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Starry Nights Arts Festival-Town of Tonopah August 26th beginning at 5pm.

Inyo National Forest on Revised Forest Plans

Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

 
The U.S. Forest Service today announced that in anticipation of releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) at the end of this month, it is scheduling a public meeting in Bishop CA:
§  6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA.
Meetings are also scheduled for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.
The NOI will advise the public of the Forest Service’s intent to prepare and develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.  The NOI will also have information on the purpose and need for this action along with the agency’s proposed action.  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors will remain the “responsible official” for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight national forests that were selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, which was completed in 2012.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans across the nation.
Next month’s public meetings are part of the “scoping period” which gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before the Forest Service begins drafting the document, and to provide written public comment regarding the NOI’s purpose and need, and its proposed action.
For more information regarding forest plan revisions, visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at:www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning.
For Inyo National Forest specific information, please contact Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.
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Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

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Inyo National Forest / Public Meeting / U.S. Forest Service / Bishop / Eastern Sierra / Revised Forest Plans / Planning Department / Land Management / Tri-County Fairgrounds

The Reds Win 2014 D-League Softball Championship, Bishop

City of Bishop Congratulates 2014 D-League Softball Champions, the Reds

The City of Bishop Community Services Department would like to congratulate the 2014 D-league softball champions the Reds.

The Reds had a season record of 10-0, sweeping through the playoffs and the championship game.

In the picture from Left to right:

Darren Spoonhunter, Jon Frankson , Willie Falck, Jordan Frankson, Dena Mason, Hannah Frankson, Cienna Martinez, Earl Lent 3rd, Teehena Duckey, Wade Williams, Lisa Weaver, James Napoles

2014 Softball Champions

 

City of Bishop Congratulates 2014 D-League Softball Champions, the Reds

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SAR Team Aids Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

Search & Rescue Team Operation: Aid to Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

To:                          All Media Partners
 
From:                    Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
 
Date:                     August 13, 2014
 
RE:                          Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to lost hikers near Red’s Meadow
On the evening of Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, at approximately 5:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding two lost hikers out of Red’s Meadow.
Two hikers were on a day hike from Red’s Meadow to Rainbow Falls. On the return trip from Rainbow Falls to Red’s Meadow, the hikers took the wrong trail and became lost. One of the hikers was diabetic and did not bring any medication on the day hike.  The hiker was beginning to feel chilled and other negative effects of the diabetes, and since they were lost, wasn’t sure how far they could continue hiking. The other hiker had cell phone reception and was able to call 911 and give their location near Pond Lily Lake, about 5 miles south of Red’s Meadow.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the lost hikers. Six SAR team members staged at Minaret Vista. Due to the medical circumstance, and the hikers remote location, attempts were made to get air support for the rescue. A 551 helicopter from Yosemite National Park was available to assist the SAR team. The helicopter crew was able to fly to the hikers location, land and transport them to the SAR base at Minaret Vista. The diabetic hiker was assessed by Mono County Paramedics and required no further medical treatment. The hikers were taken to their vehicle parked near Mammoth Mountain.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team reminds anyone traveling in the backcountry, even if just for a day hike, to always be prepared and carry adequate supplies, including any medications. It is important to be aware that is might take search and rescue teams time to come to your aid if you are lost, injured or ill.
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Search & Rescue Team Operation: Aid to Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

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City of Bishop Mourns Loss of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield

Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

The Inyo County coroners office confirms retired Judge Patrick Canfield passed away Tuesday. Just prior to noon yesterday, Canfield, age 67, was involved in a minor traffic accident and transported to Northern Inyo Hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, Canfield was driving eastbound on west line street near Grandview drive when, “Due to a medical Problem” lost control of the vehicle striking a utility box and wooden fence.

Canfield’s wife, Dori was a passenger in the vehicle and was not injured. Judge Canfield was transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital by Symons ambulance, where he was later pronounced dead.

Canfield served as a Judge in Inyo county for over 20 years. When reached for comment, current Judge Dean Stout said, “The death of Pat Canfield is a devastating loss, he was a phenomenal Judge, a mentor, and a close friend.” Prior to serving as Judge, Canfield also worked in the Inyo County district attorneys office.

Services are currently pending.

 

Update: A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Bishop.

