Community News

Controled Burn in Mono

The Inyo national forest is conducting a controlled burn today (December 5th)  in Mono County.  The crestview pile burning project is located east of highway 395, south of bald mt. road and north of owens river road.  144 acres are targeted today.  Smoke may be visible east of highway 395 from the crestview cal-trans station to the June Lake junction.

Fruitcake Fever!



Come to Independence on December 13th for a Disco-themed party honoring the venerable and timeless fruitcake. Disco balls, chest hair and gold chains will be there in abundance, along with delicious eggnogs and fruitcake. The possibilities are endless for creating a winning fruitcake. Categories include oldest, travelled the farthest, best of theme, most solids, and judges’ award. Our fruitcake judges employ mechanical, empirical and philosophical techniques to select winning fruitcakes in those categories.
This year we are adding the “fruitcake strut.” Write up a little blurb about your fruitcake and you and your fruitcake will have the mic to show your stuff. This is undoubtedly the only beauty pageant for fruitcakes in the world and, quite possibly, the universe.
Most people participate by wearing theme-oriented costumes. This is not required, but in the past we have found that a good many people like to dress up more than their fruitcakes. The Costume Contest is just the place to show off your creativity and the “Best Costume” prize is awarded to the person with the loudest applause.
There will be live music with Sandy and the High Country playing their repertoire of Disco music. There will be dance instruction, so get those dancing shoes on and learn the hustle and the slide.

If leaded eggnog isn’t your style, coffee is available at the bar to boost your energy.  No need to eat dinner before you come. Jenny’s café will be offering a main dish, with the proceeds going to help support the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery.
This is the only “internationally” acclaimed Fruitcake Festival. Such venerable periodicals as the Washington Times, Country Living Magazine, and, of course, NPR have written us up.
This is a FREE event with the caveat that you must bring a fruitcake or eggnog to gain entrance to the Festival. Homemade fruitcake or eggnog is preferred.  The eggnog can be transported to the festival in a milk jug. Please label it as “leaded” or “unleaded.” We have refrigeration on site. The eggnog is always served in elegant punch cups at the bar. It is worth the trip to Independence just for that fact alone.
Location: Legion Hall, Independence, CA

Date/Time Dec. 13, 2014 — 6 PM

Call 760-878-2046 or email for more information

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Carl Leroy McKellips


Carl Leroy McKellips

Carl Leroy McKellips an 82 year resident of Bishop passed away at Renown Medical Center, in Reno on Dec. 1, 2014.
Leroy was a Korean War Veteran who was proud to serve his country. He was a private 1st class in the Army. He was recognized for his excellent marksmanship. He loved the Owens Valley and all it had to offer.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Noreen; sons, David and Neil; daughter, Karen; mother and father, Carl and Martha; sisters, Bobbie and Dodi; brothers, Don, Dean and Johnny.
Survivors include daughters, Vickie Henneberger and Denise McKellips; son, Steve Bellas and wife, Beverly; grandchildren, Noel and husband Jeff Bardonnex, Jeramy Blair, Daniel Henneberger, Kishi, Joey, Christopher Lacy and Billy Rae Bellas. Half Moon and wife Emily Adams, Joseph Moose, Melyssa and husband David Telly, Hatie Moose, and Darrell James Moose, Brandon and Destiny McKellips. Brandon and Katie Bardonnex; 23 great-grandchildren, numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins and friends; and his partners in crime Candice and Harlee.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Brune Mortuary with Stan Summers officiating. Burial will follow at the East Line Street Cemetery where Leroy will receive military honors with VFW post presiding.

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!