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Bronco Varsity Baseball vs Mammoth

Bishop Bronco’s scored a home game victory over the Mammoth Huskies on Friday, March 17th with the final score of 7-6.

Bronco Pitcher Justin Yates

Mammoth tagged Yates with two runs in the top of the 1st inning putting the Bronco’s behind early on.

Brodie Maloney tries to make the tag on Mammoth’s Eriko Guzman.

After three innings the Bronco’s were down by a score of 4-3.

Druw Allen making the tag…

In the 4th inning due to some questionable base running decisions by the Huskies, the Bronco’s pulled off a triple play to get out of what could have been a big inning for Mammoth.

Lukas Di Angelo getting involved in the triple play.

Bronco bats came alive in the 5th inning and put the home team ahead for good.

Lorenzo Parra has his eyes (and bat) on the ball.
Brodie Maloney going 1 for 3 at the plate.

Bronco’s added a run in the 6th, going up 7-5 on the Huskies. Mammoth did add one in the top of the 7th but that was not enough. Bronco’s win 7-6 !!

Individual offensive stats

Lorenzo Parra – 2 for 3 scoring twice

Hunter Wassdorp was 1 for 3 with a RBI

Michael Kubiak – 1 for 2 scoring twice

Druw Allen – 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s

Brodie Maloney – 1 for 3 with a couple RBI’s

Next up for the Bronco’s is Lone pine on March 21st.

Photos by Gary Young

SPRING 2017 – PREPAREDNESS

Be debris free in the wake of this years heavy runoff.

Posted by Seth Conners
According to Carma Roper at the Inyo Sheriff’s Office, Inyo County has experienced record high snowpack in the Sierra this winter. Creeks and streams are likely to flow at full capacity, especially as warmer weather produces more snowmelt. Flooding can occur due to clogged storm drains, fallen trees, or other debris causing obstruction.

In order to prepare for high run-off this year we are asking that the public take extra efforts to ensure that their property is free of any debris that may cause an obstruction in water flow; and to maintain debris-free waterways, ditches and drains.

Runoff preparedness tips include:
Clear ditches of all plants, rocks, and debris;
Clear overhanging vegetation from your waterways to ensure maximum flow;
Open pond outflow channels, and remove decorative rocks;
Clean all water screens, gutters, and drains; consider draining ponds or lowering levels.
To report flooding please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383. Be prepared to tell the Sheriff’s Dispatcher the exact location of the flooding and if the water threatens structures, animals, land or roadways. If water threatens human life dial 911! And always remember – if you see water crossing a roadway Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
For more information on flooding risks and preparedness please check out the following link: http://www.ready.gov/floods.

JOINING FORCES

Impaired driving enforcement effort to run through March 29th

Posted by Seth Conners

According to a press release from Dan Gordon at Nevada Highway Patrol, over the next two weeks, Reno Area, Carson City, Douglas County, Lyon County and Churchill County residents can expect to see additional law enforcement presence. Nevada Highway Patrol has joined forces with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to concentrate on impaired driving, and has an important message for the public: don’t rely on the luck of the Irish, if you drive impaired, you will be arrested.
If you are going to drink, DON’T drive. Even “buzzed” driving is Drunk Driving. Call a cab, take a bus, call a sober friend……Don’t put yourself or anyone else in danger!
In efforts to achieve “Zero Fatalities” this St. Patrick’s Day, drivers and riders are encouraged to abide by the following guidelines:
designate a sober driver before drinking;
use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation if impaired;
take advantage of local sober ride programs;
call 911 if an impaired driver is spotted on the road;
take the keys or assist in making other arrangements for someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired.

 

HISTORY DAY CONTEST

ICSOS announces results for Inyo County History Day Contest

Posted by Seth Conners

Inyo County’s History Day Contest was held on Monday, March 13th, 2017. Students from Bishop Elementary, Home Street Middle School, Owens Valley Unified, and Round Valley Elementary participated. Thirteen individual posters, one website, and two group exhibits covering a variety of topics captured this year’s contest theme of Taking a Stand in History.