 

Community Mourns After Passing of Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield (Age 67)

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Bishop / Judge / Inyo County / Mourning / Loss / Community / Eastern Sierra / Services Pending

City of Bishop v. David Buckingham Reach Settlement

Buckingham Agrees to Settlement in Suit Against City, Bishop

The city of Bishop and David Buckingham have reached a settlement agreement. Buckingham was a finalist for the city manager position, a position that eventually went to local resident Jim Tatum.
The Agreement indicates that the city considered hiring Buckingham as its administrator, but ultimately decided to hire another individual. Buckingham claims he was employed by the city, disputing the cities right to hire the other individual and not hire him.
In the agreement, the city agrees to pay Buckingham $ 38,000.
The agreement indicates that the city and Buckingham agree to not make statements to the media.
The settlement agreement was finalized Monday.

Buckingham Agrees to Settlement in Suit Against City, Bishop

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Baseball History, World War II & Kerry Yo Nakagawa at Manzanar This Month

The Hidden Legacy of Japanese American Cultural Ambassadors—on the Baseball Diamond.

Four generations of Japanese Americans broke down racial and cultural barriers in California by playing baseball.

JA Baseball in CA Cover
Behind the barbed wire of concentration camps during World War II, baseball became a tonic of spiritual renewal for disenfranchised Japanese Americans who played America’s pastime while illegally imprisoned.
Later, it helped heal resettlement wounds in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Central Valley and elsewhere.
Today, the names of Japanese American ballplayers still resonate as their legacy continues. Mike Lum was the first Japanese American player in the Major Leagues in 1967, Lenn Sakata the first in the World Series in 1983 and Don Wakamatsu the first manager in 2008.
Join Kerry Yo Nakagawa in this update of his 2001 classic as he chronicles sporting achievements that doubled as cultural benchmarks.
Kerry Yo Nakagawa is founder of the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP). His earlier works include the book Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball and the film American Pastime.
PUB DATE
7.29.14
Baseball, and sports in general, have been a large part of Kerry Yo
Nakagawa’s family legacy. In 1993, Kerry swam from Alcatraz prison
to San Francisco, and in 1994, he played as an all-star for the national
champion Fresno Bandit semipro team.
He is also a black belt in the martial arts and an advanced tennis player. His athletic family history includes his dad, who was a semipro football player and sumo champion, and his uncles—Johnny, Lefty and Mas—who competed with Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Lefty O’Doul, Jackie Robinson and the all-stars of the Negro League.
His dedication to the NBRP project is well respected and has
morphed into a educational organization to bring awareness and
education about Japanese American concentration camps through theprism of baseball and its many multimedia projects.
The NBRP exhibit “Diamonds in the Rough” has achieved international status and has been shown in such locations as the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in Tokyo. Kerry’s other visions to communicate this story include a documentary with Pat Morita entitled Diamonds in the Rough: Zeni and the Legacy of Japanese American Baseball and the Telly Award–winning educational documentary Site to
Patriotism.
He produced and acted in the award-winning film American Pastime, which is still educating and entertaining teachers and students through its dramatic narrative and specific curriculum.
He is an author, filmmaker, actor, historian, husband and father of two spectacular professional kids.

Kerry Yo Nakagawa at Manzanar

August 30-31Talks: 10 am & 3 pm Saturday, Aug. 30 & 11 am Sunday, Aug. 31

Nakagawa will be available to sign his book in the Manzanar store before and after his programs.
Manzanar National Historic Site5001 U.S. Hwy. 395
Independence, CA 93526

Tel. 760-878-2194 ext. 3310

The Hidden Legacy of Japanese American Cultural Ambassadors—on the Baseball Diamond.

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Eastern Sierra / Japanese American Baseball / History / Japanese American History / Manzanar Historic Site / Concentration Camps / World War ll / Baseball

25-Year-Old Booked, Faces Felony Charges After High Speed Chase – Inyo County

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect

8/11/2014

Sunday afternoon high speed pursuit ends in the arrest of a 25 year old suspect. The California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriffs Department participated in the chase that began at approximately 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
The high speed pursuit began in Olancha, ending in the Poverty Hills area south of Big Pine.
The suspects vehicle crashed. The suspect was not injured.  The Inyo County Sheriffs Department’s web site lists the suspect as 25-year old Evan Robert Furubotten.
Furbotten faces charges of vehicle theft, evading, violating probation, and driving without a license.
According to the highway patrol, the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Stay tuned with KIBS/KBOV Radio and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATE: 8/12 Official Press Release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, below.

