audition. For more information,  call Playhouse 395 at (760) 920-9100 or email Director Dave at ddhardin@gmail.com.

Make new friends and join in the fun of  “Guys and Dolls!”

Drug Arrest in Mono County

Traffic stop leads to narcotics arrest
On the morning of Saturday, November 29th, 2014, at approximately 7:30am, Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling southbound on Hwy 395 near SR 108 and Fale Hot Springs.
Bertin Cortez-Guzman, age 27, of Reedly, CA, and Jose Becerra-Cortez, age 18, also of Reedly, CA, were stopped by deputies on southbound Hwy 395 near SR 108 and Fale Hot Springs for speeding. When the driver, Mr. Cortez-Guzman, was asked for his driver’s license, he provided deputies with his Mexican Consulate Card as he did not have a California driver’s license. Both Mr. Cortez-Guzman and Mr. Becerra-Cortez were asked to exit the vehicle. Upon a vehicle search, a medium sized black and blue nylon case was located in the center console of the vehicle. Deputies became suspicious and called for the narcotics detection K-9.
K-9 Tara alerted to the exterior of the vehicle, and once deployed inside the vehicle, she alerted to the center console compartment and revealed methamphetamine. Inside the nylon bag were twenty six (26) individually wrapped plastic baggies containing methamphetamine.
After further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cortez-Guzman and Mr. Becerra-Cortez were traveling from Reedly, CA, to Mammoth Lakes, CA, to meet a buyer and sell the pre-packaged methamphetamine.
Jose Becerra-Cortez, age 18, of Reedly, CA, was arrested for 11378 HS (possession of a controlled substance for sale) and 11379 (A) HS (transportation of a controlled substance).
Bertin Cortez-Guzman, age 27, of Reedly, CA, was arrested for 12500 (A) VC (driving without a license); 11377 (A) HS (possession of a controlled substance); 11378 HS (possession of a controlled substance for sale); and 11379 (A) HS (transportation of a controlled substance). Mr. Cortez-Guzman is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail.
All charges for Mr. Becerra-Cortez and Mr. Cortez-Guzman are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office. – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

war of the worlds

Metabolic Studio Presents Historic Radio Play in Lone Pine
the 2014 Season finale show of IOU Theatre
December 7, 2014 at 7pm

On Sunday December 7 at 7pm, the Metabolic Studio IOU Theatre invites the public to experience, “WAR OF THE WORLDS,” a live radio drama written by Howard Koch, directed and narrated by Orson Welles in 1938, and inspired by the H.G. Wells story written in 1897. The 1938 CBS radio broadcast performed on Halloween caused a historic fracas across the nation. The “War of the Worlds” script has been adapted by Jon Klusmire to be set in contemporary Owens Valley and Los Angeles.  This marks the fifth and final play in the IOU Theatre 2014 series, which began in June with readings of radio plays about the Owens Valley and surrounding area.

The script focuses on a series of news bulletins about an alien invasion of Earth by Martians and interviews with eyewitnesses, experts, the Secretary of Defense and the military. All sound effects for this production have been produced by Metabolic Studio’s Sonic Division and are indexical of the old Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) factory in Bartlett. The sound effects utilize PPG as an instrument that plays itself 24/7 as the wind blows across the Owens dry lakebed and creates otherworldly sounds, hums, drones and frequencies in these resonator silos.

A troupe of local performers from Bishop to Keeler will read the play and perform sound effects. The radio play is free to the public and will be staged at 7 p.m., Sunday December 7, the Double L tavern, at the corner of Main and Willow, in Lone Pine.

Those under 21 can watch a live broadcast of the performance at the IOU garden next to the Double L. The garden will also host an Open House from 5-7p.m. Sunday with IOU espresso being served along with an offering grown in the IOU garden.

For more information visit:
MetabolicStudioIOUTheatre on Facebook and metabolicstudio.org.