Students were judged on the historical quality, relation to theme, clarity of presentation, and compliance with rules. They also participated in interviews, explaining the process they used to create their projects. The following students will be advancing to the state competition in May:
Steve Mather, Fight against Railroad Monopolies (website)
Naiya Warren and Kylee Mullen, First Two Women in Space (exhibit)
Cora Vannest and Kaki Saulque, Alice Piper (exhibit)
Shealyn Ludwick, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (poster)
Blake Winzenread, Wangari Maathai (poster)
Luke Winzenread, John Muir (poster)

The following students were also recognized for their hard work on their poster presentations: Elias Downard with Wright Brothers, Brooklyn Garnder with Fannie Lou Hamer, Elizabeth Ellsworth with Annie Bidwell, Malaya Milazzo with Clara Shortridge Foltz, Alyssa Buchholz with Annie Oakley, Jodie Bedore with Malala’s Stand, Ty Arcularius with Don Haskins, Elan Boehme with Charles Darwin, Emma Dutton with Susan B. Anthony, and Claire Vetter with Elizabeth Blackwell.

Thank you to coaches Randee Arcularius, Billy and Shelly Daugherty, and Brian Mack for working with their students to prepare them for the competition. In addition, ICSOS would like to thank the local Altrusa Chapter for sponsoring the event.

Congratulations to all student participants!

NIHD

NIH Auxiliary helps hospital gain Video Endoscope

Posted by Seth Conners

According to Barbara Laughon at NIHD, a recent equipment donation from the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary is once again making a positive difference in healthcare offered during emergencies.
The NIH Auxiliary’s donation of $30,000 to purchase a Flexible Video Endoscope for use in the hospital’s Emergency Department. Endoscopes are used to secure airways in patients who are suffering respiratory distress and have difficult airways to manage.
“It also allows us to look for foreign obstructions or injuries to the nasal passages and the area behind the oral cavity,” said Dr. Jennie Walker, Director of Eastern Sierra Emergency Physicians, which provides physician staffing to the hospital’s Emergency Department. “It is definitely for life-saving procedures involving the airways.”
Dr. Walker said the emergency physicians greatly appreciate the efforts the Auxiliary puts forward to assist the hospital. “They truly make the difference here at Northern Inyo Hospital,” she said. “Their commitment to service and to providing the medical team with equipment like the endoscope is to be commended.”
For hospital Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, it is the Auxiliary’s method of fundraising that $30,000 that causes him to smile.
“When you think about how the Auxiliary raises its funds, you develop an appreciation for what they do,” Dr. Flanigan said. “They operate our Gift Shop, they sell See’s Candy, and they hold yard sales and Christmas boutiques. That’s how they make money to assist us in providing needed equipment. The Auxiliary is a true testament to our mission statement in that a small group working together for the common good can make a real difference – one team, one goal, your health.”
Established in 1963, the Auxiliary has donated more than $500,000 to purchase life-saving equipment for the hospital. To date, equipment purchases offset by Auxiliary donations include the Emergency Department’s Ultrasound machine, the Automated Breast Ultrasound machine which allows early detection of breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue, and a mini Immunoassay Analyzer, which increased the hospital’s ability to diagnose and treat bacterial infections.
Auxiliary President Judy Fratella said the group is continually working toward its next contribution to the hospital. “We have monthly business meetings and boutique workshops – all held at the hospital’s Birch Street Annex, located on the corner of Grandview and Birch streets. We welcome new members, so anyone interested in coming to one of our meetings and seeing what we are about is invited to do so.”
The Auxiliary meets the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the hospital’s Birch Street Annex, located on the northeast corner of Birch and Grandview, just across the street from the Jill Kinmont Boothe School.
Fratella said the Auxiliary is already looking forward to its next Christmas Boutique, which for the first time in many years will have a new home – the Board of Directors Room at the Birch Street Annex. “We have so many things planned and moving to the Board Room, well, that will give us so much more room for craft displays,” Fratellla said. “Hopefully that space will equate to more sales so we can continue to help the hospital with these needed equipment purchases.
For more information about the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary, call Judy Fratella at (760) 873-4059.

Caption: NIH Emergency Department physicians, Drs. Doris Lin and Jennie Walker are shown with the Flexible Video Endoscope recently donated to the Emergency Department by the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary, represented here by Auxiliary President Judy Fratella, Treasurer Sharon Moore and Historian Betty Anziano. Photo by Barbara Laughon/Northern Inyo Healthcare District.

HORSESHOE MEADOWS ROAD UPDATE

No timetable set for reopening.

Posted by Seth Conners

According to a press release from Deb Schweizer at Inyo National Forest, substantial rain and snow from the atmospheric river events that took place in January and February of 2017 caused significant damage on Horseshoe Meadows Road. In one particular area, weather induced erosion has reduced the road to an unstable and unsafe single-lane.