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect

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PRESS RELEASE

August 12, 2014

Contact: Carma Roper, PIO

(760) 878-0395

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On August 10th at about 3:20PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha, California on the report of a suspicious subject refusing to leave. The subject was later identified as Evan Robert Furubotten, a 25-year old man from Quartz Hill, California.

While Sheriff’s Deputies were in route, dispatch advised that the subject left and was heading northbound on U.S. Highway 395 in a white Toyota sedan, and that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Deputies located the vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 395 at Cottonwood Road and attempted to initiate an enforcement stop. Furubotten failed to yield and proceeded northbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued Furubotten to just south of Lone Pine, but due to the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic the pursuit was terminated.

Furubotten was located just north of Lone Pine and Deputies resumed the pursuit. Furubotten continued to flee at high speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit was turned over to the California Highway Patrol and Deputies continued to assist as secondary units. Spike Strips were positioned on Highway 395 near Fish Springs Road. As Furubotten approached the area of Fish Springs Road he swerved towards an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy nearly colliding with the patrol unit; Furubotten collided with a concrete barrier and the vehicle went off the east side of Highway 395.

After exiting the vehicle he was taken into custody at gun point without further incident. Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Furubotten for 10851(a) VC vehicle theft, 2800.2(a) VC, evading without regard for public safety, 245(a)(1) PC assault with a deadly weapon, 3056 PC violation of parole, 496(a) PC possession of stolen property, 12500 VC driving without a license.

Furubotten was booked at the Inyo County Jail for the above listed charges.

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1st Annual KIBS/KBOV BCC Drive Chip & Putt Competition

Bringing the National Format of the “Drive Chip & Putt Championship” to Bishop, California with the 1st Annual KIBS/KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition

Hi, Eastern Sierra Junior Golfers & Parents!

Adam Scott congratulates Boys 10-11 winner Leo Cheng, Junior Golf Competition
Adam Scott congratulates Boys 10-11 winner Leo Cheng

Do I have your attention, yet?

(C’mon. Adam Scott,  Green Jackets, and home of the Masters Augusta National)…

That’s what I thought.

Every spring, the USGA, Masters, and PGA team up to host the Drive Chip & Putt Championship‘s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.

Around the country, it’s all starting right now.

TIME TO DO IT LIKE THE PROS: Sunday, August 10th, we’re preparing our Junior Golfers with the SAME FORMAT as the National Competition.

TEST YOUR SKILLS RIGHT HERE WITH THE KIBS/KBOV DRIVE CHIP AND PUTT COMPETITION

Preparing you Here: Local, Sub-Regional, and Regional Qualifying is conducted in all 50 states. The Championship Final will be held on April 5, 2015 at Augusta National. Check www.drivechipandputt.com/ for all Qualifying locations.

Junior golfers will have the opportunity to participate at 256 local qualifiers around the country throughout the summer of 2014. 

Summer 2014: And, here we are!

So, get a FEEL for the real DEAL.

Sunday, August 10th:

KIBS/ KBOV Radio and Bishop Country Club are teaming up to bring the National Drive Pitch & Putt Competition Format to Bishop, California.

Bishop Country Club, Home to the 1st Annual KIBS/ KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition
Bishop Country Club, Home to the 1st Annual KIBS/ KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition

Start practicing!

CRUNCH TIME: Hit the Driving Range, and go Up and Down around the greens.

And… Have FUN on one of our area’s TOP courses.

Drive: Hit the Tee Shot that Sets you up for Success

Chip: Practice Phil Michelson’s Hinge & Hold Technique

Putt: Work on your SHORT GAME, with PGA.COM’S BEST PRACTICE GREEN ROUTINE

“It is important, regardless the grip you employ, that your hands work as one.

If your alignment is poor and you have a faulty putting stroke, being a great putt reader is irrelevant.

A good putter keeps the body still and the blade square by never allowing the left wrist to break down. The putterhead never passes the left hand.

A pre-putt routine helps you stay nice and relaxed so you can make the best stroke possible.”
-Tiger Woods

Open to All Boys and Girls Ages 7 to 15

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10TH: Check in at 4 PM. Competition begins at 5 PM.

Come on out!

DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP:

Sign up at the Bishop Country Club, or Call 760 – 873 – 5828 to Register.

