Local News

Missing Man found Dead

Inyo and Mono County Search and Rescue teams called into service

On March 14, 2015, shortly after midnight, the Inyo County Sheriff Department was dispatched to the Lower Gorge for a report of an overdue hiker.
The missing hiker, Scott Sederstorm age 44 of Bishop, was reported to be at the Lower Gorge earlier in the day doing some climbing. When Sederstorm did not return that evening, his fiancé drove to the lower gorge parking lot and located Sederstorm’s van and dog.
An Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy along with a Fish and Game Officer searched the area for Sederstorm but were unable to locate him.
At about 6:30AM the Inyo County Search and Rescue team was called.
About an hour after the Inyo SAR team began their search of the area, Sedestorm’s body was located by a family friend in the gorge. Once the body was identified, Deputy Degeorge of Mono County took over the investigation.
Several Inyo SAR members along with several Mono SAR members remained on scene to assist in the body recovery.

cover photo by Mono County Search and Rescue

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When the Game Stands Tall

Lone Pine Film History Museum showing “When the game stands tall”

The Museum will be hosting a special screening for the community of the movie, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL, Saturday March 21 @ 3:00 PM. There is no charge for admittance.

Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. When the streak is broken, and tragedy strikes the team, Coach Lad must teach his players – and the entire town – that it’s not about how you fall, but how you get back up.

The screening is sponsored by Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County.

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Disaster Assistance for Round Fire

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents Affected by the Round Fire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Round Fire that occurred February 6 – 12, 2015, U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, on March 5, 2015.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alpine, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mono and Tuolumne counties in California; and Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon and Mineral counties in Nevada.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing California with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Fresno District Director Carlos G. Mendoza. “Beginning Thursday, March 12, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Mendoza continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Crowley Lake Community Center
58 Pearson Road
Crowley Lake, CA 93546

Opens Thursday, March 12
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closes Wednesday, March 25

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.813 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is May 11, 2015. The deadline to return economic injury applications is December 11, 2015.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Brown Arrested, 3 officers injured

Saturday Morning incident leads to Arrest, 3 injured officers

The Bishop Police department is reporting the arrest of 36-year old Kevin Curtis Brown.  According to Bishop Police department public information officer Katie Coffman, units were called to the 400th block of East line street early Saturday morning.  Just after 1:00am officers were sent to the area for a welfare check.  According to Coffman, Brown fled the scene on foot resulting in a foot pursuit conducted by the bishop police department with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriffs department.  Brown was apprehended and taken to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital for a standard evaluation before being transported to Inyo County Jail.

While at Northern Inyo, Coffman indicates that Brown attempted to escape.  That effort resulted in three officers being injured.  Brown is facing a list of charges that include a violation of probation, domestic battery, obstructing an officer, battery causing serious injury and possession of a controlled substance.

Kevin Curtis Brown was booked into Inyo County Jail in Independence just after 5am Saturday.

Kevin Curtis Brown. Inyo County SO photo
Kevin Curtis Brown. Inyo County SO photo
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World Water Day

World Water Day

Join the Bishop Paiute Tribe in celebrating water at this free community event. There will be water-related children activities, nature walks through the Conservation Open Space Area (COSA), presentations on water management by local organizations, snacks and raffle prizes!

The event will be held at the  Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, 2300 West Line Street, Bishop.  Sunday, March 22 6:45 AM – 12 PM.


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Outdoor Youth Opportunity

Free Youth Outdoor Adventure Opportunity

The Rotary Club of Bishop, in conjunction with Eastside Sports, will be  taking 26 youth from the Eastern Sierra in to the back-country above Bishop in June to learn team building, leadership skills and land stewardship. This is a free program, funded in part by a grant from Columbia Sportswear, plus hundreds of volunteer hours from the local community.
Registrations are being accepted on a first come, first served basis.
go here for details
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Volunteer with ES Wildlife Care


What does an Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care volunteer do? Find out at ESWC’s free annual New Volunteer Orientation on Sunday, March 22, from 1-3 PM at the Center. As a non-profit organization, Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care depends on volunteers to keep things going.
Some volunteers serve as members of their Board of Directors.
(Two Board Members recently developed an outreach program aimed at preventing fishing line/wildlife entanglement.)
They currently need to fill some Board vacancies.
A network of volunteers from Walker to Death Valley are called on when they need a Bald Eagle rescued from June Lake or an injured Golden Eagle transferred to the Raptor Center in Ojai. More volunteers for the Rescue, Return and Transport Team are always needed to help them cover more than 2,000 square miles.
ESWC brings Living with Wildlife programs to schools and community events—it takes volunteers to make that happen—and a whole lot more!
As part of working with animals (Animal and Foster Care, Rescue and Transport), Rescue and Return Team volunteers built a platform high in a pine and reunited a young Bald Eagle with his family last July. Last month, a Transport Team volunteer drove a White Pelican to Ridgecrest where it was picked up for transfer to water bird specialists in Orange County. Nearly 40 volunteers help with ESWC’s annual Wild Spirits fundraiser. Others help with building and repairs, others with website and social media.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the work of Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, get a close up view of our facility, and meet Razzle the Raven, Red-tailed Hawks Bullitt and Spirit, our Wildlife Ambassadors.
Space is limited, so call ESWC at 760-872-1487 to reserve a place—or for further information.