The Inyo County Road Department has inspected the road damage that can currently be accessed and is in the process of determining the scope of the project, including the time estimate involved in the required road repair. At this time repair work will involve stabilizing the roadbed, stabilizing the shoulder, and preventative measures that would reduce further erosion.

Currently Horseshoe Meadows Road is under normal winter closure; however, it is important that the public is aware that this road is unsafe. As the project progresses more information will be released, including the projected opening of the road.

BALD EAGLE

VOLUNTEERS AID ESWC IN BALD EAGLE RESCUE.

Posted by Seth Conners
Recently, an injured adult Bald Eagle was rescued and given care by Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care. According to the story published by Cindy Kamler, ESWC volunteers played a part in this bird’s story. Close to 450 animals per year pass through our doors at the Center. While trained staff provides critical animal care, volunteers provide help in just about every case. “We couldn’t do it without our volunteer help,” states Kelly Bahr, Assistant Director of the Eastern Sierra’s only wildlife rehab facility. Rescue, transport, and animal care volunteers receive special training in handling wildlife. Volunteers prepare diets, feed, clean cages, wash dishes, build or repair cages. “They also help with education and outreach programs, fundraising and more.”
On March 1st, late in the afternoon, Director Cindy Kamler answered the phone at ESWC. The caller, Gaby, reported: “There’s a Bald Eagle up here in Coleville; it can hop around but it can’t fly.” Kamler responded: “Can you get it contained in a large box or carrier? You will need gloves and a heavy blanket or towel. If not, please keep an eye on it while I call some nearby volunteers for help.”
She pulled out a list of volunteers ranging from Death Valley and Lone Pine to Bridgeport and Walker and urgently began a series of phone calls. “With long-distance emergencies,” Kamler explained, “we often end up with a “pony express.” One person takes the rescued animal part-way, the next does the same, until the injured bird or mammal arrives at the Center.”
In Coleville, Carla and Steve rescued the eagle, put him in a box, and volunteered to drive him to Lee Vining. Cindy called the Mono Lake Committee and reached Nora, who had driven an injured bird to ESWC not long before. Nora agreed to drive the Bald Eagle from Lee Vining to Bishop where Kamler and Bahr took over, getting the bird to Keough’s Hot Springs where he was placed in a critical care cage to rest overnight.
Next morning, Kamler and staff members Kelly Tallon, Danielle Hensil, and Justin Stravalle examined the eagle, finding a possibly fractured wrist. Unable to hunt, the large raptor was on the edge of starvation. He was given sub-cutaneous fluids and the injured wrist stabilized with a Figure 8 bandage. Despite his weakened condition, this mature eagle was a fierce presence.
Over the next few days, although stressed by confinement, the magnificent bird of prey consumed dozens of trout from the Fish Springs Hatchery, regaining strength. Bahr continued: “We contacted Kim Stroud of the Ojai Raptor Center; she agreed to take the eagle for further medical care. Their last adult Bald Eagle patient was ten years ago! Transport from ESWC to Ojai was provided by an ORC volunteer who was skiing in Mammoth.” The report from Ojai: x-rays show that the fractured wrist is partly healed. Conditioning and physical therapy will be needed if he is to regain flight. “It will be a long time before we know whether he will fly well enough to be released,” cautioned AD Bahr.
“We need volunteers. Volunteers have played pivotal roles in hundreds of cases throughout the years. Each year, ESWC offers a free orientation for persons interested in the possibility of volunteering with us, ” said Kamler. Bahr added: “I attended an orientation 6 years ago and discovered that I loved working with the animals. Don’t miss our upcoming orientation.”
Free Volunteer Orientation, Sunday, March 19th, 1-3 PM, Imagination Lab, 621 W. Line Street, #204, Bishop. Call 760-872-1487 to reserve a place.

 

MAMMOTH WATER TREATMENT PLANT

District employees and CCC dig The Lake Mary Water Treatment plant from the snow.