Support the Eastern Sierra Junior Golf Association

Registration is $5. All proceeds go to the Eastern Sierra Junior Golf Association. Big thanks to Joe at the Bishop Country Club for his work with the talented young golfers of this program! It starts, here.

SCORING:

1. Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip, and Putt).

2. Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the Overall Champion of his or her age category. First, second, and third place winners of each individual skill will also be recognized.

3. In the case of tie in the overall score, the putting rank will serve as the tiebreaker.

* All scoring will be based on a 25-point-per-shot basis, with each participant taking three shots per skill. Each participant will accumulate points per shot in all three skills (maximum of 75 points per skill = 25 points per shot x 3). The overall champion in each age category will be determined by the participant with the most points accumulated between all three skills (maximum of 225 points – 75 points per skill x 3).

PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded in each Age Bracket.

FOUR AGE CATEGORIES: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15

Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the championship final on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 5, 2015 and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

SO, MEET US AT THE BISHOP COUNTRY CLUB ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 1OTH AT 4 PM.

Bringing the National “Drive Chip & Putt Championship” Format to Bishop, California with the 1st Annual KIBS/KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition

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USGA, Masters, PGA, Eastern Sierra Junior Golf Association, Competition, Local Qualifier, Junior Golf, Bishop Country Club

Bishop Police Enforce Crosswalk Safety Reminder

Bishop Police Department Conducting Crosswalk Stings, August 2014

Crosswalk Safety, Bishop

In response to recent public concern regarding crosswalk safety in the town of Bishop, the Bishop Police Department would like to make the public aware of special enforcement on many crosswalks throughout town.

In the month of August, the police department will be conducting several crosswalk stings as well as officer assigned enforcement. There are many marked crosswalks throughout the city and therefore it is the goal of the Bishop Police Department to make the public aware of them, to make sure pedestrians are safe, and drivers are abiding the law.

The police department is determined to keep our local residents and traveler’s safe during this busy time of the year.

We also want to remind the public, school will be starting in just a few weeks and drivers need to pay special attention to children as they head to school.

The safety of the pedestrians within the city is very important; therefore this detail and enforcement is necessary to inform drivers the severity of not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The citation fine can be a costly fee.

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Bishop Police Department Conducting Crosswalk Stings, August 2014

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Crosswalk Safety / Back-to-School Reminders / Bishop Police Department / Crosswalk Stings / Drivers’ Safety / Pedestrians’ Safety / August / Enforcement / Bishop

Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Collision Proves Fatal, Bridgeport Area

Fatal Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Collision Report, Bridgeport

Officer Anne Morin, ID 19750
Public Information Officer
California Highway Patrol
Bridgeport Area
 
PRESS RELEASE
On Sunday, August 3, 2014, at approximately 11:15 A.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus vehicle injury collision on US-395 at Picnic Grounds Road.  Two CHP officers and a sergeant from the Mammoth Lakes Resident Post and one officer from the CHP Bridgeport Area office responded to the collision location and initiated an investigation into the cause of the incident.
The driver of the motorcycle, Mr. James McGifford, age 59, of Dayton, Nevada, was at the scene being attended to by Mono County Paramedics.  Mr. McGifford was unconscious and had major visual injuries.  CHP investigators determined that Ms. Shirley Liang, age 24, of Cupertino, CA was driving her silver 2009 Audi on US-395 Southbound attempting to make a left turn onto Picnic Grounds Road.
Mr. McGifford was riding his black 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle on US-395 Northbound approaching Picnic Grounds Road.  As Ms. Liang made the left hand turn, she moved her vehicle directly into the path of the motorcycle.  Mr. McGifford was unable to stop his motorcycle and collided with the right side of the Audi.
Mr. McGifford was transported by Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue Medic 2 toward Mammoth Lakes Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  While in route to the hospital, Mr. McGifford succumbed to his injuries.  Mr. McGifford was wearing a helmet and motorcycle safety equipment.
Ms. Liang had no injuries from the collision.  Ms. Liang’s passenger, a Mr. Oliver Caspari, of Stanford, CA, had minor abrasions to his right arm.
Personnel from the Lee Vining Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, US Forest Service, Caltrans, Lee Vining Tow, and Mike’s Auto & Tow assisted at the scene.
The collision remains under investigation.

Fatal Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Collision Report, Bridgeport

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