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Skilled volunteer climber returns a young Great Horned Owl to his nest.


Hit by a car, a juvenile Aplodontia (Mountain Beaver) arrives at ESWC.

Any questions?? Call Cindy at 760-872-1487.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is a federal and state tax-exempt charitable, 501(c)3 organization [EIN 03-0409463]

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Comeau Found Guilty in Jury Trial

Inyo Jury Trial ends in Conviction

Bishop Area Resident Erin Comeau Convicted by Inyo County Jury on Charges of Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale and Child Endangerment

The following is a statement released by the Inyo County District Attorney’s office:

Following a three day jury trial held in the Superior Court of California, County of Inyo, Bishop area resident Erin Comeau was convicted of two separate felony counts of possessing methamphetamine for sale, and, in one of those cases, misdemeanor child endangerment. The cases arose from two separate investigations; one by the City of Bishop Police Department in February, 2013, and a second by the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team in February, 2014. In the 2014 incident, Ms. Comeau was also convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment. In the second case, Ms. Comeau was accused of storing methamphetamine in an ice cream container in the freezer of her home, easily accessible to her children. The jury also found Ms. Comeau committed both of these offenses while released on bail on other charges, and found her guilty of one count of possessing controlled substance paraphernalia. Sentencing has been set for April 15, 2015.The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Dee Shepherd with the ongoing assistance of the Bishop Police Department and the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team.

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Time Capsule for Bishops Warren Street

A Time Capsule for Warren Street

The group of volunteers from the community that has guided
the city’s work on the City of Bishop Warren Street Impr
ovements project proposes to place a time capsule under
the project’s concrete. The time capsule would probably go near the Bishop library and could contain mementos from Bishop as it is today to be opened at some time in the future, say 50 years from now.
The volunteer group invites ideas from the community about what should go into the time capsule. Paper and small items would probably be the most appropriate items to go into the capsule. The time capsule will probably be a tube about 6 inches in diameter
and about 2 feet long. All the items chosen for the time capsule would need to fit in the tube together. The capsule would probably
be placed near the end of project construction in May 2015.
If you have a suggestion or have something you would be willing to donate to go into the time capsule, let the City of Bishop
Department of Public Works know at publicworks@ca-bishop.us, 760-873-8458, or 377 West Line Street, Bishop

Mammoth Lakes Marijuana store theft

Mammoth Lakes Marijuana Dispensary is Burglarized

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in an early morning burglary at the Mammoth Lakes Wellness Marijuana Dispensary.

At about 4:00 A.M. on Monday March 9th, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were advised of a burglary that had just occurred at the dispensary. Prior to officers’ arrival, a female employee drove to the business to turn off the alarm. Upon arrival, she noticed broken glass at the front entrance and called the owner. As the employee stood near the front entrance, a suspect exited from the business through a hole in the glass. The employee turned and ran toward her car, with the suspect giving chase. The employee made it into her car and shut the door. The suspect began punching her car window while yelling verbal threats at her. The employee was able to drive away and was unhurt. She last saw the suspect running southbound toward Center Street and the Shady Rest forest.

Upon reviewing the security videos and interviewing the employee, Mammoth Lakes Police officers have concluded there are at least two suspects. They were also able to identify at least one suspect vehicle, seen casing the business. The dispensary operator is cooperating with investigating officers and working with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department to bring these suspects to justice.

The suspects were able to use a fire extinguisher to break the windows for access to the lobby area, but were unable to access the rest of the business.

The suspects attempted to conceal their identities; however officers were able to get footage of their faces. One of the suspects was described as a male, 5’7”-5’9”, thin build, blue or light colored hooded sweatshirt, white mask or towel covering his upper body, blue or green eyes. One suspect was wearing a ‘Bulls’ cap.

Officers are looking for a dark SUV with a spare tire, similar to a Jeep Liberty.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. You may contact the police station at (760) 934-2011, the Tip Line at (760) 934-3261, via e-mail or the Mammoth Lakes Police Department Facebook page where you can view several photos and a short video clip. You may remain anonymous.

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