Posted by Seth Conners

According to Betty Hylton at MCWD, last week, after continuous monitoring of the snow load on the water treatment plant, all available District personnel were requested to assist in removing snow from the Lake Mary Treatment Plant roof. The effort continued an additional three days with help from the California Conservation Corps (CCC) and an industrial-sized snow blower from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (MMSA).
“The building survived the winter of 1983, and was not showing major signs of stress; however, the District likes to be proactive rather than reactive. The Lake Mary Treatment Plant is nearly 40 years old and has a flat roof. There was 8 feet of visible snow on the edges and even more in the center,” said Nick Holt, District Assistant Engineer. Any interruptions in surface water treatment because of snow damage would be unfortunate while ample surface water is available for use and while our aquifer could still benefit from the opportunity to recharge.
The effort and resources required to lighten the snow load were significant. Twenty-four people helped in the removal effort, 12 from the District and 12 from the CCC. “We utilized two of our snow blowers, plus a larger blower borrowed from Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to help remove snow,” said Rob Motley, District Plant Maintenance and Electrical Supervisor, who was on the roof all four days and initiated the shoveling efforts. “To transport people to shovel, it took three snowmobiles and a snow cat which made over 26 trips,” Motley added.
The District relies on surface and groundwater resources to meet Mammoth Lakes’ potable water demand. Although surface water is expected to be abundant, use can be limited by infrastructure capacities and legal restrictions. The District Board of Directors will be evaluating whether the groundwater aquifer recharge is sufficient to decrease current water restrictions during the April 20th Board meeting.

 

 

MAMMOTH COMMUNITY HOUSING

Mammoth Lakes set to address housing shortage.

Posted by Seth Conners

According to Stuart Brown in Mammoth Lakes, a kick-off meeting for the Town of Mammoth Lakes Community Housing Action Plan: Live, Work, Thrive will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 beginning at 2:00pm in the Town/County Conference Room located at 437 Old Mammoth Road (Minaret Village Shopping Center) above Giovanni’s Restaurant. If you are interested in or are impacted by the workforce housing shortage in our community, please consider attending this kick-off meeting.

Mammoth Lakes Housing, in collaboration with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area have procured WSW Consulting to update the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ Housing Needs Assessment (2011) and develop a Community Housing Action Plan. The data collection component of this study will: identify and quantify workforce housing needs; evaluate the existing housing program accomplishments and available resources, opportunities and constraints to producing affordable housing; inventory the type and ownership of homes by zone and short-term rental inventory by zone; assess the impact of short-term rentals based on available information; and provide conclusions and recommendations.

The Community Housing Action Plan will utilize the compiled data to help the community identify housing goals and priorities, prioritize housing strategies, understand financing needs, assign responsibilities to carry out the housing plan, and identify a general timeline for achievement. This component will involve the public and “roll up your sleeves” work from the Housing Working Group.

For questions or additional information, please contact Jennifer or Patricia from Mammoth Lakes Housing at (760) 934-4740.

 

NEW SURVEY INFORMATION

New statewide survey shows Inyo County stores making progress in some health related areas.

Posted by Seth Conners

According to the Inyo County Health and Human Services Division, new research shows that our region is ahead of the state in increasing healthy options in stores by some measures. For example, over two-thirds of stores in Inyo and Mono Counties offer fresh fruits and vegetables. However, the percent of stores in Inyo and Mono that sell flavored little cigars, cigarillos, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco, in flavors like pineapple, grape, peach, and bubblegum, remains high in Inyo and has more than doubled in Mono County in the past three years. These findings are part of new research released today on the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol, condoms and healthy and unhealthy food options in California stores that sell tobacco.

Today, throughout California, health advocates held 13 press events to release results of the scientific survey, which is the largest its kind. It builds upon an initial research released three years ago in March 2014 and provides insights into changes in the availability and marketing of the studied products during this time. Information was collected in the summer of 2016 from more than 7,100 stores in all 58 California counties including pharmacies, supermarkets, delis, convenience and liquor stores as well as tobacco-only stores. Data collectors in Inyo and Mono surveyed all stores that sell tobacco for a comprehensive sample.

“Overall, it is encouraging to see improvements in the availability and accessibility of healthy products in our region,” said Jean Turner, Director of Inyo County Health & Human Services. “Stores play a critical role in our community’s health, and we look forward to continuing to work together for positive change.”

“Flavored tobacco is one product we would like to see the stores consider getting rid of. It would be great if they could assess what they are selling and get rid of the variety of choices that include kid-friendly flavors. Just don’t sell it,” recommended Mono County Health Officer and pediatrician, Richard Johnson.
Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community is a statewide campaign formed by tobacco prevention, nutrition, alcohol abuse prevention and STD prevention partners collaborating to improve the health of Californians by informing them about the impact of unhealthy product availability and marketing in the retail environment.

For state and county-specific data and more information on Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, please visit www.healthystoreshealthycommunity.com.